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Fantasy Football: Week 12 IDP rankings and tiers

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat (90) celebrates after sacking Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

  • What to think of Demario Davis: Davis leads all linebackers with 6.5 sacks, but is there a reason for concern going up against the 49ers this week and for the rest of the season.
  • Denver’s king of efficiency: Alex Singleton doesn’t care about his less-than-ideal snap share — he’s going to be IDP-relevant no matter what.
  • Young edge rushers on the rise: Both Brian Burns and Montez Sweat are on pace to greatly exceed their best career seasons and are ranked accordingly.
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LINEBACKERS

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

Alex Singleton (LB21) has been one of the most efficient linebackers this season in terms of making tackles, and he’s done so in a limited role on the Broncos defense. While Singleton played 100% of defensive snaps in a couple games, he has been a part-time player for most of the year. He has played just 59% of the team’s total defensive snaps and is in line for a similar share again this week, but he’s one of the few players who can produce well above his expected tackle total based on his snap share.

The average tackle rate for linebackers this season is 13.3%, and Singleton is producing a 21.5% tackle efficiency — the highest among all linebackers who have played at least 100 defensive snaps. Singleton’s low snaps would typically be a concern for others at his position, but he has been a consistent outlier where he can produce at a high rate despite an unideal snap share.

Demario Davis (LB38) has been much less efficient as a tackler than Singleton, but he’s made up for it by leading all off-ball linebackers in sacks (6.5). Like the situation with Zaven Collins (LB34) mentioned last week, unstable big plays are covering for what has otherwise been inefficient production. Davis’ tackle efficiency (8.6%) ranks 97th of 98 qualifying linebackers this season, which could come into play this week against the 49ers.

The 49ers are among the best in the league in sacks allowed per game (1.8) and rank inside the top 12 in rushing attempts per game (28.1) which is going to significantly limit Davis’ ability to add to his sack total this week. Davis will have to rely on making tackles, which has typically been the job of the Saints’ secondary linebacker, Kaden Elliss (LB26) or Pete Werner.


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