These are the top IDP week 2 pickups for fantasy football whether your defensive players are completely healthy or really banged up. Injuries are apart of the game and with that comes Plan B as fantasy owners need to fill the up roster spots of players to potentially start and others to provide depth. A couple of highly regarded fantasy options are going to miss the rest of the season, safety Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker Jon Beason of the Carolina Panthers. Depending on your league, here are some pickups that can be had in both shallow and deep leagues.
Antoine Bethea, FS, Indianapolis Colts – Here is a solid veteran on a defense that figures to see a lot of action if the offense doesn’t start clicking with Kerry Collins at the helm. Bethea has produced under the radar his entire career and has amassed over 70 tackles and 20 assists in each of the past three seasons. He makes for a very solid play going forward in most formats as he has been known to intercept a few passes with 12 total in his first five seasons.
Dawan Landry, FS, Jacksonville Jaguars – This is familiar name in a new place in Jacksonville after posting career highs in tackles (86) and assists (25) last year as a Baltimore Raven. Landry can be a very consistent fantasy producer given his situation as the best safety on the team and will likely get most the action when it comes to tackles.
Kam Chancellor, SS, Seattle Seahawks – The young strong safety looked good Week 1 against the Niners with 10 solo tackles, very impressive for the second year guy out of Virginia Tech. Chancellor can be found in deep leagues and is more valuable in tackle heavy leagues while his teammate, free safety Earl Thomas will produce more interceptions.
Morgan Burnett, SS, Green Bay Packers – Here’s another young player with lots of upside who can be found in most deep leagues. Burnett only played four games last season, but now has a chance to start and should have plenty of tackle opportunities and he’s also capable of making the big play. Real nice upside here, great pick up in deep leagues and could be very fantasy relevant this year.
Karlos Dansby, ILB, Miami Dolphins – Dansby steps up into the role as best linebacker on the block in Miami with the sudden retirement of Channing Chrowder during the offseason. The eight-year veteran is very capable of 90 tackles and 25 assists this season and should be available in most shallow leagues. Dansby didn’t matchup well against the Patriots on Monday because they threw the ball so often as he is better suited against the run, so keep that in mind for weekly matchups.
David Harris, ILB, New York Jets – If you look at Harris’ career statistics you’ll notice that he overproduces in odd numbered years and last I checked it’s 2011. Let’s hope the trend continues as the former Michigan linebacker can be all over the field taking ball carriers when he’s on his game. In the right conditions, Harris could play himself into the top-10 amongst linebackers because of the potential for high tackle clips and he’s often called upon to blitz up the middle playing on an aggressive defense.
Sean Lee, ILB, Dallas Cowboys – In front a national audience last Sunday night against the New York Jets, Lee had a huge performance. He most notably had an interception that was returned back to the one-yard line, to go along with 10 tackles and 2 assists. He will continue to see action if he continues the good play as veterans Bradie James and Keith Brooking split reps alongside as the opposite inside linebacker. Here’s a perfect pickup for deep leagues.
Mason Foster, ILB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Here’s a player that was previously listed as a high-upside sleeper as a rookie as the team’s starting middle linebacker. Foster was steady, not spectacular in his professional debut with six tackles and an assist last week and should continue to rack up solid tackle numbers this season. He was an excellent tackler in college and should post some big games this year. This is a great pickup in deep leagues.