Eric Weddle | San Diego Chargers | DB
2012 Experience: 6th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: With the addition of strong safety Brandon Taylor in the draft, we can kiss Eric Weddle chances of being an in the box safety good bye. Weddle will be a ball hawk safety, patrolling the top of the field.
Yes, he had a high interception count last year, but he’s not known for that in his career historically, and interceptions are not a reliable stat to pine your hopes on.
Weddle will likely go as high as a DB2 in your league, but I suggest you view him no higher than a mid to late DB3 this year.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
If you look at Eric Weddle’s numbers from a year ago, you might believe that he was one of the better defensive backs around as he posted around 100 tackles and made the occasional big play. If you were to go deeper, it’s clear that Weddle wasn’t worth the No.1 defensive back price tag he was going for a season ago. Too many times Weddle posted a low tackle total and in one of my leagues I actually had him on the bench for most of the second half of the season.
While I have Weddle’s numbers back around what he did a year ago, I caution you to view him as a late No.2 defensive back, and if he bounces back to his terrific 2008 numbers, he will be a great value.
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After having Eric Weddle a season ago, I can tell you that his 96 tackles are a little miss leading in terms of his overall production on your squad. This has to be one of the more overrated safeties for IDP fantasy football because he broke-out in 2008 with over 120 tackles and was a fantasy darling. Weddle isn’t a top twenty defensive back in my mind because he just doesn’t give you enough production outside of tackles throughout the year.
When he has a decent tackle game, he’s worth having as a starter, but he seems to go through stretches where he is slow (failed to reach 6 tackles or more in five of his first seven games last year) and your trust in him starts to grown weak.
All that said, Weddle is a free agent this summer so it will be interesting to see where he goes this summer. All I ask is that you consider him no higher than a late No.2 option for a safety position, and no higher than a No.3 defensive back position on draft day. He can help your team, but he can also hurt it if you think he’s going to give you top production as a defensive back.
Eric Weddle suffered through a sprained knee at the end of the season and his total numbers suffered because of it. Look to Weddle as a very nice player that should bounce back for IDP fantasy football this season. Weddle should go over 100 tackles as he did in his second year in the league if healthy all year.