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Fantasy Football 2013: Defensive Back Rankings

Author:
Morgan Burnett

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

Rk

Player

Team

Bye

1

Morgan Burnett

GB

4

2

Mark Barron

TB

5

3

Eric Berry

KC

10

4

Eric Weddle

SD

8

5

Harrison Smith

MIN

5

6

Richard Sherman

SEA

12

7

Charles Tillman

CHI

8

8

Tyvon Branch

OAK

7

9

Cortland Finnegan

STL

11

10

LaRon Landry

IND

8

11

Antoine Bethea

IND

8

12

Bernard Pollard

TEN

8

13

Janoris Jenkins

STL

11

14

Patrick Peterson

ARI

9

15

Reshad Jones

MIA

6

16

Eric Reid

SF

9

17

Dawan Landry

NYJ

10

18

Devin McCourty

NE

10

19

William Moore

ATL

6

20

Matt Elam

BAL

8

21

Ryan Clark

PIT

5

22

Jarius Bryd

BUF

12

23

Brandon Flowers

KC

10

24

Jason McCourty

TEN

8

25

Tim Jennings

CHI

8

26

Major Wright

CHI

8

27

Da'Norris Searcy

BUF

12

28

Roman Harper

NO

7

29

Jonathan Cyprien

JAC

9

30

Ed Reed

HOU

8

31

George Wilson

TEN

8

32

Troy Polamalu

PIT

5

33

Keenan Lewis

NO

7

34

Kam Chancellor

SEA

12

35

Dee Milliner

NYJ

10

36

Thomas DeCoud

ATL

6

37

Aqib Talib

NE

10

38

Dashon Goldson

TB

5

39

Alterraun Verner

TEN

8

40

Cary Williams

PHI

12

41

Patrick Chung

PHI

12

42

DeAngelo Hall

WAS

5

43

Reggie Nelson

CIN

12

44

Madieu Williams

WAS

5

45

T.J. McDonald

STL

11

46

Kenny Vaccaro

NO

7

47

Brent Grimes

MIA

6

48

Antoine Cason

ARI

9

49

Antrel Rolle

NYG

9

50

Desmond Trufant

ATL

6

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER (IDP) SCORING
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)
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers

Top 75 IDP
Defensive Linemen
Linebackers