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IDP advice: 3-down linebackers around the league entering Week 12

Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Leon Jacobs (48) reacts after a defensive play against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-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.

Jacksonville JaguarsLeon Jacobs returned to the field after dealing with a hamstring injury and played every Base package snap against the Colts.

Miami DolphinsRaekwon McMillan did not play due to a knee injury while Sam Eguavoen got a very small boost in snaps and was also included in Base packages after playing almost exclusively in Subpackages in Week 10.

Minnesota VikingsBen Gedeon suffered a concussion after playing 6 snaps against the Broncos. His role was filled by Eric Wilson who played the remainder of the game in Base packages.

New Orleans SaintsMarcus Davenport was used much less this week, as his snaps went from 53% to 34%. A.J. Klein also saw the field less, going from 85% to 42%. This might be because the Saints played almost exclusively in Subpackages against the Bucs, and we saw more of a player rotation as they used Subpackages in early downs. This also increased Kiko Alonso’s usage in subpackages as well.

New York JetsNeville Hewitt was back on the field after missing several weeks and returned to his normal every-down role while his fill-in, Brandon Copeland, went back to his Base package role.

Atlanta FalconsTakkarist McKinley left the game with a shoulder injury after playing 26 of 74 snaps, all but 1 snap in Subpackages. De’Vondre Campbell got some extra playing time getting bumped up to 89% of snaps from 70%.

Baltimore RavensPatrick Onwuasor has seen a major decrease in playing time over the last few -weeks, he only played 9 snaps against the Texans. Josh Bynes saw a decrease as well and seemed to split duties with L.J. Fort, both who played about 44% of snaps in Week 11.

San Francisco 49ers — The 49ers used more Base package defense in Week 11 than usual, and instead of playing Azeez Al-Shaair in that package like they have been since losing Kwon Alexander, they went with Elijah Lee on every Base snap.

Los Angeles ChargersDrue Tranquill did not play due to a calf injury which gave an opportunity for Jatavis Brown to play 72% of snaps. Denzel Perryman was back in action after getting injured during the Packers game in Week 9 and returned to his subpackage role in Week 11.

Check below for the breakdown for each team.

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