Fantasy Impact: Detroit Lions Selects Ezekiel Ansah

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Fantasy Impact: Detroit Lions Selects Ezekiel Ansah

With the #5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah (BYU). Ansah is a walking definition of a raw prospect, but his freakish athletic ability makes him a truly exciting prospect for the future. Due to his lack of direct football experience (only 3 years under his belt), don’t be surprised if Ansah’s rookie numbers are underwhelming.

However, it’s his immense upside that makes him an asset in dynasty leagues. A good comparison could be Jason Pierre-Paul, who entered the league without much experience but with a world of physical talent. After a slow rookie season Pierre-Paul was able to turn that raw ability into production, which is very well what we could see from Ansah. 

Tackles Fumbles
Year Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk PD FR Yds TD FF
2010* 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2011* 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012* 35 27 62 13 4.5 9 0 0 0 1
Career 39 33 72 13 4.5 10 0 0 0 1 

College statistics courtesy of Sports Reference.

Fantasy Impact

Ansah figures to have a slow start to his career as he still has much to learn, and probably won’t be very fantasy-relevant during his rookie year. He definitely won’t play a significant role in winning you your fantasy league this year, in fact, don’t even expect him to be a consistent starter for you. That said, Cliff Avril‘s departure certainly gives Ansah a legitimate opportunity at earning a starting role, but he has his work cut out for him. His rookie season will likely be such a learning curve that it will make him a very situational player, making him only start-worthy in IDP leagues when he has a very favorable matchup. Regardless, Ansah is expected to be a double digit sack player a year or two down the road, and should be one of the first defensive ends off the board in dynasty drafts.

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