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Start/Bench List - Week 13
Whitney Walters
November 30, 2006
Thursday Sunday Early Sunday Early Sunday Late Sunday Night   Player List by Position  
BAL at CIN DET at NE NYJ at GB HOU at OAK SEA at DEN   Early Injury Status  
Sunday Early IND at TEN SD at BUF JAC at MIA Monday Night   (O): Out    (D): Doubtful  
ARI at STL KC at CLE SF at NO DAL at NYG CAR at PHI   (Q): Questionable  
ATL at WAS MIN at CHI   TB at PIT     (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 (9-2) at Cincinnati (6-5) Back to top
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair S2

McNair put up 245 yards on Cincinnati in week nine and should easily hit that mark with a couple of scores this time around. The Bengals' pass defense has been opportunistic lately, but they still give up a league worst 260 YPG though the air.

RB Jamal Lewis (Q) S2

Lewis hasn't topped 100 yards rushing in over a month, but he's very active in the offense now and has scored five times in the last four games. He's a very good start this week against the average Bengals' run defense. He'll play a big role in this matchup and should get close to 25 carries.

WR Derrick Mason S2

Mason has the best WR matchup in this game against the torchable Torry James. McNair will find him to be a very open and available target.

WR Mark Clayton S3 Clayton had the big game against the Bengals earlier this season. Look for adjustments to be made and for him to take a back seat to Mason in this rematch.
TE

Todd Heap (Q)

S1 Hands down the best weapon in the Ravens' passing game and the Bengals are one of the worst at defending against the tight end.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S2

In week nine Palmer had one of his worst games of the season against the Ravens. Since that game he's been on a fantasy tear. He should perform much better in this rematch on his home turf. The key will be keeping him protected from the Ravens' fierce pass rush. Given time Palmer can burn their secondary.

RB Rudi Johnson S3

In the last five games Johnson has either scored or rushed for over 100 yards. But with Ray-Ray back the Baltimore defense won't yield much to the Cincinnati running game.

WR Chad Johnson S1

On a serious roll that won't be slowed all that much by Baltimore's poor playing Rolle.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S2 Ocho Cinco will draw safety help for the struggling CB Rolle, leaving TJ with mostly one-on-one coverage in this matchup.
WR Chris Henry B

Henry hasn't had more than five catches in a game all season. But he is finding the end-zone at a nice clip (four touchdowns in the past five games). He's a hit or miss fantasy prospect that will likely miss this week with Palmer under enough pressure to prevent a lot of 3-WR sets and also preventing him from getting to his third option when they do run them.

 
Arizona (2-9) at St. Louis (5-6) Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Leinart S3

Leinart still hasn't put up a 300-yard game this season, but his 405 yarder last week was a Cardinals rookie record. He's played well the past couple of games and the passing attack is starting to click again. Thanks to a horrid run defense the Rams haven't allowed a 200-yard passer in the past five games. They won't get to six. The Cardinals' weak running attack won't be enough to keep them from having to throw the ball.

RB Edgerrin James S2

From one extreme to another. Last week James faced the league's top run defense and ended the game with a season low 15 yards on just four carries. This week he faces the league's worst run defense. A defense that netted James his best rushing game of the year in week three.

WR Anquan Boldin
Larry Fitzgerald
S1 This week's matchup with the St. Louis corners is not as good as last week's, but Boldin and Fitzgerald are a big game waiting to happen every time they step onto the field.
WR Bryant Johnson B

The Arizona offense just doesn't support a consistently productive #3 WR.

TE Adam Bergen B Ditto for the tight end.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger (P) S2

The numbers weren't great last week, but Bulger's play was much improved. The Arizona defense is reeling and Bulger's numbers should continue to improve in this matchup.

RB Steven Jackson S1

HC Linehan gave up the play calling last week and the Rams returned to the running game that has served them well this season. You can expect more of the same this weekend against a porous Arizona run defense that's allowing over 120 YPG.

WR Torry Holt S1

Holt had an off game last week, but he's given the Cardinals trouble in most matchups. Like in week three when he went for 120 yards and a touchdown.

WR Isaac Bruce S2

Bruce led all Rams receivers last week and just missed on a touchdown grab. The Cardinals corners are inexperienced and Bruce should have plenty of success.

WR Kevin Curtis B

Curtis is a month removed now from his pair of seven catch games. He typically maxes out at three catches now. But on occasion one of those catches is in the end-zone, keeping him on the fantasy radar, but as an iffy fantasy starter in very deep leagues at best.

 
Atlanta (5-6) at Washington (4-7) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Michael Vick S3

Hasn't passed for more than 200 yards or a single touchdown in a month. But in that same four game span he's rushed for nearly 400 yards. Not that the passing matchup matters with Vick, but Washington is a good one. They've surrendered a league worst 21 passing touchdowns, have a league low five interceptions and a league low 14 sacks. Hard to upgrade him however when his receivers keep dropping balls.

RB Warrick Dunn S3

The Falcons may continue to lead the league in rushing yards, but it's due mostly to Vick. Dunn has cracked the 70-yard barrier just once in the past six games. They just aren't running the ball well between the tackles with Dunn. Of additional concern has to be the health of rookie Norwood, who received a season high 13 carries last week and out gained Dunn on the ground. As Norwood's hard running inside improves Dunn may see fewer opportunities.

RB Jerious Norwood U

The Falcons showed come confidence in the health of Norwood last week by giving him a season high 13 carries. Look for that increased role to continue this week as the Falcons must pound the ball against the suspect Redskins defense to keep the pressure off of Vick and the passing game.

WR Michael Jenkins B Jenkins has been the most consistent Falcons wideout lately but makes a very risky fantasy start given the struggles of the Atlanta passing game. But if Atlanta wants to win they will have to have some big plays in the passing game, and Jenkins is the prime candidate for those plays.
WR Ashley Lelie
Roddy White
B A complete waste of fantasy roster space.
TE Alge Crumpler S1

Hasn't scored in weeks and only caught one ball last week. But the big fella remains Vick's most reliable target down field, and after last week's horrible performance by the wideouts, Vick will likely lean even more on Crumpler.

Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

Campbell's solid play continues. He's tossed four TD passes in his first two starts, half as many as Brunell did through nine games. This offense continues to struggle however and the odds of it producing enough for Campbell to be a viable fantasy starter are slim for now.

RB Ladell Betts S3

Betts and the Redskins' running game finally got it going last week. Even though the Falcons defense is getting some players back from injury, they still struggle to stop the run.

RB T.J. Duckett B Got a few more carries last week, but is still just functioning as Betts' backup and the short-yardage option. He has had three carries inside the five yard line in the past two games, so the scoring opportunities are there.
WR Santana Moss B

Moss' hamstring seems to have held up and he should be much more active in the passing attack this week. The problem is he'll be matched up with stellar CB DeAngelo Hall this Sunday.

WR Brandon Lloyd U Deep sleeper alert. The receivers opposite CB Hall have been torching the Falcons. This week that could be Lloyd. Look for the Redskins to attack this matchup with Lloyd's vertical speed and for Campbell to find him deep for a big play or two.
WR

Antwaan Randle El

B

Has more carries than catches over the past seven games, and just one in each of Campbell's starts.

TE Chris Cooley S2

Cooley pulled in his second touchdown from new QB Campbell last week and has quickly become his favorite target.

 

Detroit (2-9) at New England (8-3)

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Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S3

Despite all the injuries to the secondary, New England has allowed just 150 YPG passing in the past three games and only a single touchdown. If the Lions can't establish a running game (which is likely), the Patriots will be able to pressure Kitna all afternoon. They will counter with just enough of a short passing game to keep Kitna a borderline starter.

RB Kevin Jones B

Jones is slated to return from his ankle injury this week but it's highly unlikely he'll be 100%. Against one of the league's top run stopping defenses on the road, less than 100% may not be good enough. The risk is also high for Detroit falling behind in this game and having to turn to the passing game.

WR Roy Williams S2

An S1 receiver stuck in an offense that's barely an S3. On a positive side this week however will be the banged up New England secondary and the fact that the Lions will have to throw the ball a lot in this matchup.

WR Mike Furrey U

The passing game is struggling but Furrey continues to be a fine complement to Williams. He could make a nice sleeper start this week with the injuries in the Patriots' secondary and the amount of passes Kitna will be forced to throw.

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

Brady can't stretch the field like he used to with this group of receivers, but still manages to get it done for his fantasy owners. This week will be no different. He'll have plenty of protection against the weak Lions' pass rush. If Harrington can throw three touchdowns on this secondary then Brady should have little trouble matching that.

RB Corey Dillon S3

Dillon has shouldered a light load this past month, averaging just 12 carries a game. Several of those carries have come in scoring position so he maintains some fantasy value. The trend however is obvious. The running game is shifting over to the fresh, young rookie's legs.

RB Laurence Maroney S2

Maroney isn't a 20-carry candidate, but he's out carrying Dillon consistently now and adding catches out of the backfield each week.

WR Reche Caldwell S3

Maintaining his place as the most viable fantasy receiver in a Patriot uniform. His upside is limited due to the "spread it around" approach to the passing attack.

WR Doug Gabriel
Troy Brown
Chad Jackson
Jabar Gaffney
B

The ball is being spread all over the field and the Pats are constantly rotating their receivers. The most consistent of this bunch lately has been Brown, but no Patriot receiver beyond Caldwell is worth your time.

TE Ben Watson S1

Leads the team in receptions and is the only consistent fantasy receiving option on the Patriots team.

 
Indianapolis (10-1) at Tennessee (4-7) Back to top
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

Huge mismatch this week.

RB Dominic Rhodes B

Rhodes seems to be playing better of late, totaling 181 yards in two of the past three games. He'll continue to take touches away from Addai, but as last week showed, it's the young rookie that has the most fantasy potential in the Indy backfield.

RB Joseph Addai S2

Faced the 5th worst run defense last week and draws the 3rd worst on Sunday. The only thing limiting this talented rookie's fantasy potential is the continued presence of Rhodes in the running game.

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne
S1

It'll be back to the passing game this week. With Manning's third favorite target out (TE Clark), look for more looks to go to the wideouts.

WR Ricky Proehl B Signed this week to fill the #3 WR spot vacated by the ever-injured Stokely and the now injured TE Clark. May provide a bit of production down the road, but don't expect much action in his first game as a Colt.
TE Ben Utecht (Q) U

With Clark out at least for this week, Utecht is in line to pick up some of that slack in the passing game. He did have a seven catch game three weeks ago, so he can get it done if called on. Whether or not that happens is the question. Fellow TE Fletcher is also in the mix and the newly signed WR Proehl may see action immediately. An increase in Utecht's numbers is not a given with this varied offense.

Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

Young had his worst start of the season in week five against the Colts. He's improved since then, but so has the Indy pass defense.

RB Travis Henry S2

Henry may have struggled last week, but there hasn't been a running game struggle against the Colts all season. He put up 123 yards on them in week five.

RB LenDale White (Q) B White continues to fill the backup role for the Titans, which means from one to ten touches a game. Nothing more.
WR Drew Bennett
Bobby Wade
Brandon Jones
B

In the past three games both Bennett and Wade have shown some promise. Just not at the same time. Rookie Jones caught his second touchdown of the season last week. It's going to take a lot of passing to make any of these receivers worth fantasy attention. That may happen in this likely blowout Sunday, but the ball is being spread around and no single wideout can be singled out for success.

TE Bo Scaife (Q) S3

With Troupe out last week, Scaife became the only TE target and a viable fantasy option in this tight end friendly offense. That should continue for the remainder of the season.

 
Kansas City (7-4) at Cleveland (3-8) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green B

The Chiefs have been running a very conservative passing game since Green returned and seem very content to put the offense on LJ's shoulders. That strategy will likely continue against the overmatched Browns on the road.

RB Larry Johnson S1

Browns stink. Huge game coming.

RB Michael Bennett B In the last two games he's touched the ball nine times and gained 129 total yards. If you haven't protected your LJ investment with Bennett by now it's likely you can't.
WR Eddie Kennison
Samie Parker
B

There just isn't enough production in the KC passing game right now to support a fantasy option at wideout. TE Gonzo will always be the primary weapon in this passing attack.

TE Tony Gonzalez (P) S2

Returned to action last week and looked okay. With ten more days to recover he should be just fine against the Browns ever weakening pass defense.

Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Charlie Frye B

If he couldn't get it done last week against the worst pass defense in the league with an injury depleted secondary, he has no chance this week against the improving Chiefs. Or any other team for that matter.

RB Reuben Droughns (Q)
Jason White
Jerome Harrison
B

Last week was a complete mess for the Browns' backfield. Starter Droughns was healthy enough to play on special teams all game, but ended with just two carries. Wright and Harrison got a few carries as well. There doesn't appear to be much clarity this week and a three-headed backfield behind a poor offensive line is no place to look for fantasy help.

WR Braylon Edwards S3

Edwards always has potential due to his size and athletic abilities. But his production is inconsistent. The Chiefs haven't allowed a 100-yard receiver all season or a WR touchdown in the past five games.

TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (Q) S2

No matter how bad the Cleveland passing game gets at times, Winslow garners enough looks to keep him a viable fantasy starter every week.

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