Fantasy Football Profile: Brian Westbrook
Before I get started on Westy, let me once again offer my sympathy for the Eagles organization and the Jim Johnson family, who truly lost a great one this week.
Brian Westbrook is one of the best players in all of football when healthy. That’s the problem though. He is currently rehabbing an ankle injury and will turn 30 in September. He has battled through a myriad of injuries the past few years, only missing four of his past 48 games after missing five in 2004 & 2005. Despite playing in 14 games he finished with 1338 total yards (936 rushing, 402 receiving) with 14 TDs. His total yardage was down 36.4% last year though. It appears that is a sign of things to come. Every year there is some risk associated with drafting Westy, and I feel it’s even great this year, which is why he is sliding to the second round in fantasy drafts. Aside from the age and injuries, the Eagles drafted LeSean McCoy who, like Westy, is a dual threat. McCoy could seriously cut into Westbrook’s touches.
It’s important for Westy to be in the lineup out of the game. In Weeks 2 & 3 the Eagles face New Orleans and Kansas City. They also face the Raiders in Week 6. As dynamic a player as Westy is when he’s healthy and the offense is humming makes matchups a little insignificant, but it’s nice to know he has a good fantasy playoff schedule of the Giants, who he dominates historically, the 49ers, and the Broncos. It’s hard to put a number on Westy because of his health, but I’m expecting a 1500 total yard, 8 TD campaign.