• NFL Week 8 IDP Start/Sits

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    Don't set your defensive fantasy lineups for Week 8 of the NFL season without consulting the IDP Guys' Week 8 IDP start/sits article!

    Welcome to the NFL Week 8 IDP Start/Sits article!

    Table of Contents

    Thursday Night Football
    Baltimore Ravens (4-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
    Early Afternoon Games
    Denver Broncos (2-5) at
    Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)

    Carolina Panthers (2-5) at
    Atlanta Falcons (3-4)

    Chicago Bears (2-5) at
    Dallas Cowboys (5-2)
    Miami Dolphins (4-3) at
    Detroit Lions (1-5)
    Arizona Cardinals (3-4) at
    Minnesota Vikings (5-1)
    Las Vegas Raiders (2-4) at
    New Orleans Saints (2-5)
    New England Patriots (4-3) at
    New York Jets (5-2)
    Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) at 
    Philadelphia Eagles (6-0)
    Mid-Afternoon Games
    Tennessee Titans (4-2) at 
    Houston Texans (1-4-1)

    Washington Commanders (3-4)
    at Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1)

    San Francisco 49ers (3-4) at
    Los Angeles Rams (3-3)
    New York Giants (6-1) at
    Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
    Sunday Night Football
    Green Bay Packers (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (5-1)
    Monday Night Football
    Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) at Cleveland Browns (2-5)

    It shouldn't be necessary to say this, but these are only suggestions. We don't sit in on team meetings; we simply absorb as much information as possible and then make calls based on that knowledge. If you don't agree with our suggestions, by all means, go in a different direction. Nobody makes these decisions for you.

    Article Key


    These players have the best outlook based on their opportunity, past production, talent level, and matchup. They usually have a solid floor and an excellent ceiling. These guys should be the nearest to guaranteed production you can find.

    If You Must

    These players should earn a reasonable amount of points. Their opportunity, talent, or matchup is typically not on par with a trusted player. Tier two players are usually a good option in deep leagues that start multiple players at each position.


    Sit these players unless you're desperate. You should not start these players for any number of reasons. They aren't necessarily bad players. We just don't predict them to be scoring well this game week. In the case of rookies, for example, they may simply need time to earn more playing time and, therefore, our trust as fantasy starters.

    Any player not listed in these three categories should probably be considered a "sit." If they become IDP-relevant on a week-to-week basis, they will likely end up in one of the categories above.

    No Cornerbacks?

    Johnny writes a separate article for CBs that drops on Fridays, and you can find it here once it is published.

    True Position Designations

    In some IDP leagues, certain positions are grouped in a suboptimal way, primarily because of outdated interpretations of what players at each position do. Many IDP leagues are turning towards True Position formats to address that problem. To know more about IDP True Position, click here to read the article written by Jase!

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    Jase Abbey

    I'm an IDP-obsessive and have been playing fantasy football for 20 years. I write the weekly IDP start/sit for IDP Guys in-season, redraft IDP content during the offseason, and appear on the odd podcast from time to time. I am a big, big believer in data-driven and evidence-based content. I'm UK-based, love most sports, and study sports journalism at university. My favorite two things in life are family and sarcasm.
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