There are very few hard-and-fast rules in the world of fantasy football. “Late-round quarterback”, “Zero RB”, and “kickers in the last round” are good guidelines, but even those generally-accepted ideas have exceptions to them.
There is, however, one concept that I know to be unwaveringly true when it comes to individual defensive players (IDP): do not trust defensive tackles. Even year-to-year consistency maven Aaron Donald is now not even classified as a DT in most leagues, meaning that there is no reliable annual option at the position for fantasy players.
I should have known that, and yet I trusted my 2017 season in one league to the talents of then-Buffalo Bills middle man Marcell Dareus. Dareus would eventually get traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars midseason, and end up with a lost season; he was just 71st in points per game at the position.
What was the cause behind Dareus’s big flop in Florida?
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