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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 7 IDP Guide

Welcome to Week 7 IDP Guide, ID-people. There are no intros this week. Let's get down to business (something the NBA doesn't seem to be doing anytime soon):

Linebackers on the Rise

NaVorro Bowman- There's not a week that goes by where the guys on NFL Network and ESPN will rant and rave about how great Patrick Willis is for the San Fran D. While I agree he is the most talented backer in the league, he hasn't even been the best linebacker on his own team. Bowman is fifth in the league in total tackles and second for solo tackles. The Linebacker U product is on a bye this week and his owners had better think about cutting a handcuff back or their WR5 instead of Bowman. He's here to stay.

James Farrior- The ex-Jet was in this section last week and he didn't disappoint by providing 11 tackles with a sack on Sunday. Expect him to continue this hot streak while James Harrison misses time. He's clearly more valuable than Lawrence Timmons right now. Timmons should probably be benched or cut in shallow formats

Start of the Week

Derrick Johnson- The Longhorn should be seeing Darren McFadden in the hole near the Black Hole quite often. The Raiders are expected to go extremely run-heavy in Sunday's game and Carson Palmer should be dealing with a simplified playbook. It's also very unlikely the Raiders will take shots down the field with a lack of practice or chemistry between the QB and receivers. Johnson has been a bust to this point, but don't let that dissuade you from starting him.

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Rank Linebacker                                                                    Team
1 D'Qwell Jackson CLE
2 James Laurinaitis STL
3 Desmond Bishop GB
4 Paul Posluszny JAC
5 D.J. Williams DEN
6 Ray Lewis BAL
7 James Anderson CAR
8 Derrick Johnson KC
9 Sean Lee DAL
10 Pat Angerer IND
11 Curtis Lofton ATL
12 Daryl Washington ARI
13 David Hawthorne SEA
14 Barrett Ruud TEN
15 Sean Weatherspoon ATL
16 Stephen Tulloch DET
17 Brian Cushing HOU
18 DeMarcus Ware DAL
19 David Harris NYJ
20 Brian Urlacher CHI
21 London Fletcher WAS
22 Mason Foster TB
23 James Farrior PIT
24 Clay Matthews GB
25 Daryl Smith JAC
26 DeAndre Levy DET
27 Lance Briggs CHI
28 Rolando McClain OAK
29 Karlos Dansby MIA
30 Chad Greenway MIN
31 Takeo Spikes SD
32 Lawrence Timmons PIT
33 Rocky McIntosh WAS
34 A.J. Hawk GB
35 LaMarr Woodley PIT
36 Tamba Hali KC
37 Jonathan Vilma NO
38 DeMeco Ryans HOU
39 Kavell Conner IND
40 Dan Connor CAR
41 Donald Butler SD
42 Joe Mays DEN
43 Brian Orakpo WAS
44 Cameron Wake MIA
45 Von Miller DEN
46 E.J. Henderson MIN
47 Anthony Spencer DAL
48 Bart Scott NYJ
49 Quincy Black TB
50 Leroy Hill SEA



Defensive Backs on the Rise

Kurt Coleman- So much for me reporting to you on what I learned about watching Kurt Coleman in his first start, right? I mentioned Coleman last week for deep leagues and he wins the Defensive Player of the Week award. Not only did he have the three picks, he also had seven tackles and was all over the field. There is a whole lot to like about Coleman and he should be grabbed in deeper formats that can afford to wait a week to start him (he's on a bye).

Thomas DeCoud- DeCoud now has back-to-back eight-tackle games and gets a nice matchup against the Lions. Not only does he rank 21st in tackles among defensive backs, he also has three picks. Atlanta's seventh-ranked run D should dictate their opponents to set up more of a short passing game, which figures to be advantageous for DeCoud's value.

Rashad Johnson Johnson is going to take over for the injured Kerry "Hollywood" Rhodes. Full disclosure: I have always disliked Rhodes for how he shows trepidation to make tackles, falls for the double move constantly, misses tackles and has trouble getting off blocks in the secondary. I wouldn't be surprised if Johnson can take this job away from Rhodes. Some might remember Johnson's skill set in Alabama, but he has yet to really make a splash on defense. According to our friends at Revenge of the Birds, he showed some nice signs on special teams though. Rhodes is going to come back at some point, so don't bend over backwards to grab Johnson just yet.

Start of the Week

Quintin Mikell- The Cowboys are depleted at running back and figure to air it out a bit against the hapless Rams. Mikell should get his fair share of covering Witten and rolling his coverage to Dez or Miles. James Hall and Chris Long might be able to get enough pressure on Romo to get him to force some throws as well.

Rank Defensive Back                                                              Team
1 LaRon Landry WAS
2 Yeremiah Bell MIA
3 Tyvon Branch OAK
4 Troy Polamalu PIT
5 Kam Chancellor SEA
6 Antoine Bethea IND
7 Morgan Burnett GB
8 Roman Harper NO
9 Eric Weddle SD
10 Quintin Mikell STL
11 T.J. Ward CLE
12 Thomas DeCoud ATL
13 Charles Tillman CHI
14 Dawan Landry JAC
15 Eric Smith NYJ
16 Earl Thomas SEA
17 Sean Jones TB
18 Bernard Pollard BAL
19 Tanard Jackson TB
20 Ed Reed BAL
21 Justin King STL
22 Adrian Wilson ARI
23 Charles Godfrey CAR
24 A.J. Jefferson ARI
25 Craig Dahl STL
26 Charles Woodson GB
27 Danieal Manning HOU
28 Jordan Babineaux TEN
29 Jon McGraw KC
30 Hussain Abdullah MIN
31 Tim Jennings CHI
32 Glover Quin HOU
33 Jason McCourty TEN
34 Ryan Clark PIT
35 Rashad Johnson ARI
36 Cedric Griffin MIN
37 DeAngelo Hall WAS
38 Brent Grimes ATL
39 Ledarius Webb BAL
40 Antoine Winfield MIN


Defensive Linemen on the Rise

Andre Carter- Carter has lived up to the billing as a talented player in his first year with the Pats. He accounted for two sacks of Tony Romo on Sunday and was in his kitchen for most of the game. Expect Carter to keep this pace and he's someone that should be owned and started in most leagues once he comes off the bye.

Jeremy Mincey- Mincey is coming off two very productive games with the Jaguars including his eight-tackle performance vs. the Steelers. He had five tackles and a sack two weeks ago as well. The Gator has shown some nice polish in beating tackles to the inside on runs and passes. He's a rare bright spot on one of the worst teams in the league.

Aaron Maybin- Maybin looked like he ate a mushroom from Mario Kart with the way he was flying around the field. He had remarkable closing speed on his sack and the forced fumble to put him on the IDP map. Jamaal Westerman, his competition at the OLB opposite Calvin Pace, had a down game after his two-sack performance. The Jets love to rush the passer, so if Maybin (or Westerman) can win the job and play most of the snap at OLB, they'l have value.

Start of the Week

Jabaal Sheard- Sheard has quietly been one of the better rookies in the league this year and he should have his way with Seattle's O-line. Seattle ranks second in the league in sacks allowed.


Rank Defensive Lineman                                                      Team
1 Terrell Suggs (DL-eligible) BAL
2 Charles Johnson CAR
3 Will Smith NO
4 Jared Allen MIN
5 Calais Campbell ARI
6 Kyle Vanden Bosch DET
7 Jabaal Sheard CLE
8 Chris Long STL
9 Greg Hardy CAR
10 Julius Peppers CHI
11 Brian Robison MIN
12 Dwight Freeney IND
13 Ryan Kerrigan WAS
14 Robert Mathis IND
15 Elvis Dumervil DEN
16 Cliff Avril DET
17 Jeremy Mincey JAC
18 Derrick Morgan TEN
19 Haloti Ngata BAL
20 Lamarr Houston OAK
21 Chris Clemons SEA
22 John Abraham ATL
23 Ndamukong Suh DET
24 Darnell Dockett ARI
25 James Hall STL
26 Aaron Maybin NYJ
27 Israel Idonije CHI
28 Richard Seymour OAK
29 Stephen Bowen WAS
30 Adrian Clayborn TB


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