Three-Down Linebackers for 2019 IDP Leagues (Updated Weekly)

Dec 10, 2019
Three-Down Linebackers for 2019 IDP Leagues (Updated Weekly)

Volume and usage play an important role in fantasy. Bottom line, if you're not on the field, you're not going to produce. It's the same philosophy in IDP—you can't score points if your defender is not on the field.

Here are the linebackers who are expected to be on the field for the majority of the snaps. The Y in the last category indicates the linebacker is both receiving and calling the plays for the defense.

Be sure to follow this article throughout the 2019 season for updates.

* - Injury update. New playcaller.

Team Player Snaps Team Snaps Snap Rate Play Caller
ARI Jordan Hicks 1051 1,051 100.0% Y
ARI Joe Walker 465 1,051 44.2%
ATL De'Vondre Campbell 877 992 88.4%
ATL Deion Jones 903 992 91.0% Y
BUF Tremaine Edmunds 971 971 100.0% Y
BUF Matt Milano 884 971 91.0%
CAR Luke Kuechly 1025 1,026 99.9% Y
CAR Shaq Thompson 962 1,026 93.8%
CHI Nick Kwiatkoski 463 1,023 45.3% Y
CIN Nick Vigil 936 1,017 92.0% Y
CLE Joe Schobert 994 1,004 99.0% Y
CLE Mack Wilson 875 1,004 87.2%
DAL Jaylon Smith 933 1,014 92.0% Y
DAL Sean Lee 584 1,014 57.6%
DEN Todd Davis 839 987 85.0% Y
DEN Alexander Johnson 662 987 67.1%
DET Jalen Reeves-Maybin 215 1,064 20.2%
GB Blake Martinez 910 919 99.0% Y
HOU Zach Cunningham 921 1,023 90.0%
HOU Benardrick McKinney 845 1,023 82.6%
IND Darius Leonard 760 962 79.0% Y
IND Anthony Walker 746 962 77.5%
JAX Donald Payne 292 1,006 29.0% Y
LAR Cory Littleton 1006 1,047 96.1%
MIA Jerome Baker 1022 1,053 97.1% Y
MIN Eric Kendricks 911 939 97.0%
MIN Anthony Barr 859 939 91.5% Y
NE Jamie Collins 758 940 80.6%
NE Kyle Van Noy 747 940 79.5%
NO Demario Davis 948 987 96.0% Y
NO AJ Klein 698 987 70.7%
NYG Alec Ogletree 803 1,042 77.1%
NYG David Mayo 558 1,042 53.6% Y
NYJ James Burgess 599 1,050 57.0% Y
NYJ Neville Hewitt 707 1,050 67.3%
OAK Tahir Whitehead 895 983 91.0%
OAK Will Compton 185 983 18.8% Y*
PHI Nigel Bradham 643 945 68.0% Y
SEA Bobby Wagner 1006 1,026 98.1% Y
SEA K.J. Wright 954 1,026 93.0%
SF Fred Warner 913 951 96.0% Y
SF Dre Greenlaw 651 951 68.5%
TB Lavonte David 1035 1,045 99.0% Y
TB Devin White 737 1,045 70.5%
TEN Rashaan Evans 895 1,045 85.6%
TEN Jayon Brown 774 1,045 74.1% Y
WAS Jon Bostic 963 1,058 91.0% Y

Arizona Cardinals

Week 16: If you're heading into your championship week in 17, Hicks is the only LB I trust. Joe Walker received 82% of the snaps against Seattle, so he's off the radar for me.

Atlanta Falcons

Week 16: Deion Jones and Devondre Campbell both were on for all of the snaps for the Falcons against Jacksonville. Deion disappointed in a favorable matchup. If you're in a championship, you still might have to roll with him.

Baltimore Ravens

Week 15: Chuck Clark is still wearing the dot for the Baltimore defense. I'm not trusting any Baltimore LB in Week 17.

Buffalo Bills

Week 16: Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano each saw 100% of the snaps against Patriots. Both came up big, combining for 21 tackles - Milano notching 12. You're still rolling them out in Week 17.

Carolina Panthers

Week 16: Luke Kuechly and Jermaine Carter were the three-down LBs with Shaq Thompson inactive. Kuechly is an every-week starter. I couldn't trust Carter with my title on the line, as he only recorded two tackles.

Chicago Bears

Week 16: Nick Kwiatkoski is calling the plays and was on for 100% of the snaps against KC - recording 11 tackles. Kevin Pierre-Louis was on for 82% of the snaps and recorded 12 tackles. I don't mind Pierre-Louis in deeper leagues, where you're starting three or more LBs.

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 15: Even though Germaine Pratt was on for 70% of the snaps, he had elite efficiency - recording a 17.5% tackle rate on his way to 11 tackles. Nick Vigil was a disappointment in his 78 snaps. I think Pratt has more upside heading into Week 17.

Cleveland Browns

Week 16: Joe Schobert and Mack Wilson were the three-down LBs against Baltimore. Sione Takitaki saw 49% of the snaps this week, so he could see some increased time in Week 17.

Dallas Cowboys

Week 16: The Cowboys' could be shutting down Leighton Vander Esch, so Sean Lee will be useful in Week 17. Lee and Jaylon Smith were the three-down LBs against Philadelphia. They are going to be needed heavily if they want to win the NFC East.

Denver Broncos

Week 16: Todd Davis was the only three-down LB for Denver this week. At this point, he's the only one I trust in Week 17.

Detroit Lions

Week 16: Jaylen Reeves-Maybin is going to be the LB to own in Detroit. Jahlani Tavai went down with an injury and Maybin was in on 92% of the snaps against Denver. Maybin finished with nine tackles and will be a wavier priority. Tavon Wilson was calling the plays for the Lions this week.

Green Bay Packers

Week 16: Blake Martinez is the only Green Bay LB to trust heading into Week 17.

Houston Texans

Week 16: Zach Cunningham was on for 100% of the snaps with Benardrick McKinney inactive. Should McKinney miss this week, there's not another Houston ILB I'd target. Tyrell Adams was on for just 66% of the snap with McKinney out. Adams was wearing the dot in McKinney's absence.

Indianapolis Colts

Week 16: Darius Leonard was in on the majority of the snaps, while Anthony Walker saw just 70% of the snaps - even though Walker was more productive. I'd still only trust in deeper leagues this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 16: For the second straight week, there were rumors of an LB shake-up. For the second straight week, Donald Payne called the plays, was on for 100% of the snaps, and recorded double-digit tackles. Just keep him in your starting lineup this week. Austin Calitro should be on your radar for a waiver-wire addition.

Kansas City Chiefs

Week 16: I'm not trusting any KC linebacker in Week 17. Ben Niemann was wearing the dot but saw fewer than 50% of the snaps, while Anthony Hitchens was on for 59% of the snaps.

Los Angeles Chargers

Week 16: This is another situation I'm avoiding in Week 17. It's way too inconsistent and the rotations and snap usage are all over the place.

Los Angeles Rams

Week 15: Cory Littleton was the only three-down LB for the Rams this week - as usual.

Miami Dolphins

Week 16: Jerome Baker should be the only linebacker you trust for Week 17. Andrew Van Ginkel received 72% of the snaps against the Bengals. Sam Eguavoen saw 49% of the snaps, while Vince Beigel suffered an injury that thrust those guys into more snaps.

Minnesota Vikings

Week 16: Eric Kendricks suffered a quad injury knocked him out early. Anthony Barr was on the field for all but a few snaps. If Kendricks misses this week, Eric Wilson will be the waiver target for you in Week 17.

New England Patriots

Week 16: This is another situation that I'm avoiding in Week 17. This week, Kyle Van Noy saw 100% of the snaps. Next week, he could see just 60%.

New Orleans Saints

Week 16: Demario Davis and AJ Klein were the three-down LBs for the Saints this week. I trust Davis more in Week 17 if you're still playing.

New York Giants

Week 16: With Alec Ogletree inactive, David Mayo was on for 100% of the snaps against the Redskins. If Ogletree is shut down, David Mayo will be a priority add this week.

New York Jets

Week 16: James Burgess was the three-down LB this week, appearing in 100% of the snaps. Neville Hewitt saw a dip in snaps, appearing in 85% of them. I trust Burgess more than Hewitt this week.

Oakland Raiders

Week 16: Will Compton's role in the defense continued and received 100% of the snaps. Tahir Whitehead saw just 61% of the snaps. If you're playing in Week 17, Compton should be on your list of waiver adds. Compton is also wearing the dot.

Philadelphia Eagles

Week 16: Nigel Bradham was on the field for 100% of the snaps. I'm still staying away from him in Week 17.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 16: Hard to really trust any Pittsburgh LB. I thought Bush could overcome the usage, but his production has been average. If you're a Bush owner and playing in Week 17, I'd look to some other LB options on the wire this week.

San Francisco 49ers

Week 16: Fred Warner had a big game against the Rams, and he and Dre Greenlaw were the three-down LBs this week.

Seattle Seahawks

Week 1: Bobby Wagner showed why he's an elite LB. He recorded 13 tackles and a sack in Week 16. It just shows, you can't sit your studs and more dependable IDPs. Wagner was in 100% of the snaps while KJ Wright saw 88% of the snaps this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 16: Lavonte David was another IDP who came up big for his owners in Week 16. David recorded 10 tackles and was in on 100% of the snaps. Devin White also appeared in 100% of the snaps and you can trust him in Week 17,

Tennessee Titans

Week 16: Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans were the three-down LBs for the Titans in Week 17. I think Tennessee will need both of these guys in Week 17.

Washington Redskins

Week 16: Jon Bostic appeared 100% of the snaps this week for Washington.

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