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Linebacker points-per-snap after 4 Weeks

Paul PoslusznyDuring the offseason we took a look at the Points-Per-Snap (PPSnap) statistic for linebackers in 2012. Historical data tells us the line of distinction that is drawn for “elite” fantasy football linebackers is found at the .20 PPSnap mark when talking about standard tackle heavy leagues. The linebackers that are your money makers are the 3-down types (playing 75% of the defense’s snaps). I’m going to divide the season into quarters and check in every 4 weeks to see where the Linebackers in our IDP ranks are standing when it comes to Points-Per-Snap.

After the first 4 weeks Jacksonville’s Paul Posluszny is the clear top of the charts with 0.26 PPSnap. After Posluszny there’s a big gap and Sean Lee and Lance Briggs are the next highest in the rankings at 0.23 PPSnap. The full Points-Per-Snap ranking of linebackers who have played at least 75% of the defensive snaps is below (after the jump).

This statistical ranking does not represent the current Week 5 Linebacker Rankings from PDW. Please check those out here.

All stats are from Pro Football Focus

 TH = Tackle Heavy; BP = Big Play

Rank Player Team G Points (TH) PPSnap (TH) Points (BP) PPSnap (BP)
1 Paul Posluszny JAX 4 68.00 0.26 75.00 0.29
2 Sean Lee DAL 4 56.00 0.23 60.00 0.24
3 Lance Briggs CHI 4 57.50 0.23 66.50 0.27
4 Karlos Dansby ARZ 4 59.50 0.22 61.50 0.23
5 Chad Greenway MIN 4 57.00 0.20 66.00 0.23
6 NaVorro Bowman SF 4 49.50 0.20 59.50 0.24
7 Bobby Wagner SEA 4 46.50 0.20 50.50 0.21
8 Vontaze Burfict CIN 4 50.00 0.19 55.00 0.21
9 Wesley Woodyard DEN 4 50.00 0.19 58.00 0.22
10 Derrick O. Johnson KC 4 46.50 0.19 47.50 0.19
11 Stephen Tulloch DET 4 46.50 0.18 55.50 0.21
12 Lavonte David TB 4 49.50 0.18 66.50 0.25
13 Alec Ogletree SL 4 45.50 0.18 50.50 0.20
14 Dannell Ellerbe MIA 4 50.00 0.18 50.00 0.18
15 Perry Riley WAS 4 45.50 0.17 48.50 0.18
16 David Harris NYJ 4 44.50 0.17 52.50 0.20
17 Erin Henderson MIN 4 48.00 0.17 58.00 0.20
18 Jerod Mayo NE 4 43.50 0.17 45.50 0.17
19 James Laurinaitis SL 4 43.00 0.17 45.00 0.18
20 DeAndre Levy DET 4 43.50 0.17 50.50 0.20
21 James Anderson CHI 4 41.50 0.17 44.50 0.18
22 Ahmad Brooks SF 4 41.00 0.17 50.00 0.21
23 Mychal Kendricks PHI 4 45.00 0.16 47.00 0.17
24 DeMeco Ryans PHI 4 47.50 0.16 50.50 0.17
25 Demario Davis NYJ 4 40.50 0.16 44.50 0.17
26 Philip Wheeler MIA 4 39.50 0.16 42.50 0.17
27 Daryl Smith BLT 4 40.50 0.15 50.50 0.19
28 Kiko Alonso BUF 4 44.50 0.15 58.50 0.20
29 D’Qwell Jackson CLV 4 43.00 0.15 45.00 0.16
30 Justin Houston KC 4 38.00 0.15 53.00 0.21
31 Geno Hayes JAX 4 38.00 0.15 40.00 0.15
32 Nick Roach OAK 4 37.00 0.15 41.00 0.16
33 Moise Fokou TEN 4 32.50 0.14 32.50 0.14
34 Whitney Mercilus HST 4 28.50 0.13 38.50 0.17
34 Spencer Paysinger NYG 4 34.00 0.13 34.00 0.13
35 Lawrence Timmons PIT 4 34.00 0.13 34.00 0.13
36 London Fletcher WAS 4 35.00 0.13 39.00 0.15
37 Ryan Kerrigan WAS 4 33.00 0.12 46.00 0.17
38 Craig Robertson CLV 4 31.00 0.11 34.00 0.13
39 Connor Barwin PHI 4 30.50 0.11 34.50 0.13
40 Brian Orakpo WAS 4 28.50 0.11 36.50 0.15
41 Trent Cole PHI 4 25.50 0.11 32.50 0.14
42 Tamba Hali KC 4 21.50 0.09 32.50 0.13
43 Lamarr Woodley PIT 4 20.50 0.09 29.50 0.12
44 Brooks Reed HST 4 19.50 0.09 23.50 0.10
45 Paul Kruger CLV 4 21.50 0.08 27.50 0.11
46 Mario Williams BUF 4 17.00 0.07 29.00 0.12

 


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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...

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