Jessie Bates

Jessie Bates

27-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Bates signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Falcons prior to the 2023 season, making him one of the highest-paid safeties in the league. He lived up to that billing in his first year with the team, topping 1,000 defensive snaps for the first time since 2020. Bates primarily continued to work as a traditional free safety, though the one area he was asked to expand his usage was by stepping into coverage in the slot at a higher rate. He took quite well to that role, posting one of his better completion percentage against rates (63.2 percent) of his career as well as limiting receivers to 12.4 yards per reception. It's difficult to expect more than the 2023 stat line that Bates contributed, but there's no doubt that he'll remain a stalwart with the Atlanta defense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $64.02 million contract with the Falcons in March of 2023.
Stars in first season with Atlanta
SAtlanta Falcons
January 17, 2024
Bates finished 2023 with 132 tackles (89 solo), 11 pass defenses, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown in 17 appearances.
ANALYSIS
Bates joined the Falcons on a four-year deal last offseason after five campaigns in Cincinnati and immediately provided a spark to Atlanta's defense. He set career highs in tackles, interceptions and forced fumbles while notching his first defensive touchdown since his rookie campaign. Bates is a bonafide star in reality and fantasy, and should be utilized as a defensive playmaker again in 2024, regardless of who's hired as the new head coach.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Jessie Bates' measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
200 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.50 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.26 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.78 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Hoping to stay in Cincy
SCincinnati Bengals
January 30, 2023
Bates would like to return to the Bengals in 2023, Olivia Ray of WLWT Cincinnati reports.
ANALYSIS
The safety played on the franchise tag this season, a decision which seemed to cause some friction last summer between Bates and the team, but with unrestricted free agency approaching the 25-year-old made it clear he didn't want to play for another team. "I'd love to be here, but that's out of my control," Bates said Monday. "Whatever happens at the end of the day, I can say I love my brothers like no other. I played my heart out like no other. And that's all you can really control, at the end of the day." Cincinnati is also facing the prospect of losing Vonn Bell in free agency, so one of the two could be brought back by the Bengals next season and starting alongside 2022 first-round pick Dax Hill.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bates signed a four-year contract with the Falcons this offseason after five years in Cincinnati. The 2018 second-round pick has never played fewer than 15 games in a season and had 100-plus tackles in each of his first three campaigns. He also has 14 interceptions, including a career-high four in 2022. His tackling production has dropped in each of the last two years, but Bates remains an elite playmaker and is one of the Falcons' best defenders. The 26-year-old is slated for a hefty workload, but his turnover potential may take a hit if Atlanta's defense isn't considerably improved in 2023.
Bates has been one of the top safeties for four years, but 2021 was arguably his worst season. Rather than the start of a decline, Bates’ regression more likely marks an aberration that will soon be corrected with a bounce back. His 88 tackles and one interception in 15 games last year were acceptable, but that’s not quite the standard he set his first three years, all of which hit triple-digit tackles and three interceptions.
If Bates played for a better team he'd probably get much more recognition. At the moment, it's mostly just Bengals fans and IDP investors who appreciate his talent, which he has demonstrated beyond doubt in his three seasons out of Wake Forest. Bates logged at least 1,050 snaps and triple-digit tackles in each of those seasons, intercepting three passes in each year as well. Bates has done all this while playing well in coverage, so he doesn't inflate his stats with cheap tackles. He's very much capable of a monster season that puts him in the race for the No. 1 defensive back IDP distinction.
Although he won't be 24 until October, it's probably safe to call Bates one of the league's best safeties as he heads into his third year. It took a huge snap count to get there (2,197), but through 32 games he has 211 tackles and six interceptions, putting him at the 100-tackle, three-interception threshold in both seasons. He should continue to produce along those lines, both because he's good and because Cincinnati's uptempo offense should assure a high snap count for the defense. As long as his snap count stays above 1,000, Bates' tackle count should stay on course for 100 or more.
Bates was a bright light on a Cincinnati defense that was mostly horrific last year, totaling 111 tackles while doing what he could to stop the bleeding in the Bengals secondary by intercepting three passes and allowing a 58.7 passer rating when targeted. The second-round pick out of Wake Forest is a standout athlete who won't turn 23 until October, so his growth should soften the blow of the tackle regression he's likely to see this year. The Bengals should be bad again, so the conditions that made Bates improbably productive last year mostly remain in place.
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Leading tackler in loss
SAtlanta Falcons
January 1, 2024
Bates finished Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Bears with 11 tackles (nine solo).
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Snags sixth pick
SAtlanta Falcons
December 25, 2023
Bates registered six tackles (four solo), two pass deflections and an interception during the Falcons' 29-10 victory versus the Colts on Sunday.
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Records 10 tackles in loss
SAtlanta Falcons
December 19, 2023
Bates recorded 10 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 9-7 loss to the Panthers.
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Productive in loss
SAtlanta Falcons
December 11, 2023
Bates registered nine tackles (seven solo) and a pass deflection during Atlanta's 29-25 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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Another interception
SAtlanta Falcons
December 5, 2023
Bates recorded seven tackles (five solo) and one interception during Sunday's 13-8 win over the Jets.
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