“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Report”: Week 4

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“You see, in this world there’s two types of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

Oddly enough, this immortal quote from Clint Eastwood, a.k.a “Blondie”, in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” also applies to fantasy football. You see, in our fake little world there’s two types of people: those that play IDP and those who don’t. If you find yourself getting all warm and tingly inside when a linebacker brings down a ball carrier or when a lineman comes off the edge and takes off the opposing quarterback’s head, then you know full well of the joys that accompany playing the superior version of fake football. If that doesn’t happen to you…well, you can keep digging…

Each week, the “GBU Report” will rundown what transpired in the previous week of IDP; highlighting some of the good, bad, and you guessed it, maybe even some ugly performances from the “other” side of the ball. And then, in addition to reminiscing on what was, I will also give you a brief preview of what to possibly expect in the upcoming week.

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Stephen Tulloch LB/Det: 14 total tackles: 10 solo/4 assist, 1 sack

For me, Tulloch has always been a very underrated player. Maybe it’s the fact that the Lions’ defense is usually a sieve. Maybe it’s the fact that by the numbers, he’s really just a mediocre “real life” linebacker. Whatever the case, for fantasy purposes (which is how we should really measure players, right?) he’s usually pretty solid. A stout Lions front 4 helps him to rack up the tackles, and he should continue to do so. The Lions will be in a lot of shootouts and their defense will be on the field plenty.

Sean Lee LB/Dal: 18 total tackles: 15 solo/3 assist, 1 Int, 1 pass defended, 1 TD

You hear that? That’s the collective “FINALLY!!!” from every single Sean Lee owner. The stud Cowboys linebacker had gotten out of the gates rather slowly, but a Sunday afternoon in sunny San Diego proved to be the cure for whatever was ailing him. He chalked up an impressive 3.7 pass coverage rating per PFF and used that stellar coverage to bring in an INT and then find pay dirt. The matchup next week against Denver will be a tough one, but we can hope the dark days are behind him, and he’ll be able to run with some of those receivers.

Navorro Bowman LB/SF: 6 total tackles: 5 solo/1assist, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass defended

The combination of Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman is the equivilant of IDP porn. Both are studs. But when one misses time due to injury, the other shifts into high gear and goes full-on ape mode. Thus was the case last Thursday night in St. Louis. The tackle numbers may not have necessarliy been there, but he absolutely diesregarded any semblance of a Rams pass block and was able to bring down Bradford twice, including the ever-so popular “strip sack”.


Kiko Alonso LB/Buf: 5 total tackles: 2 solo/3 assist, 2 passes defended, 2 Int’s

I’m seriously considering changing the name of this column to “I heart Kiko”. The rookie just keeps getting better, and I as long as he keeps playing like this I couldn’t care less if I put his name on here every week. He’s PFF’s 5th rated inside linebacker, and the main reason for this is his outstanding pass coverage (something rarely found in young linebackers). This gives me extreme faith in his future as he’s already advanced in perhaps the hardest part of the game, and will allow him to focus on reading and diagnosing plays which will lead to more tackles.

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Jason Pierre-Paul DL/NYG: 1 solo tackle

JPP, quite simply, has not been himself so far this year. With 1 measly sack and only 12 total tackles thus far, it’s clear that he’s just not “back” from the offseason surgery. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, you likely drafted him as your DL1 and are probably stuck running him out there every week. My only advice is to practice patience, or perhaps find an owner who might take him off your hands based on his name value. Either way, it looks like rough waters ahead until he’s fully healthy.

Chandler Jones DL/NE: 2 total tackles: 1 solo/1 assist

I don’t know about you, but I needed Jones to come through for me in the worst way Sunday night, and he left me hanging. The signs were in place for him to succeed: the Falcons had already surrendered 4 sacks on the year, and he was going up against a rusty Sam Baker. He was held in check all night with one exception where he almost had Ryan dead to rights but the savvy quarterback was able to dump the ball before he was brought down (and as you know, almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades). His slow night doesn’t faze me going forward however; Jones is an emerging talent in this league, and should settle in as a low-end DL1 by season’s end.

Michael Kendricks LB/Phi: 4 solo tackles

Kendricks has really taken over as one of the leaders of the Eagle defense, and going into week 4 had 31 total tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Well, in week 4 he came crashing back down to earth a little. The Broncos did most of their damage through the air on Sunday (what else is new), as well as did a very good job at getting to the next level with their run blocking. This all lead to the young linebacker with not many opportunities. Fear not however, the Eagles draw the Giants in week 5. Which, in case you haven’t noticed are a mess and should serve as a good bounce back game for Philly defenders.

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Justin Houston LB/KC: 2 solo tackles

If you read last week’s GBU Report (thank you btw), you’ll remember I lauded Houston for his monster week against Philly in which he registered 4.5 sacks, and said that he was in line for another big week against the Giants. Now, before you jump all over me, let me just remind you that he was facing a rookie left tackle on an offensive line that had given up 11 sacks in 3 games. Feel better? Yeah, me neither. I really don’t know what to say here. Tamba Hali managed to have a good game. Why, Justin? Why!!!!?. Hopefully next week against Tennessee he can totally redeem himself. Just keep in mind, Houston is what I refer to as a “game changer”. One week he can blow a game open for you like he did last week, and the next he’ll be a hole in your lineup.

 

 

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