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IDP Matchups to Exploit and Avoid: Week 5 - Footballguys

Dave Larkin recommends the match-ups to target and avoid for this week in IDP.

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 few 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 fifth 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 week I will study film from the previous week’s games and provide you with nuggets of wisdom that will put you on the right track to the playoffs, and hopefully a championship.

Navigating your way through a fantasy football season, with the slog of waiver wire runs, trades, injury monitoring, and line-up quandaries, can test even the most patient owners. We are about to enter that period of the season that will make or break your hopes of being a champion. Bye weeks are about to kick into high gear, so there will be plenty of chopping and changing to starting line-ups afoot.

Fortunately, we always have the solace of the matchups to fall back on, and with that an edge on the competition who are even now scrambling for options. These first four weeks have been a humbling reminder to IDP aficionados of just how quickly the landscape of defensive football can change. Making the right choices based on sound data can often make the difference, even as the cast of characters changes.

Let’s not stand on ceremony, though. It’s time to dive into the Week 5 matchups.

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