OLB Christian Kirksey - Cleveland Browns

6-2, 233Born: 8-31-1992College: IowaDrafted: Round 3, pick 71 (2014)

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Summary

When Kirksey was drafted in 2014 the organization saw him as their middle linebacker of the future. For the first two years he worked at that position in a two down role. In 2016 Kirksey got his first opportunity to work as a three down middle backer. He made the most of the opportunity by impressing both on the field and in the box scores. That year he finished at 96-52-2.5. In 2017 injuries caused a shuffle at linebacker that saw Joe Schobert emerge as the man in the middle while Kirksey settled in as a three down weak side backer. Once again his numbers were strong and landed him among the top 10 fantasy options at the position. Kirksey was banged up in 2018 battling ankle and shoulder injuries early in the season then landing on IR after a week nine hamstring pull. All the ailments have healed so it should be business as usual in 2019. (May 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 17, 18, 20, 21, 31
Overall Redraft - 37, 29, 43, 54
OLB Dynasty - 16, 17, 21
Overall Dynasty - 49, 39, 59

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2016 CLE 16.0 94.0 50.0 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 0.0
2017 CLE 16.0 87.0 52.0 3.5 2.0 1.0 0.0 6.0 0.0
2018 CLE 7.0 29.0 14.0 0 0.0 1.0 2.0 5.0 0.0
2019 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 76.0 * * * * * * *
2019 PROJ-Norton 16.0 83.0 * * * * * * *

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2019 Schedule

1vs Tennessee Titans
2@ New York Jets
3vs Los Angeles Rams
4@ Baltimore Ravens
5@ San Francisco 49ers
6vs Seattle Seahawks
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8@ New England Patriots
9@ Denver Broncos
10vs Buffalo Bills
11vs Pittsburgh Steelers
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Arizona Cardinals
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17@ Cincinnati Bengals