2014 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: SP Jered Weaver

By Adam McGill
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After three All-Star appearances and a career 3.24 ERA, it is no secret that Los Angeles Angels SP Jered Weaver has been one of the best pitchers in fantasy baseball overt he last five years.

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.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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