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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 8
Steve Gallo
October 27, 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 - @ Ravens
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Calais Campbell 3
DE Darnell Dockett 3
DT Dan Williams 2
LB Daryl Washington 5
LB Paris Lenon 3
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 2
CB A.J. Jefferson 2
CB Richard Marshall 2

Atlanta Falcons

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

Baltimore Ravens

OPPONENT - Cardinals
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Terrell Suggs 5
DE Arthur Jones 1
DT Haloti Ngata 4
DT Terrence Cody 2
LB Ray Lewis 4
LB Jameel McClain 2
LB Jarret Johnson 2
S Ed Reed 3
S Tom Zibikowski Injured
S Bernard Pollard 2
CB Jimmy Smith 1
CB Ladarius Webb 4
CB Cary Williams 3

Buffalo Bills

OPPONENT - Redskins
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcell Dareus 1
DE Dwan Edwards 2
DT Kyle Williams Injured
LB Nick Barnett 4
LB Kelvin Sheppard 3
LB Andra Davis 1
LB Shawne Merriman IR
LB Chris Kelsay 2
LB Arthur Moats 2
LB Kirk Morrison 1
S George Wilson 4
S Bryan Scott 3
S Jairus Byrd 2
CB Drayton Florence 2
CB Terrence McGee 3
CB Leodis McKelvin 2

Carolina Panthers

OPPONENT - Vikings
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 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

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Julius Peppers BYE
DE Israel Idonije BYE
DT Anthony Adams BYE
DT Henry Melton BYE
LB Brian Urlacher BYE
LB Lance Briggs BYE
LB Nick Roach BYE
S Chris Harris BYE
S Major Wright BYE
S Chris Conte BYE
S Brandon Meriweather BYE
CB Charles Tillman BYE
CB Tim Jennings BYE

Cincinnati Bengals

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

Cleveland Browns

OPPONENT - @ 49ers
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 3
LB Chris Gocong 2
LB Scott Fujita Injured
LB Kaluka Maiava 1
S T.J. Ward 2
S Mike Adams 1
CB Joe Haden 2
CB Sheldon Brown 1

Dallas Cowboys

OPPONENT - @ Eagles
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcus Spears 1
DE Jason Hatcher Injured
DE Kenyon Coleman 1
DT Jay Ratliff 3#
LB Bradie James 1
LB Keith Brooking 1
LB Sean Lee 4
LB DeMarcus Ware 2
S Abram Elam 3
S Gerald Sensabaugh 2
CB Terence Newman 3
CB Mike Jenkins 2
CB Orlando Scandrick 2

Denver Broncos

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

Detroit Lions

OPPONENT - @ Broncos
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 2
S Louis Delmas 3
S Amari Spievey 2
CB Chris Houston 2
CB Eric Wright 2

Green Bay Packers

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

Houston Texans

OPPONENT - Jaguars
Pos Player Star Rank
DE J. J. Watt 2
DE Antonio Smith 2
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 1
S Danieal Manning OUT
CB Johnathan Joseph 1
CB Jason Allen 1
CB Kareem Jackson 1

Indianapolis Colts

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

Jacksonville Jaguars

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

Kansas City Chiefs

OPPONENT - Chargers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey 1
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 4
S Kendrick Lewis 3
CB Brandon Flowers 3
CB Brandon Carr 2

Miami Dolphins

OPPONENT - @ Giants
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Randy Starks 2
DE Kendall Langford 2
DT Paul Soliai 2
LB Karlos Dansby 3
LB Kevin Burnett 1
LB Cameron Wake 4
LB Koa Misi 2
S Yeremiah Bell 3
S Chris Clemons Injured
S Reshad Jones Injured
CB Vontae Davis Injured
CB Sean Smith 3

Minnesota Vikings

OPPONENT - @ Panthers
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

OPPONENT - @ Steelers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Shaun Ellis 2
DE Andre Carter 4
DT Vince Wilfork 2#
DT Albert Haynesworth 2
LB Jerod Mayo Injured
LB Gary Guyton 3
LB Brandon Spikes 3
LB Rob Ninkovich 2
S Patrick Chung 4
S Sergio Brown 1
CB Devin McCourty 3
CB Leigh Bodden 2
CB Kyle Arrington 4

New Orleans Saints

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Will Smith 3
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 2
LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar 2
LB Scott Shanle 2
S Roman Harper 3
S Malcolm Jenkins 2
CB Jabari Greer 2
CB Tracy Porter 2

New York Giants

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

New York Jets

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

Oakland Raiders

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

Philadelphia Eagles

OPPONENT - Cowboys
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Trent Cole 3
DE Jason Babin 3
DT Cullen Jenkins 2#
DT Derek Landri 1
DT Mike Patterson 1
LB Casey Matthews 1
LB Jamar Chaney 5
LB Moise Fokou 2
LB Brian Rolle 3
S Jaiquawn Jarrett 2
S Kurt Coleman 3
S Nate Allen 3
S Jarrad Page 1
CB Nnamdi Asomugha 2
CB Asante Samuel 2
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 2

Pittsburgh Steelers

OPPONENT - Patriots
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Brett Keisel 1
DE Aaron Smith Injured
DT Casey Hampton Injured
LB Lawrence Timmons 1
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 4
CB Bryant McFadden 3

San Diego Chargers

OPPONENT - @ Chiefs
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 Travis LaBoy 1
LB Larry English IR
S Eric Weddle 4
S Bob Sanders IR
S Steve Gregory 3
CB Quentin Jammer 2
CB Marcus Gilchrist 2
CB Antoine Cason 1

San Francisco 49ers

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

Seattle Seahawks

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

St. Louis Rams

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Adrian Clayborn BYE
DE Michael Bennett BYE
DE Da'Quan Bowers BYE
DT Gerald McCoy BYE
LB Mason Foster BYE
LB Geno Hayes BYE
LB Quincy Black BYE
LB Dekoda Watson BYE
S Sean Jones BYE
S Tanard Jackson BYE
CB Ronde Barber BYE
CB Aqib Talib BYE

Tennessee Titans

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

Washington Redskins

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

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