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S Tyrann Mathieu - Arizona Cardinals

5-9, 186Born: 5-13-1992College: LSUDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

Mathieu had a huge 2015 season with 80 solo tackles, 6 takeaways, 16 passes defended, a sack and a defensive score. Unfortunately that season was sandwiched between a pair of injury shortened campaigns. At 5'9" and 186 pounds he has struggled to stay on the field dating all the way back to his career at LSU. When healthy and playing full time Mathieu is among the most box score friendly safeties in the game. The concern at this point is that even if/when he is healthy the coaching staff may look for ways to limit his snaps so he can stay that way. Arizona runs a hybrid scheme which sometimes has four safeties on the field together. The downside of this being they often use a situational rotation with those four guys when they are not all on the field together. The bottom line being that Mathieu brings a ton of potential to fantasy lineups but the risk is substantial as well. (June 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

S Redraft - 29, 20, 25, 25, 25, 30, 35, 54
S Dynasty - 14, 12, 13, 15
Overall Dynasty - 54, 45, 46

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 ARI 13 36 2 0 0 1 1 4 0
2015 ARI 14 80 9 1 1 0 5 16 1
2016 ARI 10 33 2 1 1 0 1 4 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 58 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 63 * * * * * * *

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