Kemal Ishmael
Kemal Ishmael
28-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kemal Ishmael in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $890,000 contract with the Falcons in April of 2019.
Nine stops versus Titans
SAtlanta Falcons
September 29, 2019
Ishmael made nine tackles (one solo) in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans.
The Falcons struggled against Marcus Mariota, allowing him to throw for 227 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Nevertheless, Ishmael ended the contest with a decent stat line in his first start of the season in place of Keanu Neal (Achilles). There may be growing pains as Ishmael adjusts, but it appears he's filling in decently for now.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kemal Ishmael
IDP Analysis: Houston's on the Radar
October 13, 2016
Mario Puig eyes the impending return of Justin Houston, who should make an immediate impact once he gets back in the Chiefs' lineup.
IDP Analysis: Ishmael Stepping Up
December 19, 2015
The season-ending injury to safety William Moore opens up a three-down role for Kemal Ishmael, who was very productive last year.
IDP Analysis: Kemal Ishmael Back for More
December 27, 2014
Kemal Ishmael has been an elite DB1 while starting this year, and William Moore's absence will put Ishmael back into a three-down role for Week 17.
IDP Analysis: Warren Emerging for Saints
December 20, 2014
Jairus Byrd (knee) and Kenny Vaccaro were expected to form a star safety duo for the Saints, but Pierre Warren has been the most visible safety in New Orleans lately.
IDP Analysis: Donald the Destroyer
December 12, 2014
Although he's a rookie, 13th overall pick Aaron Donald has already turned into an elite lineman, and a strong IDP option.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ishmael has proven himself to be a competent starting safety (and occasional linebacker) in the NFL, though with Atlanta's talent at the top of the depth chart he has served primarily as a role player and special teams contributor since being selected in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. During Ishmael's only season with more than five starts (10 starts in 2014), he put up Pro Bowl-caliber numbers with 96 tackles, six pass deflections, four interceptions and a forced fumble. There can be a case made that Ishmael is Atlanta's most valuable defensive back up with his experience in head coach Dan Quinn's scheme, as well as his ability to generate fear in opposing pass catchers with his hyper-physical nature.
After spending four seasons as a defensive back, the team asked Ishmael to transition to a linebacker role, and according to all accounts, he’s doing well adapting to his new role. He won’t start at linebacker, but he’ll certainly see some action when the team opts to roll with its best pass coverage linebackers. He probably won’t match last season’s tackle total (52), as he’ll be more valuable in the real world than in the fantasy world.
Ishmael filled in for the injured William Moore last season and finished with an impressive 98 tackles, but he's back behind Moore on the depth chart as training camp begins. It's possible that he'll be moved to free safety and he could start if he beats out Charles Godfrey, but another 98 tackle season seems unlikely, especially if he's not a regular starter. If he exits camp with a starting role, he'll be on the IDP watch list, but for now it's more of a wait-and-see approach.
Ishmael will provide safety depth, assuming he makes the squad.
Ishmael will provide depth at free safety in 2013.
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Taking over at strong safety
SAtlanta Falcons
September 23, 2019
Ishmael is expected to start at strong safety with Keanu Neal (Achilles) out for the season, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Getting ample reps at safety
SAtlanta Falcons
July 24, 2019
Ishmael is expected to field the majority of his practice snaps at safety following Monday's season-ending injury to J.J. Wilcox (knee-ACL), D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Re-ups with Atlanta
SAtlanta Falcons
April 3, 2019
Ishmael re-signed with the Falcons on Wednesday on a one-year contract, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Key special teams contributor
SAtlanta Falcons
January 6, 2019
Ishmael recorded 21 tackles, one pass deflection and one recovered fumble for the Falcons this season.
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Returning to Atlanta
SAtlanta Falcons
April 4, 2018
Ishmael re-signed with the Falcons on a one-year contract Wednesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
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