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Start/Bench List - Week 2
Whitney Walters
September 15, 2005
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 7:30 PM
BAL at TEN MIN at CIN ATL at SEA SD at DEN NO at NYG
BUF at TB NE at CAR STL at ARI Sun 8:30 PM Mon 9 PM
DET at CHI PIT at HOU CLE at GB KC at OAK WAS at DAL
JAC at IND SF at PHI MIA at NYJ   (times ET)
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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
 
Miami (1-0) at NY Jets (0-1) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Gus Frerotte X

Hey, Miami may be on to something here. New OC Scott Linehan seems to be working his Viking magic on this offense and Frerotte thrived against the Broncos. Don't expect the Dolphins to rely on that type of performance from Frerotte often so look for more of a running attack this week playing the Jets.

RB

Ronnie Brown (P)

S2 Did anyone see what the Chiefs did to the Jets last week running the ball? Thought so. While you shouldn't expect that type of domination from Brown and the Dolphins, this is a very nice matchup for the rookie and he should continue to get 20-25 touches and will surely improve on last week's numbers.
WR Chris Chambers S2 Chambers looked great last week and is still as strong and hard to handle in coverage as ever. If the Jets come at him with man coverage he should have little trouble making even more noise this weekend in the passing game.
WR Marty Booker X Booker is a solid receiver that can make the occasional big play in what's shaping up to be a year of more big plays in Miami. Won't give you much consistency in this offense but seems to have put the disappointment of his trade last season behind him.
TE Randy McMichael S2 Looks like another productive season for McMichael. Now that his legal troubles appear to be behind him fantasy owners can relax and just plug him into their starting lineups each week.
New York Jets
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington X The shoulder and arm strength took a lot of heat after the game, but Pennington's lousy protection and struggle with the shotgun snap had as much to do with his poor performance as anything. If the Jets don't scrap the shotgun and improve his protection, you're likely to see another mediocre effort this week against the improved and fired up Dolphins.
RB Curtis Martin S2 The Jets had to abandon the running game after falling behind 17-0 early. If NY can stay closer this week Martin's carries will surely increase. Problem is the Dolphins now have an immoveable object in the center of their defensive line by the name of Keith Traylor. Tatum Bell and Mike Anderson got to know him well last week on their way to averaging only 3 YPC. Martin remains a borderline starter however given his work in the passing game and goal-line carries.
WR Laveranues Coles S2 Well that didn't go quite as planned. Coles ended his return to the Jets with 6 catches for 66 yards, but also had several drops, including a potential score. Coles should bounce back this week going against the very suspect Miami CB Reggie Howard.
WR Justin McCareins   X

McCareins has the size to be a solid possession receiver opposite Coles. He's also very comfortable with the new offensive system since he spent three years in Tennessee with new OC Mike Heimerdinger.

TE Chris Baker S2

In one of the odder happenings last week, the normally blocking, hands-of-stone Baker blew up with a 7-124-TD game. Jolley is clearly the better receiver, but has fallen out of favor quickly with his new team. Until proven otherwise Baker is the man and he's in an offense that will utilize the TE often.

 
San Diego (0-1) at Denver (0-1) Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S2 Performed well shifting his attention to the wide receivers with his all-world tight end out of action. This week Gates is back and the Broncos' secondary may be down their best man and filling the hole at CB with rookies.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 With Gates back to keep the defense honest look for Tomlinson to have a big game.
WR Keenan McCardell X Guess the old man can still get it done. McCardell still has the savvy to get open but he is aging and with Gates back and Parker emerging you aren't going to get any 9-123-2 TD games out of him any time soon... if ever again.
WR Eric Parker U With Gates back and McCardell drawing a bit more attention now, look for the up-and-coming Parker to outpace McCardell this week. The Denver secondary is notoriously bad at limiting production after the catch, Parker's specialty.
TE Antonio Gates S1 With the primary TE stopper Champ Bailey either slowed by injury or out, Gates is going to go off in his 2005 debut.
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S2 Denver has the personnel in the passing game to make it hard on the Chargers. They will use many spread formations and two-tight end packages to stretch their secondary. Plummer should improve on last week's numbers with an extra TD Sunday.
RB Mike Anderson (Q) B Anderson's rib injury will require him to take a painkilling shot before the Charger game. There are no guarantees that he'll still be able to go Sunday so he's best left on your bench.
RB Tatum Bell X Getting stuffed four times at the goal-line and averaging just 3.6 YPC is not going to move you up on the depth chart. But since Anderson may not even play this week Bell will likely get another chance. His speed and ability to cut a run back against the grain could be a plus against the very aggressive San Diego linebackers.
RB Ron Dayne B I don't care what anyone says, Dayne ain't the answer.
WR Rod Smith S2 Like his counterpart in this game, McCardell, this old veteran just keeps on going. Should have little trouble repeating last week's success against the Chargers Jammer and Florence.
WR Ashley Lelie S2

Lost in the terrible 2 catch performance last week is the fact that Plummer threw to Lelie 14 times, three more than to Smith. Lelie had great success against the Chargers secondary last season.

TE Jeb Putzier S2 As expected, both Putzier and Alexander saw action in the 2-TE sets last week. But Putzier established himself as the primary target, pulling in 7 catches for 67 yards. Still not used much around the goal-line, but a solid fantasy starter.
TE Stephen Alexander B On the field about as much as Putzier, but has not yet established a rapport with Plummer. Will tease with some TD catches, but Putzier is the better fantasy option right now.
 
Kansas City (1-0) at Oakland (0-1) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green (P) S2

Wasn't required to do much last week, and he didn't. That should change this week as the Raiders don't match up well at all with the Chiefs passing game and won't be able to stop the running attack.

RB Priest Holmes S2

Only had 22 carries last week, and that's about what you can expect from Holmes the rest of the season. More than enough to be a weekly fantasy starter, but not quite enough to be a weekly fantasy stud. The Chiefs will be without all-world tackle Willie Roaf for at least a couple of weeks. That isn't helping Priest's stud status either.

RB Larry Johnson X Before everyone jumps on the LJ bandwagon, let's not forget a couple of things about last week's stellar fantasy performance. First is the fact that he had only nine carries to Holmes' 22. Second, his best run, the 35-yard TD, only came to him because Holmes was on the sidelines for one play resting from HIS 35-yard run on the previous play. Situations fell just right for LJ and it paid off big time for his fantasy owners. No way is that kind of performance going to repeat itself as long as Holmes is the starter.
WR Eddie Kennison S2 One-dimensional, but that one dimension typically results in some decent yardage and the occasional long touchdown. Had little trouble getting behind the Raider secondary last season.
WR Samie Parker
Chris Horn
B Behind the Priest/LJ running attack and the Gonzo/Kennison led passing game is no place you'll find fantasy viable receivers.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1 Lit Oakland up for 124 yards and two TDs in their last meeting.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins (P) S2 Had a great week 1 fantasy outing, but still showed some of his bad tendencies when pressured. The Chiefs, and every other opponent this year, will surely bring their improved blitz to bear this week. The successful running game will help keep the pressure off.
RB Lamont Jordan S2 The man that played in front of Jordan in NY (Curtis Martin) just struggled to put up 57 rushing yards against the Chiefs last week. This week Jordan gets a chance to better his former teammate and rival. Odds are good he will.
WR Randy Moss S1

Only had five catches in the opener but one was a doosie, the 73-yard TD. Collins also threw his way 16 times last Thursday, three times as much as any other receiver.

WR Jerry Porter (P) S2

The hamstring that slowed him last week should be better. Like Moss, Porter will have his way with the Kansas City secondary if Collins has the necessary time in the pocket.

WR Doug Gabriel (Q)
Ronald Curry  
B

Until their roles in the new offense are proven these two receivers are better left on your bench, or on your league's waiver wire.

TE Courtney Anderson X

Not since the year 2000 has a Raider TE scored two touchdowns in a game. The attention turns towards the WRs Moss and Porter in this matchup, so don't expect even a single score this week.

 
New Orleans (1-0) at NY Giants (1-0) Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks S2 Brooks didn't score last week, but he again showed that he has the tools to be a fine NFL quarterback. Given the time to drop back and make unhurried throws he can be one of the best. If the retooled offensive line can keep the Giants' blitz under control, Brooks will have another fine performance and likely a couple of scores.
RB Deuce McAllister S2 Look for McAllister to get plenty of work running to the left as the Giants' right side is vulnerable to a power run attack.
WR Joe Horn S2 Horn made a few mistakes last week but came up huge in the winning drive. With Brooks getting time in the pocket Horn and ...
WR Donte' Stallworth S2 ... Stallworth should have the advantage against a Giants' secondary with a questionable Will Peterson due to injury.
TE Ernie Conwell (Q) B Started the season off strong but is questionable for this week's game due to a concussion and jaw injury suffered last week.
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning X

Manning shouldn't get too much pressure from the Saints' defensive front, leading to another average fantasy performance. A limping Shockey isn't going to help though.

RB Tiki Barber S2 Touched the ball only 15 times last week, but the result was 122 total yards and a touchdown. The low carry count was mostly due to the game being out of hand early. You could hear the collective groan of the fantasy world however when big Brandon Jacobs came in at the goal-line and scored.
RB Brandon Jacobs B May only have fantasy value in TD-only leagues, but his ability to convert four first downs on short yardage situations last week will prove very beneficial for the Giants offense.
WR Plaxico Burress S2 Ten of Manning's 23 passes went Burress' way last week. A very good sign. Look for these two to hook up a few times in the red-zone this week.
WR Amani Toomer B

Went catchless last weekend but did get four looks from Manning. Still has what it takes to be a solid WR, but finds himself behind Shockey, Burress and even Barber in the receiving pecking order.

TE Jeremy Shockey (Q) X Well that didn't take long. Shockey suffered a sprained ankle in the opener and will likely be questionable on Monday night. He's expected to play but will not be 100%, so he loses his starter status for at least one week.
 
Washington (1-0) at Dallas (1-0) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell X Will manage the offense and not be asked to do anything special. That's about all Brunell has shown he can handle at this point in his career. And that's pushing it. (Gee, is there an echo in here?)
RB Clinton Portis S2 The improvements on the line and at fullback showed last weekend as Portis started his second Redskins campaign with a 121 yard effort on just 21 carries. The Cowboys will be a more difficult task on Monday night.
RB Ladell Betts B Running hard but his only fantasy impact will be the carries he takes from Portis each week. Last Sunday he received 12.
WR Santana Moss X

The Redskins' passing game will be ordinary at best with Brunell leading the charge, and since both Moss and ...

WR David Patten B ... Patten spent the entire pre-season working with the now benched Ramsey, both new Redskins receivers will likely take some time getting used to their new quarterback.
TE Chris Cooley S2 Had a touchdown called back on a penalty last week. Cooley has the height, speed and hands to be a real threat around the goal-line. His odds of catching a TD each week are very high.
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe X

Jones' success running the ball will continue to open up the play-action passing game for Bledsoe, one of his strengths. The Redskins will be able to bring more pressure up the middle than the Chargers last week, so look for Bledsoe to struggle a bit more on Monday night.

RB Julius Jones S2 After returning from injury last season, Jones' worst game came against the Redskins in week 16 where he ran for only 57 yards on 22 carries. While he may struggle this week, he will surely improve on those numbers. Especially with an increased role in the passing game.
WR Keyshawn Johnson S2

Keyshawn followed up his so-so pre-season with a dynamite opener last weekend. Not a big surprise coming from the wise veteran. This new Bledsoe run passing game may be better than most thought and Keyshawn could end up being the QB's go-to guy all year.

WR Terry Glenn X Glenn had only three catches in the opener, but he'll continue to get plenty of opportunities as he's the only Cowboy WR with the speed to stretch the defenses vertically.
WR Patrick Crayton B Crayton, the #3 WR for the Cowboys, was the benefactor of the extra attention TE Witten received last week. Don't expect that to continue as Peerless Price and his $1.8 million price tag will be taking his reps soon.
TE Jason Witten S2 Are we seeing a new phase in the Dallas passing attack? Hard to say. But one thing is becoming clearer. The Bledsoe led passing attack will spread the ball around much more than last year's version. A bad sign for the fantasy favorite Witten.

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