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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)  
 
Detroit (2-7) at Arizona (1-8) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna had probably his poorest performance last week against an improving but beatable Niners defense. This week he gets the beatable and NOT improving Cardinals defense.

RB Kevin Jones S1

Jones got it done last week in the passing game but should return to running success Sunday facing an Arizona defense that surrenders 125 yards and a touchdown on the ground per game.

WR Roy Williams S1

The Cardinals run aggressive blitz schemes on defense and then rely on successfully executing zone coverages behind it. So far it's not working. Look for Williams to find plenty of openings down field.

WR Mike Furrey S3

Furry suffered along with the poor offensive performance last week. He remains a great complement to the big-play Williams and benefits from all the attention he draws. There is no production in this offense from the #3 WR or TE. Furrey is it.

Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Leinart U Leinart and the rest of the Cardinals still haven't recovered from the heart-breaking loss to Chicago. Since that loss he's averaged just 192 YPG and has thrown only one touchdown. Having Fitzgerald back is a help for sure, but this team just looks like a bunch of dead men walking right now. The Detroit defense is improving. Only once in the past five games have they allowed an opposing QB to throw for more than one touchdown. But the quarterbacks faced during that stretch fall below Leinart in overall talent and available weapons.
RB Edgerrin James S2

Last week makes it two games in a row that James has run well and the offensive line looks like they are continuing to improve. There may be hope for James in the second half of the season. His 3.9 YPC average over the past two games is his best two game stretch all season. The Lions have been getting pounded on the ground lately. Look for James to have one of his better games of the season.

WR Anquan Boldin
Larry Fitzgerald (P)
S2

Fitzgerald returned last week and quickly became Leinart's primary target again. He and Boldin will have their work cut out for them facing a cornerback duo (Bly and Bryant) that is playing very well. But both have what it takes to succeed against most any matchup.

WR Bryant Johnson B

The #3 WR is not a fantasy factor in this offense.

TE Leonard Pope B Neither is the tight end.
 
Seattle (6-3) at San Francisco (4-5) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Seneca Wallace S2

Early indications are that Hasselbeck is not all the way back from his sprained knee and the Seahawks will hold him out one more week. That means Wallace will get his fourth start this season against San Francisco secondary that has struggled mightily all season. He's not going to explode for 300 yards but he should toss another two touchdowns in this matchup.

RB Shaun Alexander (Q) S3

Early indications are that Alexander will get the start this weekend but not carry the full load out of the backfield. Even if Morris spells him some, look for Alexander's return to be a productive one against the weak Niners run defense.

WR Darrell Jackson S2

Jackson should have no problem continuing to make big plays against a Niners secondary that's burned on a weekly basis.

WR Deion Branch S3 Branch is playing the complementary role to DJax with Wallace at quarterback. He hasn't had a big game since week six which was Hasselbeck's last game. Wallace just seems more comfortable with Jackson, who he's had much more time with.
WR D. J. Hackett B

Hackett has been a great fill in at the #3 WR spot for Seattle. As TE Stevens regains his role in the passing game, the opportunities for Hackett will start to dry up. He was only targeted three times last week, his lowest total since moving into the #3 WR position.

TE Jerramy Stevens U

Stevens got back into the mix last week. He was targeted five times and caught three of them, one for a touchdown. That makes two games in the past three with those numbers. He has the talent and size to stretch defenses down the middle and could be a nice second half surprise, especially with Hasselbeck returning next week.

San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Alex Smith B

Smith has a future in the league, but the bottom line is he's at least another year away from being a fantasy factor. The Seattle defense is playing well and will make his progress difficult this weekend.

RB Frank Gore (Q) S2

It's going to be hard to follow up a career high 159 yards, but if the Niners can stay close in this game and get Gore 20-plus carries again he'll do just fine against a Seattle defense that has surrendered 155 yards to LJ, 169 yards to Chester Taylor and 93 to Steven Jackson last week.

WR Antonio Bryant S3

For the second week in a row Bryant had just two catches. He was missed however on two possible touchdowns, so the opportunities are still there for Bryant to have a fantasy impact. He's the only play maker the Niners have on offense but his chances may be limited this week against the very talented Seattle CB Marcus Trufant.

WR Arnaz Battle B

Popped back onto the fantasy radar with his first six catch game of the season last week. This passing game just isn't going to support two wide receivers on a consistent basis. It barely supports Bryant.

TE Eric Johnson B

Went 2-7 last week, breaking his streak of five straight games with three catches. He hasn't been a fantasy factor since taking over for the injured Vernon Davis and now Davis is expected to get some playing time this week.

 

Indianapolis (9-0) at Dallas (5-4)

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Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

Manning's touchdowns look like this over the past four games - 4, 3, 2, 1. This is no easy matchup by any means, but it's a big game on the road and that has meant success for Manning and company this season.

RB Dominic Rhodes B

After two abysmal games Rhodes showed up last week and out carried Addai for the first time in a month. Most have already tossed him aside and it's unlikely that will turn out to be a bad move. He'll continue to pop into the box score from time to time for the remainder of the season when the game situation calls for a more even distribution of the carries. But for fantasy purposes he's too unreliable to be a factor.

RB Joseph Addai S3

If Addai was getting a full load of carries he'd be a solid fantasy back every week. But he's not, and he isn't. Especially this week against the very stout Cowboys defense. The loss of Greg Ellis, maybe the Cowboys' best defensive player, however might turn the table just a bit in Addai's favor.

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne
S1

This may be the marquee matchup within this marquee game. Cornerbacks Henry and Newman are one of the league's top coverage duos. Only one team has allowed fewer passing touchdowns this season than Dallas' seven.

TE Dallas Clark
Ben Utecht
S3

Clark and Utecht continue to get double digit looks each week combined. Clark is the only one that has scored but hasn't in three games. The limited fantasy success will continue with Clark being the more consistent fantasy scorer and having more upside.

Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S3

Romo's numbers are improving every week. He had his first 300-yard passing game last week but will be hard pressed to match that Sunday. The Colts sport one of the league's top pass defenses and they run some very tight cover-2 zone schemes that can be hard to capitalize on. That, combined with an expected emphasis on the running game knock Romo's fantasy potential this week down a notch. But when you have Owens, Glenn and Witten to throw to it's hard to imagine him not getting a couple of scores.

RB Julius Jones S2

Last week Jones saw his carries dip below 20 for only the third time this season as he spent much of the second half of the blowout win on the sidelines. Look for the opposite to happen Sunday. Dallas will need an active and productive running game in order to keep the Indy offense off the field. The Colts' league worst run defense will more than accommodate.

RB Marion Barber S3

Barber got a season high 14 carries last week. He'll continue to be involved in the running game, especially near the goal-line.

WR Terrell Owens S1

There may not be a more consistent fantasy stud WR right now.

WR Terry Glenn (P) S3

Glenn's quad is still causing him some problems but he is expected to play Sunday. In Romo's first two games it was clear that he was looking Owens' and Witten's way first.

TE Jason Witten S2

Witten has become a huge part of the passing game again with Romo leading the offense. Having a stud TE against a cover-2 defense is a huge advantage. Look for the Cowboys to utilize Witten down the middle often.

 

San Diego (7-2) at Denver (7-2)

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San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers B

Rivers had a career day last week in the shootout with Cincinnati. This won't be anything close to a shootout. Playing on the road in Denver is no small chore for an inexperienced quarterback. Rivers is bound to struggle.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1

Denver hasn't allowed a 100-yard back since it faced LJ in week two. They have however surrendered their only two running touchdowns in the past two games.

WR Eric Parker (Q)
Keenan McCardell
B

Even in the big shootout last week Parker and McCardell were fantasy busts, catching only three passes between them. The passing game is spread too thinly with LT and Gates taking big chunks. Also, youngsters Floyd and Jackson are beginning to get more involved in the passing game.

WR Malcom Floyd B Calm down everyone. Crazy things happen in a wild shootout game where 49 points are scored. Before last week Floyd hadn't logged more than two catches in a game.
TE Antonio Gates S1

The one area of the Denver defense that has struggled the most this season is the coverage against the tight end. The nagging injuries to the linebacker corps aren't helping either. Look for Gates to have a big game and score.

Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S2

After a few weeks of improved play, Plummer backslid last week in Oakland. This week's matchup may not be as difficult. The Chargers have lived off pressuring the quarterback all season, but as last week's game showed, without their two best pass rushers (Merriman and Castillo) they are not the force they were and the weaknesses in the secondary are being exposed. Look for Denver to continue that exposure and for Plummer to rebound with a solid game.

RB

Mike Bell
Tatum Bell (Q)

B

Unfortunately for fantasy owners we seem to have reached the point where this running back situation needs to be avoided. The Broncos' bizarre deactivation of a healthy Mike Bell last week when Tatum Bell is obviously not running well on his two turf toe injuries was the nail in the fantasy coffin. From this point forward there is no way to tell what will happen each week until kickoff. This week's matchup with the Chargers defense is a bad one anyway.

WR Rod Smith B

Smith's complementary role opposite Walker is netting him about 4-6 catches a week with the occasional score. He'll likely be on the high side of that range Sunday but is still not a fantasy option.

WR Javon Walker S2

Big play receiver that can take it to he house on any catch. He'll have plenty of chances to do just that this weekend.

TE Tony Scheffler
Stephen Alexander (Q)
B Week eight saw Scheffler go for a season best 4-51. He was deactivated last week and Alexander went for a season best 6-49. It appears the tight end may finally get some love in the Denver offense. Problem is neither of these players has emerged as the lead. With Alexander banged up the production may shift back to the rookie this week.
 

N.Y. Giants (6-3) at Jacksonville (5-4)

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New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S3 Manning is struggling. He hasn't hit 200 yards in five games and hasn't thrown for more than a single touchdown in the last three. The task doesn't get any easier Monday night against the #5 Jacksonville pass defense. Look for the struggles to continue.
RB Tiki Barber S2

He may not be crossing the goal-line often, but regardless of opponent he's producing for his fantasy owners.

RB Brandon Jacobs S3 Jacobs won't get you any yardage, but he's a scoring machine. Together he and Barber would be the top back in fantasy.
WR Plaxico Burress S3

With Manning's struggles, Burress' numbers have taken a hit and the loss of Toomer on the other side isn't going to help. The troubles in the passing game will not be solved in Jacksonville and Burress will continue to under perform. But he's always a threat to sneak a fade touchdown into his stat line.

WR Tim Carter B Carter will continue to start for the injured Toomer. Don't expect him to be a fantasy option any time soon. Toomer wasn't.
TE Jeremy Shockey S2

Shockey had an off week against the very tough Bears defense last week, catching just a single ball for only the second time this season. Look for the Giants to get him more involved early in this matchup. He's the prime candidate to take up some of the slack with the loss of Toomer.

Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard   U

Garrard looks to be leading the Jags for the balance of the season. He hasn't done much for fantasy owners yet, but the Giants training room is overflowing with injured defensive players. Grossman lit them up last week and Garrard should surprise Monday night.

RB Fred Taylor (P) S2

Taylor's carries have continued to drop but the Jags finally got him involved in the passing game again last week. He had a season high 71 yards receiving. He'll stay involved in both aspects of the game in this matchup with a severely banged up Giants defense.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew S3

The story remains the same for Drew. No more than 10-12 touches and a good chance to score every week.

WR Matt Jones S3

Jones may be back in the lineup for the Jags, but he hasn't returned to playing well. He's dropping balls and caused an interception last week when an easy pass went right through his hands. This is a very good matchup for Jones facing a banged up secondary that is now without CB Sam Madison. If he can get it together he could easily have a big game. From what he's showing so far the odds are slim.

WR Reggie Williams B

Three straight games with just a single catch. Garrard just isn't looking his way.

WR Ernest Wilford (P) U

As expected Wilford followed up his big two touchdown game with a lesser effort. But he did lead all receivers with 50 yards and was targeted a team high eight times. Both signs that the attention he's getting from Garrard may continue.

TE George Wrighster (P) B

Gets the occasional catch and score.

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