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I’ve spent most of the week in deep thought about one of the more important things in life right now: Why don’t Robert Quinn and Chris Long have a nickname yet? Bash Brothers is already taken. I was thinking something like Ebony and Ivory, but I guess we probably want to avoid the race issue. Then I got to thinking that the word sack should probably be included, but that evokes memory of another duo. Regardless of what you call them, you have to call their performance on Monday Night Football spectacular. On a night when the St. Louis offense couldn’t close the deal, their defense gave them a chance to win.

Quinn and Long combined for 9 tackles and 6 sacks in one of the more dominant pass rush displays we’ve seen by a team this year. Their impact performances were nearly matched by Bruce Irvin, who had 8 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in just his 4th game back from a suspension. There were plenty more great games in Week 8, as well as some not-so-great games, so let’s take a closer look.

Chris Jones – I led off with him last week, and I’m not going to mess with a good thing. After his huge game against the Jets, Jones reprised his performance with 7 tackles and sack against Miami. The bad news is that the Pats traded for Isaac Sopoaga on Tuesday, giving Jones some competition up front. Jones should still see the majority of the snaps this week, but it’s definitely a situation to monitor given the production coming from this spot.

Osi Umenyiora – I honestly can’t bring myself to believe that he’s washed up. Throughout his career, when healthy, Osi has been a constant threat in third-and-long situations, but this year something just seems off. It might be that Atlanta’s secondary is so terrible that Osi doesn’t have the time to get to the QB. Whatever the reason, Osi is moving down my ranks until he shows me that he still has it.

Craig Robertson – One of the more pleasant surprises in the LB ranks this year has been Robertson, who has become a nice complement to D’Qwell Jackson, and has possibly eaten into Jackson’s production. Robertson put up his best game of the year on Sunday, racking up 11 tackles and a sack and he’s nearing the top 20 LBs on the season. If he’s not owned in your league, make a move now.

Dont’a Hightower – Last week I told you that I was leaning towards Brandon Spikes as the Pats LB to own for the rest of the season. While I’m not exactly changing my tune a week later, I am altering the tune slightly. Auto-tuning if you will. Because it appears that the Pats will be trotting out two LBs that are worth owning each week. Spikes had a solid 9 tackles, but Hightower exploded for 10 tackles and his first sack of the season. Both of these young LBs should be owned.

Earl Thomas – Before the season, I thought Thomas was just a cog in a Seattle secondary that was too crowded to produce another IDP contributor. A month ago, I thought Thomas was worth adding, but thought his fast start would slow down. Now I am telling you that I was wrong. Thomas currently sits at DB2 on the year, and he’s put up at least 6 tackles in all but one game. He has improbably (in my mind at least) become a must-start in the DB ranks.

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  1. J-FOH says:
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    Why bostic so low?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J-FOH:

      I need to see him perform at this level consistently before I can bump him up. I’m also wary of Anderson and Greene stealing some opportunities. Next week could be a different story.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Thoughts on Bruce Irvin as a DL going forward, I have Quinn, but might need to use him as a trade chip and need to cover my ass. Irvin looked good last week and they have moved him to strong side now.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Thoughts on Bruce Irvin as a DL going forward, I have Quinn, but might need to use him as a trade chip and need to cover my ass. Irvin looked good last week and they have moved him to strong side now.

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @J-FOH:

          If Irvin has DL eligibility, then I like him slightly more than Clemons/Avril/Bennett. It’s crowded up front in Seattle, but Irivin gets the benefit of the 2-point stance (as well as a higher talent ceiling) to separate him. I’d have no problem relying on him at DL if you can get good value for Quinn.

  2. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    I always smile when I see my IDP choices show up in the top 5 of Kevin’s rankings because I know it’s gonna be a good week. Thank God for like minds and deep player pools in 10 team, 2 IDP starter leagues :)

  3. Prez says:
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    Wake out there.. drop jared allen for him?

    Thanks!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Prez:

      That’s a tough one, how many DLs can you start and who else can you drop? They’re pretty equal to me, though I would lean Wake if he shows he’s 100% tonight.

      • Prez says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: pretty shallow in this league. We start 4 idp (2 LB, 1 DL, 1 DB).. cant really drop anyone else, ive just been setting it and forgetting it with allen. You say hold and keep an eye on wake tonight?

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @Prez:

          Yeah that’s what I would do. I like Wake’s ceiling more than Allen’s at this point, but he’s just been banged up all year so we haven’t seen him let loose yet. Matchup isn’t ideal tonight, but I’m feeling a breakout game for him.

          • Prez says:
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            @Kevin Kumpf: thanks bud! Be safe tonight!

  4. Principle Blackman says:
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    Is there a particular reason that you are optimistic about Weddle this week compared to the ECR? My league is 12 teams—we only start one at each position, so it is pretty shallow, and I have basically been streaming at DB. It’s a bit of a free for all because most teams take a set it and forget it approach to their IDPs in my league. This week Weddle, Woodson, Tillman, Pollard, Rashad Jones, and Landry are all out there.
    It is a tackle heavy format:
    Solos: 1, Ast: .5
    Sacks: 2
    TFL: 2
    FFor: 2
    FRec: 2
    INT: 3
    PD: 1

      • de nachos says:
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        @Principle Blackman: I was wondering about the Weddle ranking, too. He’s out there in my league after the bye, Landry too. But I am maybe a little too bullish on Sherman and Seattle shutting down TB? Also the name rocks. Strangers With Candy is such an under appreciated show.

        • Principle Blackman says:
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          @de nachos: Thanks. It is one of the funniest shows of its time, for sure.

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @de nachos:

          Weddle is purely a matchup ranking for me this week, and I like Landry as well. Sherman is a stud, but I can’t picture Glennon challenging him too much, even if he is matched up with VJax all game.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Principle Blackman:

      Lots of good options out there. I love Weddle’s matchup this week against RG3 and co., that’s really it. I think he’s generally underrated by ECR, and this week especially.

      Having said that, I’d jump on Woodson because he’s my highest rated guy for the rest of the season of the names you listed. Streaming DBs is always smart, especially in your format, but there’s something to be said for a consistent producer as well.

  5. Principle Blackman says:
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    Welcome back, Cameron Wake!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Principle Blackman:

      Hell yeah! ECR ain’t got nothin on me!

      (prays that the Weddle ranking pans out…)

  6. Prez says:
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    Guess ill be grabbing Wake asap.. haha screw the “Sax Machine”!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Prez:

      As a Miami fan, his performance last night night was amazing on many levels for me. Go get him!

  7. Jay says:
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    Hey there, I need to pick up a defensive player- this is who I’m looking into; Jerrell Freeman vs Houston, JJ Watt vs Indy, Charles Tillman vs GB, Jon Bostic vs GB , Major Wright vs GB, Robert Mathis vs Houston and lastly Tim Jennings vs GB

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Jay:

      I’d go Freeman all the way here. I’m always a huge fan of his, and he gets a really nice matchup tonight. Make that move!

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