2014 Fantasy Football IDP Keeper Profile: LB Justin Houston

By Adam McGill
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One of the hottest IDP options at the beginning of the 2013 fantasy football season was OLB Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Houston shockingly started the season by recording three sacks in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He followed it up by adding another 4.5 sacks in Week 3 versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Houston quickly became owned in 100% of IDP leagues and looked to be building off his stellar 10-sack sophomore season.

However, after racking up 7.5 sacks through the first three weeks of the season, Houston only managed to finish the season with 11 sacks. Houston had just 1.5 sacks over his final five games and ended up missing several games due to injury. The linebacker that looked like the IDP MVP over the first half quickly became forgotten about as the year moved on.

Houston unfortunately dislocated his elbow at the end of November and the nagging injury limited the Pro Bowler’s numbers at the end of the year. He ended up having to wear a rather extensive brace on the elbow and it was the sole reason for his drop in production down the stretch.

Houston still proved that he has LB1 potential this fantasy season and the two-time Pro Bowler is worth hanging onto in every IDP format. He will have an entire off-season to rehab his elbow and the former Georgia star will start the 2014 season much like he started the 2013 season.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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