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PFF data dives -- Using TPOP to find sleeper IDP linebackers

Dec 16, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Reggie Ragland (59) runs onto the field before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

We’re back again for the third instalment of this series, where I delve into the data collected by the PFF analysts in order to find a fantasy edge. Whether it’s a player’s SKCon or their TPOP metrics, we have a wealth of information at our disposal here at ProFootballFocus to leverage.

If you want to look at the previous pieces I’ve penned on the topic then check out:

In-the-box Safeties

Pass rushing potential – Defensive Lineman

Now to today’s.

Linebackers – Tackles per Opportunity

One of my favorite PFF metrics when it comes to identifying undiscovered fantasy potential has to be tackle per opportunity, more commonly known around here as TPOP. As for what it is, it’s exactly what it sounds it should be – an indicator of how regularly a player makes a tackle when a play is in their vicinity — also known as how much of a nose for the ball does said player have.

Furthermore, there is a direct positive correlation between TPOP and a player’s fantasy production – the better a player’s TPOP, the higher their chance to be a high-scoring fantasy linebacker.

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