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Start/Bench List - Week 13
By Whitney Walters
November 26, 2003
 
Turkey Day Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
GB at DET ATL at HOU NE at IND CLE at SEA TB at JAC
MIA at DAL BUF at NYG PHI at CAR NO at WAS Mon 9 PM
Sun 1 PM CIN at PIT SF at BAL DEN at OAK TEN at NYJ
ARI at CHI MIN at STL   KC at SD (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
 
Philadelphia (8-3) at Carolina (8-3)  
Sun, Nov 30, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at Ericsson Stadium Back to top
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2 Played an excellent game last week, working the ball to 10 different receivers and rushing for 54 yards. With the Panthers likely shutting down the running game he'll need another one this week.
RB Brian Westbrook X Normally a solid start. A rarity in a RBBC situation. But this week against the stingy Panthers' defense it may be another story.
RB Duce Staley B Only touched the ball 10 times last week but produced 103 total yards. With the committee approach to the running attack Staley has received more than 10 touched only once this season. While he on occasion has fantasy worthy outings, he can't be relied on as a starter.
RB Correll Buckhalter X For the second week in a row received minimal carries (7), did little with them (18 yards), but scored a touchdown. At this point his only possible fantasy value is in TD-only leagues. May not pay off this week however against a Panther defense that has allowed a league low five rushing TDs.
WR James Thrash U The Carolina corners are solid but they lack speed. That's just the matchup Thrash needs as he lacks that quality as well. He should produce well this week.
WR Todd Pinkston
Freddie Mitchell
B Pinkston and Mitchell have had more than 3 catches for 35 yards only twice each this season. No fantasy value here.
TE L.J. Smith
Chad Lewis
B The rookie Smith is proving to be too inconsistent and the team is looking to Lewis more of late. Splitting tight end production is death to fantasy owners.
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme X Has a setback last week against a very tough opponent. Philly doesn't rank up there with Dallas, but they bring a mean blitz from all directions. Delhomme will have to stand tall in the pocket and make quick decisions to succeed this week.
RB Stephen Davis S2 Now two weeks removed from the ankle injury and should get back on track against a Philly defense that allows over 120 YPG on the ground.
WR Muhsin Muhammad U As expected, followed up his 189 yard explosion with a minimal effort. He only pulled in two Delhomme passes last week, but the big play ability is there as they were for 58 yards against the top pass defense in the league. Should improve on that performance this week.
WR Steve Smith S2 The Eagles may get some of their secondary back from injury this week (Dawkins and Taylor), but Smith proved last week that he can produce even against the top defenses in the league. Thankfully for Smith owners this week, Philly is not one of those.
TE Whoever B No catches for the tight ends last week.
 
San Francisco (5-6) at Baltimore (6-5)  
Sun, Nov 30, 1:00 PM ET on FOX at M&T Band Stadium Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB

Tim Rattay
Jeff Garcia

B

Until they hit the practice field on Wednesday there will be no clarity to this starting situation, and the final decision may not come until later in the week. Regardless it's best to stay clear of the Niner QB this week. The offensive line is decimated by injury, and against the Ravens that's not a good thing.

RB Garrison Hearst X It's like a broken record. Split workload, limited fantasy value. This week with the added negative of facing a very tough Baltimore defense.
RB Kevan Barlow B Didn't see much action last week (only 4 carries) due to the Niners falling behind early and preferring to use Hearst in the mostly passing situations. Should get back to a more balanced workload with Hearst, but against the Ravens that won't likely amount to much.
WR Terrell Owens S2 Owens has had an up and down year, and the Ravens have a way of making many opponents have a down day. But the pass defense has been vulnerable this season so there's a good change TO can produce this week.
WR Tai Streets B Streets continues to struggle due to the quad injury that seems to be zapping him of what little speed and quickness he had.
TE Jed Weaver B Stay away from the Niner tight ends.
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Anthony Wright X Simply blew up last week and will find his way on to quite a few fantasy rosters this week. I'd make him prove it wasn't just a one-night stand before plugging him into your starting lineup.
RB Jamal Lewis S2 Lost in all the hoopla about Wright and the overtime win was a monster game (160 total yards) from Lewis. He's slowed somewhat due to injury and excessive use, but he'll get it done this week against a Niner defense that's fading lately.
WR Marcus Robinson X Yikes! Where did that come from? Robinson entered last week's game only 9-76 and left it 16-207, 4 TDs. Robinson played with Wright in college (somehow that seems to matter) and his big frame makes him a good end-zone target. It's doubtful that he'll ever go off for 4 TDs again, but he may be worth a look if you need receiver help this week.
WR Travis Taylor
Frank Sanders
B Thanks to the passing explosion last week these two actually had some limited production, three catches each. Not exactly something to hang your fantasy hat on, but in this offense it was quite an accomplishment.
TE Todd Heap S2 Could be limited this week by the Niners' athletic group of safeties and linebackers. But he remains starter material.
 
Cleveland (4-7) at Seattle (7-4)  
Sun, Nov 30, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Seahawks Stadium Back to top
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kelly Holcomb X

It takes a bad pass defense to make Holcomb a viable fantasy starter. The Seahawks are not one.

RB James Jackson S2 Had his best game of the year last week, almost cracking the century mark rushing on 25 carries and adding 49 yards receiving. Life without Green is getting better. Should be more of the same this week against a Seattle defense that's giving up almost 120 rushing YPG.
WR Andre' Davis U

Holcomb is spreading the ball around well, but since the release of KJ, Davis has seen the most looks out of the three WRs. The team is looking for the young and explosive Davis to step to the front and become Holcomb's go-to guy. Not a real strong matchup with the talented Seattle secondary this week.

WR Dennis Northcutt B

The Seahawk nickel coverage is not a weakness and matches up well against the Brown receivers. Not much of an advantage here for #3 WR Northcutt.

WR Quincy Morgan X With the ball being spread fairly evenly amongst the receivers it's best not to look for Morgan as a fantasy starter.
TE Whoever  B Doesn't matter who they get to play each week.
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 Cleveland poses another defensive challenge this week. Well... you saw what Hasselbeck did to last week's defensive challenge, didn't you?
RB Shaun Alexander S2 The Seahawks possess what is likely the league's most underrated running attack. The challenge is stiff this week, but with the help of guys like OL Walter Jones and FB Mack Strong, if they stay committed to the run Alexander remains a solid start this week.
WR Koren Robinson S2 Matches up well with Browns' corner Daylon McCutcheon with a size and speed advantage. Look for Hasselbeck to look Robinson's way a bit more this week.
WR Darrell Jackson X Jackson has been solid this season, but hadn't seen a 100+, multi-TD game since week two against Arizona. Cleveland may have the #2 pass defense, but the Seattle passing game is clicking and Jackson is a big part of that.
WR Bobby Engram B

Engram's fine play is prompting the Seattle coaches to add more 3-WR sets into the offense. Will likely struggle this week against the Browns' more physical nickel corner Lewis Sanders.

TE Itula Mili B Has put together a couple of nice 4-catch games, but for the most part the Browns have contained tight ends this year.
 
New Orleans (5-6) at Washington (4-7)  
Sun, Nov 30, 4:15 PM ET on FOX at FedEx Field Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks X Brooks isn't being helped by a WR corps that just can't stay healthy and is no better than a middle-of-the-road fantasy QB. Nothing in this matchup stands out as a strong advantage or disadvantage for Brooks.
RB Deuce McAllister S1 Eight straight 100+ yard games with two 2-TD efforts to boot. What can you say, Deuce is simply a fantasy force right now.
WR Joe Horn S2 Even though he's still not fully recovered from the knee injury, Horn keeps on putting up decent numbers. This week he should be the healthiest he's been in a while and ready to burn a Redskins' secondary that underperforms for stretches at a time.
WR Donte Stallworth B Still battling quad and ankle injuries.
WR Jerome Pathon B

Continues to fill in for the injured Stallworth, but has been held under 50 yards receiving for the past four games and hasn't seen the end-zone since week four.

TE Boo Williams S2 Blew up last week taking over for the injured Conwell. Don't expect another 9-110, TD performance, but the TE is a viable part of the Saints offense and Williams will continue to produce.
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Patrick Ramsey
Tim Hasselbeck
B

The word in Washington is that Ramsey will get the start "if healthy," but that won't be known until the team starts practice on Wednesday. Either way, Ramsey won't be 100% and Hasselbeck is mediocre at best, so neither are much of a fantasy option this week.

RB Trung Canidate B Won the feature role by attrition and received his highest carry total (20) of the season last week and scored his first rushing TD. Only a one week bump however as both Cartwright and Betts should return to action this week.
RB Rock Cartwright
Ladell Betts
B Both Cartwright and Betts are expected back this week from injury. Neither are worth fantasy attention since they will likely be less than 100% and sharing carries with each other and Canidate.
WR Laveranues Coles S2 Coles continues to struggle along with the Redskin passing game and the subpar quarterbacks. Threw it all he has maintained some fantasy value, scoring three touchdowns in the last four games.
WR Rod Gardner B Has had his brief moments in weeks two, six and ten. But for the most part Gardner is a fantasy dud.
TE Whoever B Four different Redskin tight ends have totaled twelve catches this year.
 
Denver (6-5) at Oakland (3-8)  
Sun, Nov 30, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Network Associates Coliseum Back to top
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer X The Raiders don't have a big, physical defensive line that can apply pressure so Plummer should have time to throw. The problem this week will be the improving play of the Oakland secondary and the injury to Sharpe.
RB Clinton Portis S1 The Raiders are playing better lately, but they still can't stop the run.
WR Rod Smith S2 Has put up his best numbers of the season since Plummer's return two weeks ago (19-170 and a TD). Will be looking to keep that streak going and to make up for his dismal 1-7 performance in week 3 against Oakland.
WR Ashley Lelie B

Will likely be given single coverage by Raiders cornerback Buchanon. Lelie should be able to use his great speed to get open deep. Problem is he's been unable lately to make those down field catches.

TE Shannon Sharpe S2 Always a good start against the Raiders, but may be slowed this week due to the injury to his ribs.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rick Mirer B Showed some improvement last week but remains ineffective in the passing game. He's not a fantasy factor, and likely won't be for the rest of the season.
RB Charlie Garner S2 Surprised many and played last week, getting nine carries. Should return to full-time action this week, and with Denver's last remaining starting linebacker, Al Wilson, possibly out, this may be a good week for you to also return Garner to full-time starting status.
RB Tyrone Wheatley X Has been highly effective filling in for the injured Garner. Wheatley will likely continue to get carries now that Garner is back, but not the full load he's been getting lately.
WR Jerry Rice B

Hey, did you see that? Rice actually scored a touchdown last week, his first of the season. Now the big question is will it be his last. Odds are good with Mirer running the passing game now.

WR Tim Brown B

When a seven catch, 50 yard game is the best you've had in two months you know you're having a rough season.

WR Jerry Porter S2

Porter's matchup this week with Denver's nickel coverage is one he can exploit. The Raiders won't throw much with Mirer at QB, but Porter should be able to make some noise Sunday. Could have his best game of the season.

TE Whoever B

Tight end, the forgotten position in the Oakland offense.

 
Kansas City (10-1) at San Diego (2-9)  
Sun, Nov 30, 4:15 PM ET on CBS at Qualcomm Stadium Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S1 The Chargers rank at the bottom of the heap when it comes to pass defense. They've allowed a league high 26 passing touchdowns this season. No other team has even 20.
RB Priest Holmes S1 Put up 183 total yards and two TDs against the Chargers in week one. Now in week 13 the Chiefs' offense is even better, and the Chargers' defense even worse.
WR Eddie Kennison S2 Has strung together three solid fantasy games prior to last week's hiccup against Oakland. Consistency will continue to be a problem for both Kennison and ...
WR Johnnie Morton U ... Morton due to all the weapons in the KC offense. But the matchup this week against the woeful Charger secondary may be too good to pass up for most fantasy owners.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 Was held out of the end-zone last week for only the second time in his last eight games.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Doug Flutie S2 A borderline starter this week thanks to a suspect Chiefs defense and the likelihood they will have to pass often to keep pace with the Chiefs offense.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 The Chiefs just can't seem to stop the run. Look for LT to see plenty of action if the Chargers can keep this one somewhat close.
WR David Boston S2 Amazingly the only receiver to catch a ball for the Chargers last week. He's all they have. They know it, everyone knows it. Will still put up big numbers this week against an increasingly suspect Kansas City defense.
WR The other receivers B Injuries, poor play and a run oriented offense make any WR outside of Boston worth very little.
TE Whoever B There are now three TEs seeing action for the Chargers. All three have had only a single catch in the past two games.
 
Tampa Bay (5-6) at Jacksonville (2-9)  
Sun, Nov 30, 8:30 PM ET on ESPN at ALLTEL Stadium Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson S2

The Jags don't hold up well in the secondary and provide little pass rush. Johnson should be able to put up some decent numbers this week as the short passing game Gruden loves so much will be called upon often against a defense that stops the run very well.

RB Michael Pittman X

Has potential, but now while he's splitting carries with Jones. That has happened the past two weeks and is likely to continue. Pittman remains a better fantasy bet due to his involvement in the passing game.

RB Thomas Jones B Saw significant carries for the second week in a row. Also scored the first "non-Alstott" rushing TD this year. A half-time back isn't what your fantasy team needs though, especially against the very tough Jags run defense.
WR Keenan McCardell S2 By far the most consistent Buc receiver this season. With Jurevicius back now and Charles Lee emerging, opposing secondaries will have difficulty focusing their attention on McCardell.
WR Joe Jurevicius X

Looked solid in his second game back from injury. His height and size create huge matchup problems for opposing secondaries. The Bucs will struggle to run the ball so there may be more opportunities this week.

WR Charles Lee U Did Monday night what Meshawn rarely does anymore, get big yards after the catch. If Lee keeps this up the offense won't miss a beat. In fact, it may improve. Could surprise this week but McCardell will remain the focus.
TE Ken Dilger  B It's past time to write off the Tampa tight ends.
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich B The rookie continues to struggle and may be replaced by backup David Garrard.
RB Fred Taylor S2 So much for the injury problems. He had 32 carries last week, with an impressive SEVEN of those coming inside the 10 yard line. Against tough run defenses this year Taylor has struggled because there is no passing game to keep the defenses honest (35 yards vs. MIA, 48 and 65 vs. TEN, 78 vs. BAL). If the Bucs defense can have another week of no talk and actual good play, he'll struggle again. Borderline start this week.
WR Jimmy Smith X

Even with the best of matchups you can only expect average-at-best performances out of Smith due to the quarterback situation. This week you don't even get a good matchup.

WR Troy Edwards B Well, that question seems to have been answered. Edwards didn't get a single pass thrown to him last week and new WR Johnson had six.
WR Kevin Johnson X Expected to move into the starting lineup this week. Against the Bucs' still solid secondary and with an up-in-the-air QB situation, I would want to be counting on Johnson's stats this week.
TE Kyle Brady B If you are looking for 2-3 catches and 20-30 yards, this guy MAY get you that.
 
Tennessee (9-2) at N.Y. Jets (4-7)  
Mon, Dec 1, 9:00 PM ET on ABC at Giants Stadium Back to top
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair
Billy Volek
B McNair may tough out another injury start, or he may not. This decision may not be made until Monday, too late for most leagues. Unfortunately it's best to avoid this QB situation this week.
RB Eddie George S2 With backup Volek likely under center the running game will be leaned on heavily again. And like last week George draws one of the league's worst run defenses. One slight downside might be the need to get Holcombe and Brown more carries to spell the aging George.
RB Robert Holcombe
Chris Brown
B May see some extra work this week, but not enough to warrant fantasy attention.
WR Derrick Mason X Mason shook off the injury last week and was effective against the Falcons. Should be back to 100% Monday night and be able to use his speed and quickness to gain an advantage over the Jets' secondary.
WR Justin McCareins X

Has scored a touchdown in each of the last three games. Last week's came after Volek took over, a good sign since he may be the starter this week.

WR Tyrone Calico B The re-emergance of Wycheck likely ends Calico's fantasy value for this season, limited as it was.
TE Frank Wycheck X Still seeing some throws go to Kinney, but Wycheck appears to finally be over the concussions and more of a focus for the passing game. Carries risk this week however since McNair is more likely to use him than Volek.
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington X Remains a hot fantasy commodity. The Titan secondary is typically ripe for production, but they bring serious pressure. This one could go either way depending on how his pass protection holds up.
RB Curtis Martin X For the second week in a row Martin faces one of the league's top run defenses. Don't expect much more than last week's 56 yard rushing effort. But his stats could again get a boost in the short passing game.
WR Curtis Conway X Has been a solid performer since taking over the Chrebet. With Moss stretching the defenses vertically there are plenty of opportunities for Conway underneath in crossing patterns.
WR Santana Moss S2

Had a terrible yardage game last week, but has scored at least one touchdown in the last seven games.

TE Anthony Becht X Disappeared for two games then leads the Jets in receiving yards last week with 63. I thought he's become more valuable with Chrebet gone but it took a few weeks I guess.

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