“James Addiction” 2016 Fantasy Football Cornerback Rankings (26-50)
Cornerback is the most inconsistent position in Fantasy Football. Corners can go from a week with an interception for a touchdown, four tackles and 2 passes defended to one tackle and possibly one point depending on your scoring system. All of this means that there are usually corners available on your league’s waiver wire. Below are some possibilities you might find on the waiver wire, and the bottom twenty five of my Top 50 cornerback rankings. Remember, streaming corners in IDP leagues with a dedicated corner position is always an option. Look for match-ups against pass heavy offenses who score points.
(26) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (NYG) – Savvy veteran corner and former first round pick entering his ninth season. Rodgers-Cromartie will spend time on the outside and in the slot playing behind what should be an improved pass rush, but average linebackers.
(27) Tramaine Brock (SF) – Brock is the left corner for the 49ers, and playing behind a defensive line that was led by Ahmad Brooks’ and the suspended Aaron Lynch’s six and a half sacks each.
(28) Xavier Rhodes (MIN) – Rhodes is a big corner playing behind one of the better front sevens in the league. His numbers improved greatly over the five games in 2015. He should double his career interception stat this season.
(29) Kareem Jackson (HOU) – Another veteran corner on a strong team. Jackson puts up similar fantasy numbers year after year.
(30) Jason Verrett (SD) – San Diego’s best defensive back is coming off a strong first year as a starter. As he settles into a leadership role his numbers may make a small jump.
(31) Byron Maxwell (MIA) – Maxwell is now the Dolphin’s top corner. He was targeted a lot in Philly, but will play more press coverage this season and has played well in practice. He should score well even if left with Reshad Jones’ leftovers.
(32) Jimmy Ward (SF) – Ward played nickel back last season and finished among the top 50 corners. This season he will right corner and his production can only go up.
(33) Nevin Lawson (DET) – This is Lawson’s first year opening the season as a starter. Quarterbacks will be looking to throw to his side field more often than not, giving him numerous opportunities.
(34) William Gay (PIT) – Gay was extended during the offseason. He is not a great corner, but fills a need for Pittsburgh who lost their slot corner, Golson, to Lis franc surgery. First round pick, Artie Burns, is not yet ready to start. As a starter, Gay, has put up consistent Fantasy number each season.
(35) Bradley Roby (DEN) – Roby would be ranked much higher on this list if he weren’t the third safety behind Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. However, if Wade Phillips sticks to his plan to use Roby at safety, Roby will be a steal with his corner designation.
(36) Jimmy Smith (BAL) – A down year for Smith in 2015, who struggled to recover after a Lis franc fracture in 2014, actually was good news for his Fantasy stats. Smith is coming off of another foot surgery this offseason.
(37) Daryl Worley/James Bradberry (CAR) – I’ll put both of Carolina’s 2nd round rookie corners at this spot. Worley is out of West Virginia and Bradberry from Samford. Both are over 6’ and 200 lbs. They opened camp as the starters and have not looked back.
(38) Delvin Breaux (NO) – Breaux was signed out of the CFL prior to last season by the Saints. He did not play college football due to a serious neck injury after signing with LSU. He did not disappoint, quickly becoming the Saints’ best corner, and with a year of experience under his belt he should only improve.
(39) Davon House (JAX) – House set the Jacksonville franchise record for passes defended in 2015, with 23. He added 60 tackles and 4 INT’s. He is only 39th on the list because of the depth at corner in Jacksonville, who took Jalen Ramsey in the first round of this year’s draft and also have veterans Prince Amukamara and Aaron Colvin.
(40) Darius Slay (DET) – The PFF 2nd ranked corner from 2015 has developed into one of the best corners in the league over the last two seasons. If quarterbacks looked his way more often he would be higher on the list. However, because of the trouble Detroit has had at LB since the hip injury to DeAndre Levy he still gets enough opportunities for tackles to be a relevant Fantasy corner.
(41) Terence Newman (MIN) – Yes, Newman is still in the league at 37 years of age and will turn 38 before the first regular season game. He is also still a starting corner for Minnesota and coming off another good season.
(42) Robert Alford (ATL) – Alford is entering his fourth season. He has been inconsistent as a Fantasy starter, with both of his interceptions in 2015 coming in the same game, but his above average tackle numbers can be worth a start depending upon the matchup.
(43) Patrick Robinson (IND) – Robinson is an upgrade over Greg Toler in the Colts secondary. His numbers have been down the last two seasons, but mainly to not being an every down player. His tackle numbers should be on the rise this season.
(44) Shareece Wright (BAL) – Wright was re-signed by the Ravens this offseason after completing his one year contract. He was only a part time starter last season and still put up a good baseline for his Fantasy numbers this season as the starter.
(45) Vernon Hargreaves (TB) – Hargreaves is not yet listed as a starting cornerback, but playing behind 33 year old Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner, who temporarily lost his starting job last season, Hargreaves is sure to see his share of playing time. Hargreaves was the 2nd ranked corner in this year’s draft class behind only Jalen Ramsey.
(46) Leodis McKelvin (PHI) – McKelvin hasn’t played a full season since 2011, but while he is on the field he is a solid Fantasy contributor. This season in Philly and again playing for Jim Schwartz his numbers should be on the upswing.
(47) Casey Hayward (SD) – Hayward was signed by the Chargers this offseason after a couple of productive years at slot corner for Green Bay. Currently Brandon Flowers is listed as the starter, but is coming off a couple of down years. Hayward should start and be a solid Fantasy contributor.
(48) DeShawn Shead (SEA) – Shead is another big corner for Seattle. Last season, his first as a starter, he put up 55 tackles, 1 INT and 8 passes defended. He should be in the same range this season.
(49) Vontae Davis (IND) – Davis has been one of the better shut down corners in the league since coming to Indianapolis from Miami in 2012. His last two seasons have been his best Fantasy seasons, with 20 and 16 passes defended and 4 INT’s in each year. Davis is still young at 28 and should be in the prime of his career.
(50) Sam Shields (GB) – Shields has never played a 16 game season, missing a handful of games in each of his six years. However, even with missed time he has consistently been a top 50 corner. His tackle numbers are lower than most, but he makes up points with interceptions and passes defended.
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