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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
 
Tennessee (2-4) at Minnesota (4-1) Back to top
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair (Q) S2

McNair says he feels fine but his performance last week was anything but. He'll continue to play with the pain of a chest injury and should bounce back nicely this week against a Vikings team that's doing a bang-up job of holding onto it's place as one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

RB Chris Brown (Q) S2 Brown continues to roll along but the almost weekly minor injuries have to start being a concern for his owners. Last week he took a shot to the shoulder that took him out of the game after gaining only 52 yards. Reports are that the shoulder should be fine and he starts this week, but his increased injury risk moves him down to S2 status.
WR Derrick Mason S2 The emphasis this week may end up in the air and Mason is the best the Titans have to offer in the passing game. He'll likely be matched up with CB Antoine Winfield, a good battle but one he should win.
WR Drew Bennett S2

Bennett is playing hurt (added a hip flexor last week to his list of injuries) but is a key component of the passing game now with Calico out. Should find success this week against the soft zone coverages used by the Vikings and remains a good red-zone target for McNair due to his size.

TE Ben Troupe B

With both Kinney and Meier now out the big rookie gets another start. Don't expect much as the Titans aren't looking his way much at all.

Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S1 On a serious fantasy roll. Just keep on rolling with him.
RB Moe Williams (P) B

Williams returned to action last week but received only six carries. However, he put up 66 yards on those carries and two of them came inside the 10-yard line. With Bennett back this week there is no guarantee Williams will even match last week's few carries.

RB   Mewelde Moore X

Moore remains the starter for at least another week, but with a three-headed RBBC now in place with Bennett back his fantasy value will take a hit.

RB Michael Bennett (Q) B With Bennett's return this week he now makes the third healthy and active back in the Viking's backfield. He will not be starting and it's likely they will give him a light load to work him back in the mix. Maybe 10-12 carries if the game situation warrants.
WR Randy Moss (Q) S1 May be held out of this game due to the hamstring injury he suffered last week. If he does play it will not be at a diminished capacity, so feel confident in starting him if the Vikings do.
WR Marcus Robinson
Nate Burleson
S2

Both Robinson and Burleson have come into their own this season and are viable fantasy starters now against weak opponents. With the possibility of Moss sitting this game out these two receivers are strong starts this week.

TE Jermaine Wiggins S1

Wiggins is back and in the three games he's played this season he's 15-for-139 with two touchdowns. He's a big part of that passing game and the goal-line packages. He should be a big part of your fantasy starting lineup as well.

 
Chicago (1-4) at Tampa Bay (1-5) Back to top
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jonathan Quinn B The Bears have serious problems in the passing game under Quinn and the Bucs aren't going to make things any easier.
RB Thomas Jones S2 The horrible play of the passing game is hurting Jones' fantasy value, but he did get 24 carries for 97 yards last week against one of the league's top run stopping defenses (WAS). He's the only Bear that should be in your starting lineup this, or any week.
WR David Terrell
Bobby Wade
B

Terrell had a single good game under Quinn's reign but the Bear's passing game is strictly off limit for fantasy purposes.

TE Desmond Clark

B

Clark went catchless last week and since spraining his ankle in week three he has only two catches for 11 yards.
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese S2 Griese's first two outings have shown that he may finally be getting the pro game. He's starting to read and understand opposing defenses better and spread the ball around nicely Monday night. Against the cover-2 schemes run by the Bears he will have to keep it up to have any success and avoid inaccurate throws.
RB Michael Pittman S2 One of the league's worst running offenses gets another great draw this week facing Chicago's 29th ranked run defense. Unlike last week however the Bucs will not fall behind early and have to abandon the run. Look for a solid performance for Pittman.
RB Mike Alstott B Unless you are in a TD-only league this guy should never get off your bench.
WR Michael Clayton S2 Clayton is having a great rookie season and seemed to be the go-to guy for Griese Monday night. By far the best fantasy option in the Buc's passing game and a great matchup this week against the struggling Bear's secondary.
WR Tim Brown U With Lee likely out Brown could be a bigger factor this week against another cover-2 team. Brown works the underneath routes against that coverage well and could surprise with one of his best games of the season. If you need a bye week fill-in Brown could be your guy.
WR Joe Jurevicius B Expected to return this week having now recovered from back surgery. How much he'll play is up in the air and he's not worth taking a chance on this week.
WR Charles Lee (D) B Lee is expected to miss this game due to the knee injury.
TE Ken Dilger S2 Griese is spreading the ball around and the tight end is in that mix. Unfortunately Will Heller (huh?) took some of that production last week and makes Dilger only a borderline starter this week.
 
New York Jets (5-0) at New England (5-0) Back to top
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington X Injuries along the O-line have caused more pressure on Pennington and he has struggled in two of the last three games. The Patriots will surely come at him what all kinds of blitzes and coverage looks. Look for Pennington to struggle against a defense that's allowed only two passing touchdowns in their past four games.
RB Curtis Martin S1 The only defense to slow Martin down so far was Buffalo in week five where he averaged only 3.5 YPC. CuMar should touch the ball 28-30 times in this matchup and keep his outstanding fantasy season going strong.
WR Santana Moss (P) S2 Moss sat out last week due to a tweaked hamstring but should be good to go this week. Moss is 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   B

Even with Moss out last week the Jets prized FA could only muster three catches for 56 yards. McCareins actually has a nice size advantage this week in his matchup with the New England secondary, but with Moss back this week McCareins likely continues on his road to Bust City.

WR Wayne Chrebet B Will not be a consistent factor in the Jet's passing game.
TE Anthony Becht B Becht is working his way back into the mix and Pennington is spreading the ball around nicely in the passing game. But Chris Baker is taking some of Becht's production and the Patriots have yet to allow a TE touchdown this season.
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) X Until he has his full array of receivers back Brady will remain an average fantasy option at quarterback. That won't change this week.
RB Corey Dillon S2 Dillon's 23 carries last week were only the second time this season he's topped 20. Both times he's been very productive. The unpredictability of the New England offensive game plans make it impossible to rely on that kind of action for Dillon. But the bottom line is that Dillon is getting the job done and the Pats will always need a productive running game.
RB Kevin Faulk B Finally got into the flow last week with ten touches. That helps provide some change-of-pace running for the Patriots but does nothing for your fantasy team.
WR Deion Branch (D) B Looks like another week without Branch.
WR David Patten X

With the injuries to the WR corps the Patriots are focusing on the running game more than ever. Patten remains one of Brady's primary options in the passing attack but Patten has been an every other week performer so far this season and since last week was an "on" week odds are this week he'll be "off".

WR David Givens U The past two games Givens has been frustrated by solid secondaries that featured the talent to limit his production. That won't be the case this week and he may surprise and lead all wideouts in receiving in this matchup with the Jets.
TE Daniel Graham S1 Didn't score last week for the first time this season. But he had his highest receiving totals since week one. He remains a must start TE.
 
Dallas (2-3) at Green Bay (2-4) Back to top
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde U

After three weeks of decreased numbers Vinny had his best game since week two last Sunday. But he maintained his one touchdown a game average. If there's a week that he can break that average it's against the Packers, who have allowed 13 touchdowns through the air this season, second worst in the league.

RB Eddie George
Richie Anderson
X It looks like Dallas will continue to use a mix of George and Anderson as they attempt to keep their running game going. Anderson provides more quickness and is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. George will remain the starter and get most of the goal-line carries. The result... either could make a decent bye week fill-in depending on the game flow but neither can be counted on each week.
WR Keyshawn Johnson
Terry Glenn
S2

Glenn shot ahead of Johnson last week in yardage but both of these receivers are performing at an even clip. Both also make solid starts this week as the Packers have only one decent cover corner in the secondary (Al Harris) and he can't cover both of them. Glenn holds the most advantage due to his speed.

TE Jason Witten S2 Continues to keep pace with the wideouts in receptions but is averaging only 40 YPG and has scored only once in week three. A solid starter at TE none the less.
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2 The running game got a shot in the arm last week with the return of Davenport and that helps open up the play-action passing game and limits the turnovers. The Cowboys simply don't have the wheels in the secondary to keep up with the Packer receivers and this should be another productive afternoon for Favre.
RB Ahman Green (P) S2 The return of Davenport can not be overlooked by Green owners. Green has not performed up to his standards, is currently struggling with an Achilles injury and the fumbles have returned this season. Green will still get his, but the presence of Davenport means fewer opportunities and possible rest if the Achilles doesn't improve.
WR Javon Walker (P) S2 Walker struggled with a shoulder injury last week and had his worst fantasy output since week one. He's expected to be fine this week and should easily get back on track with a big game matched up against a very suspect secondary.
WR Donald Driver S2

Driver has put together back-to-back big games but may come back down some this weekend. The Cowboys have a single cover corner that can hang with opposing receivers in Terence Newman. Driver will likely be matched up with him most of the day and could see his production limited.

TE Bubba Franks X Without touchdowns Franks is a bench-rider at best. Seeing how he's had only one game this season with a score he's a highly risky start.
 
Seattle (3-2) at Arizona (1-4) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 The Cardinals just don't match up well with the Seahawks in any facet of the game. Look for Hasselbeck to have one of his better fantasy performances of the season this week.
RB Shaun Alexander S1 Saw his carries drop last week when the Seahawks fell behind but he still managed to score. The Cardinals are allowing 128 rushing YPG but are one of only two teams that have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. You won't be able to say that next week.
WR Koren Robinson S2 Robinson has improved his focus and put up decent numbers in the last two games. Can the improvement continue? Who knows. Maybe the suspension hanging over his head is a good thing? Nah, scratch that. That's never a good thing. If he can keep it up he should make it three in a row this week against a very suspect Arizona secondary.
WR Darrell Jackson S2

Got off track last week with a 2-for-40 performance. Look for that to be just a one week occurrence against an overmatched Cardinal secondary.

WR Jerry Rice B

With Engram expected to miss this game due to injury look for Rice to step right into a system he knows well and get a chance to produce. He may be good for 3-4 catches this week.

TE Jerramy Stevens S2 Has been improving each week and had his highest output of the season last week with four catches for 50 yards. Will continue to lose some production to Itula Mili but should continue to be the prime TE target for Hasselbeck and is a solid start this week against a Cardinal defense that ranks next to last in defending the TE.
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Josh McCown B Lit up the Niners two weeks ago in his best performance of the season. This just in... the Seahawk's secondary will never be confused with the Niner's. McCown is not worth looking at this week.
RB Emmitt Smith X Smith is averaging only 70 YPG but has managed to score in four of five games this season. His production dips against good defenses (31 yards against NE and 45 against ATL) and Seattle has the second ranked fantasy defense against the run. Expect a down day for Smith.
RB Troy Hambrick B Hambrick will likely see 10-12 carries a game now. Enough to spell Smith and hurt his fantasy value but not enough to create much fantasy value for himself. A few of those carries may come at the goal-line each week, but the Cardinals have to first get the ball to that goal-line for Hambrick to get a chance.
WR Larry Fitzgerald B Had his best game of the season before the bye and scored his first NFL touchdown. This week however the passing game will be severely limited. The rookie remains the best down field option for McCown but he can't be relied on this week against a very solid Seahawk secondary.
WR   Bryant Johnson  B Has more than three catches and 45 yards only once this season. Not a fantasy option.
TE Freddie Jones X Jones can create matchup problems for opposing defenses and he finally scored in the Cardinal's last game. But the passing game has been so limited he has very few chances to really make a fantasy impact.
 
New Orleans (2-4) at Oakland (2-4) Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks S2 Brooks has not been setting the fantasy world on fire this season and the Saints continue to be one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. The talented Saint receivers don't match up well this week against a solid and deep Oakland secondary. Brooks is a borderline starter.
RB Deuce McAllister S1 The Oakland run defense appears to get worse each week. The Broncos shredded them for 254 yards last week. Expect a big game from the Deuce this week.
WR Joe Horn S2 Horn is by far the most consistent Saint receiver this year, having scored in four of their six games and dipping below 50 yards only twice. His potential matchup with Charles Woodson makes him a borderline starter this week.
WR Donte' Stallworth (Q) X Stallworth started the season hot but has cooled of late. He's only 5-for-61 in the last two games and hasn't tasted paydirt since week two. Don't expect a bounce back on Sunday.
WR Jerome Pathon B

Typical #3 WR production... good for a couple of catches a week with the occasional up-tick like last week's 4-for-92 performance.

TE Boo Williams X Just when you start to gain some confidence in Williams he hits you with another donut game. The Raiders defend the TE position well, allowing only 17 YPG. Don't look for much from Boo this week.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins B He's now 0-for-3 since taking over for Gannon. If he's still on your roster he needs to have a permanent place on your bench until he gets it together. Which may actually be this week as the successful running game should help open up the play-action.
RB Amos Zereoue S2 From the top defense in the league to the league's worst at stopping the run. Zereoue should bounce back nicely this week.
WR Jerry Porter U

As expected was completely shut down last week. But Porter's woes are nothing new this season. He continues to be outcaught by Curry and has more than 45 yards only once this season. That said this may be the week to dust him off and plug him in. The running game will be going strong, the Saints secondary is suspect even after the addition of Mike McKenzie and both Curry and Gabriel may be slowed by hamstring injuries.

WR Ronald Curry (Q) X

The pre-season surprise has turned into a prime target for Collins, leading all receivers in catches, yards and TDs. So far he's shown a knack for getting open and using his athletic ability to generate good after-the-catch production. He tweaked his hamstring last week and that may slow him down Sunday and makes him a bit of a risk this week.

TE Courtney Anderson U

Anderson has emerged since Collins took over. 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 (5-1) at Cincinnati (1-4) Back to top
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S2 The Bengals put very little pressure on the quarterback (league worst 7 sacks) and their corners can't hold up in coverage. Plummer won't have big numbers because he won't have to with the running game in high gear, but he'll produce enough to warrant a fantasy start this week.
RB Reuben Droughns S1 Hello worst run defense in the NFL. Welcome to your nightmare.
RB Quentin Griffin (P)
Tatum Bell
B Change-of-pace duty for Griffin and Droughns-already-has-30-carries duty for Bell.
WR Rod Smith X With the running game clicking and Plummer spreading the ball around to seven or eight players each week, Smith just isn't much of a fantasy factor this season. He's averaging just 4-5 catches and 60 yards a game so far and has scored only once. He makes a consistent fill-in at your #3 WR spot if needed.
WR Ashley Lelie X

Not getting the looks that Smith is but his big-play ability is getting him into the end-zone. Lelie has scored in three of the last four games. He only averages 2-3 catches a game however so without a score he likely won't help your fantasy team.

TE Jeb Putzier X Just when you are about to give up on a guy he comes through. The only thing holding back Putzier from being an every week starter is the presence of fellow TE Dwayne Carswell.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer B

Palmer's protection has been spotty all season. He has the talent down field but can't consistently get them the ball with the pocket collapsing around him. Palmer has a future in the NFL but not on your fantasy team. Not this year.

RB Rudi Johnson X Since Priest Holmes ran wild on them week one the Broncos haven't allowed a back to gain over 75 yards or score. Don't expect Johnson to top that.
WR Chad Johnson X The writings on the wall. Johnson just can't duplicate last year's fine production with Palmer under center. Maybe down the road, but not this year. Definitely not against CB Champ Bailey.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Kelly Washington
B TJ went catchless last week and Washington continues to be a disappointment. Neither should be considered this week.
TE Matt Schobel B Don't be fooled by last week's touchdown. Schobel leads an unimpressive crew of tight ends, none of which are fantasy worthy.

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