Donte Whitner | San Francisco 49ers | DB
2012 Experience: 7th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: From hero to zero is what we’ve witnessed from Donte Whitner in the past two years. Whitner had a monster tackle season in his final year with Buffalo, only to move on to San Francisco and fall victim to Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman eating his value.
Look for more of the same, but if Willis or Bowman should fall to injury, we might see Whitner creep into DB3 value. Heading into drafts, he’s best left on the waiver wire.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
The 49ers signed Donte Whitner (3 year deal) to be the teams strong-safety as it looks like they are done with Taylor Mays as a development project. While I find it unfortunate that San Francisco is giving up on Mays so quick, Whitner is an established pro and will help in the running game.
Still a liability in the passing game, Whitner won’t help a team that is in desperate need of up grades against the deep ball. Look for Whitner to maintain his top twenty defensive back status but don’t expect him to repeat his massive tackle total that he had in Buffalo last season.
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For whatever reason, if you dangle a big contract opportunity in front of certain players who seem to play up to the level or beyond what we thought they could originally do, but never seemed to live up to. Donte Whitner played like a super man in his final year with the Bills as he posted a ridiculous 140 tackles on the season, that seemed to come out of nowhere.
Well maybe not out of nowhere as we saw George Wilson post a terrific stretch run in 2009 as the Bills strong safety, and because teams run the football so much against the Bills, a strong safety is bound to get opportunities. For one, I didn’t think Whitner could stay healthy (or play effective enough) to put together a full sixteen game season.
What I failed to account for was what I started out within this fantasy outlook for Whitner, that he was in a contract year and on a team with a great situation for success. Whitner was arguably the top defensive back for IDP fantasy football last season, but I’m sure he will fall back to an average starter, if he fails to sign on a team with the right situation.
I caution you to look at Whitner as nothing more than your No.2 defensive back this year, but we need to see where he lands before I can give you a concrete outlook for his 2011 production.