Congratulations if you’ve made it to your Playoff Semi-Finals! Do you already have your defense locked up for this week? Are you thinking about changing or on the fence? Well Seattle, Buffalo and Baltimore perhaps have the best match ups this week, but if you weren’t lucky enough to own one of those teams take a look at the list below.
Also, Week 16 – The Finals, has some really tough match ups. The Giants, Patriots and Chargers have decent match ups and could be available on your wire if you want to go ahead and plan for Week 16.
Scroll down for IDP Safety and Corner plays for the week.
How did I do last week? Week 14 was a solid week. Denver, Arizona and Minnesota were all safe plays. Cincinnati and Tampa Bay came through as waiver picks while Detroit was also decent play.
Buffalo Bills (vs Cleveland) – Buffalo is on most start lists this week. Their defense has not played well of late, but this is a great match up for them at home against Cleveland. Snow is in the forecast and I’d expect the Bills to come through this week.
Baltimore Ravens (vs Philadelphia) – The Eagles have really hit a wall of late after getting off to a great start this season. They have lost 4 games in a row and 6 of their last 7. Baltimore has the third ranked Fantasy Defense. The Ravens should easily score double digit fantasy points this week. Rain showers are in the forecast.
Minnesota Vikings (vs Indianapolis) – The Vikings are surrendering more points of late than they were early in the year, but are still putting up better than average D/ST Fantasy points. They are a threat on punt and kickoff returns, and have a nice match up at home this week against the Colts who still struggle in pass protection.
Houston Texans (waiver play) – Houston is on most start lists this week, and why not with the matchup against Jacksonville at home. They scored 12 points against these same Jaguars in Week 10, and need to win to stay in front of Tennessee and Indianapolis in a tight race for the division.
Atlanta Falcons (waiver play) – The Falcons have been hard to trust on defense all year. Last week they were the top defense scoring 26 points against the Rams. This score was aided by 2 TD’s, but Atlanta is still worth a strong look this week based solely on the way Vic Beasley has been playing and the nice match up against San Francisco.
Green Bay Packers (waiver play) – The Packers are on the road against Chicago. The Bears have been better than expected with Matt Barkley at quarterback. The Packers’ defense has scored 11, 7 and 17 over the last three weeks. In this clash I expect Green Bay, winners of three straight, to continue the good play on their journey back into the playoff race.
Other Possibilities: Raiders (Home), Dolphins (Away)
Safety and Corner Starts
Now for the Safety and Corner plays for IDP leagues. Below are picks for Week 15, focusing primarily on players who are not currently top five at their position in Fantasy Points. The current Top 5 Safeties (using Major League Fantasy Sports scoring) are: Landon Collins, Tony Jefferson, Eric Weddle, Morgan Burnett and T.J. Ward. (Mark Barron is 3rd on this list if he qualifies as a Safety). The Top 5 Corners are: Casey Hayward, Janoris Jenkins, Byron Maxwell, Marcus Peters and Malcolm Butler.
Barry Church (DAL) – Church is one of the best safeties when it comes to tackles. Tampa Bay is not a great matchup because of their inability to run the ball, but he will be heavily involved in stopping Tampa’s short passing game.
Keanu Neal (ATL) – Neal is an every week start at this point of the season. This week against San Francisco he will be counted on to help corral Carlos Hyde, the only offensive weapon on the 49’ers team.
Von Bell (NO) – Bell is starting for the suspended Kenny Vaccaro. Last week he put up 7 tackles, a half sack and a pass defended. This week against Arizona I expect a few more tackles for this rookie out of Ohio State.
Jaquiski Tartt (SF) – Tartt finally got a start last week with safety Eric Reid now on Injured Reserve. He did not disappoint, accruing 12 tackles and a sack, and should be busy this week against Atlanta.
Kurt Coleman (CAR) – Other than the game missed with a concussion, Coleman has put up close to double digit Fantasy points in three straight contests. He is a better option with Kuechly out of the lineup, but still worth a start this week against Washington’s pass heavy offense.
Daryl Worley (CAR) – Worley has been on a tear of late. His floor is about 6 points (1.0 pt per tackle leagues), but I’d expect closer to 10 points this week against Washington.
Jason McCourty (TEN) – McCourty is another corner with a high floor. I’d expect between 5 and 10 points against Kansas City, without the aid of turnovers.
Bashaud Breeland (WAS) – Breeland has been inconsistent this season, but this week in a must win situation against Carolina I’d expect Breeland to have one of his better games.
Byron Jones (DAL) – Jones, a safety with corner designation, has scored well of late. He should be in coverage a lot this week against Mike Evans and Cameron Brate, Jameis Winston’s favorite targets.
David Amerson (OAK) – Amerson is more of an all or nothing type of player. His floor is at about 3.0 points, but as much as Philip Rivers has been turning the ball over, Amerson could be the beneficiary.
How Did I Do Last Week?
Last week was good week, hitting on 7 of 10 picks. Most of the players on the list scored double digit points.
|Barry Church – 4 Solo Tackles, 4 Assists, 1 Pass Defended|
|Keanu Neal – 6 Solo Tackles, 2 Assists, 1 Pass Defended|
|Morgan Burnett – 5 Solo Tackles, 3 Assists, 1 INT, 1 Pass Defended|
|Kurt Coleman – 4 Solo Tackles, 4 Assists, 1 INT, 3 Passes Defended|
|Jason McCourty – 8 Solo Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery|
|Byron Jones – 4 Solo Tackles, 2 Assists|
|Malcolm Butler – 3 Solo Tackles, 1 Assist, 1 Pass Defended|
|Isa Abdul-Quddus – 1 Solo Tackle / Battling a neck injury – played limited snaps|
|Xavier Rhodes – 2 Solo Tackles, 2 Assists, 1 Pass Defended|
|Bradley Roby – No Stats|
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