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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 will miss the first four games of the season because of a substance-abuse violation.


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 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. Unfortunately for the Bills, he will suspended for the first four games of the season for his second violation of the NFL's drug policy. (August 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

DT Redraft - 51, 47, 54, 55
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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 12 32 * * * * * * *
2016 PROJ-Norton 12 29 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Bills | Marcell Dareus to enter rehab (Sat Aug 20, 03:43 PM) - Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus will enter a rehabilitation program once his four-game substance abuse suspension is served.

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Bills | Marcell Dareus missed test (Wed Aug 17, 02:08 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus said he was suspended for four games because he missed a drug test.

Our View: A missed test is the same as a hot test. From a financial standpoint, Dareus loses four game checks but his contract was structured where he doesn't lose any of his guaranteed money due to drug suspensions. Dareus carries a $14.5 million cap hit this year with a whopping $47 million left in dead money.
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Bills | Marcell Dareus facing suspension (Tue Aug 16, 02:43 PM) - Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus faces a four-game suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to sources.

Our View: This has not been a great offseason for the Bills. Their defense has been ravaged by key injuries and now this suspension will further damage their squad. Expect Dareus to appeal the suspension, but don't expect him to reduce the sentence.
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