The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Report: Week 7

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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.

Clint full of #Rig/

Clint full of #Rig/

The Good

Chandler Jones DL/NE: 11 total tackles (8 solo), 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Sacks

That’s now 4 sacks in the two games against the Jets this year for the brother of UFC Light Heavyweight, Johnny “Bones” Jones. And like his brother, Chandler possess freak athletic talent and is just beginning to tap into it. He’s solidified himself as a top shelf fantasy DL, and is currently on pace for just over 80 total tackles and nearly 15 sacks.

Antonio Allen DB/NYJ: 9 total tackles (5 solo), 1 Int, 3 Passes Defended, 1 TD

Often times in fantasy football we have a case where a player’s real life value or performance does not match that of his fake. Enter: Antonio Allen’s week 7 performance. In case you were living under a rock or happen to stumble across this article by accident and have no clue what I’m talking about, Rob Gronkowski made his much anticipated season debut this last Sunday and it was Allen’s job to cover him. Allen didn’t grade out that well (actually received and negative grade per PFF), but you wouldn’t have guessed that by his stat line, and that’s all we really care about. Allen likely isn’t on but only the deepest of rosters, and it should probably stay that way, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the Patriots remaining schedule. Whoever’s gonna be covering “The Gronk” (thanks, Dierdorf) is gonna have busy day.

Jamari Lattimore LB/GB: 12 total tackles (9 solo), 1 Pass Defended, 1 sack

Lattimore, who was taking the place of Nick Perry, who was taking the place of Clay Matthews, made the most of the presented opportunity with a huge afternoon. It appears that Lattimore may be worth a plug n’ play while Perry and Matthews are away, and if he keeps this up maybe he’ll see more playing time even when they return.

Erin Henderson LB/Min: 15 total tackles (12 solo), 1 sack

If you subjected yourself to that mind-numbingly boring game on Monday night you might not have noticed due to the largely horrible play by both teams, but Henderson was all over the field–and has been all year. Going into this season, most people would’ve said that Chad Greenway was the Viking linebacker to own for IDP, and while Greenway is still doing well, Henderson is outplaying him. He’s an LB1 for most scoring settings and there’s no reason to think his stellar play won’t continue.

Lee Van Cleef and mustache in all it's glory/

Lee Van Cleef and mustache in all it’s glory/

The Bad

Tyrann Mathieu DB/AZ: 2 solo tackles

This is the first time the rookie has found himself on my bad list this year, which is quite a feat in itself, but his week 7 performance was a dud (as was most of the Arizona’s players). I’m not concerned in the slightest, the Honey Badger has been making plays all year. His most impressive stat: out of his 42 total tackles, 41 are solo.

Luke Kuechly LB/Car: 3 solo tackles, 1 pass defended

Kuechly’s second “bad” performance thus far, and the first negative PFF grade to boot. Many people’s consensus first overall pick hasn’t quite lived up to the billing, but he’s just too talented to not to pick things up. He gets the Bucs and a rookie QB next Thursday night which should yield a rebound game for the stud linebacker.

Kiko Alonso LB/Buf: 4 total tackles (3 solo)

I’m as shocked as you are. Kiko’s really only bad game thus far. He’s still a top 3 linebacker, and the 6th rated ILB per PFF. Nothing to see here. Chalk it up to just a slow day at the office.



The Ugly

Season-Ending Injuries

I can’t remember a more rough weekend football wise than the one we had this last week. I realize injuries are a part of the game, but my heart just breaks for guys like Brian Cushing who was having a terrific comeback season, only to tear up the same knee he tore last year. It was an ugly weekend. Here’s to a brighter and hopefully healthier week 8!





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