Eight in the Box: IDP Report
Another week, another Cleveland linebacker goes down.
Grimes (or "Grimey," as he likes to be called), an undrafted rookie out of mighty Shippensburg (go Red Raiders!) headed to the bench in favor of veteran
Jones could again have IDP relevance, if only for a limited time. A rangy free safety with pretty good ball skills, he'll play full-time against as long as rookie
Hey, look who showed up! Merriman recorded his first sacks since January 2008 on Sunday. It's good to see some signs of life, but there's little reason to be holding onto Merriman in non-keeper leagues unless you have a spot burning a hole on your bench in a sack-heavy scoring format. Merriman is still a shadow of his former self as a pass rusher, and his two solo tackles per week aren't going to make up for it.
Starks has quietly caught fire over the past four games, racking up 3.5 sacks and 13 solo tackles. Still, there's no reason to pick up a 3-4 end with his mediocre track record (never more than 4.5 sacks or 34 solo tackles in a season, one career forced fumble). He belongs on the waiver wire.
Trufant didn't exactly look sharp in his first appearance of the season, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Coming off a back injury, the Cowboys went at him early and often on Sunday. Trufant's numbers have dropped over the past few seasons as teams threw away from him more and more often. But as he gets healthier this year, he'll start making teams pay for testing him. Consider him a DB2 with nice upside, especially in big play-heavy scoring formats.
The Dolphins made the long overdue move of benching Wilson last week (excuse me while I pat myself on the back for pegging Wilson as the biggest IDP bust of '09 during the preseason). Miami is going with