27-Year-Old Linebacker – Kansas City Chiefs
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Houston dominated offensive lines in 2014, racking up a league-leading 22 sacks on the season, falling just short of Michael Strahanís 22.5-sack single-season record and doubling his previous career-h...
Justin Houston Contract Information:
Houston signed a six-year, $101 million deal with the Chiefs in July of 2015.
Houston (knee) will play in the 2016 season, according to GM John Dorsey, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Justin Houston: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Although the ligament wasn't torn, a scope on Houston's knee revealed that his ACL was not functioning properly. This could actually be trickier than a clean tear, as evidenced by the wide range given for his recovery period. Initially diagnosed with a PCL injury in late November, the 27-year-old Houston missed the final five games of the regular season and was very limited in Kansas City's two playoff contests. He's now highly uncertain to be ready for Week 1, which could allow 2014 first-round selection Dee Ford to operate in a full-time/three-down role. If Houston were to miss most or all of the 2016 season, it would be a massive blow to the Kansas City defense.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Houston hasn't played since Week 12 while recovering from a hyperextended left knee. However, he made it back to practice as a limited participant Friday, setting him up for a return in the opening round of the playoffs. Houston seems more likely than not to suit up against the Texans, but it's entirely possible he'll be limited in terms of snap count and/or effectiveness. His primary matchup would likely be against RT Derek Newton, who Houston unsurprisingly got the best of back in Week 1.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Coming off a season in which he recorded 44 tackles (41 solo), 11 sacks, four passes defended, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 11 contests, the two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker enters the final year of his rookie contract, and on the IDP radar thanks to his ability to get to the quarterback.
Houston recorded 10 sacks last season and is expected to start at outside linebacker for the Chiefs in 2013.
Houston came on very strong late in his rookie year, notching 24 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in the team's final five games. He has tremendous burst coming around the edge as a pass-rushing outside linebacker and could be in line for a major breakout playing opposite Pro Bowler Tamba Hali. Opposing offenses will simply not be able to devote as much attention to him as Hali, and in leagues that reward heavily for sacks, Houston could emerge as a productive IDP option.
A sack specialist in college, Houston projects as a situational pass rusher in his rookie season, as he must adjust to his linebacker role in the 3-4 defense before he can play more downs without being a liability. His upside is high, but after a lockout-shortened offseason and a brief contract holdout, he is behind in his development and not likely to contribute much in 2011.