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Start/Bench List - Week 11
Whitney Walters
November 18, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
DAL at BAL NYJ at CLE DEN at NO MIA at SEA GB at HOU
STL at BUF PIT at CIN SF at TB SD at OAK Mon 9 PM
ARI at CAR DET at MIN   ATL at NYG NE at KC
IND at CHI TEN at JAC   WAS at PHI (times ET)
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
 
Denver (6-3) at New Orleans (4-5) Back to top
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S1 This one is simple. Plummer is coming off two monster games at home against two of the worst pass defenses in the league. This week it's THE worst. Even though he's been playing better at home this season he's a no-brainer start on the road in New Orleans.
RB Reuben Droughns S1 This one is pretty simple as well. Droughns will get plenty of carries against the worst run defense in the league. He also hasn't scored since week six so he's due.
WR Rod Smith S2 Smith was held down in week nine (3-for-29) due to Plummer spreading the wealth to five different receivers, but was still able to score. The New Orleans corners just don't have what it takes to stay with Smith or ...
WR Ashley Lelie S2

... Lelie. Look for big games from both against the terrible Saints.

TE Jeb Putzier X Always a threat to score but his overall production is sporadic and hurt by the presence of Carswell. Could pop for a couple of nice gains down field as the Saints will need to bring safety help up into the box in the hopes of slowing down the Denver ground game.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks X Not a good matchup for Brooks this week. His options will be limited by the strong play of the Denver secondary and if he has to wait a few extra beats for openings he become vulnerable to the pass rush.
RB Deuce McAllister S2 McAllister appears to be close to 100% and has his old burst and lateral movement back. Denver is stingy with rushing yards but has allowed 10 touchdowns on the ground. Deuce won't likely go off this week but should get enough to make him a worthwhile start.
WR Joe Horn S2 Horn is by far the stud of the New Orleans passing attack but has a very difficult matchup this week. After a two week collapse CB Champ Bailey is back in shutdown form. Horn may remain a borderline starter but lower your expectations.
WR Jerome Pathon X

Pathon has played well since being moved into the starting lineup over the disappointing Stallworth. This week it will be difficult to find fantasy production however as the Broncos have the depth in the secondary to handle the multi-WR sets used by the Saints.

WR Donte' Stallworth B Lost his starting job to Pathon and is 4-for-26 in the three games since.
TE Boo Williams S2 The hamstring seems to be slowing him still, but he's playing through it and will be needed this week as Brooks' downfield options will be limited.
 
San Francisco (1-8) at Tampa Bay (3-6) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Rattay X

Cover-2 defenses require more accuracy by the quarterback in order to fit the ball into the zone's soft spots. Arm strength and accuracy are two things Rattay is NOT displaying right now. Look for him to struggle against one of the league's top defensive units against the pass.

RB Kevan Barlow B Barlow may have saved his game for owners last week with a couple of touchdowns, but he averaged just 2.2 YPC and was pulled late in the game. Tampa isn't a run-stopper but they have played better lately and the Niners don't match up well with them up front. Throw in the fact that HC Erickson has stated this week that he will go with the "hot hand" in games and you have a situation you should avoid if possible.
WR Cedrick Wilson B Wilson showed up last week with over 100 yards but still hasn't scored since week one. As the season continues to spiral down the drain for the Niners look for Wilson to begin to give up playing time to prized rookie Rashaun Woods.
WR Brandon Lloyd X The most consistent down field option in the Niner passing game. Lloyd has scored in four of the five games since his return from injury and is averaging 70 yards a game. Outside of TE Johnson he's the best thing going for the Niners offense right now. Will likely be limited this week by the strong corner play in Tampa.
WR Curtis Conway B With Wilson healthy Conway is a non-factor in the passing game.
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.
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese (P) S2 Griese continues to play well and seems to be improving with each passing week. The Niners' secondary is hurting so look for another strong performance.
RB Michael Pittman S2

The injury riddled Niner defense will have no answer for the size and speed of Pittman. Look for the Bucs to get him plenty of touches in this matchup.

WR Michael Clayton S2 Week after week Clayton is proving to be Griese's go-to receiver. He out-caught the other WRs last week 6-to-1 and had the only touchdown among them. Against a Niner secondary decimated by injury the rookie should continue his fine season.
WR Joey Galloway B Still struggling with the groin injury and is not 100%. Without his speed Galloway is of limited value to the Bucs or any 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.

TE Ken Dilger S2 Dilger has 17 catches for 188 yards and three 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 can hurt on occasion but Dilger has become a decent fantasy starter.
 
Miami (1-8) at Seattle (5-4) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB A. J. Feeley B

New coach and now new starting QB. Feeley wasn't impressive in his two starts early in the season and the team is worse off now than it was then. Stay away.

RB Sammy Morris
Travis Minor (P)
X Morris and Minor combined for 146 yards on 27 carries before the bye. So there is some potential there if a front-runner is established. According to reports the starter for this week's game will be named mid-week. They will face a stout Seattle defensive front that can consistently play eight in the box because of the strong play of the corners. Whoever gets the start will provide only limited fantasy value this week but long-term may be a nice fill-in for your team.
WR Chris Chambers
Marty Booker (Q)
X Chambers and Booker are solid talents stuck on a team in a downward spiral. Chambers seems to never be fully utilized and Booker is dealing with an ankle sprain right now. The best bet between these two is Chambers but the Seattle secondary is solid and there is no telling where this offense is heading now under a new coach and QB.
TE Randy McMichael S2 By far the best thing going in the Dolphin passing attack this season. He remains a solid start but carries the "new QB" risk this week. He did have 11 catches for 144 yards in the two games that Feeley started earlier this season, so maybe this will turn out alright for McMichael owners.
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck B Hasselbeck has only once performed up to his supposed fantasy potential, week nine against the reeling Niners. This week he gets the Dolphins' #1 pass defense and the knee injury he suffered last week may limit him. This is shaping up to be a week where you need to find another option if possible.
RB Shaun Alexander S1 As strong as the Dolphins are against the pass they are as weak against the run. With Hasselbeck sporting a bum leg look for the Seahawks to lean heavily on Alexander this week.
WR Koren Robinson X Robinson always has bustout potential but he's topped 60 yards only twice this season. This could be the last week his owners get to use him as the four game suspension is likely coming next week. But against the Miami secondary and with an ailing QB it may be best for you to look somewhere else on your roster starting this week.
WR Darrell Jackson S2

If the Seahawks can keep Miami on it's heals with a pounding running game there should be enough favorable matchups with Jackson on the perimeter to make him a borderline starter this week.

WR Jerry Rice B

Continues his one catch a game Seattle career. Once Robinson exits the scene that may change. But until then Rice is off limits.

TE Jerramy Stevens X Even with Mili sidelined Stevens just can't seem to break out of that 3-4 catch, 30-40 yard mold.
 
San Diego (6-3) at Oakland (3-6) Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1 Brees was on a serious roll before the off week and he has the Charger offense second in the league in red-zone TD percentage at 75.3%. Brees started his roll against the Raiders with five touchdowns in week eight. He may not repeat that this week in Oakland but he's a for sure start.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (P) S2 The week off surely helped his recovery from the lingering groin injury but it's highly unlikely he'll be at 100% this week. Thankfully against the Oakland defense he doesn't have to be to warrant fantasy starter status.
WR Eric Parker U With all the attention opposing defenses have to give Tomlinson, Gates and now McCardell, Parker can sometimes fly under the radar for some nice output. He had his season high of 6-for-91 in the last meeting with Oakland. The downside is that he's not going to be very consistent because he's fourth in the receiving food chain.
WR Keenan McCardell S2 Has adapted quickly to the Charger offense and Brees. In his first three games he's posted 15 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown. The prospects only get better this week against a struggling Oakland secondary.
TE Antonio Gates S1 Everyone knows the big guy is coming, but thanks to OC Cam Cameron's many schemes and motion Gates remains very difficult to defend.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins X Collins has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in all but one of his starts this season. The Chargers' secondary remains high on potential but low on performance. But so does Collins. This is likely a wash this week.
RB Tyrone Wheatley S2 The yardage hasn't been there since his return from a shoulder injury but he's scored three touchdowns and had a season high 19 carries in week nine. The Chargers are the top run defense allowing only 3.4 YPC and 79 YPG. The going won't be easy for Wheatley but you can expect him to get 20+ carries in this matchup. Just eight teams have allowed more rushing touchdowns than the Chargers' nine, so there's a good chance Wheatley can keep his scoring streak going.
WR Jerry Porter S2

In only a single game this year has Porter been the dominant Raider receiver. The remainder of the time he's shared any fantasy production with fellow starter Gabriel and occasionally #3 WR Curry. If you have to pick a Raider receiver the obvious choice remains Porter and this week he should get enough action to make him a borderline starter.

WR Doug Gabriel B

Gabriel has the potential to payoff for fantasy owners with his vertical abilities. But that potential hasn't really been reached since week one.

WR Ronald Curry X

Curry has a chance this week if the Raiders choose to stretch the limited Charger secondary by running a lot of 3-WR sets. This could provide some nice matchups with the elusive Curry against nickel cornerbacks.

TE Doug Jolley U

With Courtney Anderson out the load now falls on Jolley. He's scored in two of the previous three games and this is a good matchup for him. The Chargers don't defend the TE well, allowing over 30 yards and a TD per game.

 
Atlanta (7-2) at NY Giants (5-4) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick   U

What Vick is lacking in the passing game may be made up this week with his running. Without their two starting defensive ends the Giants will be hard pressed to contain Vick. If you feel lucky roll the dice and stick Vick in your starting lineup. Otherwise keep him where he's probably been all season, on your bench.

RB Warrick Dunn X Last week Dunn topped 70 yards rushing for the first time since week four. He appears to have some of the burst back that he lost with the nagging groin injury. The Giants are having trouble with the run now due to the injuries along the defensive line. Look for the Falcons to work both Dunn and ...
RB T.J. Duckett  S2 ... Duckett into the mix this week with Duckett holding the advantage because he will get the goal-line carries.
WR Peerless Price X Price is the only Falcons receiver not named Crumpler that holds any fantasy hope. That isn't saying much though since Price has had more than two catches in only two games this season and only scored in week eight.
WR Dez White
Brian Finneran (Q)
B Finneran is only now returning to health and White continues to disappoint, likely losing his spot in the rotation to rookie Jenkins.
TE Alge Crumpler S1 The large, lumbering one has reached elite fantasy status. Start him regardless of opponent.
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning B

So let me get this straight. You are frustrated with the sacks your QB is taking behind a poor offensive line, so you stick your prized rookie out there behind that same line against an Atlanta pass rush that's generated the second most sacks in the NFL. Yeah, that'll work.

RB Tiki Barber S2 The Giants will obviously lean more on Barber now that their prized rookie is behind center. Problem is that they face the very tough Falcon defense this week. Barber maintains starter status of course but your expectations should be lowered.
WR Amani Toomer X

All bets are off in the Giants' passing game now that the switch to Manning has been made. If you have Toomer he may be worth a start if you're a risk taker. Someone's got to catch the ball right? He is coming off his second best effort of the season last week and has to get in the end-zone sooner or later.

WR Ike Hilliard B Hilliard has been a complete bust this season and is off limits.
TE Jeremy Shockey X Just when Shockey seemed to be getting into a groove with Warner and the new Giants offense they pull the plug and stick the rookie in there. Manning will be under constant pressure Sunday and Shockey owners can only hope he learns quickly how to find his tight end for dumpoffs.
 
Washington (3-6) at Philadelphia (8-1) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Patrick Ramsey B Now it's Ramsey's turn to lead the oh so productive Redskin offense. Ramsey's lack of experience and mobility make him an easy target for the blitz, something the Eagles excel at.
RB Clinton Portis S2 The Redskins have been working some Portis-friendly plays into the playbook with some success. They have an edge here and should take advantage and run Portis as much as he can take in this matchup. The problem lies in the fact that it's highly likely the Skins fall behind and have to abandon the running game.
WR Lavernues Coles X

Ramsey looked Coles way a lot last week and that's likely to continue. The Eagles secondary has played very well at times but as a whole isn't a pass-stopping unit. Coles' speed should provide some matchup advantages if Ramsey can stay off his back long enough to connect.

WR Rod Gardner (P) B Since his big week three effort Gardner hasn't topped three catches or 41 yards.
TE Chris Cooley B The H-back is proving to be worth a couple of catches a week, if that.
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2 Only completed 15 passes last week, but most were long and four were for touchdowns. Not bad. The going won't be quite so easy this week against one of the stronger secondaries in the league. McNabb should have plenty of time in the pocket however against a limited pass rush, enabling his receivers to break down their coverage.
RB Brian Westbrook X Has looked good since his return from the rib injury. This week is a tough spot however. The Redskins defense has been consistently difficult to run on and last week the Eagles turned to Levens and got 12 highly productive carries out of him.
WR Terrell Owens S1 Do you really need a reason?
WR Todd Pinkston (P) X Only had a single catch last week but it was a doosey, a 59 yard score. Pinkston continues to have great fantasy potential as Owens consistently draws double or even triple coverage. The fact remains though that he just isn't getting the looks from McNabb. He's had over three catches only once this season and last week's touchdown was his first.
TE L.J. Smith (P)
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 split between 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.
 
Green Bay (5-4) at Houston (4-5) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S1 Favre returned from the bye last week and looked highly efficient and ready for the stretch run. Houston continues to struggle in pass coverage and has allowed a league worst 13 touchdowns through the air.
RB Ahman Green (P) S1 The Texans have allowed a league low three rushing touchdowns this season. Don't allow that to cause any hesitation in starting Green since he doesn't even need scores to put up big fantasy games.
WR Javon Walker S2 Walker has had an outstanding year as he and Favre exploit the man coverage he gets with teams cheat a safety up in run support. As bad as the Houston secondary is playing he won't need that single coverage to produce this week.
WR Donald Driver S2

The same can be said for Driver but the results are less consistent.

TE Bubba Franks X Franks' role has diminished in the Packers passing game and he's only an occasional target now, mostly at the goal-line. He has only four catches in the last three games but two are for touchdowns.
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr X Carr is in a slump and hasn't played this bad since week one. He's put up 82 passes in the last two games and has only three interceptions to show for it. The key for his success this week will be for the running game to pull the Packers out of their zone coverage schemes, which Carr struggles against.
RB Domanick Davis S2

If the Texans can stay close in this one Davis should continue to get a heavy workload as Houston wants to be a run-first team. The Packer defense has improved against the run since the return of DT Grady Jackson so don't expect Davis to go off in this one. He is a big factor in the short passing have though and they are going to him at the goal-line as he's scored four times in the past two games.

WR Andre Johnson S2 Johnson hasn't scored or topped 74 yards in four games. That trend should change this week as the Packers don't really have the talent in the secondary to match up with Johnson.
WR Jabar Gaffney U 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 three of the last four games.
WR Corey Bradford B Has not been a factor since losing his starting job to Gaffney.
 
New England (8-1) at Kansas City (3-6) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) S2 Another week, another 230 yards and two touchdowns. You can pretty much pencil this guys fantasy score in now. He hasn't had a performance that significantly surpassed his average since week one. If there's a week it may happen it's this one. These are the Chiefs after all and it is Monday night. But take comfort knowing Madden will fawn all over him either way.
RB Corey Dillon S2 Dillon looked good last week even though he tweaked his knee in the first half. The KC defense has shown some signs of improvement against the run, but nothing that should give you any doubt in Dillon's high fantasy potential this week.
RB Kevin Faulk B Change-of-pace / third-down duty only.
WR

David Givens
David Patten

S2

Brady spread the ball around to ten different receivers last week but Givens and Patten remain the primary targets. Givens had his 100-yard game streak snapped at three last week and Patten scored his fifth touchdown of the season. Both are solid starts this week against the Chiefs terrible secondary.

WR

Troy Brown
Deion Branch (Q)

B

Brown has yet to break out since his return from injury and you shouldn't expect him to any time soon. Branch hasn't taken the field since week two due to a still mysterious knee injury and may not again this week. Neither are fantasy options.

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 only a single catch in the past three games.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S2

The hits just keep on coming with Green. With what is basically an unstoppable running attack, Gonzo and two healthy receivers on the outside, Green has hit a nice stride. The Pats secondary is still being held together with gum and chicken wire so don't hesitate to keep Green as your starting QB this week.

RB Priest Holmes (D) B

Holmes will sit out at least one more week.

RB Derrick Blaylock (P) S2 The running game didn't miss a beat last week and Blaylock had a monster day. The Pats have the most trouble with teams that can line up and overpower them with a strong running attack. That pretty mush sums up the KC running game. Look for Blaylock to have a big night.
WR Eddie Kennison S2 Kennison had his second 100 yard game last week and his first score. He's not the burner he used to be but with the New England secondary still banged up there should be some one-on-one matchups on the perimeter for him to take advantage of.
WR Johnnie Morton S2 Ditto for Morton.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 And we close out this week's list with a simple no-brainer.

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