Lately, though, the aging hurler has started to slow down. He threw just 154.1 innings in 2013 due to a broken elbow and it was his lowest total since 2006. Weaver’s DL-shortened season was one of the worst campaigns of his illustrious career and it ended his streak of five straight seasons with 30-plus starts.
Weaver is yet another aging starter (Matt Cain, C.C. Sabathia) that has plummeted down rankings this off-season. Despite his falling average draft position, though, Weaver could actually turn into a decent sleeper pick this spring.
Most have already forgotten, but Weaver was absolutely magical over the second-half last year. He posted an incredible 8-3 record in 13 starts and recorded a sizzling 2.99 ERA through 87.1 innings of work. He was much more efficient with his pitchers after the All-Star break and ended up being a great SP2 to lean on down the stretch in 2013.
Weaver will likely hit the DL at some point during the 2014 season, but he has proven that he is a fantasy stud when healthy. Look for him to finish with a 3.30 ERA and right around 180 innings in 2014. He isn’t a reliable SP1 anymore, but he can certainly carry his weight as a SP2 or SP3.