Defensive Back Streaming: Week 2

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 Summary:

Robert Blanton, Minnesota SS (@STL) – 7 tackles

JJ Wilcox, Dallas, SS (v SF) – 2 Tackles, 1 Assist  

Dee Milliner, Jets, CB (v OAK) – OUT

Janoris Jenkins, Rams, CB (v MIN) – 6 tackles


– No big hitters this week, but I was pleased with Blanton and Jenkins’ performances. You can only predict tackles, INTs are pot luck. Wilcox didn’t benefit from the 49ers taking an early lead and so few offensive snaps. The 49ers passed the ball much more than expected and Frank Gore struggled to get past Durant at LB who has an impressive game. It’s early days yet but lets try and hunt some more targets for Defensive Back Streaming.


Week 2 Defensive Back Streaming Targets:


Chris Harris, DEN, CB (v KC)

Last week, Kansas gave up 33 points to cornerbacks alone, helped along by 2 interceptions and a sack. Chris Harris and Aqib Talib will be in line for increased weeks, and Alex Smith’s lack of choices in the passing game means dump offs and passes to the flat could give an increased tackle rate as well.

Prediction: 8 tackles (4 solo), 1 Pass Defensed, INT Rate: 33%


Chris Culliver, SF, CB (v CHI)

The Bills also managed to rack up some serious DB points against the Bears last week and the volume of passes from Jay Cutler means plenty of opportunities for tackling in the secondary, along with a light increase in interceptions – which Cutler still can’t shake off. Culliver is a talented CB who is overlooked after missing last season through injury.

Prediction: 10 tackles (6 solo), 1 Pass Defensed, INT Rate: 25%


Woodson rolled back the years with an athletic diving INT against the Jets in Week 1

Woodson rolled back the years with an athletic diving INT against the Jets in Week 1 –

Charles Woodson, OAK, S (v HOU)

The Jets managed to consistently rip runs past the Raiders’ linebackers last week, and Chris Johnson is hardly known for bruising runs up the middle. Missed tackles were the order of the day for the Raiders LB group but the safeties managed to get involved with a combined 11 tackles and 6 assists along with a sack and an INT. Houston ran the ball 29 times last week, 27 from Arian Foster, so there will be another game that can provide opportunities for the Raiders talented safety group to exploit.

Prediction: 10 tackles (5 solo), 0.5 Sack, INT Rate: 25%


DJ Swearinger, HOU, S (@OAK)

Swearing had an impressive debut and I can expect him to continue that form against the Raiders who continually ran the ball up the middle against the Jets in week. I rate the Jets LB group (In run stop terms) much higher than the Texans, who focus more on pass rushing, and Swearing should be able to make plenty of open field tackles as the Raiders focus on running the ball early to keep the Texans Defensive Line guessing. Derek Carr had quite a few tipped passes in week one and favoured throwing down the centre of the field, which should help Swearinger more.

Prediction: 8 tackles (5 solo), 0.5 sack, INT Rate 25%


Good luck this week in your fantasy match ups, keep streaming!


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