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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 
BUF at JAX MIA at NYJ WAS at ATL SEA at ARZ CHI at MIN
CLE at BAL PIT at KC Sun 4 PM DEN at SD Mon 9 PM
DET at GB SF at STL CAR at TB NE at PHI DAL at NYG
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
 
Washington (1-0) at Atlanta (1-0)  
Sun, Sep 14, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Georgia Dome Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Patrick Ramsey (P) X The passing game should improve this week against a Falcon secondary that allowed almost 270 yards to Dallas' Quincy Carter last week.
RB Trung Canidate X Starts again but last week showed his weakness running inside. Canidate is a pure speed / outside back and will continue to share the load with Betts, making his fantasy value drop.
RB Ladell Betts S Betts is a stronger runner and is just flat out better than Canidate. The two will continue to share the load, but look for Betts to lead the way this week against an undersized Falcon defensive line that the Skins can dominate with their size up front.
WR Laveranues Coles STUD Working well with Ramsey and his speed and precise route running will leave him open all afternoon.
WR Rod Gardner S So far so good. If Gardner continues to work hard on his inconsistencies he should blossom in this offense as a reliable possession receiver.
WR Taylor Jacobs
Darnerian McCants
B

Beyond Coles and Gardner, don't expect much production.

TE Robert Royal B Redskin tight ends combined for only 20 catches last season, 2nd worst in the NFL.
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Doug Johnson B Has the skills to keep the ship afloat until Vick's return, but with the loss of his #2 WR the options are limited and the job just got a lot harder.
RB Warrick Dunn S Dunn's versatility is even more important now. He will likely face an extra man in the box as the Skins will cheat safety Matt Bowen up in run support. He will need to break outside and should be used more in the short passing game.
RB T.J. Duckett  B Will be called upon to share the load with Dunn and pound the ball inside. Not enough to warrant a fantasy start however.
WR Peerless Price X With the injury to Finneran, Price will be locked down by CB Champ Bailey all afternoon. It'll be tough going.
WR Quentin McCord U With Price, Crumpler and Dunn getting a lot of attention in the passing game this week it's possible that McCord will surprise the Skins and his fantasy owners with a productive game.
WR Jimmy Farris B

Non-factor.

TE Alge Crumpler S Becomes a key to the passing game with the injury to #2 WR Finneran.
 
Carolina (1-0) at Tampa Bay (1-0)  
Sun, Sep 14, 4:15 PM ET on FOX at Raymond James Stadium Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme B Not a lot of analysis needed for this game. Delhomme gets his start, but by the time this one is over he may be wishing it was next week.
RB Stephen Davis B The Bucs allowed 19 yards to running backs last week.
RB DeShaun Foster B Getting some looks in the passing game.
WR Muhsin Muhammad B Forget it.
WR Steve Smith B Forget it.
WR Ricky Proehl B

Forget it.

TE Kris Mangum B One more time. Forget it.
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson X Amazingly the passing game is the best fantasy option on this team now thanks to the RBBC situation. But this week against the stingy Panthers who rush the QB very well, don't expect much.
RB Michael Pittman
Thomas Jones
B May be the most balanced RBBC in the league this season as both Pittman and Jones ran and caught the ball well Monday night, each getting 12 touches. Expect more of the same.
RB Mike Alstott  X Won the RBBC fantasy battle Monday night with 17 touches. With the likelihood of Alstott getting the goal-line carries he remains the more valuable of the Bucs three-headed RB monster.
WR Keyshawn Johnson X The Panthers are likely to give Johnson too much cushion since their corners lack speed. Johnson typically excels in this type of coverage as he is not a "run after catch" type receiver.
WR Keenan McCardell B Will need to make the most of his dwindling looks.
WR Joe Jurevicius X

From the looks of things Monday night this may be the year that Jurevicius develops into a solid #2 target, especially in the red-zone where his height becomes a major advantage.

TE Ken Dilger B When Warren Sapp outperforms you it's not a good sign.
 
Cincinnati (0-1) at Oakland (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Network Associates Coliseum Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna B Still trying to do too much with the limited talent around him in the passing game.
RB Corey Dillon B The Bengals showed an inability to run the ball well last week and will again have to abandon the run as they will likely fall behind early.
RB Brandon Bennett B Just the backup.
WR Chad Johnson S Oakland's Charles Woodson matches up well with Johnson's speed and size. Still worthy of a start, but may be limited this week.
WR Peter Warrick X Works much better as a #3 WR in the slot due to his size. If the Bengals keep him there with Washington on the outside he may find some success against Raider nickel back Terrance Shaw.
WR Kelly Washington B

Washington is a rookie, but brings increased talent to the #3 WR spot.

TE Matt Schobel X The reports of a more productive Bengal TE position this season may be accurate. His 97 yards and 1 TD last week took him 10 weeks to accumulate last season.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rich Gannon STUD So far it's still the Bengals we know and love.
RB Charlie Garner STUD See Clinton Portis week one.
RB Tyrone Wheatley
Justin Fargas 
B Wheatley was inactive last week and it's unclear what his status will be on Sunday. Fargas will continue to get a few opportunities each week.
WR Jerry Rice S Should find openings down field against the suspect Bengal secondary.
WR Tim Brown S Brown will find many of his favorite crossing routes open this week.
WR Jerry Porter (Q) B

His status in unknown this week, but if some stomach pain will keep him out of a rematch with the Titans, it doesn't bode well when the opponent is the Bengals.

TE Doug Jolley X Jolley looked great last week and could be a nice outlet for Gannon this week as he may again be without Porter downfield.
 
Seattle (1-0) at Arizona (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 4:15 PM ET on FOX at Sun Devil Stadium Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S If given the time against Cards' likely blitzes, Hasselbeck will make them pay dearly.
RB Shaun Alexander STUD Killer matchup this week. Could put up monster numbers if the Seahawks spread the field with 3-WR formations.
RB Maurice Morris B Only the backup.
WR Koren Robinson STUD The Arizona secondary doesn't stand a chance in this one.
WR Darrell Jackson S Ditto for Jackson.
WR Bobby Engram B

A solid #3 WR but won't be a consistent fantasy producer in this offense.

TE Itula Mili
Jerramy Stevens
B Stevens will likely play this week meaning the value of both TEs will decrease as they share time.
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Blake X Earth to Blake, earth to Blake. Time to come back down. An increase running attack and a much better secondary will lead to a much more pedestrian effort this week.
RB Emmitt Smith X Didn't get many holes to run through from the vaunted Cardinal offensive line last week. Will give it another go this week as Arizona will attempt to run the ball and keep the Seattle offense off the field.
RB Marcel Shipp  B His opportunities will increase as the season wears on. But for now Emmitt controls the running game for Arizona.
WR Anquan Boldin X Okay young man, to the head of the class you go. Boldin looks way underrated at this point, but it's only one week and he doesn't face the terrible Detroit secondary this week.
WR Bryan Gilmore (Q) U With Boldin having a big red bulls eye on him this week Gilmore may find himself with more chances if he's able to play.
WR Larry Foster (D)
Jason McAddley
B

With Foster likely out and Gilmore hurting, McAddley may find himself activated this week. Remains a non-factor however.

TE Freddie Jones X The lack of proven wide receivers is making Jones an integral part of the passing game. Gets a touch matchup this week however against the talented Seahawk linebackers.
 
Denver (1-0) at San Diego (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Qualcomm Stadium Back to top
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer X Three interceptions and a 21.7 passing rating is no way to begin your "rebirth". Plummer could emerge as a fantasy surprise this season and may start this week. But until he does he should be on your bench.
RB Clinton Portis STUD No reason other than he's simply A STUD!
RB Mike Anderson  B Just the blocking back now, and the Portis backup.
WR Rod Smith S Will have the upper hand this week in man coverage against the green CB tandem of Davis and Jammer.
WR Ed McCaffrey B Didn't even get a look last week as the passing game for the Broncos stunk. That surely won't be the case two weeks in a row, but Lelie has the better matchup this week.
WR Ashley Lelie U

Went catchless in week one. Lelie has the advantage against the safety in the Chargers' base coverage and maintains that advantage if they bring in nickel back Tay Cody.

TE Shannon Sharpe X A bit older, a bit slower and five years removed from his last double-digit TD season, but he can still get it done on Sundays.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees B Should show some improvement this week. But the Charger will remain a run first offense and Brees remains only a fantasy backup.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson STUD Didn't get off to a good start last week, but you shouldn't even think about not starting LT.
RB Jesse Chatman  B Won't see the field unless LT goes down.
WR David Boston (Q) X Suffering from a "sore" heal and will see double coverage most of the afternoon.
WR Reche Caldwell U With Boston seeing safety help and the other safety likely in run support, Caldwell could surprise this week in single coverage with CB Walls.
WR Tim Dwight B

Not much of a factor in this run oriented offense.

TE Stephen Alexander (Q)
Josh Norman
B When Alexander returns this week from his groin injury he will find himself sharing time with Josh Norman, who lead the Chargers in receiving last week.
 
New England (0-1) at Philadelphia (0-1)  
Sun, Sep 14, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Lincoln Financial Field Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady X With Brian Dawkins and Bobby Taylor out this week for the Eagles, the Pats passing game may stand a chance at rebounding from last week's disaster.
RB Antowain Smith X Completely disappeared last week. It's unlikely that will continue, but until Smith shows something he's best left on your bench. That is likely to be this week as the Pats will want to pound the ball against the smaller Philly defensive front.
RB Kevin Faulk  B Will have fewer opportunities this week but is still a great change-of-pace option for New England.
WR Troy Brown U Will likely draw CB Troy Vincent often. Vincent is one of the league's top corners, but one area where he struggles is with quicker receivers. Brown may find some success Sunday with his ability to shack press coverage with his quickness.
WR David Patten X May get some opportunities down field this week with the absence of CB Bobby Taylor. His vertical speed can cause problems.
WR Deion Branch B

His talent and physical ability is tops among the NE receivers, but until he breaks into the starting lineup he shouldn't be in yours.

TE Christian Fauria
Daniel Graham
B Graham will likely emerge as the season progresses, but for now these two will split the TE production.
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb STUD Look for a more active McNabb this week as he will keep pressure on the New England defense with his running ability.
RB Duce Staley S Will not get the carries as Philly seems committed to NOT running the ball. But Staley remains very active and productive in the passing game.
RB Correll Buckhalter B Will slide into the back seat now.
WR James Thrash (P) S Hard to judge the passing attack against a dominating opponent like Tampa Bay. Regardless, Thrash is the primary target and is a solid start this week against a Patriots' secondary that appears to still be reeling from the loss of Milloy.
WR Todd Pinkston S This could be Pinkston's week as he matches up well with CB Tyrone Poole. His vertical speed and height will be an advantage on deep routes.
WR Freddie Mitchell B

Still developing.

TE Chad Lewis X The tight end remains active in this offense, but Lewis is now sharing looks with rookie L.J. Smith.
 
Chicago (0-1) at Minnesota (1-0)  
Sun, Sep 14, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN at Metrodome Back to top
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kordell Stewart B If week one is any indication (and it likely is) Stewart will not be a fantasy starter this season regardless of matchup. Out of courtesy let's all try to act surprised.
RB Anthony Thomas B Has no explosiveness or blocking up the middle and lacks the speed to push it outside. Not exactly a formula for success.
RB Adrian Peterson  B Will see some action but not enough to warrant fantasy attention.
WR Marty Booker X Last week I said Booker was the best offensive weapon in a Bears' uniform and only Stewart could hold him back. Well it appears that Stewart is doing a pretty good job so far.
WR Dez White B Fast but has average hands, as evident last week with the drops. Remains the starter opposite Booker, but will struggle along with the offense.
WR David Terrell B

Will get very few looks in this offense.

TE Desmond Clark X May challenge Booker for top offensive weapon by year's end. With Stewart under constant pressure Clark could become his best friend.
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper STUD Do you really need a reason to start him this week?
RB Moe Williams STUD Should continue to get the majority of the work because he knows the offense the best and is the best pass blocker and most consistent. Start him and take advantage while Smith and Chapman are not yet a factor.
RB Onterrio Smith  B May see a few carries this weekend.
WR Randy Moss STUD Simply dominant.
WR D'Wayne Bates B Don't let the touchdown fool you, the #2 WR in Minnesota continues to have little fantasy value.
WR Kelly Campbell B

And the #3 WR even less.

TE Jim Kleinsasser X Will continue to get looks in the offense but remains a better blocker than receiver.
 
Dallas (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0)  
Mon, Sep 15, 9:00 PM ET on ABC at Giants Stadium Back to top
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Quincy Carter B

The Giants' attacking defensive schemes will make it a long night for Carter. He may be able to hit a couple of deep throws and gain some points with his legs, but he is still mistake prone.

RB Troy Hambrick B Not the type of back Parcells needs or wants in his offense. He'll be limited by the Giants' aggressive approach.
RB Aveion Cason B Change of pace back.
WR Joey Galloway X Can stretch the field with his speed but the New York corners are as good as they come and the pass rush will not afford Carter the time to get the ball deep.
WR Terry Glenn B Didn't show much last week. Shouldn't surprise anyone.
WR Antonio Bryant U

Should return at full speed. If he can work some matchups with the nickel corner of the Giants there may be some upside this week.

TE Dan Campbell (P)
Jason Witten
B Carter is not a dump-off quarterback, he's a runner. Caught one pass between the two of them last week. Don't expect much from the Dallas TEs.
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins S With time in the pocket Collins will find open looks as the Dallas corners will have matchup problems with Toomer and Hilliard.
RB Tiki Barber STUD With suspect depth at RB the Giants will continue to feed Barber the ball and use him in the passing game. Look for another big game.
RB Delvin Joyce B One touch for zero yards last week.
WR Amani Toomer S Will use his size and strength to take advantage of the Cowboys' suspect coverage this week.
WR Ike Hilliard S Led the team in catches in week one. Hilliard will likely build on last week's success as his quickness will be a matchup problem for the inexperienced Dallas corners.
WR Tim Carter B

The #3 WR just isn't going to get the looks in this offense.

TE Jeremy Shockey S Thanks to SS Roy Williams the Cowboys actually matchup well against Shockey. Expect to see his production limited Monday night.

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