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IDP advice: 3-down linebackers around the league entering Week 7

Sep 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-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 BuccaneersKevin Minter has had a large role over the last few weeks, but Devin White has returned to the field and he went right back into his role playing almost every single snap.

Arizona Cardinals Terrell Suggs saw the field less in Base packages which allowed Cassius Marsh to go from 20% to 50% of snaps in Week 6.

New Orleans Saints — Base packages were used a little more, still not much, but Kiko Alonso played on every snap in that personnel group.

Jacksonville JaguarsNajee Goode played in place of Quincy Williams and saw the field on nearly every defensive play.

Tennessee TitansJayon Brown was injured early in the first quarter and Wesley Woodyard took over his role to finish out the game.

Baltimore RavensPatrick Onwuasor did not play and his role was filled mostly by committee and L.J. Fort, who saw about 44% of snaps.

New York JetsJordan Jenkins returned to the field after missing a couple games and played about 61% of snaps.

Detroit LionsJahlani Tavai saw a big boost in usage in subpackages, which brought his overall snap count up to 69% from 19%.

Miami DolphinsVince Biegel was used a lot more in Week 6 playing 69% of snaps up from 16% before their bye week. Sam Eguavoen didn’t play as much as a result, his snap count went from about 73% to 32%.

Philadelphia Eagles Nigel Bradham left late in the game with an injury while Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nathan Gerry saw a nice increase in usage.

New York Giants Alec Ogletree returned to the field after missing a few weeks and played 80 of 81 defensive snaps.

New England Patriots Dont’a Hightower had his playing time scaled back to about 48% from 89%. John Simon and Ja’Whaun Bentley both saw a small increase in snaps.

Check below for the breakdown for each team.

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