Welcome to the IDP free agency gauge, where we’ll use an assortment of available information to gauge a player’s potential fantasy football outlook. And signed or unsigned, we’ll accumulate what we’ve learned in the process to gauge how to proceed from an IDP point of view with each player. So sit back and enjoy as the NFL ramps up their free agency period, and we break down those scenarios along the way.
Designated IDP Positions: SS/FS/DB
H/W: 6-2 – 205lb – Age: 26
2019 Team / Scheme: Droncos / 3-4
Experience: 4 years
Status: Unrestricted Free Agent
2019 Gridiron Ratings
Ranked 11th Safety overall
Note: PFR’s advanced metrics are only available from 2018 onward.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Justin Simmons is currently the 2nd highest graded safety in the NFL with a 90.7 grade https://t.co/B5nILq5B3H— PFF DEN Broncos (@PFF_Broncos) December 7, 2019
PFF 101 best players in football— PFF (@PFF) February 15, 2020
17: Justin Simmons pic.twitter.com/KBmZ2CQrUa
The Giants DESPERATELY need a new free safety and Broncos' Justin Simmons is a fantastic option.— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) February 20, 2020
Check out these few plays that show his range of qualities!
Simmons' stats in 2019:
*93 TOT tackles
*15 passes defended
-26 Yrs old
-Started last 32 games#giantschat pic.twitter.com/MvrflS5vJv
Broncos S Justin Simmons:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 21, 2020
▪️Played every snap in 2018 & 2019
▪️Led all safeties with 15 PD in 2019
▪️90+ tackles in each of the past two seasons
▪️Excellent range with 7 INT since 2018
▪️Freak athlete who plays on special teams
Total stud currently scheduled to be a free agent.
Justin Simmons 2018: 60.9 grade, 1 pass break up, yards per reception allowed: 11.9, 107.0 passer rating when targeted— PFF DEN Broncos (@PFF_Broncos) February 23, 2020
Simmons 2019: 90.8 grade (Best among safety’s) 11 pass break ups, yards per reception allowed: 9.6, 32.1 passer rating when targetedhttps://t.co/kTEKeoRcPr
IDP Free Agency Scenario Gauged
Taking everything into account, this writer believes that Simmon is just now hitting his prime and knowing that I’ve done a mock-up profile of him before, he still can be viewed as ascending as a Bronco. Because the new coaching regime put him in a place that depends heavily on the skillsets of the safeties. And all that happened in 2020 was the defensive coordinator Ed Donatell worked his magic, using Simmons’s overall talent as a key cog in the defensive scheming. So all the boxes would remain checked for Simmons’s second season in the scheme with odds to improve slightly on last seasons performance.
Fantasy Football owners should consider him in the same realm he ended last season when it comes to the Gridiron Ratings. And as we mentioned, possibly ascending with more stats pending what additions or improvements to the Bronco’s personnel may occur. And the cut and dry of the topic, DB and Safety one status for fantasy football purposes, with possible upside to the top five range.
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