The Easy IDP Start/Sits Charts: Edge-Rushers WK 1
July 8, 2020 No Comments IDP Tactical Charts Gary Van Dyke
IDP Start/Sits Charts

Welcome to the fourth year of the original and proven Easy IDP Start/Sits Charts on Gridiron Ratings. Where the only original and proven IDP start/sits charts via The IDP Tipster, Gary VanDyke can be found. There are a few imitators, but only one true original five-step formula for a proven high-hit rate. And it’s only available here for our members at Gridiron Ratings, alongside all the other in-depth winning fantasy football content.

Individual Defensive Players

IDP Start/Sits

Player Matchup Strength And Key Color Codes

Strong Solid Weak

Borderline Player Matchup 

Rotational Depth Player

Already Played Thursday

Already Questionable= (?) – Out= (O) – Placed On Injured Reserves= (IR) – Benched= (B)

♠ ♠ ♠ It is always the IDP owner’s due diligence to follow up on the final injury reports ♠ ♠ ♠

Looking for more of a description of the charts? Please scroll down below the charts and check out the important information all users should know about the process.

Edge - Rushers

Couldn’t find your 3-4 defensive schemed Outside Linebacker on our Linebacker Easy Start/Sits Chart? Or maybe your 4-3 schemed Defensive End on the Defensive Lineman Charts? That’s because starting in 2020 we have moved both those positions here as Edge-Rushers! These two fantasy football positions are notorious for being sack scoring dependent in a lot of formats. So we’re bumping our game up to the next level and separating them for a much easier chart view for our members. Another reason that we are giving these two positions their own is that it’s trending for sites to add the Edge-Rusher positions as a league option. And it’s a trend that just adds another exciting element to playing IDP.

So what if your league’s scoring format doesn’t score sacks or related stats heavily? Don’t worry about a thing! After years of using the five-step formula in the past on these positions, it still translates to any scoring format. And that is simple enough to explain because the five-step formula takes into account the scoring opportunities the player has versus the player’s matchup. Hence, if they have a strong chance (or not) to record a sack, they have just as good (or not) of odds to record tackles or make plays on the ball.

Designated Positions In This Chart Are In White

IDP Edge-Rushers

Needing to split those IDP hairs between two or more players with the same color code? Besides our great Ratings located on the main menu, our Oddsmakers IDP tactical tools were originally intended to do just that for IDP owners. And are located on The IDP Tipster’s Main IDP Page for your convince along with some other useful fantasy football content.

Great News! We are now accepting 2020 Members!

This premium member-only content may be free to the general fantasy football community for a couple of weeks. But if you’re wanting to access it right before those all so important bye-weeks, when the formula really hits it’s stride, you’ll need to visit our member’s login located in our HERE!


This is just an example chart for the new and revamped delivery for 2020. The five-step formula has not been applied at this time. And Fantasy Football IDP owners should not rely on the player’s designated color codes as a reliable start/sits chart at this time. This will eventually be member-only content, and likely will not be set up via the five-step formula until sometime in July or August 2020. And may henge on the NFL teams releasing some form of official depth charts for obvious reasons.

Thank you,

Gary (The IDP Tipster)

Very Important To Know!

There is very important information concerning the charts that all users must keep in mind located below the charts!

New look for 2020, with a streamlined mobile device feel!

Week 1

Base Defensive Schemes in {Brackets} for assisting with locating players in the DL or the ER (Edge-Rusher) IDP Charts. 


Ravens ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Mathew Judon

  • Jaylon Ferguson

  • Pernell McPhee

  • With McPhee back in the mix after an injury in 2019, we're going to want to see just who gets the bigger piece of the snap count pie.
Bengals ER {4-3 DE}
  • Carlos Dunlap

  • Sam Hubbard

  • Carl Lawson

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.
Browns ER {4-3 DE}
  • Myles Garrett

  • Olivier Vernon

  • Adrian Clayborn

  • Chad Thomas

  • Vernon has shown signs of losing a step in the last couple of seasons, it'll be interesting to see if Clayborn and Thomas cut in on snaps.
Steelers ER {3-4 OLB}
  • J.J. Watt

  • Bud Dupree

  • Alex Highsmith

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.

AFC south

Texans ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Whitney Mercilius

  • Brennan Scarlett

  • Jonathon Greenard

  • We'll need to see if third-round Greenard can push for some playing time over Scarlett, who did "ok" in 2019.
Colts ER {4-3 DE}
  • Justin Houston

  • Kemoko Turay

  • Al-Quadin Muhammad

  • Ben Benogu

  • On paper, second-round (2018) should have the edge to start but we'll play it safe until we see an official depth chart.

Jaquars ER {4-3 DE}
  • Yannick Ngakoue

  • Josh Allen

  • K'Lavon Chaisson

  • Aaron Lynch

  • Ngakoue is still currently holding out and not signing his 18 million dollar tag, this holds a lot of depth in determining Allen and the rookie Chaisson's 2020 outlook.

Titans ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Harold Landry

  • Vic Beasley

  • Kamalei Correa

  • How Beasley translates from a former "just above average" defensive end to an OLB remains to be seen in this change of scheme with the Falcons.

AFC East

Bills ER {4-3 DE}
  • Trent Murphy

  • Jerry Hughes

  • Mario Addison

  • A.J. Epenesa

  • We are going to have to see if the Bills adding Addison and drafting highish on rookie Epenesa affects this starting unit.
Dolphins ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Kyle Van Noy

  • Shaq Lawson

  • Vince Biegel

  • Emmanuel Ogbah

  • Curtis Weaver

  • Reportedly switching to this 3-4 defensive scheme, we'll need to see how it plays out. Van Noy should end up as an Inside Linebacker and Lawson could be an interior Defensive End.
Patriots ER {3-4 OLB}
  • John Simon

  • Chase Winovich

  • Deatrich Wise

  • Adam Butler

  • Brandon Copeland

  • Josh Uche

  • Just like every off-season, there is a lot of question marks who will line up where. Wise and Simon especially could end up on the DL chart as DEs.
Jets ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Jordan Jenkins

  • Harvey Langi

  • Zabari Zunga

  • Tarell Basham

  • Frankie Luvu

  • The Edge has been a wasteland for some time in real productive IDP scoring, and however, this depth chart shakes out, it isn't likely going to change.

AFC west

Broncos ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Von Miller

  • Bradley Chubb

  • Malik Reed

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.
Chiefs ER {4-3 DE}
  • Frank Clark

  • Alex Okafor

  • Tanoh Kpassagnon

  • Taco Charlton

  • Clark owners want more consistency, Okafor needs to stay healthy, and Kpassagnon is a former second-rounder (2017) that came up in 2019.
Chargers ER {4-3 DE}
  • Joey Bosa

  • Mark Ingram

  • Isaac Rochell

  • Jessie Lemonier

  • Bosa and Ingram have always been ironmen and on the field when healthy, that's not likely to change in 2020.
Raiders ER {4-3 DE}
  • Max Crosby

  • Clelin Ferrell

  • Carl Nassib

  • Arden Key

  • First-rounder (2019) Ferrell better show up or Nassib or Key could send him to the bench a lot more in 2020.

NFC North

Bears ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Khalil Mack

  • Robert Quinn

  • Barkevious Mingo

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.
Lions ER {4-3 DE}
  • Trey Flowers

  • Romeo Okwara

  • Julian Okwara

  • Jonathan Wynn

  • It'll certainly be interesting to see who emerges in the long term between the Okwara brothers, for now, we should expect a rotation.
Packers ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Preston Smith

  • Za'Darius Smith

  • Rashan Gary

  • The Smiths both had a great season in 2019, it'll be tough for the 2019 first-round rookie Gary to overtake either for a starting gig after a lackluster rookie season.
Vikings ER {4-3 DE}
  • Danielle Hunter

  • Ifeadi Odenigbo

  • Anthony Zettel

  • Eddie Yarbrough

  • D.J. Wonnum

  • Odenigbo had a sack productive season in 2019 in a rotational role and presumably the other starter behind stud Hunter at this time.

NFC south

Falcons ER {4-3 DE}
  • Dante Fowler

  • Takkarist McKinley

  • Charle Harris

  • Allen Bailey

  • Beyond Fowler, who isn't a lock to play DE until we see an official depth chart, McKinley and Harris are both former 2017 first-rounders that haven't lived up to the hype.
Panthers ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Brian Burns

  • Stephen Weatherly

  • Yetur Gross-Matos

  • Marquis Haynes

  • Who translates from defensive end to outside linebacker in this reported switch to the 3-4 scheme remains to be seen until an official depth chart hits.
Saints ER {4-3 DE}
  • Cameron Jordan

  • Marcus Davenport

  • Trey Hendrickson

  • Zach Baun

  • As I warned IDP owners last year, Davenport started a lot on the blindside, where Jordan use to start, who now has to work harder to get his production from the strongside.
Buccaneers ER {3-4 OLB)
  • Jason Pierre-Paul

  • Shaquil Barrett

  • Anthoney Nelson

  • We'll need to see Barrett pull off what he did in 2019 again in 2020 to feel completely secure, and Nelson is just "penciled in" until we see an official depth chart.

NFC East

Cowboys ER {4-3 DE}
  • Demarcus Lawerance

  • Tyrone Crawford

  • Aldon Smith

  • Randy Gregory

  • With Quinn gone, Lawerance should return to the blindside and should dominate again, the rest needs to play out reinstatement as it's a who's who in troubled players. Crawford is normally a defensive tackle but can translate into both positions.
Giants ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Markus Golden

  • Lorenzo Carter

  • Kyler Fackrell

  • Chris Peace

  • Whether or not Golden ends up being a Giant will affect this depth and starting positions with his contract tenure still in question.
Eagles ER {4-3 DE}
  • Brandon Graham

  • Derrick Barnett

  • Josh Sweat

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.
Redskins ER {3-4 OLB}}
  • Chase Young

  • Ryan Kerrigan

  • Montez Sweat

  • Matt Loannidis

  • It's still a fluid situation until we see an official depth chart with the defensive scheme not being 100% confirmed as of this moment.

NFC West

Cardinals ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Chandler Jones

  • Devan Kennard

  • Isaiah Simmons

  • What can I say, I personally think this is where first-round rookie Simmons ends up based on his talented metrics, we await those official depth charts.
Rams ER {3-4 OLB}
  • Samson Ebukam

  • Leonard Floyd

  • Terrell Lewis

  • It'll be interesting to see if the Ebukam and Floyd combination can get it done as it did with Fowler and Mathews last season.
49ers ER {4-3 DE}
  • Joey Bosa

  • Arik Armstead

  • Dee Ford

  • Ronald Blair

  • Armsteadshowed last year he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, we'll see if that holds true and he produces as he should with a larger role.
Seahawks ER {4-3 DE}
  • Bruce Irvin

  • Benson Mayowa

  • Darrell Taylor

  • Rasheen Green

  • Let's just say that the Seahawks must resign Jadeveon Clowney and leave it at that.

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IDP Start/Sits

General Chart Guidelines

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  1. The fifth element of the five-step formula applied to the charts is the mind behind its innovation. So there is a human aspect to reading the results and the delivery each week based on the formula.
  2. All input into the charts is a little raw at the beginning of each season at first. At least until the core information catches up with the current data, stats, and trends of the season. So for the first three to four weeks, on average, it is considered a warming-up period. And at this time some of the end of the year information from the prior season (2019) is included. This happens historically around week four when we have established the updated material applied in the formula. And this is when they peek in strength and is just in time for that first all so important NFL bye-week. 
  3. We never suggest sitting a known stud IDP player! And as a disclaimer, we need to always keep in mind that sitting a known “stud” over a player that is not isn’t advisable. The charts are meant to split the IDP hairs among the level of players in terms of talent and rank versus their current matchups. And it is never a great idea to “reach” for a player in if those “IDP hairs” being split are minimal unless the circumstances are perfect. And that falls on the user to decide if that applies to the current situation.
  4. Users need to keep in mind these charts are based on matchups versus talent of said players overall. And trusting the charts do take a commitment by the user when applying to our line-ups.
Player Matchup Strength And Key Color Code Descriptions

Strong: On paper, the player’s matchup suggests the potential he’ll perform up to the “HIGHEST” level of his ability in recording IDP scoring statistics.

Solid: On paper, the player’s matchup suggests the potential he’ll perform within a “SAFE” level of his ability in recording IDP scoring statistics.

Weak: On paper, the player’s matchup suggests the potential he’ll “STRUGGLE” to perform within his ability in recording IDP scoring statistics.

Borderline Player Matchup: On paper, the player’s matchup was a “Borderline” call between the two potential results. Example: John Hancock was barely a solid play call, or John Hancock was barely a strong play call.

Rotational Depth Player: Player is considered a backup or has been rotating in with a low average snap count.

Already Played Thursday: Played in the contest the prior Thursday.

Already Questionable= (?) – Out= (O) – Placed On Injured Reserves= (IR) – Benched= (B): These are early indicators of possible problems when making the charts.

IDP Start/Sits Delivery

The user must take into consideration that the five-step formula applied to each chart does take a considerable amount of time. And is indeed done by hand so that the author can determine the results in the final step for publication. And on average, over the four-year history of the charts, it takes approximately 20 to 25 hours a week to get the charts right and published. While we are also introducing a separate Edge-Rushers chart for 2020.

So the timing from week to week of publishing can vary. But they will always be on time and hours ahead for their NFL contests. Our best-case scenario is to start publishing the charts sometime on Tuesday into Wednesday each week. And will include a separate chart publication for Thursday games that has all the designated players in one chart, minus the cornerback position, which will be published by Thursday noon eastern.

We will note here, after merging with Gridiron Ratings recently, the author’s resources for the charts will be available sooner than in previous NFL seasons. And when it comes to the cornerbacks, we suggest our IDP tactical tool the Oddsmaker. We have tested and found that the five-step formula does not warrant the cornerback’s match-ups on an individual player basis in the development stage. And they simply are too fluky from week to week in terms of IDP scoring consistency. Noting here that the developmental stage was a matter of multiple years and not months or weeks. And the Oddsmaker’s three-step formula appropriately works better for the cornerbacks when applied as an overall designated position tool. 

Wondering what the steps are for the five-step formula applied in the Easy IDP Start/Sits Charts?

Due to the nature of the industry, we are only willing to reveal three of the five steps. As we have mentioned, the author is the final and fifth step in deciphering the results. And two of the first four steps are the NFL player snap counts and designated points allowed by team data. Also noting, in-season this season, the author is now weighing in the Gridiron Ratings. And a separate test period will be conducted for the 2020 season that includes the in-season ratings. This is to test if the possible added step can boost the already proven high hit rate of the charts going forward.

For those members that may not know, the author of the charts just merged his content and tactical tools with Gridiron Ratings site the first of 2020. Hence, the obvious reason for the testing period first. And before possibly officially integrating another valuable fantasy football database as the ratings after previous years of proven results.

“I would like to thank all the users over the last three seasons who have put their faith in and benefited from my Easy IDP Start/Sits charts. If anyone knows it takes a real commandment to do so, it’s me after development the formula for my personal use a very long time ago.” -Gary VanDyke, a.k.a. The IDP Tipster

Thank you for joining us for the 2020 Easy IDP Start/Sits Charts at Gridiron Ratings.  

Gary VanDyke

“The IDP Tipster”

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