Strong Safety - A defensive player who plays next to the free safety and contests deep throws and long runs. A strong safety plays in the secondary and is considered to be a defensive back (along with the free safety and cornerbacks). The strong safety is like a blend between a linebacker and a defensive back. They need to have the speed to stay with wide receivers as well as the strength to make tackles in the running game.
Strong safeties like all defensive positions are only included in certain versions of fantasy football. The standard fantasy league has individual offensive players and one team defense. There are leagues called IDP leagues (Individual Defensive Player leagues) that have each individual defensive position able to be drafted and started in the lineup.That is the league type where you will find defensive players, strong safeties included.
Because of a strong safeties ability to both tackle and play in the secondary, they are valued high in IDP leagues. In comparison to other positions, the strong safety is more valuable than all but linebackers. The best strong safeties are actually even better than some linebackers. That is because of how much tackles are weighted, players that get a lot of tackles are worth quite a bit. We'll get into that down below.
Due to their versatility strong safeties earn their points in fantasy in several different forms. Below is a chart that shows some actions and their assigned point values.
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Again, tackles are the most valuable because of how common they are for a good tackler. They make up the majority of the position's total points. However, interceptions and sacks are also major ways that strong safeties help their fantasy owners out.
Other than the first couple picks of the first round, there is no place in the fantasy draft that would be too high to select a strong safety. Drafting a quality SS such as Landon Collins or Keanu Neal is worth it, even as a first round draft pick. Focus on making sure you have a steady player to fill your SS spot, even if it means using an early pick. There is not too steep of a dropoff in terms of fantasy production from the stars to the average strong safeties, but it is still recommended to get a good one early.