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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 7
Steve Gallo
October 20, 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 -Steelers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Calais Campbell 5
DE Darnell Dockett 4
DT Dan Williams 2
LB Daryl Washington 4
LB Paris Lenon 2
LB Stewart Bradley 1
LB Joey Porter 2
LB Clark Haggans 2
LB O'Brien Schofield 1
S Kerry Rhodes OUT
S Adrian Wilson 3
S Rashad Johnson 2
CB Patrick Peterson 3
CB A.J. Jefferson 3
CB Richard Marshall 2

Atlanta Falcons

OPPONENT - @ Lions
Pos Player Star Rank
DE John Abraham 1
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 2
S James Sanders 1
S William Moore 3
S Thomas DeCoud 3
CB Brent Grimes 3
CB Dunta Robinson 3

Baltimore Ravens

OPPONENT - @ Jaguars
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Terrell Suggs 5
DE Arthur Jones 1
DT Haloti Ngata 5
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 3
CB Jimmy Smith OUT
CB Ladarius Webb 2
CB Cary Williams 2

Buffalo Bills

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

Carolina Panthers

OPPONENT - Redskins
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 4
LB Dan Connor 3
LB Jason Williams 2
LB Thomas Williams Injured
S Charles Godfrey 3
S Jordan Pugh Injured
S Sherrod Martin 1
CB Chris Gamble 2
CB Captain Munnerlyn 2

Chicago Bears

OPPONENT - @ Buccaneers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Julius Peppers 2
DE Israel Idonije 2
DT Anthony Adams 1
DT Henry Melton 2
LB Brian Urlacher 3
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 3
CB Tim Jennings 3

Cincinnati Bengals

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

Cleveland Browns

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

Dallas Cowboys

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcus Spears 1
DE Jason Hatcher OUT
DE Kenyon Coleman 1
DT Jay Ratliff 2#
LB Bradie James 1
LB Keith Brooking 1
LB Sean Lee 5
LB DeMarcus Ware 4
S Abram Elam 1
S Gerald Sensabaugh 1
CB Terence Newman 1
CB Mike Jenkins 1
CB Orlando Scandrick 1

Denver Broncos

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

Detroit Lions

OPPONENT - Falcons
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch 3
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 2
CB Eric Wright 2

Green Bay Packers

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

Houston Texans

OPPONENT - @ Titans
Pos Player Star Rank
DE J. J. Watt 2
DE Antonio Smith 1
DT Earl Mitchell 1
LB DeMeco Ryans 2
LB Brian Cushing 3
LB Brooks Reed 1
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 - @ Saints
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Robert Mathis 2
DE Dwight Freeney 1
LB Gary Brackett IR
LB Pat Angerer 4
LB Kavell Conner 2
LB Ernie Sims 2
LB Phillip Wheeler 1
S Antoine Bethea 5
S Melvin Bullitt IR
S David Caldwell 3
CB Jerraud Powers Injured
CB Jacob Lacey 3

Jacksonville Jaguars

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Aaron Kampman 2
DE Austen Lane IR
DE Jeremy Mincey 2
DE Matt Roth 2
DT Tyson Alualu 2#
LB Paul Posluszny 5
LB Clint Session Injured
LB Daryl Smith 4
CB Dwight Lowery 2
S Courtney Greene 1
S Dawan Landry 4
CB Rashean Mathis 3
CB Drew Coleman 2
CB Derek Cox Injured

Kansas City Chiefs

OPPONENT - @ Raiders
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey 2
DE Tyson Jackson 1
DT Kelly Gregg 2#
LB Derrick Johnson 4
LB Tamba Hali 2
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

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

Minnesota Vikings

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

New England Patriots

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

New Orleans Saints

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

New York Giants

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

New York Jets

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

Oakland Raiders

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

Philadelphia Eagles

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

Pittsburgh Steelers

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

San Diego Chargers

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

San Francisco 49ers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Justin Smith BYE
DE Ray McDonald BYE
DT Ricky Jean-Francois BYE
DT Isaac Sopoaga BYE
LB Patrick Willis BYE
LB NaVorro Bowman BYE
LB Ahmad Brooks BYE
LB Parys Haralson BYE
S Donte Whitner BYE
S Dashon Goldson BYE
S Madieu Williams BYE
CB Carlos Rogers BYE
CB Tarell Brown BYE

Seattle Seahawks

OPPONENT - @ Browns
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Clemons 3
DE Red Bryant 1
DT Brandon Mebane 1
DT Alan Branch 1
LB David Hawthorne 3
LB K.J. Wright 2
LB Leroy Hill 3
S Kam Chancellor 4
S Earl Thomas 2
CB Marcus Trufant IR
CB Brandon Browner 2
CB Walter Thurmond III 2

St. Louis Rams

OPPONENT - @ Cowboys
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Chris Long 2
DE James Hall 2
DE Robert Quinn 2
DT Fred Robbins 1
LB James Laurinaitis 5
LB Ben Leber 1
LB Chris Chamberlain 2
LB Brady Poppinga 1
S Quintin Mikell 4
S Darian Stewart 3
S Craig Dahl 3
CB Al Harris 2
CB Bradley Fletcher IR
CB Justin King 3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Adrian Clayborn 3
DE Michael Bennett 4
DE Da'Quan Bowers 2
DT Gerald McCoy Injured
LB Mason Foster 3
LB Geno Hayes 4
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 3
CB Ronde Barber 2
CB Aqib Talib 2
CB EJ Biggers 2

Tennessee Titans

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jason Jones 2
DE William Hayes 2
DE Derrick Morgan 4
LB Barrett Ruud 5
LB Will Witherspoon 3
LB Akeem Ayers 2
S Chris Hope OUT
S Jordan Babineaux 2
S Michael Griffin 2
CB Cortland Finnegan 2
CB Alterraun Verner 1
CB Jason McCourty 4

Washington Redskins

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

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