This is my weekly start or sit article for your IDP players in fantasy football. Despite there being very little actual information presented, just a start, sit, and what tier of production I expect from the starting player, there is a lot of information that goes into these decisions each week.
I use snap percentages (playing time), past production, tendencies of the opposing offense and probable game flow to decide on these. I just want the reader to know that a lot of time and research goes into this each week so don’t be put off by the bare bones layout here.
I used to do this explaining exactly why each decision is made and the thought process behind it but it was getting so detailed I wasn’t able to finish a start or sit for every team playing each week and only ended up covering some of the games, this way you guys get a read on all of them.
If I don’t mention a specific player it means I don’t have enough of a read on them to make a recommendation one way or the other but odds are I wouldn’t play them. The known IDP producers or potential IDP producers for each team should all be covered here.
Tier one starts = These guys have the best matchups and a history of production along with playing time, they are most likely to have a big game this week.
Tier two starts = Play these guys in deeper leagues, they should get you some points but I wouldn’t expect a massive day out of them.
Sits = Don’t play them they don’t have an ideal matchup or won’t play enough snaps to be effective.
Full transparency I am at around 72% correct on the year with these calls, definitely not perfect but not too bad at all for calling pretty much every IDP relevant player on each team for every game all season.
And I’m pretty easily accessible if you want to call me an idiot, (@Orangeman3142 on Twitter). We believe in transparency and owning our mistakes here at IDP Guys as well as never making you go through a paywall for information.
It’s a labor of love here and I would put our team, who together have over 100 years of combined IDP experience, up against anyone or any site out there and bet on us to be more accurate and accessible 10 times out of 10. I’ll be skipping over all of the spot start and bye weekshort term guys this week since it’s playoffs.
Let’s get into it.
Arizona @ Atlanta
Sits: Deone Buchanon (LB)
Tier two starts: Foye Oluokun (LB) DaMontae Kazee (S)
Sits: Falcons corners *there are better matchups to stream elsewhere*
Detroit @ Buffalo
Tier one starts: Damon Harrison (DT)
Sits: Darius Slay (CB) *not an ideal matchup*
Sits: Lorenzo Alexander (LB) Bills Corners *Lions receiving corps is decimated, they will be running alot*
Green Bay @ Chicago
Tier two starts: Jaire Alexander (CB)
Sits: Clay Matthews (LB, EDGE) Packers Safeties *unless you have no other options, they’ve been underwhelming to say the least*
Oakland @ Cincinnati
Tier one starts: Tahir Whitehead (LB)
Tier two starts: Maurice Hurst (DT)
Sits: Everyone else
Tier one starts: Jessie Bates (S)
Sits: Bengals linebackers (they’ve all been awful lately, even Nick Vigil) Bengals Corners (there are better matchups to stream this week)
Dallas @ Indianapolis
Sits: Margus Hunt (DE, DT)
Miami @ Minnesota
Sits: Davon Godchaux (DT)
Sits: Vikings Corners
Tennessee @ New York
Tier two starts: Jayon Brown (LB) Titans Corners
Tier one starts: Alec Ogletree (LB)
Washington @ Jacksonville
Tier one starts: Mason Foster (LB) Ha Ha Clinton Dix (S)
Tier two starts: Zach Brown (LB)
Sits: DJ Swearinger (S) Josh Norman (CB) *better streams elsewhere*
Sits: Jags Corners (stream somewhere else)
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore
Sits: Bucs Corners (not an ideal matchup) Justin Evans (S) (playing time)
Tier one starts: CJ Mosley (LB)
Tier two starts: Eric Weddle (S) Terrel Suggs (LB, EDGE)
Seattle @ San Francisco
Sits: All others, 49ers offense shouldn’t put up a ton of plays if this game goes how it should
Tier two starts: Malcolm Smith (LB)
Sits: Solomon Thomas (DE)
New England @ Pittsburgh
Tier one starts: Trey Flowers (DE)
Sits: Pats corners have a good matchup, but the nature of the team means we have no idea who will have the big day, so I’m avoiding them
Tier one starts: Cameron Heyward (DT) Terrel Edmunds (S)
Philadelphia @ Los Angeles
Tier two starts: Corey Graham (S) Micheal Bennett (DE)
New Orleans @ Carolina
Sits: Shaq Thompson (LB) *inconsistency*
Good luck in playoffs gentlemen, and if your gut tells you something trust it. In the end it’s still a bit of luck that will win you these titles, there’s only so much we can do, the rest is in the hands of the fantasy gods.
***Obviously if any of these players are inactive or injured before their game don’t play them, this article is usually written days ahead of each teams game and things change constantly in regards to injury and suspensions and the like. Make sure you check ESPN’s inactive list that drops at 11:30AM Eastern Time every Sunday morning for the latest and best information on injury status before the games kick off***
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