Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Defensive Back Rankings 2019

Derwin James has already established himself as one of the elite fantasy DBs

Linebackers may be the linchpins when it comes to fantasy football leagues that include Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) but don't overlook the value that comes in finding a versatile defensive back. Typically the most valuable DBs for fantasy are those that function like a Swiss army knife on the field.


Take Derwin James, for example. He leads the 2019 DB rankings not only because he has a knack for finding the ball carrier (105 tackles), he also fared well in coverage (3 INTs, 13 pass breakups), and contributed as a pass rusher (3.5 sacks). James is not alone in serving as a defensive Jack of all trades, which is why you find Landon Collins, Jamal Adams, Budda Baker, and Keanu Neal at the top of these rankings. And those are just a few of the names as it should be pointed out that Shawn Williams led all DBs in fantasy points last season (Athlon scoring) with John Johnson not too far behind him.


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.


2019 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I DL I LB I DB


2019 Defensive Back (DB) Rankings


Rank Player Team Bye
1 Derwin James LAC 12
2 Landon Collins WAS 10
3 Jamal Adams NYJ 4
4 Budda Baker ARI 12
5 Keanu Neal ATL 9
6 Reshad Jones MIA 5
7 Jordan Poyer BUF 6
8 Shawn Williams CIN 9
9 John Johnson LAR 9
10 Johnathan Abram OAK 6
11 Harrison Smith MIN 12
12 Damarious Randall CLE 7
13 Jabrill Peppers NYG 11
14 Malcolm Jenkins PHI 10
15 Tyrann Mathieu KC 12
16 Bradley McDougald SEA 11
17 Antoine Bethea NYG 11
18 Jaquiski Tartt SF 4
19 Justin Evans TB 7
20 Jessie Bates CIN 9
21 Adrian Amos GB 11
22 Clayton Geathers IND 6
23 Kevin Byard TEN 11
24 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix CHI 6
25 Eric Weddle LAR 9
26 Ronald Darby PHI 10
27 Earl Thomas BAL 8
28 Justin Simmons DEN 10
29 Kenny Vaccaro TEN 11
30 Justin Reid HOU 10
31 Adoree' Jackson TEN 11
32 Vonn Bell NO 9
33 Jaire Alexander GB 11
34 Terrell Edmunds PIT 7
35 Brian Poole NYJ 4
36 Kendall Fuller KC 12
37 Kyle Fuller CHI 6
38 T.J. McDonald MIA 5
39 Micah Hyde BUF 6
40 Eddie Jackson CHI 6
41 Xavien Howard MIA 5
42 Prince Amukamara CHI 6
43 Quinton Dunbar WAS 10
44 Juan Thornhill KC 12
45 Minkah Fitzpatrick MIA 5

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