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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
 
St. Louis (4-4) at Seattle (6-2) Back to top
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2

Let the fantasy kingdom rejoice. There is actual positive player news this week with the return of Bulger. Plug him back into your lineup and don't look back.

RB Steven Jackson S2

Last time we saw Jackson he was shredding the Jaguars for 179 yards rushing. He should be fresher and healthier now after the week off and ready to rock. In week 5 against the Seahawks Jackson had 139 total yards and a score.

WR Torry Holt (P) S2

And in other positive fantasy news... Holt is set to return to action along with his QB this week. Nothing about this matchup indicates he can't duplicate his week 5 performance against these same Seahawks - 126 yards and a touchdown.

WR Isaac Bruce (Q) B Bruce is a bit iffy this week and may still be a week away from getting back on the playing field. But the Rams say he will give it a go. Best to wait before jumping back on Bruce for your fantasy team.
WR Kevin Curtis S2 Curtis has been a more than adequate replacement for Bruce so far, averaging over 80 yards a game and scoring in all but one game since moving into the starting lineup. His numbers will take a bit of a hit with Holt back in the lineup, but he remains very solid start.
WR Shaun McDonald
Dane Looker
X

With Holt back both McDonald and Looker have very limited fantasy value splitting time at the #3 and #4 WR spots. This is the Rams offense so an occasional spike in production can always happen, but with Bruce returning soon those spikes won't be often.

Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S1

Hasselbeck is in the middle of what could be his best season as a pro. Thanks to Alexander's nose for the end-zone he's actually tossed fewer touchdowns than Leftwich and Roethlisberger this year. Getting the Rams out of their dome this week should help his numbers quite a bit.

RB Shaun Alexander S1 Like LT, Alexander is single handedly winning games for his fantasy owners.
WR Bobby Engram S2

Engram had a quiet return last week, going just 3-for-24. He should pick up the pace this weekend matched up with the very beatable CB tandem of Fisher and Groce.

WR Joe Jurevicius S2

The sure handed Jurevicius leads the team in receiving touchdowns with five and has become a big, reliable target for Hasselbeck - especially in the red-zone. With the extra run support needed to try and slow Alexander down, Jurevicius will see plenty of one-on-one matchups that he can exploit.

WR D.J. Hackett X

Hackett is big and athletic, and has helped the team survive without its top two wide receivers. With Engram back he's manning the slot position but may start losing snaps to Warrick. His value is very limited but may have a nice game this week against the shaky St. Louis secondary.

WR Peter Warrick B

Warrick has been brought along slowly as he recovers from off-season knee surgery. But there are indications that his role in the passing game may begin to increase.

TE Jerramy Stevens X Stevens may be on pace for a career year, but his average at best weekly performances are not winning him many fantasy fans. Hasn't scored since week 5 and two of his last four games have been 2-for-28 efforts.
 
Washington (5-3) at Tampa Bay (5-3) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell (P) X

Bounced back last week but didn't find the end-zone for the second game in a row. Getting one this week won't be easy against a Tampa defense that's allowed only one passing score in the last five games and only three all season.

RB Clinton Portis S2

The Redskins offense is at its best when they can run the ball to control the clock. Under coach Gibbs, whenever they've run more than passed, the Skins win. The task will be difficult this week facing the league's #2 run defense, but Portis will get his carries and will produce borderline startable fantasy numbers.

WR Santana Moss S2

Moss' scorching pace has slowed recently and he hasn't had a catch over 20 yards for the past two weeks. The talented Tampa cornerbacks will make it difficult to stop that streak at just two games.

WR David Patten
James Thrash
B Both Patten and Thrash are seeing time opposite Moss, with Patten currently having the most potential. Neither are fantasy options. They've totaled just four catches between them in the last three games.
TE Chris Cooley S2

Cooley is a big, reliable target out of his H-back position and typically has a a good size advantage over opposing linebackers. Led the team in receiving yards last week. Look for the Redskins to keep working Cooley on short routes and screens to help open up the deep ball for Moss.

Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chris Simms X

Simms is completing 60% of his passes and has thrown for 523 yards and two scores in the past two games he's started. Unfortunately he's also turned the ball over six times, killing his offenses effectiveness and his fantasy prospects in the process. The Redskins have only four interceptions all season so Simms will have to try really hard to increase their total.

RB Carnell Williams S2

Had fantasy owners giddy with his 434 yards and two touchdowns through three games. Has those same owners tormented with his 49 yards and no scores in the past two games. The soft run defense of the Redskins brings another opportunity for fantasy owners to recapture that early season joy.

RB Michael Pittman (Q) B

Just a change-of-pace now with some potential upside in receiving points leagues.

WR Michael Clayton (Q) B

Clayton has struggled all season with injuries. He hasn't topped 45 yards since week 2 and has yet to score a touchdown. Now he's bothered by a knee injury that may keep him out or at least limit his effectiveness this weekend.

WR Joey Galloway S2

With Clayton banged up, Galloway is all the Bucs really have in the passing game. Good thing he has the speed to burn anyone the Redskins choose to cover him with. He's caught a touchdown in five of the last six games.

TE Alex Smith X

Smith continues to come along slowly but had another decent game last week. That makes three of the last four games that he's caught for over 40 yards. Look for Simms to continue to spread the ball around, working some of that production to his big tight end.

 
Cleveland (3-5) at Pittsburgh (6-2) Back to top
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Dilfer B

Dilfer regained some of his early season form last week, but there's no way he should be in your fantasy lineup against the very stingy Pittsburgh defense. The heavy blitz will cause Dilfer problems all night.

RB Reuben Droughns S2

Droughns has yet to find the endzone but the Browns rushing attack has gained some traction over the past three weeks. In that time Droughns has rushed for 315 yards. It'll be tough sledding this week however facing the league's #4 rush defense. Lower your expectations but Droughns stays a borderline starter.

WR Antonio Bryant X

Bryant has been the most consistent fantasy producer in the Browns passing game. His value this week is limited however due to the solid Pittsburgh defense and the way Cleveland is spreading the ball around.

WR Braylon Edwards X

Edwards hasn't had much of an impact since returning from his elbow surgery. He remains the Browns premier big play receiver, but they have yet to properly utilize him. Until they do Edwards will be long on potential but short on fantasy production.

WR Dennis Northcutt X

Against TEN last week was the first time all season the Browns chose to really involve Northcutt in the offense. They got him the ball deep and on a reverse. The result was 111 total yards and a score. The way the Browns are spreading the ball around West Coast style, don't look for a replay of that kind of production often.

TE Aaron Shea
Steve Heiden
X The tight end position plays a key role in the Browns controlled short passing game. Both Shea and Heiden stay active, but Heiden seems to be the most productive lately.
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Charlie Batch B

Big Ben will be on the bench again this week and Batch gets another start. Just like last week he'll be asked to do just enough to keep the offense moving. That's not going to be enough to warrant any fantasy attention.

RB Duce Staley S2 With Bettis and Parker likely sidelined look for Staley to get the bulk of the workload in the backfield and to produce against a Browns defense that's allowing nearly 130 YPG on the ground.
RB Willie Parker (Q) B Parker is not likely to play this week due to a sprained ankle.
RB Jerome Bettis (Q) B

Bettis is expected to miss another game with a nagging quad injury.

WR Hines Ward X

All bets are off in the Steelers' passing game with Batch under center. With such little production to spread around, all the receivers are off limits this week unless you are desperate. And if you are the only one to consider is Ward.

WR Antwaan Randle El B

Until Roethlisberger is back Randle El should be left on your bench.

TE Heath Miller B

Same goes for the big rookie tight end.

 
Dallas (5-3) at Philadelphia (4-4) Back to top
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe S2

Bledsoe's best game of the season came against these Eagles just a short five weeks ago. Since then he's been less effective and thrown for just a single touchdown per game. Look for the Eagles to be ready for Bledsoe and the passing attack this time and for him to struggle on the road. Despite that Bledsoe makes borderline fantasy starter status.

RB Julius Jones S2

Jones will return Monday night and despite the surprising performance of backup Marion Barber, will carry the bulk of the load rushing. Coach Parcells has never been a RBBC kind of guy and he's unlikely to start now. But Jones will surely see a few carries go to Barber as the Cowboys will look to keep Jones' workload under the 27 touches-a-game rate he had prior to the ankle injury.

RB Marion Barber B

Thanks Marion, but it's back to the bench for you.

WR Keyshawn Johnson X

Isn't going to light it up most weeks, but is always solid and leads the team in touchdown catches with five.

WR Terry Glenn S2

Glenn torched CB Lito Sheppard in week five and will see him again Monday night. Sheppard's play has not improved much since then and Glenn should be able to get behind him for a few more big plays.

TE Jason Witten S2

Witten should be productive over the middle against the Eagles. The aggressive blitzing they do leaves the middle of the field open for talented tight ends to abuse. Witten had his second highest yardage total against them in week 5 and last week the Eagles gave up 85 yards to Washington's Chris Cooley.

Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb (P) S2

Last week McNabb had one of his better days passing and moved around very well in and out of the pocket. The impact of the injuries seems to be subsiding. He currently leads the league in passing yards and is second in touchdowns. He should be in your lineup every week from here on out, especially at home this week on Monday night.

RB Brian Westbrook S2

The Dallas defense is a top run stopping unit and the Eagles have not been able to get Westbrook going when facing solid run defenses. In week 5 he had only 6 carries for 12 yards against the Cowboys. Despite that, look for Philly to get the ball to Westbrook as much as possible, whether via the handoff or the pass.

WR Greg Lewis X

Lewis will be consistent but unspectacular with the few additional looks he's going to get now in the passing game. The Dallas corners have the speed and talent to stick with Lewis.

WR Reggie Brown S2

The talented rookie played well in his first NFL start last week, catching five passes for 94 yards, including a nice 56-yard TD catch. Brown is a speedster with good size and the skills to succeed. He'll get plenty of chances in an offense that throws the ball more than any other team in the league. Look for Brown to be the big-play maker, not fellow WR Lewis.

WR Billy McMullen B McMullen will get some additional looks out of the slot this week with the injury problems at the tight end position. Not enough however to be a fantasy factor.
TE L.J. Smith (Q) X

The concussion may keep him out this week. The team signed former Eagles TE Chad Lewis just in case.

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