Welcome to the seventh edition of “Who to Rep,” our ongoing series in which we recommend a player to rep for the upcoming week. Our selection process is rigorously unscientific, but we hope you like it anyway.
Sunday was not a great day over all for the Broncos, as they coughed up a home loss to the previously winless Giants. Most of the their troubles came on the offensive end, with C.J. Anderson a total no-show and Trevor Siemian turning, first figuratively then literally, into Brock Osweiler. The defense did mostly fine—giving up just one offensive touchdown—but ultimately you have to play both sides of the ball.
The bright spot in the loss for Denver, though, was their secondary. The famed No Fly Zone allowed just two catches to New York’s primary receivers for a combined 22 yards, and it’s on the basis of that shutdown performance we went with cornerback Aqib Talib for this week’s Who to Rep.
We could also have gone with Chris Harris Jr., but this is a one-player-per-week honor, so we pretty much just flipped a coin. If the No Fly Zone continues to hold opposing offenses under 130 passing yards, he’ll get his turn soon enough.
Next week brings a fresh challenge, as Denver travels to Los Angeles for a divisional matchup with the suddenly-showing-signs-of-life Chargers. Look for another strong performance there from Talib and Harris, as they take on quarterback Philip Rivers.
Rivers still has some mustard, and has thrown ten touchdowns through six weeks, but he’s also been a bit turnover prone, giving up five interceptions in the same stretch. Talib and Harris live for careless passes, and they’ll be watching Rivers like a pair of hawks next Sunday.
Rep Talib this week for his week-to-week consistency and defensive brilliance, or in the name of the entire No Fly Zone, or just because he’s a charismatic, likeable guy. Whatever your reason, Denver’s start cornerback (either of them, to be honest) is a solid rep this week, and every week thereafter.