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Fantasy Football: Week 11 IDP rankings and tiers

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) reacts against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

  • What to make of Rashaan Evans’ great IDP season: Taking a look at what has allowed Evans to be such a productive IDP this season.
  • Making the case for Comeback Player of the Year: Za’Darius Smith has been elite after missing almost all of 2021 and is deserving of a top spot in the ranks.
  • Cornerback expectations vs. reality: Evaluating what makes a cornerback a successful IDP and why spending high draft capital on them continues to be a common mistake among IDP gamers.
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The home stretch is upon us and fantasy managers probably have a much better idea of whether or not their teams are contenders for the playoffs this season. Whether fantasy teams are looking to contend, or at least upset those that are, diving into the ranks and doing important research is surely to help the cause.

Check the PFF.com rankings page for any updates closer to game time.


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LINEBACKERS

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Zaire Franklin IND PHI
2 1A T.J. Edwards PHI @ IND
3 1A C.J. Mosley NYJ @ NE
4 1A Micah Parsons DAL @ MIN
5 1B Rashaan Evans ATL CHI
6 1B Nick Bolton KC @ LAC SNF
7 1B Eric Kendricks MIN DAL
8 1B Roquan Smith BLT CAR
9 1C Bobby Wagner LAR @ NO
10 1C Dre Greenlaw SF @ ARZ MNF
11 1C Josey Jewell DEN LV
12 1C Bobby Okereke IND PHI
13 2A Cole Holcomb WAS @ HST Q
14 2A Shaq Thompson CAR @ BLT
15 2A David Long TEN @ GB TNF
16 2A Demario Davis NO LAR
17 2B Mykal Walker ATL CHI
18 2B Fred Warner SF @ ARZ MNF
19 2B Drue Tranquill LAC KC SNF
20 2B De’Vondre Campbell GB TEN Q/TNF
21 2C Tremaine Edmunds BUF CLV Q
22 2C Myles Jack PIT CIN
23 2C Zaven Collins ARZ SF MNF
24 2C Logan Wilson CIN @ PIT
25 3A Christian Harris HST WAS
26 3A Jordan Hicks MIN DAL
27 3A Isaiah Simmons ARZ SF MNF
28 3A Denzel Perryman LV @ DEN Q/WW
29 3B Matt Milano BUF CLV
30 3B Frankie Luvu CAR @ BLT
31 3B Jamin Davis WAS @ HST
32 3B Christian Kirksey HST WAS
33 3C Jack Sanborn CHI @ ATL
34 3C Quay Walker GB TEN TNF
35 3C Jayon Brown LV @ DEN WW
36 3C Nicholas Morrow CHI @ ATL
37 4A Patrick Queen BLT CAR
38 4A Sione Takitaki CLV @ BUF WW
39 4A Ernest Jones LAR @ NO
40 4A Kaden Elliss NO LAR
41 4B Willie Gay Jr. KC @ LAC SNF
42 4B Germaine Pratt CIN @ PIT
43 4B Quincy Williams NYJ @ NE
44 4B Alex Singleton DEN LV
45 4C Alex Anzalone DET @ NYG
46 4C Leighton Vander Esch DAL @ MIN
47 4C Kyzir White PHI @ IND
48 4C Deion Jones CLV @ BUF
49 5A Ja’Whaun Bentley NE NYJ
50 5A Jaylon Smith NYG DET
51 5A Derrick Barnes DET @ NYG
52 5A Dylan Cole TEN @ GB TNF
53 5B Azeez Al-Shaair SF @ ARZ MNF
54 5B Kenneth Murray LAC KC SNF
55 5B Devin Bush PIT CIN
56 5B Damone Clark DAL @ MIN
57 5C Cory Littleton CAR @ BLT
58 5C Luke Masterson LV @ DEN
59 5C Jonas Griffith DEN LV
60 5C Kwon Alexander NYJ @ NE

Rashaan Evans (LB5) now ranks among the top-five linebackers in total tackles (94) thanks to ideal playing time and usage in the Falcons defense. Atlanta is among the top-12 teams in the league in zone coverage rates (69.6%). And they play a lot of Cover-2 (18.9%), which was the most efficient tackling scheme for linebackers the past three seasons and currently yields the second-highest average tackle rate (15.52%) for linebackers. Evans’ availability has certainly been one of his greatest assets, playing the second-most defensive snaps (672) among linebackers, but doing so in a tackle-friendly defense has pushed him into a top option on the season.

Zaven Collins (LB23), similarly to Rashaan Evans, also plays in a zone-heavy defense and hardly leaves the field, averaging 97% of defensive snaps . Despite playing the eighth-most snaps at his position, he’s been a bit more boom/bust than most every-down linebackers because he hasn’t quite put together the tackle efficiency to keep his production consistent week to week. Collins currently owns a 9.65% tackle efficiency, which is well below average for his position (13.2%), in large part due to spending about 22% of his pass down snaps blitzing.

He has now rushed the passer more than any other player at his position this season (88). And while he has managed a game with two sacks, he just hasn’t been efficient enough in that area of his game to make those sacrificed snaps worth it so far. Without hitting a single double-digit tackle game this season, Collins’ overall playing time with some big-play upside is the only thing keeping him in the top-24 at his position this week.


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