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Start/Bench List - Week 10
Whitney Walters
November 11, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Mon 9 PM
PIT at CLE BAL at NYJ CIN at WAS BUF at NE PHI at DAL
TB at ATL KC at NO NYG at ARI   Open Date:
DET at JAC CHI at TEN CAR at SF   DEN, MIA,
HOU at IND SEA at STL MIN at GB (times ET) OAK, SD
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
 
Pittsburgh (7-1) at Cleveland (3-5) Back to top
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger X Big Ben has only once this season passed for over 200 yards and he has yet to throw more than two touchdowns. At least you know what you'll get with the rookie, but you also know what you won't.
RB Duce Staley (Q) S2 Duce is expected back but look for a late week decision. If he's close to 100% and plays he's a solid but not great start against the improving Cleveland run defense.
RB Jerome Bettis (P) X If Bettis is called on again he'll do well. Even if Staley returns look for The Bus to get more work than normal.
WR Hines Ward S2

Limited last week but found the end-zone twice. Ward keeps getting the catches (7 per game) and remains the most reliable target and excels at finding soft spots in opposing secondaries. A great advantage this week against Cleveland.

WR Plaxico Burress X

Without touchdowns Burress can be limited. He's averaging only three catches a game but his 20 yards per help. Burress' biggest game of the season came against the Browns in week five.

TE Jay Riemersma
Jerame Tuman
B Rarely used (averaging a catch a game) and too unreliable.
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia B

The Steelers defense continues to improve and Garcia has only been fantasy worthy when he can run a score in. Sit the diminutive one.

RB Lee Suggs
William Green
B

All indications are that the Browns will continue to use both Suggs and Green in a running attack that should generate about 30 carries a game. Suggs has been a bit more productive, but either can help your fantasy team in the right situation. This week against the #1 run defense in the league neither may be of much help.

WR Andre' Davis (D) B

The turf toe injury is keeping Davis from having an impact. Until he has a healthy and productive game under his belt he shouldn't be in your lineup.

WR Dennis Northcutt B

Initially benefited from the absence of Winslow, taking on the underneath route load. But as the passing game progresses and the TE position improves his value continues to decrease.

WR Antonio Bryant X

Worked well into the offense last week, leading the team with 43 yards. In a limited passing game with three solid WRs a TE and backs that are used, Bryant isn't going to get it done consistently.

TE Aaron Shea
Steve Heiden
B Shea has shown steady improvements each week and is a consistent target for Garcia at the goal-line. Unfortunately Heiden's role seems to be increasing, hurting both's fantasy value.
 
Tampa Bay (3-5) at Atlanta (6-2) Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese S2 Griese seems to be improving with each passing week and had his best fantasy performance against the Chiefs last week. The Falcons' secondary is stronger in run support than it is in coverage. Griese's play action skills will help draw them up and there will be advantages to exploit.
RB Michael Pittman S2

With Alstott out the Bucs will keep feeding the rock to Pittman and he'll keep producing. Temper your expectations this week however against a strong Falcon defense that will get FS Cory Hall back after the week off.

WR Michael Clayton S2 Week after week Clayton is proving to be Griese's go-to receiver. With Jurevicius and Lee getting back in the mix there should be better coverage matchups for the rookie.
WR Joey Galloway (Q) B Returned last week for a couple of catches and another injury. Could help the Bucs down the road but until he's healthy he isn't going to help your fantasy team.
WR Joe Jurevicius X

Has two games under his belt now and looks to be returning to his possession receiver form. Still not a lot of fantasy value.

WR Charles Lee B Returned last week for a single catch. Isn't a fantasy option.
TE Ken Dilger X Dilger has 12 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns since Griese took over at quarterback. Griese's play-action abilities have helped and Dilger has become a goal-line target. The presence of Will Heller keeps Dilger's fantasy value limited.
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick   X

The big question from 2004. Is it the offense? Is it the personnel? Is it him? Whatever it is it's not working yet. Vick had his best day passing in week eight before the bye against the tough Denver pass defense. So will we get a sequel Sunday against the equally tough Bucs? The way this season's going I'd say the odds are 50-50.

RB Warrick Dunn X Dunn's early season success was aided by two multi-TD games. He hasn't topped 50 yards rushing since week four and is only an every other week factor in the short passing game. The nagging groin and leg injuries haven't helped, and neither has the team's desire to wear down opponents with the bigger Duckett. That will likely be the case again this week.
RB T.J. Duckett  B Duckett has double digit carries only twice this season and is only of value to your team if he scores. Not something you should be counting on each week.
WR Peerless Price X The Falcons most productive fantasy receiver not named Crumpler. That isn't saying much though as Price has had more than two catches in only two games this season and scored his first touchdown in week eight.
WR Dez White
Brian Finneran (Q)
B Finneran is only now returning to health and White continues to disappoint. Waiver wire fodder at best.
TE Alge Crumpler S1 The tight end always plays a key role against cover-2 defensive schemes.
 
Detroit (4-4) at Jacksonville (5-3) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington X

Must continue to carry the load with an ineffective running game. 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 Since his return from injury he's averaging 12 carries and 40 yards rushing a game. The Lions just aren't showing any dedication to the run. The Detroit offensive line just isn't getting the job done and Jones has little running room once he takes the handoff. Don't look for that to change this week against a solid Jacksonville defensive front.
WR Roy Williams S2

May struggle with the ankle injury the rest of the way but he's still the main man in the Detroit passing game. The box score reads just 3-for-33 last week but he had 15 passes go his way. He'll be a factor in the passing game every week and always has big game potential.

WR Az-Zahir Hakim (Q) S2 Hakim continues to struggle with injuries but is gaining a rhythm with Harrington (11-for-210 in the past two games). With an improving Williams drawing coverage he should continue to put up decent fantasy numbers, especially against a Jags defense that has fallen back to earth of late.
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.
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard U

Garrard has thrown just 60 passes in his three-year NFL career. Many are high on him due to his size, running ability and strong arm. The Lion's pass defense is lacking and if the Jags can provide Garrard some comfort in the pocket he could surprise. If you're in a bind at QB he may be worth a look this week.

RB Fred Taylor S2

All eyes turn to Taylor now that Leftwich is out. Too bad 22 of those eyes will be wearing Lion uniforms. Left the week eight game with a hip pointer but is expected to be ready to go following the off week. He better be. Since Garrard will not be operating out of the shotgun as much as Leftwich, Taylor will have better opportunities this week. He should also see a few more dumpoffs in the flat.

WR Jimmy Smith S2

Smith has been tearing it up with three 100 yard games in the last four. That pace may take a hit now that Leftwich is out, but hey, who else is Garrard going to throw the ball to?

WR Troy Edwards
Reggie Williams
B Outside of Smith the ball is getting spread around too much for either of these two to build their fantasy value with consistent production.
TE Kyle Brady
Todd Yoder
B Both Brady and Yoder have been in the mix as the Jags are spreading the ball around in the passing game. All bets are off however with Leftwich out.
 
Houston (4-4) at Indianapolis (5-3) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr S2 The Colts continue to give up more yards through the air than any other team. Carr is in the middle of a fine third season in the league and is a solid fantasy starter most weeks. This week he has upside to boot.
RB Domanick Davis S2

The Texans had to abandon the run last week after falling behind Denver but Davis still had 19 carries, two of which were at the goal-line and resulted in scores. This is a good sign as the Texans strive for a balanced attack. For as long as the Texans can stay close Davis will see plenty of touches in an attempt to keep the Colt offense off the field by sustaining long drives.

WR Andre Johnson S2 Bottom line is that the Colts have no one in the secondary that matches up well with Johnson. The corners are at a size disadvantage and will need safety help to have a chance.
WR Jabar Gaffney S2 Gaffney is coming on and Carr is starting to look his way more with all the attention Johnson gets on the other side. He's out produced Johnson in each of the last three games.
WR Corey Bradford B Has not been a factor since loosing his starting job to Gaffney.
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1 Manning owners must be just giddy right now. Another week and another terrible pass defense to face.
RB Edgerrin James S1

Look for the Colts to keep running James and for him to keep producing. He hasn't seen the end-zone since week five so he's due.

WR Marvin Harrison S1 Only one team has given up more touchdowns than the Texans this season.
WR Reggie Wayne S2 There will again be plenty of balls in the air to keep both Harrison and Wayne owners happy this week.
WR Brandon Stokley U The Texans have little depth in the secondary so look for more 3-WR sets this week and for Stokley to have an impact.
TE Dallas Clark
Marcus Pollard
X Pollard and Clark present matchup problems for opposing defenses and as we've seen lately both can be a fantasy factor, sometimes in the same game. They have combined for six touchdowns in the last three games. They may see fewer looks this week as the 2-TE sets will take a back seat to the 3-WR sets against Houston.
 
Baltimore (5-3) at NY Jets (6-2) Back to top
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B Not this week... not any week.
RB Jamal Lewis S2 As with last week this isn't a great matchup against a solid Jets' run defense without all-world OT Jonathan Ogden. But Lewis is a stud and he's going to get 20 carries before the third quarter.
WR Travis Taylor X Taylor's return has helped the vertical passing game and he's pretty much Boller's only option downfield. He has gone 13-for-138 in the past two games. In this offense that's about as good as it gets.
WR Kevin Johnson
Randy Hymes
B

Beyond Taylor forget the wideouts.

TE

Todd Heap (O)

B Another disappointing game without Heap last week. Early indications are for at least one more.
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Quincy Carter B Facing the Ravens is a tough way to get your second chance. A strong running game would help, but that's not going to be easy either. Carter's well documented inaccuracy could cause big problems against Baltimore's ball hawking secondary.
RB Curtis Martin B Without a strong running game Carter and the Jets offense is in big trouble. The Ravens are not going to allow that. Most teams will have to start Martin because he's been a stud so far and good options are unlikely. Just lower your expectations this week.
WR Santana Moss X Carter can get the ball down field but the Baltimore corners match up very well against both Moss and ...
WR Justin McCareins   X

... McCareins. There may be some opportunities vertically if Carter can buy some time with his legs. So look for a long gain or two this week but not much more.

WR Wayne Chrebet B

There won't be many 3-WR sets this week as the Jets will be in max protect mode so Chrebet won't see many snaps.

TE Anthony Becht B Carter lacks the touch to work well with tight ends on short and underneath routes.
 
Kansas City (3-5) at New Orleans (3-5) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S2

My how quickly things can turn around. Green has thrown for over 750 yards and six touchdowns in the past two games. Now he faces the league's second worst pass defense with more of the offense resting on his shoulders with Holmes likely out. Get him in your lineup.

RB Priest Holmes (D) B

Holmes suffered a strained MCL injury and his playing status for Sunday won't be determined until very late in the week. Early indications are that he won't play and even if he does he'll be limited.

RB Derrick Blaylock (Q)
Larry Johnson
X Blaylock is expected back this week from the thigh injury so look for both he and Johnson to see action if Holmes sits this one out. If Blaylock was 100% healthy he'd be a solid start. But with the injury he's likely to split time with Johnson hurting the value of both against a very porous Saints run defense.
WR Eddie Kennison S2 Kennison has had ANOTHER disappointing season but is coming off his best game of the year (6-for-104) and the Saints are just terrible defensively. He may actually get in the end-zone for the first time this week.
WR Johnnie Morton S2 Nothing real special here. Morton has been playing very well lately and New Orleans hasn't. This is play your Chief receivers week.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 17 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games. 'Nuf said.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks S2 Brooks should be able to bounce back from last week's disappointing effort against a Chiefs defense that has allowed more passing touchdowns than all but two other teams.
RB Deuce McAllister S2 McAllister hasn't had the yardage lately but has scored five touchdowns in the past three games. That should correct itself this week. Look for the Saints to feed McAllister the ball at least 25 times and for him to cause problems for a Chiefs defense that allowed over 5 YPC over the past four weeks.
WR Joe Horn S2 The New Orleans passing attack took a step back last week but it had shown improvements up to then. The Chiefs secondary is surrendering tons of points and CB Eric Warfield and company simply don't match up with Horn.
WR Jerome Pathon S2

Pathon has responded will since being moved into the starting lineup in week seven. He has another great opportunity this week against an overmatched Kansas City secondary.

WR Donte' Stallworth B Lost his starting job to Pathon and was a complete no-show last week.
TE Boo Williams (Q) S2 The hamstring is still bothering him but he stuck it out last week and put up his best performance of the season. Conwell is hurting so Boo should carry the full load at TE this week and pay off for his patient owners.
 
Chicago (3-5) at Tennessee (3-5) Back to top
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Craig Krenzel (P) B The rookie may have two wins in his first two starts but he still barely even registers on the fantasy value scale.
RB Thomas Jones (Q) S2

Jones is expected to return to action this week but it's unlikely that his toe is 100% healed. Look for him to get the bulk of the work if he can hold up but for his production to be limited.

RB Anthony Thomas X Jones is back but the A-Train proved himself in his relief and you can bet the Bears will not hesitate to get him some carries this week as not to push Jones too hard in his return.
WR David Terrell
Bobby Wade
B

When your passing game is averaging only 10 completions for 156 yards under your new rookie quarterback it's hard to imagine any Chicago receiver being of much help to your fantasy team.

TE Desmond Clark

B

Since Krenzel took over Clark has a single catch. The Chicago passing game is strictly off limits now.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair (Q) B

McNair's return this week is up in the air. But even if he does the fact remains that he's just not getting it done this year for his fantasy owners. He's topped 250 yards only once and has thrown for only four touchdowns in his six games.

RB Chris Brown (Q) S2 Brown was wearing a protective boot in week eight and put up 147 yards on 32 carries. He's had a week off now and the toe should be close to 100%. Don't expect 30+ carries, but Brown is the focal point of the offense now and he should have no trouble racking up fantasy points against the Bear's run defense. On second thought, maybe 30+ isn't out of the question.
WR Derrick Mason S2 With the injuries and poor play of the receiving corps teams have been able to bracket Mason all season with double coverage. The result has been a disappointing and mediocre season. That isn't likely to change this week as the Chicago secondary has been playing well lately. Mason's a borderline starter.
WR Drew Bennett X

The week off surely helped with Bennett's injuries and with McNair back look for a little more action to go his way. Probably not enough to warrant starting him however. He needs to prove himself with some consistent and injury-free play first.

TE Erron Kinney (Q)
Shad Meier
B

The Titans got Meier back in week eight and he scored a short touchdown. Kinney has a good chance at returning this week so the TE position just got very muddy in Tennessee. It's best to stay away unless one emerges.

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