Jerod Mayo | New England Patriots | LB
2013 Experience: 6th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: Look to Mayo as a rock-solid LB2 option but beware of taking him as anything more than a low-end LB1 option. The problems with Mayo really have nothing to do with him, but more his coach who is known for being a tinkering son of a gun.
Last year Coach Belichick moved Mayo over to the weak-side, and I wasn’t sure he was going to produce at the level he was going at, which if I’m not mistaken was a top five at his position in ADP results.
Mayo had a terrific season and proved to make up for what he may have lost in solo tackle opportunities with big-plays on the outside. We should have another excellent season from Mayo, but as usual, I temper my expectations because of the coach and how he will change roles around, which can effect fantasy value.
|2013 Projected Stats||133||90||3.5||3||4||1|
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August of 2012: Fantasy Projections
It’s hard to know exactly what Bill Belichick has in mind, but I have to figure he will run more of a 4-3 base again this year. If that holds true Mayo can still be an affective LB3 on the weak-side.
He will have a sub-package role as Hightower and Spikes are average at best in pass protection. Mayo has better range than the other linebackers which makes him ideal for the outside. Especially since he’s had some problems with health, this change could be permanent.
No one should doubt Mayo’s work ethic and he’s a respectable third starter or early backup. Problem is, someone on your league may take him as an LB2 hoping he bounces back to his dominant 2010 numbers. Don’t be that person.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
With Brandon Spikes and the addition of first-round pick Don’ta Hightower; it seems reasonable to question whether Jerod Mayo will be kicked to the outside. I’m sure we will still see him play inside at times, but health has been a problem for Mayo two of the past three years.
Tread carefully when considering Mayo this summer; he holds LB3 value but I’m likely to avoid him all together. If Hightower sticks on the inside, Mayo won’t be worth using.
Even if Mayo should hold the inside to begin the year, do you really trust Bill Belichick enough to invest a starter role into Mayo at this point? I suppose you could as a late LB3 because just two years ago, we watched Mayo led all linebackers in production.
Just another reminder of how fast value can come and go in the world of IDP fantasy football.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Jerod Mayo had a disappointing second season with injury problems that continued to add up. Through it all, he still managed to find his way over 100 tackles, but it was his third season that Mayo took his game to the next level. With 175 tackles on the season, Mayo was the top IDP linebacker to have as he gave fantasy owners the season we’ve been waiting for.
The Patriots have a good defense, but it’s clear who the man is in this squad that racks up the tackles and that is Mayo and I don’t believe he’s going to slow down any time soon. That doesn’t mean I feel he’s going for another 175 tackles, but I think 140 is more than reasonable for him and I wouldn’t be surprised if he delivered a few more big plays as well. New England needs him to be a super star if they hope to win it all this year, because they don’t have the type of defense they had in the old days, just yet.
Coming into the 2011 IDP fantasy football season, I have Mayo as the second best linebacker to draft as only Patrick Willis is in front of him. Yes, Mayo had a better season than Willis, but the 49ers star linebacker is a better in terms of big plays and has had more dominant seasons.
|2011 Projected Stats||140||98||3||1||4||0|
2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
The hype was well noted for Jerod Mayo and he disappointed in his second season with an early ACL problem. Still the youngster did manage over 100 tackles despite his missed time and ailment. Look for Mayo to bounce back this season and post a solid IDP fantasy stat line in his third year as a pro.