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.
Cameron Wake DL/Mia: 6 total tackles (5 solo), 1 Forced Fumble, 3 sacks, 1 Safety
Fake Pigskin Exclusive: Join Monkey Knife Fight and Get an Instant 100% Deposit Match PLUS a Free $5 Game!
Heath issues have plagued Wake since week 2, and week 8 against Cincinnati was the first time he’d registered a sack since week 1. I hope in your case he wasn’t sitting on your bench, but if he was it’s certainly hard to blame you given his performance up until now. Wake is a premier pass rusher and it certainly looks as if the health issues are behind him; giving owners a nice return in value just when they need him most.
Eric Weddle DB/SD: 15 total tackles (9 solo)
Eric Weddle, a.k.a “Ol’ Reliable”, has been exactly that this year with his 62 total tackles and 6 passes defended; currently a low end DB 1 in tackle heavy scoring, which is exactly what his owners drafted him to be. It does come as somewhat of a surprise though that he has no turnovers yet, but with his knack for being around the ball and solid skills against the pass (2.2 coverage rating per PFF), it’s safe to say the the 2nd half of the season should yield a few turnovers for the San Diego stud.
Earl Thomas DB/Sea: 12 total tackles (8 solo)71 total tackles (61 solo), 6 passes defended, 2 Forced Fumbles, 4 Int’s–that’s the line of your #1 DB through 9 games. Thomas has never been a huge tackle monster, but he’s currently on pace to shatter his previous best of 87 total tackles set back in 2010. His newly found tackle prowess, coupled with his ball-hawking tendencies have made him a deadly fantasy and real life safety, and a game against the erratic Falcons in week 10 is a dream matchup for fantasy owners.
Paul Worrilow LB/Atl: 19 total tackles (9 solo)
In just his 4th start, this Atlanta rookie has demonstrated sideline-to-sideline ability, and week 9 against Carolina proved to be a truly dominant fantasy performance. Worrilow has drawn comparisons to former Atlanta great Keith Brooking, and has definitely carved out a permanent starting role in that defense even when Sean Wetherspoon returns. If he’s sitting on your waiver wire he might be worth an add. Don’t expect 19 tackles every week, but if similar production is forthcoming then he could be a nice boost down the fantasy stretch.
Demeco Ryans LB/Phi: 11 total tackles, 1 pass defended
Robert Quinn DL/Stl: 3 total tackles (2 solo)
Quinn didn’t practice most of the week due to an illness, and his poor showing on Sunday probably had something to do with the fact that he wasn’t 100%. The Titans have been abysmal at protecting the quarterback this year so fantasy owners were probably licking their chops, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Don’t be too hard on your star rusher though. He’s still an unquestioned DL1 and is likely only behind Chandler Jones in scoring at the position. The Rams get the Colts in week 10, who have troubles of their own keeping Mr. “Neck Beard” upright.
Greg Hardy DL/Car: 3 total tackles (1 solo)
If we got points for how a player graded out on PFF, Hardy would be doing pretty solid. Unfortunately, we don’t, and Hardy is struggling mightily in the fake realm; through 8 games he has a measly 5 sacks–with 3 of those coming in one game. He’s far off the pace from his own projected 50 sack season, but his solid PFF does give us hope moving forward that he can turn it around. Games against Miami, Tampa Bay, and the New York Jets are on the horizon.
Erin Henderson LB/Min: 4 total tackles (3 solo)
This was Henderson’s lowest tackle total to date this season. Most of the tackles went to defensive backs which means Dallas was doing it’s damage further down the field. Henderson should rebound this week against Washington. He’s still a low-end LB1 is most leagues.
Jared Allen DL/Min: 1 solo tackle
Allen is no stranger to this section of the column, in fact, this makes 2 “ugly” performances in a row for the Viking pass rusher. He’s frustrating fantasy owners to no end, and perhaps something even more frustrating is the fact he was credited with 9 QB hurries per PFF in week 9, meaning he was on Tony Romo’s heels all game long but just couldn’t get home. Do we dare say he’s a matchup play at this point? If that’s the case, then you’d be wise to sit him against Washington this week.