There were some massive hits week one, none bigger than Jack Rabbit.
Welcome to Johny The Greek’s cornerbacks corner, week two. We made it through week one with some really nice hits, Janoris Jenkins, Stephon Gilmore, Emmanuel Moseley, Bradley Roby and many others. We also had more than a few misses. Everyone knows week one is the hardest week of the season for things like this, especially this season with the lack of preseason or real training camps. Now we have some real information to work off of. Snap counts, defined roles, hidden safeties. There were many questions answered in week one and we’ll use those answers to adjust accordingly and refine our strategy heading into week two.
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.
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)).
Transparency: Last week of the 46 corners I recommended as “ideal” or “solid” starts 31 of them met or surpassed their projections, 10 were completely wrong, 3 were inactive before kickoff and 2 were injured early on in the game. Of the many, many corners I recommended not to start there were several who blew up but the majority were god awful, we’re only looking at corners I suggest you play however, those are the “recommendations” so that’s what we count for accuracy. This week I’m armed with actual information instead of guesswork that was based on training camp articles and nonexistent preseason games so we should be even better going forward. 67% accuracy with injuries & inactives counting against me, 75% if we don’t count them.
Giants @ Bears
Outlook: This one should be close which is usually good for IDP, the Bears defense should be able to hold Saquon and the Giants in check enough for this one for come down to the final quarter. Neither quarterback is a world beater but then again neither pass rush is incredible either, the Bears pass rush hasn’t been impressive in awhile now despite popular opinion. I could see several “solids” this week, especially with some of the more productive and consistent IDP corners featured by these teams.
New York Giants:
James Bradberry (CB) Solid
Corey Ballentine (CB) Solid
Logan Ryan (CB) Avoid (Not enough playing time yet)
Julian Love (CB/S) Solid if a hidden safety (safety listed as a corner) in your league
Kyle Fuller (CB) Solid
Jaylon Johnson (CB) Solid
Buster Skrine (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Falcons @ Cowboys:
Outlook: Shootout. Ideal across the board, I’m targeting this matchup for DFS and steaming corners quite a bit this week. Early contender for best matchup this week for streaming. Great quarterback play on both sides, plenty of weapons, should be a ton of offense and many completed passes, perfection.
Isaiah Oliver (CB) Ideal
AJ Terrell (CB) Solid
Darqueze Dennard (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Anthony Brown (CB) Solid
Treyvon Diggs (CB) Solid
Chidobe Awuzie (CB) Solid
Jourdan Lewis (CB) Avoid (Wasn’t healthy, role not known yet when all CB’s healthy)
Lions @ Packers
Outlook: Should be a good game, division, two great quarterbacks, if Kenny Golloday (WR) is healthy there could be a ton of fireworks, should be plenty of scoring anyways with the Lions crappy defense and a Packers defense that let up a ton of points to Minnesota last week despite the Vikings only having 18 minutes of offensive possession the entire game. Several good corner options here.
Amani Oruwariye (CB) Solid
Desmond Trufant (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Darryl Roberts (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Green Bay Packers:
Jaire Alexander (CB) Ideal
Kevin King (CB) Ideal
Chandon Sullivan (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Jaguars @ Titans
Outlook: Division game with two quarterbacks who aren’t afraid to air it out, should be plenty of solids here as well. Tannehill has been a different guy since getting to Tennessee and The ‘Stache is an old fashioned gun slinger. There is the possibility the Titans get up big on the Jags and run the clock out but I doubt it, Jacksonville looked solid last week and it’s division so likely will be close.
Tre Herndon (CB) Solid
DJ Hayden (CB) Solid
CJ Henderson (CB) Solid (Got picked on a ton week one which overrides the not ideal playing time (84%) in my mind)
Adoree Jackson (CB) Solid UPDATE He was put on IR this week, disregard. Not sure who will sub in either so I’m not making a pure guess on that.
Malcolm Butler (CB) Solid
Jonathan Joseph (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Vikings @ Colts
Outlook: This feels like a lower scoring game, two great run games, well one at least and one that features an incredible offensive line and a terrific rookie plus Nyheim Hines (RB) who surprised everyone last week. Each team has a wide receiver one but little depth besides that for targets, it just doesn’t feel like a shoot out, I’ll probably end up being wrong but there are other matchups this week we know are locks for streaming corner, Dallas/Atlanta etc, so why screw around here unless you have to in a much deeper league?
Cameron Dantzler (CB) Solid
Holton Hill (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Mike Hughes (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
*Keep in mind the Vikings IDP stats overall last week were inflated due to being on defense for literally 42 minutes*
Rock Ya Sin (CB) Solid
Xavier Rhodes (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Kenny Moore (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Bills @ Dolphins
Outlook: I shoveled dirt on the Bills passing attack week one and ate my words, I will not do so again, against the Dolphins anyways. Another division game that will probably be close, I’m not seeing a shoot out but there could be some solids here and there, especially if Fitzmagic is back there slinging it again.
Tre’Davious White (CB) Solid (Came out early in a blowout last week, had a down week and is super talented, he should bounce back. Plus the Jets only played 18 minutes of offense last week, not enough completed passes for opposing corners to flourish)
Levi Wallace (CB) Avoid (Not great matchup, Dolphins don’t have many weapons)
Taron Johnson (CB) Avoid (Same reason as Wallace)
Byron Jones (CB) Solid
Eric Rowe (CB/S) Solid *IF he’s a hidden safety, meaning he’s listed as a corner in your league when he’s playing some safety snaps which are generally more consistent for production*
Their next corner only played 58% of snaps I’m not even going to bother typing his name, avoid.
49ers @ Jets
Outlook: This will likely be a repeat of the hell the Jets endured last week, perhaps even worse. I fully expect the Jets offense to look like hot garbage and the 49ers to absolutely dominate time of possession and this game in general from start to finish. The Jets will likely have to throw a ton to try and get back into this game giving the 49ers corners some opportunities for points, on the Jets side I’m not seeing a lot of action, San Fran should be able to just run all over that horrid defense.
Still, the 49ers threw a lot more week one than usual and may have trouble if the Jets can force them to be one dimensional, theres also something to be said for the Jets defense likely being on the field for the majority of this game, availability is the best ability. I’d be OK rolling the dice on Poole and Austin who both had massive week one box scores since I feel like they’ll be in the exact same situation this week, stuck on the field in a repeat of the endless hell that is getting dominated by a much better team.
San Francisco 49ers:
Emmanuel Moseley (CB) Solid
Richard Sherman (CB) Avoid (IR)
K’Waun Williams (CB) Avoid (Playing time, that could improve without Sherman around this week but I’m not comfortable with that dice roll when there are a million other safer plays this week)
New York Jets:
Brian Poole (CB) Solid
Bless Austin (CB) Solid
Nate Hairston (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Rams @ Eagles
Outlook: This one probably won’t be a massive Seahawks-Falcons week one level shootout but there will definitely be some points scored here, should be a few solids for sure. Plus there are some talented corners on these teams who can produce with or without ideal circumstances.
Los Angeles Rams:
Jalen Ramsey (CB) Ideal
Troy Hill (CB) Solid
Darious Williams (CB) Solid
Darius Slay (CB) Solid
Avonte Maddox (CB) Solid
Nickell Robey-Coleman (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Broncos @ Steelers
Outlook: This doesn’t strike me as a shootout, it could however be a blowout. The Broncos have injuries all over the place and despite the offseason hype Drew Lock (QB) does not, in fact, look like the second coming of Patrick Mahomes (QB) or Lamar Jackson (QB). This strikes me as either a close game that’s a lot of run and play defense or a Pittsburgh blowout. There should be some solids here, especially on the Pittsburgh side since they will likely force Denver to have to throw to move the ball, they shut down Saquon Barkley (RB) last week they should have zero problem doing it again to Melvin Gordon (RB).
Kareem Jackson (CB) Solid
Bryce Callahan (CB) Solid
Micheal Ojemudia (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Joe Haden (CB) Solid
Steven Nelson (CB) Solid
Mike Hilton (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Panthers @ Buccaneers
Outlook: Should be a nice division game that gives us some points and offense and plenty of opportunity to stream some corner. The system QB led Bucs don’t appear to be a real threat to anyone and Teddy B looked pretty good week one against the Raiders so it should be close one, it’s possible that the Bucs blow them out but with Evans and Godwin both banged up now and Gronk looking like poopy I’m just not seeing it.
Justin Burris (CB) Solid
Troy Pride (CB) Solid
Rasul Douglas (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Sean Murphy Bunting (CB) Solid
Carlton Davis (CB) Solid
Jamel Dean (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Football Team @ Cardinals
Outlook: The Washington defensive line is seriously scary, lucky for the Cardinals they have an elusive quarterback who can escape a pass rush and take off down field at a moments notice. I love how Washington fought back week one but I’m not seeing it this week, the new look Cardinals smoke them just like they did to San Fran last week. The Cardinals got better everywhere, Washington just got better on the defensive line. We either get a blowout by Arizona and that makes their corners solid due to Washington having to abandon the run and throw all game long or we get a close game and both teams corners are relevant, that’s how I’m seeing it.
Washington Football Team:
Jimmy Moreland (CB) Ideal
Ronald Darby (CB) Solid
Fabian Moreau (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Patrick Peterson (CB) Ideal
Byron Murphy (CB) Solid
Dre Kirkpatrick (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Chiefs @ Chargers
Outlook: Division matchup that has traditionally been a close game, not anymore. I love Tyrod Taylor (QB), he is a true leader of men but he is not a great NFL quarterback. Zero touchdowns last week, didn’t even break 200 yards passing I believe, not a ton of rushing upside. This KC offense is going to steam roll them immediately and they’ll be playing catch up for most of the game, this actually works well for us. The Chiefs corners should see plenty of work as LA tries to catch up and the Chargers corners will get plenty of work due to the nature of the Chiefs offense. Win win scenario.
Kansas City Chiefs:
L’Jarius Sneed (CB/S) Solid (Also he’s a hidden safety in some leagues)
Chavarious Ward (CB) Solid (If healthy)
Antonio Hamilton (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Los Angeles Chargers:
Chris Harris (CB) Ideal
Casey Hayward (CB) Ideal
Micheal Davis (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Ravens @ Texans
Outlook: This used to be a good game. Then Bill O’Brien did what he does best, break things. Now it’s going to be a blood bath. Ravens will steamroll the Texans which means another week of ideal matchups for two of my favorite corners and not ideal matchups for the Texans corners who will not see nearly as much passing as last week against KC. The Ravens will get up early and salt away the clock running the ball like they always do.
Marcus Peters (CB) Ideal
Marlon Humphrey (CB) Ideal
Tavon Young (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Bradley Roby (CB) Solid (Risky though, I just feel like he’ll probably be on Hollywood and they do throw to him)
Vernon Hargreaves (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Lonnie Johnson (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Patriots @ Seahawks
Outlook: Oh this will be a good one. Super Bowl revenge game years later lol. The Patriots did what they always do last week, they adjusted to who and what they have and completely adapted emphasizing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. They are the NFL version of the Borg. Cam Newton (QB) ran a whole bunch and so did their entire offense to the tune of over 230 yards on the ground. Everyone saw that and everyone who remembers how they won their first three super bowls knows they can win titles running and playing defense.
I saw all that and I also saw that Cam Newton (QB) also wasn’t great in the passing game like we saw the last time he was in a Panthers uniform. If he can’t pass this week they are toast. Seattle wins a close one. Should be a nice game for Patriots corners and a decent game for at least one Seahawks corner. Should be a perfect game for Wagner and Wright.
New England Patriots:
Stephon Gilmore (CB) Solid
Jonathan Jones (CB) Solid
Jason McCourty (CB) Solid
Shaq Griffin (CB) Solid
Quinton Dunbar (CB) Solid
Quandre Diggs (CB/S) Avoid *Solid if listed as a corner, he’s a hidden safety at that point*
Tre Flowers (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Saints @ Raiders:
Outlook: This will in all likelihood end up being a Saints win but without Micheal Thomas (WR) their firepower is significantly reduced, they still have a ton of weapons but it does move the needle. This will be close-ish with the Saints pulling away in the second half, plenty of good corners here and a nice matchup for them both ways. I like it not love it.
New Orleans Saints:
Marshon Lattimore (CB) Solid
Janoris Jenkins (CB) Solid
Patrick Robinson (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
Las Vegas Raiders:
Trayvon Mullen (CB) Ideal
Lamarcus Joyner (CB/S) Solid *Ideal if listed as a corner in your league, hidden safety at that point*
Damon Arnette (CB) Avoid (Playing time)
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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