We’re just over halfway through the 2017 regular season in the NFL. The IDP team reviewed the 2017 rookie class: what they’ve done this season so far and what we can expect going forward. @DFF_IDPDoc and @seahawksdan8 will continue with the DB rookies from the 1st 3 rounds of the draft and other IDP relevant rookies. If you missed part 1 or 2 , you could check it out here: IDP Rookie Mid-Season Review Part 1 DL Edition IDP Rookie Mid-Season Review Part 2 LB Edition
S, Jamal Adams, New York Jets – 1st Round Pick, 6th Overall
Jamal Adams was the 1st safety selected in the draft and more than likely in your IDP draft. Adams has been one of the top producers at Safety from the draft as he has 30 tackles, 9 assists, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery through 8 weeks of the season. Adams has been a starter since he was drafted and has been part of a surprisingly average Jets team that everyone thought would be vying for the #1 pick in 2018.
CB, Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints – 1st Round Pick, 11th Overall
Despite starting the season with a concussion, Lattimore has helped immediately boost the Saints secondary and is tied for seventh among rookie DBs. Playing no less than 81% snaps, he’s racked up 27 tackles, 2 interceptions for 52 yards and a TD along with 7 PDs and a forced fumble.
S, Malik Hooker, Indianapolis Colts – 1st Round Pick, 15th Overall
After week 1 Hooker was on the field for 98-100% defensive snaps until he tore an ACL and MCL in week 7 against Jacksonville. It’s a harsh blow to Indy and fantasy owners who spent a draft pick or FAAB on him because he was off to outstanding start with 22 tackles, 3 interceptions for 73 yards and 4 pass deflections. He and Clayton Geathers will be a nice risk/reward tandem in the 2018 season.
CB, Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens – 1st Round Pick, 16th Overall
It was thought that after slot corner Tavon Young was deemed out for the season it would garner more opportunities for Humphrey, but that hasn’t been the case. Week 5 and 8 are the only games the Bama product has seen the field more than 50%. That said he’s not worth a roster spot just yet as he only covers outside receivers.
CB, Adoree Jackson, Tennessee Titans – 1st Round Pick, 18th Overall
Thrust into a full-time gig from the start Jackson has taken his chance and literally ran with it. If you’re fortunate enough for your league to count special team stats, Jackson has rounded up 200 kickoff return yards, 148 punt return yards along with his IDP stats of 27 tackles and a forced fumble.
CB, Gareon Conley, Oakland Raiders – 1st Round Pick, 24th Overall
Dealing with a shin injury since preseason, Conley has only played 2 games in weeks 2 and 3 totaling 5 tackles and 1 PD showing that the production is there. Once he’s healthy, he’ll get the chances as he played 87% of the snaps in week 2. If you have the roster depth stash him, otherwise keep him on your watch list for when he losses the injury tag.
S, Jabrill Peppers, Cleveland Browns – 1st Round Pick, 25th Overall
Another solid character if your league scores special team stats, the 25th overall pick has been earning his paycheck totaling 257 return yards. Peppers has only had 2 games thus far where he has not logged 100% snaps but is on a roll with 27 total tackles and 1 PD. The Browns defense figures to be on the field a lot while the offense continues to struggle, so Peppers is a must-own across the board.
CB, Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills – 1st Round Pick, 27th Overall
The Buffalo Bills are a fun rebuilding team to watch because they’re doing it right and Tre’Davious White has fit the mold perfectly from day 1. Logging 100% defensive snaps all but twice so far this season, White has accumulated 31 total tackles, 1 interception for 14 yards, 2 recovered fumbles, 1 forced fumble for a TD, and 12 pass deflections. The LSU product is off to a blazing start, and if you don’t have shares of him now, you are definitely missing out!
CB, Kevin King, Green Bay Packers – 2nd Round Pick, 33rd Overall
King has been hit and miss throughout the season and left Green Bay’s Week 5 tilt in Dallas early due to a concussion despite playing 89% snaps. The only other time he logged that many snaps was in week 3 against Cincinnati. He currently has 19 tackles and 1 pass deflection. Maybe he will make more of impact with Aaron Rodgers out for the season, but he can comfortably be left on the waiver wire until he picks things up.
S, Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals – 2nd Round Pick, 36th Overall
There was skepticism surrounding Budda Baker after the draft because he missed OTAs and minicamp and it’s been a slow-moving process. Playing just 32 snaps through 7 games, fantasy owners were wanting more from the highly touted Washington Safety but remember he is behind an all-star cast of Tyrann Mathieu, Tyvon Branch, and Antoine Bethea. His time will come so exercise that patience and don’t give up hope just yet.
S, Marcus Maye, New York Jets – 2nd Round Pick, 39th Overall
The leader of rookie defensive backs has exploded onto the scene and boasts 45 tackles, 2 interceptions for 44 yards, and 2 passes deflected while on the field for no less than 97% defensive snaps. He’s a safe weekly starter if you have him.
S, Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints – 2nd Round Pick, 42nd Overall
The Saints loaded up on defensive players in this draft in the aftermath of Hurricane Rex Ryan. Williams has been fading 2016 draftee Vonn Bell playing no less than 96% snaps. An NFL Combine standout Williams is putting his money where his mouth is. 27 tackles, 1 interception, and 2 pass deflections. He’s not quite starter worthy despite the amount of pass plays against the Saints defense, but he should be rostered and could be a decent fill-in for bye weeks.
CB, Sidney Jones, Philadelphia Eagles – 2nd Round Pick, 43rd Overall
Jones tore his Achilles tendon during OTAs and is most likely going to miss his entire rookie season especially after the Eagles acquired Ronald Darby from the Bills. Supposedly Jones will be an immediate starter when he returns to the field so he might be worthy of an IR stash just to see what happens but there are better options in the meantime. Jones has college production to back him up starting 39/40 games as a Washington Husky with 8.5 tackles for loss, 9 interceptions, and 6 forced fumbles. While college production does not always translate to the NFL, he is one to keep your eye on.
CB, Quincey Wilson, Indianapolis Colts – 2nd Round Pick, 46th Overall
Wilson has only appeared in 2 games for the Colts and picked up 3 tackles. He’s been out since playing 64 snaps in Week 2, so it’s hard to say what he’ll have to offer going forward. Like most rookie corners he could get picked on when he gets back on the field.
S, Justin Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2nd Round Pick, 50th Overall
I thought the signing of T.J. Ward was a sign that Evans wasn’t ready to start for the Bucs. Then Ward got hurt, and Evans got a chance to play. He’s gotten 21 tackles, 6 assists, 4 passes defended and 1 INT. Evans sees about 65% of snaps in his 7 games, but the last 4 games he has been on the field for almost every snap. I like him to continue to improve and is on my radar to grow into a DB1/2 for your fantasy team.
CB, Teez Tabor, Detroit Lions – 2nd Round Pick, 53rd Overall
There’s not much to say about Tabor. He’s been active 2 games and has not done anything on the stat sheet. He’s not on my fantasy radar.
S, Obi Melifonwu, Oakland Raiders – 2nd Round Pick, 56th Overall
We have not seen Obi on the field yet this season, but he is scheduled to make his debut in Week 9. He should see some playing time right away as 3 DBs are already ruled out for the Raiders. The tandem of Karl Joseph and Obi should be together for a while and in Ken Norton’s defense should be in the FS role. We’ll see in the 2nd half here what Obi can do, but is a stash for me as Reggie Nelson has put up some decent DB2/3 numbers playing in that position.
CB, Chidobe Awuzie, Dallas Cowboys – 2nd Round Pick, 60th Overall
A hamstring injury has sidelined Awuzie for most of this season, but before the injury, he was only getting about 27% of snaps. He got 3 tackles and 3 assists in those 3 games, but when he gets healthy could have a tough time getting back on the field as Jourdan Lewis (see below) has taken his snaps while he’s been injured. He’s not worth the stash now, but check after he returns from injury on his usage and production.
S, Josh Jones, Green Bay Packers – 2nd Round Pick, 61st Overall
Jones was hyped as the Morgan Burnett replacement. Well, he had an opportunity to fill in while Burnett was out and didn’t rack up a whole lot of tackles. Aside from one excellent game, Jones hasn’t had much going for him. The one game against Cincinnati he sacked Dalton twice and collected 11 tackles and 1 assist. If we can get more games like that instead of the 2 tackle per game average he’s put up besides that game, we could have a DB1 on our hands. Totals for the season include 26 solos, 2 assists, 2 sacks and 1 pass defended.
CB, Ahkello Witherspoon, San Francisco 49ers – 3rd Round Pick, 66th Overall
Witherspoon has been playing the past 4 games as they found out that Rashard Robinson wasn’t a good fit for them at corner (and shipped him to the Jets). Ahkello has been playing 44% of snaps the past 4 weeks and had 8 tackles, 1 assist, 1 pass defended and an INT. He could be a CB option for your team down the stretch and is a name to monitor as the 49ers defense is on the field a lot.
CB, Fabian Moreau, Washington Redskins – 3rd Round Pick, 81st Overall
Even with the injuries to Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland, Moreau has not found much playing time. He had 1 game against the 49ers that he saw 34 snaps and that’s been his most this season. In his limited time, he does have 6 solos, 4 assists and a pass defended. I don’t expect much from Moreau especially since Norman and Breeland are both very good corners.
CB, Shaquill Griffin, Seattle Seahawks – 3rd Round Pick, 90th Overall
Shaq Griffin is a name that IDP owners should know. He has stolen away the starting job across from Richard Sherman, which means he’ll be picked on. Shaq has been a decent IDP play as he has 27 solos (10 were against GB Week 1), 5 assists and 8 passes defended. He has also earned 83% of the snaps, so he should be on your CB radar and a possible starter each week.
S, John Johnson, Los Angeles Rams – 3rd Round Pick, 91st Overall
Johnson was getting an opportunity to play while Lamarcus Joyner was injured and was able to put up some modest stats. He has 14 solos, 4 assists, 3 passes defended and an INT. Now that Joyner is back from injury Johnson will return to a reserve role. Should injuries strike again John could see some time. He’s a name to keep on the radar, but not somebody I’m rostering.
CB, Jourdan Lewis, Dallas Cowboys – 3rd Round Pick, 92nd Overall
Lewis has been a very good option at CB since he has gotten a chance to play in Week 2. He has 24 solos, 3 assists, 5 passes defended and an INT. He should be rostered and started in your league if CBs are required. Awuzie, as mentioned earlier, won’t push Lewis off the field when he is healthy, but the two rookies could be the future of the Cowboys CBs.
CB, Cam Sutton, Pittsburgh Steelers – 3rd Round Pick, 94th Overall
Sutton is currently on IR, and even if healthy I’m not sure where he would see playing time. Pittsburgh signed Joe Haden right before the season, and Artie Burns and Mike Hilton seem to have their roles carved out. I wouldn’t expect much from Sutton in 2018 unless one of these 3 CBs aren’t back with the Steelers.
S, Delano Hill, Seattle Seahawks – 3rd Round Pick, 95th Overall
There’s a chance that today we could see what Delano Hill can bring to this Seahawks defense with both Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor dealing with injuries. They stocked up on DBs after seeing how thin they were when Earl Thomas was out in 2016. It’s hard to see Hill overtaking either Chancellor or Thomas, but as a fill-in for injury could be a decent DB3 play. Watch how he plays to see how they will use him or if they will use him. He’s purely a player to watch, not roster unless injuries strike.
CB, Cordrea Tankersley, Miami Dolphins – 3rd Round Pick, 97th Overall
Tankersley didn’t play the first couple weeks but has been on the field 98% of the snaps in the last 5 games. Despite all the playing time he just has 10 solos, 1 assist, and 4 passes defended. The playing time is excellent, but until the tackle number rise, he’s merely a player to keep an eye on.
CB, Rasul Douglas, Philadelphia Eagles – 3rd Round Pick, 99th Overall
Douglas was not expected to see as much time as he has, but Ronald Darby got hurt in Week 1 and Rasul manned the slot. He has been a good IDP play for big play leagues as he has 2 INTs, 7 passes defended, 15 tackles and 1 assist. It’s hard to project Douglas’s role in 2018 with Sidney Jones, Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills assumed to be the top 3 corners. He’s a CB option to fill bye weeks, but not someone I’d start with better choices on his own team.
CB, Brendan Langley, Denver Broncos – 3rd Round Pick, 101 Overall
Langley has not done much on the defensive side of the ball, but has been Denver’s kick returner at times and has done pretty well there. That makes him a sneaky start in leagues where return yardage earns points. He has averaged 33.6 yards per return and has 2 returns for 40 plus yards. If he can pick up any defensive work, he could be a value at CB with upside to run a kick back. Probably not worth a roster spot right now though.
S, Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears – 4th Round Pick, 112th Overall
The Bears may have been ridiculed for trading up 1 spot and giving up picks to draft Trubisky, but they should be applauded for this steal. We know Alabama is a factory for the NFL, but expectations for Jackson did not meet those of Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, or Budda Baker by the IDP community. All Jackson has done this season is play 100% of snaps, has a pick-6, fumble recovery for a TD, 4 passes defended, 24 tackles and 4 assists. While we would like to see the tackle numbers increase before he is an every week DB starter, he’s been better than expected.
S, Montae Nicholson, Washington Redskins – 4th Round Pick, 123rd Overall
Nicholson is not the SS that the Redskins thought they would have, but he was forced to step in after the strange Su’a Cravens preseason affair. He has not played every snap, but is seeing 67% of them and has 14 tackles, 6 assists, 2 passes defended and an INT in his 7 games. He a name I’ve been keeping an eye on. I have not picked him up at all, but I am watching his snaps and tackle numbers.
CB/S, Damontae Kazee, Atlanta Falcons – 5th Round Pick, 149th Overall
Kazee has not seen much action, but in the 1 game, he saw extended snaps he had 4 tackles, 4 assists, and a forced fumble. @DFF_JohnIDP loves this guy and if he could get on the field looks like he could be a productive safety/corner. He’s another guy to keep an eye on going forward and maybe an injury away from stepping up.
CB/S, Desmond King, Los Angeles Chargers – 5th Round Pick, 151st Overall
The Chargers have been an IDP gold mine this season with about 6-8 of their defenders as legit IDP starters. Desmond King has worked his way into one of those playing 63% of snaps. He has 25 solos, 2 assists, a sack, and 2 passes defended. He has been playing a slot corner/safety role this season which shows the Chargers just want him on the field often. He’s a definite add for CB required leagues and probably a starter for you going forward.
CB, Nate Hairston, Indianapolis Colts – 5th Round Pick, 158th Overall
As mentioned earlier Hairston has found an immediate role with the Colts defense and has been active. 15 tackles, 3 assists, 2 sacks, 1 safety, and 2 passes defended make Hairston a player to roster and a decent option to start. Once Quincey Wilson is healthy, Hairston may lose some snaps to him, but for now, Hairston is a player to hold on to.
CB, Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions – 5th Round Pick, 165th Overall
Agnew is not doing much for the Lions as a CB, but on special teams and even offense, they see him as a playmaker. He has 2 punt returns for TDs to go with his 382 return yards on the season. Agnew has even caught a pass on offense for 12 yards. So, as a defensive player, he isn’t offering much, but he’s a player to monitor on special teams and offense and could be a sneaky play if you’re desperate and return yardage counts.
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