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.
Indianapolis Colts — Anthony Walker was dealing with a shoulder injury and played a little over half of the defensive snaps. Darius Leonard returned to the field after an injury that occurred before the bye week and played almost every single defensive snap.
Jacksonville Jaguars — Quincy Williams was back in action after missing Week 6 and played about 66% of snaps. Najee Goode who saw more playing time in place of Williams was only on the field for three snaps.
Baltimore Ravens — Pernell McPhee was placed on IR after suffering an injury in the game against the Seahawks. This left room for Jaylon Ferguson to see a 10% increase in snaps while L.J. Fort saw a big boost from 44% to 77%.
New Orleans Saints — A.J. Klein and Demario Davis saw the field much less this week mainly because the Saints had Carl Granderson and Craig Robertson on the field during garbage time. Kiko Alonso was also on the field more this week going from 29% to 59% of snaps.
Philadelphia Eagles — Nigel Bradham sat out this week due to an injury in Week 6 so Kamu Grugier-Hill was able to take over his workload and play 84% of snaps. Zach Brown had a large role in previous weeks but was released by the Eagles, so T.J. Edwards took over a good portion of his duties by playing 30% of snaps exclusively in base packages.
New York Jets — C.J. Mosley returned to the field after dealing with an injury for a few weeks, he played 83% of snaps. Neville Hewitt sat out Week 7 with an injury so Blake Cashman who had been filling Mosley’s role was able to stay on the field and play 90% of snaps.
Check below for the breakdown for each team.