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59 Tahir Whitehead LB

Detroit Lions

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
43%32%
Key Stats
GPTot TcklSacksIntTDsFF
161101.0100

Player Updates

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Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Leads Lions in tackles in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitehead accrued 110 tackles, one sack, two PBUs, one interception and four fumble recoveries across 16 games in 2017.

Whitehead's role increased as the year went on with rookie first-rounder Jarrad Davis proving to be a liability in pass coverage. While Whitehead wasn't necessarily a huge upgrade in that department, the veteran certainly made his presence felt in the ground game considering he finished the year as Pro Football Focus' 12th-highest graded linebacker against the run and led the Lions in tackles. He's now logged triple-digit tackle numbers in each of the past two years, but he'll now be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and is far from certain to return to Detroit in 2018.

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Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Role expanding
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitehead recorded eight tackles and one fumble recovery during Sunday's 24-21 victory over the Buccaneers.

With rookie Jarrad Davis struggling in pass coverage, Whitehead has seen increased playing time in recent weeks and that's unlikely to change anytime soon, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. He's now logged over 70 defensive snaps in two of the past three weeks while averaging 10.5 tackles in those outings. Whitehead won't help you much in other statistical categories, but his expanded role going forward should make him a reliable source for production in the tackle department.

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Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Records sack against Packers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitehead recorded five tackles during Monday's 30-17 victory over the Packers, including one sack and two TFLs.

Whitehead's sack was just the third of his career and his first since 2015, but it helped the Lions stop the Packers' momentum on their opening drive in which they were forced to settle for a field goal that was ultimately blocked by teammate A'Shawn Robinson. From an IDP standpoint, however, Whitehead is averaging just 5.5 tackles per game and hasn't topped eight tackles in any game. His role simply doesn't lend itself to high tackle totals, making him barely worth fantasy consideration.

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Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Full participant in practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitehead (pectoral) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

After a limited practice session Wednesday, Whitehead was back on the field without restrictions, which bodes well for status Sunday against the Saints. The veteran linebacker played through the pectoral injury against the Panthers and seems likely to do so again in Week 6.

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Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Suiting up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Whitehead (pectoral) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Whitehead played all but three defensive snaps for the Lions a week ago and should be in store for another vital role in Week 5 with the pectoral injury not keeping him off the field. The 27-year-old has logged 25 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception through the Lions' first four games.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.TDSacksIntFF
19/10/17ARI0000
29/18/17NYG0010
39/24/17ATL0000
410/1/17MIN0000
510/8/17CAR0000
610/15/17NO0000
810/29/17PIT0000
911/6/17GB01.000
1011/12/17CLE0000
1111/19/17CHI0000
1211/23/17MIN0000
1312/3/17BAL0000
1412/10/17TB0000
1512/16/17CHI0000
1612/24/17CIN0000
1712/31/17GB0000
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Detroit Lions14118.030000.0000
2013Detroit Lions1697.020000.0000
2014Detroit Lions168663.0230221.0205
2015Detroit Lions165039.011212626.02606
2016Detroit Lions1513299.0330000.0005
2017Detroit Lions1611078.032111818.01802
TOTAL93398294.0104344611.526018
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Detroit Lions1400100000
2013Detroit Lions1600100000
2014Detroit Lions1600000000
2015Detroit Lions1600001010
2016Detroit Lions1500000000
2017Detroit Lions1600004940
TOTAL9300205950
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/241
Birthdate:
4/2/1990
Age:
27
Hometown:
Jersey City, NJ, USA
School:
Temple
NFL Experience:
7
Awards: