IDP Start or Sit, Every Team, Every Matchup, Week Two (2)

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This article series will be set up exactly the same as last years 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. 

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.

When I first started writing this start or sit series I would explain why each player ended up in each tier of expected production, and while it was nice to provide the thinking behind these decisions, I was ending up with four thousand word articles and only covering a few of the matchups each week. My goal was to cover EVERY game and EVERY IDP relevant player so I’ve had to sacrifice some of the explanations in order to make sure that happens. 

For the record every one of these players that ends up in one of these production tiers has quite a bit of thought that goes into why they ended up there. I look at playing time using nflgsis.com, I look at offensive and defensive team ranks for these matchups including how often each offense these IDP players are going against likes to run and pass and how effective they are at each. Each one of these IDP players talent, experience and injury history is included in these decisions. Past production and projections from sites such as MFL, Yahoo and Sleeper are also included in the decision process. Long story short a lot of thought go into these each week.

This entire process has been and will be massively transparent since we don’t hide our mistakes here at idpguys.org. No one gets them all right all the time but I will try to be as accurate as possible as often as possible. These are only suggestions, ultimately you set your lineup for the week and the best advice I can give is to trust your gut. There is no worse feeling than ignoring your gut to follow an “experts” suggestion and have it flop completely when you had the right call all along.

***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 sit them and use common sense. Check the inactive list at 11:30 AM Eastern on ESPN and NFL websites to check for surprise inactives each Sunday***

Last week I made approximately 218 “decisions” (start or sit) and got 160 correct or in the ballpark and 58 incorrect or not even close. My average for all of last season was 74% correct overall and through week one we are again holding at 74% correct. Let’s dive into week two.


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Cardinals @ Ravens

Arizona Cardinals:

Tier one starts: Jordan Hicks (LB) Budda Baker (S) Chandler Jones (EDGE/OLB) *Tier two as regular LB*

Tier two starts: DJ Swearinger (S) Terrell Suggs (EDGE/OLB) *Tier three as regular LB*

Tier three starts: Zach Allen (DE) Rodney Gunter (DE)

Sits: Joe Walker (LB) *Playing time, lack of to be specific* Arizona Cornerbacks *Not an ideal matchup to stream or start any Arizona Corners* Corey Peters (DT) *Nose tackle, bad production*

Baltimore Ravens:

Tier one starts: Patrick Onwuasor (LB)

Tier two starts: Tony Jefferson (S) Matt Judon (EDGEOLB) *Tier three as regular LB* Earl Thomas (S)

Tier three starts: Ravens Cornerbacks *This is a decent matchup to stream or start any Ravens corners, there are better out there though so you won’t find me playing any of them this week*

Sits: Kenny Young (LB) Chris Board (LB) *Neither has had significant playing time or production so far*

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Cowboys @ Redskins:

Dallas Cowboys:

Tier one starts: Leighton Vander Esch (LB) Jaylon Smith (LB) DeMarcus Lawrence (DE)

Tier two starts: Xavier Woods (S) Jeff Heath (S)

Tier three starts: Chidobe Awuzie (CB)

Sits: All others & All other Cowboys Cornerbacks *Not an ideal matchup to stream or start Dallas corners, Awuzie is probably talented enough and plays enough to overcome a bad matchup but it’s not ideal*

Washington Redskins:

Tier one starts: Landon Collins (S) Ryan Kerrigan (EDGE/OLB) *Tier two or three as regular LB*

Tier two starts: Cole Holcomb (LB) *Great week one production but only played 68% of snaps* Jon Bostic (LB) Montez Sweat (LB)

Tier three starts: Montae Nicholson (S) Shaun Dion Hamilton (LB) Matt Ioannidis (DE) Daron Payne (DT) Redskins Cornerbacks *Not the best matchup for streaming or starting Redskins corners but decent if in a bigger or all IDP league*

Sits: Tim Settle (DT) *Playing time and production* Deshazor Everett (S) *Nonexistant playing time and production*

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Colts @ Titans

Indianapolis Colts:

Tier one starts: Darius Leonard (LB) Clayton Geathers (S)

Tier two starts: Anthony Walker (LB) Justin Houston (DE) Denico Autry (DE)

Tier three starts: Malik Hooker (S) Kenny Moore (CB) Al Quadin Muhammad (DE) Margus Hunt (DT)

Sits: Bobby Okereke (LB) *Insignificant playing time* Kemoko Turay (DE) *Insignificant playing time* All other Colts Cornerbacks *Kenny Moore is talented and plays enough to produce but this is not an ideal matchup to start or stream Colts corners*

Tennessee Titans:

Tier one starts: Jayon Brown (LB) Jurrell Casey (DT) Kevin Byard (S)

Tier two starts: Kenny Vaccarro (S) Rashaan Evans (LB)

Tier three starts: Harold Landry (EDGE/OLB) *Sack dependent for his production* Titans Cornerbacks *This is a decent matchup for Titans corners, they are also the strength of their IDP production overall*

Sits: Wesley Woodyard (LB) *Only played 18% of snaps last week, not ideal at all* Cameron Wake (DE) *I know he had a monster week one but he only played 32% of snaps so it’s not sustainable*

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Seahawks @ Steelers

Seattle Seahawks:

Tier one starts: Bobby Wagner (LB) JaDaveon Clowney (DE) Tre Flowers (CB)

Tier two starts: Bradley McDougald (S) KJ Wright (LB) Quinton Jefferson (DT) Seahawks Cornerbacks *This is a good matchup to stream or start any Seahawks corners, personally I acquired and am starting Tre Flowers in a couple places*

Tier three starts: Mychal Kendricks (LB) Tedric Thompson (S) LJ Collier (DE) *If active*

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Tier one starts: Devin Bush (LB) TJ Watt (EDGE/OLB) *Tier two as regular LB*

Tier two starts: Mark Barron (LB) Terrell Edmunds (S) Cameron Heyward (DT) Bud Dupree (EDGE/OLB) *Tier three as regular LB due to sack dependency for points and the general inconsistency of that*

Tier three starts: Vince Williams (LB) Stephon Tuitt (DE)

Sits: Steelers Cornerbacks *Not an ideal matchup for Steelers corners, there are better matchups to stream corner at this week*

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Bills @ Giants

Buffalo Bills:

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

Tier two starts: Jerry Hughes (DE) Ed Oliver (DT) Tra’Davious White (CB)

Tier three starts: Shaq Lawson (DE) *Only played 31% of snaps week one despite having the nice game* Micah Hyde (S) Trent Murphy (DE) Bills Cornerbacks *This isn’t the best matchup for starting or streaming Bills corners besides White, any other corners would be tier threeshot in the dark or a sit*

Sits: Siran Neal (S) *Playing time*

New York Giants:

Tier one starts: Alec Ogletree (LB) Antoine Bethea (S)

Tier two starts: Jabrill Peppers (S)

Tier three starts: Janoris Jenkins (CB) Markus Golden (DE) Lorenzo Carter (LB)

Sits: Giants Cornerbacks *Not an ideal situation at all to stream or start any Giants corners not named Jackrabbit Jenkins, who is talented and plays enough to probably put up a decent game regardless*

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49ers @ Bengals

San Francisco 49ers:

Tier one starts: Fred Warner (LB) DeForest Buckner (DT) Kwon Alexander (LB)

Tier two starts: Dee Ford (DE) Nick Bosa (DE) Jaquiski Tartt (S) Tavarious Moore (S/CB) *Tier three as safety, two as cornerback*

Tier three starts: 49ers Cornerbacks *This is a somewhat decent matchup to start or stream 49ers corners, the Red Rifle was actually slinging it pretty good last week and with Mixon dinged up they may have to throw more often this week*

Sits: Dre Greenlaw (LB) *Likely a flash in the pan scenario last week with Kwon Alexander getting ejected etc, if he plays as much and produces similarly this week I’ll start paying attention*

Cincinnati Bengals:

Tier one starts: Sam Hubbard (DE) *Not only did he have a massive game last week but he also played 80% of snaps as well* Nick Vigil (LB) Shawn Williams (S)

Tier two starts: Carlos Dunlap (DE) Geno Atkins (DT) Jessie Bates (S)

Tier three starts: Preston Brown (LB) Carl Lawson (DE) Bengals Cornerbacks *This is an OK matchup to start or stream Bengals corners*

Sits: Ryan Glasgow (DT) Andrew Billings (DT) *Playing time issues for both, production as well*

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Chargers @ Lions

Los Angeles Chargers:

Tier one starts: Joey Bosa (DE) Adrian Phillips (S)

Tier two starts: Desmond King (CB) Thomas Davis (LB) Kyzir White (LBS) Melvin Ingram (DE)  Chargers Cornerbacks *This is a good matchup to start or stream any Chargers corners* Denzel Perryman (LB) *If healthy and playing*

Tier three starts: Reyshawn Jenkins (S) Jerry Tillery (DT) Brandon Mebane (DT)

Sits: Justin Jones (DT) *Could do something but played more than both Mebane and Tillery last week and had almost zero production*

Detroit Lions:

Tier one starts: Damon Harrison (DT) Quandre Diggs (CBS) *Tier two as safety, one as corner* Trey Flowers (DE)

Tier two starts: Lions Cornerbacks *This is a good matchup to start or stream any Lions corners* Tracy Walker (S) Devon Kennard (LB) Christian Jones (LB)

Tier three starts: Jahlani Tavai (LB) A’Shawn Robinson (DT) Mike Daniels (DT) Romeo Okwara (DE)

Sits: Jarrad Davis (LB) *Injury, there is a slight chance he plays this week but I doubt it, if he does pencil him in as tier two and fade Tavai to tier three*

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Vikings @ Packers

Minnesota Vikings:

Tier one starts: Danielle Hunter (DE) Harrison Smith (S) Linval Joseph (DT)

Tier two starts: Everson Griffen (DE) Eric Kendricks (LB) Trae Waynes (CB) Xavier Rhodes (CB) *Vikings Cornerbacks, this is a good matchup to start or stream Vikings corners* Anthony Barr (EDGEOLB) Anthony Harris (S)

Tier three starts: Jayron Kearse (S) *Great week one production but only played 58% of snaps*

Sits: Stephen Weatherly (DE) *Name recognition from subbing in for Griffen last year but only played 43% of snaps in week one with little production*

Green Bay Packers:

Tier one starts: Blake Martinez (LB)

Tier two starts: Kenny Clarke (DT) Jaire Alexander (CB) Tramon Williams (CB) *This is a good matchup to start or stream Packers Cornerbacks* Adrian Amos (S) Darnell Savage (S)

Tier three starts: Kevin King (CB) *Great week one production but only played 58% of snaps* Preston Smith (EDGE/OLB) Za’Darius Smith (EDGE/OLB)

Sits: TY Summers (LB) BJ Goodson (LB) Oren Burks (LB) *Summers didn’t replace Burks as some had predicted, Goodson could this week but it’s not known and a massive risk to play him and Burks is injured and out several more weeks*

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Jaguars @ Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Tier one starts: Myles Jack (LB) Calais Campbell (DE) Ronnie Harrison (S)

Tier two starts: Quincy Williams (LB) Yannick Ngakoue (DE) *Jaguars Cornerbacks, this is a good matchup to start or stream and Jags corners* Josh Allen (DE)

Tier three starts: Najee Goode (LB) *If Quincy Williams (LB) is injured and doesn’t play, besides that he’s a sit*

Sits: Abry Jones (DT) Dawuane Smoot (DE) *Playing time and production issues for both*

Houston Texans:

Tier one starts: JJ Watt (DE) Justin Reid (S)

Tier two starts: Bernardrick McKinney (LB) Zach Cunningham (LB)

Tier three starts: Whitney Mercilus (EDGE/OLB) *Texans Cornerbacks, this is an OK matchup to start or stream Texans corners, Minshew can throw the ball anyone who played college fantasy last season knows that* Tashaun Gipson (S)

Sits: DJ Reader (DT) *Some name recognition from his hot start last year but ultimately produces too little too often*

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Patriots @ Dolphins

New England Patriots:

Tier one starts: None, too inconsistent as a team by design.

Tier two starts: Micheal Bennett (DE) Kyle Van Noy (LB) Devin McCourty (S) Patrick Chung (S)

Tier three starts: Chase Winovich (DE) Jamie Collins (LB) D’Onta Hightower (LB) Deatrich Wise (DE) *Patriots Cornerbacks, personally I’m not starting any Pats corners this week but they will likely be in front early and force the Dolphins to throw a lot so it’s not the worst idea ever*

Sits: Literally everyone else and even the starts are shots in the dark, Belichick morphs his team into who they need to be every week to beat their opponent which means snap percentage and past production means nothing and it’s always a shot in the dark starting any Patriots IDP

Miami Dolphins:

Tier one starts: Jerome Baker (LB) Xavien Howard (CB) Minkah Fitzpatrick (S/CB)

Tier two starts: Sam Eguavoen (LB) *Dolphins Cornerbacks, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream any Miami corners*

Tier three starts: Christian Wilkins (DE)

Sits: Reshad Jones (S) *Injury* Raekwon McMillan (LB) *Playing time and production issues*

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Chiefs @ Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs:

Tier one starts: Chris Jones (DT) Frank Clark (DE) Anthony Hitchens (LB) Tyrann Mathieu (S)

Tier two starts: Juan Thornhill (S) Kendall Fuller (CB) *Chiefs Cornerbacks, this is a decent matchup to start or stream and Chiefs corners* Damien Wilson (LB)

Tier three starts: Emmanuel Ogbah (DE) Alex Okafor (DE)

Sits: Darron Lee (LB) Reggie Ragland (LB) Dorian O’Daniel (LB) *Damien Wilson would appear to have supplanted all three of these guys as the second inside linebacker in that 3-4defense*

Oakland Raiders:

Tier one starts: Clelin Ferrell (DE) Vontaze Burfict (LB)

Tier two starts: *Raiders Cornerbacks, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream any Raiders corners* Karl Joseph (S) LaMarcus Joyner (S) Tahir Whitehead (LB)

Tier three starts: Maxx Crosby (DE) Maurice Hurst (DT) Jonathan Hankins (DT)

Sits: Jonathan Abrams (S) *Injured and out*

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Saints @ Rams

New Orleans Saints:

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

Tier two starts: Marcus Davenport (DE) Sheldon Rankins (DT) *If he plays* *Saints Cornerbacks, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream Saints corners*

Tier three starts: Vonn Bell (S) Marcus Williams (S)

Sits: Alex Anzalone (LB) Kiko Alonso (LB) *Either, neither or both could play, or sit, no one knows yet, starting either of these guys this week is asking for it*

Sits:

Los Angeles Rams:

Tier one starts: Aaron Donald (DT) Cory Littleton (LB) John Johnson (S) *Rams Cornerbacks, this is an excellent matchup to start or stream any Rams corners*

Tier two starts: Eric Weddle (S) Dante Fowler (DE)

Tier three starts: Taylor Rapp (S) Clay Matthews (EDGE/OLB) Micheal Brockers (DE)

Sits: Samson Ebukam (LB) *Playing time and production issues*

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Bears @ Broncos

Chicago Bears:

Tier one starts: Roquan Smith (LB) Khalil Mack (EDGE/OLB) *Tier two as regular LB* Akiem Hicks (DT) *Tier two as DE*

Tier two starts: Ha Ha Clinton Dix (S) Eddie Jackson (S) Danny Trevethan (LB) Leonard Floyd (DE) *Tier three as LB*

Tier three starts: Kyle Fuller (CB) Roy Robertson Harris (DE)

Sits: *Bears Cornerbacks, this is not an ideal matchup for starting or streaming Bears corners*

Denver Broncos:

Tier one starts: Todd Davis (LB) Von Miller (EDGE/OLB) *Tier two as regular LB*

Tier two starts: Bradley Chubb (EDGEOLB) Josey Jewell (LB) *Tier one if Davis doesn’t play* Justin Simmons (S)

Tier three starts: Derek Wolfe (DE)

Sits: *Broncos Cornerbacks, this is not an ideal matchup to start or stream Broncos corners this week*

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Eagles @ Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles:

Tier one starts: Fletcher Cox (DT) Nigel Bradham (LB) Malcolm Jenkins (S)

Tier two starts: Derek Barnett (DE) Brandon Graham (DE) *Eagles Cornerbacks, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream Eagles corners*

Tier three starts: Andrew Sendejo (S) Zach Brown (LB)

Sits: Vinny Curry (DE) *Playing time and production issues*

Atlanta Falcons:

Tier one starts: Deion Jones (LB) Keanu Neal (S) Grady Jarrett (DT)

Tier two starts: De’Vondre Campbell (LB) Tyeler Davison (DT) Ricardo Allen (S)

Tier three starts: Allen Bailey (DE) Foye Oluokon (LB) Takk McKinley (DE) Vic Beasley (LB)

Sits: Damonte Kazee (CB) *Only played 21% of snaps last week, not ideal at all*

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Browns @ Jets

Cleveland Browns:

Tier one starts: Myles Garrett (DE) Joe Schobert (LB) Damarious Randal (CBS) *Tier two as safety, one as corner*

Tier two starts: Christian Kirksey (LB) Sheldon Richardson (DT) Larry Ogunjobi (DT) Olvier Vernon (DE)

Tier three starts: Denzel Ward (CB) Morgan Burnett (S) *Great week one but traditionally not productive*

Sits: *Browns Cornerbacks, this is not an ideal matchup at all for starting or streaming Browns corners, Ward is probably talented enough to overcome this but it’s still a shot in the dark*

New York Jets:

Tier one starts: CJ Mosley (LB) *If healthy* Jamal Adams (S) Neville Hewitt (LB) *Tier two if Mosley plays*

Tier two starts: *Jets Cornerbacks, this is an ideal matchup to start or stream Jets corners* Blake Cashman (LB) *If Mosley doesn’t play*

Tier three starts: Marcus Maye (S) Leonard Williams (DE) Quinnen Williams (DT) *If healthy*

Sits: NA, just make sure you have a backup plan for if Mosley can’t go this week since it’s a Monday night game*

***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***

Keep an eye out for my instant reaction and defensive waivers article dropping during the week next week, likely Wednesday or 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 two results and make sure you are ahead of the curve for getting any of those surprise studs AKA Darius Leonard last year. The week three start or sit will drop next Saturday 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 pod catching sites dropping Tuesday night 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 all your week two matchups.

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Grounded Cowboys Fan. Been playing IDP Fantasy since 2004 and watching football for 31 years. I have a diamond rating in Yahoo with 21 titles and 48 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 also have far too many best balls on the Draft App and the maximum number of free college fantasy leagues on Yahoo every year as well. 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've also been a frequent guest on Rated IDP Live. I write weekly start or sit and instant reaction and defensive waiver articles 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. Follow Tony Johns.