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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Linebacker Rankings 2019

Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Linebacker Rankings 2019

Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Linebacker Rankings 2019

Let's face it, as appealing as the elite defensive linemen are when it comes to winning a fantasy football league that uses Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) linebacker is the position that can make or break your roster. The reason why is pretty simple – linebackers are generally the top scorers among IDPs because they are in on the majority of plays.

That's certainly the case when it comes to the top fantasy options at linebacker. Take Darius Leonard, the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Pro led the NFL with a whopping 163 tackles, nearly 20 more than the next closest guy, another LB (Blake Martinez). But Leonard did more than stop ball carriers. He also recorded seven sacks, two interceptions, forced four fumbles, recovered two, and was credited with eight pass breakups. The only thing he didn't do last year was score a TD, yet he still finished as the No. 1 scoring IDP overall (Athlon scoring).

The Colts' tackling machine leads the linebacker rankings for 2019 and is part of a youth movement of sorts at the position as fellow second-year pros Leighton Vander Esch, Roquan Smith, and Tremaine Edmunds join him in the top 10 (see below). That doesn't mean you should forget about grizzled veterans like Bobby Wagner, Deion Jones, Like Kuechly or Lavonte David, to name a few. And just because a Khalil Mack or C.J. Mosley isn't in the top 10 that doesn't mean they can't produce like one when all is said and done.

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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.

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2019 Linebacker (LB) Rankings

Rank

Player

Team

Bye

1

Darius Leonard

IND

6

2

Bobby Wagner

SEA

11

3

Deion Jones

ATL

9

4

Leighton Vander Esch

DAL

8

5

Luke Kuechly

CAR

7

6

Roquan Smith

CHI

6

7

Tremaine Edmunds

BUF

6

8

Blake Martinez

GB

11

9

Lavonte David

TB

7

10

Alec Ogletree

NYG

11

11

Cory Littleton

LAR

9

12

Jaylon Smith

DAL

8

13

Devin White

TB

7

14

Khalil Mack

CHI

6

15

Kiko Alonso

MIA

5

16

Kwon Alexander

TB

7

17

C.J. Mosley

NYJ

4

18

Eric Kendricks

MIN

12

19

Joe Schobert

CLE

7

20

Devin Bush

PIT

7

21

Nick Vigil

CIN

9

22

Myles Jack

JAC

10

23

Jordan Hicks

ARI

12

24

Danny Trevathan

CHI

6

25

Demario Davis

NO

9

26

T.J. Watt

PIT

7

27

Christian Kirksey

CLE

7

28

Rashaan Evans

TEN

11

29

Avery Williamson

NYJ

4

30

Nigel Bradham

PHI

10

31

Fred Warner

SF

4

32

Kyle Van Noy

NE

10

33

Von Miller

DEN

10

34

Chandler Jones

ARI

12

35

Jayon Brown

TEN

11

36

Jarrad Davis

DET

5

37

Todd Davis

DEN

10

38

Anthony Hitchens

KC

12

39

Benardrick McKinney

HOU

10

40

K.J. Wright

SEA

11

41

Shaq Thompson

CAR

7

42

Raekwon McMillan

MIA

5

43

Josey Jewell

DEN

10

44

Matt Milano

BUF

6

45

Mason Foster

FA

 

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