Tyvon Branch | Oakland Raiders | DB
2012 Experience: 5th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: The Raiders new scheme change should mean excellent things for a defensive back that is already a DB1 in recent years. I’m not a fan of the 3-4 scheme change in the short run, as the Raiders don’t seem to have the personnel to run it, and they will likely be without (likely heading to jail) inside linebacker Rolando McClain for a good portion of the season.
Branch isn’t one of the better big-play safeties in the league, but you can’t argue with this high tackle totals and consistency. The ability to stay on the field (hasn’t missed a game in all three years as a starter) has also been a plus for Branch, were other options like Eric Berry, George Wilson and Patrick Chung have missed time.
Add it up and we could be looking at a safety that lands over 130 tackles and over 90 of the solo verity. He could be the first defensive back off the board, or you might find him as low as an early DB2. I wouldn’t wait for the latter to happen, so target him as a top five stud.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
With key loses in the secondary, expect opposing quarterbacks like Philip Rivers to challenge the Raiders secondary early and often this year. Oakland is actually getting better against the run as they may have one of the better front lines in football but Branch should be one active safety in the running game and in the passing game this year.
Only LaRon Landry tops Branch on our list for defensive backs this season, as the Raiders star safety should find his way over 120 tackles for the second time in three seasons. The addition of his four sacks a year ago gives hope that he can be a better play-maker, but his bread an butter is sniffing out the tackles and ending plays.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
Tyvon Branch broke out big time in his first full season as a starter for the Raiders. The Raiders coaching staff seems to believe Branch may be a a star for their defense and if he continues this play he will be. Look for Branch as a clear IDP defensive back stud coming into your 2010 draft.