Top 50 Fantasy Football Linebacker Rankings

Linebacker. The meat of your Individual Defensive Players in an IDP Fantasy Football Dynasty League. Our own Dudley Dooright from up north, TJ Ford, has submitted the first batch of IDP rankings for 2009 for Football Jabber. Here is a peek at some of the rankings with commentary…

#1 Patrick Willis (3-4 ILB), 49ers-

“No question here. Willis is the top dog among LBs, this guy can single handedly win games for you with astronomical tackle stats as well as big play potential.”

#6 Karlos Dansby (4-3 WLB/3-4 ILB), Cardinals-

“Always a big play LB that has improved his solo tackles steadily over the past three years. Dansby is arguably became the best defensive player on his team over safety Adrian Wilson. Dansby will once again be the focal point of a great attacking defense centered on big plays and turnovers.”

#11 Curtis Lofton (4-3 MLB), Falcons-

“I’m projecting a big jump for this guy and before you guys start writing your homer accusations in the comments, hear me out. Curtis Lofton led the league in points scored per defensive snap. The only thing that held him back was his limited snaps. This year will be different with Keith Brooking and Michael Boley gone. Lofton will be a 3-down LB and will have the stats to back it up.”

#26 James Laurinaitis (4-3 MLB), Rams-

“The Rams Mike job has top 10 potential but Chris Draft is still running with the ones in OTAs. Little Animal needs to step up, take the job and show he can perform.”

#33 Nick Barnett (3-4 ILB), Packers-

“How the mighty have fallen. Barnett was a consensus top 10 LB last year but a ripped up knee and a position change to the Ted backer in Dom Capers 3-4 defense have reduced him to a LB3.”

View the complete TOP 50 rankings HERE—>

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Intro to Fantasy Football Dynasty Scout

The 2008 NFL Season is almost here.  Preparing for your Fantasy Football Draft is one of the best parts of the game in my opinion.  So why stop at the end of your draft?  Do you play in Dynasty or Keeper leagues?  If so you should always have an eye out for the younger players, not only for this year but for years to come.  During the season all the way to the NFL Draft, the Fantasy Football Dynasty Scout is going to be here at Football Jabber to help you out.

Over the course of the NFL season we will be keeping an eye out on the younger players that could be making moves up the depth charts or are in a position where a twisted ankle to a starter could put a guy into the spotlight.  Sounds like your basic sleeper watch, huh?  Here is where it gets different.

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Fantasy Dynasty 101 | pt.7

More to get your Dynasty Fantasy League going in this offseason.  Check it out to see how to keep your fantsy football fix going all year round!

In the previous six lessons we have the basics down to get your league started, let’s review…

Part 1
Get your owners, Cost/Payout, Where to host your league
Part 2
Appoint a Commish, Communication, Rulebook
Part 3
Rulebook contents
Part 4
Franchise Ownership, Tanking, League Currency
Part 5
Using IDP or Team D/ST, Lineups, Roster Size, Developmental Taxi Squad
Part 6
Filling Rosters, Determining Draft Order, Rookie Draft, Vet Draft

STEP SIXTEEN: ROSTER MANAGEMENT

So we have filled our rosters. What do we do with them now? One of the great things about the Dynasty league is your going to be going year round. During the offseason teams are picking up free agents, trading, and watching the rookies to see if your going to use them in your active lineup or sending them to the DTS…or cutting them.

In part five we determined roster size. For the fun of it, during the offseason this should be unlimited. What you do need to determine though is a cutdown date. The logical choice is going with the final cut date for the NFL. this does bring you close to the start of the season so it’s going to be a busy time for the commish to make sure things are in order. You can have it sooner but you run the risk of players being cut in the NFL and still sitting on your fantasy roster. This makes things difficult with roster size and contracts (covering that next). So, determine your roster cutdown date. To keep people on their toes throw in a small penalty for those that don’t make the date. Take some of their league currency, whip them, whatever.

Your Developmental Taxi Squad (Part Five) should not reflect on the number of your roster spots. The should be able to be tracked separately. I’m not sure about other hosts but this is very easy on MFL.com. The DTS spots should be unlimited until the cut down date as well. What your going to have to determine in year two is if the allowed number of DTS spots goes up. Say in the first year you have a seven round draft and eight DTS spots (allow a spot for all draft picks and maybe an Undrafted Free Agent pickup). If you have determined that owners can keep a rookie on DTS for three years, in year two they are going to have another 7 rookies after the draft. Up the number in year two but you don’t have to allow for all rookies to be kept. Eventually owners are going to have to promote/cut/trade these rookies to make room on their DTS roster. In our example league, we have 8 spots the first year…13 spots each year after.

Here is an example from our league…

6.6 The final cut down date for rosters will be one
week prior to the first NFL game at 6:00 PM CST to
consist of at max 40 active players, 8 DTS in first
season,
(13 DTS players after first season), and any IR
players. On final cut down day, each owner must post a
message listing their a) active players, DTS players,
and c) IR players, if any. If a team does not meet
these deadlines, said team will be docked one (1)
T-Note each day until they have done so.

You should also determine if there is a minimum of players a team must carry. You don’t want them coming into a 40 man roster league and carrying 30 with a bunch of contract years tacked on those guys. (See Contracts).

STEP SEVENTEEN: CONTRACTS

This is where it gets fun. Now you have to determine who is more valuable on your roster. Are you going to stick a big number of years on a few players to lock them up or are you going to spread the years around so you don’t take a big hit once they become restricted Free Agents (covered later)?

CONTINUED AT FOOTBALL JABBER—->

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