Poor Bradley Roby.
After the Denver Broncos were knocked around by the Oakland Raiders last Sunday night, Roby argued to a Denver radio station (via Mile High Sports) that the Broncos were being put in an untenable position defensively. “It’s not really my space to talk about the offense,” Roby said in talking about the offense, “but … for us to be tight in games, we know we have to play our best. If we come out flat, then it’s not going to be that great of a chance. Just right now, just how it’s looking — I’m not trying to say anything good or bad, but just speaking facts.”
Of course, Roby’s argument might carry a bit more weight had he not spent most of the evening being abused in coverage by quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper. But while Roby’s rough day in relief of Aqib Talib was bad for the Broncos, his nine tackles and a sack looked pretty danged good to IDP owners who took my advice and streamed Roby in Week 9.
And this week, the matchup is even better.
Talib’s bad back has already led to him being scratched for Week 10, leaving Roby to start opposite Chris Harris when the Broncos travel to New Orleans to face a Saints team allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to cornerbacks in 2016.
And you can bet the rent that Drew Brees and Co. have viewed the game film of how successfully the Raiders attacked Roby a week ago.
If you picked Roby up a week ago, feel free to roll him out again Sunday — with confidence, even. If you missed that particular boat though, here are a few other streaming options at quarterback in Week 10 for IDP leagues that require them.
A.J. Bouye, Houston Texans (at JAX)
This recommendation comes complete with its own caveat. As Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported, Bouye’s Week 10 status is suddenly in doubt after an injury in practice Friday. “Bouye sprained his ankle during practice Friday and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam afterward to determine the severity of the damage,” Wilson said. “Bouye’s ankle injury isn’t severe and he could still play Sunday, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.”
The good news is that Bouye and the Texans play the Jaguars at 1:00 PM Eastern, so we’ll know pretty early if the fourth-year pro is a go or not. The better news is that of late Bouye has shown to be one of the better young cornerbacks in the NFL no one has heard of — including an 11-tackle outing against the Denver Broncos in Week 7. The best news? Whether it’s Bouye or Robert Nelson playing this week, it will be against a Jaguars team who have been a top-five fantasy matchup for cornerbacks in 2016.
Tramaine Brock, San Francisco 49ers (at AZ)
As Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury-News wrote, when last we saw Brock and the San Francisco pass defense there were getting the woodshed treatment from none other than the aforementioned Brees. “Brock became a popular target by Drew Brees,” Inman said, “whose third touchdown pass appeared to deflect off Brock’s shoulder. Brees (323 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) also victimized Jimmie Ward for a relatively easy scoring strike. With no Aaron Lynch (ankle), the 49ers pass rush looked even weaker and produced only one sack (for 0 yards, by Gerald Hodges). Brees attempted 39 passes, and none were intercepted.”
Like Roby, Brock appeared on this list last week as well. In fact, this marks three times in the last four games that the seventh-year veteran enters a week with a very favorable matchup — only two teams have surrendered more fantasy points to cornerbacks this year than the Cardinals. Brock’s 11 solos and three passes defensed in those other two matchups aren’t eye-popping numbers, but they’re a decent total for a streamer off the wire.
Tracy Porter, Chicago Bears (at TB)
Porter told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune he’s looking forward to the challenge of spending Sunday afternoon lining up opposite Mike Evans of the Buccaneers in Tampa. “Any competitor at this level would love the challenge of going against the team’s No. 1 guy, the guy they love to get the ball to,” Porter said. “For the coaches to have that much faith in me … I love it. I’m not afraid to go against any guy.” In six of eight Bears games this year Porter has drawn “shadow” detail, so it’s likely the veteran cover man is going to get his wish.
And that is most certainly good news for IDP owners. Yes, Porter has yet to log more than six tackles in a game so far this season, but he also hasn’t faced Evans. His next target will give Evans 100 for the season — 14 more than any other wideout in the NFL. Add in that no team in the league has been kinder to cornerbacks in fantasy this season, and you get the IDP mantra of 2016 — we likes Mikey.