32-Year-Old Defensive End – Arizona Cardinals
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Frostee Rucker in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
2016 ADP: –
Bye Week: 9
Frostee Rucker Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $3.1 million extension through the 2016 season with the Cardinals in June of 2015.
Rucker hasn't participated in OTAs with the Cardinals due to offseason ankle surgery, the Arizona Republic reports.
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Frostee Rucker: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Rucker exited Monday night's season-opening win with a calf injury, which could keep him sidelined for another week. Should that prove to happen, newly-signed veteran Tommy Kelly figures to get more reps on the Cardinals' defensive line this weekend.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Dockett suffered a season-ending ACL tear during Monday's practice, opening the door for Rucker and rookie Kareem Martin to handle the bulk of the remaining reps. Rucker garnered decent run in both 2011 and 2012, averaging 46 tackles and four sacks per season. However, in his first year with the Cardinals, he contributed just 11 tackles (nine solo) and one sack. Expect the former rather than the latter to mimic his output heading into Week 1, though Martin could receive more snaps on clear passing downs as his rookie campaign wears on.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Frostee Rucker.
If the offseason program and early training-camp practices are any indication, Rucker joins Calais Campbell and Corey Peters as the Cardinals' first line of defense. In his test run last year for Darnell Dockett (torn ACL), Rucker scattered a career-best five sacks throughout the campaign, supplementing his stat line further with 24 tackles (20 solo) and two forced fumbles in 15 contests. While defensive coordinator James Bettcher will likely employ a rotation along the trenches in order to ensure fresh bodies, Rucker seems like a decent bet to augment his tackle total.
After Darnell Dockett was lost for the season due to a torn ACL, Rucker has been thrust into a starting role along the defensive front. Rucker is expected to receive the bulk of Dockett's reps, but rookie Kareem Martin could be inserted on clear passing downs in order to provide more of a pass-rushing threat. No matter, the development should allow Rucker to approach (or surpass) his output (46 tackles and four sacks per year) from the two seasons prior to his arrival in the Arizona desert in 2013.
Rucker was signed as a free agent this spring away from division rival Cincinnati. He posted career-highs of 44 tackles and four sacks in 2011 and will likely play in a rotation with fellow free agent signee Juqua Parker at defensive end opposite Jabaal Sheard. Rucker is more of a run-stuffer than a pass-rusher so his fantasy stock in IDP leagues is limited.
The Bengals lost both Robert Geathers and Rucker to knee injuries on a Thursday night game in Pittsburgh; those injuries typified the Bengals' pass rush problems.
Rucker will serve as a backup defensive end who could see action from time to time, especially with Antwan Odom's ankle at less the 100 percent.
Rucker's only contribution in 2006 was to be added to the list of Bengals arrested. He missed the season with a shoulder injury and is missing training camp with a leg injury.
Defensive end depth.