IDP W/BEE – WEEK 3 – LB – RANKINGS
- CLAY MATTHEWS (GBP) @CHI 2 straight games with 3 sacks, making it 6 for the year. Matthews is straight killing it and currently the #1 ranked LB in IDP leagues, I think getting to Cutler 3 times this week is a bit of an understatement; I say he gets to Cutler 4 times.
- JAMES HARRISON (PIT) @TBB you can’t be surprised that a Steelers LB is ranked this high, that’s their pedigree, and Harrison is facing the Bucs in which should turn out to be a huge day. 2 sacks 6 tackles 1 forced fumble isn’t to much to ask for.
- PATRICK WILLIS (SF) @KCC against NOS he’s shown why he’s been the #1 LB past 2 years, maybe a slow start but he’ll be money, have him ranked 3rd because Matthews and Harrison has been money. He’ll terrorize the fellow Chiefs this weekend, another huge day.
- LAWRENCE TIMMONS (PIT) @TBB Been high on Timmons for the past 2 years, all he needed was an opportunity to start, he’s the quickest amongst the Steel Curtain, good in coverage and speed will kill opposing QB’s, and against TBB no way Freeman will run away from him.
- DARYL SMITH (JAX) vsPHI Smith has been money past 2 weeks playing alongside Morrison; he will continue to rack up high tackles with creating turnovers to follow. He’s turning into a MUST-START, matter of fact he is a MUST-START flirting with LB1 type numbers.
- LONDON FLECTHER (WAS) @STL slowly picking up the pace in the new 3-4 scheme, still a lock for 100+ tackles and against the woeful Rams, should see tons of opportunity to rack up tackles and turnovers.
- LAMAAR WOODLEY (PIT) @TBB this is how beast the LB Corps is in Pittsburgh, there are 3 of them in the top 10 and they’ll continue to be amongst the top 15, Woodley will get to Freeman at least once and will give you a handful of tackles.
- JONATHAN VILMA (NOS) vsATL the leader of the NOS defense, no matter the matchup Vilma is a must start and he gives a little bit of everything, to bad heart isn’t a category, he’d be near the top there.
- RAY LEWIS (BAL) vsCLE guess he’s found the fountain of youth again, dude is all about PASSION of the game, takes his position seriously and shows a ton of heart like Vilma. He’s sure to tear the browns apart this weekend; unless Harrison and Hillis and company run away from him, which would be hard to do.
- KARLOS DANSBY (MIA) vsNYJ seems like his fellow LB’s are getting the love, but he’s the leader of this defense, he was signed here to do a job and he’ll be just fine. Coming up against the JETS, there’s sure to be a ton of opportunity to get to Sanchez or hard hit those RB’s
- ROCKY MCINTOSH (WAS) @STL Rocky not Orakpo has been producing quite nicely thus far, figures to continue to rack up a lot of tackles and get his sack opportunities against the Rams this week.
- JAMES LAURINITIS (STL) vsWAS this tackle machine has been somewhat of a disappointment so far, barely done anything but I still believe in him and maybe he’s just starting off slow? Either way with short passes and run plays, Laurinitis should find himself near the ball a lot this weekend.
- EJ HENDERSON (MIN) vsDET he looks healthy to me, solid play against the Lions defense, if Gaither can rack up 11 tackles against them; Henderson should double that because it seems every play he’s near the ball.
- DAN CONNOR (CAR) vsCIN Connor’s been the LB stud in Carolina, not Beason. Racking up tackles left and right, Connor should see plenty of that this game as their offense continues to struggle the defense will see the field plenty.
- LANCE BRIGGS (CHI) vsGBP Briggs is the playmaker in the middle of the field, not Urlacher. With dinks and dunks, slant routes, Briggs looks to be a solid play against the Packers, as he should provide you with some nice numbers.
- DERRICK JOHNSON (KCC) vsSF my hot-add a week ago, seems like the world read it because this guy was picked up immediately and looks re-motivated. In the middle of that defense Johnson will get you plenty of tackles with some extras. He’ll see plenty of Gore in this game, tackles tackles and tackles.
- JON BEASON (CAR) vsCIN who was once an all-week starter you now question, am I right? He has not produced like how you’d expect (drafting him as the 2nd LB overall) it’d come, and maybe this is the game we get to see it. Benson shouldn’t be able to run away from Beason.
- KAMERION WIMBLEY (OAK) @ARI Wimbley, not McClain has been the OAK standout at the LB spot, he’s gotten a lot of opportunities to get to the QB and also adding some nice tackle numbers to go with it. Another solid start against the Cardinals, as the opportunity will be there.
- DARYL WASHINGTON (ARI) vsOAK a rookie coming into his own, he was solid at TCU, will continue to be a solid tackler for the Cardinals. With Hayes struggling and dealing with injuries, Washington is the MAN in the middle, strong start against the Raiders.
- TERRELL SUGGS (BAL) vsCLE doesn’t matter if it’s Delhomme or Wallace in the backfield, either one will see plenty of Suggs this coming week. Bounce back game for sure as he may not get a lot of tackles but a couple sacks is nice.
Notable Mentions – Curtis Lofton (ATL) / Jerod Mayo (NEP) / Barrett Ruud (TBB) / Michael Boley (NYG) / DeMeco Ryans (HOU)
NOTES – IF CLAY MATTHEWS KEEPS THIS UP HE’S ON PACE TO SHATTER WARE’S SACK RECORD, PATRICK WILLIS SHOULD HAVE HIS OWN CATEGORY (AFRAID TO RUN HIS WAY) BECAUSE THAT CAN BE THE ONLY REASON WHY HE HASN’T HAD THAT MUCH TACKLING OPPORTUNITIES YET, DUDES ARE SCARED TO FACE EM. ANY ONE OF THE STEELERS LINEBACKERS WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE AS THEY LOOK STOUT ONCE AGAIN, MAYBE EVEN SCARIER THAN THEIR SUPERBOWL RUN? A TON OF THE ROOKIES ARE MAKING NAMES OF THEMSELVES THIS YEAR AS DARYL WASHINGTON BEING ONE, DONALD BUTLER SHOULD BE MENTIONED HERE BUT HE’S OUT FOR THE YEAR.