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.
|Team||Player||Snaps||Team Snaps||Snap Rate||Play Caller|
|DAL||Leighton Vander Esch||120||131||91.6%|
Week 2: Jordan Hicks, once again, was your three-down linebacker and recorded another double-digit tackle effort. He's a weekly starter as an LB2 and was your three-down guy, finishing with 11 tackles. Hasson Reddick saw a big increase usage - appearing in 85% of the snaps. I wouldn't rush to the wire just yet, as I want to see if the trend continues into Week 3.
Week 2: After getting rocked by Dalvin Cook last week, Jones appeared in 93% of the snaps and recorded six solo tackles - seven total. De'Vondre Campbell appeared in 85% of the snaps, so he's still appearing in the majority of the snaps. Campbell should appear on your IDP radar.
Week 2: Patrick Onwuasor is the go-to guy in Baltimore's defense. Although he only notched four tackles in Week 4, he's still startable weekly as an LB3 based on usage. Kenny Young and Chris Board should continue to be off your radar - they both appeared in fewer than 30% of the snaps.
Week 2: No change with the Buffalo linebackers. Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano are your three-down LBs here. Edmunds is a weekly LB1 and Milano can be trusted as an LB2.
Week 2: Thompson, once again, appeared in 100% of the snaps. He'll be a weekly LB3 starter and does have LB2 upside. Thompson recorded a 12.3% tackle rate resulting in eight tackles. Kuechly is still the alpha-male of the defense and an unquestioned LB1. His Week 2 performance is why you start him every week without hesitation.
Week 2: Danny Trevathan continues to call the plays. Trevathan and Roquan Smith are on the field for all of the snaps. Week 2 also shows you not to panic. Roquan recorded a 15.9% tackle rate. Trevathan produced a 14.6% tackle rate. They are weekly starters for your IDP squad.
Week 2: I'm adding Preston Brown to the chart and is someone to consider off your waiver wire now. Nick Vigil hasn't played well and is being outplayed by Brown and Shawn Williams. I'm not saying drop Vigil, just yet, but he should be benched for the time being. Shawn Williams is wearing the dot for the defense.
Week 2: Joe Schobert played every snap and turned in a huge game against the Jets - recording 13 tackles (10 solos). It's worth noting that Christian Kirksey wasn't on the field for all snaps - he appeared in 84% of the snaps.
Week 2: Jaylon Smith had the big game in Week 2 - recording 11 tackles. Leighton Vander Esch had a down game, but he's still a weekly LB1 along with Smith.
Week 2: Josey Jewell, once again, was your three-down play-caller for the Broncos. Production dipped slightly from Week 1, but he's getting all of the snaps, so his usage will put him on the LB3 radar. After appearing in 85% of the snaps, Corey Nelson's usage dipped to 56% in Week 2. Todd Davis should be returning soon, so Nelson's IDP value is turning to dust.
Week 2: Even though Kennard is calling the plays and receiving the snaps, he's going to be inconsistent as an outside rusher linebacker. He'll still be a target in big-play scoring formats. Tavai received just 69% of the snaps. If Tavai receives this kind of volume, his efficiency may be inconsistent. He had a huge Week 2, no doubt, recording 10 tackles and a sack. He's still more of an LB3 in deeper leagues - especially if Jarrad Davis returns soon. I still really like him as a long-term dynasty chip.
Green Bay Packers
Week 2: Blake Martinez continues to be the only Packer LB to own at this point. In his first game, BJ Goodson was on the field for 58% of the snaps. Dime LB Raven Greene was injured in Week 2 but was underwhelming.
Week 2: Keep an eye on Zach Cunningham - he received just 73% of the snaps - so a big dip in usage from Week 1. Benardrick McKinney was on for 96% of the snaps. Cunningham was certainly efficient with his usage - recording a sack and nine solo tackles resulting in 0.49 fantasy points per snap.
Week 2: Walker continued to receive fewer than 60% of the snaps. Last week, I mentioned inconsistency when dealing with Walker - he registered just a tackle this week after recording seven last week. Darius Leonard is the only LB to own here.
Week 2: Myles Jack managed to stay on the field and avoid any slobberknockers. The big development here is Quincy Williams. He appeared in every snap and recorded a 13.6% tackle rate. Jack turned in a solid game - recorded seven tackles and a half-sack.
Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2: In Week 2, neither Anthony Hitchens or Damien Wilson registered a full workload. This game got out of hand, as well. Hitchens and Wilson, however, played 'starter' snaps and both were in on 77% of the snaps. If you were hoping to get anything from Darron Lee, you can move on as he saw just 25% of the snaps.
Los Angeles Chargers
Week 2: Thomas Davis now has back-to-back weeks of double-digit tackles, so if he's still on your wire, you have to act now. Kyzir White, once again, received nearly 90% of the snaps and recorded a respectable 13% tackle rate. Adrian Phillips, who was wearing the dot, got injured and is out indefinitely. Thomas Davis wore the dot the remainder of the game.
Los Angeles Rams
Week 2: The only Rams LB to own here is Cory Littleton. Bryce Hager saw just 37% of the snaps in Week 2. If you're in big play formats, keep an eye on Dante Fowler. He was in on 89% of the snaps.
Week 2: Baker appeared in all but one snap and recorded 12 tackles - resulting in a 17.4% tackle rate. The breakout season appears real and it's spectacular. Sam Eguaoven was in on 90% of the snaps this week - although he registered just four assists. Raekwon McMillan did manage to get 50% of the snaps, but he's barely a blip on the radar.
Week 2: Eric Kendricks was on the field for all of the snaps, recording eight tackles in the loss to Green Bay. Anthony Barr also saw every snap and continues to wear the dot.
New England Patriots
Week 2: No need to look at any Patriot LBs in IDP leagues. Hightower calling the plays, but he's not even appearing in 70% of the snaps.
New Orleans Saints
Week 2: Demario Davis received the three-down treatment this week and called the plays. AJ Klein saw the field for 79% of the plays. Alex Anzlone's usage dipped from Week 1 to 26%. Kiko Alonso saw just four snaps.
New York Giants
Week 2: I think you can put Ryan Connelly on your IDP radar. Connelly saw 84% of the snaps and recorded six tackles. Alec Ogletree remains the true three-down LB and is still calling the plays.
New York Jets
Week 2: With CJ Mosley inactive, Blake Cashman go the start and played every snap alongside Neville Hewitt. Hewitt played 100% of the snaps and called the plays for the Jets Monday night. If Mosley is out, Cashman is your next target off the wire if Hewitt is gone.
Week 2: After seeing just 69% of the snaps in Week 1, Tahir Whitehead had an 83% usage in Week 2. Whitehead recorded an 11.1% tackle rate and let's hope his usage increases, or stabilizes at the very least. Vontaze Burfict saw 95% of the snaps, however, recorded just four tackles. I don't view him as an LB2 any longer. Even with the snaps.
Week 2: Zach Brown, after appearing in just 43% of the snaps in Week 1, saw an increase - playing in 76% of the snaps. Even though Bradham is the signal caller, he's inefficient. He recorded just four tackles this week.
Week 2: The Steelers may not be ready for Devin Bush to call the plays just yet. Mark Barron wore the dot this week and is now on the IDP map if he's going to call the plays. Even though he's playing in around 80% of the snaps, Bush is still productive and worth starting weekly.
San Francisco 49ers
Week 2: Kwon Alexander managed to stay in the game this week. Neither Alexander, nor Fred Warner, played every down and they weren't needed. The 49ers had this game in hand. Fred Warner was wearing the dot in this one. Warner recorded a 12.7% tackle rate while Alexander had a big INT against Dalton.
Week 2: Mychal Kendricks is off my radar, after appearing in 68% of the snaps. Bobby Wagner was on for 100% of the snaps, while KJ Wright was on for 95%. Wagner is Weekly LB1 and Wright carries LB2 upside as an LB3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: Devin White was the signal-caller in Week 2, however, a knee injury knocked him out just nine snaps into the game. Kevin Minter was White's replacement and ended up playing in 92% of the snaps - and wore the dot. White's injury isn't considered serious and he's been diagnosed with an MCL sprain - he'll miss 1-2 weeks. If you're a White owner, it would be a good idea to handcuff him this week. Minter ended up registering an 11% tackle rate.
Week 2: After a game to forget, Jayon Brown returned with a memorable performance - recording a 14.5% tackle rate on the way to 10 tackles. Rashaan Evans as in on 94% of the snaps, which is a nice increase from his 80% usage against Cleveland.
Week 2: Jon Bostic's snap usage decreased from Week 1 - appearing in just 79% of the snaps. He was wearing the dot. saw 88% of the snaps. After appearing in 68 of the snaps in Week 1, Cole Holcomb's usage spiked to 90%.