2012 IDP Fantasy Football Week 6: Linebacker (LB) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 11, 2012

September 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) loses his helmet after being hit by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) during the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

It was hard to like Rey Maualuga after such a horrible let down in his first season at middle linebacker a year ago. Maualuga played in the middle in college, and it only made sense he would at least give us respectable LB3 numbers for a cheap price. However, he struggled, perhaps because of poor conditioning and little time to work in the off-season with this coaching staff because of the lockout.

Whatever the reasons, Maualuga is putting together the kind of numbers we expected last year, and it appears he has a firm grasp on a three down role.

What Did We Learn From Week Five?

- Bobby Wagner is clearly gaining the trust of Head Coach Pete Carroll, and his upgrade to a three down role is proof. Wagner plays the run well. Based on his one and a half sacks last week, we know he can make an impact behind the line of scrimmage.

Wagner projects to have a three down role, as he shouldn’t be considered a liability in pass protection in the long run. This week will be a big test for the rookie against Tom Brady and the Patriots. If he does well, consider him a three down backer for the rest of the season and a possible LB2 play going forward.

- David Harris has had some ups and downs since his early career success. Situation makes a big difference for Harris this season, as the offense is having a hard time staying on the field. Harris should be a respectable start weekly in as the Jets will struggle most weeks.

Sean’s Week Six Watch List

- Stephen Nicholas suffered an ankle injury last week, so I’ve tailed him back to a low-end LB3 play. Nicholas has done a terrific job opposite Sean Weatherspoon, and when healthy, we should continue to have him in the lineup. Let’s keep an eye on his snap count this week, and if he’s catching would-be ball carriers or striking them.

- Lavonte David impressed in his last game against the Redskins. Let’s see how he does against a mostly run heavy offense as the Chiefs come to town.

- Playing on a short week, Colin McCarthy will have a hard time suiting up against the Steelers; even if he plays, it will be interesting to see if he can go for a full complement of snaps.

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1 James Laurinaitis Dolphins
2 Daryl Washington Bills
3 Sean Lee @ Ravens
4 Ray Lewis Cowboys
5 Chad Greenway @ Redskins
6 Mason Foster Chiefs
7 Jerod Mayo @ Seahawks
8 Sean Weatherspoon Raiders
9 London Fletcher Vikings
10 D.J. Smith @ Texans
11 Patrick Willis Giants
12 Lavonte David Chiefs
13 David Harris @ Colts
14 NaVorro Bowman Giants
15 Karlos Dansby Rams
16 Donald Butler Broncos
17 Philip Wheeler @ Falcons
18 DeMarcus Ware @ Ravens
19 Rey Maualuga @ Browns
20 Michael Boley @ 49ers
21 Von Miller @ Chargers
22 Derrick Johnson (I) @ Bucs
23 Nick Barnett (I) @ Cardinals
24 Stephen Tulloch (I) @ Eagles
25 Larry Foote @ Titans
26 Bobby Wagner Patriots
27 Perry Riley Vikings
28 Jerrell Freeman @ Jets
29 Colin McCarthy (I) Steelers
30 Akeem Ayers Steelers
31 DeMeco Ryans Lions
32 D’Qwell Jackson (I) Bengals
33 Stephen Nicholas (I) Raiders
34 DeAndre Levy @ Eagles
35 Paris Lenon Bills
36 Wesley Woodyard @ Chargers

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