IDP Start or Sit, Every Team, Every Matchup, Week Sixteen (16)

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I summon the Mega Cheek Clapper Supreme to part Ryan Tannehills butt cheeks like Moses parted the Red Sea this week.


This article series will be set up exactly the same as last year’s was. For the Thursday night games, I will be tweeting the start or sit on Twitter (@Orangeman3142). This article will publish weekly on Saturday morning and will cover all of the Sunday games and the Monday night game as well. 

Last year I was writing four thousand word articles describing the thought process behind all these “decisions” (start or sit and what tier of expected production). In an effort to cover every IDP relevant player and every matchup and team I’ve cut that part of this process out, for the record though I use past production, playing time, expected game flow and trends of the offense each IDP player is going up against as well as gut instinct and projections from places such as MFL, Yahoo, ESPN and Sleeper to inform these decisions.

If you’re looking for an explanation for a particular player feel free to DM me on Twitter, @Orangeman3142.

This is year sixteen of IDP for me so I’m not just throwing darts here and the two articles and one podcast I do weekly take more than enough time so this is what it’s going to be, if you’re looking for more detail for as to why certain players are starts or sits I’m sure there are articles out there that do that, it just won’t be this one. Also, I’m doing this for free and because I enjoy it so I’m going to have fun with it if you can’t handle jokes I would abort mission now, no harm no foul. 

These start or sit decisions are only suggestions and in the end, the responsibility for your lineup is ultimately yours and yours alone. I’ll do my best to be as accurate as possible each week. These decisions I’m recommending are the same ones I’m making in my own lineups so we sink or swim together if you do decide to take any of this advice. Good luck in your matchups this week. Let’s get that hardware. 

Every single game, team and IDP relevant player will be covered in this article series all year from start to finish. The production will be divided into categories like last year, this is how it looks:


Tier 1 Production: These players have the best matchups based on their playing time, past production, talent level, and opportunity. They have the most solid floor and a terrific ceiling. If you need guaranteed production these players are the best bet to get that for you. These will likely be obvious most of the time.

Tier 2 Production: These players will get you some points but are missing something that makes them your best choice. This could be a lack of playing time, talent or some other factor that hurts their chances at an outstanding performance. These players are usually a good option in deeper leagues with large rosters or all IDP leagues. 

Tier 3 Production: These players are a shot in the dark. These are starts you will likely only make in larger leagues with huge rosters or during bye weeks or for short term injury replacements. There’s a chance it could work out but not a great one due to any number of factors including lack of playing time, talent or ideal matchup. This tier is as close to “sit” as you can get while still having some value. These players are mostly used in larger leagues with huge rosters and in all IDP leagues. 

Sit: Pretty easy, sit em. For any number of reasons from a nagging injury to lack of playing time, talent or ideal matchup these players should NOT be started this week. I will be wrong on these occasionally throughout the season but at the time of publishing the players in this category are far more likely to bust and get you nothing rather than have a good or great week.

***Player situations change due to injury and other factors, this article was written days before Sunday so please pay attention and adjust your lineup accordingly ***

***If I don’t mention a player they are a sit or just not on my radar yet which likely means they should be a sit. If a player is inactive or injured after this article is published please use common sense and sit them. Check the inactive list at 11:40 AM eastern time and 3:40 PM eastern time on ESPN and NFL websites to check for surprise inactives each Sunday***

Last week I made approximately 250 “decisions” (start or sit) and got 190 of them correct or in the ballpark and 60 incorrect or not even close for a 76% correct rate. My average for all of last season was 74% correct overall and through this week we are holding at 75% correct for this season. Let’s dive into this week’s games.


***For any “EDGE” players listed the rule of thumb is to drop them a level in expected production from where they are listed if you start them as a regular linebacker instead of in a specific “Edge” or “OLB” slot in your league. This is due to the inconsistent nature of production for these players being sack dependent for the majority of their points. If your league has an “Edge” or “OLB” slot to plug them in to then everyone takes the same risk putting those players in that slot each week, however if you choose to use these players in a regular linebacker slot there’s a good chance they don’t get a sack and you end up with little to no points from them.

They are a boom or bust option when used in a regular linebacker slot. Keep that in mind as you play Shaq Barrett or Whitney Mercilus, there will be weeks where they don’t have any sacks and it won’t be pretty if you started them in a regular linebacker slot and your opponent started a guy like KJ Wright in that same slot when KJ gets his usual 4-8 tackles and you’re down that many fantasy points in just that one player to player matchup. We’ve already seen multiple weeks where both Mercilus and Barrett did nothing at all and if you played them in a regular linebacker slot it might have cost you a win. Buyer beware.***


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Shaq Barrett likes to gossip with the girls at the salon after practice.

Texans @ Buccaneers

Houston Texans

Tier one starts: Zach Cunningham (LB) Bernardrick McKinney (LB) *If healthy* Texans Cornerbacks, preferably Roby then Joseph & Hargreaves, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream Texans corners.

Tier two starts: Tashaun Gipson (S) Justin Reid (S) Whitney Mercilus (EDGE)

Tier three starts: DJ Reader (DT) Brennan Scarlett (LB) Charles Omenihu (DE)

Sits: All others

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tier one starts: Shaq Barrett (EDGE) Lavonte David (LB) Bucs Cornerbacks, preferably Murphy-Bunting and Davis, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream Bucs corners.

Tier two starts: Devin White (LB) Jason Pierre Paul (DE) N’Damakong Suh (DT) Jordan Whitehead (S) *If healthy*

Tier three starts: Vita Vea (DT) Andrew Adams (S) Carl Nassib (DE)

Sits: All others

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Tremaine Edmunds has his sights set on pillaging and plundering some Patriots booty this week.

Bills @ Patriots

Buffalo Bills

Tier one starts: Jordan Poyer (S) Tremaine Edmunds (LB)

Tier two starts: Matt Milano (LB) Jordan Phillips (DT) Bills Cornerbacks, preferably White then Johnson, this is a good matchup to start or stream Bills corners.

Tier three starts: Micah Hyde (S) Jerry Hughes (DE) Trent Murphy (DE) Ed Oliver (DT) Shaq Lawson (DE) Star Lotuleilei (DT) Lorenzo Alexander (LB)

Sits: All others

New England Patriots

Tier one starts: NA

Tier two starts: Jamie Collins (LB) Stephon Gilmore (CB)

Tier three starts: Every single other Patriots IDP

Sits: Realistically every single Patriots IDP except MAYBE Collins, Gilmore should be safe though.

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I’m torn this week, I want our cheek clapper supreme to do his work but Jimmy G is a beautiful man who deserves to keep his pride as well as his ass virginity intact.

Rams @ 49ers

Los Angeles Rams

Tier one starts: Taylor Rapp (S) Cory Littleton (LB) Aaron Donald (DT)

Tier two starts: Dante Fowler (EDGE) Clay Matthews (EDGE) Rams Cornerbacks, preferably Hill if healthy, Ramsey then Williams, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Rams corners.

Tier three starts: Eric Weddle (S) Micheal Brockers (DE) Samson Ebukam (LB)

Sits: All others

San Francisco 49ers

Tier one starts: Fred Warner (LB) Nick Bosa (DE) Deforest Buckner (DT)

Tier two starts: Jimmy Ward (S) Marcell Harris (S) or Jaquiski Tartt (S) *Harris if Tartt inactive* Dre Greenlaw (LB) 49ers Cornerbacks, preferably Moseley & Witherspoon, if Sherman is active then Sherman and Witherspoon, this is a decent matchup to start or stream 49ers corners.

Tier three starts: Arik Armstead (DE) Solomon Thomas (DE)

Sits: Dee Ford (EDGE) All others

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Will we get one more week of Payne or will the Jags destroy our title dreams with more of their bullshit?

Jaguars @ Falcons

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tier one starts: Donald Payne (LB) *If he plays, I can’t guarantee that* Ronnie Harrison (S) Calais Campbell (DE) Jags Cornerbacks, preferably Bouye & Herndon, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream Jags corners.

Tier two starts: Jarrod Wilson (S) Josh Allen (DE) Yannick Ngakoue (DE) Austin Calitro (LB) *If he plays, I can’t guarantee that*

Tier three starts: Leon Jacobs (LB) *If he plays, I can’t guarantee that*

Sits: All others

Atlanta Falcons

Tier one starts: Deion Jones (LB) Devondre Campbell (LB) Grady Jarrett (DT)

Tier two starts: Damontae Kazee (S) Vic Beasley (EDGE) Ricardo Allen (S)

Tier three starts: Falcons Cornerbacks, preferably Oliver & Sheffield, this is just an OK borderline tier two decent matchup to start or stream Falcons corners. Adrian Clayborn (DE), Tyeler Davison (DT), Foye Oloukon (LB)

Sits: Kemal Ishmael (S) All others

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Can Sheldrick Redwine keep it up for just one more week? Can I poop solid? What is the meaning of life?

Ravens @ Browns

Baltimore Ravens

Tier one starts: Chuck Clark (S) *Maybe, probably closer to tier two*

Tier two starts: Matt Judon (EDGE) Ravens Cornerbacks, preferably Humphrey & Peters, this is a good matchup to start or stream Ravens corners.

Tier three starts: Earl Thomas (S) Jaylon Ferguson (LB)

Sits: All others, not even kidding, this team doesn’t have studs.

Cleveland Browns

Tier one starts: Joe Schobert (LB)

Tier two starts: Sheldrick Redwine (S) Damarious Randal (S) Mack Wilson (LB) Sheldon Richardson (DT) Larry Ogunjobi (DT)

Tier three starts: Chad Thomas (DE) Olivier Vernon (DE) *If healthy* Browns Cornerbacks, preferably Williams & Ward, this is just an OK matchup to start or stream Browns corners.

Sits: All others

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Jayon Brown is a man.

Saints @ Titans

New Orleans Saints

Tier one starts: Demario Davis (LB) Cameron Jordan (DE)

Tier two starts: Vonn Bell (S) or CJ Gardner Johnson (S) *Johnson if Bell inactive* Saints Cornerbacks, preferably Apple & Lattimore, this is a good matchup to start or stream Saints corners.

Tier three starts: AJ Klein (LB) Trey Hendrickson (DE) David Onyematta (DT)

Sits: Craig Robertson (LB) All others

Tennessee Titans

Tier one starts: Kevin Byard (S) Jayon Brown (LB) Titans Cornerbacks, preferably Ryan then Jackson if healthy, if not Brock is an option but I would look elsewhere to stream if I didn’t have Ryan and Jackson doesn’t play.

Tier two starts: Kenny Vaccaro (S) Rashaan Evans (LB) Harold Landry (EDGE) Jurrell Casey (DT)

Tier three starts: Kamalei Correa (LB) Simmons, Jones (DT’s)

Sits: Wesley Woodyard (LB) All others

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Will Eric Reid be able to finish as safety one? Can JJ Abrams fix the mess Rian Johnson made? These are the questions that keep me up at night.

Panthers @ Colts

Carolina Panthers

Tier one starts: Luke Kuechly (LB) Eric Reid (S)

Tier two starts: Tre Boston (S) Mario Addison (EDGE) Bruce Irvin (EDGE)

Tier three starts: Gerald McCoy (DT) Vernon Butler (DE) Panthers Cornerbacks, preferably Bradberry & Jackson then Cockrell, this is just an OK matchup to start or stream Panthers corners.

Sits: Shaq Thompson (LB) *Injured and out* All others (including Brian Burns (DE,EDGE), no playing time)

Indianapolis Colts

Tier one starts: Darius Leonard (LB)

Tier two starts: Malik Hooker (S) Khari Willis (S) Anthony Walker (LB) Justin Houston (DE)

Tier three starts: Denico Autry (DT) Jabal Sheard (DE) Bobby Okereke (LB) Colts Cornerbacks, preferably Moore if healthy, then Ya-Sin then Desir, this is just an OK matchup to start or stream Colts corners.

Sits: All others, including Clayton Geathers (S)

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It’s been another outstanding season for Mr. Bates. Will he and Anna ever find true happiness?

Bengals @ Dolphins

Cincinnati Bengals

Tier one starts: Jessie Bates (S) Shawn Williams (S)

Tier two starts: Geno Atkins (DT) Nick Vigil (LB) Sam Hubbard (DE) Carlos Dunlap (DE) Bengals Cornerbacks, preferably Jackson then Dennard or Webb, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Bengals corners.

Tier three starts: Andrew Billings (DT) Germaine Pratt (LB) Carl Lawson (DE)

Sits: All others

Miami Dolphins

Tier one starts: Jerome Baker (LB)

Tier two starts: Eric Rowe (CB,S) Vince Biegel (LB) Dolphins Cornerbacks, preferably Needham then Wiltz, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Dolphins corners.

Tier three starts: Adrian Colbert (S) Christian Wilkins (DE) Davon Godchaux (DT) Sam Eguavoen (LB)

Sits: Taco Charlton (DE) All others

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It would be nice if this guy did something this week. Rich man’s Eddie Jackson that’s all he is.

Steelers @ Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tier one starts: Cameron Heyward (DT) TJ Watt (EDGE)

Tier two starts: Terrell Edmunds (S) Minkah Fitzpatrick (S) Bud Dupree (EDGE)

Tier three starts: Devin Bush (LB) Javon Hargrave (DT) Vince Williams (LB) Marc Barron (LB) Steelers Cornerbacks, preferably Nelson & Haden, this is just an OK matchup to start or stream Steelers corners.

Sits: All others

New York Jets

Tier one starts: James Burgess (LB)

Tier two starts: Neville Hewitt (LB) Marcus Maye (S) Daryl Roberts (CB,S)

Tier three starts: Quinnen Williams (DT) *If healthy*

Sits: Jets Cornerbacks, this isn’t a great matchup to start or stream Jets corners. All others

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Matt Ioannidis takes a break from splitting firewood to split Danny Dimes butt cheeks this week.

Giants @ Redskins

New York Giants

Tier one starts: Julian Love (CB,S) *Tier two as regular safety* Antoine Bethea (S)

Tier two starts: Alec Ogletree (LB) Markus Golden (EDGE)

Tier three starts: Leonard Williams (DE) Dexter Lawrence (DE) Dalvin Tomlinson (DT) David Mayo (LB)

Sits: Giants Cornerbacks, this is not a great matchup to start or stream Giants corners.

Washington Redskins

Tier one starts: Landon Collins (S) Jonathan Allen (DT)

Tier two starts: Montae Nicholson (S) Jon Bostic (LB) Matthew Ioannidis (DE) Redskins Cornerbacks, preferably Moreau and that’s it, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Moreau and that’s it.

Tier three starts: Ryan Anderson (EDGE) Montez Sweat (EDGE) Cole Holcomb (LB) Daron Payne (DT)

Sits: All others

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Damon Harrison asks for an injury timeout after shitting his pants, Detroit USA Circa 2019

Lions @ Broncos

Detroit Lions

Tier one starts: Tracy Wallker (S) Tavon Wilson (S)

Tier two starts: Jahlani Tavai (LB) Trey Flowers (DE)

Tier three starts: Romeo Okwara (DE) Devon Kennard (LB) Damon Harrison (DT) Will Harris (S) Lions Cornerbacks, preferably Slay and only Slay, still just an OK matchup nothing special.

Sits: All others

Denver Broncos

Tier one starts: Justin Simmons (S) Todd Davis (LB)

Tier two starts: Alexander Johnson (LB) Von Miller (EDGE)

Tier three starts: Harris & Purcell (DT’s) Will Parks (S) Broncos Cornerbacks, preferably Yiadom, Jackson then Harris, this is just an OK matchup to start or stream Broncos corners.

Sits: All others

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Maxx Crosby will be causing puckered butt holes for years to come.

Raiders @ Chargers

Oakland Raiders

Tier one starts: Will Compton (LB) *Could be a flash in the pan, don’t quote me, only do this if you’re desperate*

Tier two starts: Eric Harris (S) Maxx Crosby (DE) Raiders Cornerbacks, preferably Mullen & Lawson, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Raiders corners.

Tier three starts: Lamarcus Joyner (S) Maurice Hurst (DT) Tahir Whitehead (LB) Jonathan Hankins (DT) Clelin Ferrell (DE)

Sits: Nicholas Morrow (LB) All others

Los Angeles Chargers

Tier one starts: Derwin James (S) Joey Bosa (DE)

Tier two starts: Thomas Davis (LB) Melvin Ingram (DE) Drue Tranquil (LB)

Tier three starts: Reyshawn Jenkins (S) Adrian Phillips (S) Chargers Cornerbacks, preferably Hayward and Hayward only, this is just an OK matchup to start or stream Hayward.

Sits: All others, also I wouldn’t start a Chargers linebacker this week unless I really had to.

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Raise your hand if you’re going to terrorize Carson Wentz this week.

Cowboys @ Eagles

Dallas Cowboys

Tier one starts: Jaylon Smith (LB) Demarcus Lawrence (DE)

Tier two starts: Xavier Woods (S) Micheal Bennett (DE) Robert Quinn (DE) Sean Lee (LB) Cowboys Cornerbacks, preferably Jones & Awuzie then Lewis, this is a good matchup to start or stream Cowboys corners.

Tier three starts: Jeff Heath (S) Maliek Collins (DT)

Sits: All others

Philadelphia Eagles

Tier one starts: Fletcher Cox (DT)

Tier two starts: Rodney McLeod (S) Malcolm Jenkins (S) Nigel Bradham (LB) Brandon Graham (DE) Vinny Curry (DE) or Derek Barnett (DE) *Curry if Barnett is inactive* Eagles Cornerbacks, preferably Mills and Darby, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Eagles corners.

Tier three starts: Nathan Gerry (LB) Josh Sweat (EDGE)

Sits: All others

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Quiet and deadly like a fart in church.

Cardinals @ Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals

Tier one starts: Budda Baker (S) Jordan Hicks (LB) Chandler Jones (EDGE)

Tier two starts: Jalen Thompson (S) Joe Walker (LB) Cardinals Cornerbacks, preferably Peterson & Murphy, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Cardinals corners.

Tier three starts: Corey Peters (DT)

Sits: Haason Redick (LB) All others

Seattle Seahawks

Tier one starts: Bobby Wagner (LB) *If healthy* Jadaveon Clowney (DE) *If healthy*

Tier two starts: Bradley McDougald (S) KJ Wright (LB) Cody Barton (LB) or Mychal Kendricks (LB) *Barton if Kendricks is inactive*

Tier three starts: Jarran Reed (DT) Quandre Diggs (S) Quinton Jefferson (DT)

Sits: All others

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I summon the Freak to make his entrance into the UMCCTTC this week.

Chiefs @ Bears

Kansas City Chiefs

Tier one starts: Frank Clark (DE) Chris Jones (DT)

Tier two starts: Tyrann Mathieu (S) Chiefs Cornerbacks, preferably Ward & Breeland, this is a decent matchup to start or stream Chiefs corners.

Tier three starts: Juan Thornhill (S) Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE) Daniel Sorensen (S) Anthony Hitchens (LB) Damien Wilson (LB)

Sits: All others

Chicago Bears

Tier one starts: Khalil Mack (EDGE) Bears Cornerbacks, preferably Fuller & Amukamara, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream Bears corners.

Tier two starts: Nick Kwiatkowski (LB) Eddie Skidmarks Jackson (S) Akiem Hicks (DT)

Tier three starts: Ha Ha Clinton Dix (S) Leonard Floyd (EDGE) Kevin Pierre Louis (LB)

Sits: All others

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Danielle Hunter does not sit down to pee (unlike Shaq Barrett)

Packers @ Vikings

Green Bay Packers

Tier one starts: Blake Martinez (LB)

Tier two starts: Darnell Savage (S) Za’Darius Smith (EDGE) Preston Smith (EDGE) Kenny Clark (DT) Packers Cornerbacks, preferably King & Alexander, this is a good matchup to start or stream Packers corners.

Tier three starts: Adrian Amos (S)

Sits: All others

Minnesota Vikings

Tier one starts: Eric Kendricks (LB) Harrison Smith (S) Danielle Hunter (DE)

Tier two starts: Anthony Barr (EDGE) Everson Griffen (DE) Vikings Cornerbacks, preferably Waynes & Rhodes although there’s been some flux in playing time and who starts at corner recently so I would look elsewhere to stream or start this week. The matchup is good but the options are not.

Tier three starts: Anthony Harris (S) Linval Joseph (DT)

Sits: All others


***Please make sure to check the inactives that come out each Sunday before the games start to make sure your players aren’t a surprise inactive due to a surprise injury. Obviously, if I have any of these guys listed as a start of any kind and they are inactive DO NOT START THEM. This article is written usually days before the games and surprise injuries can and will happen, make sure you stay up to date to avoid getting a surprise zero in your lineup***

***These are only suggestions ultimately it’s your decision who you start or sit. If a player gets hurt or has a bad game it happens it’s part of the game and not the result of me using a voodoo doll with your fantasy team’s name on it. I wish you all nothing but the best and hope you win all your matchups this and every week. Take home that hardware.***

Keep an eye out for my instant reaction and defensive waivers article dropping during the week next week, likely Thursday morning. I’ll be covering all the production and playing time from every single IDP relevant player and giving you options for defensive waivers. We’ll go over the week’s results and make sure you are ahead of the curve for getting any of those surprise studs AKA Darius Leonard last year. The next week’s start or sit will drop next Saturday morning and the Thursday night games start or sit will be in Tweet form (@Orangeman3142). Also, make sure and catch our weekly podcast on all your podcatching sites dropping Tuesday night or Wednesday morning all season long. Idpguys.org will continue to be your one-stop-shop for all things IDP. 

Thank you for reading and good luck in this week’s matchups. Make sure you’re following @IDP_Dude and @JoeythetoothIDP to make sure you’re covered from all angles in regards to waivers, starts and sits and general IDP information, the three of us handle the Lions share of the IDP writing here at the site.

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Non-delusional Cowboys Fan. Been playing IDP Fantasy since 2004 and watching football for 33 years. I have a 964 diamond rating in Yahoo with 24 titles and 61 trophies in redraft. I also play in several dynasty and All-IDP leagues. I started playing FanDuel with a free entry and built my bankroll to several hundred dollars. I've also won several leagues on the draft app and play the maximum number of free college fantasy leagues on Yahoo every year as well with 3 titles and 9 trophies in just two years of playing. What does all that mean? Nothing except when I do something I tend to overdo it. I have been at this for awhile though so I'll help you with your IDP roster and questions however I can whenever I can. Catch my betting segment sponsored by statementgames.com each week on our IDP Guys Podcast where I am a co host with Sean and Nate. I write weekly an IDP instant reaction and defensive waivers article, streaming IDP corners article and power 5 college fantasy football waivers & trends article during the season and whatever I feel like in the offseason. You can find me @OrangeMan3142 on Twitter. Feel free to reach out for any questions or just to talk some football. Protect baby Yoda, Follow Tony Johns, Worship Babu Frik.