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FreeBallinLeaderboard DB   JUL 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.AgeTeamGary BeaudetteBill CerviKevin PowellSean KirbyAvgChangeSkinny
1Harrison SmithFS25MIN11242Before injury, Smith was on pace for a second straight top 5 finish. We'll see if Zimmer uses his FS differently.
2Earl ThomasFS25SEA54133.25Thomas 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
3Jonathan CyprienSS23JAX42713.5Cyprien was a volume tackler in his first year. If he can get a few big plays, he'll be elite.
4Mark BarronSS24TB25353.75An efficient front 7 and new Tampa-2 CBs will gobble up tackles, but two straight 80+ solo tackle seasons is impressive.
5Morgan BurnettSS25GB66825.5Managed >7 avg combined tackles/game over last 2 years, but lacked big plays last year. Hopefully they return now he's healthy
6Eric WeddleFS29SD73575.5Unlike Church, Weddle's tackles are legit and consistent from year-to-year. He is entering a ontract year.
7Eric BerrySS25KC37495.75-4Like Earl Thomas, Berry's been a consistent top 10 finisher despite lower tackle numbers and a conservative home stat crew.
8Barry ChurchSS26DAL891068.255Last years numbers were an aberration from a crippled defense. Injury to MLB S Lee suggest 2014 might be similar.
9Kenny VaccaroSS23NO9106139.5He was not hindered by the Saints' three safety sets, averaging >6 combined tackles/game.
10Bernard PollardSS29TEN131212811.25Along with Weddle, Pollard is one of the two most consistent tackle monsters over recent years
11Tyvon BranchSS27OAK1211111111.25Branch had 4 consecutive seasons with 70+ solo tackles before last year's unfortunate injury
12TJ WardSS27DEN11891911.75Ward should improve on Ihenacho's unimpressive SS numbers, with superior talent and increased snaps & tackling opportunities
13Matt ElamSS22BAL1014141012The youngster will move to SS where Ihedigbo finsihed 15th among DBs last year
14Tyrann MathieuFS22ARI1713131213.75The youngster is ahead of schedule in ACL recovery, but may still start slow and lose return duties due to other options in ARZ
15Kam ChancellorSS26SEA1420181416.5He's reportedly "ahead of schedule" in recovery from hip surgery and should be ready before week 1.
16Reshad JonesSS26MIA1615152116.75Jones needed 700+ snaps to be the #25 DB last year. He has proven durability and reliability.
17LaRon LandrySS29IND1818202019Performed as a DB1-2 on the field, but multiple injuries have held him back. This behemoth looks like a MLB playing S.
18TJ McDonaldFS23STL1528161819.25-3The sophomore is locked in as SS, where McLeod was a top 40 DB last year.
19Calvin PryorSS21NYJ2317281520.75Rex Ryan will love his physical new SS. He'll produce consistent numbers once he earns the starting spot.
20William MooreSS29ATL2121212321.5Moore has averaged >6 fantasy pts/game each of past 4 years and has 4 years left on contract
21Donte WhitnerSS28CLE2023301722.5Whitner will fill TJ Ward's roster spot and Pettine's SS role, both of which have been very productive in the past.
22Antoine BetheaSS29SF2222232723.5Arguably the best LB core in the NFL limits the ceiling of the SF secondary.
23Deone BucannonSS21ARI1920431624.5He will almost certainly win the starting SS spot behind an untested LB core.
24Malcolm JenkinsFS26PHI2428222825.5Will start as FS or SS, but both positions in PHI have been moderately successful in recent past
25Jairus ByrdFS27NO2623193425.5-3Byrds more of a big play producer than run supporter, which hurts consistency. Hopefully his lingering foot issues are in the past.
26Antrel RolleFS31NYG3324242225.75A lot of new, but not necessarily improved, LB talent shouldn't hurt the consistent and aging Rolle but S.Brown's return could.
27Stevie BrownSS26NYG3519252425.753Returning from an ACL tear, he'll likely start FS and look to recreate 2012's success
28Eric ReidFS22SF2827262626.75Arguably the best LB core in the NFL limits the ceiling of SF secondary. 2 concussions in his young career
29Aaron WilliamsFS24BUF3026173627.25-4Williams will shift to FS likely opposite Danorris Searcy. Both the FS and SS for Shwartz scored 5.5 fantasy pts/game in 2013.
30Hasean Clinton-DixFS21GB2525422529.25He's a great player and will almost certainly start FS, though MD Jennings was DB108 at the position last year.
31James IhedigboSS30DET3229313832.5Coming off a career year, he's excellent in run support but struggles in coverage.
32Mike MitchellFS27PIT3833322933A hot free agent, Mitchell will settle into Ryan Clark's productive FS spot.
33Duron HarmonSS23NE2935383333.75The Pats trumped their scouts in 2013 and took Harmon early, we'll see how it works out if he starts SS in 2014.
34Reggie NelsonFS30CIN2732354334.25Cincy DB tackle counts have declined in recent years due to emergence of nice LB play.
35Shawn WilliamsSS23CIN3136275537.25Williams lost the SS job to Iloka last season. It should be an interesting position battle again this year.
36DJ SwearingerFS22HOU3731374537.5HOU stuck with him through growing pains in 2013. He should be more comfortable this year.
37Da'Norris SearcySS25BUF4238333938Buffalo's secondary needs to be sorted out, but he's favored to start with Williams. He blitzed with great frequency last year.
38Earl WolffSS24PHI3943463540.75The young Wolff will try to hang on to SS spot over Nate Allen and some late round rookies.
39Brock VereenFS21CHI4334553241Pick #131 will need to beat out Conte to start at FS, where Conte was the DB25 last year.
40Lemarcus JoynerFS23STL4630514041.75The rookie will likely start FS opposite McDonald in a FS/CB role, similar to Mathieu last year in ARI
41Troy PolamaluSS33PIT5142404644.751-3 years left in the tank, he was remarkably durable last year.
42Dez SouthwardFS23ATL4040564846Southward's a smart, big, fast safety with an opportunity to beat Dwight Lowery at FS
43Alterraun VernerCB25TBB6044414146.5Lovie's Tampa-2 defense should make Verner one of the more consistent CB options.
44Glover QuinFS28DET4839633746.75He will be playing Ed Reeds role in Teryl Austin's defense.
45Dashon GoldsonFS29TB5246484247A disappointing 2013, he still managed 6 fantasy pts/game. TB hopes for more for their money in 2014
46DeAngelo HallCB30WAS5841454447-5Probably the most consistent CB in fantasy, a 4 yr deal keeps Hall in WAS.
47Major WrightSS25TB412947A true ball-hawk, he will struggle to find reps behind Barron and Goldson, but has upside.
48MD JenningsFS25CHI363647.5With Mundy likely starting at SS, Conte, Jennings, and Vereen will battle for FS reps.
49Roman HarperSS31CAR4449395947.75Now with CAR, he will see situational snaps in run defense, earning modest tackles/game.
50Terrence BrooksFS23BAL3436715248.25More a speedster than tackler, Brooks will get a chance to beat Darian Stewart for FS.
51Ryan MundySS29CHI47583149.75Rookies will shake up the Bears secondary, but Mundy will compete with newly signed Adrian Wilson for SS job
52Delano HowellFS24IND373050.75The 24 year old is poised to take over Bethea's role from last year.
53Prince AmukamaraCB25NYG6247346050.75Increased his production in his first three years, though likely hit his ceiling last year as DB24.
54Ahmad DixonSS?22DAL4950545652.25Drafted late, Dixon has a chance to grow into the SS position with lack of playmakers in Dallas
55Rahim MooreFS24DEN4749664952.75Shouldn't be too challenged by the injury-prone Carter or ineffective Ihenacho for FS snaps opposite TJ Ward
56Dawan LandrySS31NYJ504453-5It's hard to imagine he keeps SS spot over Pryor. Rex should find a way to keep at least limited snaps for Landry
57Michael GriffinFS29TEN5651495753.25He's atop the FS depth chart for now. Keep an eye on late round safety Huff.
58Devin McCourtyFS26NE5348684754PFFs top safety last year and a major part of NE's defense. Only 48 tkls, 21 asst, and 1 INT in 2013
59Charles TillmanCB33CHI6145506354.75Chicago claims the 33-year-old will play CB in 2013. He's been remarkably consistent at that position when healthy.
60Chris ClemmonsFS28HOU574755.5-7A reliable and durable option in Miami, he'll try to earn a starting spot over Swearinger and Lewis
61Shamarko ThomasSS23PIT45526757Negative PFF grades and the arrival of Mitchell forecast at least 1 more year as the #3 option in PIT
62Chris ConteFS25CHI6451584CHI secondary is up in the air. Expect a battle with Vereen and maybe Jennings for FS spot opposite Mundy.
63Charles WoodsonSS37OAK55655858-5The 37-year-old will likely get you through 1 year as they test out rookie Dowling.
64Tim JenningsCB30CHI536258A top 10 CB per PFF, Jennings got a 4 year deal and is coming off a career year.
65Duke IhenachoSS25DEN546158.25He was losing snaps in late 2013. TJ Ward will take most of his work in 2014.
66Justin GilbertCB22CLE5258.25Playing opposite Haden will send a lot of balls his way
67Richard ShermanCB26SEA576158.75Lets see if the big money pays off. The SEA scheme should give him at least a modest fantasy floor.
68Louis DelmasFS27MIA53705059Delmas projects to beat out Wilson for FS spot
69Charles GodfreySS28CAR59526259.25Godfrey is likely moving to CB full time in 2014 and may need to compete with rookie Benwikere for those snaps.
70Bradley RobyCB22DEN5960The rookie will benefit from teams throwing away from Talib
71Tony JeffersonSS22AZ6060.25Probably the least likely to win SS job over Rashad Johnson and Rookie Deone Bucannon
72George IlokaSS24CIN725360.5Iloka took almost every SS snap for Cincy last year. He will compete with Shawn Williams again this summer.
73Jimmie WardS22SF5461Recovering from foot surgery, the 49ers claim he will be used on >50% of snaps as rotational S and slot corner
74Thomas DeCoudFS29CAR6962.5CAR secondary is up in the air. He will be a battle with Godfrey, Harper, and Rookie Boston for two spots.
FreeBallinSkyscraper DB   JUL 2014