Week 14 Upgrades/Downgrades
Posted 12/5 by Aaron Rudnicki, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
DL Orpheus Roye, Cleveland (7 solos, 3 asst, 2 sacks)
Roye is having a great season for the Browns and fantasy owners alike. He already has 54 solo tackles (which ranks #1 among all defensive lineman), and has now started to generate some pressure on opposing QBs as well with 3 sacks in the past 2 games.
DL John Henderson, Jacksonville (5 solos, 1 asst, 1 sack)
Henderson is one of the best and most consistent fantasy DTs in the league, but yesterday was the best game he has had in awhile and he finally recorded his first sack of the season. Hopefully, he'll pick things up for the fantasy playoffs.
DL Terrell Suggs, Baltimore (6 solos, 3 sacks, 1 FF)
After going through the longest sackless streak of his career (4 games), Suggs returned with a vengeance on Sunday and took advantage of a great matchup against the Texans.
DL Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis (4 solos, 2 sacks, 1 FF)
Freeney's numbers hadn't been that impressive ever since a 3-sack game in week 3, but he finally had a big game and is now up to 9.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles on the year.
DL Paul Spicer, Jacksonville (6 solos, 1 asst, 1 sack)
Reggie Hayward signed a big free agent contract in Jacksonville, but it is Spicer who leads the team in sacks this year with 7.5 so far. He has 4 sacks in 6 games since the bye week.
DL Aaron Schobel, Buffalo (4 solos, 1 asst, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 PD)
Schobel is one of the hottest defensive ends in the league with 7 sacks in his last 6 games. He's also been averaging over 4 solo tackles/game during that span.
LB Shantee Orr, Houston (5 solos, 1 asst, 3 sacks, 1 FF)
Former 1st round pick Jason Babin lost his starting job to Shantee Orr early this year, and now it looks like he may have a very hard time getting it back. Orr has been a fantasy stud over the past 2 weeks with 11 solos, 4 sacks, and a forced fumble.
LB Lance Briggs, Chicago (9 solos, 2 asst, 3 PD)
Briggs was one of the best fantasy linebackers in the league last year, and after a slow start to this year, he's starting to get back to that level. He's averaging 7 solo tackles/game over the last 6 games.
LB Bart Scott, Baltimore (7 solos, 5 asst, 1 sack)
Scott is making a case for staying in the starting lineup once Ray Lewis returns, either late this year or next year. Over the last 5 games, he has 29 solos, 12 assists, and 4 sacks, which ranks him 3rd among all LBs in fantasy points during that same time span.
LB Kirk Morrison, Oakland (11 solos)
After his second double digit solo tackle game in the past 4 weeks, Morrison now leads all rookies in tackles with 68 solos and 22 assists.
DB Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay (5 solos, 3 asst, 3 INT, 3 PD)
Ronde Barber continues to put up big tackle numbers for a CB (averaging 5/5 solos/game), but with 3 interceptions yesterday he now has 4 on the year which is the 2nd highest season total of his career.
DB Carlos Rogers, Washington (6 solos, 1 INT, 1 PD)
Rogers was a top-10 draft pick of the Redskins and although he hasn't been named a starter yet, he's starting to get extensive playing time. Over his past 2 games, he has 13 solo tackles, 2 interceptions, and 4 PD.
DB Charles Tillman, Chicago (6 solos, 1 asst, 1 sack, 1 INT, 3 PD, 1 FF)
Tillman's 69 solo tackles are #1 by far among all league cornerbacks, and only Adrian Wilson of Arizona has more among all defensive backs. He also added a sack and a huge momentum changing 95-yard interception return at the end of the first half yesterday against the Packers.
DB Clinton Hart, San Diego (4 solos, 2 asst, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 TD)
Hart got his second start at SS in place of Terrence Kiel and made the most of it with a huge game. He forced a key fumble by Lamont Jordan in the 1st quarter and then later returned an interception 70 yards for a TD to put the game out of reach.
DL Darren Howard, New Orleans (0 tackles)
Howard hasn't made an impact for 3 weeks now and really has only had about 3 good fantasy games all year. He will likely be headed to another team in the offseason, opening up a starting spot for Will Smith who continues to impress.
DL Alex Brown, Chicago (0 tackles)
After putting up 4 sacks in the previous 2 games, Alex Brown was a no-show in the stat logs on Sunday vs the Packers. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Brown's career, as he's known for short bursts of greatness followed by long stretches of mediocrity.
DL Kalimba Edwards, Detroit (1 PD)
Edwards still leads the Lions in sacks with 7, but he's failed to record at least one solo tackle in 5 of the 12 games he's played this year.
DL Charles Grant, New Orleans (3 asst)
Grant is having the worst season of his 4-year career and continues to be one of the biggest IDP disappointments at any position.
DL Reggie Hayward, Jacksonville (1 solo)
Early on this year, Hayward looked like money well spent for the Jaguars as he had 5.5 sacks in his first 6 games. But, he has 0 sacks and is averaging 1 solo tackle/game in the 6 games since then.
LB Al Wilson, Denver (3 solos)
After averaging 5.5 solos/game for the first 7 weeks of this season, Wilson has only averaged 2.4 solos/game over the past 5 weeks. He's only 28 years old, but some reports have suggested that he's playing slower than he used to.
LB Dexter Coakley, St Louis (1 PD)
Coakley has been the starting WLB for the Rams, but you probably wouldn't be able to tell just from looking at his numbers. Regardless, he appears to be done for the season after suffering a severe ankle injury yesterday when he was carted off the field with his leg in an air cast.
DB Troy Vincent, Buffalo (1 solo)
Vincent had yet another poor game, finishing with just 1 solo tackle while Dolphins WR Chris Chambers lit up the Bills secondary for 15 receptions and 238 yards.
DB Chris Harris, Chicago (1 solo)
Rookie Chris Harris has been a solid starter for the Bears all year, but he suffered a knee sprain in the 1st quarter yesterday and will be evaluated further early this week.