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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 6
Steve Gallo
October 13, 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

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

Atlanta Falcons

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

Baltimore Ravens

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Terrell Suggs 4
DE Arthur Jones 1
DT Haloti Ngata 3#
DT Terrence Cody 2
LB Ray Lewis 4
LB Jameel McClain 2
LB Jarret Johnson 2
S Ed Reed 2
S Tom Zibikowski OUT
S Bernard Pollard 2
CB Jimmy Smith OUT
CB Ladarius Webb 3
CB Cary Williams 2

Buffalo Bills

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

Carolina Panthers

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

Chicago Bears

OPPONENT - Vikings
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Julius Peppers Injured
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 1
S Major Wright 2
S Chris Conte 2
S Brandon Meriweather 1
CB Charles Tillman Injured
CB Tim Jennings 2

Cincinnati Bengals

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Carlos Dunlap 2
DE Michael Johnson 3
DE Robert Geathers 2
DE Jonathan Fanene 2
DT Domata Peko 1
DT Geno Atkins 2
LB Rey Maualuga OUT
LB Thomas Howard 2
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 1

Cleveland Browns

OPPONENT - @ Raiders
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jabaal Sheard 2
DE Jayme Mitchell 2
DE Marcus Benard Injured
DT Phil Taylor 3#
DT Ahtyba Rubin 3#
LB D'Qwell Jackson 5
LB Chris Gocong 2
LB Scott Fujita 3
S T.J. Ward 3
S Usama Young 2
CB Joe Haden Injured
CB Sheldon Brown 1

Dallas Cowboys

OPPONENT - @ Patriots
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcus Spears 1
DE Jason Hatcher 1
DE Kenyon Coleman 1
DT Jay Ratliff 2
LB Bradie James 1
LB Keith Brooking 1
LB Sean Lee 3
LB DeMarcus Ware 2
S Abram Elam 3
S Gerald Sensabaugh 3
CB Terence Newman 2
CB Mike Jenkins 3
CB Orlando Scandrick 2

Denver Broncos

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

Detroit Lions

OPPONENT - 49ers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch 4
DE Cliff Avril 3
DT Ndamukong Suh 4
DT Corey Williams 2
DT Nick Fairley 2
LB Stephen Tulloch 3
LB DeAndre Levy 3
LB Justin Durant Injured
S Louis Delmas 2
S Amari Spievey 2
CB Chris Houston 3
CB Eric Wright 2

Green Bay Packers

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

Houston Texans

OPPONENT - @ Ravens
Pos Player Star Rank
DE J. J. Watt 3
DE Antonio Smith 1
DT Earl Mitchell 1
LB DeMeco Ryans 2
LB Brian Cushing 4
LB Brooks Reed 2
LB Mario Williams IR
LB Connor Barwin 2
S Glover Quin 2
S Danieal Manning 2
CB Johnathan Joseph 2
CB Jason Allen 1
CB Kareem Jackson 1

Indianapolis Colts

OPPONENT - @ Bengals
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Robert Mathis 3
DE Dwight Freeney 2
LB Gary Brackett IR
LB Pat Angerer 5
LB Kavell Conner 2
LB Ernie Sims 2
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 - @ Steelers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Aaron Kampman 3
DE Austen Lane 2
DE Matt Roth 2
DT Tyson Alualu 2#
LB Paul Posluszny 3
LB Clint Session OUT
LB Daryl Smith 3
CB Dwight Lowery 2
S Courtney Greene 1
S Dawan Landry 3
CB Rashean Mathis 2
CB Drew Coleman 2
CB Derek Cox 2

Kansas City Chiefs

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey BYE
DE Tyson Jackson BYE
DT Kelly Gregg BYE
LB Derrick Johnson BYE
LB Tamba Hali BYE
LB Jovan Belcher BYE
LB Andy Studebaker BYE
S Eric Berry BYE
S Jon McGraw BYE
S Kendrick Lewis BYE
CB Brandon Flowers BYE
CB Brandon Carr BYE

Miami Dolphins

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Randy Starks 2
DE Kendall Langford 2
DT Paul Soliai 2#
LB Karlos Dansby 3
LB Kevin Burnett 2
LB Cameron Wake 3
LB Koa Misi 1
S Yeremiah Bell 3
S Chris Clemons 2
S Reshad Jones 2
CB Vontae Davis 2
CB Sean Smith 2

Minnesota Vikings

OPPONENT - @ Bears
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jared Allen 5
DE Brian Robison 4
DT Kevin Williams 2
DT Remi Ayodele 1
DT Letroy Guion 1
LB Chad Greenway 4
LB E.J. Henderson 1
LB Erin Henderson 2
S Jamarca Sanford 3
S Husain Abdullah 3
CB Antoine Winfield Injured
CB Cedric Griffin 3

New England Patriots

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

New York Giants

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

New York Jets

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

Oakland Raiders

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Matt Shaughnessy OUT
DE Lamarr Houston 2
DT Richard Seymour 2#
DT Tommy Kelly 2
LB Rolando McClain Injured
LB Kamerion Wimbley 2
LB Aaron Curry 1
LB Quentin Groves 2
S Tyvon Branch 4
S Michael Huff 3
CB Stanford Routt 1
CB Chris Johnson OUT

Philadelphia Eagles

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

Pittsburgh Steelers

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

San Diego Chargers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Luis Castillo BYE
DE Corey Liuget BYE
DT Antonio Garay BYE
LB Donald Butler BYE
LB Takeo Spikes BYE
LB Shaun Phillips BYE
LB Larry English BYE
S Eric Weddle BYE
S Bob Sanders BYE
S Steve Gregory BYE
CB Quentin Jammer BYE
CB Antoine Cason BYE

San Francisco 49ers

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

Seattle Seahawks

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Clemons BYE
DE Red Bryant BYE
DT Brandon Mebane BYE
DT Alan Branch BYE
LB David Hawthorne BYE
LB K.J. Wright BYE
LB Aaron Curry TRADED
LB Leroy Hill BYE
S Kam Chancellor BYE
S Earl Thomas BYE
CB Marcus Trufant BYE
CB Walter Thurmond III BYE

St. Louis Rams

OPPONENT - @ Packers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Long 2
DE James Hall 2
DE Robert Quinn 1
DT Fred Robbins 1
LB James Laurinaitis 4
LB Ben Leber 1
LB Brady Poppinga 1
S Quintin Mikell 3
S Darian Stewart 3
S Craig Dahl 3
CB Al Harris 3
CB Bradley Fletcher IR
CB Justin King 3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

Tennessee Titans

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jason Jones BYE
DE William Hayes BYE
DE Derrick Morgan BYE
LB Barrett Ruud BYE
LB Will Witherspoon BYE
LB Akeem Ayers BYE
S Chris Hope BYE
S Jordan Babineaux BYE
S Michael Griffin BYE
CB Cortland Finnegan BYE
CB Alterraun Verner BYE
CB Jason McCourty BYE

Washington Redskins

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Stephen Bowen 1
DE Adam Carriker 1
DT Barry Cofield 1
LB London Fletcher 3
LB Rocky McIntosh 3
LB Brian Orakpo 2
LB Ryan Kerrigan 2
S LaRon Landry 4
S O.J. Atogwe 4
S Reed Doughty 2
CB DeAngelo Hall 3
CB Josh Wilson 3

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