Here are my top ten secondaries to target this week. Ranked on their talent, not their opponents.
- New Orleans Saints. TSAE (Target Saints Above all Else) ran into bad Cam this weekend. It’s hard to score points throwing to the wrong jersey’s. Maybe New Orleans can build on this. All bets are off for London games so take your best guess where scoring comes from. Personally, I like the target safety of Jarvis Landry.
- Philadelphia Eagles. It took some time for the Giants to warm up, but the fantasy scoring started to flow in the second half. They get a slight boost with SS Rodney McLeod back this week. That’s probably not enough to help against the pass happy Chargers. Any of the three LAC starting WRs could go off.
- Cleveland Browns. There’s the Browns defense we know. The Colts dropped 28 first half points thanks to T.Y. Hilton doing his thing to the tune of 153 yards. This unit gave up 182 yards to Antonio Brown week 1. On tap this week: AJ Green and a new OC that knows to feed him. Hopefully the Browns offense keeps them in the game long enough for it to matter.
- Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are unintentionally a funnel defense. They’re better against the run and awful against passing attacks. Vontae Davis could be back as he got in a full practice. I want to see he’s full speed before giving this unit an upgrade.
- Oakland Raiders. I was right about David Amerson getting dunked on (just the wrong WR). The Broncos won’t match Washington’s aggressive play calling, but do take shots to their excellent WR tandem of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders should see more of Amerson if you want to attack that match.
- Miami Dolphins. When the Jets make a defense look pedestrian, we should take notice. Watching that game it felt like Miami was out of gas most of the day. They had to deal with hurricane Irma, travel to LA, then to NY, now to London. That takes a toll. Give me any Saint you can name to have a good day.
- San Francisco 49ers. They got into a shootout with the Rams. Granted LA has vastly improved its passing game, but giving up 292 yards and 3 TDs is a bad day against them. Arizona is built on a vertical attack. Carson Palmer also looks much better this season. I’ll take Larry Fitzgerald and his 6″ height advantage over K’Wuan Williams to repeat last weeks performance.
- New England Patriots. Things are not going smoothly on this side of the ball for the Patriots right now. Maybe they haven’t figured out how to play together yet. Maybe teams just realize how many points they’ll need to compete. Either way, there’s scoring to be had here. The Panthers are a very low bar. Be ready to panic if they can’t clear it.
- Tennessee Titans. This stat from Rotoworld’s Rich Hribar is all I need to know about this secondary: allowed league-high 12 WR1 scoring weeks ’16, the only team to allow a top-12 WR in every week this season. DeAndre Hopkins; cash must play.
- NY Jets. Much of the damage this unit has yielded has been via touchdowns. None of their corners grade well, though their young safeties are performing. Slot corner Buster Skrine is a favorite target of mine. Allen Hurns faces him this week. Not a lead pipe lock by any means, but Hurns has had plenty big games the last few years.
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