Danielle Hunter
Danielle Hunter
25-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Minnesota Vikings
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps Hunter is maxed out or close to it, as last year marked the second season in a row where he reached the 70-tackle, 14.5-sack mark, but if that's the best he can do then IDP owners will gladly accept him all the same. Hunter's ability to provide both standout tackle and sack production gives him a very high floor in addition to his annual DL1 upside, and there's still a chance that he makes more strides yet since he'll be only 26 in late October. With four years of strong production and elite athleticism to work with at 6-5, 252 (4.57 40, 36.5-inch vertical, 130-inch broad jump), Hunter is one of those can't-go-wrong picks even if he doesn't finish the year as the top DL IDP. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $72 million contract with the Vikings in June of 2018.
Another explosive campaign
DEMinnesota Vikings
January 14, 2020
Hunter, who recorded 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks over two playoff games, finished the 2019 season with 70 tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles over 16 regular-season games.
ANALYSIS
Hunter tied for fourth in the league in 2019 as he generated exactly 14.5 sacks for a second straight season, and his postseason performance was an added bonus. That was enough to get him named to a second straight Pro Bowl. The 25-year-old plays an every-down role as well, as he averaged 56.1 defensive snaps per contest, and he'll continue to do so in 2020 on the second season of his five-year, $72 million contract.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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2019 Danielle Hunter Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do Danielle Hunter's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
252 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
 
Bench Press
25 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hunter's sluggish 2017 season (45 tackles, seven sacks) turned out to be all noise, and the ball bounced back his way in 2018 to the tune of a career-high 72 tackles and 14.5 sacks on 876 snaps. That's more in line with the start to Hunter's NFL career, when he raced to 18 sacks on 991 snaps in his first two years. Still just 24 years old, Hunter is a candidate to cut out the lows and embark on an era of bankable dominance, with 70 tackles and the league sack title within reach every year until further notice.
Hunter's NFL career was off to a surprisingly fast start before last year, totaling 18.5 sacks in his first 991 snaps, so he almost had to slow down at some point. That was unfortunately last year, when he posted seven sacks on 775 snaps. That's still a totally fine number, especially for a player so young, so IDP owners would be smart to double down on Hunter as he enters his age-23 season instead of shying away based on last year's slight disappointment. With Kirk Cousins in town, Hunter could see his pass-rushing opportunities rise with more leads, too.
Hunter might be technically the third defensive end on Minnesota's depth chart behind Brian Robison and Everson Griffen, but he still profiles as the best of the three. Robison isn't close to Hunter, who's quietly been one of the league's best pass rushers the last two years. Playing just 992 snaps in his two NFL seasons, Hunter is already up to 92 tackles and 18.5 sacks. They might not be sustainable, but those numbers are outrageous. He won't even turn 23 until the end of October, making his potential off the charts.
Hunter worked his way into the defensive line rotation for the Vikings as a rookie during the 2015 season after being picked in the third round of the draft. In 14 games he racked up 33 tackles, six sacks, and one forced fumble coming off the bench behind starting defensive ends Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. Hunter figures to see his role increase even more throughout 2016, as Robison is now 33 years old and could see his snap count dwindle.
Hunter, a 2015 third-round draft pick, is raw and a bit unskilled, but his athletic traits imply considerable upside. At 6-foot-5, 252 pounds, Hunter displayed 4.5 speed. Minnesota might groom him as Brian Robison's long-term replacement.
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Ties career sack mark
DEMinnesota Vikings
December 24, 2019
Hunter recorded five tackles (three solo) and a sack in Monday's 23-10 loss to Green Bay.
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Logs sack, forces two fumbles
DEMinnesota Vikings
December 17, 2019
Hunter recorded five tackles (four solo), a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in Sunday's win over the Chargers.
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Dominant in divisional win
DEMinnesota Vikings
December 9, 2019
Hunter notched seven tackles (six solo) and three sacks during Sunday's 20-7 win over the Lions.
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Sack in Seattle
DEMinnesota Vikings
December 3, 2019
Hunter recorded five tackles (two solo) and a sack across 69 defensive snaps in Monday's loss to the Seahawks.
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Sack streak continues
DEMinnesota Vikings
November 7, 2019
Hunter notched three tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks during Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Chiefs.
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