The 2019 NFL season is fast approaching and IDP Dude breaks down his top 10 safeties to own in IDP
10. Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants
It’s possible Peppers will always be known as the guy the Giants traded Odell Beckham for but I’m willing to bet he earns his keep this season. The young and athletic Wolverine is looking to do more than fill the void left by the departure of Landon Collins. His ability to bring the pressure and play all over the field only increases his value in IDP leagues, I am be buying with confidence.
Jabrill Peppers is no stranger to lining up all over the field – and should fill the spot vacated by Landon Collins this free agency. pic.twitter.com/UoCMn9ExQV
— PFF (@PFF) March 14, 2019
9. John Johnson III, Los Angeles Rams
There was nothing to dislike about Johnson’s game last season. Some notable stats: 7 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 5th best tackling efficiency and received a 84.3 overall grade last season from PFF which was 6th best among safeties. Another young dude I’d be targeting in dynasty leagues without question. Read more about Johnson.
John Johnson III's 84.3 overall grade last season ranked 6th among safeties pic.twitter.com/YtbipSmoRq
— PFF (@PFF) March 10, 2019
8. Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs
With a new home in 2019, it’s possible we haven’t seen the best of Mathieu yet. That sounds crazy but he has an opportunity to do something special in KC. Another do it all safety that should see a ton of action this season as opposing teams try to keep pace with the Chiefs’ high powered offense. Get you some.
The Chiefs brought in Tyrann Mathieu this offseason, one of the most versatile defenders in the NFL.@Mathieu_Era was 1 of 4 players in the NFL to align at least 20% of his snaps at slot CB, deep safety, and in the box last season.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) July 8, 2019
7. Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans
Byard still seems to lack the respect he deserves in the IDP world. Dude is a baller, a playmaker and now the highest paid safety in the game for a reason. Let’s not forget Deion Sanders mistaking Byard for a fan. Draft with confidence and enjoy the big play ability.
🔹 His mother was evicted for the eighth time the week he was drafted
🔹 Deion Sanders mistook him for a fan on Twitter
🔹 Now the highest-paid safety in history at $14.1M per year
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 29, 2019
6. Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
The Hitman has aged a bit but is still one of the most fun players to watch on the field. Despite some of the lackluster effort to get in on tackles and help the IDP world out, his play was still elite. PFF gave Smith a run defense grade of 91.3, good for 1st among safeties. He also ranked 3rd for pass rush productivity among safeties. The dude still has it, until I see otherwise there is no reason to doubt Smith putting up top 10 numbers again in 2019.
Harrison Smith was tops among safeties in tackling efficiency last season! pic.twitter.com/dI1RA6z5GK
— PFF (@PFF) July 17, 2019
5. Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals
Unquestionably my favorite safety on this list. Watching Baker on the field brings joy to my Sundays. There were a lot of questions last season about how Baker was going to be used but ultimately it didn’t really matter because he was everywhere and his production didn’t suffer a bit. Despite catching the injury bug and missing a few games, Baker still posted a 100+ tackle season. With parts of the Cardinals defense still I question, I expect Budda to have another very productive season. Read more about Baker.
Budda Baker stuck his nose in in run defense more than any of his other defensive teammates in 2018, leading the Cardinals with 26 pic.twitter.com/afxYXGuSAf
— PFF (@PFF) March 3, 2019
4. Jamal Adams, New York Jets
There are so many eye popping stats from last season, it’s almost impossible to not love Adams again in 2019. Considered one of the big 4 in the elite tier of IDP safeties, I have no issues if anyone is considering him as the first DB off the board. It will be interesting to see the dynamic between Adams, Mosley and Williamson this season. Let’s not forget the new beef the Jets have up front. He should be a plug and play no-brainer, draft with confidence.
The Jamal Adams era is upon us. pic.twitter.com/sXaqdgvGbN
— PFF (@PFF) February 24, 2019
3. Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons
The ACL injury in week 1 last season was devastating to Neal, the Falcons and everyone that drafted him. There seems to be a discount to be had with Neal in some recent drafts I’ve participated in, don’t be that guy who passes on him! It was clear the Falcons were not the same without him and I expect Neal to pick up where he left off in 2017. A 100+ tackle candidate and considered one of my elite 4, I’m okay taking him as my overall safety 1. Get you some.
Are you ready to see 💥@Keanu_Neal💥 back on the field?
We are. pic.twitter.com/ZHt2OCKq99
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) June 20, 2019
2. Landon Collins, Washington Redskins
Collins, one of, if not the, most electrifying safeties in the league takes his talents to the nation’s capital for a fresh start in 2019. Looking to follow in the footsteps of the late Sean Taylor, Collins can be the do it all playmaker the Redskins have desperately needed in their secondary. With a shaky linebacker core in front of him, Collins should be a lock for 100+ tackles if he can stay healthy. One of the elite 4, draft with confidence.
Landon Collins can play all over the field for the Washington Redskins pic.twitter.com/NkeU33lf0r
— PFF (@PFF) March 13, 2019
1. Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
Landing with the Chargers, James was lightning in a bottle – pun intended. To see what he accomplished as a rookie was something special on every level. He’s going to be fun to watch for years to come and in dynasty leagues the time to lock him up is now if you’re willing to pay the price. Read more about James. His future is bright.
Derwin James is the PFF Defensive Rookie of the Year
— PFF (@PFF) January 3, 2019