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    October 30, 2018 10:44 PM PDT

    In order to rise above the competition in fantasy football leagues we need to differentiate our portfolio with breakout players who enjoy smashing success in comparison to previous efforts. DaQuan Jones Jersey . With a focus on the defensive side of the ball -- specifically on individual defensive players -- we aim to identify some of the key breakout candidates for 2016.For opportunity on offense we have actionable information, such as touches and targets, which help reveal how players are consuming and converting usage into on-field production. On defense, we mostly track snaps as the key surface stat to appraise opportunity. While glaringly obvious, being on the field is requisite for fantasy production. Once we identify snap exposure, we can then look for tackle rates and big-play indicators like turnover creation and sack production.By sifting through past performance and weighting the potential for opportunity this coming season, weve found some of our favorite breakout defenders at each position. With a nod to dynasty and keeper formats, we also detail some of the key rookies of the 2016 class at each defensive position.Breakout linebackersJames Laurinaitis -- now with the Saints -- led all linebackers in snaps as the middle linebacker for the Rams last season. Even from an outside role, Alec Ogletree enjoyed a 17 percent tackle rate last season, a rich clip that could spell league-leading potential given his valuable new role as the teams middle linebacker. Ogletree wont come cheap, as hes going fifth at the position on average in ESPN drafts, but indicators suggest a strong return on investment.The Vikings Eric Kendricks is a rare athlete for an inside linebacker, as he rates at least in the 90th percentile among positional prospects since 1999 in the 40-yard dash and vertical and broad jumps, per MockDraftable. NFL Nations Vikings beat reporter Ben Goessling expects every-down exposure for Kendricks this season, Both Mike Zimmer and defensive coordinator George Edwards have noted how much more assertive Kendricks looks this year. As Zimmer put it, there were times last season when Kendricks seemed like hed had too much coffee. This year, he knows where hes supposed to be, and hes doing a better job of making calls in the defense. Hell be in the base, and I expect hell play in the nickel, as well.Speaking of athletic specimens, word is linebacker Ryan Shazier beat out fellow Steelers Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates in the 40-yard dash this offseason. Arguably the fastest player at the position in the league, Shazier needs only to stay on the field in order to become a fantasy star. Not only can Shazier reasonably top 100 tackles this season, we should recognize his pass-rush potential given he rushed the quarterback on 20.2 percent of passing snaps last season, good for 12th highest among inside linebackers, per Pro Football Focus.The aforementioned breakout candidates are all going within the top 18 at the position in ESPN drafts, so for a stronger value angle, lets look at the Chargers Denzel Perryman. Perryman rated tops among 59 qualifying inside backers in run stop percentage in 2015 -- registering a tackle on 18.3 percent of run snaps, per Pro Football Focus. If Perryman can secure every-down work (88 percent snap rate for final two games last year), he could rate among the leaders in solo tackles.The Bears brought in Danny Trevathan to add a playmaking dynamic in the linebackers corps. While durability remains a concern, Trevathans upside as a fantasy producer in Chicago is undeniable. As evidence, he led all linebackers with at least 500 snaps in tackles per snap last season and trailed only this guy named Luke Kuechly in fantasy points per play among that snap sampling.Its hard to not like the low draft price on Anthony Hitchens in Dallas, as hes perched atop the depth chart at middle linebacker and can be found in the twilight rounds in most drafts. Similarly,?Zachary Orr?of the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans Benardrick McKinney and the Oakland Raiders Ben Heeney could all surge as starting inside linebackers on their respective front sevens.Notable rookiesIts sad to see the Buffalo Bills Reggie Ragland lost for the season with a knee injury, but we can still find some fantasy gems in the rookie class at the position. ESPN Nations Vaughn McClure told us LSU speedster Deion Jones is in competition for meaningful work on the Falcons front seven: Jones is fighting Paul Worrilow for playing time and is likely going to be one of the linebackers on the field in the nickel because of his speed and coverage ability.In Jacksonville, ultratalented UCLA product Myles Jack is listed behind Paul Posluszny for the Mike linebacker gig, but its quite possible he forces the veteran to the outside later in the season.The Jets Darron Lee might be the most immediately valuable freshman fantasy linebacker, as he needs to supplant Erin Henderson for an inside gig. Lee enjoyed a stellar preseason debut with two tackles for loss and a sack.Breakout linemenThe Lions Ezekiel Ansah is a strong contender to lead the league in sacks this season. Ansah led all linemen with at least 300 snaps in both fantasy points and sacks per play last season.Having spent the offseason training with Adrian Peterson, undersized Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter is earning offseason hype for added bulk. Hunter was seventh in both fantasy points and sacks per snap among linemen with at least 300 snaps last season. Goessling told us, The coaching staff is pretty excited about how he looks coming into his second year. Theyve been touting him as a real find for their scouting staff, and Id expect hell get more snaps in the base defense this year, while still playing as a pass-rusher in the nickel package.The Eagles brought in Jim Schwartz to deploy his attacking defense that employs the Wide 9 technique with frequency. This technique means edge linemen line up a full gap from where the tight end would line up pre-snap. Schwartz relies on a four-man pass rush, which should lead to increased exposure for both Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry. Graham has compiled 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles in limited snaps at linebacker over the past two seasons, while Curry was second among linemen in forced fumbles in 2014 and led all linemen in sacks per snap (min. 300) that season.One of our favorite breakout edge talents is the Patriots Jabaal Sheard, as he ranked second in Pro Football Focus signature stat pass rush productivity last season (sacks, hits and hurries divided by snaps) among 4-3 ends. Sheard finished 2015 with four sacks and three forced fumbles over the final three games and was fourth in fantasy points per play among linemen with at least 500 snaps for the season.In the value department, young edge mavens?Dante Fowler Jr.?of the Jaguars and Kony Ealy of the Panthers could provide profits as pressure producers in the pass-rush phase.Notable RookiesAs far as rookie linemen, the 49ers?DeForest Buckner could earn streaming interest playing on a defense that could be on the field more than any other in the league.It might take some time for former prep phenoms Robert Nkemdiche and Noah Spence, of the Cardinals and Bucs, respectively, to earn meaningful work, but both could eventually shine as playmakers in their rookie seasons.NFL Nation Bills reporter Mike Rodak offered insight into the role versatile rookie Adolphus Washington night serve this season, Hell be a starter at 3-4 DE, 5-tech unless there is an injury or setback in his development. Washington will be an interior rusher with snap counts most likely north of 50 percent, probably closer to 75 percent.Breakout defensive backsA thin linebacker depth chart for the Jets could set up Calvin Pryor with steady tackle opportunities cleaning up in the second level. We also like the Saints Kenny Vaccaro as an enforcer behind a suspect crew of linebackers. Laurinaitis ranked last among inside linebackers in run stop percentage last season, meaning Vaccaro could be busy in the box in 2016.Chip Kellys snap-happy scheme saw Malcolm Jenkins average 70.4 plays per game over the past two seasons, the most among defenders by nearly six percent. This means strong safety Antoine Bethea -- who was third in run stop percentage among safeties last season -- could challenge the Dolphins Reshad Jones for the tackle crown among defensive backs. The Eagles defense was on the field for 11.4 percent more plays than the league average last season.NFL Nations Cowboys beat scribe Todd Archer believes well see a lot of uber-athlete Byron Jones this season, Jones will be their starting free safety. The Cowboys believe his range is his best asset. He can go after the ball with his athleticism and theyve not had a safety like that in some time.The Colts were 22nd in sacks last season and could again struggle to produce pocket pressure this season. Safety Clayton Geathers could be busy all season with the lack of pressure feeding the ball into the second level with regularity. Similarly, Ibraheim Campbell could thrive in Cleveland as a stud strong safety behind a shaky linebacker group and an ineffective pass rush.Sticking in Ohio, the Bengals Shawn Williams -- flush with a new contract -- should earn every-down snap exposure. Pro Football Focus notes Williams finished ninth among safeties with 0.27 yards per coverage snap.In Denver we could see veteran strong safety T.J. Ward playing in the box as a pseudo dime linebacker given preseason trends. Ward was 11th in run stop percentage last season at the position, per PFF.Notable RookiesIts seemingly a banner season for targeting young secondary talents, as the Jaguars Jalen Ramsey could be heavily targeted and the Raiders Karl Joseph could produce a linebacker-like tackle rate as the box enforcer in Oakland.In what could be another fun hybrid safety/linebacker role in the mold of Deone Bucannon and Mark Barron, the Redskins Sua Cravens is going to play a unique role this season. NFL Nations John Keim notes that while Cravens is a sub-package specialist, I can definitely see him getting good work with the starters in nickel and dime packages. Hes a good athlete and I think theyll want his quickness up near the line. Cravens is eligible at both safety and linebacker in our game due to his rare role, adding immense value if he eventually earns steady snaps.NFL Nations McClure offered his take on safety Keanu Neals immediate upside, He certainly is an every-down player. Hes displayed more speed than initially advertised. Hes athletic enough to defend big tight ends. Hell fly down into the box and be that heavy hitter, but the Falcons seem to trust him in coverage as well, so maybe some interceptions will come his way. Cameron Batson Jersey . The 17-year-old native of Marystown, N.L., pulled out of Skate Canada International last month in Saint John, N.B., with the same problem. Ryan Succop Jersey . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. The candidates -- all previously announced in their own countries -- are: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm. . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. (STATS) -- A number of teams were left to wait and hope for FCS at-large playoff bids, but 10 teams were going to have automatic bids in hand by the end of Saturdays big day of college football action.Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley), Charleston Southern (Big South), top-ranked Sam Houston State (Southland) and South Dakota State (Missouri Valley) clinched their respective conferences bid on Saturday, joining six teams that already had qualified for the 24-team field.The playoff field, which includes 14 at-large teams, will be announced on an ESPNU selection show at 11 a.m. ET Sunday.Eastern Washington (Big Sky), James Madison (CAA Football), Lehigh (Patriot), Saint Francis (Northeast), San Diego (Pioneer) and The Citadel (Southern) had clinched automatic bids prior to Saturdays action.The Ivy League (co-champs Penn and Princeton), MEAC (North Carolina Central) and SWAC dont send their champions to the playoffs.---=STATS FCS TOP 25=---=Saturday, Nov. 19=---=No. 6 James Madison 63, Elon 14=James Madison (10-1, 8-0) finished off a perfect season in CAA Football by gaining 699 yards of offense. Quarterback Cole Johnson, in his first start, was 12 of 13 for 274 yards and two touchdowns to Domo Taylor, while Khalid Abdullah rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown.---=William & Mary 34, No. 7 Richmond 13=Kendell Anderson carried the ball 42 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns as William & Mary (5-6, 3-5) ended a five-game losing streak to rival Richmond (8-3, 5-3), which might have blown a seed and first-round bye in the playoffs. The Spiders also lost quarterback Kyle Lauletta to a possible season-ending knee injury.---=No. 14 Charleston Southern 28, Kennesaw State 7=Darius Hammond carried the ball 17 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Charleston Southern (7-3, 4-1) earned a share of the Big South title with Liberty and claimed the automatic playoff bid.---=No. 19 Lehigh 45, Lafayette 21=In the 152nd meeting of college footballs most-played series, Lehigh (9-2, 6-0) completed a perfect season in the Patriot League. Nick Shafnisky passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Troy Pelletier.---=No. 20 Wofford 17, VMI 0=With its third shutout of the season, Wofford (8-3, 6-2 Southern) likely locked down its first playoff bid since 2012. Lorenzo Long rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown.---=Wagner 31, No. 25 Saint Francis 24=Wagner built a 31-7 lead after three quarters to prevent playoff-bound Saint Francis from winning an outright Northeast Conference title. Duquesne gained a share with the Red Flash (7-4, 5-1). Seahawks quarterback Alex Thomson passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns while the defense had three interceptions against Saint Francis Zack Drayer.---=No. 2 Jacksonville State 33, UT Martin 7=Jacksonville State (10-1, 7-0) finished unbeaten in the Ohio Valley Conference for the third straight season. Quarterback Eli Jenkins rushed for four touchdowns and the Gamecocks intercepted four passes (Jaylen Hill with two) in the first half.---=Montana State 24, No. 22 Montana 17=Montanas collapse from playoff contention -- four losses in its final five games to finish 6-5 -- was finalized by archrival Montana State. Quarterback Chris Murray sparked the Bobcats upset by rushing for 142 yards and two touchdowns.---=No. 4 North Dakota State 28, South Dakota 21=The five-time reigning FCS champion Bison (10-1, 7-1) followed Easton Sticks three touchdown passes and a 369-yard ground assault to a road victory and a share of their sixth straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title. Lance Dunn had a game-high 145 yards on 14 carries and the Bison held the ball for 37 minutes, 10 seconds.---=No. 24 North Carolina Central 42, No. 9 North Carolina A&T 21=North Carolina Central (9-2, 8-0) won the MEAC title to power into the Celebration Bowl, where it will face the SWAC champion Dec. 17 in Atlanta. Quarterback Malcolm Bell had 315 yards of total offense (184 passing, 131 rushing) and accounted for three touchdowns. A&T (9-2, 7-1) hopes to secure an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs. All-America running back Tarik Cohen gained 82 yardss and a touchdown on 23 carries. Dane Cruikshank Jersey. ---=No. 15 Youngstown State 65, Missouri State 20=With an unstoppable run game, Youngstown State (8-3, 6-2 Missouri Valley) likely sewed up its first playoff bid since 2006. Joe Alessi (seven carries, 190 yards, two touchdowns), Martin Ruiz (19-183-3) and Jody Webb (15-166-2) helped the Penguins average 10.6 yards per carry while rushing for 572 yards.---=North Carolina 41, No. 5 The Citadel 7=The Citadel (10-1), the Southern Conference champion, lost for the first time despite outgaining its ACC opponent 371-356 in offensive yards and holding the ball for 42:25. Grant Drakeford scored on a 28-yard run in the fourth quarter.---=No. 13 Villanova 41, Delaware 10=Villanova (8-3, 6-2 CAA) won the 50th renewal of the Battle of the Blue as quarterback Zach Bednarczk had 273 yards of total offense and four touchdown passes and running back Matt Gudzak gained 175 yards from scrimmage and scored twice.---=No. 17 Grambling State 47, Texas Southern 28=DeVante Kincade threw for three touchdowns and Jestin Kelly (133 yards, one touchdown) and Martez Carter (122 yards, two touchdowns) led the run game as Grambling State (8-1, 8-0) remained unbeaten in the SWAC.---=East Tennessee State 15, No. 18 Samford 14=Samfords bid for a playoff berth took a serious hit in the Southern Conference. ETSUs J.J. Jerman kicked three field goals, including a 28-yarder as time expired, and the Buccaneers (5-6, 2-6) held Bulldogs quarterback Devlin Hodges to a season-low 122 passing yards and no touchdowns. The Bulldogs are 7-4, including one win over a sub-Division I team.---=Southern Illinois 44, No. 23 Western Illinois 34=Western Illinois (6-5, 3-5 Missouri Valley) likely worked its way out of the playoff picture by allowing 20 unanswered points in the final seven minutes of its third straight loss. SIUs Sam Straub won a quarterback duel with WIUs Sean McGuire, throwing for 450 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions.---=No. 1 Sam Houston State 59, No. 11 Central Arkansas 23=Junior Jeremiah Briscoe completed 27 of 42 pass attempts for 431 yards and seven touchdowns, leading Sam Houston (11-0, 9-0) -- the only unbeaten team in the FCS -- to the Southland Conference title. He has thrown a conference-record 52 touchdown passes, just four off the FCS season mark. Central Arkansas (9-2, 8-1) entered the game allowing only 16.8 points per game.---=No. 8 South Dakota State 45, Northern Iowa 24South Dakota State (8-3, 7-1) gained a share of the Missouri Valley title with North Dakota State and secured the automatic playoff bid as the result of a win over the Bison last month. Jake Wieneke (seven receptions, 136 yards) caught two touchdowns from Taryn Christion and threw one to the Jackrabbits quarterback.---=Alabama 31, No. 12 Chattanooga 3Chattanooga (8-3) held a 3-0 lead after one quarter against the nations top-ranked team. Quarterback Alejandro Bennifield was 16 of 21 for 106 yards.---=No. 21 Cal Poly 55, Northern Colorado 48Cal Poly (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky) hopes it clinched a playoff bid after quarterback Dano Graves dazzled with 338 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns. He was 14 of 15 for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and carried the ball 18 times for 147 yards and one touchdown.---=Friday, Nov. 18=---=No. 3 Eastern Washington 35, Portland State 28=EWU overcame a 28-21 deficit after three quarters to clinch a share of its fourth Big Sky title in five years. The Eagles (10-1, 8-0) claimed the conferences automatic bid to the playoffs because of a higher Sagarin rating than North Dakota, which will receive an at-large bid. Sophomore Gage Gubrud threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Kendrick Bourne with 8:19 left to play.---=Thursday, Nov. 17=---=No. 16 Coastal Carolina 42, Liberty 7=DeAngelo Henderson rushed for 139 yards and three short touchdowns, sparking Coastal Carolina (9-2) to its sixth straight win.---=Idle=---=No. 10 North Dakota (9-2, 8-0 Big Sky)= Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Baseball Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys China Stitched NFL Jerseys Cheap Custom Jerseys China Cheap Basketball Jerseys Authentic NFL Jerseys China Cheap College Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys ' ' '