2013 IDP Redraft Rankings - Linebackers

I will continually update these rankings throughout the off-season to reflect changes in free agency, defensive schemes, defensive playing time, rookie draft selections, etc.

Drafting Philosophy:
Linebackers are undoubtedly the staples of a fantasy defense. However, I believe many owners often times misjudge value at this position. There are a plethora of potential LB1 linebackers (Cushing, Woodyard, Jones, Carter, etc.) that can be had many rounds after the Tier 1 and even Tier 2-3 linebackers are off the board. With this said, the best strategy this season is to wait until the top 5-10 linebackers have been taken and then come in and start plucking up the aforementioned LB1 upside linebackers that are sitting in the 10-20 range.

In addition, IDP studs always emerge at the linebacker position during the early part of the season (e.g. Jerrell Freeman, Wesley Woodyard, Russell Allen, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Bobby Wagner, Lavonte David, etc.). With this being said, it makes more sense to go with high upside, boom/bust linebackers in the later rounds as opposed to playing it safe with high floor, low ceiling players. If the risky play doesn't work out, you can always turn to the waiver wire to possibly scoop up an early season stud linebacker.



Scoring System:
Solo Tackle = 1.5 points
Assist = 0.75 points
Sack = 5 points
Interception = 5 points
Forced Fumble = 4 points
Fumble Recovery = 4 points
Pass Deflection = 1.5 points



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Last Updated: September 4, 2013
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32 comments:

Sean E. Douglas said...

Hey Ryan,

If Sean Lee continues to have foot problems or misses time for another injury, do you think Kiffin would move Carter inside, or is there another depth linebacker we need to keep an eye on in camp?

thanks,

Sean Douglas

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Sean E. Douglas
Good question. The Cowboys have a real depth issue at linebacker. I think that Carter would slide into the middle if Lee was injured for a significant period. He's a good coverage defender and has played on the inside previously.

dave said...

Where do you think Desmond Bishop falls now he is with Minny and coming off injury?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@dave
I currently have him slotted at LB30. His upside is definitely higher than that, but the injury scares me a bit.

Matt Walsh said...

Guru, what are your thoughts on Smith playing ILB/MLB with Baltimore now? He was solid with Jax, but unspectacular.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Matt Walsh
I've always been a fan of Smith's actually. Not a world beater, but he does what he's suppose to do when given the opportunity. He's played well in preseason and I have him living on the outside of the top 30 linebackers. Good value.

James said...

Hey Ryan,

IDPs went fairly early (pre-mid round) in my 14 team draft which changed my draft strategy (kept with offense). I was still able to pick up Daryl Washington, Brad Jones, Russell Allen and Nick Roach. What's your take on Bostic, Butler or even Patrick Peterson with the love the Cards are giving him on offense?

Devin Altman said...

What do you think of Nick Roach? Seems like he isn't getting much attention, but for the starting middle linebacker on a Raiders team that will see lots of defensive fantasy opportunity I would think he would be rated higher by experts. I took a chance on him over Ellerbe when I drafted in the later rounds, but I am starting to question my decision. What do you think?

James said...

@Devin AltmanI was thinking the exact same thing Devin when I picked up Roach.

maiorinm said...

Can you please help me rank Mychal Kendricks, Nick Roach, Demario Davis, Josh Bynes, Darryl Smith, Jon Bostic, Kiko Alonso, Alec Ogletree?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Devin Altman
I like Roach a lot. I think he has LB2+ upside if not low-end LB1. I have him ranked a bit lower mainly because in most leagues you can wait and get him later. No use in reaching when you don't have to.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@maiorinm
I'd rank them Roach, Smith, Kendricks, Alonso, Davis, Ogletree, Bostic, Bynes

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@James
I like your LBs. Bostic has played well, but not a huge value until he starts playing in subpackages (which he may not this year). I've always been a Butler fan and think he still has LB1 potential. Peterson is a nice play in big play leagues but I think he's overvalued in most leagues.

James said...

@Ryan Sitzmann Perfect, I'll keep what I have then. Thanks for the reply Ryan!!

Brent Deangelis said...

any news on brad jones injury

Ben Strauss said...

Would you trade T.Y Hilton for Andre Roberts and Wesley Woodyard? Current WRs Bowe,Wayne,Shorts,A. Brown, Dobson, Kerley. Current LBs Roach,K.J Wright,Hightower,Dumervil, Mason Foster, Minter

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Brent Deangelis
It's kept him out of pre-season a bit but he should be ready for the start of the regular season.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ben Strauss
I would normally so no, but your linebacking crew is a bit weak. If you start more than 2 linebackers, I would look to make a deal. You may be able to get more than what's offered though.

Gregory Thomas said...

What are your thoughts on Zack Brown? A bit surprised not to see him on the list.

mperi61 said...

Here are my IDPs in a tackle heavy league with 2D, 2LB and 2 DB. No DL required. LBs=Fletcher, ErinHenderson,Tulloch, Foote, Alonso, Ogletree. DBs=Weddle, Chancellor, Goldson and Earl Thomas. DO I drop either Thomas or Goldson to pick up Hawthorne--he's heathy and had a solid pre-season? Do I take a chance on starting Alonso or Ogletree over Foote? Thanks for the advice!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Gregory Thomas
I have him in the 26-30 range, but he's been moving up and is worth consideration in the 18-25 range if you are willing to take on some risk.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@mperi61
I wouldn't drop Thomas or Goldson for Hawthorne. I WOULD start Alonso over Foote.

ryno2020 said...

I have Wesley Woodward, Sean Weatherspoon, Donald Butler, Mychal Kendricks,Brad Jones, and Nick Roach. I can only keep 5, who would you eliminate? Thanks

Leon Vining said...

Any word on Russell Allen's health? Is he a better option than Briggs, Dansby, or Zach Brown to start the season? Thanks!

Sean Jeffrey said...

Guru, please rank these guys...Jerrell Freeman, Darryl Smith and Nick Roach. Thanks!

Francisco said...

where would you rank pat Angerer at this point? It seems like he will be the starter next to Freeman. Would you rank him higher than Kendricks or Alonso in a tackle heavy league?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@ryno2020
At this point, Kendricks. Although I think he has very nice potential, he hasn't wowed in preseason and still has some concerns. The other guys are much safer plays IMO.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Sean Jeffrey
Freeman, Roach, Smith

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Francisco
I see Angerer as an LB4 with upside. I would not rank him higher than Kendricks or Alonso at this point.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Leon Vining
I believe he returned to practice a week or so ago and is likely to play Week 1. I would still roll with the other 3 LBs over him to start the season though.

SwinganaMiss said...

Looks like Bishop won't start. I could grab Ayers, Ogletree, David Harris, Burnett to replace him. Any of these seem a whole lot better than any of the others?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@SwinganaMiss
I have Ogletree ranked the highest. Now that Dunbar is released he has a good chance to play every down.

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