2012 IDP Fantasy Football Week 7: Linebacker (LB) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 18, 2012

Sep 24, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks for an open receiver while running from Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Green Bay 14-12. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Seahawks rookie Bobby Wagner continues to come on strong after  winning a three-down role a couple weeks ago. I pointed out last week that his matchup against the Patriots was a big test to see what his value would be going forward and if he would be trusted on third downs going forward.

Test results came back well as Wagner helped his team in a victory over the Patriots and he posted seven solo tackles and seven assisted tackles in the game.

This weeks matchup against the 49ers is a terrific play for not just Wagner, but K.J. Wright, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. We should have a heavy run game on both sides, and Wagner should get a few opportunities to shoot the gap and sack Alex Smith in the backfield.


What Did We Learn From Week 6

Starting to get a little ticked with Donald Butler after a couple of down weeks. He's still in a good situation, but the Chargers have been in some wild games. And when the game scripts call for heavy passing from the opposite team, we need to downgrade his ranking going forward.

The big news of the week is Ray Lewis going down for the season. Hopefully, Lewis won’t be done for his career, but there were some troubling things on tape form him in recent games. For one, he’s on the ground a decent amount of time, and he’s also had trouble shedding blockers and making plays.

That’s really not much of a concern for fantasy owners or the Ravens at this point because he won’t be back, but we did see his replacement, Dannell Ellerbe. I like Jameel McClain as a better option for tackles, but both will be active this week against the run-heavy Texans.


Sean’s Week 7 Watch List

Based on snap counts, we should like A.J. Hawk as the top linebacker for tackles after the loss of D.J. Smith. Hawk should be a serviceable LB3 or LB4, but I must admit, I’m a little bummed about Smith going down. He was a great late-round pick for me this year.

Colin McCarthy played in each of the Titans' previous games and it appeared we could trust him again as at least a LB2 going forward with a long week of rest. Unfortunately, he was seen walking in a boot again early this week. That's not a good sign and it’s worth holding him out of your lineup until we see him back at full practices.

This could be a lost season for McCarthy, but let’s see if he can get back on the field this Sunday and see how he performs.

1 Daryl Washington @ Vikings
2 Patrick Willis Seahawks
3 London Fletcher @ Giants
4 Chad Greenway Cardinals
5 Bobby Wagner @ 49ers
6 James Laurinaitis Packers
7 NaVorro Bowman Seahawks
8 Sean Lee @ Panthers
9 Luke Kuechly Cowboys
10 DeMarcus Ware @ Panthers
11 Jameel McClain @ Texans
12 Jerod Mayo Jets
13 Lavonte David Saints
14 Stephen Tulloch @ Bears
15 Mason Foster Saints
16 Paul Posluszny @ Raiders
17 David Harris @ Patriots
18 Curtis Lofton @ Bucs
19 D’Qwell Jackson @ Colts
20 Jerrell Freeman Browns
21 Philip Wheeler Jaguars
22 Michael Boley Redskins
23 Rey Maualuga Steelers
24 Perry Riley @ Giants
25 Vontaze Burfict Steelers
26 Larry Foote @ Bengals
27 Dannell Ellerbe @ Texans
28 Jon Beason (I) Cowboys
29 Clay Matthews @ Rams
30 Paris Lenon @ Vikings
31 Brian Urlacher Lions
32 Nick Barnett Titans
33 James Harrison @ Bengals
34 Colin McCarthy (I) @ Bills

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