Well, Week 1 was great, wasn't it!? I'm back again to deliver some vital IDP Start-Sit advice for Week 2 of the 2023 Fantasy Football season, to separate you from the rest of the group and bring you home a championship title!
Your 2023 IDP Football Week 2 Start-Sits lie in the paragraphs within this article. Unless the situation requires it, it's likely that the IDP Start-Sits on this series won't contain the most obvious choices and should give plenty of food for thought.
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2023 IDP Football Week 2 Start-Sit
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Linebackers to Start
Micah, McFadden, New York Giants
Much to the surprise of many, Micah McFadden racked up a lot of points in Week 1, even though the Giants offense didn't manage to score any points on the board. With ten tackles, and working alongside Bobby Okereke, the Week 2 match-up against the Arizona Cardinals could prove to be a great follow-up on McFadden's strong start to the season.
Another positive for McFadden is the ever-injury-prone Azeez Ojulari is set to miss out in Week 2. Ojulari spent weeks away from action in 2022 and is dealing with a hamstring injury so the Giants will likely take precautions and not push him back into the frame. McFadden who saw 74% of defensive snaps in Week 1 could see more time on field in Week 2 against an Arizona team that ran the ball twenty-five times in Week 1 against the Commanders.
Pete Werner, New Orleans Saints
Pete Werner is my favorite start for this week. Werner's stock rose in the weeks leading up to the season start and for good reason. Working alongside the very experienced Demario Davis, Werner has the perfect tutor in striving to be the best. Although Werner's trajectory has been slow, the time feels right and we can expect a big season from him.
With a good showing in Week 1, Werner made eight total tackles and picked 0.5 sacks to boot. Up against a Carolina Panthers team that looked disjointed in Week 1, Werner can expect a heavy workload once again in Week 2 and will hope to take advantage of the hesitancy that's evident in the Panthers' offense.
Pete Werner carrying Spears out of a stack alignment in man coverage through the mesh. Great tackle on 3rd and short. pic.twitter.com/r6xKwItSCQ
— Jayden ⚜️ (@JaydenDat) September 11, 2023
Linebackers to Sit
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Cleveland Browns
Owusu-Koramoah led the Browns' linebacker corps in playing time in Week 1, but was flattered to deceive in fantasy terms. Managing only three tackles, the Notre Dame product continues in the same vain as previous seasons at being unpredictable in his fantasy production.
Last week the Steelers were obliterated in the run game and will be looking to reverse that in Week 2 against a Browns linebacker set that managed a combined twelve tackles in total against the Bengals in Week 1. Owusu-Koramoah's stat sheet doesn't tell the whole story about the matchup versus the Bengals but his outlook for this week doesn't look positive. Better not to take the risk here, unless you need to.
Devin Lloyd, Jacksonville Jaguars
Similarly to Owusu-Koramoah, Devin Lloyd had a lackluster Week 1. Whilst the Jaguars' defense performed well as a collective, it was Lloyd who was the odd person out in terms of efficiency. Even with seventy-two defensive snaps, Lloyd only managed three tackles (and a forced fumble) compared to Oluokon's thirteen tackles. While Lloyd was efficient in his tackling and is on the field for a lot of snaps, the action doesn't seem to find him.
This week, against Kansas City, even with the Chiefs looking a little lost without Kelce in Week 1, they will be looking to bounce back in Week 2 and Lloyd will likely be limited in his production yet again (Lloyd is the Teal dot, in the tweet below).
Remember: tackle efficiency is a decoy stat.
It can look indicative over short periods, but it is just a product of playing time.
So look for outliers and be aware.
This is all LBs in W1.
Bobby Wagz, Zaire F, Jordan Hicks and Devin Lloyd highlighted. pic.twitter.com/BF4qATYBlC
— T͓̽o͓̽m͓̽ ͓̽K͓̽i͓̽s͓̽l͓̽i͓̽n͓̽g͓̽b͓̽u͓̽r͓̽y͓̽ (@TomKislingbury) September 11, 2023
Defensive Linemen to Start
Drake Jackson, San Francisco 49ers
I am a big advocate of Drake Jackson and it killed me to place him in last week's sit list. Owning Jackson in 73% of my IDP leagues, I got my just desserts for not going with my gut and starting Jackson against a frail Steelers offense. Jackson had a monster week with three tackles and three sacks in Week 1.
The former USC product was on the field for a limited time but was incredibly productive, leaving the 49ers coach little choice but to keep him on the field more in Week 2 and beyond. Against a Rams offensive line that feels a little light, Jackson will be looking to mirror his performance in Week 1 with a sack, or three.
Jonathan Greenard, Houston Texans
The Texans defense are slyly becoming a force and have built a respectable unit this offseason, which helps as the offense continues to find its feet. The third-year veteran Greenard had a good showing against a rejuvenated Baltimore Ravens, tallying up five tackles and a sack opposite rookie Will Anderson, who produced more or less the same.
Greenard faces the Indianapolis Colts who showed some promise last week, however, the Colts allowed four sacks to the two defensive ends in Jacksonville. The duo of Greenard and Will Anderson will be looking to replicate those stats this week and with Richardson picking up a late knock in Week 1, Greenard could be in prime position to have a solid outing.
Jonathan Greenard sack is instant juice for the TL pic.twitter.com/4YDGyWLifo
— Jordan Pun (@Texans_Thoughts) September 10, 2023
Defensive Linemen to Sit
Bud Dupree, Atlanta Falcons
Bud Dupree had a fairly large chunk of snaps (65%) in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers and contributed with three tackles. The Atlanta Falcons defense is still a work in progress but they have all the pieces so it will be a matter of time before they click. However, at this point in time, aside from the defensive backs, it's difficult to know how the Falcons will line up on a play-to-play basis, leaving doubt over Dupree's usage each week.
This week the Falcons are up against the Green Bay Packers who boast one of the better offensive lines in the league. There will be lots of blockers this week to prevent Dupree from having a big day, in particular, if Dupree is working as an outside linebacker due to extra block coverage from the Packers' two rookie tight ends.
Bradley Chubb, Miami Dolphins
Bradley Chubb makes the sit list this week, Chubb is a positive contributor to the Dolphins defense but, Chubb is ultimately sack-dependent in terms of IDP production. Chubb's last sack came in Week 13 of last season which means he could be due a sack soon however, with Jaelen Phillips excelling, Chubb has been taking a back seat.
The Dolphins are up against a New England Patriots offensive line that also operates with a two tight-end set and so Mac Jones will be difficult to get to this week, even if Chubb plays around 90% of snaps again in Week 2. With zero pressures in on opposition in Week 1, it's a desperate situation if you have to put Chubb in your starting line-up for Week 2.
Not a *great* look for Bradley Chubb. pic.twitter.com/LBhhrNMi9A
— T͓̽o͓̽m͓̽ ͓̽K͓̽i͓̽s͓̽l͓̽i͓̽n͓̽g͓̽b͓̽u͓̽r͓̽y͓̽ (@TomKislingbury) September 14, 2023
Defensive Backs to Start
Trent McDuffie, Kansas City Chiefs
All aboard the McDuffie train! Unfortunately last week McDuffie was involved in the Thursday game which meant he couldn't make it to my first edition of the Start-Sit article in Week 1. I own 100% of McDuffie in all of my leagues and would like it to be on the record that the ex-Washington Huskies cornerback is going to show a lot of consistency this season and has a potential top-5 pedigree.
This week against the Jaguars (and likely Calvin Ridley), it promises to be a good match-up for McDuffie with the potential to churn out some fantasy production. Lawrence likes to put the ball into the slant channel and in the slot channels, where McDuffie operates best. A definite starter this week as McDuffie looks to build on his eight tackles and forced fumble in Week 1.
#FFIDP - Kansas City Chiefs IDPs in Week 1:
Nick Bolton: 67 (missed a 3-play drive for some reason)
Willie Gay: 47
Leo Chenal: 28
Drue Tranquill: 13 🪦
Trent McDuffie: 70 (30 in the slot)📈
L'Jarius Sneed: 70 (1 in the slot)
Justin Reid: 70 (19 slot, 20 box)👍
— Jon Macri (@PFF_Macri) September 8, 2023
Jevon Holland, Miami Dolphins
Mac Jones threw 54 passes in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. If that is anything to go by, the Dolphins secondary are going to have a lot of work come their way in Week 2. Jevon Holland had an outstanding Week 1 performance against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers, racking up fourteen tackles, including ten solo tackles.
The number of tackles has Holland working as a shallow safety which is great for stat-building and great for IDP Fantasy Football. Easy choice, start Holland.
Defensive Backs to Sit
Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints
Lattimore had a standout game in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans with two tackles, four passes defended and an interception all whilst making it difficult for DeAndre Hopkins. This week against the Carolina Panthers will prove to be less fruitful as Bryce Young moved the offense very slowly in his professional debut.
Young threw an average of 2.7 yards per attempt when under pressure and with the Saints defensive line due to put the pressure on, Young is more likely to throw the ball into the ground than to launch deep which is where Lattimore will be primarily operating. A great start to the campaign for Lattimore but, this won't be an easy match-up to accumulate fantasy points.
Trevon Diggs, Dallas Cowboys
Diggs had a nice start to the season against the New York Giants and it continued his amazing form against the Giants. However, this is the first time that Diggs is up against the New York Jets and had Aaron Rodgers been available to play, he may not have found his way onto the Week 2 sit list.
The Cowboys front line did a real number on Daniel Jones last week and will be looking to continue their form this week against a weak offensive line on Zach Wilson's left side. If they break that barrier repeatedly, Zach Wilson won't be able to launch the ball in the direction of Diggs. It is likely that Diggs will be man-marking Garrett Wilson so there could be some upside this week if Zach seeks out Garrett, but not a completely safe option either way, I'm sitting Diggs this week.
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