Eric Kendricks in every-down role following Hodges trade

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(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Eric Kendricks in every-down role following Hodges trade

There’s an old myth in IDP leagues that middle linebackers score better than strong side linebackers. This just simply isn’t true. The key to IDP production at the linebacker position is subpackage snaps. It’s vitally important to be aware of which players see snaps in the base and subpackage defenses.

Each week, we’ll chart how each team deploys their linebackers to give you an edge over the rest of your league.

Of course, there are a ton of situations we need to pay attention to around the league. So here are a few notes on the three-down linebacker chart below.

Justin Durant left last week’s game in the first quarter with an elbow injury, and Joplo Bartu came on to replace him and played every defensive snap for the remainder of the game. IDP veterans likely remember Bartu from the past two seasons, when he’s played an every-down role at times. Durant missed practice on Wednesday, and his status is very much up in the air for Week 5. Bartu might be worth a desperation play for owners in need in deep leagues.

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  • Scooter Woods

    who’s the vikings new MLB? Kendricks or, as Chris Simms says, Barr?

    • Mike

      Simms is an idiot! Kendricks is the MLB and Barr and Kendricks are the nickel linebackers, which is basically our base defense.

  • Taco

    So in MIN at the moment, who is the better player to be targeting, Kendricks or Barr?

  • Josh

    I heard Cole is gonna take the reins at MLB