2012 IDP Fantasy Football Week 1: Defensive Back (DB) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 5, 2012

Jan 22, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) is tackled by New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (26) during the first half of the 2011 NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

With Terrell Thomas done for the season and Prince Amukamara working his way back from another leg injury, the Giants are forced to start Michael Coe opposite Corey Webster. With depth at corner a big concern, New York may turn to Antrel Rolle to play down against slot receivers in nickel personnel.

This is a big deal, because it would allow the Giants to possibly be creative with Rolle close to the line of scrimmage, and since he’s down where the action is, his odds of activity are higher.

New York has one of the better pass rushes in the game, but they can be taken advantage of if the rush doesn’t get to the quarterback. With Eli Manning and the offense tossing up around 30-plus points a game, we can bet opposing teams will find themselves outside of base personnel and into more three-receiver sets.

This, of course, means the Giants will stay in nickel more often, something that was common (and around the league) last year.

While Rolle may not get the respect he deserves in IDP drafts, he’s likely to be a regular DB2 performer and should have the role to deliver consistent production.


Sean’s Watch List

Patrick Chung continues to battle injuries, but he should be on the field against the Titans. I still like him as a regular DB2 option when healthy, but I want to watch if he has to come out of the game regularly, or if he appears to be favoring an injury during the game.

A couple defensive backs that failed to make my top 30 but could find their way on soon would be Erik Coleman of the Lions and Taylor Mays of the Bengals.

Coleman won a starting job almost by default because of injury. He’s in an interesting situation and could hold regular DB3 value for us.

Mays has the skill set to be a solid DB2, and if Rey Maualuga doesn’t get his act together, we could see the third-year strong safety have a breakout year. The problem with Mays is his pass-protection skills—because he’s a big guy, he tends to struggle to turn his hips and run with the receiver.

As long as he holds down a regular starting job, he is worthy of a roster spot and may be an option for your lineup Week 1.

Finally, I want to see what William Moore does against the Chiefs. I don’t like the Falcons' linebacker situation outside of Sean Weatherspoon, and with Curtis Lofton gone, we could see Moore benefit.

1 Tyvon Branch Chargers
2 Eric Berry Falcons
3 Morgan Burnett 49ers
4 Antoine Bethea @ Bears
5 Charles Woodson 49ers
6 Bernard Pollard Bengals
7 Kam Chancellor (I) @ Cardinals
8 George Wilson @ Jets
9 Jason McCourty Patriots
10 Roman Harper Redskins
11 Mark Barron Panthers
12 Quintin Mikell @ Lions
13 William Moore @ Chiefs
14 Eric Weddle @ Raiders
15 Antrel Rolle Cowboys
16 Charles Tillman Colts
17 Alterraun Verner Patriots
18 DeAngelo Hall @ Saints
19 Patrick Chung @ Titans
20 Earl Thomas @ Cardinals
21 Troy Polamalu @ Broncos
22 Dawan Landry @ Vikings
23 Craig Dahl @ Lions
24 Yeremiah Bell Bills
25 Devin McCourty @ Titans
26 Kyle Arrington @ Titans
27 LaRon Landry Bills
28 Kurt Coleman @ Browns
29 Charles Godfrey @ Bucs
30 Cortland Finnegan @ Lions

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