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2008 Player Rankings: Defensive Backs
Updated: August 30, 2008
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1 Adrian Wilson ARI 7 Been practicing without limitation and starting in preseason games.  Looks like he's good to go despite the surgery.
2 Gibril Wilson OAK 5 Lining up in the box in many of the defensive alignments.  Could be a tackling machine.
3 Sean Jones CLE 5 In a contract year and didn't miss a snap in 2007.  Expect big numbers.
4 Bob Sanders IND 4 Sanders is an absolute beast, but always has injury concerns.  Colt defense should be good this season; Sanders too.
5 Kerry Rhodes NYJ 5 Could see some increased work closer to the line of scrimmage, which could bump up tackle totals.
6 Antoine Winfield MIN 8 Fully recovered from off-season surgery and will again put up awesome stats, especially for a CB.
7 Nate Clements SFO 9 Clements should be a busy tackler for the Niners.  Defended 14 passes in 2007 and could see that number rise this year.
8 Charles Tillman CHI 8 Remains a consistent tackler and pass defender.  With the Bear offense struggling, the Bear D could be fantasy gold.
9 Richard Marshall CAR 9 Big play ability keeps Marshall in the top-10 despite being a nickel corner.  Look for him to start at some point soon.
10 Roman Harper NOS 9 After injury slowed his rookie season, he showed what he was capable of in '07.  He'll have a big '08 season.
11 Bernard Pollard KCC 6 Had a minor scare with rookie challenging his starting role, but Pollard will start and excel.
12 Michael Lewis SFO 9 If he stays healthy, he could put up top-10 numbers since the Niners will be on defense a bunch this season.
13 Champ Bailey DEN 8 Bailey's tackle totals will stay consistent in the zone scheme and you gotta think he'll pick more than 3 balls in '08.
14 Troy Polumalu PIT 6 Coming off a couple of injury-plagued seasons, the long-haired one looks to get back to big-time fantasy production.
15 LaRon Landry WAS 10 Helped by a ridiculous amount of assisted tackles in 2007, fantasy-wise, Landry looks to a bigger 2008 season.
16 Chris Hope TEN 6 Was slowed by injury in 2007, but will bounce back to his '05 form at very least.  Hopefully, you'll get his '06 numbers.
17 Chris Harris CAR 9 Big time physical SS who will continue to rack up tackles from the strong safety spot.  Watch the groin injury though.
18 Marcus Trufant SEA 4 Somewhat under-rated, Trufant will put up solid DB2 numbers.  Expect more tackles in 2008.
19 Terrence McGee BUF 6 And another CB with tackling skills.  Defended a ridiculous 21 passes in 2007.  Can he keep that up?
20 Oshiomogho Atogwe STL 5 Coming off two solid seasons, Atogwe looks to break out with bigger tackle numbers in 2008.
21 Jermaine Phillips TBB 10 Phillips is a solid #2 fantasy DB, but comes with a little risk as his production depends on the strength of the LBs.
22 Cedric Griffin MIN 8 With Winfield on the other side, QBs may test Griffin.  And he'll be up to the task and will put up very good numbers.
23 Ronde Barber TBB 10 Once a top-5 fantasy DB, Barber looks to rebound from a very slow 2007.  He has the talent and opportunity to do so.
24 Marlin Jackson IND 4 Has had a couple of decent seasons but should up his INT production to become a fantasy stud.
25 Darrelle Revis NYJ 5 Busted onto the 2007 scene with a ton of tackles from the CB spot.  Keep an eye on the other starter, though.
26 Donte Whitner BUF 6 Whitner has had two (his first) seasons of consistent production and could see a slight spike this year.
27 Leigh Bodden DET 4 Bodden moves over to a Lion defense that needs a consistent DB.  Can he match his '07 Brown numbers there?
28 Atari Bigby GBP 8 Had a breakout '07 season and could very well build on those numbers with the Packer offense set to struggle.
29 Antrel Rolle ARI 7 Could '08 be Rolle's breakout season?  The move to FS could help the fantasy numbers.
30 Brian Dawkins PHI 7 Dawkins looks to bounce back from an injury-riddled '07 campaign.  The Eagle defense is a bit under-rated, as is Dawkins.
31 Antonio Cromartie SDC 9 The big-play ability makes him an interesting choice as a second fantasy DB, especially if you have a consistent #1.
32 Ike Taylor PIT 6 Two consistent seasons' worth of tackling puts Taylor on the list.  Don't expect big plays from the guy, though.
33 Kenny Phillips NYG 4 Look for the G-men to get the studly rookie on the field plenty this season.  Probably a better choice than …
34 Sammy Knight NYG 4 … Knight, who has bounced around for the past few years but produced in each situation. 
35 Chinedum Ndukwe CIN 8 A bit of a no-name, but he'll fill in Madieu Williams' spot for Cincy.  With the LB corps cloudy, the safety could be big.
36 Asante Samuel PHI 7 A great addition to the Eagle D.  He's showing he's more than just an interception machine.  
37 Rodney Harrison NEP 4 If only the old man could stay healthy.  Perhaps this is the year he returns to form.  If that's the case, watch out.
38 Roy Willams DAL 10 Williams is just too good to keep off the field and off your fantasy team, but only as a DB2 at best.
39 Antoine Bethea IND 4 Like his counterpart, Sanders, has a hard time keeping healthy.  But when healthy, like Sanders, he produces.
40 Michael Huff OAK 5 There will be plenty of tackling opportunities for the Raider defenders.  Question is, is Huff just another Roy Williams?
41 Madieu Williams MIN 8 Will start the season on the sidelines due to a pretty serious injury.  If he comes back healthy, could be decent.
42 Ed Reed BAL 10 His production really dipped in 2007.  The leader of the Raven secondary could bounce back to '06 form.
43 Reggie Nelson JAC 7 Had a nice rookie season and should remain consistent here in the 2008 season.  
44 Cortland Finnegan TEN 6 Broke out in 2007 and looks to keep up the tackling pace in 2008.  Don't expect those numbers to rise, though.
45 Kelvin Hayden IND 4 Another CB that broke out in 2007 with a high tackle total.  Again, don't expect the numbers to rise.
46 Leon Hall CIN 8 Here's a CB that broke out (in his rookie season) in 2007 whose tackle totals could rise a bit.
47 Fred Bennett HOU 8 Like Hall, had a nice rookie season.  Could see a big bump in tackle totals.
48 Eric Wright CLE 5 Had a huge rookie season but might see a slight dip in tackle totals in 2008.
49 Dawan Landry BAL 10 Had a nice season with Reed's struggles.  Could see a slight dip, especially if Reed bounces back.
50 Brandon Flowers KCC 6 Will be an instant impact player on the Chief defense and a solid sleeper in IDP leagues.
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