FANTASY FOOTBALL NFL DRAFT COVERAGE

Top IDP Rookie Defensive Backs
Steve Gallo
May 3, 2012
 

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Morris Claiborne – CB

5'11" 188 LSU
Pick 6, Round 1 (6) Cowboys
Twitter:  @MoClaiborne
Before the draft started Morris Claiborne looked to be in play for the Vikings, Browns, & Buccaneers, but the Cowboys tossed a monkey wrench into the mix.  I think what caught people off guard with the Cowboys trading up for Claiborne was the fact that they had signed former Chiefs CB, Brandon Carr during free agency.  As a lifelong Eagles fan, I can safely say that I hated seeing the Cowboys land Claiborne.  So yes that is a ringing endorsement that NFL wise I liked the move, but as an Eagles fan, not so much.  The Cowboys already have Mike Jenkins on the trading block, but so far, there are no takers. 

Fantasy Impact/Value
Redraft:  Claiborne should fall into the “rookie corner” rule, where a rookie that starts gets tested and tested, and that turns into fantasy production.  In big-play leagues that are CB mandatory, Claiborne should fall into a CB2/3 range with some upside.  In DB combined leagues with tackle heavy scoring, I see him as probably a DB4/5 type target.
Dynasty:  I see Claiborne having similar value in dynasty leagues for this year as he does in a redraft.  However, as he shows that testing him is a dangerous proposition, teams will start to stop testing him and that will kill his fantasy value.  So if you draft Claiborne, what I would do is use him and then later in the season look to flip him for future value.  Especially if it looks like you will not make the playoffs.  If you are headed for the playoffs then keep using him if he is paying off, but then look to flip him in the offseason.

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