If Houston fails to report within 30 days of the season opener, he'd forfeit his chance at 2015 free agency. Houston has 21 sacks in 27 games the past two seasons. He's scheduled to make $1.406 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Houston has 26.5 sacks in his three NFL seasons. His absence Monday enabled rookie Dee Ford to take all the first-team snaps.
Coach Andy Reid envisions using Ford as part of a rotation, which isn't a bad way to ease him into professional football. But it stings Fantasy owners because he won't play every down unless something happens to either Hali or Houston. The double whammy is that he'll play outside linebacker instead of defensive end, which means he'll post numbers that aren't as good as other linebackers in the league. Throw in a back injury that had doctors nervous at the combine and it makes for a challenging situation.
For these reasons, Ford shouldn't be touched in seasonal Fantasy play and has only mild appeal in dynasty/keeper leagues as a late-round pick. Owners in rookie-only drafts might consider Ford with a mid- to late-round pick since they'd aim for using him over the long haul.
|2011||Kansas City Chiefs||16||56||46.0||10||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2012||Kansas City Chiefs||16||66||53.0||13||10||1||32||32.0||32||0||6|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||11||44||40.0||4||11||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2011||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2012||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||1||0||1||4||1||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||11||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||0|