RECEIVING YARDS ALLOWED BY POSITION
This new featured tool displays how each defense performs against their opponent’s receiving yardage gained by position.
So for example, if you see a team is ranked 1st vs. WR #1, that defense is currently the best at limiting their opponent’s WR #1 yardage compared to other teams. Or if you see a team is ranked 32nd against WR #2, that defense is the worst against WR #2’s or more accurately, the defense is allowing the most yards to WR #2’s compared to the other teams in the league. This a great tool to find and exploit useful matchups. Don’t forget to check out all the positions as well (WR #1, WR #2, Other WRs, TE & RB).
Defensive Back News & Notes
A.J. Terrell (CB) Atlanta Falcons – Terrell finally got in his first full practice Thursday after suffering a concussion in Week 2 which caused him to miss last week’s game. He is their best corner and perhaps the best player on the entire defense. With the Washington Football Team next up on the schedule, Terrell’s return will be a much-needed boost to at the very least attempt to slow down Terry McLaurin.
Marcus Maye (S) New York Jets – An already terrible Jets defense just lost their best player for a month. Maye will be out 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury. He had played every defensive snap for the team this season before suffering the injury. The disgruntled safety has been one of the few bright spots on the Jets this season. His agent added after announcing the injury that Maye will be back just in time for the trade deadline. So if he gets his
way, you may not see him in a Jets uniform again. This is of course an upgrade for the Tennessee Titans
passing attack this week for whoever may be catching passes. It looks more and more each day like A.J.
Browns and Julio Jones could miss this week with hamstring injuries. So this is an upgrade for waiver wire sleepers like Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers, and Cameron Batson.
Richard Sherman (CB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs inked the polarizing cornerback to a one-year, $2.3 million contract this week. Neither Sherman nor the team has ruled out the possibility of him being active this week. Reports of him looking strong in practice and intercepting Tom Brady have only further fueled the idea we may see him out there this Sunday. Now, 33-years old he should upgrade their secondary which has been among the
worst in the league this year. However, it’s hard to say how significantly he could impact this upcoming
matchup with the Patriots. You shouldn’t be adjusting your lineups because of him.
K’Von Wallace (S) Philadelphia Eagles – After suffering a separated shoulder Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys the Eagles starting safety has been placed on injured reserve and will miss at least the next three weeks. Wallace had played the second-most snaps for their defense and Marcus Epps should pick up the bulk of his work. Losing a starting safety couldn’t come at a much worse time as the reeling Eagles now have Patrick Mahomes
and the Kansas City Chiefs coming to town. What was already going to be a field day for Tyreek Hill and
Travis Kelce just got a little bit easier?
Jamel Dean (CB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dean went down with a knee injury last week which prompted the team to sign Richard Sherman. While it’s believed he avoided serious injury the fact that they felt the need to go out and sign Sherman immediately after the injury occurred does raise some red flags. His status for this week is not currently locked in, but using context clues it appears he is trending toward sitting out this week. Even if Sherman
can suit up this week Dean’s absence will be a downgrade for this already struggling secondary.
C.J. Henderson (CB) Carolina Panthers – The Carolina Panthers acquired Henderson this week from the Jacksonville Jaguars for tight end Dan Arnold. This was a direct response to losing star rookie Jaycee Horn to a broken foot which has landed him on IR and will keep him out an extended period. The Panthers' secondary has been strong this year and the hope is the addition of Henderson will keep this ship sailing right along. We will have to wait and see how this works out. Henderson is most likely a downgrade from Horn, but an upgrade from his
Josh Norman (CB) San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers will likely be without Norman this week after he was taken to the hospital last Sunday night after spitting up blood. He suffered a chest injury Week 3 and has been diagnosed with two bruised lungs. He hopes to play, however, this seems like something that should cause you to miss at least one game. While he’s not the star he once was, losing him would still be a boost to Tyler Lockett and DK
Metcalf this week.
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