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CORNERING THE MARKET: Week 6 Streaming Options for CB-Required IDP Leagues

Last week, NFL fans were treated to something that has only happened twice in the past 70 years — football on a Tuesday night.

The outcome of the game was somewhat surprising — Tennessee blasted undefeated Buffalo, 42-16. And in that beat-down something happened that sent social media into a frenzy.

In the second quarter, Tennessee running back Derrick Henry took a handoff off-tackle, where veteran cornerback Josh Norman was waiting to try to tackle him.

Emphasis on that try part — Henry stiff-armed the 32-year-old into next week.

Per Mike Hogan of All Titans, Henry was jovial after the game when asked about the play.

“I have been doing too many curls,” Henry said. “I have to lay off the arms. It just came natural to me because I have long arms. So, that’s the first thing I use to break a tackle or get away from the defender. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid.”

That play stole all the headlines, but Norman also had seven solos and a tackle for loss in the game, mostly for one simple reason — once considered one of the best man corners in the NFL, Norman’s skills have so deteriorated that Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill went after him early and often.

Norman and Taron Johnson drew the start in Week 5 because both Tre’Davious White and Levi Wallace missed the game with injuries. White was able to practice on a limited basis this week and could play Monday against Kansas City, but Wallace has been moved to short-term Injured Reserve.

That means that Norman should get at least one more start — against Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and one of the league’s most potent passing attacks.

Carlton Davis, Tampa Bay (vs. Green Bay)

Most of what has been written about Tampa Bay in 2020 has concerned a certain six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and the offense, but as Scott Smith wrote for the team’s website, young cornerback Carlton Davis is off to quite the start to his third NFL season.

“Davis is the first Buccaneer in a decade to have three interceptions within the first five games of a season,” Smith said. “The last Tampa Bay player to do so was Aqib Talib in 2010. Davis is also sixth in the NFL with six passes defensed, and he’s the only player in the league with at least six passes defensed and at least three tackles for loss.”

Five weeks into the 2020 season, Davis sits seventh among cornerbacks in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring. The 23-year-old is battling an abdominal injury, but he’s expected to play against Davante Adams and Green Bay. Davis has been put on shadow duty against a couple of elite receivers this year — in matchups with New Orleans’ Michael Thomas and Chicago’s Allen Robinson, Davis was targeted a total of 21 times.

Jaylon Johnson, Chicago (at Carolina)

On some level, Chicago’s Jaylon Johnson has been the embodiment of the “rookie corner rule,” in that opposing quarterbacks have gone after him a whopping 38 times. However, as Alyssa Barbieri reported for Bears Wire, the second-round pick from Utah hasn’t been playing like a rookie for Chicago’s 10th-ranked pass defense.

“Johnson’s impact has been nothing short of spectacular,” Barbieri said. “Through five games, he’s allowed a 76.2 quarterback rating (fifth best among players with 20-plus targets) and a 44.7 (percent) completion percentage (fourth best in NFL). All that being the second-most targeted cornerback in the NFL.”

Partly due to those excellent coverage stats, Johnson’s tackle numbers haven’t been great this season. But he could be in for a season high in that regard this week — Carolina features a potent wide receiver duo in Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore and rank 12th in fantasy points allowed to defensive backs this season.

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.