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Start/Bench List - Week 7
Whitney Walters
October 21, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
BUF at BAL ATL at KC CHI at TB SEA at ARI DEN at CIN
SD at CAR STL at MIA Sun 4 PM NO at OAK Open Date:
JAC at IND DET at NYG NYJ at NE   HOU, PIT,
PHI at CLE TEN at MIN DAL at GB (times ET) SF, WAS
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
 
Buffalo (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe B Bledsoe is a talented quarterback currently stuck in an ineffectively run, over simplified offense. And it's killing any fantasy value he may still hold. The Ravens will have little trouble shutting down the Bill's plain vanilla passing schemes.
RB Travis Henry (Q) X Didn't get off the bench last week due to the lingering ankle injury. Early reports have him back as the starter this week. Problem is he still may not be 100% and McGahee's performance last Sunday warrants him getting more carries. Oh yeah, and he's also going against the Ravens defense.
RB Willis McGahee X Looked good last week with 26 carries but the Bills still don't have a rushing TD this season. Henry will likely get the start this week but McGahee has earned more than the 5 carries a game he was getting prior to last week. As with all RBBC situations it's a 50-50 proposition as to whether he'll benefit your fantasy team.
WR Eric Moulds S2 Regardless of opponent Moulds remains the focal point of the Bill's passing attack and a viable fantasy starter. Yes, even against the Ravens.
WR Lee Evans
Josh Reed
B If the Buffalo receiver on your fantasy roster isn't named Moulds then he likely shouldn't be in your starting lineup. The Baltimore secondary has the talent to take both Evans and Reed out of this game.
TE Mark Campbell X Alright, given the state of the fantasy TE this season, any player pulling in a TD two weeks in a row is worth some attention. Especially if it's accompanied with four catches, as it was last week. With the Raven secondary causing all kinds of problems with the wide receivers, Campbell may be the benefactor.
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B Teams continue to stack the line and dare Boller to beat them. It will be no different Sunday against Buffalo, and with the same dismal results.
RB Chester Taylor S2 All reports point to Taylor as the starter an primary ball carrier in Lewis' absence. Taylor doesn't have Lewis' size or power, but he does trump him on quickness and lateral movement. This is the situation you picked Taylor up for so plug him into your lineup as planned.
WR Kevin Johnson B Johnson was 5-for-43 in week one and it's been all down hill from there.
WR Travis Taylor (Q) B Taylor is expected back this week but the Baltimore passing game only provides for 2-4 catches a week for even it's top wide receiver.
WR Randy Hymes B

Hymes has emerged as a legitimate NFL receiver in Taylor's and Heap's absence. With Taylor returning this week and Heap soon to follow there just isn't enough passing offense in Baltimore to keep Hymes' fantasy hopes afloat.

TE Terry Jones
Daniel Wilcox
B Heap is expected to miss another week and the Ravens are pretty much ignoring the tight end in the offensive game plan during his absence.
 
San Diego (3-3) at Carolina (1-4) Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees U His passing yardage has been increasing each week since week three and he seems to have a lock on the starting job as long as the Chargers keep winning. He should continue that trend as he'll get plenty of pocket time due to the lack of pressure from the Panther's front four, making him a decent bye week fill-in this week.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (P) S1 Slowed last week by the #1 rush defense of the Falcons. Shouldn't have that problem against the #30 rush defense this week in Carolina.
WR Eric Parker U Parker, and his 11 catches this season, finds himself at the top of the Charger WR heap this week. Could surprise against a Panther pass defense that gets very little pressure on the quarterback.
WR Keenan McCardell
Bobby Shaw
B Both new additions will be in uniform this week and with Caldwell likely out both may be pushed into light duty right off the bat. Don't expect much fantasy value this week however. Of the two McCardell obviously has the most "rest of the season" fantasy value.
TE Antonio Gates S1 With the turmoil at WR Gates will be needed more than ever this week.
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S2

With two difficult games and touch opponents (DEN and PHI) behind him, Delhomme should catch a break this week with the #30 pass defense coming to town.

RB Stephen Davis (Q) X Only carried the ball 15 times in his return last week due to the Panthers having to play catch-up most of the game. He averaged 4.4 YPC and looked close to full speed. But Hoover's 11 carries last week remain a concern. So does the #2 ranked run defense of the Chargers. Davis could disappoint again this week.
WR Muhsin Muhammad S2 Remains the most reliable down field option in the passing game and should find some success this week against the young and suspect Charger's secondary.
WR Keary Colbert S2 The Charger's secondary continues to struggle and CB Sammy Davis may be losing his starting job this week, meaning nickel back Drayton Florence may get pushed into full-time duty. Look for the Panthers to exploit this potential matchup.
TE Kris Mangum
Mike Seidman
Michael Gaines
B All three have caught passes this season (Mangum leads with 9), two have scored and all three are used as blockers in 2-TE sets. Forget these guys.
 
Jacksonville (4-2) at Indianapolis (4-1) Back to top
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich (Q) S2 After a dismal start to the season Leftwich is averaging 325 YPG and has scored six times in the past three weeks. The Colts secondary can be picked on but the young Jag QB is walking with a serious limp this week due to the sprained ankle he suffered last week. He also suffered a mild shoulder injury. Leftwich is expected to practice later in the week and play Sunday. If he does he makes a nice start this week. If not then he's a risk play.
RB Fred Taylor S2

Taylor is the key to this matchup as the Jags must run the ball to keep the Indy offense off the field. Look for Taylor to get his highest carry count of the season and to remain active in the short passing game. He had 99 total yards against the Colts in week four and should better that this week.

WR Jimmy Smith S2

Smith's only touchdown came in week four against the Colts. The passing game has shown great improvements since that matchup and Indy has lost a starting CB to injury.

WR Troy Edwards
Reggie Williams
Ernest Wilford
B Outside of Smith there isn't much to the Jags WR corps. Each of these three can perform at an almost fantasy worthy level on any given week and all three will see action as the Jags should look to use many 3-WR and 4-WR sets in the hopes of stretching a thin Colt secondary. But rolling the dice and throwing one of them into your starting lineup would not be advisable.
TE Whoever B Brady got back in the mix last week but Yoder is still there. Also, Wrighster should return from injury this week, further clouding the picture. Stay away until things settle down, if they ever do.
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1 An extra week to rest and prepare for a Jag's defense that's lost it's early season luster.
RB Edgerrin James S1 Fully healthy and ready to carry the load. Will be used heavily as the Colts will seek to keep the Jacksonville defense honest and pull a safety up in run support.
WR Marvin Harrison S1 Leads the team in catches but is amazingly third in yardage. He may be stuck in a "down" year as teams continue to work hard on slowing him down, but I'll take Harrison in a "down" year 10 times out of 10 in my starting lineup.
WR Reggie Wayne S2 Wayne has become the fantasy force many have waited years to see as the #2 WR in the Indy offense.
WR Brandon Stokley (P) S2 A rarity in fantasy football. A consistently reliable #3 WR. The Colts continue to feature more and more 3-WR sets and Stokley continues to cause major matchup problems for opposing nickel coverages.
TE Marcus Pollard (P) X Pollard is expected back this week from the minor knee injury. Unfortunately the continued success Indy is having with their 3-WR sets is putting a dent into the consistent production from the Colt's TE position we've become accustomed to.
 
Philadelphia (5-0) at Cleveland (3-3) Back to top
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S1 Hurt his fantasy status last week with a 14 completion game and no touchdowns. But there are plenty of favorable matchups in this game to keep him a must start.
RB Brian Westbrook S1 The Browns have held there own against big, power runners this season but have had trouble with smaller, quicker backs. Westbrook definitely falls into the later category and the Eagles should look to get him close to 20 carries this week.
WR Terrell Owens S1 The Eagles have been moving Owens around more lately, causing even more matchup headaches for opponents.
WR Todd Pinkston X The Browns will have to focus their coverage on Owens to have any hopes of slowing him down. That will mean opportunities for Pinkston on the other side. Unfortunately those opportunities haven't been cashed in on since week one.
WR Freddie Mitchell B Started the season with two single-catch games but has shown some improvements up until last week's donut.The Eagles are running more 3-WR sets to spread the field but Mitchell isn't getting enough attention to warrant yours.
TE L.J. Smith X Smith appears to be fully recovered from the shoulder injury but has gone without a catch in the past two games. He remains a fantasy threat but his value is down and until he bounces back you should probably find another option.
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia X

Garcia broke out of his fantasy funk last week. That's the good news. The bad news is he will at least temporarily go back into that funk this week against an Eagles defense that will throw every blitz in the book at him. The possibility of Davis being slowed by the toe injury doesn't help either.

RB Lee Suggs X Was highly ineffective last week gaining only 19 yards on his 13 carries. Saved the day for his fantasy owners however with a 100 yard receiving day and a TD. If the Browns are able to stay close in this game look for Suggs to get a bulk of the carries as his straight-ahead running style is better suited for success against the speed and athleticism of the Eagle's front seven.
RB William Green X After touching the ball only eight times in two games Green was suddenly back in the picture Sunday with TWENTY-FIVE carries. That won't likely happen again, but what mix of Green and Suggs the Browns will employ each week is totally up in the air right now.
WR Andre' Davis (Q) X

A good/bad week for Davis. An amazing 99-yard touchdown followed by turf toe. Davis is by far Garcia's favorite down-field target, but the toe is a concern this week as is the solid play of the revamped Philly secondary.

WR Dennis Northcutt X

Could be the best option the Browns have at the WR position this week. He isn't going to stretch the field but could find some limited success on short and underneath routes.

WR Antonio Bryant B

The newly acquired Bryant will suit up this week but don't expect much as the Browns will lean on Davis and Northcutt until Bryant is up to speed.

TE Aaron Shea B With limited options at WR this week Shea could play a bigger role in the passing game.
 
Atlanta (5-1) at Kansas City (1-4) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick   S2

Vick did most of his damage through the air last week but still added to his fantasy performance with some running. Overall a great outing for Vick this season. This is another nice matchup for Vick but you still have to exercise some caution given his struggles this season.

RB Warrick Dunn S2 After averaging over 17 carries a game and scoring six touchdowns in the Falcon's first five games Dunn inexplicably touched the ball only FIVE times last week. It would make no sense for that to repeat this week and against the still porous KC run defense Dunn is a solid start.
RB T.J. Duckett  B May have had 11 carries last week, but there have also been zero and two carry efforts for Duckett this season. Can't be relied on.
WR Peerless Price (Q) S2 Price has had his best two games of the season against inferior secondaries the past two weeks. Here comes number three and his first TD of 2004.
WR Dez White
Brian Finneran (Q)
B Even with Vick having his best game of the season last week White and Finneran only accounted for three catches.
TE Alge Crumpler S1 Back on track last week and gets another good matchup with SS Greg Wesley.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green X The Chiefs allowed six sacks last week against a Jags team not known for its pass rush. Well the Falcons are known for there's because they lead the league with 20 sacks. It could be a long afternoon for Green and the KC passing game if they don't improve on last week's poor protection.
RB Priest Holmes (P) S1 Are you really going to worry about the most prolific fantasy back over the past two seasons going against the #1 run defense this week? I didn't think so.
WR Eddie Kennison X Came through last week's game fully healthy and the hamstring injury seems to be behind him. That's a good thing because the KC passing game needs his field stretching abilities. Expect more of the same this week, a few catches with a long one or two thrown in.
WR Johnnie Morton S2 Had his best game of the season last week (7-111) and looks to be hitting his stride. I think it's time for his first touchdown of the season don't you?
TE Tony Gonzalez (P) S1 Should get a few extra looks this week with Green under pressure. Like you need an excuse to play him.
 
St. Louis (4-2) at Miami (0-6) Back to top
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2 The Dolphins may have the top pass defense in the league, but they can be vulnerable in nickel and dime coverages. The Rams have five solid receivers and will likely use 3-WR and 4-WR formations to their advantage in this matchup of strength vs. strength.
RB Marshall Faulk X For the second week in a row Faulk saw fewer than 20 touches. Combine that with the fact that they gave Jackson 13 carries and the time for real concern may be here for Faulk owners.
RB Steven Jackson X Had a season high 16 touches last week and the Rams may be gaining enough confidence in his overall abilities to work him into the game plan more now. Until he takes over for Faulk full-time however his fantasy value remains minimal.
WR Torry Holt S2 Put up S1 type numbers for the first time since week two against Tampa's #4 ranked pass defense last week. Now the challenge is Miami's #1.
WR Isaac Bruce S2 Shockingly had only one catch last week for 11 yards, his worst performance since 2001. His production had been tailing off since week three... but that's ridiculous. Don't expect that to repeat any time soon.
WR Dane Looker
Shaun McDonald
Kevin Curtis
B

Looker seems to be getting pushed out of the mix by the strong play of Curtis and especially McDonald. Regardless, neither hold much fantasy value except in the deepest of leagues.

TE Brandon Manumaleuna B Will remain in fantasy obscurity until the next TD, which may not be until next season.
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Fiedler (P) B

Fiedler is back under center for the Dolphins and remains what he's always been, a QB that only gets off your bench in the best of matchups and only when you have no other option.

RB Sammy Morris (P) S2 Morris appears to be the man for now. He gained 91 yards last week on 18 carries and should improve on those numbers against a St. Louis run defense that ranks only 26th in the league and is allowing 4.8 YPC on the ground.
WR Chris Chambers B Chambers remains the most talented Dolphin receiver and it's best vertical option. But what also remains is a quarterback that struggles with any throw over 20-30 yards. Unfortunately for fantasy owners there just doesn't seem much hope for improvement this season for Chambers and the Miami passing game.
WR Marty Booker B Booker followed his best performance of the season two weeks ago with his third single catch game of the year. Booker may occasionally put up some decent numbers, but few fantasy teams have much use for occasionally.
TE Randy McMichael S2 Thankfully there's just enough success in the Miami passing game to keep McMichael productive. Hasn't seen the end-zone since week one however.
 
Detroit (3-2) at New York Giants (4-1) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington X

Has been very ineffective the past two weeks without Williams to open up the passing game. If Williams returns at close to 100% this week then Harrington is a borderline starter. If he doesn't return then Harrington should remain on your bench.

RB Artose Pinner B

Pinner may stay the starter this week but will surely lose carries to the returning Jones and also Shawn Bryson. It's best to steer clear of the Detroit running game until the rotation settles on a primary ball carrier.

RB Kevin Jones B Jones is expected to practice more this week and have a bigger role in the game Sunday. Until he proves it on the playing field he should not be considered a starter for your fantasy team.
WR Roy Williams (Q) S2

Expected to return from the ankle sprain but not likely to be 100%. Still, the Giants are weak at safety due to injury and the corners will struggle to cover Williams one-on-one.

WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Q) X Hakim has stepped it up nicely the past two games and should continue to produce so-so fantasy numbers either filling in for Williams or opposite him. Hakim may be a scratch this week due to a sprained ankle, but that won't likely be known until later in the week.
WR Tai Streets B Remains on your bench unless both Williams and Hakim can't go this week.
TE Stephen Alexander B A complete non-factor this season, maxing out at 3 catches for 15 yards in week 3.
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner S2

Warner isn't lighting it up but he's improving each week and so is his pocket protection, which is key to his success. Most weeks he's a bench player, but the Detroit secondary provides a tasty matchup this week and if you need a bye week fill-in Warner would be a good choice.

RB Tiki Barber S1 There was a lot of talk about the strength of the Detroit defensive front last week. That was before the Packers pounded them for 159 yards on the ground.
RB Ron Dayne   B As the season progresses Dayne may see a few more carries a game as the Giants look to keep Barber fresh for the stretch run. But even then he may be worth about as much as he is now... nothing.
WR Amani Toomer S2

The Giants are spreading the ball well in the passing game but this mismatch with the very suspect Detroit secondary won't be ignored. Toomer should put up some decent fantasy numbers this week and could get his first TD of the season.

WR Ike Hilliard U Hilliard has been quiet most of the season, but he will have a very favorable matchup this week against CB Chris Cash in one-on-one coverage due to the Lions having to roll safety help to Toomer's side of the field.
TE Jeremy Shockey S2 Had two great fantasy games prior to the off week. Get him in your lineup and keep him there.

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