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Regular Season, Updated: 8/15/19


Projections:  QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB

Rankings with Outlooks:  QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DL | LB | DB

Rankings:  Top 200 | QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB | Print | MFL Power


Legend:   Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk   ADP = Average Draft Position
ADP courtesy of FantasyFootballCalculator 
DEFENSIVE BACKS
Chg Rank Player Tm Bye
  1 Jamal Adams NYJ 4
  2 Landon Collins WAS 10
  3 Derwin James LAC 12
4 Budda Baker ARI 12
  5 John Johnson LAR 9
Tier 2
  6 Justin Reid HOU 10
  7 Kevin Byard TEN 11
  8 Reshad Jones MIA 5
  9 Harrison Smith MIN 12
  10 Keanu Neal ATL 9
  11 Jordan Poyer BUF 6
  12 Johnathan Abram OAK 6
  13 Jessie Bates III CIN 9
  14 Malcolm Jenkins PHI 10
  15 Tyrann Mathieu KC 12
  16 Earl Thomas BAL 8
  17 Bradley McDougald SEA 11
  18 Marcus Peters LAR 9
  19 Antoine Bethea NYG 11
  20 Damarious Randall CLE 7
  21 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix CHI 6
  22 Jabrill Peppers NYG 11
  23 Jaquiski Tartt SF 4
  24 Justin Simmons DEN 10
Tier 3
  25 Shawn Williams CIN 9
  26 T.J. McDonald MIA 5
  27 Morgan Burnett CLE 7
  28 Eddie Jackson CHI 6
  30 Minkah Fitzpatrick MIA 5
  31 Darnell Savage GB 11
  32 Kyle Fuller CHI 6
  33 Kendall Fuller KC 12
  34 Josh Norman WAS 10
35 Clayton Geathers IND 6
  36 Janoris Jenkins NYG 11
  37 Josh Jones GB 11
  38 D.J. Swearinger ARI 12
  39 Adoree Jackson TEN 11
  40 James Bradberry CAR 7
  41 Jaire Alexander GB 11
  42 Xavien Howard MIA 5
  43 Donte Jackson CAR 7
44 Denzel Ward CLE 7
  45 Jalen Ramsey JAC 10
  46 Eric Weddle LAR 9
  47 Eric Reid CAR 7
  48 Juan Thornhill KC 12
  49 Micah Hyde BUF 6
  50 Marshon Lattimore NO 9
  51 Tedric Thompson SEA 11
  52 Justin Evans TB 7
  53 Devin McCourty NE 10
  54 Kenny Moore IND 6
  55 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson NO 9
  56 Brian Poole NYJ 4
  57 Terrell Edmunds PIT 7
  58 Rodney McLeod PHI 10
  59 Bashaud Breeland KC 12
  60 A.J. Bouye JAC 10
  61 Chidobe Awuzie DAL 8
  62 Sean Davis PIT 7
  63 Malcolm Butler TEN 11
Tier 4
  64 Tre Flowers SEA 11
65 Trumaine Johnson NYJ 4
  66 Tony Jefferson BAL 8
  67 Jason McCourty NE 10
  68 Steven Nelson PIT 7
  69 Ronnie Harrison JAC 10
  70 Quandre Diggs DET 5
  71 Ronald Darby PHI 10
  72 Darius Slay DET 5
  73 Xavier Rhodes MIN 12
  74 Kareem Jackson DEN 10
  75 Kenny Vaccaro TEN 11
  76 Nasir Adderley LAC 12
  77 Byron Jones DAL 8
  78 Adrian Amos GB 11
  79 Lamarcus Joyner OAK 6
  80 Mike Hilton PIT 7
  81 Tre'Davious White BUF 6
  82 Jeff Heath DAL 8
  83 Patrick Chung NE 10
  84 Marcus Williams NO 9
  85 Daniel Sorensen KC 12
  86 Desmond King LAC 12
  87 Eli Apple NO 9
  88 Shaquill Griffin SEA 11
  89 Malik Hooker IND 6
  90 Robert Alford ARI 12
  91 Taron Johnson BUF 6
  92 Casey Hayward LAC 12
  93 Byron Murphy ARI 12
  94 Desmond Trufant ATL 9
Tier 5
  95 Stephon Gilmore NE 10
  96 Prince Amukamara CHI 6
  97 Darqueze Dennard CIN 9
  98 Jonathan Jones NE 10
  99 Tashaun Gipson HOU 10
  100 Greedy Williams CLE 7
  101 D.J. Hayden JAC 10
  102 Logan Ryan TEN 11
  103 Dre Kirkpatrick CIN 9
  104 Jimmy Smith BAL 8
  105 Johnathan Joseph HOU 10
  106 Jalen Mills PHI 10
  107 Ricardo Allen ATL 9
108 Deandre Baker NYG 11
  109 Anthony Harris MIN 12
  110 Rashaan Melvin DET 5
  111 Daryl Worley OAK 6
  112 Pierre Desir IND 6
  113 Rashaan Gaulden CAR 7
  114 Joe Haden PIT 7
  115 Aqib Talib LAR 9
  116 Jordan Whitehead TB 7
  117 Terrance Mitchell CLE 7
  118 Vernon Hargreaves TB 7
  119 Jimmie Ward SF 4
  120 Chris Harris DEN 10
  121 Richard Sherman SF 4
  122 Kevin Johnson BUF 6
  123 T.J. Carrie CLE 7
  124 Bradley Roby HOU 10
  125 Trae Waynes MIN 12
 
COMMENTS
  Jamal Adams, NYJ: Like LBs, DB rankings and projections become a bit arbitrary in the top tier. Adams is my top guy because he's an all-over-the-field playmaker with tons of upside, and he's in his third season.

  Landon Collins, WAS: Collins is out for revenge this season and he's going to go fast in IDP drafts. He's primed for a rebound after a disappointing 2018 where he missed four games and only had 4 PD.

  Derwin James, LAC: James is an awesome player who could probably be ranked a notch higher than Reid, but I'm sticking to my guns. James was a standout in his rookie season and should follow it up with a monster 2019.

Budda Baker, ARI: Baker is expected to return to free safety this season, so he may not have the same numbers. He played free safety at the University of Washington in his final collegiate year and for the Cardinals in his rookie campaign but was asked to change positions last season following the departure of Tyrann Mathieu.

  John Johnson, LAR: Johnson had a huge 2018 season (119 total tackles) and could take a small step back -- but he's recorded 11 PDs in consecutive seasons and has a solid floor.

  Justin Reid, HOU: Reid's versatility, athleticism and intelligence make him one of the best young DBs in football. He's my pick to make a huge jump and finish among the Top 5 DBs in IDP.

  Kevin Byard, TEN: I love Byard -- who had a huge season, finishing No. 3 in Pro Football Focus' safety grades among 89 qualifiers. He also won Defensive Player of the Week honors back in Week 7 last year and should go under the radar in IDP drafts.

  Reshad Jones, MIA: Jones needs a bounceback after a forgettable 2018, and he's going to get plenty of chances to rack up 100+ tackles if he can stay healthy.

  Harrison Smith, MIN: Smith is still a great player with plenty of upside, but he's getting a tad long in the tooth and his best years are likely behind him. I'm fading him in drafts this season, even though I may regret it.

  Keanu Neal, ATL: Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2017, Keanu lasted just 37 snaps before tearing his ACL in last year's opener. He'd a Top 5 lock without that designation heading into camp.

  Jordan Poyer, BUF: Poyer is a quiet producer and decent tackler who is easily forgotten among the league's best DBs.

  Johnathan Abram, OAK: Abram is the best IDP rookie among the DBs in the best landing spot, and it's not really close. He's a standout playmaker with blazing open-field speed (4.45 forty) and serious physicality near the box. Draft him.

  Jessie Bates III, CIN: Bates had a great rookie season and posted 111 total tackles (73 solos) with 7 PD and 3 INT. He and Shawn Williams make a fine 1-2 punch as the Bengals safeties.

  Malcolm Jenkins, PHI: Like Smith, Jenkins is still a solid player -- I just prefer younger guys as my Top 10 DBs. He's a fine DB2.

  Tyrann Mathieu, KC: Mathieu heads to KC, where he should make an immediate impact. He turns 27 in May and remains in the prime of his career with lots of upside.

  Earl Thomas, BAL: Thomas turns 30 in May and is coming off a broken leg that cut his 2018 season short, so he's much lower in my rankings this season. I still really like him, but he hasn't played 16 games since 2015 and he's in a new town.

  Marcus Peters, LAR: Peters struggled a bit last season and looks to rebound in 2019. At 26 and his final year of his current contract, he's playing for a payday.

  Antoine Bethea, NYG: Bethea is a 13-year veteran safety who apparently still has some gas in the tank. He's looking to fill some big shoes for the Giants and if he's healthy, will produce. He nearly played every snap for the Cardinals in 2018, so that's good.

  Damarious Randall, CLE: Randall could be a boom-or-bust IDP performer this season, but he's recorded at least 3 INTs in his four season in the league and had a career-high 85 tackles (71 solos) for the Browns last year. He may have found his spot.

  Justin Simmons, DEN: Simmons made huge strides last season and had a breakout year, posting 97 total tackles (71 solos and adding 4 PD and 3 INT). He's a DB2/3 with upside.

  Shawn Williams, CIN: Williams and Bates are nearly interchangeable as IDP picks in terms of my projections. Williams is the more volatile, risk-reward type because of his 2018 breakout, which followed some lean years in terms of production.

  Eddie Jackson, CHI: The stud safety was just named to his first All-Pro team last year following a monster season for the Bears (15 PD, 6 INT, two TDs), but those numbers could fade a bit.

  Minkah Fitzpatrick, MIA: Fitzpatrick played both safety and corner as a rookie and posted decent numbers that could get better if he can focus on just one position. Expect more PDs this season and possible a couple more INTs.

  Darnell Savage, GB: Savage (5'11/198) made 37 starts in college, logging 9 career TFL with 30 PD and 9 INT while earning second-team All-Big Ten as a senior. He's going to play free safety in Green Bay and should be an immediate IDP producer.

  Eric Weddle, LAR: Weddle signed with the Rams and will move into LaMarcus Joyner's spot on defense moving forward, as Joyner is now in Oakland. The veteran safety should bounce back from a relatively lackluster 2018 season.