Sheldon Rankins
Sheldon Rankins
25-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
New Orleans Saints
IR
Injury Ankle
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rankins fell short of earning a Pro-Bowl nod, but his 2018 season amounted to a breakout. Despite seeing the majority of his snaps at an interior-line spot, Rankins amassed career highs in tackles and sacks, both in raw totals (40 and eight) and on a per-game basis (2.5, 0.5). In recognition of Rankins' improved performance, the Saints exercised his $7.69 million fifth-year option this offseason, likely setting the stage for player and team to reach a long-term extension. With four-time Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan and up-and-coming 2018 first-round pick Marcus Davenport terrorizing opposing quarterbacks off the edge, Rankins shouldn't be subject to regular double teams. That offers hope that those 2018 numbers may be something Rankins can build on, rather than a one-year anomaly. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $12.8 million contract with the Saints in May of 2016. Saints exercised $7.69 million team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Season officially over
DTNew Orleans Saints
Ankle
December 11, 2019
The Saints placed Rankins (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rankins' upcoming absence leaves the Saints quite thin along the defensive line, with Marcus Davenport also heading to IR due to a foot injury sustained during the 48-46 loss to the 49ers over the weekend. The defensive tackle will finish the 2019 campaign with just 10 stops and two sacks in 10 games, but he made more of an impact than the numbers would indicate. The Saints have since signed another defensive tackle T.Y. McGill in an attempt to add depth at the position.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
New Orleans SaintsSaints 2019 DT Snap Distribution See more data like this
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635
80
544
64
381
50
329
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323
45
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2019 Sheldon Rankins Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do Sheldon Rankins' measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
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' 2"
 
Weight
305 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.03 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.59 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.44 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
28 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
33.38 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Sheldon Rankins
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IDP Analysis: Week 11 Matchups
67 days ago
Nick Bosa and the rest of the 49ers pass rush should generate a lot of pressure against the Cardinals offense Sunday, which could lead to solid sack numbers.
IDP Analysis: Week 10 Matchups
74 days ago
Jim Coventry anticipates Patrick Peterson and the rest of Arizona’s defensive backs to have a great day against the Bucs‘ mediocre rushing attack.
IDP Analysis: Week 8 Matchups
88 days ago
If the Vikings roll out to an early lead over the Redskins, expect Washingtons linebackers, including Ryan Kerrigan, to have a big day.
Gameday Injuries: Week 4
111 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through a Week 4 injury report that features more prominent names facing potential absences and also includes the expected 2019 debut of an elite running back.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
After registering four sacks and six quarterback hits during a promising but injury-shortened nine-game rookie season, Rankins recorded only two sacks, 26 tackles and nine quarterback hits in 16 starts a year ago. As a sophomore, however, Rankins was asked to split time between defensive tackle and defensive end for portions of the season, filling in for Alex Okafor (Achilles), who ended up on injured reserve. With Okafor's return to health and the Saints drafting Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Rankins is expected to return to an every-down role on the interior of the line, where he can hopefully use his elite quickness to harass opposing quarterbacks and regain the form he flashed as a rookie.
Rankins was selected by the Saints with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft but missed the first seven games of the season after suffering a leg injury during training camp. When he finally took the field, the rookie proved to be a disruptive defensive force, notching 20 tackles (15 solo), four sacks, and one forced fumble in nine games. Although most defensive tackles have only limited fantasy appeal outside of deep, position-specific IDP leagues, Rankins flashed an innate ability to rush the passer that may give him some value even in more traditional IDP formats.
Rankins, one of the top defenders on a tough Louisville defense the last two years, was selected by the Saints with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Though he lacks prototypical size for a defense tackle, Rankins is an explosive athlete who could start immediately alongside Nick Fairley on the Saints' retooled defensive line. Still, outside of position-specific IDP leagues, he likely has limited fantasy appeal in most formats.
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Could be out for the season
DTNew Orleans Saints
Ankle
December 11, 2019
Rankins (ankle) is in danger of missing the rest of the season, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Leaves game Sunday
DTNew Orleans Saints
Ankle
December 8, 2019
Rankins (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the 49ers.
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Records sack in win
DTNew Orleans Saints
November 28, 2019
Rankins recorded three tackles (all solo), including a sack and a tackle for a loss, in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.
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Records sack in win
DTNew Orleans Saints
October 6, 2019
Rankins finished with three tackles (three solo), one sack and one tackle for a loss in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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Returning to action
DTNew Orleans Saints
September 29, 2019
Rankins (Achilles) is active for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys.
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