Trend-Spotting: Second-Half Sack Artists

Kevin Greenstein takes a look at pass rushers on the rise and set to decline down the stretch of the 2013 season.

| 4 years ago

Trend-Spotting: Second-Half Sack Artists

brian-robisonIn most fantasy leagues, the measure of a pass rusher is solely defined by their sack total. But in a world where 16 sacks is a terrific season (average: one per game), it’s easy for strong performances to get ignored because of low sack totals or for weak performances to be severely overvalued. For example, the St. Louis Rams’ Robert Quinn has managed 10 sacks and 47 quarterback interruptions through his first nine games despite playing only 453 snaps, while the New England Patriots’ Chandler Jones has tallied the same 10 sacks but only 40 quarterback interruptions in 656 snaps.  Given the Patriots’ recent signing of Andre Carter, it’s a good bet that Jones’s snap count and sack total will decrease in the second half, whereas Quinn is likely to an increased number of opportunities to capitalize on his terrific pass-rushing ability in the second half.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five other defensive linemen (defensive ends and defensive tackles) who are a good bet to see their sack totals (and fantasy value) rise dramatically in the second half of the season, and five who are likely to see their fantasy value plummet…

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