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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 12
Steve Gallo
November 24, 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.


Arizona Cardinals

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Calais Campbell 5
DE Darnell Dockett 3
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
LB Sam Acho 1
S Kerry Rhodes Injured
S Adrian Wilson 2
S Rashad Johnson 3
CB Patrick Peterson 2
CB A.J. Jefferson 2
CB Richard Marshall 3

Atlanta Falcons

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

Baltimore Ravens

OPPONENT - 49ers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Terrell Suggs 4
DE Arthur Jones 1
DT Haloti Ngata 3
DT Terrence Cody 1
LB Ray Lewis Injured
LB Jameel McClain 2
LB Dannell Ellerbe Injured
LB Jarret Johnson 1
S Ed Reed 2
S Tom Zibikowski 1
S Bernard Pollard 3
CB Jimmy Smith 1
CB Lardarius Webb 2
CB Cary Williams 1

Buffalo Bills

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Marcell Dareus 2
DE Dwan Edwards 2
DE Spencer Johnson 2
DT Kyle Williams IR
LB Nick Barnett 4
LB Kelvin Sheppard 3
LB Chris Kelsay 1
LB Arthur Moats 1
S George Wilson Injured
S Da'Norris Searcy 2
S Bryan Scott 2
S Jairus Byrd 3
CB Drayton Florence 1
CB Terrence McGee OUT
CB Leodis McKelvin 1

Carolina Panthers

OPPONENT - @ Colts
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Charles Johnson 3
DE Greg Hardy 3
DT Sione Fua 1
DT Terrell McClain 1
LB James Anderson 2
LB Dan Connor Injured
LB Omar Gaither Injured
LB Jordan Senn 1
S Charles Godfrey 1
S Sherrod Martin 1
CB Chris Gamble 1
CB Captain Munnerlyn 1

Chicago Bears

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

Cincinnati Bengals

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 3
LB Dan Skuta 1
LB Thomas Howard 2
LB Manny Lawson 2
S Chris Crocker 2
S Reggie Nelson 2
CB Leon Hall IR
CB Adam Jones 2
CB Nate Clements 2

Cleveland Browns

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

Dallas Cowboys

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

Denver Broncos

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

Detroit Lions

OPPONENT - Packers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch 3
DE Cliff Avril 3
DT Ndamukong Suh 2
DT Corey Williams 1
DT Nick Fairley 1
LB Stephen Tulloch 3
LB DeAndre Levy 4
LB Justin Durant 2
S Louis Delmas 3
S Amari Spievey 2
CB Chris Houston 3
CB Eric Wright 2

Green Bay Packers

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

Houston Texans

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

Indianapolis Colts

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

Jacksonville Jaguars

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

Kansas City Chiefs

OPPONENT - Steelers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey Injured
DE Tyson Jackson 1
DT Kelly Gregg 1
LB Derrick Johnson 4
LB Tamba Hali 4
LB Jovan Belcher 1
LB Andy Studebaker 1
S Eric Berry IR
S Jon McGraw Injured
S Kendrick Lewis 2
CB Brandon Flowers 3
CB Brandon Carr 3

Miami Dolphins

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

Minnesota Vikings

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

New England Patriots

OPPONENT - @ Eagles
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Brandon Deaderick 1
DE Andre Carter 3
DT Vince Wilfork 1
LB Jerod Mayo 4
LB Gary Guyton Injured
LB Brandon Spikes Injured
LB Rob Ninkovich 2
S Patrick Chung Injured
S Sergio Brown 1
CB Devin McCourty Injured
CB Kyle Arrington 3

New Orleans Saints

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Will Smith 3
DE Cameron Jordan 2
DT Sedrick Ellis 2
DT Shaun Rogers 1
LB Jonathan Vilma Injured
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 - @ Saints
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Justin Tuck Injured
DE Jason Pierre-Paul 2
DE Osi Umenyiora 2
DT Chris Canty 1
LB Michael Boley Injured
LB Greg Jones 1
LB Mathias Kiwanuka 2
LB Jacquian Williams 1
S Kenny Phillips 4
S Antrel Rolle 4
S Deon Grant 2
CB Corey Webster 3
CB Aaron Ross 3

New York Jets

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

Oakland Raiders

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

Philadelphia Eagles

OPPONENT - Patriots
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Trent Cole 3
DE Jason Babin 2
DT Cullen Jenkins 2
LB Jamar Chaney 3
LB Akeem Jordan 1
LB Brian Rolle 2
S Jaiquawn Jarrett 1
S Kurt Coleman 4
S Nate Allen 3
CB Nnamdi Asomugha 2
CB Asante Samuel 2
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Injured

Pittsburgh Steelers

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

San Diego Chargers

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

San Francisco 49ers

OPPONENT -@ Ravens
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Justin Smith 3
DE Ray McDonald 1
DT Ricky Jean-Francois 1
DT Isaac Sopoaga 1
LB Patrick Willis 5
LB NaVorro Bowman 5
LB Ahmad Brooks 2
LB Parys Haralson 2
LB Aldon Smith 2
S Donte Whitner 2
S Dashon Goldson 3
CB Carlos Rogers 2
CB Tarell Brown 2

Seattle Seahawks

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

St. Louis Rams

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OPPONENT - @ Titans
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Adrian Clayborn 2
DE Michael Bennett Injured
DE Da'Quan Bowers 2
DT Albert Haynesworth 1
DT Gerald McCoy IR
LB Mason Foster 2
LB Geno Hayes 1
LB Quincy Black 2
LB Adam Heyward 2
S Sean Jones 2
S Tanard Jackson Injured
CB Ronde Barber 2
CB Aqib Talib 2

Tennessee Titans

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

Washington Redskins

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

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