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Start/Bench List - Week 11
By Whitney Walters
November 13, 2003
 
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
ARI at CLE JAC at TEN WAS at CAR SD at DEN DAL at NE
ATL at NO KC at CIN Sun 4 PM GB at TB Mon 9 PM
BAL at MIA NYG at PHI NYJ at IND MIN at OAK PIT at SF
HOU at BUF STL at CHI DET at SEA   (times ET)
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 (3-6) at Cleveland (3-6)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Cleveland Browns Stadium Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Blake X Continues to struggle with the blitz and Cleveland will surely come after him when possible. Can be inconsistent, throwing for under 100 yards and no TDs three times this season. Could go either way this week.
RB Marcel Shipp  S2 Topped the 100 total yard mark last week by staying active in the passing game against a tough run defense. Look for improvement this week against a normally solid Cleveland defense that was shelled by KC last week.
WR Anquan Boldin X Has more catches than most team's #1 WR this season and has found the end-zone in each of the past two games. Defenses continue to key on the rookie and this week will be no different. The Browns' secondary is solid and may slow Boldin down this weekend.
WR   Bryant Johnson  B Becoming more of a target for Blake, but until he can turn those looks into catches he's a long way from any fantasy contributions.
TE Freddie Jones X Jones has the talent to create matchup problems for opposing defenses and has become the only real down field option outside of Boldin.
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kelly Holcomb U

Continued his inconsistent play last week and has thrown for over 200 yards only once this season. May improve some this week as the Cardinals have little to offer in the way of a pass rush. Comfort in the pocket should lead to better throws down field.

RB William Green (P) X Expected to play after a month off. The shoulder appears close to 100% and Green was just starting to get it going prior to the injury (two 100+ yard games). The Cardinals are solid against the run and it's likely that Green won't get a full load his first game back. May share with Jackson for a week.
RB James Jackson B It's back to the bench now, but JJ will likely get a few series this week to spell Green.
WR Andre' Davis X

Moved into the starting lineup last week and lead the team in receiving yards. Unfortunately that meant a whopping 35 yards. The inconsistent play at QB will continue to make it hard to rely on Davis or any other Brown receiver.

WR Dennis Northcutt X

Has been the team's most consistent receiver this season. But the ball is being spread too thinly to make Northcutt or ...

WR Quincy Morgan B ... Morgan reliable fantasy receivers.
TE Steve Heiden (O) B The Cleveland tight end position is typically a non-factor anyway.
 
Atlanta (2-7) at New Orleans (4-5)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Superdome Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Kittner (Q) B

Kittner is just flat out bad and the Falcons will continue to run the ball.

RB Warrick Dunn X Stepped up huge last week as the starter. Dunn is expected to remain the starter and should again have a solid game against another suspect run defense in New Orleans.
RB T.J. Duckett  B The Falcons only gave the ball to Duckett seven times last week. Thankfully two of those carries resulted in touchdowns. That trend is likely to continue this week, but that's hard to rely on unless you are in a TD-only league.
WR Peerless Price
Brian Finneran
B With Kittner at QB you pretty much have to forget about these two now.
TE Alge Crumpler X Working his way back to health, Crumpler is the only Atlanta receiver with any fantasy value now. That value has dropped significantly with Kittner at QB, but it's still there.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks S2 Brooks should have a healthy WR corps now following the off week. Against the worst pass defense in the NFL, that's a good thing.
RB Deuce McAllister S1 No team has allowed more rushing touchdowns than the Falcons. Had six straight 100 yard games going into last week's bye. Get Deuce in your lineup and don't give it a second thought.
WR Joe Horn (Q) S1 Not a whole lot of analysis needed this week. Against the Falcons you have to get Horn and ...
WR Donte Stallworth (P) S2 ... Stallworth in your lineups.
WR Jerome Pathon B

Has become a valuable part of the Saints' passing attack with the injuries to Horn and Stallworth this season. Both should be healthy now so Pathon is not a fantasy option.

TE Ernie Conwell S2 Went catch-less against the Bucs prior to the off week. But prior to that he had become a fairly consistent part of the passing game for the Saints. Should get it going again this week.
 
Baltimore (5-4) at Miami (5-4)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Pro Player Stadium Back to top
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Anthony Wright B Gets the start over Redman this week. Not a bad decision since Redman looked like a deer in headlights last week after coming in for the injured Boller. Either way, no need to run to your waiver wire for this guy.
RB Jamal Lewis S2 Get ready Jamal. You think you saw a lot of 8-man and even 9-man fronts with Boller at QB, wait until you see what happens with Redman back there. Not pretty. Lewis remains a fantasy starter, is not a dominant one this week.
WR Travis Taylor (P) B Lead all Raven wide receivers with two, yes two, catches last week.
WR Frank Sanders (D)
Marcus Robinson (P)
B No fantasy value in this offense.
TE Todd Heap S2 Even with all the problems Wright may bring to the passing game this week, Heap should remain a viable fantasy tight end. Half of Redman's pass attempts went to Heap last week and it's likely that Wright will follow suit.
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese  B

Anyone still wondering why Shanahan let him go? The Titans' pass rush last week, the Ravens' this week. Good luck young Griese.

RB Ricky Williams (P) S2 Has topped 75 yards only once since week three. The line isn't opening many holes and Ricky isn't hitting the ones there with any quickness or power. Getting only 13 carries a game sure isn't helping either. Amazingly, against the Ravens this week Ricky is only a borderline starter.
WR Chris Chambers B With Griese under a heavy rush all day, don't expect much from Chambers or ...
WR Derrius Thompson B ... any other Miami wideout.
TE Randy McMichael X Under duress last week, Griese looked McMichael's way more than any other receiver. That trend will likely continue, but the Ravens have the speed at LB and coverage skills at the safeties to handle the Miami TE.
 
Houston (3-6) at Buffalo (4-5)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Ralph Wilson Stadium Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr B Appears to be over the ankle injury and is becoming more effective due to the solid running game. But against the #2 pass defense in the league, Carr will struggle his way through a sub-par performance.
RB Stacey Mack (P) B

Injured knee may keep him out of this one.

RB Domanick Davis S2

The Bills pose the toughest challenge to the running game since Tennessee in week six. Davis will likely struggle to run the ball. The Texans should work him back into the passing game, where he has done much damage in the past. He has only a single catch in each of the past two games.

WR Andre Johnson X Carr's favorite down field target and his best option, but the Bills have two of the best cover corners in the league right now. Don't expect much.
WR Corey Bradford B His only fantasy value comes from his ability to turn in the occasional long touchdown reception, which has happened three times now this season for an average of 72 yards per TD.
WR Jabar Gaffney B

May surprise this week against the Bills' nickel coverage, but the Texans don't run enough 3-WR sets to make him worth your attention.

TE Billy Miller X Will draw man coverage from safety Lawyer Milloy, but may be somewhat effective on quick patterns with Carr under pressure.
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe S2 Continues to struggle and has thrown only a single touchdown in the past four games. Should bounce back this week. The Texans are not a good team defensively and are averaging less than a sack per game. Bledsoe should be comfortable in the pocket for a change this weekend.
RB Travis Henry S2 Goes from one of the top run defenses in the league (Dallas) to one of the worst in Houston. Look for a big day from Henry.
WR Eric Moulds S2 Thrown to an amazing 15 times last week. That likely won't repeat this week, but with no pass rush and no corner that can stay with Moulds, he won't need that many balls thrown his way to produce.
WR Josh Reed S2 Has taken a hold of the #2 WR spot now (20 catches in the last three games) and is starting to pay off for his patient fantasy owners.
WR Bobby Shaw X

Will see plenty of action this week as the Bills will look to stretch the shallow Houston secondary with 3-WR sets.

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.
 
Jacksonville (2-7) at Tennessee (7-2)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at The Coliseum Back to top
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich B Put up a meager 158 yards and a TD in week eight against the Titans. Can only hope to play that well on the road this time around.
RB Fred Taylor B Hope you enjoyed his explosive game last week because it won't repeat against the #1run defense in the league. Has averaged a total of 52 yards a game against the Titans in the past three games.
WR Jimmy Smith X

Still has the skills to get open on the Titans suspect secondary. When Leftwich has the time in the pocket (which won't be often) there is some potential here for a few big plays. Odds are against it however.

WR Troy Edwards B 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 U Will be Leftwich's best buddy Sunday under the heavy pressure brought by the Titans. Could have his biggest game of the season.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair S2 The Jags may have what it takes to slow the running game down, but the secondary is full of mismatches for McNair to take advantage of in the passing game.
RB Eddie George X Losing carries to both Brown and Holcombe now but appears to be the favorite at the goal-line. Sharing the load against the tough Jags run defense (allowing under 90 YPG) will not get it done for fantasy owners.
RB Robert Holcombe
Chris Brown
B The Titans are getting their running game going by using a committee approach now that Brown is healthy. This pair received 19 carries to George's 15 last week, with Brown being the most effective. Look for that to continue. Brown will split carries with George and Holcombe will get some short yardage carries and some third-down action.
WR Derrick Mason S2 Because of the lack of talent in the secondary Mason will see plenty of zone coverages this week by the Jags. His quickness and run after the catch abilities will serve him well.
WR Justin McCareins X

Will again start this week because of the injury to Drew Bennett. An excellent end-zone target due to his height advantage.

WR Tyrone Calico X This rookie's rare combination of size and speed is quickly making him a favorite target for McNair. They show great confidence in him and look to him at the goal-line. With Bennett likely out again this week, Calico will see extra playing time.
TE Erron Kinney
Frank Wycheck
B With Wycheck back both he and Kinney are being used, making both of little fantasy value.
 
Kansas City (9-0) at Cincinnati (4-5)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on CBS at Paul Brown Stadium Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S2 On a roll and has only stumbled once in the past four games. Don't look for him to stumble against the Bengals.
RB Priest Holmes S1 Do you really need a reason? Just start him.
WR Eddie Kennison X Has put together two solid fantasy games in a row for the first time in who knows how long. Kennison however remains a one-deminsional (vertical deep threat) receiver. As a result he has a tendency of disappearing for games at at time.
WR Johnnie Morton (Q) X Morton is the best all-around talent the Chiefs have at wide receiver and is capable of 100 yard games. But that has only happened once this season. This is a favorable match-up with the Bengal secondary.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 Another "no reason needed" player.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna X

Came up small in the past two games. Two games in which he had great matchups against weak defenses (ARI and HOU). This week he gets a defense that rushes the QB very well and leads the league in interceptions.

RB Corey Dillon (D) B As some might say, stick a fork in 'em, he's done.
RB Rudi Johnson S2 Will continue to carry the load for the Bengals, and carry it well. Look for Johnson to produce this week as the Chiefs' defense does not stop the run well. However, once the Bengals fall behind (which is very likely) they will be forced to turn to the passing game. The longer the Bengals can stay close, the more you'll get out of Johnson this week.
WR Chad Johnson S2 Has the talent and favorable matchups with the KC secondary to back up his "we will beat the Chiefs" statements. CB's Warfield and McCleon will have their hands full with this guy.
WR Peter Warrick S2 With Johnson stretching the field, Warrick has become a prime target on underneath routes and at 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.
 
N.Y. Giants (4-5) at Philadelphia (6-3)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Lincoln Financial Field Back to top
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins X

If you can't get it done against the Falcons' secondary, and under the Falcons' blitz, what hope is there against the Eagles without Shockey? Let me answer that for you. Not much.

RB Tiki Barber S2 Barber remains one of the league's best run-receiving threats out of the backfield. But he is being hurt (only 2 TDs) by the team's troubles in the red-zone and the increased usage of Dorsey Levens at the goal-line.
RB Dorsey Levens B His touches had been increasing until last week, but he remains an option at the goal-line.
WR Amani Toomer X

CB Lito Sheppard has shown to have problems with bigger, more physical receivers, and Toomer fits that description to a tee. Typically you would look for him to make some plays down field against the smallish Sheppard, but with no Shockey to occupy the safeties Toomer will see more bracket coverage this week.

WR Ike Hilliard (Q) X Hilliard doesn't typically match up well against press coverage, and CB Troy Vincent is one of the best in the business. Expect Hilliard to struggle as he did in week seven against the Eagles (1 catch, 11 yards).
TE Marcellus Rivers (P) X With Shockey out for the season all eyes turn to Rivers. He will of course be no Shockey, but he has good hands and decent size and speed. He'll do alright, especially since he will not attract the attention Shockey did.
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2 Continues to improve of late. With the injuries to the Giants' secondary, and his increased willingness to run, McNabb should keep on doing just enough to warrant his owners starting him.
RB Brian Westbrook (P) U Highly ineffective last week (5 carries for 1 yard) as he attempted to come back from the ankle injury. Should be close to 100% this week and his quick and shifty running style will cause problems for the Giants' defense.
RB Duce Staley B In a surprise last week, lead all Eagle running backs with 10 carries. Also the only running back with a catch. With Westbrook back now that's about as good as it may get this season.
RB Correll Buckhalter (Q) X CBuck did not perform well last week, averaging only 2.6 yards on his nine carries. There may be more of the same this week as the Giants are effective at stopping his type of power running style.
WR James Thrash B Regardless of opposing secondary, the trio of Thrash, ...
WR Todd Pinkston (Q)
Freddie Mitchell
B ... Pinkston and Mitchell continue to struggle to get separation from coverage. They provide McNabb with limited passing options and continue to take up residence on fantasy benches everywhere.
TE L.J. Smith
Chad Lewis
B Great, the week after Smith has his best day as a pro, Lewis out-catches him. Another TEBC (tight end by committee) brewing that may need to be avoided.
 
St. Louis (6-3) at Chicago (3-6)  
Sun, Nov 16, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Soldier Field Back to top
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S1 One of the hottest fantasy quarterbacks against one of the league's worst teams.
RB Marshall Faulk S1 Worked his way back against the tough Raven defense last week. Will find much more room to run this Sunday against a Bears defense that allows over 120 YPG on the ground.
WR Torry Holt (P) S1 Leads the league in catches and yards, and already has a career best nine touchdowns.
WR Isaac Bruce S2 Life has just been so-so this season on the other side of Holt. But until last week's 3-13 performance, Bruce had been averaging nearly 100 yards a game over the previous four.
WR Dane Looker
Kevin Curtis
B

Where the "start your Rams" love ends this week. The #3 WR may be used often in the Rams' multi-WR sets, but they don't get enough looks to warrant fantasy attention.

TE Brandon Manumaleuna B I think it's past time to forget about the tight end in this offense.
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chris Chandler B Chandler has still has the skills to produce, but the Bears continue to game plan any decent production out of this passing attack. It's as if they devise each week the best way to attack opposing defenses through the air, then go out Sunday and do just the opposite.
RB Anthony Thomas X Running Thomas to chew up the clock will be key for the Bears. If Chicago had any chance of staying close in this one Thomas would be a good play as the Rams can be run on. But a more likely scenario will find the Bears falling behind and having to abandon the run.
WR Marty Booker (Q) X Returned to action last week and looked okay. Too bad the Bears' passing game didn't. Look for them to better utilize Booker this week to challenge the Rams' secondaries down field.
WR Dez White X

Will take a back seat now to Booker.

WR David Terrell B

With only 28 catches on the year and a paltry 6.5 yards per catch, the Bears continue to underutilize Terrell's talents in the ineffective short passing game they insist on running.

TE Desmond Clark U Look for Clark to have an impact this week if the Bears choose to attack the advantage they have here over a crew of linebackers that can struggle in coverage.

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