24-Year-Old Linebacker – Cincinnati Bengals
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Burfict's 2014 season was wrecked by two injuries, the first a concussion/neck strain (depending how you classified the injury) suffered in Week 1 and then aggravated in Week 2, the other a knee injur...
Vontaze Burfict Contract Information:
Burfict signed a four-year, $20 million extension with the Bengals in August of 2014.
All signs point towards Burfict (knee) beginning the year on the regular season PUP list, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Vontaze Burfict: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Sometimes when a player is put on the PUP list, it's merely a formality (as was the case with Geno Atkins, who was on just three days last training camp), but with Burfict there's some real doubt that he'll be ready for Week 1. So while that third preseason game is a goal, they have to be extra careful about taking him off the PUP list and having him start practicing, lest they lose the option to put him on the regular season PUP list.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The move is not unexpected, as the Pro Bowl linebacker continues to recover from offseason microfracture surgery. It remains to be seen when he will take the field for the Bengals, but until then, the 2015 IDP value of Burfict -- who was limited to just five games and 29 tackles last season -- remains difficult to assess.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Per the report, it could be a "tight call" as to whether the linebacker will ready for Week 1, with the possibility remaining that he could start the season on the Bengals' PUP list. Burfict -- who is bouncing back from microfracture knee surgery -- was limited to just five games and 29 tackles last season. In 2013, he racked up 171 tackles for the Bengals.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The report relays that Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed the procedure on Burfict, is hopeful that the linebacker will be at full strength in advance of training camp. "I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was," ElAttrache noted. "Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out." When healthy, Burfict -- who was limited to five games in 2014 -- is a top-notch IDP, having recorded a league-leading 171 tackles during the 2013 season.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
What an immense steal Burfict turned out to be for the Bengals. After a directionless college career full of discipline issues and frustrating underachievement, Burfict went undrafted in 2012, with many suspecting he wouldn't even be signed as an undrafted free agent. The Bengals were willing to take the gamble, and now they have 298 tackles over the last two years to show for it, including a league-leading 171 (114 solo) in 2013. Burfict is firmly established as one of the league's top linebackers at this point, and while some regression would be reasonable after last year's enormous tackle-total, he's still a good bet to lead the league in tackles again in 2014. Fellow Cincinnati linebackers Rey Maualuga and Vincent Rey have never been major tackle producers, so Burfict should have a big market share of the tackles to himself, and there's definitely no one capable of stealing from Burfict's play count. The Cincinnati defense logged over 1,000 snaps in each of the last three years, and the AFC North should be fairly run-heavy in 2014, so the tackle opportunities should remain abundant for Burfict.
Burfict went from five-star recruit to a bust at Arizona State, but the undrafted rookie started to capitalize on his talents once the Bengals gambled on him after the draft. He finished 2012 as Cincinnati's top linebacker, and he heads into 2013 with the same distinction. He closed out his rookie year with 127 tackles despite playing just 887 snaps on defense, and it's possible that he'll see a bigger snap count in 2013. He is somewhat of a risk, given his questionable history, and it's possible free-agent signee James Harrison might steal some tackles.