The Original Easy IDP Start/Sits Charts: DL WK 1
July 5, 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.

Interior Defensive Linemen

Looking for A 4-3 defensive schemed Defensive Ends, like the Bosa Brothers? They are located in our Edge-Rusher charts, as they are a premium sack scoring option.

So what is located on this Interior defensive linemen chart? This chart includes the 3-4 schemed defensive ends, but they aren’t generally considered dependent on sacks or recognized in most fantasy football sites as the outer edge rushers. Of course, players like Aron Donald may be an exception, but going with the majority here in these IDP charts. And they also included both the other interior schemed defensive linemen like Defensive/Nose Tackles. Hence, any linemen in base packages that are not normally lined up at the end of the formation.

Designated Positions In This Chart Are In White


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 our main IDP page for your convince along with some other useful fantasy football content. (Notice, our main IDP page is under construction.)


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!

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Week 1

Base Defensive Schemes in {Brackets} for assisting with locating players in the DL or the ER IDP Charts. The 4-3 Defensive Ends are in the Edge Rusher Charts with the 3-4 Outside Linebackers..


Ravens DL {3-4}
  • Calais Campell

  • Derek Wolf

  • Brandon Williams

  • Justin Madubuike

  • Patrick Ricard

  • Mack Daylon

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.
Bengals DL {4-3}
  • Geno Arkins

  • D.J. Reader

  • Josh Tupou

  • Ryan Glasgow

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

  • Sheldon Richardson

  • Jordan Elliott

  • Andrew Billings

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.
Steelers DL {3-4}
  • Cameron Heyward

  • Stephen Tuitt

  • Chris Wormly

  • Dan McCullers

  • Tyson Alualu

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

AFC south

Texans DL {3-4}
  • J.J. Watt

  • Ross Blacklock

  • Charles Omenihu

  • Brandon Dunn

  • Angelo Blackson

  • The Texans are definitely one of those teams we need to see an official depth chart for the Interior Defensive Lineman.
Colts DL {4-3}
  • DeForest Buckner

  • Grover Stewart

  • Denico Autry

  • Sheldon Day

  • Owners may want to watch just who wins the starting job next to Buckner between Stewart and Autry.

Jaquars DL {4-3}
  • Al Woods

  • Arby Jones

  • Taven Bryan

  • Davon Hamilton

  • Another team we need to see the official depth charts for when looking at the interior linemen.
Titans DL {3-4}
  • Jeffery Simmons

  • DaQuan Jones

  • Isaiah Mack

  • Jack Crawford

  • Larrell Murchison

  • Simmons and Jones are secure, the final depth chart will fill our final interior position.

AFC East

Bills DL {4-3}
  • Ed Oliver

  • Star Lotulelei

  • Quinton Jefferson

  • Vernon Butler

  • It might actually seeing some snap counts the first few weeks to figure this one out. Not to mention Oliver's DWI and Gun charges.
Dolphins DL {3-4}
  • Shaq Lawson

  • Davon Godchaux

  • Christian Wilkins

  • Raekwon Davis

  • Avery Moss

  • Although Lawson, Gidchaux, and Wilkins will be secure starters, this revamped 3-4 look for 2020 needs an official depth chart released to figure out who slots in where.
Patriots DL {3-4}
  • Lawerance Guy

  • Beau Allen

  • Deatrich Wise

  • Adam Butler

  • John Simon

  • Just like every off-season there is  alot of question marks who will line up where. Wise and Simon especially could end up on the Edge-Rushers chart as an OLB.
Jets DL {3-4}
  • Quinnen Williams

  • Steve McLendon

  • Henery Anderson

  • Kyle Phillips

  • Nathan Shepard

  • Just like the rest of this division, we need to see the official depth chart to know what the Jets have in mind. Noting, it doesn't look pretty here.

AFC west

Broncos DL {3-4}
  • Jurrell Casey

  • Shelby Harris

  • Mike Purcell

  • Agim McTelvin

  • DeMarcus Walker

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

  • Derrick Nnadi

  • Mike Pennel

  • Khalen Sanders

  • Warning, Jones is currently threatening to hold out because of his contract negotiations. 
Chargers DL {4-3}
  • Linval Joseph

  • Justin Jones

  • Jerry Tillery

  • P.J. Johnson

  • We'll need to see if Tillery can pass Jones on the official depth chart after a lackluster rookie season in 2019.
Raiders DL {4-3}
  • Maliek Collins

  • Johnathan Hankins

  • Maurice Hurst

  • P.J. Hall

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

NFC North

Bears DL {3-4}
  • Akien Hicks

  • Bilal Nicholas

  • Eddie Goldman

  • Roy Robertson-Harris

  • Brent Urban

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

  • De'Shawn Hand

  • Nick Williams

  • John Atkins

  • Shelton should be secure, and the remaining three will likely duke it out for the other starting spot early on.
Packers DL {3-4}
  • Kenny Clark

  • Dean Lowery

  • Tyler Lancaster

  • Kingsly Keke

  • Jonathon Garvin

  • Awaiting the official Packer depth charts for depth, but Clarks a lock and Lowery likely has the edge at starting.
Vikings DL {4-3}
  • Michael Pierce

  • Shamar Stephen

  • James Lynch

  • Jayln Holms

  • Jaleel Johnson

  • This competition should be wide open and on paper could end up in a large rotation limiting opportunities.

NFC south

Falcons DL {4-3}
  • Grady Jarrett

  • Tyeler Davison

  • Marlon Davidson

  • Deadrin Senat

  • The Falcon's have a lot of draft stock wrapped up in Davidson and Senat, Davison will have his hand's full holding on to a starting gig.
Panthers DL {3-4}
  • Derrick Brown

  • Kawann Short

  • Stephen Weatherly

  • Yetur Gross-Matos

  • Bravvion Roy

  • The Panther's will giveth or taketh with first-rounder Brown, pending if he is the nose tackle or defensive tackle over short in this new 3-4 scheme.
Saints DL {4-3}
  • Sheldon Rankins

  • Malcom Brown

  • David Onyemata

  • Mario Edwards Jr.

  • Brown should see some real competition in rotation from Onyemata, based on his performance last season, and Edwards has the draft stock.
Buccaneers DL {3-4)
  • Ndamukong Suh

  • Vita Vea

  • William Gholston

  • Khalil Davis

  • Rakeem Nunez-Roches

  • Beyond Suh (OLD), and Vea not living up to his hype, not a lot of love here among these linemen.

NFC East

Cowboys DL
  • Gerald McCoy

  • Dontari Poe

  • Tyronn Crawford

  • Trysten Hill

  • Neville Gallimore

  • Besides the likely heavy rotation, Crawford is listed as a defensive end in a lot of depth charts but traditionally plays more in the interior.
Giants DL {3-4}
  • Leonard Williams

  • Dalvin Tomlinson

  • Dexter Lawerance

  • B.J. Hill

  • Austin Johnson

  • Someone has to live up to the draft stock hype because so far it's been lackluster from most of these guys and Williams needs to get back to staying healthy.
Eagles DL {4-3}
  • Fletcher Cox

  • Javon Hargrave

  • Malik Jackson

  • Anthoney Rush

  • Reportedly Jackson is on the upswing to make a strong comeback in a rotational role, we'll see just how true that is before planning on it.
Redskins DL {3-4}
  • Jonathon Allen

  • Matt Loannidis

  • Daron Payne

  • Tim Settle

  • Switching to the 3-4 scheme, expect a position change for one of the green guys and/or a heavy rotation among these studs.

NFC West

Cardinals DL {3-4}
  • Zach Allen

  • Jordan Phillips

  • Corey Peters

  • Leki Fotu

  • Johnathan Bullard

  • There is only so much production to go around on this defense, we shouldn't expect much of anything out of the interior line.
Rams DL {3-4}
  • Aaron Donald

  • A'Shawn Robinson

  • Michael Brockers

  • Eric Banks

  • Morgan Fox

  • A short as possible IDP player's note for this division will appear here when it's needed throughout the season.
49ers DL {4-3}
  • Solomon Thomas

  • Javon Kinlaw

  • D.J. Jones

  • Kentavius Street

  • Thomas and rookie Kinlaw both have upside replacing De'Forest Buckner (Colts), but expectations should be approached with caution at first.
Seahawks DL {4-3}
  • Jarran Reed

  • Poona Ford

  • Cedrick Lattimore

  • Josh Avery

  • Beyond Reed, we wait on the official depth charts and we aren't expecting much out of this group and should see them sign someone at some point.

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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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