Rookie LB Observations – Week 2

We are now two weeks into the season and it’s been a crazy few weeks to say the least. Let’s take a look at some of the rookie linebackers that are making some noise for our redraft and dynasty IDP teams. I hope you enjoy and you can reach me on Twitter @KBellf54.

Devin Bush – Pittsburgh Steelers

-Played 80% of the snaps

-3 solos, 4 assists, 1 fumble recovery

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Bush had another solid week for the Steelers. It’s only a matter of time until the rookie hits the 90% snap mark each week. A natural playmaker at linebacker, Bush is rock solid LB2 and great IDP dynasty asset.

Jahlani Tavai – Detroit Lions

-Played 69% of the snaps

-6 solos, 3 assists, 1 forced fumble

Week Two was the breakout performance the Lions were looking for out of their second round rookie. Not only was he second on the team with nine total tackles, but Tavai forced a crucial fumble at the goal line at the end of the third quarter. As long as Jarrad Davis is out, Tavai is on the LB3 radar and is a great dynasty stash with a bright future.

Quincy Williams – Jacksonville Jaguars

-Played 100% of the snaps

-6 solos, 3 assists

Williams was busy on Sunday, playing every defensive snap after playing 66% of the snaps Week One. The third round rookie made the most of his opportunity, as his nine total tackles were a team high. With his speed and high snap count, Williams is a LB3 with upside and is a solid dynasty asset.

Cole Holcomb – Washington Redskins

-Played 90% of the snaps

-2 solos, 4 assists, 1 tackle for loss

Holcomb played the most snaps of all the Washington inside linebackers in Week Two. Although his stat line wasn’t as impressive as Week One, he is definitely the linebacker to own for the Redskins. Holcomb is in the LB3 mix in deeper leagues and makes for a great dynasty stash.

Ryan Connelly – New York Giants

-Played 84% of the snaps

-3 solos, 3 assists

Connelly was given the start Week Two next to veteran, Alec Ogeltree, replacing fellow rookie Tae Davis. As of right now, Connelly is just a name to watch in deep leagues and is a taxi squad stash if you have room in dynasty leagues.

*Note: Tampa Bay rookie Devin White left the game early in Week Two with a knee injury. It’s being called a MCL sprain and he is considered day-to-day at the moment. This is definitely a situation to monitor as he is a vital component to the Buccaneers defense.


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