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Fantasy Football Defensive Tackles (DT)

Football Defensive Tackle
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What is a DT in Fantasy Football?

A defensive tackle is a defensive player who plays in the middle of the defensive line. A starting defensive unit puts either one or two defensive tackles on the defensive line for each snap. They are responsible for stopping the run up the middle and rushing the quarterback. 

How to Draft a Defensive Tackle in Fantasy Football

Most fantasy football leagues are offensive player only leagues, but in the individual defensive player (IDP) leagues, defensive players are much more valuable. If you’re new to an IDP league, then it is a good idea for you to get to know how each of the positions work, even if you’re an expert in other fantasy versions.

Defensive tackles are not as valuable as other defensive positions. They do not get interceptions, rarely have over five tackles in a game, and are constantly substituting in a platoon style. There are not a lot of defensive tackles that are desirable in an IDP league.

Draft Value

Given the nature of most IDP leagues where tackles far outweigh sacks and forced fumbles, defensive tackles do not have as much value. That being said, most leagues that do IDP scoring require that a team starts a certain number of each position. If that is the case, then it might be in your best interest to draft a superstar defensive tackle with an early pick. The logic behind that is the talent gap between the elite defensive tackles and the pretty tackles is larger than most positions.

Defensive Tackle Scoring

IDP scoring gives points for each action of a defender. That includes tackles, sacks, fumbles, interceptions, touchdowns, blocks, tackles for a loss, and safeties. However, keeping in mind a defensive tackle’s role on the defense, only a few of those are relevant to their scoring.

The main way a defensive tackle will earn their points is by getting sacks and tackles for losses. They do not get as many tackles as linebackers or safeties, very rarely score touchdowns, and interceptions are extremely uncommon. Sacks are usually worth about 4 points while tackles for a loss are 2 or 3. For comparison, a tackle in most leagues is 1 point. The value of defensive tackle scoring actions is listed in the table below.

ActionPoint value
Sack4
Tackle1
Assisted tackle0.5
Tackle for loss3
Forced fumble2
Fumble recovery2
Defensive touchdown6

Acquiring defensive tackles with high sack numbers is your best bet. Defensive tackles who make more than the average number of tackles per game would also make a solid draft pick or waiver acquisition.

FAQ

What is a defensive tackle in fantasy football?

In fantasy football, a defensive tackle is a defensive player positioned towards the middle of the line of scrimmage. Defensive tackles are responsible for stopping the offensive’s run game and rushing the quarterback before he can pass the ball. By disrupting the running lanes, they are invaluable parts of a team’s defensive lineup.

What is a DT in fantasy football?

In fantasy football, DT stands for defensive tackle. Defensive linemen are divided into defensive tackles and defensive ends based on where they are positioned. Where they are placed along the line of scrimmage determines their responsibilities in countering the other team’s offense. Defensive tackles are towards the center while defensive ends line up on either end of the line.

How valuable are defensive tackles in fantasy football?

In fantasy football, defensive tackles are not very worthwhile players in terms of fantasy scoring. In standard leagues, defensive tackles do not really score any points. In individual defensive player (IDP) leagues, they at least get points for every sack or tackle that they make. Defensive tackles are thus not generally high-scoring, but ones with high sack and tackle stats can definitely help you get closer to that championship title.

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