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CORNERING THE MARKET: Week 3 Streaming CB Plays for IDP Leagues

I’m going to let everyone here in on a little secret. It’s going to come as quite the shock, so you may want to brace yourself. Perhaps sit down.

Are you ready? Properly braced. Seated?

Here goes.

I’m wrong. A lot.

I’ve made thousands of start/sit recommendations here at Fantasy Sharks since 2011. In the couple of years I’ve done Cornering the Market, I’ve talked up over 100 potential streaming options at cornerback.

Many of those didn’t pan out. So many. Too danged many.

However, in 2018 at least, I’m off to a pretty good start. In Week 1, I led off Cornering the Market with Terrance Mitchell of the Cleveland Browns based off a plus matchup with Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last week it was Chidobie Awuzie of the Dallas Cowboys heading into a Sunday night affair with Odell Beckham and the New York Giants.

Awuzie was a busy beaver in a Cowboys win, tallying eight solo stops. The week before, Mitchell had six tackles and a pass defensed. Both corners finished inside the top-20 in their respective weeks. As a matter of fact, headed in to Week 3 both Awuzie and Mitchell rank inside the top 15 cornerbacks on the season—and Mitchell isn’t likely to drop after snagging a pick in Thursday’s win over the Jets.

Yes, the Browns won. It’s OK—I’m scared too.

I don’t bring this up to pat myself on the back. That’s nice, sure. But I don’t write this column on my “day off” for attaboys, self-granted or no.

Thank you. Thank you. Please….it’s too much.

I write Cornering the Market because I am a fervent believer that streaming is the way to go in CB-required IDP leagues. That even in deep formats I can wait until the end of drafts, play matchups as the season progresses, and at year’s end I’ll get just as many points from the position as teams who invest more draft capital in the position.

Hell, I’m confident I can get more.

Embrace the stream, IDP brothers and sisters. Float with it to fantasy success.

Now let’s hit some winning options available on most waiver wires at the cornerback position for Week 3.

Unless, you know, I’m wrong.

Carlton Davis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PIT)

As Mark Innabinett wrote for, Tampa defensive coordinator Mike Smith admitted that the injuries that have decimated the secondary have put the team in scramble mode on the back end—but he has confidence in the youngsters on the field. “Those young guys that we drafted last year in April, we knew that they were going to have to come in and contribute,” Smith said. “I didn’t think it would be Week 1 and Week 2. But they’re guys that have a good understanding of what needs to be done in the secondary. They’ve not really had the type of work that we’d like. They’ve all missed time in the preseason. We’ve had to improvise and adjust, but that’s part of it.”

Davis, who was selected in the second round of this year’s draft by the Buccaneers, is one of those young players who has been pressed into full-time duty. Last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, Davis parlayed that increased snap count into six solos. That may well be his floor Monday night against a Steelers team that attempted 60 passes last week and is a top-10 fantasy matchup for the position in the early-going this year.

Quinton Dunbar, Washington Redskins (vs. GBP)

As Dante Koplowitz-Fleming wrote for the team’s website, Dunbar’s play in 2018 has impressed a man who knows a thing or two about playing cornerback—batterymate Josh Norman. “It’s just amazing to see how he worked from training camp to this point,” Norman said. “He was able to get one out of the air (in Week 1), and almost took it back, but he was just amazing with his coverage all way around. And that’s something to be said about his production and how he put the work into it. It’s a big time for him.”

Dunbar’s tackle numbers to date this year aren’t eye-popping—he’s averaged five stops a game and added that pick against Arizona in Week 1. He’s also averaged the same number of targets per game. But both of those numbers could easily see a bump Sunday at FedEx Field. With Norman likely to spend most of the day locked up with Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers could be tempted to go ai Dunbar more. Through two games, the Packers are fifth in fantasy points allowed to cornerbacks.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an nine-time FSWA Award finalist and three-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last four years. He won the honor in 2017 and 2019. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.