DeForest Buckner
DeForest Buckner
25-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
San Francisco 49ers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The general rule is that defensive linemen see fewer snaps the bigger they are, with the reasonable underlying premise being that bigger linemen get more blocking attention, and thus take more of a beating. Buckner seems immune to that rule. He's a huge lineman at 6-7, 300 pounds, yet he's displayed a freakish level of conditioning and durability to play 1,000 snaps or more in a season. Any lineman who plays that much has an advantage over the field of IDPs, making him a strong bet to rank among the positional tackle leaders. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $18.19 million contract with the 49ers in May of 2016.
Quiet finish to monster season
DTSan Francisco 49ers
January 1, 2019
Buckner had four tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams.
ANALYSIS
Buckner was unable to record a sack for a third straight game, but that shouldn't take anything away from the tremendous improvement he showed overall. The 24-year-old finishes the 2018 season with 67 tackles and a career-high 12 sacks. Those pass-rush results are especially impressive coming from an interior lineman, as he finished only behind Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aaron Donald (20.5 sacks) amongst defensive tackles. Buckner's ascension into IDP relevance this season should make him one of the few players at the position worth considering for fantasy.
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Measurables Review
How do DeForest Buckner's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
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' 7"
 
Weight
300 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.05 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.47 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.51 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
116 in
 
Hand Length
11.75 in
 
Arm Length
34.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
The 49ers selected Buckner seventh overall last year because he fits like a glove as an end in a 3-4 scheme at 6-7, 300, but he likely will play tackle in the 49ers' new 4-3 scheme this year. It's not ideal to be that tall and line up over guard, but Buckner is a unique enough athlete to produce anyway. He was productive as a 22-year-old rookie starter last year, posting 73 tackles despite missing one game with a foot issue. He logged a lot of plays to get there, however, playing 1,005 snaps, and it might be more realistic to project something like 900 this season.
Rookie 3-4 ends normally don't make IDP noise, but Buckner might be a different breed. A rare athlete at 6-foot-7, 291 pounds with incredible conditioning, Buckner is already a polished product and shouldn't need the acclimation time most DEs would require. He was exceptionally productive at Oregon the last two years, exceeding 80 tackles in both seasons while totaling 30 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in just 28 games. He's a boom-or-bust IDP consideration with a low floor, but Buckner might do a good Calais Campbell impression surprisingly early in his career.
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Adds another sack
DTSan Francisco 49ers
December 24, 2018
Buckner had three solo tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in Sunday's loss to the Bears.
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Breakout season continues
DTSan Francisco 49ers
December 17, 2018
Buckner recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 26-23 win over Seattle.
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Two more sacks in loss
DTSan Francisco 49ers
December 3, 2018
Buckner recorded seven tackles (three solo) and a pair of sacks in Sunday's 43-16 loss to Seattle.
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Records seventh sack
DTSan Francisco 49ers
November 26, 2018
Buckner recorded five tackles (all solo) and a sack in Sunday's 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Half sack Monday
DTSan Francisco 49ers
November 13, 2018
Buckner recorded four tackles, 0.5 sacks and two passes defensed across 48 defensive snaps in Monday's loss to the Giants.
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