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Start/Bench List - Week 13
Whitney Walters
December 2, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
CIN at BAL BUF at MIA ATL at TB DEN at SD PIT at JAC
MIN at CHI TEN at IND SF at STL KC at OAK Mon 9 PM
ARI at DET CAR at NO   GB at PHI DAL at SEA
NE at CLE HOU at NYJ   NYG at WAS (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
 
Cincinnati (5-6) at Baltimore (7-4) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer B

Palmer showed some signs of turning the corner last week (and the week prior) but still makes drive killing mistakes. On the road against the top pass defense is not a place where you want to see if he can now help your fantasy team.

RB Rudi Johnson S2 The Ravens are an obvious challenge, but Johnson has had some success against tough defenses this season (BAL week 3, PIT week 4 and WAS week 10). The Bengals will remain committed to the run and as the Pats showed last week with Dillon, that can lead to a productive day.
WR Chad Johnson S2 There isn't a tougher matchup than the Baltimore pass defense, but Johnson has managed to remain somewhat productive this season regardless of opponent. He went 8-for-99 in week three against the Ravens.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Kelly Washington
B It took an almost record scoring game last week for these two to even register on the fantasy radar. Can't rely on that.
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B After a couple of nice steps forward, Boller took a big step back last week. The Bengals aren't going to scare anyone defensively, but Boller just can't be relied on in the fantasy world.
RB Jamal Lewis (D) B Out another week with a sprained ankle.
RB Chester Taylor S2 Solid last week in relief of Lewis and catches a great matchup with the terrible Bengal run defense this week. Get him in your lineup.
WR Travis Taylor
Clarence Moore
Kevin Johnson
B All three have some potential each week, but they are victims of a sporadically terrible passing game. If you have to pick one to play your best shot lies in Moore due to his presence in the red-zone thanks to his height.
TE

Todd Heap (Q)

B Heap may miss another game and there are no other tight ends worth looking at.
 
Minnesota (7-4) at Chicago (4-7) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S2 Look for the Vikings to use it's speed advantage at receiver to stretch the weak Chicago safeties and their zone schemes, leaving the underneath to be exploited. Culpepper should be able to easily put up a multi-touchdown performance.
RB   Onterrio Smith S2

Good news for fantasy owners as the Vikings have announced a commitment to Smith as their feature back for the remainder of the season. Just in time for the woeful Bears defense.

RB   Michael Bennett
Moe Williams
B

Combined for only a single carry last week. Williams has been a non-factor all season and Bennett has just 27 carries in the six games since his return from injury. It's Smith's show now and both Williams and Bennett should be avoided.

WR Randy Moss (P) S2 Moss was clearly limited last week but still managed to pay off for his fantasy owners with a score. Even at less that full speed Moss should improve on last week's numbers against the struggling Bears.
WR Nate Burleson
Marcus Robinson
X

With Moss' return it now becomes more difficult to rely on Burleson or Robinson. The potential is still there as both have proven themselves capable, but the production will be more inconsistent.

TE Jermaine Wiggins S2

Wiggins hasn't had a bad fantasy game in four weeks and had more passes thrown to him than any other receiver last Sunday and led them all in yards.

Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Hutchinson B Sorry Chad, but you don't stand a chance behind an offensive line that continues to shuffle it's lineup.
RB Thomas Jones S2

Jones still holds great potential but is falling victim to a Bears offense in a tailspin. He'll get his carries this week as Chicago will try to keep as much pressure off of Hutchinson as possible. But Jones hasn't come close to 100 yards since week six and the Viking run defense is improving. He could become Hutchinson's best friend Sunday as a dump-off target. Borderline starter this week.

WR David Terrell
Bobby Wade
B

When your passing game is dead last in the NFL and you are turning the keys over to a QB with mostly NFL Europe experience you just can't expect much from the receivers. There is hope as Hutchinson does have some skills and his backup, Jeff George, does as well. But until some signs are shown the Bear's passing game remains off limits.

TE Desmond Clark

B

Hasn't had more than a single catch since week seven.
 
Arizona (4-7) at Detroit (4-7) Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB John Navarre B What is that we all try to learn at a young age? Don't make a bad decision worse by making another one in response. Guess ol' Denny needs a refresher.
RB Emmitt Smith (Q) B Smith is out with a toe injury. There appears to be an epidemic of those this year in the NFL. None of his potential replacements (Croom, Scobey) are even worth considering, not even against the Lions.
WR Anquan Boldin X The passing game is in a shambles but Boldin is too talented to be held down. The Lions secondary will provide opportunities for success this weekend if the rookie QB can get him the ball.
WR Larry Fitzgerald B With yet another signal caller under center this week you just can't rely on Fitzgerald. Maybe when things settle down and Navarre shows some promise. But not now.
TE Freddie Jones X Jones could be a great asset for the new rookie QB. The problem lies in the need for his pass blocking to keep the pressure off. If the Cardinals can block the rush well enough to release Jones into routes he could lead the team in catches this week.
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B

Harrington keeps his job for at least one more week, but McMahon time could be one more bad game away. Since he's failed to take advantage of favorable matchups recently it shouldn't be expected that he suddenly snap back and do so this week behind a struggling offensive line and with a banged up WR corps.

RB Kevin Jones S2 The rookie is showing signs of the speed and vision that made him a top pick and is the only bright spot in an otherwise dark Detroit offense. This matchup is shaping up to possibly provide his first 20+ carry effort and best fantasy game of his short career. The game should remain close and the Cards are allowing over 130 YPG on the ground.
WR Roy Williams X

Only a shadow of what he could be thanks to the ankle injury that will be with him the remainder of the season. Still the top downfield option for Harrington but that equates to only slight fantasy value on most weeks.

WR Az-Zahir Hakim (P) U If Hakim can get on the field at close to 100% this week he could surprise. Despite the bum ankle Williams still gets quite a bit of attention which gives Hakim some opportunities for success.
TE Stephen Alexander (P) X Things are finally starting to open up for the talented tight end. Alexander has nine catches and a touchdown in the past two games. With all the injuries to the wide receivers he should continue to be a great outlet for Harrington, especially around the end-zone.
 
New England (10-1) at Cleveland (3-8) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) X Should get back to his typical 220 yard, maybe 2 TD performance this week. If that works for you then plug him into your lineup. Chances are you have an option with better upside. Brady hasn't had a 300 yard, more than 2 touchdown game since week one. In fact, he's had only two of those games in the past two seasons.
RB Corey Dillon S1 Dillon is running well and the Pats have embraced his power running game. He's averaged 27 carries a game over the last four and over 4.5 YPC in that span. The Browns won't know what hit them Sunday.
WR Deion Branch S2 Branch came quickly back down to earth last week, but that was against the Ravens. Everyone comes down to earth against the Ravens. Branch should have his way with the soft cover-2 zones Cleveland runs.
WR

David Givens

X

Givens should still get in done on occasion for his fantasy owners thanks to the size advantage he has over the other New England wide receivers.

WR

David Patten
Troy Brown

B

Non-fantasy factors now that Branch is back in the mix.

TE Daniel Graham B After an invisible three game stretch Graham has five catches in the past two games. That's enough for you to keep an eye on him but not enough to stick him in your starting lineup.
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Luke McCown B

Not sure if it can get any worse for the Browns passing game this week. They are now down to their rookie #3 QB thanks to injuries to both Garcia and Holcomb.

RB Lee Suggs (Q)
William Green
X

Green carried the load last week but only mustered 75 yards against one of the worst run defenses in the league. That was due more to the Browns turning to the passing game to keep pace then any lack of running ability. This week Suggs should return and the RBBC will be in full force again. Against a stout Patriots defense, that leaves little hope for fantasy owners of these two promising backs.

WR Andre' Davis (Q) B

Remains questionable due to the turf toe injury.

WR Dennis Northcutt
Antonio Bryant
B

My how things can change in just a week. We go from seeing some promise in the Browns passing attack with Northcutt working underneath Bryant's ability to stretch the field - to a rookie under center against the Pats. Steer clear this week.

TE Aaron Shea
Steve Heiden
B Holcomb's presence gave the TE position a big boost last week. But with a rookie stepping in this week it's best to avoid this situation. There still may be some potential if McCown can find his tight ends for dumpoffs, but don't bank on that unknown this week.
 
Buffalo (5-6) at Miami (2-9) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe B The Dolphins have handled even the best of passing offenses this season. Bledsoe and the Bills resemble one of the league's worst passing attacks much more often than they resemble one of the league's best.
RB Willis McGahee S2 With the continued struggles in the passing game made only worse this week look for the Bills to keep feeding McGahee the ball and for his fantasy owners to love every minute of it.
WR Eric Moulds S2

Moulds is the main cog in the Buffalo passing attack (if you can call it that) and put up almost 100 yards on Miami in week six. As with most weeks he remains a decent but not great fantasy start.

WR Lee Evans X Lee has spent most of the season in fantasy oblivion but like last week the talented rookie has shown occasional flashes of ability. Don't look for much this week against the Fins.
TE Mark Campbell U Okay, one week can be a fluke but two weeks can start to show a trend. Campbell followed up his three TD performance with a three catch one last week. A huge dropoff, but for a TE that wasn't doing squat prior this is a good sign. Chances are he'll get an opportunity to shine this week as the Dolphins will limit the downfield options for Bledsoe.
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB A. J. Feeley (P) B

This is not a quarterback friendly game. No way Feeley comes off your bench, if he's even there to begin with.

RB Travis Minor (P) B Minor got the start last week and turned 22 carries into just 47 yards against the reeling San Francisco defense. If he remains in the starting lineup due to the injury of Morris don't even consider him this week against the fourth ranked Buffalo run defense.
RB Sammy Morris (D) B If Morris is able to give it a go this week he'll be limited by the rib injury and will suffer the same fate as the healthy Minor against Buffalo.
WR Chris Chambers
Marty Booker
B The best bet between these two remains Chambers but neither should be relied on this week with the Bills top notch pass defense coming to town.
TE Randy McMichael S2 By far the best thing going in the Dolphin passing attack this season and he has remained somewhat active with Feeley at QB. Typically under performs against the Bills, averaging just 32 yards a game in the past three with no touchdowns.
 
Tennessee (4-7) at Indianapolis (8-3) Back to top
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair (Q) S2

McNair is still dealing with the pain of his sternum injury but played through it last week to post his best fantasy game of the season. The Indy defense has shown some slight improvements but this is still a great spot for McNair and the Titan's passing game.

RB Chris Brown (Q) B Brown has missed the last two games with his troublesome toe injury. Even if the Titan's declare him good to go late in the week he's a big risk.
RB Antowain Smith X Smith has filled in nicely for the injured Brown the past two weeks. If called on again should continue his solid production against the Colts. Since that decision won't likely come down until Sunday morning he carries risk as a fantasy starter.
WR Derrick Mason S2 Mason isn't tearing it up this season but he's been a consistent source of fantasy points for his owners. That should gradually improve now that the quarterback situation seems to have settled down and they can better exploit matchup advantages like this week against the Colts.
WR Drew Bennett S2

Mason is the playmaker and draws the extra coverage, but Bennett remains a constant target for McNair and a solid fantasy option most weeks.

TE Erron Kinney S2

As we saw last week Kinney in the Titan offense has fantasy potential. What's holding him back is the presence of fellow tight ends Meier and Troupe. McNair likes Kinney and has a longer rapport with him so look for another solid game against the very weak Indy pass defense.

Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1 This could be a fantasy first...
RB Edgerrin James (P) S1

An every week ...

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne
Brandon Stokley
S2 ... all-start NFL team.
TE Dallas Clark
Marcus Pollard
S2 The only piece of this all-start team that can generate some risk due to the blocking requirements and simply not having enough balls to spread around.
 
Carolina (4-7) at New Orleans (4-7) Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme (P) S2

Delhomme has been playing great despite all the struggles and injuries on the offense and a broken thumb. It doesn't get much better for his fantasy owners than facing the Saints swiss cheese defense.

RB Nick Goings S2

What do you know, two 20+ carry 100+ yard games in a row for the new Carolina feature back. Odds are good that he can keep that streak going against a Saints defense allowing over 150 YPG on the ground.

WR Muhsin Muhammad S2 The rookie Colbert may emerge some time but Muhammad remains the best option Delhomme has in the passing game. He was on a streak of four big games before last week's off 2-for-52 performance. Look for the Saints to de everything they can to get him back on that streak this week.
WR Keary Colbert X Last week's two TD performance came out of nowhere and is made even more surprising considering the opponent, the second ranked Bucs pass defense. This week the pendulum swings in the other direction against the 32nd ranked Saints pass defense. The rookie has been inconsistent all season but is a good bet to shake that off for at least one more week.
TE Kris Mangum B Mangum is a dependable receiver but is being asked to mostly block.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks X The Panthers injury riddled secondary may tempt some into thinking this is a solid matchup for Brooks. But Carolina's new found ability to pressure the quarterback will limit Brooks' ability to work the ball down field. Look for his inconsistent play to continue this weekend.
RB Deuce McAllister S2 Hasn't scored in a couple of weeks but keeps putting up the yardage. Look for both to show up in the box score this week against the improving but still shaky Carolina defense. He has some downside however thanks to injuries to two of his offensive linemen.
WR Joe Horn S2 Horn is by far the stud of the New Orleans passing attack and has a great matchup this week against the Carolina secondary. Despite Brooks' inconsistent play Horn remains a solid fantasy start this week.
WR Jerome Pathon B

Pathon just hasn't taken hold since his first start in week seven and a 6-for-79 performance. Since that time he's totaled only ten catches in four games.

WR Donte' Stallworth X Now that's more like it. Last week's 2-for-20 performance is the Donte' Stallworth the fantasy world has come to hate.
TE Boo Williams X Still doesn't look 100% back from the bothersome hamstring and is being asked to stay in and block more to provide better pass protection for Brooks.
 
Houston (5-6) at NY Jets (8-3) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr X Carr snapped out of his slump a bit last week with his first multi-TD game since week five. Even if he continues his improved play don't expect much more than last week on the road against a Jets defense that is playing very well right now.
RB Domanick Davis S2

Davis had one of his better outings of the year last week, averaging almost eight yards every time he touched the ball. The Jets will provide a tougher challenge this week as they are one of the better teams in the league against the run. Davis is an excellent receiver and typically remains productive in the passing game even when they struggle to run the ball.

WR Andre Johnson S2 Last week Johnson did score for the first time since week five but only managed 34 yards. The constant double coverage he gets because there is no other threat in the passing game is really hurting his fantasy value. The inconsistent results will continue.
WR Jabar Gaffney B Two catchless games in a row will send any receiver to the fantasy bench in a hurry.
WR Corey Bradford B Bradford got a little action last week but is still only a #3 WR in the Texan's struggling passing game.
TE Billy Miller B Last week's 4-for-42 and a TD explosion was a positive sign for a TE that had over 90 receptions in his first two season's with Houston. But lets not forget that Miller has NINE zero or one catch games this season. Make the Texans prove they want to use him in the offense before you run to your league's waiver wire.
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Quincy Carter B Carter may be playing just good enough to get the Jets some wins, but he's not even close to helping your fantasy team do the same.
RB Curtis Martin S2 The Texans have allowed a league low three rushing touchdowns this year and Martin is beginning to show some wear from a very active season. Regardless, with Carter at quarterback the Jets have to keep running the ball.
RB LaMont Jordan B Jordan has been getting chances lately (30 carries in the last two games) and is playing much better. He will continue to spell Martin during games, but not enough to warrant a starting spot on your fantasy team.
WR Santana Moss S2 Moss is a vertical threat and has stepped up his play since Pennington went down. Against a Texans team that's giving up passing touchdowns at a 2.5 per game clip look for Moss to find the end-zone again this week.
WR Justin McCareins   X

McCareins has had an inconsistent season, pulling in more than three catches only three times. This is another week where he has a size advantage over the opposing corners and can take advantage.

WR Wayne Chrebet B

The Jets aren't running nearly as many 3-WR sets with Carter at quarterback, limiting Chrebet's potential. He has only four catches in the past four games.

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