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Start/Bench List - Week 11
Whitney Walters
November 16, 2006
Sunday Early Sunday Early Sunday Early Sunday Late Sunday Night   Player List by Position  
ATL at BAL MIN at MIA STL at CAR DET at ARI SD at DEN   Early Injury Status  
BUF at HOU NE at GB TEN at PHI SEA at SF Monday Night   (O): Out    (D): Doubtful  
CHI at NYJ OAK at KC WAS at TB IND at DAL NYG at JAC   (Q): Questionable  
CIN at NO PIT at CLE         (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)  
 
Oakland (2-7) at Kansas City (5-4) Back to top
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks (P) B Early word is that Brooks will return to the starting lineup this week. Welcome to the train wreck Mr. Brooks. We have a seat for you right here in the front row. Come on down.
RB Lamont Jordan (P) B

The most potentially reliable fantasy player in a Raider uniform. But when you're getting ten or fewer carries a game there's little hope for startable fantasy production.

WR Randy Moss B

Maybe someone will slip Moss some happy pills this week and he'll decide to catch a few balls Sunday. Or maybe not.

TE Randal Williams B

Has taken the starting job from Anderson and actually led all Oakland receivers last week, going 5-61.

Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green B

Green was cleared for full practice this week and it's likely he'll return to the starting lineup. Huard was ineffective last week, opening the door for the switch. Even though he's home against the lowly Raiders, he'll be rusty and shouldn't be a fantasy option for your team yet. Besides, the strength of the Oakland team this year has been their pass defense.

RB Larry Johnson S1

They are going to run Johnson all day long against the Raiders.

WR Eddie Kennison B

There may be an uptick here in production with Gonzo down for the count, but I wouldn't bet my fantasy team on it. Green will be rusty and the CB duo of Washington and Asomugha are tough.

WR Samie Parker B Ditto for Parker.
TE Kris Wilson U

Wilson is a former second round pick who is quick and has excellent hands. He's an H-back style player that will not be called on to fill in for the injured Gonzalez. He's caught two touchdowns this season and is more than capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers if the Chiefs' game plan gives him a chance.

 
Pittsburgh (3-6) at Cleveland (3-6) Back to top
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S2

Cut down on the interceptions last week and had another fine fantasy outing. Statistically the Browns have one of the better pass defenses in the league. That is due more to their sieve-like run defense however. There are matchups in the secondary that can be exploited, so look for Big Ben to have another solid game.

RB Willie Parker  S1

Parker has been the most consistent part of the Pittsburgh offense all season and the Browns can't stop anyone.

WR Hines Ward S2

After a slow start to the season, Ward has become a very consistent fantasy starter over the past five games. This week's matchup with the CB Daven Holly is a juicy one. Holly lacks the skills needed to keep up with Ward or make the open field tackles after the catch.

WR Nate Washington
Santonio Holmes
Cedrick Wilson
B

There is no clear #2 WR behind Ward. All three of these guys have had their moments this season and there has been no rhyme or reason to when they have. Each caught two passes last week.

TE Heath Miller B

Yes, he gets the occasional touchdown, but his weekly production is limited. Hasn't caught more than 34 yards since week one.

Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Charlie Frye (Q) B

Frye has his moments, but for the most part he's barely getting it done for the Browns and is not getting it done for any fantasy team.

RB Reuben Droughns (Q) S3

It's taken 25-plus carries and weak run defenses for Droughns to have a fantasy impact this season. This matchup falls somewhere in the middle. He's likely to get around 20 carries and the Steelers run defense has not been playing at its typical high level. Look for Droughns to have a so-so game without a touchdown.

WR Braylon Edwards S3

Edwards is the #2 target in the Browns' passing game but he has scored in the last two games. Surprisingly the Steelers secondary has been torched three of the past four weeks.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

When the passing offense is only putting up about 170 yards and a single touchdown each week there just isn't much left over for the #3 option.

TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (Q) S1

Winslow is a favorite target for Frye and is an every week fantasy start.

 
St. Louis (4-5) at Carolina (5-4) Back to top
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2

Bulger had his worst game of the season last week and has now lost the all-world tackle that protects his back. Thankfully the Panthers' pass rush is only a shadow if its former self. Bulger should do just fine against the average at best Carolina secondary.

RB Steven Jackson S2

Jackson has been a steady performer all season. Only once has he fallen short of 100 total yards and he's scored in five of the past six games. The Panthers run defense has been sporadic all season and can be run on. It's hard to imagine the loss of tackle Orlando Pace not having a negative impact on the running game. There is bound to be a drop off in production.

WR Torry Holt S1

Big time shootout between Holt and Smith. The winner? Fantasy owners.

WR Isaac Bruce S2

It's been a long time since Bruce crossed the goal-line but he's remained fairly consistently productive in the Rams passing game. His matchup this week with the struggling CB Gamble is a very favorable one.

WR Kevin Curtis B

Curtis' two game hot streak ended last week. The cold streak he started last week may continue as the Rams could cut down on the 3-WR sets now with the offensive line weakened but the loss of Pace.

Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S2

After a slow start, Delhomme and the passing game got it going in the second half Monday night. The Rams present another favorable matchup for the Panthers passer.

RB Deshaun Foster S3

The Panthers' running game continues to struggle as they couldn't even get it going Monday night against a bad Tampa Bay defense without three of their starters up front. Foster isn't likely to approach 20 carries now that Williams is back. Look for 14-16 each week. Even against a porous Rams run defense that's allowing a league worst 5.1 YPC, it's tough to recommend starting Foster.

RB DeAngelo Williams B Returned to action last week but was unimpressive on his seven carries. Even when healthy Williams' use in the running game has been limited. The Panthers seem content to primarily use their prized rookie as a kick returner and occasional backup behind Foster.
WR Steve Smith S1

The Rams secondary has struggled all season and now they've lost starting CB Travis Fisher. Just in case you needed another reason to start Smith.

WR Keyshawn Johnson U

Johnson's use in the passing game has been limited at times lately but he got back into the flow a bit Monday night. He will see plenty of CB Fisher's injury replacement in this matchup.

 

Tennessee (2-7) at Philadelphia (5-4)

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Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

The Eagles have held the last three mediocre quarterbacks they've faced to combined 323 passing yards and no touchdowns. Young has very limited potential in this matchup.

RB Travis Henry S2

Henry ran surprisingly well last week against the Ray Lewis-less Ravens. The Philly defense has been just average this season, allowing 120 YPG on the ground. Henry looks to remain the Titans' workhorse and should be a solid start this week.

RB LenDale White B Didn't get a carry last week for the first time this season. That appears to be a situational occurrence since all indications are that White will continue to get his 7-10 touches each game.
WR Drew Bennett S3

Prior to last week Young had connected with Bennett a total of nine times. Against Baltimore six of Young's completions went to Bennett and he produced his first 100-yard receiver. The quarterback is still only completing 10-15 passes a game, so the fantasy potential here is limited. But if there's a Titan receiver to have on your fantasy team it's Bennett.

WR Brandon Jones
Bobby Wade
B

Outside of Bennett the Titans' wide receivers are basically invisible. Both had just a single catch last week.

TE Bo Scaife U

Scaife has taken over the primary tight end role and has produced decent numbers in the past two games. That's likely to continue. Scaife's and Young's relationship goes back to their UT days and it's obvious Young is comfortable going to the big tight end in the very tight end friendly Titans' offense.

Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S1

McNabb didn't have the big day against the Skins last week most predicted, but Washington was so ineffective offensively they didn't really need to put out much of an effort to win. The same can't be said this week as the Titans may not be good but they are playing hard each week. The good news for McNabb and company is that they may play hard, but Tennessee still sports one of the worst defenses in the league. They've given up a league worst 17 passing touchdowns this season.

RB Brian Westbrook (P) S1

Getting it done every game regardless of matchup.

WR Donte' Stallworth S2

This is a big play offense and they now have their big play receiver back. Pacman and company in the Titans' secondary will be no match for Stallworth.

WR

Reggie Brown (P)

B

Brown may still be the starter opposite Stallworth, but the fact is the Philly offense has rarely, if ever, supported more than a single wide receiver. That doesn't look to be changing this year.

TE L.J. Smith S2

Wow, two single catch games in a row. This did happen last season around this time but Smith quickly played out of it. No reason to think that won't happen again this weekend.

 

Washington (3-6) at Tampa Bay (2-7)

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Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

Brunell appears to be finally done in Washington and the Campbell era may be starting. The 2005 first round pick out of Auburn is a huge unknown and has yet to take an NFL snap. Many feel there's a reason for that. We'll all see first hand this weekend.

RB Ladell Betts S2

With Portis out the Skins will turn to their prime backup, Betts. He's always been productive when called on. He runs with power and catches the ball well. The Bucs defense has shown improvement over the past month, but they are very banged up and can be run on.

WR Santana Moss (Q) U

Moss returned to action last week but was very limited, going just 3-17. That had as much to do with the ineffective offense as it did his lingering hamstring problems. He should be close to 100% for Sunday. If there's a player that may actually benefit from the QB switch it's Moss. Campbell is reported to have a cannon of an arm. Who better to take advantage of that than the team's prime deep threat.

WR

Antwaan Randle El
Brandon Lloyd
James Thrash

B

The non-Moss wide receivers have been of little fantasy use all season. That could change if the passing game actually improves under Campbell. But until they show it on the field they are off limits.

TE Chris Cooley S3

This offense features the tight end. That said, any quarterback change impacts the fantasy value of the tight end. Regardless of scheme, some quarterbacks are comfortable going to the tight end, some are not. At this point no one knows how Campbell will handle his new job. For that reason Cooley drops to a risky S3 this week.

Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Bruce Gradkowski B

The rookie continues to play... well... like a rookie. Inconsistent play and way too many mistakes and turnovers. The Washington pass defense may be one of the league's worst but I still wouldn't want Gradkowski as my fantasy starter.

RB Carnell Williams S3

It's the same story every week for Cadillac. Poor offensive line and a quarterback that kills drives with mistakes. So his carry opportunities are limited and his chances of producing with those limited carries are slim. The Redskins are an average run stopping defense at best, but as long as the QB is putting up 30-plus passes a game and Cadillac is getting under 20 carries a game, he's an iffy fantasy start.

WR Joey Galloway S2

Galloway remains the primary target for his rookie quarterback. He's also the team's only play maker. Even with Gradkowski's struggles, Galloway has been a consistent fantasy producer. Against the terrible Redskin secondary that production should continue and he makes a decent fantasy start.

WR Michael Clayton U

Clayton's averaging about two catches for 20 yards a game over the past month. He should be able to double that against a poor Redskins secondary and maybe even get his second touchdown of the season.

TE Alex Smith B

Smith caught a couple of touchdowns last month, but has topped 18 yards receiving only once all season. He's just not a factor in the Bucs' passing game.

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