2016 DYNASTY LB RANKINGS

Telvin Smith ROS
RANK PLAYER TEAM QUICK HITS
1 JAMIE COLLINS NEP is becoming one of the best LB’s in IDP and the league, can do it all
2 LAVONTE DAVID TBB you know what you’re getting out of Lavonte with/without Kwon next to him
3 TELVIN SMITH JAC the IDP world has found out who Telvin was in ’15 (vouched for him his rookie season though), legit LB1 and top 5 LB for years (wait until Poz is gone)
4 LUKE KUECHLY CAR arguably the best LB on gameday but not a clear cut #1 in IDP, still an elite option has one of the highest floors amongst LB’s & i could easily rank him at 2, i see my top 4 shuffling next couple months
5 NAVORRO BOWMAN SF Welcome back Bowman, near the top in tackles, led league in solos though (118) shall continue to be the leader for SF (no longer a bargin in drafts this season)
6 BOBBY WAGNER SEA seems like he’s been underperformning just about every year but has been steady when he’s on the field & is SEA’s best LB (esp against the run) dare I say he hasn’t even reached his ceiling yet, still has room to grow and put up elite numbers
7 SEAN LEE DAL as a Lee owner I’m relieved he was able to play more games than sitting out, still showcased how good of a LB he is even with the move to WLB
8 CJ MOSLEY BAL 116 total tackles and 4 sacks in 2015, good for LB10 on season but as an owner I think we’d expected a little more, still the leader of that Ravens defense that’ll bounce back in ’16
9 ALEC OGLETREE STL solid buy low IDP target right now and still a LB1 stud
10 ERIC KENDRICKS MIN an off-season as the starter should only help Kendricks, flashed his potential and he’ll be in store for a big 2016, big.
11 JORDAN HICKS PHI prior to his injury that ended his impressive rookie season, Hicks was well on his way into becoming a top 5 LB (50 tackles 3FR 2 int 1 sack) game after game he’s shown flashes he’s the best PHI LB on the field, he brings the playmaking that defense lacks, Hicks will end up in the top 10 soon enough
12 VONTAZE BURFICT CIN has a 3-game suspension to start the ’16 season, he’s a sell high right now unless you like dealing with his antics? Although I’d rather deal with him than Hardy (insert garbage emoji) regardless of all this mess he puts up stud numbers from the LB spot
13 DEANDRE LEVY DET missed entire ’15 season with hip injury, how he responds is a big factor but he should return to near top form. Like Bowman last year, Levy shall bring tremendous value in drafts this season, possibly a cheap IDP target to trade for as well.
14 KWON ALEXANDER TBB the 4-game suspension sucked a big one but should be back and better than before in his sophomore campaign, needs to work on not getting so many missed tackles though, will float around top 15 value
15 MYCHAL KENDRICKS PHI why PHI doesn’t play him nearly 80% of snaps (at least) is beyond me but still productive and makes plays, numbers could dip with Hicks back
16 DANNY TREVATHAN FA whether he stays in DEN or goes elsewhere (long as he starts) he’ll be a solid LB2 contributor with top 10 potential (pending health)
17 MALCOLM SMITH OAK career season for Malcolm (122 tackles 4 sacks) time to sell him
18 PAUL POSLUSZNY JAC he just wont go away but he’ll go away from my dynasty squad
19 DERRICK JOHNSON FA probably stays in KCC, which is fine and glad he was able to put up a monster season after injuries plagued his previous two seasons (117 tackles 4 sacks)
20 STEPHONE ANTHONY NOS quietly had a solid rookie season and will continue to maintain a top 20 return (LB2 value) with a hint of a top 12 ceiling
21 AVERY WILLIAMSON TEN finally turned into the LB I thought he could become towards the end of the 2015 season (25 tackles last 3 games) shall continue to evolve into TEN’s top ILB heading into 2016.
22 DENZEL PERRYMAN SDC Chargers finally took the training wheels off Perryman and responded with 38 tackles his last 5 games with 2 games with 10+ tackles and is turning into the leader in the middle they’ve wanted, sky is the limit for Perryman in 2016 esp since depth behind him is scarce too
23 ANTHONY BARR MIN sometimes he’s just better on the field where he does things that doesn’t apply to the stat sheet, then there are times when he’s dominant and will give you like 8 tackles and 2-3 sacks he’s also MIN’s lone every down ‘backer but will be joined by Kendricks in ’16. Barr is a solid LB2 value in any league format, just have to deal with the 0’s sometimes
24 KJ WRIGHT SEA career season for KJ and can be sustained, if Irvin leaves and KPL steps up the numbers could dip slightly.
25 KHALIL MACK OAK needs no introdution except that his ranking should be higher, much higher
26 RYAN SHAZIER PIT made of glass otherwise solid production across the board, you get the same out of Kwon just about and one is cheaper than the other
27 JELANI JENKINS MIA you believe in bounce backs, because I do
28 D’QWELL JACKSON IND ole vet keeps lurking, for the most part he should continue to pile up total tackles
29 JERRELL FREEMAN FA landing spot is key here
30 JUSTIN HOUSTON KCC a season Houston owners would like to forget, solid bounce back candidate in 2016 but he’s behind Mack now.
31 PRESTON BROWN FA the Bills front 7 as a unit was like a “WTF” moment because the talent is there the production was average, Brown makes a decent buy low candidate right now though and I also expect him to remain in BUF
32 BRANDON MARSHALL FA solid against the run, he should have a handful of teams coming after him this off-season as there are a bunch of teams that can use Marshall
33 KEENAN ROBINSON FA talent there, problem is cant stay healthy – landing spot is key here
34 LAWRENCE TIMMONS PIT savvy vet just won’t go away, maybe 2 years tops left at solid LB2 value
35 NIGEL BRADHAM FA still a Bradham “truther” to say if he can land in a better situation he can put up ’14 numbers again.
36 HAU’OLI KIKAHA NOS impressive 1st half of his rookie season then died down, remains a solid LB3 with LB2 production at times
37 THOMAS DAVIS CAR give it up for Davis, if this was redraft rankings he’d be much much higher but he should continue to mentor Shaq this off-season and pass the throne over
38 JAKE RYAN GBP nobody else on GBP and played decent enough to remain their starting ILB, can pile up the tackles in bunches
39 ANTHONY HITCHENS DAL if McClain stays then his value dips (again)
40 SHAQ THOMPSON CAR breakout ready
41 SIO MOORE IND def one of the IDP’s I’m keeping my eye on this off-season, talent is there his response to his injury has slowed him down so can he get it back? We’ll see
42 WILL COMPTON WAS is he on the verge of becoming WAS’s starting ILB for 2016, I think so solid LB3 value with a floor of LB2
43 DONTA HIGHTOWER NEP solid production across the board
44 DEMARIO DAVIS FA hasn’t been impressive as he heads into free agency, could land in a back up role too *shrugs*
45 WESLEY WOODYARD TEN what a surprise it was too see how well Woodyard did in ’15 (87 tackles 5 sacks) he should sustain this production if Zach Brown is gone but still below Avery.
46 BRIAN CUSHING HOU is slowly becoming a disappearing act (110 tackles and nothing more to show)
47 CHRISTIAN JONES CHI is the Bears best cover ILB should he should keep some role, if he has another solid off-season he’ll start
48 BEN HEENEY OAK does he have what it takes to be the man in the middle for OAK, possible but he’ll have competition with Neiron this off-season, I like his slight upside though if he can land the starting gig – almost Borland-like (almost)
49 ROLANDO MCCLAIN FA he’s a FA so his landing destination plays a big – big part but I’m expecting he’d stay in Dallas (then Hitchens value drops again)
50 ZACH BROWN FA could thrive elsewhere, like Green Bay or New Orleans
51 RAMIK WILSON KCC if either of Mauga or Johnson are gone, Ramik has shown up in spot duty of his potential and can become a solid tackle machine (LB2 upside if so otherwise spot starter as a LB4)
52 KIKO ALONSO PHI just not a believer Hicks & Kendricks have clearly outplayed him
53 JONATHAN FREENY NEP done a superb job filling in when called upon, future could be murky but if Mayo’s out then he’ll be at least a 2-down back because Collins & Hightower are solid every down ‘backers.
54 MELVIN INGRAM SDC posted a career season in ’15 (65 tackles 10.5 sacks) can he sustain it? It’s possible and would bet on it as my LB5 possible LB4 depends which route you go (tackle heavy or sack heavy)
55 PAUL WORRILOW ATL just waiting for him to be replaced
56 JOHN TIMU CHI rookie flashed some potential, the ILB’s in CHI is a mess though and I’d only look at Timu in deep leagues but if he’s named a starter this off-season then his value takes a nice uptick
57 WHITNEY MERCILUS HOU has been a complete monster with Clowney out, career year with 12 sacks and had two 3.5 sack games, he seems to be peaking at the right time and this ranking could be low (if he’d increase his tackle production)
58 BENARDRICK MCKINNEY HOU I’d want him to take the next step into 2016, can become HOU’s best ILB and outplay Cushing or take advantage of opportunities when they come his way
59 NEIRON BALL OAK keep an eye out on him, prior to knee injury he’s earned playing time and possibly a starting spot
60 CHRIS KIRKSEY CLE I’ll believe it when I see it
61 PERNELL MCPHEE CHI sack machine, should continue to sustain production in year 2 in Chi-town.
62 GERALD HODGES SF he’s better than Whilhoite for the most part, had 70 tackles but nothing else, if he stays in SF he should be better in follow-up season.
63 JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU SDC entering his 3rd season, doesn’t have a high ceiling but a solid floor for big play leagues & shall continue to develop into one of better Chargers pass rushers
64 DARYL SMITH BAL if you like assists then go ahead and take him, has his moments and dynasty wise I’ll pass even if I’m a contender
65 RYAN KERRIGAN WAS expecting a total bounce back in ’16 as WAS continues to build their front 7, the development of Preston Smith will only help to relieve pressure off Kerrigan.
66 VON MILLER DEN will get you the sacks no doubt about that but can he contribute in tackles too? Big play worthy LB to own but not standard scoring
67 STEPHON TULLOCH DET
68 DEVON KENNARD NYG if NYG would only play him more his numbers would possibly be better, I’m still buying in dynasty though as he’s pretty much free right now
69 DEE FORD KCC superb job, if he gets starting job he’ll have a career best season in 2016
70 CONNOR BARWIN PHI
71 KEVIN MINTER ARI kind of surprised early on then real world hit and Minter isnt anything special
72 SHANE RAY DEN
73 JADEVEON CLOWNEY HOU can he stay healthy or play at least 13 games? He’s almost at the “bust” point, but I’m not ready to give him that label – still has time & has shown flashes of what he’s capable of, you want my knee clowney? It’s in tact and ready to go (Lol)
74 NEVILLE HEWITT MIA worth keeping an eye on this off-season
75 MANTI TEO SDC one of those LB’s that surprises early on then disappears because of injuries, let someone else take Te’o
76 PRESTON SMITH WAS potential to lead league in sacks once given playing time
77 BRUCE CARTER TBB seems to be a decent fit in TBB defense, only valueable if Kwon/Lavonte go down with an injury otherwise worth a spot in deep leagues
78 KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS SEA could have bigger role in 2016 if Irvin were to leave
79 JAMES LAURINAITIS STL nothing to see here, carry on
80 MARKUS GOLDEN ARI love his potential but ARI is loaded with edge rushing talent
81 ZA’DARIUS SMITH BAL Suggs/Dumervil are aging and Smith has flashed his potential, definite sleeper potential in ’16
82 JONATHAN CASILLAS NYG is NYG’s best LB (right now) but it’s a mess and could be out of a starting role pending off-season moves
83 SHAQ BARRETT DEN just hope you start him on his dominant game(s) and will be in a rotation with Ray at the very least
84 BRANDON GRAHAM PHI if PHI moves to a 4-3 scheme, Graham’s value should take off as a DE (where he’d play in a 4-3) and we’ll await his position change, maybe, if MFL is cool like that
85 DEMARCUS WARE DEN could DEN give way to the youngsters in Barrett and Ray? seems that way, dominant on the field but his injuries are piling up
86 CLAY MATTHEWS GBP still don’t know how he made the Pro Bowl
87 ALEX OKAFOR ARI another edge talent for ARI, could make a bunch of big plays
88 TERRELL SUGGS BAL
89 BUD DUPREE PIT will probably take another year before he takes off
90 KYLE EMANUEL SDC makes an impact for the sparingly playing time he gets, not enough to warrant a roster spot unless deep league or big league (16+ managers)
91 REY MAUALUGA CIN
92 TAHIR WHITEHEAD DET with Levy back Tahir’s numbers take a big dip, sorry.
93 JEROD MAYO NEP
94 PAUL DAWSON CIN what to do what to do with Dawson’s creek, not that athletic is hurting him but we’ll see what happens in off-season now that Burfict is out for at least 3 games
95 CRAIG ROBERTSON FA could see him remain in CLE, but with new regime it’s up in the air
96 KAREEM MARTIN ARI
97 ELI HAROLD SF i’d like to see SF use him more in ’16
98 KYLE VAN NOY DET head scratcher here, thought he’d make an impact early maybe he’s one who takes time but how patient can DET or an IDP owner be?
99 VINCENT REY CIN clearly disappeared when Burfict came back but should see a 3-game value IF he sticks with CIN otherwise he’s become non-rosterable until further notice.
100 DANNY LANSANAH TBB buried on the depth chart behind Kwon/Lavonte and possibly Carter

One Comment

  1. Raymond

    January 19, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good work bee!

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