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Start/Bench List - Week 2
By Whitney Walters
September 11, 2003
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM 
CLE at BAL PIT at KC Sun 4 PM DEN at SD Mon 9 PM
HOU at NO TEN at IND CIN at OAK (times ET) No Byes
Player List by Code
Start/Bench Codes (SBC)
STUD: Must start.
S: Solid starter.
X: No start or bench indications / Could go either way.
B: Bench 'em / Too much risk.
U: Upside player / Possible sleeper.
Early Injury Status  (O): Out  (D): Doubtful  (Q): Questionable  (P): Probable
Buffalo (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at ALLTEL Stadium Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe S The Bills will bring a balanced attack into Jacksonville but Bledsoe will still get his.
RB Travis Henry S Power runner that will attack the heart of the Jags run defense that struggled last week against Carolina. FB Gash will help in this regard also.
RB Sammy Morris B Just the backup. Expect 5-8 touches a game max.
WR Eric Moulds S Should win the matchup with CB's Bryant and Craft, who lack size.
WR Josh Reed S Showed a lack of concentration in week 1, dropping several passes. Had a team high seven passes thrown his way. Should rebound in single coverage as the Jags will likely roll coverage to Moulds.
WR Bobby Shaw B

Remains a solid #3 in the Bills' offense, just don't rely on him for fantasy production.

TE Dave Moore
Mark Campbell
B Looks like Moore and Campbell will be spiting the production this season, making neither one a viable fantasy option for your team.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell X Brunell shut everyone up last Sunday with a great performance against what was billed as one of the NFL's top defensive units. Looks like he gets another one this week at home. Two in a row? Maybe, but not likely.
RB Fred Taylor S Worked well against a tough Panther defense. Will get his 25+ touches again this week and should perform well. Bills are due for a letdown after last week's emotional outing with New England.
RB Brandon Toefield B Only a rare carry or two for now.
WR J.J. Stokes X Just doesn't have what it takes to have an impact downfield. Expect an average performance at best against the Bills' tough cover corners.
WR Matthew Hatchette X Another receiver for Brunell that lacks big play ability. But a better option than the slow of foot Stokes.
WR Jermaine Lewis X

May have the most success this week working out of the slot against the Bills' nickel corner.

TE Kyle Brady X Saw some looks last week but didn't make a catch. Don't expect that to happen two weeks in a row.
Cleveland (0-1) at Baltimore (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at M&T Band Stadium Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kelly Holcomb B The Steelers had success last week spreading the offense against the Ravens. Look for the Browns to do the same but with poorer results as they do not have the same talent at WR.
RB William Green S Becoming everything you want in a fantasy starter. Carries, catches, goal-line action, etc. A tough start this week however against a Raven defense that has something to prove after last week.
RB Jamel White B Change-of-pace and a few 3rd-downs.
WR Kevin Johnson B As stated above the Browns will employ multiple WR sets this week and the ball is going to be spread around. This makes any one Cleveland receiver difficult to predict success for...
WR Quincy Morgan (P) B ... But this week the likely wideout ...
WR Dennis Northcutt S

... will be Northcutt running in the slot position. The matchup here with the Ravens' nickel CB is favorable to the starter's matchups.

TE Steve Heiden U Look for a little extra action for the Cleveland TE this week and for Heiden to be a sleeper fantasy performer.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B May have his moments, but for the most part Boller and the Raven passing game will struggle this season. Especially in the early going.
RB Jamal Lewis S Will see more than his 15 carries last week and will put up good numbers.
RB Chester Taylor  B It's all Lewis, all the time.
WR Travis Taylor X Getting plenty of looks but lacks the concentration to do much with them. May improve as Boller grows throughout in the season, but expect a continued slow start for the Raven WRs.
WR Frank Sanders (Q) X Should return to the field this week and will help the passing game. But it's going to be hard to recommend any Raven WR as Boller takes his lumps.
WR Marcus Robinson B

Continues to disappoint.

TE Todd Heap S Will use his quickness to win his matchup with aging SS Robert Griffith. The only thing keeping Heap from STUD status is his rookie QB.
Detroit (1-0) at Green Bay (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Lambeau Field Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington X Will get a good test of his progress this week as the Packers' secondary is much tougher than the Cardinals' he faced last week. Look for more short routes to the TE and backs.
RB Shawn Bryson B The Lions will attack the middle of the Packer defense with the run but Bryson may lack the strength to pull it off. As Gary emerges as the main runner Bryson is likely to see more action in the passing game.
RB Olandis Gary U May emerge in the running attack this week as he continues to learn the playbook. Got more carries last week than all other backs combined.
WR Charles Rogers X Likely to be taken out of this one by the Green Bay coverage and pressure on Harrington.
WR Bill Schroeder X Showed well last week and will get another opportunity to shine Sunday as the coverage focus will be on Rogers.
WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Q) B

Did not play last week and will be slowed by the knee if he does this week.

TE Mikhael Ricks X May see some increased action this week in the short passing game.
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S Embarrassed last week and playing one of the weakest secondaries in the league. I wouldn't bet against him.
RB Ahman Green STUD Will be even more active this week with the injuries to the WRs.
RB Najeh Davenport B Purely a backup now.
WR Donald Driver (O)
Robert Ferguson (Q)
B Neither will play this week.
WR Javon Walker S With all the injuries Walker becomes "the man" this week.
WR Antonio Freeman X

Returns to Lambeau and should have an immediate impact.

TE Bubba Franks S As with Green, will be more active this week with the WR injuries.
Houston (1-0) at New Orleans (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Superdome Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr X Passed the first test in the new "lets protect Carr" era (zero sacks last week). Will see more blitzes this week and will have more opportunities down field if given the time to find them.
RB Stacey Mack S 27 carries in week 1. Look for more of the same this week as the Texans will pound a Saints' defensive line that lacks depth due to injury.
RB Jonathon Wells (P) B Should be healthy this week but will see only limited carries.
WR Andre Johnson U With the Saints bringing the blitz look for Johnson to use his speed advantage to get deep and make a few big plays.
WR Corey Bradford X The same goes for Bradford but he has less upside than Johnson.
WR Jabar Gaffney B

Won't be as big a factor this week in the slot.

TE Billy Miller S Is benefiting from Houston's commitment to the running game and is likely to be the second leading receiver on the team each week.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks S Look for Brooks to have success this week in multiple-receiver sets that will stretch the shallow Houston secondary.
RB Deuce McAllister STUD May have a tougher go this week as Texans' NT Seth Payne is a great run stopper.
RB James Fenderson  B Never see the field. Well, almost never.
WR Joe Horn (Q) S Played through a twisted knee last week and should be fine Sunday.
WR Donte Stallworth S VERY active last week, getting 15 passes thrown his way.
WR Jerome Pathon B

Will be used often in the Saints' multiple-WR sets and may surprise on occasion. But remains the 4th or 5th option in the passing game.

TE Ernie Conwell B Showed some life last week but still has limited opportunities in this offense.
Miami (0-1) at New York Jets (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Giants Stadium Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Fiedler B Look for Miami to get back to what it does best this week, running the ball to set up the play-action passing game. Fiedler will rarely put up 30+ passes like he did last Sunday.
RB Ricky Williams (P) STUD Jets gave up 160 yards on the ground last week.
RB Travis Minor B VERY Minor in this offense.
WR Chris Chambers S By far Fiedler's best downfield target. Don't expect 7-118 and 2 TDs every week, but Chambers' speed is an advantage this week against the Jets' cover corners.
WR Derrius Thompson X Should still develop into the Dolphins' possession receiver and got plenty of looks last week. Just came up empty.
WR James McKnight (P) B

Fourth receiving option in a run oriented offense.

TE Randy McMichael S The best weapon against the Jets' cover-2 schemes will be an athletic TE that can split the safeties.
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde B Vinny and the Jets looked shaky in the NFL opener last week. Expect more of the same this week against a ticked off Dolphin team.
RB Curtis Martin X Looked a step slow in the opener. Was it rust or age catching up with him? It's too soon to tell but he may begin to lose carries to backup LaMont Jordan. Seeing Martin pulled at the goal-line last week was not good either.
RB LaMont Jordan  B Still going to see only limited carries in relief of CuMar, but the early indications are that some of those will be on the goal-line.
WR Curtis Conway X No real advantage here, and with Vinny struggling it's just not a good option.
WR Wayne Chrebet X Ditto for Chrebet.
WR Santana Moss U

Has the speed to win his matchup with nickel CB Jamar Fletcher. The questions remain whether the Jets will use 3-WR sets often enough to take advantage and if Vinny can get him the rock.

TE Anthony Becht B His career average of 2 catches a game leave a lot to be desired.
Pittsburgh (1-0) at Kansas City (1-0)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Arrowhead Stadium Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tommy Maddox S Despite the strong showing by the KC defense last week, there are glaring mismatches in the secondary for Maddox this week. If the jelling offensive line can give him time against the improved KC pass rush, look for a big day.
RB Amos Zereoue S Does not have the power to wear down defenses and only had a single pass go his way last week. Remains the starter but look for more of Bettis (or Verron Haynes if Bettis isn't healthy) to see more carries late in games.
RB Jerome Bettis (Q) B Only four carries last week and is already banged up. Not a good start.
WR Plaxico Burress (P) S

It's not unusual for Burress to have a matchup advantage against most teams, but this week it's huge.

WR Hines Ward STUD Remains one of the best at his position.
WR Antwaan Randle El U Draws rookie CB Julian Battle this week in nickel coverage and Randle El's speed and quick moves will be no match.
TE Jay Riemersma (P) X A great asset in the new pass-oriented offense.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S The Chiefs will rely more on the passing game this week as that is where their advantage lies.
RB Priest Holmes STUD Guess we will finally quit hearing about "the hip" now.
RB Derrick Blaylock B Only if Priest is hurt. And maybe not even then.
WR Eddie Kennison X Inconsistent and always an underachiever. This week however there should be additional opportunities in the passing game.
WR Johnnie Morton S Maybe this guy should have been on those pre-season sleeper lists instead of the popular Boerigter. Only time will tell but week one was a good indication and he remains the best fit for this offense.
WR Marc Boerigter B Shows signs of improvement, but in this offense he's the 5th option on most passing plays.
TE Tony Gonzalez (Q) STUD Time to get it goin'.
San Francisco (1-0) at St. Louis (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Edward Jones Dome Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia S Will have success working the routes underneath the Rams' soft cover-2 schemes as they look to prevent the big plays over the top.
RB Garrison Hearst X Will split time with Barlow all season which makes it difficult to recommend him as a starter. But of the two Hearst is the better option due to his involvement in the passing game.
RB Kevan Barlow X Continues to split carries with Hearst. Will he EVER get his chance?
WR Terrell Owens STUD Should find the end-zone this week.
WR Tai Streets S Must continue to take advantage of the single-coverage opportunities he will get this week and throughout the season.
WR Cedrick Wilson B

When has the #3 WR in the Niner offense ever had fantasy value?

TE Jed Weaver B Only one pass went to the tight ends last week. Not a big surprise.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger U Gets the start for the concussed Warner and should find some success with a more balanced attack and a suspect, but improving, Niner secondary.
RB Marshall Faulk STUD If Martz doesn't give him the ball 20+ times this week he should be fired.
RB Lamar Gordon  B Just a backup.
WR Torry Holt S The Rams will run the ball more this week and the lack of WR depth due to injury will severely limit their ability to run their beloved multiple receiver sets. Expect both Holt ...
WR Isaac Bruce S ... and Bruce to have average, but not great, games.
WR Mike Furrey
Dane Looker

Injuries to rookies Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis leave the Rams extremely shallow at wide receiver. The focus will be on Bruce and Holt.

TE Cam Cleeland B The TE plays a very small role in this offense, but seems a bit more active with Bulger under center.
Tennessee (1-0) at Indianapolis (1-0)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at RCA Dome Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair (Q) S The knee won't slow him down and his ability to extend the pocket will give him the time to find open receivers this week against the Colts' zone coverage's.
RB Eddie George S Looked solid in the opener and is hitting the holes with more speed and his cuts are sharper. Will continue to get the carries and opportunities in the passing game
RB Robert Holcombe B Backup material only.
WR Derrick Mason S The top Titan WR threat with excellent abilities after the catch. Those skills will be to his advantage in the zone coverage's employed by the Colts.
WR Drew Bennett B The Colts coverage matches up best with Bennett so expect him to take a back seat again this week in the passing game.
WR Justin McCareins U

Continues to battle with Bennett for the #2 spot in the offense. His speed make him a better option this week.

TE Erron Kinney (Q) U With Wycheck out Kinney gets the start and this could be his chance to make good on all that talent and athletic ability. May be slowed by a bum knee however.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S Don't expect him to be shut out of the end-zone again this week.
RB Edgerrin James STUD Should bounce back with a better performance this week.
RB James Mungro (P) B Only if James goes down.
WR Marvin Harrison STUD Retains STUD status regardless of last week's performance.
WR Reggie Wayne X Should work nicely this week with his one-on-one matchups opposite the attention Harrison warrants.
WR Brandon Stokley (Q) B

Injured last week and didn't play. Could see some limited action.

TE Marcus Pollard S Very active in the passing game and would have had a TD last week if not for Manning's poor throw that was intercepted in the end-zone.

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