Fantasy Football: Jaguars’ Johnathan Cyprien a top DB streamer in Week 4

Johnathan Cyprien

Johnathan Cyprien can expect a healthy dose of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller running his way this week, giving him lots of fantasy scoring opportunities (via

Jacksonville Jaguars’ safety Johnathan Cyprien has an ideal matchup this week against the run-happy Chargers and is a great pick for those needing a defensive back in Week 4.

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Chris Conte, Bears, S (@NYJ), 2 Tackles, 2 Assists (Unfortunately, Conte was banged up and only got a handful of snaps)

Johnathan Joseph, Texans, CB (@NYG), 5 Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery

Antrel Rolle, Giants, S (v HOU), 3 Tackles, 1 Assist, 1 Pass Defensed, 1 Interception

Keenan Lewis, Saints, CB (v MIN), 2 Tackles, 1 Pass Defensed



» D.J. Swearinger, Texans, S (v BUF)                                                    

The Houston Texans are allowing around five yards per carry to opposing RBs, and the combination of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson is sure to cause them some serious problems. The Bills are averaging 29.3 rushing attempts per game which is around about the league average, but you can expect them to lean on the run more against Houston. This helps Swearinger a great deal, as the strong safety he has a good chance of meeting the rusher in the open field, and five-yard carries will mean him, and fellow safety Kendrick Lewis, will be in line for serious tackling opportunities – the core of any IDPs value. Prediction: 8 tackles (4 solo), 1 Pass Defensed, INT chance: 20%

» Johnathan Cyprien, Jaguars, S (@SD) 

San Diego has almost 100 rushing attempts this season already (98). This is the third highest in the NFL. Meanwhile the Jags have allowed the most rushing yards so far this season with 480 in three games. In Week 3, Buffalo Bills’ Aaron Williams managed nine solo tackles against the Chargers, and with a similar set up on defense, I think the Jags’ safety pairing can benefit from their team’s abject run stopping. Cyprien hasn’t been 100 percent healthy yet, but he made his first start last week and racked up seven combined (three solo) tackles. This week’s game vs. the Chargers should be where he gets his season off the ground and his lack of production this far (through injury) should mean he’s a waiver wire pickup as well. Grab him and plug him in. Prediction: 9 tackles (6 solo) 1 Pass Defensed, INT Chance 15%

» Kyle Fuller, Bears, CB (v GB)

Now don’t think for a second I’m predicting a sudden flurry of interceptions thrown by Aaron Rodgers — that won’t happen — however, Chicago Bears’ CB Kyle Fuller will be covering both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb throughout the game. These guys have been thrown at 58 times so far this season, and while both are elusive and capable of some serious yards after catch, Fuller is athletic enough to make tackles on these guys if they can bring the ball in. We know Mike McCarthy likes to pass the ball a lot and I think Fuller can get close to double digit tackles, as well as the occasional pass defensed. Against the 49ers in Week 2, Fuller had two picks and two passes defensed, hopefully this will earn him more snaps, and more points. Prediction: 10 tackles (6 solo), 1 Pass Defensed, INT Chance: 25%

» Corey Graham, Bills, CB (@HOU)

Buffalo Bills cornerback Corey Graham will be squaring off against Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw three interceptions last week after not throwing one in the first two games. Fitzpatrick’s volume of passes also increased last week in a game they were never in control of. Meanwhile, Graham has had the ball thrown in his coverage 24 times (tied fourth-highest for CBs) and has managed an incredible six passes defensed — good for the most in the league. Only 12 CBs have more than two PDs across the first three games. Graham is clearly a ball hawk, but QBs don’t fear his coverage. I think Graham has a good chance of getting his hands busy this week. Prediction: 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 Pass Defensed, INT Rate: 50% 




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