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DE Danielle Hunter - Minnesota Vikings

6-5, 252Born: 10-29-1994College: LSUDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

Even in part-time duty (he played less than sixty percent of the team's defensive snaps), Danielle Hunter exploded onto the scene last year when he notched a whopping 12.5 sacks, 54 combined tackles, and one safety. As if that wasn't enough, he also forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Interestingly, eight of the 12.5 sacks came in the fourth quarter, when offenses were gassed and Hunter was fresher from not having played as many snaps. Hunter figures to eventually take over for the aging Brian Robison; but until that happens, he'll continue to enjoy heavy usage in the rotation the Vikings employ. If Hunter becomes a full-time player, expect that his sack numbers may come down, but his tackle numbers will rise to compensate. Either way, Hunter figures to be a top option at his position in 2017. (May 30)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 3, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5
Overall Redraft - 10, 7, 7, 9, 12, 17, 27
DE Dynasty - 7, 6, 8
Overall Dynasty - 17, 17, 21

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2015 MIN 14 23 4 5 1 0 0 0 0
2016 MIN 16 33 22 12.5 1 1 0 1 1
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 40 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 44 * * * * * * *

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2017 Schedule

1vs New Orleans Saints
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Chicago Bears
6vs Green Bay Packers
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Los Angeles Rams
12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears