Kwon Alexander
Kwon Alexander
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
San Francisco 49ers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Alexander has top-12 linebacker IDP upside when healthy, but he's had tremendously bad injury luck the past couple years, to the point that it's casting doubt over his long-term durability. He missed four games with a hamstring injury in 2017, tore an ACL in 2018 and suffered a pectoral tear in October 2019. Upon his return last year, he then suffered a biceps injury that required offseason surgical repair. Those injuries are numerous but also all over the place, perhaps offering some reassurance that he's avoided any chronic conditions. Dre Greenlaw played reasonably well in Alexander's place as a 2019 fifth-round pick, however, so there's a non-zero risk that Alexander loses some share of the snap workload if he continues to miss practice reps. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the 49ers in March of 2019.
Tallies nine tackles
LBSan Francisco 49ers
September 14, 2020
Alexander tallied nine tackles, including one for a loss, in the team's Week 1 contest against Arizona.
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Alexander finished third on the team in tackles, though he wasn't particularly involved early on as his first stop came late in the second quarter. He didn't receive credit for a forced fumble, but he also combined with Nick Bosa on a hit that jarred the ball loose from Chase Edmonds on Arizona's opening driving in the second half. Alexander played a decreased role in the 49ers defense during an injury-riddled 2019 season, though he appears healthy and ready to roll early early on in 2020.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
San Francisco 49ers49ers 2020 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
% of Team Snaps

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Measurables Review
How do Kwon Alexander's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
227 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.55 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.14 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
24 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kwon Alexander
IDP Analysis: Linebacker Draft Values
58 days ago
In the second of a three-part series, Jim Coventry searches for values in the linebacker position and sees potential with Kwon Alexander who should be fully healthy to start the season.
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235 days ago
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239 days ago
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249 days ago
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Weekly Rankings: Conference Championships Value Meter
252 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
Alexander piled up empty-calorie tackles in Tampa Bay, but IDP owners get the same exchange rate on those as they do the more meaningful production from Luke Kuechly and Bobby Wagner. Numbers are numbers, and Alexander piles them up better than most. He posted 145 stops in 2016, his only 16-game season, while in 2017 he was on a 134-tackle pace per 1,000 snaps. His mammoth contract with the 49ers now dictates a workload as high as 1,100 snaps. Alexander's skill set might be rough, but he's athletic if nothing else, affording him upside as a blitzer and in coverage.
Aside from a four-game PED suspension in 2015 and a four-week absence due to a hamstring injury last year, Alexander has been wildly productive in each NFL season. He posted 145 tackles in 2016, the only year he played all 16 games, while in his other 24 games he’s produced at a pace of more than 125 tackles per 16. Alexander has conclusively pushed aside the still-great Lavonte David as the lead tackle hog in the Tampa defense, and he has so far supplemented his top-grade tackle production with six interceptions and six sacks in 40 career games.
Alexander could rank ahead of teammate Lavonte David in fantasy football, even if David clearly is the superior player in real life. For whatever schematic changes might have factored into David's career-low tackle totals last year, Alexander's role in the defense remained tackle-friendly. Indeed, with 248 tackles in 28 career games, Alexander is locked in as one of the best IDP linebackers. He's not just a tackle source, though -- he also has six sacks and three interceptions in his young career. He turns just 23 in August and could keep improving.
Alexander began wowing Bucs coaches at around this time last year and never looked back, starting at middle linebacker for the first 12 games of 2015 before serving a four-game suspension for PED use. Despite his rookie campaign being curtailed, the LSU standout was an IDP superstar, notching 93 tackles (59 solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two interceptions and nine passes defensed. With new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme reported to be even more aggressive than the one deployed by former head coach Lovie Smith in 2015, Alexander could be primed to offer outstanding fantasy returns in the coming season.
Alexander will battle Danny Lansanah, who had a career year last season, for one of the team's starting linebacker positions. Given the advantage Lansanah has in terms of proven production, Alexander could benefit from a year of taking snaps as backup to the veteran.
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Retains starting job after injury
LBSan Francisco 49ers
August 19, 2020
Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed earlier in training camp that Alexander (biceps) will remain the 49ers' starting weakside linebacker this season, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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Gets biceps surgery
LBSan Francisco 49ers
Biceps
February 14, 2020
Alexander had surgery Friday to repair a biceps injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Ready to face Chiefs
LBSan Francisco 49ers
January 31, 2020
Alexander (pectoral) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Limited in Thursday's practice
LBSan Francisco 49ers
Pectoral
January 30, 2020
Alexander (pectoral) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Works in limited fashion
LBSan Francisco 49ers
Pectoral
January 29, 2020
Alexander (pectoral) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.
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