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FreeBallinLeaderboard DB   OCT 2014

DFW IDP rankings are based on the following scoring setup: Tackles: 1 pt (0.5 for assists); Sacks: 4 pts (2 for assists); Tackles for loss: 1 pts; Interceptions: 4 pts; Passes defensed: 1 pt; Fumbles forced: 2 pts; Fumbles recovered: 2 pts; Defensive TD: 6 pts; Safeties: 5 pts.

QB | RB | WR | TE | DL | LB | DB | Rookie Top 50 | Rookie QB | Rookie RB | Rookie WR | Rookie TE | Rookie DL | Rookie LB | Rookie DB
RankPlayerPos.AgeTeamBase DefenseGary BeaudetteBill CerviSean KirbyAvgChangeSkinny
1Harrison SmithFS25MIN4-31111.0PFF's highest rated safety through 4 weeks, he's performing like an elite DB1 in both real life and fantasy.
2Morgan BurnettSS25GB3-43322.72nd in tackles among safeties through 4 weeks, there's arguably no higher floor DB.
3Jonathan CyprienSS24JAX4-34233.0Cyprien was a volume tackler in his first year. If he can get a few big plays, he'll be elite.
4Mark BarronSS24TBTampa 22754.7An efficient front 7 and new Tampa-2 CBs will gobble up tackles, but two straight 80+ solo tackle seasons is impressive.
5Earl ThomasFS25SEA4-35475.3Thomas hasn't missed a game in 4 seasons, but probably won't break an 80 tackle ceiling due to an efficient defense and stingy home stat crew
6Barry ChurchSS26DALTampa 26866.7Similar to 2013, Church is playing behind a battered front 7. Last year was still an outlier for tackles. He's a high floor, low ceiling option.
7Eric BerrySS25KC3-47946.7When healthy, Berry's an easy top 10 DB with nice consistency and upside.
8Eric WeddleFS29SD3-48687.3Weddle's been a consistent volume tackler for years and enters a contract year.
9Kenny VaccaroSS23NO3-495118.3Team's 3rd S in 2013, playing only 800 snaps, should increase by 20+% as he takes over for Harper in 2014.
10Bernard PollardSS29TEN3-41213911.3Along with Weddle, Pollard is one of the two most consistent tackle monsters over recent years
11Tyrann MathieuFS22ARI3-414101011.33Doesn't look to be hindered by his ACL/MCL inury/repair. The young FS/slot corner offers high floor and ceiling.
12Kam ChancellorSS26SEA4-313121212.33A consistent, yet low ceiling option, he's been fast out of the gate despite offseason hip surgery.
13Reshad JonesSS26MIA4-310141312.33Returning after a 4 game suspension, he has proven durability and reliability.
14Donte WhitnerSS29CLE3-417161516.03Whitner's tackle opportunities in Pettine's DEF have been sufficient. H
15Malcolm JenkinsFS26PHI3-424111416.311FS has been productive in Philly, but 3 INTs in 3 weeks should not be expected to be the norm.
16TJ WardSS27DEN4-315171917.0-3Playing FS, decreased tackle opportunities will make a repeat top 10 finish difficult. He's over valued in 2014.
17Antoine BetheaSS30SF3-419181617.76Surprisingly high tackle opportunities in SF have made Bethea a nice option in his age 30 season.
18Antrel RolleFS31NYG4-321191719.09Shaky LB lineups shouldn't hurt the consistent and aging Rolle.
19George IlokaSS24CIN4-318221819.3Iloka is playing good football this year, but too many of his points are based on INTs. Increased TKLs should come for the SS.
20Deone BucannonSS22ARI3-416202319.7Expected to assist heavily in run-defense, the upside is there, but he needs to unseat some veterans for more snaps.
21Jairus ByrdFS27NO3-428152021.03Byrd's a big play maker, which should lead to big games, and also inconsistent production.
22DJ SwearingerFS23HOU3-427232424.712HOU stuck with him through growing pains in 2013. He should be more comfortable this year.
23TJ McDonaldFS23STL4-325282225.0-3The sophomore is locked in as SS, where McLeod was a top 40 DB last year.
24Calvin PryorSS22NYJ3-423312526.3Despite a handful of rookie injuries, he'll make his name in run support, which should create plenty of tackle opportunities in NY.
25Kyle FullerCB22CHI4-320273226.3He's taking over for one of the most productive IDP CBs in Tillman. So far, he's excelled in the role.
26Hasean Clinton-DixFS21GB3-426253127.3He's playing well, but with only 10 combined tackles through 4 games, FS hasn't been productive in GB recently.
27Aaron WilliamsFS24BUF4-330213328.03Playing SS in Schwartz's D, Williams should be a DB2-3.
28Matt ElamSS23BAL3-433262628.3-16Is struggling with the transition to SS, where Ihedigbo finished as the DB15 last year.
29Mike MitchellFS27PIT3-432332128.7Ryan Clark's old FS spot has been productive. Mitchell will need a few big plays to become a DB2.
30Tyvon BranchSS27OAK4-311364029.0-19Another foot injury ended the 2014 season for one of the most consistent high end DBs. He'll be 28 next year.
31Ryan MundySS29CHI4-331352731.0He'll start SS opposite a combination of Conte and Vereen. He's started hot and should be a DB2+, but CHI may move on next year.
32Tony JeffersonSS22ARI3-422304432.0He could get unseated by Bucannon eventually, but is making the most of his snaps so far.
33LaRon LandrySS29IND3-436342832.7-15Perhaps better for fantasy option than real life, DB2 tackle opportunities are there after he serves a 4 game PED suspension.
34Brock VereenFS22CHI4-339323033.7Pick #131 in the draft, his value will be limited by Conte's health for now.
35Reggie NelsonFS31CIN4-329294333.7He's a starting FS, but Cincy DB tackles have declined in recent years due to emergence of nice LB play.
36James IhedigboSS30DET4-334244534.3Coming off a career year, his strength is run support, which should put him position for high tackle counts.
37Robert BlantonSS25MIN4-337372934.3Although Harrison Smith's the hot name in MIN's secondary, SS has typically been more productive in Zimmer defenses.
38Mike AdamsFS33IND3-443404141.3He's a one year answer in Bethea's old role in Indy, which has historically been productive.
39Rahim MooreFS24DEN4-347433642.014Tackle opportunities aren't there in DEN yet, but big plays keep him relevant to risk-taking IDP owners
40Terrence BrooksFS23BAL3-4353943.3Great speed and instincts, but needs to become more complete to earn full snaps.
41Stevie BrownSS27NYG4-3383844.0-16Brown's starting role is in danger, but optimistic IDP owners who remember his bright 2012 may stash him a bit longer.
42Da'Norris SearcySS25BUF4-341434944.3-7Coverage deficiencies have Searcy off the field for significant snaps, but his use in run defense makes him IDP relevant.
43Dashon GoldsonFS30TBTampa 254463444.74He's graded poorly since arriving TB, but continues to get tackle opportunities, averaging 6 fantasy pts/game.
44William MooreSS29ATL3-445424845.0-22He's averaged >6 fantasy pts/game each of past 4 years, he'll be a safe and startable DB after he returns from IR in week 11.
45Alterraun VernerCB25TBTampa 261443546.7Lovie's Tampa-2 defense should make Verner one of the more consistent CB options.
46Dez SouthwardFS24ATL3-4404547.0Southward's a smart, big, fast safety who has some depth chart climbing to do before he's IDP-relevant.
47Eric ReidFS22SF3-449425348.0-19After two concussions in his young career, he'll look to get back on track as a consistent, but low upside option behind SFs strong front 7.
48Roman HarperSS31CAR4-342495448.3Now with CAR, he'll see 60-70% of snaps, primarily in run defense, earning modest tackles/game.
49Michael GriffinFS29TEN3-458513748.7He's atop the FS depth chart for now. Sometimest that's all you need out of your DB in IDP.
50Glover QuinFS28DET4-3484549.7-11He will be playing Ed Reeds role in Teryl Austin's defense, perhaps more important for real life than fantasy.
51Jonathan JosephCB30HOU3-467463850.3The top DB through 4 weeks in some scoring systems, Joseph is becoming a consistent option at CB.
52Shamarko ThomasSS23PIT3-4445250.7Negative PFF grades and the arrival of Mitchell forecast at least 1 more year as the #3 option in PIT
53Kendrick LewisFS26HOU3-468473951.3Tackle opportunities seem to be abundant for both HOU safeties so far.
54Lemarcus JoynerFS23STL4-3465351.7Might start in only nickle packages, but could definitely earn an every down role this year opposite McDonald.
55DeAngelo HallCB30WAS3-4594152.0-6Hall's done for 2014, but has been arguably the most consistent CB in fantasy. He'll be in WAS for 3 more years.
56Devin McCourtyFS27NE3-455505152.0He was PFFs top safety last year and a major part of NE's defense, but only managed 48 tkls, 21 asst, and 1 INT.
57Prince AmukamaraCB25NYG4-363474652.0Increased his production in his first three years, though likely hit his ceiling last year as DB24.
58Troy PolamaluSS33PIT3-453575254.0-141-3 years left in the tank, he was remarkably durable last year and you know what you're getting with Troy.
59Louis DelmasFS27MIA4-366544254.0Taking all the snaps in MIA, he's getting average tackle opportunities so far, and playing sound football.
60Shawn WilliamsSS23CIN4-3525654.7-20Williams is convincingly behind Iloka for the starting SS position in Cincy.
61Jimmie WardS23SF3-45054.7Recovering from foot surgery, the 49ers claim he will be used on >50% of snaps as rotational S and slot corner
62Ahmad DixonSS?23DALTampa 25155.0Is the #3 DB behind Church and Wilcox, but whoever is starting as a Dallas DB needs to be started in fantasy.
63Dawan LandrySS31NYJ3-469485055.74Likely being phased out of the Jets defense gradually, he's maintained a productive role so far.
64Charles WoodsonSS37OAK4-3575556.0-3The 37-year-old will likely get you through 1 year as they test out rookie Dowling.
65Duke IhenachoSS25WAS3-45656.7-5Cut from the Broncos, he'll look for a role with his new team in Washington.
66Charles GodfreySS28CAR4-36058.0-4Godfrey will be a CB in 2014 and not necessarily an elite one for fantasy.
67J.J. WilcoxSS23DALTampa 2704758.3Decent tackle opportunities are present, but he needs to improve his play to keep taking advantage of them.
68Charles TillmanCB33CHI4-36258.7Tillman's been one of the best IDP CBs, but unfortunately is done for the year. He'll enter a new system at 34 years old in 2015.
69Duron HarmonSS23NE3-46459.3-36A surprising 3rd round pick in 2013, Harmon will start SS as an every down player in 2014.
70Earl WolffSS24PHI3-46559.7-29Philadelphia looks to have lost his job to Nate Allen for now.
71Bradley RobyCB22DEN4-37161.7
72Chris ConteFS25CHI4-35561.7Conte is marginally ahead of rookie Brock Vereen. The position was good for overall DB15 last year.
FreeBallinSkyscraper DB   OCT 2014