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Start/Bench List - Week 9
Whitney Walters
November 4, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
OAK at CAR PHI at PIT NO at SD Sun 8:30 PM Open Date:
WAS at DET   HOU at DEN (times ET) GB, TEN
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
New York Jets (6-1) at Buffalo (2-5) Back to top
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington X Pennington did throw for three touchdowns Monday night, but it took him the five previous games to total that many scores. So is this an aberration or the beginning of a trend? Well it may not be an aberration, but it isn't likely to repeat this week on the road against a very solid Bills' defense.
RB Curtis Martin S2 The only thing that slowed him down Monday night was a blowout score. The Bills provide a tough challenge this week, having allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season. There are also signs that we will now see Lamont Jordan at least a little bit each week. Still a starter for sure, but lower your expectations against a Buffalo defense that limited him to just 77 yards rushing in week five.
WR Santana Moss B Still appears to be slowed by the hamstring injury and is being overshadowed by the other receivers as the passing game gets more in sync each week without him.
WR Justin McCareins   S2

It appears that the new addition to the passing game has finally arrived. His two best performances have come in the last two weeks against two tough pass defenses. This week should make it three-for-three.

WR Wayne Chrebet (P) X The seasoned veteran should make some more noise this week as he has a great matchup with the Bills' inexperienced nickel back Kevin Thomas.
TE Anthony Becht B Still losing production each week to fellow TE Chris Baker.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe B Bledsoe may have snuck into fantasy relevance with two touchdowns last week, but his eight completions for 81 yards should temper any enthusiasm you may have. This week the QB that's been sacked more than any other this season meets the team that leads the AFC in just that category. Advantage Jets.
RB Willis McGahee S2 McGahee appears to have a firm grip on the starting job following his 102 yard, two touchdown performance last week. The Jets will pose a more difficult challenge this week as they clog the middle very well. McGahee's speed on the perimeter will be his advantage in this matchup.
RB Travis Henry B It looks like Henry is done in Buffalo unless McGahee is injured.
WR Eric Moulds S2

As has been the case most of the season Moulds finds a way to remain productive for his fantasy owners despite the struggles of the Bill's passing game.

WR Lee Evans
Josh Reed
B The Bills are just not very effective right now moving the ball through the air. Reed is likely out this week due to injury and Evans is only good for the occasional long gain.
TE Mark Campbell B Used a lot in pass protection and only good for a catch or two a game. Last week didn't get a single look.
Oakland (2-6) at Carolina (1-6) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins S2 Without a pass rush (league low 9 sacks) the Panther's secondary is having difficulty holding up in coverage. With time in the pocket Collins should have little trouble finding the soft spots in Carolina's cover-2 schemes.
RB Tyrone Wheatley (P) S2 Back in action last week Wheatley looked solid and scored. With the Raiders falling way behind his use was limited against a strong defense. That won't be the case this week as the game should be tight and the Panthers are the league's worst fantasy rush defense.
RB Amos Zereoue B With Wheatley back Zereoue will slide back to his third-down / change-of-pace role. Will see some carries this week against the terrible Carolina run defense, but not enough to make him a fantasy factor.
WR Jerry Porter S2

Has become the main focus of the passing game of late and is finally paying off for any patient fantasy owners. With Collins again having time in the pocket Porter should have his way downfield against the Panther's zone coverages.

WR Doug Gabriel (P) U

Gabriel is the starter opposite Porter and has seen his production take an uptick over the past two weeks (7-for-109). He can stretch the field with Porter but is limited underneath.

WR Ronald Curry (P) B

Curry has gone from brief fantasy darling to waiver wire fodder. He has only five catches for 46 yards in the past three games. He can be of some value underneath as both Porter and Gabriel are field stretchers, but his fantasy value is very limited right now.

TE Courtney Anderson
Doug Jolley

Jolley has outperformed Anderson over the past couple of weeks, but this is still a committee approach at TE and both Anderson and Williams seeing time. If you must choose one then Jolley is the hotter player right now having scored in each of the past two games.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme U

Delhomme stood up and got noticed last week against the talented Seattle secondary. The running game should be more productive this week and that will help open up the limited passing game more against a Raider secondary that has allowed a league leading 16 touchdowns.

RB Brad Hoover
Joey Harris

Oakland can be run on but Hoover is a converted fullback and splitting carries with former practice squad signee Joey Harris. Don't pin your fantasy hopes on either.

WR Muhsin Muhammad S2 Remains a reliable possession receiver who's numbers go the way of the struggling Panther passing game. That shouldn't be a factor this week against an equally struggling Oakland pass defense.
WR Keary Colbert X The rookie is the only other downfield option for Delhomme. He should post some solid but not spectacular numbers this week facing a Raider's secondary that will likely focus on Muhammad.
TE Kris Mangum B Mangum got eight looks last week but that doesn't mean he should get any from you.
Dallas (3-4) at Cincinnati (2-5) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde S2

The Cowboys may be rededicated to the run, but that didn't slow Vinny's fantasy production last week. If anything it helped as he had his best performance of the season. The Bengals present another good matchup and you could do a lot worse than Testaverde this week.

RB Eddie George S2 George averaged only 3.2 YPC last week but shouldered the load with a surprising 31 carries. Look for that same level of commitment to the run this week against the league's worst run defense.
RB Richie Anderson X Hasn't been much of a factor lately but if Morgan misses another game he may play a greater role in the underneath passing game as Witten will surely draw extra attention.
WR Keyshawn Johnson S2

Johnson remains the best wide receiver option for Testaverde. The Bengals don't have good cover skills and Johnson should be able to find the soft spots in their coverage.

WR Quincy Morgan (Q) X If healthy, Morgan is the only field stretching option the Cowboys have in the passing game. Watch his injury status. If he can go at close to 100% he'll be good for a couple of nice long gains.
TE Jason Witten S1 A key to the Dallas passing game now with the WR injuries. He will remain very active as a way to keep the safeties honest in coverage.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer B

Palmer might find a bit more success this week. The Dallas secondary is still weakened by injury and a more active running game will help keep the pressure off. But even given that he's not worth plugging into your fantasy lineup.

RB Rudi Johnson S2 Johnson has been limited to under 20 carries in two of the last three games. That shouldn't be the case this week. The Cowboys lead the league in allowing 4.9 YPC on the ground and the Bengals should feed the bruising Johnson all day to keep the offense moving and off the shoulders of the struggling Palmer.
WR Chad Johnson S2 With Warrick still out and everyone else under achieving Johnson is it for the Bengal's passing game. The Cowboy's cornerbacks are suspect and lack depth due to injuries so Johnson should be able to get it going enough to warrant a starting spot in your lineup.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Kelly Washington
B Each have had their brief moments this season, but brief moments don't cut it for any fantasy team.
Washington (2-5) at Detroit (4-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell X Bounced back nicely last week and faces the weakest pass defense in several games. Brunell may surprise this week but it's best not to rely on him as your fantasy starter. The Lions have a solid pass rush and Brunell could just as easily struggle.
RB Clinton Portis S2 Before the bye Portis had his highest carry total of the season (36). After the bye he had his lowest (17). It didn't help that the Redskins were trying to climb out of a hole. On the positive side he did have a 43 yard touchdown catch called back by penalty. Detroit is solid against the run but Portis remains a solid start.
WR Lavernues Coles U

Coles continues to disappoint but got his yardage total up a bit last week against the suspect Green Bay secondary (84 yards). He still has yet to cross the goal-line however. This week's matchup brings another suspect secondary.

WR Rod Gardner (P) B Has totaled only 89 yards since his week three "breakout" game. But he has scored three times in the past two games. Does that make him worth a starting spot on your fantasy team? Not likely.
TE Chris Cooley B The H-back is proving to be worth a couple of catches a week, if that.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington X

With the running game locked down this week the offense will again fall on the shoulders of Harrington. The health of Roy Williams is key for Harrington. He spread the ball around well last week (9 different receivers) but he is limited without Williams' big play ability.

RB Kevin Jones B The Lions aren't showing the dedication to the run many expected with the return of their prized rookie. He had only 11 carries last week but did score in the passing game. Don't expect much against a consistently strong Redskin run defense.
WR Roy Williams (Q) X

It all depends on the ankle. If Williams can play then he's a starter in any league. Don't expect a definitive playing status until Sunday morning.

WR Az-Zahir Hakim X Hakim continues to fill the Lion's offensive void left by Williams' absence despite struggling with his own ankle injury. Look for more of the same this week.
WR Tai Streets (Q) B A complete waste of roster space.
TE Stephen Alexander B Aside from the week seven effort Alexander has been a non-factor this season. He is capable of pulling in a few balls each week but splits time with Fitzsimmons.
Arizona (2-5) at Miami (1-7) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Josh McCown B McCown threw a touchdown in his third straight game last week but that came with a pitiful 101 yards passing. There are some signs of improvement and hope with Boldin returning, but McCown isn't a fantasy starter. Especially against the very stout Miami passing defense this week.
RB Emmitt Smith S2 An improving running game and a revitalized Smith matched up against the #30 ranked run defense in the league. Advantage Smith.
RB Troy Hambrick B Hambrick should see 10-12 carries most weeks. Not enough to create much fantasy value but enough to hurt Smith's.
WR Anquan Boldin X Returned to action last week and ended the game as the Cardinals' leading receiver. That is a likely scenario each week for the rest of the season. Against the very strong Miami secondary however the end result will be limited this week.
WR Larry Fitzgerald B May look like he disappeared last week with the return of Boldin to the starting lineup. Even though he didn't have a catch he did still have five passes thrown his way. But the fact is he is now the #3 WR in a limited passing offense.
WR   Bryant Johnson  X Johnson put up his second decent fantasy total in as many weeks. He should be able to maintain that level of production most weeks if Boldin comes back strong and demands extra attention on the other side.
TE Freddie Jones X As is usually the case when facing strong cornerback coverage, the tight end can play a key role in the passing game underneath. That may very well be the case with Jones this week.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Fiedler (P) B

Fiedler has put up two solid performances in a row now but is still on a short leash due to pressure to play Feeley, the big off-season acquisition. As long as he plays he can be good for 200 yards and a score or two against average to poor defenses. This week he draws the average Cardinals.

RB Sammy Morris (P) S2 Morris is a tough runner and if given the carries he can wear down the undersized Arizona defensive front. But getting those carries is the key for Morris' fantasy success. Miami should be able to stay close in this matchup and Morris should get around 20 carries and put up a decent fantasy effort.
WR Chris Chambers
Marty Booker (Q)
B Chambers and Booker are solid talents stuck on a team in a downward spiral. They will on occasion tease you with a good game but for the most part have to be ignored by fantasy owners.
TE Randy McMichael (P) S2 By far the best thing going in the Dolphin passing attack. Don't hesitate to start him regardless of opponent.
Philadelphia (7-0) at PIttsburgh (6-1) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2 Facing another tough defense with no Westbrook and now no Pinkston. McNabb should perform better than last week as there are matchups in the secondary that he can take advantage of.
RB Brian Westbrook (Q) B Westbrook is not expected to return this week.
RB Dorsey Levens B As expected Levens filled in for the injured Westbrook last week and got limited carries. The Philly offense has always been pass-first and it will continue to be even more so until Westbrook's return.
WR Terrell Owens S1 Came through last week against a tough challenge. Almost half of McNabb's passes went his way and he will remain the focal point of the passing attack regardless of opponent or situation. Owens presents the Steelers with a serious matchup problem this week.
WR Todd Pinkston (Q) B Expected to miss this week's game with a knee injury.
WR Freddie Mitchell B The only thing consistent about Mitchell is his disappointing efforts. He will be called on to step up this week for the injured Pinkston but I wouldn't put much faith in his ability to come through.
TE L.J. Smith
Chad Lewis
U Without Pinkston the tight ends will play a bigger role in the passing game. Unfortunately for fantasy owners that role is split between both Smith and Lewis, making either a decent but risky start.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger X Last week was a major test for the rookie and he passed with flying colors. Big Ben isn't likely to light up the fantasy score board each week, but he's showing the ability to get consistently decent production. This week presents an even tougher challenge against an even more aggressive defense. He's a risk this week due to the downside. And you should also be getting nervous when the media begins anointing any rookie as the next Marino/Elway/Montana.
RB Duce Staley (P) S2

Never underestimate the "playing old team" factor. Look for a bit more fire in his eyes this week.

RB Jerome Bettis X The Bus just keeps on scoring. He actually added 65 yards last week, his high for the season. Isn't going to put up great numbers but in a bye week/injury pinch you could do a lot worse.
WR Hines Ward S2

In Big Ben's first two games Ward was the man, pulling in 15 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Since then Ward is still getting the catches (7 per game) but the yardage is down (only 243 in four games) and he hasn't scored. Ward remains the most reliable target and excels at finding soft spots in opposing secondaries. This will be a great advantage this week against Philly.

WR Plaxico Burress X

Since hooking up with the rookie QB for 136 yards in week five Burress has been on a role, scoring in each game. Burress is a big and athletic target that seems to be getting in sync with Roethlisberger. There is some risk here since Big Ben may not have the time in the pocket he's used to thus limiting the vertical passing game.

TE Jay Riemersma
Jerame Tuman
B After pulling in six catches and a touchdown in week six the TE position has disappeared again as usual.
Kansas City (3-4) at Tampa Bay (2-5) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green X

Last week's great matchup with the worst pass defense is followed this week with a matchup with the league's best. Look for the KC offense to run all over the Bucs and have little need for a big passing day from Green.

RB Priest Holmes (P) S1 Super-Stud status locked in.
WR Eddie Kennison X This matchup with Tampa Bay is very similar to last week's with Indy. The soft cover-2 schemes are similar and don't provide many opportunities vertically. Without vertical options Kennison is very limited.
WR Johnnie Morton S2 Morton will again be called on to use his talent and experience to find the soft spots in the Tampa Bay secondary.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 Same game plan as last week but with lesser results.
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese U The KC defense is vulnerable to the pass via spread formations thanks to the lack of solid depth at cornerback. Look for the Bucs to utilize those sets and for Griese to find limited success. As in week six against STL the Bucs will have to throw to keep pace with the KC offense. Griese could surprise this week.
RB Michael Pittman S2

Pittman will be asked to carry the load now that Alstott is out. The KC offense is hot and the Bucs will run Pittman as much as possible to slow the game down. They should have just enough success to make him productive for your fantasy team.

WR Michael Clayton S2 Clayton is having a great rookie season and is consistently the go-to guy for Griese. Even with Jurevicius back and Lee possibly returning Clayton remains the best fantasy option in the Bucs' passing game.
WR Tim Brown B Other than the Oakland game Brown has been a non-factor. Three of the last four games have been single catch efforts.
WR Joe Jurevicius (Q) B

Returned to action in week seven and had two catches. May have some value down the road but until he can produce on the field his best place is on your bench.

WR Charles Lee (Q) B Lee may return this week but isn't a fantasy option.
TE Ken Dilger
Will Heller
B Griese is spreading the ball around and the tight end is in that mix. Unfortunately both Dilger and Heller are splitting what limited fantasy value there could be.

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