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Start/Bench List - Week 11
Whitney Walters
November 17, 2005
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM  
ARI at STL MIA at CLE PIT at BAL SEA at SF KC at HOU  
CAR at CHI NO at NE TB at ATL BUF at SD Mon 9 PM  
DET at DAL OAK at WAS   IND at CIN MIN at GB  
JAC at TEN PHI at NYG   NYJ at DEN (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
 
Buffalo (4-5) at San Diego (5-4) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman U

Expected to start thanks to Holcomb's concussion. Made a good case for confidence with his effective and poised performance last week. If he gets the start and can keep the momentum going he has a good chance to shine facing a pass defense almost as bad as the Chiefs he faced last week.

RB Willis McGahee S2

McGahee has been hit-or-miss over the past month and has failed to score. This week he draws another tough assignment. The Chargers have given up 8 rushing touchdowns this season, but they allow a league low 80 YPG. Look for another pedestrian effort this week.

WR Eric Moulds X

A good thing may come to an end this week. Moulds has been a prime target for Holcomb, but in the first four games with Losman under center he had only 10 catches for 80 yards. The upside is that he's matched up with a very suspect San Diego secondary.

WR Lee Evans U

After Losman entered the game last week he found Evans for his second and third touchdowns of the season. A good sign going into this week with Losman at QB and facing a Chargers secondary that's struggled all season.

WR Josh Reed B

Has rarely been a factor this season, catching over two passes only twice.

WR Roscoe Parrish B The promising rookie returned to action in week 8 after recovering from a broken wrist. The team remains high on him, but he's getting only a few touches a game right now. Not likely to be a fantasy factor this season.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees X

The game plan against the Bills will be to pound the very porous defensive front into submission with Tomlinson. Don't expect much more than an average performance from Brees this week.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 The Bills overall defense has improved lately, but they are still giving up tons of yardage to opposing backs each week.
WR Keenan McCardell X

The off week should help McCardell get over the bruised hip he suffered week 9. Thanks to the attention Tomlinson and Gates demand, McCardell typically carves out a viable #3 WR role for most fantasy teams. This week against the CB duo of Clements and McGee will present a tough challenge.

WR Eric Parker X

Should return to action this week after missing week 9 with an ankle injury. There won't be an over abundance of production in the passing game this week, so don't expect much to trickle down to Parker.

TE Antonio Gates S1 Do you really need a reason?
 
Indianapolis (9-0) at Cincinnati (7-2) Back to top
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S2

It's amazing what some shoddy secondaries can do for your passing numbers. The last six games have brought TEN, SF, STL, NE and HOU twice. Sure don't hear many of those "what's wrong with the Colts offense" discussions anymore. Two factors may limit Manning somewhat this week. First is the ball-hawking CIN secondary, second is a possible run first game plan designed to keep the explosive CIN offense off the field.

RB Edgerrin James S1

James is almost a lock for 100-yards and a score every week this season. The Bengals may be the first team this season to stack the line and hope their secondary can hold up in coverage against Manning and the WR's. Then again maybe not. Either way James will get his.

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne (P)
S2

Harrison and Wayne, the league's most prolific pass-catching duo, will meet O'Neal and James, one of the most dangerous coverage duos, this weekend. Should be a great matchup to watch. If the Bengals commit to stopping James (which they may) you will see a lot of man coverage. If that's the case look for both Harrison and Wayne to win more plays than lose.

WR Brandon Stokley X

Took a blowout against the Texans last week to make him fantasy relevant. Don't count on that happening against the Bengals.

TE Dallas Clark X Ditto for Clark. He's only scored against Houston this year. All other weeks he's struggled to have any fantasy impact. Averaging just two catches a game.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S2

Palmer's task is clear this week. Stand tall in the pocket and test the young and beatable Indy secondary. Protection will be the key and a huge challenge for the Bengals against an aggressive defensive front that leads the league in sacks. Given time Palmer will make big plays over the top of the defense. Without it he will be less productive using shorter routes and dump-offs.

RB Rudi Johnson (P) S2

The Bengals' last two opponents, GB and BAL, were solid run stopping units. Their approach was to pound Johnson, giving him 22 and 29 carries. The results were positive and you can expect a similar approach this week against the speedy but undersized Indy defensive front.

RB Chris Perry X

Perry has been fairly inactive over the past two games as the focus turned to Johnson in the running game. Perry's quickness and play-making abilities will be needed this week against the speed of the Indy defense. Look for a few extra touches in the passing game.

WR Chad Johnson S2

As with most matchups, Johnson will be facing the opponent's top corner (Nick Harper in this case) and safety help over the top (Mike Doss). The Indy combo is strong, but Johnson will still have chances down field for his typical big plays.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S2

The Bengals like to work Houshmandzadeh out of the slot in 3-WR sets. That will provide a killer matchup to exploit this week against rookie nickel corner Marlin Jackson.

WR Chris Henry X There isn't much left in the passing game beyond Chad and T.J., but Henry's making the most of his limited looks. He's scored three touchdowns, second most among WR's.
 
New York Jets (2-7) at Denver (7-2) Back to top
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brooks Bollinger B

Bollinger is probably better than his 98 yard, 4 interception effort last week. But not much better.

RB Curtis Martin (P) X

Without a passing game to stretch the field, the Broncos will focus their efforts on stopping the run, something they have done very well this season. Backs this year have been able to do some damage against Denver catching passes out of the backfield, but that is not one of Martin's strengths.

WR Laveranues Coles X

With all the QB problems, Coles has been ineffective most weeks this season. The always dominant CB Bailey and the up-and-coming rookies Williams and Foxworth will likely hold both Coles and ...

WR Justin McCareins  X

... the sporadically productive McCareins in check.

TE Doug Jolley B

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 has the pass catching talent to produce, but until he's utilized in the passing game he's of little fantasy value.

Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S2

Plummer is giving the Broncos just what they are asking for this season. Manage the offense and don't turn the ball over. Great for Denver, not so great for fantasy owners most weeks. In the past seven games Plummer has thrown more than 30 times only once. In those same games he's connected on more than one TD only three times, more than two TD's only once. Nothing about this matchup makes Plummer more than a borderline starter.

RB Mike Anderson S2

The Jets play hard each week but just don't have the talent up front to stop the run. Anderson only had 17 carries last week but one was for a touchdown. He's become very effective around the goal-line and gets the call in those situations often. Look for around 20 carries this week and a very productive game against the Jets 29th ranked run defense.

RB Tatum Bell S2

Bell is not as strong a fantasy play since he'll always get fewer carries than Anderson. But his home run ability on any given carry makes him a tempting start most weeks. This week facing an overmatched Jets defensive front the tempt is worth taking.

WR Rod Smith X

Smith is having a great year and Plummer seems to find him regardless of situation or matchup. His matchup this week with fellow wily veteran Ty Law will be intriguing. Law has lost a step, but so has Smith. Don't look for Smith to get deep on Law. Most of the action will be underneath and these two will likely play to a draw.

WR Ashley Lelie (P) S2

With Law spending most of his time on Smith, Lelie has a very favorable matchup against the other corner, rookie Justin Miller, who is filling in for the injured David Barrett.

TE Jeb Putzier B

The tight end just isn't a big part of the passing schemes this year in Denver. Putzier makes a few key catches each week but that's about it. There are better fantasy options most weeks.

 
Kansas City (5-4) at Houston (1-8) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S2

Well let's see, the Texans have a poor secondary and little in the way of a pass rush. Yep. I'd say that just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Green.

RB Larry Johnson S1

Can't get much better for those patient Johnson owners. Last week it was the 31st ranked run defense, this week it's the dead last Texans.

WR Eddie Kennison S2

Kennison is still the only viable downfield WR target for Green, but he's been struggling and not getting open consistently this season. This week provides a good bounce back spot facing the woeful Houston secondary.

WR Chris Horn B Horn has filled in nicely for the injured Parker. With Parker expected to return this week Horn's role in the offense will diminish.
WR Samie Parker X Expected to be ready to play this week after missing the past four games with a knee injury. Parker possesses the most down field speed in the WR corps, but he wasn't much of a factor before the injury.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1

That un-Gonzo like stretch seems all but a distant memory. Now it's time for a few more touchdowns.

Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr U

It may not be much, but at least it's consistent. Remove his high and low games this season and Carr stays right in a 50 yard range (131 - 179). He also has just a single touchdown in every game this season. Kansas City does present one of the best matchups he's had all season however. Don't be surprised if he tops 200 yards and throws two, yes I said two, touchdowns Sunday night.

RB Domanick Davis (Q) X

For the past two weeks Davis has been a game day scratch due to the lingering knee injury. He'll be back in practice this week and is a good bet to play in the Texans' last nationally televised game. If he plays it won't be a cakewalk. The strength of the KC defense has been their ability to stop the run. They have yet to surrender a 100-yard rushing game with a schedule that included the likes of Jordan(OAK), Anderson(DEN), Portis(WAS), Tomlinson(SD) and McGahee(BUF).

WR Andre Johnson (P) S2

Johnson has been solid since his return two weeks ago, catching 13 balls for 133 yards. This week against the beleaguered Kansas City secondary he'll get his first touchdown of the season.

WR Jabar Gaffney U

Since Johnson's return two weeks ago Gaffney's had just three catches for 36 yards. Thankfully for fantasy owners one was for a touchdown. He'll get more attention in this matchup as the Chiefs will have little choice but to double-cover Johnson.

WR

Corey Bradford

B Bradford has been highly inconsistent this season and more often than not completely disappears.
 
Minnesota (4-5) at Green Bay (2-7) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson X

Johnson had a setback last week but did lead the team to a game winning drive. He has an array of talent in the passing game with his receivers, tight end and backs. Look for him to continue to spread the ball around, finding the matchup advantages.

RB Mewelde Moore (P) S2

His wrist injury kept him out of action last week and the Viking ground game went in the tank. Moore will be the starter again this week. Look for Minnesota to run Moore to the edges, away from the middle of the Packers defense, their strength. As long as Moore doesn't lose many carries to Bennett he should have a fairly productive evening.

RB Michael Bennett X

Carried the load last week and went nowhere - 25 touches for 27 yards. Will go back to his inconsistent, supporting role this week. Unless he comes right out of the gate and busts a few of his early carries for long gains, look for Bennett to take a distant back seat to Moore Monday night.

WR Nate Burleson
Travis Taylor
Marcus Robinson
Troy Williamson
X

In the three games that Johnson has led the passing attack no wide receiver has more than four catches in a game. The ball is being spread around very well and a lot of the looks are going to the running backs and tight end. The Vikings have won with that approach so you can expect more of the same from here on out. What that means is the WR corps for Minnesota, while talented, is off limits for fantasy owners.

TE Jermaine Wiggins U

Wiggins is a great pass catcher and out caught all receivers last week. That's a good sign that Johnson is gaining comfort with and confidence in his rotund tight end.

Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2

Favre hasn't thrown for more than a single touchdown in a month. That won't be the case after this Monday night matchup with the struggling Vikings pass defense. Look for at least three.

RB Samkon Gado S2

Gets three touchdowns last week on his birthday and this week the undrafted rookie gets to enjoy the bright lights of a Monday night matchup. Gado is a punishing runner that the Packers will use often against the Vikings to control the ball and set up Favre's favorite play-action passes.

WR Tony Fisher (Q) B Fisher may return to practice this week but isn't expected to have recovered enough from his rib injury to play.
WR Donald Driver S2

Driver hasn't scored since taking the lead role three weeks ago, but he has 20 catches for 254 yards. Look for more of the same this week with a touchdown thrown in even though safety Darren Sharper (in his return to Lambeau) will help double-team him.

WR Antonio Chatman X

The Vikings like to play soft zone coverages over the middle of the field that are vulnerable to crossing routes. Chatman (along with Driver) excel in this area.

WR Robert Ferguson (Q) B Ferguson has yet to be cleared for practice so it's unlikely he'll play this week.
TE Bubba Franks S2

The soft zone coverages utilized by the Vikings have provided field days for opposing tight ends all season. Franks is healthy now and back into the flow of the offense. This matchup has big game written all over it.

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