LB - LV
Week 4 Outlook
Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has been ruled out for Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints.
This was expected, but it is still a big loss for the Raiders linebacker corps. Raekwon McMillan, recently acquired from the Miami Dolphins, is expected to see the most snaps as his replacement.
Nick Kwiatkoski tweeted a photo of the new Las Vegas stadium and Ian Rapoport confirmed that he will be playing for the Raiders next season.
Kwiatkoski has been a Chicago fan-favorite for years and it was assumed that they wouldn't have the assets to retain him this season. Vontaze Burfict only played four games last season before suffering a suspension through the end of the year and his future with the team is up in the air. He has vowed to come back and change the way he plays, but the Raiders' investment in Kwiatkoski shows that they may be ready to move on. If so, Kwiatkoski would become a run-stuffing starting middle linebacker and would have the ability to launch himself into fantasy relevance. Keep an eye on the Raiders' camp to see how this depth chart will shake out. Kwiatkoski's contract is 3 years/$21M with $13.5M guaranteed.
Nick Kwiatkoski ended Sunday’s 21-19 win over the Vikings with eight tackles (six solo).
If Kwiatkoski is given a starting gig next season he is worth rostering in dynasty leagues. He finished the regular season with 68 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, and an interception.
Nick Kwiatkoski racked up five total tackles and one sack during Sunday’s 21-13 loss to the Packers.
Kwiatkoski has 50 total tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, and an interception through Week 15. He should be added in all leagues especially dynasty formats and a low-end LB1.
Nick Kwiatkoski finished Thursday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys with 10 tackles (eight solo).
Kwiatkoski should be a priority addition in IDP leagues. The Bears could be without star LB Roquan Smith (torn pec) thrusting Kwiatkoski more into the spotlight. Fantasy value is driven from opportunity and Nick Kwiatkoski will be seeing a lot of work at LB.