IDP: Defensive Back Streaming – Week 1

DBs have been left behind in terms of Fantasy Football Value

Published every Monday, Matt aims to give you some options for streaming DBs each week to maximise your IDP lineup. This is especially useful in small leagues and leagues which start 2 or fewer DBs each week. See this article for a rundown on the idea of ‘streaming.’

 

Week 1 Streaming targets:

 

Robert Blanton, Minnesota SS (@STL)

Blanton is entering his third year and has earned the starting Strong Safety spot in Minnesota, but his reputation will almost certainly have left him undrafted, even in deeper leagues or multiple DB leagues. Blanton will start off his gig in the Minnesota secondary against the Rams who lost Sam Bradford for the year. The Rams will almost certainly be running the ball early and often in a game that will probably be low scoring. Considering Blanton has Jasper Brinkley and rookie LB Anthony Barr in front of him, I can see plenty of opportunities for tackles and would expect he’ll rack up at least 5-8 tackles – a good score for a safety. Throw into the mix the lack of Rams dominant receivers and he has a good chance for some deflections and picks as well.

Prediction: 8 tackles (4 solo), 1 PD, INT Chance – 33%

 

Bradford's injury will force the Rams to run the ball often

Bradford’s injury will force the Rams to run the ball often

JJ Wilcox, Dallas, SS (v SF)

The Cowboys will be facing off with a run first team in San Francisco. Whilst the 49ers have beefed up their passing game, Colin Kaepernick has looked far from comfortable this pre-season and I can see Jim Harbaugh leaning on the run early and often. The LB group in Dallas has been decimated by the injury to Sean Lee. Wilcox is going to be in a prime position to rack up tackles alongside Barry Church who will be owned in almost all IDP leagues. The 49ers will be running the ball up the middle and on the outside with LaMichael James. Wilcox should be part of the cleanup effort in Dallas.

Prediction: 9 tackles (5 solo), 1 PD, INT Chance – 25%

 

Dee Milliner, Jets, CB (v OAK)

Milliner will be kicking off his season against Oakland, who have QB issues worthy of the New York Times back page. With this in mind, Milliner should be able to get plenty of opportunities to bat passes, whether it’s Schaub or Carr (or even McGloin). The Raiders’ receiving corps is a mixed bag but no names really stand out. Milliner will be assigned to one side of the field rather than to one player which means he should see more balls thrown his way.

Prediction: 6 tackles (4 solo), 2 PD, INT Chance – 50%

 

Janoris Jenkins, Rams, CB (v MIN)

The second DB in the Rams-Vikes game that could have a good opening game is Jenkins, who leads the cornerback group in St Louis. The Vikings named Matt Cassel their starter over Teddy Bridgewater and Cassel will struggle behind the Vikings OL. I can’t see Cassel lasting more than a few weeks before Teddy comes in and in that time you should take advantage. Jenkins in the most talented CB for the Rams and will have an increased INT chance this week. The Vikings receivers are led by Greg Jennings who appears to have aged horribly in the last year, as well as Cordarelle Patterson who can be both an absent player and a game-changer depending on his mood.

Prediction 7 tackles (4 solo), 2 PDs, INT Chance – 50%

 

Good luck this week in your fantasy matchups, keep streaming!

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