“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Report”: Week 3

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“You see, in this world there’s two types of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

Oddly enough, this immortal quote from Clint Eastwood, a.k.a “Blondie”, in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” also applies to fantasy football. You see, in our fake little world there’s two types of people: those that play IDP and those who don’t. If you find yourself getting all warm and tingly inside when a linebacker brings down a ball carrier or when a lineman comes off the edge and takes off the opposing quarterback’s head, then you know full well of the joys that accompany playing the superior version of fake football. If that doesn’t happen to you…well, you can keep digging…

Each week, the “GBU Report” will rundown what transpired in the previous week of IDP; highlighting some of the good, bad, and you guessed it, maybe even some ugly performances from the “other” side of the ball. And then, in addition to reminiscing on what was, I will also give you a brief preview of what to possibly expect in the upcoming week.



The Honey Badger DB/AZ: 10 total tackles: 9 solo/1 assist, 1 INT, 1 pass defended

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Tyrann Mathieu will be a top 10 fantasy DB. In week 3 he drew the unenviable task of covering Jimmy Graham. Now, obviously the matchup went Graham’s way, but for fantasy purposes this was gold as Mathieu had plenty of tackle opportunities. And, his knack for being around the ball shone through again as he notched yet another turnover. He’s a must start from here on out.

Justin Houston LB/KC: 7 total tackles: 6 solo/1 assist, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 4.5 sacks

That. Just. Happened. If you were watching Thursday night, you probably noticed Michael Vick under severe duress most of the night due to Tamba Hali and the aforementioned Houston. And while Hali had a good night himself, it was Houston that stole the show. He’s currently PFF’s #1 rated 3-4 OLB, has 7.5 sacks in 3 games, and one of the quickest first steps in football. Oh yeah, next week he faces the 2nd worst offensive line in the game in the Giants (per PFF). Houston, you’re gonna be a problem…for the Giants that is (see what I did there?).

Greg Hardy DL/Car: 8 total tackles: 5 solo/3 assist, 3 sacks

Continuing with the picking on the Giants theme…I’m not sure if you noticed, but the Panthers kind of had a field day with the Giants offensive line on Sunday; to the tune of 6 sacks. Hardy had a very slow first couple of weeks (even making my “Bad” list in week 1), but he bounced back in a big way this week. He and fellow defensive line mate, Charles Johnson, are currently ranked in the top 15 of 4-3 defensive ends per PFF, and are a large part of why Carolina’s defense is on the up and up. Hardy has posted back to back double digit sack seasons, and even though there may be some slow games there should be no reason he adds a third this year.

Daryl Smith LB/Bal: 10 total tackles: 7 solo/3 assist, 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 1 TD

The touchdown is obviously what really stands out, but Smith would’ve had a solid day without it. As a man who’s got some pretty big shoes to fill, so far through 3 games, he’s filling in admirably; 25 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 INT. Anyone who plays in the middle for the Ravens is going to be productive, so he’s probably someone you should have in your lineups each week.

Robert McClain DB/Atl: 6 solo tackles, 1 sack

McClain makes this list more on what he’s done overall thus far, than just in week 3. Through three games he has 25 total tackles, with 23 of them being solo–yeah, he’s a cornerback. Cornerbacks traditionally aren’t very strong fantasy players because of the lack of tackles, but McClain may be an exception to the rule. If he can stay on this pace–or anywhere close to it–while adding some turnovers, he could looking at quite the season. Check your wire, there’s a chance he may still be sitting there.



Luke Kuechly LB/Car: 6 total tackles: 1 solo/5 assist

Alright, alright, so it’s not THAT bad. But when somebody who’s been so dominant posts a game like this, naturally his owners feel somewhat slighted. In a game where seemingly every other Panther defender had a field day, you would’ve thought one of the premier middle linebackers in the game would’ve had his share of the fun too. Oh well, this is probably an outlier for him. There’s nothing to see here. Move along…

Justin Tuck DL/NYG: 2 solo tackles

Absolutely nothing went right for the Giants on Sunday (gee, this really is turning into a bash the Giants piece, isn’t it?). The Panthers have been one of the better pass blocking teams thus far this year, and they continued that by only allowing 1 sack (and that was from Greg Olsen). Next week, New York heads to arrowhead; the Chiefs have been even better at protecting the QB than Carolina has, so it might be wise to sit Tuck if you can get away with it.



Jared Allen DL/Min: Goose Egg

Allen is no spring chicken anymore, but for one of the most prolific defensive lineman over the past several seasons, you’d expect more than this. Joe Thomas stoned him cold, and caused Allen to post a horrid -4.9 PFF rating. Allen will face a poor Pittsburgh Steeler’s line in week 4. He should have no trouble roping the calf in this game.

Geno Atkins DL/Cin: Goose Egg

For those scoring at home, this makes Atkins second Ugly appearance. As a defensive tackle, sacks are harder to come by which is why he needs tackles to help bring fantasy value. So far this year he has one measly tackle which came on a sack last week against Pittsburgh. His PFF rating is rather pedestrian, which gives me some pause about how he’ll perform the rest of the way.





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