Now begins the full IDP Report with a full week of games behind us, and stats to analyze. There are certainly rising IDP to consider picking up for your rosters, and a boatload of injury information to consider when contemplating Week 2’s contests and those players you want to insert into your starting lineups.

Bye Weeks coming up: None until Week 5

Elevator Going Up


B.J. Goodson CLE

Goodson had a nice opening game, playing the majority of snaps (49 of 59 defensive snaps against the Ravens) and collected nine total tackles (TT), five of those solos. He has a game against the in-state rival Bengals at home, and should be good for another batch of tackles.

Jon Bostic WAS

Bostic was called on to play every defensive snap with Thomas Davis out of action, and he put up eight TT in his time on the field. With Davis listed as questionable for Week 2, he could be in for another nice stat line when Washington heads out to the desert to take on the host Cardinals.

Defensive Linemen

Benson Mayowa DE SEA

Mayowa had a full stat line in the game in Atlanta: one solo tackle for a loss of yards (TFL), a sack, a QB hurry/hit (QH) and a pass deflection (PD). He saw action in 90% of the defensive snaps, and Seattle hosts the Patriots, who handed out the fourth highest fantasy point total to defensive ends in Week 1.

Takkarist McKinley DE ATL

McKinley was more of a pass rush specialist but looked solid against the run against the visiting Seahawks, snagging five TT (two solo, one TFL). He also contributed a whopping six QH and collected a sack. 

Aldon Smith DE DAL

Smith has not played a down in the NFL since 2015, but came roaring back in 2020. He had 11 TT against the Rams (six solo, one TFL), leading his team in tackles. He also added a sack and a pair of QH to fill out the stat sheet. Week 2 is a good matchup against the Falcons, so there is a good chance for the fantasy goodness to continue. 

Matt Ioannidis DT WAS

Ioannidis is a find in DT-mandatory leagues, although he is a decent option as a lower end DL, in deeper leagues. He had four TT against the Eagles, and also collected 1.5 sacks in Philly last Sunday.

Christian Wilkins DT MIA

Two DTs this week, something of a rarity here. Wilkins had six TT (five solo) with a sack of Cam Newton in his Week 1 performance. He also had a pair of PDs, matching his 2019 output in one game. The matchup this week does not profile as favorable, although Weeks 3 and 4 profile better for matchup purposes.

Defensive Backs

Marcus Maye S NYJ

Expect the Jets’ defense to see a lot of action this season, and that should translate into big stat lines for Maye. He collected 10 TT against the Bills (seven solo, two TFL) with two sacks, two QH, two PD and a forced fumble (FF) for good measure. The Jets have the 49ers coming to visit, which projects as a good chance to again provide fantasy value for his owners.

Jonathan Abram S LVR

The second-year player was injured in his first game last season, and returned to provide double digit tackles (13 TT, nine solo, one TFL). The Saints come to visit in Week 2, and that is generally better news for the opposition than taking on New Orleans in the Big Easy.

Jeremy Chinn S CAR

The rookie was on the field for every defensive snap in the opening game, and he was credited with seven solo tackles as part of his eight TT effort. He has multiposition versatility, having been drafted as a safety (and thus his designation on fantasy platforms) but actually played at strongside LB against the Raiders. If that continues, he may acquire dual position eligibility for fantasy owners, always a bonus.

Josh Jones S JAX

Jones may have landed in the perfect spot to revive his career, after departing from the Packers, and looks to have secured an every down role early in the season. He collected a dozen TT (six solo) against the visiting Colts. 

Darian Thompson S DAL

It was Thompson’s pre-season performance that led to the departure of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the Cowboy roster, and while not a every down player in Week 1, he did collect 10 TT (nine solo) on 58 of 73 defensive snaps. Nice production and he seems poised to continue to be a favored IDP for the Cowboy defense, especially with the Falcons on the schedule this coming week.

Jaylon Johnson CB CHI

Johnson has been handed the starting job, filling the role of departed Prince Amukamara in the Windy City. Playing opposite Kyle Fuller , he deflected two Matthew Stafford passes and picked up six TT (five solo) against the host Lions. A good matchup for Week 2 is in store when the Bears host the Giants.

C.J. Henderson CB JAX

Henderson offered big play production in Week 1, picking off a pass (INT) and a trio of PDs were added to boot. He also had five solo tackles on the day. The ninth overall pick in this year’s draft looks like a strong fixture in the Jags defense going forward.

Casey Hayward CB LAC

The Charger CB had a dozen TT, all solos, Sunday against the host Bengals. Hayward was always known as a shutdown corner, limiting his fantasy value, but his Week 1 production hints at better things potentially for him. Week 2 sees him facing off against the Chiefs, and with them spreading the attack around, he should see action again.

Escalator Going Down


Corey Littleton LVR

It takes a bit of reach to list an IDP who collected five TT as a falling player, but he did play every down, and did not yield double digit tackle numbers. The Raiders brought him in to shore up their LB production, but Nick Kwiatkoski collected six TT on just 22 snaps compared to Littleton’s 67 snap count. Of course, Kwiatkoski is listed as questionable this week (see injury report below), so Littleton could rebound. Do not drop him yet, just keep an eye on his production.

Defensive Linemen

None to speak of, except those listed below in the injury report.

Defensive Backs

Again, look to the injury report for those DBs you want to avoid this week.

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the first team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. Do not go crazy, and play a LB5 against the Browns, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB on the Bengals, Bears or Seahawks or a DL on the Rams that you can plug in this week, for the most part. Please note that these suggestions are after only one week’s action, and as with any small sample size, subject to fluctuation with the accrual of addition statistical data.


Cleveland vs Cincinnati

New York Giants @ Chicago

New England @ Seattle

Defensive Ends

Philadelphia vs Los Angeles Rams

Tennessee vs Jacksonville

Defensive Tackles 

Jacksonville @ Tennessee

Philadelphia vs Los Angeles Rams

New England @ Seattle


Buffalo @ Miami

Atlanta @ Dallas


Indianapolis vs Minnesota

Buffalo @ Miami

Waiver Wire Targets

This section is intended to serve as a shortened cheat sheet listing those waiver wire targets you should be considering if you need to plug a hole in your starting lineup. All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. Not all the players commented on are here necessarily every week (although this week they are), however, as there is no need to waste your time searching for players that are heavily owned. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.


B.J. Goodson CLE

Jon Bostic WAS

Defensive Linesmen

Benson Mayowa DE SEA

Takkarist McKinley DE ATL

Aldon Smith DE DAL

Matt Ioannidis DT WAS

Christian Wilkins DT MIA

Defensive Backs

Marcus Maye S NYJ

Jonathan Abram S LVR

Jeremy Chinn S CAR

Josh Jones S JAX

Darian Thompson S DAL

Jaylon Johnson CB CHI

C.J. Henderson CB JAX

Casey Hayward CB LAC

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


Tremaine Edmunds BUF shoulder

Del’Shawn Phillips BUF quadriceps

Matt Milano BUF hamstring

Jason Ferris CAR undisclosed

Robert Quinn CHI ankle

Mack Wilson CLE knee

Jacob Phillips CLE knee

Leighton Vander Esch DAL collarbone IR

Sean Lee DAL sports hernia IR

Mark Barron DEN hamstring

Von Miller DEN ankle

Randy Ramsay GB groin

Kamal Martin GB knee-meniscus IR

Curtis Bolton GB knee-ACL PUP

Jonathan Greenard HOU ankle

Quincy Williams JAX abdomen IR

Nick Kwiatkoski LVR pectoral

Tanner Muse LVR toe IR

Drue Tranquill LAC ankle IR

Justin Lawler LAR foot IR

Vince Biegel MIA Achilles

Ben Gedeon MIN undisclosed PUP

Cassh Makyua NE knee

Kiko Alonso NO knee-ACL PUP

Tae Crowder NYG hamstring

David Mayo NYG knee-meniscus IR

Blake Cashman NYJ groin IR

Avery Williamson NYJ hamstring

Patrick Onwuasor NYJ knee IR

Derick Roberson TEN knee

Thomas Davis WAS calf

Reuben Foster WAS knee IR

Defensive Linemen


Charles Harris ATL ankle

Olivier Vernon CLE abdomen

Austin Bryant DET undisclosed PUP

Kemoko Turay IND ankle PUP

Alex Okafor KC hamstring

Danielle Hunter MIN neck IR

Kenny Willekes MIN leg IR

Marcus Davenport NO elbow

Anthony Lanier NO undisclosed

Jabari Zuniga NYJ quadriceps IR

Vinny Curry PHI hamstring IR

Bandon Graham PHI concussion

Derek Barnett PHI hamstring

Daeshon Hall PHI knee-ACL PUP

Ronald Blair SF knee-ACL PUP

Vic Beasley TEN knee

Ryan Bee WAS undisclosed IR


Marlon Davidson ATL knee

Justin Madubuike BAL knee

Vernon Butler BUF hamstring

Geno Atkins CIN shoulder

Montravius Adams GB toe

Kenny Clark GB groin

Treyvon Hester GB undisclosed

Sheldon Day IND knee IR

Khalen Saunders KC elbow

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed IR

Beau Allen NE undisclosed IR

Javon Hargrave PHI pectoral

Jullian Taylor SF knee-ACL IR 


Jalen Thompson ARI ankle

Kendall Sheffield ATL foot

Darqueze Dennard ATL undisclosed

Natrell Jamerson CAR illness

Shawn Williams CIN calf

C.J. Moore DET hamstring

Raven Greene GB quadriceps

Julian Blackmon IND knee

Jarrod Wilson JAX hamstring IR

Josh Jones JAX leg

Clayton Fejedelem MIA pectoral

Nate Brooks MI undisclosed

Myles Dorn MIN undisclosed IR

Xavier McKinney NYG foot IR

Will Parks PHI hamstring IR

Justin Evans TB foot PUP

Dane Cruikshank TEN undisclosed IR


Josh Norman BUF hamstring IR

Stantley Thomas-Oliver CAR hamstring

Donte Jackson CAR ankle

Eli Apple CAR ankle IR

Trae Waynes CIN pectoral IR

Kevin Johnson CLE abdomen 

Greedy Williams CLE shoulder

Jourdan Lewis DAL ankle

A.J. Boyne DEN shoulder

Justin Coleman DET hamstring IR

Jeff Okudah DET hamstring

Desmond Trufant DET hamstring 

Mike Ford DET leg IR

Kabion Ento GB undisclosed IR

Gareon Conley HOU ankle IR

Charvarius Ward Kc hand

P.J. Williams NO hamstring

Montre Hartage NYG hamstring

Kyron Brown NYJ quadriceps PUP

Craig James PHI thigh IR

Jason Verrett SF hamstring

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee IR

Kendall Fuller WAS calf

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