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DE DeForest Buckner - San Francisco 49ers

6-7, 291Born: 3-17-1994College: OregonDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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Summary

Buckner was a core part of the 49ers defense from the word go in 2016, playing 93 percent of the team's defensive snaps after being selected #7 overall. He led the team in sacks with six and also posted 43 tackles, a nice total for a defensive lineman. In the new 4-3 defense, he should line up at defensive tackle next to free agent pickup Earl Mitchell, whose strength is stopping the run. Buckner is likely to get some snaps at defensive end, but if his classification is accurate in fantasy leagues, he should be listed as a defensive tackle. That will make his IDP value increase in leagues that start one defensive tackle, but in leagues that lump all defensive linemen together, Buckner might take a hit in the new defensive scheme. He has a lot more "real" NFL value than fantasy value, but he is a rosterable player in most IDP leagues and a terrific dynasty stash. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 12, 8, 8, 11, 11, 14, 14, 17
Overall Redraft - 44, 20, 27, 36, 57
DE Dynasty - 8, 4, 8, 8, 13
Overall Dynasty - 27, 24, 33, 35

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2016 SF 15 44 30 6 0 2 0 1 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 44 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 41 * * * * * * *

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2017 Schedule

1vs Carolina Panthers
2@ Seattle Seahawks
3vs Los Angeles Rams
4@ Arizona Cardinals
5@ Indianapolis Colts
6@ Washington Redskins
7vs Dallas Cowboys
8@ Philadelphia Eagles
9vs Arizona Cardinals
10vs New York Giants
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Chicago Bears
14@ Houston Texans
15vs Tennessee Titans
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Los Angeles Rams