IDP Fantasy Football Wednesday: Week 14

Justin CurryContributor IDecember 9, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets chats with David Harris #52 before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Whether this is the last week before your playoffs or this week kicks them off, this is a week our teams need to shine.

As most of you already have the lineups you're going to be using, I'm assuming you probably need more advice on which players to use as opposed to who to pickup.

With this in mind, I have listed the Favorable Five and the Formidable Five teams over the last four weeks of the season at each position, shown who that team faces this week, the people that should interest you at that position, and how they played earlier in the season against that opponent, if available.

I will then talk about what I believe can be gained from the charts provided in the Analysis section below them.

We've been on a roll of late, so let's keep it up and help you win this week!

As I have throughout this year, I will be using the following point system for my analysis:

My Preferred IDP Scoring System

SoloAssistsSackIntFFPDTD
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Again, these rankings are over the last four weeks of the season.

DL

Favorable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1NYJTBStylez White



Tim Crowder
2NECARJulius Peppers



Charles Johnson
3ATLNOWill SmithVery Good



Anthony HargroveVery Good
4STLTENKyle Vanden Bosch



William Hayes
5BALDETTurk McBride



Cliff Avril


Formidable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1NYGPHITrent ColeGood



Juqua ParkerNot Good
2CARNEJarvis Green



Ty Warren
3INDDENVonnie Holliday



Kenny Peterson
4WASOAKRichard Seymour



Greg Ellis
5SEAHOUMario Williams



Antonio Smith

 

MLB/ILB

Favorable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1HOUSEADavid Hawthorne
2PHINYGChase BlackburnPierce - Not Good
3NECARJon Beason
4TBNYJDavid Harris



Bart Scott
5DALSDKevin Burnett



Stephen Cooper


Formidable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1SFARIKarlos DansbyAverage
2SDDALKeith Brooking



Bradie James
3MINCINDhani Jones
4DENINDGary Brackett
5CINMINJasper Brinkley

 

WLB/OLB

Favorable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1SEAHOUBrian Cushing
2NYGPHITracy WhiteA. Jordan - Very Good
3ATLNOScott FujitaN/A
4STLTENKeith Bulluck
5DENINDClint Session


Formidable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1DETBALJarret Johnson
2INDDENElvis Dumervil
3ARISFManny LawsonNot Good
4WASOAKThomas Howard
5NOATLMike PetersonAverage

 

S

Favorable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1DENINDMelvin Bullitt
2NOATLErik ColemanVery Good
3CINMINMadieu Williams
4STLTENChris Hope
5CARNEBrandon Meriweather


Formidable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1INDDENBrian Dawkins
2DETBALDawan Landry
3WASOAKTyvon Branch
4BUFKCMike Brown
5BALDETLouis Delmas

 

CB

Favorable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1DETBALDominique Foxworth
2NYGPHIAsante SamuelVery Good
3ATLNOMalcom JenkinsN/A



Mike McKenzieN/A
4DALSDQuentin Jammer
5PHINYGTerrell ThomasNot Good


Formidable Five

RankTeamOpp.PlayerPrevious Match-up
1CHIGBCharles WoodsonNot Good
2SEAHOUDunta Robinson
3SFARIDominique Rodgers-CromartieNot Good
4NOATLBrent GrimesVery Good
5JACMIANathan Jones



Vontae Davis

 

Analysis

Remember, at this point in the season, you have to go with your studs no matter what there matchup may be.

A perfect example of why you always do this is David Harris. David Harris had an unfavorable matchup on paper last week, and he finished with eight solo tackles, three assists, one sack, and a forced fumble.

Simply put, studs are the exception to the rule when it comes to IDP.

DL

So, looking at the DL charts above, I love Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove for New Orleans this week. They played very well the last time they played the Falcons, and that should continue to happen again.

Besides Julius Peppers and Stylez White, who should also have good weeks, I think you should be alright using Kyle Vanden Bosch after his poor performance last week.

Though you have to put in Trent Cole and Mario Williams, even though they don't necessarily have the best matchup this week, I would stay clear of Richard Seymour and Greg Ellis this week.

LB

Honestly, other than maybe Tracy White, I feel all of the linebackers in both of the favorable sections are must plays this week. All of them have been hot of late, and all of them have match-ups that should continue that trend.

For the formidable portion of the two linebacking charts, other than Karlos Dansby, Gary Brackett, Dhani Jones, and Mike Peterson, I'm using other options if I have similar players on my bench available for the other players.

DB

For those that have asked this week, as long as he is not injured, Erik Coleman is a must play this week. Other guys I like from the safety and corner back charts are Melvin Bullitt, Brandon Meriweather, and Mike McKenzie.

As far as who are must plays even though they are in the formidable section, you have to still play Tyvon Branch, Louis Delmas, Brian Dawkins, Charles Woodson, and I also like Brent Grimes this week, as well. The other people on the list, though, I would look elsewhere.

One Final Note—If Lance Briggs can't go, you really need to consider inserting Jamar Williams into your lineups this week if more than one linebacker has to start in your league. Last week, Williams was used when Briggs couldn't go and finished with 13 solo tackles, five assists, and two pass deflections.

Well, I hope this helps you out with the decisions you'll be making this week. Here's to all of you making it through this week!