WK2 Fantasy Football Linebacker Rankings NFC IDP Start/Sit Charts
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Week 1 / NFC Inside Linebackers
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Bears Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: So it’s solid for these two via the formula. But it solely depends if the Giants can get Barkley going this week, which they didn’t do so hot last contest. if that happens both the Bears starting ILBs will have some upside to their solid plays.
Lions Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Considering that Collins only played 30% of the snaps because of a bone headed move by touching a referee, we would have thought the opportunity for the rest of this group would have been there. If just by volume we would have thought this. But instead we got nine combined tackles out of all three. So, we’ll leave it marked weak until something gives and hold out hope Collins keeps his hands to himself. Well, at least off the refs.
Packers Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: So, Barnes came out of nowhere to get the start next to Kirksey, and considering he only recorded 29% and recorded the production he did, we need to take note. But do we trust him yet with just that 1/2 of the snaps, nope. Kirksey should be solid enough versus the Lions this contest. But by the numbers on paper, he’ll have to grind it out like he did last contest versus the Vikings.
Vikings Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Kendricks and Barr both exceeded exspectation last week in a “just solid” matchup with the Packers. It might have had something to do with the Vikings missing there all star pro defensive end D. Hunter. Without Hunter the edge rusher did nothing to make a real impact. Leaving plenty of production meat on the bone for the main linebackers. And that’ll likely be the case versus the Colts in week two. And via the formula they were already getting a boost, so roll with the idea they should repeat last weeks production.
Falcons Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Unfortunately the Falcons only gave starting WLB Oluokun 74% of the snaps versus the Seahawks in week one. And that showed in his potential ceiling for producing. He did get six combined tackles out of it, but hopefully at some point we get more time on the field out of him. As for this weeks contest with Dallas, we’ll go as marked via the formula. One would think that with Zeke running the ball that the Cowboys would allowed more production to the ILBs week one, but yet they didn’t. So keep it in mind that the designated marks for these two may be just a bit under the mark they’ll produce.
Panthers Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: By right, Whitehead could go 3 solid stars here versus the Buccaneers in week two. But the Panthers have a new playmaker in town with Chinn and we’ll give the week two edge to him in the formula. There is also upside here or Thompson and Chinn this contest pending how the Buccaneers try to control the game.
Saints Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Our safe bet on paper this matchup versus the Raiders, stick to Davis because because with Kiko out Anzalone only saw 71% of the snaps. And instead they went heavy on the three safety sets. Was it the opponent, was it because of whatever reason, who knows, but for the foreseeable future we have to wait this out and see what plays out.
Buccaneers Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Finally, something normal and nothing to say but roll these two out like champs versus the Panthers.
Cowboys Inside Linebackers
Advice/Notes: Joe Thomas is next man up next to Smith with Vander (collarbone) hitting the I.R. and Lee still there. But on paper owners better stick to stud Smith because he gets his with upside each contest.
Giants Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Martinez simply walked into the same situation he had for years in Green Bay, he is the best linebacker on a poor depth chart overall and he’ll produce based on that more times than he won’t. And that likely isn’t going to change, if it does, until we see Mayo off I.R. and potentially back in play.
Eagles Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: After the disclaimer I noted last week, and the results, plus the Eagles lost to Washington. Good luck, and don’t forget production by default in IDP does come into play, no matter what the formula says.
Washington’s Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Jon Bostic surfaced as that guy in Washington week one and did real well in terms of producing. And with Davis out Pierre-Louis got the start next to Bostic and did very little with 99% of the snaps. Now reportedly Davis might be back for week two versus the Cardinals. So on paper this matchup is great for the ILBs versus the Cardinals in week two. We’re betting that Bostic is the only worth gambling on if you have to considering the situation.
Cardinals Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: And Campbell owners had to be excited as he clearly was the guy next to Hicks, not the rookie Simmons. That could still change, but for now, the reports out of Cardinals camp are the rookie struggled a bit. So it’ll take time for him to make up for the COVID time off. Anyhow, for week two it looks really solid for both these ILBs on paper. And as for Simmons owners, be sure to catch the brainfart I added on the NFC charts for the Cards, it might make your day.
Rams Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Going to go with as marked and talk to Kiser owners for just a minute. IDP productivity wise, Kiser produced. In real life, he did his job well in directing traffic on defense. But we have a little red flag to talk about. And that flag is that he missed 7 tackles in week one. And when he only recorded 7 total tackles, to begin with, it is a concern for IDP owners. Because if he doesn’t clean it up, missing 50% of your tackle opportunities aren’t going to keep you your job in the NFL.
So what do Kiser owners do? Well, you really don’t have too much of a choice if you want the high IDP ceiling, your best off sitting on him and waiting it out. After all, if he had made those 7 missed tackles, plus the 7 he had, well, WOW!. But keep Kenny Young on speed dial, because if Kiser continues to struggle he just may get his shot at that great producing gig. And to be completely honest, it might not be known that he is getting his shot until the game day starters are announced. And to add another thought, who is not to say they don’t just give young his shot anyhow?
49ers Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: So Warner came off the COVID list just in time to reward his owners. And it was cleared up on who the 49ers found they wanted to receive most of the snaps next to him. And Greenlaw owners have to be disappointed, it wasn’t him as he only got 43%. he did still produce, just something to keep in mind is that via the snap counts he likely overachieved comparably. As for week two, on paper the matchup isn’t great. But as far as opportunities we kicked Warner and Alexander by a 1/2 star because they’ll still get their’s in this defense as we seen last week.
Seahawks Inside Linebackers
Advice/Note: Shock! K.J. Wright owners have to be shocked after week one. I mean, we know the trade for Adams was going to impact the defense, but to think that they would choose to go so many three safety sets over having Wright on the field is just mind-blowing. With that said, Wright is off the radar until future notice because we can’t trust the situation. He received just 56% of the snap counts and that showed hard in his box score. Was it just the game flow with the Falcons going to the air so much? Who cares, because Wright is the WLB and there to be in coverage, traditionally at least.
So until further notice, we are down to just stud Wagner in week two versus the Patriots. Thanks, Pete Carroll, like thanks a lot. Oh, and for general information, the Seahawks have had great strong safeties before similar to Adams, and in all that time they never did what they did week one with three safety sets over having two linebackers on the field all the time.
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