FortyofForty wrote:So what's the "secret"? Is it the worse of the Cornerbacks on a team? My Safeties always seem to get a few tackles each week, but the magic interception just doesn't happen with more consistency than a lightning strike, for either Safeties or Cornerbacks. It's the opposite of what I had been taught about IDP DB selection.
I cant speak about what youve been taught, so ill only pass along what i know, apologize in advance, and hope it makes some kind of sense on the other side of it!
Cliff notes: Start the DB that will be:1) On the field most often
2) As close to the LOS/ centerfield as possible
AKA will get the most tkl opps.
If youre getting tkl opps then it means youre around the ball. If youre around the ball, you will get an opportunity to make a splash play (Int, fumble, FR etc)
You dont have to read on. Thats it in a nutshell.
In the "Give a hungry man a fish, feed him for a day ... Teach him to fish, feed him for a lifetime" vein? Ill give you the long-winded, more laboured, historical version of ^^ that - just in case youre struggling with insomnia
Used to be, you had your single high safety to mop up any botched coverages (Your "Classic free"), your "Classic in the box Strong" safety (usually pushed rght up with the Lbs because they were a liability in coverage anyway, right Whitner?
). Your "Classic shutdown corner" (QBs wont throw to him, so he wont get tkl/ PD/ INT opps) who you wouldnt touch with a bargepole for scoring, but would love on your team IRL. Then there was the "Rookie CB liability" that everyone picked on that you did want to roster (but only for the year) in fantasy, but really, really didnt want starting on the team you spport IRL.
... Thats how things USED
to be. What happened?
The game evolved and lines got kinda blurry in a hurry.
In the mid-noughties, the NFL went all college/ spread/ shotgun happy ... Apparently someone killed the RB along the way ("The death of the RB", it was an actual thing believe it or not. People be crazy) and the passing game was king. Defences changed as a result. They had to.
thing youd notice was that teams spent more time out of their base D, with an extra DB on the field. The result of spending more time in coverage defending the pass than they used too. The classic, throwback, thumping, run stuffing LB became about as popular as a fart in a elevator, almost overnight.
The next wrinkle after personnel, was that DCs started askign their personnel to be more flexible: Interchangeable safeties, where the free would come up into the box and strong would drop back... the rise of the hybrid safety (Some call it a moneybacker, but its been around a lot longer than that). Your Barrons, Bucannons, Burnett/ Jones' etc Players that started to play amongst the LB so often that they got designation changes ... Not to mention the rise of the SLOT CBs. These Corners were on the field so much, so central for so often, they got reclassified for the most part as Safeties (Lamarcus Joyner, Tyrann Mathieu etc etc)
Jalen Mills, to use your example, is also a slot corner. But, what does that actually mean??
It can get complicated, depending on who you talk to, but in essence it means hes a 3rd Corner/ not one of the outside Corners & it means that Just as a slot WR will work the short middle area of the field, so the slot corner is the reciprocal defensive player to match up against them, or a move TE, or a scat back.
This means theyre in a position to get a lot
of tkl opps IF
the team either plays a lot of pass coverage OR
play a 4-2-5 base D (or similar). Mills being a rookie, just makes it double money.
As an aside, and this isnt something ill belabour (but is important, kinda) if we're discussing CB vs Safety this year, is something that im not actually hearing many ppl talk about.
This year has been really weird offensively speaking early on.
In week 1, 7 teams scored 13pts or less.
In week 2, 11 teams did the same thing.
So 18 teams scored 10pts or less thru 2 weeks.
Like i say, havent looked too deeply yet (its early) but you had to get nearly into week 5 to get that many in 2014, 2015 & 2016 (havent bothered going back further yet)
Id be as surprised as you, if that didnt mean there wasnt a spike in IDP scoring in PDs and INTs (and a reciprocal slump in overall QB #'s) for the early going in the season.
^^ This is more a tangent for others, but i mention it here only to suggest im not sure id read too much into CB #'s right at the second. This isnt the norm - or at least hasnt been
Norm is: In the box safety > slot corner > rookie outside corner > single high free safety
There will always be exceptions, but hopefully once you wade through what some names mean to some people, itll help you navigate which players you need.
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