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DT Marcell Dareus - Buffalo Bills

6-3, 319Born: 11-18-1989College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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Dareus has been one of the most productive defensive tackles in the league over the past 3 years, but he took a clear step back in 2015. Along with many players on the defensive line, he rarely looked comfortable and wound up setting a career low with just 2 sacks in 15 games. This came after he signed a 6-year, $100+ million contract, so it was very troubling that the defensive coaching staff couldn't find better ways to take advantage of his ability to disrupt plays behind the line of scrimmage and get to the QB. A change in the defensive line coach may help him get things back on track, but it remains to be seen if Dareus can be as productive in this scheme as he was under Jim Schwartz. Given his talent, history, and overall potential, it would be hard to consider him as anything other than one of the elite fantasy DTs in the league. (May 27)

FBG Staff Rankings

DT Redraft - 36, 32, 46
DT Dynasty - 31, 24, 38

Stats and Projections

2013 BUF 16 46 25 7.5 1 0 0 3 0
2014 BUF 15 35 14 9 1 0 0 1 0
2015 BUF 15 38 13 2 0 0 0 0 0
2016 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 42 * * * * * * *
2016 PROJ-Norton 16 38 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Bills | Buffalo rotates linemen at nose tackle (Wed Jun 15, 02:17 AM) - Buffalo Bills DLs Corbin Bryant, Marcell Dareus, Jerel Worthy and Justin Zimmer all saw time at nose tackle in the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 14. The team has continued to cross-train their defensive linemen, using guys at nose tackle as well as at defensive end for some downs.

Our View: Rob Ryan runs a defense with multiple fronts, so this isn't a shock. On the other hand, Rob Ryan has run multiple defenses into the ground, so you will excuse us if we aren't quite giddy.
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3vs Arizona Cardinals
4@ New England Patriots
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