The Tipster’s Week 8 Linebacker “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)

Browns WLB Christian Kirksey– 7 solo – 3 assists – 1 interception – 1 fumble recovery – 1 pass defended; more than we could have asked for and he’ll likely produce nicely until Schobert’s return.

Colts MLB Anthony Walker– 1 solo – 4 assists – 1 tackle for a loss; the only way this was not disappointing is if your league happens to score assists as high as solo tackles. He did see a dip in playing time, but not to the point that he shouldn’t have done better.

Buffalo WLB Matt Milano – 4 solo; I can’t help but feel a little guilty here with this one. Despite two prior games in a row of top snap counts and equal production, I didn’t stick to my rule of thumb of seeing this type of production three weeks in a row before suggesting him this week. I plead my case by stating that on paper, it shouldn’t have gone this way. He reportedly struggled and missed a few tackles.

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis – 3 solo – 2 assists – 1 tackle for a loss; serviceable but from my point of view an under par swing. It was reported that he suffered an eye injury and was out for a few plays and that it could have hampered him after returning.

Saints SLB A.J. Klein– 5 solo – 2 assists – 1 tackle for a loss; we should look at this one as the perfect example of my disclosure above, he was likely on no one’s radars with his second best and only above serviceable production on the season. He means more to his team in real life over his IDP output.

Soft Sits (Red Flag Warnings)

Broncos WILB Brandon Marshall– two solo – two assists; no one missed this I’m sure. It’s unfortunate for Marshall owners have had to endure such a terrible season to this point. This was just a warning on my part not to go reaching and expecting anything more than this in the first week of there being four teams on bye.

Bengals MLB Preston Brown – 3 solo – 2 assists; again unlikely to have “missed out” here on average production at best. And likely wouldn’t have even seen this amount of production if Vontaze Burfict hadn’t left with an undisclosed injury.

Vikings MLB Eric Kendricks – 5 solo – 2 passes defended; I’ll let the readers judge this one per your leagues scoring format. From where I sit, it was his second-lowest output for points on the season.

9ers rookie WLB Fred Warner – 4 solo – 4 assists; a bit more than expected after two contest of not producing with Ruebon Foster returning from suspension. Was simply a warning as stated via matchup and that fact. We will add here that foster went down at some point with an injury and never returned to the contest.

Falcons WLB/MLB Duke Riley – 1 solo – 2 assists – 1 tackle for a loss; as predicted Riley did lose time to Foyesade Oluokun as well as Bruce Carter at the goal line. If you can find a buyer, Riley should be on your trade block at this point.


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

Patriots ILB Kyle Van Noy isn’t normally a linebacker that I would go suggesting should be a Hard Start because of the odd way the Patriots use or rotate their linebackers. But this week they have the Bills and considering his recent snap counts he should produce some nice numbers when things look slimmer with four teams on bye weeks again this week to pick from.

Dolphins MLB Raekwon McMillion might be a hard sell here as a Hard Start with his less than lackluster start to the season. But with an upper tier team allowing points to linebackers like the Texans being their next opponent he should be considered this week. Over the last few weeks, he seems to have found his footing as far as IDP output as well as an increase in snap counts which offers more opportunities to make plays for us.

AFC Soft Sits

Bengals LBs remain Soft Sits until some type of consistency happens on who is going to play a full complement of snaps.

Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens had a huge red flag pop up last contest for us versus the Bengals. His snap count took a hit as they subbed him out in packages. If you can afford to sit him this week it would be safer to do so in case it has become a thing going forward.


NFC Hard Starts

Seahawks WLB K.J. Wright is reportedly expected to play this Sunday versus the Lions. He is one that could be sitting on all those waiver wires right now because he has been out all season so far. Not only is his matchups nice on paper but we have to think that he is as fresh as anyone and hungry to get dirty this week.

Cardinals LB Haason Reddick makes it this week as a Hard Start based off the fact he may have fallen off our radars after only recording three solos and one assisted tackle last week. It was purely a matchup thing. Make sure we keep him in after again getting 100% of the snap counts last week as his matchup is completely on the other end of the spectrum this week versus the Niners. So far the Niners haven’t fallen out of the top five allowing points to linebackers this year.

NFC Soft Sits

Redskins WILB Zach Brown falls under caution here and is a Soft Sit just like Anthony Hitchens of the AFC. His snap count took a turn for the worse last week and fell drastically. He did manage to produce, but it would be a high risk he would repeat that versus the Giants this week which have managed to move down the board in allowing points to linebackers lately.

Saints SLB A.J. Klein was firmly on our Hard Starts last week with risk and did us right with his second highest production on the season. Don’t fall for it to happen again in Week Eight versus the Vikings. The matchup falls way down the list for linebackers to produce and he’ll likely just play second fiddle to Demario Davis.

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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