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Patrick Willis | San Francisco 49ers | LB

2013 Experience: 7th Season

IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: It is a little concerning that since Vic Fangio came over with Jim Harbaugh, Willis only has a total of 2.5 sacks in the last two years. Willis seemed to give us somewhere around four to six a season before the last two seasons and because of the emergence of Navorro Bowman, Willis’s tackle numbers have dropped as well.

Still at top ten linebacker for IDP leagues, Willis isn’t the elite number one choice he was for a few years in the earlier portion of his career.

It’s been a terrific first six seasons for the 49ers star linebacker and we can count on him to have another LB1 season in 2013 as he’s still in the prime of his career. For those of you in dynasty leagues, expect Willis to play like a top 15 linebacker for the next 7 to 10 years as long as he can stay relatively healthy as he’s been thus far.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD INT
2013 Projected Stats 125 90 1.5 4 11 2
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Welcome to Patrick Willis’s IDP fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Willis’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for individual defensive player fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

With the emergence of NaVorro Bowman, the days of Patrick Willis being the unquestioned top linebacker in IDP leagues are over. That doesn’t mean Willis isn’t a stud linebacker, as both will play on three downs and both should have around 100 solos this year.

What puts Willis over Bowman for IDP leagues is that he’s a superior athlete and will hold better big play upside. Expect another top five year from Willis, as the safeties continue to hold little value, with these studs in the second level.

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

How many linebackers can post 128 tackles (101 solos), six sacks and five pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and it’s considered not only a down season, but their worst statistical year (sacks excluded) as a four year pro? Answer, only Patrick Willis, as the 49ers star inside linebacker struggled early in the season as opposing offenses made taking him out of plays a top priority.

Why not, as Willis is probably the only legit tackler on this freaking team, as others like Nate Clements racks up tackles more so because he sucks, than being a productive player. Willis also suffered in production because he missed his first game of his career due to a hand injury.

At the end of the day, there is still no linebacker, including Jerod Mayo or Jon Beason that I would trust more than Willis to get the job done in all of IDP fantasy football. Willis is still young and his good health makes him a like stud in IDP for a long time, so dynasty leagues with this linebacker should feel good that they have a player who can suit up every week and be one of the best, year after year.

The 49ers still don’t have anyone close in talent around Willis to take away key tackles and with what seems to be a life time ban on ever developing a quarterback, Willis will spend plenty of time on the field (sorry bitter 49ers here), once again. Because the 49ers play in by far the weakest division in football, this at times, pathetic team has a chance to stay in most of their ball games, and that keeps Willis in-line to rack up sacks, interceptions and pass deflection, throughout the season.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD INT
2011 Projected Stats 145 108 5.5 3 9 2

2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook

It’s Patrick Willis time and if you don’t think stud when talking about this player than something is wrong with your brain. Willis is a do it all stud and has been the top dog to draft in IDP for a few years now. Expect the 49ers to compete for the NFC West Title this season and for Willis to lead the charge on defense.

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