Week 2 of the 2013 fantasy football campaign has come and gone. With any luck, your team is sitting at 2-0 as you bask in the warm glow of another big win. Or, if you’re like me in the
Deathmatch IDP Showcase League
here at Fantasy Sharks, or
The WALL IDP-only Showcase League
, you’re sitting at 0-2 and wondering just what the hell happened.
Maybe injuries have ravaged your team (Deathmatch). Maybe you’ve just had the misfortune of running into two teams who posted huge scores (The WALL). Or maybe the universe just hates you (every other aspect of my life).
Whatever the reason, an 0-2 hole isn’t the end of the world, and it’s time to circle the wagons and end those losing streaks. To help you do so, here’s a look at some individual defensive players you should consider adding to your squad in Week 3.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
James Anderson, OLB, Chicago:
It didn’t get the publicity of the signing of
or the strong preseason of youngster Jon Bostic, but the offseason acquisition that’s making the biggest impact on the field for the Chicago Bears is the signing of Anderson, a strong-side linebacker. The 29-year-old, who posted more than 125 total tackles in both 2010 and 2011 for the Carolina Panthers, is playing in an every-down role for the Bears, and coming off a nine-tackle effort against the Minnesota Vikings. Anderson is this week’s top pickup for linebacker-needy IDP squads.
WEEK 3 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Jason Hunter, DE, Oakland:
The release of Andre Carter just before the season thrust Hunter into the starting lineup for the Raiders. To this point the journeyman has made the most of that opportunity. The seventh-year pro has tallied nine total tackles in two games, adding a sack in each contest. No one is going to confuse Hunter with
any time soon, but IDP owners looking to add some depth on the defensive front could do worse.
Sheldon Richardson, DE, New York Jets:
Some weeks the waiver wire is chock full of low-hanging fruit. In other weeks the tree is rather bare. The latter is the case in Week 3 where defensive linemen are concerned, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing out there. Rookie
has only posted half a sack through two games, but the former Missouri star has managed to post 12 total tackles so far this season. That fantasy production isn’t eye-popping, but the knowledge that Richardson can get you at least a handful of tackles makes the 294-pounder a serviceable bye week or injury fill-in.