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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
 
New England (4-4) at Miami (3-5) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) S2

Here's an interesting streak for you. Brady has been listed as probable with a shoulder injury on the past 24 regular season New England injury reports, and he's never missed a game. The Dolphins like to blitz but don't have the talent in the secondary beyond the banged up Sam Madison to back it up. Look for Brady to get the time in the pocket (like he did most of Monday night) and to have success throwing the ball, especially on screens.

RB Corey Dillon (Q) S2

Dillon has salvaged several games fantasy-wise this season with his touchdowns. But the fact remains that the Patriots are not running the ball well and Dillon is averaging just 63 yards a game. Dillon should get a few extra carries in this matchup as the Patriots are not likely to fall behind the Dolphins.

WR

Deion Branch

S2

Branch remains Brady's favorite downfield target, but the ball is being spread around a lot lately. Look for another solid game from Branch as the Dolphin secondary does not hold up will in coverage.

WR

David Givens (Q)

X

As with Branch, the same holds true for Givens this week.

WR Troy Brown (Q) X

Playing for the first time since week 5, Brown got right back into the mix Monday night with five catches and a touchdown. The way Brady likes to spread the ball around, Brown is always a candidate for a nice fantasy game.

TE Daniel Graham (Q) B With last week's big performance, Graham now has two on the season. The problem is the other six games have been 1-catch efforts or worse. Way too inconsistent to rely on.
TE Ben Watson B This is going to sound familiar, but Watson has had only two non-single catch games this season. Week one and last week. Can't be relied on to produce consistently for your fantasy team.
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Gus Frerotte X

Frerotte started the season strong but has struggled of late, throwing only a single touchdown in the past four games. The New England secondary provides a nice opportunity to get back on track as they continue to be beat on a regular basis. That may give Frerotte some upside this week, but not enough to recommend starting him.

RB

Ronnie Brown

S2

Brown has had a great beginning to his rookie campaign and the Dolphins remain very high on him. But the success Ricky Williams has had over the last two games likely means we may not see a 20-carry, 100-yard game from Brown the rest of the season. He will continue to have success running the ball as he's averaging nearly 5 YPC. The limited carries however hurt his fantasy value and don't allow for much of an upside each week.

RB Ricky Williams X

After struggling through his first two games back, Williams has averaged 5 YPC over the past two games and scored his first touchdown last week. The Dolphins remain committed to their prized rookie Ronnie Brown, but look for Ricky to keep getting from 10-12 touches a week.

WR Chris Chambers S2

The passing game is limited in Miami, but at least Chambers gets a good chunk of the action. There will be plenty of chances this week facing the severely depleted New England secondary. So look for both Chambers and ...

WR Marty Booker X

... Booker to have above average games.

TE Randy McMichael X

Another week and another 3 catch, 20-something yard effort. It may be consistent, but the production is below what most fantasy teams need from their starting tight end. The Dolphins seem to be struggling to create opportunities for McMichael.

 
San Francisco (2-6) at Chicago (5-3) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Cody Pickett B

Due to the injuries to Alex Smith and Ken Dorsey, Pickett will get his second career NFL start at Soldier Field in Chicago against what many believe to be the league's top defensive unit.

RB Kevan Barlow B

Barlow went absolutely nowhere last week against the Giants, gaining just FOUR yards on 10 carries. The job doesn't get any easier this week facing the Bears on the road. It will remain almost impossible to run the ball with a passing game that has no chance of challenging opposing defenses.

RB Frank Gore (P) B

Gore will get his 8-10 touches a game, for whatever that's worth.

WR Brandon Lloyd (Q)
Johnnie Morton
Arnaz Battle
B

I hate to repeat myself but... Two words... Cody Pickett.

Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Orton U

Orton's play continues to improve and this week brings another chance for even more. The Niners can play inspired defense at times, but the secondary could be the league's worst. Look for Orton to put up his best game of the season, which may be just enough to make him of value to you at QB if you are in a fantasy bind this week.

RB Thomas Jones (Q) B

For two weeks in a row Jones has been unable to finish the game due to his rib injury. The Bears may sit him this week so that he can heal more fully.

RB Cedric Benson S2

Jones goes down, Benson steps in, and Benson has his best day as a pro - running for 79 yards on 14 carries. Not bad. And he should get another chance this weekend as Jones may be held out due to the rib injury. The Niners are playing tough defense, but if Benson gets his first career start then he should get the same for your fantasy team this week.

WR Muhsin Muhammad S2

The best thing going in an otherwise very unproductive passing game. Obvious good matchup this week with a San Fran secondary that can't hold up in coverage.

WR Justin Gage X

Gage stepped in last week for the injured Mark Bradley and didn't disappoint. Don't expect much out of him on a weekly basis as the Chicago passing game doesn't produce enough beyond Muhammad and sometimes TE Clark.

TE Desmond Clark

X

Clark seems to have fallen out of favor and has put up two single-catch games in a row.

 
Denver (6-2) at Oakland (3-5) Back to top
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S2

Denver spent the first part of the season holding Plummer and the passing game in check. Over the past two games however they are showing signs of opening things up and taking more shots down field. The result was a 300-yard, 4-TD week 8 for Plummer. Look for them to continue this trend and attack the injury depleted Raiders secondary with plenty of play-action as the Oakland front focuses on stopping the NFL's top running attack.

RB Mike Anderson S2

The Raiders strength is their size up front, which can make it more difficult to run at them up the middle. Look for the Broncos to stretch them wide, giving less of an advantage to Anderson but more to ...

RB Tatum Bell S2

... Bell this week. His quickness to the corner and speed will give him the upper hand against the Oakland defense.

WR Rod Smith X

Smith has been a solid target for Plummer, especially on first downs (22 of his 42 catches). Over the past two seasons he's struggled against the Raiders. Three of the four games have been single catch efforts, the fourth a 2-catch game. This matchup however with the depleted and banged up Oakland secondary provided a good opportunity to improve on the past.

WR Ashley Lelie S2

The long connection is back between Lelie and Plummer. They've hooked up for over 80 yards in two of the last three games. Look for that to continue as Lelie has a history of burning the Raiders secondary.

TE Jeb Putzier X

Putzier's making the tough catches, just not a lot of them. He hasn't topped 40 yards receiving since week one and has yet to catch a touchdown. He hasn't even got a look inside the 10 yard line yet. He's overdue for a score for sure, but he's not worth starting in hopes of one this week.

Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins S2

Collins has faced two weak secondaries in two weeks. He performed well against one (TEN) and not so well against another (KC). Will get his third chance in a row facing the statistically weak secondary of the Broncos. If Moss can start to regain some of his pre-injury form there will be matchups to exploit against the talented but inexperienced Denver rookie corners, Williams and Foxworth.

RB Lamont Jordan S2

Jordan is running the ball well and is a great receiving option out of the backfield (leads team in receptions). For the second week in a row he faces one of the league's top run defenses. It won't be easy against the Denver 8-man fronts, but he should be just productive enough to remain a starter for your fantasy team.

WR Randy Moss (Q) S2

Moss is playing hurt and has only 7 catches since returning three weeks ago. The only thing keeping his fantasy heartbeat going is that two of those seven have been for touchdowns. Will likely be matched up against a rookie cornerback most of the game. It's hard to know what to expect from Moss given his injuries, but he remains a borderline starter on upside alone.

WR Jerry Porter X

Porter has stepped up his play since Moss has been slowed. This will be an entertaining matchup. The last time Porter battled CB Champ Bailey he smoked him for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Redemption will be the theme for Bailey this week.

WR Doug Gabriel B

Gabriel's value only came when Moss was out.

TE Courtney Anderson B Anderson hasn't been a factor since week 3, catching two or fewer balls each week. Most of his work comes in pass protection now.
 
New York Jets (2-6) at Carolina (6-2) Back to top
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brooks Bollinger B

Bollinger threw the Jets into the endzone twice last week, something Vinny couldn't do, and has won the starting job. On any other team in any other situation this guy is carrying a clipboard on the sidelines. The Jets will likely have to throw the ball more this week, but if you have questions at QB on your fantasy team, Bollinger's not your answer.

RB Curtis Martin X

Martin's yardage has been limited this season, averaging just 67 yards a game. But he has scored in each of the last four games. This week will be a difficult challenge as the Jets go on the road and face the league's top run stopping defense.

WR Laveranues Coles X

His ribs are banged up but expect him to give it a go this week. Statistically this is a decent matchup, but the Carolina secondary is playing better of late and with Bollinger at quarterback it's hard to recommend Coles this week on the road.

WR Justin McCareins (P)   X

McCareins has had his moments this season (well, a couple anyway), but he continues to be very inconsistent and that isn't likely going to improve given the quarterback situation.

TE Doug Jolley X

The tight end hasn't played a big roll in the passing game this year as the Jets have needed their support in pass protection. Jolley is it now that Baker is out for the season, so look for 3-5 catches a game and some limited production.

Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S2

Delhomme has been solid most of the season leading the Panthers' ball control offense. Last week he was held under two touchdowns for the first time since week 2. Don't expect that to happen this week against a Jets secondary that saw one if it's starters (David Barrett) benched last weekend.

RB Stephen Davis S2

Davis is being slowed by his surgically repaired knee and the Panthers may start making a habit of giving Foster more carries. But as long as Davis gets the carries at the goal-line he remains a viable fantasy starter. He's currently behind only LT and SA with 11 touchdowns.

RB DeShaun Foster U

Out-carried Davis for the first time this year with a season high 16 carries last week. Still couldn't out-produce him however and Davis continues to get all the goal-line touches. If you are in a bind at RB this week, take a chance on Foster. The Panthers will continue to give him the carries, he's active in the passing game and the Jets are ranked 30th in stopping the run.

WR Steve Smith S1

Leads the league in every receiving category that matters. Statistically the Jets are the #1 fantasy defense against wide receivers. Not that it matters. Just found it interesting.

WR Keary Colbert X

Colbert caught his first touchdown a week ago but was held to a single catch last week. He remains the #2 WR in the offense and is very talented, but until someone can stop the Delhomme-to-Smith connection there's no need to look for fantasy production from Colbert or ...

WR Ricky Proehl
Rod Gardner
B ... anyone else.
TE Kris Mangum (Q) B Mangum is now injured and the tight end doesn't play much of a role in the passing game anyway.
 
Green Bay (1-7) at Atlanta (6-2) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2

From five interceptions one week to zero touchdowns the next. It's just not getting any easier for Favre and the Packers. The Falcons bring an aggressive pass rush, but if given some time Favre has matchups in the suspect Atlanta secondary he can exploit.

RB Samkon Gado X

Signed to the practice squad just three weeks ago, Gado, an undrafted rookie from Nigeria, now finds himself the starting RB for the Packers. Last week his number was called 26 times and he produced 62 yards against the strong Steelers defense. Both totals are season highs for the anemic Green Bay run game. Until Fisher can return Gado is the man. He should be good for some moderate production this week against the Falcons.

WR Donald Driver S2

Driver took a nasty fall last week but is expected to be back on the field Sunday. It's a good thing because he'll be matched up with CB DeAngelo Hall, who's been a liability in coverage all season for the Falcons.

WR Antonio Chatman X

Chatman has put up 140 yards on 12 catches since moving into the starting lineup two weeks ago. He should get one more week to produce before starter Robert Ferguson returns. The spotty coverage of the Atlanta secondary should provide the opportunity to make some noise in what may be his last start of the season.

TE Bubba Franks S2 Franks has 14 looks since fully returning from injury two weeks ago, as many as any Packer WR. Look for Favre to continue leaning on his reliable tight end, especially in the red-zone.
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick X

Last week Vick had what many are calling his best day passing the ball this season. And what did it net fantasy owners? 228 yards and a single touchdown. Some of the names that threw for more... Kurt Warner, Chris Simms, Trent Dilfer, Joey Harrington. Not exactly a list you want your fantasy quarterback at the bottom of.

RB Warrick Dunn S2

After tearing it up against very suspect run defenses for over a month, Dunn put up just 88 yards on a season high 25 carries last week against a solid MIA defense. This week it's the Packers, who aren't doing much well this season, but can stop the run. But the Pack doesn't play as well on the road and Duckett is iffy again this week.

RB T.J. Duckett (Q) B Duckett is expected to return Sunday, but his playing status won't be determined until later in the week. Even if he plays his touches will be limited.
WR Michael Jenkins (Q) B Missed last week due to an ankle injury and is unlikely to play this Sunday.
WR Roddy White X Has battled injuries all season, but was healthy and in the starting lineup last weekend. The result was a fairly impressive 3-for-50 performance. The combination of speed and strength the Falcon coaches have been raving about was on display. He's still a very raw rookie, but if Atlanta can ever throw the ball enough to get out of the basement of NFL passing offenses, he has some fantasy potential.
WR Brian Finneran X

Along with Crumpler, Finneran remains the focal point for what few passes Vick completes each week. Has a bit of an upside this week thanks to the struggling Packer defense coming to town.

TE Alge Crumpler S2 The Atlanta passing game will continue to struggle, but Crumpler remains its primary down field target. Hasn't scored a touchdown since week five, so he's due.

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