Defensive backs player analysis: 25-36

by Cory J. Bonini on August 20, 2010 @ 19:40:00 PDT


Kerry Rhodes | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-3, 212 pounds | 6th year

Fantasy tip: Rhodes is inconsistent, but he has posted big-time fantasy stats in a few of his seasons with the New York Jets. Coming to Arizona could be a good thing for him mentally. Rhodes is a No. 3 fantasy defensive back with low-end No. 1 potential in best-case scenario.

Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers | 6-foot-1, 202 pounds | 13th year

Fantasy tip: Woodson is coming off the finest seasons of his career. He was in on 74 total tackles and recorded 2.0 sacks, 18 passes defensed, nine interceptions (three went for scores) and forced four fumbles. He'll be overrated because of his big-play ability, but fantasy owners often flock to high-profile names in IDP leagues. He's a low-end No. 2 or strong third DB.

Tanard Jackson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 6-foot, 200 pounds | 4th year

Fantasy tip: A suspension cost him four games last year, but he still racked up a career-high 71 tackles and five picks, two of which resulted in TDs. He has four forced fumbles in his last two seasons and is a rising IDP star. He's a No. 3 IDP defensive back with crazy upside.

Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | 6-foot, 192 pounds | 12th year

Fantasy tip: Bailey is still getting it done for IDP owners in the twilight of his career. Though offenses often try to avoid him, he racked up 74 total tackles, 15 passes defensed, three interceptions and a forced fumble in '09. He's a No. 3 DB for fantasy owners.

Zackary Bowman | Chicago Bears | 6-foot-1, 193 pounds | 3rd year

Fantasy tip: In his lone year as a starter, Bowman posted 66 total stops, 10 passes defensed, six picks and a forced fumble in 12 starts (16 games played). He has upside and the size to be a sure tackler for IDP owners. Take a chance on him as your third defensive back.

Sabby Piscitelli | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 6-foot-3, 224 pounds | 4th year

Fantasy tip: In 16 games (15 starts) in 2009, Piscitelli made 80 total stops, picked off two passes and forced a fumble. He is an upside player still learning the ropes but offers low-end No. 2 potential for a No. 3 price.

Ryan Clark | Pittsburgh Steelers | 5-foot-11, 205 pounds | 9th year

Fantasy tip: Clark is coming off two seasons with at least 87 stops. He has 14 passes defensed in this time and picked off three balls last year. Health is a concern, but he's a stable No. 3 for fantasy owners.

Cortland Finnegan | Tennessee Titans | 5-foot-10, 188 pounds | 5th year

Fantasy tip: Even missing three games, Finnegan made 63 total tackles and intercepted five passes. He has a touchdown return (both INTs) each of the last two seasons and has 28 passes defenses during this time. Finnegan is a No. 3 DB with slight health concerns.

Chris Harris | Chicago Bears | 6-foot, 207 pounds | 6th year

Fantasy tip: Harris has 130 total tackles over the last two years, in which time he missed three games. He has also logged nine passes defensed, four interceptions and as many forced fumbles. Harris is a third IDP defensive back with some upside.

Donte Whitner | Buffalo Bills | 5-foot-10, 208 pounds | 5th year

Fantasy tip: Whitner is injury-prone to say the least, but he posts quality numbers when he's on the field. He is enjoying a great transition to Buffalo's new 3-4 alignment, and Whitner is worth risking a No. 3 IDP spot on.

Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | 5-foot-10, 207 pounds | 8th year

Fantasy tip: Injuries have always been a problem for Polamalu. He makes up for it when he's on the field, but that's tough to bank on. He contributes a reasonable amount of tackles and a fair amount of interceptions; Polamalu's game is too big-play-dependent for consistent IDP success. He's a No. 3 even though owners often draft him like he's a No. 1.

Antrel Rolle | New York Giants | 6-foot, 208 pounds | 5th year

Fantasy tip: Rolle is a playmaker but has been inconsistent through the years. He is a decent source for tackles and picks. The former Miami Hurricane has four career interception returns for touchdowns. Rolle is a No. 3 option in your fantasy defensive backfield.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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