As we begin to settle into this off-season, our team here at DFF has decided to tackle a list of Sleepers at each position. As you’ve probably already noticed, this isn’t just offensive Sleepers; this 7-part series will consist of IDP Sleepers as well. We know not every league is offense-only so we’ve got you covered. We started with five Sleepers at the wide receiver position but today we’ll look at their on-field counterparts – the Defensive backs.
Sean Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers:
I realized how versatile he was while at Maryland and I knew it would translate to any team he was drafted to. As the year wound down in 2016, Davis was one of the top DB’s in fantasy football. Grab him wherever you can, my good friends.
Jaquiski Tartt, San Francisco 49ers:
I have always loved small school kids compared to the big program recruits for the simple fact that they have a chip on their shoulder. Tartt might not be as versatile as Davis, but he can cover area and lay the wood. Once he works on his pass coverage skills, look out.
Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys:
I was drawn to Jones because of his “scrappiness” and hand violence. He will be a star safety in Dallas. Jones racked up 62 tackles in his final eight games. Given his elite athleticism, there’s no reason to suspect that’s a fluke!
Miles Killebrew, Detroit Lions:
His stats did not jump off the page in his rookie year, but I really think this kid will have his day next year. He was impressive on third down stops this year and I really think he will be a stellar box safety sooner than later.
Jahleel Addae, San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers:
After missing 8 games this year because of a broken collarbone, Addae tore it up, proving he is more than capable of playing at the NFL level. If the 26-year-old vet can stay healthy for a whole season he will be a top safety next year.
Every new NFL season brings with it millions of predictions and projections for real life and for fantasy. 2017 will be no different. With the 2016 fantasy season over and the draft and free agency yet to come, every move will impact multiple players across all positions. This list is a work in progress, but as of today, these are a few players to keep an eye on during the off-season and might be worth grabbing when draft day rolls around.