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Start/Bench List - Week 2
Whitney Walters
September 16, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
PIT at BAL CHI at GB WAS at NYG NE at ARI MIA at CIN
STL at ATL DEN at JAC Sun 4 PM IND at TEN Mon 9 PM
CLE at DAL CAR at KC SEA at TB NYJ at SD MIN at PHI
HOU at DET SF at NO BUF at OAK   (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
 
Washington (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell B Typical Gibbs football last week as the Redskins ran the ball 65% of the time and Brunell did the minimum needed to keep the chains moving. Not a recipe for fantasy success.
RB Clinton Portis S2 Before everyone goes bananas over Portis keep in the back of your mind that outside of his 64-yard run he was 28-for-84, only 3 yards/carry. The Redskin OL borders on mediocre and Portis will likely need the occasional big run to warrant the fantasy value most attribute to him.
WR Lavernues Coles   S2 Was outperformed by Gardner last week but that won't happen this Sunday. Coles has the speed and athleticism are too much for CBs Allen and Peterson to handle.
WR Rod Gardner X The defined possession receiver for the Redskins due to his size and lack of speed. Won't put up big yardage numbers but will be utilized around the end-zone often.
TE Walter Rasby B The Washington TEs caught only a single pass last week, and it wasn't starter Rasby. Until further notice the Redskin TEs are off limits.
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner B

Washington doesn't have much of a pass rush so Warner should fine more comfort in the pocket this week.

RB Tiki Barber X With Smoot and Springs at the corners the Redskins can run pretty effective 8-man fronts to stop the run. They also have the speed at linebacker to limit Barber's room around the corners. Look for Barber to struggle in this matchup running the ball but to still come through with his production in the passing game.
RB Ron Dayne B Actually out-carried Barber last week and five of his 13 came inside the 10-yard line. But he averaged under 3.5 yards/carry and looks to be mostly the short-yardage and goal-line back.
WR Amani Toomer B

With the strong corner play from Smoot and Springs, neither Toomer nor ...

WR Ike Hilliard B ... Hilliard are good fantasy options this week.  
TE Jeremy Shockey S2 A bit rusty in the opener, dropping two easy throws, one a touchdown. Look for rookie S Sean Taylor to get his chance to battle Shockey this week and for the TE to teach him a few things.
 
Seattle (1-0) at Tampa Bay (0-1) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 The aggressive cover-2 schemes run by Tampa Bay can cause anyone problems. But Hasselbeck is confident in the Seattle offense and he has enough talent at his disposal to win this matchup.
RB Shaun Alexander (Q)
Maurice Morris
X It won't be known until late in the week whether or not Alexander will give it a go on Sunday. If he does then there are obvious risks. If he does not then Morris will see plenty of action and might be an okay start this week for your fantasy team. But make no mistake, he's no Shaun Alexander.
WR Koren Robinson X Didn't receive as many looks as Jackson last week (7 to 10) and didn't do much with them pulling in only three. A few of those misses were flat out drops. Must improve for him to warrant strong fantasy consideration most weeks.
WR Darrell Jackson S2 Early indications are that Jackson may continue his fantasy dominance over Koren Robinson this season.
WR Bobby Engram B

Engram is quite adept at getting separation from linebackers on crossing routes. This is a favorite of Hasselbeck's in third-down situations. That's great for the Seahawks but has limited fantasy value.

TE Jerramy Stevens
Itula Mili
B Only two passes were thrown to the TEs last week, one to each. They will likely see more action on Sunday as the Seahawks will use them down the seam to soften up Tampa's cover-2. Problem is that there is no front-runner right now.
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson B Johnson's options are limited now with the absence of Galloway. Brown and Schroeder are old and slow and rookie Clayton is well... a rookie. Look for more of the dink-n-dunk from Johnson this week (only 7 yards/completion last week).
RB Charlie Garner S2 The offensive shift resulting from Galloway's absence will impact Garner the least. He remains the primary ball-carrier and a vital part of the short passing game.
RB Mike Alstott B Short-yardage and goal-line carries only. Only real value is in TD-only leagues, and that may even be in question now.
WR Bill Schroeder   B Unlikely to see any more action on top of his already minimal role in the passing game as the team will look to Clayton to fill the Galloway void.
WR Tim Brown B May actually pull in a few extra short slant or crossing routes, but don't expect much more.
WR Michael Clayton S2 Had 11 balls go his way last week, more that twice any other Bucs receiver. He'll get more chances to shine against the Seahawks on Sunday.
TE Ken Dilger
Ricky Dudley
B Good for a couple catches each most weeks.
 
Buffalo (0-1) at Oakland (0-1) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe X With better protection this week Bledsoe should have a decent game.
RB Travis Henry S2 The revamped Raider defensive front allowed the Steelers to run at will last week and you can bet the Bills will give them a healthy dose of Henry in this matchup.
RB Willis McGahee B Still only a backup, but McGahee may see a few more carries this week as the Bills will be pounding the ball all day against the Raiders defensive front.
WR Eric Moulds S2 Moulds owners get a break this week as premier cover corner Charles Woodson isn't near 100% following his long holdout.
WR Josh Reed X Look for the Bills to test the remaining secondary (minus Woodson) downfield with both Reed and ...
WR Lee Evans X

... Evans.

TE Mark Campbell B Good for a few catches a game but that's about it.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rich Gannon X Held off the "where's Kerry" crowd with his second half play last week.
RB Tyrone Wheatley  X Wheatley struggled last week as there was just nowhere to run. The OL play will have to improve if the big back is to be a factor. That will be a tough task this week against a very solid Bills defensive front. The upside this week is that Fargas may sit this one out.
RB Justin Fargas (Q) B May not see action Sunday due to a turf toe injury he suffered last week.
WR Jerry Porter S2

One of ELEVEN players that caught passes last week, but with nine balls going his way he remains the prime target for Gannon.

WR Jerry Rice B

Looks like Rice has taken the diminished role in the passing game that Tim Brown refused. Sad to say but Rice is no longer a fantasy factor.

WR Doug Gabriel U

Popped up on everyone's radar with a nice 58-yard TD grab last week. The second year receiver showed some of the same deep-ball impact during the pre-season. Have the Raiders found another long-ball threat that Al loves so much? Could be.

TE Whoever B

Pick a tight end, any tight end, and give them a catch or two.

 
New England (1-0) at Arizona (0-1) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) S2 There are mismatches all over the field for Brady to take advantage of this week.
RB Corey Dillon S1 The Pats didn't bring Dillon in for 15 carries a game. Arizona gave up 176 yards on the ground last week and you can bet Dillon will be used more against them.
RB Kevin Faulk (O) B Out again this week for personal reasons.
WR Deion Branch S2

In typical New England fashion the top three wide receiver all had 80-something yards and two of them scored. Branch remains the leader of this pack, but ...

WR David Patten X

... both Patten and ...

WR David Givens X ... Givens can produce on any given week.
TE Daniel Graham S2 Graham had a great game last week and may be on his way to reaching the potential most think he has.
TE Ben Watson B Used extensively in the 2-TE sets the Patriots like to run, but the rookie may take longer than many thought to develop into a consistent threat.
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Josh McCown B Has some young talent at WR and a solid TE. But that's about it. Steer clear until the Denny Green offensive show actually shows some life.
RB Emmitt Smith   B Looked rejuvenated at times last week, but the NE defense is an upgrade from last week's Ram crew so don't expect much from the old-timer.
WR Larry Fitzgerald X Fitzgerald is the real deal and will likely lead all WRs in production each week. But in an offense that will struggle every week that may not be fantasy worthy very often.
WR   Bryant Johnson  B Not quite fully back from a training camp stress fracture in his foot and should be avoided until he's 100%. And maybe not even then.
TE Freddie Jones S2 Jones has the talent to create matchup problems for opposing defenses and he's the only Cardinal fantasy option worth considering as he could easily be the leading receiver most weeks.
 
Indianapolis (0-1) at Tennessee (1-0) Back to top
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1 Should be a fun duel with his fellow 2003 Co-MVP.
RB Edgerrin James S1 The Titans shut down the Dolphins running game last week, but let's be real, the Miami offense stinks.
WR Marvin Harrison S2 Only 7-for-44 and a TD last week. There are not many receivers that you would start that sentence out with "Only", but Harrison is definitely one. Has struggled in the past against the Titans and CB Samari Rolle so gets downgraded to S2 this week.
WR Reggie Wayne S2 Only a single catch last week but remains a solid fantasy starter because he was a target of Manning's seven other times. Outside of Rolle the Titans' average coverage will allow Wayne to bounce back with a nice game this week.
WR Brandon Stokley X A hit-or-miss #3 WR in a high-powered offense.
TE Marcus Pollard
Dallas Clark
X Combined they are one of the top TEs in the league. But splitting time and production is not what fantasy owners need. It's only been one game, but if you had to pick a front-runner right now for the more consistent fantasy starter it'd be Clark. But he's still a liability to the team as a blocker.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair S2 Don't let last week's poor fantasy performance scare you off of starting McNair this week. The Colts gave up 320 passing yards and 3 TDs last week to the Pats and McNair should bounce back nicely against them on Sunday.
RB Chris Brown (Q) S2 Brown is a solid fantasy matchup this week behind a great OL and against an average Indy front seven. Even though all early indications are that Brown will play at close to full speed this week, the ankle injury that cost him half a game last week brings with it some risk.
WR Derrick Mason S2 Again will be the Titans' only experienced and healthy WR going into this week's matchup with Indy. The Colt secondary has some problems and McNair-to-Mason will exploit them.
WR Drew Bennett B

His injured ribs hindered his play last week but he's improving and so should his production.

WR Tyrone Calico (Q) B Making his way back quickly, but not expected to play this week.
TE Erron Kinney S2 One catch, one yard, one touchdown. Only in fantasy is that a good stat line for a tight end. Look for Kinney to play a larger roll in the passing game this week.
 
New York Jets (1-0) at San Diego (1-0) Back to top
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington S2 Lead a balances attack last week that saw plenty of running and passes to eight different players. Expect more of the same this week against a similarly suspect defense.
RB Curtis Martin S2 Looked great in the opener. Too bad it's all down hill from here for the aging but still effective Martin.
RB LaMont Jordan B Didn't get a single carry last week and didn't open him mouth once to complain about it. My how times have changed for Mr. Jordan.
WR Santana Moss S2 The bottom line in this matchup is simple, the Chargers just don't have the talent in their young secondary to keep pace with Moss or ...
WR Justin McCareins   S2

... McCareins, who had a solid Jet debut leading all receivers going 5-for-66.

TE Anthony Becht B Only an occasional factor in the Jets passing game. Saw only a single pass go his way last week.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees B The Chargers OL gave Brees the breathing room he needed last week. But against a much better and more aggressive Jet front that isn't likely to be the case. Look for Brees to struggle this week and make some mistakes.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 A one-man show in San Diego. Amazing that he can remain so productive.
WR Tim Dwight (Q)
Eric Parker
Reche Caldwell
B This group shows some promise with young talents Parker and Caldwell. This week however, like most weeks, they will struggle to make plays with their quarterback struggling.
TE Antonia Gates S2 With the Chargers set of receivers we could be looking at another KC situation where the TE ends up leading the team in all receiving categories.
 
Miami (0-1) at Cincinnati (0-1) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB A. J. Feeley   U

Fiedler got the quick hook and now the job is Feeley's, as most expected it would be when the Dolphins picked him up. The Bengals are starting a converted rookie safety at corner and there is enough talent at WR and TE for Feeley to possibly surprise this week in his Dolphin starting debut.

RB Lamar Gordon U With Minor out and Morris hurting, Gordon gets his first start in Miami against a Bengal defense that gave up 219 yards on the ground last week.
WR Chris Chambers S2 Chambers has the speed and athleticism to stretch the field, but has lacked a QB with enough arm to get him the ball consistently down field. That changes this week.
WR Marty Booker X A great pickup by the Dolphins as Booker is talented enough to be a #1 WR and will draw plenty of secondary attention. Unfortunately he's the third option on a developing passing team.
TE Randy McMichael S2 With Fiedler running the show McMichael had only one catch for seven yards last week. Feeley took over in the second half and McMichael ended the day with 8-for-79 and a TD. As that ESPN dude would say, "BOO-YEAH!!"
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer B

Palmer had a nice pro debut last week, but this is the Miami defense that held McNair to only 73 yards passing last week.

RB Rudi Johnson S2 The Bengals will continue to try and establish a power running game with Johnson. The problem is that the OL is suffering through some injuries that are hindering their effectiveness.
WR Chad Johnson S2 Johnson is the real deal and can get it done against most secondaries. That talent will come in handy this week against the strong Miami coverage.
WR Peter Warrick (Q) X Still being held out of practice to enable his recovery from knee surgery, but will play and continue to be effective over the middle on slant patterns.
WR Kelly Washington B Remains #3 on the depth chart but is battling with Houshmandzadeh for that spot.
TE Reggie Kelly
Tony Stewart
B A single catch last week for three yards between the two of them.
 
Minnesota (1-0) at Philadelphia (1-0) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S1 Won't be as easy as Dallas was last week, but he's still the top fantasy QB.
RB Moe Williams (Q) B Due to the ankle injury suffered late last week Williams may not practice much this week and will likely be a game-time decision.
RB Onterrio Smith   S2

With his suspension appeal taking forever to resolve the Vikings catch a huge break in having Smith available with all the injury problems they have at running back. Look for the Eagles to use safety help on Moss, thus opening up the inside running lanes for Smith.

WR Randy Moss S1 Big game, big stage, big opponent. Big fantasy production? Likely.
WR Nate Burleson X

Both Burleson and ...

WR Marcus Robinson X

... Robinson had three catches last week. But Robinson did more with his and seemed to be favored a bit in the offense over Burleson. With these two splitting production the wait for a viable #2 fantasy option in the Vikings passing game may just continue.

TE Jermaine Wiggins B

With Kleinsasser out Wiggins steps in. He's old and primarily a blocker so don't expect much.

Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S1 The Vikings gave up a whopping 352 yards passing last week to an aging Testaverde.
RB Brian Westbrook S2 His 20 touches last week is about what you can expect all season. The speedy Viking front seven will pose a test this week. But you better get his production on your fantasy team before the newly signed Dorsey Levens begins to steal some of it away.
WR Terrell Owens S1 The Vikings will attempt to double Owens deep for sure. He'll likely do most of his damage working in front of the coverage. But damage will be done.
WR Todd Pinkston U With the extra attention Owens attracts Pinkston could turn into a nice fantasy option. He's definitely one this week.
WR Freddie Mitchell B Continues to disappoint and falls behind both tight ends in the receiving food chain.
TE L.J. Smith S2 Despite the presence of Chad Lewis last week, Smith will remain the constant producer in this offense and ...
TE Chad Lewis X ... Lewis will only get into the action when the offense is taking it to someone. Which could happen again this week.

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