Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | LB
2012 Experience: 13th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: After suffering ACL and MCL injuries to his knee in the final regular-season game, Brian Urlacher remains on pace for training camp. Urlacher should be fine for the regular season, in terms of suiting up, but how he plays won’t be known until after you draft him.
It’s been awhile since I was a big fan of Urlacher in IDP leagues, but he’s proven to be useful linebacker in his later years. Don’t look to him as more than a LB3 on draft day because of concerns over the knee.
August 17th Update: Urlacher had a minor knee operation before the second week of the preseason but is hopefully to be back before week one. Like many in the media I’m skeptical but it’s not uncommon for players to have work done around this point in the preseason, with time to get back on the field. At this point, Urlacher is probably best left as your LB4, because of his knee concerns.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
If there’s a club for IDP fantasy owners who don’t like Brian Urlacher, sign me up. I was big on Urlacher last season because his value suggested you should jump all over him after he missed essentially the entire 2009 season. With Julius Peppers added to the team and Urlacher benefiting from a years rest, it seemed obvious to me that his only concern was health, and I figured he would last from the extra rest.
Sure enough, Urlacher bounced back for a strong season, but I’m not sold he will do it again. Yes the Bears should still be a decent defense but Urlacher won’t have the luxury of having a full years rest coming into this season, as the Bears played deep into the playoffs. Don’t get me wrong Urlacher should still be viewed as a top twenty linebacker in at least tackle heavy leagues, but there are those IDP owners who just duel over draft Urlacher and that’s where my distaste for him sets in.
If I can get him as a No.2 linebacker this year, I might look for him in tackle heavy leagues, but he’s likely to go as a top ten linebacker because of the bounce back season he had. Personally, I want a younger linebacker like Brian Cushing or Stephen Tulloch as my No.2 option and I suggest you do the same.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
IDP fantasy owners received a blow to their team during the first Sunday night game of the year when Brian Urlacher broke his wrist and was done for the season. Urlacher looks to be fine in his recovery and should be a full go by the time the season starts. If Urlacher should fall some because of his age and last years injury he would be a nice value pickup for your squad.