2015 IDP Rankings - Cornerbacks (Redraft)

Listed below are my 2015 Cornerback Rankings for IDP Redraft Leagues. I will continually update these throughout the off-season to reflect changes in free agency, defensive schemes, playing time, draft selections, etc. However, keep in mind that the information listed here is just a small sample of a much larger set of rankings and descriptions that are accessible through purchasing my 2015 Fantasy Football Draft Guide.

Drafting Philosophy:

It's difficult to find cornerbacks that are consistent year-to-year producers as their opportunity is often reliant on how often quarterbacks throw the ball their direction, along with their role in the defensive scheme. To help find value, many owners leverage the "rookie corner rule" strategy which targets first year players at the position. Since these players typically get thrown at early and often, they tend to see above average point scoring opportunity. Another, albeit less effective, strategy is to seek out players on winning teams. These types of teams typically have leads over their opponents and therefore see a high amount of pass attempts as opposing teams play catch up. According to Betfair NFL Odds, the Seattle Seahawks are the favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2015, so a player like Richard Sherman could see a decent amount of big play chances.


Scoring System:
Solo Tackle = 1 point
Assist = 0.5 point
Sack = 3 points
Interception = 4 points
Forced Fumble = 2 points
Fumble Recovery = 2 points
Pass Deflection = 1 point
Defensive TD = 6 points


Key:
S = Sleeper/Undervalued Player
B = Bust/Overvalued Player
R = Injury Risk


Tier 1

1. RCB Prince Amukamara (NYG) - Amukamara has developed into one of the better tackle-producing cornerbacks in the NFL. He missed the final eight games of the year due to a torn biceps injury but figures to be ready for the start of OTAs. He doesn't provide much in terms of interceptions, but his tackle numbers are enough to buoy him into the top five fantasy cornerbacks.


Tier 2
2. CB/FS Ron Parker (KC) - Parker led all corners in tackles last year with 93 (83 of those coming via the solo tackle). To be fair, he did play all but four of his games at the safety position which gave him a leg up in the category. He's currently listed as the starting strong safety based on the latest depth charts. If that holds true into the regular season, he should be a good value play as a DB3+.


3. RCB Charles Tillman (CAR) - Tillman may very well go down as the greatest fantasy cornerback of all-time. From 2003-2012, he averaged over 70 solo tackles, 3.5 forced fumbles, and 3.5 interceptions per year. However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that he’s missed 10 games due to injury over the past two seasons and enters 2015 at 34 years of age. The Panther secondary is not loaded with talent, so Tillman should be able to lock down a starting role opposite Josh Norman. If he can stay healthy, he should provide owners with at least DB3 value based on his knack for making big plays. R


4. RCB Kyle Fuller (CHI) - Fuller had a decent rookie campaign that saw him register 63 total tackles, 3 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. With Charles Tillman now in Carolina, the Bears will lean on Fuller to be their #1 cornerback. Although the Tampa-2 scheme is gone, Fuller still fits the bill as an above average run-stopping cornerback with nice big play upside. He's not going to be a Charles Tillman clone, but he's worth a top five selection at the position if he produce 75% of what "Peanut" has during his career.


5. LCB Alterraun Verner (TB) - Verner has established himself as one of the more reliable CB2s in the league during his five year career. He can usually be counted on for 70-75 total tackles and a few interceptions. Consider him a DB4-DB4+.

6. RCB Tramon Williams (CLE) - Williams has served a nice under-the-radar CB option for owners over the last several seasons. During that time, he's averaged nearly 65 total tackles, 4 interceptions, and 15 pass deflections per year. The move to Cleveland shouldn't affect those numbers much. He may actually get thrown at more playing opposite Joe Haden.

7. RCB Jason McCourty (TEN) - McCourty would normally be the first cornerback taken in re-draft leagues. Along with Charles Tillman and DeAngelo Hall, he's been one of the most consistent options at the position over the last four seasons. However, he underwent groin surgery and is expected to miss the first three games of the season (if not four).

8. LCB Casey Hayward (GB) - Hayward finally gets a chance to step up and start after veteran Tramon Williams left for Cleveland. He's been very successful as a slot corner. Packer corners are trained to be aggressive and generally produce well in big play categories. I'm expecting Hayward to continue to tradition.


9. LCB Joe Haden (CLE) - Haden doesn't profile as a upper echelon tackle-producing corner, but he did finish 7th overall in total tackles at the position last year (a career high). The addition of Tramon Williams should force teams to throw Haden's way more, keeping his tackle numbers fairly steady. If he plays over 1000 snaps again, he should see 2-4 interceptions as well. A decent, but not overly exciting CB2 option. 

10. LCB DeAngelo Hall (WAS) - Hall has been one of the more consistent fantasy corners around over the last 11 seasons, producing 85-95 total tackles and a handful of big plays per year. At 31 years old, he's no spring chicken, however. Plus, he's coming off a torn Achilles which cost him a majority of last season. Hall will likely enter the year as the team's third cornerback behind Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver. There's a chance he get's moved to free safety upon his return which would help his immediate fantasy value. Either way, Hall has a knack for producing fantasy points and is worth a flier as a DB4. R


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Last Updated: August 26, 2015
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