New York Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett landed on the starting squad. He also landed on this week’s IDP stud list. Jarrett almost single-handedly ended the hot streak of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He most definitely led his team to victory. And now he leads week 10 studs.
Jaiquawn Jarrett, Safety, New York Jets: Yes, a New York Jets player that is not on the defensive line heads the studs list. Not only a player but also a back-up player. Until Sunday the free safety position was the biggest weakness in the secondary. Not anymore. Jarrett ended the game with 10 tackles, one sack one fumble recovery and two interceptions. Not for anything but his two interceptions doubled the production of the Jets total number of interceptions in the previous nine weeks. It should also be mentioned that before the game against the Jets, Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger had only tossed three interceptions, in the previous nine weeks. What goes without mentioning is that Jarrett is a bona fide stud.
Chris Borland, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers: Forget the flop that was heard around the league. That wasn’t Borland. Think about what he was. His 17 tackles and one fumble recovery describes his performance. And when that fumble recovery happens in overtime, well, that is pretty spectacular. Borland, a rookie, will not make you forget he is replacing Patrick Willis. However, 17 tackles and a fumble recovery in overtime that led to the game winning field goal should comfort you.
Ron Parker, Cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs: I am sensing a theme here. Parker was responsible for the epic karate chop that knocked the ball out of running back Bryce Brown‘s hand as he appeared to be in for a sure touchdown. The ball bounced from the 5-yard line, into the end zone, rolling slowly out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. So credit the Chiefs 17-13 win to a Mr. Miyagi karate chop. and his eight tackles helped. But the Mr. Miyagi karate chop was epic. And all studs are epic.
Brent Grimes, Cornerback, Miami Dolphins: Let’s not look at his stats, they were pedestrian. All you have to remember is his one hand interception catch in the end zone. If he could have backed that up with some impressive stats, well, automatic entry into stud town. But as it is, he is impressive.
Jared Allen, Defensive End, Chicago Bears: I would like to say this is officially an indictment of the entire Chicago Bears defense. When you let anyone put 55 points on you, you are a dud. When you allow Jordy Nelson to run by you consecutively on a 73 yard pass and then a 40 yard pass, you are a dud. When you allow Eddie Lacy to saunter by you zigging and zagging his way to a 56-yard touchdown pass it is less than stud like. And when you allow Randall Cobb an 18-yard touchdown pass it is bad. Oh, that was all before halftime. Allen for his part contributed a measly three tackles. But hey it was a group effort.
Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: McCoy signed a seven year extension. His team is currently 1-8, and fourth in the poor NFC South. And this Sunday they had the distinction of losing to the road poor Atlanta Falcons 17-27 in Tampa. I know McCoy is playing with a broken hand. But he is playing. And to whom much is given, much is expected. One tackle isn’t much.
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Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders: Do not let this fool you, this is not about me playing Mack in my IDP league and being disappointed. I am a female used to men disappointing me. What! Does that sound bitter? So maybe it is a little about being bitter. Mack finished the game with one tackle and one forced fumble. Anyone will tell you against an offense as potent as the Denver Broncos that isn’t even close to good enough. My crushing loss in my fantasy league is truth to the aforementioned statement. Dud!
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