This week I’m highlighting four players based on their Week 6 showings and passing judgment on the rest of the season for each. In the case of the first, injuries and ineffectiveness have played a big role in why each is where he is and why I’m buying, selling, sticking or passing.
BUY Louis Delmas
Knee surgery sidelined Delmas for the first four games of the Lions season, but he wasted no time showing owners what he can do. Delmas totaled seven tackles and an interception. He didn’t sack Michael Vick but he did record two hurries, a good sign that he will eventually pick up some sacks. Most importantly, the Lions showed no fear about throwing him right in the fire. Delmas was on the field for 85 of the Lions 87 defensive snaps. Going forward Delmas has the look of a DB3 with DB2 upside and he’s an immediate add in all leagues.
HOLD Mario Williams
Not that you’d really consider selling Super Mario, but his two-sack showing in Week 6 leaves hope for improvement. Through five games, Chris Kelsay failed to generate much pressure opposite Williams as he recorded zero sacks and just four QB hurries. That meant opposing offensive lines were free to double Williams and chip him with backs freely. In Week 6, both ends got off the schneid, Kelsay with four hurries and a sack and Williams with two sacks. Despite the extra attention, Williams has 13 hurries on the season so there was already room for optimism. Haters will point out how poor Arizona’s line has been in pass protection, but I think this is a sign of things to come for Williams and I’m looking to acquire before he really goes off.
PASS Madieu Williams
Sure Williams recorded 10 solo and five assists this week. Strangely, it sure seemed like a lot of Redskins topped the tackles list for the week. That’s because they played 86 defensive snaps. Williams appeared on 83 of those blowing away his previous high of 75. The Skins won’t be on the field quite so much every week, so it’s safe to say Williams won’t get nearly so many chances. This defense is still trying to define itself without Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker, but a 31-year-old safety who hasn’t topped 60 tackles in four years doesn’t have the scent of the guy who will lead it. I’m passing.
SELL Rolando McClain
I have to admit the error of my ways on McClain. I truly thought he was headed for big things this year but he has floundered. 17 solos and 10 assists through five games have made him virtually useless in IDP leagues. The really troubling fact is that he’s no longer a nickel backer for the Raiders. Against Atlanta, McClain was on the field for just 18 snaps while Philip Wheeler and Miles Burris appeared on all 56 plays for the silver and black. The Raiders seem to be starting to move on from McClain and owners need to as well. He’s safe to drop when you