Anthony Hitchens
Anthony Hitchens
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Hitchens played the third-most snaps among Cowboys linebackers last season behind both Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, but the team was willing to allow the four-year pro to walk this offseason. The Chiefs, who decided to cut ties with veteran middle linebacker Derrick Johnson, scooped up the 26-year-old on a five-year, $45 million contract. Hitchens played just 52.2 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017, though it's notable that he missed the first four games of the season due to a knee injury. Johnson, on the other hand, remained on the field for 76.9 percent of snaps. If Hitchens can stay healthy, an expected increase in playing time, combined with a shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, could put him in a position to near the 100-tackle total in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2018.
Records 12 tackles Week 2
LBKansas City Chiefs
September 17, 2018
Hitchens posted 12 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
ANALYSIS
Hitchens has racked up double-digit tackles in back-to-back games to start the season. He's had a strong start to his first year in Kansas City, well on pace to setting a career high in tackles. Looking ahead, Hitchens and the Chiefs will look to stay perfect on the season as they face off against the 49ers in Week 3.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    155
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    9
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
581
111
2017
547
32
2018
155
9
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 0"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   235 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.60 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.30 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   7.15 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   32.50 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   36 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   117 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   23 reps
WEAK
Kansas City Chiefs Team Injury Report
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
2014
Hitchens served as the Cowboys' primary middle linebacker in 2016, but the former fourth-rounder was on the field for just 581 of the team's defensive snaps. He was able to notch a career high in tackles with 78, but he didn't force a single turnover and posted just 1.5 sacks. 2016 second-rounder Jaylon Smith is slated to return from a severe knee injury, and he will be the clear favorite to win the starting middle linebacker gig. If that happens as expected, Hitchens' already below-average IDP value would be further diminished.
Hitchens' numbers were very similar through his first two NFL campaigns but he could be in line for a big spike in production with Rolando McClain suspended for the first 10 games this season. The favorite to win the starting middle linebacker role while McClain is sidelined, Hitchens recorded 31 tackles and two sacks in the first four games of 2015 while McClain was also suspended.
Hitchens was a surprisingly effective rookie last season, playing in all 16 games and starting 11 while recording 75 tackles and an interception. He'll compete for a starting role as the strong-side linebacker in 2015
Fourth round pick fell into a giant opportunity when Sean Lee was lost for the season on the first day of OTAs this offseason. If Hitchens can fend off veteran Justin Durant for the starting ILB spot in the Cowboys' defense, he has the athleticism and motor to put up very solid IDP numbers.
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Tallies 15 tackles Sunday
LBKansas City Chiefs
September 10, 2018
Hitchens recorded 15 tackles (seven solo), including two for loss, in Sunday's 38-28 win over the Chargers.
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Returns to practice
LBKansas City Chiefs
August 6, 2018
Hitchens (hamstring) rejoined the Chiefs for practice Monday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Injures hamstring
LBKansas City Chiefs
Hamstring
August 4, 2018
Hitchens was sidelined during Saturday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Nate Taylor of The Athletic Kansas City reports.
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Joining Chiefs
LBDallas Cowboys
March 13, 2018
Hitchens plans to sign with the Chiefs for five years and approximately $45 million, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Sets new career high in tackles in 2017
LBDallas Cowboys
January 7, 2018
Hitchens finished the regular season with a career-high 84 tackles (55 solo), two passes defended and a forced fumble in 12 games.
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