2023 IDP Football Week 7 Matchups

Everyone on the Giants' offensive line loses, but you can make that a win if you start the Commanders DL in IDP!

by Mitchell Blatt
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I am back with my 2023 IDP Football Week 7 Matchups analysis.

The Week 7 matchups bring a slew of matchup that are favorable to defensive lines. There are seven unit-vs-unit battles where the offensive lines have been giving up a high pressure rate and the defensive lines have been producing a high pressure rate. Seven matchups in which their combined pressure rates equal 60% or more.

The Commanders - Giants matchup is going to be ugly on both sides of the ball.

But which are the best matchups I recommend you to play? Let's take a look.

2023 IDP Football Week 7 Matchups

Best Defensive Line Matchups

Commanders DL vs Giants OL

The Giants are allowing the highest sack rate (14.04%) and the second-highest absolute number of sacks per game (5.5). Both Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor are getting sacked at a high rate. Taylor was sacked three times for a 7.69% sack rate last week in the Giants' loss to the Bills. Although his pressure-to-sack rate (12.9%) is lower this season than Jones' (30.8%), the sample size is small. Taylor has only had 64 dropbacks this season. Still, even if he starts this week, and his sack rate remains 7.7%, that would be the tenth-worst in the league.

The Commanders' defense, meanwhile, ranks eighth for sacks per game (3.2) and eleventh for sack rate (8.4%). Defensive end Chase Young ranks sixth with 31 total pressures and has been involved in four sacks. End Montez Sweat and tackle Jonathan Allen have both made 20 pressures.

Sweat has been involved in six sacks, including half sacks, per PFF, and has been credited with 4.5 NFL sacks, the most on the team.

DT Daron Payne has cooled off in recent weeks. He only has 11 pressures and a single sack.

Best Starts: DE Chase Young, DE Montez Sweat

Quality Starts: DT Jonathan Allen

Best Streamers: DT Daron Payne

Browns DL vs Colts OL

The Browns' defensive line has powered Cleveland's surge to defensive dominance. They were an integral factor in the team's upsets over the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive end Myles Garrett is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. His pass rush win rate of 29.8% is No. 1 in the NFL, and he's seventh in the league with 5.5 sacks. Unfortunately, Za'Darius Smith hasn't made a sack yet from the other side of the line. He's still winning 22.1% of his pass rush snaps, but he just hasn't gotten the IDP production to show for it.

The Colts' offensive line has been an average or slightly below-average unit by most measures, but when they go up against the No. 1 defensive line in the league, they just can't stand up to the Browns.

Must-Start: DE Myles Garrett

Cardinals DL vs Seahawks OL

If you combine the Seahawks' pressure rate allowed with the Cardinals' defensive pressure rate, they have the third-highest projected pressure rate of any matchup this week. (The two highest were the two previous matchups listed.).

They don't have many names on their defensive line, but edge rushers Dennis Gardeck, Victor Diukeje, and Zaven Collins all have three or more PFF sacks. Dimukeje hasn't been seeing as many snaps as Collins, though.

Best Streamers: DE Dennis Gardeck, DE Zaven Collins

Other Favorable DL Matchups

Commanders DL vs Giants OL

Bills DL vs Patriots OL

Steelers DL vs Rams OL

Best Linebacker Matchups

Vikings LBs vs 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are rushing the ball an average of 33.0 times per game, the third-most in the NFL. While star running back Christian McCaffrey left last week's game with an injury, he still has a chance to play on Monday Night Football this week.

Even if he doesn't play, coach Kyle Shanahan will still rely on a run-heavy offense. In the games CMC missed last season, they still ran the ball a lot.

Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks excels at run defense. He has a 76.9 run-defense grade from PFF, and he is credited with 24 solo tackles and 10 assists on running plays.

Best Start: LB Jordan Hicks

Deep League Streamer: LB Ivan Pace Jr.

Colts LBs vs Browns

The Browns are tied with the 49ers for third in running plays per game. Last week, they called 31 designed runs for their half backs. They will want to lean on the run again this week if starting quarterback DeShaun Watson misses another game. Moreover, they will probably be leading for most of the game, so they won't have to pass.

The Colts have one of the best inside linebacker units in the league, both in real life and in IDP. If you have Zaire Franklin on your team, you are already starting him every week. He is second in the league for combined tackles (after Oluokun played on Thursday night). He's made 31 solo tackles on running plays and eight assists. Shaq Leonard is starting to firm his hold on the No. 2 LB spot, and E.J. Speed could still see two dozen or more snaps.

Must Start: LB Zaire Franklin

Best Start: LB Shaq Leonard

Deep League Streamer: LB E.J. Speed

Other Favorable LB Matchups

Bucs LBs vs Falcons

Ravens LBs vs Lions

Chargers LBs vs Chiefs

Best Defensive Back Matchups

Eagles DBs vs Dolphins QB + WRs

The Miami Dolphins complete an average of 23.7 passes per game. That means there are just under 20 opportunities for Fins' opponents to make tackles on passing plays. For the Eagles, safety Reed Blankenship and cornerback Darius Slay are the two best tacklers on passing plays.

Blankenship leads the team with 21 solo tackles against the pass. Slay is not far behind with 20. Both have missed tackle rates of below 9% on passing plays. This game also has the highest projected scoring total in Vegas, another sign that it could be pass-heavy.

Best Start: S Reed Blankenship

Best Streamer: CB Darius Slay

Deep League Streamer: CB James Bradberry

49ers DBs vs Vikings QB + WRs

The 49ers will likely be leading the mediocre Vikings all game long, and the Vikings will have to lean on the pass. That is especially true because of how terrible the Vikings' rushing offense has been this year. That led to the Vikings throwing the ball an average of 39.2 times per game, the third-most in the league.

Niners cornerback Deommodore Lenoir has been the CB8 so far in Fantasy Pros' scoring format. Safety Talanoa Hufanga is an elite athlete, and he finished as the DB3 last season, but he has only popped in one game, scoring 16.5 points in Week 1. Other than that, he hasn't broken 10 points once, and he scored as little as 1.5 points in Week 5.

You might find him on your waiver wire, and he might get on a hot streak later on this season, but it is hard to predict when those things will happen for defensive backs. For now, he's only a desperation streamer in Week 7.

Best Start: CB Deommodore Lenoir 

Best Streamer: CB Charvarius Ward

Deep League Streamer: CB Talanoa Hufanga

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