Say it with me “Yannick Ngakoue” (IN-gah-kway)
This is a name you are going to want to remember if you don’t know it by now. He was a monster coming out of the University of Maryland. Known as a “situational” pass rusher, Ngakoue has recently established himself as a new force in the NFL. Now on to his rise…
Yannick was born in the U.S. capitol of Washington D.C. He attended Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School with Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman. As a senior, he racked up 17 sacks as an outside linebacker and was named the Gatorade player of the year for Washington.
As a new Maryland Terrapin, Ngakoue started all 13 games his first year as a true freshman and accounted for nine tackles, two sacks, and an interception. As a sophomore in 2014, he started all 12 games and recorded 37 tackles and 6 sacks. As a junior in 2015, The Mighty Yannick set a school record with 13.5 sacks. After the season, he announced that he would forgo his senior season and head to the pinnacle of sport and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
At 6 foot 2 and 252 pounds, Yannick is quick on his feet on the edge. This was noticed by the Jacksonville Jaguars brass. They took him in the 3rd round at pick 69 in the draft.
Ngakoue, in his rookie year, earned rookie of the week in week 4 when he intercepted Andrew Luck of the Colts. That same game he also recorded a sack, a forced fumble, four tackles, and a pass defended! This was the first time I really dug into this young man. I admit I’m a late bloomer when it comes to Ngakoue’s game. His recent blast of fantasy scoring has been a beautiful sight this year.
Yannick’s DFF Domination League stat line this year so far…
Being the 15th highest scoring defensive end is a sign to either stash him away or play him if you really need defensive end help, (Ziggy Ansah & J.J. Watt owners??) He does have a juicy matchup this week against the Raiders. Hmm…
The only downfall of being a fantasy owner of this young man is that I really think that this defense will be dominant when and if they gel. That means less individual high scoring. But if the Jags brass embraces this pass rushing monster I think they will have a defense reminiscent of the 2007 New York Giants.
Finally, I just want to say good luck to you all who read this. “Even if your team is hurting this year…Always remember, Never Give Up! Discipline, perseverance, and determination always WIN in the end. Dig deep. You might find an NGAKOUE!”
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