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While I have my issues with James Laurinaitis’s fantasy value around the web and in this ADP listing, I can’t deny that he has the potential to be a top ten linebacker for IDP fantasy football leagues. Furthermore, for the most part, the ADP values below, brought to you from My Fantasy League, are a decent look at what you can expect at your IDP draft, for Big Play leagues.

Sure, you’ll see some bone head (inexperienced, I should say) go after a guy like Clay Matthews as a top ten option, but that’s because the owner who drafted him is likely in his first year of playing this style of fantasy football, and they are typically going after “name” players around the league.

Now, let me go on record (as many around the web do) to point out that it’s always a good idea to look at the specific rules of the league your about to play in, to understand which types of players are better producers than others. In doing so, you can possibly save yourself a lost season, of having to learn on the streets, while your butt is kicked weekly.

The ADP trends below are based off of 12 team league results from MFL, and the basic reasoning for using that league size is because there were more drafts done in that league format (find a truer range of where players are going) so it made sense to use it. Few IDP drafts are done around the web in comparison to standard or PPR leagues, so getting the best data you can find, is essential to keeping you informed on recent trends, in drafts.

As we are in the middle of July (will have a new ADP article some time in August) you will notice that no linebackers are averaging a higher selection than the sixth round. Patrick Willis and Jerod Mayo are atop the list will probably remain that way throughout the summer.

After that you have other studs like Lawrence Timmons, Paul Posluszny and John Beason rounding out the top five linebackers. One linebacker I feel will perform at an elite level this year but can be had at a value is Texans Brian Cushing. You will notice below that Cushing is listed at No.20 for linebackers and that is a common ranking for him around the web.

Brian Cushing vs. DeMeco Ryans

The Texans are moving to a 3-4 scheme this year which means Cushing will be moving from strong-side to playing on the inside with DeMeco Ryans. If Ryans was fully healthy, I wouldn’t have a problem with the rankings below, in that Ryans is going ahead of Cushing, but IDP fantasy owners, should bank on that being the case.

Ryans had a nasty Achilles injury last year that cost him the second half of the season. Upon latest report in the early summer, Ryans was still rehabbing the injury and wasn’t able to play at full speed, just yet. Don’t be surprised if Ryans is on the field this year, but just because he’s playing, doesn’t mean he’s going to be the player he’s been in the past, for this year anyway.

Cushing should benefit from his fellow teammates trying to adjust to a new scheme, with a shortened time to grasp it, and he will rackup a bunch of tackles, like he did in his rookie season.

IDP Sleeper – Jamar Chaney

Eagles’ Jamar Chaney looks to have the inside track on the starting middle linebacker position and he will make for a nice value addition to your squad. Chaney had success at the end of last season, and the Eagles defense should allow him to make a run at over 110 tackles on the season. As you can see below, Chaney is going as the 32nd linebacker off the bard in the 21st round of the draft, so be sure to nab him up as a backup.

That’s all for this article, but I will have more analysis for defensive backs and defensive ends on the website soon. Again, I will have an updated ADP listing in August, but you can always go to My Fantasy League (link at top of article) to find-out the recent trends on a daily basis. Good luck in your 2011 IDP fantasy football league(s).

2011 ADP Value Trends – Linebackers

Linebackers

ADP Values

1

Patrick Willis

53.22

2

Jerod Mayo

58.33

3

Lawrence Timmons

69.39

4

Paul Posluszny

81.56

5

Jon Beason

84.83

6

James Laurinaitis

87.00

7

Stephen Tulloch

97.44

8

Clay Matthews

98.22

9

Chad Greenway

106.72

10

Curtis Lofton

111.78

11

D.J. Williams

118.61

12

Derrick Johnson

121.22

13

Desmond Bishop

134.89

14

James Harrison

138.78

15

Brian Urlacher

140.00

16

DeMeco Ryans

140.72

17

DeMarcus Ware

142.50

18

James Anderson

144.29

19

Ray Lewis

145.50

20

Brian Cushing

146.56

21

Rolando McClain

155.44

22

Mario Williams*

158.41

23

DeAndre Levy

160.93

24

Barrett Ruud

167.61

25

London Fletcher

175.24

26

David Harris

177.24

27

Jonathan Vilma

179.35

28

Lance Briggs

185.53

29

Karlos Dansby

192.19

30

Daryl Washington

196.81

31

A.J. Hawk

197.12

32

Jamar Chaney

202.50

33

Von Miller

205.00

34

LaMarr Woodley

207.20

35

Tamba Hali

218.79

36

Kevin Burnett

219.50

37

David Hawthorne

221.42

38

Cameron Wake

224.56

39

Sean Weatherspoon

232.07

40

D’Qwell Jackson

233.64

41

Mason Foster

244.23

42

Pat Angerer

246.93

43

Clint Session

254.92

44

Paris Lenon

258.54

45

Rey Maualuga

264.77

46

E.J. Henderson

267.17

47

Geno Hayes

279.07

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