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DE Rob Ninkovich - New England Patriots

6-3, 251Born: 2-1-1984College: PurdueDrafted: Round 5

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Summary

Ninkovich has proven himself to be a very reliable and valuable fantasy commodity. Most fantasy owners likely undervalue him because he doesn't have a splashy pedigree as a former 5th round pick who took many years to finally emerge as a starter. He's also shifted between OLB and DE at times in his career, which has made it tough to get a read on him. That being said, his numbers over the past few years rank him among the elite at the DE position even though he's yet to top 10 sacks in a single season. The high tackle numbers, particularly assists, make him a player to target in balanced scoring leagues. (May 26)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 6, 6, 6, 12
Overall Redraft - 20, 20, 28
DE Dynasty - 13, 12, 18
Overall Dynasty - 38, 32, 48

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2011 NE 16 43 31 6.5 1 3 2 4 1
2012 NE 16 33 26 9 5 4 0 1 0
2013 NE 16 42 49 8 2 2 0 0 0
2014 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 42 * * * * * * *
2014 PROJ-Norton 16 40 * * * * * * *

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Footballguys Articles

Reading the Defense: Free Agency Review
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  Jene Bramel - July 5
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  Jene Bramel - June 1
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  Jene Bramel - April 17

2014 Schedule

1@ Miami Dolphins
2@ Minnesota Vikings
3vs Oakland Raiders
4@ Kansas City Chiefs
5vs Cincinnati Bengals
6@ Buffalo Bills
7vs New York Jets
8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills