Start or Sit IDP Fantasy Football Week Seven

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The IDP Fantasy start and sits you need to set your lineups and succeed on Sunday!


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 got 116 starts correct and 39 wrong last week for about a 70% success rate, my percent correct each week has been hovering around 70% all year and the lowest has been 67% and the highest 75%. I don’t own a crystal ball so I’ll never be perfect but for having a take on literally every single IDP relevant player on every single team every week all year I’d say we’re looking pretty good.

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 up against anyone or any site out there and bet on us to be more accurate and accessible 10 times out of 10. Let’s get into it.

Tennessee Titans @ LA Chargers

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Chargers:

Tier one starts: Derwin James (S) Melvin Ingram (DE)

Tier two starts: Denzel Perryman (LB) Jahleel Addae (S)

Sits: Kyzir White (LB, S) *injured and out* Rayshawn Jenkins (S) *flash in the pan production last week, not enough playing time*

Titans:

Tier one starts: Jurell Casey (DT) Wesley Woodyard (LB) *if healthy* Jayon Brown (LB) *if Woodyard doesn’t play, tier two if Woodyard does play* Kevin Byard (S)

Tier two starts: Rashaan Evans (LB) *if Woodyard doesn’t play, sit if he does* Adoree Jackson (CB) *tier one if your league has return yards* Malcolm Butler (CB) Kenny Vaccaro (S) *if healthy*

Sits: Rashaan Evans (LB) *if Woodyard plays*

New England Patriots @ Chicago Bears

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Patriots:

Tier one starts: Trey Flowers (DE)

Tier two starts: Kyle Van Noy (LB) Jason McCourty (CB) Devin McCourty (S)

Sits: Donta Hightower (LB) *essentially one great game all year, playing time issues*

Bears:

Tier one starts: Khalil Mack (DE, LB) *if healthy, and as a DE, tier two if playing as a LB* Roquan Smith (LB)

Tier two starts: Kyle Fuller (CB) Akiem Hicks (DE) Danny Trevethan (LB) Adrian Amos (S) Eddie Jackson (S)

Sits: Nick Kwiatkowski (LB) *inconsistency, playing time*

Buffalo Bills @ Indianapolis Colts

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Bills:

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

Tier two starts: Trent Murphy (DE) Jerry Hughes (DE) Kyle Williams (DT)

Sits: Micah Hyde (S) *massive inconsistency, playing time issues*

Colts:

Tier one starts: Darius Leonard (LB) Anthony Walker (LB)

Tier two starts: Jabaal Sheard (DE) Margus Hunt (DE, DT) *if healthy* Denico Autry (DT) *if healthy*

Sits: Clayton Geathers (S) *injured and out* Malik Hooker (S) *inconsistency, inability to take advantage of ideal production situations, general shittiness*

Detroit Lions @ Miami Dolphins

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Lions:

Tier one starts: Jarrad Davis (LB) Ezekiel Ansah (DE) *if healthy*

Tier two starts: Da’Shawn Hand (DE) Glover Quinn (S) Devon Kennard (LB) Darius Slay (CB) Quandre Diggs (S)

Sits: A’Shawn Robinson (DT) *inconsistency, playing time*

Dolphins:

Tier one starts: Kiko Alonso (LB) Reshad Jones (S)

Tier two starts: Davon Godchaux (DT) Jerome Baker (LB) TJ McDonald (S) Minkah Fitzpatrick (S, CB)

Sits: Raekwon McMillan (LB) *inconsistency, playing time*

Minnesota Vikings @ New York Jets

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Vikings:

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

Tier two starts: Sheldon Richardson (DT) Stephen Weatherly (DE) Eric Kendricks (LB) Harrison Smith (S) Andrew Sendejo (S) or George Iloka (S) *if Sendejo is injured and doesn’t play*

Sits: Mike Hughes (CB) *injured and out for season*

Jets:

Tier one starts: Avery Williamson (LB) Jamal Adams (S)

Tier two starts: Leonard Williams (DE) Darron Lee (LB) Doug Middleton (S) *Marcus Maye injured*

Sits: Marcus Maye (S) *injured and out*

Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles

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Panthers:

Tier one starts: Kawan Short (DT) Luke Kuechly (LB) James Bradberry (CB)

Tier two starts: Mario Addison (DE) Thomas Davis (LB) Mike Adams (S) Eric Reid (S)

Sits: Dontari Poe (DT)

Eagles:

Tier one starts: Fletcher Cox (DT) Jordan Hicks (LB)

Tier two starts: Brandon Graham (DE) Derek Barnett (DE) Nigel Bradham (LB) Jalen Mills (CB) Ronald Darby (CB) Malcolm Jenkins (S)

Sits: Corey Graham (S)

Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

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Browns:

Tier one starts: Myles Garret (DE) Larry Ogunjobi (DT) Christian Kirksey (LB) Denzel Ward (CB)

Tier two starts: Damarious Randal (S) Jamie Collins (LB)

Sits: Jabril Peppers (S) Joe Schobert (LB) *injured and out*

Bucs:

Tier one starts: Jason Pierre Paul (DE) Kwon Alexander (LB) LaVonte David (LB)

Tier two starts: Brent Grimes (CB) Ryan Smith (CB) Justin Evans (S) Jordan Whitehead (S)

Sits: Gerald McCoy (DT) *injury*

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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Texans:

Tier one starts: JJ Watt (DE) Zach Cunningham (LB) Tyrann Mathieu (S) JaDaveon Clowney (DE, LB)

Tier two starts: Bernardrick McKinney (LB) DJ Reader (DT) Kareem Jackson (S) Jonathan Joseph (CB)

Sits: NA

Jags:

Tier one starts: Calais Campbell (DE) Telvin Smith (LB)

Tier two starts: Yannick Ngakoue (DE) Myles Jack (LB) Malik Jackson (DT) Barry Church (S) Tashaun Gispson (S) Jalen Ramsey (CB) AJ Bouye (CB)

Sits: NA

New Orleans Saints @ Baltimore Ravens

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Saints:

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

Tier two starts: Sheldon Rankins (DT) Marcus Davenport (DE) Marcus Williams (S) Vonn Bell (S)

Sits: AJ Klein (LB) Kurt Coleman (S)

Ravens:

Tier one starts: CJ Mosley (LB) Tony Jefferson (S)

Tier two starts: Terrel Suggs (LB, EDGE) Eric Weddle (S)

Sits: NA

LA Rams @ San Fransisco 49ers

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Rams:

Tier one starts: N’Damakong Suh (DT) Aaron Donald (DE) John Johnson (S)

Tier two starts: Micheal Brockers (DE) Cory Littleton (LB) Marc Barron (LB) *if warm enough at kickoff* Marcus Peters (CB)

Sits: Mark Barron (LB) *if the temperature at kickoff drops below 40* F, I wish that were a joke, but it’s not*

49ers:

Tier one starts: Jaquiski Tartt (S) Ruben Foster (LB) DeForest Buckner (DT)

Tier two starts: Fred Warner (LB) Adrian Colbert (S)

Sits: Solomon Thomas (DE) Richard Sherman (CB) *inconsistent, no big games this year, a lot better at talking at a podium than playing football*

Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

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Cowboys: 

Tier one starts: DeMarcus Lawrence (DE) Jaylon Smith (LB) Leighton Vander Esch Mein Shizor (LB) Chidobe Awuzie (CB) *if healthy*

Tier two starts: Sean Lee (LB) *if healthy* Byron Jones (CB, S) Jeff Heath (S)

Sits: Xavier Woods (S) *inconsistent, playing time* David Irving (DT) *playing time, production*

Redskins:

Tier one starts: Mason Foster (LB) DJ Swearinger (S)

Tier two starts: Zach Brown (LB)

Sits: Ryan Kerrigan (LB, EDGE)

Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas City Chiefs

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Bengals:

Tier one starts: Carlos Dunlap (DE) Geno Atkins (DT) Vontaze Burfict (LB) Jessie Bates (S)

Tier two starts: Preston Brown (LB) Dre Kirkpatrick (CB) Darqueze Dennard (CB) *if healthy* Shawn Williams (S) *if healthy*

Sits: Carl Lawson (DE) Nick Vigil (LB) *injured and out*

Chiefs:

Tier one starts: Anthony Hitchens (LB) Kendall Fuller (CB)

Tier two starts: Chris Jones (DE) Reggie Ragland (LB) Ron Parker (S) Eric Berry (S) *if healthy*

Sits: Justin Houston (LB) *injury*

New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons

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Giants:

Tier one starts: Damon Harrison (DT) Alec Ogletree (LB) Landon Collins (S) Janoris Jenkins (CB)

Tier two starts: Olivier Vernon (LB, DE)

Sits: NA

Falcons:

Tier one starts: Grady Jarrett (DT) *if healthy* DaMontae Kazee (S)

Tier two starts: Takkarist McKinley (DE) Vic Beasley (DE) Foye Oluokun (LB) DaVondre Campbell (LB) Jordan Richards (S) Robert Alford (CB) Brian Poole (CB)

Sits: Duke Riley (LB) *decreasing snap percentage and lack of production*

If you have any questions feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@Orangeman3142) or use the “contact us” box on the website idpguys.org Good luck in your matchups this week and keep an eye out for my instant reaction & defensive waivers segment coming out next week starting Tuesday and continuing throughout the week. I break down every single teams IDP situation with snap counts, production and analysis.

And make sure you catch the podcast dropping Tuesday where we discuss this week in all things IDP from week seven as well as some offensive and defensive waivers and the latest IDP news and notes to keep you up to speed with all things IDP. Our team of writers has been doing this for a long time, many of us since 2004 or earlier, and between all of us we’ll find you the help or advice you need to get your team ready for the playoff push.

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Grounded Cowboys fan, if there is such a thing. Writer\Host for the IDP Guys, been playing IDP Fantasy since 2004. Cat enthusiast. Ridiculous opinions are my own. My articles are occasionally on the controversial side of things. FanDuel degenerate and reliable source of income for Bovada. I work at a hospital and volunteer with Autistic kids on the weekend. Hit me up on Twitter if you need any IDP advice or want a second opinion, always glad to help. @Orangeman3142