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Start/Bench List - Week 11
Whitney Walters
November 17, 2005
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DET at DAL OAK at WAS   IND at CIN MIN at GB  
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    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
 
Oakland (3-6) at Washington (5-4) Back to top
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kerry Collins S2

Washington has been one of the top rated pass defenses all season, but over the past two games they've allowed over 300 yards to McNabb and 279 yards to Simms. Despite his poor overall play last week Collins still put up over 300 yards and threw for two scores. The Redskins don't bring much of a pass rush, so Collins should be able to challenge them deep with Moss.

RB Lamont Jordan S2

Since being torched by Tiki Barber for 206 yards, Washington has held Philly's backs to just 33 yards rushing and the Bucs' to just 56. The Raiders haven't gotten Jordan over 20 carries since week seven. If they want to have more offensive success they will need to run the ball often against a Redskins defense that's allowing over 4 YPC on the ground.

WR Randy Moss (P) S2

Moss may still be playing hurt, but he rejoined the offense last week catching a season high six passes from Collins. He appears to be healthy enough to contribute weekly so fantasy owners can now breathe easy and plug him into their lineups every week.

WR Jerry Porter X

Porter's best two games this season have come when Moss was gimpy. For whatever reason he just can't seem to get it going along with Moss on the other side.

WR Doug Gabriel X

Last week Gabriel had his first decent game since Moss' return to health. It didn't hurt that the Raiders were playing from behind and Collins put up 50 pass attempts. That won't be the case this week.

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.
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mark Brunell S2

Hasn't had a big day throwing the ball since week seven against the Niners. Well this week another team from the CA Bay Area comes to town to provide Brunell with another golden opportunity for a big game. The Raiders' secondary has been decimated by injuries and they don't apply good pocket pressure.

RB Clinton Portis S2

Portis had his best day running the ball last week against the former #1 run defense. He seems to be hitting a nice mid-season stride and the offensive line's zone blocking schemes are improving. Look for another big game from Portis this week facing the average-at-best Oakland defensive front.

WR Santana Moss S1

Had a so-so game last week as expected against the tough Tampa Bay secondary. Should get it going again on Sunday with the injury depleted Raiders secondary coming to town.

WR David Patten
James Thrash
B The Redskins operate mostly out of 2-WR sets and both Patten and Thrash are seeing time on the other side of Moss. Only once all season has either had more than three catches in a game.
TE Chris Cooley S2

Two weeks ago led the team in receiving yards and last week led them with six catches. Cooley is a big, reliable target that is highly utilized in the Washington passing attack.

 
Philadelphia (4-5) at New York Giants (6-3) Back to top
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Mike McMahon X

Named the starter this week... and maybe beyond. But as of now it's just a one week assignment. McMahon is mobile and has good arm strength, but his weakness in the past is he can be pressured into making mistakes. Look for a limited game plan that features the run. But this is a passing offense and McMahon will get plenty of chances to make plays down field.

RB Brian Westbrook S2

In an amazing turnaround, the Eagles ran the ball a season high 30 times on Monday night, with Westbrook getting 16 of those. The result was his second highest rushing total of 86 yards and his second rushing TD of the season. Look for more of the same with McNabb out this week. The Eagles must establish the run to ease the pressure on McMahon. In his last three meeting with the Giants, Westbrook has almost 500 total yards and 5 TD's.

WR Greg Lewis U

Lewis continues to be consistent but not real productive with the extra looks he's getting in the passing game. A change at QB always messes with a receiving corps production, but Lewis has a great mismatch this week with struggling CB Curtis DeLoatch.

WR Reggie Brown X

Brown is a speedster with good size and the skills to succeed. He's been getting the most looks in the passing game lately, a good sign. The switch at QB will mean some uncertainty with how much action he'll get, but he remains the sole big play maker. Will have to work hard this week against veteran CB Will Allen.

WR Billy McMullen B McMullen will get some additional looks out of the slot on occasion but is not a fantasy factor.
TE L.J. Smith (Q) X

The concussion didn't slow him down on Monday night (6 catches for 56 yards), but the slightly sprained knee he suffered might this week. His playing status is currently unclear.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning X

Ran his single TD streak to three games last week against the weak MIN secondary. Statistically the Eagles aren't much better, but their play has improved over the past two weeks and Manning is likely to struggle even though he's at home.

RB Tiki Barber S2

Barber just keeps on rolling, and his short 3-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion runs last week had to bring a smile to the face of his owners. He's averaged over 140 yards per game in his last four meetings with the Eagles.

WR Plaxico Burress S2

Burress was a bit of a letdown last week as he under performed despite a matchup advantage. He of course always has a height advantage, but he won't have an overall matchup advantage this week facing a CB tandem of Brown and Sheppard that are playing better of late.

WR Amani Toomer U

After a 2004 season with zero touchdowns, Toomer now has three on the year. He started the season slow, but over the past month has become very active in the passing game, getting 40 looks to Burress' 43. With Burress and Shockey demanding prime coverage, look for Toomer to continue to produce most weeks.

TE Jeremy Shockey (Q) S2 Hasn't let his fantasy owners down in weeks. It's not likely he'll start doing so this Sunday against the Eagles, but he has failed to perform well against them in the past - totaling just 4 catches for 70 yards in two games last season.
 
Pittsburgh (7-2) at Baltimore (2-7) Back to top
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Q)
Tommy Maddox
B

A lot of questions this week for the Steelers at quarterback. Roethlisberger is supposed to return to practice this week in an attempt to return to the starting lineup. It's a possibility, but the more likely scenario is for Big Ben to give it a go this week in practice but for Maddox to get the start this weekend - saving Roethlisberger for the big matchup with Indy next Monday night. It's best to steer clear of this situation for now.

RB Duce Staley (P) X

Unless Parker is able to return, Staley is expected to get the bulk of the workload again this week. Despite all the injuries in the Baltimore defense they are still a solid run stopping unit. The only 100-yard games they've surrendered have come on 25 carry efforts. Staley won't get that many touches so look for him to be only moderately effective fantasy-wise.

RB Willie Parker (Q) B Parker has returned to practice this week, opening up the possibility of his return to the starting lineup. His playing status won't be known until later in the week.
RB Jerome Bettis (P) X

Bettis is expected to play but is still nursing a nagging quad injury. He'll gut it out and probably get 8-10 carries. If they are ever near the goal-line he'll be the man getting the call.

WR Hines Ward S2

Ward bounced back last week with his best game of the year - catching 8 balls for 124 yards. But that was with Batch at QB and now it's likely back to Maddox this week. Ward missed Maddox's last start in week 6 with a hamstring injury. He did however go 8-for-75 three weeks ago against the Ravens. While there's some risk due to the QB switch, you just can't sit Ward.

WR Antwaan Randle El B The consistent production in the passing game just isn't there for Randle El.
TE Heath Miller S2

Since Roethlisberger's been out, Miller has just 2 catches for 11 yards and has seen only three passes go his way. That was after a month of being a primary option in the passing game and pulling in 5 TD's. If Big Ben's back in the Steelers lineup then Miller should be back in yours.

Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B Coach Billick's commitment to this kid is truly amazing and it may end up costing him his job. It goes without saying that Boller is a bench player this week against Pittsburgh.
RB Jamal Lewis X

Another situation where Billick's unwavering commitment to a player is hurting the team. It's clear to anyone watching this season that Lewis is only a shadow of his former bruising self, offensive line problems aside. He ran okay in week 8 against Pittsburgh, but okay means 61 yards on 17 carries. Don't expect much more this time around.

RB Chester Taylor X

Taylor didn't play last week due to missing practice for "personal reasons". He's expected to return to his backup/3rd down role against the Steelers this weekend. Good news for the Ravens, but carries little weight for fantasy owners looking for help at RB as they will keep running Lewis.

WR Derrick Mason U

Mason remains the entire Raven passing attack outside of Heap. This week there will be some opportunities down field as the Steelers will commit to stopping the run.

WR Mark Clayton B

All the talented rookie can do now is play out the season the best he can and hope for a new quarterback, new offense, new coach, new anything next year.

TE

Todd Heap

S2

Heap continues to be a prime target, trailing only Mason in looks. Boller has always looked often to Heap and that showed last week.

 
Tampa Bay (6-3) at Atlanta (6-3) Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chris Simms X

Simms is effectively running the offense and has shown a good touch on the deep pass. Protection is the key for the young QB so look for plenty of max protect schemes Sunday against the aggressive Falcon defense. Given time Simms will make plays down field.

RB Carnell Williams S2

Atlanta is soft against the run and this is another good matchup for Williams to get it going again. But the wait is becoming very painful for fantasy owners. In the past four games Williams has rushed for only 82 yards on 45 carries. He's also fumbled in each of the last two games. Risky, borderline starter this week.

RB Michael Pittman (P) B

Banged up and going nowhere in the struggling Tampa Bay running game. Remains just a backup and change-of-pace / 3rd down option.

RB Mike Alstott X His recent resurgence has earned him a spot on the SBL. He's scored three touchdowns in the last two games and indications are that the goal-line opportunities will keep coming to Alstott. So TD-only leagues take note.
WR Michael Clayton (Q) X

Clayton is expected to return to the Bucs lineup this weekend. So far this has been a sophomore season to forget for the promising receiver. Maintains great potential, but until he can shake the injury bug he's likely to continue disappointing fantasy owners.

WR Joey Galloway S2

Galloway is on a roll. He hasn't had fewer than 80 yards in the last six games and has scored seven touchdowns in the last seven games. Two of his top games have come with Simms at quarterback, so it doesn't appear that he'll slow down any time soon. The Falcons' corners Webster and Hall will be burned.

TE Alex Smith B

Smith is coming along slowly. After a few good weeks he disappeared last Sunday, being used as a blocker in 2-TE sets. Odds are good for a repeat this week as the Bucs seek to protect Simms against the Falcon pass rush.

Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick X

If you believe in history repeating itself then you'll want to note that in Vick's last three meetings with Tampa Bay he's thrown for 119, 147 and 115 yards with three TD's. Sounds very much like most of his games this season.

RB Warrick Dunn X

Dunn will struggle running the ball against a Bucs defense that's very quick from sideline to sideline. He will make up for some of that receiving. Vick's recent uptick in passing yardage has benefited Dunn more than any other Falcon. In the past two games he's caught 10 passes for 75 yards and a score.

RB T.J. Duckett U

Duckett returned last week and produced a very good 58 yards on his six touches. Look for him to get more carries in this matchup with the quick but undersized Tampa defensive front. The Bucs are susceptible to big, physical backs.

WR Michael Jenkins (P) B Has missed the past two games due to an ankle injury and it's unclear as to whether he'll play this week.
WR Roddy White (P) X

The talented and highly touted rookie was in the starting lineup last week and scored his first NFL touchdown. With Jenkins still slowed look for White to stay active in the limited Falcon passing game.

WR Brian Finneran X

Finneran remains the most consistent wide receiver in the ennemic Falcon passing attack. That's rarely worthy of a fantasy start, especially this week against the Bucs.

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.
 
Seattle (7-2) at San Francisco (2-7) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S1

Let's not waste a lot of time on this one. It's the Niners - so start him.

RB Shaun Alexander S1 And of course him.
WR Bobby Engram S2

And him.

WR D.J. Hackett S2

And him.

WR Joe Jurevicius X

Maybe even him.

TE Jerramy Stevens S2 Him too.
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ken Dorsey B

Bench Dorsey or whoever they may trot out there at quarterback.

RB Kevan Barlow X

Bench him unless you are in a real bind at running back.

RB Frank Gore B

Bench him.

WR Brandon Lloyd
Johnnie Morton
Arnaz Battle (D)
B

Bench them all.

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