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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Linebacker Rankings 2018

Bobby Wagner

Bobby Wagner

Luke Kuechly

Linebackers just aren't the heart and soul of a defense; they are the critical position for those fantasy football leagues that include Individual Defensive Players (IDPs). Because of their propensity to be in on the majority of the plays, linebackers are generally the top scorers among IDPs.

That does not mean there aren't those linebackers that separate themselves from their peers, however. Guys like Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner and Deion Jones not only rack up the tackles, but they are athletic and active enough to have an impact across the board. That's also the case with players like C.J. Mosley and Telvin Smith, who seem to have a knack for the ball whether it's making stops or creating turnovers.

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There are certainly no lack of linebackers to choose from, but which one you decide to draft and when could be the difference between having a good season in an IDP league or a championship campaign.

2018 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I DL I LB

2018 Linebacker (LB) Rankings

Rk

Player

Team

Bye

1

Luke Kuechly

CAR

4

2

Bobby Wagner

SEA

7

3

Deion Jones

ATL

8

4

Kwon Alexander

TB

5

5

C.J. Mosley

BAL

10

6

Telvin Smith

JAC

9

7

Zach Brown

WAS

4

8

Alec Ogletree

NYG

9

9

Lavonte David

TB

5

10

Blake Martinez

GB

7

11

Mark Barron

LAR

12

12

Demario Davis

NO

6

13

Christian Kirksey

CLE

11

14

Roquan Smith

CHI

5

15

Tahir Whitehead

OAK

7

16

Joe Schobert

CLE

11

17

Jarrad Davis

DET

6

18

Eric Kendricks

MIN

10

19

Anthony Hitchens

KC

12

20

Sean Lee

DAL

8

21

Deone Bucannon

ARI

9

22

Tremaine Edmunds

BUF

11

23

Brandon Marshall

DEN

10

24

Jamie Collins

CLE

11

25

Myles Jack

JAC

9

26

Kiko Alonso

MIA

11

27

Kyle Van Noy

NE

11

28

Rashaan Evans

TEN

8

29

Leighton Vander Esch

DAL

8

30

Reuben Foster

SF

11

31

Vince Williams

PIT

7

32

Jadeveon Clowney

HOU

10

33

Justin Houston

KC

12

34

Avery Williamson

NYJ

11

35

K.J. Wright

SEA

7

36

Von Miller

DEN

10

37

Nigel Bradham

PHI

7

38

Nick Vigil

CIN

9

39

Danny Trevathan

CHI

5

40

T.J. Watt

PIT

7

41

Darron Lee

NYJ

11

42

Zach Cunningham

HOU

10

43

Raekwon McMillan

MIA

11

44

Olivier Vernon

NYG

9

45

Jaylon Smith

DAL

8

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