The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Report: Week 11

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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.

The Good

Vontaze Burfict LB/Cin: 15 total tackles (10 solo), 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass defended, 1 TD

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For the second week in a row, a Cincinnati linebacker comes through with a massive performance. Burfict’s huge day was highlighted by a romp to the end zone, but truth be told he would’ve had a great day on tackles alone. He’s currently PFF’s 3rd ranked 4-3 OLB, and a surefire LB1. Burfict may have entered the league with a lot of red flags, but there’s no questioning his on-field efforts. He’s a stud.

Joe Haden DB/Clev: 2 assisted tackles, 2 passes defended, 2 INT’s, 1 TD

I chronicle Joe Haden’s performance today with much bitterness, and I’m sure all AJ Green owners out there will sympathize with me. My shower cry aside, on a fake level, Haden was a monster. However, unless you’re in a league that designates the cornerback position that big day was either on your bench or on your waiver wire. The lesson to learn here is cornerbacks rarely return much value in most IDP leagues.

Navorro Bowman LB/SF: 15 total tackles (13 solo)

Performances like Bowman’s on Sunday against New Orleans are ones that genuinely bring a smile to my face. Oh sure, I enjoy it when my IDP’ers get a sack, INT, or on the rare occasion a TD, but for one who mainly plays in tackle-heavy leagues, a monster tackle day is money in the bank and any secondary stats they may get are simply gravy. It never ceases to amaze me how productive–from a real and fake level–Bowman and Willis can be. They are simply a joy to watch anytime I get the chance.

Paul Worrilow LB/Atl: 16 total tackles (13 solo)

A few weeks ago I featured Worrilow in this section of the column, saying he was worth a stash but to not expect the same output when Sean Weatherspoon returns. Well, “Spoon” came back this week, and Worrilow was still a beast in the middle, posting his third straight game of 15 or more total tackles. He must be rostered in all leagues at this point; looks like he’s the real deal.

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Julius Peppers DL/Chi: 11 total tackles (8 solo), 2 sacks

A dominant day from one of the all-time greats, just too bad these kinds of days are few and far between now a days. The 2 sacks on Sunday brought his season total to 4. He does however have a nice matchup against the Rams next week.

The Bad

TJ Ward DB/Clev4 total tackles (2 solo)

An uncharacteristically bad day from one of the best real and fake DB’s this year, and the PFF score backed it (-1.7). I wouldn’t read to much into his performance this week, and would just chalk it up to a bad day at the office. Absolutely no reason not to have him in your lineup next week against the Steelers.

Erin Henderson: 6 total tackles (1 solo)

Henderson came into this game with an illness so he likely wasn’t 100%, but none the less he was still handled by the Seahawks offensive line. Again, probably not much to be concerned about here as long as he’s healthy; he’s still either a low-end LB1 or high-end LB2 in most leagues.

The Ugly

Von Miller LB/Den: 1 assist

Ok, so it’s not too hard to find a edge rushing linebacker who struggles and stick him in the ugly section, but in tackle heavy or balanced scoring leagues I just don’t see the appeal of starting one. Case in point: Von Miller Sunday night against the Chiefs. Yes the upside is massive, but so is the floor. Miller’s week 12 matchup against the Patriots isn’t any better either, and we all know “Hoodie” has a tendency of taking away an opponents best player.




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