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Where do you see the top rookie LB shaking out? Queen had a great stretch last year despite struggles noted above. Interested in your take!
This is a great piece, thank you
Thanks Chris, glad you enjoyed the article!
At this point I would not want to rely on starting any of the rookie LBs at the start of the season. We simply don’t know which ones will show in training camp enough of a grasp of their responsibilities and command of the defensive scheme to warrant playing over veterans. And for the most part, there’s veteran competition for all. At some point some we’ll see them in three-down roles, and it’s reasonable to expect LB2/LB3 production during those weeks. My confidence level right now would be:
- Jamin Davis – I’m hoping he shows well enough early to overtake Bostic, but that’s no guarantee. He’s still my top dynasty IDP rookie.
- Zaven Collins – This is a coaching staff on the hot seat IMO and we’ll have to see if their actions back up their talk that Hicks is THE guy if he struggles and Hicks is still around. Because it will be tempting to go with the steady vet.
- Micah Parsons – He’s tempting to have at No. 1 but I could see him in a multi-dimensional role and part-time pass rusher with all the bodies at LB in Dallas. That would really hurt his tackle floor.
- JOK – You could make a solid case for him at No. 1 as well and I think he’ll see the field right away, but he could be outside the box more as an overhang defender, and that wouldn’t be advantageous to fantasy production.
- Pete Werner – he’s lined up right now to play nice snaps but were Kwon Alexander or Alex Anzalone worth starting last year?
- Baron Browning – this one’s my wild card. He could be very productive very soon if he impresses enough to beat out AJ Johnson or Jewell.
Nick Bolton and Derrick Barnes are very interesting to me as well but more for year two and beyond. Based on my rookie drafts a lot of people seem to like Ernest Jones but I just don’t see the speed that translates to a productive, three-down role.
I’d just be patient with your expectations for fantasy production. Training camp could change the outlook though.