Fantasy Football Safety WK1 Rankings IDP Start/Sit Charts
September 9, 2020 No Comments Article, IDP Tactical Charts Gary Van Dyke

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Matchup Strength Key

Strong
5/5
Solid
3/5
Weak
1/5

Questionable (?)  –  Out (O)  – COVID List (C)

Recently Sent To Injuried Reserve (IR)

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Week 1 / Safeties

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AFC NORTH

 Ravens Safeties

Chuck Clark
2.5/5
DeShon Elliott
1.5/5
Anthony Levine Sr.
1/5
Geno Stone
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Unfortunately for the Ravens safety group IDP owners, the Browns ended 2019 dead last in allowing points to the position. But applying the rest of the five-step formula if you need Clark, there’s no reason we won’t get enough to be a solid play week one. As for the rest, we wait to see how exactly they replaced Earl Thomas.

Bengals Safeties

Jessie Bates
3.5/5
Von Bell
3.5/5
Shawn Williams (?)
1.5/5
Brandon Wilson
1/5

Advice/Note: We should be able to deploy Bell and bates assuming they both have above average days versus the Chargers according to the five-step formula, short and sweet.

 Browns Safeties

Karl Joseph
4.5/5
Andrew Sendejo
2.5/5
Ronnie Harrison Jr.
1/5
Sheldrick Redwine
0.5/5

Advice/Note: It’s a great matchup on paper versus the Ravens. Harrison owners are just going to have to wait it out and see if he can overtake one of the two starting roles. It may take a couple of weeks, but this IDP guy thinks he may be moving to free safety. But who knows, maybe they run so much three safety sets Harrison gets his anyways in the end.

Steelers Safeties

Terrell Edmunds
5/5
Minkah Fitzpatrick
3/5
Sean Davis
1/5
Jordan Dangerfield
0.5/5

Advice/Note: The matchup versus the Giants are strong for the Steelers safeties, but reality sets in week one for the consistency among the two main guys on who likely is the odds on the producer in combined tackles to play it safe week one.

AFC south

Texans Safeties

Justin Reid
0/5
Eric Murray
0/5
Michael Thomas
0/5
A.J. Moore
0/5

Advice/Note: Played Thursday and/or the matchup is located on the Thursday Edition of chart.

Colts Safeties

Khari Willis
3/5
Malik Hooker
1.5/5
Tavon Wilson
1/5
George Odum
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Not the best matchup off the top on paper with the Jags lackluster last year allowing points to the secondary players. But in the end there is no reason to think Willis can’t have a solid performance. And we shouldn’t trust Hokker’s consistency issues at this point.

 Jaquars Safeties

Josh Jones
2.5/5
Jarrod Wilson
2.5/5
Andrew Wingard
1/5
Daniel Thomas
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Four lackluster names, but the matchup on paper is pretty darn strong. We’ll go solid and meet it in the middle if someone actually is going here with this group week one.

Titans Safeties

Kenny Vaccaro
3/5
Kevin Byard
3/5
Amani Hooker
0.5/5
Joshua Kalu
0.5/5

Advice/Note: A good and solid matchup for the safeties versus the Broncos. Here at Gridirons we are paying special attention to Amani Hooker, just to see if he fills that Logan Ryan role from 2019 that produced sooo nicely.

AFC East

 Bills Safeties

Jordan Poyer
3/5
Micah Hyde
2/5
Jaquan Johnson
1/5

Advice/Note: Via the formula on paper it’s not the greats, but it should be business as usual for Poyer.

Dolphins Safeties

Eric Rowe
3.5/5
Bobby McCain
3.5/5
Clayton Fejedelem
1/5
Kavon Frazier
0.5/5
Brandon Jones
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Just don’t be shocked if the starters out perform their designations. The Patriots have traditionally been kind to opposing safeties via the formula.

 Patriots Safeties

Devin McCourty
2.5/5
Adrian Phillips
2.5/5
Kyle Dugger
2/5
Cody Davis
0.5/5

Advice/Note: So on paper, this matchup is really strong, but Phillips and the rookie Dugger haven’t exactly had the chance to show us what they got within the system. The best course of action, don’t go here week one to be safe about it.

Jets Safeties

Marcus Maye (?)
3/5
Bradley McDougald
2.5/5
Ashtyn Davis
2/5
Matthias Farley
0.5/5

Advice/Note: We should see all three of the main safties marked getting plenty of playing time in three safety sets considering the state of the Jets front seven. And even if on paper the matchup is in the middle of the pack, any one of these safeties could outperform their designation. If not all of them.

AFC west

 Broncos Safeties

Justin Simmons
3/5
Kareem Jackson
2.5/5
Duke Dawson
0.5/5
Trey Marshall
0.5/5

Advice/Note: It’ll be status quo with Simmons and Jackson with a matchup that’s lackluster but with upside enough to consider them solid versus the Titans.

Chiefs Safeties

Tyrann Mathieu
0/5
Juan Thornhill
0/5
Daniel Sorensen
0/5
Tedric Thompson
0/5

Advice/Note: Played Thursday and/or the matchup is located on the Thursday Edition of chart.

Chargers Safeties

Nasir Adderley
2/5
Rayshawn Jenkins
2/5
Desmond King II
2/5
Alohi Gilman
0.5/5

Advice/Note: It’s still a little bit in question how the Chargers replace Derwin James when they play week on versus the Bengals. On paper this formula works out weak, and adding in the situation we say avoid week one. And yes, king is listed as a CB as well as a Safety on the initial unofficial depth chart. Just adding a little more confusion to the whole thing.

Raiders Safeties

Johnathan Abram
2.5/5
Erik Harris
2/5
Jeff Heath
1/5
Dallin Leavitt
0.5/5

Advice/note: As it sits right now on paper this isn’t a real appealing matchup based on the new coaching staff and change of personnel in Carolina. It played out with a little upside when applying the entire five step formula, but IDP owners might want to wait and see if they have other options.

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NFC North

Bears Safeties

Eddie Jackson
2/5
Tashaun Gipson
2/5
Deon Bush
0.5/5
Sherrick McManis
0.5/5

Advice/Note: It’s quite the opposite of the perfect match up the Bears ILBs have versus the lions for the Bears safeties. Overall lackluster in “names” as well as what worked out on paper.

Lions Safeties

Tracy Walker
5/5
Duron Harmon
2.5/5
Will Harris
2/5
C.J. Moore
0.5/5

Advice/Note: The “Jack Safety” Walker fans should be excited based on the on-paper match for the Lions safeties versus the Bears. But as for Harmon and Harris, we suggest taking a wait and see approach week one. There simple are some questions that need to be answered first about their exact roles.

Packers Safeties

Adrian Amos
2.5/5
Darnell Savage
1.5/5
Will Redmond
1/5
Raven Greene
0.5/5

Advice/Note: On paper, this one is weak for the Packers safeties, to say the least. But Amos always has his upside against his former team, not to mention finishing out the five-step formula and the lack of two good ILBs in front of him. It just keeps his upside right where it belongs for his IDP owners.

Vikings Safeties

Harrison Smith
2.5/5
Anthony Harris
2/5
??????
0/5
??????
0/5

Advice/Note: Let’s be clear that based on the five-step formula this matchup is terrible for Harrison and Harris. But it is a divisional game so Harrison got his natural upside and either play may outperform their destinations. Hopefully for risk sake owners may have other better options. And notably, these two safeties are all that are listed on the Vikings first unofficial depth chart, kind of weird. They must plan on using up all eight of the cornerbacks they have listed as backup safeties at this point.

NFC south

Falcons Safeties

Keanu Neal
2.4/5
Ricardo Allen
2.4/5
Damontae Kazee
2.4/5
Sharrod Neasman
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Oddly enough, the Falcons first depth chart has three starting Safeties listed. So with the injury history added in of two of the starters and the formula applied, we’ll go with just barely solid and avoid them all in week one until things play out. At least that is this writers advice.

Panthers Safeties

Tre Boston
2.5/5
Juston Burris
2/5
Jeremy Chinn
2/5
Sam Franklin
0.5/5

Advice/Note: On paper, the Raiders don’t allow a lot of points to the safeties. But one has to think that just might change heading into 2020. And the state of the Panther’s defense also indicates that this is going to be a match up with upside. Our best case is to avoid until we see what the panthers have in store for us. But if you got to reach for a play this isn’t a bad one to look at.

Saints Safeties

Malcolm Jenkins
4.5/5
Marcus Williams
3/5
C.J. Gardner-Johnson
2/5
D.J. Swearinger
0.5/5

Advice/Note: The Bucs already come in allowing in the top five points to the safety position from 2019. So add in Tom Brady making his debut we should expect the Saints safeties to have a great day via the five-step formula. And if your desperate, this just might be one of Marcus William’s best contests of the season as he is very inconstant on a weekly basis normally.

Buccaneers Safeties

Antoine Winfield Jr.
2/5
Jordan Whitehead
2/5
Mike Edwards
0.5/5
Andrew Adams
0.5/5

Advice/Note: It is very notable that the rookie Antoine Winfield Jr. has already been listed ahead of the 2019 third-rounder  Mike Edwards. And noting that the Bucs like to use three safety sets as well, so there’s that for Edwards owners I guess. But in week one it may not matter as the Saints return the same philophy which on paper ranked them bottom three in allowing points to the safeties. And of course it is the first contest and anything can happen, but is it really worth reaching for the upside that it might?

NFC East

Cowboys Safeties

Xavier Woods (?)
2/5
Darian thompson
2/5
Donovan Wilson
1/5
Reggie robinson
0.5/5

Advice/Notes: As marked, it simply doesn’t work out solid enough to suggest on paper via the formula. But take note, keep an eye on Wilson this season it just might pay off later.

Giants Safeties

Jabrill Peppers
2.5/5
Julian Love
2.5/5
Logan Ryan
2/5
Nate Ebner
0.5/5
Xavier McKinney (IR)
0/5

Advice/Note: So I know that some might think I’m disrespecting Peppers and Ryan. But on paper the Steelers last year weren’t all that at allowing points to the safeties. But Big Ben is returning as the starting QB, so there is some upside. The problem is knowing that Ryan just recently signed and his role isn’t all that defined as the third safety. At least that is what he is currently listed as on the Giant’s first unofficial depth chart. And as for peppers he’ll likely be real solid with the situation of the ILBs for the Giants. But does Big Ben come out throwing deep week one to prove he is back as a gun slining QB? All I’m doing on paper via the formula is not throwing caution into the wind week one.

Eagles Safeties

Rodney McLeod
2/5
Jalen Mills
2/5
K’Von Wallace
2/5
Marcus Epps
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Quite frankly it’s a mixed package applying the five-step formula to this matchup week one. And it just might take an entire article to get the points across as to why it is. So we’ll cut to it, someone will produce, good luck figuring out who it is. But would like to note, keep an eye on the rookie Wallace as I’ve written about him and this kid has skills. Enough of them I that IDP owners need to take notice of this likely fluid situation in Philadelphia.

Washington’s Safeties

Landon Collins
3.5/5
Troy Apke
2/5
Deshazor Everett
0.5/5
Kamren Curl
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Simple enough, Collins.

NFC West

Cardinals Safeties

Budda Baker
4.5/5
Jalen Thompson
2.5/5
Deionte Thompson
1/5
Chris Banjo
0.5/5

Advice/Note: As marked, and don’t reach for anything shiny.

Rams Safeties

John Johnson III
4/5
Taylor Rapp
4/5
Terrell Burgess
2/5
Jordan Fuller
0.5/5

Advice/Note: As marked versus the Cowboys. And make a note that on the initial unofficial depth chart, Johnson is listed as the FS and Rapp is the SS. Is it ground breaking type news if that’s how they use Johnson, maybe.

49ers Safeties

Jimmie Ward
2/5
Jaquiski Tartt
2/5
Marcell Harris
1/5
Tarvarius Moore
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Inconsistency among the two main starters on top of the on paper formula results only leads to one verdict for week one. Don’t go here unless your desperate and simple have no other options. I’m talking waiver wire options too. I’d rather be wrong telling you this over saying anything else in case they happen to luck out and produce.

Seahawks Safeties

Jamal Adams
5/5
Quandre Diggs
3/5
Marquise Blair
1.5/5
Lano Hill
1/5

Advice/Note: As marked and noting this outloud. Adams is the only lock for a full time role at this time.

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