I have played fantasy football for quite some time and when I am looking for an IDP player on defense, I am looking for a young, tenacious guy that puts up numbers. Well if you have not had the opportunity to watch Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills, you probably wouldn’t know who he was.
Kiko Alonso is a big, fast, strong Cubano who came from the University of Oregon. The Buffalo Bills drafted him with the 46th pick in the 2nd round of this years draft. Their intentions were to start him from day one. He was a Mike Pettine kind of guy, because of his motor. If you watch Alonso the guy is fast, he hits hard, and he is always around the ball.
After three games, Alonso has recorded 27 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, a sack and a fumble recovered. In Fantasy Football that is amazing, and you would be getting good points for production like that.
In his senior year at Oregon Alonso recorded 87 total tackles (62 solo, 25 assisted), including 16 tackles of loss, a sack, four interceptions, seven pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
He is on pace to put up better production at the next level, AND HE’S A ROOKIE.
Right now Alonso is on pace to finish the season with 144 tackles (96 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 6 plus interceptions, and several more forced fumbles.
If he finishes his rookie year with production like that, he would be the rookie of the year. That would be equivalent to Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly who won defensive rookie of the year last season.