There were many massive hits last week, James Bradberry was one of the biggest
Welcome to Johny The Greek’s Cornerbacks Corner week three. Week two was another solid week with a ton of excellent corner streams and double digit massive hits for the first time this season. The injury grim reaper has been collecting his due and corners were part of the carnage from “Black Sunday” so there will likely be some shenanigans this week, I’ll try and signal these situations where I see them and steer you towards guys we know are locked in for sure instead. We’re going to see a ton of one or two week guys with all these injuries and the reliability or consistency of these guys will be suspect at best. We’ll keep on doing what we’ve been doing though and find the best matchups and stream the best corners in those matchups to give ourselves the best chance at huge points from corner this week.
If you’re new to this article series the idea behind it is that in the IDP world cornerbacks are the red headed step child, often neglected or scoffed at. Not here. I freaking love streaming corners and have for some time now. We’re going to be looking at things like expected game script, opposing offensive tendencies, snap counts, role and historical production to inform our weekly decisions on what corners are an “ideal” streaming option. By giving this entire thing more than two seconds thought we will have a distinct advantage over our opponents who are not doing this over the course of the season. We are going to put ourselves in the best position possible every week to score the most IDP points humanly possible from our cornerback slots.
Just a little background, I’ve been playing IDP for seventeen years now and streaming corners for well over a decade of that time. I have won many titles in both redraft and dynasty and also in best ball and DFS as well as college fantasy football. I am a true degenerate. Personally I like to stream not only whatever the current week is but if my bench is big enough I’ll load up two more ideal streamers for the following week and by doing so I’ve already taken my pick of the litter a week before anyone else is even thinking about their corners. Corner is a naturally spotty position but by looking at all the factors I listed above we will have better outcomes than the majority of IDP owners who simply put in a “known” corner with a big name (Richard Sherman for example) into their corner slots and ride out the production whether or not that matchup makes sense each week. That won’t be us, we’re going to waterboard our opponents with ideal matchups all season until they drown from our flood of IDP points.
Real quick just wanted to touch on why I didn’t publish an IDP start/sit last week. Short version is I hate writing it with the power of a thousand suns. If we were on earth and me enjoying writing that article were a star it would take the light from that star billions of years to reach us. I’ve done it for three years and have hated doing it for three years. So I’m not doing it anymore. Also between the two podcasts, two weekly articles, helping with the subscriber slack chat and DMs on Twitter from readers and listeners plus full time work and life in general I was barely getting everything in on time each week and didn’t even have time to actually watch the games and enjoy them. Life is too short to continue doing something you hate just because you’ve always done it. To anyone who’s read that the last three seasons thank you for reading and I’m always available on Twitter via DMs for individual player questions.
Alrighty that’s out of the way, let’s look at how I did last week with some transparency and then we’ll get into this week ideal and solid cornerback streamers. Good luck this week like always.
Last week I recommended 59 “Ideal” or “Solid” corners, of those 35 met or exceeded projections, 19 were below projection, 5 were inactive or injured for a total of 64% correct. Of those 35 that met or exceeded projections 10 were “massive hits” (doubled or tripled their projection, a monster day). I was 75% accurate week one and am 69% accurate on the season, nice.
Disclaimer Time! I’m not going to get all of these correct. Cornerback especially is a wildly inconsistent position for production in IDP fantasy football. That’s why most people hate it with a passion. My whole thing is to put yourself in the best position to succeed by looking at all the variables and making the absolute best streaming call possible. After that you pray. Your team is your responsibility and yours alone, you set the lineup not me. Take ownership if things go south, these are only suggestions. I will do my absolute best to make sure that these recommendations are the best possible and will base these on factual information and statistics from places like NFLGsis.com, PFF and other fantasy and NFL data and statistics sites. I will also use the force, sometimes a gut feeling is all I have to go on in an unknown situation but if it comes down to that just know this isn’t my first rodeo.
I don’t work for the NFL, I don’t get to sit in on defensive team meetings for all thirty-two teams, I don’t get inside information. If a player has looked solid all season and has been playing a ton of snaps and they get yanked right before a game obviously I had nothing to do with it and since I don’t work for said team no one told me. (See Vernon Hargreaves 2019). If someone goes down with an ACL it’s not because I made a voodoo doll of them and stuck it with pins. These decisions are the same ones I’m making for my teams so if things go bad for you they go bad for me as well. I’m just here to help, don’t kill the messenger.
Outlook: This will be a brief overview of the two offenses and how that will effect the outlook for each teams cornerbacks corps. We’ll look at offensive ranks, expected game scripts and how the game should go. This will help us identify if this is a matchup we want to target for streaming corners or not.
Ideal Matchup: This is the best possible matchup for this teams cornerbacks, streaming any corners from this team, especially guys that are talented and play all the snaps gives you the best chances at excellent production from those corners.
Solid Matchup: This isn’t a perfect matchup to stream corner but it’s still pretty good, if you’re in a deeper league and have fewer options to stream from this matchup is still a better option than most.
Avoid: This matchup will likely be terrible to stream corner from, due to anything from a god awful opposing quarterback who can’t complete passes to a banged up wide receiver corps or even a run first offense like the 2019 Ravens were (they didn’t pass all that often because frankly they didn’t need to, their run game was ridiculous) there’s something that makes this a bad matchup to stream corners from, avoid if possible. However there may be specific corners who get a “solid” in an otherwise “avoid” matchup simply due to their talent and ability to make plays in all aspects of the defense (see Patrick Peterson (CB)).
49ers @ Giants
Outlook: Two weeks ago this would have been a blood bath, now it’s a game. Even if Jimmy Beautiful isn’t healthy in time for kickoff I fully expect the Niners to hang in there this week, should be close but with a backup QB in or a hobbled Jimmy G with a hobbled or injured and out Kittle, Aiyuk and Deebo their just isn’t enough firepower for a significant passing attack from San Fran. They’ll likely have to try and run and play defense, the Giants however are in the opposite situation with Barkley gone now, they have no choice but to throw or trust (vomits everywhere, head spinning like the exorcist) Devonta Freeman lol. Good matchup for SF corners, not great for Giants unfortunately.
San Francisco 49ers
Emmanuel Moseley (CB) Solid
Akello Witherspoon (CB) Solid
K’Waun Williams (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
New York Giants
James Bradberry (CB) Avoid
Logan Ryan (CB/S) Avoid unless designated a corner still in your league, solid at that point as a hidden part time safety
Football Team @ Browns
Outlook: There shouldn’t be a ton of completed passes in this one due to the Washington passing attack being terrible, 31st in the league, and the Washington defensive line being ridiculously good and likely forcing Baker useless to run for his life all game. Cleveland might try and run and play defense but their default is to throw it unless the run game is clearly working. We should have a couple streamable guys here but in general I’d look for another matchup to stream from.
Washington Football Team
Jimmy Moreland (CB) Solid
Ronald Darby (CB) Solid
Fabian Moreau (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Denzel Ward (CB) Solid
Greedy Williams (CB) If healthy, Avoid
Terrence Mitchell (CB) Avoid
Tavierre Thomas (CB) Avoid
Bengals @ Eagles
Outlook: This one should be excellent for the Bengals corners even with Jalen Raegor (WR) doubtful for this week, Wentz will sling it without a doubt against this very questionable defense. For the Eagles it’s possible we see Joe Burrow (QB) with 60 more attempts this week but I wouldn’t call that a lock, solid for Cincy, iffy for Philly. However the Eagles should go up in this one eventually forcing the Bengals to have to throw so we should see some solids on both defense.
William Jackson (CB) Solid
Darious Phillips (CB) Solid
Mackenzie Alexander (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Avonte Maddox (CB) Solid
Darius Slay (CB) Solid
Nickell Robey Coleman (CB) Avoid
Raiders @ Patriots
Outlook: The Patriots showed last week they are more than capable of airing it out even though they clearly are a run first team. Both teams are in the top half of the league for passing attack and neither defense is in the top ten for passing defense, that’s a recipe for some solids here, especially when we look at how the Raiders looked against New Orleans last week, they aren’t just going to roll over and get crushed here, this should be a game.
Las Vegas Raiders
Lamarcus Joyner (CB) Ideal if designated CB, Avoid if designated safety (Hidden safety)
Trayvon Mullen (CB) Solid
Damon Arnette (CB) Solid (Playing time not ideal but has been targeted a ton last two games)
New England Patriots
Stephon Gilmore (CB) Solid
Jonathan Jones (CB) Avoid
JC Jackson (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Bears @ Falcons
Outlook: The Falcons have the second best passing attack in the league, the Bears not so much, 28th best overall. Everything points to the Falcons getting up early and Chicago having to pass to stay in it or come back. This matchup should give us some definite streamers if it goes like most of us think it will go.
Kyle Fuller (CB) Ideal
Jaylon Johnson (CB) Solid
Buster Skrine (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Isaiah Oliver (CB) Solid
AJ Terrell (CB) Avoid
Darqueze Dennard (CB) Avoid
Rams @ Bills
Outlook: This one could go either way, either a defensive struggle or a shootout, no idea which it will be. Both teams have talented corners that produce and both quarterbacks have been solid this season, if you do choose to stream from this matchup I’d trust the studs, White and Ramsey and steer clear of the question marks, Hill and Wallace, unless you have to in a much deeper league. In general this matchup feels like too much of an unknown if you can avoid it and stream somewhere else this week.
Los Angeles Rams
Troy Hill (CB) Solid
Jalen Ramsey (CB) Solid
Darious Williams (CB) Avoid
Tra’Davious White (CB) Ideal
Levi Wallace (CB) Solid
Taron Johnson (CB) Avoid
Texans @ Steelers
Outlook: Steelers should get up and force Houston to have to abandon the run game and pass to try and avoid getting annihilated. Good for Pittsburgh corners, not so much for Houston corners. Roby might be fine since he’ll likely be on Juju for a decent portion of this one and will for sure play every snap. Any of these three Pittsburgh corners can blow up each week so it’s a bit of a dice roll but in general they’re pretty reliable to at least hit their projection most weeks.
Bradley Roby (CB) Solid
Vernon Hargreaves (CB) Avoid
Lonnie Johnson (CB) Avoid
Steven Nelson (CB) Solid
Joe Haden (CB) Solid
Mike Hilton (CB) Solid *Plays the least of the three but has been blitzing pretty routinely so far*
Titans @ Vikings
Outlook: The Titans could run Derrick Henry (RB) all game long or they could take advantage of the steaming hot garbage that is the Vikings secondary and cornerback corps, I would bet on them doing a little of both but mostly the latter. Great for Vikings corners, not so much for Titans corners. The Vikings passing attack is ranked 32nd in the league. That should tell you all you need to know.
Malcolm Butler (CB) Solid
Kristian Fulton (CB) Avoid
Jonathan Joseph (CB) Avoid
Holton Hill (CB) Solid
Mike Hughes (CB) Solid
Jeff Gladney (CB) Avoid
Panthers @ Chargers
Outlook: Surprisingly the Panthers have the fourth best passing attack in the league currently and the Chargers are middle of the pack. This should be a pretty close game and there are plenty of traditionally productive IDP corners here, I’m good with streaming the known producers here in what should be a close matchup.
Donte Jackson (CB) Solid
Justin Burris (CB/S) Solid
Rasul Douglas (CB) Avoid
Los Angeles Chargers
Casey Hayward (CB) Solid
Chris Harris (CB) Solid
Micheal Davis (CB) Avoid
Jets @ Colts
Outlook: The Colts defense will very likely not be on the field a lot this week, keep that in mind not only for streaming corners but all your Colts IDP producers. The Jets have lost the time of possession battle 42 minutes to 18 and 41 minutes to 19 in the first two weeks. Also the Jets passing attack is ranked 30th in the league at the moment. The Colts likely won’t need to pass a lot in this one, they’ll do so early and get up on them and just run until the clock runs out. This is not a great matchup for streaming corner for many reasons, avoid like a Chipotle trip with fresh underwear.
New York Jets
Bless Austin (CB) Solid
Pierre Desir (CB) Avoid
Brian Poole (CB) Avoid
Rock Ya Sin (CB) *If healthy* Avoid
Kenny Moore (CB) Avoid
TJ Carrie (CB) Avoid
Xavier Rhodes (CB) Avoid
Cowboys @ Seahawks
Outlook: The third and sixth best passing attacks in the league and the 22nd and 32nd ranked pass defenses in the league respectively. This will be an epic shootout. Absolutely ideal for streaming all kinds of corner. This is the way.
Chidobe Awuzie (CB) *If healthy* Solid
Trevon Diggs (CB) Ideal
Jourdan Lewis (CB) Solid
Darryl Worley (CB) Solid *If Awuzie is injured and out*
Shaq Griffin (CB) Ideal
Quinton Dunbar (CB) Ideal
Quandre Diggs (CB/S) Solid *Especially if listed as a corner in your league, hidden safety snaps at that point*
Tre Flowers (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Lions @ Cardinals
Outlook: There could be a ton of offensive fireworks here, especially if Kenny Golladay (WR) is back in action this week for the Lions. This Lions defense is hot garbage and the Cardinals are going to carve them up, but the Lions passing attack and offense is decent enough to hang in there somewhat and be decent at the whole comeback mode thing. Plenty of opportunity for streaming corner here.
Jeff Okudah (CB) Ideal
Amani Oruwariye (CB) Solid
Darryl Roberts (CB) Avoid
Patrick Peterson (CB) Ideal
Byron Murphy (CB) Solid
Dre Kirkpatrick (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Buccaneers @ Broncos
Outlook: The Broncos will not be able to do much against this solid defense with a backup QB in the game and their offense shredded by injury. The Bucs should go up in this one and force Denver to pass early and often in an attempt to stay with them, that does give some opportunity for picks etc but in general a backup quarterback isn’t going to complete enough passes for ideal streaming of corner against that offense. Decent for Denver, not great for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Murphy Bunting (CB) Avoid
Carlton Davis (CB) Avoid
Jamel Dean (CB) Avoid
Bryce Callahan (CB) Solid
Kareem Jackson (CB) Solid
Micheal Ojemudia (CB) Solid
Packers @ Saints
Outlook: Even without Micheal Thomas (WR) or Devante Adams (WR) there could be some fireworks in this game, I’m good with playing the studs here or the guys that get picked on constantly (Jenkins). Other than that I’m likely avoiding this matchup entirely. While there will be completions to the wide receivers it will be the two star running backs here that do most of the offensive work this week and that means linebackers and safeties for production, not corners.
Green Bay Packers
Jaire Alexander (CB) Solid
Kevin King (CB) Solid
Chandon Sullivan (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
New Orleans Saints
Marshon Lattimore (CB) Avoid
Janoris Jenkins (CB) Solid
Next corner had 1% of snaps, CGJ is essentially a third corner
Chiefs @ Ravens
Outlook: This has all the makings of a shootout, when you factor in the studs on Baltimore and the sneaky L’Jarius Sneed (CB) who has been red hot for the Chiefs there are some really nice corner plays here this week. Pretty nice matchup to stream from in general.
Kansas City Chiefs
L’Jarius Sneed (CB/S) Solid
Rashad Fenton (CB) Solid
Next corner played 2% last week
Marlon Humphrey (CB) Ideal
Marcus Peters (CB) Ideal
Jimmy Smith (CB) Avoid
Please remember to check inactives before submitting your final lineups Thursday night, Sunday at 11am Eastern and 330pm Eastern Time, prior to Sunday night football and Monday night. Players can and will suddenly become inactive after looking “good to go” all week (See “Robert Woods 2019″). That’s on you to keep an eye on. Also this article was published days before kickoff and I have zero intention of updating it a hundred times with injuries and inactives prior to kickoff. That stuff is on you, figure it out, or don’t, it’s not my lineup.
These are only suggestions, your lineup is ultimately your responsibility and yours alone. Good luck this week and all season, go get that hardware and cash.
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