One of the more 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 an assist. On the flip side, if your league doesn’t score solos and assists too differently, you’ll have a better idea of what 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 still the discretion of the scorekeeper. 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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D’Qwell Jackson continues to put up great numbers week in and week out. He’s been able to increase his total tackle numbers each week this season, going from nine in weeks one and two to 12 in week three and an awesome 17 in week four. With Houston and Arian Foster on deck this Thursday, he actually has the chance to better his gaudy week four numbers. He’s locked in as a LB1 for the rest of the season.
Vincent Rey isn’t a household name but he’s putting up solid tackle numbers as an every down linebacker for Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati. Don’t expect 15 tackles to be the norm, but Rey is going to maintain LB3 value.
I’ve been a big fan of Johnathan Cyprien since he entered the league but I was starting to get pretty nervous about him. Week four made me fall in love with him all over again, warts and all. Cyprien is going to be up and down like most defensive backs, but his upside is what I want out of my DB2.
Don’t fall into the trap known as Lawrence Timmons again. He’s a much better NFL linebacker than fantasy asset and the majority of resurgence is due to the absence of Ryan Shazier. Shazier returned to practice on Monday and is expected to make his return this week. Don’t forget, he had seven tackles in week one and 15 in week two. He’s the linebacker to own in Pittsburgh.
Manti Te’o continues to be a weekly headache. He’s started the season with five tackles, 10 tackles, five tackles and 13 tackles while playing 99% of the snaps. His week three stinker against the Vikings was a real head scratcher, but with Mike Vick and Le’Veon Bell coming to town this week he should once again flirt with double digit tackles.
There’s a lot of moving parts with the Cowboys defense right now. Sean Lee is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Rolando McClain returns from his four game suspension this week and Anthony Hitchens continues chugging away wherever he’s needed. His sack potential on top of his consistent tackle numbers make him an intriguing prospect as a high end LB3, low end LB2 for now, especially during the bye weeks.
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