Akiem Hicks
Akiem Hicks
30-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Chicago Bears
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After three great seasons with the Bears in which Hicks posted at least 54 tackles and seven sacks per year, he missed 11 games in 2019 due to an elbow injury. With a full offseason to recover, the 30-year-old has a decent shot to return to the consistent production he's shown since leaving New England. In addition, he continues to benefit from playing on a defense with Khalil Mack, which ensures that Hicks won't be the focal point of opposing protection schemes. Unless Hicks is struggling in his return from the elbow issue, he should remain a strong IDP option at defensive end. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed four-year, $48 million contract with the Bears in September of 2017.
Bounceback campaign expected
DEChicago Bears
June 25, 2020
Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said that Hicks (elbow) is "really eager to get back on the field and be with his brothers out there competing and playing," Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Pagano anticipates having a fully healthy Hicks to utilize in 2020, after the defensive end was limited to just five games last year and noticably hampered when available. Prior to 2019's injury-riddled campaign, Hicks had put together three straight seasons with at least seven sacks. If the 30-year-old is indeed able to avoid any setbacks in his recovery, he'll be primed to make an impact as a key member of Chicago's defensive line for 2020.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Akiem Hicks' measurables compare to other defensive ends?
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' 4"
 
Weight
352 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.23 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.86 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.75 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
 
Broad Jump
108 in
 
Bench Press
26 reps
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
35.13 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hicks is one of the league's top interior defensive linemen and an overlooked anchor in Chicago's immovable defense. He contributes a lot of snaps for a 330-pounder, projecting for almost 900, and that conditioning ensures a high floor. Hicks' numbers the last three years are remarkably consistent, totaling 54, 54 and 55 tackles and seven, eight, and seven sacks in those respective seasons. It seems unlikely that he'll develop into a double-digit sack threat, but it can't be ruled out given the number of sacks the Bears defense projects for in 2019.
Hicks has been a late bloomer during his NFL career. After notching just 9.5 sacks over his first five seasons, he's flourished while playing in coordinator Vic Fangio's defense the last two years. During that time, he's come on with 15.5 sacks, and firmly in the prime of his career, he should be in line for a third straight strong campaign. Look for the Chicago defense to continue to pressure opponents consistently, which should provide Hicks a great opportunity to post steady sack numbers. Although he's not an elite IDP, he's a fair starting option in leagues that start multiple defensive linemen.
In the first of a two-year deal that Hicks signed with the Bears in 2016, he came up big with a career-high seven sacks. Now in a contract year, he'll be looking to cash in with another fruitful campaign. Before the breakout, the veteran had just 9.5 sacks over his first five seasons, but he found himself in a great situation in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's system and thrived. He'll line up as Chicago's starting left defensive end, and squarely in his prime, he'll be a fair IDP option, even though his sack numbers aren't elite.
Once the Patriots acquired Hicks from the Saints in 2015, he looked like the impact player who current Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace made a third round pick with the Saints in 2012. Once Hicks hit the open market, Pace secured his services, signing him to a two-year deal to play the end position in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s system. With the team having upgraded their talent on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, Hicks, who has 9.5 sacks over the last three seasons, will be a player capable of making even more improvement, putting him on the map as a potential IDP option.
Following an impressive finish to his 2013 sophomore campaign, many predicted a breakout season for Hicks in 2014. Hicks unfortunately underwhelmed, managing only 42 tackles and two sacks in 15 games. Still, Hicks is expected to start at defensive end for the Saints, which could result in a windfall for fantasy owners with the option of starting Hicks at defensive tackle - the position at which he's listed in most fantasy leagues. If he can return to harassing the quarterback, as he did in 2013 when he recorded 56 tackles and 4.5 sacks, IDP owners could reap the benefits of deploying Hicks at a defensive tackle position in which pass rush standouts are scarce.
In only his second year in the league out of tiny Regina College in Canada, Hicks managed 3.5 sacks in his final seven regular season games in 2013 and finished the year with 4.5 sacks and 56 tackles. Almost as importantly as Hicks' marked improvement from a rookie season in which his presence was hardly felt is that the Saints list Hicks as a defensive tackle, despite often lining up as a defensive end in the team's 3-4 defense. If Hicks can continue to build on his sack total in 2014, his value projects to be significantly higher in position-specific IDP leagues given the dearth of quality pass rushers at the defensive tackle position.
Hicks is expected to start at defensive end in the Saints' new 3-4 defense. Hicks was tentatively slated to start at nose tackle, but with the Saints drafting massive DT John Jenkins, Hicks moved to defensive end. While Hicks will still likely see playing time at all three defensive line positions, he holds slightly more value as an end, as it should provide an increased opportunity to rack up a few more sacks.
Hicks was drafted in the third round out of the tiny University of Regina in Canada. Given the weaker competition he faced during his college career, he may have some difficulty contributing right away at the NFL level. At this point in his career, Hicks is expected to back up both Sedrick Ellis and Broderick Bunkley in the defensive tackle rotation.
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Misses last two games of 2019
DEChicago Bears
Elbow
December 27, 2019
Hicks (elbow) missed Weeks 16 and 17, and on the season, he recorded 10 tackles ad one sack over five contests.
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Remains sidelined
DEChicago Bears
Elbow
December 25, 2019
Hicks (elbow) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Won't play Sunday
DEChicago Bears
Elbow
December 21, 2019
Hicks (elbow) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
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Continues battling elbow injury
DEChicago Bears
Elbow
December 20, 2019
Hicks (elbow) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs.
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Officially activated
DEChicago Bears
December 14, 2019
The Bears activated Hicks (elbow) from injured reserve Saturday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
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