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IDP Game Breakdowns Tackle Opportunities: Week 1
Steve Gallo
September 7, 2011

This is part 1 in the weekly IDP Game Breakdown series.  The reference chart below lists each team’s average tackle opportunities (TOs) given up, average tackle opportunities faced, defensive scheme, defensive coordinator & any relevant notes.  In addition the reference chart is color coded to identify tackle opportunities that are average (highlighted in yellow), below average (highlighted in red) & above average (highlighted in green) TOs are based on this year's stats.  Basically, if your LB is facing a RED team then it isn't a good matchup, conversely a GREEN team would be a good matchup.  The historical average for TOs is 50 (highlighted in yellow), anything 49 or less will be in red and anything above 51 will be in green.  Below the reference chart are key matchups, thought to be the best and worst of the week. 

Tackle opportunities are described as rushing attempts & pass completions faced plus sacks given up. 

Average tackle opportunity stats are derived from data provided by

Bye Week Schedule:
Week 5  Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Washington
Week 6  Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Tennessee
Week 7  Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, New York Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco
Week 8 Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, NY Jets, Oakland, Tampa Bay
Week 9  Carolina, Detroit, Jacksonville, Minnesota
Week 10 NONE
Week 11 Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh

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For week one the tackle opportunity numbers are the year-end numbers from last season.  Starting in week 2 the numbers will be updated to reflect stats for this season.

Team Avg TOs
Given Up
Last Year
Avg TOs
Last Year
ARI 40 56 3-4 Ray Horton* Lenon starting over Bradley to start the season.
ATL 55 48 4-3 Brian VanGorder This season Atlanta should once again be one of the best matchups for IDPs.
BAL 53 46 3-4 & 4-3
Chuck Pagano*  
BUF 47 56 3-4 & 4-3 George Edwards Kirk Morrison was signed as depth only.
CAR 46 53 4-3 Sean McDermott* Jon Beason Achilles problematic. Monitor injury report.  Dan Connor would start in his place if he can't go.  Limited value as a 2-down LB.
CHI 47 49 Tampa 2 Rod Marinelli Have to see how Briggs asking for trade effects play of defense.  Bears signed Pats castoff Brandon Meriweather, Major Wright is still expected to start but there is added risk to lost snaps.
CIN 51 48 4-3 Mike Zimmer Rey Maualuga looks to finally pay dividends for dynasty owners.  Thomas Howard formerly of the Raiders starting at WLB.
CLE 47 53 4-3 Dick Jauron* New head coach, new d-coord, new 4-3 defense.  If D'Qwell Jackson can stay healthy he could put up top 15 numbers.
DAL 53 49 3-4 Rob Ryan* New d-cord but sticking with 3-4 defense, but should be more aggressive.
DEN 48 53 4-3 Dennis Allen DJ Williams still recovering from dislocated elbow.  Woodyard should start in his place.  If you are thin at LB he could be worth a look against the Oakland rushing game.
DET 51 51 4-3 Gunther Cunningham Value of Tulloch, Levy and Durant depends on how the Lions use them in sub-packages. 
GBP 51 46 3-4 Dom Capers Desmond Bishop should pick right up where he left off last season.  Morgan Burnett starting at SS but value limited by scheme.
HOU 51 51 3-4 Wade Phillips* New d-coord and new scheme. Due to scheme Mario Williams moves to OLB and loses all value in any league that isn't a big play league.
IND 54 52 Tampa 2 Larry Coyer If Manning doesn't start season the Colts defense could be on the field a bunch which will inflate their value.
JAC 53 48 4-3 Mel Tucker If you are looking for a sleeper DE in a deeper league then check out Austen Lane.
KCC 54 47 3-4 Romeo Crennel  
MIA 52 47 3-4 Mike Nolan Armando Salguero, covers the Dolphins for the Miami  Herald and he is reporting that the Dolphins week 1 depth chart has Chris Clemons listed as the starting FS.  Many expected Reshad Jones to be the starter at FS.
MIN 49 48 Tampa 2 Leslie Frazier  
NEP 50 53 3-4 & 4-3 Bill Belichick Spikes value will be easier to gauge when we see what Belichick does in sub-packages. Also, cut former 2-time pro-bowl safety Brandon Meriweather.
NOS 54 47 4-3 Gregg Williams  
NYG 52 46 4-3 Perry Fewell LB Clint Sintim tore his right ACL and patellar tendon and was put on IR.  Jonathan Goff out for season with torn ACL, team expected to sign Kawika Mitchell.  Look for Kenny Phillips to play more in the box this year.
NYJ 53 46 3-4 Mike Pettine Didn't re-sign vet Shaun Ellis and are starting a rookie from Temple at DE.
OAK 51 48 4-3 Chuck Bresnahan*  
PHL 52 48 4-3 Juan Castillo* Fantasy value at safety is muddy but should sort itself out.
PIT 51 47 3-4 Dick LeBeau Harrison and Woodley got paid in the offseason.
SDC 53 46 3-4 Greg Manusky* New starting ILBs for Chargers, Donald Butler and Takeo Spikes.  Butler is the one to own.
SEA 46 53 4-3 Gus Bradley Make David Hawthorne a trade target now.  After a week or two you won't be able to touch him.  Could put up Patrick Willis type numbers.
SFO 46 52 3-4 Vic Fangio* Speaking of Willis, have to wonder how the loss of Spikes and addition of NaVorro Bowman will affect fantasy numbers.
STL 52 48 4-3 Ken Flajole Sleeper DB, rookie Darian Stewart.
TBB 48 49 Tampa 2 Raheem Morris Mason Foster only 2-down LB to start season so temper expectations for now.
TEN 44 58 4-3 Jerry Gray* New d-coord but still running 4-3.  DE Derrick Morgan needs to get healthy and on the field to help this defense.
WAS 47 53 3-4 Jim Haslett LaRon Landry is a risky start until we see he is 100% recovered from his injury. 

* New Defensive Coordinator

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