Viva el Futbol Mexicano!
On Monday night, the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders will meet at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City – the second time in NFL history that an NFL game has been held south of the border. With over 100,000 fans watching two first-place teams lock horns at 7,500 feet above sea level, it’s a matchup that promises no shortage of action.
It also has the makings of a good source of streaming cornerback plays in IDP leagues. After missing last week’s game with a sprained ankle, youngster A.J. Bouye told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that he’ll be ready for the Raiders.
“It’s more of a mental battle than a physical battle,” Bouye said. “It felt great out there (at practice), actually. It’s a long week. I’ll be ready come Monday night.”
Then there’s seventh-year pro Kareem Jackson, who is coming off a huge statistical outing against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10. A 42-yard pick-six on the game’s first series spurred that big game, but Jackson tried to play it cool while speaking with Deepi Sidhu of the team’s website.
“He made a late throw and I was able to step in and make the play,” Jackson said.
In Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Jackson, Bouye and veteran Jonathan Joseph will be facing off against one of the NFL’s best one-two punches at wide receiver. It’s also a matchup that’s been favorable to cornerbacks from an IDP perspective. In fact, to this point in the season the Raiders have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to cornerbacks.
I’d prefer Bouye to Jackson, but it wouldn’t be any sort of surprise to see both cover men wrap up Week 11 with a decent statistical effort.
If you prefer your steaming a CB plays a bit closer to home, here are a few other players to consider this week.
Captain Munnerlyn, Minnesota Vikings (vs. AZ)
Despite having missed last week’s game and the fact he’s saddled with a questionable tag for Week 11, Munnerlyn insisted to Andrew Krammer of the Twin Cities Star-Tribune that he actually considers himself lucky to ba making a return this quickly. “It was very frustrating,” Munnerlyn said. “I had to miss a game. Hopefully I’m back this week, flying around, moving around and making plays. If you go back and look at the play, you’ll say the same thing. Foot got caught up, got pushed down — knee isn’t supposed to bend like that. I definitely got lucky.”
We’ll see if Munnerlyn still feels the same way after Sunday’s tilt with the Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald. As the Vikings’ top slot corner, it’s Munnerlyn who will likely spend most of the afternoon guarding the NFL’s third-most targeted wide receiver. This also feels like a good time to point out no team has allowed more fantasy points to cornerbacks in 2016.
Tracy Porter, Chicago Bears (at NYG)
Porter told John Mullin of CSN Chicago ahead of Sunday’s matchup in the Big Apple that he has no ambition to engage in a war of words with Giants receiver Odell Beckham. “Me, we’re sitting at 2-7 right now. There’s no point in me to get overly hyped about what antics he’s going to bring to the game. I just have to cover him, do my job and then do whatever I can to come out with a victory. I may be one of the boring guys. I’m like, what’s the point? I come out here to just do my job and help my team win. I may talk to guys here or there on the field. I’m not about to get into any personal battles and go back and forth with the guys. It doesn’t even make sense to me, to be honest.”
Porter was featured in this article last week as well in advance of a showdown with Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and while the 30-year-old didn’t have a terrible game his four solos aren’t exactly what IDP owners were looking for. That’s the risk inherent to streaming at the position. But the name of the game remains looking for options whose matchup offers both a decent fantasy floor and the chance for a big game. Regardless of what happened with Evans, Porter fits that bill in Week 11.
Darius Slay, Detroit Lions (vs. JAX)
Wide receiver Allen Robinson of the Jaguars admitted to John Oehser of the team’s website that it’s been a trying 2016 for him after a breakout campaign a year ago. “At the end of the day, I knew it might be a little different [this season] as far as coverage and things like that, but that’s what I signed up for,” Robinson said. “I’m holding up good. It’s a long season and there are still seven games left. I’m taking it one game at a time and trying to go out and make plays. I always keep that in the big picture – that it’s a long season. We’re trying to get things going.”
Both Robinson and the Jaguars have improved a bit offensively since the team switched offensive coordinators, with Robinson averaging eight catches a game over the last two weeks. It will fall to Slay, who missed the Lions’ last two games with a pulled hammy, to try to slow Robinson down. Slay’s a solid young corner who was having a promising season before getting hurt, but he isn’t so good that Blake Bortles will be shy about throwing at him.