28-Year-Old Defensive End – Chicago Bears
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
In the first of a two-year deal that Hicks signed with the Bears in 2016, he came up big with a career-high seven sacks. Now in a contract year, he'll be looking to cash in with another fruitful campa...
Akiem Hicks Contract Information:
Signed four-year, $48 million contract extension ($30 million guaranteed) with the Bears in September of 2017.
Hicks picked up a sack and two tackles in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Saints.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Once the Patriots acquired Hicks from the Saints in 2015, he looked like the impact player who current Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace made a third round pick with the Saints in 2012. Once Hicks hit the open market, Pace secured his services, signing him to a two-year deal to play the end position in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s system. With the team having upgraded their talent on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, Hicks, who has 9.5 sacks over the last three seasons, will be a player capable of making even more improvement, putting him on the map as a potential IDP option.
Following an impressive finish to his 2013 sophomore campaign, many predicted a breakout season for Hicks in 2014. Hicks unfortunately underwhelmed, managing only 42 tackles and two sacks in 15 games. Still, Hicks is expected to start at defensive end for the Saints, which could result in a windfall for fantasy owners with the option of starting Hicks at defensive tackle - the position at which he's listed in most fantasy leagues. If he can return to harassing the quarterback, as he did in 2013 when he recorded 56 tackles and 4.5 sacks, IDP owners could reap the benefits of deploying Hicks at a defensive tackle position in which pass rush standouts are scarce.
In only his second year in the league out of tiny Regina College in Canada, Hicks managed 3.5 sacks in his final seven regular season games in 2013 and finished the year with 4.5 sacks and 56 tackles. Almost as importantly as Hicks' marked improvement from a rookie season in which his presence was hardly felt is that the Saints list Hicks as a defensive tackle, despite often lining up as a defensive end in the team's 3-4 defense. If Hicks can continue to build on his sack total in 2014, his value projects to be significantly higher in position-specific IDP leagues given the dearth of quality pass rushers at the defensive tackle position.
Hicks is expected to start at defensive end in the Saints' new 3-4 defense. Hicks was tentatively slated to start at nose tackle, but with the Saints drafting massive DT John Jenkins, Hicks moved to defensive end. While Hicks will still likely see playing time at all three defensive line positions, he holds slightly more value as an end, as it should provide an increased opportunity to rack up a few more sacks.
Hicks was drafted in the third round out of the tiny University of Regina in Canada. Given the weaker competition he faced during his college career, he may have some difficulty contributing right away at the NFL level. At this point in his career, Hicks is expected to back up both Sedrick Ellis and Broderick Bunkley in the defensive tackle rotation.