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Start/Bench List - Week 10
Whitney Walters
November 9, 2006
Sunday Early Sunday Early Sunday Early Sunday Late Sunday Night   Player List by Position  
BAL at TEN HOU at JAC SD at CIN DEN at OAK CHI at NYG   Early Injury Status  
BUF at IND KC at MIA SF at DET DAL at ARI Monday Night   (O): Out    (D): Doubtful  
CLE at ATL NO at PIT WAS at PHI STL at SEA TB at CAR   (Q): Questionable  
GB a MIN NYJ at NE         (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)  
 
Baltimore (6-2) at Tennessee (2-6) Back to top
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair S2

McNair didn't find the end-zone last week but he's been a consistent source of limited fantasy points all season. If there's a game on the schedule that he'll be pumped up for it will be his return to Nashville to face the Titans' organization that turned their backs on him. He gets a revenge upgrade this week.

RB Jamal Lewis S2

The increased workload under new play caller Brian Billick continues. He even got some looks in the passing game last week. Against a Titans run defense that's allowing over 160 YPG (second worst in the league), Lewis is a great start.

WR Derrick Mason S2

The McNair-to-Mason connection has been hit and miss all season. This week look for a hit. His quarterback will be highly motivated and the Titans' secondary is average at best. They will get CB Pacman Jones back from his one game suspension, but both Mason and ...

WR Mark Clayton S3 ... Clayton will abuse their other corners, Hill and Woolfolk.
TE

Todd Heap (Q)

S1 Hurt his ankle last week, but what else is new? Always start your stud TE.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

Young may have potential, but the rookie isn't going to know what hit him after this matchup with the Ravens' attacking defense.

RB Travis Henry B

Henry remains the starter for now. So far that's meant some very good production for fantasy owners. Not this week.

RB LenDale White B Performs well with the limited carries he's getting. There are no signs of his role growing beyond the 7-10 touches he currently gets any time soon.
WR Drew Bennett B

Bennett snuck a meaningless late touchdown last week against Jacksonville. When your leading receiver has just nine catches in the five games since Young took over as quarterback, there is no fantasy gold, or even pyrite, to be mined here.

WR Brandon Jones
Bobby Wade (Q)
David Givens (Q)
B

Outside of Bennett last week the Titans' wide receivers were invisible. Don't expect that to change much with Baltimore coming to town.

TE Ben Troupe
Bo Scaife
B

The tight ends came to life a bit last week. It was the first time in weeks that either Scaife or Troupe had more than a catch or two. A good sign, but they will be needed more in pass protection this Sunday.

 
Buffalo (3-5) at Indianapolis (8-0) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman B

In what was his best matchup of the season so far last week against Green Bay, Losman completed a season low eight passes. He's off limits this week against Indy... and beyond.

RB Anthony Thomas S2

Thomas will get his shot with McGahee likely out due to a broken rib. He filled in nicely last week and should do the same against Indy. He's not as fast as McGahee, but he's a tough runner that can get the job done when called on. The Colts showed some improvement last week in stopping the run thanks to the return of safety Bob Sanders. But they still have enough problems to make the A-Train a solid fantasy option.

WR Lee Evans S3

It took a 43-yard TD to save Evans' fantasy bacon last week. Without that catch it would have been the second 1-catch game in a row for the Bills' #1 WR. Prior to the last two games Evans had been a steady performer, averaging 8-90 over the previous four games. He has the speed and talent to produce if the Bills can get him involved in the passing game again.

WR Peerless Price
Josh Reed (O)
Roscoe Parrish
B Outside of Evans it's just not happening for the Buffalo WR corps. They are good for at most a couple catches with the occasional touchdown. Very occasional.
TE Robert Royal B Royal still has just one game all season with more than a single catch.
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

Manning had a few games earlier in the season where his production was below average. But those days seem behind him now. He's a no-brainer S1 for the remainder of the season.

RB Dominic Rhodes B

In the last two games Rhodes has carried the ball 3 and 4 times in each. For a total of 13 yards. He may pop back into the box score from time to time for the remainder of the season. But for fantasy purposes he's done.

RB Joseph Addai (Q) S2

Addai may technically never be the starter this season, but he might as well be. He's been out-performing Rhodes for weeks. Addai will carry the load for the rest of the season and has a nice matchup with an improving Bills defense that is still susceptible to the run.

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne
S1

As with most teams they will face from here on out, the Bills don't have the talent in the secondary to slow these two down. Especially with two rookies at the safety position.

TE Dallas Clark
Ben Utecht (Q)
S3

The Colts continue to like running both Clark and Utecht in 2-TE sets with one split out wide or in motion. Both have found limited fantasy success, but Clark has had the most consistent production week to week. He's also scored three touchdowns to Utecht's zero.

 
Cleveland (2-6) at Atlanta (5-3) Back to top
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Charlie Frye (Q) U

Frye actually had a decent game against the Chargers last week. But his 236 yards was the first time he's topped 200 in five games, and he's still only thrown for more than a single touchdown once this year. The Falcons and their 31st ranked pass defense might be a nice matchup for most fantasy quarterbacks. But for the struggling Frye it's just barely enough to warrant a possible sleeper status.

RB Reuben Droughns S3

Droughns and the Browns running game have struggled all season, especially against strong run defenses. The Falcons qualify. Don't look for much this weekend. Droughns ran for just 33 yards against Denver three weeks ago and just 36 last week against the Chargers.

WR Braylon Edwards S3

Despite the presence of all-world (at least in his mind) CB DeAngelo Hall, the Falcons have been giving up big fantasy games to multiple opposing receivers in each of the past three games and continue to rank as one of the worst pass defenses in the league. They are currently ranked 31st, just above Green Bay.

WR Joe Jurevicius (Q) U

Had his typical three catches last week, but for a season high 76 yards. Jurevicius is an experienced receiver that provides Frye with another big target down field. He does have a good matchup this week with Atlanta's #2 CB, but he will always be limited by the emphasis of Edwards and Winslow in the passing game.

TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (Q) S1

His career high 11 catches last week gives him 51 on the season and puts him on pace for over 100. Winslow is a favorite target for Frye and is an every week fantasy start.

Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick S3

Now there's the Vick we've all grown to know over the past 5 1/2 seasons. Poorly thrown balls, looking to run first, fumbles, interceptions... oh, and one nice touchdown strike to Crumpler for SportsCenter. Sure, he wasn't helped by his receivers dropping balls, but this was a step back after two very promising games. The Browns are surprisingly tough against the pass, but Vick should be able to get enough rushing yards to go with his single touchdown, making him a decent fantasy start.

RB Warrick Dunn S2

Dunn's production has been down lately, but he has scored in three of the past four games. The Browns have made a habit this season of surrendering 100-yard games to opposing backs.

RB Jerious Norwood (Q) B

The explosive rookie may get a few extra yards against the porous Cleveland run defense. But he has yet to carry the ball more than 10 times this season.

WR Michael Jenkins
Ashley Lelie (Q)
Roddy White
B Even when the passing game was clicking in weeks 7 and 8 it was all about Crumpler. And it seems that's not changing any time soon. Jenkins topped out at 77 yards in week one, Lelie topped out at 61 yards in week four, and White... well, White isn't even really worth mentioning.
TE Alge Crumpler (Q) S1

Crumpler and Vick are back in that fantasy stud producing groove.

 

Green Bay (3-5) at Minnesota (4-4)

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Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2

Getting Jennings back for at least part of last week's game really helped. Favre had his highest yardage total in five weeks. Now if he can just quit throwing potential touchdowns to the other team. Favre has done very well against the Vikings over the past two seasons.

RB Ahman Green (P) S3

Green is on a three game romp that may come to an end this weekend. The Vikings have worked their way to the top of the NFL's run defense rankings and haven't given up a 50-yard rushing effort in the past four games. If the Packers can get Green involved in the passing game he'll likely produce enough to warrant a borderline fantasy start.

RB Noah Herron B Herron hadn't done much in the past two games, but with Morency out he assumed the backup role last week and produced heavily in the short passing game. Herron will serve as Green's backup until Morency's return.
WR Donald Driver S2

Even with the emergence of the rookie Jennings, Driver has been a primary target for Favre. He's been targeted nine or more times in all but two games this season, and hit a season high in looks with 17 last week. Will have his hands full with CB Antoine Winfield but with the Vikings mostly a zone cover-2 scheme, Driver will find the openings.

WR Greg Jennings (Q) S2

Played last week but re-aggravated his ankle injury. He's expected to be in the starting lineup for Green Bay this week however. If he is then he makes a solid but risky start.

TE David Martin S2 Martin has carved out a nice role in the Packers' passing attack. There is nothing in this matchup that suggests that should change.
TE Bubba Franks (P) B

Franks has gone catchless in the past two weeks and is no longer a part of the Packer passing game.

Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson B

Johnson followed up his worst game of the season in week eight (185 yards and three turnovers) with an even worse one last week (136 yards and three turnovers). And that was against a suspect Niners defense primed to provide a nice bounce back game. This week he gets the even more primed Packers defense. Don't be fooled again.

RB Chester Taylor (Q) S1

Taylor has only scored twice this season but he keeps pilling up the yardage. The Packers have yet to yield a 100-yard rusher this year. Look for Taylor to be the first.

WR Travis Taylor B

Taylor continues to get extra looks with fellow WR Robinson out, but has yet to do much with them. Even with this nice matchup you should look elsewhere for your fantasy production.

WR Troy Williamson B

After a fast start to the season, Williamson has been absent from the limited Viking passing game since week two. Two of his last three games have been single catch efforts. He may have the speed to make some noise this week against the aging Packer secondary, but he should be avoided until the Minnesota passing game starts showing signs of life again.

TE Jermaine Wiggins B

Wiggins' use in the passing game has been inconsistent this season. But his lack of production has been very consistent.

 
Houston (2-6) at Jacksonville (5-3) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr B

Carr played one of his best games of the season in the surprising upset of Jacksonville three weeks ago. So do you think Jacksonville will be just a weeeee bit motivated in this matchup at home? Yeah, me too.

RB Wali Lundy B

Lundy won the starting job with his 93 yard, one touchdown game in week seven against these Jaguars. Call it a hunch, but I don't expect that same kind of success on the road in Jacksonville this week. Despite injuries the Jags are playing great defense and always seem to play much better at home, where they have allowed just 17 points in four games and recorded two shutouts.

WR Andre Johnson S2

Carr's play has been average at best but Johnson keeps getting it done each week. He leads the league in receptions and yards. He'll be pressed by the solid CB duo of Williams and Mathis, but he's been beating coverage all season and this week should be no different.

WR Eric Moulds B

Continues to complement Johnson well and pulls in about three catches a week. That's about it. He's caught more than four balls only once this season.

TE Owen Daniels S3

The rookie has worked hard and has now carved himself out a nice role in the Houston passing attack. He's got good speed for a tight end and catches the ball well. He's also become a real threat in the red-zone and leads the team in receiving touchdowns with five. He scored against Jacksonville in week seven and there's a very good chance he'll do it again.

Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard   S3

It appears that the trigger's been pulled on this quarterback switch. Garrard has been named the starter until Leftwich is "healthy". Which may not be until next season. The Jags offense is rarely going to produce huge quarterback numbers. This is a good spot for the improving Garrard against the visiting Texans.

RB Fred Taylor (P) S2

Taylor continued his fine play last week, averaging over six YPC. Unfortunately for fantasy owners he ended the game with just 13 carries - his third sub-20 carry game in a row. This is another great matchup for Taylor, but if his touches keep getting limited he's not going to reach his full fantasy potential.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew S3

Drew has taken a couple of weeks off from the end-zone after scoring in four games in a row. He's still not likely to get more 10-12 touches, but his return to pay dirt this weekend makes him a viable fantasy starter as a #3 RB.

WR Matt Jones S2

Jones didn't return to the end-zone last week, but he was targeted a team high six times and led the Jags in yards. He appears to be back to form just in time to face the lowly Houston secondary. Look for Garrard to start looking his way even more often.

WR Reggie Williams B

Well at least he's been consistent so far. With Garrard under center Williams has had two straight games of one catch for 13 yards.

WR Ernest Wilford B Yes, Wilford did score two touchdowns last week - his first two of the season. But let's not go too crazy here. He only had three catches. A mark he's topped only once all season. Also, his 44 yards was his highest total since week one. Jones, now healthy, will be the primary focus in the passing game.
TE George Wrighster B

Gets the occasional catch and score.

 
Kansas City (5-3) at Miami (2-6) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard B

One more week until the quarterback controversy kicks into high gear in KC. That is when Green is scheduled to return. Until then Huard is the man. Last week was a mixed bag for Huard. His 148 yards passing was near a season low but he tossed a season high three touchdowns. As the Dolphins showed last week they have one of the top pass defenses in the NFL. Huard may be winning for the Chiefs, but odds are he won't win for your fantasy team.

RB Larry Johnson S1

Any opponent, any day of the week.

WR Eddie Kennison B

When the passing game is completing around 15 passes a game and most of those are going to the RB and TE, there just aren't enough consistent looks for the wide receivers. Kennison presents the best opportunity for fantasy production in this offense, but against the Dolphins that opportunity will be minimal.

WR Samie Parker B Three straight games with only a single catch.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1

Gonzo is on a serious roll. Plug him into your lineup and keep him there.

Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington S3

Surprisingly to most, Harrington's fine play carried through the tough matchup with Chicago last week. The play of the Chiefs' defense has been improving but they still have weaknesses to exploit down field. Harrington should do alright taking advantage of some of those.

RB

Ronnie Brown

S2

When the Dolphins can stay in games and commit to the run, Brown can produce. That was never more apparent than last week when he had a season high 29 carries and ripped the Bears defense for a season high 157 yards. The Chiefs interior defensive line is undersized and will be tested. Look for another fine effort from Brown.

WR Chris Chambers S2

The Dolphins did a better job with Chambers last week and he was in the flow of the offense from the get go. Those improvements will continue this week. Chambers has yet to have that big breakout game in 2006. Facing the aging Kansas City cornerbacks at home is a good spot for that to happen.

WR Wes Welker B

Welker did score his first career touchdown last week but ended the game with season low 2 catches for 14 yards. The increased focus on getting Chambers involved and the return of Booker to full strength may spell the end to Welker's fantasy value. Which wasn't much, but he was very consistent. Without that consistency now he's better suited to your bench.

WR Marty Booker S3 Booker has recovered from his finger injury and as the passing game under Harrington improves, so does his fantasy relevance. He's scored in each of the past two games.
WR Derek Hagan B The increased focus on Chambers and the return of Booker spell the end to Hagan's two game run with viable fantasy production.
TE Randy McMichael S2

McMichael got lost in the shuffle last week after three very productive games. He remains a key to the passing attack as he presents difficult matchups for linebackers and safeties down field. The Dolphins won't forget that this week.

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