33-Year-Old Linebacker – Baltimore Ravens
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Suggs turns 33 in October, but he's coming off back-to-back seasons with double-digit sacks, and he's still one of the league's top run-defenders among 3-4 outside linebackers. While unlikely to provi...
Terrell Suggs Contract Information:
Restructured his contract with the Ravens in March of 2015, after agreeing to an extension in February of 2014.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome expects Suggs (torn Achilles) to return for the 2016 season, The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Terrell Suggs: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Suggs has already been ruled out for the season, leaving more snaps for some combination of Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw and Za'Darius Smith. It's a huge loss for the Baltimore defense, particularly after Pernell McPhee left for Chicago in the offseason.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Suggs recorded 80 tackles and 10 sacks last season, but his performance fell off late in the year. He's an excellent run defender and still a capable pass rusher, but the former DPOY may fall short of double-digit sacks.
Suggs could be a force in 2013 if he makes a full recovery from the torn biceps that he suffered after returning from a torn Achilles' last year. It is a lot to come back from, but the recent addition of Elvis Dumervil to the Baltimore roster should help, as Suggs probably will not see as many double teams as he is used to in 2013.
Suggs is still (incorrectly) listed as a defensive end in some leagues, and in such arrangements he warrants consideration as a top-five player in the category – he routinely posts big numbers by defensive line standards. But when he’s classified as a linebacker, Suggs is considerably less appealing. He's a pretty good bet to make it to double-digit sacks in any given season, but with just one 80-tackle season in his eight-year career, Suggs' fantasy utility is generally limited to leagues that disproportionately reward sacks over tackles.
After being tagged the Ravens' franchise player before last season, Suggs severely underwhelmed. Suggs showed up to training camp overweight and went on to record a career-low 4.5 sacks. He took part in offseason activities this year and says he is committed to regaining his old form. If true, Suggs has the potential to be an elite pass rusher.
Suggs led the Ravens with eight sacks last season among his 68 tackles. The Ravens showed how much they appreciated the effort by locking Suggs up for six years and $63 million in July, the largest contract ever for a defensive player. Suggs is durable (101 straight starts and counting) and at 26 is entering the prime of his career. There's every reason to believe that Suggs will match or improve upon his 2008 production this season.
Suggs had his worst sack total of his career in 2007 (5), but he did manage a career high with 80 tackles. The Ravens thought enough of Suggs to throw the franchise-tag on him, so expect him to have another quality season and bounce back with a few more sacks.
Suggs has been remarkably consistent the past three years. His total tackles have ranged from 60 to 69 and his sack count has hiccupped between eight and 10.5. His solo tackle numbers have been even more scary: 45, 46 and 46. What's more, he's finished the last two seasons strong, including 6.5 sacks in the last seven games of 2006. He's even done it regardless of whether Baltimore lines up in a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. Either way, Suggs puts his first step, explosiveness and closing ability to work. In addition to the solid tackle numbers and strong sack tally, Suggs is athletic enough to do well with the little extras, like 14 fumbles forced in his four-year career and three interceptions. The final happy fact about the disruptive force that is Terrell Suggs: he's never missed a game in his career.
Boy was it depressing when Suggs made 12 sacks in his rookie year but just 19 solo tackles. One of the NFL’s most exciting defensive talents was useless in the fantasy realm in any tackle-based system. What’s more, as an outside linebacker in Baltimore’s 3-4 defense, he was listed only at linebacker in more restrictive leagues. His stats might not have been good as a lineman but they were doubly disappointing at linebacker. Both problems are now solved. He registered 45 solos in 2004 in his sophomore campaign and another 46 last year. With Baltimore switching to a 4-3 this season, there’s no question Suggs will be available in every league at lineman, where he’s one of the best. The consistent high tackle numbers mean that even when he doesn’t hit double-digits in sacks, he’s still hanging around in the top 10. Converting to a three-point stance likely means more sacks than his career-low eight last season, but also less time in coverage. The tackles might dip, and the picks will become scarce. Perhaps being listed as a lineman in a 3-4 was the best of both worlds, but with his speed and solid technique, we’re expecting the sack increase to make up the difference. Given more chances at quarterbacks, he’ll vie for the sack crown.
Technically, Suggs is a linebacker, playing the pass-rushing outside position in Baltimore’s 3-4, but in some leagues he may be listed as a lineman. Lucky you if that’s the case your league, since his numbers are average for a linebacker but fantastic for a lineman. After a rookie season of just 19 solo tackles, but 12 sacks, a pick and six forced fumbles, he stepped up in the tackle arena big time for 2004. It’s a graduation we’re exceedingly pleased to see Suggs make since it makes one of the best NFL talents now fantasy viable as well. So long as the tackle numbers stay up, Suggs can be an incredible asset.
If your league classifies Suggs as a lineman, you’ve got to give him a look. Twelve sacks as a rookie in 2003 are impressive. Just 19 solo tackles are not. A sack specialist, Suggs didn’t see many first and second downs and was behind Adalius Thomas most of the year in a rushing OLB role in Baltimore’s 3-4. Six forced fumbles, an interception and three passes defended filled in for the lack of tackles. Given just 30 solo tackles, Suggs would jump into the top 15 (he’d still be nowhere near contention among linebackers), so look out for how he and Thomas will split time this year.
Suggs rolled up an NCAA-record 24 sacks in his final year at Arizona State, but his stock fell a bit when he ran slow 40-yard times over the past few months. The Ravens plan to use him as a pass-rushing outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense, even though Suggs was a defensive end at ASU. Playing next to Ray Lewis and opposite Peter Boulware should allow Suggs plenty of room to operate.