Vontaze Burfict
Vontaze Burfict
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Oakland Raiders
Injury Shoulder
Thu Practice: Limited
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Burfict's villainous seven-year spell with the Bengals was marred by everything from dirty hits to suspensions to concussion symptoms, so everything should go swimmingly when he lines up across from former rival Antonio Brown through training camp. Burfict's skimpy $300K in terms of a potential dead cap hit means he won't be a lock to make the 53-man roster, while Tahir Whitehead and Brandon Marshall appear to have advantages in their quests for starting roles at linebacker. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Raiders in March of 2019.
Not battling injury
LBOakland Raiders
September 11, 2019
Burfict wasn't listed on the Raiders' injury report Wednesday.
Although coach Jon Gruden said Burfict was "a little bit" banged up after Monday's win over the Broncos, it won't affect the veteran linebacker moving forward. Burfict played 56 of 64 possible defensive snaps (88 percent) in his Raiders' debut, making six tackles (three solo). While he doesn't have much fantasy aptitude, Burfict will continue working as the team's starting middle linebacker.
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Measurables Review
How do Vontaze Burfict'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.
6' 1"
255 lbs
40-Yard Dash
5.00 sec
Shuttle Time
4.56 sec
Cone Drill
7.51 sec
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
Broad Jump
104 in
Bench Press
16 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
While the details have changed, the underlying story on Burfict remains the same; injuries and suspensions have gutted his fantasy value. He played only 10 games in 2017, logging 69 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Making matters worse, he's going to be suspended for the first four games of 2018 for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy. The Bengals are better prepared this offseason than they have been in previous years, bringing in Preston Brown from Buffalo to be their starting middle linebacker, allowing Vincent Rey to sub in for Burfict at strong-side linebacker.
Regarded as of the league's biggest villains, Burfict is nonetheless one of the top IDP options when healthy and not suspended for his violent play. After missing the first three games of last year due to suspension, he missed further time with concussion, neck, thigh and ankle ailments at various points, illustrating the myriad ways he can miss snaps. And yet, he still got to triple-digit tackles in 11 games while providing his customary sack and interception stats. His 171-tackle 2013 season is the ceiling, and his five-game, 29-tackle 2014 season is the floor.
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-valuable IDP. Indeed, for him to rank this high, with a three-game absence factored into the projections, is impressive. His 74 tackles on 467 snaps last year implies 130-tackle upside despite the three missed games. In leagues with ample bench space, he's worth selecting higher than this because of the likelihood he'll make up for missed time upon his return from suspension.
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.
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Banged up in win
LBOakland Raiders
September 10, 2019
Head coach Jon Gruden said Burfict got "a little bit" banged up in Monday's win over the Broncos, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Expecting big role
LBOakland Raiders
July 26, 2019
Head coach Jon Gruden said Friday that Burfict will "be a big part of this defense," Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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Facing competition for job
LBOakland Raiders
March 29, 2019
The Raiders signed Brandon Marshall on Thursday to join Burfict, Tahir Whitehead and a slew of young players in their linebacker room, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Declares himself healthy
LBOakland Raiders
March 20, 2019
Burfict (concussion) said Wednesday that he's healthy and passed his physical with the Raiders, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
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Signs with Raiders
LBOakland Raiders
March 19, 2019
Burfict (concussion) agreed to a deal with the Raiders on Tuesday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
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