Buffalo Bills’ CB Leodis McKelvin made the headlines in Week 1, but glancing at my fantasy football standings there were plenty of duds playing as well. Either way, you know what they say, stats don’t lie. So here are the list of the defensive players who were studs and duds.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers: Yes, he was on the wrong end of a classic stomp down. Nevertheless, this rookie put on his big boy pants and played well. He finished the game with three tackles, two assists, one sack and one fumble recovery. He did miss on a couple of tackles, but more often than not he was everywhere on the field. And did I mention he is a rookie? It’s a nice start.
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Johnathan Joseph, Houston Texans: I love me some J.J. Watt. But I also love me some huge stats. Joseph collected 11 tackles. That’s a lot of tackles, especially on a team that is loaded with superior talent.
Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo Bills: Um did I mention that I might be a stat whore? Okay, that is slightly harsh…wait no it’s really not. And now I have a special kind of passion and it’s for McKelvin. Why you may ask? It’s simple. Against the Chicago Bears McKelvin collected one forced fumble and 13 tackles.
Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams: Don’t get me wrong, I still have faith that Quinn is a stud, however, he, and let’s be fair, the rest of the Rams defense were porous Sunday. Quinn finished the game with two tackles. That’s it. He collected no sacks, no forced fumbles, only two tackles. I am without words.
Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets: I desperately need someone to remind Richardson he was the Defensive Rookie of the Year. I will not utter the words “sophomore slump” after one game. But when you end a game with no stats, I will be thinking them.
LaMarr Woodley, Oakland Raiders: Maybe it is just my expectations. Maybe it is the Pittsburgh Steeler pedigree. But one tackle and one assisted tackle does not a stud make. I need more. And coincidently, so do the Raiders.
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