2012 Weekly IDP Rankings: Linebackers

These are The IDP Guru's Weekly Linebacker Rankings (for redraft leagues). This page will be updated each week to properly reflect that current week's rankings.

The "Match-Up Strength" is based off of the latest IDP Points Allowed by Position document. These numbers are to be used directionally early in the season. As the season progresses and more data builds, the accuracy of the match-up information increases.

The color key for the strength of weekly matchups is listed below.

Key:
Favorable Matchup
Mediocre Matchup
Bad Matchup



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75 comments :

Cheshire said...

Ryan, thoughts on Anthony Spencer this week? Is the concern just one of general inconsistency from OLBs? I have Spencer, Wagner, Thomas Davis, and Zach Brown, and was going to play Wagner, Davis, and Spencer (because of the Eagles matchup)

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Cheshire
I like Spencer this week. However, he's not consistent enough to be in the top 30. I'd play Brown this week over him.

Brad Graham said...

Aldon Smith or Wesley Woodyard?
Sack = 6, Tackle = 1

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Brad Graham
Smith due to the big play scoring.

ricky p said...

What's up Ryan. Have to start 2 of the 3. Bowmann, Mayo or Woodyard? Thanks. Sacks and int 4. Tackles 1. Stuff 1.5. FF and FR 3.

Juggernaut said...

Do you think Ray Lewis will return by week 15 like some reports are saying? Harbaugh didn't seem as optimistic as the reports. By the way, love your sight - it's the #1 IDP sight I visit when looking for that early jump on idp players!

Ron Biz said...

I've got Washington, Urlacher and McCarthy and have to play 2. Zach Brown is best available LB in my opinion. Worth keeping McCarthy around and drop Urlacher for Brown or should I just drop McCarthy?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@ricky p
I'd go Bowman and Mayo.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Juggernaut
With the Ravens being 9-2, I have a hard time believing they would rush Lewis back. I would expect him back in time for the start of the playoffs.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ron Biz
McCarthy has a solid matchup this week, but he hasn't shown he can produce like expected yet. I'd start Brown over him at this point especially since McCarthy's status for this week is in question after suffering an apparent concussion. Urlacher has a good matchup this week.

James said...

Pick 3 - Urlacher, Anthony Spencer, DJ Williams, David Hawthorne, Courtney Upshaw, Daryl Sharpton, Whitney Mercilus

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@James
Urlacher, Spencer, and Sharpton in tackle or balanced/Mercilus in big play scoring.

oneluv said...

Hi Ryan.. I don't see Sean Weatherspoon in your rankings. Is Urlacher a safer play? Thanks!!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@oneluv
For me, he sits just outside the top 30 as the Saints are typically not a good matchup for LBs (although they have been better as of late). Plus, he's coming off injury.

SimpleChef said...

I have both Russell Allan and Athony Spencer on my team. I debating which one to start. Allan's averaging over 6 solo tackles a game, but Phi. is such a bad team.
My other 2 starts on my IDp are Jerrell Freeman and Aldo smith.
So who would you guys start between Allan and Spencer?

alb said...

i have wagner and z.brown starting already. i need one more. right now i have butler and ellerbe rostered. with butler out do i drop him for demorrio williams or do i wait to see if ellerbe is active. if hes not active do i drop butler or ellerbe and grab jameel mcclain. thomas davis, ernie sims and anthony spencer are also available. thanks

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@SimpleChef
Depends on the scoring system. Big play, I'd start Spencer. Balanced and tackle-heavy, I'd start Allen.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@alb
I'd wait to see if Ellerbe is active or not. If he's not, I'd drop Butler for Thomas Davis.

Leon Vining said...

Hey Ryan,
Who would you pick up as just a one week replacement, Jameel Mcclain, DJ Williams, Demorrio Williams, or James Harrison? I really want to trust Harrison, but don't know if I can. Thanks.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Leon Vining
I picked up Harrison as a LB3 in a 10 team big play league this week. He's been hot as of late and has a good matchup against the Ravens (a team who usually does quite well against). If it's tackle-heavy or balanced league, I'd go with McClain, if Ellerbe doesn't play.

Keith Ransom said...

L.Briggs or A.Spencer. I like how Spencer is playing as of late. But with Urlacher out, I think Briggs has some upside even as he deals with his own injury.

Ryan V said...

perry riley (vs bal), james harrison (vs sd), or antelle rolle (vs no) in a flex spot for a tackle heavy league?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Keith Ransom
I like Briggs more as he doesn't depend as heavily on sacks for point production.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ryan V
I like Harrison this week. He's starting to really heat up.

Carthell said...

Daryl Washingotn or Chad Greenway

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Carthell
Daryl Washington, pretty much always Daryl Washington.

Ty Darey said...

Guru,

Ok I think I've narrowed my options for Monday night. Who do you like the best between Brandon Spikes, Glover Quin or Danieal Manning?

Thanks,

Ty

SinVin said...

Oh boy am I torn..

Greenway or Aldon Smith?

1.5 per tackle 5 per sack

Jake Long is out. Also have Justin Smith at my DT.

David Rohrer said...

Harrison, Ellerbe or R. Allen this week?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ty Darey
I like Spikes best.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@SinVin
I would go with Greenway.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@David Rohrer
Harrison in a big play league or Allen in tackle heavy.

7d283a04-4160-11e2-8085-000bcdcb5194 said...

Hey Ryan. Love the site. I'm in the playoffs and need your help.

LB - Pick Three. Weatherspoon, Thomas Davis, Vontaze Burfict, or Nick Barnett.

DB - Antoine Winfield, Jarius Byrd, Morgan Burnett,and Kam Chancellor.
Thinking Winfield, Byrd, and Burnett. Thinking of benching Kam.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@7d283a04-4160-11e2-8085-000bcdcb5194
Davis, Burfict, and Weatherspoon

Winfield, Burnett, and Byrd

alb said...

i have spencer, wagner, zach brown, brad jones and ellerbe. i need 3. barnett is still available but id have to drop one of these guys.

Jim said...

Hi Ryan! I need your help big time for the playoffs this week. Here are the choices. Some of the picks are obvious so I mainly need help with the last choice for each position! Thanks!

Pick 3 DL: Watt, Clemons, Brandon Graham, Mincey, Shaughnessy

Pick 3 LB: Laurinaitis, Fletcher, Philip Wheeler, Perry Riley, Tulloch

Pick 3 DB: Berry, Harrison Smith, Bethea, Earl Thomas

MIGS said...

Hi Ryan, could use your advice for my playoff matchup this week. The scoring goes: Solo Tackle =.44, Assist = .22, 1/2 Sack = 1, Stuff = 1, FF = 1.5, FR = 1, INT = 2.5, Pass Def = .5, Return TD = 2.....

DL (Pick 2): Allen, Peppers, Hardy, Avril, Clemons

LB & flex (pick 3 unless one of those DL is flex worthy over these options): Kuechley, Aldon Smith, B.Wagner, Houston, Spencer

DB: Have Q.Mikell and dropping M.Jenkins... need free agents: Stevie Brown, Harrison Smith, Kerry Rhodes, Richard Sherman, Reshad Jones, Reggie Nelson, Devin McCourty all available...

7d283a04-4160-11e2-8085-000bcdcb5194 said...

Hey Ryan. Thanks for your advice last week. I won because of you.

Why so low on Weatherspoon?

Ok. So here are my choices. Basically - I need to sit 3 of these players b/c we have an IDP flex.

DL (Pick 2) - Peppers, Dummervil, Babin - Thinking Peppers and Dummervil

LB (Pick 3) - Weatherspoon, Mayo, Thomas Davis, Burfict - Tough call. Again - why so low on Weatherspoon. I think Spoon and Burfict are the bottom two.

DB (Pick 3) - Morgan Burnett, Kam Chancellor, Winfield, or Byrd - All solid

DB, DL, LB (Flex) - Can pick any one of the people above. Think this will come down to either Weatherspoon or Byrd. So should I sit Babin (obvious) as well as Byrd (or Chancellor) and lastly Burfict (or Weatherspoon)

I know - very confusing. Thanks in advance. Love the site and the rankings. You have been my go to all season.

Thanks Ryan

Ben Strauss said...

Hey Ryan,

I'm in a pretty deep league and I need to choose my LB3 and LB4. Need two between Spikes, Z. Brown and J Brinkley(Ninkovich and Suggs are also LB eligible)

Thanks

7d283a04-4160-11e2-8085-000bcdcb5194 said...

Ryan - FML - I have Barnett as well.

So as of now my starting LBs are Mayo, Barnett, and Thomas Davis. Need to decide between Burfict and Weatherspoon. Who would you start at Flex.

Considering I start Mayo, Barnett and Thomas Davis - would you play either Burfict, Weatherspoon at flex.

For DB - Again, I'm thinking Morgan Burnett, Kam Chancellor, Winfield.

So for flex I can play either Burfict, Weatherspoon or Byrd.

Let me know if this makes sense. Sorry for the confusion in my above post but I forgot about Nick Barnett

David Rohrer said...

My LBs r weatherspoon & DQwell. I have the option of ray lewis if he plays or wait for McCarthy on MNF? (if he is IA then I would drop McCarthy for Landry)

Devin Altman said...

OK Big Playoff Match this week and I am second guessing everything...

I have been starting Sean Weatherspoon and Bobby Wagner at LB (with Larry Foote on my bench). Any thoughts on Sean Weatherspoon's poor play lately? I know he was hurt but come on. I am thinking of taking him out for either Anthony Spencer, Brad Jones, Ray Lewis, or Thomas Davis available on FA. Who would you typically start with Wagner?

At DB I have been starting Bernard Pollard and DeAngelo Hall/Jairus Byrd. I am thinking of picking up Reshad Jones and starting him with Pollard, do you agree?

Thanks!

SinVin said...

Oh why did Greenway do this to me?

Do I trust him or jump ship with Posluszny?

Down 38 big ones...

Jer Jols said...

Hey Ryan, hows it going?

Please choose 4 - I think these two are locks?
Patrick Willis, Thomas Davis
Then I have to choose two from: Sean Weatherspoon, Jasper Brinkley, Miles Burris, and Ray Lewis (if healthy).

What do you think? You the man, thanks.

Jeremiah

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@alb
Well Ellerbe may not play this week, so I'd drop him. Otherwise if h plays, drop Brown for Barnett.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Jim
Watt, Clemons, Graham
James L., Fletcher, Wheeler
Bethea, Smith, and Thomas

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@MIGS
Peppers and Avril
Kuechly, Smith, and Wagner
I'd roll with Reshad Jones if you like more steady tackle production otherwise Stevie Brown is a really nice higher ceiling/lower floor type player.

alb said...

ok, but i can only play 3. i have wagner, brad jones, spencer in there now. would you play barnett over any of them

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@7d283a04-4160-11e2-8085-000bcdcb5194
Peppers and Dumervil
Mayo, Davis, Burfict

Weatherspoon has been struggling a bit since returning from injury. I have him just outside the top 30. There's not a ton of difference between him and Burfict this week in my mind. I just like the Eagles matchup a bit better for Burfict.

Burnett, Chancellor, and Winfield (only go with Byrd in big play leagues and if so, remove Chancellor)

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ben Strauss
Go with Brinkley and Brown

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@7d283a04-4160-11e2-8085-000bcdcb5194
Burfict over Weatherspoon

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@David Rohrer
If Lewis is expected to start, I'd play him over Weatherspoon and D'Qwell. Otherwise, go with Weatherspoon.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@SinVin
I'd stick with Greenway.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Devin Altman
I'd go with Brad Jones this week. Been playing well from a fantasy perspective and has a top tier matchup.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Jer Jols
There are no locks, especially this year :)

Willis, Davis, Burris, and Lewis (if healthy) otherwise Weatherspoon

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@alb
Over Spencer in tackle-heavy leagues. Otherwise you can stick with Spencer in moderate to big play heavy leagues.

Mantoothe said...

Guru,

Do I go with Whitney Mercilus or Haloti Ngata (both listed as DE's) in my league?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Mantoothe
I already answered your question.

Mantoothe said...

@Ryan Sitzmann

Sorry man. Thought you were only working the LB page. Good to know we r on the same page on this one!

Ty Darey said...

Guru,
Do you like Zach Brown this week versus the running(they can't throw on the Titans) Jets? I like having a player going on Monday night-is Zach Brown your best pick, if not who would you recommend better on the Titans or Jets?
Also, who do you prefer best between Brad Jones or Jasper Brinkley? Should I sub either for Derrick Johnson going up against Oakland? Sorry for the loaded question-I'm still in a tie for 1st place with 3 games left. D Washington is my main HORSE!

Thank you so much!!

Ty

JB said...

appreciate your insight...
DL pick 1 - jared allen or Greg hardy

LB pick 2 - Bobby Wagner, Dqwell Jackson, lavonte David or Aldon smith

DB pick 1 - Harrison Smith or LaRon Landry. Stevie brown is available to pick up.

League not set up for pts for assisted tackles.

JB said...

Winfield and mccourty also available

JB said...

Btw thank you!

Ty Darey said...

Guru,

With Clay Matthews back does that affect the production of Brad Jones?

Thanks,

Ty

JB said...

Rashad Jones available too.

Ty Darey said...

Guru,

Is everything ok? We haven't heard from you in a few days-

Ty

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ty Darey
Brown is your best bet for MNF.
Jones over Brinkley. Johnson over both.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ty Darey
I don't think so. Jones should hopefully be fine.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ty Darey
I'm fine. Just living my life haha.

Jim said...

Hi Ryan. Championship week! I need 3 LBs out of these 4. Laurinaitis, London Fletcher, Philip Wheeler, or Stephen Tulloch? Thanks for all your help this year! By far the best IDP website!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Jim
James L, LFB, and Tulloch

Francisco said...

Championship weekend! Thanks for all your help throughout the season. As soon as I receive my prize for this year I will make a donation to your website!

Any news on Ray Lewis? If he doesn't play I have Anthony Spencer to start. Should I drop Spencer for someone like Bynes, Tulloch, Brad Jones or AJ Hawk? (2pts solo, 1 assisted, 4 sack)

Francisco said...

Correction: 5 pts sack (2 for the tackle + 3 for the sack. Thanks!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Francisco
He practiced the last two days. I would expect him to start and play if I had to guess. Spencer has been hot but his matchup is not good, but neither is Jones' or Hawk's.Tulloch has been inconsistent. If Lewis doesn't play I'd start Bynes.

Michael Scarangella said...

Im still debating on Woodyard and Spencer. My league rewards big for big plays. I've been riding Spencer the last few weeks and have a hard time benching him for Woodyard...can you help me make the final decision?

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