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Old 06-26-2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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Default Top 5 underrated LBs

A couple of familiar faces made the list:

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Wesley Woodyard – Denver Broncos

Ross’s Rank – LB No. 17, Jeff’s Rank – LB No. 14

Last season’s suspension to DJ Williams gave Woodyard a free run at the weakside linebacker role, where he seemed to thrive in during the early part of the year. Through the first nine weeks he racked up five double-digit tackle games (including a four-game streak), as well as three sacks, a forced fumble and two interceptions. That fantasy production made him an LB1 during that period.

An ankle injury in Week 13 slowed Woodyard’s season, as he missed the following game and could not return to his previous levels of fantasy production. Woodyard ended the year having scored as a high-end LB2 and enters 2013 with little competition for his spot in nickel and dime formations from Nate Irving, the current projected starting middle linebacker. Having played all defensive snaps in ten games last season Woodyard is likely to exceed 1,000 snaps this season and could be a dark horse for LB1 honors.
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DJ Williams – Chicago Bears

Ross’s Rank – LB No. 21, Jeff’s Rank – LB No. 22

Of the five players listed, Williams carries a slightly higher degree of risk. When he was signed Williams told the Chicago Sun Times that he’d be playing an every-down role in the middle if Brian Urlacher didn’t return, but since then DC Mel Tucker has announced that rookie Jon Bostic is in an “open competition” to start at middle linebacker.

Even if Williams wins the job, he’ll still need to beat out the newly signed James Anderson to play alongside Lance Briggs in the sub-packages. Williams played as a three-down inside linebacker for Denver in 2009 and 2010, averaging 120 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. If he wins the role, we can expect production in that range This puts him squarely in the LB2 range, which is well above his current ADP as LB44.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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How did Koutouvides not make that list?
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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Surprisingly lucid stuff from PFF. Good read.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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How did Koutouvides not make that list?
He probably just missed the cut. Along with Jamie Winborn and Nate Webster.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:21 AM   #5
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i forgot we cut DJ Williams..
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