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I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. To those who asked what happened to my article last week, I was on vacation and was unable to submit it.

This is the time of year when many leagues have their deadlines for allowing waivers and trades. Even dynasty leagues won't reopen them for a few months. But that does not mean you can ignore IDPs which are not on your team. Indeed, this is a great time to keep a step up on your competition and become the most informed player on the block. There are lots of changes between now and the end of the season and those who pay the closest attention will most likely to be rewarded when the waivers reopen in the offseason So keep reading and stay informed.

More proof that as Falcons DT Rod Coleman goes, so goes the team. With another one and a half sacks Sunday in their win over Detroit, Coleman now has 8.5 sacks in eight Falcon wins and zero in their three losses. In the last 32 games in which Coleman has recorded a sack, his team is 29-3...


Coleman had been in a bit of a slump recently with only 3-1 tackles and zero sacks in the last three games. The Falcons lost two of those games...

The Cowboys placed LB Dat Nguyen on Injured Reserve on Monday, ending his season and perhaps ending his NFL career. The 30 year old Nguyen has been bothered by neck and knee injuries most of the season. After missing three straight games in October, Nguyen never was able to reclaim his starting spot. Although he played Sunday against Denver, he didn't record any stats...


Nguyen played his entire career with the Cowboys and had over 100 total tackles in three of their last four seasons, having less than that only in 2002 when he missed half the season with injury...

What Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch has been able to do this year is just plain freaky. I liked him when he first came out as a highly touted second round pick for Arizona in 2001. He was thought to have a great motor and was considered an all around player. A pass rushing specialist is what he has become…

He had been a disappointment with the Cardinals during much of his injury marred four seasons with them and was shipped off to Tennessee in hopes of a fresh start. Well, that's certainly what he's had. With two more sacks and 4-2 tackles in Sunday's win over the 49ers, Vanden Bosch now has 10.5 sacks in 11 games. He also has a respectable 52 total tackles and is a top five DE in almost any IDP league…

Starting on the other side of Vanden Bosch has been second year player Travis LaBoy. LaBoy is second on the team with 4.5 sacks and has been generally productive in the last four or five games. Unfortunately, LaBoy hyperextended his left elbow Sunday and is day to day. If LaBoy is out Antwan Odom might get a chance, although Odom has been a non-factor on the field…

Another non-factor for the Titans has been safety Tank Williams. I always stated that it was only a matter of time before Williams would become a dominant player and sometimes when you watch him play it's hard to understand why he isn't a top ten safety for IDP leagues. But at the end of the day he just isn't putting numbers in the stat column…

49ers LB Brandon Moore puts up solid numbers when he starts, including a season-high 5-6 tackles Sunday, but I don't like his long term prospects with the team. He just isn't exactly starting material for an NFL team in my opinion…

Texans LB Morlon Greenwood was a big time free agent in the offseason and most have thought him a disappointment thus far this season. But he certainly wasn't a disappointment Sunday with a career-high 9-5 tackles and a pair of sacks. They were his first sacks of the season. Greenwood has back to back double digit tackle games…

Fellow Texan DaShon Polk continues to make great use of his starting opportunity. Polk took over the job when Kailee Wong went down with a knee injury in mid-October and hasn't looked back. He already has career highs in tackles and sacks and on Sunday he had 6-1 tackles and 2.5 sacks…

In his six starts, Polk has averaged almost ten total tackles per game and he has three and a half sacks…

With an injury to Rams safety Adam Archuleta, rookie Jerome Carter got his first start of the season and made the best of it with 9-2 tackles. He's one to keep an eye on. Another rookie, the more heralded Oshiomogho Atogwe, also saw the field a little bit and had 3-0 tackles and added a sack. Long term it's a tough call, but I still favor Atogwe at some point claiming the job…

As Ravens MLB Ray Lewis continues to sit, ex-Rams LB Tommy Polley continues to roll in the middle as he had 8-1 tackles Sunday. He's averaging over eight total tackles per game in Lewis' absence…

Although he was more involved in the game, Ravens DE Terrell Suggs remains unable to get a sack. After having double digit sacks the first two seasons, he only has two so far in 2005 and none in the last four games…

I've been heaping praise on Bengals LB Landon Johnson since last year and he's making the best of it as a starting strong side linebacker. He had 7-3 tackles Sunday, the first time in double digits this season and his productivity has been on the rise since reclaiming a starting spot four games ago. I said it a couple weeks ago, but I believe Brian Simmons has been aging quickly and Johnson might find himself as the starting weakside linebacker next season…

OK, I get it now. Panthers Julius Peppers plays better as the season progresses. I wrote in earlier columns this year that he tends to start slowly and come on fast as the season wears on, and he's continuing to do so. He now has 6.5 sacks in his last six games after being shut out the first five…

Bills LB London Fletcher has been absolutely on fire lately. He had 11-6 tackles Sunday against Carolina and it's the third straight week he's had 16 or more tackles…

Chargers LB Steve Foley had a great season last year with career high tackles and double digit sacks. This year, however, he's been slowed by injuries, especially abdominal strains which caused him to miss three straight games. He came back Sunday with 4-1 tackles and his first sack since October 10…

I think it's safe to say that Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye is finally living up to the expectations the Bears placed on him when he was signed last year as a free agent. O-Gun has five sacks in the last two games, including two on Sunday, and he's been one of the biggest reasons the Bears defense has been shutting down opponents…

O-Gun's linemate DE Alex Brown has a pair of sacks in each of the last two games. That gives the starting Bears DEs nine sacks in two games…

After a slow start with six or less tackles in his first five games, Bucs star LB Derrick Brooks has averaged almost ten tackles per game in the last six…

Vikings DT Kevin Williams has struggled all year long in their new defensive schemes. After double digit sacks in his first two season, and generally playing like one of the best DTs in the game, Williams has seemed almost lost on the field this year. Well, in the first quarter Sunday against Cleveland, Williams sprained the MCL in his right knee and will be out 2-4 weeks…

His replacement will be rookie C.J. Mosley. All Mosley did when he stepped in Sunday was get 5-2 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. While it's far too early to make any Wally Pipp comparisons, Mosley looks intriguing. The sixth round pick didn't look like he would be much of a player, but as they say in this business, all you need sometimes is an opportunity…

Chiefs LB Kendrell Bell had his first legit sack Sunday since December of 2003. Of course, it was about the only thing he did Sunday in what has been a hugely disappointing season…

Raiders DE Derrick Burgess had another two sack game Sunday. It's the fifth time this year that's he's had two sacks in a game…

Dolphins star DE Jason Taylor had three sacks on Sunday and now has five in the last four games. He only had three sacks in the first seven games…

I sincerely doubt you had Dolphins DT/DE Vonnie Holiday in your lineup. He's rarely a factor in games but he had his monster game of the season Sunday with three sacks. Holliday seems to have one of those monster games every year. You know, just enough to make his numbers look decent at the end of the season…

Even though Holliday has only had 22.5 sacks in the last five seasons, believe it or not it's not the only time he's had three or more sacks in a game. In 2002, Holliday had five sacks in a December game against Buffalo. He only had six on the season. In 2003, he had three sacks opening day against San Diego. Despite starting every game that year, he only 5.5 on the season…

Giants rookie CB Corey Webster got his first NFL start and shined. Curtis Deloatch played but was still ailing a bit after being treated for infection and Webster came on with 10-0 tackles. Cornerbacks seem to come and go like the wind, but Webster could be a good play through the rest of this season…

With Giant DEs Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora both having All-Pro type years, highly regarded rookie Justin Tuck has been playing a supporting role, at best. Ankle problems caused him to miss a couple games and have generally slowed his progress. He actually got his first NFL start Sunday, technically at DT. Patience is the key for Tuck owners in dynasty leagues. Although he appears ageless, Strahan is 34 years old and can't play for too much longer, and I think Tuck is a star in the making…

It looks as though Seattle rookie LB Lofa Tatupu is here to stay, as he has proved he can play in this league and has stepped up his game quickly. On Sunday, he had a career-high 11-2 tackles…

With 9-0 tackles Sunday, Colts safety Bob Sanders is coming on and finally starting to put up the numbers some, like myself, predicted for him. He's now on pace for 100 total tackles on the season…

On November 13th, Colts DE Robert Mathis ended his streak of eight consecutive games with a sack. It looks like he has started a new streak, with a sack in each of the last two games. He has 11 for the year. He also gets consistent tackle numbers. And, no, he's still not starting…

Until next week…

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