The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Report: Week 15

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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

Bobby Wagner LB/Sea: 10 total tackles (8 solo), 1.5 sacks

Since returning in week 8 from an injury that cost him 2 games, Wagner has been on an absolute tear, racking up 65 total tackles (45 solo), 1 Int, and 4 sacks. He hasn’t quite produced at the level owners drafted him for due to some earlier season struggles and the aforementioned injury, but if the later half of his season is any indication of how he can perform when he’s on, then he should easily scale the linebacker ranks next year and regain his LB1 status yet again.

Robert Quinn DL/Stl: 5 solo tackles, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery, 2 sacks

Quinn used his “Ugly” label that I awarded him last week as motivation to completely dominate a matchup that–on paper–suggested he wouldn’t. He was a nightmare for the Saints offensive line all day, and is putting a cap on a season truly deserving of Defensive Player of the Year. He draws another savory matchup next week against Tampa Bay.

Jurrell Casey DL/Ten: 9 total tackles (5 solo), 1.5 sacks

Casey took advantage of THE worst offensive line in the league (according to PFF) on Sunday, and amassed an impressive 4.4 overall PFF rating, to go along with his even more impressive 35.0 overall rating. He’s been just as good in the fantasy circles, especially considering he’s a defensive tackle. He’s currently a DL1, and while his week 16 matchup against Jacksonville isn’t as enticing as far as pass rushing goes, the Jags have been the worst run blocking team this season. Casey should be in that backfield all day long, and should be able to bring down the quarterback at least once while he’s back there.

Tashaun Gibson DB/Clev: 8 total tackles (5 solo), 2 passes defended, 2 Int’s, 1 TD

While Twitter appeared to be collectively holding it’s breath in nervous anticipation for Josh Gordon do break out of his funk, a few members of the Cleveland defense were enjoying a nice afternoon. Gibson was one of those as he picked off Jay Cutler twice, and returned one of them for a score. Gibson’s season has been a tale of two halves, with the first half being very kind and the second half not so much. In fact, his interceptions on Sunday were only his 3rd and 4th of the year and his first since week 6. With his lack of tackle production it’s hard to trust him in your lineup because secondary stats (especially TD’s) cannot be counted on from week to week, but he does get the Jets and Geno Smith this next week, so…..

Paul Posluszny LB/Jack: 13 total tackles (9 solo), 1 sack

Ho hum, just another typical Posluszny day in what’s been another typical Posluszny season. He’s a beast.

The Bad

Nick Roach LB/Oak: 2 solo tackles

Going into week 15, Roach was coming off 3 straight games where he was averaging 10 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble, so he was bound to have dud, but fantasy owners sure would’ve liked to have his good fortunes for at least another week. Outside of only a couple games, Roach has been awesome this year and a great value as he currently sits as an LB2, but was likely had for an LB3 or possibly even an LB4 price.

Eric Weddle DB/SD: 3 solo tackles, 1 pass defended

By my eye, Weddle drew Julius Thomas in coverage last Thursday night, and for the first couple drives that was working just fine, but as all JT owners know, that was about all the work the star tight end got that night. Unfortunately, that meant “Mr. Reliable”, Eric Weddle was in line for a slow night as well. He’ll look to rebound next week against Oakland and put the finishing touches on yet another DB1 season.

The Ugly

JJ Watt DL/Hou: 5 total tackles (1 solo)

At at mere 9.5 sacks, it would appear my prediction of Mr. Watt not surpassing the 15 sack mark would be almost a done deal. He’s still had superb real and fake seasons, but at this point I’d say it’s fair to say that he’s likely fallen short of what fantasy owners expected when they took him over some big name linebackers.




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