Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu can lead your defensive backs in Week 9 streaming

Arizona Cardinals’ safety Tyrann Mathieu had a great rookie season, but has had to be eased into the starting lineup again in the desert after excellent play from Rashad Johnson and Tony Jefferson. Mathieu’s snap count has hurt his value so far but with Jefferson suffering from concussion and likely out in Week 8, now is the time to grab him off waivers and plug him in with his tasty matchup against the run first, second, third and fourth Dallas Cowboys. For more information on the DB Streaming strategy please follow this link


Week 8 Summary:

Alterraun Verner, Tampa Bay, CB (v MIN): 7 tackles, 1 assist, 1 TFL, 1 pass defended

 Dawan Landry, New York Jets, S (@BUF): 1 tackle, 4 assists

Jonathan Cyprien, Jacksonville, S (v MIA): 10 tackles

 Orlando Scandrick, Dallas, CB, (v WAS): MNF: 4 tackles, 1 pass defended


Week 9 Streaming Targets:

Tyrann Mathieu S, Arizona, (@DAL)

Mathieu’s disruptive play last year earned him a fearless reputation, but after injuries in preseason and a slow return to health have limited his snap count considerably, but when he’s played a starting role he has been reasonably effective. This week he faces the Cowboys and DeMarco Murray, who we all know loves to run the ball. I can see Matheu making a big impact this week and earning back his reputation that was well earned last year. Prediction: 9 tackles, 4 assists, 1 pass defended, INT Chance: 15% FF Chance: 25%


Alterraun Verner, CB, Tampa Bay (@CLE)

Verner makes his second consecutive appearance on my streaming list after a nice game last week against Minnesota. This week he faces Cleveland and Brian Football. Cleveland beat the Raiders comfortably last week, but Hoyer couldn’t take advantage of the awful secondary in Oakland. I think against a competent Defence like Tampa he will struggle to move the ball and be forced into some uncomfortable throws. Don’t get me wrong I like Hoyer, but his past couple of performances have been average at best. Verner can take advantage. Prediction: 6 tackles, 2 assists, 1 pass defended. INT Chance: 25%


Malcolm Jenkins, S, Philadelphia (@HOU)

Jenkins has been excellent this year and sits at 9th for safeties in points scored. His average points is 7th highest at his position also. Now the Texans do like to lean on Arian Foster a whole lot, you’ll know that if you’ve faced a Foster owner the last few weeks. In fact, if Foster continues his current carry per game average of 20.9, this season would work out as his second highest career season in terms of number of carries. Now whilst he’s getting carries, Jenkins will be getting the tackles you need in fantasy. Start him in week 9. Prediction: 8 tackles, 3 assists, 1 pass defended, INT Chance: 20% 

Chiefs’ Sean Smith is a high risk/reward play this week v the Jets – Photo from

Sean Smith, CB, Kansas City (v NYJ)

I’ll make no bones about this, if Michael Vick starts, it’s bad news for the Jets and good news for Chiefs’ IDPs. The Chiefs defence has stepped up in recent weeks and whilst Vick is being pressured and trying to force plays with his arm and legs he is going to make some mistake no doubt. Starting CB Sean Smith should be on hand to clear up any mistakes in the form of big plays. Smith is your classic boom or bust play this week in big play leagues – start him knowing this risk. Prediction: 4 tackles, 2 assists INT Chance: 33%


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



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  1. Zach

    October 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Do you like Mathieu more this week than Barry Church or Eric Berry? I would have to drop one of them to pick up Mathieu who was just dropped in our league this week.

    2 Point per Sack, 2 Point per Tackle, 10 Point per Interception, 4 point per safety.


    • Matt Lane

      October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Hi Zach!

      Hmmm, it’s close, i’d say he edges both this week, but if you start him bear in mind you’ll probably lose whoever you drop for good. I still think Mathieu has a great chance at being a top 5 safety for the rest of the season if he can maintain his health and starting spot. The gambler in me says start Mathieu, but to be honest Berry and Church are both among the best safeties in IDP so I could go both ways.

      I say stick with who you have, MAthieu likely available next week anyway. Also his playing style suits big play scoring more than tackle heavy, and if your league offers 2 pts per tackle maybe a Berry/Church combo would work better. By the way I prefer Berry over Church this week, Jets can’t throw and when they do it’s often picked. Also Vick will be scrambling most of the game no doubt – safeties like Berry will eat him alive.

      • Matt Lane

        October 31, 2014 at 9:32 am

        H Zach, just seen that Berry is questionable this week so maybe Church is the better option – i’d wait as late as you can, Church has been uninspiring this year but if Berry is still a bit banged up…

  2. Zach

    October 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Also, would you rather play Everson Griffen or Robert Quinn at DL? (4 points per tackle, 6 points per sack for DL)

    Would you rather play Mychal Kendricks or Anthony Barr at LB? (2 points per tackle, 6 points per sack for LB)

    Thanks again!

    • Matt Lane

      November 1, 2014 at 1:51 am

      I’d go for Quinn, I like Griffen and he’s stepped up big time, but Quinn is no slouch despite his poor start, Also i’m a 49ers fan and Kaepernick does take unnecessary hits and sacks because of his running ability. Still like Griffen long term though, that was a good pickup, assuming you didn’t draft him.

      At LB I’ve gotta say Kendricks, he is raring to go this week by all accounts. He got 2 tackles last week on 23 (of 73 possible snaps). So if his field time is likely to double or triple, he should be in line for a 7 or 8 tackles game with some TFLs thrown in for good measure!

      Always happy to help man

  3. Zach

    October 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for your input, really appreciate you taking your time.

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