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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 9
Steve Gallo
November 3, 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 4
DE Darnell Dockett 2
DT Dan Williams 2
LB Daryl Washington 5
LB Paris Lenon 3
LB Stewart Bradley 1
LB Joey Porter Injured
LB Clark Haggans 1
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 1
CB Richard Marshall 3

Atlanta Falcons

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

Baltimore Ravens

OPPONENT - @ Steelers
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 2
S Bernard Pollard 3
CB Jimmy Smith 2
CB Ladarius Webb 4
CB Cary Williams 3

Buffalo Bills

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcell Dareus 3#
DE Dwan Edwards 2
DT Kyle Williams Injured
LB Nick Barnett 5
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 5
S Bryan Scott 2
S Jairus Byrd 2
CB Drayton Florence 2
CB Terrence McGee 3
CB Leodis McKelvin 2

Carolina Panthers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Charles Johnson BYE
DE Greg Hardy BYE
DT Sione Fua BYE
DT Terrell McClain BYE
LB James Anderson BYE
LB Dan Connor BYE
LB Omar Gaither BYE
S Charles Godfrey BYE
S Sherrod Martin BYE
CB Chris Gamble BYE
CB Captain Munnerlyn BYE

Chicago Bears

OPPONENT - @ Eagles
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 4
LB Nick Roach 2
S Major Wright 4
S Chris Conte 2
S Brandon Meriweather 1
CB Charles Tillman 5
CB Tim Jennings 3

Cincinnati Bengals

OPPONENT - @ Titans
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Carlos Dunlap Injured
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 2
LB Thomas Howard Injured
LB Manny Lawson 2
S Chris Crocker Injured
S Reggie Nelson 2
CB Leon Hall 2
CB Nate Clements Injured

Cleveland Browns

OPPONENT - @ Texans
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jabaal Sheard 3
DE Jayme Mitchell 3
DE Marcus Benard IR
DT Phil Taylor 2
DT Ahtyba Rubin 3#
LB D'Qwell Jackson 4
LB Chris Gocong Injured
LB Scott Fujita 2
LB Kaluka Maiava Injured
S T.J. Ward Injured
S Mike Adams 1
CB Joe Haden 2
CB Sheldon Brown 1

Dallas Cowboys

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

Denver Broncos

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

Detroit Lions

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

Green Bay Packers

OPPONENT -@ Chargers
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 3
LB Clay Matthews 2
LB Erik Walden 2
S Nick Collins IR
S Charlie Peprah 4
S Morgan Burnett 3
CB Charles Woodson 3
CB Tramon Williams 3
CB Sam Shields 2

Houston Texans

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

Indianapolis Colts

OPPONENT - Falcons
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 2
S Antoine Bethea 4
S Melvin Bullitt IR
S David Caldwell 2
CB Jerraud Powers 2
CB Kevin Thomas 2
CB Jacob Lacey 1

Jacksonville Jaguars

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

Kansas City Chiefs

OPPONENT - Dolphins
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey 1
DE Tyson Jackson 1
DT Kelly Gregg 2
LB Derrick Johnson 5
LB Tamba Hali 3
LB Jovan Belcher 2
LB Andy Studebaker 2
S Eric Berry IR
S Jon McGraw Injured
S Kendrick Lewis 2
CB Brandon Flowers 3
CB Brandon Carr 3

Miami Dolphins

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

Minnesota Vikings

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

New England Patriots

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

New Orleans Saints

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

New York Giants

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

New York Jets

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

Oakland Raiders

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

Philadelphia Eagles

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Trent Cole 4
DE Jason Babin 3
DT Cullen Jenkins 2
DT Derek Landri 1
DT Mike Patterson 1
LB Casey Matthews 1
LB Jamar Chaney 4
LB Moise Fokou 2
LB Brian Rolle 3
S Jaiquawn Jarrett 1
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

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

San Diego Chargers

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

San Francisco 49ers

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

Seattle Seahawks

OPPONENT - @ Cowboys
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 4
LB Leroy Hill 4
S Kam Chancellor 5
S Earl Thomas 3
CB Marcus Trufant IR
CB Brandon Browner 3
CB Richard Sherman 3
CB Walter Thurmond III IR

St. Louis Rams

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OPPONENT - @ Saints
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Adrian Clayborn 2
DE Michael Bennett 2
DE Da'Quan Bowers 1
DT Gerald McCoy 1
LB Mason Foster 2
LB Geno Hayes 3
LB Quincy Black 3
LB Dekoda Watson 2
S Sean Jones 2
S Tanard Jackson 3
CB Ronde Barber 3
CB Aqib Talib 3

Tennessee Titans

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

Washington Redskins

OPPONENT - 49ers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Stephen Bowen 2
DE Adam Carriker 2
DT Barry Cofield 2
LB London Fletcher 3
LB Rocky McIntosh 3
LB Brian Orakpo 3
LB Ryan Kerrigan 3
S LaRon Landry 3
S O.J. Atogwe Injured
S Reed Doughty 2
CB DeAngelo Hall 2
CB Josh Wilson 2

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