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.
New York Giants — Tae Davis and Alec Ogletree did not play in the Washington game and Ryan Connelly will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL. As a result, David Mayo went from just 7 total snaps in Week 3 to almost 70% of snaps in Week 4.
Chicago Bears — Roquan Smith is out indefinitely due to personal reasons, which created more playing time for Nick Kwiatkoski — he went from 11 total snaps in Week 3 to over 60% of snaps in Week 4. Leonard Floyd also saw a slight boost in snaps.
Los Angeles Chargers — Melvin Ingram and Denzel Perryman left the game Sunday with injuries and their duties were handled by giving Uchenna Nwosu an increase in snaps (from 29% to 77%) and giving small doses of snap counts to other LBs on the roster.
Denver Broncos — Bradley Chubb played most of the game but was found to have torn his ACL afterward and will miss the remainder of the season. Josey Jewell had a hamstring issue that kept him out most of the game, so they put Corey Nelson in Base packages and Justin Hollins in subpackages to fill that void.
New England Patriots — Dont’a Hightower sat out due to a shoulder injury, so Jamie Collins Sr. and Kyle Van Noy saw a nice boost from about 70% of defensive snaps to 100%. Ja’Whaun Bentley also saw a nice increase from about 26% of snaps to about 54%.
Tennessee Titans — Sharif Finch was a healthy scratch in week 4. Titans also used Base package a bit more and Harold Landry III’s usage in that package went down slightly while Reggie Gilbert saw the field more. Gilbert’s usage jumped from about 15% of snaps to almost 60%.
Check below for the breakdown for each team.