27-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – Cincinnati Bengals
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Geno Atkins in 2015. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Geno Atkins Contract Information:
Signed a five-year extension with the Bengals worth $55 million in September of 2013.
Atkins has been diagnosed with a slight hyperextension of his right knee, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
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Geno Atkins: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Atkins is only 12 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, and while he hasn't quite been his usual self this season, he's played in each of Cincinnati's nine games. Devon Still and Brandon Thompson figure to play added snaps in Atkins' absence.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Atkins was rested during Friday's practice, but it appears as though the stage is set for Atkins -- who is bouncing back from the torn ACL that he suffered last October -- to play in a few series during Sunday's contest.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Atkins is yet to play since tearing his ACL last October, but the defensive tackle has been practicing, albeit in an unknown capacity beyond individual drills, since coming off Cincinnati's PUP list July 30. As one of the league's elite defensive linemen, Atkins' return has been handled carefully to ensure he's ready to go once the results matter. However, it could be worthwhile for Atkins to gain game experience during the preseason, so he might be involved in the Bengals' third preseason contest Sunday. Expect his status to be updated as the week unfolds.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Geno Atkins.
An Oct. 31 knee injury is the only concern for Atkins' IDP stock. As of press time, Atkins was expected to participate in some portion of training camp, with Week 1 feeling like a relative certainty for him in the meantime. As long as he's healthy, Atkins is the most disruptive defensive tackle in the league, perhaps even the best defensive tackle by any metric. He possesses unmatched lower-body explosiveness and establishes leverage over the majority of those who attempt to block him, allowing him to split double-teams and close the deal by wrapping up ballcarriers. His tackle totals are modest, but Atkins has 26 sacks in his last 41 games, even with the bullseye on him.
Atkins is perhaps the top 4-3 tackle in the league, and his pass-rushing skills warrant a rankings boost in leagues that give big points to sacks or don’t emphasize the tackle category. But teams tend to avoid Atkins in the running game, so his 54 tackles from 2012 might be a best-case scenario, particularly given that he had just 47 the year before. Atkins should in any case continue to be a double-digit sack threat after posting 12.5 in 2012. Atkins is so explosive and plays with such good leverage that even double-teams aren't necessarily effective on him.
Atkins does not post high tackle totals (just 47 total, 26 solo, in 2011), and that figures to get no better in 2012 – Atkins broke out big time as a disruptor last year and will be the top concern of opposing offensive lines. He totaled 7.5 sacks in 2011, his first as a starter, and 13 of his tackles went for a loss. Atkins is explosive, strong and plays with great leverage, making him one of the league's biggest threats to collapse or break into the pocket. Give him a boost in leagues that reward extra for tackles for “stuffs”, i.e., tackles for a loss.