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.
Da’Norris Searcy DB/Buf: 16 total tackles: 13 solo, 1 sack
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There was plenty of production to go around on Sunday for the Buffalo defense, and a little overtime didn’t hurt either. Searcy had a huge tackle day, and was also credited with 6 stops per PFF which means he was playing near the line of scrimmage plenty throughout the game. He’s been somewhat inconsistent thus far this year with most of his production coming in two games, but there should be plenty of chances moving forward with the Buffalo defense being on the field…a lot.
Alec Ogletree LB/Stl: 10 total tackles: 7 solo, 1 pass defended, 1 INT, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 TD
Perhaps one of the more shocking outcomes on Sunday was St. Louis’ absolute dismantling of the Houston Texans. With every game break, I found myself lol’ing more and more as the Rams continued to put the game out of reach. And the highlight that really caught my eye, was Ogletree looking like a freaking running back as he ran back an INT for a 98-yd pick six. Ogletree does things athletically that some receivers can’t do, and he’s clearly leaving his mark on that defense. He’s played a total of 377 snaps out of 399 this year, which means the team trusts him on passing downs and that means more opportunities to make plays. Look for him to keep up the stellar play. He’ll always lose tackles to Lauranitis, but expect the big plays to continue.
Paul Posluszny LB/Jax: 7 solo tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 INT, 1 TD
Keeping with the surprising theme, who actually saw the Jacksonville/Denver game actually being a game come half time? If you answered yes, you’re either a die hard Jags fan or a lier (so….I’ll just assume you’re a lier). And a play that stuck out in that game (like a sore thumb if you were Peyton), was Posluszny leaping for an interception that he proceeded to stumble back into the end zone with; evoking memories of one Bobby Boucher chugging back a blocked kick for a score to help the Mud Dogs get to the Bourbon Bowl. Slap Hands! Posluszny’s a stud, but you already knew that. He plays that “Foosball” well.
Jason Hatcher DL/Dal: 6 total tackles: 5 solo, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 sacks
As I’ve stated many a time, defensive tackles usually aren’t too fantasy relevant; Hatcher is making me eat my words. He’s currently PFF’s 4th ranked defensive tackle, and with 21 total tackles and 5 sacks through 6 games he’s on pace to shatter his career bests. The loss of Demarcus Ware for a few weeks will likely hurt him somewhat as teams will now make him the focal point on the Cowboys’ line, but his hot start cannot be ignored and he should be rostered if not already.
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22 total tackles: 9 solo
I’m running out of things to say about this kid. I recently said in regards to Kiko, that we could be witnessing this year’s Kuechly. Well, he’s wiping with Kuechly’s rookie year. Folks, through 6 games, this is your #1 LB for IDP, and depending on your scoring, could be the #1 overall IDP’er.
Greg Hardy/Charles Johnson DL/Car: 3 total tackles: 1 solo (Hardy), Goose Egg (Johnson)
These two get lumped together because both are having similar seasons. Each have 3 sacks (Hardy’s coming in one game) which, through 6 games is still good, but it’s not quite what most owners were expecting. And with world beater Matt Cassel at the helm on Sunday for the Vikes, one would’ve thought that they could’ve done a little more than just 3 measly tackles. You probably drafted each as a DL1 or DL2, so riding it out is probably your best bet at this point.
Brian Cushing LB/Hou: 5 total tackles: 2 solo
Cushing had gotten off to a hot start out of the gates this year, but has cooled off somewhat in recent weeks. And then on Sunday, just like most of his teammates, Cushing had an off week. But more than likely, that’s all it was–an off week.
JJ Watt DL/Hou: Goose Egg
Not much went right for Houston on Sunday, did it? Watt’s going to have his games where he takes over, but it’s clear that week in and week out, teams are going to do their best not to let him beat them.
Jason Pierre-Paul: 2 total tackles: 1 solo
To date, JPP’s season totals are: 15 total tackles (13 solo) and 1 sack. If you haven’t already, it’s time to jump ship…if you can. Weather it’s a health issue or not, it’s clear something is not right.