Fantasy Football 2013: Defensive Back Rankings

Morgan Burnett's all-around game makes him our top choice for No. 1 fantasy DB in 2013

NFL training camps open up this week, meaning we are that much closer to the start of the regular season and fantasy football. While kickoff may still be nearly a month away, it's never too early to start preparing for your draft.

Chris Tillman put together one of the finest IDP seasons by a defensive back in 2012. The veteran cornerback not only produced solid tackle totals (85), he recorded 16 passes defended, forced an impressive 10 fumbles, collected five takeaways and scored three touchdowns. Tillman was the No. 1 fantasy DB for the second straight year, one of the reasons why he's in our top 10 for 2013.

Also in our top 10 is Morgan Burnett, another NFC North DB, who is our pick for No. 1 because of his all-around production. A safety who plays more like a linebacker, Burnett is not afraid of doing the dirty work (123 total tackles in '12) and is just as capable of getting the job done in coverage (11 passes defended in 2011) as well. Others in the Tillman-Burnett mold who make our top 10 include second-year players Mark Barron and Harrison Smith, as well as more seasoned options like Eric Berry, Eric Weddle, Richard Sherman, Tyvon Branch and Cortland Finnegan.

Several fantasy stalwarts changed teams during the offseason, but should remain productive options in their new surroundings. The old faces in new places include LaRon Landry (Indianapolis), Bernard Pollard (Tennessee), Dawan Landry (New York Jets) and future Hall of Famer Ed Reed (Houston).

Lastly, some of the rookies to watch this season include Eric Reid in San Francisco, Matt Elam with Baltimore and Jacksonville's Johnathan Cyprien. As the aforementioned Smith and fellow 2012 draft pick Janoris Jenkins showed last season when they both ended up as top-five DBs, offensive rookies aren't the only ones who can have a fantasy impact.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Defensive Back (DB) Rankings

1Morgan BurnettGB4
2Mark BarronTB5
3Eric BerryKC10
4Eric WeddleSD8
5Harrison SmithMIN5
6Richard ShermanSEA12
7Charles TillmanCHI8
8Tyvon BranchOAK7
9Cortland FinneganSTL11
10LaRon LandryIND8
11Antoine BetheaIND8
12Bernard PollardTEN8
13Janoris JenkinsSTL11
14Patrick PetersonARI9
15Reshad JonesMIA6
16Eric ReidSF9
17Dawan LandryNYJ10
18Devin McCourtyNE10
19William MooreATL6
20Matt ElamBAL8
21Ryan ClarkPIT5
22Jarius BrydBUF12
23Brandon FlowersKC10
24Jason McCourtyTEN8
25Tim JenningsCHI8
26Major WrightCHI8
27Da'Norris SearcyBUF12
28Roman HarperNO7
29Jonathan CyprienJAC9
30Ed ReedHOU8
31George WilsonTEN8
32Troy PolamaluPIT5
33Keenan LewisNO7
34Kam ChancellorSEA12
35Dee MillinerNYJ10
36Thomas DeCoudATL6
37Aqib TalibNE10
38Dashon GoldsonTB5
39Alterraun VernerTEN8
40Cary WilliamsPHI12
41Patrick ChungPHI12
42DeAngelo HallWAS5
43Reggie NelsonCIN12
44Madieu WilliamsWAS5
45T.J. McDonaldSTL11
46Kenny VaccaroNO7
47Brent GrimesMIA6
48Antoine CasonARI9
49Antrel RolleNYG9
50Desmond TrufantATL6

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

Solo tackle = 1 pt
Tackle assist = 0.5 pts
Sack = 3.5 pts
Interception = 3.5 pts
Forced fumble/recovery = 2 pts
Defensive TD = 8 pts
Safety = 2 pts
Pass Defended = 0.5 pts
Blocked Kick = 4 pts

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Top 75 IDP
Defensive Linemen


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