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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
ATL at NYG IND at JAC Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Byes:
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
Seattle (6-2) at Washington (3-5)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at FedEx Field Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 The absence of KRob will hurt the Seahawks' ability to spread the field with 3-WR sets since there is little depth behind Engram. This will prevent them from taking advantage of the injuries and lack of depth in the Redskin secondary. What could be a great matchup will only be so-so without KRob.
RB Shaun Alexander S1 As expected last week the Steelers limited the Seahawk running game. That won't be the case on Sunday against a Washington defense allowing almost 130 YPG on the ground.
WR Koren Robinson (Q) B The sprained ankle he suffered last week is expected to keep him out of most practices this week and possibly the game. Even if he goes on Sunday he won't be 100% and the risk is too high to rely on him.
WR Darrell Jackson S2 Will likely be expected carry the load in the passing game this week. If he can cut down on the dropped passes (9 in past 2 games) he has a chance for a very productive day.
WR Bobby Engram X

Slowed by injury last week (2 catches for 9 yards), Engram should be good-to-go on Sunday and will be asked to step up again in the likely absence of Robinson.

TE Itula Mili U Look for Mili to play a larger role in the passing game this week. His speed and precise route running will serve him well against a group of linebackers and safeties that are not known for their great cover abilities.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Patrick Ramsey (P) B

The Redskins just can't seem to protect Ramsey. Until they prove they can stop the rush, Ramsey will continue to get a heavy dose of blitzes from all directions.

RB Trung Canidate (Q) B Expected to return from the ankle injury this week. Wasn't doing all that well prior to the injury, so I wouldn't hold out much hope he'll contribute this week in his return to action.
RB Rock Cartwright X This bowling ball of a fullback averaged 5.5 yards on eight carries last week while filling in for the injured Morton. May be asked to carry a good part of the load this week with Canidate not likely 100%. Could pay off at the goal-line, if the Redskin offense can get the ball down there.
WR Laveranues Coles S2 The best weapon this offense has. But without at least SOME time in the pocket Ramsey can't utilize him down field.
WR Rod Gardner B The combination of a quarterback with no time and the fine play of Seattle CB Ken Lucas means little production for Gardner. Which isn't all that unusual.
TE Byron Chamberlain B The tight ends are worthless in this offense as their only role in the game plan appears to be pass protection. The three primary Redskin tight ends have totaled nine catches in eight games.
Tampa Bay (4-4) at Carolina (6-2)  
Sun, Nov 9, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Ericsson Stadium Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson S2 Protection will be the key. Poor protection has resulted in Johnson struggling of late and being forced into poor decision making. The Panthers' front will pose a challenge for the Bucs, but the secondary does not. Given time in the pocket, Johnson should have a solid game.
RB Michael Pittman (P) S2

Has yet to score a rushing TD (team only has 2 this season), but Pittman is very active in the passing game and got his second receiving TD last week. The Panthers have given up 100 yards to the last three opponent's running backs. Don't shy away from this matchup, it could pay off for you.

WR Keyshawn Johnson S2 After two single-catch games Meshawn blew up for a season high 10-124. Problem is, his last game with more than four catches was week two. Inconsistency can kill a fantasy team, but given the weak Panther secondary owners will likely want to give Johnson a chance this week and hope for two in a row for a change.
WR Keenan McCardell S2 The most consistent Buc WR this season. Four TDs in the past five games and no game under 68 yards in those same five.
WR Joe Jurevicius (Q) B

May return to action this week, but will be very limited.

TE Ken Dilger B The trend lately appears to be a catch a game for each Buc tight end.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme B Doing enough to make Steve Smith a fantasy factor, but that's about it. This week will be no different.
RB Stephen Davis (Q) S2 Maybe instead of talking about how you are the greatest defense of all time, you should prove it by holding Davis under 100 yards this week. Nope... not gonna happen.
RB DeShaun Foster B Since his "breakout" game in week six, he's touched the ball 13 times in three games.
WR Muhsin Muhammad B Returned from his concussion last week with a two catch game that is typical for this season. Muhammad is not well suited for this matchup with the Bucs zone coverages.
WR Steve Smith S2 Smith's specialty is creating after the catch. He will see a lot of soft coverage schemes this week as the Bucs cheat up to stop the running game. This will mean matchups he can exploit with little deep help.
TE Kris Mangum U With the Bucs committing to stopping the run by bringing a safety up to the line of scrimmage, there will be soft spots to take advantage of in the cover-3 zones. Mangum could surprise this week.
Minnesota (6-2) at San Diego (1-7)  
Sun, Nov 9, 4:05 PM ET on FOX at Qualcomm Stadium Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S1 Do you really need justification against a team like the Chargers? Didn't think so.
RB Moe Williams S2 Good power runner that will still get 12-15 carries for at least another week or two as Bennett works his way back into shape. The fact that some of those carries can come at the goal-line helps.
RB Michael Bennett  X Looked great in his first action of the season last week. Averaged over 5 yards on his eight carries. Look for his workload to increase Sunday against a Chargers defense that's allowing almost 130 YPG on the ground.
WR Randy Moss S1 No reason needed.
WR Nate Burleson B

Traditionally only one WR other than Moss gets any action in the Vikings' passing game. Right now that's looking like Bates.

WR D'Wayne Bates B

Being on the other side of Moss can sometimes be a very good thing. But that position appears to be in transition between Burleson and the returning from injury Bates. Best to avoid both for now.

TE Jim Kleinsasser B Word is that Kleinsasser's role in the offense will be increasing now that he's 100% healthy. I'd make them prove it before relying on him as a starter on your fantasy team.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees
Doug Flutie
B I don't think it can get any worse than losing your job to Doug Flutie. Well, maybe it can if you actually thinking that will HELP your offense. The starter won't be named until later in the week. Stay away regardless.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S2 When your offense is so bad that you hurt the production of a talent like LT, you're in big trouble. Despite the obvious struggles, LT is on pace for over 2000 total yards and 10 TDs this season.
WR David Boston X The Vikings lead the league in interceptions, but they are also ranked only 28th in pass defense. If anyone can put up some numbers this weekend besides LT, it's Boston.
WR Tim Dwight
Reche Caldwell (P)
B Injuries, poor play and a run oriented offense make any WR outside of Boston worth very little.
TE Justin Peelle B With all the turmoil at quarterback, it's best to leave the TE position alone.
Buffalo (4-4) at Dallas (6-2)  
Sun, Nov 9, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Texas Stadium Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe S2 Has not played well of late, throwing five INTs and only one TD in the last three games. Must release the ball quickly this week against a likely aggressive Dallas blitz. If he continues to hold on to the ball too long the passing game will suffer.
RB Travis Henry S2 The Bills have really got it going on the ground in the past two games, rushing for 133 and 196 yards. That was against two of the weaker run defenses in the league however. The task is much taller this week against the league's top fantasy run defense. Look for the Bills to attack the quick but small Cowboys front line and attempt to wear then down.
WR Eric Moulds (Q) S2 The Cowboys have been great against the pass this season, but they do not match up well in the secondary with the size, speed and strength of Moulds.
WR Josh Reed X Must continue his solid play to keep safety help from rolling to Moulds on every play. Reed's great hands and fearlessness in traffic will be invaluable this week against the physical Dallas secondary.
WR Bobby Shaw B

Moulds is back and Reed is stepping up as the #2 WR. Shaw takes a back seat now.

TE Mark Campbell B Good for a few catches a game but is not a breakaway threat. Has topped out at 38 yards a game this season, twice, and has yet to score.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Quincy Carter X

The Cowboys will want to run the ball but will struggle. So they will again turn to the passing game. It won't be easy but they will look to roll Carter out of the pocket where he's most comfortable. Also allowing the receivers more time to get open.

RB Troy Hambrick X Doesn't have the speed to turn the corner on the Bills' LB corps and the massive defensive tackles will stuff the middle. Overall this is not a good matchup for Hambrick. Expect him to struggle.
RB Richie Anderson (P) B Should be back from injury and will help the offense this week. His great hands and quickness will come in handy as Dallas looks to get the ball on the corners through the short passing game. Murrell's presence kills any fantasy potential Anderson had.
WR Joey Galloway B

The Bills have the talent on the perimeter to stay with and limit Galloway, who is mostly just a vertical, sideline threat now.

WR Terry Glenn X

The Buffalo corners are two of the best in the game, but Glenn's rare combination of physical tools should afford him as good a matchup advantage as you can get against them.

WR Antonio Bryant U

When the Cowboys spread the field with 3-WR sets, look for Bryant to do some damage against the Bills' weak nickel coverage.

TE Dan Campbell
Jason Witten
B The tight end is proving to be a non-factor for the Cowboys.
NY Jets (2-5) at Oakland (2-6)  
Sun, Nov 9, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Network Associates Coliseum Back to top
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington S2 Looks to be in mid-season form after his first start last week. The only thing the Raiders' secondary can defend these days is their poor play.
RB Curtis Martin S2 Just when everyone thought Martin was done, he's been coming on strong, putting up 100 yards on both Philly and the Giants. That task will be much easier this week against the terrible Raiders run defense.
RB LaMont Jordan  B Getting some goal-line and short yardage carries and has scored the Jets' only three rushing TDs this season.
WR Curtis Conway U Moss will draw extra attention this week so look for Conway to make a bit of noise against single coverage.
WR Wayne Chrebet (O) B Out this week due to the concussion he suffered last week.
WR Santana Moss S2

Carried the passing game last week when Chrebet went down. Will be asked to do the same this week. The results might not match last week's, but they'll still make his fantasy owners happy.

TE Anthony Becht U Typically not much of a factor in the offense, but there will be plenty of offense to go around in this one, and with Chrebet out Becht will be called upon more often.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rick Mirer B Why is this guy still in an NFL uniform? The Jets lead the league in sacks. Don't expect much from Mirer.
RB Charlie Garner S2 The Jets have a terrible run defense and your quarterback is worthless. If there was ever a time to get Garner a ton of carries, THIS IS IT!
RB Tyrone Wheatley
Justin Fargas
B Both Wheatley and Fargas will likely see carries in this one as the running game will be the best thing going for the Raiders. Not enough to matter though.
WR Jerry Rice X

Can't really recommend any Raider receiver with Mirer throwing the ball. But if anyone can make something happen in these terrible circumstances, it's Rice.

WR Tim Brown B

His last decent game was in week 4.

WR Jerry Porter (P) X

Down field threat with a QB that 1) has no long ball, and 2) won't have time in the pocket to get it deep even if he could throw the long ball.

TE Teyo Johnson B

Has had more than a single catch in only one game.

Baltimore (5-3) at St. Louis (5-3)  
Sun, Nov 9, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN at Edward Jones Dome Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B Has improved of late, but still unworthy of fantasy starter status. Will struggle greatly with the Rams' zone coverages.
RB Jamal Lewis (P) S1 Cover-2 defensive scheme can be vulnerable to power running games and the Rams have trouble with big, tough runners. Hmm, do you think there's a player in a Raven uniform that fits that description?
WR Travis Taylor X The only Baltimore wide receiver with more than 10 catches this season. Amazing. The only thing in Taylor's favor this week will be the likely scenario of the Ravens throwing the ball late against soft coverages by the Rams.
WR Frank Sanders
Marcus Robinson
B No fantasy value in this offense.
TE Todd Heap S1 There are very few linebackers that can cover Heap. In fact, there may not be any.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2 The aggressive Raven pass rush provides the only down side to Bulger this week.
RB Marshall Faulk (P) X Will be the starter this week, but the speedy Raven linebackers and underrated defensive line don't provide a desirable matchup for his return.
RB Arlen Harris B Harris may see a few series this week to relieve Faulk, but that's about it.
WR Torry Holt S1 Raven corner Corey Fuller may be out due to a hamstring injury, but even if he plays he'll be limited. Not good. For the Ravens that is.
WR Isaac Bruce S2 Bruce will have plenty of one-on-one matchups to exploit with safety help likely going Holt's way.
WR Dane Looker
Kevin Curtis

The #3 WR is used often in the Rams' multi-WR sets. But with Curtis back from injury now the production is spread too thin for anyone to be of consistent fantasy value.

TE Brandon Manumaleuna B I think it's time to forget about the tight end in this offense.
Philadelphia (5-3) at Green Bay (4-4)  
Mon, Nov 10, 9:00 PM ET on ABC at Lambeau Field Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb (P) S2 Last week was only the fourth time McNabb has topped 300 yards passing. In a season filled with great struggle, that's something he can build on. Expect a more "typical" performance on Monday night, making him a borderline start this week.
RB Brian Westbrook (D) B Expected to miss another game due to the ankle injury.
RB Duce Staley B Touched the ball seven times last week even with Westbrook out. That's about his season average, so to expect more at this point is asking too much. At least he's scored three TDs.
RB Correll Buckhalter S2 The Packers' interior defense struggles to stop a power running attack, so look for Philly to give them a healthy dose of CBuck up the middle. Being a solid cutback runner will enable him to gain good yardage this week.
WR James Thrash B It takes a secondary on the level of the Falcons to make the Philly wide receivers respectable. The Packers have struggled on the perimeter this season, but they have the talent to handle both Thrash ...
WR Todd Pinkston (P) B ... and Pinkston.
TE L.J. Smith S2 With the perimeter closed down (like most weeks) Smith will play a big role in the passing attack for McNabb. Could easily lead all receivers again this week.
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre (P) S2 Favre looks to be back on the top of his game. The Eagles are likely to continue their blitzing ways, so Favre will have good one-on-one matchups in the secondary to take advantage of. And if those aren't there, Green and the tight ends will be.
RB Ahman Green S1

The Philly run defense has shown cracks of late, allowing 145 rushing YPG over the last three games.

WR Donald Driver S2 Driver is the best down field target Favre has. But with the Packers using mostly short drops to protect Favre from the pass rush, the big play opportunities aren't there often. But that won't keep Favre from going up top a few times on Monday night, and Driver hasn't scored since week 5, so you know what that means.
WR Robert Ferguson B Hasn't had more than two catches in a game since September. Suffered a concussion last week.
WR Javon Walker U

With Favre under a likely blitz most passing downs, the short routes Walker is running out of the slot will be in high demand. Last week's 2 TD performance seems to show that Favre is gaining confidence in his young receiver.

TE Bubba Franks (P) B Went down last week with a thigh bruise, but expects to be available Monday night. With three tight ends in the mix now for the Packers you can't really rely on any of them for your fantasy team.

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