I spent the last two weeks combining my apartment and my fiancee’s apartment into one, just so I could be prepared for Week One of the NFL season. I sat around waiting on the DirecTV guy for four long hours just to be told, immediately, that the satellite dish wouldn’t work on my balcony. While he was discussing the finer points of the southern sky, I had a terrible realization: I’m about to spend the next 17 Sundays with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tony Romo, and the occasional Drew Brees sprinkled in just to taunt me. Mind you, I am a Miami fan, so it’s not like I’m used to excellent quarterbacking, but this is ‘Murika. I expect freedom!

After a bottle of bourbon and a good night’s sleep, I started trying to make the best of the situation. When life gives you Cleo Lemon, you make lemonade. I thought back to my own words about being stuck watching teams that you’re not interested in, and I realized that I get the pleasure of watching Watt and Clowney terrorize the league. I can see if my boy Anthony Hitchens can become a starting LB in Big D, while also laughing as Romo throws yet another pick to Antrel Rolle or DeAngelo Hall. And if I want to watch some offense, there’s always NFL RedZone.

So once again, that’s the beauty of IDP leagues. Even when you have a balcony that is apparently facing the wrong direction, you still don’t need to feel compelled to jump off it.

The Week One IDP Rankings will look very similar to my pre-draft rankings, as playing matchups is a bit of a fool’s errand at this point. The major change is that players who are injured (Navorro Bowman, Danny Trevathan) and/or have yet to earn the starting job (Hitchens, Lamin Borrow), will obviously not be included and some of their replacements will. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same.

Enjoy Week One everyone…


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  1. Joseph Buccellato

    Joe B says:
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    Dude – join the 21st century.

    I don’t have cable tv, let alone a dish.

    Use the free internet sites to catch a feed of the game. I haven’t missed a Seahawk snap in the last two years and I’m in Jersey. Sure, it’s not uber-HQ, but I not a greedy man. Put your team on the comp and mute your tv to the local game.

    Hit up my twitter if you need the name of the live sports aggregating site.

  2. Clint says:
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    Another Julius Peppers doubter? You’re killin’ me Smalls!

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Clint:

      At LB, I would only play him in deep big-play leagues. If he has DL eligibility, then that’s a different story.

  3. levo says:
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    Have to think that Searcy has top 10 DB potential if he is going to be on the field as much as the Bills are claiming. Right?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @levo:

      Buffalo secondary will be interesting this year. I’m prepared to move Williams and/or Searcy up a lot if they fill in for Byrd the way they started to last year.

  4. Peanuts galley says:
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    Hey man, who are you rolling w/ this week we start one idp player is didn’t draft one; out of these available who do you like most

    Stephen Tulloch vs Eli manning & giants

    Deandre levy vs Eli & giants

    Ansah vs Eli & giants

    Deone Buchanan vs Philip rivers & chargers

    Larry foote vs rivers & chargers

    Revis vs Tannehill & fins

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Peanuts galley:

      Love me some Levy, especially is coverage against Eli.

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    finished up that 20 team dynasty draft with 11 IDP starters. K means kept. Comish forgot to put in my draft pick trade (even though i emailed him twice 3 and 2 days before to make sure, i should’ve had pick 28 overall for my 80th). basically i got screwed out of one of Watt/Quinn/Sankey but did get to keep my 80th overall pick. I still got David/Johnson
    QB – RG 3 (K) /Cousins (10), (other actual starters all grabbed while i was grabbing big time players, this will hurt on bye week)
    RB – Peterson (1)/ Morris (K)/ Helu (K)/ Mason (15!)/B.Brown (11)
    WR – D-Jax (K)/ Garcon (K)/ Roberts (K)/ T.Austin (3)/ Lee (6)
    TE Reed (K)/ ASJ (4)
    K Zeurlein (12)
    LB (start 3), Riley Jr (K)/ Orakpo (K)/ David (1.20)/ Foster (13, autopicked)/K.Robinson (K)
    DT – Brockers (8)/ Donald (9)
    DE – Hatcher (K)/ Johnson (TB, 2)
    CB – Hall (K)/ Cox (return yards, 5)/ Verner (7)
    S Meriweather (K)/ Clark (K)/W.Moore (14)
    Since the draft i
    1. dropped B.Brown for McCluster
    2. dropped Hatcher for Tuck (highest ranked DE available)
    3. i noticed Donald is still listed as backup (yr rankings don’t show this though), so i dropped K.Robinson for Ratliff (highest ranked DT). If Donald is actually playing this roster spot could be for bye week stuff.

    due to quite a few owners not knowing much about IDP’s all of these are still available, even though each week we’ll be starting 60 LB’s, 40 of every other position.
    LB – Woodyard/Minter/Butler/B.Jones/Carter/Cole (BU)/Bartu/Foote/Barrow (BU)
    DE – Avril/Heyward/Robison/umenyiora/clayborn/clemons/moore (NYG)/Liuget
    S – McDonald/Swearinger/Bucannon/Gipson
    i’m guessing (esp at LB) i can stream possibly with some of these spots if that many top 50 at position guys are out there. (i’m sure league will catch on eventually and some of these will go away)
    I do need to keep at least 12 WAS players at all times, but i have 13 so I could drop one of the WAS LB or S’s to stream/bye week fill up certain spots.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: due to age i drafted Johnson (TB) over Campbell, don’t know if that was smart or not.

      • Kevin Kumpf

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        @goodfold2:

        Like that roster a lot. No issues with the moves you’ve made, or with Johnson over Campbell as they should be close. Donald might take a while to see the field consistently, but he will be an absolute beast in that front seven.

        Of the IDPs that haven’t been taken, I would be prepared to make a move on Minter, Heyward and any of the Safeties.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Kevin Kumpf: ok, so stick with Tuck over Heyward? (age)
          2. grab McDonald over Meriweather (would be my last WAS drop i could make). People are wising up, since last message Robison/Woodyard/Misi/Swearinger all have been grabbed.

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            @goodfold2: nevermind 2. mcdonald was grabbed about 4 hours ago. could still go Bucannon over Meriweather.

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              @goodfold2: or Gipson, those are only 2 left ranked higher.

              • Kevin Kumpf

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                @goodfold2:

                I like Heyward over Tuck, but it’s close. Heyward has more upside but Tuck will get those big plays.

                For Safety, I have no problem with sticking with Meriweather given the roster restrictions. If he gets benched/suspended again, you can move on at that point.

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                  @Kevin Kumpf: plus, from rankings for LB it would seem if i’m gonna drop one WAS defensive player the value jump from
                  Orakpo (my 4th LB) to Minter is higher (and LB in general score more than S’s as is, i’m assuming meaning that a LB jump of 12 spots is worth more than a S jump of 9) than Meriweather to Bucannon? that would still leave me with 12 WAS players.

                  • Kevin Kumpf

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                    @goodfold2:

                    I would agree that the jump to Minter is preferable than to Bucannon (who is no guarantee to see the field right now). Good luck!

  6. Dylan says:
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    Hey Kumpfy,
    I am a new addition to a PPR, IDP, dynasty league and inherited a team. I am wondering if this trade is in my best interest. Antonio Gates for Von Miller.
    If you need background, I start one tight end and already have Jimmy Graham. I also am not strong at the LB position. My Lb’s are Willis, Cushing and Collins. Thanks for taking the time.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Dylan:

      It would somewhat depend on your scoring system, but it’s probably as simple as if you have Jimmy Graham, you don’t need another TE. I’m not the biggest Miller fan in the world when he’s healthy, and less so when he’s still recovering, but I think that’s a move you can safely make. Willis and Cushing should be no-doubt starters, and rotating Miller and Collins should be nice for depth.

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