2014 Fantasy Baseball: Jered Weaver Struggling To Find Groove This Year

By Adam McGill
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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It was only a couple years ago that Los Angeles Angels SP Jered Weaver was an elite fantasy baseball starter. He won 38 games between 2011-12 and the veteran has always posted a near flawless WHIP.

Unfortunately, Weaver has been slowly falling apart over the last two years. He currently owns an unthinkable 5.70 ERA to go along with a 1.13 WHIP. He has yet to win a start (0-2) and has looked very erratic in the early-going.

Most aging pitchers see a drastic drop in velocity in the later years of their career and that is certainly the case with Weaver. Back in 2006, Weaver’s fastball was clocked in at 90.2 MPH and has some nasty movement on it.

During the limited sample size of the 2014 season, though, Weaver’s heater has dropped all the way down to 86.1 MPH. That is a huge drop off, especially considering he was still throwing 87.8 MPH just in 2012. Weaver’s fastball is slowly down with each passing start and it has become very predictable.

Weaver is obviously worth keeping in all formats, as he was drafted too high this spring to simply give up on. However, this is not a good start to the 2014 season for Weaver and the veteran’s future doesn’t look very promising.

This may be the beginning of the end for the three-time All-Star, so the fantasy community should be prepared.

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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