Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 1

IDP news, notes, analysis and speculation heading into week one.

There has not been much significant news since the third preseason games. Nearly everyone has been mum or non-commital on everything from injury status to starting jobs at contested positions. We could look at matchups but truth is, half the teams we see as good matchups at this point will not be, and half of those we believe to be poor matchups, will not be. It happens every year. The best advice for week one is to play it safe. Start the guys you know will be on the field and have high floors.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals upgraded their pass rush with the addition of Cassius Marsh who should step right in as the third man at outside linebacker. Marsh has been an undersized 4-3 defensive end for nearly all his five years in the league, but be an even better fit as an outside backer in a 3-4. He is coming off the best year of his career with 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks.

Robert Alford landed on IR and Patrick Peterson is suspended for six games, so journeyman Tramaine Brock and rookie Byron Murphy are the starting corners for a while.

Baltimore Ravens

Kenny Young played well late in the preseason when Chris Board was out with a concussion, but there is nothing to suggest Board will not return to the starting role for week one. Board returned to practice on August 24th so he should be fully cleared in time. That said, starting him this week would be a little risky. If you have other good options, give him the week off and keep an eye on what the Ravens do with their inside linebackers.

Dallas Cowboys

Taco Charlton was lighting it up in the preseason before suffering an ankle injury. He was able to get back on the practice field this week. If he is able to play in the opener, Charlton will have an opportunity to keep the momentum going before Robert Quinn is back in week three.

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