CB - NE
Week 17 Outlook
New England Patriots number two corner Jason McCourty has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Houston Texans.
McCourty is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career, and his loss will likely be felt by the Patriots. With Stephon Gilmore expected to travel with Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller gets an upgrade. Fuller could very well end up Deshaun Watson's number one target tonight, and is worth captain consideration in single game DFS contests.
Jason McCourty may be forced to shift over to safety in Week 3 due to dwindling depth at the position. Starting strong safety Patrick Chung does not look likely to play after sustaining a concussion in Week 2. Backup Nate Ebner has also been limited in practice this week with a hip injury.
The Patriots run a lot of three safety sets and if they plan to do so next week McCourty may be playing some safety. The biggest beneficiary here still remains Duron Harmon who projects to fill in for Patrick Chung while he is out.
Cleveland Browns defensive back Jason McCourty had a big game for his team in Week 6. The veteran corner had one tackle, two passes defended, and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown.
McCourty has been solid in his first season with the Browns, logging 24 total tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He will look to stay hot in Week 7 when he takes on his old team, the Tennessee Titans.
ESPN.com writer Paul Kuharsky reports Jason McCourty could be poised for a breakout year. Kuharsky explains how McCourty faired well against some elite WRs last season, and was close to making a few big plays.
There can be a case made for McCourty as a breadout candidate. Yet, I believe he has established himself as a good but not great NFL starter, and I don't see any evidence proving why that would suddenly change. His fantasy value remains low in IDP leagues. He should only be considered as a streaming option when the Titans face a weak opponent.
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports that Tennesee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty was disappointed by his performance in a week 14 drubbing at the hands of the New York Giants. Specifically, McCourty feels he was not effective in coverage against the Giants' rising star WR Odell Beckham Jr. "I didn't play well enough for us to help us win. I let the team down today," McCourty said. "When you get matched up on the best guy, you've got to go out there and put up a better performance than that."
Despite McCourty's feelings about having let his Titans teammates down, he turned in a fine performance for his fantasy owners in IDP leagues. McCourty tied teammate Michael Griffin with a game high 10 tackles (9 solo). He leads all CBs in tackles this season with 75 (68 solo), making him a must start in IDP leagues that have a DB position, and is one of the few CBs you could feel comfortable using in those leagues.