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Start/Bench List - Week 7
Whitney Walters
October 19, 2006
Sunday Early Sunday Early Sunday Late Monday Night Bye Weeks   Player List by Position  
CAR at CIN NE at BUF DEN at CLE NYG at DAL BAL, CHI,   Early Injury Status  
DET at NYJ PHI at TB ARI at OAK   NO, SF,   (O): Out    (D): Doubtful  
GB at MIA PIT at ATL MIN at SEA   STL, TEN   (Q): Questionable  
JAC at HOU SD at KC WAS at IND       (P): Probable  
     
Start/Bench Codes (SBC)  
S1: Start 'em Tier One (Stud / Great matchup) U: Upside player (Possible sleeper)  
S2: Start 'em Tier Two (Solid matchup) X: No matchup advantage or disadvantage  
S3: Start 'em Tier Three (Borderline / Barely) B: Bench 'em (Bad Matchup / Too much risk)  
 
Carolina (4-2) at Cincinnati (3-2) Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S2

With Smith running on all cylinders now Delhomme's stock is on the rise. His 365 passing yards last week was a career high - and it came against the Ravens. No easy task. The running game will be very effective this weekend, so the need for Delhomme to carry the offense on his arm isn't going to be there. Still, the attack will be balanced and there will be plenty of opportunities for Delhomme to make plays through the air.

RB Deshaun Foster S1

Foster had a second consecutive season high in carries last week with 26. Without Williams available that trend will continue. After starting the season strong the Bengals have allowed 467 RB rushing yards and five touchdowns in the past three games. This is a great matchup for Foster.

WR Steve Smith S1

Last week was the first time this season Smith looked 100% himself. The result? He put up a season high 189 yards and a touchdown on one of the top defenses in the league (Baltimore). I'd say he's earned back his every week stud status - big time.

WR Keyshawn Johnson S2

Keyshawn's 5-46 performance last week was his lowest output since week one. He did however receive 15 passes to Smith's 11 - a strong indication he'll remain very active in the passing game. Smith will be drawing more coverage than ever now and Johnson should be able to produce fantasy startable numbers most weeks.

WR Drew Carter B Carter has scored a touchdown in each of the last two games. He has the ability to stretch defenses and will typically be matched up against nickel or dime corners. That will mean the occasional possibility for a productive game or scoring opportunity. But with most of the balls going to Smith and Johnson there's not going to be enough to go around.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S3

Palmer is not getting the protection he needs and the offense looks completely out of sync right now. Solving those problems got even more difficult this week with another injury to the offensive line - LT Levi Jones. He'll be replaced by rookie Andrew Whitworth. Not a good way to welcome the improving and aggressive Carolina defensive front to town. This is not a very good spot for Palmer. But they are at home and Palmer has enough weapons around him to maintain some fantasy upside.

RB Rudi Johnson S2

As with the rest of the offense, the running game just isn't working. Johnson managed just 52 yards last week against a Tampa Bay defense allowing over 160 YPG at the time. Of even more concern is the 17 carries Johnson received. He hasn't had 20-plus carries since week two. According to HC Marvin Lewis the Bengals' inability to run the football is his top concern. They will continue to try and improve the play of the o-line and will surely try to get Johnson back to 20-plus carries this week.

WR Chad Johnson (P) S2

Johnson did have a season high 99 yards last week, but 51 of that came on just one catch. He has yet to really assert himself against the extra coverage he's receiving this season. It's also not helping that the play calling is limiting the chances the offense is taking down field.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S2

Since his return in week 3, Houshmandzadeh has led the team in receiving each game and scored three touchdowns - tops on the team. He may not sport blonde mohawks or make defender lists for the media to cover, but he is the top fantasy WR in a Bengals uniform, period.

 
Detroit (1-5) at N. Y. Jets (3-3) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna put up his fourth solid performance in a row and is looking more and more like a quarterback fantasy teams can rely on. He's still prone to critical mistakes and his offensive line remains very banged up. But with a receiver as talented as Roy Williams to lean on he's a decent bet this week against a Jets' defense that's struggling to stop anyone.

RB Kevin Jones (P) S2

Despite the injuries along the offensive line, Jones got it going last week with his first 100 yard game rushing since his rookie season. His 23 carries was a season high and a good indication of an increased commitment to the running game. The Jets defense has been gashed for over 150 YPG and six touchdowns on the ground in the past four games. His only downside this week is the hip pointer pain he'll be playing through.

WR Roy Williams S1

Maybe Williams should play with a bad back every week. Kitna looked his way a whopping 17 times last week, resulting in a career game for the young receiver. The Jets' defense has allowed a league high 12 passing touchdowns this season and present a great opportunity for Williams to rack up another big game.

WR Mike Furrey S3

Running at the #2 spot opposite an elite receiver can be a productive role. Furrey is filling that role well and has a good chance to produce starter worthy numbers against the Jets. New York will send their best cover corner, Andre Dyson, at Williams all day, leaving rookie Drew Coleman to handle Furrey.

WR Az-Zahir Hakim B With Williams healthy and sucking up all the passes from Kitna there just isn't enough left over for Hakim to have much of an impact.
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington (P) S2

Pennington bounced back last week as expected but has yet to regain his early season form. The bounce back should continue this weekend as the Lions are giving up close to 250 yards a game through the air and have allowed a league worst 13 passing touchdowns.

RB Kevan Barlow (P)
Leon Washington
B

Washington received his first career start last week coming off his 100-yard performance the prior week. Barlow was the backup. The running game was fairly effective again, producing 103 yards and a 4.3 YPC average. Unfortunately that production was split almost right down the middle between Washington's 11 carries and Barlow's 13. The Lions have allowed just one 100-yard rusher all year and have surrendered just a single rushing touchdown. The odds of a Jets back increasing either of those amounts to two are pretty steep.

WR Laveranues Coles (Q) S2

Coles looked close to 100% recovered from his bothersome calf injury last week as he put up his third 100-yard effort of the season and scored twice, one being a career long 58-yarder. The best the Lions can throw at him is CB Fernando Bryant. Look for Coles to get deep on him at least a couple of times.

WR Jerricho Cotchery S3

Cotchery had been a consistent performer until taking a serious back seat to Coles last week. His 1-for-6 was a season low. He also only received four looks from Pennington, a season low for the second week in a row. This is a solid matchup for the New York passing game but the limited involvement is a concern. Borderline starter this week.

TE Chris Baker B

Baker had just his third multi-catch game last week. The other half of the games he's been a virtual no-show in the box score.

 
Green Bay (1-4) at Miami (1-5) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2

Aside from his games in week's two and three Favre has had no fantasy impact this season. The Dolphins can't seem to win but they are playing solid defense. With the running game struggling Favre is probably good for 200 yards and a touchdown in this matchup. If you're lucky maybe two touchdowns.

RB Ahman Green (Q) B

Green has gained just 105 yards since his week one 100-yard effort and has sat out the last two games with a lingering hamstring injury. For now the team seems committed to Green as their starter and the week off should help him get healthy. At least as healthy as Green can get, which at this point in his career is never going to be 100%. Only twice this season has a back gained more than 60 yards on the Dolphins. Don't expect much out of Green this week.

RB Vernand Morency
Noah Herron
B When given the workload both of Green's backups have produced recently. But with Green's return to the starting lineup this week both will return to their backup roles.
WR Donald Driver S2

Since the emergence of the talented Jennings, Driver's production has fallen off. He's totaled just 94 yards in the past three games. He's still getting a good number of looks from Favre, just doing much less with them. As opposing secondaries begin to pay more attention to Jennings that will improve.

WR Greg Jennings S2

The rookie continues to shine and gain Favre's confidence. His production has been very consistent over the past four games, averaging 90 yards and scoring three times.

TE Bubba Franks B

Favre to Franks just isn't happening this season. He has just 11 catches on the season, his production has topped out at 3-39 and he has yet to score.

Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington S3

After seven quarters of mediocre to bad play, Harrington and the passing game finally got it going in the fourth quarter last week against the Jets. He threw for 199 yards and a touchdown, his first as a Dolphin. The team hopes to keep that momentum going against a Packers pass defense that currently ranks as the worst in the league.

RB

Ronnie Brown

S2

As expected Brown had a good game last week against the lowly Jets. He had a season high 127 yards and scored his fourth touchdown. It was also the first time in a month that he topped 20 carries. The Packers present a tougher challenge this week but the Dolphins know they need to run the ball to win.

WR Chris Chambers S3

Harrington finally began to connect with Chambers late in last week's game and he ended with his most productive outing of the season. But he was only the fourth most active receiver on the team, behind Welker, Hagan and TE McMichael. This week, like most, he'll have a physical matchup advantage over the opposing cornerbacks. Until he and Harrington get on the same page however, he remains an iffy starter.

WR Wes Welker (Q) S3

Welker has yet to score, but regardless of who's playing quarterback or whether he's the #3 or starting for the injured Booker, he produces. He has yet to catch fewer than 4 balls and have fewer than 40 yards this season. Never likely to explode, but always there for some fantasy production if you need it.

TE Randy McMichael S1

Four weeks with Culpepper - 10 catches for 113 yards. Two weeks with Harrington - 14 catches for 156 yards. The jury's in. McMichael is back in the mix and a top tier fantasy tight end again.

 

Jacksonville (3-2) at Houston (1-4)

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Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich S2

Leftwich has struggled at times this season, but this week isn't shaping up to be one of those times. No need to beat around the bush. The Texans' defense is terrible.

RB Fred Taylor S1

Taylor got his first 100-yard game going into the team's off week. Houston presents a great chance for another one. They've been rocked by two-back attacks all season.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (P) S3

As soon as the Jags began giving the powerful and speedy rookie a chance, he began to deliver. In the last three games he's totaled 250 yards and scored four touchdowns. Taylor remains the starter and primary ball carrier, but the rookie will get his touches and produce for your fantasy team when the opponent is weak. Houston qualifies.

WR Matt Jones (D) X

Jones spent the off week rehabbing his groin and hamstring injuries and may return to action this week but there remains a chance he will not play. The injury makes him a big fantasy risk. He has some great upside against a very torchable Houston secondary if he can play at close to 100%.

WR Reggie Williams (P) S2

Williams has always been an underachiever but is well on his way to shaking that label this year. He's the most productive Jacksonville wide receiver with two 90-yard games and the only one with a touchdown (he has four). The Texans present another matchup to exploit.

WR Ernest Wilford B With or without Matt Jones in the lineup Wilford has been consistently below average all season. He topped out with a 3-58 performance in week one and bottomed out with a 1-40 before the off week.
TE George Wrighster B

Scored his first touchdown of the season going into the bye week. Wrighster has become a bigger part of the passing game with WR Jones out of commission. If Jones returns this week that involvement will decrease. He also shares time with fellow tight ends Brady and Lewis

Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr B

Carr had his worst game of the year last week in Dallas and we will no longer have to endure the constant parroting of the "what quarterback has the highest passer rating?" from all the talking heads on TV. Carr did, and now he does not. Unless he has a very good matchup he's also not a startable fantasy option.

RB Ron Dayne B

Ten carries, 14 yards. Two goal-line carries, two stuffs for no gain. Yep, last week pretty much sums up both Dayne's career and his future fantasy prospects. Look for Samkon Gado and even Wali Lundy to get more into the mix this week and beyond.

WR Andre Johnson S2

Even in the Texans' dismal performance last week in Dallas, Johnson was able to put up a nice 9-for-75 effort. Odds are the Texans' won't fare much better this week against Jacksonville, but Johnson has the physical tools to pose matchup problems for any opponent.

WR Eric Moulds X

Moulds has four catches in each of the past four games and hasn't scored since week one. If you are in need of a 4-for-60 game from your fantasy wide receiver, chances are good you'll get it from Moulds most weeks.

TE Putzier/Bruener/Daniels B

Only twice this year has a Houston tight end had more than one catch.

 
New England (4-1) at Buffalo (2-4) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) S3

Brady's touchdown production has been low but consistent so far this season, averaging 1.6 per game. But his yardage has been all over the map. He topped out at 320 in week three but bottomed out at 140 in week five. Three of his five games have been less than 200 yards. New England is running the ball more this season, for good reason, and has employed a more ball-control passing attack that features a lot of 2-TE sets due to their limitations at WR. Improvements should begin this week however. Rookie WR Jackson is healthy and the time off surely benefited him and the other new Patriot receivers (Caldwell, Gabriel and Gaffney).

RB Corey Dillon S3

Before the bye week Dillon was limited to just 10 carries against Miami due to his bothersome shoulder. The week of rest should help. But even before that week he was being out-carried and out-produced by Maroney. Dillon isn't going away and he'll continue to get between 10-20 carries each game. But he has zero involvement in the passing game and as he wears down his carry total may start being closer to the 10 side of that range more often than not.

RB Laurence Maroney S2

The running game was very limited against Miami in his last game and he under performed with just 38 yards on 18 carries. Up to that point the rookie had been averaging 5.6 yards every time he touched the ball. He put up 86 yards on Buffalo in week one and will top that this weekend.

WR

Reche Caldwell
Jabar Gaffney

B

Caldwell has lost his starting spot and has caught just three balls for 25 yards in the last two games. Gaffney joined the team on October 9th and it will be a while before he can contribute on a regular basis. If ever.

WR Doug Gabriel S2

Since moving into the starting lineup Gabriel has been a solid performer. His upside is limited due to a less productive passing offense that spreads the ball around to multiple wide receivers, two tights and backs. But he's had over a month now to work with Brady and the offense and his quarterback is showing confidence in him.

WR Chad Jackson U

Lost in the zero catch effort in game five before the bye was the fact that Jackson started for the Patriots. His nagging hamstring injury appears to be behind him for now and the talented and very fast rookie is going to get his shot. Jackson is a big unknown to opposing defensive coordinators and he could surprise in this matchup.

WR Troy Brown B Brown can be an occasional performer and may be on his way to becoming the most prolific Patriot receiver ever, but he's not a fantasy starter. This or any other week. If the team has secondary needs he could play an entire game without an offensive snap.
TE Ben Watson S2

Watson has yet to find the end-zone or have a big game, but he remains a vital part of the New England passing attack. He's been targeted more than any wide receiver and led the team in receiving week three.

Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman B

Losman improved last week as expected against a weak Detroit pass defense. Still, he only mustered just over 200 yards and two touchdowns, his second best fantasy performance of the season. The Bills seem reluctant to turn the young Losman loose. Until they do he'll be of little use to fantasy players.

RB Willis McGahee S2

McGahee got a bit banged up last week and had an off game in a favorable matchup with just 80 total yards and no score. He hasn't topped 17 carries since week four and the Bills will need him to carry a full load in this matchup with a strong Patriot run defense. Look for at least 25 touches and 100-plus total yards.

WR Lee Evans S2

Evans is the unquestioned primary target for Losman. In the past four games they've connected on 32 passes for 373 yards, but he has just a single touchdown. Evans was held to just 2-25 in week one against New England, but that was before the Buffalo passing game got going and before the injuries to the Patriot secondary. He should keep his production going this week in the rematch.

WR Peerless Price
Josh Reed
Roscoe Parrish (Q)

B

Each week it's looking the same for these three. They will all catch a few balls with one possibly for a touchdown. Who that is will vary from week to week. Not exactly the kind of reliability a fantasy player needs in a starting wide receiver.

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