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Regular Season, Updated: 7/12/18



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

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

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

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.