Anthony Hitchens
Anthony Hitchens
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Hitchens played the third-most snaps among Cowboys linebackers last season behind both Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, but the team was willing to allow the four-year pro to walk this offseason. The Chiefs, who decided to cut ties with veteran middle linebacker Derrick Johnson, scooped up the 26-year-old on a five-year, $45 million contract. Hitchens played just 52.2 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017, though it's notable that he missed the first four games of the season due to a knee injury. Johnson, on the other hand, remained on the field for 76.9 percent of snaps. If Hitchens can stay healthy, an expected increase in playing time, combined with a shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, could put him in a position to near the 100-tackle total in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2018.
Posts career-high tackle total
LBKansas City Chiefs
January 21, 2019
Hitchens completed 2018 with 135 tackles (81 solo) over 15 games during 2018.
ANALYSIS
Although Hitchens didn't do much else of note for fantasy purposes, he finished fifth in the NFL in tackles thanks to a move from Dallas to Kansas City last offseason, boosting him onto the fantasy radar. Set for the second year of a five-year deal with the Chiefs in 2019, Hitchens should sit near the top of IDP options again next season and could top his output from 2018 if he can stay on the field for all 16 games.
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Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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How do Anthony Hitchens' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
235 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.74 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.45 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.15 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
 
Broad Jump
116 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hitchens served as the Cowboys' primary middle linebacker in 2016, but the former fourth-rounder was on the field for just 581 of the team's defensive snaps. He was able to notch a career high in tackles with 78, but he didn't force a single turnover and posted just 1.5 sacks. 2016 second-rounder Jaylon Smith is slated to return from a severe knee injury, and he will be the clear favorite to win the starting middle linebacker gig. If that happens as expected, Hitchens' already below-average IDP value would be further diminished.
Hitchens' numbers were very similar through his first two NFL campaigns but he could be in line for a big spike in production with Rolando McClain suspended for the first 10 games this season. The favorite to win the starting middle linebacker role while McClain is sidelined, Hitchens recorded 31 tackles and two sacks in the first four games of 2015 while McClain was also suspended.
Hitchens was a surprisingly effective rookie last season, playing in all 16 games and starting 11 while recording 75 tackles and an interception. He'll compete for a starting role as the strong-side linebacker in 2015
Fourth round pick fell into a giant opportunity when Sean Lee was lost for the season on the first day of OTAs this offseason. If Hitchens can fend off veteran Justin Durant for the starting ILB spot in the Cowboys' defense, he has the athleticism and motor to put up very solid IDP numbers.
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Strong showing in loss
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 24, 2018
Hitchens racked up 12 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.
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Reaches double-digit tackles
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 14, 2018
Hitchens had 11 tackles (five solo) in Thursday's 29-28 loss to the Chargers.
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Leads team in tackles in Week 13
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 3, 2018
Hitchens notched 10 tackles (five solo) during a Week 13 matchup with the Raiders.
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Returns Sunday
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 2, 2018
Hitchens (quad) was able to return to the field for the Chiefs on Sunday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
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Suffers quad injury
LBKansas City Chiefs
Quadriceps
December 2, 2018
Hitchens (quad) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Raiders.
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