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Start/Bench List - Week 14
Whitney Walters
December 8, 2005
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM  
CHI at PIT NE at BUF NYG at PHI KC at DAL DET at GB  
CLE at CIN OAK at NYJ SF at SEA MIA at SD Mon 9 PM  
HOU at TEN STL at MIN WAS at ARI   NO at ATL  
IND at JAC TB at CAR BAL 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
 
Baltimore (4-8) at Denver (9-3) Back to top
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B Couldn't even take advantage of a very favorable matchup with Houston last week. This week on the road in Denver is a no-brainer. Bench him.
RB Jamal Lewis B Well that sure didn't last long. One week removed from his first 100-yard game of the year, Lewis gets a season low 8 carries for just 17 yards. Taylor is back and healthy so look for the rotation at RB to continue and for Lewis to be on the short end of that rotation most weeks.
RB Chester Taylor X Back from his one week injury absence and for the second time in three weeks he out-carried Lewis. That resulted in 11 carries for 40 yards against the worst run defense in the league. This week the Ravens travel to Denver to face the #3 run defense. Don't expect much.
WR Derrick Mason X Mason is fading away with Boller at QB. Since his return he's averaging about 3 catches a game compared to the 6 a game he was pulling in prior. He'll be limited again this week by his quarterback's typical poor play and by having CB Champ Bailey covering him most of the game.
WR Mark Clayton X Finally had what could be called a mini-breakout last week with 7 catches for 86 yards. His best outing by far in the rookie's disappointing and injury filled season. Will be facing fellow rookies in the Denver secondary this weekend. With his speed and play-making ability, Clayton has a good shot at a big play or two.
TE

Todd Heap

S2 The tight end stays pretty active in the Baltimore passing game and Boller likes working the ball to Heap. Look for his production to be somewhat limited this week facing one of the fastest LB corps in the league.
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer X Plummer's mistakes have increased in the past two weeks (3 INT's). This week look for Denver to focus on what they do best - run the ball. They will still go down field through the air, but expect them to become more grounded inside the red-zone.
RB Mike Anderson S2 Thanks to the 66-yard receiving TD last week Anderson's fantasy numbers were great. But what wasn't was the 13 carries he got. The week before it was only 11. We're two weeks into the Ron Dayne experience and it's not looking good for Anderson. With the limited carries he's unable to get into a rhythm and has averaged just 2.8 YPC in the past two games.
RB Tatum Bell X Bell returned to action last week but received only five carries. He was his typical highly productive self with those limited touches, averaging over 9 yards per carry. With Dayne now in the mix there will be fewer chances for Bell to rip off a big score, which is the only thing that keeps his fantasy value afloat.
RB Ron Dayne X After Dayne's big Thanksgiving game he was rewarded with 8 carries last week. Look for that to continue until it stops working.
WR Rod Smith S2 Smith has been solid and consistent all season and Plummer seems to find him regardless of situation or matchup. He's had between 50-80 yards in each of the last six games and caught 3 TD's in that span. A reliable fantasy WR is hard to come by so don't waste him on your bench.
WR Ashley Lelie U CB McAlister is slated to return this week. He missed last week with a hamstring injury. The best way to test a corner's injured hamstring out is to take him deep. That's something that Lelie will do often this week.
TE Jeb Putzier X Opponents continue to load up to stop the run which has created more space for Putzier to work over the middle. He's had four catches in each of the last two games, his best two game stretch since weeks 1 and 2.
 
Kansas City (8-4) at Dallas (7-5) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S2 The matchup this week with Dallas is very similar to last week's with Denver. Dallas brings good pressure on the quarterback and has a solid secondary. Look for another moderately successful game for Green throwing the ball.
RB Larry Johnson S1 In this day of shared backfields, having a fantasy back that's getting 30-plus carries a game is golden.
WR Eddie Kennison S2 Kennison continued his 100-yard game streak against Denver last week. The production won't come so easily Sunday however facing the fine CB duo of Henry and Newman.
WR Samie Parker X Consistent but limited production is all Parker's produced since his return from injury. Expect more of the same this week in Dallas.
TE Tony Gonzalez S2 Last week you saw something that hadn't happened since 2002, when it occurred twice. A single catch game from Gonzalez. Thankfully for fantasy owners that one catch was a 25-yard touchdown. Not to worry. Denver has limited Gonzo's production ever since Bailey arrived. He'll get back on track this week against a pair of safeties that love to get involved in stopping the run.
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Bledsoe X Bledsoe is struggling. Over the past seven games he's thrown for over 240 yards only once and for more than one TD only once. This week's matchup with KC is by far his best in a while. He should have a decent game if his line can keep the Chiefs' pass rush in check, but the Cowboys will likely focus on running the ball Sunday, limiting his potential.
RB Julius Jones S2

Jones is a solid receiver out of the backfield, a talent mostly ignored this season until two weeks ago. He's had 14 catches in that span and his 9-for-88 last week were career highs. Look for another 25-plus touches for Jones against KC.

RB Marion Barber B

Barber's been limited to just 11 carries in the past two weeks. His two carries last week was a low point. There's a chance he'll get into the action more this week as the Cowboys will likely run more, but an 8-10 carry backup effort is not what fantasy owners need.

WR Keyshawn Johnson X Johnson's bread and butter these days is underneath and sideline routes due to his great route running and catching ability. That plays into the strength of the Chiefs secondary, if they have a strength. Johnson will likely be limited Sunday.
WR Terry Glenn S2 Glenn hasn't smoked anyone deep in a while. That could change this week. The KC corners play aggressive man-to-man coverage and do a fair amount of blitzing.
TE Jason Witten S2

Witten had his worst outing of the season last week, going just 1-for-5. Look for a big bounce back facing a KC defense that ranks 31st against tight ends.

 
Miami (5-7) at San Diego (8-4) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Gus Frerotte X

Frerotte had his bell rung last week but will remain the starter in Miami. He might want to keep that bell handy this week facing a San Diego pass rush that has really come on lately.

RB

Ronnie Brown
Ricky Williams

X

Over the past three games the production has been split pretty evenly between Brown and Williams. That doesn't look to change any time soon as both have been effective. No back has had 100 yards on San Diego this year and only two have rushed for more than 72. Splitting up that limited production isn't good for fantasy owners. On the positive, some backs have had success catching the ball against the Chargers this season.

WR Chris Chambers S2

Chambers could do something this week that hasn't been done by a Dolphin since 1994 - post three straight 100-yard games. San Diego's secondary has struggled most of the season but has played better lately and hasn't allowed a 100-yard receiver since week eight. With Booker still fighting a calf injury Chambers is Frerotte's only real down field option.

WR Marty Booker (Q) B Booker's calf may keep him out another week, or at a minimum limit his effectiveness against San Diego.
TE Randy McMichael S2 With Booker out or limited, McMichael is really the only option in the passing game beyond Chambers. Look for Miami to look his way often in this matchup.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S2

Each opponent has to focus a lot of defensive attention on slowing down Tomlinson, freeing Brees up in the passing game. He has quietly hit the 20 TD mark already this season (third most in the NFL). Interestingly, 14 of those have come in the Chargers six home games. And where do they play this week?

RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Q) S1 The Dolphins don't stop the run all that well and now they are without their big run-stuffing defensive tackle, Keith Traylor.
WR Keenan McCardell S2 McCardell has a very favorable matchup this week with CB Travis Daniels, who is a liability in coverage. A case in point - Lee Evan last week.
WR Eric Parker U Parker has come on lately, catching two touchdowns in the past three weeks. Will face the aging and slowing CB Sam Madison this week and should be able to use his speed and quickness to his advantage in this matchup.
TE Antonio Gates S1 Bounced back nicely last week with 51 yards and a score. All is well in Gates-land.
 
Detroit (4-8) at Green Bay (2-10) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia X

In four games running the inept Detroit offense, Garcia has averaged just 170 YPG and thrown for a single TD. Amazingly the Packers possess the top passing defense in the NFL. But those numbers are boosted by playing the likes of Batch, McMahon and Orton over the past five weeks. Garcia still isn't startable, but he should have one of his better games in Green Bay.

RB Kevin Jones S2

Jones should be back in the starting lineup this week barring a setback with his quad injury. Now fantasy owners just have to hope that the statements last week from the new play caller in Detroit were true and Jones will be handed the ball 20-plus times Sunday. If he is then he'll have a good day against the shaky Packers defense. If not then it'll be just another week of frustration and disappointment.

WR Roy Williams S2

The passing game is a mess in Detroit and about the only thing you can count on is that Roy Williams is by far the biggest threat and has the most talent. That's worthy of a borderline S2 this week against the Packers.

WR Mike Williams
Scottie Vines
X

Mike Williams and Vines share time opposite the other starter, Roy Williams. Both were effective two weeks ago but disappeared last week in the new regime. That's probably due more to the complete offensive breakdown than any possible usage trend. Look for them both to stay active and trade off stepping up each week.

WR Charles Rogers B Since his return from a drug suspension Rogers has done little to distinguish himself in the Detroit WR corps, and last week he landed on the inactive list.
TE Marcus Pollard X Pollard's best fantasy game of the year game in week 1 against the Packers. Since then he's been hit-and-miss, with more misses than hits.
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre (P) U

Favre put up a season high 58 passes last week, and he looked tired and beat up after the game. He has a bum right hand and forearm but will start his 238th consecutive game on Sunday. The Detroit defense should be a walk in the park after facing Chicago last week.

RB Samkon Gado S2

Aside from the week 11 collapse against the Vikings, Gado has been the most consistent and productive part of the Green Bay offense lately. No reason to think that won't keep going this week against the Lions at home.

WR Tony Fisher B Fisher performed well in his 3rd-down role last week, pulling in 7 passes for 69 yards - his best day receiving. That's not surprising with the number of balls being tossed around by Favre. Don't count on that being an every week occurrence.
WR Donald Driver S2 Driver has become Favre's only trusted wideout, which is why you are seeing so many balls go to the tight ends and Fisher. That will continue this week as Driver has a nice matchup to exploit against Detroit's Andre Goodman, who struggles in coverage.
WR Robert Ferguson
Antonio Chatman
X Ferguson has been ineffective since his return from a mid-season knee injury and Chatman is playing much more like the tiny kick returner that he is. Neither have been good options for Favre and they aren't good options for your fantasy team either.
TE Donald Lee
David Martin
U

With Franks out look for Lee and Martin to produce. They are both very active in the passing game and have scored five TD's between them this season.

 
New Orleans (3-9) at Atlanta (7-5) Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks U

After two solid weeks, Brooks looked horrible last week against Tampa. He typically performs well against the Falcons however and put up over 250 yards and two touchdowns in week six against them.

RB Antowain Smith
Aaron Stecker
X

The Smith/Stecker train keeps chugging along with minimal fantasy value most weeks. The Falcons are susceptible to the run, but with the production split neither Smith or Stecker make much of a fantasy option.

WR Joe Horn S2

Horn went catch-less in week six against Atlanta while he was battling a bad hamstring injury. Redemption comes this Monday night. Look for Horn to have one of his biggest games of the season and finally get into the end-zone again.

WR Donte' Stallworth   S2 Tampa was a tough matchup for Stallworth last week and it showed in his 3-for-20 stat line. The Falcons are not a difficult matchup and his stat line will turn upward this week. The Atlanta secondary will have trouble with his speed, size and leaping ability.
TE Zack Hilton X

Since taking over full-time for the injured Conwell, Hilton has been one of the more productive fantasy tight ends over the last three weeks. At 6-8, 270, Hilton is a huge target and has above average speed for such a big body. Expect Brooks to continue looking his way, especially in the red-zone.

Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick X

Vick struggled in week six against the Saints, but has been playing much better lately. The focus this week will be running the ball as New Orleans is allowing over 130 YPG on the ground. Don't expect much more than an average outing from Vick.

RB Warrick Dunn S2

The bottom line is that Dunn is the most consistent fantasy producer in a Falcons uniform this season. They run the ball more than any other team and Dunn is the home run threat that's way overdue for a long touchdown.

RB T.J. Duckett S2

Duckett stumbled last week against the very tough Panther defense. Should get back to his rumbling, touchdown scoring ways on Monday night against the not-tough-at-all Saints defense.

WR Michael Jenkins
Roddy White
Brian Finneran
X Finneran is steady and reliable and the youngsters Jenkins and White are loaded with potential. But lets face it, this is a running team whose quarterback looks to the tight end or to run before he turns to his wide receivers. They are just too unreliable for most fantasy teams.
TE Alge Crumpler S1 Typically, even when the Falcons passing game struggles you can count on Crumpler to produce. He's a big, reliable target that Vick looks to often.

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