Three-Down Linebackers You Need to Plug in Your IDP Roster for 2023

Dec 25, 2023
Three-Down Linebackers You Need to Plug in Your IDP Roster for 2023

I can make the argument that the linebacker position is the most important position in IDP. More teams are deploying odd fronts and including an extra defensive back, which takes a linebacker off the field, so the number of true three-down and full-time linebackers is dwindling. More teams are deploying single-LB packages at a higher rate, so drafting linebackers who'll barely leave the field is vital. Snaps=Opportunities=Production.

This article will be updated weekly as information is presented and potential roles change. Here's how snaps and usage are playing out, and I'll point if a non-LB is wearing the dot.

2023 IDP Three-Down Linebackers









2023 Three-Down/Full-Time Linebackers
Team Player Games Played 2023 Defensive Snaps 2023 2023 Defensive Snap Rate Green Dot 2023 Tackle Rate 2023
ARI Krys Barnes 15 353 30% x 13.9%
ATL Kaden Elliss 16 997 99% x 11.9%
ATL Nathan Landman 15 700 68% 14.4%
BAL Roquan Smith 16 1,065 98% x 14.7%
BAL Patrick Queen 16 1,068 98% 11.7%
BUF Terrel Bernard 16 951 92% x 14.1%
CAR Frankie Luvu 16 862 94% x 13.2%
CHI TJ Edwards 15 982 97% 14.1%
CHI Tremaine Edmunds 13 815 80% x 11.9%
CIN Logan Wilson 16 968 99% x 13.4%
CIN Germaine Pratt 16 883 91% 13.1%
CLE Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 16 760 75% 13.3%
DAL Damone Clark 16 697 73% 12.9%
DEN Alex Singleton 16 956 96% x 16.9%
DEN Josey Jewell 9 439 66% 13.7%
DET Derrick Barnes 15 595 63% 12.6%
DET Alex Anzalone 15 933 91% x 12.8%
GB Quay Walker 13 732 74% x 14.1%
GB De'Vondre Campbell 10 482 53% 13.9%
HOU Christian Harris 15 693 63% 12.8%
IND Zaire Franklin 16 951 92% x 18.0%
IND EJ Speed 11 538 58% 16.2%
JAX Foyesade Oluokun 16 974 99% x 17.1%
JAX Devin Lloyd 15 831 86% 14.7%
KC Nick Bolton 8 442 40% x 13.6%
LAC Kenneth Murray* 14 899 94% 12.0%
LAC Eric Kendricks 13 738 70% x 14.2%
LAR Ernest Jones 15 864 86% x 16.8%
LV Robert Spillane 16 1,034 97% x 13.2%
LV Divine Deablo 13 708 65% 12.4%
MIA David Long 15 748 73% 13.4%
MIA Duke Riley 16 357 31% x 10.9%
MIN Ivan Pace 16 687 62% 13.5%
MIN Jordan Hicks 12 768 70% x 12.0%
NE Ju'Whaun Bentley 14 868 85% x 11.1%
NO Demario Davis 16 962 97% x 11.1%
NO Pete Werner 15 882 85% 10.2%
NYG Bobby Okereke 16 1,062 100% x 13.4%
NYJ CJ Mosley 16 1,004 99% x 14.3%
NYJ Quincy Williams 16 971 96% 13.4%
PHI Nicholas Morrow 14 772 68% x 10.6%
PIT Myles Jack 2 96 73% x 14.6%
SEA Bobby Wagner 16 1,014 98% x 16.7%
SEA Jordyn Brooks 15 740 73% 15.0%
SF Fred Warner 16 909 95% x 14.2%
SF Dre Greenlaw 15 809 82% 14.1%
TB Lavonte David 14 893 83% x 12.9%
TB Devin White 13 827 79% 9.8%
TEN Azeez Al-Shaair 16 969 95% x 15.8%
WAS Cody Barton 13 704 68% x 13.8%
WAS Khaleke Hudson 15 344 26% 18.0%

*-Injured

Arizona Cardinals

The Eagles were limited to just 49 offensive plays. Krys Barnes was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot in Week 17. I'm surprised Barnes managed to record seven tackles. Owen Pappoe was the LB2 opposite Barnes and saw 76% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Krys Barnes

Atlanta Falcons

Kaden Elliss was the lone three-down LB for the Falcojs in Week 17. Elliss came through for his owners with nine tackles and a sack. Elliss has had a solid year for his owners. The Falcons were in dime/single-LB for 14 snaps and Nate Landman was the LB off the field.

Week 17 Green Dot: Kaden Elliss

Baltimore Ravens

Roquan Smith and Patrick Queen were the three-down LBs for the Ravens in Week 17. Smith wore the dot, as usual. The Ravens have deployed a 2-LB system all season.

Week 17 Green Dot: Roquan Smith

Buffalo Bills

Terrel Bernard wore the dot on defense for the Bills in Week 17 and saw 100% of the snaps. Bernard came through big for his owners with a 10 tackle performance and added two big sacks. Tyrel Dodson had a full-time role in Week 17 and saw 87% of the snaps. The Bills are playing to get to the post-season, so if you need Bernard in Week 18, fire him up.

Week 17 Green Dot: Terrel Bernard

Carolina Panthers

Frankie Luvu got dinged in the first quarter and missed some snaps. Luvu returned in the second quarter and ended up appearing in 83% of the snaps. Kamu Grugier-Hill came in for Luvu, but still saw only 40% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Frankle Luvu

Chicago Bears

Tremaine Edmunds and TJ Edwards had close to three-down roles in Week 17, as they were each on the field for all but a handful of snaps. Unfortunately, horrible timing for poor production. TJ Edwards managed just two tackles and Edmunds added five.

Week 17 Green Dot: Tremaine Edmunds

Cincinnati Bengals

Logan Wilson was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Germaine Pratt was on the field for all but five snaps and managed just one tackle.

Week 17 Green Dot: Logan Wilson

Cleveland Browns

Anthony Walker was inactive in Week 17 which meant a three-down role for Sione Takitaki. Takitaki wore the dot and exploded for 16 tackles. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had a full-time role and appeared in 97% of the snaps. JOK finished with 11 tackles. The Browns have the 5th seed wrapped up, so I'm not expecting much playing time out of the regulars in Week 18.

Week 17 Green Dot: Sione Takitaki

Dallas Cowboys

Once again, the Cowboys didn't deploy a full-time off-ball LB in Week 17. Damone Clark was on the field for just 71% of the snaps and Markquese Bell saw 64% of the snaps. If I needed a Dallas LB for Week 18, I trust Bell more than Clark at this point.

Week 17 Green Dot: Jayron Kearse (DB)

Denver Broncos

Alex Singleton was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot in Week 17. Singleton recorded his 12th double-digit tackle performance against the Chargers. With his 11 tackle performance in Week 17, he's now exceeded his career-high in tackles set last year (164). Josey Jewell had a full-time role in Week 17 and saw 83% of the snaps. Jewell added nine tackles - though just two were solos.

Week 17 Green Dot: Alex Singleton

Detroit Lions

Alex Anzalone was the lone three-down LB in Week 17 for the Lions. Anzalone was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Derrick Barnes returned to the field in Week 17 and saw 71% of the snaps. Jack Campbell saw 40 snaps (62%).

Week 17 Green Dot: Alex Anzalone

Green Bay Packers

De'Vondre Campbell was inactive in Week 17 which opened up another start for Isaiah McDuffie. Unfortunately, a concussion knocked out McDuffie after just 15 snaps. Quay Walker was on the field for all 53 snaps and wore the dot. Eric Wilson came on for McDuffie and appeared in 70% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Quay Walker

Houston Texans

Blake Cashman returned to the field in Week 17. Cashman's snaps were liimited and he rotated with Denzel Perryman as the defensive playcaller. Christian Harris was the lone full-time LB on defense and was on the field for 91% of the snaps. The Titans managed just 52 plays. Cashman saw 49% of the snaps while Perryman saw 56% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Denzel Perryman/Blake Cashman

Indianapolis Colts

Once again, EJ Speed and Zaire Franklin came up big for their owners in Week 17 - each recording double-digit tackles. Franklin was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Franklin recorded 10 tackles to bring his season total to 171. Speed added 12 of his own tackles. Both should be in your lineups for Week 18, as the Colts are playing for a possible division title.

Week 17 Green Dot: Zaire Franklin

Jacksonville Jaguars

Foyesade Oluokun was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Devin Lloyd was on the field for all but five snaps. Both should be started in Week 18 if you have a championship game.

Week 17 Green Dot: Foyesade Oluokun

Kansas City Chiefs

Nick Bolton wore the dot on defense and came up huge for his IDP owners in Week 17. Bolton finished with 13 tackles and was all over the field against the Bengals. It was still an ugly rotation at LB2 opposite Bolton. Willie Gay saw just 49% of the snaps. Drue Tranquill was on for 38% of the snaps, while Leo Chenal saw just 30% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Nick Bolton

Las Vegas Raiders

Robert Spillane was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot for the Raiders in Week 17. The Raiders were in dime/single-LB for seven snaps, as it was Divine Deablo who came off the field. Deablo still saw 88% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Robert Spillane

Los Angeles Chargers

Kenneth Murray ended up inactive with a shoulder injury. Eric Kendricks would wear the dot in Week 17 and see 100% of the snaps. Nick Niemann was the LB2 opposite Kendricks, however, he'd see just 68% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Eric Kendricks

Los Angeles Rams

Ernest Jones saw 100% of the snaps and wore the dot in Week 17. Jones came up big for his owners with a 13-tackle performance in Week 17. Jones has enjoyed a breakout year with 145 tackles and 16.8% tackle rate. Jones has been the only Rams LB to own this season.

Week 17 Green Dot: Ernest Jones

Miami Dolphins

Duke Riley was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot in Week 17. David Long had a full-time role in Week 17 and saw 84% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Duke Riley

Minnesota Vikings

Jordan Hicks was on the field for all but eight snaps and wore the dot when he was on the field. Suprisingly, Ivan Pace was on the field for 100% of the snaps after seeing just 38% of the snaps in Week 16. I think Pace has broken the mold for under-sized LBs and I think he's going to be a star.

Week 17 Green Dot: Jordan Hicks

New England Patriots

Ju'Whaun Bentley saw 100% of the snaps and wore the dot in Week 17. Jahlani Tavai saw a full-time role this week and was on the field for 83% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Ju'Whaun Bentley

New Orleans Saints

Demario Davis was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Pete Werrner saw 77% of the snaps and led the defense in tackles (9).

Week 17 Green Dot: Demario Davis

New York Giants

Bobby Okereke was the lone three-down LB for the Giants in Week 17. Although Okereke finished with 10 tackles, just two were solos. He did, however, add 1.5 sacks to the stat-sheet. Over the last few weeks, Micah McFadden had a role in the defense, but it diminished in Week 17. McFadden saw just 37% of the snaps against the Rams.

Week 17 Green Dot: Bobby Okereke

New York Jets

CJ Mosley was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot in Week 17. Quincy Williams was on the field for all but three snaps. Mosley had a big forced fumble and recovery and Williams had his own forced fumble. If you have a Week 18 title game, it might be tough to count on Mosley or Williams if the Jets decided to limit the playing time of their regulars.

Week 17 Green Dot: CJ Mosley

Philadelphia Eagles

Nicholas Morrow returned to the field in Week 17. Morrow was on the field for all but one snap and wore the dot on defense. With Morrow back in the fold, the Eagles went dime/single-LB heavy. Shaq Leonard saw just 51% of the snaps and was the LB off the field in their single-LB packages. Zach Cunningham was inactive in Week 17.

Week 17 Green Dot: Nicholas Morrow

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers limited the Seahawks to just 49 plays. Myles Jack was the lone three-down off-ball LB for the Steelers and he saw 100% of the snaps while wearing the dot. Jack managed eight tackles and now has a 14.6% tackle rate through his two games. Mykal Walker saw just 33% of the snaps. He's off the IDP radar in Week 18.

Week 17 Green Dot: Myles Jack

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers limited the Commanders to just 46 plays, so I was surprised to see Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw manage any production. Warner and Greenlaw were on the field for all but four snaps. Warner wore the dot, as usual.

Week 17 Green Dot: Fred Warner

Seattle Seahawks

Jordyn Brooks was inactive in Week 17 which opened up snaps for Devin Bush. Bush saw 90% of the snaps and recorded 17 tackles. Bobby Wagner saw 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Wagner recorded 14 of his own tackles. However, the Seattle scorekeeper was very stingy with the solos. Out of the 31 combined tackles for Wagner and Bush, just nine were solos.

Week 17 Green Dot: Bobby Wagner

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lavonte David was the lone full-time LB for the Bucs in Week 17. David was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Devin White saw his snaps scaled way back and was on the field for just 73% of the snaps.

Week 17 Green Dot: Lavonte David

Tennessee Titans

Azeez Al-Shaair was the lone full-time off-ball LB in Week 17. Al-Shaair was on the field for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. With Jack Gibbens on IR, Otis Reese saw snaps as the LB2 opposite Al-Shaair. Reese saw 56% of the snaps as the Titans were in single-LB/dime for over half the game.

Week 17 Green Dot: Azeez Al-Shaair

Washington Commanders

Cody Barton and Khalele Hudson were the full-time LBs for Washington in Week 17. Barton was on for 100% of the snaps and wore the dot. Hudson saw all but one snap. Barton and Hudson came up big for their owners - combining for 23 tackles. Barton recorded 12 while Hudson notched 11 of his own.

Week 17 Green Dot: Cody Barton

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