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Start/Bench List - Week 6
Whitney Walters
October 14, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
MIA at BUF GB at DET CAR at PHI PIT at DAL TB at STL
SD at ATL KC at JAC HOU at TEN Sun 8:30 PM Open Date:
CIN at CLE SF at NYJ Sun 4 PM MIN at NO ARI, BAL,
WAS at CHI SEA at NE DEN at OAK (times ET) IND, NYG
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
 
Miami (0-5) at Buffalo (0-4) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Sage Rosenfels B

Early week indications are that neither Fiedler or Feeley will be ready for this week's game and third-stringer Rosenfels will get the start. He does have a strong arm and moves well in the pocket, but do you really want a guy that's been carrying a clipboard for the last three years leading your fantasy team?

RB Leonard Henry
Sammy Morris
Brock Forsey
B Based on last week's game and on statements from the team it looks like the Dolphins are going to use all three backs during a game based on situation. Just what the worst running game in the league needs, a 3-headed RBBC. Stay clear.
WR Chris Chambers B With Rosenfels under center all bets are off for the Miami passing game. Chambers is a talented receiver and will be a reliable down field option for the QB, but his bothersome knee injury still seem to be limiting him. It's best to find an alternative this week at receiver if Chambers is a starter for your team.
WR Marty Booker B Miami finally got their money's worth from the Booker trade last week. Will he repeat this week with a third-stringer throwing the ball? Not likely.
TE Randy McMichael S2 About the only thing you can have any faith in this week for the Dolphins is their top shelf tight end. He'll be Rosenfels best friend Sunday.
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe B Bledsoe's stats were saved last week by a 5 minute burst in the fourth quarter. Aside from that the Buffalo passing attack was it's usual ineffective self. I wouldn't even count on that 5 minutes this week against the Dolphin's #1 pass defense.
RB Travis Henry (Q) X His ankle is not 100% and his carries are falling. Not good for Henry owners. The Dolphins do allow over 130 YPG on the ground, but they are also second in the league in rushing attempts defended as most teams are jumping out to big leads then turning to the run late. That won't likely be the case this week. With a healthy McGahee breathing down his neck Henry's chances of being a feature fantasy back may be coming to an end.
RB Willis McGahee X Got eight carries last week, the most this year. Indications are that he'll continue to see a meaningful role in the Bill's running game. Henry's nagging ankle injury ... But in a running attack that can't even muster 100 YPG and has yet to taste paydirt, is a part of this RBBC really what your fantasy team needs?
WR Eric Moulds X Last week was Moulds' first this season without a TD grab. This week will likely make his second. The Bills passing game will surely struggle and Moulds was only 5-50 last year in two games against Miami.
WR Bobby Shaw B Shaw more than doubled his catch total for the season last week with his three grabs but he's not expected to be a Bill come Sunday.
WR Lee Evans U

Evans made the most of the one and only pass that went his way last week, a 46-yard TD. He will continue to be used to stretch the field with his speed and remains the only other viable fantasy option outside of Moulds. If they run Evans out of the slot this week he could surprise again against the Dolphin's nickel cornerback.

TE Mark Campbell B Don't let last week's TD fool you. Campbell is only good for a couple of catches a game, if that. He's averaged a single TD a season over his career, so he's done.
 
San Diego (3-2) at Atlanta (4-1) Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees B Brees has been very effective since the team moved Rivers into the #2 spot behind him. But that doesn't mean he's a fantasy starter. At best he can be a bye week / injury fill-in for your team. Look elsewhere this week as he'll struggle against the Falcons who lead the league in sacks with 19.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (P) S1 The groin injury may be slowing him down some but he remains a must start even against the league's toughest run defense thanks to his great production through the passing game.
WR Eric Parker
Reche Caldwell
B Both Parker and Caldwell can produce on occasion. Unfortunately those occasions are way to infrequent to be of any fantasy worth.
TE Antonio Gates S1 Has grown into the second fantasy stud in a Charger's uniform. With SS Byran Scott likely out this week for the Falcons, Gates has another great chance to dominate.
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick   U

A fantasy bust so far, Vick may warrant a look this week. As with Detroit last week the San Diego secondary is weak. But an added advantage this week is that unlike Detroit the Chargers have a nonexistent pass rush. Vick should have plenty of time in the pocket to make some things happen down field. Going up against (former Falcon defensive coordinator) Wade Phillips should provide an intriguing subplot as Phillips may have a few surprises up his sleeve for his former QB.

RB Warrick Dunn S2 With Vick bottled up last week the running lanes just weren't there for Dunn. That shouldn't be as big a problem this week so expect the league's #1 run offense to get it going again at home against the Chargers.
RB T.J. Duckett  B 2-9-13-0: The number of carries Duckett has in the first four games for the Falcons. Until further notice Duckett is out of the fantasy picture for 2004.
WR Peerless Price X Last week Price topped 22 yards for the first time since week one. Price remains the best WR option, but at this point that isn't saying much. He may be worth another look this week due to the terrible play of the San Diego secondary.
WR Dez White
Brian Finneran
B Both have been non-factors in the limited passing game so far.
TE Alge Crumpler S1 Don't let his worst performance of the year (1 catch for 24 yards last week) sway you from starting Crumpler. He should be in your starting lineup every week except Atlanta's bye.
 
Cincinnati (1-3) at Cleveland (2-3) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer B

Palmer may be a future star, but the future is definitely not now for any fantasy owners out there.

RB Rudi Johnson S2 The Bengals will continue to try and establish a power running game with Johnson. The Browns may have a decent YPG allowed (115 per game) but only one team has allowed more than the eight rushing touchdowns by Cleveland.
WR Chad Johnson S2 The Browns just don't have anyone in the secondary that can matchup with this big, fast and talented receiver.
WR Peter Warrick (D) B Was expected to return this week but early indications are that he'll miss another week with the shin injury.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh B Has played well since moving into the starting lineup, going catch for catch with Johnson over the last two games. With Warrick's return in doubt he should keep up the pace this week.
TE Matt Schobel B Leading an unimpressive crew of tight ends. None fantasy worthy.
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia X

Garcia is still struggling with the Cleveland offense but now that the running game has stepped it up with Suggs there is some hope. He had his best outing last week with 251 total yards and a TD. His improvements will likely continue this week but the focus will be on the running game.

RB Lee Suggs S1 Has looked great in his first two games of the season and there appears to be no worries about the neck now. Good thing for fantasy owners as he draws the league's worst rush defense this week. Can you say "breakout game?"
RB William Green B Since Suggs' return Green has touched the ball only eight times in two games. He's done for now.
WR Andre' Davis S2

The Garcia-to-Davis connection is beginning to take shape. They've hooked up for 194 yards and a touchdown in the last two games. Look for that trend to continue with Garcia having more time in the pocket due to the weak Bengal pass rush.

WR Quincy Morgan B Has two touchdowns, but only twice this season has he had more than a single catch in a game.
WR Dennis Northcutt X

Cleveland continues to work the ball to Northcutt on the short and underneath routes in the hopes of compensating for the loss of TE Winslow. Great for the team but not for yours. That role isn't going to produce great fantasy numbers.

TE Steve Heiden
Aaron Shea
B Shea appears to be the front runner in the race for the prime TE target in Cleveland. But since Winslow went down the team just hasn't devoted much attention to the position. Winslow's been out since week two and he still leads all tight ends in catches.
 
Washington (1-4) at Chicago (1-3) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell U Came crashing back down to earth with his 83 yard performance last week. He catches a break this week however against a Chicago secondary that's been decimated by injuries and a front seven that lack much of a pass rush.
RB Clinton Portis S2 The cries of "bust" are everywhere. But while he hasn't been spectacular, Portis has managed to average over 90 total YPG and score twice since his big week one effort. He should be able to better that average this week as the Bear's new one-gap schemes are causing the front seven to get caught out of position often. Not a good thing against a cutback runner like Portis.
WR Lavernues Coles S2

The underneath routes will be open all day against the soft zone coverages the Bears are being forced to play due to all the injuries in the secondary. Look for Coles to make them pay.

WR Rod Gardner X Inconsistency, inconsistency, inconsistency. That's about all you can say about the under achieving Gardner. Aside from his 10-catch game in week three he has only once pulled in more than three catches. Too unreliable to be a fantasy starter.
TE Chris Cooley X Cooley showed up nicely in the box score with a couple of catches and a TD. What's good for fantasy owners is that no other TE got a look last week. In a season of limited fantasy value at the TE position Cooley could be a nice surprise.
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jonathan Quinn B Quinn looked serviceable in his first start two weeks ago. But with a running game that may not be able to take much of the load and an aggressive Washington defense, he may not even be that this week.
RB Thomas Jones S2 The one thing the Redskins are doing right this season is stopping the run. They are allowing under 80 YPG and have given up only two touchdowns. Jones will struggle but still has a chance for success if the Bears can stick to running the ball as the undersized Redskin front can be worn down.
WR David Terrell X

In Quinn's first start Terrell came alive with his best effort since week one and there may be some good chemistry between the two. Terrell however has never reached his potential and will likely struggle in his matchup with CB Fred Smoot.

WR Bobby Wade B

Doesn't have what it takes to win against CB Shawn Springs.

TE Desmond Clark

U

Clark has had an injury plagued year so far but should return close to full speed following the off week. In Quinn's first game he only had two catches but he also had two looks down by the goal-line. With the corners able to handle the Bear wideouts look for Clark to have an impact this week.
 
Green Bay (1-4) at Detroit (3-1) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2 The interceptions are killers, but he continues to put up decent fantasy numbers. Should again this week against a suspect Lion secondary. The Lions do potentially get CB Dre Bly back this week however who intercepted Favre three times last year.
RB Ahman Green (P) S2 Only 10 carries last week, but it's hard to run the ball when you go down by 17 points in the first quarter. This one will be much closer and Green will get his carries. It is becoming more apparent each week that the Packers can't rely on Favre to carry them any more.
WR Javon Walker (P) S2 Thanks to his second monster game Monday night he's the top scoring fantasy WR in most leagues right now. He's also providing the consistency fantasy owners desperately need at WR. In four of his five games he's either scored, had over 100 yards receiving, or both.
WR Donald Driver S2

Driver continues to keep pace with Walker catch-for-catch, but lacks the big plays that are making Walker a fantasy darling right now. Look for him to find paydirt this week and double his season TD total.

TE Bubba Franks X Hold the phone... We had a Bubba sighting last week. In typical Bubba fashion he had only two short catches but both were for touchdowns, his first of the season. Green's recent fumbling problems may be leading to the Packers going back to using the big tight end around the goal-line more.
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington U

The Packers are having difficulties in the secondary and their pass rush is struggling. Those two things add up to a very nice matchup for Harrington and he could have his best outing of the season. The one thing keeping this from being a great matchup is the potential loss of Williams this week.

RB Artose Pinner S2

Pinner's tough running last week against Atlanta has cemented him as the prime ball carrier until Jones returns. Will get another chance this week against the 30th ranked run defense that's allowing 150 YPG. With the passing game potentially limited further with the injury to Williams, the Lions will need him.

WR Roy Williams (Q) X

The ankle sprain isn't as bad as originally thought, but Williams is still a questionable start this week for the Lions. A likely game-time decision this week if he can get through a couple of practices.

WR Az-Zahir Hakim
Tai Streets
X Both Hakim and Streets have the potential to make a little noise this week against the suspect Packer secondary. If Williams can't go then they will be relied on heavily and Hakim should raise to a S2 status.
TE Stephen Alexander X Only got three looks last week but two of them were in scoring position. As with Hakim, if Williams can't play this week Alexander will play a larger role in the passing attack for the Lions.
 
Kansas City (1-3) at Jacksonville (3-2) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green X Green has played solid most of the season but has been brought down by a lack of talent at the receiver position. Getting Kennison may help this week, but that's iffy. Look for a continued emphasis on Gonzalez over the middle and Holmes out of the backfield this week against the Jag's aggressive defensive front.
RB Priest Holmes (P) S1 Kansas City showed in their last game against the Ravens that they can run the ball on anyone if the O-line is clicking. Jacksonville showed last week that they can indeed be run on. Don't even hesitate to play Holmes this week, or any week for that matter.
WR Eddie Kennison (P) X Expected back this week but a hamstring injury and a vertical speed receiver just don't mix well. Could pay off with a long gain or two, or could be standing on the sideline after tweaking the hammy again.
WR Johnnie Morton X Morton has stepped it up since Kennison went down and is playing as good as he has for a few seasons. Unfortunately for fantasy owners that only translates into avarage-at-best numbers in the Kansas City passing game.
TE Tony Gonzalez (P) S1 Anyone catch what Gates did to the Jags defense last week? Yeah, thought so.
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich X Can he make it three 300 yard games in a row? Not likely as he will be surely be blitzed all afternoon since the Chiefs won't fear going one-on-one in the secondary against an aging Jimmy Smith and a poor performing supporting cast.
RB Fred Taylor S2

Should bounce back nicely against an improving Kansas City defense that still has problems stopping the run. Look for him to get his first 100-yard game of the year.

WR Jimmy Smith S2

Smith has lost a step but he could still get over the top of the Chief's secondary for a few big gains in this matchup.

WR Troy Edwards
Reggie Williams
Ernest Wilford
B Outside of Smith there hasn't been much for fantasy owners to get excited about with the Jaguar passing game. Rookies Wilford and Williams seems to show the most promise but none are fantasy worthy right now.
TE Whoever B With Brady and Wrighster hurt Yoder had a few catches last week. Who it will be this week is anyone's guess. Stay away until things settle down.
 
San Francisco (1-4) at New York Jets (4-0) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Rattay U

You won't see another 38 completion game any time soon, but you will continue to see the Niners having to turn to the air to keep pace, especially this week.

RB Kevan Barlow X Sprained AC joint, constant 8-man fronts and a team that falls behind early. This just isn't working out like everyone expected. Barlow has carried the ball 20 times only once this season and is averaging just 2.5 YPC over the last three games. The Jets aren't a top run stopping defense, but you don't need to be to limit Barlow these days.
WR Cedrick Wilson S2 With Johnson possibly sidelined this week the passing game will fall squarely on the shoulders of the wide receives. Wilson remains the most consistent outside threat the Niners have but ...
WR Brandon Lloyd S2 ... Lloyd showed that he's back to full speed and ready to make the tough catch.
WR Curtis Conway X Conway stepped up nicely for the injured Lloyd, but now that he's back Conway is good for #3 WR numbers at best. Should see some extra action this week as the Niners will likely stick to the spread offense.
TE Eric Johnson (Q) X The hottest tight end in the league right now, but found out Monday that he has a cracked rib. His status for this week is up in the air at this time. He is expected to sit out practice this week and give it a go on Sunday.
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington S2 Expect another solid if not very good performance from Pennington this week. With the running game surely to do some damage the play-action passing game will be wide open.
RB Curtis Martin S1 The Niners are beat up on defense and without LB's Derek Smith and now Julian Peterson you can bet they will get a healthy dose of Martin all afternoon.
WR Santana Moss S2 Moss has a tweaked hamstring but should be okay this week. Moss remains the prime fantasy option in the Jets' passing attack, but he has yet to see the end-zone and has been out-caught by Chrebet now on the season (13 catches to 11).
WR Justin McCareins   U

Look for McCareins to put up a nice game this week, maybe his season best, against the banged up and suspect Niner secondary.

WR Wayne Chrebet B Huh? Going into last week's game Chrebet had been an afterthought, having just five catches for 69 yards. He now has more catches than prized free agent McCareins.
TE Anthony Becht
Chris Baker
B Pennington is spreading the ball around nicely in the passing game and both Becht and Baker will see some looks. But neither are a fantasy option as they also spend most of their time blocking for the running game.

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