NFL 2018 Week 5: The Good, the Bad and the Fugly…IDP Edition

How do you measure greatness?  It has to be more than traditional stats…right?  Hmm…maybe. Did you know that according to Pro Football Focus, Cincinnati Bengals Geno Atkins leads all defensive players in pressures through Week 5?  He has 31 total pressures.  That’s even though he collected only three tackles for Week 5 totaling 22 on the season.  Okay for IDP fantasy football stats, but not really good enough.

And Richard Sherman, he of the San Francisco 49ers, leads all NFL cornerbacks in passer rating, allowing only 39.6 rating through Week 5.  That makes Sherman a bad man…by any standard.  Only not this week, not bad enough.

And fugly…it is standard.  Those men who have robbed us of valuable IDP fantasy points.  Yes, you know who you are!

The Good  

The Arizona Cardinals got their first win against the San Francisco 49ers.  The defense held the 49ers to 18 total points.  And how you may ask?

Safety Budda Baker collected 15 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss…and linebacker Josh Bynes added 11 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery.

Not going 0-5, that’s good.  Having Baker and Bynes on your fantasy team this week, that was real good.

The Bad

So The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, states that “bad”, is used to mean “wonderful; deeply satisfying; stunningly attractive or stylish, sexy.”

Personally, I am going with wonderful and deeply satisfying, because well that’s exactly what these performances were:

Dallas Cowboys lost to the Houston Texans in overtime, because their head coach lacked the balls to go for it on fourth and one.

Fortunately, the linebacker crew held up their end.

Rookie Leighton Vander Esch collected 13 tackles; and Jaylon Smith added 12 total tackles and one sack.

On a team with an impotent offense and a head coach seemingly unable to rise to the occasion, it’s good to know that there are still some bad…bad…men handling the defensive side of the ball.

The Fugly

This is the very definition of what the refs are doing to defensive players.  So no, Jerry Hughes you aren’t fugly. It’s what these rules, ostensibly to protect the quarterback, are doing to defensive players, the game of NFL football and my fantasy IDP stats!

Come on refs…let them play.  Otherwise it just turns into another video of Antonio Brown’s son playing flag football.

Good luck in Week 6!

And talk at me or to me Twitter @neverenoughglt


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