Computer Advice on Deciding Between Jessie Bates, Derwin James, or Keanu Neal in 2019

In our latest projections for defensive backs Keanu Neal is the seventh best. Jessie Bates and Derwin James are projected to finish above him. Jamal Adams and Landon Collins are our top ranked defensive backs. If you are looking to take a team defense relatively high in the draft the projection recommends the Bears and the Jaguars. If you use high draft picks at these positions and are looking for quality starting defensive linemen then consider Frank Clark or Cameron Jordan. Below are our top rated fantasy football team defenses and individual defensive players based on the projected total fantasy points. We also have their projected fantasy points per game. In cases where a player is a free agent we have their team from the 2018 season.

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Top 30 Defensive Backs

With 110 total projected fantasy points Reshad Jones is ranked as the #6 defensive back. Last season, he finished as the #36 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. Justin Reid is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#24) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #7 defensive back. With 100 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Adams (NYJ) FP 115 | 7.2D. Jackson (CAR) FP 105 | 6.6T. McDonald (MIA) FP 101 | 6.3
L. Collins (WAS) FP 113 | 7.1K. Byard (TEN) FP 104 | 6.5E. Thomas (BAL) FP 101 | 6.3
S. Williams (CIN) FP 112 | 7H. Smith (MIN) FP 104 | 6.5R. Darby (PHI) FP 100 | 6.2
J. Bates (CIN) FP 110 | 6.9M. Jenkins (PHI) FP 103 | 6.4J. Reid (HOU) FP 100 | 6.2
D. James (LAC) FP 110 | 6.9J. Poyer (BUF) FP 102 | 6.4J. Bradberry (CAR) FP 100 | 6.2
R. Jones (MIA) FP 110 | 6.8B. McDougald (SEA) FP 102 | 6.4D. Swearinger (ARI) FP 99 | 6.2
K. Neal (ATL) FP 108 | 6.7J. Alexander (GB) FP 101 | 6.3E. Apple (NO) FP 98 | 6.2
J. Johnson (LAR) FP 108 | 6.7V. Hargreaves (TB) FP 101 | 6.3E. Reid (CAR) FP 98 | 6.1
B. Baker (ARI) FP 106 | 6.6A. Bethea (NYG) FP 101 | 6.3H. Clinton-Dix (CHI) FP 98 | 6.1
C. Geathers (IND) FP 106 | 6.6K. Moore (IND) FP 101 | 6.3J. Simmons (DEN) FP 97 | 6.1

Top 24 Defenses

There are currently no projected fantasy defenses that are sleepers as no one in these projected rankings is significantly better than they were in 2018. There are also no defenses projected to fall off signifantly from last season.

TOP 1-89-1617-24
Bears (CHI) FP 179 | 11.2Ravens (BAL) FP 169 | 10.6Rams (LAR) FP 165 | 10.3
Jaguars (JAC) FP 172 | 10.8Redskins (WAS) FP 169 | 10.6Steelers (PIT) FP 162 | 10.2
Chargers (LAC) FP 172 | 10.8Colts (IND) FP 169 | 10.5Packers (GB) FP 161 | 10.1
Bills (BUF) FP 172 | 10.7Patriots (NE) FP 167 | 10.4Lions (DET) FP 158 | 9.9
Vikings (MIN) FP 172 | 10.7Seahawks (SEA) FP 167 | 10.4Titans (TEN) FP 158 | 9.9
Texans (HOU) FP 172 | 10.7Browns (CLE) FP 165 | 10.3Jets (NYJ) FP 158 | 9.8
Broncos (DEN) FP 170 | 10.6Chiefs (KC) FP 165 | 10.3Panthers (CAR) FP 155 | 9.7
Saints (NO) FP 170 | 10.6Cowboys (DAL) FP 165 | 10.3Eagles (PHI) FP 155 | 9.7

Top 30 Defensive Linemen

The #8 ranked defensive lineman is Kenny Clark with a projection of 78 total fantasy points. Last season, he finished as the #18 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. Frank Clark is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#11) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #7 defensive lineman. With 76 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive lineman.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
C. Campbell (JAC) FP 97 | 6F. Clark (KC) FP 76 | 4.8A. Hicks (CHI) FP 67 | 4.2
A. Donald (LAR) FP 95 | 6C. Jordan (NO) FP 76 | 4.7D. Harrison (DET) FP 67 | 4.2
J. Watt (HOU) FP 95 | 6E. Griffen (MIN) FP 72 | 4.5J. Casey (TEN) FP 67 | 4.2
J. Bosa (LAC) FP 87 | 5.4M. Ingram (LAC) FP 71 | 4.4A. Robinson (DET) FP 66 | 4.1
D. Hunter (MIN) FP 85 | 5.3C. Jones (KC) FP 70 | 4.4N. Suh (TB) FP 66 | 4.1
J. Houston (IND) FP 85 | 5.3M. Garrett (CLE) FP 69 | 4.3D. Autry (IND) FP 66 | 4.1
D. Lawrence (DAL) FP 83 | 5.2C. Dunlap (CIN) FP 69 | 4.3R. Nkemdiche (ARI) FP 65 | 4.1
K. Clark (GB) FP 78 | 4.8J. Allen (WAS) FP 68 | 4.3Y. Ngakoue (JAC) FP 65 | 4.1
T. Flowers (DET) FP 77 | 4.8D. Ford (SF) FP 68 | 4.2G. Jarrett (ATL) FP 64 | 4
D. Buckner (SF) FP 77 | 4.8C. Heyward (PIT) FP 67 | 4.2L. Joseph (MIN) FP 64 | 4

Top 30 Linebackers

With 142 total projected fantasy points Deion Jones is ranked as the #4 linebacker. His projected rank this season is obviously much improved vs last season where he only appeared in 8 games. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy linebacker rankings is Jaylon Smith who last season was #7 but is projected to be #26 this season. With 108 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
D. Leonard (IND) FP 177 | 11.1T. Edmunds (BUF) FP 124 | 7.7E. Kendricks (MIN) FP 110 | 6.8
L. Kuechly (CAR) FP 150 | 9.4B. Martinez (GB) FP 122 | 7.6Z. Cunningham (HOU) FP 109 | 6.8
L. Vander Esch (DAL) FP 150 | 9.3K. Alexander (SF) FP 119 | 7.4T. Whitehead (OAK) FP 109 | 6.8
D. Jones (ATL) FP 142 | 8.9D. Davis (NO) FP 118 | 7.4A. Ogletree (NYG) FP 109 | 6.8
L. David (TB) FP 135 | 8.4J. Hicks (ARI) FP 115 | 7.2A. Hitchens (KC) FP 109 | 6.8
B. Wagner (SEA) FP 132 | 8.3M. Jack (JAC) FP 114 | 7.1J. Smith (DAL) FP 108 | 6.7
C. Littleton (LAR) FP 130 | 8.1M. Foster (WAS) FP 113 | 7W. Woodyard (TEN) FP 106 | 6.6
R. Smith (CHI) FP 125 | 7.8F. Warner (SF) FP 111 | 7N. Vigil (CIN) FP 105 | 6.6
K. Alonso (MIA) FP 124 | 7.8J. Schobert (CLE) FP 110 | 6.9D. Trevathan (CHI) FP 104 | 6.5
C. Mosley (NYJ) FP 124 | 7.8J. Davis (DET) FP 110 | 6.9T. Davis (DEN) FP 104 | 6.5