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MEAT & POTATOES: Defensive Backs

Growing up in the mid-west we were pre-programmed to love the sport of football and the kitchen appliance, the crock pot. In my opinion, nothing is better than a big bowl of stew on our cold Ohio nights during the season. So, what I am going to give you in this three part series is a good hearty helping of the thing that keeps us in the mid-west going, some IDP Meat and Potatoes! These six players will keep your stew cooking for hopefully, years to come.

The Meat

Current Defensive Backs that will be on the radar this coming year:

Jahleel Addae, Safety, Chargers – After missing 8 games this year because of a broken collar bone; Addae tore it up, proving he is more than capable.  If the 26 year old vet can stay healthy for a whole season he will be a top safety in 2017. In the revamped Chargers defense Mr. Addae will be playing closer and more into the box, which means more opportunity.

Byron Jones, Safety, Cowboys – I was drawn to Jones because of his “scrappiness” and hand violence over his eye popping combine numbers. He will be more of a household name in Dallas coming up in 2017. Jones racked up 62 tackles in his final eight games last year. Given his elite athleticism, there’s no reason to suspect that to be a fluke. Go look now at your IDP leagues waiver wire and grab him if he is there, NOW! Thank me later!

Sean Davis, Safety, Steelers – This is one I almost didn’t put on here because I think this young man will be a top 5 safety for years to come in IDP. You could see how versatile he was at Maryland and I knew it would translate on any team he was drafted on to. As the year wound down in 2016, Davis was one of the top DB’s in fantasy. Grab him wherever you go, but not if you are in a league with me or I will find you…..

 

The Potatoes

Defensive Back Rookies to target:

Josh Jones, Safety, Packers – Go watch this young man’s film, I will wait…..It was like watching a sledgehammer going through concrete. He is physical and fast to the ball like no other rookie in this year’s incoming class. Once he gets established in the cold tundra of Lambeau field, I really think he will be a huge contributor to the Packers defensive backfield and to your IDP squads. He led the Wolfpack in tackles (109) last year while allowing zero touchdown passes in coverage. Mr. Jones has some wheels with a 4.41 40 yard dash and somewhat surprising combine numbers, I can see him starting by next year and becoming a top 15 IDP DB.

Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Browns – You know if he didn’t land in a perfect spot to play early on he would not have made this article. He will start at strong safety (which is a huge need here in Cleveland) and he will give you a nice stat line once he gets used to the game speed in the NFL. If the Browns brass keep him at one position so he can learn the nuances of only one spot I think he will flourish and his ball production will improve.

Xavier Woods, Safety, Cowboys – I noticed this scrappy young corner when I was watching the Shrine game this year over and over and over again because I am a fantasy and IDP nut case.  The one thing I seen from Mr. Woods was his quick burst within a small radius. He proved me right by posting a crazy good 6.72s 3-cone drill time at the combine. He is a little on the small side and needs to bulk up if possible but what I really like about him is that he is feisty and has a chip on his shoulder. If he can improve on his tackling efficiency, then I would take a shot on him late in your startups or off the waiver wire in dynasty.

About JT Maynard

IDP Guru and Fantasy Writer. With us for the summer as a guest writer.