2012 IDP Fantasy Football Week 2: Linebacker (LB) Rankings

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 13, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens stands up after tackling running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 44-13. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Just in case you were wondering if a leaner Ray Lewis would be up to the challenge of maintaining LB1 status, the old man rips off 14 tackles (11 solos), a sack and a forced fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals. Perhaps it is the fan in me, but I have Lewis ranked No.1 on the list this week, but admittedly, Daryl Washington is probably top dog as the Arizona Cardinals head out to New England.


What Did We Learn From Week 1?

- Donald Butler is up to the task of playing at a high level on all three downs. Two years removed from his Achilles injury, Butler looks good and he excelled in a two-down role last season. With a full offseason to work in the San Diego Chargers defensive scheme, Butler is ready for full-time duties and should be considered an LB1 weekly.

- It was Patrick Willis who left the field in sub-packages more often than Navorro Bowman against the Green Bay Packers. I need to see more games before we can say this is a trend to expect all year against potent passing offenses, but we should view Willis as an LB2 this week against the Lions.

It should be a similar situation as the San Francisco 49ers play mostly in sub-packages, daring the Detroit Lions to run the football and knowing they have the linebackers to play a gap short.

- Wesley Woodyard appeared to play himself into a regular three-down role with a solid performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With D.J. Williams out on suspension, Woodyard has LB2 upside.


Sean’s Watch List

- Brian Cushing didn’t have a very good matchup last week against the Miami Dolphins and was terrific. Expect LB1 production, but if Cushing has another big game against the Jaguars, we may need to start talking about him being a weekly top-five option at his position.

- D’Qwell Jackson had the big interception and that saved his week as he only picked up three total tackles. Let’s hope for a bounce back week against the Bengals. I think it will happen as I don’t see Andy Dalton posting more than 50 pass attempts like Michael Vick last week.

- Karlos Dansby had a nice game against a good matchup in Houston and now it’s Paul Posluszny’s turn. Make sure he’s in the lineup this week.

- If you’re looking for a cheap start this week, go with Paris Lenon of the Cardinals. Washington should lead the team in tackles, but Lenon has been a solid performer in these types of situations in the past.


1 Ray Lewis @ Eagles
2 Daryl Washington @ Patriots
3 James Laurinaitis Redskins
4 Brian Cushing @ Jaguars
5 Sean Lee @ Seahawks
6 Donald Butler Titans
7 Derrick Johnson (I) @ Bills
8 D’Qwell Jackson @ Bengals
9 London Fletcher @ Rams
10 NaVorro Bowman Lions
11 Sean Weatherspoon Broncos
12 Chad Greenway @ Colts
13 D.J. Smith Bears
14 Karlos Dansby Raiders
15 Paul Posluszny Texans
16 Patrick Willis Lions
17 Lawrence Timmons Jets
18 DeMarcus Ware @ Seahawks
19 Von Miller @ Falcons
20 Wesley Woodyard @ Falcons
21 Nick Barnett Chiefs
22 Jerod Mayo Cardinals
23 Mason Foster @ Giants
24 Jon Beason Saints
25 Curtis Lofton @ Panthers
26 Erin Henderson @ Colts
27 Aldon Smith Lions
28 Perry Riley @ Rams
29 Stephen Tulloch @ Chargers
30 Paris Lenon @ Patriots
31 Rolando McClain @ Dolphins
32 Jerrell Freeman Vikings
33 Stephen Nicholas Broncos

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