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Start/Bench List - Week 7
By Whitney Walters
October 16, 2003
 
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
BAL at CIN NE at MIA TEN at CAR CHI at SEA KC at OAK
DAL at DET NO at ATL WAS at BUF NYJ at HOU Byes:
DEN at MIN PHI at NYG   TB at SF ARI, IND,
GB at STL SD at CLE   (times ET) JAC, PIT
Player List by Position
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
 
San Diego (0-5) at Cleveland (3-3)  
Sun, Oct 19, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Cleveland Browns Stadium Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees B Having Boston in the lineup surely helps Brees be more productive. But this week against a stingy Cleveland pass defense Boston isn't enough to warrant you throwing Brees into your starting lineup.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S2 Remove the week 2 nightmare of Jamal Lewis and the Browns have a top five run defense. But if given 20-25 carries LT can wear down a Cleveland front that lacks depth.
WR David Boston S2 The Browns just don't have anyone in the secondary that can matchup with the size, speed and strength of Boston. But then not many secondaries do.
WR Eric Parker (Q) B Parker will be slowed by injury and outside of Boston the Browns have the horses to handle the Chargers' passing game. Don't expect much from either Parker or ...
WR Tim Dwight B

... slot receiver Dwight.

TE Justin Peelle
Josh Norman (P)
B Peelle runs good routes and typically gets good separation in his routes, but the Browns defense with speed to burn at linebacker and a safety.
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Couch U

Gets another start and is playing some of his best football right now. With Green and the running game rolling he's making better decisions and getting rid of the ball quicker. Against a Charger secondary that tends to give up big plays, look for Couch to have one of his better games.

RB William Green S1 This is a great matchup for Green. The Chargers haven't been able to close the gaping hole in the middle of their run defense and Green is a tough, between-the-tackles runner.
RB Jamel White B Locked into the 3rd-down back role but not consistently used.
WR Kevin Johnson S2 Johnson and company will likely school the very young and very inexperienced Charger secondary. Look for both KJ and ...
WR Dennis Northcutt S2

... Northcutt to have opportunities down field for big plays. These young corners tend to miss when trying to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.

WR Andre' Davis B As the #4 WR in this spread offense, consistently gets far fewer looks than the other three wide receivers.
WR Quincy Morgan X Still seems slowed by the knee injury. Should show some improvement this week however.
TE Steve Heiden B The Cleveland tight end position is typically a non-factor.
 
Tennessee (4-2) at Carolina (5-0)  
Sun, Oct 19, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Ericsson Stadium Back to top
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair S2 Having what many believe to be an MVP type season so far. Should be able to exploit the only weakness of the Panthers' defense, the secondary. Time in the pocket against a solid pass rush will be key however.
RB Eddie George X The Titans rushed for over 100 yards last week for only the second time this season. The days of George pounding out 20+ carries and 100 yards are likely over. Has only a single TD this season. Can serve as a bye week fill-in, but is no longer a fantasy starter.
RB Chris Brown (Q) B Looked good last week as the Titans worked the rookie into the game plan a little. Spent the second half on the sideline with a tight hammy though. Now officially George's backup.
WR Derrick Mason S2 October has been very good to Mr. Mason, 14 catches for 276 yards and 3 TDs in the last two games. If the offensive line can control the Panther pass rush Mason should have the opportunity for another solid game.
WR Drew Bennett B Bennett may be the starter, but he's taking a back seat lately to both McCareins and the rookie Calico.
WR Justin McCareins X

May be #3 on the depth chart, but more often than not is outperforming Bennett. The multi-WR sets may be limited this weekend as the Titans seek to provide extra protection for McNair.

WR Tyrone Calico B Has put together two straight 92 yard performances. But before that the rookie was shut out for two games. Worth keeping an eye on but right now he's too unreliable for starter status.
TE Erron Kinney B Kinney's value this week may be in pass protection against one of the top defensive lines in the league.
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme B Caretaker of the second worst passing offense, who's chief role appears to be not making key mistakes and handing the ball to Davis. Faces a fierce pass rush from the Titans this week.
RB Stephen Davis (P) S2 Davis owners may see their great fortune take a turn this week. The Titans will pose the toughest challenge for the Panthers' running game, Davis is dealing with a badly bruised arm and Foster showed up with a bang last week. Regardless, he has to be in your starting lineup.
RB DeShaun Foster B Showed great potential last week when he came in for the injured Davis. He may see a few extra carries this week as a result, but this remains Davis' show.
WR Muhsin Muhammad X Muhammad is a big, vertical receiver and will have mismatches in single coverage this week against the Titans. But the Panthers presumably won’t be throwing often.
WR Steve Smith X Smith also provides some matchup problems for the Titan secondary. If the Panthers put the ball in the air a little more this week, Smith could surprise again.
WR Ricky Proehl B

A non-factor in the 31st ranked passing game.

TE Kris Mangum B Not a part of this offense and giving up some playing time to rookie Mike Seidman.
 
Washington (3-3) at Buffalo (3-3)  
Sun, Oct 19, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Ralph Wilson Stadium Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Patrick Ramsey B

The Redskins have given up a league leading 23 sacks and protection will be the key for Ramsey's success. Will need to work the middle of the field this week against strong outside cornerback coverage. The Bills are likely to come after him and Ramsey still struggles against pressure.

RB Trung Canidate (D) B Not expected to play due to the high ankle sprain.
RB Ladell Betts X The Bills gave up 118 yards on the ground last week, but they expect to get run stopping Sam Adams back Sunday. Betts will carry the load for the Redskins but will find the inside running limited.
WR Laveranues Coles S2 One of the more consistent fantasy WRs this season. Last year against this Bills' secondary he put up 11-110 and a TD in two games.
WR Rod Gardner B Surprised with nine catches last week as Washington was playing catchup in the second half. Don't expect a repeat performance against two of the better cover corners in the league.
WR Darnerian McCants U

Only 14 catches this season but leads the team with four TDs. Making a better option than #2 WR Gardner as Washington continues to utilize more spread offensive formations looking for mismatches. Look for more of the same this week.

TE Byron Chamberlain B Chamberlain may begin to be utilized more this week but the TE is still a hard sell in the Redskin offense.
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe S2 The Redskins have allowed a league leading 12 passing TDs and Bledsoe gets his primary down field target (Moulds) back this week. Look for the Bills to spread the offense out and take advantage of this mismatch with a Redskin secondary minus #2 CB Fred Smoot.
RB Travis Henry X If you can't get the ground game going against one of the worst run defenses in the league (the Jets) you have little hope of ever getting it going. Henry is obviously not 100% back from the rib injury and the line continues to underachieve. Washington is only so-so against the run but look for the passing game to be the emphasis this week.
WR Eric Moulds (Q) X Moulds is expected back this week. Will be covered most often by Champ Bailey, one of the league's best cornerbacks. Even with Moulds not 100% healthy, lets call this one a draw.
WR Josh Reed X Moulds will be back but look for Reed to stay on the field as the Bills will likely spread the offense out with 3-WR sets this week. Both he and ...
WR Bobby Shaw U

... Shaw will have many opportunities to make an impact.

TE Mark Campbell X Got some additional looks last week but did little with them. Hasn't seen the end-zone yet this season.
 
Chicago (1-4) at Seattle (4-1)  
Sun, Oct 19, 4:15 PM ET on FOX at Seahawks Stadium Back to top
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chris Chandler B The anticipated move of Kordell Stewart to the bench has happened thanks to his leg injury (wink, wink). But thanks to the same terrible pass protection, same shoddy receiving and now a running attack minus it's star, the results won't be much different for Chandler.
RB Anthony Thomas (D) B Not expected to play due to a sprained foot suffered last week.
RB Adrian Peterson  U Steps into the starting role now with Thomas out. Peterson is a physical, bowling-ball type runner who should see a decent amount of carries Sunday. The Seahawks' defense has given up 159 and 111 yards the past two weeks so there's hope for Peterson if the line can show some improvement.
WR Marty Booker (Q) B If he plays (sprained ankle) don't expect much since he will not be close to 100%.
WR Dez White U Stepped up last week when Booker went down. Booker may not play this week so someone will have to step up again. New QB. New RB. I guess White's as good a bet as any to do the stepping again.
WR David Terrell X

Since putting up a career best tying 7 catches two weeks ago has only a single catch for five yards. Not exactly what you want in a fantasy WR. May get a few extra looks this week with a new QB under center. Then again, may not.

TE Desmond Clark S2 Now maybe Clark owners won't have to watch so many passes bounce off the turf or fly over his head with Chandler at the helm. With the young, aggressive Seattle safeties cheating up there should be some openings for Clark down the middle.
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 After six weeks it's becoming clearer that the big play isn't a part of the Seattle passing game this year. A much improved defense and strong and consistent running game are creating less of a need to win shootouts. That said, this is Chicago and there has to be an upside there, right?
RB Shaun Alexander (Q) S1 The Bears allow a whopping 160 YPG on the ground.
WR Koren Robinson S2 Facing a defense that has virtually no pass rush (only 4 sacks) and has allowed nine TDs in five games. The only downside for Robinson and ...
WR Darrell Jackson S2 ... Jackson this week is the running game. Too much success there will mean fewer opportunities in the passing game.
WR Bobby Engram B

The advantage that Robinson and Jackson have on the perimeter usually results in Engram being an afterthought.

TE Itula Mili B Scored his first TD in over a year. If you own him you better hope his next TD doesn't come in 2004.
 
New York Jets (1-4) at Houston (2-3)  
Sun, Oct 19, 4:05 PM ET on CBS at Reliant Stadium Back to top
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde U Had his best game last week, tossing three TDs. But added only 130 yards passing. Gets another chance at success this week against a Houston team that's dead last in pass defense and has only six sacks in five games.
RB Curtis Martin X Last week's season best 77 yards on 20 carries is about the most you should expect from Martin this season. He's lost any explosiveness and will begin to lose more carries to Jordan. A solid bye week filler, but not an every week starter.
RB LaMont Jordan  B Will likely start seeing more carries, especially at the goal-line.
WR Curtis Conway X With the Jets running a lot of 3-WR sets, Conway's demotion hasn't resulted in that much less playing time. Against this defense that playing time should translate into decent fantasy production. Could see his first Jet TD this week.
WR Wayne Chrebet B A solid possession receiver once that has lost his edge.
WR Santana Moss U

Moss' move into the starting lineup last week only resulted in three catches for 16 yards, but one catch was a TD. This week should be different against a couple of corners that just don't have the wheels to stay with him.

TE Anthony Becht X Goes from non-factor to dominant fantasy force in one game. Well, not exactly. But he did have a huge game last week, scoring two TDs. In the old days Becht was a favorite target of Testaverde's. We'll find out this week if last Sunday was just a brief flashback or something more. Odds are with Moss now stretching the coverage down field, Becht may again be a fantasy factor.
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr B Coming off a career best 371 yard passing game last week. But against the Jets it won't be that easy. The Jets are ranked third in pass defense on the strength of their pass rush which leads the league with 19 sacks. Carr will find himself looking for Davis and Miller often to dump the ball off to.
RB Stacey Mack B

Still slowed by turf toe on both feet, Mack may be on the way out. The Texans may decide soon to turn to the rookies, Davis and Hollings.

RB Domanick Davis S2

With Mack slowed by injury and Hollings fading due to poor play, Davis is on the verge of becoming the every-down back in Houston. He run with great power and balance and is averaging 4.9 YPC. He's also a solid receiver out of the backfield. Against a Jets team allowing 150 YPG rushing, Davis could be in for a big game.

WR Andre Johnson S2 The rookie is just too fast and athletic for Jet corners who are not well suited for the man coverage they are forced into most of the time. Look for Carr to hook up with Johnson on a big play or two in this one.
WR Corey Bradford (P) X Before last week's explosion was averaging under two catches a game. Remains a fringe fantasy player.
WR Jabar Gaffney X

Johnson's presence has made Gaffney more dangerous out of the slot and up until last week he had been finding some success. Look for Gaffney to bounce back, but only to his typical 3-5 catches.

TE Billy Miller U Miller had a mini-breakout last week with six catches. Don't expect him to emerge into the force he was last season. But this week Carr will likely be looking his way again under the heavy Jet pass rush.
 
Tampa Bay (3-2) at San Francisco (2-4)  
Sun, Oct 19, 4:15 PM ET on FOX at 3Com Park at Candlestick Point Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson S2 Remarkably put up his best numbers of the season last week with most of his receiving targets out with injury. He appears to be coming into his own in the Gruden system. Expect another efficient and productive game out of Johnson this week.
RB Michael Pittman S2 The Bucs didn't open many holes for Pittman last week, but he ran effectively for 62 yards on 17 carries. The going won't get any easier this week against a Niner defense that allows under 90 YPG on the ground.
RB Thomas Jones B Pittman remains the main ball carrier with Jones only getting the occasional carry or catch.
WR Keyshawn Johnson (P) B Played through his thigh injury last week and recorded his first TD of the season. May see some single coverage Sunday as CB Rumph will need more help with McCardell than CB Plummer will need with Johnson.
WR Keenan McCardell S2 Has a good opportunity against CB Mike Rumph, who remains inconsistent in coverage. Rumph has good size but lacks great instincts and struggles against quick, veteran receivers who use double moves to gain separation like McCardell.
WR Karl Williams (P)
Reggie Barlow
B

Both Williams and Barlow will again be asked to step up this week due to the injuries in the WR corps. Don't expect much.

TE Todd Yoder U Had a huge game after Dilger went down with an injury early in last week's contest.
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia B

Garcia remains inaccurate and the passing game unproductive. Not exactly what you want with the Bucs (six sacks last week) coming to town.

RB Garrison Hearst B Both Hearst and ...
RB Kevan Barlow B ... Barlow will split what little production allowed by the stingy Bucs defense. Neither will have much of a fantasy impact this week.
WR Terrell Owens X The Bucs are well equipped to neutralize downfield receivers like Owens. Despite his height and size advantage TO will not find any man-to-man coverages to take advantage of. Expect another pedestrian game.
WR Tai Streets (P) X With all the attention TO will draw this week from the Bucs, look for Streets to sneak a few nice gains in this matchup.
WR Cedrick Wilson B

Rarely used and has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff.

TE Jed Weaver B Not only is the TE an afterthought in the Niner passing attack, but Weaver is proving to be highly ineffective.
 
Kansas City (6-0) at Oakland (2-4)  
Mon, Oct 20, 9:00 PM ET on ABC at Network Associates Coliseum Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green X Never expect a career day to be followed by another. Against the woeful Raider defense this one will be Holmes, Holmes and more Holmes.
RB Priest Holmes (P) S1 Draws the league's worst run defense on a Monday night. Doesn't get much better than that.
WR Eddie Kennison B Don't be fooled by last week's game winning TD. Without that overtime catch Kennison was 1-6. He's averaging only two catches a game over the last three.
WR Johnnie Morton X Finally emerging as the top WR. Has 5+ catches in two of the last three games and has scored a TD each of the past two games. The emphasis will of course be the running game, but if any KC WR is worth a spot in your lineup it's Morton.
WR Dante Hall B Getting more looks in the passing game each week. Don't expect the Chiefs to run him that much however as he needs to remain fresh for his more important return duties.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 With former special teamer Travian Smith patrolling the middle of the field due to the absence of Romanowski, Gonzalez will have another big game.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rich Gannon X Has thrown for over 190 yards only twice this season and has a TD pass in only half of the games. Just doesn't seem able to handle the pressure this season and the Chiefs do a good job of bringing it.
RB Charlie Garner X Oakland is the only NFL team that runs the ball under 20 times a game. If that does't change this week the Raiders are done, period. They must keep the KC offense off the field and the Chiefs' defense allows a league leading 4.9 YPC. There is some room for Garner to run, but it will be limited by the presence of LB Shawn Barber.
RB Tyrone Wheatley (Q) B Typically gets a few of the "pound the ball" and short yardage carries each game. But when it gets to the goal line it could just as easily be Crockett that gets the call.
WR Jerry Rice B

Rice has been shut out of the end-zone this season and is just too ineffective to rely on as a fantasy starter.

WR Tim Brown B

His days as a fantasy factor appear to have ended. He struggles on almost every play to gain separation and get open. Can't be relied on.

WR Jerry Porter (D) B

The waiting game continues.

TE Doug Jolley X

Has become an integral part of Oakland's offense because of his reliability as a receiver and his improved blocking skills. Has quietly become the Raiders leading receiver.

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