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
Tier one starts: Kevin Byard (S) Jurell Casey (DT)
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.
Sits: Micah Hyde (S)
Miami @ Cincinatti
Sits: Raekwon McMillan (LB)
Sits: Carl Lawson (DE)
Baltimore @ Cleveland
Tier one starts: CJ Mosley (LB) Tony Jefferson (S)
Tier two starts: Terrel Suggs (LB, EDGE) Eric Weddle (S)
Sits: Kenny Young (LB)
Tier two starts: Christian Kirksey (LB) Damarious Randal (S)
Sits: Jabril Peppers (S)
Green Bay @ Detroit
Tier one starts: Blake Martinez (LB) Ha Ha Clinton Dix (S)
Sits: Kentrell Brice (S)
Sits: All other Lions players
Jacksonville @ Kansas City
Sits: Eric Barry (S) *Injury
Denver @ New York Jets
Tier one starts: Justin Simmons (S)
Sits: Doug Middleton (S)
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh
Sits: Foye Oluokun (LB)
New York Giants @ Carolina
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)
Sunday 4pm Games
Oakland @ LA Chargers
Tier one starts: Tahir Whitehead (LB)
Sits: Jonathan Hankins (DT)
Tier one starts: Derwin James (S)
Sits: Kyzir White (LB, S) *injury*
Minnesota @ Philadelphia
Sits: Stephen Weatherly (DE)
Arizona @ San Fransisco
Tier two starts: Solomon Thomas (DE)
Sits: Malcolm Smith (LB)
LA Rams @ Seattle
Sits: Ramik Wilson (LB) *if Marc Barron plays*
Sits: Mychal Kendricks (LB) *suspended*
Sunday Night Game
Dallas @ Houston
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)
Monday Night Game
Washington @ New Orleans
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)
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.