Anyone who plays IDP knows that a consistent tackling linebacker and make or break a team. While it’s nice to get the big points that Demarcus Ware provides once in a while, getting three or four guys to consistently provide you a high floor of 6-8 tackles a game is a great strategy too. What I’ve learned (the hard way) over my 15 years of playing in IDP leagues, is that you don’t need to spend a high draft pick on productive LBs. In fact, someones you don’t need to use a draft pick at all. Just in 2016 I picked up Zack Orr and Tahir Whitehead from waivers and they both finished in the top 15 in standard IDP scoring. So, who are the guys that may be the cheap IDP linebackers for 2017? Here would be my picks…
- Stephone Anthony, NO – owned by only 4% of leagues on MFL, Anthony had a horrible season in 2016 off of a very successful rookie season. He’ll have to battle his way back but if he gets into the lineup he’s proven to be very productive.
- Mychal Kendricks, PHI – It’s hard to know why Philly uses him so little but if he gets out of Philly this year or there is an injury, Kendricks can be a consistent tackler.
- Ramik Wilson, KC – Little known and only 24, Wilson missed the first 5 games in 2016 and proceeded to average 7.45 FPs over the last 11 games. Only owned by 4% of leagues in MFL, he’s cheap, young and productive. What more do you want?
- Edwin Jackson & Antonio Morrison, IND – I’m not sure both of these guys will start in the middle of Indy’s 3-4 defense next year but it’s possible they do. They are both young and learning and it seems like with D’Qwell Jackson’s suspension and these two guys developing, it’s possible they get on the field and they have both been productive in spot starts in 2016.
- Paul Worrilow, ATL – Did you know Worrilow is a free agent this off-season? Do you think he’ll be back to ATL? Not a chance. So, keep an eye on where he lands. The one thing we do know is how productive he is when he’s actually on the field.
- B.J. Goodson, NYG – The Giant’s MLB position has been a revolving door for years. Goodson was drafted as the “MLB of the future” for the Giants. He has not done anything to change that designation this past season and while he was mostly a special-teamer in 2016, look for the Giants to provide him every opportunity to win the job in 2017. If he does, it’s a gamble, but I think he’s worth the pick and hold.