Three-Down Linebackers for 2019 IDP Leagues (Updated Weekly)

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.

2019 Linebacker Snaps
Team Player Snaps Team Snaps Snap Rate Play Caller
ARI Jordan Hicks 735 735 100.0% Y
ARI Haason Reddick 565 735 76.9%  
ATL Deion Jones 568 617 92.1% Y
ATL De'Vondre Campbell 549 617 89.0%  
BAL Patrick Onwuasor 341 583 58.5%  
BUF Matt Milano 504 594 84.8%  
BUF Tremaine Edmunds 594 594 100.0% Y
CAR Luke Kuechly 660 660 100.0% Y
CAR Shaq Thompson 653 660 99.0%  
CHI Roquan Smith 529 655 80.8%  
CHI Nick Kwiatkoski 110 655 16.8% Y
CIN Nick Vigil 568 607 93.6% Y
CLE Joe Schobert 686 686 100.0% Y
CLE Mack Wilson 557 686 81.2%  
DAL Leighton Vander Esch 465 557 83.5%  
DAL Jaylon Smith 488 557 87.6% Y
DET Jarrad Davis 447 649 68.9% Y
DET Devon Kennard 537 649 88.8%  
DEN Todd Davis 463 601 77.0% Y
GB Blake Martinez 668 673 99.2% Y
HOU Benardrick McKinney 532 604 88.1% Y
HOU Zach Cunningham 521 604 86.3%  
IND Darius Leonard 392 582 67.4% Y
IND Anthony Walker 446 582 76.6%  
JAX Myles Jack 513 603 85.1% Y
KC Anthony Hitchens 434 714 60.8% Y
KC Damien Wilson 544 714 76.2%  
LAC Thomas Davis 504 589 85.6%  
LAR Cory Littleton 633 642 98.6%  
MIA Jerome Baker 595 620 96.0% Y
MIN Anthony Barr 598 666 89.8% Y
MIN Eric Kendricks 650 666 97.6%  
NE Jamie Collins 459 567 81.0%  
NE Kyle Van Noy 394 567 69.5%  
NO Demario Davis 560 589 95.1% Y
NO AJ Klein 501 589 85.1%  
NYG Alec Ogletree 447 618 72.3% Y
NYJ Neville Hewitt 336 500 67.2% Y
OAK Tahir Whitehead 584 630 92.7% Y
OAK Nicholas Morrow 471 630 74.8%  
PHI Nigel Bradham 360 522 88.5% Y*
PIT Devin Bush 610 716 85.2%  
PIT Mark Barron 516 716 72.1% Y
SF Dre Greenlaw 244 553 44.1%  
SF Fred Warner 553 553 100.0% Y
SEA Bobby Wagner 702 702 100.0% Y
SEA KJ Wright 669 702 95.3%  
TB Lavonte David 576 579 99.3% Y
TB Devin White 260 579 45.0%  
TEN Jayon Brown 439 706 70.3% Y*
TEN Rashaan Evans 623 706 88.2%  
WAS Jon Bostic 589 641 91.9% Y

Arizona Cardinals

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.

Atlanta Falcons

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.

Baltimore Ravens

Week 11: Another week to stay away from Baltimore linebackers. Patrick Onwuasor is safe to drop in most leagues.

Buffalo Bills

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.

Carolina Panthers

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.

Chicago Bears

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.

Cincinnati Bengals

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.

Cleveland Browns

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.

Dallas Cowboys

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.

Denver Broncos

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.

Detroit Lions

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.

Houston Texans

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.

Indianapolis Colts

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.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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.

Miami Dolphins

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.

Minnesota Vikings

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.

Oakland Raiders

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.

Philadelphia Eagles

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).

Pittsburgh Steelers

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.

Seattle Seahawks

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.

Tennessee Titans

Week 11: Bye Week.

Washington Redskins

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.

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