2013 IDP Redraft Rankings - Defensive Backs

I will continually update these rankings throughout the off-season to reflect changes in free agency, defensive schemes, defensive playing time, rookie draft selections, etc.

Drafting Philosophy:
Defensive backs have the most variability in point production from year-to-year. In other words, your top 20 defensive backs in 2013 could be quite different from your top 20 defensive backs in 2012 (especially in big play leagues).

Much of this variability is because many times a defensive back's production is heavily tied to the performance of that specific team's front seven. Their production is also heavily tied to how they are used in the defensive scheme (especially safeties).

In addition, the defensive back position, more than any other position, typically has top-notch fantasy producers available on the waiver wire. This is due to the relatively large amount of DBs that unexpectedly emerge as viable fantasy options throughout the course of the season (e.g. Tim Jennings, Harrison Smith).

With this being said, I find it hard to use one of my first defensive picks on a defensive back. In reality, there are very few "locks" at the fantasy DB position. Therefore, I usually try to grab a solid veteran fantasy producer like SS Bernard Pollard or FS Eric Weddle and get riskier at this position with my later picks. This strategy affords me the luxury of using higher draft picks on other defensive positions where their projected performance is more accurately predicted.

Scoring System:
Solo Tackle = 1.5 points
Assist = 0.75 point
Sack = 5 points
Interception = 5 points
Forced Fumble = 4 points
Fumble Recovery = 4 points

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Last Updated: September 4, 2013
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Jerry said...

Where is Richard Sherman?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I have him in the 40-45 range. I'm not big on taking cornerbacks outside of CB-required leagues unless they have a proven track record of consistent fantasy production. Much of his production was driven by his 8 interceptions which I'm not comfortable counting happening again this season.

billybgame said...

Anyone else having problems with these pages not loading the player lists? Happening repeatedly.....:(

Ryan Sitzmann said...

It's likely due to me using an embedded Google Document. Are you trying to view from a mobile device? It should work in all of the main browsers assuming they are a recent version.

frshmkr said...

Hey Ryan what are your thoughts on Cary Williams this year? Im a cb required league. Also what do u expect from Verner now?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I see Williams as a low-end CB2 and Verner's value likely takes a hit as he's not a great fit for the now scheme in TEN. I'd slot him into the same tier as Williams.

billybgame said...

I'm back again, and it's not loading again. No...I use Google Chrome on a regular Win 7 laptop.

billybgame said...

Weird...after I signed into post here, just now, the lists show. Probably more of Google trying to take over the world.

Brent Deangelis said...

i had same issue but now i can see everything again

Matt Walsh said...

In order to see the list, you need a Google account. I signed in to my gmail account and the list came up.

Gregory Thomas said...

What do you see as the upside of the Honey Badger in 2013?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Gregory Thomas
Huge range in his projections this year as there are some serious unknowns surrounding his playing time. In big play leagues, I think he warrants DB3 consideration. More of a DB4/DB5 in balanced and tackle-heavy leagues respectively.

Ben Strauss said...

Sorry Ryan if this is a Re-Post. I didn't see it added to the message board so I'm gonna ask again.

What do you think of Duke Ihenacho? He's won the starting gig in Denver. Is he worth a pre-season pickup, before he gets more buzz. have O. Vernon, M. Jenkins, P. Angerer, D. Higtower, K. Minter on my bench and M. Griffin as my DB4. Is he worth picking up over any of these guys? We start 3LB 3DL 4 DB and 1 Dlfex. Thanks

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ben Strauss
I think he can have some nice value. I'd dump Griffin for him.

HBadger said...

What is your view on D'Norris Searcy?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

Not much value outside of the first few weeks while he fills in for an injured Byrd. Otherwise, he's likely a reserve player.

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