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2017 IDP Draft Tiers -- DB

By Matt Schauf 12:08am EDT 8/29/17



These guys are the kickers of IDP fantasy football.

For the most part, their scoring will vary quite a bit. And everyone in your league can find 1 toward the end of the draft.

You might find our #1 DB come up as a good value on your MVP Board. Feel free to take the plunge or wait until much later. These DB tiers – along with what’s available at other positions when the time comes – should help to guide your decision.

Landon Collins, S, Giants

The exact points depended on your particular scoring system. But whatever the total, Collins likely dominated the position in your IDP league last year. His score would have ranked 2nd behind Reshad Jones in 2015, but both would have dominated every other lead DB at least back to Rodney Harrison’s 2000 season with the Chargers. Jones is coming off shoulder surgery and opened camp with a calf issue. So Collins becomes the easy #1.

Keanu Neal, S, Falcons
Reshad Jones, S, Dolphins

Jones hasn’t appeared to deal with any setbacks since the Dolphins activated him in early August. I shaved a game off his projection after the summer injury delayed his camp start. I think the injury history merits keeping that game off. But we also still have Jones projected for more fantasy points per game than Neal in our default scoring system. Pick whichever you like.

Morgan Burnett, S, Packers

A healthy Burnett has upside to the top of this position in fantasy. He finished there in 2014 and 2nd in 2012. He has also missed 10 games over the past 4 years.

Barry Church, S, Jaguars
T.J. Ward, S, Broncos
Harrison Smith, S, Vikings
Eric Reid, S, 49ers
Karl Joseph, S, Raiders
Keith Tandy, S, Buccaneers

This is the 1st group that makes a strong argument for waiting until near the end of your draft for a DB or 2. Reid sits 8th in our site rankings, 23rd in Fantasy Pros’ expert consensus. Tandy ties for 11th in our rankings while sitting 30th in the expert consensus. I slid Tandy down a bit this week just because we know that the guys just ahead of him will keep their jobs as long as they’re healthy. The Bucs have played a bit of musical chairs at safety in recent seasons. Tandy is finally getting a shot after putting up huge numbers in limited starting time last season, however, and could be a fantasy revelation. Reid has looked throughout the preseason like a guy ready to break out. Playing behind a reconfiguring LB corps certainly won’t hurt his tackle opportunities.

Sean Davis, S, Steelers
Kam Chancellor, S, Seahawks
Kurt Coleman, S, Panthers
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Saints
Tyrann Mathieu, S, Cardinals

Davis, Vaccaro and Mathieu are the upside plays in this range. Davis gets his 1st full starting shot after moving around a bit as a rookie. Vaccaro is changing positions as well but is reportedly enjoying his best camp as he heads toward unrestricted free agency in March. And Mathieu has already showed us that he can dominate when healthy (which he wasn’t last year).

Eric Weddle, S, Ravens
Micah Hyde, S, Bills
Byron Jones, S, Cowboys
Malcolm Jenkins, S, Eagles

Hyde goes from nickel CB and sometimes fill-in Packers safety to starter and secondary leader in Buffalo – behind 1 of the league’s most talented D-lines. There’s a lot of upside to him – especially behind an unexciting LB crew -- and you can draft him into DB3 range. The other guys in this group are fairly proven, though Jones sports just 1 year of production as opposed to the many of Weddle and Jenkins.

Quintin Demps, S, Bears
Tony Jefferson, S, Ravens
Logan Ryan, CB, Titans
Vonn Bell, S, Saints
Bashaud Breeland, CB, Washington
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Buccaneers
Jamal Adams, S, Jets
Mike Adams, S, Panthers
Johnathan Cyprien, S, Titans
Marcus Peters, CB, Chiefs
Jabrill Peppers, S, Browns

This just rounds out the top 30 for our site rankings. We’ll see what Peppers’ defensive ceiling is, but he didn’t make many plays on the ball in college and will play behind a pretty strong LB corps. Cyprien will be way overrated in drafts after going from a favorable Jacksonville situation to a Dick LeBeau defense that hasn’t generally meant big numbers for safeties.

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