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Start/Bench List - Week 12
Whitney Walters
November 23, 2006
Thanksgiving Sunday Early Sunday Early Sunday Late Sunday Night   Player List by Position  
MIA at DET ARI at MIN JAC at BUF OAK at SD PHI at IND   Early Injury Status  
TB at DAL CAR at WAS NO at ATL CHI at NE Monday Night   (O): Out    (D): Doubtful  
DEN at KC CIN at CLE PIT at BAL NYG at TEN GB at SEA   (Q): Questionable  
  HOU at NYJ SF at STL       (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)  
 
Miami (4-6) at Detroit (2-8) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington S2

Continues to play effectively and has cut down on the mistakes. This is a huge revenge game for Harrington in his first return to Detroit. Thankfully he'll seek that revenge against a fairly weak Lions secondary. Look for a good game here.

RB

Ronnie Brown (P)

S2

Brown basically took last week off (12 carries for 2 yards) but came out of the limited action without aggravating his groin injury. He's expected to be close to 100% for this Thanksgiving day matchup with the very porous Detroit run defense.

WR Chris Chambers S2

This is becoming a broken record for Chambers. Lots of looks, not enough production. He did have a season high six catches last week, which is a positive sign. The Detroit secondary is average at best, so the opportunities will be there for both Chambers and ...

WR Marty Booker S3 ... Booker. Both should manage decent fantasy numbers in this matchup.
WR Wes Welker (P) B

Even with Booker back in the mix, the Dolphins are still working the surprising Welker into the passing game with 3-WR sets. Just not enough to warrant fantasy attention any more.

TE Randy McMichael (P) S3

McMichael may present difficult matchups for linebackers and safeties down field, but the Dolphins aren't utilizing those matchup advantages much. McMichael hasn't scored yet this season and is in a three game stretch where he's averaging less than 30 YPG.

Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S3

Kitna's play improved as expected last week, but for the first time since week two he failed to find the end-zone. Miami presents a very tough matchup for Kitna as the Dolphins have improved all aspects of their pass defense. Don't expect much this week. Without a solid running game to create a balanced attack Kitna will struggle.

RB Arlen Harris U

Arlen is a former Ram who played under Lions' OC Mike Martz. Look for him to get the nod on Thursday for the injured Jones. The Miami defense has improved greatly over the past month and is allowing just 90 YPG on the ground in the past three games. Harris doesn't present much upside here since he'll likely lose some carries to fellow back Aveion Cason.

WR Roy Williams S2

Williams has S1 potential most weeks, but this is shaping up to be a difficult spot for the ultra-talented receiver. His matchups in the secondary are not that bad, but the overall struggles coming in the passing game this week hurt his big game potential.

WR Mike Furrey B

With the offense and passing game struggling, there isn't likely a lot of production coming from the #2 WR in this difficult matchup.

 
Tampa Bay (3-7) at Dallas (6-4) Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Bruce Gradkowski B

The rookie gets a short week to prepare for the tough Dallas defense on the road. No thanks.

RB Carnell Williams S3

Amazing what a healthy dose of carries will do for the fantasy production of a talented young running back. Cadillac's 27 last week were a season high - producing a season high 122 yards. The game plan will surely remain the same this week, but with less success against a very stout Dallas run defense that will be stacking the box to force the Bucs to move the ball through the air.

WR Joey Galloway S3

Look for the Bucs to take their shots down field to the speedy Galloway as he presents a difficult matchup for the slower Dallas corners.

WR Michael Clayton B

Clayton had his fourth single catch game of the season last week and is simply not a fantasy option.

TE Anthony Becht B

Becht will replace the injured Alex Smith, but the tight end position for the Bucs has been highly unproductive all season.

Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S2

As expected, Romo's numbers took a dive last week against the tough Indy pass defense. This week will be different. The Bucs' defense routinely gives up big games to opposing quarterbacks and they will be without their top cover corner (Bolden) Thursday.

RB Julius Jones S2

This week's matchup with the weak Tampa run defense presents Jones with a good opportunity to maximize the 20 carries he gets on average. This game could get out of hand early and Jones may even add some carries to his total as Dallas sits on a lead late in the game. He's also due for a score.

RB Marion Barber S3

Barber's two touchdowns last week puts him at nine for the season, fourth highest total in the league for running backs.

WR Terrell Owens S1

This matchup was good even before the Bucs lost starting CB Juran Bolden to injury. Both Owens and ...

WR Terry Glenn S2

... Glenn will prevail against the "Tampa 2".

TE Jason Witten S2

Another matchup with a cover-2 defense and another chance for some big plays.

 
Denver (7-3) at Kansas City (6-4) Back to top
Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer B

Many feel Plummer may be playing for his job on Thursday. On the road in Arrowhead is not a good place for that kind of pressure. Plummer's bad games far outweigh his good ones this season and he's just not a reliable fantasy starter.

RB

Mike Bell (Q)

S3

The mess we call the Bronco's running back situation may have cleared a bit last Sunday. Mike Bell got the call and again stepped up with a very nice game. They would be nuts to not keep feeding him the ball against the so-so KC run defense. But this situation has been nutty this season and any big upside Bell may have will be cut into by Nash.

RB Tatum Bell (Q) B Deactivated last week after a highly ineffective game against Oakland the week before. With this very short week, the odds of Bell returning and being productive are not good. But this is Denver Broncos, so anything is possible.
RB Damien Nash B Welcome to the party son. Signed from the practice squad two weeks ago, Nash got 13 touches last week and performed well. With Tatum Bell still slowed by the turf toe injuries he may continue to see some action in the Bronco backfield. Or he could be deactivated this week. You just don't know.
WR Rod Smith (Q) B

Smith's 4-6 catches a week in his new complementary role opposite Walker isn't netting enough for fantasy owners to consider.

WR Javon Walker S2

Walker is a big play waiting to happen, but the struggles in the passing game are starting to hurt. He should be able to work his matchup advantage on corners Law and Surtain into a productive afternoon.

TE Tony Scheffler
Stephen Alexander
B The Denver tight end position showed a little life there for a week or two, but now Alexander is banged up and Scheffler has been deactivated the last two weeks. Avoid this situation.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green B

The Chiefs took it easy last week with Green's return. They ran a very conservative passing game, running just 18 passing plays, and were content to put the offense on LJ's shoulders. Look for that strategy to continue but for the Chiefs to get the ball in the air a bit more in this matchup.

RB Larry Johnson S1

The Denver defense took a big step backwards last weekend and will surely come into this matchup fired up. But LJ is LJ. He put up 167 total yards on the Broncos in week two.

WR Eddie Kennison B

With Gonzo slowed you'd think there would be an opening for Kennison to help your fantasy team. Not likely given the limited KC passing game. Don't look for much from the aging Kennison or ...

WR Samie Parker B ... the up and coming Parker.
TE Tony Gonzalez (Q) S3 Expected to return to action Thursday but will not be 100%. Since Denver added Champ Bailey to their secondary, Gonzalez has just 13 catches in five games against the Broncos and has scored only once. Green will be looking Gonzo's way often as usual, but don't expect much production.
 

Arizona (2-8) at Minnesota (4-6)

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Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Leinart S2

The Cardinals appear to be getting it back together and the passing game improved last week. Those improvements should continue. The Vikings secondary rates well below the talent Leinart has at wide receiver.

RB Edgerrin James B

James is averaging a very respectable 4.0 YPC over the past three games and almost cracked the 100-yard barrier for the first time last week. About the only thing the Vikings are doing well right now is stopping the run. They are giving up a league low 2.8 YPC rushing. Don't expect James to get 20 carries in this matchup, and without that he's of little fantasy value.

WR Anquan Boldin
Larry Fitzgerald
S1

It's been a long while since these two have had big games together. Look for just that this weekend. Cornerbacks Smoot and Winfield have under performed all season and won't know what hit them Sunday.

WR Bryant Johnson B

Johnson did pull in his third touchdown last week, but this offense has never supported a consistently productive #3 WR.

Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brad Johnson B

This isn't a bad matchup for Johnson, but it isn't necessarily a good one either. This passing attack just isn't getting it done for fantasy owners. Johnson topped out at 267 yards and a single score back in week four and has only come close to that once since.

RB Chester Taylor (P) S2

Taylor may be wearing down, but the Vikings show no signs of taking their foot off the pedal. Taylor had a near season high 28 carries last week and that heavy workload should continue against a Cardinals' defense that has been run on all season and just lost their top defensive linemen.

WR Travis Taylor
Troy Williamson
Marcus Robinson (P)
B

The ball is being spread all over the field in the Minnesota passing game. Last week Johnson threw to 10 different players, five of which were wide receivers. With that kind of distribution, none of the Viking receivers have any fantasy worth.

TE Jermaine Wiggins B

The tight end has been absent from the passing attack most of the season, but Wiggins did show up last week with a season high 6-66. Don't look for a repeat any time soon.

 
Carolina (6-4) at Washington (3-7) Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S2

Delhomme isn't setting the fantasy world on fire, but the Washington pass defense presents another solid matchup for him to exploit. Anytime you have a receiver like Smith to throw to the upside is always there.

RB Deshaun Foster (Q) S3

Foster's elbow injury isn't expected to keep him out Sunday. But it may result in him giving up a few more carries to the impressive Williams. The Washington defense has only given up three rushing touchdowns all season thanks to their terrible pass coverage, but they surrender over 120 YPG on the ground. Foster maxes out at a borderline start due to the fact that he'll rarely touch the ball even 20 times.

RB DeAngelo Williams U

The talented rookie responded to the increased workload last week with a season high 114 yards. Foster is expected to be fine, so Williams will likely return to the backup role. But there is some upside here. The Panthers had great success running the ball last week and Williams was a big reason why. He's more explosive and they may get him more than his usual eight touches. If they do, or if Foster is held back some to rest the elbow, Williams could surprise.

WR Steve Smith S1

Smith is great, the Redskins' secondary isn't even close.

WR Keyshawn Johnson U

Johnson appears to be getting back in the offensive flow and has another good matchup with a struggling secondary in a game that should feature enough passing to warrant a look at him as a fantasy starter as your #4 or even #3 WR.

Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

Campbell performed well in his first NFL start last week. He's got a big arm and that means a possible future in the league. His fantasy future will likely have to wait at least until next season. Without Portis and Moss this offense really struggles to move the ball. Even if they get Moss back the Panthers defense will harass Campbell all afternoon.

RB Ladell Betts S3

The Panthers' defense seems to have finally awoken. In the past two games they've held Cadillac to just 44 yards and Steven Jackson to just 27. Don't expect much out of Betts on the ground, but he should add enough production in the short passing game to warrant a borderline look this weekend.

RB T.J. Duckett B Actually got a few carries last week, two down by the goal-line. That appears to be the way Washington's going to use Duckett - as their short-yardage back. This offense isn't going to get enough chances down by the goal-line to make Duckett a viable fantasy starter.
WR Santana Moss (Q) B

Moss' hamstring has become a real problem. Until he gets a full game under his belt it's best to sit him.

WR

Antwaan Randle El
Brandon Lloyd
James Thrash

B

This crew has been a complete disappointment this season. Even with Moss out they've been worthless to fantasy owners.

TE Chris Cooley S2

Well we got our answer last week. Campbell is comfortable with the tight end friendly section of the play book. He led all receivers last week and that may be a growing trend with Moss slowed.

 
Cincinnati (5-5) at Cleveland (3-7) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S1

Prior to this current two week explosion, Palmer's best performance was in week two when he faced the Browns. Rematches like this are a wonderful thing.

RB Rudi Johnson S2

In the last five games Johnson has either scored or rushed for over 100 yards. In week two against the Browns he did both. Cleveland is really no better at stopping the run now than they were then.

WR Chad Johnson S1

Wow. That's about all there is to say. Wow. That pretty much sums it up. Wow. Can't get much better than five touchdowns and 450 yards in two games.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (P) S2 Week one of the Ocho Cinco explosion didn't seem to hurt Houshmandzadeh's production, but week two sure did. His 2-15 last week was a season low on both counts. Just chalk that one up to a post-concussion lull and expect much better this week against a banged up Cleveland secondary.
WR Chris Henry B

Henry's pulled in just two catches in each of the last three games. As long as Palmer to Johnson is clicking there isn't going to be much production from the #3 WR.

Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Charlie Frye U

Frye gets two checks in the positive matchup column this week. He draws a Cincinnati secondary that's not only rated statistically as the league's worst, but it's also an injury depleted unit.

RB Reuben Droughns (Q) B

Even when healthy, Droughns has been ineffective most weeks running in one of the league's worst rushing offenses. He needs to be on the high side of 20 carries to warrant fantasy consideration. With an ailing foot that prevented him from playing last week that's not likely to happen. Even against the soft Bengal run defense he's should be avoided.

WR Braylon Edwards (Q) S2

Edwards is on a three game roll and CB Tory James is having a terrible year. Chances are very good Edwards keeps his roll on this weekend.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

Since his return from injury, Jurevicius' catch total has gone like this in three games - 3, 2, 1. What's next, a zero catch game? Not likely, but beyond Edwards and Winslow there just isn't much left over.

TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (Q) S1

Opposing defenses are doing a better job of limiting Winslow's offensive impact. He'll get back on track this week against a Bengals defense that has been burned by good tight ends all season.

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