In IDP leagues, for those who compete in them, it can be hard to get pass-rushing linebackers too high relative to the guys who are racking up 130-plus tackles. The pass rushers generally have a bigger impact on the game, but they're recording half as many tackles (at most). But T.J. Watt is an exception.

The Pittsburgh outside linebacker, who tied Michael Strahan's NFL record with 22.5 sacks last year, is the league's best pass rusher these days. His 65 sacks over the last four seasons are 6 more than 2nd-place Aaron Donald and 14.5 more than 3rd-place Myles Garrett. But those guys, of course, are linemen. The gap is even wider when comparing him to other linebackers.

Table below shows total sacks by linebackers over the last four years. Watt has nearly twice as many sacks as any of the next five best linebackers, all clumped together in the 30-37 sack range. (Nearly double in tackles for loss and quarterback hits, too, should any leagues give points for such things.) Difficult to get those players into the top 10 or 15 linebackers in IDP leagues. A lot easier for Watt.

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T.J. Watt6265.01766424070137
Shaquil Barrett4637.5125411663975
Khalil Mack5336.0121421633552
Matt Judon6335.0142662084799
Za'Darius Smith4834.5102501523985
Chandler Jones3630.578271052459
Preston Smith6429.0120691893267
Bud Dupree5428.0115431583453
Haason Reddick4827.5133782113540
Leonard Floyd6527.0129832123060
Von Miller3827.072411133155
Harold Landry4926.5140722123652
Markus Golden4124.083601432760
Jason Pierre-Paul3820.578351131935
Bradley Chubb3719.576471232444
Ryan Kerrigan2818.54622681733
Dante Fowler3818.076391152629
Whitney Mercilus4515.567411081937
Jordan Jenkins3015.04522671528
Darius Leonard5815.03431955383020
Malik Reed4515.074491231530
Devon Kennard3114.075291041829
Justin Houston2713.54724711429
Dee Ford1613.04213551329
Micah Parsons1613.06420842030
Terrell Suggs2912.54823712122
Samson Ebukam4812.069501191423
Jamie Collins3211.0131541852317
Joey Bosa1610.5361551520
Kyler Fackrell1610.52913421212

Safest production to chase with linebackers in IDP leagues is tackles. But Watt is an exception, a guy who will get up among the elite options based on sacks, while averaging a modest 60 tackles per year. With the AFC North also offering up three of the most sacked quarterbacks on a per-game basis in recent years (Burrow, Watson and Jackson) that will probably continue.

--Andy Richardson