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|
|DAL||Leighton Vander Esch||465||557||83.5%|
|NE||Kyle Van Noy||394||567||69.5%|
Week 11: The Cardinal defense was on for 77 defensive snaps and Jordan Hicks was on for all them. He continues to produce LB1 numbers weekly. Haason Reddick managed just 45% of the snaps, while Joe Walker played in 56% of the snaps alongside Hicks. Outside of Hicks, Reddick nor Walker are consistent enough to roster.
Week 11: Deion Jones was on for 81% of the snaps, while DeVondre Campbell saw 88% of the snaps. The game was a blow-out and Jones wasn't really needed.
Week 11: Another week to stay away from Baltimore linebackers. Patrick Onwuasor is safe to drop in most leagues.
Week 11: Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds were on the field for 100% of the snaps against Miami. They combined for 19 tackles, with Edmunds responsible for 12 - and each shared a sack.
Week 11: Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson continue to get the snaps at ILB. Luke Kuechly appeared in all but four snaps, while Thompson played in all but one. Kuechly recorded eight tackles over his 61 snaps.
Week 11: Nick Kwiatkoski was calling the plays, but didn't have an every-down role. He appeared in just 55% of the snaps, so based on that usage, I don't consider him a must-add from the waiver wire. If you're in a deep-league, starting four or more LBs, I'd consider adding him. Roquan Smith was all over the field - recording 11 tackles and a sack over 52 snaps.
Week 11: Nick Vigil appeared in 89% of the snaps and turned in a productive day. A name to monitor over the next few weeks will be Germaine Pratt as he appeared in 69% of the snaps and recorded six tackles.
Week 11: Joe Schobert dominated the Steelers for 10 tackles and two INTs. He was all over the field. Mack Wilson continued to be the three-down LB opposite Schobert.
Week 11: Jaylon Smith called the plays and appeared in 100% of the snaps against Detroit. It was good to see Leighton Vander Esch receive his normal workload as he was on the field for all but two snaps.
Week 11: The Broncos returned from their bye week and it looks like Todd Davis and AJ Johnson should be three-down LBs for the remainder of the season. Both appeared in 100% of the defensive snaps against the Vikings. Davis dominated the Vikings for 13 tackles.
Week 11: Jarrad Davis appeared in 91% of the snaps and recorded seven tackles against the Cowboys. Devon Kennard saw 81% of the snaps. Only Davis should be rostered in IDP leagues.
Green Bay Packers
Week 11: Bye Week.
Week 11: Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham were busy against Baltimore - combining for 18 tackles (with Cunningham responsible for 10). Cunningham was on the field for 89% of the snaps, while McKinney saw 82%. I'm not concerned with their use in the defense.
Week 11: Darius Leonard received a lighter workload due to the blowout. Leonard was on for just 81% of the snaps. I'm not too concerned with the usage.
Week 11: Myles Jack actually turned in an efficient week - recording a 13.2% tackle rate leading to nine tackles. A name to keep track of for your waiver wire period will be Najae Goode. Goode was on for 96% of the snaps alongside Jack.
Kansas City Chiefs
Week 11: No KC linebacker logged more than 65% of the snaps - with Hitchens leading the way with a 64% usage in Week 11. Hitchens recorded 10 tackles with just two being solos. It might be difficult to rely on any KC LB down the stretch.
Los Angeles Chargers
Week 11: Drue Tranquill was inactive and Thomas was in on all but a handful of snaps. Jatavis Brown got the start and was on the field for 72% of the snaps alongside Davis. Davis has been the only constant. You're chasing snaps with the other Charger LBs.
Los Angeles Rams
Week 11: Cory Littleton was on for 100% of the snaps but wasn't productive, as the Bears only managed 55 snaps.
Week 11: Jerome Baker wore the dot and played in 100% of the snaps against Buffalo. Baker recorded 11 tackles and a 15.3% tackle rate.
Week 11: Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr combined for 12 tackles and were on for 100% of the snaps against the Broncos. Kendricks is your weekly starter.
New England Patriots
Week 11: Kyle Van Noy recorded five solo tackles and a sack in his 70 snaps in Week 11. Jamie Collins has come down to earth a bit - producing just a defended pass against the Eagles.
New Orleans Saints
Week 11: Do I see a Kiko Alonso sighting? Alonso was on the field for 66% of the snaps and recorded six solo tackles. I wouldn't rush out to the wire to grab him just yet. Demario Davis is still the only New Orleans LB to own.
New York Giants
Week 11: Bye Week.
New York Jets
Week 11: Neville Hewitt returned to action in Week 11 and appeared in 100% of the snaps alongside James Burgess. You can drop Brandon Copeland. Hewitt recorded five tackles and an INT in his return.
Week 11: Tahir Whitehead was on for 100% of the snaps against the Bengals. Nicholas Morrow continues to run alongside Whitehead - appearing in all but four snaps this week.
Week 11: Nate Gerry was on for all but one snap against the Patriots - recording 10 tackles and a sack. He's been productive and has stood out in games more so than Nigel Bradham. He should be their three-down LB, even if Bradham returns (eventually).
Week 11: Devin Bush's total snap rate on the season has dipped below 90% - he just might be getting some snaps off for preservation to avoid the rookie wall. Mark Barron continues to call the plays and he saw fewer than 70% of the snaps.
San Francisco 49ers
Week 11: Dre Greenlaw and Fred Warner were the three-down LB for the 49ers against the Cardinals. They combined for 22 tackles in the win - Warner recording 12 and Greenlaw grabbing the other 10. Greenlaw is worth snagging off the wire with his three-down usage.
Week 11: Bye Week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 11: Lavonte David and Devin White each were on the field for 100% of the snaps. White led the way this week with 13 tackles - 11 solos.
Week 11: Bye Week.
Week 11: Jon Bostic saw a slight dip in usage - receiving 86% of the snaps (10 snaps fewer than the total). Cole Holcomb saw a bump in usage - receiving 62% of the snaps this week.