Justin Houston
Justin Houston
30-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
One of the few veteran holdovers from the 2017 roster, Houston has failed to regain his 2014 form that saw him rack up 22 sacks and 69 tackles, falling just a half-sack short of tying Michael Strahan's single season record. On a positive note, the linebacker remained healthy for 15 games for the first time since that campaign. He had missed parts of each of the last two seasons due to knee issues. A corresponding boost in production followed, but Houston missed double-digit sacks by a half-sack in 2017, recording 9.5 in addition to his 59 tackles (46 solo). Still just 29 years of age, Houston will look to recapture his star form in 2018 with a new-look defense surrounding him. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $101 million contract with the Chiefs in July of 2015.
Strong 2018 despite missed time
LBKansas City Chiefs
January 8, 2019
Houston logged nine sacks and 37 tackles (28 solo) over 12 games during the 2018 season.
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Houston hit a groove late in the season, notching five sacks and 19 (13 solo) of his 37 tackles over the final four weeks. He will be relied upon as a pass-rushing presence during the Chiefs' playoff run opposite Dee Ford and is scheduled to make $21.1 million next season. With only $7.1 million guaranteed, the Chiefs have the option of letting the veteran walk or attempting to restructure his contract, but it seems likely Houston will remain in Kansas City for at least one more season.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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58
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848
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36
524
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311
21
172
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Measurables Review
How do Justin Houston'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
258 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.37 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.50 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
125 in
 
Bench Press
30 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Justin Houston
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36 days ago
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IDP Analysis: Week 13 Matchups
57 days ago
Jim Coventry expects J.J. Watt and Houston’s defense to collect some solid sack numbers against Cleveland this week.
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NFL Game Previews: Giants-49ers Matchup
76 days ago
Erik Siegrist analyzes the Monday night matchup as the Giants head to San Francisco for a meeting with the 49ers.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Houston didn't return to the field until Week 11 after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL prior to 2016, but turned that into a sizeable output. Despite being limited to just five regular-season games, he finished with 21 tackles (20 solo) and four sacks. The 28-year old outside linebacker is now three years removed from a 22-sack season, but could re-emerge in 2017 if he can stay on the field.
A season after nearly matching Michael Strahan's record for sacks (22 in 2014, 0.5 short of Strahan), Houston had a rather disappointing 2015 campaign, finishing with just 30 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He underwent offseason surgery on his right knee for an ACL that didn't work properly and was handed a timetable of 6-to-12 months. The veteran will start the 2016 season on the Chiefs' PUP list.
Houston dominated offensive lines in 2014, racking up a league-leading 22 sacks on the season, falling just short of Michael Strahan’s 22.5-sack single-season record and doubling his previous career-high total. The 26-year-old outside linebacker added 69 tackles (60 solo) and four forced fumbles to that, placing him among some of the top IDP options last season. He’s fortunate enough to have a similar pass-rushing pedigree across from him in Tamba Hali, preventing opposing offenses from focusing their protection on one side or the other. Back in Kansas City on the Chiefs’ franchise tag for 2015, it’s unrealistic to expect a season to match the previous campaign, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Houston once again proves a force rushing the quarterback.
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.
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Notches another sack
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 24, 2018
Houston recorded three tackles (all solo) and one sack during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.
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Adds to sack total
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 14, 2018
Houston had five tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's loss to the Chargers.
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Major strip-sack Sunday
LBKansas City Chiefs
December 11, 2018
Houston recorded six tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and recovered his own forced fumble across 66 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Ravens.
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Records strip-sack
LBKansas City Chiefs
November 20, 2018
Houston had four tackles (all solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Monday's 54-51 loss to the Rams.
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Logs first interception in win
LBKansas City Chiefs
November 11, 2018
Houston recorded one solo tackle, one pass defended and one interception during Sunday's 26-14 win over the Cardinals.
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