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 115 starts correct and 34 wrong last week for about a 71% 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, 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. Let’s get into it.
Eagles @ Jaguars
Jets @ Bears
Sits: Marcus Maye (S) *injury*
Tier one starts: Khalil Mack (DE, LB) *as a DE, tier two if LB* Danny Trevethan (LB)
Bucs @ Bengals
Tier one starts: Justin Evans (S) LaVonte David (LB) Jason Pierre Paul (DE)
Sits: Nick Vigil (LB) *injured and out*
Seahawks @ Lions
Sits: Devon Kennard (LB) *sack dependent*
Broncos @ Chiefs
Tier one starts: Justin Simmons (S)
Sits: Domata Peko (DT)
Redskins @ Giants
Tier one starts: Mason Foster (LB) DJ Swearinger (S)
Tier two starts: Olivier Vernon (LB, DE)
Browns @ Steelers
Tier two starts: Emmanuel Ogbah (DE)
Tier one starts: Vince Williams (LB)
Sits: Morgan Burnett (S) *if not healthy, play in place of Edmunds if healthy* TJ Watt (LB, EDGE) *inconsistent*
Ravens @ Panthers
Tier one starts: CJ Mosley (LB) Tony Jefferson (S)
Tier two starts: Eric Weddle (S) Terrel Suggs (LB, EDGE)
Tier one starts: Luke Kuechly (LB) Kawan Short (DT)
Sits: Shaq Thompson (LB) *inconsistent*
Colts @ Raiders
Tier one starts: Tahir Whitehead (LB)
Tier two starts: NA
Sits: Everyone else
Packers @ Rams:
Tier two starts: Kevin King (CB)
Tier two starts: Marcus Peters (CB) Micheal Brockers (DE)
Sits: Marc Barron (LB) *inconsistent, doesn’t play in cold weather*
49ers @ Cardinals
Tier two starts: Solomon Thomas (DE)
Sits: Deone Buchanon (LB)
Saints @ Vikings
Tier one starts: Cameron Jordan (DE) DeMario Davis (LB)
Patriots @ Bills
Tier one starts: Trey Flowers (DE)
Sits: Everyone else
Sits: Micah Hyde (S) *playing time, consistency*
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.
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