Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks in the 2021 Offseason
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Cornerback is inherently a tricky position to do a top 10 for in dynasty. Quite often cornerbacks that are great one year are not useful within a year or two due to a number of variables (scheme changes, use changes, high positional turnover, etc). What I try to look for are guys who get a large percentage of their points from solo tackles, have consistently shown a knack for big plays, or a combination of the two. With that laid out, here are my top 10 dynasty cornerbacks in the 2021 offseason.
**Please note: Rankings per year referenced are based on the scoring discussed here.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #1: Marlon Humphrey – Baltimore Ravens
If there is one CB I want in a CB required league it is Marlon Humphrey. He will be 25 to start next season and has really come into his own as a fantasy player since being drafted #16 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2018, he was CB #52, starting 8 of 14 games he played in. In 2019, he started 15 of 16 games played and ended with a 53 solos, 12 assists, 4 TFL, 3 INT, 2 FF, 3 FR and 2 TDs line. This was good enough to be CB#2 on the year.
In 2020, he was the CB #1, starting in 15 games out of 15 played, had 70 solos, 12 assists, 4 TFL, 1 safety, 1 INT, 11 PD, 8 FF and 2.5 sacks. Humphrey is a chess piece back there for the Ravens and a big play machine. He is in a tier of his own for my rankings.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #2: Kenny Moore – Indianapolis Colts
Kenny has been an underrated model of consistency at cornerback for the past few years. Turning 26 in August 2021, Moore was an undrafted free agent in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Patriots signed him initially, but was among the final roster cuts before the season started, so the Colts claimed him off waivers. He played well in limited time in 2017 and was named a starting cornerback in 2018.
In 2018, he was tied for the #3 CB, in 2019 he was #17, and in 2020 he was #2. As an added bonus, much of his scoring is from tackles (averaging 60 solos a year the past three)–not bad for a former undrafted free agent. Moore is currently signed through the 2023 season at a reasonable contract, so I expect him to stay in Indianapolis and continue to be a top fantasy cornerback option.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #3: Tre’Davious White – Buffalo Bills
Much like Marlon, Tre’Davious was a high 2017 draft pick (#27). He has started each of the 61 games he has played in since being drafted, and in those four seasons he has averaged 47.25 solos, 12.15 assists, 2.5 TFL, 3.5 INTs, 13.5 PD, 1 FF and 1 FR a year.
He was 2018’s #52 CB, but jumped up to the #3 CB in 2019, and was CB #11 in 2020. Locked in as the resurgent Buffalo Bills’ #1 cornerback through 2025, White looks to be a steady fantasy football presence at cornerback for the near future, which is great when you can get it.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #4: Marcus Peters – Baltimore Ravens
Another Ravens cornerback?! Yes, as they both deserve to be on this list. Like Humphrey, the 28 year old Peters is a versatile, aggressive cornerback. In 2018 with the Rams he was the CB#55–not great. He was with the Rams at the start of 2019 as well, but after 6 games was traded to the Ravens. This ended up being great for his career, as he fit in immediately and upped his game; he ended 2019 as the #8 CB, and 2020 as the #10 CB.
Peters does make big plays (4 INT, 4 FF, 2 FR, 1 sack and 1 TFL in 2020), but since moving to Baltimore, he is also getting the tackle numbers I like to see (46 solos, 6 assists in 2020). His contract is up after 2022, but he performed well when he was with Kansas City to start his career. Age is still on his side, and with his track record and recent play, I feel Peters is as safe as a bet as we can really get for a dynasty cornerback for the next few years.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #5: Mike Hilton – Free Agent
What?! A free agent on the list?! Well, Mike Hilton (27 to start next year) deserves to be on here, and if we knew his landing spot he may be as high as #2 on the list. Hilton is a tackle machine from the cornerback position. He first started playing NFL games in 2017 with Pittsburgh. He had been an undrafted free agent from the 2016 NFL Draft who signed with Jacksonville that year, and after being cut he signed to Pittsburgh’s practice squad near the end of 2017. Since then he has been great for fantasy.
2018: 15 games, 2 started. 44 solos, 13 assists, 6 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 8 PD, 2 FR. Cornerback #10.
2019: 16 games, 8 started. 52 solos, 13 assists, 6 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR. Cornerback #9
2020: 12 games, 6 started. 42 solos, 9 assists, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 INT, 7 PD, 1 FF, 2 FR. Cornerback #8
Why is he #5 on the list if his highest finish is #8? I like consistency. He has consistently been a guy you would want to start at cornerback, and like those ahead of him, he has been a viable DB in non-CB specific leagues.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #6: Carlton Davis – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A 2018 2nd round pick by Tampa Bay, Carlton has improved each year he has been in the league. In 2018, he started 12 games of the 13 he played in, and was the #52 CB that year. He made a leap in 2019, ending as the #13 CB. In 2020, he finished with 52 solos, 16 assists, 3 TFL, 4 INT, and 18 PD, good enough for CB #9.
A 24 year old for the 2021 season, and a free agent after, Carlton is in line for a pay day if he continues his level of play from the past couple years. For fantasy purposes, a good young cornerback on a competing team looking for a contract is a nice recipe for 2021, and I see no reason he can’t continue this play in the years after.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #7: Jeff Gladney – Minnesota Vikings
Gladney ended as CB #15 on the year, which is pretty darn good for a rookie. He played in all 16 games, starting 15. He ended the year with 63 solos, 18 assists, 7 TFL, 3 PD and 1 FF. The 63 solos were good for #5 amongst cornerbacks.
Gladney did not do great (he had too many missed tackles and touchdowns allowed), but he played a lot (83.80% snap share) and improved as the season went on. The Vikings have a whole slew of defensive issues to sort out with a poor cap situation. Given all of this, I expect Gladney to be a starter again in 2021 as he progressed as the year went on.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #8: AJ Terrell – Atlanta Falcons
The #16 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Terrell started and played in 14 games for the Falcons last year. He ended the season with 61 solos, 13 assists, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 7PD and 3 FF. This was good enough for CB #13 on the year, and tied for #7 in solo tackles for cornerbacks. He did this all on an 84.01% snap share, which led all Falcons cornerbacks.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #9: Trevon Diggs – Dallas Cowboys
Seeing a trend here at all? Diggs was the #16 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and had a 63.36% snap share (2nd best of the Cowboys cornerbacks). He started 11 of the 12 games he played in, ending with 49 solos, 9 assists, 1 TFL, 3 INT, 14 PD, 1 FF and 1 sack. This was good for DB #17 on year, which is pretty darn good for playing in 12 games.
With two of the top four Dallas cornerbacks becoming free agents (Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie) and a new defensive coordinator, there will be a lot of changes going on for Dallas’s defense on 2021. Diggs will ultimately still have a starting role, and likely increased playing time, which should only move him up the list in 2021 and beyond.
Top 10 Dynasty Cornerbacks #10: Jeffrey Okudah – Detroit Lions
Another 2020 rookie, but this one isn’t on here for the same reasons. Due to injuries he only played in 9 games, starting 6 of them. He had great ratings in run defense, but was TERRIBLE in coverage. He was the #66 CB on the year, and ended with 41 solos, 6 assists, 4 TFL, 1 INT and 2 PD.
So, why is he on this list? Well, he was the #3 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for a reason, and he is going to get playing time. Even if he is bad, that isn’t a death stroke for production, as we see poor cornerbacks each year that are fantasy relevant due to the targets their receivers get. In 2020, he did well in terms of solo tackles even in limited games. I expect improvement, but not for him to be lights out for a few years, if he ever lives up to his draft position. That said, if he is healthy I see him as a good CB play for the next few years.
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