One of the most frustrating things in IDP leagues is seeing your stud linebacker fly all over the field on game days only to see the home score keeper dilute his performance by divvying up his tackles as assists. On the flip side, if your league doesn’t score solos and assists too differently, you’ll have a better idea of which teams hand out assists like candy. Not everyone knows this, but the NFL does not recognize a tackle as an official statistic. Tackles are scored by the home team’s official score keeper and those are the stats you see on the news and websites. The league made an effort to standardize what is and isn’t a solo tackle back in 2007 when they sent a video to all NFL teams, but it is still the discretion of the home score keeper. Even after this effort there is a still a large discrepancy from team to team and week-to-week. I will be tracking this throughout the season to give you a better idea of what to expect when choosing your IDPs each week.
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Vontaze Burfict is putting up some really solid IDP stats lately and it frustrates me. Not because he’s doing it, but because we all know he’s capable of this week in and week out. His talent or ability is never the cloud surrounding Burfict, rather it’s his knuckle headed nature. From a dynasty IDP stand point you never know when you’re going to get caught “holding the bag” but this kind of upside makes him worth the risk.
Michael Griffin was the big beneficiary of Luke Kuechly’s absence this week, not to mention Seattle pouring it on the Panthers. If you follow me on Twitter you might remember me banging the drum for A.J. Klein as a LB1 for week 13 and as long as Kuechly is sidelined. After watching him on Sunday night I’m not so sure. Klein was way out of position way too often which allowed any runner of the Seahawks to get to the third level where, you guessed it, Michael Griffin was forced to bring them down. Klein may still put up some numbers if the Panthers shut Kuechly down, which they should, but it’ll be because the number of opportunities he’ll have on a pretty bad defense.
Zachary Orr continues to rack up the tackles at the expense of C.J. Mosley and I can’t decide what to think of this long term. Mosley is by far the more talented asset but Orr is the guy putting up numbers. The question I have is whether or not he holds onto the job long term. Is this going to be a situation like Tampa Bay where Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander flip flop as the statistical benefactor?
Korey Toomer continues to produce while given the opportunity but where does he fit in next year? Denzel Perryman, Jatavis Brown, Josh Perry and possibly even Manti Te’o if he’s re-signed in free agency (unlikely, but weirder things have happened) all form one crowded linebacker group. Toomer is the kind of guy I’d flip to a contender if trading is still allowed in your leagues.
Good luck to everyone in their playoff matchups this week and to those beginning their off-season a little earlier than anticipated.
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