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They Call Him “MoneyBacker” and I’m Buying
He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1st round (27th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft and has taken the NFL by storm ever since the team utilized him as a hybrid defender. They call him the “money backer” but his name is Deone Bucannon and he will continue to take dynasty IDP by storm. He’s modern day trend setter as the likes of Adrian Wilson and Kam Chancellor come to mind in what Bucannon does; it’s the current trend in the NFL today as teams gear up for the pass more often than not as the Rams utilized Mark Barron (finally came to their senses) and next up in line is Colts; Clayton Geathers. It’s not going to stop there and that’s neither here nor there in this article; so going back to Bucannon.
Deone brings the speed, physicality, instincts and versatility to the Cardinals defense and although they call him “money backer” he prefers the name “landshark” as he’ll roam the field attacking his prey (3 Forced Fumbles in 2015). The Cardinals utilized Bucannon at LB because Daryl Washington is a waste of talent, Sean Weatherspoon didn’t quite work out and all that’s left is Kevin Minter and they’re not going to ask him to drop back into coverage. Bucannon has no problem there as he had the slot responsibility with 63 of his 525 coverage snaps in 2015.
In 2014 he racked up 80 total tackles, 6 TFL and 2 sacks while playing 65% of the defensive snaps at LB position (he has yet to play a down in the secondary). He has had the DB tag in the IDP world which was gold; more so because more times than not a lot of folks like to stream DB’s but Deone was a mainstay. In 2015 Deone put his name on the map as he piled up 112 tackles, 11 TFL, 3 sacks, 3FF, 2FR and 1 INT. He racked up 95% of the defensive snaps (will have no problem maintaining this in the future) and ended the season as LB8 overall (sixth overall in solo tackles; 93).
From weeks 10-17 he was the LB4 only behind Lavonte, Derrick Johnson and Kuechly with his highest output of 28.50 (11 tackles, 1INT, 1 sack, 1TD) coming against the Eagles in week 15. He had 6 games under 10 points but had 9 in 4 of them so you really can and should count on Bucannon on a weekly basis. As we head into 2016 Deone Bucannon has been blessed with the LB tag, we’re moving forward!
I’m buying Bucannon everywhere and drafting him everywhere with confidence as my LB1 (weekly starter) and he is in my elite tier (I have no problems with this). In a recent startup that I’m in, it’s a 12-team league that was 55 rounds deep and I took Bucannon at 11.01, he was the 10th LB off the board and I passed on the likes of rookie fav Myles Jack, Eric Kendricks, Sean Lee, Kwon Alexander and Jordan Hicks to name a few. At this point in the draft though he is my LB2 behind Ogletree, but both will be weekly starters and I’m ecstatic I got two elite LB’s to build around. Bucannon is going to be a staple at the top LB tier in dynasty for years as Cardinals have a lack of depth and talent at the ILB position and they’re set in the secondary for years. So do yourself a favor if you have a startup coming up to put Bucannon near the top of your list and if you’re like me and own him everywhere in whatever team we have our LB unit became stronger once he got the LB tag on My Fantasy League.
(Oh and I’m going to need to get me a Deone Bucannon jersey too – pronto!)