The Tipster’s Week 4 Linebacker “Easy” Start/Sit Chart & Players

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The IDP Tipster’s Week Four IDP “Easy” Start/Sit Charts And Hard Starts/Soft Sits Players To Target Or Avoid

The IDP Guys are proud to be presenting The IDP Tipster’s second season of the tested and proven accurate “Easy Start/Sit” charts. His five-step approach was innovated out of necessity years ago and is now offered to the public for assisting in getting the right players in or out based on the matchups. And in addition to the data for the proven formula, The Tipster also adds his personal touch by staying on top of all that is IDP across the fantasy football landscape in completing the charts increasing the charts “hit” percentage.

The Tipster covers all 32 teams IDP positions in general categories while adding in a few Hard Starts and Soft Sits that stand out in the process of powering the charts. The innovated way to address the all too familiar questions of whom to play and who to sit goes beyond the traditional approach of offering just a handful of suggested players.

There will no longer be a need to scourer the media for “your guys” as the tested and proven formula is applied in an easy to read and a simple format while covering every IDP the NFL has to offer for fantasy football in one localized chart. Just sit back each week and follow the simple guidelines while The Tipster does all the work every week for you.

His five-step formula on all his charts is for the suggested opportunity or in some cases not suggested IDP production versus their current opponents. And after being tested over many seasons and proven with having a high percentage hit rate, The IDP Tipster is proud to power the following “No Bullshit Content” based “Easy Charts and Hard Starts with Soft Sits” to win now on via The IDP Guys.


Number one guideline to follow overall: ” Never Sit A Stud Over An Average Joe Or A Flier”.

Another guideline in “splitting the hairs” on possible equal results on two or more players: Would always advise cross-checking with snap counts for every down IDP players and their average time on the field. A suggested and easy to use resource for those snap counts:

Use this guideline for additional “splitting the hairs”: The IDP Tipster and/or IDP Guys rankings.

The last but maybe the most important guideline: Always remember that the “handicapping” in the chart(s) has been done for you. Don’t over think it. The Tipster has set it up with the defensive schemes already figured in, the matchups at hand, and any situation the designated IDP group may be going through.

If you are unsure of your player’s designated position at this time only the real NFL team depth charts can be trusted and are centrally located at page. Where the charts are based on each team’s base defensive package.


AFC Hard Starts

Raiders LB Tahir Whitehead has not exactly been lighting the world on fire thus far, but we’ll want him in as a Hard Start this week with his matchup versus the Browns. He’ll have every opportunity to stack the stat sheet with one of the top teams allowing points to linebackers. This is one of those matchups that even the mediocre Whitehead can take advantage of.

Texans LB Zach Cunningham‘s matchup doesn’t exactly scream Hard Start this week versus the Titans. But with Dylan Cole recently going on I.R. with a wrist injury, the Texans are going to have to keep Cunningham on the field this contest for every snap. So far this season Cole and Cunningham had a 70-30 split going in snaps on average, with Cunningham receiving the larger amount. This is a divisional matchup, expect Cunningham to make a statement.

AFC Soft Sits

Chiefs LB Reggie Ragland has a matchup this week that isn’t favorable towards him receiving many opportunities versus the Broncos. We should expect more of an air attack approach in this contest leaving Ragland as the run stopping LB as the guy coming up on the short end of things. The Chiefs also recently traded for Earl Thomas who is actually more of an in the box type safety and will likely be up to speed enough for this weeks contest. Ragland just can’t be trusted this week as a bye-week fill in.

Broncos LB Todd Davis will play the same position on the opposite side of the field in the same role. The only way he isn’t a Soft Sit here is if Brandon Marshall can’t go this week. But with Marshall managing to be active last-minute last week he’ll likely be good to go this contest for his full-time role. And when we add in the fact that rookie Josey Jewell is trending upward and better in coverage, Don’t risk Davis as a bye-week play, there is just too many red flags this contest.


NFC Hard Starts

Cowboys rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch has been a player that many have wanted on the field to live up to his rookie draft hype. This is the week to cash in on waiting it out. Sean Lee is likely out a few weeks with hamstring issues and Vander Esch is going to get a full complement of snaps until he returns. The Cowboys face the Lions who are surprisingly allowing a higher production to the linebackers than they ever have. New Head Coach Patricia is determined to grind the ball out in the run game more than prior coaches, this is likely the result of and a good case to have Vander in as a Hard Start this week.

Bears rookie LB Roquan Smith is another player hyped to the max for some time that is finally up to speed and earned a lions share of defensive snaps his last week. Granted he did not light up the stat shit versus the Cardinals with 82% of the snaps, but it was purely matchup based that he did not. This won’t be the case versus the Buccaneers this coming week. They are on the other end of the spectrum when it has come to allowing points to Smith position on the field.

NFC Soft Sits

Cardinals LB(s) Deone Bucannon and Hassan Reddick are not only Soft  Hard Sits this week, but until further notice, they are pretty much droppable in 99% of formats. We will just have a look at the Week Three snap counts to explain it.

Josh Bynes: 100%

Gerald Hodges: 78%

Deone Bucannon: 1%

Hassan Reddick: 0%

I predicted back the last offseason that Bynes could lead the LBs for Cards in production, but I never dreamed of this happening.

Packers ILB not named Blake Martinez are also not viable starts until further notice. Let’s just say the wheels have fallen off the wagon on the idea that the Packers would have an ILB standing next to Martinez. I won’t even bother to prove anything by recapping snap count %. Just don’t do it, they are not seeing the field enough, at least for now.

There are always three Charts published, a LB, a DB, and Edge/DL. So if you’re looking at one and like to see the others you can go to The IDP Tipster Page on site and know that if they aren’t there yet, they will be soon.


We are still fairly early in the NFL season and some things will work themselves out among many of the NFL teams. I can not stress enough that if we have a stud we must play them unless we are splitting hairs between “known” studs. Be sure to always apply the guidelines and keep in mind that we have “Any Given Sunday” situations happening until the NFL hits its full stride.

Thank you for considering my personal charts as well as my players to either target or avoid. I look forward to publishing these throughout the season as part of my No Bullshit Content in an attempt to help us win now. It’s a tool, and we also know that sometimes tools aren’t as applicable in all situations, but I assure you, these charts work and will be especially convenient for all of us as the season rolls on.

Thank you as always for reading and feel free to find me on Twitter @HBogart27 for any follow-up questions or anything IDP. Or reach out at And be sure to catch me on periscope via Twitter and look for me on The No Bullshit Content IDP Podcast.

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It is all about the IDP and to bring those interested the tools and content to win now. If you ever need a "follow-up" on anything I've written or would like to ask a general question feel free to contact me on Twitter @HBogart27. I'll also reply by email at if in the title the words "IDP Tipster" are included. As always thank you for supporting my IDP fetish by reading my articles. Additional: News Desk Correspondent for FantasyPros @nfl_alerts Experience: give or take 20 yrs Proudest Accomplishment As IDP Guy: Developing "one of a kind and original" in-season "Easy Charts" for IDP start/sit advice by using multiple resources and trade secrets to win now. Go Buckeyes!