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IDP advice: 3-down linebackers around the league entering Week 10

Oct 6, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) looks to pass as Carolina Panthers linebacker Brian Burns (53) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

No matter the position in fantasy football, playing time is one of the biggest drivers of success. In IDP leagues, a lot of linebackers shuffle on and off the field, but a precious few are full-time, three-down linebackers, and those players have the most opportunities for fantasy success.

Each week in this space, we’ll take a look at the linebacker situations around the league to identify the key playing time considerations and shifting jobs for IDP fantasy players to take advantage of. Check out the chart at the bottom for the full breakdown. First, a few notes on some standout situations.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersCarl Nassib was scaled back to only 7 snaps in the second week since Jason Pierre-Paul’s return.

Tennessee TitansJayon Brown played all but 2 snaps in week 8, but his workload was brought down to 50% of snaps in Week 9, mostly in subpackages. Harold Landry III was used a bit more and led the LB unit in snaps with 96%.

Carolina PanthersMario Addison did not play, which left room for Brian Burns to play 71% of snaps.

Jacksonville JaguarsQuincy Williams and Leon Jacobs did not play, nor did Austin Calitro or Joe Giles-Harris, who had filled in for injured players in Week 8. As a result, Najee Goode saw the field on 88% of snaps.

San Francisco 49ersKwon Alexander was put on IR after suffering an injury, playing only 39 snaps. Azeez Al-Shaair played the few remaining base package snaps, and Dre Greenlaw’s usage was boosted into subpackages in addition to his regular base defense role. Alexander left late in the game, so it’s still a little unclear how the 49ers will adjust.

Baltimore RavensPatrick Onwuasor returned to the field after a two-game absence, but he didn’t go right back into his every-down role. He played 42% of snaps in a committee with Josh Bynes and Tyus Bowser.

Cleveland Browns — Base packages were used more in week 9 than any other week this season for Cleveland, which allowed 52% of snaps to go to Adarius Taylor.

Oakland Raiders — New Oakland linebacker Will Compton played a small role in Week 9, but it is worth noting he played all 10 base package snaps in place of Kyle Wilber who only saw 2 snaps the entire game.

Miami DolphinsSam Eguavoen played 78% of snaps in Week 8, but was only used in subpackages in Week 9, which brought his playing time down to 51% of snaps.

New York JetsBlake Cashman suffered a season-ending injury, which enabled Brandon Copeland to jump from 40% of snaps, primarily in base defense, to an every-down role in week 9. Harvey Langi jumped into a larger role in base packages playing 14 of those 15 snaps.

Check below for the breakdown for each team.

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