Eight in the box: Individual defensive player rankings
Coming off Achilles surgery, Bell really carried far too much risk coming into the season. But six games into the year, it looks like Miami's strong safety has made it all the way back. With Miami's weak front seven, and Bell's spot in the box, it looks like he's going to finish among the top 10 IDP producers at defensive back as long as he stays healthy. Bell doesn't bring a lot of big play value (one career interception), but he already had 37 solo tackles through six games.
It looked like this might be the year for Mathis. With
Rouse has had a nice run at strong safety the past four games. He had 20 solo tackles and a 99-yard pick six of
He's one of the smartest linebackers in the game, but three seasons after an impressive rookie year, Tatupu isn't making many plays. He dropped to a career-low 83 solo tackles last season, and this year is on pace to be his worst yet. Because he has left two games early with head and knee injuries, Tatupu has just 29 tackles through six games. And now he's coming off a concussion. Tatupu is certainly a buy-low candidate, but his reward isn't very high.
No one seems to have benefited more from the acquisition of
Oh, that Oakland D. With a swiss cheese front seven, Wilson has been cleaning up during his first year as a Raider. It's a perfect formula for IDP success. The Raiders have a front seven who can't tackle. Wilson can. Oakland has been playing him as essentially a fourth linebacker, putting him in the box constantly. And with all those ballcarriers running into him, Wilson can't help but make a run at 100 solo tackles, a plateau no defensive back has hit since
Wright is a little raw, but has a ton of natural ability. His nightmarish preseason was actually great news for his IDP value; teams have not shied away from throwing at him. And Wright has shown a ton of playmaking ability with three picks, including a pick six of Eli Manning two Mondays ago, and an impressive strip of