25-Year-Old Linebacker – Cincinnati Bengals
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Burfict will serve a three-game suspension to start the year and is arguably a contemptible player for his dirty and dangerous behavior on the field, but so long as he's on the field he's a highly-val...
Vontaze Burfict Contract Information:
Burfict signed a four-year, $20 million extension with the Bengals in August of 2014.
In a media luncheon on Tuesday, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed, "I am not going to play Vontaze Burfict in the preseason," Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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 injury that ended his season after Week 8. Between the two injuries and the time that passed before the Bengals declared him out for the season, Burfict hurt a lot of his owners in IDP leagues. Additionally, Burfict had microfracture surgery in January and could miss the beginning of the season, so tread carefully in early drafts and check his status in training camp.
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.