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DeForest Buckner
IND

DT IND

# Defensive Tackle

92 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 14
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 27
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 290
40 Time: 5.00

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Floor

4.5

DS Projection

5.5

Consensus

38 other sites
0

Ceiling

7

Rest of
Season

5.6

Week 3 Projections
Tackles Assists Sacks FF FR Pass Def INTs TDs Fantasy Pts
2.6 1.6 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.2 0 0 5.5
Weekly Writeup
Buckner earned his highest PFF single-game pass-rushing grade of last season in his lone meeting with the Titans.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Tackles Assists Sacks FF FR Pass Def INTs TDs Fantasy Pts
2.4 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.2 0 0 5.6

2021 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

# Defensive Tackle

92 Projected Points

Tackles Assists Sacks FF FR Pass Def INTs TDs
41 26 10.50 2 1 3 0 0

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

3d Projection

Floor

76.4

DS Projection

92

Consensus

38 other sites
0

Ceiling

107.6

Ceiling Likelihood

High
How likely they will reach their ceiling projection

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Changing teams couldn't stop Buckner from landing among the top 8 fantasy linemen for the 3rd straight season last year. And it might have even helped.

Buckner's 9.5 sacks fell right in line with the previous 2 seasons. His 26 QB hits marked a career high, though, and a jump of 12 vs. his 2019 total. And that came despite Buckner missing a game.

He lost line mate Denico Autry to Tennessee in free agency, but the team is reportedly high on Tyquan Lewis stepping into the role Autry leaves behind.

More importantly, Buckner is just 1 of the league's best DTs -- and likely 1 of the top D-linemen in general. Keep betting on him.

If you play in a DT-required league, Buckner puts up a strong case to be the 1st lineman drafted. There are only 2 DTs within 16 fantasy points of our baseline projection for Buckner. The first of those -- Chris Jones -- is expected to play a lot more at DE this year, which adds a challenge to his outlook.

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Colts DT DeForest Buckner (ankle) is active for today's game against the Bills. He's probably somewhere short of full strength, but his presence makes a big difference for the Colts' defense vs. both the run and pass.

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Colts DT DeForest Buckner is questionable for Saturday's playoff opener against the Bills with an ankle injury. He has been listed with the same issue since Thursday of Week 15 but has yet to miss a game. Buckner followed the same practice participation this week as last -- out-out-limited -- but he finished last week with no injury designation. So it's possible the ankle is a bit worse this time around. Any limitation to Indy's best defensive lineman can obviously only help the Bills. We'll check his status when the inactives come out late Saturday morning.

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Colts DT DeForest Buckner is active for today's game against the Texans. He hurt an ankle in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. That adds risk to using him in IDP lineups today, but Buckner remains a high-upside option.

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The Colts on Wednesday placed DT DeForest Buckner on the COVID list. That puts him out for at least 10 days, according to NFL rules. So Buckner will miss this week's game against the Titans. We'll see about his status for Week 13. Indy DL Denico Autry also remains on the COVID list after missing last week's game. HC Frank Reich gave no update on Autry's status Wednesday. We'll see whether he can make it back to the active roster for the Tennessee game.

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The 49ers on Monday traded DT DeForest Buckner to the Colts for a 1st-round pick. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Indianapolis is also extending Buckner's contract at a $21 million-per-year average salary. The move obviously sets up Buckner as a keystone in what should be an improving Colts offense. We'll see how losing Buckner affects San Francisco's top-shelf defense.

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