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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)  
Oakland (2-8) at San Diego (8-2) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks B Brooks looked okay in his return to action last week. He's a serviceable quarterback on a team going nowhere this season. If you want a fantasy starter that may get you 200 yards and a score, the Brooks is your man. There may be a little upside this week due to the spotty play of the San Diego secondary. But not enough to warrant you taking a chance on him during your playoff push.
RB Justin Fargas   B

With Jordan down for the count, the anemic Oakland running game now falls to Fargas, who has great north-south speed but has shown little else in his career. Don't expect much out of him this week on the road against the still very stingy Chargers defense. He will also give up carries to Reshard Lee and even Zack Crockett.

WR Randy Moss B

It is impossible to know what to expect from Moss each week. He went catchless last week but was the target on that final end-zone interception. Odds are good he won't go without a catch for two straight weeks. But they are also good that he'll be of no help to your fantasy team.

TE Randal Williams B

Williams has started to emerge since taking over as starting tight end. But it was backup Anderson that scored the only Raider touchdown last week. The tight ends have a good shot at success this week against the suspect safety coverage of San Diego. But with both Williams and Anderson getting looks from Brooks, neither are of fantasy value.

San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers S3

In week one against the Raiders, Rivers had his first career start and put up a very conservative 108 yards and a touchdown. This is a whole different passing attack now and he should have no trouble doubling that output against Oakland this time around.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1

On pace to break Alexander's TD record.

WR Eric Parker
Keenan McCardell

This offense begins with LT and ends with Gates. What's left over gets divvied up amongst the four receivers, making starters McCardell and Parker of little fantasy use.

TE Antonio Gates S1

Gates hasn't crossed the goal-line in over a month. He'll break that streak Sunday.

Chicago (9-1) at New England (7-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rex Grossman S2

Grossman has been an every other week proposition over the past six games. The Patriots sport one of the top fantasy pass defenses thanks to allowing a league low seven passing touchdowns. But they played last week without three of their starters in the secondary and the remaining healthy starter, CB Hobbs, is a liability in coverage.

RB Thomas Jones (P) S2

The Bears are becoming more committed to the run and Thomas has four 100-plus yard games in the past six. That commitment isn't going to waiver this week, but the success may be hard to come by. The Patriots sport the #2 run defense and haven't given up more than 75 yards to a back since week three.

RB Cedric Benson B

Typical backup. Around ten touches a game and zero fantasy value.

WR Muhsin Muhammad S3

Muhammad had an off game last week but Grossman continues to look his way consistently. The struggling New England secondary presents a nice bounce back matchup for the veteran wideout.

WR Bernard Berrian B

Berrian's rib injury is obviously affecting his playing ability, as he looked very limited last week. This is a great matchup for the Bear's deep threat, but until he's closer to 100% it's best to keep him on your bench. It's been six weeks since he's had a fantasy impact.

WR Mark Bradley S3

The pre-season favorite to fill the deep threat role for the Bears is back and looking good. Filling in for the injured Berrian the past two weeks he's caught eight balls for 159 yards and two scores. This situation will likely be a problem for fantasy owners for the remainder of the season. Berrian is still the starter but is limited by a rib injury. Bradley, even if Berrian is healthy, is the more talented receiver. If Berrian is ineffective again this week, look for Bradley to have an impact against the very beatable Patriots' secondary.

TE Desmond Clark (P)


Clark was averaging six looks a game heading into week 10, but in the last two games he's only been thrown to only four times. Clark is always a threat to score, but this downturn in passing game activity is a concern for fantasy owners. The injuries to the New England safeties helps in this matchup, but the risk of another inactive game drop Clark to a borderline start.

New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) S2

Brady is coming off one of his best performances of the season. The receivers have developed nicely and he's spreading the ball around well. The production obviously won't come as easily this week against very stingy Chicago defense that ranks at the top of most passing categories.

RB Corey Dillon S3

Injured his arm last week but will play Sunday. The Bears aren't the brick wall of the past, as they are allowing 100 YPG on the ground now. But they've given up just three rushing touchdowns this season, a league low. The Patriots won't shy away from trying to establish a ground game, but with Dillon only getting 12-14 carries a game now, his fantasy success will be harder to come by this week.

RB Laurence Maroney S3

New England will want to establish a running attack in this matchup. With Dillon banged up a bit you may see a first this week from Maroney - a 20 carry game. With that many touches he's too talented not to break one off for a nice gain. The rest of the time he'll struggle like most of the backs Chicago faces.

WR Reche Caldwell B

Caldwell continues to be the most viable fantasy receiver in a Patriot uniform. His upside is limited however due to the "spread it around" approach to the passing attack. He's caught at least 70 yards and a touchdown in three of the last four games, but the odds of that becoming four of five are long.

WR Doug Gabriel
Troy Brown
Chad Jackson
Jabar Gaffney

The ball is being spread all over the field and the Pats are constantly rotating their receivers. No Patriot receiver beyond Caldwell is worth your time.

TE Ben Watson S3

Leads the team in receptions and is the only consistent fantasy receiving option on the Patriots team. Like the rest of the team this week, he'll have his hands full with the Bears defense.


N.Y. Giants (6-4) at Tennessee (3-7)

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New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S2 Manning is in a major slump that he has a very good chance of playing his way out of this weekend against the terrible Tennessee defense.
RB Tiki Barber S1

Had his worst game of the season last week as the Jaguars dismantled the Giants. Look for a big bounce back game against a Titans defense allowing almost 150 YPG rushing. I feel another touchdown coming also.

RB Brandon Jacobs S3 It's the same story every week with Jacobs. Very few carries but almost always at least one scoring opportunity.
WR Plaxico Burress S1

As Manning has struggled, Burress' numbers have taken a hit. But he's still getting double digit looks every game and is a matchup nightmare for the vertically challenged Titans corners.

WR Tim Carter
David Tyree
B Carter may be filling the starting spot vacated by Toomer, but Tyree is getting as much action opposite Burress, making neither of any fantasy note. Between them they have just eight catches in the last two games.
TE Jeremy Shockey S1

The Giants need Shockey to step up with Toomer gone for the season. He did last week and should again Sunday.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

In two of his last four games, Young has completed single digit passes. He's simply not a fantasy option.

RB Travis Henry S2

Henry continues to shine as the starter in Tennessee. The Giants' run defense has faded due to all the injuries. In the past two games they've allowed over 120 YPG and three touchdowns on the ground.

RB LenDale White B White continues to fill the backup, 7-10 touches a game role for the Titans. Nothing more.
WR Drew Bennett B

Bennett showed some fantasy promise in week 10 against the Ravens. Then went catchless last week. When your quarterback completes double digit passes only about half the time, his receivers are going to rarely be fantasy options. Bennett is the best option you have here, but it's not an option you should use.

TE Bo Scaife U

Troupe got back in the mix last week with his second touchdown of the season. But Scaife will continue to get the most TE looks and is the only receiving option in a Titans uniform worth considering for your fantasy team. Troupe is out this week due to injury.


Philadelphia (5-5) at Indianapolis (9-1)

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Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia B

Well, on to plan B again for the Eagles. With McNabb lost for the season Garcia gets the nod. He was unimpressive in relief last week even though he threw the ball 48 times. Garcia's a decent fill-in for Philly, but his better days are far behind him. Don't expect much on the road in Indy Sunday night.

RB Brian Westbrook (P) S1

Westbrook isn't scoring much, but he's put up a total of 618 yards in the past four games. The Eagles will lean on him even more now with McNabb out, and he'll deliver.

WR Donte' Stallworth B

All best are off for Donte' now with Garcia under center. He does not have the arm to stretch the field deep, which is Stallworth's specialty. On top of that, this is a terrible matchup with one of the top pass defenses in the league.


Reggie Brown


Brown will begin to see more balls come his way with Garcia since he is better suited to the short to medium passing game the Eagles will need to employ now. But this week against the Colts he's better left on your bench.

TE L.J. Smith S2

If Garcia knows how to do one thing, it's how to find his talented tight end. The Eagles will now need to dial back the big play offense and work a more short to medium range passing attack. Smith will be a big part of that.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

Philly's pass defense is top rated, but Manning is Manning and an every week starter.

RB Dominic Rhodes B

Rhodes primary fantasy impact now is just limiting Addai's upside. He's rushed for more than 30 yards just once in the past five games and hasn't scored since week four.

RB Joseph Addai S2

Addai continues to shine and has been the primary Indy back for weeks. Problem is he's still splitting carries with the ineffective Rhodes. Even so, he'll get the lion's share of work this weekend and should be very productive against an Eagles defense that struggles against the run, giving up 155 YPG rushing over the last three games.

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne

The Eagles' pass defense may be one of the league's best statistically, but their banged up secondary will be no match for Harrison and Wayne.

TE Dallas Clark
Ben Utecht

Clark and Utecht continue to get double digit looks each week combined. Clark is the more likely to score as he has four touchdowns on the season. With them splitting up the fantasy production, their limited success will continue with Clark being the more consistent fantasy scorer and having more upside.


Green Bay (4-6) at Seattle (6-4)

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Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre (Q) B

Early word is that Favre is still experiencing some tingling in his injured arm but expects to play Monday night. Odds are very good that he will. No way he misses a Monday nighter. But if his throwing arm isn't 100%, do you really want to risk having him as your fantasy starter this week?

RB Ahman Green (P) S2

Green was held to a season low 28 yards on just 13 carries last week and his chronic knee problems may be catching up to him. The Seattle defense has been gouged for big games by four of the last five backs they've faced. Look for Green to get back on track in this matchup as the Packers will want to establish the running game early on the road.

WR Donald Driver S3

Driver should have little trouble bouncing back from last week's disappointment. He'll be facing Kelly Herndon on most plays and should burn the over-aggressive corner a few times for big plays. Still just a borderline starter due to the questions about Favre's arm.

WR Greg Jennings S3

Jennings looks to be healthy now but Favre couldn't seem to hit him last week. Look for the two to reconnect Monday night against a Seattle secondary that has struggled at times. Still just a borderline starter due to the questions about Favre's arm.

TE David Martin (Q) B Martin has joined his fellow Green Bay tight ends in the "not on my fantasy team" category.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck (P) S2

Hasselbeck will return to action this week. He hasn't played since week 7, but has looked good in practice for the past two weeks. He'll surely be a bit rusty, but this prime-time matchup against one of the league's worst pass defenses is too good to pass up.

RB Shaun Alexander S2

Alexander played last week, but with limited effectiveness. Pretty much how his season started. He now has a game under his belt and the offensive line is much improved since his early season struggles. The running game will be featured in this matchup as to keep the pressure off of the returning Hasselbeck. Look for a very good game out of Alexander in this prime-time matchup.

WR Darrell Jackson S2

Jackson has been tearing it up with Wallace at quarterback and he was tearing it up before that with Hasselbeck throwing him the balls. Look for him to just keep on producing.

WR Deion Branch S2 Hasselbeck and Branch had built a nice rapport in the weeks leading up to the quarterback's injury. They connected on two touchdowns in week six. They should have no trouble picking up where they left off against the very weak Green Bay secondary.
WR D. J. Hackett B

Hackett continues to be a great fill in at the #3 WR spot for Seattle, but look for the returning Hasselbeck to stick with the guys he's more comfortable with this week - Jackson and Branch.

TE Jerramy Stevens B

Stevens returned to action the same week Hasselbeck got hurt, so they've had no time together this season. You can expect the QB to target his more familiar options.

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