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IDP Matchups to Exploit and Avoid: Week 15

Dave Larkin breaks down the key IDP clashes to target for your playoff match-ups. 

Each week, this column will take a critical look at key statistical trends to highlight pass rushing and tackle matchups to exploit and avoid. We'll be heavily relying on another great feature at FBG this season, the IDP Matchup Spreadsheet that will be generated by Aaron Rudnicki. That spreadsheet will contain a number of weekly and weekly average statistical measures to help identify those defensive teams who are facing the best and worst opportunity as the season progresses. While this column will include analysis of tackle and pass rush opportunity and matchup data, it's only a fraction of the data available in the spreadsheet. We hope that the Matchup Spreadsheet and this column will join John Norton's weekly IDP projections, Doug Drinen's Matchup Analyzer Tool and our customizable MyFBG function as useful tools to assist in making weekly line-up and waiver wire decisions.

You are very welcome to the Week 15 edition of what will be a season-long look at the best and worst matchups in the IDP landscape based on detailed, accurate spreadsheet data generated by Aaron Rudnicki on a weekly basis.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dave Larkin. I am a veteran IDP player and what some would call a diehard fan of this game of football that we all love so much.

Defense is my passion. Over the past few years, I have assimilated countless pages of data from various sources to hone my knowledge of the defensive side of the football. Each and every week I will study film from the previous week’s games and provide you with nuggets of wisdom that will lead you to a championship.

Playoffs in the air, everywhere I look around. It’s that time of year when seasons end and one champion remains to stand atop the mountain of fantasy immortality. I truly hope that our guidance here at Footballguys has you among the esteemed company of the final playoff teams.

The calls you make or don’t make this week will define your season, so let’s make sure we have all the match-up angles figured out for Week 15.


Pass Rushing Matchups to Exploit

New Orleans pass rushers vs. New York Jets

It could have been so different for the Jets this season. A bounce of a ball here or a ill-timed turnover there doomed them to narrow losses, but their biggest loss didn’t come in the L column last week. Rather it was the season-ending hand injury to Josh McCown that threw them for a loop. Bryce Petty, who looked uninspiring to say the least in relief against Denver, will take on a Saints pass rush that will be licking its chops. The Jets offensive line was already giving up pressure on 18.6% of dropbacks, but Petty’s play could see that skyrocket. A plum match-up for your Saints; don’t hesitate to shoehorn them into your line-up.

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