In a previous article, I examined how a metric called Backfield Impact (BI) can help us identify DLs with the repeatable skill of getting into the opposing offense’s backfield.
That same metric can be applied to the linebacker position. There are plenty of edge rushing ‘backers who spend the majority of their snaps trying to disrupt play behind the line of scrimmage. The skill isn’t much different than a defensive end, and in today’s multiple-front defensive schemes, players such as Chandler Jones and Khalil Mack spend time both with their hand on the ground as a DE and standing up as an LB. Either way, their role is the same: get to that QB!
Of course sacks are usually not enough to be fantasy relevant every week. The ideal L...
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