IDP Start/Sit: Week 6

Updated: October 11th 2023


It was not a great week 5, but just like teams dealing with all kinds of injuries, we need to press on and find the right guy this week and make our teams better for it! And we might want to even consider where we are going to be next week when we get hit with a ton of teams on their bye week as well.

Week 5 Recap


Start: David Onyemata (2 solos) 👎

Sit: Sam Hubbard (3 solos, FR) 👍


Start: Chad Muma (4 solos) 👎

Sit: Demario Davis (3 solos, 3 assists, 1 PD) 👎 – let’s call it a split


Start: Jayron Kearse (1 sack, 1 QB hit, 4 solos, 2 TFL) 👍

Sit: Jalen Pitre (7 solos, 4 assists, PD, FR) 👎

Week 6 Starts & Sits

START: Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons, DL62 (DT17)

Grady Jarrett and the Atlanta Falcons have the lowest sack total in the NFL with only 5. Grady has 1 of those 5. Taking a team that has such low production doesn’t seem like such a good bet. However, the Washington Commanders are a salve that can help solve this! Sam Howell has been taking an average of 6 sacks a game so far this season and pressured 18 times! This is one of the best “get right” matchups for a team struggling to generate pressure.

Jarrett has been one of the few bright spots so far this season for the Falcons front. He is averaging 2.6 pressures a game. This has equated to a 9.4% pass-rush pressure rate which is an above-average rate. Average production meets optimal matchup, making Jarrett a confident play this weekend.

SIT: Jonathon Cooper, Denver Broncos, DL40 (ED29)

Cooper has had a nice start to the season, producing 24 tackles and 3 sacks on 11 pressures. However, most of his pass rush production has come in two games against the Chicago Bears and the Washington Commanders (8 pressures, 3 sacks). These are two of the most advantageous matchups so this upside needs to be taken with a grain a salt. His tackle floor has been solid for an edge defender and should maintain some value in that regard. But his matchup on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs leaves us concerned about his potential value this week.

Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes continue to limit the amount of pass-rush plays made against them. Mahomes is the least sacked QB this season (assuming at least 75 dropbacks). This is not an anomaly either, this is what Mahomes has been like for the last several years. If game script puts the Chiefs into a run-heavy situation, Cooper could provide value through his tackle efficiency, but with the limited pass-rush upside, I am looking to fade Cooper’s overall production this week.

START: Tyrel Dodson, Buffalo Bills, LB41

Tyrel Dodson, Dorian Williams, and Terrel Bernard were all up in the air this off-season as to who would be playing alongside Matt Milaon. It eventually fell into place they had very specific roles and specific backups. When Milano got injured, they started with Dorian Williams. But his poor play led to them bringing in Dodson. Dodson is not just a “warm body” stepping in either, he has shown competency in the Bills defense as well as an IDP. He has an average 11.2% tackle efficiency (just below league average) but he also has shown he can make plays in the pass-rush portion of his game with a strong 25.6% pass-rush pressure rate. Now these are smaller samples, but still positive-looking numbers.

Taking on the New York Giants this week is a favorable matchup for LBs and is what helps push Dodson into that ideal play this week. Linebackers playing against the Giants is the 3rd best scoring matchup for them. Dodson should see the full complement of snaps and enjoy the favorable matchup.

SIT: Fankie Luvu, Carolina Panthers, LB29

Frankie Luvu has been a revelation for IDP since bursting on to the scene last year as a consistent tackler with some great pass-rush upside and legit play-making ability. However, the Shaq Thompson injury has thrown a wrench in to this utilization for Luvu this season. His tackle floor has stayed relatively the same from his production last year, however, the pass-rush has seemingly shifted away from him as he has had to step up in place of Thompson. Last season he averaged 9.7 pass rush opportunities last season and was on pace for the same this year. But since week 3, he is averaging 3 opportunities per game. That limited upside definitely hurts Luvu’s upside. Additionally, it is a less than ideal matchup for LBs this week.

The Miami Dolphins are the 6th worst matchup for LB scoring for IDP as well. They have shown the ability to win via big plays and downfield, away from the primary locations of the LBs. This has limited the ability for LBs to rack up points and I don’t see this changing for the Panthers and Luvu this week.

START: Devon Witherspoon, Seattle Seahawks, DB37 (CB3)

Devon Witherspoon has burst on to the IDP scene this year. He has shown us a “quiet” game with 6 total tackles and a pass break up. He has shown us 11 tackles with 2 pass break ups. And most recently, 2 sacks, 5 tackles, and of course the pick 6. Now we obviously cannot count on some of these big plays to always break the way of our IDPs. However, in an opponent limited in its offensive options with the Cincinatti Bengals, I believe the Seahawaks will have a very precise approach in deploying Witherspoon to try and counter-attack and find ways to make big plays in their matchup.

SIT: Marcus Maye, New Orleans Saints, DB40 (S36)

Marcus Maye generally has some value as even as a deep safety, however, this week against the Houston Texans presents some limited upside. With CJ Stroud at the helm for the Texans, they have had a much more precise passing approach. This approach has led to them being focused on the intermediate portion of the field and limiting deep shots to specific times and situations. They also have protected the ball very well. Maye should have an OK floor with his historical production, but in a week with a limited upside based on his opponent and his alignment and utilization, I am not as confident in Marcus Maye’s production this week.


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IDP Start/Sit: Week 2

Updated: September 13th 2023

Your offensive side of the ball probably felt a little rough in week 1. But IDP as a whole looked great, and the choices from last week’s article weren’t too bad either. The process checked out for us at DL. LB looked OK, would have liked to see a bit more opportunity for Elliss in pass-rush. The Cowboy’s defense as a unit looked great, but with some big plays and a bad Giants offense, Kearse never did a whole lot. On to week 2!

Week 1 Recap


Start: Will Anderson Jr (4 solos, 2 assist, TFL, sack, 2 QB hits. 19.1 pts) 👍

Sit: Aidan Hutchinson (3 solos, assist, 3 QB hits. 10.5 pts) 👍


Start: Kaden Elliss (6 solos, 3 assists. 9.8 pts) 👎

Sit: Jamin Davis (4 solos, 2 assists, TFL. 9.5 pts) 👍


Start: Jayron Kearse (2 solos, 5 assists. 6.3 pts) 👎

Sit: Jeremy Chinn (3 solos, 4 assists. 6.8 pts) 👍

Week 1 Starts & Sits

START: Khalil Mack, Los Angeles Chargers, DL38 (Edge28)

Khalil Mack against the Titans is shaping up to be a very plus matchup overall. The Titans offensive live was a mess in week 1 with the third worst pressure rate allowed at 29%. The Titans also threw the ball 62.7% of the time last week despite being in a fairly neutral game script. If those things continue and Mack shows us more of what he did in week 1, a sack+ type of game is definitely in the cards. He generated 6 pressures on 35 pass-rush snaps for a whopping 17.1% pass-rush pressure rate. He did not convert any into a sack and his tackles were limited, but I am excited for a potential big game for him this week.

SIT: Quinnen Williams, New York Jets, DL19 (DT2)

“Blasphemy!”… I know. You might not have a better option than Quinnen and I am not saying you can’t start him. But definitely temper expectations this week, in my opinion. The Cowboys just faced a very strong front in the Giants and the Cowboys seemed to have a plan to get the ball out quickly with Dak at a league-low of 2.11 seconds in his time to throw. Pair that with a game script that is very much in question with the Jets offense and its identity without Aaron Rodgers.

I love Quinnen and his one of the top DL’s in the game today and will likely make a handful of plays, but I would reduce expectations, or if you are fortunate enough to have depth at the position, consider others in a better overall situation this week.

START: Azeez Al-Shaair, Tennessee Titans, LB23

On the other side of the Chargers and Titans matchup, Al-Shaair looks like a great play at LB with a Chargers offense that was efficient and able to run a whopping 76 plays last week but more amazingly, had 40 rush attempts. Kellen Moore seems to have a game plan to run the ball so far and Azeez should be able to do a lot of the work in the middle of that defense making plays. His initial performance of 5 total tackles should be an easy top with the upside of 9-10 tackles, assuming league average tackle efficiency of 12%.

I like Azeez as a high-end LB2 with the strong tackle floor and likely, positive game script for the Chargers offense.

SIT: De’Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers, LB16

Campbell and the Packers take on the Falcons in week 2 and what appears to be another year of the Arthur Smith “run the ball at all costs” show. The Falcons ran an impressively low 48 plays in their victory in week 1, some of this was due to short fields, and some of it, is just due to the nature of their gameplan.

Campbell did not play 100% of the snaps either, he was closer to 80%. And 80% of 50 snaps at 12% tackle efficiency, is not a great floor. Even if you boost the floor a bit because of a focus on RB targets, it still leaves us wanting more. So without more certainty around snap counts and a less-than-ideal matchup, I am fading Campbell this week.

START: Jevon Holland, Miami Dolphins, DB39 (S38)

Jevon Holland already had a great start in week 1 with 13 total tackles. A lot of this has to do with his strong alignment usage with 22 box snaps and 18 slot snaps; that’s 50% of his snaps in ideal alignment. He did this with a strong PFF performance too, 77+ across the board, and peaking at 86.4 for his overall grade. Now he takes a great week 1 performance into New England. With Bill O’ Brien as the new OC, the Patriots showed they aren’t afraid to air it out and against a strong offense in Miami, it is likely we see the Patriots throwing it a lot again. Holland has a good base with his alignment and this matchup looks like it will be a favorable one for the Dolphins secondary.

SIT: Marcus Maye, New Orleans Saints, DB28 (S27)

Marcus Maye generally plays the “deep safety” role and he played 69.8% of his snaps in that role in week 1 against the Titans. Now he takes on the Panthers and a rookie QB with limited weapons and that showed in how the passing attack looked in week 1. Bryce Young only attempted 2 passes beyond 20 yards and 8 passes beyond 10 yards. This means 28 of his attempts were less than yards downfield. The alignment and the matchup are not a favorable one, for a tackle floor or for the opportunity to make splash plays. Maye is not a great play for this week.

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