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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Defensive Back Rankings 2018

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If linebackers are the anchors and defensive linemen are the sack specialists, then that makes defensive backs the utility guys when it comes to fantasy football leagues that include Individual Defensive Players (IDPs). Somewhat similar to LBs, the most valuable DBs in fantasy football are either those that specialize in one category or can impact numerous categories.

Safeties that play more like linebackers when it comes to tackling (looking at you Landon Collins, Reshad Jones and Keanu Neal) should be at the top of your rankings, followed closely behind by versatile playmakers in the mold of All-Pro Harrison Smith. But even if they don't make a ton of tackles, there are those DBs that can still be a difference-maker because of another skill.

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Take Tennessee safety Kevin Byard. A first-team All-Pro safety alongside Smith, Byard finished in the top five among fantasy defensive backs not because of his tackle totals (although 87 is nothing to be ashamed of) but more for his coverage abilities. Besides leading the NFL with eight interceptions, Byard also was credited with 16 pass breakups, which can be just as valuable depending on your league's scoring.

So whether you prefer a defensive back that plays more like a linebacker, a lockdown defender who can excel in pass coverage or someone who offers multiple-category appeal, there is no lack of options to choose from to fill your DB spot in an IDP league.

2018 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I DL I LB I DB

2018 Defensive Back (DB) Rankings

Rk

Player

Team

Bye

1

Landon Collins

NYG

9

2

Reshad Jones

MIA

11

3

Keanu Neal

ATL

8

4

Harrison Smith

MIN

10

5

Jordan Poyer

BUF

11

6

Derwin James

LAC

8

7

Kevin Byard

TEN

8

8

Micah Hyde

BUF

11

9

Budda Baker

ARI

9

10

Karl Joseph

OAK

7

11

Jamal Adams

NYJ

11

12

Sean Davis

PIT

7

13

Eric Berry

KC

12

14

Barry Church

JAC

9

15

Jaquiski Tartt

SF

11

16

Marcus Peters

LAR

12

17

Morgan Burnett

PIT

7

18

Tyrann Mathieu

HOU

10

19

Adrian Amos

CHI

5

20

AdoreeÕ Jackson

TEN

8

21

Patrick Chung

NE

11

22

Eric Weddle

BAL

10

23

Vonn Bell

NO

6

24

TreÕDavious White

BUF

11

25

Glover Quin

DET

6

26

Lamarcus Joyner

LAR

12

27

Malcolm Jenkins

PHI

7

28

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

GB

7

29

Devin McCourty

NE

11

30

Jabrill Peppers

CLE

11

31

DaÕNorris Searcy

CAR

4

32

Justin Evans

TB

5

33

Johnathan Cyprien

TEN

8

34

Minkah Fitzpatrick

MIA

11

35

Andrew Sendejo

MIN

10

36

D.J. Swearinger

WAS

4

37

Earl Thomas

SEA

7

38

Malik Hooker

IND

9

39

Marshon Lattimore

NO

6

40

A.J. Bouye

JAC

9

41

Jaire Alexander

GB

7

42

Tavon Wilson

DET

6

43

Jalen Mills

PHI

7

44

Byron Jones

DAL

8

45

Carlton Davis

TB

5

And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Athlon Sports’ 2018 Fantasy Football magazine, available for purchase online and at newsstands everywhere.

Athlon Sports 2018 Fantasy Football Magazine