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Start/Bench List - Week 13
Whitney Walters
December 1, 2005
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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
 
Atlanta (7-4) at Carolina (8-3) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick S2

If Dre' Bly wasn't playing with a cast on one hand Vick's Thanksgiving outing would have turned out much different. Atlanta will want to run the ball in this matchup but may find the going difficult facing the #3 run defense in the league. Look for a bit more of the offense to rest on Vick's arm this week. Borderline starter.

RB Warrick Dunn S2

The Falcons may be facing off with the #3 run defense, but that won't likely change their game plan much. They are a running team and Dunn will get his carries. He'll also get some extra touches in the passing game this week which will help, because it won't be easy to produce against Carolina. Dunn hasn't had a rushing touchdown since Duckett's return three weeks ago, but they did give him two carries inside the five yard line last week.

RB T.J. Duckett S2

Duckett has averaged over 16 carries in the past two games and is running well, averaging over 3.7 YPC and scoring in each. The Falcons should put him to good use this weekend as they will want to attack the inside of the Panthers aggressive defensive front, which has been weakened a bit due to injuries.

WR Michael Jenkins
Roddy White
Brian Finneran (P)
X

Well, after three games of slight improvements in the passing game, last week was a step back. A big step back. Of Vick's 12 completions only two were to wide receivers. There is a lot of young talent at the WR position for Atlanta, but they are of little use for fantasy owners due to the ineffectiveness of the passing game and the team's focus on the run in most contests.

TE Alge Crumpler S1 As the Detroit game showed, even when the Falcon passing game struggles you can typically count on Crumpler to produce. He's a big, reliable target that Vick looks to often.
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme X

Delhomme continues to struggle to find the end-zone. He's thrown only three touchdowns in the past four games. His YPG has also dropped to just 190 in the past four games, compared to an average of over 260 in the previous five. Expect his struggles to continue against the aggressive Falcons defense.

RB Stephen Davis X

Davis' fantasy value has been kept afloat by his touchdown total, despite being a fairly ineffective runner most of the season. Well, that ship may have sailed. Davis has received only 10 carries in the past two games and even more importantly only one carry inside the five yard line to Foster's three. It's likely that the Panthers will continue to call his number when they get very close to the goal-line, but that's not what fantasy owners want to rely on this time of the season.

RB DeShaun Foster S2

It appears that the change has been made and Foster will close out the season as the Panthers' feature back. That, along with the team's obvious desire to return to their power running ways, makes Foster a nice start this week against the only average Falcon run defense. It wouldn't be a surprise however to see Davis get more than the 5 carries a game he's been getting lately.

WR Steve Smith S1

Smith had a down week against the Bills. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Hasn't had two bad games in a row all season. It is getting harder to produce for Smith however as teams are now selling out in coverage, doubling him all over the field.

WR Keary Colbert X

Actually led the team in catches last week with his second 4-catch effort of the season. As teams continue their attempts to limit Smith, Colbert's chances of producing will increase.

TE Kris Mangum (P)
Michael Gaines
B The tight end is becoming a bit more active in the Carolina passing attack, but with both Mangum and Gaines getting the looks neither will hold much fantasy value.
 
Buffalo (4-7) at Miami (4-7) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman B

It looks like Losman is the man for the Bills the rest of the way. His play has indeed improved from his early season starts, but it's still not enough to warrant much fantasy attention.

RB Willis McGahee S2

After two tough opponents, McGahee catches a nice matchup this weekend. The Dolphins struggle at times to stop the run and have given up big rushing days in each of the past four games. McGahee put up 86 yards and a score against the Dolphins in week five.

WR Eric Moulds X

Losman isn't ignoring Moulds as he was earlier in the season. He leads the team with 17 catches over the past three games. Moulds isn't going to light it up with Losman under center, but he should remain consistent and produce average fantasy numbers this week.

WR Lee Evans X

Losman is working the ball to Evans more. Since his return to the starting lineup three weeks ago Evans has actually out-produced Moulds in fantasy numbers thanks to his two TD's in week 10. But a Losman led passing attack isn't going to produce much.

WR Josh Reed
Roscoe Parrish
B

Reed has rarely been a factor this season, catching over two passes only twice. Parrish, an emerging kick return force, has been pushing Reed out of his #3 WR spot. But that's amounted to just two catches a game so far. Neither have any fantasy value with Parrish having some slight late season upside potential.

Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Gus Frerotte X

Frerotte has proven to be a viable fantasy starter lately when facing a weak pass defense. Buffalo doesn't qualify as one.

RB

Ronnie Brown
Ricky Williams

S2

For the most part it's become a two-man show for the Dolphins, with Brown and Williams splitting the workload almost down the middle. Over the past five games Brown has scored once and had the only 100-yard game. Williams has scored twice and out produced Brown in three of the past five games, but only slightly. Against the porous Buffalo run defense, both make solid starts this week.

WR Chris Chambers X

Chambers bounced back last week and remains Frerotte's top down field target. He did however dislocate a finger so his hands will not be 100% this week. Gets a downgrade this week due to the potential injury problem and the fact that he's facing the strong CB duo of Clements and McGee.

WR Marty Booker (Q) B

Booker injured his calf on the first play last week and didn't record a catch for the second week in a row. His playing status for this week is up in the air and even if he plays it's not likely he'll be very effective against the Bills.

TE Randy McMichael S2

Bounced back last week as expected with his first touchdown since week 8. He should continue to produce this week since the Bills will have to commit extra bodies up front in run support. That should open things up for McMichael down field.

 
Cincinnati (8-3) at Pittsburgh (7-4) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S2

Interesting matchup this week. Palmer has become the top fantasy QB but faces the only team to hold him without a touchdown pass this season. Not only that, but Monday night was the first time all season the Steelers had allowed more than a single passing TD in a game. Tough matchup on the road, but unless you are very fortunate in the backup QB department, you gotta stick with Palmer this week.

RB Rudi Johnson S2

Johnson had just 65 yards in his first meeting with Pittsburgh this season. But that was on just 12 carries, a very good 5.4 YPC average. The Steelers can be run on if you can just keep pounding them between the tackles, as their LB's are not as effective at the point of attack. This should be a close game and Johnson should get his carries.

RB Chris Perry X

Perry remains an explosive play maker, but in two of the past three games he's been used sparingly. He's likely to get some extra touches this week in the short passing game. It's crunch time in most fantasy leagues and that's not enough to warrant risking a start on Perry.

WR Chad Johnson S2

Second in the league in yards and touchdowns. An every week play.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S2

With the improved play of Henry, the Bengals have been finding very favorable matchups for Houshmandzadeh, working him out of the slot in 3-WR sets. Palmer looked his way 13 times last week. And that's not the first time T.J. has received more looks than Johnson in a game. In fact, it's the fourth time in the last six games.

WR Chris Henry X Went without a catch in the week 7 meeting with Pittsburgh. Don't expect a repeat. There isn't much left in the passing game beyond Chad and T.J., but Henry continues to make the most of his limited looks. He's now scored a touchdown in each of the last three games, giving him five on the season.
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger (P) X

If the week seven meeting is any indication, Big Ben won't be called on much against Pittsburgh this week. In that game he threw just 14 passes for a season low 93 yards. The game plan will likely be similar on Sunday. Run the ball often and pass only as much as needed to keep drives going.

RB Willie Parker  S2 Parker had one of his best games of the season in week 7 against the Bengals. They are no better now at stopping the run, so odds are good you'll see a repeat this week.
RB Jerome Bettis (P) X

Bettis has been nursing a quad injury and he's been very ineffective over the past two weeks. That will likely change this week against the poor Cincinnati run defense. Look for another touchdown for The Bus.

RB Duce Staley   B

Duce was active for the Monday night game and served as the team's 3rd-down back. Not a single pass went his way however and he had only three carries for six yards. His ineffectiveness could land him back on the inactive list this weekend.

WR Hines Ward S2

Don't expect much from the passing game this week. But what there is will most likely go to Ward and TE Miller. Should be able to get deep on aggressive CB Tory James.

WR Antwaan Randle El X Randle El hasn't produced more than 50 yards since week three, and hasn't scored since week one.
TE Heath Miller S1

With Roethlisberger back under center Miller was once again a factor in the passing game, leading all with four catches Monday night. There are few teams (only two actually) that give up more fantasy points to the tight end than Cincinnati.

 

Dallas (7-4) at New York Giants (7-4)

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Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe S2

The Giants continue to struggle against the pass and one of Bledsoe's two 300-yard games was against them in week six.

RB Julius Jones S2

Jones took the bulk of the workload in the backfield on Thanksgiving but was mostly ineffective against the tough Broncos run defense. Jones did not play in the week 6 meeting with the Giants, but it was a rough day for the other Dallas backs. They combined for 90 yards on 35 carries. The game plan will surely be the same on the road this weekend. Run the ball often. Look for Jones to continue to get the lion's share of the carries.

RB Marion Barber X

Barber only had 9 carries last week, his lowest total since being worked into the running game week six. He did continue to get more opportunities inside the five yard line however even with Jones back. You can expect more of the same this week against the Giants.

WR Keyshawn Johnson S2

Johnson torched the Giants in week 6 for his best performance of the season, eight catches for 120 yards. Rookie CB Corey Webster moved into the starting lineup for New York last week and you can bet he'll be tested. Johnson should have much success underneath with his great route running and catching ability, and ...

WR Terry Glenn S2

... Glenn will surely take the youngster deep. Look for both receivers to have nice games.

TE Jason Witten S2

Witten is one of only two tight ends that have scored on the Giants this season. The Giants have also only allowed a TE to gain more than 50 yards three times. Witten was also one of those, so don't shy away from starting him this week.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning X

Dallas brings a strong outside pass rush and Manning will likely not be very comfortable in the pocket Sunday as you can expect the Cowboys to bring a lot of pressure. Manning doesn't move out of the pocket well and the pressure will likely lead to a day of struggles. But he is at home, where Manning does seem to play better.

RB Tiki Barber S2

What is there to say? Barber's averaging 157 total yards over the past six games. Dallas is tough against the run, but so what.

WR Plaxico Burress S2

Burress is having a great season and is coming off his first back-to-back 100-yard games since 2003. Still catches fewer than half the passes that come his way however and during stretches appears to lose focus in games. Remains a solid start most weeks due to the size advantage he has in every matchup.

WR Amani Toomer X

Toomer's worst game of the season was his 2-for-11 outing against the Cowboys. The Manning-to-Toomer connection is really clicking now however, so look for a sharp improvement on that earlier performance this weekend.

TE Jeremy Shockey S1

Shockey's huge game last week has him easily the #2 fantasy tight end this season, behind only Gates. Last week's 127 yards receiving is only topped by the 129 yards he put up on Dallas in their week six meeting.

 
Green Bay (2-9) at Chicago (8-3) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre X

You really want to, but it's getting harder and harder to believe that Favre can continue to carry the Packer offense on his back. The weight of the task seems to show in his face more each week, and in his erratic performances. The completion percentage is dropping and the interceptions are racking up. Even though it would be great to believe he could turn it around this week against the ferocious Chicago defense, the odds are just not good.

RB Samkon Gado X

It looks like that week 11 stinker against the Vikings may be an aberration. Gado put up his third nice fantasy game in his fourth outing. Too bad he's running into the buzz saw that is the Chicago Bears defense this week.

WR Tony Fisher B Fisher's role seems to be primarily his typical 3rd-down one. Not much fantasy value.
WR Donald Driver X

For the most part Driver continues to produce while filling in for the injured Javon Walker. But it's hard to imagine him or ...

WR Robert Ferguson X ... the recently returning Ferguson to be very effective in this week's matchup with Chicago. They're the #1 rated pass defense for a reason.
TE Bubba Franks (Q) B

Franks' status this week is in question following the blow to the neck last week that landed him in the hospital. It doesn't appear to be serious, but Franks hasn't exactly been effective this season when out there.

TE Donald Lee X Lee has been consistently putting up 3-4 catches a week since week seven, even with Franks back in the mix. With Franks' status in doubt this week look for Lee to maintain his leading TE receiver role.
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Orton B

Orton's play continues to improve and they keep winning, but the passing offense is ranked 31st in the league, averaging just 130 yards and less than a touchdown per game.

RB Thomas Jones S2

Since returning two weeks ago Jones has received 25 carries a game and added 50 receiving yards to his stats last week. The Packers are much better at stopping the pass than the run, so look for plenty of Jones in this matchup.

RB Adrian Peterson B

Just a backup that is spelling Jones for a series or two each game.

WR Muhsin Muhammad X

Muhammad is having about as good a season as can be expected in the very limited Chicago passing attack. He has yet to have more than six catches and has topped 60 yards only twice. If a 4-6 catch receiver that only finds the end-zone once every three weeks or so is what you need, then Muhammad is your man.

WR Justin Gage X

With the attention Muhammad draws in coverage, someone has to provide Orton with another option in the passing game. Before the injury rookie Bradley was becoming that option, and now Gage is quietly filling that role. In the past two games against difficult opponents (CAR and TB), Gage has been getting plenty of looks from Orton. That should continue, but unfortunately, in the very limited Chicago passing attack it's rarely going to be worthy of a fantasy start.

TE Desmond Clark

B

Has become a non-factor.
 
Houston (1-10) at Baltimore (3-8) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr X

After predicting an upside for Carr last week he goes out and puts up just the second 3-TD game of his career. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. There are a few nice matchups for Carr left on his schedule. This is not one of them despite the Ravens being down three of their starting four in the secondary.

RB Domanick Davis (P) S2

Davis continues to take it easy each week to nurse his bothersome knee. But he logged 25 carries last week and totaled 120 yards and a score. That makes two weeks in a row he's put up over 100 total yards and a touchdown. Even with Johnson's return, Davis remains the best thing going in the Texans offense. Will struggle this week against the Ravens, but is still a starter.

WR Andre Johnson S2

Since his return Johnson has been solid, reestablishing himself as Carr's prime target down field. This week's matchup is not as easy one, but he should produce just enough against the injury riddled Ravens secondary to make him worthy of a start.

WR Jabar Gaffney X

Since Johnson's return Gaffney's been a decent complement - getting a good number of looks from Carr each week. That isn't amounting to much for fantasy owners however as he's averaged just 37 yards on five catches over the past two games.

WR

Corey Bradford

B Despite his touchdown grab last week, Bradford remains highly inconsistent and more often than not is completely ineffective.
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller U So which Boller takes the field this week? The one that for three quarters last week was 4-for-15 for 37 yards and two interceptions, or the one that for a quarter was 14-for-17 for 174 yards and three touchdowns? I think I'll go out on a limb this week and think positively. The fact that the Texans are playing some of the worst pass defense in the league right now helps a bit.
RB Jamal Lewis S2

Thanks to the injury to Taylor last week Lewis had his first 20-plus carry game in six weeks. The result was his biggest fantasy day of the season. The Ravens still want to get a good look at Taylor, so when he's healthy (which may be this week) Lewis and Taylor will again split the workload. But this week's matchup with the horrible Texans run defense can't be ignored.

RB Chester Taylor (Q) X

Just when he was about to be handed the keys to the car, he pulls up lame. Now he may not be offered them again this season thanks to Lewis' strong showing last week. If Taylor is healthy this week he should get some carries in a rotation with Lewis.

WR Derrick Mason U

If the quarterback has some upside his prime WR target must follow suit.

WR Mark Clayton X

Clayton has had an injury filled, disappointing season. He seemed to get back on track a bit two weeks ago but last week fell off again despite the mini offensive explosion in the fourth quarter. There's just not much in the way of fantasy value here.

TE

Todd Heap (P)

S2

Heap had his best game of the season last week, catching two touchdowns. Don't expect that any time soon, but he remains a decent fantasy option... especially this week.

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