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.
Daryl Washington LB/AZ: 9 total tackles: 8 solo, 2 sacks, 1 pass defended, 1 INT
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We always could spot a friend
And I smile when I think
How you must have been“
In other words, perhaps the most dominant linebacker in IDP has returned from his 4 game ban. Rejoice all ye who play IDP.
Barry Church DB/Dal: 11 total tackles: 10 solo, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble
If you were watching the track meet that was the Denver/Dallas game, you may have noticed that Denver tight end Julius Thomas had a big game. Well, Church had coverage responsibilities on Thomas most of the game which meant he had ample tackle opportunities. He also seemed to be in on nearly every single check down or underneath pass to the running backs as well. Church has had quite the season thus far, and with the Dallas linebackers not exactly lighting it up, that means the chances for Church to shine should continue.
Karlos Dansby LB/AZ: 8 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass defended, 1 INT
Dansby did a very admirable job filling in at middle linebacker for Daryl Washington while he was away, but most thought that when the All-Pro returned that Dansby’s production would fall off. Now, we only have one game to base our judgement off of, but if Sunday was any indication of things to come I’d say there will be plenty to go around for the two of them. Arizona is very active with their linebacking core, and Dansby should still post solid numbers going forward. He’ll likely get a slight ding in the tackle department with Washington being back, but it should still be enough to complement his secondary stats nicely.
DeAndre Levy LB/Det: 14 total tackles: 11 solo, 1 pass defended
“If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break,
When The Levee Breaks I’ll have no place to stay.”
Yes, for those scoring at home, that’s my second song reference. Do I get extra points for creativity at least? Ok, moving on…
I don’t know that Levy has quite become the player many thought he’d be (injuries haven’t helped), but none the less he’s a very solid linebacker when on the field. And this year he’s off to his best start ever. He’s very adept in the passing game which allows him to stay on the field for passing downs, and that young, athletic defensive line allows he and fellow backer, Stephen Tulloch to pick up the pieces. Right now, he’s a solid LB2 and should continue to produce as such going forward.
Dontari Poe DL/KC: 7 total tackles: 6 solo, 1 sack
In this just his second season, Poe is emerging into one of the premier defensive tackles in the game. When watching the Chiefs, it seems as if he’s always making a play behind the line, and that special play has garnered him some fantasy love as well. To date, he has 4.5 sacks but it’s his 19 tackles (17 solo) combined with those sacks that are making him fantasy relevant. Defensive tackles traditionally aren’t fake studs, but every once in a while one comes along that can get the job done. He’s putting together the type of year thus far that reminds me of Ndamukong Suh’s rookie year, and if you remember, he did pretty decent that year (48 tackles, 10 sacks).
…..yeah, you already know….
Robert Quinn DL/Stl: 2 solo tackles
Not much to see here, Quinn is still a top 3 DL in most leagues and he’s maturing mightily as a pass rusher. One just would’ve thought he was gonna do SOMETHING against that Jacksonville offensive line.
JJ Watt DL/Hou: 3 solo tackles
It seemed on Sunday night, that when Chris Collinsworth wasn’t playing doctor, he was gushing about Mr. Watt. And while Watt did make a couple of nice tackles for loss, that’s all he was able to do. Kaepernick only threw 15 passes all night, so Watt never really had much of a chance to do any damage, and it was clear that when they did decide to throw they weren’t going to let him beat them. He gets the porous Rams’ o-line next week. Good things.
Derrick Johnson LB/KC: 5 total tackles: 4 solo
Yes, I know, not horrible but just not what we’re accustomed to from the leader of the Chiefs’ defense. As usual, the vast majority of Johnson’s tackles are of the solo variety–which is great–but that just means if it’s a slow day at the office, the chances of him chipping in with some assists to boost his totals aren’t too likely.
Julius Peppers DL/Chi: Goose Egg
Peppers isn’t quite the dominant, athletic pass rusher who used to just take over games anymore, but he’s still capable of providing solid numbers. Week 5 wasn’t one of those times, as the Saints did a good job keeping him at bay. The Bears meet the Giants in week 6 in a primetime matchup on Thursday night. The Giants haven’t exactly been the perfect model of pass protection thus far, and Peppers should be able to have a nice outing.