2023 Week 2 IDP Help

Welcome to another exciting week of NFL action from the 2023 season, and my attempts to help you make crucial decisions for your IDP lineup for Week 2. In the Week 2 edition of Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em, consider starting Troy Andersen, Byron Young, and Tyson Campbell as they have favorable matchups and showed promise in Week 1. Conversely, I would advise to sit Josh Allen, Quay Walker, and Antoine Winfield based on tougher matchups and potential limitations in their Week 2 performances. Keep an eye on injury reports and depth chart changes as you finalize your IDP decisions.

Start ‘Em

Byron Young (DL, LAR) vs. SF

Week 1 Stats: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 51% snap count.

Young showcased his pass-rushing skills with a sack in Week 1, earning 51% of the snaps as part of the Rams’ defensive line rotation. The Rams’ aggressive defensive approach prioritizes generating pressure. Young fits seamlessly into this system and should have ample opportunities to make an impact against the 49ers.

Troy Andersen (LB, ATL) vs. GB

Week 1 Stats: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 69% snap count.

Andersen made a significant impact in Week 1 with seven tackles and a sack, playing on 69% of the defensive snaps. With Deion Jones sidelined due to injury, Andersen is poised to take on a more substantial role in the Falcons’ defense. Against a Green Bay Packers’ offense that likes to move the ball, expect him to be a tackling machine. Andersen’s ability to excel in various aspects of the game, including pass-rushing and coverage, enhances his IDP value. He’ll have ample opportunities to make plays against the Packers’ offense.

Tyson Campbell (CB, JAX) vs. KC

Week 1 Stats: 6 tackles, 1 pass defended, 100% snap count.

Campbell had an impressive NFL debut, recording six tackles and a pass defended while playing every snap for the Jacksonville Jaguars. As a rookie cornerback, Campbell is likely to be targeted frequently by opposing quarterbacks. This translates to more tackle opportunities and chances for passes defended, especially against the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell demonstrated promise in Week 1 and is on an upward trend. Facing an elite quarterback like Patrick Mahomes can provide opportunities for growth and continued improvement.

Sit ‘Em

Josh Allen (DE, JAX) vs. KC

Week 1 Stats: 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 77% snap count.

Josh had an exceptional Week 1 performance with two sacks and a 77% snap count. Allen faces a formidable Kansas City Chiefs’ offense that is expected to limit sack opportunities. Their offensive line held up well in Week 1, making it a tough matchup for Allen. The Jaguars’ defense, while showing promise, is still a work in progress. This might result in fewer opportunities for Allen to make plays.

Quay Walker (LB, GB) vs. ATL

Week 1 Stats: 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 79% snap count.

Walker had a solid Week 1 with seven tackles and a 79% snap count for the Green Bay Packers. Walker faces an Atlanta Falcons offensive line that might not provide as many opportunities for tackles and turnovers. The Packers have several talented linebackers, which could lead to rotations and a decreased snap count for Walker. This rotation might hinder his fantasy production.

Antoine Winfield (DB, TB) vs. CHI

Week 1 Stats: 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 100% snap count.

Winfield showcased his playmaking skills with six tackles, an interception, and a pass defended while playing every snap in Week 1. Winfield faces a Chicago Bears offense that may not offer as many opportunities for tackles and turnovers as his Week 1 matchup did. While Winfield is a talented DB, expecting an interception every week is unrealistic. Relying on big plays for consistent IDP production can be risky.

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