Zach Cunningham
Zach Cunningham
25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Houston Texans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
With two seasons of triple-digit tackle production in a row, including 142 last year, it's safe to say that Cunningham is clearly the better IDP option between himself and fellow standout linebacker Benardrick McKinney. Based on his per-snap tackle production over the last two years, Cunningham should only need about 900 snaps to approach 130 stops. If he trends toward or above 1,000 snaps, though, Cunningham could push for the top five among linebacker IDPs. Cunningham lived behind the line of scrimmage at Vanderbilt, so it's reasonable to err toward optimism with his projection. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.47 million contract with the Texans in May of 2017.
Leads team in tackles
LBHouston Texans
January 13, 2020
Cunningham had a team-high seven tackles, one for a loss, along with a quarterback hit and a pass defensed in Sunday's 51-31 playoff loss to Kansas City.
ANALYSIS
Cunningham played every game in 2019 and led the Texans with 142 tackles during the regular season, while adding another 16 stops in the playoffs. It was the second consecutive season he ruled the defense in that category. He also had two sacks, an area of the game where the Vanderbilt product has yet to make a fantasy splash. Cunningham will return for 2020 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Houston TexansTexans 2019 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
% of Team Snaps

1104
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1095
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1012
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560
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273
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139
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108
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91
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82
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2019 Zach Cunningham Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do Zach Cunningham's 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' 3"
 
Weight
238 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.29 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.03 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
 
Broad Jump
125 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
34.28 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Zach Cunningham
IDP Analysis: Linebacker Draft Values
7 days ago
In the second of a three-part series, Jim Coventry searches for values in the linebacker position and sees potential with Kwon Alexander who should be fully healthy to start the season.
2020 Training Camp Preview: Houston Texans
7 days ago
Working with an amended skill-position group, Deshaun Watson will look to engineer an offense better suited for success once the postseason rolls around.
NFL Game Previews: Titans-Texans Matchup
November 21, 2018
Erik Siegrist analyzes the Monday night matchup as the Titans and Texans clash in a key AFC South showdown.
Gameday Injuries: Week 11
Gameday Injuries: Week 11
November 18, 2018
November 18, 2018
Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through a Week 11 injury report that is surprisingly light for quarterbacks and running backs but features plenty of walking wounded among receivers.
IDP Analysis: Week 7 Matchups
October 15, 2018
Jim Coventry expects Jacksonville to go with a run-heavy approach, making Whitney Mercilus and the rest of the Texans linebackers upgraded fantasy options this week.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Cunningham was known as an athletic disruptor behind the line of scrimmage at Vanderbilt, but his blitzing game has yet to develop in the NFL despite some encouraging signs. There's no guarantee this part of his game ever comes around, but it very well could as he heads into his age-24 season, and if it does then he will fly up the IDP leaderboard. If nothing else, he's already confirmed the ability to pile up tackles, with his total from last year occurring on just 752 snaps. Those 107 stops would project to roughly 142 tackles over 1,000 snaps.
The departure of Brian Cushing creates a void at inside linebacker, but Cunningham, a 2017 second-round pick out of Vanderbilt, gained a ton of experience during his rookie season and should step right in. When Cushing was tagged with a 10-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, Cunningham was forced to learn on the fly and became a three-down linebacker quickly. He made 13 starts and finished with 90 tackles, second on the team behind fellow inside linebacker Bernardrick McKinney.
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Breaks up pass in win
LBHouston Texans
December 22, 2019
Cunningham recorded six solo tackles and broke up a pass in Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.
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Another monster performance Sunday
LBHouston Texans
December 16, 2019
Cunningham recorded 14 tackles (10 solo) and 0.5 sacks across 67 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Titans.
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Sets career high in tackles
LBHouston Texans
December 10, 2019
Cunningham had 17 tackles (12 solo) during Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Broncos.
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Incredible tackling effort
LBHouston Texans
November 21, 2019
Cunningham racked up 16 tackles (13 solo) in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts.
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Double-digit tackles in loss
LBHouston Texans
November 18, 2019
Cunningham was credited with 11 tackles in Sunday's 41-7 loss to Baltimore.
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