In Week 2, Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson had himself a game.
After starters Jonathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson were both forced from Houston’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals by injuries, it fell to Jackson to anchor the Texans’ secondary. And anchor it he did, piling up eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Houston’s first win of 2017.
As Mark Inabinnett reported for AL.com, Jackson’s big game didn’t go unnoticed by head coach Bill O’ Brien.
“I thought K-Jack played one of the best games he’s had since I’ve been here,” O’Brien said. “He did a lot of different things — he blitzed off the edge, got a sack, caused a fumble, had several tackles. Just a very smart player, and he’s a very valuable player to our team because he can do so many different things, and he played really well.”
Jackson’s value to the Texans is going to be put the test over the next several weeks, as Johnson’s knee injury is expected to sideline him at least a month. Despite not playing full-time in Week 1 Jackson is sixth among fantasy cornerbacks in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring, and this week the Texans head to New England to face a Patriots squad that’s third in fantasy points allowed to the position through two games.
That sounds like the recipe for a nice stat line.
If Jackson isn’t available in your fantasy league, here are some other streaming options at cornerback who could be an ingredient in a Week 3 win for IDP owners.
Robert Alford, Atlanta Falcons (at DET)
After smoking the Green Bay Packers in their shiny new stadium last week, Falcons cornerback Robert Alford told Jeanna Thomas of the Falcoholic that practicing against one of the NFL’s best offenses helps keep the Atlanta defense on their toes.
We’re going out there each and every week, just going out there and battling against each other, the first team offense against the first team defense. And they’re just getting us prepared,” Alford said. “We’re going to try to improve each and every week. Teams are going to get plays, but with this defense, when bad plays happen we can push past it and just forget about it and just move on to the next play and make big plays.”
It isn’t just Alford who is a nice plug-and-play this week against a Detroit Lions team giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to cornerbacks. With nickel corner Brian Poole likely to be on the field a lot and to see quite a bit of Golden Tate, he’s a sneaky-good IDP play as well.
Anthony Brown, Dallas Cowboys (at AZ)
After picking off Eli Manning in the Cowboys season opener, Brown told Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News that his second career interception was only the beginning. “It was a big-time play for us, and I’m just looking to get more as the season progresses, Brown said. “I didn’t expect him to be as close as he was, but once I saw him, I wasn’t letting go. It was a huge fight, but that’s what we do, we fight every day.”
Brown’s been forced into a full-time role by the injuries that have already decimated Dallas at cornerback, and while he didn’t record a pick last week in Denver Brown did pile up seven solo stops and play all 77 defensive snaps. Both of those numbers should appeal to IDP owners, as should a Monday night matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, who have been forced into a pass-heavy offense by the dislocated wrist suffered by tailback David Johnson.
Rashaan Melvin, Indianapolis Colts (vs. CLE)
At the ripe old age of 27, Rashaan Melvin is a grizzled veteran compared to most of the youngsters in the Colts secondary. He told George Bremer of CNHI Sports Indiana playing the role of a mentor is fine with him. “Being the older guy out there and having to get everybody lined up, make sure everybody’s understanding what exactly’s going on, I took it as a challenge,” Melvin said. “And I think, me overall doing a good job and they did a great job listening.”
Melvin posted good numbers in last week’s overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals, posting seven total tackles and logging two passes defensed. It’s the second week in a row that Melvin has totaled six solos in a game to open the season. Sunday the Colts welcome in the Cleveland Browns, and while that might not seem a great passing-game matchup at first glance, but the Browns are actually eighth in fantasy points allowed to corners in 2017.
P.J. Williams, New Orleans Saints (at CAR)
In 2017, P.J. Williams has gone from an oft-injured third-year pro with two career starts to arguably the Saints’ best cornerback. While speaking with Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, head coach Sean Payton touted Williams’ ability to play both inside and outside as one of the reasons why.
“Number one, he can tackle,” Payton said. “He is strong. He does have some good instincts; I think those have gotten better. He’s long, he has some length. He does have short area quickness, so those are things that have helped him grow and you’re seeing him develop.”
Two weeks into the season, Williams has 18 total tackles for a Saints defense that’s been getting scorched through the air. He should keep racking up stops Sunday when New Orleans travels to face the Panthers in Charlotte.