Fantasy Football 2013: Kiko Alonso Is An IDP Stud

By Adam Pfeifer
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Twitter is the best site for social media.

It’s an absolute blast. The numerous conversations, crazy characters, and, of course, the bizarre display of hashtags. There is one in particular, however, that has caught my attention so far this season.


In case you don’t speak Twitter, it says the legend of Kiko Alonso, the Buffalo Bills rookie middle linebacker. However, through six weeks, he has played like anything but a rookie. In fact, thus far, we are seeing Alonso absolutely take the NFL by storm.

Thus far, we truly are seeing the legend of Kiko Alonso.

And while the Bills and their fans are ecstatic with their second round draft choice, fantasy owners are just as happy. IDP leagues provide a different approach, and trust me, though they are different, they are very fun. Especially when you own a guy like Alonso. Through six weeks, Kiko has not only been the favorite for the Defensive Rookie of the Year, but he may be flirting with Defensive Player of the Year territory. Okay, so maybe not quite there yet, but still. Alonso posted a combined 22 total tackles on Sunday afternoon. First of all, just let that alone sink in. After this monstrous performance, Alonso now has 66 combined tackles on the season, but he also has a surprising four interceptions to go along with all of those tackles. The rookie has also posted a sack and forced a fumble, and his ability to cover the entire field has been impressive. His style of play is very comparable to the likes of stout middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. On the season, Alonso is currently ranked third among all fantasy linebackers with just under 80 fantasy points (via In fact, he’s third overall among all fantasy defensive players, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Alonso has recorded double-digit tackles in all but one game this season, and considering the linebacker position is the safest to choose from in IDP leagues, fantasy owners have received much more than just security out of the rookie from Oregon. And as a Bills fan, this pains me, but their offense is prone to going three-and-out quite often, which means Alonso and the defense will be on the field quite a lot. That volume for Alonso will allow him to rack up the tackles.

Sit back, relax and watch this kid become a star. Kiko Alonso’s legacy is only beginning.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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