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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
 
Seattle (3-1) at New England (4-0) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 Hasselbeck has been solid so far but has not lit-it-up like many felt he would. It hasn't helped that his receivers still let him down on drives with key drops. New England has the ability to pressure him and throw him complicated coverage schemes in the secondary. He remains a decent fantasy starter this week but has little upside and will likely underperform.
RB Shaun Alexander S1 Averaging over 23 touches a game and has scored in all but one game this season. Stud status secured.
WR Koren Robinson X Showed some improvement last week but remains an inconsistent performer. A tough draw this week against a strong secondary that should get CB Tyrone Poole back. Expect average numbers at best.
WR Darrell Jackson S2

Continues to dominate the weekly Seattle box scores and has a firm hold on the "go-to" role in the passing game. As with Robinson this is a tough matchup with a solid Patriot secondary. Maintains his S2 status based on being Hasselbeck's primary target and the fact that New England has the talent to limit the RB and TE options, making the matchups on the outside key this week.

WR Bobby Engram B

Typical #3 WR production on a team with many receiving options. He has more than one catch in only two games this season. May be called upon more this week but still not a fantasy option.

TE Jerramy Stevens
Itula Mili
B On the season one has 4 catches and a TD the other 7 and a TD. A so-so fantasy TE if they were one guy, but they aren't.
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) X Look for the Pats to come out throwing the ball to help soften things up for the running game. However, the lack of depth now at the WR position due to injury does not favor New England against a very strong Seattle secondary. Look for just an average 200 yard 1 or 2 TD performance this week with a greater downside than upside.
RB Corey Dillon (Q) S2 Dillon is averaging 5 YPC and has been one of the best FA pickups this season. But for his fantasy owners his use in the offense is not what was hoped for. Outside of his huge 32 carry effort in week two he's averaging just 17 carries a game and has scored only once. It's working though and the team is winning, so don't expect things to change much over the course of the season.
RB Kevin Faulk B Only two offensive touches last week in his return and when Dillon went out he wasn't called on to run the ball.
WR Deion Branch (D) B Looks like another week without Branch.
WR David Patten X

Going into another game with only Patten and ...

WR David Givens X ... Givens as solid options at WR will again limit the passing game for the Patriots. Sending this limited crew out against one of the top cornerback trios in the league (Trufant, Lucas and Taylor) makes a tough situation just that much worse.
TE Daniel Graham S1 Doesn't have the catches and yardage of the other top TEs, but he has more than double most of their touchdown totals. May see a few extra looks this week as the Seattle linebackers struggle in coverage.
 
Carolina (1-3) at Philadelphia (4-0) Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme B

The loss of Smith, limited options at TE and spotty pass protection has made for a difficult season for Delhomme. As a result he seems to be pressing and is uncomfortable in the pocket. Well it doesn't get any easier this week against the sack-happy Eagles.

RB Stephen Davis (Q) X Ready or not the Panthers must turn back to Davis with Foster out. The big question will be can he carry the load, or will they limit his carries by working in the likes of Goings and Hoover. Either way Davis is a risky start this week, especially against one of the top run stopping defenses in the league.
WR Muhsin Muhammad X Delhomme's most reliable down field option had 118 yards and two touchdowns in the two meetings with Philadelphia last season. But that was with Smith on the other side stretching the secondary and drawing attention. Without that it's unlikely that either Muhammad or ...
WR Keary Colbert X ... Colbert will find much success this week.
TE Kris Mangum
Mike Seidman
Michael Gaines
B All three have caught passes this season (Mangum leads with 5), two have scored and all three are used as blockers in 2-TE sets. Most importantly all three should still be on your league's waiver wire... and should stay there.
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S1 Back in the saddle this week to try and take the #1 fantasy QB crown back from Culpepper while Manning sits this week.
RB Brian Westbrook S1 Had his best game of the year before the bye against Chicago. The Eagles remain a pass-first team and Westbrook will rarely get more than 20-22 carries. But he's very active in the passing game, helping his fantasy value. After watching what Denver did to the Carolina defense you have to believe they will see this as a great opportunity to get things going on the ground. Especially given they have more offensive balance than the Broncos, making it even tougher on the Panthers.
WR Terrell Owens S1 Do you really need a reason?
WR Todd Pinkston U If the Panthers focus their coverage on Owens (which they should) then there will be some opportunities for Pinkston to make a little noise this week against potential single coverage from rookie CB Chris Gamble.
WR Freddie Mitchell B Started the season with two single-catch games but has improved recently as the Eagles are running more 3-WR sets to spread the field. That will hold true again this week but Mitchell is still a long way from a fantasy starter.
TE L.J. Smith (P) X Smith should be full speed now having recovered from the shoulder injury that limited him against Chicago. He maintains his edge over fellow TE Chad Lewis as he's become a reliable target on third downs and close to the goal-line. He should be back to form this week but the presence of Lewis tempers his fantasy value.
 
Houston (2-3) at Tennessee (2-3) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr (P) S2 Will likely sit out most of practice this week due to the ankle injury just like last week. That practice routine produced a career best performance last Sunday. So it goes without saying that he will repeat that ... sorry, just kidding. No way the Titans should be confused with the Viking's league worst pass defense. The Titans are weak in underneath coverage so Carr is still startable, just don't look for another career day.
RB Domanick Davis S2

Davis had a light workload last Sunday as the Texans had to play catchup. So he should be full-speed and well rested for this week's matchup with Tennessee. Good thing because he'll be needed to carry the load against a defense that is struggling against the run, allowing a league worst 5.2 YPC.

WR Andre Johnson (P) S2 The focal point of the Houston passing game and has developed a great rapport with Carr. Johnson is proving himself to be a solid fantasy start regardless of opponent.
WR Derick Armstrong X So far neither Bradford or Gaffney has stepped up opposite Johnson. With all the coverage Johnson draws someone needs to, and last week that was Armstrong. Will it continue? Not sure. But this second-year receiver has good size, speed and athleticism and could be the guy to emerge.
WR Corey Bradford
Jabar Gaffney
B Neither has shown much this season and both may be taking a back seat to newcomer Armstrong before long.
TE Billy Miller B Miller just isn't a consistent part of the game plan.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair S2 McNair got back on track last week and seems to be close to fully recovered from the sternum injury. Should have another strong performance against a Houston team that's allowed a league leading 13 passing touchdowns this season.
RB Chris Brown (Q) S1 Brown got back to that "100 yards before halftime" trend last week. Houston isn't much better at stopping the run than Green Bay is so we could see another of those efforts from Brown.
WR Derrick Mason (Q) S2 Mason will likely spend most of the day matched up with rookie CB Dunta Robinson. The rookie has been a nice surprise for the Texans and had two interceptions against Oakland, but Mason is one of the most underrated receivers in the league and should have little trouble teaching the rook a few things.
WR Drew Bennett S2

Bennett has moved back into a key role with Calico out but so far he seems to have regressed to his dropsie days of the past. But he will remain very active in the passing attack by necessity and his height always poses a problem for opposing secondaries. McNair will continue to look his way in the red-zone.

TE Shad Meier B

Since Kinney went down in week three Meier has had a nine catch game and a zero catch game. Not exactly what you want to see out of a starting fantasy TE.

 
Denver (4-1) at Oakland (2-3) Back to top
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S2 Aside from the Tampa Bay game in week four Plummer has put up decent fantasy numbers this season. Oakland's defense is nothing special and The Snake remains a solid starter and is always a threat to get you some extra points with his running ability.
RB Reuben Droughns S2 Exploded onto the fantasy scene last week with a career game. There will of course be no indication from HC Mike Shanahan as to who his starter is this week, but it would be hard for even him to turn from something that worked so well given the struggles in the running game the previous three weeks. Anything could happen but my early week guess is that Droughns gets the start and has a fine day against a suspect Oakland run defense.
RB Quentin Griffin (P) B Should return to action this week but will likely find his role changed to third-down / change-of-pace. I hope you enjoyed him while you had him.
RB Tatum Bell B With a prime opportunity to work Bell into the mix the rookie got two measly carries last week. Who knows if we will ever see this talented rookie this season.
WR Rod Smith X Smith's worst games of 2003 came against Oakland (just a single catch in each). Don't expect a repeat this year as Smith is one of the more reliable receivers in the league and works the short and medium routes as good as anyone. He'll rarely get you a monster game but is consistent enough to make a solid #3 WR on your fantasy team.
WR Ashley Lelie U

Has the big-play ability the Broncos want in the passing attack but still seems to lack concentration and consistency catching the deep ball. There has been improvement however and he's pulled in a couple of nice touchdowns in two of the past three games.

TE Jeb Putzier B Went from showing promise and leading the team in receiving to zero catches in the span of just one week. The sudden switch to the lumbering Dwayne Carswell puts Putzier's fantasy future on hold for now.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins B Collins has had two favorable matchups in his first two starts as a Raider and has failed miserably in both. This week he gets the #2 pass defense in the league. He may surprise us all, but I wouldn't bet my fantasy win this week on it.
RB Amos Zereoue X Zereoue remains the starter until Wheatley returns. He's filled in nicely and helps his fantasy numbers by being active in the short passing game. The Broncos bring the #1 overall defense into town this week so don't expect more than a serviceable performance from Zereoue.
WR Jerry Porter B

Porter may be the designated go-to receiver now for the Raiders, but he's only topped 45 yards once this season, has yet to score and has been outcaught by Curry three of the last four weeks. Likely draws CB Champ Bailey most of the afternoon so don't expect much.

WR Ronald Curry U

The pre-season surprise has turned into a prime target for Collins. So far he's shown a knack for getting open and using his athletic ability to generate good after-the-catch production. With Porter tied up with Bailey, Curry could give you some nice numbers this week.

TE Courtney Anderson B

The massive (6-7, 270) Anderson has emerged since Collins took the helm. He had three more catches and his first NFL touchdown last week. Jolley is still hanging around for a couple catches each week, but it's looking like Anderson may be the TE of choice now in Oakland. Denver won't allow him many opportunities to shine this week however.

 
Pittsburgh (4-1) at Dallas (2-2) Back to top
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger X He has a lock on the starting job in Pittsburgh, but his performances are not really the stuff fantasy starters are made of. He's a bye week / injury fill-in at best.
RB Duce Staley (P) S2 Has improved each week and finally crossed the goal-line last week. HC Cower has said in the past that when Staley becomes more familiar with the goal-line offense he'll get more of those opportunities. Well last week he received two carries inside the 10-yard line to Bettis' one. A good sign.
RB Jerome Bettis X Has scored in three of the Steelers' five games this season. That's better than most starting running backs can claim. He remains a TD-only league stud and a performance league borderline starter.
WR Hines Ward S2 Both Ward and ...
WR Plaxico Burress S2

... Burress pose serious matchup problems for the young and inexperienced Dallas secondary. As rookie Roethlisberger continues to improve so does the fantasy value of these two receivers.

TE Whoever B A Pittsburgh TE didn't even have a pass thrown their way last week.
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde B

Vinny's numbers have been decreasing each week and landed on a paltry 126 yards and a TD last week. He also hasn't thrown for more than a single TD all year. He's nothing more than a bye week / injury fill-in.

RB Eddie George X George had his best day running the ball for the Cowboys last week averaging five yards on each of his 15 carries. He's by no means an every week starter, but he will remain the primary ball carrier and the goal-line back in Dallas. He can still provide some fill-in help on your fantasy team given a good matchup.
RB Richie Anderson B Anderson is the most versatile back the Cowboys have and it's looking like you can expect him to get from eight to 12 touches a game. Those touches will rarely make him worthy of a spot in your starting lineup.
WR Keyshawn Johnson
Terry Glenn
Antonio Bryant
X

These three receivers are performing at an eerily similar pace. They are within a single catch and 20 yards of each other. The only separator is TD catches. Predicting which will be the standout each week is next to impossible, especially this week when there is no clear matchup advantage in the secondary.

TE Jason Witten S2 Witten leads the team with 17 receptions. Look for the Cowboys to take advantage of his matchup this week with young S Troy Polamalu.
 
Minnesota (3-1) at New Orleans (2-3) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S1 New Orleans has allowed only four passing touchdowns this year. Bet they double that this week. Go on dawg, get your roll on.
RB Moe Williams (P) B

With Bennett and Smith out all eyes turn to Williams. Unfortunately for fantasy owners that have had Williams stashed on their bench he's struggling with a calf injury that's limiting his practices this week.

RB   Mewelde Moore S2

With his strong performance last week he will again be the starter for the Vikings. If you were fortunate enough to pick him up get him in your lineup again this week. The Saints are allowing over 140 YPG on the ground and a league worst 9 TDs.

WR Randy Moss S1 Has scored twice in three of the four games this season.
WR Marcus Robinson
Nate Burleson
S2

With all the attention Moss gets there have always been one-on-one matchups to exploit with the other Minnesota receivers. This year however Culpepper is actually working through his progressions beyond Moss and both Burleson and Robinson have the talent to get open consistently. Robinson finally broke out last week and may finally become the red-zone threat the team wanted when they acquired him.

TE Richard Owens
Jeff Dugan
B

Both these rookies are getting a chance with both Kleinsasser and Wiggins out, but neither is worth looking at.

New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks S1 The Vikings have the worst pass defense in the league and are the only team without an interception.
RB Deuce McAllister (P) S2 Suffered no setback with his quick healing ankle sprain and should be close to full speed this week. The Vikings have made some improvements in the front seven and are stopping the run better of late. But if the Saints don't fall behind and stay committed to the run McAllister should put up some nice numbers.
WR Joe Horn S2 The Vikings play a lot of soft cover-2 schemes in the secondary to protect themselves from the big play. Both Horn and ...
WR Donte' Stallworth S2 ... Stallworth have the speed and talent to cause matchup problems if they can consistently find the soft spots in that coverage. Both have big game potential this week.
WR Jerome Pathon (Q) B

Still limited by injury and the #3 WR in this offense isn't worth much anyway.

TE Boo Williams S2 Right about this time last season is when Boo picked up the pace and became a fantasy stud. Last week may be the start of Williams making good on all that pre-season hype.
 
Tampa Bay (1-4) at St. Louis (3-2) Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese B Played well off the bench last week, but a lot of QBs that enter games unexpectedly do. The Rams can now prepare for Griese and the terribly horizontal Tampa passing game. They just don't have a receiver that can stretch the field vertically. They also don't do a very good job of protecting the QB. Griese will struggle against the Rams.
RB Michael Pittman S2 Nothing better for the #31 run offense than the #29 run defense. In this battle of weakness vs. weakness look for Pittman and the Bucs to come out ahead.
RB Mike Alstott B Only getting 4-8 touches a game. Not enough to make him fantasy worthy.
WR Michael Clayton X The rookie had been the most consistent fantasy receiver for the Bucs so far this season, but that's not saying much. The revolving QB situation makes him a risky play for now.
WR Charles Lee B Lee can make things happen after the catch and may show some of that skill this week underneath the Rams' cover-2 schemes. Just don't expect much as the revolving QB continues.
WR Tim Brown B Two catches for nine yards since the Oakland game.
TE Ken Dilger U Griese is used to looking for his big tight ends and Dilger could be used to hit the seams of the Rams' cover-2. Could surprise again this week.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger (P) S2 The Bucs present little in the way of a pass rush so the normally average Bulger (this season) should have plenty of time in the pocket to wait on and hit those deep routes the Rams love so much.
RB Marshall Faulk S2 Faulk had his lowest touch count of the season last week with just 16. But the Rams were playing catchup and that won't likely occur this week. The Bucs are allowing over 130 YPG on the ground so look for Faulk to get back up to 20-22 touches on Sunday.
RB Steven Jackson B Everyone seems to think Jackson is going to take over for Faulk this season. I just don't see it. Jackson is a talent for sure, but he still has a lot to learn about the pro game and the Rams' offense. His max carries so far is only 10. Don't expect much more than that unless Faulk goes down.
WR Torry Holt S2 The deep crossing and out routes that the Rams love will cause problems for the Bucs cover-2. Look for both Holt and ...
WR Isaac Bruce S2 ... Bruce to have nice games this week.
WR Dane Looker
Shaun McDonald
Kevin Curtis
B

The Rams run a lot of 3-WR and 4-WR sets and these role players sometimes produce given the right matchup and game condition. But their occasional blip on the fantasy radar isn't anything your team should rely on.

TE Brandon Manumaleuna B More than doubled his season totals last week with his 3-33 / TD performance. Back to fantasy obscurity now.

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