26-Year-Old Safety – Kansas City Chiefs
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Berry has the talent to be one of the best IDPs among defensive backs, but the Kansas City defensive scheme has his exact value a bit unclear heading into 2014. Rather than allowing Berry to play the ...
Eric Berry Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Chiefs in July 2010, believed to be a six-year deal worth $60 million ($34 million guaranteed).
Berry -- who continues to receive treatment for lymphoma -- was among the Kansas City players not present at the start of the team's offseason training program Monday, ESPN.com reports.
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Eric Berry: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)"This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," Dr. Christopher R. Flowers of Emory's Winship Cancer Institute (where Berry will be treated) noted in a statement released by the Chiefs on Monday. "The goal of Mr. Berry’s treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The report notes that a mass was discovered in Berry's chest following Thursday's game against Oakland. While Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder relayed Monday that there has been no definitive diagnosis, the report indicates that it is believed that the leading possibility is that Berry may have lymphoma.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Berry's 2012 season was a disappointment, even after accounting for his return from a 2011 ACL tear. Although his 86 tackles (73 solo) were a solid figure, he intercepted just one pass and failed to post a sack or forced fumble. It would be wise to bet on Berry making a strong comeback in 2013, however. The vast majority of Berry's track record is highly impressive. The 2012 season aside, everything about 6-0, 211-pound Berry is blue chip, as he dominated in college at Tennessee (245 tackles and 14 interceptions in 39 games) and lit up the Combine with a 4.40-second 40-yard dash and 43-inch vertical. With a tune-up season from his ACL tear out of the way, Berry should re-establish himself as one of the league's best safeties – as a rookie in 2010, he posted 92 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions.
An ACL tear is always a serious matter, but don’t assume Berry won’t be back in a big way in 2012. As a 23-year-old with extremely rare athletic gifts, Berry is expected to be near full strength for the start of training camp. Berry is an elite talent, and he’s poised to push for triple-digit tackles after finishing his 2010 rookie season with 92 stops (77 solo) and four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Although he has the tackling ability of a strong safety, Berry possesses excellent athleticism and center-field skills, so he’ll contribute in virtually every way possible for a defensive back IDP.
The former Tennessee star didn’t quite set the league on fire after being selected fifth overall in last year’s draft, but he was still plenty impressive. With the athleticism of a cornerback and the run-stopping instincts of a strong safety, there simply isn’t much Berry can’t offer a defense. He finished the year with 92 tackles (77 solo), two sacks, nine passes defended, four interceptions, one touchdown and a forced fumble. Those sacks, passes defended, interceptions and the forced fumble came in the last 11 games, so Berry clearly picked up steam as his rookie season progressed. Berry’s value is even higher in keeper league formats than in redraft leagues, but he’s near the top of the IDP food chain in either setting.
Based on his play with the Tennessee Volunteers, Berry drew comparisons to Baltimore’s Ed Reed — high praise indeed. The fifth overall selection in the 2010 draft, Berry will be expected to step in and contribute from day one, both as a playmaker in the defensive backfield and in run support.