By Sean Haugh.
Charting the top defensive backs for dynasty purposes is an amusing exercise. Of all the positions in IDP leagues, none has so many changes from year to year or surprising breakout stars.
Who would have guessed at the beginning of the season that Terrell Thomas, Mike Brown or Jordan Babineaux would finish in the top 10? No one, that’s who.
Maybe a few of us saw Tyvon Branch or Dashon Goldson coming. Maybe.
Don’t get too attached to any of them. It’s always easy to replace the DBs you keep or draft with better ones off the waiver wire. In the four IDP leagues I’m in where there’s no cost to replace players, every single DB save one on my teams at season’s end were picked up off the waiver wire during the year.
Even the one exception who stayed on my roster wire to wire was a waiver wire product from last year.
The nice aspect of this situation is that impatient dynasty owners will drop a stud at any time if they feel they can chase some points. Always be monitoring your waiver wire for top DBs who have hit a patch of bad luck.
Tier 1 – The only guys I truly believe in
1. Eric Weddle, 25, Chargers – Unless he gets injured, Weddle simply does not have off games. He’s good for at least five tackles a game, which is pure money in IDP leagues.
2. Oshiomogho Atogwe, 29, Rams – Until he missed the last four games due to injury, Atogwe was on track for yet another season of about 70 solo tackles and five or more interceptions.
3. Roman Harper, 27, Saints – Harper just keeps getting a little better every year. If the Saints can keep all their DBs healthy next season, he could break 90 solo tackles...