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CORNERING THE MARKET: Week 5 Streaming CB Plays for IDP Leagues

There are a number of factors that should be considered when deciding on a streaming play at cornerback in Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues. Production to date is one. Matchups are another.

Then there’s the matter of opportunity – finding a corner who gets targeted a lot.

And in that regard so far in 2017, there isn’t a corner in the NFL who has seen more opportunities for production than Philadelphia’s Jalen Mills. In fact, it isn’t especially close – in four games to date this season Mills has been thrown at nine more times than any corner in the league.

Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz praised Mills’ progress so far this year while speaking to Rob Maaddi of the Philadelphia Tribune.

“He made a lot of strides from the beginning of training camp until the end of training camp,” Schwartz said. “Very competitive. He’s long, he can get his hands on the football and he’s tough. He’ll tackle.”

Mills certainly can tackle – the second-year pro leads the team with 27 stops so far this season. He also ranks third in fantasy points in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring among cornerbacks this year and faces an Arizona team in Week 5 that’s giving up the most fantasy points to defensive backs in 2017.

If Mills isn’t available in your IDP league, here are some other options at corner worth considering.

Eli Apple, New York Giants (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

No cornerback in the NFL has allowed more touchdowns than Apple’s four, but the second-year pro told Tom Rock of Newsday that his confidence isn’t shaken.

“Anytime something does happen, I take the approach that I didn’t really give it up,” Apple said. “It was just something that I did, that I made a mistake. It wasn’t, ‘the dude was just better than me.’ I never think that on the football field. I always think like, ‘dang, if I would’ve done this differently, I would’ve made the play.’”

Opposing quarterbacks are also well aware that Apple’s been in something of a sophomore slump, as only three cornerbacks in the league have had more passes chucked in their direction. There’s little reason to think that will change Sunday when a winless Chargers team surrendering the sixth-most fantasy points to cornerbacks this year comes to town.

Anthony Brown, Dallas (vs. Green Bay)

As Patrik Walker of 247 Sports reported, Brown’s shown himself to be the Dallas’ best cornerback from Day 1 this year. In the season opener against the New York Giants,” he said, “Brown essentially dared quarterback Eli Manning to throw the ball his way. Manning would accept the challenge, but it didn’t end well for him. According to Pro Football Focus, Brown’s wide receivers were targeted on four separate occasions, yet the Giants’ quarterback walked away with only 1/4 when contesting Dallas’ second-year cornerback – with one of those incompletions being a nail-in-the-coffin interception with 7:54 left in the game.”

Brown may be Dallas’ best cover man, but that hasn’t discouraged quarterbacks from targeting him – he’s inside the Top 20 in that regard in 2017. Assuming that Brown’s ankle injury doesn’t prevent him from playing (it’s not believed to be serious) he should top that six-target average in Sunday’s big NFC showdown with Green Bay.

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 eight-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last three years. He won the honor in 2017. 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.