2020 IDP Wrap Up: Safeties

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What We Learned in 2020

We learned that tackles are king at safety! The top five finishers in IDP scoring at safety all finished with more than 100 total tackles each through week 16. The top five stars of the safety position included Jordan Poyer, Budda Baker, Jessie Bates, Jeremy Chinn, and Adrian Phillips. Of those finishers, three are under the age of 26, and amazingly, Jeremy Chinn was able to crack the top five as a rookie. Chinn looks primed for another excellent year of production in 2021, so if you roster the Carolina safety, you are looking fine.

Jamal Adams scored the highest IDP PPG for the position last season thanks in large part to the 9.5 sacks he compiled. Adams’ ability to produce splash plays makes him one of the most valuable IDP assets in football.

Cincinnati was the only defense to carry two top 20 producers at safety in 2020. Along with Jessie Bates mentioned above, Vonn Bell was also able to rack up over 100 tackles and finish as an S1. The Bengals didn’t add any depth to their safety core in the offseason, so plugging either/both Bengals into your lineup is advised.

Player Comparison – Top 20 IDP producers

Rank    Name Age   Team   Tackles   TFLs   Assists   Fum Rec   Fum For   Int   Sacks  
1 Poyer, Jordan  30 BUF 93 4 30 0 2 2 2
2 Baker, Budda  25 ARI 86 7 27 0 1 2 2
3 Bates, Jessie  24 CIN 74 3 28 0 1 3 0
4 Chinn, Jeremy  23 CAR 69 2 40 2 2 1 1
5 Phillips, Adrian  29 NEP 74 7 34 0 0 2 1
6 Jenkins, Malcolm  33 NOS 65 7 22 1 1 2 2.5
7 Peppers, Jabrill  25 NYG 55 8 28 1 1 1 2.5
8 Simmons, Justin  27 DEN 76 3 17 1 0 4 0
9 Byard, Kevin  27 TEN 76 1 30 0 1 1 0
10 Sorensen, Daniel  31 KCC 69 2 23 0 2 3 0
11 Bell, Vonn  26 CIN 64 3 45 2 3 0 0
12 Willis, Khari  25 IND 66 3 18 0 1 2 2
13 Adams, Jamal  25 SEA 54 10 27 0 1 0 9.5
14 Johnson, John  26 LAR 68 2 30 0 0 1 0
15 Neal, Keanu  25 ATL 73 10 20 1 0 1 1
16 Fitzpatrick, Minkah    24 PIT 56 1 19 1 1 4 0
17 Curl, Kamren  22 WAS 60 4 25 0 0 2 2
18 Rowe, Eric  28 MIA 62 1 22 1 0 2 0
19 Maye, Marcus  27 NYJ 46 3 33 1 2 2 2
20 Winfield, Antoine  22 TBB 59 1 28 0 2 1 3

*Week 17 removed from total stats

Risers

Kamren Curl – WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

As a rookie seventh-round pick, Curl took over the starting role for Washington after their week 8 bye. In his final nine games, Curl produced a remarkable 71 total tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and four passes defended. At only 22 years old, Curl looks like a diamond in the rough for Washington and for IDP owners who were able to acquire him.

Antoine Winfield – TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

When Winfield was drafted in the second round of the 2020 draft, some questioned whether or not the former Minnesota star would crack the starting lineup as a rookie. After training camp, it was easy to see how good the 21-year old was. Finishing the 2020 season as the starter, Winfield came up with 94 total tackles, created three turnovers, produced three sacks, and defended six passes. The Buccaneer safety’s arrow is pointing straight up.

Fallers

Brandon Jones and Eric Rowe – MIAMI DOLPHINS

The Dolphins used their early 2021 second-round pick on Jevon Holland out of North Carolina, causing some gridlock in the Miami defensive backfield. Depending on how their scheme is designed, it is likely that both of the current Miami safeties will see fewer snaps in 2021. With three safeties playing significant time, high-level IDP production will be tough to come by in South Florida.

Sleeper

Lonnie Johnson – HOUSTON TEXANS

The 2019 second-round pick improved his production from year one to year two by nearly 100%. Johnson, a three-year veteran who will start for a team expected to lose a lot of games, is expected to play a lot of snaps and therefore produce a lot of stats. If Johnson can continue his ascent, he could easily rack up 100 tackles and become a top 20 IDP finisher.

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