There was an unexpected face in the Cardinals secondary on Sunday. Jalen Thompson replaced Deionte Johnson at the safety position and played 97% of the snaps. He recorded just three tackles and a pass breakup versus the Dolphins, but we probably should not use this as a measuring stick since Budda Baker did not do any better in this particular game. Thompson has limited upside but the volume of action will give him a little value in deep rostered leagues.
Markus Golden played close to starters snaps against Miami and wasted no time showing that he belonged. Golden saw action on 56% of the plays, finishing a solid 2-3-1 with a pass breakup. He might never see 70% of the playing time in a game, but even at 55%-65%, he can be a contributor in big play formats.
Isaiah Simmons saw a leap in playing time against the Dolphins. He was on the field for 52% of the plays, which was almost twice the share of any previous game. Simmons recorded a respectable four solo stops on 32 plays, but he looked good doing it. Maybe that means we will see more of him down the stretch.
Chuck Clark had a great game against the Colts but it was not because he made a lot of tackles as was expected. He saved those managers that started him with a scoop-and-score fumble recovery. That situation might make managers think twice about starting him against the struggling Patriots this week but be aware that since Week 4, the safety positions of teams facing New England from Week 4 through Week 8, has averaged almost 15-2-0 with 5 takeaways.
L.J. Fort missed Week 9 due to COVID, so Malik Harrison finally had an opportunity. He and Chris Board shared playing time almost equally but it was Harrison who shined. On 33 plays he managed six tackles and five assists, while Board went 2-0-0 on 35. Fort should be back this week but Harrison certainly did not hurt his chances playing more. He is still considered by many in the organization, to be the future next to Patrick Queen.
Speaking of Queen, if he is your guy, keep an eye on his practice status later in the week. He was down on the field for a bit during the Colts game. Queen only missed a few snaps so hopefully, he is fine.
One Raven that is not going to be fine for a while, is Calais Campbell. He went down early on Sunday with a calf strain that is expected to keep him out a few weeks. Baltimore will likely use a committee to hold down the fort until Campbell returns.
Matt Milano was placed on IR this week, removing any mystery about his lack of playing time in weeks seven and eight. He missed two games with the pectoral injury then tried to play through it for a couple of games before shutting it down. I have not seen anything suggesting he will have surgery, so maybe Milano will make it back for the playoffs.
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