Three-Down Linebackers for 2020 IDP Leagues

Nov 30, 2020
Three-Down Linebackers for 2020 IDP Leagues

Keeping tabs on the three-down linebackers is going to be vital in 2020 - between potential injuries and COVID19, players could miss time for a myriad of reasons. So knowing who's going to be on the field will provide a leg up on your competition.

This will be updated throughout the rest of the season as information is presented. Here is how the snaps are playing out among the linebackers and who were calling the plays.

*-I do point out if a non-LB is calling the plays in my notes

2020 Three-Down Linebackers
Team First Name Last Name 2020 Snaps 2020 Team Snaps 2020 Snap Rate 2020 Playcaller
ARI Jordan Hicks 741 764 96.99% x
ARI De'Vondre Campbell 673 764 88.09%
ATL Deion Jones 624 665 93.83% x
ATL Foysade Oluokun 486 665 73.08%
BAL Patrick Queen 541 662 81.72%
BUF Tremaine Edmunds 593 690 85.94% x
BUF AJ Klein 583 690 84.49%
CAR Shaq Thompson 781 801 97.50% x
CHI Roquan Smith 765 767 99.74% x
CLE BJ Goodson 691 755 91.52% x
DAL Jaylon Smith 746 763 97.77% x
DAL Leighton Vander Esch 324 763 42.46%
DEN AJ Johnson 747 755 98.94%
DEN Josey Jewell 703 755 93.11% x
DET Jamie Collins 638 762 83.73% x
GB Christian Kirksey 344 767 44.85% x
HOU Zach Cunningham 641 774 82.82%
HOU Tyrell Adams 539 774 69.64% x
IND Darius Leonard 506 694 72.91% x
IND Bobby Okereke 507 694 73.05%
JAX Joe Schobert 809 816 99.14% x
JAX Myles Jack 569 816 69.73%
LAC Kenneth Murray 556 630 88.25% x
LAC Kyzir White 338 630 53.65%
LAR Micah Kiser 438 651 67.28%
LV Cory Littleton 572 756 75.66%
LV Nick Kwiatkoski 541 756 71.56%
MIA Jerome Baker 512 736 69.57%
MIA Kyle Van Noy 581 736 78.94% x
MIN Eric Kendricks 755 756 99.87%
MIN Eric Wilson 626 756 82.80% x
NE Ju'Whaun Bentley 429 675 63.56%
NO Demario Davis 602 615 97.89% x
NO Kwon Alexander 441 724 60.91%
NYG Blake Martinez 647 653 99.08% x
NYJ Neville Hewitt 780 783 99.62% x
PHI Alex Singleton 426 776 58.90% x
PIT Robert Spillane 314 645 48.68% x
PIT Vince Wiliams 489 645 75.81%
SEA Bobby Wagner 821 822 99.88% x
SEA KJ Wright 718 822 87.35%
SF Fred Warner 664 695 95.54% x
SF Dre Greenlaw 431 695 62.01%
TB Devin White 648 648 100.00% x
TB Lavonte David 648 648 100.00%
TEN Rashaan Evans 593 782 75.83%
WAS Jon Bostic 635 700 90.71% x

Atlanta Falcons

This was an ugly game from the onset and Atlanta's defense dominated. Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun had their snaps scaled back but were the full-time linebackers. Each made big plays for the defense. Jones recorded a pick-six, while Foye recorded a sack.

Week 12 Green Dot: Deion Jones

Arizona Cardinals

Jordan Hicks was the play-caller for the defense and De'Vondre Campbell returned to his normal three-down role. Campbell appeared in all but a handful of snaps. Isaiah Simmons went back to his original role and appeared in just 16 snaps, producing nearly one-point per snap. Simmons is going to be hard to trust down the stretch with Campbell returning to his role.

Week 12 Green Dot: Jordan Hicks

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore has yet to play in Week 12.

Week 12 Green Dot:

Buffalo Bills

Tremaine Edmunds and AJ Klein were the full-time guys against the Chargers. Edmunds wore the dot and recorded 11 tackles, with three of them solos. Klein was all over the place this week. Klein recorded 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Klein was also sent in on 13 pass-rush snaps, so he's becoming a well-rounded LB.

Week 12 Green Dot: Tremaine Edmunds

Carolina Panthers

Although Shaq Thompson is getting 100% of the snaps, he's definitely losing out on tackle share and opportunities to Jeremy Chinn and Tre Boston. Jermaine Carter is starting to get more snaps in packages, as well. Thompson is looking more like a weekly LB2.

Week 12 Green Dot: Shaq Thompson

Chicago Bears

Roquan Smith was on for 100% of the snaps, but didn't have many opportunities, producing just five assisted tackles. These games happen, but don't take him out of your starting lineup. Danny Trevathan, even playing 70% of the snaps, is still an LB3/4. Trevathan finished with a 20.8% tackle rate, resulting in 10 tackles.

Week 12 Green Dot: Roquan Smith

Cincinnati Bengals

I'm still standing firm, in that I'm not touching the Bengals linebackers. Josh Bynes is pacing the team but is still appearing in fewer than 70% of the snaps. In this era of COVID, I might also consider Germaine Pratt. If I don't have to, I'd still stay away.

Week 12 Green Dot: Vonn Bell (Safety)

Cleveland Browns

BJ Goodson appeared in 85% of the snaps, finishing with six tackles and a defended pass. No other linebacker appeared in more than 70% of the snaps.

Week 12 Green Dot: BJ Goodson - didn't have the dot but was calling the plays

Dallas Cowboys

Jaylon Smith was on the field for 81% of the snaps in a blowout loss to the Football Teamers. Leighton Vander Esch made some solid tackles and was on the field for 87% of the snaps.

Week 12 Green Dot: Jaylon Smith

Denver Broncos

Josey Jewell and AJ Johnson played the majority of the snaps for Denver in an ugly game. Johnson recorded nine tackles and Jewell recorded seven. They are borderline LB2s, but more LB3s.

Week 12 Green Dot: None. Josey Jewell was calling the plays in the huddle.

Detroit Lions

Jamie Collins called the plays for Detroit and was on the field for 80% of the snaps. A forced fumble saved his mediocre five tackle game.

Week 12 Green Dot: Jamie Collins

Green Bay Packers

Christian Kirksey wore the dot for Green Bay and is the only ILB to own from this defense.

Week 12 Green Dot: Christian Kirksey

Houston Texans

Tyrel Adams dominated the Lions for 17 tackles over his 71 snaps. Zach Cunningham, even though he was in on fewer than 60% of the snaps, still had a productive game, recording nine tackles. Start Tyrel Adams weekly - just plug and play.

Week 12 Green Dot: Tyrell Adams

Indianapolis Colts

Darius Leonard was on the field for 100% of the snaps, and with Bobby Okereke out, Anthony Walker was also on the field for every snap. Leonard was the lone bright spot for the defense that got gashed by Derrick Henry. Leonard finished with 14 tackles and a sack.

Week 12 Green Dot: Darius Leonard

Jacksonville Jaguars

Joe Schobert faced his former team in Week 12. He finished with eight tackles and a big forced fumble in the loss. Myles Jack was on the field for 100% of the snaps finishing with nine tackles, three of them solos.

Week 12 Green Dot: Joe Schobert

Kansas City Chiefs

This is another linebacker group I'm not touching the remainder of the season. No LB is playing more than 70% of the snaps. In this COVID-era, I might consider Anthony Hitchens in an emergency.

Week 12 Green Dot: Anthony Hitchens

Las Vegas Raiders

Nicholas Morrow continued to call the plays and was on the field for 100% of the snaps. Nick Kwiatkoski appeared in 78% of the snaps with Cory Littleton appearing in 58% of the snaps. If you're a Littleton owner, I might bench him. Depending on the size of the league, you might need to hold just with all of the pandemic uncertainty.

Week 12 Green Dot: Nicholas Morrow

Los Angeles Chargers

Kenneth Murray was in on all but three snaps for the Chargers. In the first few series, Denzel Perryman wore the dot, but Murray was the primary play-caller for the Charger defense.

Week 12 Green Dot: Kenneth Murray

Los Angeles Rams

Micah Kiser landed on IR on Thanksgiving, which opened the door for Troy Reeder. Reeder appeared in all but three snaps against the 49ers and finished with 15 tackles - 12 of them solos.

Week 12 Green Dot: John Johnson (Safety)

Miami Dolphins

Kyle Van Noy appeared in 100% of the snaps and Jerome Baker saw an uptick in usage, appearing in 78% of the snaps in Week 12. Not many tackle opportunities to be had with the Jets running just 55 plays.

Week 12 Green Dot: Kyle Van Noy

Minnesota Vikings

Eric Kendricks and Eric Wilson were the three-down guys in Week 12. Kendricks paced the defense with 12 tackles - six of them solos. Kendricks has hit the 100-mark this season and is a weekly LB1.

Week 12 Green Dot: Eric Wilson

New England Patriots

Ju'Whaun Bentley returned to the field this week and saw 82% of the snaps. He's starting to creep into the conversation as an LB3/4. As long as he's getting on the field for over 80% of the snaps, he's worth rostering.

Week 12 Green Dot: Devin McCourty (Safety)

New Orleans Saints

I'm not sure how Demario Davis recorded nine tackles against Denver's offense. Davis appeared in 36 snaps, and while that's low, Denver ran just 43 plays. Kwon Alexander also had a full-time role, appearing in 81% of the snaps.

Week 12 Green Dot: Demario Davis

New York Giants

Blake Martinez wore the dot for New York and continues to be the lone ILB to own from the Giants.

Week 12 Green Dot: Blake Martinez

New York Jets

Neville Hewitt and Harvey Langi were three-down linebackers for the Jets in Week 12. Langi was on the field for 90% of the snaps. A sack and forced fumble/fumble recovery saved Neville Hewitt's day.

Week 12 Green Dot: Neville Hewitt

Philadelphia Eagles

Alex Singleton was on 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Singleton continues to look the part of an inside linebacker. He hits gaps without hesitation. TJ Edwards appeared in 76% of the snaps. Edwards and Singelton should be the duo for the remainder of the year.

Week 12 Green Dot: Alex Singleton

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh has yet to play in Week 12.

Week 12 Green Dot:

San Francisco 49ers

Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw were the three-down linebackers in Week 12.

Week 12 Green Dot: Fred Warner

Seattle Seahawks

Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright were the full-time guys for the Seahawks against Philadelphia.

Week 12 Green Dot: Bobby Wagner

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Devin White and Lavonte David were the full-time linebackers against the Chiefs in Week 12. White was all over the field, recording 12 tackles including nine solos.

Week 12 Green Dot: Devin White

Tennessee Titans

Will Compton and David Long rotated defensive series in Week 12. Compton was on the field for 41% of the snaps while Long saw 49% of the snaps. They each wore the dot when they were on the field, however, they weren't on the field at the same time. Rashaan Evans was on the field for 81% of the snaps. Long or Compton might be more desperation plays in the weeks ahead.

Week 12 Green Dot: Will Compton and David Long rotated and each wore the dot

Washington Football Team

Cole Holcomb and Jon Bostic continued to rotate snaps and playcalling duties. Holcomb outsnapped Bostic - with Holcomb getting 83% of the snaps to Bostic's 64%. I'd rather have Holcomb down the stretch.

Week 12 Green Dot: Jon Bostic and Cole Holcomb rotation

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