Here at IDPGUYs we are breaking down the best values at each position to help you find the deep roster guys. In this article I will break down the safety position.
The safety position is a group that I wait latest on to draft of any of the IDP positions. There is so much value deep at the position that there is no reason to reach for the high caliber guys. The difference between the S3 (#3 safety) and the S20 (#20 safety) is much closer than you would expect. Looking at IDPGUYS monthly ADP, which you can find here, you can find some real gems late in drafts. Lets take a look at who the best values at safety are based off of their ADP.
Ronnie Harrison – Jacksonville Jaguars IDPGUYS ADP 244.67 (DB25)
2019 Stats: 71 tackles (44 solo), 2 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 9 passes defended, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Ronnie Harrison was poised for a breakout for the 2019 season after he made big strides at the end of his rookie season. For the most part he did just that and showcased a little of his play-making ability. His tackle numbers could be a little higher but you love seeing his 2 sacks, 9 passes defended and 2 interceptions. With so many leagues going to a play-making scoring system, scoring that rewards interceptions, sacks and passes defended well, these players become coveted. Harrison is going as the DB25, in 12 team leagues he is a steal going at that number.
Chuck Clark – Baltimore Ravens IDPGUYS ADP 279 (DB26)
2019 Stats: 73 tackles (45 solo), 2 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 9 passes defended, 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles.
Chuck Clark was completely irrelevant heading into the 2019 season. He acquired the starting strong safety job in Baltimore after Tony Jefferson went down on IR. Clark started the last 11 games of the season and was very productive. In those 11 starts he had 56 tackles, 1 sack, 8 passes defended and an interception. With the state of the Ravens linebacker corps, likely to have two rookies starting, Clark may have a big role in run support. He is being drafted as depth in 12 team leagues and is a legitimate DB2 making him one of the top safety values.
Darnell Savage – Green Bay Packers IDPGUYS ADP 309.67 (DB34)
2019 Stats: 55 tackles (42 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, 5 passes defended, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
Darnell Savage had a solid rookie campaign but did not play the role many were hoping. Savage played the majority of his snaps from the slot last year when we all hoped he would be a starting safety for the team. Our own @ZmagsIDP wrote an article on Savage on how he thinks Savage is the Packers break out player this year in an article here. The Packers will be reliant on Savage in 2020. They were unwilling to pay Blake Martinez in free agency and let 155 total tackles and 3 sacks vacated in the center of the defense. They added Christian Kirksey to replace Martinez but he is just another injury away from missing time. Savage’s tackle numbers are sure to increase and going as the DB34 makes him one of the best values at safety.
Khari Willis – Indianapolis Colts IDPGUYS ADP 320 (DB36)
2019 Stats: 71 tackles (53 solo), 2 tackles for a loss and 1 pass defended.
Khari Willis is another defensive back @ZmagsIDP has poised for a breakout 2020, read the full article here. Willis stepped in and made nine starts during his rookie season with the Colts including the last six games of the season. During those final six games he totaled 38 tackles, a little more than 6 per game. At the pace he was going during the final six games he would total just over 100 tackles over a 16 game span. Willis is currently being drafted as the DB36 which is crazy for a potential 100 tackle safety. Clayton Geathers is gone and Willis is stepping into that volume tackle safety role. Fire him up as a week one starter as one of the best values at safety.
Damarious Randall – Las Vegas Raiders IDPGUYS ADP 324.33 (DB40)
2019 Stats: 61 tackles (45 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and 6 passes defended (11 games).
Damarious Randall had a down year in 2019 to his standards but did set a career high in sacks, yet adding another aspect to his game. From 2015-2018 there was not a single season where Randall did not achieve at least 9 passes defended and at least 3 interceptions. During his first season as a full time safety, 2018, Randall had a great season. He finished 2018 with 85 tackles, 9 passes defended and 4 interceptions during that season. Randall missed some time in 2019 due to a suspension for an illegal hit and also fell out of favor with the coaching staff.
He now lands in Las Vegas to be the starting free safety where Erik Harris just had 74 tackles, 8 passes defended and 3 interceptions. No disrespect to Erik Harris but Randall is the superior talent. With Randall going as the DB40, he becomes one of the best values at safety.
Adrian Amos – Green Bay Packers IDPGUYS ADP 327 (DB41)
2019 Stats: 84 tackles (68 solo), 4 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 8 passes defended and 2 interceptions.
Adrian Amos is by no means a stud IDP asset but he can be a starter. Amos is coming off of his second consecutive season of at least 73 tackles, 1 sack, 8 passes defended and 2 interceptions. Those numbers are not earth shattering numbers but is easily a DB2/DB3. Amos actually surpassed the production of 2019 rookie Darnell Savage mentioned earlier in this article. Yet he is still dropping seven defensive backs after Savage. Amos has a more distinguished role with the Packers than Savage does. He may very well outproduce him again. Draft him as the 41st defensive back taken and fire him up in your starting line up.
Safety is one of the easiest positions to find value. You can get a sure fire DB2 at the end of dynasty drafts. All of these guys have proven themselves and have big roles with their respective teams moving forward. I roster every one of these guys in one league or another where I was able to grab them real late. Fire up these guys in your lineups without thinking twice about it.