Over the years in IDP leagues, fantasy football owners have tended to draft safeties ahead of cornerbacks. Safeties record more tackles and tend to be around the ball more. In recent years, though, cornerbacks have become just as valuable in IDP leagues.
One of the best corners to keep an eye on in fantasy drafts this summer is Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. In two seasons, the Stanford product has proven to have a nose for the ball. The former fifth round selection has picked off 12 passes in his first two seasons in the NFL, including finishing second in the league last year with eight interceptions. He has mastered the art of jumping routes and his staggering interception totals more than make up for his lack of tackles in IDP formats.
Sherman deflected 24 passes in 2012 and even had a 19-yard interception return touchdown in the team’s 58-0 throttling of the Arizona Cardinals. The Sherminator is like a wide receiver when he gets the ball in his hands and the corner can take any play the distance. Defensive touchdowns are an underrated part of IDP leagues, so the fact that Sherman is guaranteed to reach pay-dirt at least once in the upcoming season will only increase his fantasy value.
Sherman will easily be a top-10 defensive back this fantasy season. He will constantly be around the ball, and with Darrelle Revis still on the mend, I have Sherman as my top-ranked corner in all of football.