Sep 18, 2013

Week 3 Shuffle: Defensive Back

Listed are the Top 40 DBs for the upcoming week.  Rankings are based on the projected mean performance without any specific team context on who you should start.  Sometimes you need to start the lower of two players due to upside or a high floor, so things are fluid.  As always, players can move up or down as we approach kickoff.  So please indulge yourself & dissect our list from top to bottom.  Let's Go!

Tier 1:
1. Harrison Smith vs CLE
2. DeAngelo Hall vs DET
3. Patrick Peterson @NO
4. LaRon Landry @SF
5. Charles Tillman @PIT
6. Earl Thomas vs JAC
7. Duke Ihenacho vs OAK
8. Kam Chancellor vs JAC
9. Eric Berry @PHI
10. Malcolm Jenkins vs ARI
11. Da'Norris Searcy @NYJ
12. Bacarri Rambo vs DET

 - Smith has quickly found himself as an elite play each week.  He should feast on Brian Hoyer & Co. this week.  Landry has been a tackling machine this year and is already over a quarter of the way to 100 stops.  Tillman & Hall remain elite options to create turnovers with Chancellor, Ihenacho, Jenkins & Rambo being tackling machines with strong matchups.  Peterson's play on offense seems him jump into the elite category, with more upside then anyone else on the list.

Tier 2:
13. Eric Weddle @TEN
14. Mark Barron @NE
15. Antoine Bethea @SF
16. Sam Shields @CIN
17. Brandon Boykin vs KC
18. Tim Jennings @PIT
19. Ryan Clark vs CHI
20. Tyrann Mathieu @NO
21. Cary Williams vs KC
22. Leodis McKelvin @NYJ
23. Josh Wilson vs DET
24. Robert McClain @MIA

- Weddle disappointed last week as the number one overall option, but should rebound nicely against the unproven Jake Locker led Titans.  Boykin & Williams should find a turnover or two along the way against Kansas City.  Bethea, Shields, Mathieu, McKelvin, Wilson & McClain have all been tackling machines and should all run into turnover opportunities as the season progresses.

Tier 3:
25. Roman Harper vs ARI
26. Leon Hall vs GB
27. William Moore @MIA
28. Bernard Pollard vs SD
29. Aaron Williams @NYJ
30. Ryan Mundy @CAR
31. Barry Church vs STL
32. Steve Gregory vs TB
33. Patrick Chung vs KC
34. Reshad Jones vs ATL
35. Prince Amukamara @CAR
36. Nate Allen vs KC
37. Jamarca Sanford vs CLE
38. Major Wright @PIT
39. Kyle Arrington vs TB
40. Janoris Jenkins @DAL

- Pollard owners would like to see him outperform this rank, but I'm not as high on the San Diego matchup as others are.  Aaron Williams has played his way onto our list by racking up tackles all over the field in the first two weeks.  Moore, Church, Gregory, Chung, Jones, Allen, Sanford & Wright are all tacklers with a low turnover probability, so deploy accordingly.  Jenkins & Arrington could see a turnover given their opposing QB's play, but neither are locks to give you a good performance in Week 3.

Check out all our Week 2 Rankings: QB RB WR TE LB DL DB K D/ST

As always, read & discuss.  You can reach me on Twitter @ClevRocks_James or comment your (dis)agreements below.

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