Few names in the NFL are as polarizing as Detroit Lions‘ Ndamukong Suh. Some love him for his unbridled aggression, while others site that same aggression as a factor in Suh’s overaggressive playing style. Since he entered the league as the second overall pick in 2010, Suh has certainly been a force.
Opposing offences routinely game plan around Suh, whose ability to get to the quarterback is as good as they come. A powerful brute strong defensive tackle, Suh can rely on pure strength alone to get through opposing linemen. However, this is one of the rare instances where on-field success does not translate to fantasy success.
Suh will routinely face double-teams at the line of scrimmage. Opponents know if left unchecked, Suh is capable of powering through almost any lineman in the NFL. Although Suh doubled his sack totals in 2012 to eight compared to the four he registered in 2011, last season saw Suh register only 80 fantasy points in standard scoring systems. Those 80 points didn’t even crack the top 150 defensive players.
2011 saw Suh manage only 56 fantasy points. Suh has only forced one fumble in his career, one interception and 99 tackles to date. Simply put, as good as he is in actual football games, Suh is not a great fantasy football choice.
Despite that, he is usually one of the earlier individual defensive players drafted each season. Don’t be the owner who burns a pick on Suh. There are better options out there like DeMarcus Ware or Julius Peppers. I would even gamble on an aging Jared Allen posting better numbers this season. Save yourself the trouble and search elsewhere to find your fantasy defensive end.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.