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“Allurhing Strategy” Secondary Opinion: Week 10 Defensive Back Targets


Welcome to the vacation edition of Secondary Opinion. Still tastes great but less filling. Week 9 was my most consistent performance this year. No out of the park picks, but all my picks were productive to serviceable. The further in the season we go, the more difficult is becoming to find players that I haven’t promoted yet. I am still on a mission to not repeat players through the fantasy regular season, yet still give you players that could have the opportunity and matchup to be a productive player for your IDP roster. In Week 9, the players I gave you might not have single-handedly won your matchup, but they certainly didn’t hurt your chances. As always, let’s review…

HITS — Brandon Browner, Perrish Cox, Lamarcus Joyner, Dominique Franks, Mike Adams

MISSES — William Gay, Rahim Moore, Jerraud Powers, JJ Wilcox, Quintin Demps

Position Player Team Real Deal MLFF Verdict
CB William Gay PIT 7.5 5 Five tackles and nothing more leads to a mediocre day
CB Brandon Browner NE 11.5 13.5 Browner is back with a nice impact day: 3 Tackles, INT and PD
CB Dominique Franks BAL 9.5 10 Nice plug and play here: 5 tackles and a PD from a career backup CB (apparently not good enough for the Ravens who released him on Tuesday)
CB Jerraud Powers ARI 6 4 Disappointed there were no impact plays, 4 tackles for a CB is serviceable.
CB Perrish Cox SF 7.5 11 Only one tackle but an INT and PD gives him a decent day
S/CB Lamarcus Joyner STL 10.25 9.5 6 Tackles and a PD make a decent day for the rookie
S JJ Wilcox DAL 9 6 6 tackles makes him serviceable but no impact plays limits his production
S Rahim Moore DEN 12 8 8 Tackles paces his day but no impact plays
S Mike Adams IND 14.25 8.5 10 tackles enough to be considered a win despite no impact players
S Quintin Demps NYG 7.25 7.5 Only 3 tackles by a S only salvaged by a PD

Now on to Week 10. Another six teams have byes so you are going to need some replacement ideas. The format this week is a little scaled back, but I still give you 10 players to consider with favorable matchups and the opportunity to shine in Week 10. They might not always be household names, but should be on your radar in IDP leagues.

Cornerback Targets

Aqib Talib – DEN (@ OAK)

It almost seems too easy to recommend someone playing the Raiders. Oakland is dead last with only 288.6 total yards per game. Talib is a pro-bowl caliber LCB with 35 tackles, 2 INT (including a pick 6) and 10 PDs. Denver should get ahead early and often which will force Oakland to air it out.  Talib has a chance for a big day and should be starting in all IDP leagues in Week 10.

Robert Alford – ATL (@ TB)

Josh McCown is back under center for the Bucs this week.  It should make little difference in the 31st ranked offensive team (303 yards/gm) and 30th ranked in giveaways (1.2 per game). Alford has had a nice stretch with 3 INT and 3 PDs in his last two games. Don’t expect much in the tackle department, but in impact plays driven leagues (like MLFF), Alford should be a nice play this week.

Ron Parker – KC (@ BUF)

Listed as a CB in most leagues, Parker has been playing Strong Safety and has been getting significant snaps due to injuries. He has had a nice under-the-radar season with 40 tackles, a sack, a pick and 5 PDs. Buffalo has quickly become a passing team with the decimation of their running game and the emergence of Sammy Watkins, Parker should get plenty of opportunities to make an impact. He is an excellent injury or Bye week replacement.

Isaiah Frey – TB (vs. ATL)

Here is my sleeper pick of the week. Frey has already been released by the Bears this season and relatively no impact plays (only 2 Forced Fumbles and 1 Fumble Recovery). He is now in a TB defensive backfield that has been slashed to the tune of 285.2  passing yards per game (31st in NFL), 7.8 yards per pass attempt (29th in NFL) and dead last in scoring defense giving up 30.6 points per game. Expect Matt Ryan to look to exploit this and look to improve on their 38.6 pass attempts per game. Frey as the nickel back should see plenty of sacks and look for the Ryan mistake. Consider him as a deep/dynasty league play with some many players on byes as a “what the hell” IDP flex.

Seattle RCB by Committee (vs. NYG)

Legion has a New Look

Legion has a New Look

Looks like starting RCB, Byron Maxwell, is likely to miss this week again. He has been dealing with calf injury that has kept him out of the last three games. In comes Eli and the New York Football Giants. Eli has improved on his overall decision-making and hasn’t thrown a pick in his last four games (did lose one fumble last week vs. IND). With all that being said, he still does not look comfortable in the new offense and his talented, young receivers are not always in sync with him. I watched Indy corners have a field day last week with four PDs and many other play altering moves that don’t show up on the stat sheet. Tharold Simon should get the start again this week and Marcus Burley will see significant snaps as well. Neither are household names, but both are capable of being a decent play this week for the Legion of Boom. Burley as quietly performed well is his slot roll all season with 30 tackles and 5 PDs. Simon probably gets the start because his 6’3” frame at 202lbs is better suited to handle the athletic Giants receivers in the Red Zone. Probably deep league play only, but keep on your radar if Maxwell continues to miss time.

Safety Targets

Rashad Johnson – ARI (vs. STL)

It seems weird to be promoting players from a defense that is dead last in the league in opponent passing yardage (286.8). In terms of fantasy production, this can be a good thing as it encourages teams to air it out against them (40.0 passing attempts per game) rather than try to run against their formidable run defense. Johnson has been starting and playing nearly every snap at both Free and Strong Safety depending on the health of other players. He has accumulated 52 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, 2 INTs (one returned for a TD) and 6 PDs. He might not have the name recognition of Honey Badger or Patrick Peterson or even Antonio Cromartie, but he is worthy of starting in all IDP formats this week against a suspect Rams passing game.

Dawan Landry – NYJ (vs. PIT)

Looking for a player that should have lots of opportunity for impact plays this week? Any defensive back for the Jets should suffice as Big Ben and the Steelers have been averaging 365 passing yards per game over the last three games along with his historic back to back 6 TD games. Landry should be playing center field on nearly every snap this week. This should at minimum give him a chance to rack up tackles on the crop of Pittsburgh receivers that have been running free the last few weeks. The Jets are on an eight game losing streak so I expect Rex Ryan to come up with some defensive game plan to try to force Big Ben into mistakes. Uncharacteristically, the Jets are dead last in takeaways this season. Rex is fighting for his life here and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them bring Big Ben back down to earth. Call it a hunch, but get Landry in your lineup this week.

Ryan Mundy – CHI (@ GB)

Mundy should be a nice source of tackles this week as he is chasing Jordy, Cobb and the Green Bay skill players. Its time for Chicago to get it together on D or their season is going to be over. Coming off their bye, the Bears coaching staff has had two weeks to get a game plan ready and their jobs are on the line. Get Mundy in your tackle driven scoring leagues and any deeper IDP format. He will get the defensive snaps. Rodgers doesn’t make many mistakes, but there should be plenty of passes to defend. Nice bye week fill in.

Jimmy Wilson – MIA (@ DET)

Last but not least, my safety sleeper pick for Week 10 is Jimmy Wilson. Both Miami and Detroit have had a nice run of late, but Detroit has been doing it on defense and smoke and mirrors on offense due to injuries. Megatron sounds like he is back this week and healthier than at any time in recent past. Wilson is just getting back from injury and was an integral reason for the shutout against San Diego last week. He has corner experience and likely will be called on to help double team Megatron this week. This should mean plenty of targets and chances for impact players. He is probably available in most non-dynasty leagues and is a good plug and play candidate this week.


Bryan Luhrs
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