• How to look at some LB replacements: With injuries to key players at the position, how do their replacements stack up and fit into the ranks?
• The highest-graded pass-rushing DT versus the highest-graded pass-blocking IOL unit: We examine Dexter Lawrence against the Eagles' offensive line and what it means for his Week 18 outlook.
• Incredible efficiency and an increase in playing time: Brandon Graham is having a career year at 34 years old as a rotational player and is now likely to get more snaps.
Estimated Reading Time: 11 mins
While rare, there are still enough fantasy football championships being decided in Week 18 that IDP managers should utilize all the research and tools available to them.
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|1||1A||Roquan Smith||BLT||@ CIN|
|4||1A||Micah Parsons||DAL||@ WAS|
|6||1B||Nick Bolton||KC||@ LV||SAT|
|7||1B||Devin White||TB||@ ATL|
|9||1C||C.J. Mosley||NYJ||@ MIA|
|13||2A||Eric Kendricks||MIN||@ CHI|
|15||2A||Bobby Wagner||LAR||@ SEA|
|16||2A||Frankie Luvu||CAR||@ NO|
|17||2B||Lavonte David||TB||@ ATL|
|18||2B||Jack Gibbens||TEN||@ JAX||SAT/WW|
|22||2C||Drue Tranquill||LAC||@ DEN|
|23||2C||Isaiah Simmons||ARZ||@ SF|
|25||3A||Christian Kirksey||HST||@ IND|
|29||3B||Christian Harris||HST||@ IND|
|30||3B||Shaq Thompson||CAR||@ NO|
|33||3C||Patrick Queen||BLT||@ CIN|
|37||4A||Zaven Collins||ARZ||@ SF|
|38||4A||Jordan Hicks||MIN||@ CHI|
|39||4A||Monty Rice||TEN||@ JAX||SAT|
|40||4A||Alex Anzalone||DET||@ GB||SNF|
|41||4B||Ja’Whaun Bentley||NE||@ BUF|
|42||4B||Quincy Williams||NYJ||@ MIA|
|44||4B||Willie Gay Jr.||KC||@ LV||SAT|
|53||5B||Jaylon Smith||NYG||@ PHI|
|54||5B||Anthony Barr||DAL||@ WAS|
|55||5B||Kenneth Murray||LAC||@ DEN|
|57||5C||Ernest Jones||LAR||@ SEA|
|58||5C||Damone Clark||DAL||@ WAS|
|59||5C||Jahlani Tavai||NE||@ BUF|
|60||5C||Tony Fields II||CLV||@ PIT|
Cody Barton (LB14) is set to replace Jordyn Brooks in a full-time role this weekend after Brooks tore his ACL in Week 17. Brooks ranked third in the league in total tackles (161) and was a top-tier IDP option. Barton should immediately take on a similar status in a linebacker-friendly defense. The Seahawks play the second-most zone coverage in the NFL, which has been a major contributing factor in allowing linebackers to rack up tackles, with both players averaging 15% efficiency.
Azeez Al-Shaair (LB26) is also expected to move into an every-down role if Dre Greenlaw misses this week’s game, which looks like a real possibility at this point. Al-Shaair hasn’t been as effective as Greenlaw this season, with Greenlaw ranking 17th among all linebackers in total tackles (127) and boasting a strong 15.5% tackle rate. Al-Shaair has racked up tackles at 11.2% efficiency, which is below average (13.2%) for the position. He has done so on a part-time basis and should still be considered a solid option in a decent spot to produce.