Fantasy Football IDP Highlight: Is There a Better DB Than Tyvon Branch?

The growing popularity of IDP leagues rests heavily—among other reasons—on the fact that a good collection of defensive players can be just as fruitful as your dominate offensive roster.

But with that, comes the never ending search for just who exactly will be a top weekly contributor.

One of the players I would like to highlight for you is DB/S Tyvon Branch of the Oakland Raiders who is rapidly rising to fantasy dominance.

In most circles, DB/S such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Quentin Jammer, and Brandon Flowers are all the first names you’ll hear mentioned when talking about AFC West cover men. For a third year man like Branch, that’s pretty good company to be associated with.

Branch was a ball hawk, and a receiver hawk, and in 2009 he registered 123 total tackles (led all safeties), registered two fumbles, and eight pass deflections/breakups.

Branch is a dual qualifier for those of you still new to IDP leagues, which means you can start him at his natural position (Safety) or utilize him in the DB spot of your roster.

2009 was considered a breakout year for Branch, but the truth is, he is looking more and more like a player who has just begun to show what he is truly capable of.

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Despite being a quality cover man, his penchant for tackling comes primarily against the run game. Now that doesn’t say much for the front five of Oakland, but registering tackles is all you care about in IDP leagues, not whether or not a team is doing well in the record department.

And that is precisely why he did so well in 2009, and why 2010 seems to be another stellar opportunity for you to take advantage of his skills.

The Raiders were ranked 26th overall in team defense, 29th against the run (ironically enough), and 7th against the passing game.

What that tells you, from a football stance, ...

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