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Individual Defensive Players

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This was not applied to all the charts yet but will be by WK6. We are using a new STAR method this year that needed a better user-friendly feel.

Avoid Weak
1/5
Barley Solid
2/5
Firm Solid
3/5
Really Solid
4/5
Firm Strong
5/5

Questionable (?)  –  Out (O)

Doubtful  –  (D)  –  Injuried Reserve (IR)

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Week 8 / NFC Inside Linebackers

NFC North

Bears Inside Linebackers

Roquan Smith
5/5
Danny Trevathan
3.5/5
Joel Iyiegbuniwe
0.5/5
Josh Woods
0.5/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Stable and as marked versus the Saints. We don’t hand out too many 5 stars, but Smith has it going on this week on paper.

Lions Inside Linebackers

Jamie Collins
3/5
Christian Jones
1/5
Reggie Ragland
1/5
Jahiani Tavai
1/5
Jarrad Davis
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Same as always, Collins carries his own and is solid versus the Colts. 

Packers Inside Linebackers

Christian Kirksey (IR/?)
3.5/5
Krys Barnes (?)
2/5
Kamal Martin (?)
2/5
Ty Summers
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: The matchup versus the Vikings is really strong. And we advise owners looking at this mess with injuries check out the waiver wire article for an update. And yes, Kirksey was just designated to return, it’s just a matter of when. Whoever ends up playing as the main ILB has one heck of a chance to outperform Kirksey’d 3.5 stars. We just can’t plan on it being him right now or know for sure if he is out if it is Barnes or the rookie Martin.

It’s a situation that’s a little risky but well worth monitoring for all parties involved. And at this point, Summers could even come back into play.

Vikings Inside Linebackers

Eric Kendricks
3.5/5
Eric Wilson
2.5/5
Todd Davis
0/5
Hardy Nickerson
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: The on-paper results are a bit hampered when we could add all kinds of upside to these guys. The Packers aren’t all that in allowing production to the ILBs. But the Vikings defense as a whole and this situation of a divisional game are primed for these two ILBs to overachieve their marks.

NFC south

Falcons Inside Linebackers

Foyesade Oluokun
0/5
Deion Jones
0/5
Mykal Walker
0/5
LaRoy Reynolds
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: See Thursday Edition of charts. 

Panthers Inside Linebackers

Jeremy Chinn – S/LB
0/5
Shaq Thompson
0/5
Tahir Whitehead
0/5
Jermaine Carter
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: See Thursday Edition of charts. 

Saints Inside Linebackers

Demario Davis
2.5/5
Alex Anzalone
1/5
Kiko Alonso (?)
1/5
Zack Baun
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: First, either by the game flow or at the hands of the fantasy gods, Davis flopped last contest versus the Panthers. And we aren’t holding that against him since it’s been the only real-time on paper he has. But what we are marking up is the fact that the Bears are nearly dead last in allowing production to the ILBs. So it’s purely his upside as the 100% snap earner that got him barely to “just” solid. Owners may want to look for a better option at this point, just to make sure.

As we mentioned last week, Kiko has been designated to return. And it’s just a matter of when they’ll activate him completely. He is practicing, and one has to assume he’ll slot right in next to Davis when it happens. Which would likely send Anzalone to a part-time role, even more than what he has been.

Buccaneers Inside Linebackers

Lavonte David
4/5
Devin White
4/5
Kevin Minter
0.5/5
Jack Cichy (IR)
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: As marked and it’s just a matter of which ILB has the better game.

NFC East

Cowboys Inside Linebackers

Jaylon Smith
4/5
Leighton Vander Esch
4/5
Joe Thomas
2/5
Sean Lee (IR)
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: As marked versus the Eagles. And just another one of those situations where it just depends on who gets rolling and out produces the other one.

Giants Inside Linebackers

Blake Martinez
3.5/5
Devante Downs
2/5
David Mayo
1/5
Tae Crowder (IR)
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: As marked versus the Buccaneers, which we are really just talking about Martinez again. And shockingly after Crowder went to the I.R. and Mayo came off the I.R., they went with Downs over Mayo. Downs hit about 55% of the snaps, and Mayo got around 12% of the snaps available. And that could swap out at any point. But owners need to keep in mind that sending Crowder to the I.R. for a hamstring injury was more of a roster move.

The Giants needed to make space, and it was just as simple to shut Crowder down. So around week 10, Crowder can return, and it’s tough not to assume they won’t insert him again as a full-time guy. Especially after what he did in a small sample in a couple of contests. They’ll likely want to give him the reps to see if he can be that guy next to Martinez in 2021.

Eagles Inside Linebackers

Nathan Gerry (?)
3.5/5
Alex Singleton
2.5/5
Duke Riley
2/5
T.J. Edwards (IR/?)
0/5
Davion Taylor
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: The matchup is strong. The player situation could be a little tricky. Gerry is sitting out of practice as of Wednesday with an ankle issue. Singleton did outproduce and out snap Riley’s last contest. And Edwards is back to practice, who had been getting a lot of playing time next to Gerry before his injury.

This whole situation could get ugly if Gerry, our main target, is out this Sunday. From where we sit if Gerry is out, Singleton is likely the best second option. But this is a guess and only if you’re desperate.

Washington’s Inside Linebackers

Jon Bostic
0/5
Kevin Pierre-Louis (?)
0/5
Cole Holcomb
0/5
Shaun Dion Hamilton
0/5
Thomas Davis
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Bye Week.

And just an update, it does appear that Holcomb’s return had an effect across the board last contest. Bostic fell to 70% of the snaps. Pierre-Louis went to 68%, and Holcomb went up to 70%. So we basically had all three on the field the same amount of time. We don’t suggest looking to forward to week 9 after this bye.

NFC West

Cardinals Inside Linebackers

De’Vondre Campbell
0/5
Jordan Hicks
0/5
Isaiah Simmons
0/5
Tanner Vallejo
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Bye Week.

Rams Inside Linebackers

Micah Kiser (?)
3/5
Kenny Young
1.5/5
Troy Reeder
1/5
Justin Hollins
0.5/5

Advice/Note: As marked versus the Dolphins.

49ers Inside Linebackers

Fred Warner
5/5
Kwon Alexander (?)
3/5
Dre Greenlaw
1/5
Azeez Al-Shaair
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: As marked and the same, if Alexander is out, Greenlaw is in versus the Seahawks.

Seahawks Inside Linebackers

Bobby Wagner
4/5
K.J. Wright (?)
3/5
Jordyn Brooks (?)
1.5/5
Cody Barton
0.5/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: As marked versus the 49ers.

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