I am a hoarder of the Strong Safety position. When you need to start a minimum of two safeties, I aim for the guys who play closer to the line of scrimmage. Your free safeties are asked to cover and play off the line. It’s the SS position that gets you the tackles stats more often.
These are three players I am targeting on my waiver runs. Most leagues don’t require you to roster two Strong Safeties. One of them is going off the board more like an S4, then the starter 2, he delivers point wise.
K. J. Dillon, Houston –
Played his college ball at West Virginia. Last season he suffered an ACL injury just when he started getting more snaps. 19 snaps was all he played. On track and running well, he’s battling his way back onto the field for the regular season. He is a good tackler who Takes a good path to the ball. I don’t see as many tackle opportunities in Houston, they possess a gifted front on that defense, but the opportunity is there.
Dropping into the box, though, he will be able to stick his helmet on the ball. Not only is he tough, and solid, in run support, he is just as good in pass defense. If asked to go one on one (man coverage) with an RB, or most TEs, he’s able to do that. That’s more tackle opportunities. Offering all those skills will allow him to move around and in a variety of schemes. Big nickel? No problem. Three down Strong Safety, I think so. You’re going to be able to land him cheap! How cheap? I’ve gotten him for $1.00, minimum blind bid.
Andrew Williamson, Indianapolis –
A Vanderbilt kid. The injury kept us from seeing him develop last season. If you decided to make a movie about strong safeties, this kid would give the look of a tough one. He is an in the box, tough, tackling player. Not flashy speed, but covers ground well.
I see him as the Colts enforcer in the run game. His strength is in seeing the play, and getting to the running back. The Colts aimed to revamp their defense; they are looking better but, I see him getting plenty of tackles, as long as he secures the starting job. I wouldn’t expect him to be asked to do a lot of cover 1, but I like his chances to get on the field. He could be a big nickel player, or, be a full-fledged starter. It’s only going to cost you a waiver claim, or $1.00 of your waiver money to find out.
Shawn Williams, Cincinnati –
Unlike the last two players mentioned, Shawn Williams showed us what he was capable of last season. Taking on a starting role, he did not let his fantasy owners down. 81 tackles, and 22 assists making him a safety 2. Averaging out as the 18th ranked safety, he was a valuable contributor to dynasty squads. In my startups, he is draft position is well outside of the top 24. I don’t see his tackle numbers coming down in the 2017 season. Search the waiver wires in leagues. If he’s a free agent, grab him. In auctions, you should be able to get a bargain. Put up the minimum and roll the dice.
These are a few strong safeties I am looking at acquiring right now. Stay busy, and make a play for these guys. Free agent auctions and drafts are heating up, now’s the time to get some bargains. Happy hunting all.
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