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Regular Season, Updated: 6/18/18



Projections:  QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB

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Legend:   Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk   ADP = Average Draft Position
ADP courtesy of FantasyFootballCalculator 
LINEBACKERS
Chg Rank Player Tm Bye
  1 Deion Jones ATL 8
  2 C.J. Mosley BAL 10
  3 Alec Ogletree NYG 9
Tier 2
  4 Jamie Collins CLE 11
  5 Roquan Smith CHI 5
  6 Leighton Vander Esch DAL 8
  7 Luke Kuechly CAR 4
  8 Blake Martinez GB 7
  9 Christian Kirksey CLE 11
  10 Bobby Wagner SEA 7
  11 Lavonte David TB 5
  12 Malcolm Smith SF 11
  13 Wesley Woodyard TEN 8
  14 Kwon Alexander TB 5
  15 Telvin Smith JAC 9
  16 Preston Brown CIN 9
  17 Eric Kendricks MIN 10
Tier 3
  18 Zach Brown WAS 4
  19 Von Miller DEN 10
  20 Mark Barron LAR 12
  21 Benardrick McKinney HOU 10
  22 Brandon Marshall DEN 10
  23 Jarrad Davis DET 6
  24 Tremaine Edmunds BUF 11
  25 Justin Houston KC 12
  26 Kiko Alonso MIA 11
27 Nigel Bradham PHI 9
  28 Joe Schobert CLE 11
  29 Tahir Whitehead OAK 7
  30 K.J. Wright SEA 7
  31 Avery Williamson NYJ 11
  32 T.J. Watt PIT 7
  33 Rashaan Evans TEN 8
  34 Vince Williams PIT 7
  35 Sean Lee DAL 8
  36 Darron Lee NYJ 11
  37 Darius Leonard IND 9
  38 DeMario Davis NO 6
  39 Thomas Davis CAR 4
Tier 4
40 Jordan Hicks PHI 9
  41 Craig Robertson NO 6
  42 Ryan Kerrigan WAS 4
  43 Terrell Suggs BAL 10
  44 Deone Bucannon ARI 9
  45 Matt Judon BAL 10
  46 Raekwon McMillan MIA 11
47 Bradley Chubb DEN 10
  48 Jaylon Smith DAL 8
  49 Myles Jack JAC 9
  50 De'Vondre Campbell ATL 8
  51 Derrick Johnson OAK 7
  52 Lorenzo Alexander BUF 11
  53 Anthony Barr MIN 10
  54 Anthony Hitchens KC 12
  55 Dont'a Hightower NE 11
  56 Jadeveon Clowney HOU 10
  57 Antonio Morrison IND 9
  58 Danny Trevathan CHI 5
  59 Vontaze Burfict CIN 9
  60 Patrick Onwuasor BAL 10
  61 Brian Orakpo TEN 8
  62 Mason Foster WAS 4
  63 Whitney Mercilus HOU 10
  64 Preston Smith WAS 4
65 Mychal Kendricks CLE 11
  66 Zach Cunningham HOU 10
  67 Kyle Van Noy NE 11
68 Reuben Foster SF 11
  69 Jon Bostic PIT 7
  70 Vincent Rey CIN 9
  71 Kendell Beckwith TB 5
  72 Todd Davis DEN 10
  73 Nick Perry GB 7
  74 Jake Ryan GB 7
  75 B.J. Goodson NYG 9
  76 Jatavis Brown LAC 8
77 Jordan Jenkins NYJ 11
  78 Stephone Anthony MIA 11
  79 Blair Brown JAC 9
  80 Christian Jones DET 6
  81 Jayon Brown TEN 8
Tier 5
82 Cory Littleton LAR 12
  83 Carl Lawson CIN 9
  84 Haason Reddick ARI 9
  85 Denzel Perryman LAC 8
  86 Clay Matthews GB 7
  87 Josh Bynes ARI 9
  88 Derrick Morgan TEN 8
  89 Ramon Humber BUF 11
90 Leonard Floyd CHI 5
  91 Elandon Roberts NE 11
  92 Barkevious Mingo SEA 7
  93 Shaq Thompson CAR 4
  94 Reggie Ragland KC 12
  95 Bud Dupree PIT 7
  96 Hayes Pullard LAC 8
  97 Marquis Flowers NE 11
  98 Kemal Ishmael ATL 8
  99 Devon Kennard DET 6
  100 Bruce Irvin OAK 7
  101 Oren Burks GB 7
  102 Ray Ray Armstrong NYG 9
103 John Simon IND 9
  104 Samson Ebukam LAR 12
  105 A.J. Klein NO 6
  106 Matt Longacre LAR 12
  107 Dee Ford KC 12
  108 Nick Kwiatkoski CHI 5
  109 Manti Te'o NO 6
  110 Nicholas Morrow OAK 7
111 Ramik Wilson LAR 12
  112 Emmanuel Lamur OAK 7
  113 Shaquil Barrett DEN 10
  114 Frank Zombo KC 12
  115 Eli Harold SF 11
  116 Za'Darius Smith BAL 10
  117 Kemoko Turay IND 9
  118 Lorenzo Mauldin NYJ 11
  119 Duke Riley ATL 8
  120 Jalen Reeves-Maybin DET 6
 
COMMENTS
  Deion Jones, ATL: Jones came on strong at the end of last season (he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14), finishing with 138 total tackles, 3 INT and 11 PD. He's my projected top LB this year.

  C.J. Mosley, BAL: A Pro Bowler three of his first four seasons, Mosley tied his career high in tackles last year (132) and is s steady presence in the stat department. He's a lower risk than the next few guys.

  Alec Ogletree, NYG: Ogletree had an offseason and makes a change of scenery, so he's worth a look as a Top 5 LB. Tons of upside, some risk.

  Jamie Collins, CLE: Collins is another game breaker type with upside and considerable risk.

  Roquan Smith, CHI: The rookie LB gets a perfect situation coming into Chicago -- where somebody needs to make some tackles. He could rack up 130-140 total tackles if he's a three-down backer.

  Leighton Vander Esch, DAL: I'll buy into the hype for IDP purposes since the Dallas defense is likely to be without Sean Lee for his usual 4-5 games. If this is the next Urlacher, then sign me up for the 120+ tackles and lots of big plays.

  Luke Kuechly, CAR: Kuechly is great, but the concussions are too scary for me to risk with a top pick.

  Blake Martinez, GB: Martinez could be a Top 10 LB this season and he had a monster year in 2017. 144 total tackles might be hard to repeat with Rodgers healthy, but 120+ is well within reach.

  Christian Kirksey, CLE: Kirksey is a grinder who's just reaching his prime. He's a big-time sleeper and he could surprise this year.

  Bobby Wagner, SEA: Wagner is a risk with his history of soft-tissue injuries and doesn’t seem committed to a future in Seattle. But he's still a great player with upside.

  Lavonte David, TB: David had a down season with Kwon Alexander breaking out but he's still the best all-around LB in Tampa.

  Malcolm Smith, SF: I like this landing spot for Smith, who is primed for a breakout season and another 120+ tackles.

  Wesley Woodyard, TEN: Woodyard is a veteran LB with limited upside but plenty of value in his steadiness. With Williamson gone and a rookie taking that spot, he'll be pressed into more of a leadership role.

  Kwon Alexander, TB: Alexander missed a few games last season but is a good candidate for an under-the-radar bounce back.

  Telvin Smith, JAC: The Jags defense is crowded with talent and Smith is one of many excellent defenders. The numbers took a hit in 2017.

  Preston Brown, CIN: Brown logged the second-most snaps among all linebackers last season and will likely play middle linebacker over Vincent Rey once Vontaze Burfict's four-game suspension is done. LB2 with upside.

  Eric Kendricks, MIN: Kendricks has started 41 games in his first three seasons, averaging over 100 tackles a season with 7.5 total sacks. He's a solid LB2.

  Zach Brown, WAS: Brown is a three-down LB who wraps up tackles and generates a decent amount of sacks and turnovers. He's a nice sleeper here.

  Von Miller, DEN: Miller usually gets drafted too soon but in leagues where sacks generate huge points, he's worth it.

  Mark Barron, LAR: The converted safety plays a great role in this Rams defense and he'll be a great 4-3 fit.