When the Atlanta Falcons picked up Osi Umenyiora, the defensive end instantly became worth targeting in fantasy football IDP formats. The former New York Giant signed a two-year deal worth $8.5 million to head to Atlanta and anchor a young, hungry defense.
Umenyiora was quickly brought in by Atlanta to fill the void left by DE John Abraham this off-season. The two-time Pro Bowler will instantly become the most experienced option on Atlanta’s line and the team couldn’t be more excited about adding him to their squad.
Umenyiora recorded just six sacks in 2012, which was his lowest total since 2006. However, the 31-year-old wasn’t exactly getting adequate playing time. He was splitting time between Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, and even flex-option Mathias Kiwanuka on the line. Umenyiora will now get plenty of playing time in Atlanta and will look to rejuvenate his career.
Despite plain injured throughout several seasons, the British born pass rusher has somehow finished an entire season in seven of the last eight seasons. Durability is extremely underrated in fantasy, especially in IDP leagues, so the likelihood that Osi will be in uniform every Sunday just boosts his fantasy value.
In 2010, the defensive end recorded 11.5 sacks and forced a career-high 10 fumbles. He was one of the premier pass rushers in all of fantasy. Umenyiora isn’t in the shape he was a couple years ago, but he can still be a very serviceable fantasy option. Look for the veteran to finish with over 10 sacks in his first year in Hot-lanta.