Now that we’re approaching the midway point for fantasy leagues let’s take a look at a player who has tested well over the first half and been approved for the rest of the season. How did he fair and what can we expect going forward? What’s his value? And what should fantasy owners expect to give up to get him? We’ll cover all that, below. Take this info and use it to help you improve your team.
DE, Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
Two years ago Hunter, his second year in the NFL, had his breakout season, in which he had twelve and a half sacks and was the top scoring defensive end in most fantasy leagues. With expectations super high, he would regress and be a huge disappointment in year three. I believe teams making adjustments and paying him more attention to him caused this decline. He seems to have fixed the issue and is performing at an elite level again. Back in the preseason, I picked Hunter as one of my top comeback candidates. So far I seem to be right. Hunter’s made the adjustments needed to get back to that All-pro level we saw back in 2016.
Through the first six games of the season, Hunter has recorded seven sacks and has had at least one in each game. At that current pace, he’s on track to record 18 sacks this year. That would blow away his previous high of twelve and a half sacks. Not only are the sacks coming in bunches, but he’s also getting a lot of tackles as well. Hunter is averaging just over four and a half per game, which puts him on pace for seventy-five for the season.
This is shaping up to be a career year for Hunter. While the on pace numbers are eye-popping, its the consistency of his play that’s impressive. Being able to count on a player to consistently perform each week is huge for fantasy owners. Plus he’s doing it at a position that finding elite scoring is hard to come by. Keep in mind that while this is his fourth season as a pro, he’s still only 24 years old. Hunter still has plenty of time to improve and add polish to his game.
He’s a must-own and must-start in all IDP leagues. I checked in a few of my leagues, and he’s only being outscored by J.J. Watt at the position, and the margin is closer than you think. He’s currently ranked in the 10-15 range among all IDP players in scoring. Some comparable players at other positions are rookie safety Derwin James and linebacker Jaylon Smith. With how well he is playing, he will command a hefty asking price.
Right now, I would put a firm 2nd round pick value on him. He’s an elite scorer at his position, and you should expect his value to be such. As I am writing this, I conducted a poll on his value among fantasy owners and the results back up my trade value on him, as 44% have voted in favor of 2nd round pick. Believe it or not, he’s available in some leagues. He was added in 420 leagues on Yahoo in just the past two days so you may get lucky and he might be available in your league.
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