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IDP Top Plays - Week 17
Brent Clement
December 29, 2006


Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Zach Thomas MIA IND Colts need this game, so Thomas will be active.
2 London Fletcher BUF BAL Fletcher puts it on the line each and every week.
3 Keith Bullock TEN NEP New England will play conservative, and run the rock.
4 Demeco Ryans HOU CLE Ryans should win the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
5 Donnie Edwards SDC ARZ Edwards may be playing his last Regular season game as a Bolt.
6 Ray Lewis BAL BUF The Ravens need a win, to secure a first round Bye.
7 Kirk Morrison OAK  NYJ Morrison has been very productive in his first year at Middle linebacker
8 Gerald Hayes ARZ SDC Hayes finally lived up to his potential, and is a perfect fit in Arizona.
9 James Farrior PIT CIN The Bengals need a win to get in, and Pitt would love to knock them out.
10 AJ Hawk GBP CHI Hawk had a tremendous rookie season, and will be a beast for years to come.
11 Keith Brooking ATL PHI Brooking is still the best LB in Atlanta, and that wont change anytime soon.
12 EJ Henderson MIN STL Henderson was terrific down the stretch and is playing for a starting spot next year.
13 Gary Brackett IND MIA Brackett is a must start vs the Phins rushing attack this week.
14 Antonio Pierce NYG WAS Pierce was the best defensive player in New York this season.
15 Jeremiah Trotter PHI ATL Trotter will be busy stopping the Falcons rushing attack.
16 Cato June IND MIA June had another fine season, but may be upgraded next season.
17 Victor Hobson NYJ OAK Hobson has become the main man, on the Jets defense.
18 Lance Briggs CHI GBP Briggs is a FA, and will get a big payday somewhere next year.
19 Ernie Sims DET DAL Sims will see a heavy dose of the Cowboys running game this week.
20 Brian Urlacher CHI GBP Urlacher may only play half a game if that, so start him with caution.
21 Tedy Bruschi NEP TEN Bruschi also has little to play for this week, beware.
22 Will Witherspoon STL MIN Witherspoon has been a disappointment as of late, but was a stud early on.
23 Morlon Greenwood HOU CLE Greenwood is also playing for a position next season. 
24 Bart Scott BAL BUF Scott will be all over the field attacking the Bills running game.
25 Derrick Brooks TBB SEA Brooks is coming close to the end of a border line, Hall of Fame career.

Defensive Linemen

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Jared Allen KCC JAC Allen has taken over the top DL spot this season.
2 Jason Taylor MIA IND Taylor may win defensive player of the year. But is second fiddle to Allen.
3 Aaron Kampman GBP CHI Kampman was one of the 3 best Defensive lineman this season.
4 Terrell Suggs BAL BUF Suggs turned his season around, about 5 weeks ago.
5 Aaron Schobel BUF BAL Schobel also started slow, but really came on late in the season.
6 Ty Warren NEP TEN Warren has been a pleasant surprise this season, look for big things to come.
7 Julius Peppers CAR NOS Peppers can dominate a game, but seldom wanted to late in the season.
8 Tamba Hali KCC JAC Hali was the best rookie defensive lineman this year.
9 Charles Grant NOS CAR Grant returned to form this season, and should be a top 10 DL again next year.
10 Robert Mathis IND MIA Mathis first year as a starter was a huge success for fantasy owners.
11 Will Smith NOS CAR Smith showed he can handle the load as an every down starter.
12 Kyle Vanden Bosch TEN NEP Vanden Bosch wasn't a great as he was last yr, but was still solid.
13 Leonard Little STL MIN Little has some of the same skills Julius Peppers has. 
14 Trent Cole PHI ATL Cole has played like a seasoned Vet, in his first year starting.
15 Justin Smith CIN PIT Smith can taste that big payday. Especially after his last 2 big games.
16 Bryan Thomas NYJ OAK Thomas was one of the biggest surprises at this position.
17 Derrick Burgess OAK NYJ Burgess was not the player he was a year ago, but still pretty good.
18 Ebenezer Eukuban DEN SF Eukuban was a top 15 DL over the past 6 weeks of the season.
19 Aaron Smith PIT CIN Smith had his best season of his career, statistically.
20 Vonnie Holliday  MIA IND Holliday wasnt spectacular, but was consistent and a solid #2 or #3 DL.
21 Dwight Freeney IND MIA Freeney had a poor statistical season, but at least finished strong.
22 Andre Carter WAS NYG Carter really turned it on about 4 weeks ago. 3 big games in his last 4.
23 Trevor Pryce BAL BUF Pryce revived his career, playing opposite of Terrell Suggs.
24 Marques Douglas SF DEN Douglas has been surprisingly consistent the past 8 weeks of the year.
25 Tommy Kelly OAK NYJ Kelly was a pleasant  surprise for the Raiders defense in 2006. 

Defensive Backs

Rank Player  Team      vs     Comments
1 Chris Hope TEN NEP Hope is the surprise leader of the DB position this season.
2 Adrian Wilson ARZ SDC Wilson continues to play well, even after his team is eliminated from the playoffs.
3 Ronde Barber TBB SEA Barber is the best scoring fantasy cornerback in the league.
4 Brian Dawkins PHI ATL Dawkins has elevated his game as of late, to land in the top 5.
5 Sean Taylor WAS NYG Taylor is a lock to be in the top 10, for the next 6-8 years.
6 Kerry Rhodes NYJ OAK Rhodes has become the Rodney Harrison of the Jets defense.
7 Charles Tillman CHI GBP Tillman benefited again, from the injury to Mike Brown.
8 Sean Jones CLE HOU Jones has become the leader of the Browns defensive secondary.
9 Ken Hamlin SEA TBB Hamlin returned from an off the field injury, to a top 10 DB.
10 Gibril Wilson NYG WAS Wilson dropped a bit from a year ago, but is still pretty good.
11 Antoine Winfield MIN STL Winfield is another rare cornerback, who puts up big numbers.
12 Will Demps NYG WAS Demps certainly didn't start off well in New York, but played great late.
13 Champ Bailey DEN SF Why opposing quarterbacks continue to test Bailey, is a mystery.
14 Jermaine Phillips TBB SEA Phillips has been the most productive safety in Tampa, in the last decade.
15 Darrent Williams DEN SF Williams is picked on quite a bit, but that is what makes him great at fantasy.
16 Madieu Williams CIN PIT Williams still hasn't returned to his rookie season glory.
17 Anthony Henry DAL DET Henry was picked on in Dallas, and it paid off for his fantasy owners.
18 Antrel Rolle ARZ SDC Rolle is a physical corner who looks to hit people. A rare commodity.
19 Kenoy Kennedy DET DAL Kennedy was injured some of the season, but played great when healthy.
20 Asante Samuel NEP TEN Samuel should have made the pro-bowl, that is how solid he was this year.
21 Pac-Man Jones TEN NEP Jones is a playmaker, and when Qbs test him, he makes them pay.
22 Keith Lewis SF DEN A special teams demon, who has earned a spot in the secondary next season.
23 Shaun Williams CAR NOW Williams has played well at safety, but could be looking for a new home next year.
24 Dunta Robinson HOU CLE Robinson was picked on quite as well, but that's where his production came from.
25 Carlos Rogers WAS NYG Rogers has played himself onto this list for years to come.