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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