As anyone who has ever tried to play matchmaker with a couple of his or her friends can attest, it is a maneuver wrought with peril. They either hit it off and live happily ever after or hold it against you forever when it doesn't work out.
That is why I have retired from playing ‘cupid' with my friends and limit my matchmaking to the fantasy realm. It keeps the number of angry phone calls to a minimum and is a lot more fun.
The defensive back position is full of fantasy relevant free agents for 2013, and, looking at where respective players can best reach their fantasy potential may not fall in line with where a lot of ‘NFL experts' feel players should sign.
Hey, let's be honest here folks. As Individual Defensive Player (IDP) fantasy owners we really don't concern ourselves with whether or not a cornerback can shut down his side of the field as much as we want the man thrown at as often as possible.
We want our safeties having to come down into the box to support a weak run stopping defense more than we want him trolling 20 yards downfield as the last line of defense. With that in mind, let's get down to some fantasy matchmaking ...
William Moore, SS, Atlanta: Moore was hampered down the stretch last season with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the final four weeks of the regular season. On the bright side, he did play every defensive snap in the games he played in and finished the year with 62 solos and 85 total tackles including the playoffs.
After appearing in only two games as a rookie (knee and hamstring issues), Moore has been a three-year starter for the Falcons. He has racked up more than 200 combined stops with 11 interceptions along with 1.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in his career.
The St. Louis Rams are in need of a premier strong safety to line up alongside Quintin Mikell (who may need to restructure his deal if he wants to remain a Ram) in their secondary, and Moore would fit the bill perfectly. He is steady against the run and capable of more than holding his own in coverage.
He has struggled with staying healthy and has missed 24 regular season games in his four years in the league but is coming off his best season to date. St. Louis is highly unlikely to bring back strong safety Craig Dahl, who is a free agent and has underwhelmed in his stint for the Rams.
Adding a Pro Bowl talent like Moore to the mix of Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins as well as Mikell improves the Rams defense considerably as well as...