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.
Karlos Dansby LB/AZ: 8 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 Int, 1 TD, 1 pass defended
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Yes, I know he made the list last week, but c’ mon! He seriously has to be on the short list for defensive player of the year. And if he’s not, then he most certainly has to be the IDP player of the year, especially considering where you were probably able to snatch him up while drafting. His line as of right now is 104 total tackles (98, yes, 98 solo), 5.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 3 Int’s, 16 passes defended, and 2 TD’s.
Alec Ogletree LB/Stl: 9 total tackles (8 solo), 1 sack
It’s been an up-and-down year in the real game for the rookie from Georgia, but his supreme athleticism has allowed him to become an asset in the fake realm right out of the gate; he’s even put a dent in long-time IDP stud, James Lauranitis’ IDP stock. His 94 total tackles (79 solo) are very encouraging, and when he finally learns all the in’s and out’s of his position, will go a long way for his own stock as the secondary stats are sure to rise as well and will compliment his tackle numbers nicely. Keep him in your lineup next week as well (if you advanced that is) as he’s sure to see plenty of Jimmy Graham.
Antoine Bethea DB/Ind: 17 total tackles (10 solo)
Bethea is another classic case of a better “fake” than “real life” player, but owners couldn’t care less as they were treated to a massive tackle performance in week 14. Cincinnati was constantly breaking through the Colts’ front 7 which allowed Bethea to have plenty of tackle opportunities. Indy gets Houston in week 15, and the last time they met Bethea had 7 solo tackles to go along with 1 assist.
Justin Tuck DL/NYG: 6 total tackles (5 solo), 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Obviously NFL players are reading this column, because why else would Justin Tuck be doing so well seemingly out of nowhere? My praise of him last week must have been just the motivation he needed to start tearing things up. It’s really the only logical explanation, right? All kidding aside, while it doesn’t hurt playing against the Washington and San Diego offensive lines, Tuck has been out of this world these past two weeks, racking up 11 total tackles (9 solo) and 6 sacks. And week 15 appears to be another solid match up, as the G MEN (said in annoying Chris Berman voice) play host to Seattle who’ve given up 29 sacks in 13 games.
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James Lauranitis LB/Stl: 5 total tackles (2 solo), 1 pass defended
As stated earlier, the presence of rookie Alec Ogletree has caused a disturbance in the force that is Lauranitis’ production. By no means is he having a bad season, but for someone who routinely records well over 100 solo tackles, he will need to rack up 30 over the next 3 games just reach the plateau. On the plus side, his secondary stats are right in line with his norm: 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, and 7 passes defended.
Muhammed Wilkerson DL/NYJ: 2 solo tackles
The Jets managed to bring down McGloin three times last Sunday, but all three came from the linebacking core. Wilkerson and the rest of the defensive line were all held in check, which was surprising considering how porous Oakland’s offensive line has been this year. The matchup this week against Carolina would suggest that you keep him on the bench, but maybe there’s some sort of opposite thing happening here and he’s gonna light it up?
Chandler Jones DL/NE: 5 total tackles (2 solo)
Cleveland’s offensive line play has been terrific this year, so it’s not too big a surprise that Jones struggled in week 14. Jones has been one of the best defensive lineman in the game this year, expect a nice output next week against Miami
Robert Quinn DL/Stl: 3 total tackles (2 solo)
Quinn gets the dreaded Ugly award for week 14 because for the first time in his career he failed to record a sack against the Arizona Cardinals. I’m hurt, Robert, I’m just hurt. The matchup against the Saints in week 15 doesn’t bode all that well for him either, but it’s not any time to start getting cute with your lineups; play your studs, and Quinn is a stud.