Wesley Woodyard
Wesley Woodyard
33-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Tennessee Titans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In a league often dominated by young superstars, Woodyard has defied that narrative and posted two of the best seasons of his career in 2017 and 2018. The 2019 season will mark his age 33 seasons and he'll enter it as 12-year veteran, yet he's shown few signs of slowing down after leading the Titans in tackles with 124 and 113 respectively across the last two seasons. This season, he may be pushed a bit more for playing time with the potential emergence of two young inside linebackers -- Rashaan Evans (a 2018 first-round pick) as well as Jayon Brown. While he's still likely to lead the linebacker corps, Woodyard may not repeat his gaudy tackle numbers of seasons past. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Titans in March of 2017.
Returns from quad injury
LBTennessee Titans
September 25, 2019
Woodyard (quadriceps) was a full practice participant Wednesday.
Woodyard was inactive for last Thursday's loss to Jacksonville due to the quad issue, but he appears to have recovered from the injury. The veteran linebacker has played only 19 defensive snaps this season and has primarily worked on special teams.
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Measurables Review
How do Wesley Woodyard's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
233 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.51 sec
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
Cone Drill
7.15 sec
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
Broad Jump
118 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Woodyard burst back onto the IDP scene in 2017, finishing the year with 124 tackles and five sacks -- which was good for a fifth-place fantasy finish among all linebackers in standard scoring. However, his advanced age likely played a role in the Titans' decision to trade up for Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans in the first round of this year's draft. That doesn't preclude the 32-year-old from another statistically-stellar season, but it does dampen his chances of notching another 120-plus tackles if the rookie lives up to expectations. In his three seasons with Tennessee prior to 2017, Woodyard averaged only 79.3 tackles and 3.2 sacks.
The 31-year-old Woodyard managed a mere 57 tackles last year after five straight campaigns over 80, but the two-year extension Tennessee handed him this offseason suggests the team believes he still has plenty left in the tank. He and Avery Williamson should play most of the inside linebacker snaps in the base 3-4, allowing Woodyard to once again rack up plenty of tackles. He also brings some pass-rushing upside after logging 5.0 or more sacks twice in the past five seasons.
Like his teammate Williamson, Woodyard has a low floor in Tennessee's blurry LB rotation. If he does stumble into a high play count, however, Woodyard would almost certainly provide high-upside value as an IDP. He's quietly one of the league's very best blitzing linebackers, coming off a year in which he had five sacks in just 499 snaps. He almost certainly wouldn't push for double-digit sacks in the event of a 1,000-snap season, but you might as well swing for the fences with your bench IDPs, because in most leagues there's an abundance of low-ceiling replacements.
Woodyard has demonstrated an excellent mix of health and production over the last four seasons, recording at least 84 tackles in each campaign. The Titans have an embarrassment of riches at inside linebacker with Woodyard, Avery Williamson and Zach Brown, but all three should see the field enough to hold some IDP value. While he almost certainly won't reach the 100-tackle mark like he did in 2012, Woodyard is probably the safest bet of the three for consistent production due to his extensive track record.
Expectations were high for Woodyard heading into last season after he posted 114 tackles (70 solo), 5.5 sacks and three interceptions in 2012. Unfortunately, he was unable to match his total from the previous season, finishing 2013 with just 84 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one interception. Things got so bad for Woodyard that he was essentially displaced by Danny Trevathan, who accumulated more solo tackles (88) than Woodyard's total count. The Broncos, who decided not to give Woodyard a new contract after his big 2012 season, let him walk this offseason and he found a new home in Tennesee, signing a four-year, $16 million contract. He'll be a starter for the Titans, and with Shaun Phillips, who focuses significantly more on rushing the passer than at stopping the run, on his side, Woodyard should have plenty of opportunities for tackles.
Once little more than a special teams and nickel specialist with Denver, Woodyard has turned into a full-time starter who fills up the box score. Despite playing just 881 snaps on defense in 15 games last year Woodyard finished the season with 114 tackles (70 solo), 5.5 sacks and three interceptions. It's probably best to expect some regression from Woodyard's pass-rushing success in 2013, but it's likely his tackles will increase significantly as this will be his first season as a clear every-down linebacker.
Woodyard isn't an every down linebacker for the Broncos, although he may be asked to take on that role with the off-the-field issues that D.J. Williams has encountered. With Williams suspended for the first six games of the year (at least), Woodyard will get an opportunity to pad his tackle totals and could sneak his way into the IDP conversation.
Will backup D.J. Williams at linebacker and he could see lots of time if Williams goes down with an injury. However, if Williams stays healthy, it's difficult to see Woodyard contributing a lot.
Woodyard has been known to put up some solid tackle numbers, but he primarily plays when D.J. Williams takes a break and that didn't happen very often in 2009 and is not expected to happen much in 2010.
Woodyard had a number of good games in 2008, recording at least nine tackles in three games while filling in for the injuried D.J. Williams. Unfortunately for Woodyard, Williams is healthy again and the Broncos brought in a number of linebackers in the offseason, which will most likely decrease his playing time.
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Sitting Thursday
LBTennessee Titans
September 19, 2019
Woodyard (quadriceps) will miss Thursday's contest against Jacksonville, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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Questionable for Week 3
LBTennessee Titans
September 18, 2019
Woodyard (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game versus the Jaguars, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
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Leads way with 14 tackles
LBTennessee Titans
December 30, 2018
Woodyard recorded 14 tackles in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Colts.
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Leads team in tackles
LBTennessee Titans
December 23, 2018
Woodyard tallied 10 tackles and a sack in Saturday's 25-16 win over Washington.
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Records seven tackles
LBTennessee Titans
December 7, 2018
Woodyard recorded seven tackles in Thursday's 30-9 win over the Jaguars.
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