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Start/Bench List - Week 3
By Whitney Walters
September 18, 2003
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
KC at HOU PIT at CIN NYG at WAS Sun 8:30 PM  Byes:
NO at TEN   BAL at SD (times ET) DAL, PHI
Player List by Code
Start/Bench Codes (SBC)
S1: Must start, 1st string.
S2: Solid starter, 2nd string.
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
Jacksonville (0-2) at Indianapolis (2-0)  
Sun, Sep 21, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at RCA Dome Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell B Brunell continues to play well but without Jimmy Smith, and now Jermaine Lewis, his receiving options are weak at best. Indy should have little trouble shutting down the Jag's passing game.
RB Fred Taylor S2 Didn't get the carries last week (only 14) due to the Jags falling behind early, but was still able to put up 71 yards. Look for a repeat this week as Indy will likely jump out to a lead early. Taylor remains a low-end starter due to his involvement in the passing game and ability to score.
RB Brandon Toefield B Only a rare carry or two for now.
WR J.J. Stokes B Just doesn't have what it takes to have an impact downfield. Expect an average performance at best against the Colts' solid pass defense.
WR Matthew Hatchette X If there's a Jaguar receiver with fantasy value it appears to be Hatchette for now. He's never had more than 16 catches in a season, but his skills make him Brunell's best option.
WR Cortez Hankton B

You're kidding right?

TE Kyle Brady X Much more active in week 2 and that trend should continue due to the limited options available in the Jacksonville passing game.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1 Should have plenty of time in the pocket and make the Jag's weak coverage pay.
RB Edgerrin James S1 Looks sharp and is not locked into "must start" status.
RB James Mungro  B Only if James goes down.
WR Marvin Harrison S1 Has not dominated... yet.
WR Reggie Wayne X Getting a decent amount of looks but can get lost amongst many padding options at Manning's disposal
WR Troy Walters  B

The #3 WR will never be an impact in this offense that prefers 2-TE, 2-WR sets over 3-WR sets.

TE Marcus Pollard S2 Don't let last week scare you. Pollard will remain an active part of Indy's passing game.
TE Dallas Clark X Outperformed Pollard last week. Still developing and will be hit-n-miss each week as he will always share the field with Pollard.
Kansas City (2-0) at Houston (1-1)  
Sun, Sep 21, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Reliant Stadium Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S2 Struggled somewhat with the 3-4 defense last week and gets a less aggressive version on Sunday in Houston. Expect a better performance.
RB Priest Holmes (Q) S1 Just play him.
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 there may be additional opportunities in the passing game.
WR Johnnie Morton S2 Maybe this guy should have been on those pre-season sleeper lists instead of the popular Boerigter. Only time will tell but the first two weeks has shown that he remains the best fit for this offense.
WR Marc Boerigter B Only getting a couple of looks a week in this high scoring offense with many options and a single driving force in Holmes.
TE Tony Gonzalez (P) S1 Very favorable matchup this week with a pair of safeties that support the run well but show weakness in coverage.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr B Week two showed that the Houston pass protection didn't improve all that much. Carr will be pressured all day by the much improved KC rush.
RB Stacey Mack X Likely to see his carries limited this week as the Texans fall behind the Chiefs. Isn't helped by his lack of involvement in the passing game.
RB Domanick Davis B With Wells limited by his injury Davis has stepped into the backup role.
WR Andre Johnson U The rookie is emerging as Carr's best down field option. Because of his speed and big play ability, remains an upside starter this week.
WR Corey Bradford X Pure speed receiver that can surprise each week with a big play, but not much else.
WR Jabar Gaffney B

Working out of the slot now as the #3 WR.

TE Billy Miller S2 Down week with only two catches. But as with all the second tier tight ends you can't expect high output each week. Remains a solid fantasy starter.
Minnesota (2-0) at Detroit (1-1)  
Sun, Sep 21, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Ford Field Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S1 The Lion will likely blitz CPep often, but it shouldn't matter.
RB Moe Williams S2 The rookie Smith may indeed start to take away carries, but Moe remains the scoring back as last week showed when nearly a third of his carries 6 of 21) came inside the 10 yard line.
RB Onterrio Smith  B Will continue to see 10-12 touches a game as he learns the offense.
WR Randy Moss S1 Detroit has no match for him in the secondary.
WR D'Wayne Bates (P) B Even with Moss limited last week Bates received only two looks.
WR Kelly Campbell B

Forget the #3 WR in this offense.

TE Jim Kleinsasser B Don't let last week fool you, still a better blocker than receiver and those skills are greatly needed in the Viking running attack.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B As the Packers showed last week, due to the lack of WR talent beyond rookie Charles Rogers you can limit the Detroit passing attack with some solid coverage, which the Vikings have.
RB Shawn Bryson U May not get the carries this week as this will be a passing affair and the split with Gary. Makes the upside rating due to his abilities in the passing game.
RB Olandis Gary B Still not up to speed with his new team and will split carries with Bryson.
WR Charles Rogers X With no complementary receiver the rookie will see plenty of double, or "rolled", coverage from safeties.
WR Bill Schroeder X Will get opportunities this week with the focus on the more talented Rogers. His past has shown that he doesn't always take advantage.
WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Q) B

May return this week, but don't expect much.

TE Mikhael Ricks X Could be a factor in this passing attack but has yet to step up.
New Orleans (1-1) at Tennessee (1-1)  
Sun, Sep 21, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at The Coliseum Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks X Brooks is a 'tweener this week. He's streaky and isn't on top of his game yet this season. The Titans could force a bad game out of him.
RB Deuce McAllister S1 The Titans are tough but will be worn down if the Saints' sticks to the run.
RB James Fenderson  B Never see the field. Well, almost never.
WR Joe Horn S2 Horn is still not 100% and CB Samari Rolle is one of the league's best. It's hard to sit Horn under even difficult circumstances however.
WR Donte Stallworth S2 Great matchup this week against rookie CB Andre Woolfolk who matches up well in size but Stallworth's speed and experience will win out.
WR Jerome Pathon B

Will be used 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 X Limited looks, but some are coming close to the end-zone.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair (Q) S2 The knee is fine, but now it's a dislocated finger. He should play, and play well against a Saints' defense that lost three starters to injury last week.
RB Eddie George S2 Has lost some of that explosiveness but will still be able to put it to a Saints' defense that's reeling from injury. George will continue to get the carries and the occasional look in the passing game.
RB Robert Holcombe B Gets in on some third downs.
WR Derrick Mason S2 The top Titan WR threat and is getting the double coverage to prove it. A solid #2 is needed to diversify the passing attack. Until Bennett or McCareins emerges Mason's production will be hindered.
WR Drew Bennett B Has failed to step up so far this season.
WR Justin McCareins U

Appears to have a hold on the #2 WR spot and with all the attention Mason is drawing should have an impact this week against an injury depleted New Orleans secondary.

WR Tyrone Calico B Has made the most of his first two NFL catches, scoring TDs on both. Until he becomes a bigger factor in the passing game your fantasy team shouldn't rely on him.
TE Erron Kinney  X Wycheck remains out and Kinney should continue to put up solid numbers as the starter.
New York Jets (0-2) at New England (1-1)  
Sun, Sep 21, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Gillette Stadium Back to top
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde B Bounced back nicely with good yardage last week but needed 45 pass attempts to do it. Vinny may get the Jets a few wins but don't expect him to do the same for your fantasy team.
RB Curtis Martin X The Jets abandoned the run last week, but the running game remains their best chance of staying in games. Martin surely isn't the same as he was a few years ago, but his line isn't helping him any.
RB LaMont Jordan (P) B Still going to see only limited carries in relief of Martin. Saw increased action in the passing game last week.
WR Curtis Conway X The Patriots may have lost Milloy, but Ty Law remains and will cause problems for Conway who appears to have lost his highest gear.
WR Wayne Chrebet (P) B While Chrebet continues to get looks in the passing game his better days are definitely behind him.
WR Santana Moss S2

Moss's speed will continue to give him an edge over nickel CB's each week. This week is no exception as Asante Samuel lacks the vertical speed to stay with Moss. Now if Vinny can get him the ball consistently downfield.

TE Anthony Becht B His career average of 2 catches a game leave a lot to be desired.
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S2 Bounced back last week and spread the ball around well to his open receivers. Expect more of the same this week against the undermanned New York secondary.
RB Antowain Smith X Smith got the most carries last week but appears to have lost a step. He will continue to get carries in shared work with Faulk, but expect limited production this week.
RB Kevin Faulk  U The Jets are slow at linebacker and teams are taking advantage by working more passes to their backs and tight ends. Look for the speedier Faulk to have an impact this week as his touches increase.
WR Troy Brown X Still the #1 target for Brady but the Patriots continue to spread the ball around in their passing attack. Jet CB Ray Mickens will step in for the injured Donnie Abraham. Mickens weakness is his size so Brown will actually face an opponent smaller than him.
WR David Patten B Has not made good use of his opportunities so far this season. Losing ground to Branch as the #2 WR in this offense.
WR Deion Branch U

His talent and physical ability will cause problems for the injury depleted Jets' secondary.

TE Christian Fauria U The Jets don't have the linebackers to stay with Fauria or Graham. It appears that the Pats are going to go with Fauria for now, but that could change on any given week.
TE Daniel Graham B One of the most talented young tight ends in the league. Until he emerges he has to stay on your bench.
Pittsburgh (2-0) at Cincinnati (0-2)  
Sun, Sep 21, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Paul Brown Stadium Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tommy Maddox S2 The Bengals have little pass rush and lack depth in the secondary to handle the 3-WR sets Pittsburgh runs. Look for another strong game for Maddox, minus the interceptions.
RB Amos Zereoue S2 The Bengals have been torched each of the past two weeks by a back with speed. Well here comes number three. Time for Zereoue to get it going.
RB Jerome Bettis B Another four carry outing for Bettis. At lease one was close to the goal-line.
WR Plaxico Burress S1

Cincinnati just doesn't have the horses to keep up with both Burress ...

WR Hines Ward S1 ... and Ward.
WR Antwaan Randle El B Randle El will typically create matchup problems for opponents but he just isn't getting the looks to make him a fantasy factor.
TE Jay Riemersma X Goes from active and a TD one week to non-existent the next thanks to a bum ankle. Should be healthy this week and back in the action.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna B Showed much improvement last week but still tries to do too much with the limited talent around him in the passing game.
RB Corey Dillon (P) X The Steelers' run defense is not the force it used to be and Dillon, while limited, typically has some success against them. The dinged knee won't help his effort however.
RB Brandon Bennett B Just the backup but may see more action again if Dillon is limited.
WR Chad Johnson S2 Kitna will likely not have the time to supply Johnson with many opportunities, but look for them to make the Steelers pay with at least one deep connection.
WR Peter Warrick X Will again have openings this week in the underneath routes which he excels in.
WR Kelly Washington B

No. 3 WR in a weak passing game, a rookie and Houshmandzadeh may return this week.

TE Matt Schobel (Q) B Schobel is just one of three Bengal tight ends that caught passes last week. Not good.
Tampa Bay (1-1) at Atlanta (1-1)  
Sun, Sep 21, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Georgia Dome Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson (P) X Don't expect Johnson to throw the ball 61 times again any time soon. The Falcons have a suspect secondary but a solid pass rush. Look for the Bucs to go mostly on the ground this week, but if given the time in the pocket Johnson will have some success.
RB Michael Pittman
Thomas Jones
B Pittman took the lead last week with only 10 carries. The Bucs will run the ball right at the undersized Falcon front seven. The problem remains the RBBC approach they are taking.
RB Mike Alstott  X With the likelihood of Alstott getting the goal-line carries he remains the more valuable of the Bucs three-headed RB monster. This week even more so as he is the perfect back to pound the smallish Falcon front.
WR Keyshawn Johnson X This week presents a very similar matchup for Johnson as the Falcon corners will have to give cushion to compensate for their lack of downfield speed.
WR Keenan McCardell X The most likely candidate for increased production due to the loss of Jurevicius.
WR Karl Williams
Reggie Barlow

Will attempt to fill the void left by the injury to Jurevicius, and won't.

TE Ken Dilger U Could step up and surprise this week with the increased need in the passing game. However, if the line isn't able to handle the Falcon rush he will spend too much time in pass protection to have an impact.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Doug Johnson B Regardless of last week the Bucs are still the elite pass defense in the league and will shut Johnson down.
RB Warrick Dunn B Yes these Bucs gave up over 150 yards on the ground last week. Don't expect Dunn to produce even close to that as he will be contained by Tampa Bay speedy LB corps.
RB T.J. Duckett  U Should play a crucial role in this game as his size and power will be needed to soften up the aggressive Tampa Bay front four. If the Falcons stick with him he could surprise.
WR Peerless Price B So far has shown an inability to break press coverage. Won't get any easier this weekend.
WR Quentin McCord B Was expected to step up with the injury to Finneran but didn't.
WR Jimmy Farris B

Surprised last week. Hope he enjoyed it since he won't see much success this week.

TE Alge Crumpler S2 Plays an even larger role in the passing game with the injury to #2 WR Finneran. If safety John Lynch plays overaggressive against the run Crumpler has the speed to get behind him for a possible big play or two.

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