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IDP Dynasty Watch - Week 17
Steve Gallo
December 24, 2008
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IDP Dynasty Watch is a weekly article that normally looks at players values for the future (2-4 years).  Also, a player doesn’t have to be a rookie or second year guy to be included but as often as possible I will be focusing on younger players.  However, with that said there are plenty of 30+ year old players that are productive into their mid thirties and would be viable dynasty watch candidates under the correct circumstances.  However, for this week I have put together a dynasty ranking for linebackers.
                             
There are a few things to consider when looking at this set of Dynasty Rankings:

  1. I do not expect Angelo Crowell to remain with the Bills and am not as worried about the scheme he lands in since he has been productive from all 3 LB positions (MLB, SLB & WLB).  I would not be shocked to see him end up in a place like Denver where he could play MLB or in Kansas City where he can end up at any of the three LB spots (I expect Derrick Johnson to stay at MLB).
  2. Mike Peterson will not be back in Jacksonville next year and I expect him to land a starting MLB or WLB spot where he should be productive for a couple of more years at least.
  3. I don’t expect to see James Harrison or DeMarcus Ware repeat the season they are having this year and they rely so much on sacks that I just can’t see ranking them any higher in this scoring system.
  4. Keep in mind the tackle heavy scoring system used for these rankings: solo tackle (2), assisted tackle (1), sack (3), forced or recovered fumble (3), interception (3) and pass defensed (1).
LINEBACKERS
Rnk Player Team
1 Jon Beason CAR
2 D.J. Williams DEN
3 Patrick Willis SFO
4 Barrett Ruud TBB
5 Kirk Morrison  OAK
6 Jonathan Vilma NOS
7 DeMeco Ryans HOU
8 David Harris NYJ
9 Jerod Mayo NEP
10 Karlos Dansby ARZ
11 London Fletcher WAS
12 Lance Briggs CHI
13 Paul Posluszny BUF
14 Ray Lewis BAL
15 Justin Durant JAX
16 Gary Brackett IND
17 Thomas Davis CAR
18 Keith Rivers CIN
19 Chad Greenway MIN
20 Stewart Bradley PHI
21 D'Qwell Jackson CLE
22 Lofa Tatupu SEA
23 E.J. Henderson MIN
24 Brian Urlacher CHI
25 Nick Barnett GBP
26 Angelo Crowell BUF
27 Ernie Sims DET
28 Stephen Cooper SDC
29 Curtis Lofton ATL
30 Derrick Johnson KCC
31 Channing Crowder MIA
32 Leroy Hill SEA
33 Akeem Jordan  PHI
34 Bradie James DAL
35 Antonio Pierce NYG
36 A.J. Hawk GBP
37 Thomas Howard OAK
38 Keith Bulluck TEN
39 Freddie Keiaho IND
40 DeMarcus Ware DAL
41 James Harrison PIT
42 Jordon Dizon  DET
43 Lawrence Timmons PIT
44 Will Witherspoon STL
45 Zach Diles HOU
46 Xavier Adibi HOU
47 Rocky McIntosh WAS
48 Mike Peterson  JAX
49 Stephen Tulloch TEN
50 Shawne Merriman SDC

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