Fantasy Football Linebacker WK3 AFC Rankings IDP Start/Sit Charts
September 24, 2020 No Comments Article, IDP Tactical Charts Gary Van Dyke

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Matchup Strength Key

Strong
5/5
Solid
3/5
Weak
1/5

Questionable (?)  –  Out (O)  – COVID List (C)

Recently Sent To Injuried Reserve (IR)

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Week 3 / AFC Inside Linebackers

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AFC NORTH

 Ravens Inside Linebackers

Patrick Queen
2.5/5
L.J. Fort
2/5
Malik Harrison
1/5
Chris Board
0.5/5

Advice/Note: First, Queen would have more upside in his on the paper result if he would average more than 70% of the snaps. Which is deceiving when he had a blow out in week one with that percentage, but then came back to earth in week two with that same amount. Second, Forts owned an overall 38% of the snaps and overachieved with that in both contests with more than base tackle points. In week two, he had one combined tackle, but the one fumble recovery blew that up in the box score when he was lucky enough to run it back for a TD. So with him, the odds are the wall will hit sooner rather than later and his production will start reflecting his limited snaps more. And if you ask this guy, eventually when the high ride is over, we’ll start seeing the rookie Harrison on the field more.

Bengals Inside Linebackers

Josh Bynes
4/5
Germaine Pratt
3/5
Akeen Davis-Gaithers
1/5
Logan Wilson
0.5/5

Advice/Note: What can we say but it’s been interesting for the first two weeks. Both Bynes and Pratt have averaged in the 75% range of snap counts with Bynes getting a bit more than Pratt. And so far in those two weeks, Byne has been the consistent play. So this week versus the Eagles it’s a good and strong matchup versus the Eagles on paper. But for at least one more week we’ll side on caution and go as marked knowing that either player has upside that’s not factored in yet. And after last week, Pratt actually carries risk after being shut down for the most part versus the Browns. 

 Browns Inside Linebackers

B.J. Goodson
4/5
Malcolm Smith
4/5
Sione Takitaki
2/5
Mack Wilson (Q)
0/5
Jacob Phillips (Q)
0/5

Advice/Note: This one is almost downright scary. On paper, the matchup is really strong versus the Washinton team. What’s really got us handcuffed is that Mack and Wilson are now questionable as of yesterday. With Wilson limited, and Phillips still not participating. But there is plenty of time for both of them to get on the field. So who plays what and how much if they do? We will mark the three from last week as they are based on those snap counts, but owners will want to bail if either Mack or Phillips are cleared to play. Both at some point was supposed to be starting over Smith and even Goodson at one point. And it’s awful early in the season to got there if all are healthy even if the matchup is perfect.

Steelers Inside Linebackers

Devin Bush
2.5/5
Vince Williams
2/5
Robert Spillane
0.5/5
Ulysses Gilbert
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Williams’s long history (years) of inconsistency has us were he is this contest versus the Texans. Call it trust issues or what have you, we’ll need to see one more week in a row of producing to think about it in week four. So unless you’re in a deep format and need to, wait this one out with us for at least one more game. Oh, and at 100% of the snaps, Bush does have upside here, but it’ll be tough when the Texans aren’t allowing much so far to the ILBs in terms of IDP production.

AFC south

Texans Inside Linebackers

Zach Cunningham
3/5
Benardrick McKinney
2.5/5
Dylan Cole
1/5
Tyrell Adams
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Nothing to note other than it isn’t the best “on paper” matchup of the week. But both should end up solid enough to roll with it and of course, Cunningham carries his own upside all the time now.

Colts Inside Linebackers

Darius Leonard
4/5
Anthony Walker
2/5
Bobby Okereke
1.5/5
E.J. Speed
0.5/5

Advice/Note: The only reason Leonard is marked down a bit is the state of the Jets offense at this point and opportunities will possibly be limited. And any upside that happens will likely come at the hands of Colt’s offense, which sounds weird. So we’ll just say that game flow on either side of the ball will control the fate of the upside on any Colt’s IDP player this week.

 Jaquars Inside Linebackers

Joe Schobert
0/5
Myles Jack
0/5
Leon Jacobs
0/5
Quincy Williams (IR)
0/5

Advice/Note: See Thursday Game Edition of the charts.

Titans Inside Linebackers

Jayon Brown
2.5/5
Rashaan Evans
2.5/5
Will Compton
1/5
David Long
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Versus the Vikings on paper via the formula, we are going to leave the designations exactly like last weeks. Noting that after missing most of week one, Evans got 84% of the snap counts in week two. And hopefully, that stays there or higher going forward, not that we have any doubt it will.

AFC East

 Bills Inside Linebackers

Tremaine Edmunds (?)
3/5
Matt Milano (?)
3/5
A.J. Klein
2/5
Tyrel Doson
1/5

Advice/Note: Another one of these we’ll want to monitor the injury reports fr. On paper, it is “just” solid, but in most cases, Edmunds and Milano carry some upside, just normally only one will get it at a time in a contest like this. The indications are is that Dodson will be the one to benefit if either player isn’t playing. Just keep it in mind there is a risk factor to that thinking. 

Dolphins Inside Linebackers

Jerome Baker
0/5
Elandon Roberts
0/5
Kamu Grugier-Hill
0/5
Calvin Munson
0/5

Advice/Note: See Thursday Game Edition of the charts.

 Patriots Inside Linebackers

Ja'Whaun Bentley
2/5
Cassh Maluia
1/5
Anfernee Jennings
1/5
Josh Uche
1/5

Advice/Note: Still nothing to see here until Bentley’s 100% snap count starts translating into some form of real IDP production. And this is in any matchup on paper.

Jets Inside Linebackers

Neville Hewitt
2.5/5
Avery Williamson (?)
2/5
Alec Ogletee
2/5
Patrich Onwuarsor (IR)
0/5
Blake Cashman (IR)
0/5

Advice/Note: A complete and utter mess. Williamson is back and Ogletree was added and both got part-time snaps. Hewitt did play the whole game, but we can’t deny that it isn’t helping the defense or that it could change any given Sunday the way things are going so far. This unit is one contest away from being put on an avoid alert completely. For this week, we’ll assume that Hewitt sticks and wish his owner’s good luck this week.

AFC west

 Broncos Inside Linebackers

Alexander Johnson
2.5/5
Josey Jewell
1.5/5
Joe Jones
1/5
Mark Barron (Q)
0.5/5

Advice/Note: First off on paper this is the weakest matchup of the week. The Buccaneers are sitting dead last allowing points to the ILBs. Johnson was all upside to get him barely into solid enough in the overall situation. Second, Jewell hasn’t even sniffed real relevancy this year (yet) as darn near an every-down player.

Chiefs Inside Linebackers

Anthoney Hitchens
1/5
Willie Gay
1/5
Damien Wilson
2/5
Ben Niemann
1/5
Dorian O'Daniel
2/5

Advice/Note: Leaving this from last week…

Why 2 and 1 stars? Well, even if a couple of them produced, week one, we aren’t able to spin it all that well when Andy Reid does what he does with his ILBs. Hence, here are the reported snap counts and we can’t even bet on these being the same in week two.

Hitchens – 44%     /     Niemann – 61%     /     Wilson – 34%

Gay – 0%     /     O’Daniel – 8% < So few snaps but made 4 tackles and had one sack, talk about a fluke or?

It’s too bad too, cause on paper the Chargers will offer a bonanza of production to the ILBs. We just can’t say with confidence what owners should do.

And now adding week two Hitchens went 78%  –  Wilson went  67%  –  Nieman 55%  –  O’Daniel 5%  –  Gay 7%

So as I mentioned the Chargers did offer good production on paper to the ILBs. Hitchens and Wilson both produced and were the only two to receive the 2-star marks on the Chart. Just call me Mr. Lucky as I leave the designations right where they were versus the Ravens who also offer a lot of great opportunities to the ILBs. Who knows, maybe this one hits too. Sorry if you’re expecting the formula to secure things here, but with the history of inconsistency in who plays, it just doesn’t translate to a point I can trust. Nor advise any owner to trust. And just like last few seasons, these guys are going to end up desperate bye week plays on these charts.

Also noting, these long notes on this squad are about to end when it’s just a waste of time from the perspective of the charts. If there is no change soon, which would shock us, it’ll just say good luck and say how the matchup is on paper without the players.

Chargers Inside Linebackers

Kenneth Murry
3/5
Kyzir White
3/5
Nick Vigil (?)
1.5/5
Denzel Perryman
1/5
Drue Tranquill (IR)
0/5

Advice/Note: Assuming that White actually sticks as the guy who replaces Tranquill, we’ll note he played 100% in week two to Murry’s 83% snap count. Which adds just a bit of surprise to this situation and actually bolsters the fact “we think” White sticks until Tranquill can get healthy. This matchup on paper is strong, but we’ll through some caution in and instead go solid with upside.

Raiders Inside Linebackers

Cory Littleton
2.5/5
Nick Kwiatkoski (?)
2.5/5
Nicholas Morrow
1/5
Raekwon McMillan
1/5

Advice/note: While Littleton owners are really worried, we’re predicting a decent bounce back compared to last contests results for him versus the patriots. We do like to stay on the cautious side of things here with the charts when it comes to difficult situations. So we aren’t suggesting if you have other solid plays to play Littleton over them at this point. But just suggesting he’ll return to relevancy. As of this chart being published, Kwiatkoski wasn’t seen at morning stretches at The Raiders practice this morning. So keep an eye out for more reports, and if not just switch the stars over. Keep in mind folks, only got with anticipating what the matchup results are. Morrow overachieved by a mile last contest and that just might have been by design by the opposing team. This is just a guess mind you, but if you had to target an area on the field, would it be where Littleton was or Morrow, who is a backup. Just a little food for thought on the entire situation.

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