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Start/Bench List - Week 4
Whitney Walters
September 29, 2005
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Bye Week
BUF at NO HOU at CIN SD at NE NYJ at BAL SF at ARI CHI, CLE,
DEN at JAC IND at TEN SEA at WAS DAL at OAK Mon 9 PM MIA, PIT
DET at TB PHI at KC STL at NYG MIN at ATL GB at CAR  
          (times ET)
    Player List by Position
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 (2-1) at Oakland (0-3) Back to top
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe S2

Last week Bledsoe visited the worst pass defense, and this week he visits the almost worst. As long as Bledsoe can be kept comfortably in the pocket he can put up decent fantasy numbers. The Raiders have just two sacks in three games, so comfort may not be a problem for Bledsoe this week.

RB Julius Jones S1 Stop believing the misguidings of Mr. Parcells. Do you really think he's going to cut back on the use of his biggest offensive hammer? As last week showed, the answer is no. Look for close to 30 more touches this week.
WR Keyshawn Johnson S2

Keyshawn draws the increasingly overrated CB Charles Woodson this week. Remains Bledsoe's go-to guy and should remain in your starting lineup.

WR Terry Glenn S2 When Mr. Woodson isn't over taking a shot at Glenn he'll be looking across the line of scrimmage at CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Not exactly a household name.
WR Patrick Crayton B Until newly acquired Peerless Price shows something, Crayton is the #3 WR for the Cowboys. So far that's been good for about 40 yards a game and a single score through three. Not bad for a #3 on a rushing team with a stud TE. Not good enough for a fantasy team though.
TE Jason Witten S2 Got back on track last week, leading the team in receptions and scoring a TD. That trend will continue against the slow Oakland defensive linemen posing as outside linebackers.
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins S2 Collins' primary weakness, pressure, shouldn't be mush of a problem this week as Dallas has yet to mount much of a pass rush this season. There are plenty of matchups to exploit down field so look for Collins to have another fine fantasy outing this week.
RB Lamont Jordan S2 Jordan went nowhere on the ground last week but his receiving production saved his fantasy owners. The Raiders have an advantage up front that should enable a good day running the ball against Dallas. If they can't account for safety Roy Williams however, it could be a long day for Jordan.
WR Randy Moss S1

The Dallas pass defense was horrible last week and made the Niners look like superstars. Only SF has given up more touchdowns through the air and you can bet Moss will do his part to increase that total.

WR Jerry Porter S2

For two weeks Porter has out-targeted Moss. He may never out produce him however. All the same, all the attention Moss draws will keep the Collins-to-Porter connection going all season.

WR Doug Gabriel
Alvis Whitted  
B

Both Gabriel and Whitted are seeing action in Oakland's multi-WR sets. They may tease you with an occasional touchdown in this productive offense, but neither are fantasy worthy.

TE Courtney Anderson (P) S2

After a week off from producing, Anderson bounced back with a team leading 100-yard game. As opposing coverage continues to focus on Moss and Porter down field, the underneath is wide open for Anderson. No team will be able to match up with his size.

 
Minnesota (1-2) at Atlanta (2-1) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S2

Amazing what a bad defense will do for a slumping quarterback. The Falcons will be able to bring pressure on Culpepper, which makes it hard for him to get into a comfortable rhythm. A big issue in weeks 1 and 2. So look for some struggles on his way to a second fantasy worthy effort.

RB Mewelde Moore S2 As expected, when Moore was given a chance, he produced. He should be the clear #1 back now for the Vikings. Don't be surprised if on occasion he disappoints because HC Tice is notorious for making sudden change-ups in the backfield during games. But for now all those that stuck with Moore can breath easier because they just gained a starting running back on their fantasy roster. This week should be another productive one as Atlanta is no better at stopping the run than New Orleans is.
RB Moe Williams (P) B Can still get some action on passing downs and at the goal-line, but that's about it.
WR Travis Taylor S2 Burleson is out this week so Taylor is the #1 receiver again. Both Taylor and ...
WR Marcus Robinson U

... Robinson should be productive matched up against CB Christian Morton who was forced into the starting lineup due to injury, and the improving CB DeAngelo Hall.

WR Troy Williamson X As Williamson showed last week, his speed will create matchup advantages from the slot position all season. Should be a chance for a long gain every week.
TE Jermaine Wiggins S2

The way the Falcon linebackers flow to the ball will leave open zones in front of the safeties for Culpepper to exploit with his tight ends. Wiggins doesn't get into the end-zone often, but this could be his week.

Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick S2

The hamstring injury proved to be a non-issue last week as Vick ran effectively for 64 yards. He also tossed two touchdowns for only the eighth time in the past 24 games. The Vikings' secondary got it together last week, but they are down two safeties and a nickel cornerback due to injuries. This should be a high scoring game with Vick getting a good chunk of it.

RB Warrick Dunn S2 The Minnesota pass defense may have shown up last week, but the run defense is still MIA. They are allowing over 140 YPG on the ground so expect a continued heavy dose of both Dunn and ...
RB T.J. Duckett  S2 ... Duckett, who has ran for a touchdown in each game so far this season.
WR Michael Jenkins X Thanks to the strength of the running game and the matchup problems TE Crumpler causes, Jenkins spends most of his plays in one-on-one man coverage. He's showing signs of starting to take advantage of those matchups. This week however that man coverage means either CB Fred Smoot or CB Antoine Winfield. Not good.
WR Dez White (P)
Roddy White
Brian Finneran
B Finneran showed off his pass catching skills last week starting for the injured White. White is expected to return this week so the spot opposite Jenkins gets very crowded and useless for fantasy owners.
TE Alge Crumpler S1 The Vikings may try to cover Crumpler with one of their cover corners, hoping to keep their safeties and linebackers free to stop the run. Whether it's a corner or a linebacker or a safety or a combination of any two, Crumpler remains the man in the Falcon passing game.
 
San Francisco (1-2) at Arizona (0-3) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Rattay X

Don't be fooled by last week's outburst of production. Rattay and the Niner passing attack will struggle most weeks, including this one facing an Arizona defense that pressures the passer well and is better than their stats would suggest.

RB Kevan Barlow S2 Last week was by far Barlow's best game of this short season. The feeble Arizona run defense, which is allowing 130 YPG and has given up a league high 7 rushing touchdowns, may be just what the doctor ordered. If there's ever a time for the great San Francisco under-achiever to get it together, it's south of the border this Sunday night.
RB Frank Gore B Gore continues to get touches each week as the Niners like to rotate the rookie in with Barlow. He has a 4.9 YPC average on the season so the rotation will continue. It will only be enough to dampen Barlow's production, not make Gore fantasy relevant.
WR Brandon Lloyd
Arnaz Battle (P)
S2 Both Lloyd and Battle continue to make plays each week. The Cardinals have lost the services of promising rookie CB Antrell Rolle. His replacement will be a downgrade. Whoever that replacement is will join veteran David Macklin, and together should present enough coverage breakdowns for Lloyd and Battle to exploit.
TE Trent Smith B Got the start and got nothing.
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Josh McCown U

The Niners' pass defense ranks at the very bottom of the NFL heap. That was before they lost two cornerbacks to injury this week. On the positive side they have a very respectable 11 sacks through three games, the third highest league total. While there are great matchups to exploit in the Niner secondary, the Cardinals' offensive line is a mess. Only three teams have allowed more sacks. Look for McCown's evening to be a mix of making plays down field and picking himself up off the ground after getting a good taste of the hierba of our southern neighbors.

RB J.J. Arrington B Two games, 13 carries, 14 yards. That's painful to type. Not as painful I'm sure as it is for those fantasy owners that drafted Arrington to read. Two words. Rookie bust.
RB Marcel Shipp X Arrington's struggles have meant more opportunities for Shipp. Unfortunately he's running behind the same mess of an offensive line Arrington is. He has at least been able to make some positive things happen. You aren't going to get much out of Shipp right now.
WR Anquan Boldin S2 McCown is a much more mobile quarterback which should allow him to gain some time scrambling. With that additional time both Boldin and ...
WR Larry Fitzgerald S2 ... Fitzgerald should have little trouble taking advantage of the very suspect, and now injury depleted, San Francisco secondary.
WR Bryant Johnson B Simply not taking advantage of his opportunities. Has been a passing target 23 times in three weeks and has only five catches for 52 yards.
TE Whoever B Eric Edwards, Teyo Johnson, Adam Bergen, whoever. Just ignore the Arizona tight ends.
 
Green Bay (0-3) at Carolina (1-2) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2 Favre's fantasy numbers aren't to his normal standard, but they haven't been that bad the past two weeks. Playing from behind with a weak running game can do that. That formula will repeat itself Monday night against the Panthers.
RB Ahman Green X Hasn't lost a step but unfortunately his offensive line has lost several. Each week Green is carrying the ball more but gaining no more yards. Last week he averaged just 3.1 YPC against the Bucs. Expect only modest improvement this week.
WR Donald Driver (P) X Driver has stepped up to his new role as #1 receiver, but was slowed last week by an ankle injury. Not expected to be 100% by Monday so he's likely to under-perform again.
WR Robert Ferguson S2

Since getting his chance with Walker down, Ferguson has put up two 4-catch games with a touchdown in each. Look for more of the same this week against CB Chris Gamble. Gamble was targeted by Miami last week with regular success.

WR Antonio Chatman B Chatman scored the second touchdown of his career last week and seems to have a hold on the #3 WR spot in the Packer offense. With TE Franks returning this week the red-zone chances for Chatman will dry up.
TE Bubba Franks (Q) X Franks is not 100% but is expected to play this week. If he's healthy enough to be effective, Franks is always a threat in the red-zone and a favorite target of Favre's.
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S2

This game has the potential of turning into a Monday night shootout. If that happens Delhomme and his receivers will be the primary benefactors. Regardless, the Panther QB is primed for another strong performance this week.

RB Stephen Davis S2

Stopped cold last week in Miami. No one should confuse Miami's defense with the marginal one Davis will be facing on Monday night. Look for him to be the first to score a rushing touchdown on the Packers this season.

RB DeShaun Foster B

Foster has looked very good when given the ball. Actually better than Davis at times. Unfortunately that's only been about 8 carries a game so far. He could start seeing more action on third downs, but until he's more active in the offense he's just fantasy roster backup material.

WR Steve Smith S2 Smith will draw the best Green Bay has to offer this week, CB Al Harris. As was the case last week, Smith's speed will cause coverage problems.
WR Keary Colbert X Colbert has dropped off the fantasy radar. But it's not for lack of opportunities as he's getting 5 or more looks a game from Delhomme. But those have netted him just two catches for 11 yards. The breakout week is coming, but most fantasy owners can't afford to take up a starting lineup spot waiting for it.
TE Kris Mangum B Mangum is mostly an afterthought in the Carolina passing game and not a fantasy option.

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