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Regular Season, Updated: 9/2/19


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

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.