• Start or Sit For IDP Fantasy Football Week Five

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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 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.

    Sunday 1pm Games

    Tennessee @ Buffalo

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    Tier one starts: Kevin Byard (S) Jurell Casey (DT)

    Tier two starts: Malcolm Butler (CB) Jayon Brown (LB) Adoree Jackson (CB) *if you have return yards*

    Sits: All other players, the Bills offense doesn't run a ton of plays per game so even with these known and reliable producers I don't expect huge games this week.


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

    Tier two starts: Matt Milano (LB) Kyle Williams (DT)

    Sits: Micah Hyde (S)

    Miami @ Cincinatti 

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    Tier one starts: Reshad Jones (S) *if healthy, if not play Minkah Fitzpatrick (S) Kiko Alonso (LB) Davon Godchaux (DT)

    Tier two starts: Jerome Baker (LB) TJ McDonald (S)

    Sits: Raekwon McMillan (LB)


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

    Tier two starts: Shawn Williams (S) Preston Brown (LB) Nick Vigil (LB) Dre Kirkpatrick (CB) Darqueze Dennard (CB)

    Sits: Carl Lawson (DE)

    Baltimore @ Cleveland

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

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

    Sits: Kenny Young (LB)


    Tier one starts: Myles Garrett (DE) Joe Schobert (LB) Denzel Ward (CB) Larry Ogunjobi (DT)

    Tier two starts: Christian Kirksey (LB) Damarious Randal (S)

    Sits: Jabril Peppers (S)

    Green Bay @ Detroit

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    Tier one starts: Blake Martinez (LB) Ha Ha Clinton Dix (S)

    Tier two starts: Oren Burks (LB) Clay Matthews (LB, EDGE) Jaire Alexander (CB)

    Sits: Kentrell Brice (S)


    Tier one starts: Jarrad Davis (LB) Darius Slay (CB) Ezekiel Ansah *if healthy*

    Tier two starts: A'Shawn Robinson (DT) Devon Kennard (LB) Quandre Diggs (S) Glover Quinn (S)

    Sits: All other Lions players

    Jacksonville @ Kansas City

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

    Tier two starts: Barry Church (S) Malik Jackson (DT) Jalen Ramsey (CB) AJ Buoye (CB)

    Sits: N/A


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

    Tier two starts: Reggie Ragland (LB) Justin Houston (LB, EDGE)

    Sits: Eric Barry (S) *Injury

    Denver @ New York Jets

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    Tier one starts: Justin Simmons (S)

    Tier two starts: Brandon Marshall (LB) Todd Davis (LB) Von Miller (LB, EDGE) Chris Harris (CB)

    Sits: Bradley Chubb (DE, LB) Darian Stewart (S)


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

    Tier two starts: Darron Lee (LB) Marcus Maye (S) Leonard Williams (DE)

    Sits: Doug Middleton (S)

    Atlanta @ Pittsburgh

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    Tier one starts: Grady Jarrett (DT) DaMontae Kazee (S) Brian Poole (CB)

    Tier two starts: Vic Beasley (DE) Takkarist McKinley (DE) Duke Riley (LB) DeVondre Campbell (LB)

    Sits: Foye Oluokun (LB)


    Tier one starts: Vince Williams (LB) Cameron Heyward (DT, DE)

    Tier two starts: Jon Bostic (LB) TJ Watt (LB, EDGE) *sack dependent* Stephon Tuitt (DE) Terrel Edmunds (S) *if Morgan Burnett doesn't play* Sean Davis (S)

    Sits: N/A

    New York Giants @ Carolina

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

    Tier two starts: Janoris Jenkins (CB) Oliver Vernon (LB, EDGE, DE) *if healthy*

    Sits: BJ Goodson (LB)


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

    Tier two starts: Mario Addison (DE) Thomas Davis (LB) *assuming he gets activated* James Bradberry (CB)

    Sits: Shaq Thompson (LB) Julius Peppers (DE) Dontari Poe (DT)

    Sunday 4pm Games

    Oakland @ LA Chargers

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    Tier one starts: Tahir Whitehead (LB)

    Tier two starts: Maurice Hurst (DT) Rashaan Melvin (CB) Marquel Lee (LB)

    Sits: Jonathan Hankins (DT)


    Tier one starts: Derwin James (S)

    Tier two starts: Melvin Ingram (DE) Denzel Perryman (LB) Jatavis Brown (LB) Desmond King (CB)

    Sits: Kyzir White (LB, S) *injury*

    Minnesota @ Philadelphia

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    Tier one starts: Danielle Hunter (DE) Linval Joseph (DT) Everson Griffen (DE) *if healthy* Eric Kendricks (LB) Harrison Smith (S)

    Tier two starts: Sheldon Richardson (DT) Mike Hughes (CB) Andrew Sendejo (S)

    Sits: Stephen Weatherly (DE)


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

    Tier two starts: Nigel Bradham (LB) Jalen Mills (CB) Ronald Darby (CB) Malcolm Jenkins (S) Corey Graham (S)

    Sits: N/A

    Arizona @ San Fransisco

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    Tier one starts: Chandler Jones (DE) Josh Bynes (LB) Budda Baker (S)

    Tier two starts: Robert Nkemdiche (DT) Patrick Peterson (CB) Antoine Bethea (S) Tre Boston (S)

    Sits: NA


    Tier one starts: DeForest Buckner (DT) Fred Warner (LB) Ruben Foster (LB) Jaquiski Tartt (S) *if healthy*

    Tier two starts: Solomon Thomas (DE)

    Sits: Malcolm Smith (LB)

    LA Rams @ Seattle 

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

    Tier two starts: Cory Littleton (LB) Marc Barron (LB) *if healthy* Marcus Peters (CB) LaMarcus Joyner (S)

    Sits: Ramik Wilson (LB) *if Marc Barron plays*


    Tier one starts: Frank Clark (DE) Bobby Wagner (LB) Bradley McDougald (S) *if healthy*

    Tire two starts: Jarran Reed (DT) KJ Wright (LB) *if healthy* Tre Flowers (CB) Shaq Griffin (CB)

    Sits: Mychal Kendricks (LB) *suspended*

    Sunday Night Game

    Dallas @ Houston

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    Tier one starts: DeMarcus Lawrence (DE) Jaylon Smith (LB) Chidobe Awuzie (CB)

    Tier two starts: Taco Charlton (DE) Leighton Vander Esch (LB) Byron Jones (CB)

    Sits: David Irvin (DT)


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

    Tier two starts: DJ Reader (DT) Bernardrick McKinney (LB)

    Sits: NA

    Monday Night Game

    Washington @ New Orleans

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    Tier one starts: Zach Brown (LB)

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

    Sits: Ryan Kerrigan (LB, EDGE)


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

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

    Sits: Marcus Davenport (DE)

    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 and analysis. And make sure you catch the podcast dropping Tuesday where we discuss this week in all things IDP from week five as well as "The Thursday Night Massacre" where all the Colts stud IDP players were taken out one after the other until none were left even before halftime.

    All that and more at idpguys.org.

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    Johny The Greek

    Non-delusional Cowboys Fan. Been playing Fantasy since 2003, IDP since 2004 and watching football for 35 years. Being a firm believer in "you should know if the person you're taking advice from actually knows or wins anything" I'd like to present exhibit A: I have a diamond rating in Yahoo (976) with 29 plus titles in redraft/dynasty across Yahoo, Sleeper, Fantrax and MFL and an additional 57 plus 2nd/3rd place in redraft/dynasty, same platforms. I also play in and have won several all-IDP leagues. I started playing FanDuel with a free entry and have won almost a grand since. I've also won many leagues on the draft app (RIP Draft App, we miss you) and play the maximum number of free college fantasy leagues on Yahoo every year as well with 3 titles and 9 trophies in just two years of playing before Yahoo discontinued those leagues. My profile includes multiple titles in survivor and pick em leagues as well. I was a finalist in the 2021/22 IDP Guys Invitational and the best ball tournament. Also a MFL & Sleeper best ball & eliminator degenerate with many titles there as well. I just started playing All-22 this season and I would bet the mortgage I'll be good at that too. (Update, I did fine, 9-5 first season and made playoffs). What does all that mean? Nothing except when I do something I tend to overdo it. I have been at this for a long time though so I'll help you with your IDP roster and questions however I can whenever I can. I write a weekly streaming IDP corners article (Johny The Greek's Cornerbacks Corner) 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. Check out my articles on Friday mornings all season long. And new this season and going forward stick around for "Johny The Greek's Free Real Estate" where I interview the best and brightest from FF Twitter, and by that I mean the interesting people who actually help you win and not the useless engagement farmers. I am not an "analyst" I'm just a crazy person/degenerate who has been doing this a long time, has been pretty good at it and is dialed in because I have to be to not sound like an idiot writing all these articles and doing all these shows. My style is straightforward & conversational, IDP isn't complicated and you're not trying to win an argument on Twitter you're trying to win your league. Come join me weekly in season for Johny the Greek's Cornerbacks Corner, where we look at the fine art that is streaming corners or finding ways to maximize your production from your CB slots each week. Also in season check out the IDP Pros Podcast on SGPN network. I hope you enjoyed the article. Let us praise our Messiah Babu Frik and give worship to Baby Yoda. Jimmy G would make a fine husband. Thanks for reading. -Johny the Greek-
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