When it comes to drafting in fantasy football offensive players are gone after first and defensive players become an afterthought. By the time it comes to drafting a defensive player the pick is gone and finding a replacement at the position becomes a source of frustration as the big name players are taken.
Those names are now gone and the question becomes which pick will become the 2012 Fantasy Football sleeper pick and also make the most impact during the season? One player that fits that definition well is the San Francisco 49ers Tarell Brown and in May he made a bold prediction for his 2012 season. After coming off his best season in the NFL his prediction is not be that far off as he tied a career highs in tackles (40), set career high in interceptions (4) and passes defended (15) during the 2011 season and started all 16 games.
Here’s his Tweet:
In 2011 the starting secondary of Brown, Carlos Rogers, Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner combined for 18 interceptions. With an already outstanding defense against the run and pass rushers Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and Ahmad Brooks putting pressure on quarterbacks. With his four interceptions that were three behind league leaders which were the New England Patriots‘ Kyle Arrington, San Diego Chargers‘ Eric Weddle and Green Bay Packers‘Charles Woodson leading the league interceptions doesn’t seem that absurd.
There are two reasons that owners will stay away from Brown and one is due to the low number of tackles as the 40 he made were the least amount made by a cornerback that intercepted four or more passes. The second reason is that he has not put up consistent numbers since being drafted in the fifth round in 2007.
Even though he has not posted consistent numbers in his career he makes an excellent selection for the second or third cornerback on the roster depending on league scoring.
2012 projection: 52 tackles, six interceptions and 18 passes defended.