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Fantasy Football: Week 18 IDP rankings and tiers

Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton (57) is celebrates with linebacker Vi Jones (50) after defeating the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

• 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. 

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 Roquan Smith BLT @ CIN
2 1A Foyesade Oluokun JAX TEN SAT
3 1A Zaire Franklin IND HST
4 1A Micah Parsons DAL @ WAS
5 1B T.J. Edwards PHI NYG
6 1B Nick Bolton KC @ LV SAT
7 1B Devin White TB @ ATL
8 1B Rashaan Evans ATL TB
9 1C C.J. Mosley NYJ @ MIA
10 1C Alex Singleton DEN LAC
11 1C Fred Warner SF ARZ
12 1C Josey Jewell DEN LAC
13 2A Eric Kendricks MIN @ CHI
14 2A Cody Barton SEA LAR
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
19 2B Matt Milano BUF NE
20 2B Logan Wilson CIN BLT
21 2C Tremaine Edmunds BUF NE
22 2C Drue Tranquill LAC @ DEN
23 2C Isaiah Simmons ARZ @ SF
24 2C De’Vondre Campbell GB DET SNF
25 3A Christian Kirksey HST @ IND
26 3A Azeez Al-Shaair SF ARZ WW
27 3A Germaine Pratt CIN BLT
28 3A Bobby Okereke IND HST
29 3B Christian Harris HST @ IND
30 3B Shaq Thompson CAR @ NO
31 3B Demario Davis NO CAR
32 3B Nicholas Morrow CHI MIN
33 3C Patrick Queen BLT @ CIN
34 3C Kaden Elliss NO CAR
35 3C Joe Thomas CHI MIN
36 3C Quay Walker GB DET SNF
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
43 4B Kyzir White PHI NYG
44 4B Willie Gay Jr. KC @ LV SAT
45 4C Luke Masterson LV KC SAT
46 4C Robert Spillane PIT CLV
47 4C Troy Andersen ATL TB
48 4C Jamin Davis WAS DAL
49 5A Devin Lloyd JAX TEN SAT
50 5A Tanner Muse SEA LAR WW
51 5A Jerome Baker MIA NYJ
52 5A Pete Werner NO CAR
53 5B Jaylon Smith NYG @ PHI
54 5B Anthony Barr DAL @ WAS
55 5B Kenneth Murray LAC @ DEN
56 5B David Mayo WAS DAL
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.

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