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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 5
Steve Gallo
October 6, 2011

This is part 2 in the weekly IDP Game Breakdown series.  Star Ratings boxes utilize the same color coding as the reference chart in part 1.  Each team's ratings box is colored to show the tackle opportunities the team they are facing is giving up: average (highlighted in yellow), below average (highlighted in red) & above average (highlighted in green).  This will help so that you can quickly see the good vs. bad vs. neutral matchups and also if you are stuck between who to start out of say two 3 Star players then you will probably want to go with the one that has a "Green" matchup versus a "Red" matchup (remember Scheme Matters). 

Star ratings are based on a 12-team league with the following starting requirements: 2 defensive linemen (DL) (defensive ends (DE) & defensive tackles (DT)), 3 linebackers (LB), 3 defensive backs (DB) (cornerbacks (CB) & safeties (S)). 

Scoring system used for this article: solo tackle (2), assisted tackle (1), sack (3), forced or recovered fumble (3), interception (3) and pass defended (1).

Tackle opportunity stats as well as other stats utilized in the breakdowns are derived from data provided by

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Star Rating System
5-Star Play: Studly performance anticipated
4-Star Play: Above average performance anticipated
3-Star Play: Average starter performance anticipated
2-Star Play: Risky Starter/ Sleeper
1-Star Play: Pine rider, keep 'em on the bench, too risky to start
IR = Injured Reserve
OUT = player will not play due to injury
Injured = player injured but not yet ruled out, too much risk to rank
# = bump player up one level in DT mandatory leagues

If a Star Rank box is GREEN that means the players rank has been adjusted UP.
If a Star Rank box is RED that means the players rank has been adjusted DOWN.

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


Arizona Cardinals

OPPONENT - @ Vikings
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Calais Campbell 3
DE Darnell Dockett 2
DT Dan Williams 1
LB Daryl Washington 4
LB Paris Lenon 2
LB Stewart Bradley 1
LB Joey Porter 2
LB Clark Haggans 1
LB O'Brien Schofield 1
S Kerry Rhodes 2
S Adrian Wilson 2
S Rashad Johnson 1
CB Patrick Peterson 2
CB A.J. Jefferson 2
CB Richard Marshall 2

Atlanta Falcons

OPPONENT - Packers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE John Abraham 2
DE Ray Edwards 2
DT Jonathan Babineaux Injured
DT Vance Walker 1
DT Corey Peters 1
DT Peria Jerry 1
LB Curtis Lofton 3
LB Sean Weatherspoon 4
LB Stephen Nicholas Injured
S William Moore 3
S Thomas DeCoud 3
CB Brent Grimes 3
CB Dunta Robinson 3

Baltimore Ravens

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Terrell Suggs BYE
DE Arthur Jones BYE
DT Haloti Ngata BYE
DT Terrence Cody BYE
LB Ray Lewis BYE
LB Jameel McClain BYE
LB Jarret Johnson BYE
S Ed Reed BYE
S Tom Zibikowski BYE
S Bernard Pollard BYE
CB Jimmy Smith BYE
CB Ladarius Webb BYE
CB Cary Williams BYE

Buffalo Bills

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcell Dareus 1
DE Dwan Edwards 2
DT Kyle Williams 1
LB Nick Barnett 4
LB Andra Davis 2
LB Shawne Merriman 2
LB Chris Kelsay 2
LB Kirk Morrison 1
S George Wilson 4
S Bryan Scott 4
S Jairus Byrd 2
CB Drayton Florence 2
CB Terrence McGee Injured
CB Leodis McKelvin 2

Carolina Panthers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Charles Johnson 3
DE Greg Hardy 3
DT Sione Fua 1
DT Terrell McClain 1
LB Jon Beason IR
LB Thomas Davis IR
LB James Anderson 4
LB Dan Connor 2
LB Jason Williams 2
LB Thomas Williams 2
S Charles Godfrey 4
S Jordan Pugh 1
S Sherrod Martin 3
CB Chris Gamble Injured
CB Captain Munnerlyn 4

Chicago Bears

OPPONENT - @ Lions
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Julius Peppers 3
DE Israel Idonije 2
DT Anthony Adams 1
DT Henry Melton 2
LB Brian Urlacher 4
LB Lance Briggs 3
LB Nick Roach 1
S Chris Harris Injured
S Major Wright 3
S Brandon Meriweather 2
CB Charles Tillman 3
CB Tim Jennings 3

Cincinnati Bengals

OPPONENT - @ Jaguars
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Carlos Dunlap 3
DE Michael Johnson 3
DE Robert Geathers 2
DE Jonathan Fanene 2
DT Domata Peko 1
DT Geno Atkins 2
LB Rey Maualuga 4
LB Thomas Howard 3
LB Manny Lawson 1
S Chris Crocker 2
S Reggie Nelson 2
S Gibril Wilson 1
S Taylor Mays 1
CB Leon Hall 2
CB Nate Clements 2

Cleveland Browns

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jabaal Sheard BYE
DE Jayme Mitchell BYE
DE Marcus Benard BYE
DT Phil Taylor BYE
DT Ahtyba Rubin BYE
LB D'Qwell Jackson BYE
LB Chris Gocong BYE
LB Scott Fujita BYE
S T.J. Ward BYE
S Usama Young BYE
CB Joe Haden BYE
CB Sheldon Brown BYE

Dallas Cowboys

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcus Spears BYE
DE Jason Hatcher BYE
DE Kenyon Coleman BYE
DT Jay Ratliff BYE
LB Bradie James BYE
LB Keith Brooking BYE
LB Sean Lee BYE
LB DeMarcus Ware BYE
S Abram Elam BYE
S Gerald Sensabaugh BYE
CB Terence Newman BYE
CB Mike Jenkins BYE
CB Orlando Scandrick BYE

Denver Broncos

OPPONENT - Chargers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Elvis Dumervil 3
DE Robert Ayers 1
DT Broderick Bunkley 1
DT Kevin Vickerson 1
LB D.J. Williams 4
LB Von Miller 2
LB Joe Mays 3
LB Wesley Woodyard 2
S Brian Dawkins 3
S Rahim Moore 3
CB Champ Bailey Injured
CB Andre' Goodman 2

Detroit Lions

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch 5
DE Cliff Avril 2
DT Ndamukong Suh 5
DT Corey Williams 1
DT Nick Fairley 1
LB Stephen Tulloch 3
LB DeAndre Levy 3
LB Justin Durant Injured
S Louis Delmas 3
S Amari Spievey 3
CB Chris Houston 3
CB Eric Wright 2

Green Bay Packers

OPPONENT - @ Falcons
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Ryan Pickett 1
DE Mike Neal OUT
DT B.J. Raji 2#
LB Desmond Bishop 5
LB A.J. Hawk 2
LB Clay Matthews 2
LB Erik Walden 2
S Nick Collins IR
S Charlie Peprah 2
S Morgan Burnett 5
CB Charles Woodson 4
CB Tramon Williams 3
CB Sam Shields 2

Houston Texans

OPPONENT - Raiders
Pos Player Star Rank
DE J. J. Watt 2
DE Antonio Smith 1
DT Earl Mitchell 1
LB DeMeco Ryans 5
LB Brian Cushing 4
LB Mario Williams 2
LB Connor Barwin 2
S Glover Quin 2
S Danieal Manning 2
CB Johnathan Joseph 2
CB Kareem Jackson 2

Indianapolis Colts

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Robert Mathis 3
DE Dwight Freeney 2
LB Gary Brackett IR
LB Pat Angerer 3
LB Kavell Conner 3
LB Ernie Sims OUT
LB Phillip Wheeler 1
S Antoine Bethea 3
S Melvin Bullitt IR
S David Caldwell 2
CB Jerraud Powers 2
CB Jacob Lacey 2

Jacksonville Jaguars

OPPONENT - Bengals
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Aaron Kampman Injured
DE Austen Lane 2
DE Matt Roth 2
DT Tyson Alualu 2
LB Paul Posluszny 3
LB Clint Session 2
LB Daryl Smith 3
CB Dwight Lowery 2
S Courtney Greene 1
S Dawan Landry 2
CB Rashean Mathis 2
CB Drew Coleman 2
CB Derek Cox 2

Kansas City Chiefs

OPPONENT - @ Colts
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey 2
DE Tyson Jackson 1
DT Kelly Gregg 2
LB Derrick Johnson 2
LB Tamba Hali 4
LB Jovan Belcher 2
LB Andy Studebaker 1
S Eric Berry IR
S Jon McGraw 2
S Kendrick Lewis 2
CB Brandon Flowers 2
CB Brandon Carr 2

Miami Dolphins

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Randy Starks BYE
DE Kendall Langford BYE
DT Paul Soliai BYE
LB Karlos Dansby BYE
LB Kevin Burnett BYE
LB Cameron Wake BYE
LB Koa Misi BYE
S Yeremiah Bell BYE
S Chris Clemons BYE
S Reshad Jones BYE
CB Vontae Davis BYE
CB Sean Smith BYE

Minnesota Vikings

OPPONENT - Cardinals
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jared Allen 4
DE Brian Robison 3
DT Kevin Williams 2
DT Remi Ayodele 1
DT Letroy Guion 1
LB Chad Greenway 3
LB E.J. Henderson 3
LB Erin Henderson 2
S Jamarca Sanford 2
S Husain Abdullah 3
CB Antoine Winfield Injured
CB Cedric Griffin 3

New England Patriots

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Shaun Ellis 4
DE Andre Carter 2
DT Vince Wilfork 2#
DT Albert Haynesworth Injured
LB Jerod Mayo OUT
LB Gary Guyton 3
LB Brandon Spikes 3
LB Rob Ninkovich 2
S Patrick Chung 5
S Sergio Brown 2
CB Devin McCourty 3
CB Leigh Bodden 2
CB Kyle Arrington 2

New Orleans Saints

OPPONENT - @ Panthers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Will Smith 3
DE Turk McBride 2
DE Jeff Charleston 1
DE Cameron Jordan 2
DT Sedrick Ellis 2#
DT Shaun Rogers 1
LB Jonathan Vilma 3
LB Jonathan Casillas 2
LB Will Herring Injured
LB Scott Shanle 2
S Roman Harper 4
S Malcolm Jenkins 2
CB Jabari Greer 3
CB Tracy Porter 1

New York Giants

OPPONENT - Seahawks
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Justin Tuck Injured
DE Jason Pierre-Paul 4
DE Osi Umenyiora 3
DT Chris Canty 1
LB Michael Boley 2
LB Greg Jones 1
LB Mathias Kiwanuka 2
LB Jacquian Williams 1
S Kenny Phillips 3
S Antrel Rolle 3
S Deon Grant 2
CB Corey Webster 2
CB Aaron Ross 2
CB Michael Coe 1
CB Prince Amukamara OUT

New York Jets

OPPONENT - @ Patriots
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Muhammad Wilkerson 2
DE Mike Devito 3
DT Sione Pouha 2#
LB David Harris 4
LB Bart Scott 4
LB Calvin Pace 2
LB Jamaal Westerman 1
LB Aaron Maybin 1
LB Bryan Thomas IR
S Eric Smith 4
S Jim Leonhard 3
CB Darrelle Revis 2
CB Antonio Cromartie 3

Oakland Raiders

OPPONENT - @ Texans
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Matt Shaughnessy Injured
DE Lamarr Houston 2
DT Richard Seymour 2#
DT Tommy Kelly 2
LB Rolando McClain 5
LB Kamerion Wimbley 2
LB Quentin Groves 2
S Tyvon Branch 5
S Michael Huff Injured
CB Stanford Routt 2
CB Chris Johnson Injured

Philadelphia Eagles

OPPONENT - @ Bills
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Trent Cole OUT
DE Jason Babin 3
DT Cullen Jenkins 2#
DT Derek Landri 1
DT Antonio Dixon IR
DT Mike Patterson 1
LB Casey Matthews 2
LB Jamar Chaney 4
LB Moise Fokou 1
LB Brian Rolle 3
S Kurt Coleman 1
S Jaiquawn Jarrett 1
S Nate Allen 3
S Jarrad Page 4
CB Nnamdi Asomugha 2
CB Asante Samuel 2
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 2

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Brett Keisel 1
DE Aaron Smith Injured
DT Casey Hampton Injured
LB Lawrence Timmons 2
LB James Harrison OUT
LB LaMarr Woodley 2
LB James Farrior 3
LB Larry Foote 2
S Troy Polamalu 4
S Ryan Clark 3
CB Ike Taylor 2
CB Bryant McFadden 2

San Diego Chargers

OPPONENT - @ Broncos
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Luis Castillo OUT
DE Corey Liuget Injured
DT Antonio Garay 2#
LB Donald Butler 3
LB Takeo Spikes 3
LB Shaun Phillips 2
LB Larry English 1
S Eric Weddle 4
S Bob Sanders IR
S Steve Gregory 2
CB Quentin Jammer Injured
CB Antoine Cason 2

San Francisco 49ers

OPPONENT - Buccaneers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Justin Smith 3
DE Ray McDonald 2
DT Isaac Sopoaga OUT
LB Patrick Willis 4
LB NaVorro Bowman 4
LB Ahmad Brooks 1
LB Parys Haralson 2
S Donte Whitner 4
S Dashon Goldson 3
S Madieu Williams 2
CB Carlos Rogers 2
CB Tarell Brown 3

Seattle Seahawks

OPPONENT - @ Giants
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Clemons 3
DE Red Bryant 1
DT Brandon Mebane 1
DT Alan Branch 1
LB David Hawthorne 5
LB K.J. Wright 2
LB Aaron Curry 1
LB Leroy Hill 3
S Kam Chancellor Injured
S Earl Thomas 3
CB Marcus Trufant 2
CB Walter Thurmond III 2

St. Louis Rams

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Long BYE
DE James Hall BYE
DE Robert Quinn BYE
DT Fred Robbins BYE
LB James Laurinaitis BYE
LB Ben Leber BYE
LB Brady Poppinga BYE
S Quintin Mikell BYE
S Darian Stewart BYE
S Craig Dahl BYE
CB Bradley Fletcher OUT
CB Justin King BYE

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OPPONENT - @ 49ers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Adrian Clayborn 3
DE Michael Bennett 3
DE Da'Quan Bowers 1
DT Gerald McCoy 2#
LB Mason Foster 4
LB Geno Hayes 3
LB Quincy Black 2
LB Dekoda Watson 1
S Sean Jones 2
S Cody Grimm IR
S Corey Lynch 1
S Larry Asante 1
S Tanard Jackson Suspended
CB Ronde Barber 2
CB Aqib Talib 2
CB EJ Biggers 2

Tennessee Titans

OPPONENT -@ Steelers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jason Jones 2
DE William Hayes 3
DE Derrick Morgan 3
LB Barrett Ruud 4
LB Will Witherspoon 3
LB Akeem Ayers 2
S Chris Hope OUT
S Jordan Babineaux 3
S Michael Griffin 3
CB Cortland Finnegan 4
CB Alterraun Verner 1
CB Jason McCourty 3

Washington Redskins

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Stephen Bowen BYE
DE Adam Carriker BYE
DT Barry Cofield BYE
LB London Fletcher BYE
LB Rocky McIntosh BYE
LB Brian Orakpo BYE
LB Ryan Kerrigan BYE
S LaRon Landry BYE
S O.J. Atogwe BYE
S Reed Doughty BYE
CB DeAngelo Hall BYE
CB Josh Wilson BYE

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