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Start/Bench List - Week 10
Whitney Walters
November 10, 2005
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM Bye Week
ARI at DET MIN at NYG DEN at OAK STL at SEA CLE at PIT CIN, NO,
BAL at JAC NE at MIA NYJ at CAR WAS at TB Mon 9 PM SD, TEN
HOU at IND SF at CHI GB at ATL   DAL at PHI  
KC at BUF         (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
 
Arizona (2-6) at Detroit (3-5) Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner X

Returned to the starting lineup last week and was decent. In the three full games he's played this season he's averaging over 300 yards per. The problem is the lack of touchdowns, only about one each game. The Detroit defense is solid, but Warner will again have to throw over 40 times and will produce his typical output.

RB Marcel Shipp B

Shipp will be the likely starter this week with Arrington banged up. But behind that offensive line there just isn't much hope. The Cardinals are now the last remaining team without a rushing touchdown this season and Shipp hasn't scored one since 2002.

RB J.J. Arrington (P) B

Got the start last week but hurt his shoulder and may not play Sunday.

WR Anquan Boldin (O) B

Expected to be out another week.

WR Larry Fitzgerald S2

Put up his fourth 100-yard game last week and is an every week performer that's scored half of the team's passing touchdowns this season. This matchup with the smallish Detroit corners should be a productive one.

WR Bryant Johnson S2 Had a nice game last week moving into the #2 WR role for the injured Boldin. Will have another chance this week and matches up well with the smaller Lion CB's who struggle against big receivers.
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington
Jeff Garcia (Q)
B

And the ping-pong quarterbacking in Detroit continues. Early indications are that it'll be Harrington again this week, but if Jeff Garcia can get on the practice field the Lions will likely go with him as their starter. Either way, neither should be your fantasy starter this week.

RB Kevin Jones S2

Jones re-injured his damaged shoulder last week. Tests have revealed a muscle strain and nerve problems. If he can gut it out and play this week he's a solid fantasy start against the weak Cardinal run defense that will be without their star lineman Bertrand Berry.

RB Shawn Bryson
Artose Pinner
X

If Jones in unavailable this week then Bryson has the most upside because of his activity in the passing game (15 catches in the past three games). Pinner will also see some action if Jones is out but it will be limited.

WR Roy Williams (P) B

Made it back in the field last week but only for a couple of plays. Should be available for more this week. But with Harrington at QB and until he can get a complete game under his belt he should be avoided.

WR Mike Williams (Q) B

Has been disappointing and is now dealing with a sprained foot. Steer clear.

WR Charles Rogers X

Sat out last week after returning from suspension after the team determined he wasn't ready to contribute. After a second week of practice it's much more likely he'll be in the starting lineup this weekend. Was only 5-for-77 through his first three games, so he still has a lot to prove.

WR Scottie Vines (P) U

Without Rogers and the Williams's, Vines was the primary target in the passing game and had a career high 109 yards on 9 catches. It was also the third game in a row he was the Lions leading receiver. Is a bit of a risk with the status of the other WR's up in the air, but there's a very good chance Vines will be either the #1 or #2 WR again this weekend.

TE Marcus Pollard X

With the continued injury problems at WR, Pollard's role has increased over the past couple of weeks. He's caught 7 balls for 77 yards and a score. If you are in a bind at TE this week Pollard is a decent fill in.

 
Baltimore (2-6) at Jacksonville (5-3) Back to top
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B Well... Boller's back. ... ... ... ... Sorry, can't type while I'm yawning. Boller will have to perform well immediately in order to kick-start this inept offense. That's a pretty tall order on the road in Jacksonville.
RB Jamal Lewis X

Bottom line with Lewis is that with the exception of a couple of games he mostly looks to be only a shadow of his former bruising self. Only good for about 50 yards a week now and the Ravens can't find the end-zone. This is a decent matchup for Lewis as the Jags can be run on. Unless the Ravens can get him about 25 carries it's not likely he can take advantage.

RB Chester Taylor X

Has been ineffective running the ball over the past two games with just 9 yards in each. Remains active in the passing game however, but with a new QB could come less of a reliance on the short RB dump-offs.

WR Derrick Mason X

Mason has been the entire Raven passing attack outside of Heap. That should continue with Boller back at QB, and may even improve a bit with a better downfield passer under center.

WR Mark Clayton B

Played last week but went catchless in the inept Raven offense. Unless the returning Boller can spark a resurgence, beyond Mason and Heap there is no fantasy value in the receiving game.

WR Randy Hymes B With Clayton back Hymes slips to #3 WR. 'Nuf said.
TE

Todd Heap

S2

Heap continues to be a prime target, trailing only Mason in looks. Boller has always looked often in Heap's way, so his return could help his production the rest of the way.

Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich X

Leftwich is an average fantasy quarterback that has put up average performances against all comers this season. He rarely dips below 200 yards passing and has only once topped 250 yards this season. Look for a typical 200-yard, 1-2 TD game from him this week.

RB Fred Taylor (D) X

Well on his way to a 100-yard game last week, Taylor limped off the field after aggravating his ankle injury. He's listed as doubtful this week, but his playing status won't likely be determined until late in the week, possibly on Sunday. That, along with facing an aggressive Raven defense, makes him a very risky fantasy proposition this weekend.

RB Greg Jones X The past two times Jones has been called on to replace the injured Taylor he's responded. In week 6 he ran for 77 yards and a score against PIT and last week he put up 27 yards and a score in the fourth quarter against HOU. If he's the starter for Jacksonville Sunday he makes a borderline starter facing the Ravens.
WR Jimmy Smith X

After starting the season hot, Smith has cooled of late. Last week's 4-for-52 performance was his best in over a month. He still contributes on a weekly basis, but his numbers have not been fantasy worthy. Don't expect them to improve much this week against CB McAlister, one of the league's better cover corners.

WR Reggie Williams B

Has worked his way down to the Jag's #4 WR and his fantasy value down to nothing.

WR Ernest Wilford X

With two solid games Wilford has a strangle hold on the #2 WR spot opposite Smith. He's a big target with great hands and has scored a TD in 4 of the last 6 games. Leftwich has developed a nice chemistry with the second year receiver, who will have a tough matchup Sunday with the very talented Baltimore secondary.

 
Houston (1-7) at Indianapolis (8-0) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr B

With Andre Johnson back in the lineup Carr had his best game, topping 200 yards for the first time this season. But he still couldn't surpass his typical one TD. Last meeting with Indy in week 7 resulted in Carr's worst game of the season, a 48-yard stinker. This rematch will likely fall somewhere in between that stinker and last week's best.

RB Domanick Davis (Q) S2

Davis sat out last week's game unexpectedly but the team feels he'll be back this week. If the last meeting with Indy is any indication it will be a busy day for Davis, who had 28 carries in that game and scored his only rushing touchdown of the season. If Davis is healthy and plays this week then he's a solid fantasy starter.

WR Andre Johnson (P) S2 After a four week absence, Johnson got back on the field last week and turned in the best receiving day for a Texan all season. Johnson and Carr have always worked well together and you can expect only improvement as Johnson returns to game shape. The Colts' secondary is only average and can be beat. If Carr can stay on his feet Johnson could have a very nice afternoon. Unfortunately that's a pretty big if.
WR Jabar Gaffney X

With Johnson back Gaffney's role was significantly reduced last week. Bradford took the lead instead. However, Bradford has been inconsistent and ineffective all season so don't expect Carr to just forget about Gaffney. Out of the slot Gaffney will have a very favorable matchup with the Colts' nickel corner.

WR

Corey Bradford (P)

X After two weeks of nothing, Bradford showed up in the box score last week against Jacksonville. Don't expect a repeat from the very inconsistent Bradford.
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

After a slow (by Indy standards) start to the 2005 season, Manning and the passing game are clicking along just fine now. Over the last five games he's averaging over 250 yards and has thrown for 12 touchdowns.

RB Edgerrin James S1 James is almost a lock for 100-yards and a score every week this season. In case you need a good reason to play James this week, he is facing the league's worst run defense.
WR Marvin Harrison S1

The Colts have moved CB Dunta Robinson (their strongest defender) to the left corner spot, which means he'll draw Harrison this weekend. Good luck young man.

WR Reggie Wayne S2 Wayne continues to create matchup problems for opposing secondaries thanks to all-world Harrison on the other side and his own size and strength.
WR Brandon Stokley X

Last week's 4-for-34 performance is about all you can expect from Stokley this year. He has yet to find the end-zone.

TE Dallas Clark X Only had a single catch last week when it was all about the WR matchup advantages in the NE secondary. Clark should get back into the mix this weekend against Houston.
 

Kansas City (5-3) at Buffalo (3-5)

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Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green X

With the running game in high gear, Green won't be asked to do much in this game. It's a good thing since his wide receivers will struggle all day against the Buffalo secondary. Don't look for much more than his typical 250 yard, 1-TD performance this weekend.

RB Larry Johnson S1

With Holmes done for the year the Chiefs' running game is now firmly placed on Johnson's shoulders. He's proven to this point he can carry the load and what better way to keep it going than against the porous Bills run defense this weekend.

WR Eddie Kennison X

Kennison is still the only viable downfield WR target for Green, but he's inconsistent and losing some looks to the recently emerging Chris Horn. Kennison rarely has a good game when facing strong secondaries, and CB's Clements and McGee surely qualify.

WR Chris Horn X Seems to have staked out a small role in the passing game thanks to the injury to starter Samie Parker. That's meant 11 catches for 83 yards in two games. Not exactly worthy of much fantasy attention. He's no match for the Buffalo secondary this week.
WR Dante Hall B Seeing more looks in the passing attack with the injury to Samie Parker. So far that's failed to net him more than 2-3 catches a game.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1

Gonzalez is back in the flow of the passing game. This week should bring another favorable matchup as the Bills will be forced to bring safety help up as they try to slow the KC running game down.

Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kelly Holcomb U

Holcomb has been solid since taking over as the Bills' starter and he gets a favorable home matchup this week with the terrible KC pass defense. The Chiefs may get back their starting cornerbacks, but they will not be 100%. If you are looking for a sleeper QB to plug into your roster hole this week, Holcomb could be your man.

RB Willis McGahee S2

The only time McGahee hasn't produced this season is when the Bills haven't given him the rock. Don't expect them to make that mistake this week or any week the remainder of the season.

WR Eric Moulds S2

Moulds has been Holcomb's prime target since taking over. He no longer has the downfield speed of his youth, but he remains very good at gaining separation on inside routes. This will serve him well this week against the suspect and injury depleted Chiefs' secondary.

WR Lee Evans X

Evans has been a huge disappointment this season and has struggled along with the unproductive Buffalo passing game. He has yet to pull in more than three catches in a game this season. Has a bit of an upside thanks to the terrible KC secondary, but not enough to warrant a fantasy start unless you are in desperate need at WR.

WR Josh Reed B

Has rarely been a factor this season and will lose playing time to Parrish starting this week.

WR Roscoe Parrish B The promising rookie returned to action in week 8 after recovering from a broken wrist. He only had a few touches but it won't be long before he supplants the highly inconsistent Josh Reed as the team's slot receiver.
 
Minnesota (3-5) at New York Giants (6-2) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson S2

Johnson got the job done last week, showing he still has enough in the tank to lead the Vikings offense. With a game under his belt his play should improve this week against the struggling Giants secondary. If you picked him up to replace C-Pep, you might as well start getting him in your lineup.

RB Mewelde Moore (P) X

Suffered a sprained wrist last week but is expected to play Sunday. He has not however been named the starter yet. And thanks to Bennett's performance last week, even if he is he's going to lose touches. Considering Moore was averaging just 18 a game prior to last week, the future doesn't look good for those fantasy owners that felt they had a viable weekly starter. Even if the wrist doesn't keep him out this week, he's a risky start.

RB Michael Bennett X What the...? Where did THAT come from? Last week Bennett pulled the splinters from his behind and took to the field, putting up a 100-yard rushing game. Something he hadn't done since the 2003 season. Moore's wrist injury may land Bennett back in the starting role this week. Even if he is not the starter he's earned a good share of the workload.
WR Nate Burleson X

Burleson looked much better last week, his third game since returning from the knee injury. Should continue to be Johnson's go-to receiver. With the scaled down, Culpepper-less passing game, a go-to role isn't likely to produce starter worthy fantasy numbers most weeks. This may be one of those weeks however given the struggles in the New York secondary.

WR Travis Taylor
Marcus Robinson
X

Johnson looks to be spreading the ball around, meaning only average at best production from both Taylor and Robinson.

WR Troy Williamson (P) U Led the team in looks last week and was 2 yards shy of leading them in receiving yards. The opportunities will be limited for Williamson, but the Vikings will still take some shots down field and the struggling Giants secondary lacks the speed to handle the rookie burner.
TE Jermaine Wiggins X

It's only one game, but last week with Johnson at quarterback, Wiggins was a complete non-factor. You may be better off looking elsewhere until Wiggins gets back in the flow.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S2

Manning has thrown for more than a single touchdown only once in the last four games. The Vikings secondary and their shoddy play present a great opportunity for a multi-TD game. Both Burress and Toomer have size advantages to exploit, and then there's always the reliable Shockey and Barber.

RB Tiki Barber S2

After a month of nothing, big Brandon Jacobs has vultured three rushing touchdowns from Barber in the past two games. Tiki can still produce the yardage numbers and hasn't been held under 100 total yards since week 6. Unfortunately his fantasy owners are still going to throw things at the TV every time they see the Giants stall inside the 2-yard line.

WR Plaxico Burress S2 Burress continues his fine play this season, but has only one touchdown in the past four games. Time to get back in the end-zone. Has a big size advantage over the struggling CB's Winfield and Williams (who's filling in for the injured Smoot).
WR Amani Toomer S2

Ditto for Toomer.

TE Jeremy Shockey S1

The Vikings' Darren Sharper was an elite cover safety in his day, but has lost a step. Shockey will use his size and the aggressive coverage to his advantage. Look for at least one long gain down field on an out-and-up as Sharper likes to jump short routes.

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