Linebackers not only are the priority when it comes to fantasy football leagues that include Individual Defensive Players (IDPs), but it also helps to apply a similar mindset in selecting your defensive backs. Coverage skills are certainly important but for fantasy, the most valuable DBs are those that fill up the stat sheet because they are making plays all over the field.
There are those DBs that specialize in shutting down a team's top wide receiver, like reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore. But a lockdown corner's value for their team doesn't always show up in the counting stats, which is what really matters in fantasy.
Take Budda Baker, for example. He didn't record a single interception last season but still finished among the top fantasy scorers because of his 147 total tackles (most by a DB, fourth overall in the league). Not surprisingly, other defensive backs that fall into this category — Jamal Adams, Landon Collins, Jordan Poyer, and last year's surprise performer, Tracy Walker — join Baker at the top of the rankings for 2020.
Derwin James was in that group as well, until he suffered yet another injury. A torn meniscus in training camp is expected to cost him between six to eight months, so he's looking at another lost season.