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OLB Vontaze Burfict - Cincinnati Bengals

6-1, 248Born: 9-24-1990College: Arizona StateDrafted: ---

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Summary

Vontaze Burfict is a talented player with the potential to be a fantasy star. Unfortunately he can sometimes be his own worst enemy. He went undrafted in 2012 due to both off field issues and an inability to control his emotions on the field. Burfict was a top ten fantasy linebacker in 2013 finishing with 113 solo stops, 57 assists, 3 sacks, 8 passes defended, 4 turnovers and a defensive touchdown. In the three seasons since he has missed 22 games due to injuries and suspensions. In 2016 Burfict sat the first three games due to suspension and three of the final four with injury. In ten full games he averaged 7.2 solo tackles while putting up 9 or more in six contests. Burfict is much more than a tackling machine; he is a playmaker as well. In those ten games last year he contributed 3 takeaways, a pair of sacks and 8 passes defended. If we average his 2016 numbers over a full sixteen games Burfict would have been something like 115-45-3 with 4 takeaways and 12 passes defended. There are risks to consider but if he can stay on the field Burfict's numbers should be right up there with the elite fantasy options at the position. (June 13)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 9, 5, 6, 11, 13, 15, 25
Overall Redraft - 15, 9, 10, 19, 20, 21, 33
OLB Dynasty - 24, 23, 26
Overall Dynasty - 62, 53

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 CIN 5 15 14 0 1 1 0 2 0
2015 CIN 10 57 17 1 0 0 2 5 0
2016 CIN 14 73 28 2 1 0 2 8 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 82 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 94 * * * * * * *

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