Let’s all admit that week three was a bit of a twilight zone fantasy dark hole week. Sure there were those who scored a bazillion points, but seriously, most of us were hoping to hear Rod Serling’s voice, just for a little comfort. Even IDP players had to believe that the world was turning on the wrong axis there for bit.
But thankfully there was still some good, a lot of bad, and, well, one really fugly play to help you through the week.
In a week where the Cleveland Browns win their first game in 635 days…there was plenty of good. And well the IDP players provided a little more.
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Earl Thomas, Safety, Seattle Seahawks
Who needs practice? Thomas may be disgruntled in Seattle. Heck he may even be heading out of town. But his play is still very, very good. How good? Helping his team to their first win of the season, Thomas collected:
- 6 solo tackles
- 1 assisted tackle
- 2 interceptions
Kiko Alonso, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins
In case you haven’t heard the Miami Dolphins are currently 3-0. Forget all the hype about the offense, because the defense is making them look very, very good. Especially linebacker Alonso who is making looking good a habit.
This week against the Oakland Raiders he collected:
- 7 solo tackles
- 8 assisted tackles
Last week against the New York Jets he went out and got him some:
- 13 tackles
- 2 forced fumbles
Being good is becoming a habit for Alonso.
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Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
Say what you want about Lee, but when he is on the field, the man produces. So forget that Ezekiel Elliot is only averaging 15 rushes for the first three games. Concentrate on the good that is defense, specifically IDP specialist, Lee.
And for this week:
- 5 solo tackles
- 6 assisted tackles
- .5 sacks
And just as an aside rookie Leighton Vander Esch collected nine tackles and two assists.
Okay so there is bad and then there is BAD. These men are “mama that’s a bad man” bad. These men are Michael Jackson BAD…bad. And as IDP players, we are very happy with their badness.
Darius Leonard, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
Can we please just acknowledge what a bad…bad man Leonard is? Last week against Washington he only managed 15 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
This week his stat line?
- 9 solo tackles
- 4 assisted tackles
- 2 sacks
- 3 running plays denied for a loss of 7 yards
“Your butt is mine, Gonna tell you right
Just show your face, In broad daylight”
Derwin James, Safety, Los Angeles Chargers
Sure the Chargers are being overlooked by their coastal brothers the Rams, but nevertheless, James isn’t letting it slow him down:
- 7 solo tackles
- 2 assisted tackles
- 1 interception
“I’m giving you, On count of three
To show your stuff, Or let it be”
Wesley Woodyard, Linebacker, Tennessee Titans
Promoting the Brady theory that age ain’t nothing but a number, Woodyard is the quintessential bad man. He has been doing it for so long that we forget just how much badness Woodyard dispenses each week. And this week:
- 10 solo tackles
- 2 assisted tackles
- 1 sack
Yeah, these men are so good they’re bad.
“Because I’m bad, I’m Bad come on
You know I’m bad, I’m bad come on”
And then there is the FUGLY:
Maybe if it hadn’t been in a Monday night game we would have been distracted by the other games going on, but no such luck. This week’s FUGLY award goes to none other than…
Chris Conte, Safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yahoo.com called the stiff arm delivered by Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald to Conte, soul crushing. Watch and decide for yourself. One thing for sure…it was FUGLY!
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The quoted lyrics are of course from Michael Jackson’s BAD