Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Beginning in 2011, the NFL Network has surveyed NFL players to compile an annual ranking of the league’s top 100 players. The list is unveiled in a multi-part series during the offseason, with each episode profiling 10 players on the countdown to the No. 1 spot.
Because the ranking is decided by players and not the media or fans, those who often don’t get mainstream attention receive their just due: e.g., offensive linemen, linebackers who don’t get a lot of sacks, guys who standout on bad or small-market teams.
That’s good for defensive backs. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (NCAA): After the Crimson Tide came back to tie Monday’s national championship game against Clemson at 24-all in the fourth quarter, coach Nick Saban called for a surprise onside kick. Humphrey, a redshirt freshman corner and springtime track star, recovered the kick. Two plays later, TE O.J. Howard’s 51-yard TD catch gave ‘Bama a lead they would never lose on its way to a 45-40 victory. Humphrey finished the game with five tackles and two pass breakups.
Sean Smith, CB, Chiefs (NFL): The ineptitude of QB Brian Hoyer and the Texans’ offense was a popular story line from the Chiefs’ 30-0 rout in Saturday’s AFC wild-card playoff game. More credit should have gone to Kansas City’s defense for making Houston look bad. Smith was the most impressive of KC’s DBs, tying for the team lead with six tackles, breaking up two passes and getting one of the Chiefs’ four interceptions. Continue reading
Honestly, I don’t know anyone who plays in a fantasy football league that still uses Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) as a category, but apparently it is still a thing.
In this year’s Sporting News NFL fantasy preview magazine, the top 30 IDPs in each position group are ranked — and the man at the top of the list of defensive backs is not a man who would typically be considered the best DB in the league by most standards. Really, the SN‘s entire list of top-30 fantasy DBs looks nothing like anybody’s list of top-30 DBs in general. Continue reading