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OLB Justin Houston - Kansas City Chiefs

6-2, 270Born: 1-21-1989College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

A truly dominant edge rusher, Houston rises above the one-dimensional tier and makes for a consistently stout big-play target. Of course, that's only the case when he's at full strength, which he hasn't been since mid-2015. Since then, he's dealt with a troublesome ACL tear that cost him the first half of 2016 and led to an inflammation, which drastically limited his late-season snap count. Still, his on-field dominance is such that we can keep him slotted aggressively in our IDP rankings. Houston has registered 34 sacks over his last 30 games, a fairly wide-spanning mark that suggests another season of elite playmaking production. It's always a shaky proposition to value low-tackle, high-splash guys on the LB2 level, but Houston's dynamism isn't to be questioned. There's a strong chance he'll outperform several "safe," sanitized, tackle-first LB options that come off the board multiple rounds earlier. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

OLB Redraft - 36, 27, 32, 35, 35, 36, 43, 58
Overall Redraft - 68, 45, 56, 56
OLB Dynasty - 33, 30, 33, 38, 41
Overall Dynasty - 77, 60

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 KC 16 59 9 22 4 0 0 5 0
2015 KC 11 25 5 7.5 1 0 2 6 1
2016 KC 9 20 2 4.5 1 0 0 1 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 40 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 49 * * * * * * *

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2017 Schedule

1@ New England Patriots
2vs Philadelphia Eagles
3@ Los Angeles Chargers
4vs Washington Redskins
5@ Houston Texans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Denver Broncos
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ New York Giants
12vs Buffalo Bills
13@ New York Jets
14vs Oakland Raiders
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Miami Dolphins
17@ Denver Broncos