The Tipster’s Week 8 Edge Rusher / Defensive Lineman “Easy” Start/Sit Chart & Players

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The IDP Tipster’s Week Eight 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.

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.

Full Disclosure On Hard Starts And Soft Sits

Before we recap the results for Week Seven this week I felt like as part of my “No Bullshit Content” state of mind that I live by I should step in here and make this statement. I’m basing this that I’m about to mention on readers reaching out to me via Twitter. And I feel I need to make something clear this 2018 season after how IDP projections and situations have played out thus far.

The formula used for the charts are not a true reflection of the Hard Sits, nor really the Soft Sits that is an addition in these articles. In the past, I would work up the charts for publications and then later separately write a start/sit article. But with my time alotted as it is this season I am now combining the two. Keep this in mind as I’ve had indications that readers are letting my start/sits override the charts.

I do use the charts in helping form an opinion for the start/sits. But the guidelines included in the charts have to be considered overall before anything. Using the word “Hard” with starts may have been where I went wrong. They are not a “must” start, they are opinions on players as deeper players to consider via the information at hand. To sum it up in a tight package here, they are players for IDP owners to consider as possible bye week fillers or seen as potential plays based on my opinion, not a complete trend of the players suggested versus the chart information as individuals.

It’s simple, I’m reaching for us where we need it in order to try and win. If I was only going for a “touchdown” each week then I would just suggest the “known” stud IDP plays each week and the “known” players to sit who aren’t producing, to begin with. Please do not let my suggested deep dives override what we know via the Charts. There is a reason this time of year with bye weeks going on that I insert each player that I do in either case.

Thank You

Gary (The IDP Tipster)

Week Seven Hard Start And Soft Sits Results

HARD STARTS (Green Light Starts)

Patriots DE Trey Flowers – 1 solo – 1 assist – 1 pass defended; in the Hard Start I mentioned that there could be some concern about him not actually being the top tier type DE that he was last year with a lackluster consistency happening this year. A “one hit wonder” type. Well, in a contest he should have produced in on paper, that thinking on my part is one step closer to that thinking.

Redskins DE Jonathan Allen – 1 solo – 1 assist – 1 tackle for loss – 1 sack; barely what should have happened per the matchup. The Redskins did shut down Zeke and the Dallas run game, but we don’t get points for that now do we.

Falcons DT Grady Jarrett – 2 solo – 2 tackles for a loss – 3 assists – 2 sacks; from a DT, it can’t get much better than this via the matchup he had.

AFC Soft Starts (Upside)

Falcons DT Jack Crawford -1 solo – 1 tackle for loss – 1 assist – 1 sack; in the “take” I mentioned Crawford as a Soft Start if Grady Jarrett couldn’t go, as we see above Jarrett was a go after all. What e should note here is that apparently Crawford performed well in place of Jarrett enough in weeks five and six that they kept him in the rotation and he got his highest snap counts on the season at 75%. He basically was the starting DT next to Jarrett for the game over McClain. We should keep an eye on this situation.

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus – 4 solo – 1 tackle for a loss – 2 forced fumbles – 1 sack; his highest IDP output for the season. “On paper” matchup meet positive results.

AFC Soft Sits (Red Flags)

Bengals DT Geno Atkins – 1 assist; stunned, to say the least, didn’t look good on paper at all, but wow!

Bears DE Akiem Hicks – 2 solo; as stated in the “take”, the Patriots protect Brady and don’t expect a repeat of Hicks numbers the week before versus Miami.

Defensive Lineman / Edge Rushers

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

Colts DLs Jabaal Sheard, Margus Hunt, and Kemoko Turay are all Hard Start players this week versus the Raiders, period. But keep your eye on Sheard (Abdominal), as of right now he is not practicing. It’s almost Halloween and Trick or Treats is about to hit early as the Raiders like to hand out points to DLs like candy.

Steelers DEs Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt (too a lesser degree) are both Hard Starts this week versus the Browns in a divisional matchup. Heyward has the best upside with his best game of the season this year being versus the Browns. Tuitt had very serviceable numbers as well if looking even deeper. The Browns aren’t allowing as much to the DLs as they had been on paper, but it is still an upper tier outlook at this time and in this contest.

AFC Soft Sits

Bills DE Jerry Hughes has only produced when the matchup is in his favor this season. And just like Akeen Hicks of the Bears last week versus the Patriots, it isn’t near a favorable matchup for Hughes this week. Hughes shouldn’t be in our lineups unless you simply have no choice.

Chiefs DE Chris Jones has managed to step it up and record three solid outing in a row over the last few contests. That is likely hitting a wall this week versus the Broncos in a divisional matchup. The only DL the Broncos have allowed upper tier type numbers to at this point has been the Jets Leanord Williams in standard scoring formats. Jones may get something, but don’t plan on it being near what he has over the last couple of weeks.


NFC Hard Starts

Redskins Edge/OLBs Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith both have their own form of “upside” as Hard Starts this week versus the Giants. As does any team with this matchup. Kerrigan likely as at least half a tier more “upside” coming off his strongest game versus the Cowboys last week. But Smith is right there in a matchup offering all kinds of outside work offered up by the Giants.

NFC Soft Starts

Saints DTs Alex Okafor and Sheldon Rankins are both deeper “takes” as potential production versus the Vikings. But in a four-team bye week, they are firmly on the radar if looking deep. The Vikings are not outstanding at allowing the points to the interior lineman, but they are above average. The trick will be figuring out which to take off the waiver wire first or insert one over the other. I’ll suggest the first look goes to Okafor, who has just recently edged out Rankins in playing time.

NFC Soft Sits

Panthers DE Mario Addison is dealing with a back injury. If he does play don’t look his way for a strong outing versus the Ravens who allow little from the outside DLs. Considering the matchup it is probably best to just avoid all the Panthers DLs this week, to be honest. Let’s just say that the Panthers linebackers should be plenty busy as the Ravens work the second level of the defense with ease.

There are always three Charts published, an 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.

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 

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