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Regular Season, Updated: 9/3/18


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

Rankings with Outlooks:  QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DL | LB | DB

Rankings:  Top 200 | QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB | Print | MFL Power


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

  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.

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

  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.

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

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.