The computer is constantly updating fantasy football projections, even in the off-season, and in our most recent update for defensive backs Derwin James is the seventh best. Shawn Williams and Reshad Jones are projected to finish above him. Donte Jackson and Jamal Adams are our top ranked defensive backs. If you are looking to take a team defense relatively high in the draft the projection recommends the Bears and the Chargers. If you use high draft picks at these positions and are looking for quality starting defensive linemen then consider Trey Flowers or Cameron Jordan. The tables below show projected rankings based on total fantasy points (along with their per game fantasy projection). In cases where a player is a free agent we have their team from the 2018 season.
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Top 30 Defensive Backs
The #3 ranked defensive back is Landon Collins with a projection of 113 total fantasy points. His projected rank this season is obviously much improved vs last season where he only appeared in 12 games. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#28) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #14 defensive back. With 98 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.
|D. Jackson (CAR) FP 115 | 7.2||J. Johnson (LAR) FP 107 | 6.7||T. McDonald (MIA) FP 101 | 6.3|
|J. Adams (NYJ) FP 115 | 7.2||C. Geathers (IND) FP 105 | 6.6||J. Alexander (GB) FP 101 | 6.3|
|L. Collins (WAS) FP 113 | 7.1||B. Baker (ARI) FP 105 | 6.6||V. Hargreaves (TB) FP 101 | 6.3|
|S. Williams (CIN) FP 112 | 7||H. Smith (MIN) FP 104 | 6.5||K. Moore (IND) FP 101 | 6.3|
|R. Jones (MIA) FP 110 | 6.9||M. Jenkins (PHI) FP 104 | 6.5||J. Reid (HOU) FP 100 | 6.3|
|J. Bradberry (CAR) FP 110 | 6.9||K. Byard (TEN) FP 103 | 6.5||R. Darby (PHI) FP 99 | 6.2|
|D. James (LAC) FP 110 | 6.8||J. Poyer (BUF) FP 103 | 6.4||E. Apple (NO) FP 98 | 6.2|
|E. Reid (CAR) FP 109 | 6.8||B. McDougald (SEA) FP 103 | 6.4||H. Clinton-Dix (CHI) FP 98 | 6.1|
|J. Bates (CIN) FP 109 | 6.8||E. Thomas (BAL) FP 102 | 6.4||J. Simmons (DEN) FP 96 | 6|
|K. Neal (ATL) FP 109 | 6.8||A. Bethea (NYG) FP 102 | 6.4||D. Swearinger (ARI) FP 95 | 5.9|
Top 24 Defenses
There are currently no projected fantasy defenses that are sleepers as no one in these projected rankings is significantly better than they were in 2018. There are also no defenses projected to fall off signifantly from last season.
|Bears (CHI) FP 178 | 11.2||Ravens (BAL) FP 169 | 10.6||Browns (CLE) FP 165 | 10.3|
|Chargers (LAC) FP 174 | 10.9||Colts (IND) FP 168 | 10.5||Steelers (PIT) FP 163 | 10.2|
|Vikings (MIN) FP 173 | 10.8||Saints (NO) FP 168 | 10.5||Packers (GB) FP 162 | 10.1|
|Texans (HOU) FP 172 | 10.8||Patriots (NE) FP 168 | 10.5||Titans (TEN) FP 160 | 10|
|Jaguars (JAC) FP 172 | 10.7||Chiefs (KC) FP 167 | 10.4||Lions (DET) FP 159 | 9.9|
|Broncos (DEN) FP 171 | 10.7||Cowboys (DAL) FP 166 | 10.4||Jets (NYJ) FP 157 | 9.8|
|Redskins (WAS) FP 170 | 10.6||Rams (LAR) FP 166 | 10.3||Eagles (PHI) FP 156 | 9.7|
|Bills (BUF) FP 169 | 10.6||Seahawks (SEA) FP 165 | 10.3||Panthers (CAR) FP 154 | 9.6|
Top 30 Defensive Linemen
With 71 total projected fantasy points Melvin Ingram is ranked as the #15 defensive lineman. Last season, he finished as the #27 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. Cameron Jordan is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#12) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #9 defensive lineman. With 76 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive lineman.
|J. Watt (HOU) FP 96 | 6||T. Flowers (DET) FP 77 | 4.8||J. Allen (WAS) FP 67 | 4.2|
|C. Campbell (JAC) FP 94 | 5.9||C. Jordan (NO) FP 76 | 4.7||C. Heyward (PIT) FP 67 | 4.2|
|J. Bosa (LAC) FP 88 | 5.5||M. Addison (CAR) FP 74 | 4.6||J. Casey (TEN) FP 67 | 4.2|
|A. Donald (LAR) FP 86 | 5.4||C. Jones (KC) FP 73 | 4.6||A. Hicks (CHI) FP 67 | 4.2|
|J. Houston (IND) FP 86 | 5.4||M. Ingram (LAC) FP 71 | 4.5||D. Harrison (DET) FP 67 | 4.2|
|D. Hunter (MIN) FP 85 | 5.3||E. Griffen (MIN) FP 71 | 4.5||D. Autry (IND) FP 66 | 4.2|
|D. Lawrence (DAL) FP 83 | 5.2||C. Dunlap (CIN) FP 69 | 4.3||A. Robinson (DET) FP 66 | 4.1|
|F. Clark (KC) FP 80 | 5||M. Garrett (CLE) FP 69 | 4.3||B. Irvin (CAR) FP 65 | 4.1|
|K. Clark (GB) FP 79 | 4.9||K. Short (CAR) FP 68 | 4.3||N. Suh (LAR) FP 65 | 4|
|D. Buckner (SF) FP 77 | 4.8||D. Ford (SF) FP 67 | 4.2||R. Nkemdiche (ARI) FP 64 | 4|
Top 30 Linebackers
C.J. Mosley is projected to average 7.7 fantasy points per game and his projected total of 124 points is good enough to be ranked #11 at his position. Last season, he finished as the #33 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. Anthony Hitchens is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#26) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #17 linebacker. With 108 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.
|D. Leonard (IND) FP 177 | 11.1||C. Mosley (NYJ) FP 124 | 7.7||A. Ogletree (NYG) FP 110 | 6.8|
|L. Kuechly (CAR) FP 168 | 10.5||B. Martinez (GB) FP 122 | 7.6||E. Kendricks (MIN) FP 109 | 6.8|
|L. Vander Esch (DAL) FP 149 | 9.3||K. Alexander (SF) FP 119 | 7.5||T. Whitehead (OAK) FP 109 | 6.8|
|D. Jones (ATL) FP 143 | 8.9||D. Davis (NO) FP 118 | 7.4||Z. Cunningham (HOU) FP 109 | 6.8|
|L. David (TB) FP 136 | 8.5||J. Hicks (ARI) FP 115 | 7.2||J. Smith (DAL) FP 108 | 6.8|
|B. Wagner (SEA) FP 133 | 8.3||M. Foster (WAS) FP 113 | 7||A. Hitchens (KC) FP 108 | 6.8|
|C. Littleton (LAR) FP 128 | 8||F. Warner (SF) FP 112 | 7||W. Woodyard (TEN) FP 106 | 6.6|
|K. Alonso (MIA) FP 126 | 7.9||J. Schobert (CLE) FP 110 | 6.9||N. Vigil (CIN) FP 106 | 6.6|
|R. Smith (CHI) FP 124 | 7.8||M. Jack (JAC) FP 110 | 6.9||D. Trevathan (CHI) FP 104 | 6.5|
|T. Edmunds (BUF) FP 124 | 7.8||J. Davis (DET) FP 110 | 6.9||T. Davis (DEN) FP 103 | 6.4|