2021 Safety Targets

Notice, this IDP Dime Drop was authored by The IDP Tipster and was originally published in late 2020 for GridironRatings.com members. It was to assist members way ahead of the 2021 offseason. That’s when many of these individual defensive players weren’t focused on yet. And like most IDP Dime Drops, this information is being republished after the fact for everyone.


With DEEP Purpose


The purpose of our Fantasy Football’s 2021 Safety Deep Dynasty IDP Dime Drop is to dig deep. These are all going to be players that are likely sitting on the sideline in leagues. Some may seem obvious to some, and some may be names you’ve never heard. And although some of these players will likely become relevant in all formats next year, we’re asking readers to use a no-non-sense approach. In other words, don’t go making drastic moves just yet. They are players we have faith in but should be seen as luxuries until they do.

We are also approaching this article on the safeties a little differently than we had with linebackers we recently covered HERE. It’ll be short and sweet and only include a summary. please just remember that the author has faith in these players to the point we can mention them. And the research has been done as best as any process to find them. Our goal is to get them on our dynasty radars for now so that owners can take a swing at them. And if any off-season developments happen to secure them as such, there will be a follow-up IDP Dime Drop at some point this off-season.


DEEP Tier Target One

These are safeties that have a slightly better chance over their counterparts from our perspective.

The Browns Grant Delpit
  • Basically slated as the free safety starter, Delpit suffered an Achillies before the season, is working his way back. And as of right now, his replacement Andrew Sendejo will be a free agent in 2021. And even if they were to resign him, Delpit’s draft pedigree he’ll still be the starter as long as he is over the injury.


The Giants Xavier Mckinney
  • McKinney recently comes off the I.R. after going down in early September. And our best-case scenario is that the Giants continue to play it safe with him and he doesn’t start standing out. Just his draft status and pre-2020 hype out of the organization indicate he’ll be one of the two starters next season. Current starter Logan Ryan will be a free agent in the offseason, and Jabrill Peppers’s contract basically triples to $6 million base pay. But in the contract, it shows no dead money for the Giants if he was released or in any case, traded. Peppers did improve in 2020 but he still lacks in coverage, so has he earned his way into his biggest payday?


Note* Washington’s Kamren Curl isn’t deep. The guy broke out in 2020, so all that’s left is to see what he has for us in 2021. So if you have a resource saying he is a flier, sleeper, or breakout canidate you may lie to think about that source.


DEEP Tier Target Two

These safeties would need multiple things to go right, but have shown that is very much possible. This is as deep as it possibly can get this offseason.


  • Panthers ILB/SS Same Franklin showed well when starter Justin Burris went down and who also happens to have a potential out in his contract this off-season. Burris has been “ok”, so it’ll depend if they think it’s been worth a $2 million raise or not next season.
  • The 49ers Taverius Moore has replaced Jaquiski Tartt, who has proven that the defense doesn’t need a top-end strong safety with those two inside linebackers they have. Tartt is also a free agent this coming off-season.
  • Eagles K’von Wallace may have a shot at a starting gig at strong safety if the Eagles decide converted cornerback Jalen Mills wasn’t anything special this year. Mills is another one that will be a free agent this off-season, and reportedly Wallace was making waves earlier before the season started.
  • Dolphins Brandon Jones has played off and on all season and nearly every contest. And in the process has flashed as a really good playmaker and tackler. His path may be a little tougher road to a full-time gig at this moment because he’ll have to outplay the current veterans Eric Rowe and McClain for a starting gig. But that’s not impossible and certainly on the table to happen.
  • The Titans Amani Hooker has earned more time on the field as a slot type safety as the season rolled on. And as the third safety, he has made a great impression on the coaching staff all season. But his road will depend on a couple of tough calls with the veterans in front of him. Kenny Vaccaro does have an optional out for the Titans in his contract. And so does Kevin Byard. So it might boil down to if they want to pay Vaccaro another $7 million next season. Or think Byard is worth the $15 million per year starting next season for four years, after making $5 million this year. As we said, it’ll be a tough call, and wouldn’t be surprised if it is Vaccaro that’s not a Titan next season, even if he would be the cheaper option to keep.


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