The defensive back that led the entire NFL in interceptions last season was Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings. The veteran shockingly got his hands on nine interceptions throughout the year and was one of the hottest fantasy football IDP options.
However, I am one prognosticator that is not sold on him having a repeat performance this season. The defensive back field in Chicago is simply too crowded and the team has too many ball-hawks. CB Charles Tillman is on the other side of Jennings and is perhaps the best defensive back in all of football. Tillman always fills the box score and the veteran can easily be slatted in for 90 tackles and a handful of picks.
Additionally, the team has safety Major Wright roaming the field as well. Wright racked up 71 tackles and four interceptions last year by himself and his presence in the secondary will also take away from the 2012 Pro Bowler’s overall fantasy value.
Another reason to avoid Jennings is because he has never posted numbers even close to his 2012 totals. In his previous six seasons, TJ has only picked off seven total passes. He has never shown a real knack for getting his hands on the ball and most likely his numbers will fall off significantly this season.
Jennings could have value in deeper formats that start three defensive backs or more, but I don’t trust him in standard IDP formats. There are plenty of other reliable options out there in the secondary, so make sure to have someone else penciled into your DB spot in Week 1.