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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
 
Seattle (5-3) at St. Louis (4-4) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 Matches up better against zone coverages and that's what he'll see all day from the cover-2 running Rams. Put up 216 yards and two touchdowns in their week five meeting. With the running game at full tilt now Hasselbeck should have little trouble bettering that effort this week.
RB Shaun Alexander S1 And the hits just keep on coming. Another game and another weak run defense. Look for opponents to keep getting a big dose of Alexander.
WR Koren Robinson X Robinson always has bustout potential but he's topped 60 yards only twice this season and his touchdown last week was his first since week two. If you are in a bind plug him in on potential. Chances are you have a better option though.
WR Darrell Jackson (P) S2

When doubtful equals a week high 114 yards and two touchdowns you know something's fishy up Puget Sound way. Jackson's listed as probable this week so maybe he sit's this one out. Um, that's a joke. Start him.

WR Jerry Rice B

Three games in a Seattle uniform -- three catches. He may surprise us with a 3-4 catch game here and there, but it really looks like the end of the road for the great one.

TE Jerramy Stevens X Good for 3-4 catches and 30-50 yards most weeks. It's not much but with two of the big three tight ends off this week some owners may be looking for a fill-in. Stevens wouldn't be a bad choice going against the Rams cover-2 he scored on in week five. His downside of course continues to be the presence of Ituli Mili.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2

Bulger has been put on his back 24 times this season already and the lack of protection is hurting his confidence and ability to get the ball accurately to his receivers down field. Hmm... sounds familiar (Warner reference for those not following at home). Bulger catches a break this week as the Seattle pass rush has been lacking since Winstrom went down and the loss of CB Lucas creates a void.

RB Marshall Faulk X Why bother holding out hope any more? It's obvious that the offensive philosophy isn't going to change in St. Louis and the running game will remain nothing more than an occasional tool to keep defenses honest. Faulk has had 15 or fewer carries in six of the Rams eight games. He does keep active in the passing game, so if you are in a league that rewards receptions (14 in the past two games) he remains a decent start. Otherwise it's time to look elsewhere.
RB Steven Jackson B Following a strong outing and statements that Jackson would be a bigger part of the running attack he's been given a whopping nine carries in the last two games.
WR Torry Holt S1 The loss of CB Ken Lucas creates mismatch opportunities for both Holt and ...
WR Isaac Bruce S2 ... Bruce this week.
WR Shaun McDonald B

Bobby Taylor will remain at the nickel corner spot despite the Lucas injury and should be able to limit McDonald enough to warrant benching him if you've been trying to spot-start him based on matchups.

TE Brandon Manumaleuna B Occasionally pops out with a touchdown or decent yardage game, but those are few and far between.
 
Cincinnati (3-5) at Washington (3-5) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer B

The Redskin's pass defense has slipped a bit lately but they are still what they are, one of the leagues top units. Palmer may be coming off one of his best performances of the season, but he is still what he is, a struggling first year starter and a fantasy afterthought.

RB Rudi Johnson S2 Johnson gets the carries but the problem is the Bengal running attack only produces a measly 3.9 YPC average. That's likely to take a dip this week against the team that allows a league low 3.1 YPC. The Bengals will keep feeding the bruising runner to keep the offense off the shoulders of the struggling Palmer, but that won't result in much this week. A borderline starter at best.
WR Chad Johnson S2 Isn't getting the touchdowns this season (only two so far) but he is one of the NFL's top 10 receivers in yards gained. It'll be tough going this week against a talented Redskin secondary that can focus on him, but Johnson is typically up to any challenge and if Palmer can get time in the pocket he should produce enough to keep his starter status.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Kelly Washington
B Each have had their brief moments this season with Warrick out, but brief moments don't cut it for any fantasy team.
TE Matt Schobel B With Warrick gone for the year now and the receivers other than Johnson severely under performing, Schobel could start to play a bigger role in the short passing game to take pressure off Johnson down field. I said "could." Reginald Kelly and Tony Stewart are also in the mix at the TE position.
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell B Brunell has thrown for fewer than 100 yards in three of the past four games and is last in the league with a 51% completion rate. Boy, Patrick Ramsey must have run over coach Gibbs' dog or something.
RB Clinton Portis S1 Portis is the only thing working offensively for the Redskins right now and the Bengals bring the league's worst run defense into Washington Sunday.
WR Lavernues Coles B

It took a 15 yard trick halfback pass last week for Coles to even register on the fantasy radar. The Bengals don't pose a great threat defensively, but with the passing game in the state it's in you just can't rely on any Redskin receiver right now.

WR Rod Gardner B Ditto for Gardner.
TE Chris Cooley B The H-back is proving to be worth a couple of catches a week, if that.
 
NY Giants (5-3) at Arizona (3-5) Back to top
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner B

Warner was barely a fantasy starter before this recent bad patch he's in. He's been sacked 18 times in the past three games, the fumbles and interceptions are back and his production is down. If the Giants continue to lose it won't be long before he heads to the bench.

RB Tiki Barber S1 Barber faces in Arizona a run defense very similar to the Bears last week. A team that allows plenty of yardage (126 per game) but very few touchdowns (league low of only three). Just an interesting tidbit. You don't really need a reason to start this consistent stud do you?
WR Amani Toomer
Ike Hilliard
X

With the Giants spreading the ball around more and the passing game locked in a permanent state of mediocrity, both Toomer and Hilliard have been major disappointments this season. They are averaging 4-for-54 and 4-for 35 respectively and neither has tasted the end-zone. Either have the potential to put up starter worthy numbers, but at this point you just can't rely on either.

TE Jeremy Shockey S2 Shockey continues to improve and last week he led all Giant receivers and topped the two touchdown season mark for the first time in his career. He'll remain a vital part of the passing attack and with Warner under constant pressure he's even more valuable.
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Josh McCown U With Boldin rounding back into shape and the loss of both Giants defensive ends expect the pass oriented attack that Green wants to run to be on display more this week. McCown could surprise with one of his best fantasy outings of the season.
RB Emmitt Smith S2 The loss of the Giants defensive ends can't be ignored in this matchup. Smith will surely get 20+ carries as the Cardinals will attack the parameter and seek to wear down the depleted Giants defensive front.
RB Troy Hambrick B Hambrick should see 8-12 carries most weeks. Not enough to create much fantasy value but enough to hurt Smith's.
WR Anquan Boldin X Boldin's knee obviously isn't 100% so expect some struggles at time with his production. The Giants secondary is solid but with a limited pass rush they will struggle to handle the Cardinal receivers in spread formations. If Boldin can stay on the field this week he should put up some decent numbers.
WR Larry Fitzgerald S2 Has scored in three of the last four games and has averaged over 18 yards a catch. The future looks brighter for the rookie now that defenses have to account for Boldin.
WR   Bryant Johnson  B Johnson is the third option now and has only three receptions in each game since Boldin's return. He's about as valuable now as most #3 receivers.
TE Freddie Jones B With Boldin back and the wide receiver heavy offense gearing up Jones' value drops off the chart.
 
Carolina (1-7) at San Francisco (1-7) Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S2

With or without Davis this week Delhomme should find success against a very suspect Niner secondary. There are plenty of matchups to take advantage of down field.

RB Stephen Davis (Q) B

Another week and another "expected return" of Davis. The swelling in his surgically repaired knee has become a real problem. This is likely going to be a game-time decision and even if he plays there's a risk that he won't be able to finish the game.

RB Brad Hoover (Q)
Joey Harris
Nick Going
B

If Davis is sidelined again this week look for another hodgepodge attempt at a running attack with this unproductive three-headed mess.

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 San Francisco 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 Niner's secondary that will likely focus on Muhammad.
TE Kris Mangum B Mangum has been a bit more active in the past couple of games and even scored last week. He's a dependable receiver that's been asked to block most of the season. If it's one thing this passing attack needs is a dependable receiver. Keep an eye on him as he may emerge as a viable fantasy option.
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Rattay S2

The arm injury and weakness may be with Rattay for the rest of the season. Carolina has a league low 11 sacks on the season and don't pressure the QB well. Rattay should have the time in the pocket and the matchups down field to succeed this week.

RB Kevan Barlow S2 The Niners have struggled to run the ball all season but they had some limited success last week and catch a break this week being visited by a Panther defense that allows over 140 YPG on the ground and a league worst 13 rushing touchdowns. Barlow has blown good matchups before this season, but it's hard to ignore this one.
WR Cedrick Wilson B Wasn't worth that much while Lloyd was out and with him back and now slowed by a hamstring injury his value is at a season low this week.
WR Brandon Lloyd S2 The most consistent down field option in the Niner passing game. He averaged 72 yards a game since his return and has scored in three of the four. That's about as good as it's going to get in this year's version of the Niner offense.
WR Curtis Conway X Has some value only if Wilson is unable to go this week due to his hamstring injury.
TE Eric Johnson S2 We are now a month and one rib injury removed from those 100+ yard games. He continues to work back to his early season self and had a 5-for-54 performance last week. As long as Rattay can stay healthy Johnson should remain a good solid starter.
 
Minnesota (5-3) at Green Bay (4-4) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S2 353 yards and 3.6 TDs per in five games with Moss, 194 yards and 1 TD per in three without him. WOW! The Packers are typically a killer matchup for Culpepper and the Vikings, but all bets are off now and C-Pep will likely struggle to give his owners a startable performance this week.
RB   Onterrio Smith S2

Smith is obviously the most talented and complete back the Vikings have and he moves back into the starting lineup this week. Smith is an iffy starter for your fantasy team this week. He'll likely lose some touches to one, two or all three other backs and without Moss the Packers can afford to give more attention to run support.

RB Mewelde Moore (Q)
Michael Bennett
Moe Williams
B What a mess. About the only thing we know for sure this week is that none of these three will be the starter Sunday. All three may see carries, or all three may see nothing. Moore may or may not be back. Rumors are that Bennett may find himself on the inactive list. And Williams has had only one or no carries in five games this season.
WR Randy Moss (D) B Will not play this week.
WR Marcus Robinson (P)
Nate Burleson
S2

The conventional wisdom that Robinson and Burleson would tear it up in the high flying Viking offense with Moss gone is out the window with the rest of the trash. Neither has seen any real increase in production over the last three games. They both maintain their starter status based on upside potential but the Green Bay corners have the talent to hang with them in man coverage.

TE Jermaine Wiggins S2

Wiggins has only scored in the week six game against New Orleans where he had two touchdowns. But he was the team's leading receiver Monday night and continues to be an important part of the Vikings passing game.

Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S1 Favre is all rested up and ready to go. He returns from the off week to find the suspect Vikings pass defense laying in wait. Look for a lot of 3-WR sets and deep balls in this matchup.
RB Ahman Green S1 Typically has great days against the Vikings. Last season he put up 304 total yards and three touchdowns in their two meetings.
WR Javon Walker S2 Walker has been one of the more consistent WRs this season and is always capable of the "big game." Odds are good he'll have one of those this week against the very suspect Viking secondary.
WR Donald Driver S2

Ditto for Driver.

TE Bubba Franks B Franks' role has diminished in the Packers passing game and he's just the occasional goal-line target now. He has only a single catch in each of the last two games, but one was for a touchdown.
 
Buffalo (3-5) at New England (7-1) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe X Bledsoe is the most sacked QB in the league and he's facing a team that has sacked and confused him since his arrival in Buffalo. He may catch a break this week however since the Pats won't be able to blitz as much due to the injury decimated secondary. Still doesn't make Bledsoe a starter, but he may be able to redeem himself a little against his old team.
RB Willis McGahee S2 The Patriots are a solid defense overall but have weaknesses against the run. Don't expect the Bills to make the mistake the Rams made last week by not attacking the interior of the New England defense. McGahee is healthy now and has fresh legs. The Pats will get their fill of him on Sunday night.
RB Travis Henry B Only five carries in the last two games. Looks like Henry is done this season 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. Gets an uptick this week thanks to the sorry state of the New England secondary.

WR Lee Evans U After spending most of the season in fantasy oblivion the talented rookie showed up last week with his best performance of the year, 5-for-64 and a TD. With Reed out of action Evans will be called on again to provide some defense stretching routes down field. Against the hurting NE secondary he could surprise again.
WR Josh Reed (D) B Likely to sit another game out due to injury.
TE Mark Campbell B Used a lot in pass protection and only good for a catch or two a game. He's gone two weeks without a catch.
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) S2 Keeps cranking along at his consistent pace. Only three times this season has he surpassed his 240 yard, 2 TD average performance and only once has he fallen significantly below it. Against Buffalo expect a drop.
RB Corey Dillon S2 Dillon looked good last week in his return and appears to be over the mysterious thigh injury. Faces a touch challenge this week against a Bills run defense that ranks #4 and has allowed a league low 3 touchdowns. The Pats will feed him the ball though as they know how the running game makes for a more efficient passing attack.
RB Kevin Faulk B Saw only three touches last week with Dillon back.
WR

David Givens

S2

When you have a receiver that's put up three 100-yard games in as many weeks you don't ask questions or worry too much about matchups. You just keep plugging him into your starting lineup.

WR

David Patten
Troy Brown

X

Patten has performed well in Branch's absence but Brown's return has cut into his production and fantasy value. Both Patten and Brown have weekly potential but the bulk of the passing is going to Givens right now. The Bills have a tough secondary but it will be stretched this week with the Pats spread offensive sets. One of these two is likely to make some noise.

TE Daniel Graham B His best game was week one and a few touchdowns after that kept him on the fantasy radar. He's nowhere to be found now as his downward production has hit rock bottom with two 0-for-0 games in a row.
 
Philadelphia (7-1) at Dallas (3-5) Back to top
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S1 The Steelers had the answer for McNabb and crew... Dallas won't.
RB Brian Westbrook (P) S2 Returned to action last week and made it through the game without aggravating his rib injury. That's about the only positive from last week. This week there will be more. Look for the Eagles to increase Westbrook's workload and get him involved more on screens to take advantage of the over-pursuing, one-gap Cowboy defense.
WR Terrell Owens S1 Look for the Eagles to come out firing with both barrels down field. Bottom line in this matchup is that the Cowboys don't have the talent at cornerback to hang with Owens and will rely on their safeties for bracket coverage help. But I guess you can say that most weeks with Owens.
WR Todd Pinkston (P) X Tried to go last week on a bum knee but was completely ineffective. Should be better this week and more productive when Owens draws the double coverage.
TE L.J. Smith
Chad Lewis
B The tight ends play a part in the Eagles' passing game, but that part varies greatly from week to week. And since that part is is split between both Smith and Lewis, neither can be relied on as a consistent fantasy starter. If you have to pick one Lewis has been the most productive lately.
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde B

Vinny's in trouble. He had his worst performance of the season last week and it's only going to get worse Monday night. With the WR corps down to basically Keyshawn the Eagles will be coming at Testaverde from every possible angle since they know the secondary can hold up in man coverage.

RB Eddie George X George took a huge step back last week (8 carries for 23 yards). He'll be needed in this matchup however since the one weakness in the Eagle defense is the ability to stop the run. George could approach his 31 carry effort of week eight if the Cowboys can keep from falling too far behind.
RB Richie Anderson B If you get points for receptions then Anderson still holds some value. Otherwise he should be on your league's waiver wire.
WR Keyshawn Johnson S2

With Glenn and Bryant gone and Morgan hobbled Johnson remains the only wide receiver option for Testaverde. He'll get plenty of looks if Testaverde can stay upright. Unfortunately that's a big if this week.

WR Quincy Morgan (Q) B If healthy, Morgan is the only field stretching option the Cowboys have in the passing game. But hamstring injuries are death to field stretchers.
TE Jason Witten S1 Big, fast, great hands and now a key to the Dallas passing game.

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