|Chance of Injury in 2021:||42%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||3.3%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||2.1|
Whitehead doesn't win on ceiling vs. other LBs in this range (or even below him). But it'll be tough for him to not find a path to fantasy relevance this year.
The former Raider and Lion should take over Luke Kuechly's vacated role. We obviously can't (and don't) expect him to produce in the Kuechly neighborhood of production or performance. But Whitehead should be a lock for 110 total tackles. He has averaged 119.1 over the past 4 seasons -- 2 with Detroit and 2 with Oakland. His Raiders numbers would have been even better if Whitehead's playing time hadn't tailed off over the final 3 games.
That, of course, is the risk. Whitehead is a decent player, but also a limited player. We'll see how the new Panthers staff evaluates its LBs. Perhaps 3rd-year LB Jermaine Carter grows into a better 3-down option. He has some developing to do, though, after grading poorly in coverage in limited duty over his first 2 seasons.
So go ahead and draft Whitehead in LB3 or even LB4 range, and don't be surprised when he gives you LB2 scoring in tackle-friendly formats.
|Aug 25, 2017||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Whitehead injured his knee in the 1st half of Detroit's 3rd preseason game. He missed the 4th exhibition but was ready for Week 1.|
|Nov 24, 2016||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Whitehead missed 1 game with an undisclosed knee injury.|