Whitney Mercilus
Whitney Mercilus
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After playing 78 of 80 games over the first five seasons of his career, Mercilus missed 11 games in 2017 with a pectoral muscle injury. His loss, coupled with J.J. Watt's leg injury, turned the Texans into one of the most porous defenses in the league. Without the quarterback pressure those two typically apply, the passing defense suffered -- Houston fell to 24th in pass defense last season after ranking second the previous season. Mercilus was medically cleared in April and participated in organized team activities. With 38.5 sacks over 85 games and playing opposite Watt, the great disruptor, Mercilus should be a sought-after IDP candidate. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $26 million contract with the Texans in May of 2015.
Finishes on positive note
LBHouston Texans
December 31, 2018
Mercilus had two tackles and assisted on a sack in Sunday's 20-3 win over Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Mercilus finished off a down year on an up note. Coming off a 2017 season shortened to five games by a pectoral injury, Mercilus didn't play in the preseason due to a hamstring injury and was slow to make an impact when he returned for the regular season. Mercilus managed to play all 16 games, something coach Bill O'Brien values, and was in on 75 percent of the defensive snaps, down from the 86 percent he played during his last full season. He'll enter 2019 with one season left on a four-year deal.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Houston TexansTexans 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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Measurables Review
How do Whitney Mercilus' 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.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
258 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.53 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.17 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Bench Press
27 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Whitney Mercilus
IDP Analysis: Week 16 Matchups
122 days ago
The Titans have given up the third-most fantasy points to LBs over the last five weeks, so play Zach Brown and the rest of the Redskins linebackers with confidence, says Jim Coventry.
IDP Analysis: Week 15 Matchups
129 days ago
Jimmy Smith and the Ravens defensive backs should be able to amass solid tackle totals against a pressured Jameis Winston.
IDP Analysis: Week 13 Matchups
143 days ago
Jim Coventry expects J.J. Watt and Houston’s defense to collect some solid sack numbers against Cleveland this week.
IDP Analysis: Week 11 Matchups
157 days ago
Jim Coventry expects J.J. Watt and the rest of Houston’s pass rushers to have a big game against Alex Smith and a decimated Redskins offensive line.
IDP Analysis: Week 7 Matchups
186 days ago
Jim Coventry expects Jacksonville to go with a run-heavy approach, making Whitney Mercilus and the rest of the Texans linebackers upgraded fantasy options this week.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Mercilus is finally starting to get his due. He’s been a disruptor since his rookie season in 2012, registering no fewer than five sacks in any of his five NFL seasons. He’ll start at outside linebacker in 2017 and will benefit playing the same side as a healthy J.J. Watt, a player to whom offensive lines dedicate multiple bodies, as well as having Jadeveon Clowney on the other side.
The plan the last couple of seasons has been to have Mercilus come off the bench, but injuries forced him to into a bigger role -- 23 starts the last two seasons -- and the Texans have benefited. The former first-round pick registered a career-high 12 sacks in 2015 and added three more in the playoff loss to the Chiefs. He's recorded 30 sacks while missing just one game in four NFL seasons. If he's not a starter in 2016, he'll certainly be on the field in passing situations. Twelve sacks are a bit lofty, but there will be opportunities as teams need to throw numbers at defensive standout J.J. Watt.
Mercilus filled in for the injured Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and re-established his value after it looked like Clowney was poised to take over the starting outside linebacker job Mercilus had held his first two seasons. With Clowney on the PUP list during training camp, he's not a lock to make the starting lineup when Houston kicks off the regular season. Until that time, Mercilus will continue to start.
Mercilus will start at one of the outside linebacker positions for Houston. With 13 sacks in his first two NFL seasons, Mercilus is one to watch as an IDP.
Mercilus, Houston's first-round pick in the 2011 draft, is slated to replace the departed Connor Barwin (Philadelphia) as a starting outside linebacker (the Will). As a rookie, he recorded 6.0 sacks and forced two fumbles. He's the next big pass-rushing threat on Houston's defense.
The team's first round pick this season, Mercilus will provide the Texans with a speed pass rusher on the edge, playing as a defensive end or outside linebacker.
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Shows out Monday
LBHouston Texans
November 27, 2018
Mercilus recorded five tackles (three solo) and 1.5 sacks across 47 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Titans.
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Posts sack in win
LBHouston Texans
November 19, 2018
Mercilus recorded three tackles (two solo), including one sack, in Sunday's win over the Redskins.
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Notches first sack
LBHouston Texans
October 22, 2018
Mercilus had four tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles in Sunday's 20-7 win over the Jaguars.
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In rotation on edge
LBHouston Texans
October 11, 2018
Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said Mercilus has received fewer opportunities because he's part of a playing rotation, which has contributed to his slow start to the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Tallies three QB hits in Week 4
LBHouston Texans
October 3, 2018
Mercilus recorded one tackle and three quarterback hits Sunday in the Texans' 37-34 overtime win over the Colts.
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