• Week Three Start/Sit For IDP Fantasy Football

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    With Week Three now upon us, Jon dives into each IDP matchup. He declares players he believes should be in your lineups and which IDP players should be riding the pine.


    I've been putting out these IDP matchup articles the last couple weeks. I have not been able to cover more than eight or so matchups each week since I have the bad habit of over-explaining my decision process involved in starting or sitting every single IDP relevant guy in each matchup. I would go over their defensive snap %, stats, traits of the teams they're up against and so on.

    Now while that's great information it means I'm only getting to cover a few matchups every week since each one is so loaded down with information. I also write a weekly article where I go over the past weeks IDP stats and results with waivers. I cracked 5,200 words in the last one I wrote, which is twice as long as the recommended length for an internet article. (Editor's Note: Jon wrote more words in that article than the first chapter of the novel I am working on!)

    I'll probably keep doing that article in the same style since it really paints the entire picture every week after we see the results but this segment has got to get streamlined.

    For this article going forward, I will go into less on the reasons why I am suggesting what I suggest in an effort to cover all the matchups before they happen each week. That being said, if you do not agree with a take or a start/sit no problem. It is ultimately your team and your decision every week to make. I just want you guys to know there is a metric ton of research, stats, info, time and effort that goes into every article I write. If I suggest something, it is not on a whim. There is a reason behind it. If I don't mention a player it's because I have no opinion either way. These are just the guys I've gotten a read on and feel strongly about so far this week.

    New Orleans @ Atlanta

    Starts: Demario Davis, Linebacker (NOS). Cameron Jordan, Defensive End (NOS). Marcus Williams, Safety (NOS). Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback (NOS). Duke Riley, Linebacker (ATL). Ricardo Allen, Safety (ATL). Grady Jarrett, Defensive Tackle (ATL).

    Sits: AJ Klein, Linebacker (NOS). Vonn Bell, Safety (NOS). Kurt Coleman, Safety (NOS). Vic Beasley, Defensive End (ATL).

    49ers @ Kansas City

    Starts: Ruben Foster, Linebacker (SFO). Malcolm Smith*, Linebacker (SFO). DeForest Buckner, Defensive Tackle (SFO). Solomon Thomas, Defensive End (SFO). Jaquiski Tartt*, Safety (SFO). Anthony Hitchens, Linebacker (KC). Kendall Fuller, Cornerback (KC).

    Sits: Reggie Ragland, Linebacker (KC). Fred Warner, Linebacker (SFO). (Start Warner if Malcolm Smith injured again)

    Oakland @ Miami

    Starts: Tahir Whitehead, Linebacker (OAK). Marcus Gilchrist, Safety (OAK). Kiko Alonso, Linebacker (MIA). Reshad Jones, Safety (MIA). Davon Godchaux, Defensive Tackle (MIA).

    Sits: Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle (OAK). Raekwon McMillan, Linebacker (MIA).

    Buffalo @ Minnesota

    Starts: Tremaine Edmunds, Linebacker (BUF). Matt Milano, Linebacker (BUF). Jordan Poyer, Safety (BUF). Tre'Davious White, Cornerback (BUF). Eric Kendricks, Linebacker (MIN). Harrison Smith, Safety (MIN). Linval Joseph, Defensive Tackle (MIN). Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle (MIN). Danielle Hunter, Defensive End (MIN). Everson Griffen, Defensive End (MIN).

    Sits: Micah Hyde, Safety (BUF).

    Indianapolis @ Philly

    Starts: Darius Leonard, Linebacker (IND). Clayton Geathers, Safety (IND). Margus Hunt, Defensive Tackle (IND). Jordan Hicks, Linebacker (PHI). Nigel Bradham, Linebacker (PHI). Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle (PHI). Ronald Darby, Cornerback (PHI).

    Sits: Skai Moore, Linebacker (IND).

    Green Bay @ Washington

    Starts: Blake Martinez, Linebacker (GB). Oren Burks*, Linebacker (GB). Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety (GB). Zach Brown, Linebacker (WAS). D.J. Swearinger, Safety (WAS).

    Sits: Ryan Kerrigan, Linebacker (WAS).

    Cincy @ Carolina

    Starts: Nick Vigil, Linebacker (CIN). Preston Brown*, (CIN). Shawn Williams, Safety (CIN). Geno Atkins, Defensive Tackle (CIN). Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End (CIN). Luke Kuechly, Linebacker (CAR). Kawann Short, Defensive Tackle (CAR). Mario Addison, Defensive End (CAR). James Bradberry, Cornerback (CAR).

    Sits: Shaq Thompson, Linebacker (CAR). Carl Lawson, Defensive End (CIN).

    Tennessee @ Jacksonville

    Starts: Wesley Woodyard, Linebacker (TEN). Jurell Casey, Defensive Tackle (TEN). Malcolm Butler, Cornerback (TEN). Adoree Jackson, Cornerback (TEN). Kevin Byard, Safety (TEN). Kenny Vaccaro, Safety (TEN). Myles Jack, Linebacker (JAX). Telvin Smith, Linebacker (JAX). Calais Campbell, Defensive End (JAX). Barry Church, Safety (JAX).

    Sits: Rashaan Evans, Linebacker (TEN).

    Denver @ Baltimore

    Starts: Von Miller, Linebacker (DEN). Brandon Marshall, Linebacker (DEN). Justin Simmons, Safety (DEN). Tony Jefferson, Safety (BAL). Kenny Young, Linebacker (BAL). And obviously, C.J. Mosley if he's healthy enough to play

    Sits: Todd Davis, Linebacker (DEN). Eric Weddle, Safety (BAL).

    NY Giants @ Houston

    Starts: Landon Collins, Safety (NY). Alec Ogletree, Linebacker (NY). Damon Harrison, Defensive Tackle (NY). J.J. Watt, Defensive End (HOU). Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End (HOU). D.J. Reader, Defensive Tackle (HOU). Benardrick McKinney, Linebacker (HOU). Zach Cunningham, Linebacker (HOU). Tyrann Mathieu, Safety (HOU).

    Sits: NA

    LA Chargers @ LA Rams

    Starts: Derwin James, Safety (LAC). Kyzir White, LBS (LAC). Melvin Ingram, Defensive End (LAC). Mark Barron*, Linebacker (LAR). John Johnson, Safety (LAR). Aaron Donald, Defensive End (LAR). Michael Brockers, Defensive End (LAR). Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle (LAR). Aqib Talib, Cornerback (LAR). Marcus Peters, Cornerback (LAR).

    Sits: Cory Littleton, Linebacker (LAR). (Only if Barron plays) All linebackers on LA Chargers except White who has led teams linebackers in snaps two weeks in a row.

    Chicago @ Arizona

    Starts: Khalil Mack, DELB (CHI). Roquan Smith, Linebacker (CHI). Akiem Hicks, Defensive End (CHI). Adrian Amos, Safety (CHI). Josh Bynes, Linebacker (ARI). Budda Baker, Safety (ARI). Antoine Bethea, Safety (ARI). Chandler Jones, Defensive End (ARI).

    Sits: Deone Buchanon, Linebacker (ARI). Kyle Fuller, Cornerback (CHI).

    Dallas @ Seattle

    Starts: Jaylon Smith, Linebacker (DAL). Sean Lee, Linebacker (DAL). DeMarcus Lawrence, Defensive End (DAL). Taco Charlton, Defensive End (DAL). Chidobe Awuzie, Cornerback (DAL). Kavon Frazier, Safety (DAL) (If Xavier Woods it out again) Bobby Wagner*, Linebacker (SEA). KJ Wright*, Linebacker (SEA). Frank Clark, Defensive End (SEA). Shaq Griffin, Cornerback (SEA). Bradley McDougald, Safety (SEA).

    Sits: NA

    New England @ Detroit

    Starts: Devin McCourty, Safety (NE). Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback (NE). Trey Flowers*, Defensive End (NE). Jarrad Davis, Linebacker (DET). Glover Quinn, Safety (DET). Darius Slay, Cornerback (DET).

    Sits: All of the New England linebackers. Lions defensive line.

    Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay

    Starts: Cameron Heyward, Defensive Tackle (PIT). Stephon Tuitt, Defensive End (PIT). Vince Williams, Linebacker (PIT). Sean Davis, Safety (PIT). Kwon Alexander, Linebacker (TB). Lavonte David, Linebacker (TB). Ryan Smith, Cornerback (TB). Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle (TB). Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End (TB). Justin Evans, Safety (TB).

    Sits: Jon Bostic, Linebacker (PIT). T.J. Watt, Linebacker (PIT). Terrell Edmunds, Safety (PIT). Morgan Burnett, Safety (PIT). Vinny Curry, Defensive End (TB).

    • = If healthy, continue to monitor this players injury status until game time.

    Feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@orangeman3142) or fill out the "contact us" box on the website www.idpguys.org if you have any questions. Good luck in your Week Three matchups!


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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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