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Regular Season, Updated: 6/17/19


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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.