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Pete Werner: The young linebacker rises in the ranks yet again after earning an every-down role in Week 3.

Both Indianapolis Colts edge rushers: Each draws a positive matchup against two of the lowest-graded pass-blocking offensive tackles in the league this week.

Xavien Howard: The veteran makes for one of the best cornerback streaming options this week against the Bengals’ pass-heavy offense.

Estimated Reading Time: 13 mins

Week 4 is when the top fantasy football teams can start to separate from the rest of the pack or when those who have struggled through the first three weeks can turn their seasons around. Putting the work in and staying active are going to be key regardless, and that starts with making good lineup decisions.

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LINEBACKERS

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Roquan Smith CHI WAS
2 1A Bobby Wagner LAR @ SF MNF
3 1A Devin White TB KC SNF
4 1A Jordyn Brooks SEA @ DET
5 1B Micah Parsons DAL WAS
6 1B De’Vondre Campbell GB NE
7 1B Devin Lloyd JAX @ PHI
8 1B Cody Barton SEA @ DET
9 1C Nick Bolton KC @ TB SNF
10 1C T.J. Edwards PHI @ HST
11 1C C.J. Mosley NYJ @ PIT
12 1C Eric Kendricks MIN @ NO
13 2A Cole Holcomb WAS @ DAL
14 2A Pete Werner NO MIN
15 2A Mykal Walker ATL CLV
16 2A Foyesade Oluokun JAX @ PHI
17 2B Zaire Franklin IND TEN
18 2B Josey Jewell DEN @ LV WW
19 2B Divine Deablo LV DEN
20 2B Christian Kirksey HST LAC
21 2C Fred Warner SF LAR MNF
22 2C Myles Jack PIT NYJ
23 2C Lavonte David TB KC SNF
24 2C Matt Milano BUF @ BLT
25 3A Tremaine Edmunds BUF @ BLT
26 3A David Long TEN @ IND
27 3A Bobby Okereke IND TEN
28 3A Nicholas Morrow CHI WAS
29 3B Dre Greenlaw SF LAR MNF
30 3B Jordan Hicks MIN @ NO
31 3B Zaven Collins ARZ @ CAR Q
32 3B Logan Wilson CIN MIA TNF
33 3C Demario Davis NO MIN
34 3C Kwon Alexander NYJ @ PIT WW
35 3C Kamu Grugier-Hill HST LAC
36 3C Drue Tranquill LAC @ HST
37 4A Frankie Luvu CAR ARZ
38 4A Rashaan Evans ATL CLV
39 4A Darius Harris KC @ TB SNF/WW
40 4A Tae Crowder NYG CHI
41 4B Jacob Phillips CLV @ ATL WW
42 4B Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah CLV @ ATL Q
43 4B Ernest Jones LAR @ SF MNF
44 4B Quay Walker GB NE
45 4C Jerome Baker MIA @ CIN TNF
46 4C Alex Anzalone DET SEA
47 4C Patrick Queen BLT BUF
48 4C Zach Cunningham TEN @ IND Q
49 5A Leighton Vander Esch DAL WAS
50 5A Kyzir White PHI @ HST
51 5A Ja’Whaun Bentley NE @ GB
52 5A Shaq Thompson CAR ARZ
53 5B Akeem Davis-Gaither CIN MIA TNF/WW
54 5B Jamin Davis WAS @ DAL
55 5B Anthony Barr DAL WAS
56 5B Malcolm Rodriguez DET SEA
57 5C Jayon Brown LV DEN
58 5C Elandon Roberts MIA @ CIN TNF
59 5C Devin Bush PIT NYJ
60 5C Jonas Griffith DEN @ LV

Pete Werner (LB14) continues to climb the ranks as his snap share steadily increases. Werner was just over 81% of snaps for the first two weeks of the season and racked up tackles at a high rate. In Week 3, he exceeded 95% in a proper every-down role for New Orleans. While the Saints tend to fluctuate their secondary linebacker’s usage from time to time, Werner should still see more than enough playing time to justify a starting spot in just about every IDP league.

The Broncos saw the return of their top linebacker in Week 3 as Josey Jewell (LB18) burst onto the scene by leading the team in tackles and adding a sack in his season debut. Denver has consistently run a top-12 rate of zone coverages through the first three weeks, which helps breed linebacker tackle efficiency. This has held true so far, as the Broncos’ top linebacker has created a near 15% tackle efficiency this season, with the average for the position hovering around 12%.

Patrick Queen (LB47) is playing more than enough snaps to be considered fantasy-relevant. Unfortunately, he is one of the most inefficient linebackers in the league (8.4% tackle efficiency), despite managing 1.5 sacks. Queen’s low production can likely be attributed to his poor run-defense grade (47.7) and missed tackle rate (25.0%). There are more efficient linebackers to trust on a weekly basis.


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