In 2010, one of the most promising fantasy football IDP options was Kansas City Chiefs DB Eric Berry. The safety was a first round pick and naturally came with his fair share of expectations, along with the hefty price tag.
In his rookie campaign, Berry recorded 92 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, and defended nine passes. He was all over the field and was one of the most popular IDP targets heading into his second season.
However, in the opening game of the 2011 season Berry tore the ACL in his left knee on a block by Buffalo Bills WR Steve Johnson. The safety eventually had surgery later that month and was forced to miss the remainder of his sophomore season. It ended a potential breakout campaign by one of the bright young IDP stars in the game.
Last year, though, the safety took a bit of a step back. He may have managed a similarly impressive 86 tackles, but he only picked off one pass and failed to record a single sack. It was an all-around mediocre performance from the former fifth overall selection. He still earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, but his numbers were not as dominating as his rookie campaign.
Berry may not have cracked the top-five defensive backs in fantasy just yet, but he is clearly a top-10 option. He will always be around the ball, and if anything else, will finish with 85-95 tackles again in 2013.