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
|Team||First Name||Last Name||2020 Snaps||2020 Team Snaps||2020 Snap Rate||2020 Playcaller|
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
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 has yet to play in Week 12.
Week 12 Green Dot:
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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 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
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
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