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If you were watching the box scores roll in on Sunday and wondered why it took so long for Jalen Thompson to show up, it’s because the Cardinals came out in a funky 4-4-3 with Budda Baker as the only safety on the field. They eventually moved to a more normal personnel group with Thompson logging 45 of a possible 59 snaps. His upside is limited but Thompson has been a steady contributor. I would not be overly concerned about this situation.
Last week I pointed out how Erik Harris had quietly become a solid option. With a 7-1 mark against the Saints and a total of 17-5 and two passes defended over the last three weeks, the cat is out of the bag. Harris has at least nine fantasy points in four consecutive games, reaching double-digits in three of them. He is showing up on a lot of early waiver runs this week, so this may be the last opportunity to land him.
What the heck is going on with Patrick Queen? This guy was supposed to be the leader and centerpiece of Baltimore’s defense for years to come. So why is he playing second fiddle to journeyman rent-a-player Josh Bynes? Queen finished the week nine game with two tackles and two assists on 36 snaps while Bynes went 8-3 with a pass defended on 83% of the plays. This one is a real head-scratcher but the bottom line is, we can’t trust Queen in our lineups right now.
DeShon Elliott will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral. Brandon Stephens finished up against Minnesota and is likely to take over the spot going forward. Stephens got the start against Indianapolis when Elliot was out in week five. He finished with six tackles and five assists in that game.
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