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|
Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun were on the field for 100% of the snaps. Jones came through for his owners, recording 10 tackles and adding another sack to his total.
Week 15 Green Dot: Deion Jones
Jordan Hicks was on the field for 100% of the snaps. De'Vondre Campbell seems to be yielding playing time to Isaiah Simmons. Campbell was on the field for 42% of the snaps, resulting in 35 total plays. Simmons was on the field for 76% of the snaps. It will be hard to trust Campbell heading into Week 16.
Week 15 Green Dot: Jordan Hicks
Patrick Queen received his usual workload in Week 15. Queen was on the field for 81% - recording six tackles and pitching in a sack. No other Baltimore ILB played more than 65% of the snaps. Queen is the only Baltimore LB to trust in Week 16.
Week 14 Green Dot: Chuck Clark
Tremaine Edmunds saw some of his snaps scaled back this week due to a blowout against the Broncos. Edmunds played in 77% of the snaps. Neither AJ Klein nor Matt Milano should be on the IDP radar at this point.
Week 15 Green Dot: Tremaine Edmunds
Although he's getting the volume, the production hasn't matched for Shaq Thompson. He hasn't had more than five tackles in the last four weeks. After registering 80% of the snaps in Week 14, Jermaine Carter saw the field for just half the game.
Week 15 Green Dot: Shaq Thompson
Roquan Smith was on the field for 100% of the snaps but had an average game, recording six tackles. Danny Trevathan was on the field for 72% of the snaps and notched 11 tackles - four being solos. Smith should be in your Week 16 lineup and Trevathan, even with his usage, is startable weekly.
Week 15 Green Dot: Roquan Smith
Germaine Pratt and Josh Bynes led the linebackers in snaps and each appeared in over 65% of the snaps. Either will be hard to trust in Week 16.
Week 15 Green Dot: Vonn Bell
BJ Goodson was on the field for all but one snap against the Giants and recorded seven tackles. No other Cleveland linebacker received more than 60% of the snaps.
Week 15 Green Dot: BJ Goodson
Jaylon Smith appeared in 100% of the snaps and recorded his third-straight 10+ tackle game. He's producing for his owners at the right time. Leighton Vander Esch suffered an ankle injury that knocked him out of the game after 32 snaps. Keep an eye on the injury throughout the week. Sean Lee received more snaps than Joe Thomas in LVE's absence. Lee received 27 snaps to Thomas's 18.
Week 15 Green Dot: Jaylon Smith
Josey Jewell and AJ Johnson were Denver's full-time inside linebackers against Buffalo in Week 15.
Week 15 Green Dot: Josey Jewell
Jamie Collins called the plays but was on the field for just 80% of the snaps and the production matched, with just four tackles this week.
Week 15 Green Dot: Jamie Collins
Green Bay Packers
Lots of speculation on Christian Kirksey's role this week and what his snaps would look like. Lots of articles that Kirksey would be yielding to Krys Barnes, and while that was still the case, Kirksey was still productive. Kirksey appeared in 71% of the snaps and still recorded nine tackles. Barnes was on for just 45% of the snaps.
Week 15 Green Dot: Christian Kirksey and Krys Barnes
After seeing his play dip to the 70% range, Zach Cunningham was on the field for 100% of the snaps alongside Tyrell Adams. Adams and Cunningham combined for 21 tackles - Adams getting 11 of those with Cunningham pitching in the other 10. Cunningham hasn't recorded fewer than eight tackles since Week 9. Keep both in your lineup heading into Week 16.
Week 15 Green Dot: Tyrell Adams
Darius Leonard was the lone Indy LB to get 100% of the snaps in Week 15. Leonard recorded 12 tackles and added a forced fumble. Bobby Okereke was on the field for 70% of the snaps. At this point, it's hard to trust Okereke outside of deeper leagues where you're starting four LBs.
Week 15 Green Dot: Darius Leonard
Joe Schobert and Myles Jack were on the field for 100% of the snaps. Jack and Schobert each came through this week. Schobert recorded 12 total tackles - including seven solos. Jack pitched in 10 tackles of his own, also recording seven solos. Start both as you normally would in Week 16.
Week 15 Green Dot: Joe Schobert
Kansas City Chiefs
Ben Niemann was on the field for 85% of the snaps - his second-straight games of a usage rate above 80%. Niemann finished with eight tackles. Anthony Hitchens was on the field for 60% of the snaps. I'm not trusting Hitchens in Week 16. Even with his usage over the last few weeks, it's still tough to trust Niemann.
Week 15 Green Dot: Rotation. When Hitchens was off the field, Ben Niemann called the plays.
Las Vegas Raiders
With Nicholas Morrow inactive, Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton were the three-down LBs for Las Vegas in Week 15.
Week 15 Green Dot: Nick Kwiatkoski
Los Angeles Chargers
Kenneth Murray was on the field for 100% of the snaps against the Raiders. No other Charger LB played over 65% of the snaps.
Week 15 Green Dot: Kenneth Murray
Los Angeles Rams
Troy Reeder appeared in 95% of the snaps against the Jets in Week 15. Reeder recorded his third 10+ tackle game in the last four weeks - notching 11 tackles. Start him as you normally would in Week 16.
Week 15 Green Dot: John Johnson (Safety)
Kyle Van Noy returned to the field in Week 15 and was on the field for 100% of the snaps. Jerome Baker also received 100% of the snaps. Baker recorded eight tackles and pitched in a sack.
Week 15 Green Dot: Kyle Van Noy
Eric Kendricks and Todd Davis were inactive against New Orleans. Blake Lynch and Hardy Nickerson received the snaps in their absence. Lynch received the full-time treatment - receiving 96% of the snaps. Lynch finished the game with 10 tackles. Eric Wilson was on the field for 100% of the snaps and chipped in nine tackles and two defended passes.
Week 16 Green Dot: Eric Wilson
New England Patriots
Ju'Whaun Bentley suffered an arm injury that knocked him out of the game. Bentley had played in just 16 snaps. Terez Hall will be a name to monitor throughout the week with Bentley's injury. He appears to be the more productive LB. Hall appeared in 88% of the snaps and recorded 13 tackles - including 12 solos.
Week 15 Green Dot: Devin McCourty (Safety)
New Orleans Saints
Demario Davis was on the field for 100% of the snaps against Minnesota. Kwon Alexander suffered a torn Achilles' and will miss the remainder of the season. Davis is the only LB worth owning for New Orleans at this point.
Week 16 Green Dot: Demario Davis
New York Giants
Blake Martinez was on the field for 100% of the snaps against Cleveland in Week 15. Martinez came through with a double-digit tackle performance, producing 10 stops against the Browns.
Week 15 Green Dot: Blake Martinez
New York Jets
Neville Hewitt and Harvey Langi were on the field for 100% of the snaps against the Rams. Hewitt came through for his owners - recording 10 tackles (seven solos). Keep starting Hewitt in Week 16.
Week 15 Green Dot: Neville Hewitt
Alex Singleton was on 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. TJ Edwards returned to the field in Week 15. Although Edwards was on the field for just 20 snaps, it cut into Duke Riley's playing time, Riley was on the field for 69% of the snaps. Singleton has three-straight games of 11 tackles.
Week 15 Green Dot: Alex Singleton
Avery Williamson was the three-down LB against Cincinnati. He'll be startable in Week 16 against the Colts as a high-end LB2.
Week 15 Green Dot: Avery Williamson
San Francisco 49ers
A neck stinger caused Fred Warner to miss the majority of the game against Washington. Warner appeared in just 33 snaps. Dre Greenlaw was on the field for 95% of the snaps. Azeez Al-Shaair appears to be Warner's back-up, as he was on the field for 36 snaps.
Week 14 Green Dot: Azeez Al-Shaair wore the dot when Fred Warner left the game.
Bobby Wagner was on the field for 100% and called the plays for Seattle. KJ Wright received 85% of the snaps. Bobby Wagner did Bobby Wagner things in Week 15, recording 13 tackles. Wright had a solid game with eight solo tackles.
Week 15 Green Dot: Bobby Wagner
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White and Lavonte David were on the field for 100% of the snaps against Atlanta. White dominated the Falcons to the tune of 12 tackles, three sacks, and two defended passes. A huge game for an elite IDP-producer in 2020.
Week 15 Green Dot: Devin White
David Long was on the field for all but one snap and recorded 12 tackles. Rashaan Evans was on the field for 58 snaps (86%) and chipped in seven tackles.
Week 15 Green Dot: David Long
Washington Football Team
Cole Holcomb was inactive in Week 15. Jon Bostic was the lone three-down LB for Washington.
Week 15 Green Dot: Jon Bostic