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Start/Bench List - Week 10
By Whitney Walters
November 6, 2003
 
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
ARI at PIT HOU at CIN TB at CAR NYJ at OAK PHI at GB
ATL at NYG IND at JAC Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Byes:
CHI at DET MIA at TEN MIN at SD BAL at STL DEN, NE
CLE at KC SEA at WAS BUF at DAL (times ET) NO, SF
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
 
Arizona (3-5) at Pittsburgh (2-6)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Heinz Field Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Blake X Will be forced to make more plays this week as Pittsburgh will surely focus on shutting down the running game. The opportunities will be there but he must not force the ball into coverage.
RB Marcel Shipp  X Last week Shipp became the first Card RB to rush for over 100 yards in two straight games since 1992. Number three won't come easy against the #4 rush defense that has held opposing RBs to only 65 YPG in the last two games.
WR Anquan Boldin X With half of his first NFL season under his belt, Blake's favorite target has developed into a top 10 fantasy WR, but is hurt by the low TD total. Will continue to draw double coverage, resulting in good and bad weeks depending on the opposing secondary talent.
WR Bryan Gilmore
Bryant Johnson 
B These rookies lack in experience and will continue to improve but struggle. Only six catches between them over the past two games.
TE Freddie Jones U Blake should look for Jones when the Steelers drop into cover 2, as he has the speed to get behind the linebackers, and his size causes matchup problems in the secondary.
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tommy Maddox S2 Another favorable matchup for Maddox and the passing attack. He should find plenty of one-on-one matchups to take advantage of in the secondary. The Cardinal unit can play well as a group at times, but they lack the talent to stay with the Steeler receivers.
RB Amos Zereoue B His return to the 3rd-down / change-of-pace role may be helping the Steeler offense, but it's making him worthless to his fantasy owners.
RB Jerome Bettis X Since moving back to the starting lineup Bettis has received only 15 carries a game. That may be enough to help open up the passing game, but the only way that makes him a fantasy start is if he can get some of those carries at the goal-line.
WR Plaxico Burress (P) S2

Bounced back last week following his second single-catch game of the year. Should have little trouble with the poor Cardinal secondary and is WAY overdue for a score.

WR Hines Ward S1 Only three receivers have more passes thrown to them this season.
WR Antwaan Randle El B Typically creates matchup problems for opponents when the Steelers spread the offense.But it's rarely enough production to make him a fantasy factor.
TE Jerame Tuman B The starter with Riemersma injured. Mainly a blocker and non-factor.
 
Atlanta (1-7) at NY Giants (4-4)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Giants Stadium Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Kittner B

Kittner-Johnson, Johnson-Kittner... whatever. Stay away.

RB Warrick Dunn X Thunder and lightening appears to be making it's way back. While Duckett is carrying a bulk of the load, Dunn is still getting about 12 touches a game and is making the most of his limited opportunities.
RB T.J. Duckett  X When the Falcons can run the ball they continue to feature a power running game with Duckett. He retains some fantasy value due to his use at the goal-line.
WR Peerless Price
Brian Finneran
X Both Price and Finneran may get some life if Johnson returns as the starting QB. Both will cause matchup problems for the Giants. But if they go with Kittner again then they should stay on your bench.
TE Alge Crumpler X Crumpler is struggling along with the rest of the Falcon offense, and the injuries haven't helped. Only five catches in the past three games.
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins S1

Despite shuffling the secondary last week, the Falcons remain the worst in the league against the pass. Doesn't get much better than this.

RB Tiki Barber S2 Last week it was the #31 run defense, this week Barber draws the #30. However, Levens' increased workload is keeping Barber from a loftier fantasy status.
RB Dorsey Levens B His touches have increased and he scored last week. But his fantasy impact is related more to how he's hurting Barber, not helping his owners.
WR Amani Toomer S2

May be the worst secondary in the league. Start him.

WR Ike Hilliard S2 Ditto for Hilliard.
TE Jeremy Shockey (P) S1 What can you say. Permanent stud. Start him.
 
Chicago (3-5) at Detroit (2-6)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Ford Field Back to top
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chris Chandler X Another decent matchup this week against a suspect secondary and pass rush. Put up over 200 yards and a TD on Detroit just two weeks ago.
RB Anthony Thomas S1 On a major roll and the best thing the Chicago offense has going right now. Had an impressive NINE carries inside the 10-yard line last week.
RB Adrian Peterson (Q) B It's all Thomas now.
WR Marty Booker (Q) B May return to action this week after missing the last three, but can't be relied on.
WR Dez White S2

Held to three catches in week 8 against Detroit. But the Lions' best CB (Bly) may miss another game due to the hamstring injury. Booker's possible return also bodes well for White this week.

WR David Terrell X

Has been more active in the passing game with Chandler at the helm.

TE Desmond Clark X Returned to action last week and had a nice 31 yard catch. His production should increase along with his health and Chandler's confidence in him.
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington (P) B

Continues to play just good enough to keep his starting job. Too bad that's not enough to give him any fantasy value.

RB Shawn Bryson S2 Since the week 6 bye there has been little rhyme or reason to the distribution of workload between Bryson and Gary. In those three weeks Bryson has 32 carries to Gary's 34, but has been much more productive. He also has ten catches to Gary's two. This is a great matchup for the Detroit running game and odds are Bryson will lead the way as he did in week 8.
RB Olandis Gary B May have scored the TD last week, but Bryson remains the better option.
WR Az-Zahir Hakim B Just not getting it done. Has had two single-catch games in the past three.
WR Scotty Anderson B

Ditto for Anderson.

WR Bill Schroeder (Q) B Four catches in the last five games.
TE Mikhael Ricks X Continues to be the Lions' best option in the passing game. That may not mean many catches, but it has meant a TD in two of his last three games.
 
Cleveland (3-5) at Kansas City (8-0)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Arrowhead Stadium Back to top
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kelly Holcomb (P) X

Moves back into the starting lineup this week. Seven weeks removed from his first, and only, solid fantasy performance this season. May be called on to air it out more this week against the Chiefs.

RB James Jackson  X Gets the start with Green serving a one game suspension. Should be fairly productive against a Chiefs' defense allowing almost five YPC. The Browns will likely look to control the line of scrimmage by running the ball, but they are also likely to fall behind and turn to the pass playing catch-up.
RB Jamel White B Will likely see a few extra touches this week, but will still function as primarily as the 3rd-down back.
WR Kevin Johnson B The Browns' leading receiver, but will be replaced this week by Davis in the starting lineup this week.
WR Dennis Northcutt X

Behind Johnson has been the team's most consistent receiver. It's hard to say how the shift in starters on the other side of the ball will impact his production. Regardless, expect a bump in his numbers this week as the Browns should be throwing the ball more.

WR Andre' Davis U

Davis moves into the starting lineup this week. He's the most athletic of the Cleveland receivers and has been a solid end-zone target in the past. With the Browns likely playing catch-up in this one, Davis has a good chance to make some noise.

WR Quincy Morgan B Has been the least productive receiver since returning from injury several weeks ago.
TE Steve Heiden (P) B The Cleveland tight end position is typically a non-factor.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green X Began hitting his stride just prior the off week. The Browns have allowed a league low four passing touchdowns this season. But that's due as much to their terrible run defense as it is to solid pass defense play. Green won't need to do much in this one.
RB Priest Holmes S1 A week of rest and now it's back to assaulting opposing defenses.
WR Eddie Kennison B Surprised with a five catch game before the bye, a season high. Don't expect that too often. Kennison is a one-deminsional (vertical sideline) receiver.
WR Johnnie Morton X Remains the best all-around talent the Chiefs have at wide receiver. Does not match-up well against the Browns secondary on the perimeter
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 Leading all top tight ends in yards per catch and touchdowns.
 
Houston (3-5) at Cincinnati (3-5)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Paul Brown Stadium Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr (Q) B Expected to return this week. With a solid ground game now Carr is becoming more effective. The Texans are a run-first team and only once has Carr put up fantasy starter type numbers this season. Expect more of the same in his first game back from the ankle injury.
RB Stacey Mack (P) B

Only got his carries last week after Davis was injured.

RB Domanick Davis (P) S2

The Bengals have given up 110 and 150 yards to RBs in the past two games. Davis' chest injury shouldn't prevent him from getting another 100-yard game this week.

WR Andre Johnson X Carr's favorite down field target and his best option this week to take advantage of the average Bengal secondary.
WR Corey Bradford B 14 catches in eight games just ain't cuttn' it.
WR Jabar Gaffney B

Has had a few moments this season, but he now appears to be taking a back seat to TE Miller as the second option in the passing game behind the rookie Johnson.

TE Billy Miller S2 After disappearing for the first four games of the season, Miller has 15 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the last four games. Will find enough space in the middle of the cover-2 to have an impact.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

The second great matchup in a row for Kitna. The Texans rank 30th in pass defense and have allowed a league high 15 passing touchdowns this season. Now if he can just cut down on the mistakes.

RB Corey Dillon (Q) B All signs point to Dillon once again being the starting RB for the Bengals this week. Yeah, like that really matters at this point. Until he can prove to you he can make it through a game and be productive, he's bench material.
RB Rudi Johnson B Could see most of the carries if Dillon can't play through his groin injury again, or could stand on the sideline all afternoon watching Dillon run. You need more confidence in your starting RB then that.
WR Chad Johnson S2 Has an interesting matchup this week with CB Aaron Glenn, one of the league's best. But overall the Houston secondary rates as one of the league's worst. Johnson will find his spot to make some big plays.
WR Peter Warrick S2 Out catching Johnson and is the primary target for Kitna when the team approaches the goal-line.
TE Matt Schobel B Schobel has terrific hands and is a reliable target for Kitna. But the Bengals are working Tony Stewart into the mix now which hurts both TE's production.
 
Indianapolis (7-1) at Jacksonville (1-7)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at ALLTEL Stadium Back to top
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1 This one isn't rocket science. The Indy passing game should have it's way with the Jags secondary.
RB Edgerrin James S2 The Jags run defense showed it's toughness last week, holding Jamal Lewis to only 68 yards. But with the Colts' lethal passing attack they won't be able to crowd the line to stop the run. Don't hesitate to start James this week.
WR Marvin Harrison S1 Start him.
WR Reggie Wayne S2 Him too.
TE Marcus Pollard S2 Without a healthy Clark, Pollard should dominate for one more week. Fantasy owners should cash in while they can before Clark gets back to full speed.
TE Dallas Clark (Q)  B May see some limited action this week, but the hammy is still bothering him.
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich B Will look more rookie-esque than usual this week against the Colts underrated defensive unit.
RB Fred Taylor X Should see plenty of carries early, but as the Jags fall behind the high powered Colts the passing game will take center stage. Taylor also lost 10 carries to his backups last week, the most so far this season.
WR Jimmy Smith X

Has the route running skills to find the soft spots in the Colts' cover-2 zones. The problem will be Leftwich's ability to get the ball to those spots and on time.

WR Troy Edwards X Continues to improve and have an impact alongside the attention grabbing Smith. Unfortunately with a rookie under center that translates into only about four catches and 60 yards a week. But he has pulled in two TDs and is a prime target down by the goal-line.
TE Kyle Brady B Just not in sync with Leftwich. Only eight catches in Leftwich's five games as a starter.
 
Miami (5-3) at Tennessee (6-2)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at The Coliseum Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese  B

Here comes big game chance #2. There will be favorable matchups down field as the Dolphins will likely spread the suspect Titan secondary with 3-WR sets. Griese's recent history doesn't provide much confidence in his ability to take advantage.

RB Ricky Williams (P) S2 Interesting tidbit - the Titans have the league's best run defense in YPG, but that's on a league low 19.4 carries against per game. They allow almost four YPC, average at best. If the Dolphins can stay committed to the run and get Williams his 25 carries, he'll have success.
WR Chris Chambers X Simply the best option the Dolphins have down the field. Will draw single man coverage in 3-WR sets and should be able to take advantage of the mismatch.
WR Derrius Thompson (P) B Only 12 receptions on the year and went catchless last week.
TE Randy McMichael S2 If Griese learned one thing in Denver it was how to use his tight end.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair S2 With the running game stymied, this one will be all "Air" McNair. It won't come easy this week, but the league MVP at the mid-way point should always be in your starting lineup.
RB Eddie George B The Dolphins sport the leagues #2 run defense, allowing under 80 YPG and a league low 3.1 YPC. Don't expect much from George in this one.
RB Robert Holcombe  B It appears that the Titans are attempting to get the running game going by giving carries to Holcombe (27 in the last two games). But the #2 guy in a RBBC is hardly ever worth a start.
WR Derrick Mason X Will get the single coverage matchups the Titans like to find for Mason. Problem is that it will most likely be with shut-down CB Sam Madison.
WR Justin McCareins U

With #2 WR Bennett out due to injury, McCareins steps into the starting lineup this week. Could find himself matched up with a less than 100% Patrick Surtain. Has been inconsistent this season, but his speed should give him some opportunities for a big play or two.

WR Tyrone Calico X Will get more plays with Bennett out. Still a rookie however and will struggle with the various coverages the Dolphins can throw at him.
TE Erron Kinney
Frank Wycheck
B With Wycheck back this becomes another in a growing list of multi-headed tight ends. Stay away from both.

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