26-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – Cincinnati Bengals
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
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...
Geno Atkins Contract Information:
Signed a five-year extension with the Bengals worth $55 million in September of 2013.
The Bengals placed Atkins (knee) on injured reserve Monday, ESPN.com reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With Leon Hall out for the year due to an Achilles' injury and Rey Maualuga currently sidelined with an MCL injury, this is a staggering loss for the Bengals' defense, given Atkins' status as an elite interior lineman. Brandon Thompson, who took Atkins' place Thursday, figures to see expanded duties going forward, as a result of Atkins' season-ending injury.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Atkins was initially questionable to return but was ruled out for good shortly thereafter. The early signs aren't particularly positive, as Atkins was down on the field for a few minutes, before gingerly walking off with a bit of assistance. Atkins is arguably the best defensive tackle in the game, so this will be a huge loss for the Bengals if he's out beyond Thursday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.