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FreeBallinLeaderboard LB   NOV 2014

DFW IDP rankings are based on the following scoring setup: Tackles: 1 pt (0.5 for assists); Sacks: 4 pts (2 for assists); Tackles for loss: 1 pts; Interceptions: 4 pts; Passes defensed: 1 pt; Fumbles forced: 2 pts; Fumbles recovered: 2 pts; Defensive TD: 6 pts; Safeties: 5 pts.

QB | RB | WR | TE | DL | LB | DB | Rookie Top 50 | Rookie QB | Rookie RB | Rookie WR | Rookie TE | Rookie DL | Rookie LB | Rookie DB
RankPlayerPos.AgeTeamBase DefenseGary BeaudetteBill CerviSean KirbyAvgChangeSkinny
1Luke KuechlyILB23CAR4-31111.0Tackling machine, non stop motor and never comes off the field. Safest LB #1.
2Lavonte DavidOLB24TBTampa 22222.0145 combined tackles, 20 TFLs, 5 INTs, 6 sacks and 9 PDs in 2013 good fit for new scheme
3Vontaze BurfictOLB24CIN4-33353.7Burfict took the next step last year 170 tackles, 3 sacks and 8 PDs, 3 down LB, has dealt with a series of inuries throught the first 10 weeks
4Bobby WagnerILB24SEA4-34534.0Wagner is a 3 down LB with a great motor, but stats limited by the quality of SEA D
5Mychal KendricksILB24PHI3-45645.0If Kendricks can reduce the missed tackles he may crack the 100 solo mark, 3 down LB, starting to call plays on D.
6C.J. MoselyILB22BAL3-46866.7Sideline to sideline, 3 down LB, he will start opposite Smith, early canidate for DPOY
7NaVorro BowmanILB26SF3-474138.0Elite when healthy, but will not be back from ACL/MCL injury until mid-season
8Ryan ShazierOLB22PIT3-481479.7Great combination of speed, blitzing ability and coverage skills, WILB, 3 down LB.
9Paul WorrilowOLB24ATL3-49121411.76Undrafted LB out of Deleware, was 2nd to only Burfict in tackles per snap, 3 down LB. picking up where he lefy off last year
10Alec OgletreeOLB23STL4-31117912.3-4Ogletree had an amazing fantasy rookie season, 117 combined tackles, 5 FF, and 9 PDs.
11DeAndre LevyOLB27DET4-31415812.37Change in D scheme and Levy isn't likely to repeat his 2013 #'s 6 INTs and 15 PDs.
12Patrick WillisILB29SF3-415131213.3Willis is suffering through an injury plagued 2014 season and he is posting the worst numbers of his career.
13Jerod MayoILB28NE3-41671713.3-3Injury plagued 2011 and 2013 seasons, when healthy he is a top 12 LB - 3 down LB. Will miss 2014 season
14Kiko AlonsoILB24BUF4-312111813.7Will miss all of 2014. Still only 23 and will return next year
15Curtis LoftonILB28NO3-413241015.75Lofton is a durable, consistent 3 down LB - best as a #3 LB but has weekly LB #2 ceiling.
16Sio MooreOLB24OAK4-310192417.78Moving to weakside with the arrival of Mack.. Should be a 3 down LB and potential sleeper
17James LaurinaitisILB27STL4-317182118.7-9Good 3 down LB but Ogletree really ate into his stats and that should continue.
18Jamie CollinsOLB24NE3-420232221.782nd round pick in 2013 really impressed when called on in playoffs, Breakout candidate as 3 down SLB in 4-3 sets,ILB in 3-4
19Jerrell FreemanILB28IND3-421281621.76D'Qwell Jackson joined the Colts, he could be serious competition for tackles.
20Lawrence TimmonsILB28PIT3-418262322.33Timmons will move from Mack WILB to Buck ILB, tackles will suffer, needs sacks to approach past production.
21Chad GreenwayOLB31MIN4-324212824.3Zimmer's WLB pos made Burfict a volume tackler, though Greenways not as quick at age 31.
22Karlos DansbyILB33CLE3-423222924.7-3Will fit right in Pettine's 3-4 & should be a productive 3 down LB but age is concern.
23Perry RileyILB26WAS3-427272024.7Fletcher retired, Skins resigned Riley 3 yr deal, has limitations & opportunity as well.
24Brian CushingILB27HOU3-433202526.0-7Cushing carries big injury risk but he should be the Mike LB in Crennel's new D.
25Paul PoslusznyILB30JAX4-32294826.3-18Finally started showing his age last year, but still puts up good FF numbers. Will miss remainder of 2014 season
26Jelani JenkinsOLB22MIA4-328252626.3Jenkins is a 3 down WLB who has produced quality numbers when given the chance to play
27Preston BrownOLB22BUF4-325361926.7Brown is playing WLB for the Bills and he also plays in some of the team's subpackages. Could be MLB in 2015
28Von MillerOLB25DEN4-319323027.03Had ACL surgery in Jan., suspension concerns, needs sacks to produce, 3 down LB.
29Anthony BarrOLB22MIN4-366101129.0Barr looks fantastic early in the 2014 season, producing tackles to go along with sacks.
30Danny TrevathanOLB24DEN4-332164531.0-17After a breakout 2013, Trevathan has missed most of the 2014 season with duplicate knee injuries.
31Justin HoustonOLB25KC3-426293931.3-4Houston had 11 sacks in 11 games last yr. before ending up on IR, was on pace to finish as top 12 LB in 2014
32Khalil MackOLB23OAK4-329313431.3Will be used as hybrid OLB and DE in pass situations,havoc wreaking pass rusher.
33D'Qwell JacksonILB31IND3-430333231.7-3Will play along side Freeman and they will likely cancel out each other's upside when on the field together
34Keenan RobinsonILB25WAS3-464161531.7Played very well in the preseason, great range, will start at ILB alongside P Riley, in 2014
35Rolando McclainMLB26DALTampa 243392736.3McClain has looked very good at time early in 2014 as the Cowboys 3 down MLB, needs to stay on the field
36Demario DavisILB25NYJ3-450353138.7Disappointing 2013 season and started off slowly but he is starting to live up to expectations in 2014.
37Donald ButlerILB26SD3-431374939.0-5Butler has struggled to stay on the field since turning pro, #3 LB when healthy.
38DeMeco RyansILB30PHI3-441423539.3Consistent tackler, 3 down LB, will make his share of big plays, turns 30 this season.
39Koa MisiILB27MIA4-342383839.3Won Fin MLB job, may not play in nickel package, could limit his snaps, high ankle sprain week 1
40Bruce CarterOLB26DALTampa 235424340.0Up and down 2013, needs to play better vs the run, nice start to 2014, needs more consistancy to increase value.
41K.J. WrightOLB25SEA4-338414140.0Wright is the Hawks 3 down starting WLB, great range and cover skills, value limited by overall quality of Seattle D
42Thomas DavisOLB31CAR4-334464240.7He had a great 2013 in his first healthy season since 2008. He's one of the better SLB options.
43Emmanuel LamurOLB25CIN4-359313341.0At SLB, Lamur is the every down back next to Burfict.
44Wesley WoodyardILB28TEN3-4403041.7-15Woodyard is a nice fit in TEN he has moved to SILB due to injury to Zach Browm, will hurt stats, 3 down LB.
45Brandon MarshallLB25DEN4-336405042.0The injury to Trevathan has given Marshall a shot at quality production early in the season.
46Stephen TullochILB29DET4-3373442.0Tulloch tore his ACL while celebrating a sack and will miss the rest of the 2014 season
47Telvin SmithOLB23JAX4-339494042.7Undersized at 218 lbs, great coverage LB, future WLB for Jags, will be a subpackages player to sart the year.
48Mason FosterILB25TBTampa 257383744.0Looks good in Tampa's new scheme, 3 down LB, could approach top 24 LB numbers in 2014.
49Christian KirkseyILB22CLE3-451364744.7Needs to play better vs the run to start at ILB opposite Dansby, looked great in coverage during preseason.
50Daryl SmithILB32BAL3-455433644.7Great 2013 season, turned 32 this year, hard to repeat 3 Ints, 5 sacks and 18 PDs.
51Prince ShemboOLB22ATL3-456374445.7Good motor, moved to ILB and has played very well in the preseason. Could start over Joplo Bartu
52Sean LeeILB28DALTampa 245525149.3-3Tore ACL in right knee out for 2014 season, just can't stay on the field
53Larry FooteILB34ARI3-4484750.0Larry Foote has emerged as a 3 down LB for the Cards, Minter missed big chunk of preseason, may surprise
54Jadaveon ClowneyOLB21HOU3-458474650.3Clowney will play OLB for the Texans, should have sacks but tackles will limit upside, great preseason. Will miss first 4-6 weeks with knee injury
55Nick RoachILB29OAK4-3534450.7-9Turns 29 this year, 3 down LB, dealing with a nasty concussion that cost him multiple games to start the 2014 season.
56Jon BeasonLB29NYG4-3475351.7Turned 29 in January, 3 down MLB WHEN he is on the field.
57Derrick JohnsonILB31KC3-4525052.3-3Johnson tore his achilles and will miss the entire 2014 season.
58Daryl WashingtonILB28ARI3-4445952.7Was suspended for the entire 2014 season. 3 down LB and playmaker when on the field.
59Nigel BradhamLB25BUF4-3495854.0Bradham flashed talent early in 2014, he will need an injiry to see significant reps.
60David HarrisILB30NYJ3-4465254.3Turned 30 in January, consistent tackler, not many big plays.
61Jacquian WilliamsOLB24NYG4-365485355.3Williams won the 3 down WLB job for the Giants, he is raw but should improve with reps
62Jon BosticILB23CHI4-3684455.7-3Bostic is earning more reps as the season goes on, should be 3 down MLB by 2015
63Lance BriggsOLB33CHI4-3546056.3-5Briggs will turn 34 this season, still producing when healthy.
64Kevin MinterILB23ARI3-4625657.7Minter will try to fill Dansby's old role, has a huge opportunity with Washington suspended but has never produced in NFL.
65Zach BrownILB25TEN3-4635758.3Tore pectoral muscle week 1 and will miss the 2014 season.
66Vincent ReyILB27CIN4-3606259.0Failed to win the MLB position, but will backup all 3 LB positions and contribute on special teams.
67Dont'a HightowerILB24NE3-4675559.04Hightower will be a 2 down LB for the Pats. His lack of reps on passing downs limits his ceiling.
68Sean WeatherspoonOLB26ATL3-4695559.7Missed 14 games in 2 years and will miss all of 2014 with a ruptured Achilles.
69Justin DurantMLB29DALTampa 2616460.0Durant is playing SLB and has been playing in the team's nickel set
70Jason WorildsOLB26PIT3-4735460.7In the last 12 games of 2013 Worilds really improved recording 40 solos and 9 sacks.
71Aldon SmithOLB24SF3-4725761.3Troubled but talented sack specialist., was suspended for the first 9 games of the 2014 season.
72Manti Te'oILB23SD3-4706362.7Injured again, Te'o needs to prove he can be effective on third downs if he is to be anything but depth.
73Arthur BrownILB24BAL3-4746163.3-3Ravens drafted Mosely in the 1st rnd, Brown will take a back seat until Smith is gone.
74Lamin BarrowOLB23DEN4-37163.7Barrow did not earn a starting role, he should play his way onto the field sooner rather than later
75Christian JonesILB23CHI4-35464.7Jones went undrafted - was signed by CHI, may compete for starting job in 2015.
FreeBallinSkyscraper LB   NOV 2014