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2017 IDP Draft Tiers -- LB

By Matt Schauf 6:08am EDT 8/29/17

They’re the staples of most IDP leagues.

Whether your scoring goes tackle heavy, balanced or even sack leaning, LBs are likely to supply the most consistent scoring. But that doesn’t mean you need to chase them early

Check these LB tiers and your MVP Board to start shaping your plan for where to target some key IDPs.

Luke Kuechly, Panthers

It’s OK if the concussions or the draft price scare you away from Kuechly. But when he’s on the field, no other fantasy LB touches him. Kuechly finished his 3 healthy seasons among the position’s top 8, including #1 and #2 rankings. The past 2 years, he led all LBs in fantasy points per game. (Philly’s Jordan Hicks topped him in some formats there in 2015.)

Kwon Alexander, Buccaneers

Burfict joined Alexander here until the league handed down the 5-game suspension. We’ll see if Burfict’s appeal can vault him back up. Alexander, meanwhile, led all LBs in total points last year after finishing 2015 among the top 12 in points per game as a rookie.

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks
Alec Ogletree, Rams
Lavonte David, Buccaneers

David has been showing out in preseason after a 2016 campaign that stands as a career outlier. It marked the 1st time that he tallied fewer than 139 tackles as a pro. Alexander’s emergence might lower David’s ceiling from its early-career heights, but he can make up for the tackles across the big-play categories amid an ascending defense.

Christian Kirksey, Browns
Telvin Smith, Jaguars

Kirksey and Smith should continue to collect plenty of tackles from their 4-3 weak-side slots while watching changes to the LB corps around them.

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