% chance misses at least 2 quarters
1- 17√1-% Inj/Season
Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable
Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly
|Nov 1, 2015||NFL||Chest Rib Bruise|
|Oct 31, 2016||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1|
|Nov 13, 2016||NFL||Inguinal Hip Pull|
|Dec 16, 2018||NFL||Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2||Kendricks missed the final 2 games.|
|Dec 23, 2019||NFL||Leg Quad Strain||Kendricks suffered a quadriceps injury in the Week 16 loss to Green Bay. He missed the regular-season finale against the Bears|
Kendricks was on pace for a top-5 fantasy finish before a calf injury ended his 2020 early.
The biggest change has been improved play in coverage. Kendricks has earned elite Pro Football Focus grades in that area each of the past 2 seasons. He has averaged 0.7 passes defensed per game over that span. That's 11 over 16 games, which would have led all LBs last season. Kendricks' 12 in 2019 did tie for the position lead that season -- even though he sat out a game.
The big question is whether Kendricks' increase in tackles per game last season can hold. Here are his annual total tackles per game to date:
As you can see, last year's rate stands out as the biggest outlier so far. And it came in a year that found LB Anthony Barr missing nearly the entire season, DE Danielle Hunter missing the whole year and DT Michael Pierce opting out. Minnesota's defense had a rough year on whole, which could certainly increase the tackle opportunities.
So Kendricks remains a quality option. If your league doesn't boost him on the per-game scoring of last year, then he'll make for a solid pick. But there's a chance he gets overrated in your draft.
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