LB - ATL
Week 3 Outlook
Per his Twitter account, Atlanta has declined Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley’s fifth-year option.
In a surprising turn of events, McKinley has had his fifth-year option declined by the Falcons. The former 2017 first-round pick out of UCLA will now be in a contract year in 2020, and needs to prove himself more than ever in order to get a lucrative contract after his rookie deal expires. In three years with the Falcons, McKinley has totaled 71 tackles and 16.5 sacks. Look for a big year ahead as McKinley tries to silence the critics and score a big pay-day with his next contract.
Takkarist McKinley recorded two solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one tackle for loss, and one sack in the Atlanta Falcons' Week 7 victory over the New York Giants.
McKinley has recorded sacks in four of the five games he's played this year, and has 5.5 so far this season. If he's still on the waiver wire, pick him up because he could be the addition that puts you over the top if he keeps up this pace.
Atlanta defensive end Takkarist McKinley showed up big to play in the loss to Cincinnati Sunday. He recorded the three sacks on Andy Dalton as well as three solo tackles in the contest.
IDP owners should be excited about the outcome after a lackluster start to the season for McKinley. But they will want to temper expectations until he can repeatedly show this type of production each week. It is possible to say this production was simply a matchup made in heaven for him.
Reportedly there were some miscommunications about a recent tweet that Takkarist McKinley posted, but as of now, it is being reported that it was not over his shoulder. He is expected to be at a full go in week one as of now.
McKinley DP owners can only hope that the shoulder is fully healthy and he will break out as expected. His fantasy football fans may want to have veteran Brooks Reed on speed dial just in case. Reed has performed well, but he doesn't offer the same upside as what McKinley supposedly holds.
Takkarist McKinley is expected to play in this Friday night's first preseason game versus the New York Jets.
IDP owners will want to hope that McKinley can emerge from the contest without another setback. His shoulder injuries have become a real concern for his IDP owners. Despite the early camp scare where he hurt the shoulder again there is still plenty of opportunity in 2018 for him to become a relevant IDP play. McKinley just has to prove he can get past the shoulder issues and be on the field at full health.