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Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4 Individual defensive players (IDP)

Some players seem primed for a great week… and some not so much. Check and see which IDP should start or sit.


Injuries are affecting IDP play significantly. Who is left to start and who should sit for Week 4? 

Start this guy: DL Takkarist McKinley, Atlanta (vs Buffalo)

With Vic Beasley sidelined at least a month, McKinley will get the bulk of snaps for Atlanta. He is a pass-rushing force. With the Atlanta offense providing leads for opponents to chase, there will be ample opportunity to exercise those skills starting this week against Buffalo. 

Sit this guy: DL Ndamukong Suh, Miami (vs New Orleans)

Simply put, New Orleans won’t run much and Suh won’t catch Drew Brees for any sacks. Suh will be his usual effective, disruptive self in the center of the line, but there is no statistic for being a pain in the butt.

Start this guy: LB Demario Davis, NY Jets (vs. Jacksonville) 

Davis is emerging as the main tackler among the Jets’ linebacking corps. He is seeing more plays than his more heralded teammates. This week, he will have plenty of opportunities to rack up tackles with Leonard Fournette and company coming to town. If he doesn’t come up with double-digit tackles, then the Jets will have had a terrible day. 

Sit this guy: LB Myles Jack, Jacksonville, (at Jets)

Much like last week, the Jacksonville offense will own the field, creating precious little time for the Jaguars defenders to make tackles and turnovers. Even in their victory last week, the Jets’ offense was not a force to be reckoned with. It will be an easy day for Myles Jack and an unproductive day for his fantasy owners. 

Start this guy: Rasul Douglas, Philadelphia (at LA Chargers)

Rasul Douglas is one of the young rookies pressed into service early due to the Eagles’ injury issues. He and veteran Patrick Robinson held their own against Odell Beckham and company this past Sunday except for a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter. As the rookie of the crowd, expect Phillip Rivers to target him often this Sunday in Los Angeles. Douglas got better every minute he was on the field. With ample opportunity, he should beat the four tackles, pass defended, and the interception he logged in his first full game last week. 

Sit this guy: Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans (at Miami) 

Jay Cutler will defer to Jay Ajayi for the bulk of the Dolphins offense in the game being played in London Sunday. When he throws, he will have two receivers deep in DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Whichever one is not covered by Lattimore will get the target if Cutler doesn’t dump the pass to Jarvis Landry underneath. The word is out. Lattimore will shut down receivers, but any team with multiple options will simply pick on his lesser peers. 

Week 4 flash-in-the-pan prediction

Everyone is excited to see Vontaze Burfict back for the Bengals, but it is the Browns’ linebacker Joe Schobert who registers a game-high 12 tackles, including eight solos, three for a loss and a pass defended to help Cleveland win their first game of the year. 

Full disclosure on Week 3 

My defensive line picks were dead on as I sat Clive Avril and his one tackle and started DeMarcus Lawrence with three sacks, six quarterback hits, and four solo tackles. My linebackers both had mediocre days, so I’ll call both of them misses. Sitting Landon Collins was a mistake as he came up with nine tackles from the safety position while Matthias Farley had an average day. 

But this week, I’m more confident than ever in my start ‘ems and sit ‘ems, so you should be, too! 

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Pat Opperman

Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.

Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4 Individual defensive players (IDP)

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