Welcome to Week 1 of the 2023 season IDP Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em series. The start of the season is here and we are ready for some action (finally!). Let’s get take a look at some great IDP match ups.
Play or Pine is back for it’s incredible 7th year! The amount of leagues that were playing IDP in the mid 1990s was less than 1%. Fast forward to 2023 and IDP leagues make up a little under 25% of all fantasy football leagues. That may not seem like much but, the steady growth is more than noticeable in my 14 years of playing IDP. So whether you are an IDP head who played in the 90s or are in your first IDP league, know that PLAY or PINE has the advice for your IDP rosters.
For those new to the article, know that Play or Pine will cover IDPs that might seem like an obvious start. The reason being IDP leagues vary so much; one time use for the season, 2 IDP starters in 10 team leagues, 11 starters in 14 team leagues, and roster requirements of various sorts through out the world. So if one seems obvious it could be because the projections indicate this could be their best week of the season. So without further ado, here are the Play and Pines of week 1
Preston Smith @CHI
Smith has never lost against the Chicago Bears and is fortunate enough to play them in Week 1. The Bears offensive line may have improved but it will have difficulty against the re-signed Packer. He will see the most snaps from the edge. Teammate Rashan Gary is coming back from surgery and the Packers have stated they will keep him on a snap count. Trust the vet P. Smith to get you tackles and add to his career 58 sacks..
Daron Payne v ARI
It’s not often that a defensive tackle gets the nod as a Play, but Payne will have a fantastic week 1. The 2022 Pro Bowl member does damage from the interior of the line, despite being double-teamed on most snaps. He had 64 tackles and 11.5 sacks last year, and he should improve on those numbers in 2023. He will have an excellent opportunity against a weak Arizona Cardinals offense and who knows at quarterback. Trust Payne to get apply pressure and pick up a couple of QB hits and hopefully a sack.
Chase Young v ARI
is still being drafted, on name recognition alone. He has only played 11 games in the past two seasons, and earned only 1.5 sacks and 31 combined tackles. Those are pitiful numbers. He is expected to be back week 3, so get him out of your lineup. In fact see if you can trade him for anything, even a 5th round pick in 2026.
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