23-Year-Old Linebacker – Carolina Panthers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Kuechly's 2013 season was a slight disappointment in IDP terms, as he was expected to lead the league in tackles, but he finished fourth with 156. Vontaze Burfict, Paul Posluszny and Kiko Alonso all f...
Luke Kuechly Contract Information:
In May of 2012, Kuechly agreed to a four-year contract worth a fully guaranteed $12.58 million with the Panthers.
Kuechly managed 11 tackles (three solo) during Sunday's 24-7 win over the Lions.
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Luke Kuechly: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Kuechly hyperextended his thumb during the Panthers' second preseason game and has since sported protective gear in subsequent practice sessions. While the reigning Defensive Player of the Year did not tear any ligaments, he has acknowledged that the ailment causes slight discomfort on occasion. Nonetheless, Kuechly has not been limited during practice and is full-go to play in Week 1 versus the Buccaneers this Sunday.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Kuechly earned the Defensive Rookie of the Year honor last season and has since elevated his game to become the league's best defender. A tackling machine, Kuechly has totaled 320 stops over his first two professional seasons, making his career average exactly 10 tackles per game. With production like that, Kuechly is also the league's best IDP player, when considering fantasy value, and could carry that title for years to come.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Kuechly, after leading the league in tackles as a rookie last season, continued to wreak havoc in Year Two, finishing fourth in tackles and earning an All-Pro selection as well. The 22-year-old posted at least eight tackles in all but four games this season and registered double-digit tackles six times, including a monster total of 24 stops versus division rivals New Orleans in Week 16. Along with that, Kuechly nabbed an impressive four interceptions, while also taking the quarterback down twice, showing his developing versatility. Surprisingly, Kuechly still hasn't forced a fumble yet in his NFL career and failed to recover a fumble this season, after three last year. However, as the anchor of Carolina's top-ranked defense, Kuechly is still arguably the top overall IDP option entering next season, when he'll look to improve on his incredible total of 320 career tackles.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Selected with the ninth overall pick out of Boston College – after he posted an absurd 532 tackles in 38 games – Kuechly lived up to every bit of the hype during his rookie season. Despite seeing fewer than 50 snaps in four games, Kuechly finished with double-digit tackles in 10 games and at least eight in three more. The result was 165 tackles (103 solo), one sack, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, making Kuechly the choice for top overall IDP as no one at any other position separates himself from the pack by the same margin, and high-volume tacklers are always the most consistent point producers on the defensive side of the ball.
It’s extremely rare for a rookie to warrant a lofty ranking as an IDP, but Kuechly is more than a slight exception to the rule. Everything about his game is blue chip – he’s extremely instinctive, possesses rare athleticism (4.58-second 40-yard dash at 242 pounds) and, more than anything else, is exceptionally productive. Kuechly was a three-year starter at Boston College and totaled 532 tackles (299 solo) in 38 games, which projects to 224 tackles (126 solo) over 16 games. Kuechly won't carry that hysterical production to the NFL level, of course, but it’s reasonable to expect 120-plus tackles from him as a rookie. His IDP upside is further aided by his rare coverage abilities – Kuechly also finished his college career with seven interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. As a top prospect with a three-down skill set in an annually bad defense, Kuechly should see a big snap volume as a rookie, and it’s likely he’ll capitalize in a big way.