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IDP Game Breakdowns Star Ratings: Week 3
Steve Gallo
September 22, 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


Arizona Cardinals

OPPONENT - @ Seahawks
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Calais Campbell 3
DE Darnell Dockett 3
DT Dan Williams 1
LB Daryl Washington Injured
LB Paris Lenon 2
LB Stewart Bradley 3
LB Joey Porter 2
LB Clark Haggans 1
LB O'Brien Schofield 2
S Kerry Rhodes 3
S Adrian Wilson 2
S Rashad Johnson 1
CB Patrick Peterson 2
CB A.J. Jefferson 2
CB Richard Marshall 2

Atlanta Falcons

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

Baltimore Ravens

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

Buffalo Bills

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

Carolina Panthers

OPPONENT - Jaguars
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Charles Johnson 5
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 Jordan Senn 1
LB Jason WIlliams 1
S Charles Godfrey 3
S Sherrod Martin 2
CB Chris Gamble 2
CB Captain Munnerlyn 2

Chicago Bears

OPPONENT - Packers
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 3
LB Nick Roach 1
S Chris Harris 3
S Major Wright 3
S Brandon Meriweather 2
CB Charles Tillman 4
CB Tim Jennings 2

Cincinnati Bengals

OPPONENT - 49ers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Carlos Dunlap 3
DE Michael Johnson 4
DE Robert Geathers Injured
DT Domata Peko 1
DT Geno Atkins 2#
LB Rey Maualuga 3
LB Thomas Howard 3
LB Manny Lawson 1
S Chris Crocker 2
S Reggie Nelson 3
S Gibril Wilson 1
S Taylor Mays 1
CB Leon Hall 2
CB Nate Clements 3

Cleveland Browns

OPPONENT - Dolphins
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Jabaal Sheard 3
DE Jayme Mitchell 2
DE Marcus Benard 2
DT Phil Taylor 2#
DT Ahtyba Rubin 2#
LB D'Qwell Jackson 4
LB Chris Gocong 2
LB Scott Fujita 2
S T.J. Ward 3
S Usama Young 2
CB Joe Haden 2
CB Sheldon Brown 1

Dallas Cowboys

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

Denver Broncos

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

Detroit Lions

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

Green Bay Packers

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

Houston Texans

OPPONENT - @ Saints
Pos Player Star Rank
DE J. J. Watt 1
DE Antonio Smith 1
DT Earl Mitchell 1
LB DeMeco Ryans 2
LB Brian Cushing 4
LB Mario Williams 1
LB Connor Barwin 1
S Glover Quin 4
S Danieal Manning 3
CB Johnathan Joseph 3
CB Kareem Jackson 3

Indianapolis Colts

OPPONENT - Steelers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Robert Mathis 4
DE Dwight Freeney 2
LB Gary Brackett OUT
LB Pat Angerer 4
LB Kavell Conner 3
LB Ernie Sims OUT
LB Phillip Wheeler 2
S Antoine Bethea 3
S Melvin Bullitt 2
CB Jerraud Powers 3
CB Jacob Lacey 3

Jacksonville Jaguars

OPPONENT - @ Panthers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Aaron Kampman Injured
DE Austen Lane 1
DE Matt Roth 2
DT Tyson Alualu 2#
LB Paul Posluszny 3
LB Clint Session 2
LB Daryl Smith 3
S Dwight Lowery 2
S Courtney Greene 1
S Dawan Landry 2
CB Rashean Mathis 2
CB Derek Cox Injured

Kansas City Chiefs

OPPONENT - @ Chargers
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Glenn Dorsey 2
DE Tyson Jackson 1
DT Kelly Gregg 2
LB Derrick Johnson 4
LB Tamba Hali 2
LB Jovan Belcher 1
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 - @ Browns
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Randy Starks 2
DE Kendall Langford 2
DT Paul Soliai 2
LB Karlos Dansby 4
LB Kevin Burnett 2
LB Cameron Wake 3
LB Koa Misi 1
S Yeremiah Bell 3
S Chris Clemons Injured
S Reshad Jones 3
CB Vontae Davis 2
CB Sean Smith 2

Minnesota Vikings

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 4
LB E.J. Henderson 2
LB Erin Henderson 3
S Jamarca Sanford 3
S Husain Abdullah 3
CB Antoine Winfield 4
CB Cedric Griffin 2

New England Patriots

OPPONENT - @ Bills
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Shaun Ellis 2
DE Andre Carter 2
DT Vince Wilfork 2#
DT Albert Haynesworth 2
LB Jerod Mayo 4
LB Brandon Spikes 3
LB Rob Ninkovich 1
S Patrick Chung (Surgery on Thumb) OUT
S Sergio Brown 2
CB Devin McCourty 3
CB Leigh Bodden 1

New Orleans Saints

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Will Smith 1
DE Turk McBride 2
DE Jeff Charleston 1
DE Cameron Jordan 2
DT Sedrick Ellis 2#
DT Shaun Rogers 2
LB Jonathan Vilma 3
LB Jonathan Casillas 2
LB Will Herring 1
LB Scott Shanle 2
S Roman Harper 5
S Malcolm Jenkins 3
CB Jabari Greer 3
CB Tracy Porter Injured

New York Giants

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

New York Jets

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

Oakland Raiders

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Matt Shaughnessy 2
DE Lamarr Houston 2
DT Richard Seymour 3#
DT Tommy Kelly 2#
LB Rolando McClain 4
LB Kamerion Wimbley 1
LB Quentin Groves 2
S Tyvon Branch 5
S Michael Huff 3
CB Stanford Routt 1
CB Chris Johnson 1

Philadelphia Eagles

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Trent Cole 4
DE Jason Babin 3
DT Cullen Jenkins 3#
DT Antonio Dixon 1
DT Mike Patterson 1
LB Casey Matthews 3
LB Jamar Chaney 4
LB Moise Fokou 2
S Kurt Coleman 3
S Jaiquawn Jarrett 1
S Nate Allen 3
S Jarrad Page 3
CB Nnamdi Asomugha 1
CB Asante Samuel 2
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 2

Pittsburgh Steelers

OPPONENT - @ Colts
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Brett Keisel 1
DE Aaron Smith 1
DT Casey Hampton  
LB Lawrence Timmons 3
LB James Harrison 4
LB LaMarr Woodley 2
LB James Farrior 2
S Troy Polamalu 2
S Ryan Clark 2
CB Ike Taylor 2
CB Bryant McFadden 2

San Diego Chargers

Pos Player Star Rank
DE Luis Castillo OUT
DE Corey Liuget 1
DT Antonio Garay 2
LB Donald Butler 3
LB Takeo Spikes 3
LB Shaun Phillips 2
LB Larry English 1
S Eric Weddle 3
S Bob Sanders 2
CB Quentin Jammer 2
CB Antoine Cason 2

San Francisco 49ers

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

Seattle Seahawks

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

St. Louis Rams

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OPPONENT - Falcons
Pos Player Star Rank
DE Adrian Clayborn 2
DE Michael Bennett 2
DE Da'Quan Bowers 1
DT Gerald McCoy 2#
LB Mason Foster 4
LB Geno Hayes 3
LB Quincy Black Injured
S Sean Jones 3
S Cody Grimm 2
S Tanard Jackson Suspended
CB Ronde Barber 3
CB Aqib Talib 3

Tennessee Titans

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

Washington Redskins

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

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