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.

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Grounded Cowboys fan, if there is such a thing. Writer\Host for the IDP Guys, been playing IDP Fantasy since 2004. Cat enthusiast. Ridiculous opinions are my own. My articles are occasionally on the controversial side of things. FanDuel degenerate and reliable source of income for Bovada. I work at a hospital and volunteer with Autistic kids on the weekend. Hit me up on Twitter if you need any IDP advice or want a second opinion, always glad to help. @Orangeman3142