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Start/Bench List - Week 1
Whitney Walters
September 8, 2005
Thu 9 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
Sun 1 PM HOU at BUF TB at MIN DAL at SD Mon 9 PM
CIN at CLE NYJ at KC   STL at SF (times ET)
Start/Bench Codes (SBC) Early Injury Status
S1: Must start, 1st string. X: No start or bench indications / Could go either way. (O): Out    (D): Doubtful
S2: Solid starter, 2nd string. B: Bench 'em / Too much risk. (Q): Questionable
U: Upside player / Possible sleeper. (P): Probable
Dallas (0-0) at San Diego (0-0) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe U

Jones' success running the ball will open up the play-action passing game for Bledsoe. Don't be surprised if he has some success this week against the suspect San Diego secondary.

RB Julius Jones S1 Look out fantasy studdom, here comes Julius.
WR Keyshawn Johnson S2

No reason Keyshawn shouldn't go what he normally does, 4-5 catches and about 70 yards. Throw in a score and you have a nice fantasy outing.

WR Terry Glenn X With the addition of Peerless Price and the up-and-coming Patrick Crayton, Glenn could easily become an afterthought for the Cowboys if he continues to be unable to stay healthy. But for now he is and remains the only WR with the downfield speed to stretch defenses.
TE Jason Witten S1 Big, fast, great hands and a key to the Dallas passing game. Might not match last year's production however as the offense will feature the run more.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees X Production out of the passing game will be difficult against Dallas without Gates in the lineup. Don't expect a lot out of Brees this week.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 Please... just start him.
WR Keenan McCardell X At 35 years of age will enter the season as the top wide receiver for the Chargers. Still has much to prove after his first season in San Diego started late due to a holdout and ended early due to injury.
WR Eric Parker U Outside of Gates, he could end up being the top receiving weapon for the Chargers this year. Very quick, has great hands and can make things happen after the catch.
TE Justin Peelle B With Gates out, Peelle gets to be the Chargers starting TE for a week. Don't bother.
Green Bay (0-0) at Detroit (0-0) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre (P) S2 Did not have a good pre-season and ended it with a sprained ankle. The ankle should be fine by Sunday, but the jury's out on the level of mistakes that have made their way back into Favre's game. Remains a borderline starter however since it's likely the Pack will be playing from behind.
RB Ahman Green S2 Will get the touches, but age and a suspect offensive line in front of him may limit his effectiveness. A borderline starter due to the run stuffing ability of the center of the Detroit defensive line.
WR Javon Walker S2 Walker is a very consistent receiver with lots of "big game" potential. His dislocated finger shouldn't slow him down much.
WR Donald Driver X

Driver is a great down field threat and always seems to make the difficult catches.

TE Bubba Franks (P) S2 Franks' role in the Packers passing game should increase this season as Favre will be under more pressure due to problems on the offensive line.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington (P) S2 Thanks to the injury to Garcia, this is Harrington's ship for another season. He should get off to a good start thanks to a strong running attack and some young cornerbacks in the Packer secondary.
RB Kevin Jones S1 The Packer defense has problems, and it's only week 1.
WR Roy Williams S2

Big, strong and healthy. Green Bay won't be able to handle him in the secondary.

WR Charles Rogers   X The biggest question surrounding Rogers is whether or not the shoulder will hold up. But as long as he's healthy, Rogers is difficult for most corners to handle one-on-one.
TE Marcus Pollard B Pollard is aging but still has the skills to play this position. Problem is this team is loaded with talent and Pollard will fall low in the pecking order.
St. Louis (0-0) at San Francisco (0-0) Back to top
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S1

Until proven otherwise, circle San Francisco on all your players schedules as a must start.

RB Steven Jackson S1 The torch has passed and Jackson will tear it up this season, starting this weekend.
RB Marshall Faulk B Faulk will retain a reduced role in the offense, but it's not likely going to be enough to warrant placing him in your fantasy starting lineup.
WR Torry Holt S1 In the words of head coach Mike Martz, "It's 49ers week."
WR Isaac Bruce S1 Ditto for Bruce.
WR Kevin Curtis U

The designated #3 WR in this high-powered passing attack. Most week's that won't amount to enough to help your fantasy squad. But this matchup with the Niners is tempting. But only as a #4 WR in a flex style lineup.

TE Whoever B Not sure why this offense even bothers with the TE position.
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Rattay X

Gets the season opener start over prized rookie Alex Smith. Won't be asked to do much in a ball-control, keep the Rams offense off the field, game plan.

RB Kevan Barlow S2 Look for Barlow to get plenty of touches in this one if the Niners can keep drives going. The two-back set will be the choice of the day, allowing Barlow to have a blocking fullback and also freeing him up more as a receiver.
WR Brandon Lloyd X Had a great pre-season and is poised to be the Niners #1 WR this season. With an unsettled quarterback situation he may end up being a frustration on your fantasy roster.
WR Arnaz Battle B Emerged out of the pre-season as the likely #2 WR and punt returner. With no real clear cut #1 Battle may be of some value at times this season. Week one isn't likely one of those times.
TE Eric Johnson (D) B Not expected to play due to injury.
Indianapolis (0-0) at Baltimore (0-0) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S2 I know it's Baltimore, and I know they held him to a single score last year, his only non-multiple TD game. But what are you going to do, sit him?
RB Edgerrin James S2

You didn't make that first round pick on James to bench him week 1. A touch matchup indeed, but one he produced in last season (92 yards and a score).

WR Marvin Harrison S2 A smart and still very quick receiver. He'll find a way to produce in this matchup.
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 (P) B Cleared to play, but how much is anyone's guess.
TE Dallas Clark (Q) U No more splitting time but has been dealing with groin and hamstring injuries during the pre-season. Should be good to go this week however and could make some noise given the down field focus on the WRs and line of scrimmage focus on pressuring Manning.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B Not this week... not any week until some progress is made.
RB Jamal Lewis S2 Not expected to carry a full load in week 1, but a fantasy starter none the less.
WR Derrick Mason X Could be a waste of a free agent acquisition if Boller can't get it together soon.
WR Mark Clayton
Clarence Moore

Moore is the current #2 WR but is being pushed by rookie Clayton. At this point however, anyone beyond Mason is roster filler.


Todd Heap

X Heap will start the opener but word is he won't play all the snaps as he's still dealing with ankle and shoulder injuries. Finished the pre-season with a single 6-yard catch.
Philadelphia (0-0) at Atlanta (0-0) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S1 McNabb looks primed and ready for a big season.
RB Brian Westbrook S2 The Falcons defense doesn't have great speed, so look for Philly to use Westbrook's speed on the edges to their advantage.
WR Terrell Owens S1 Until things blow up in Philly, Terrell "respect and dignity" Owens is a fantasy starter regardless of matchup.
WR Greg Lewis
Reggie Brown  
B Lewis will start on the other side of Owens and the rookie Brown the #3 WR. Beyond Owens there isn't going to be much WR production in this offense.
TE L.J. Smith X Smith has tons of talent and is expected to be a bigger part of the passing game this season. Could struggle this week however against the speed and talent of the Falcon linebackers.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick X

Mr. Hype takes the field for another season. Will this be the year he reaches the great potential everyone keeps insisting is there? We'll see. For this week the answer is likely no as the Eagles have contained Vick in the past and they bring one of the league's top secondaries into Atlanta.

RB Warrick Dunn X Dunn remains the starter but will continue to split time with Duckett. Probably more so than last season when the ration was around 2.5 carries to 1. Look for a more even split this season, meaning fewer for Dunn.
RB T.J. Duckett  X Duckett continues to be an effective runner, averaging 4.9 yards per carry last season (to Dunn's 4.2).
WR Michael Jenkins U Could be the Falcons most productive fantasy receiver not named Crumpler. Jenkins had a good pre-season and may be ready to take the next step, but a lot will depend on whether or not Vick can take his.
WR Dez White
Roddy White
B Outside of Crumpler and maybe Jenkins, don't look for much from the WR position. But keep an eye on rookie Roddy White.
TE Alge Crumpler S1 Until proven otherwise, Crumpler remains the prime weapon in the Falcon passing game.

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