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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)  
 
Jacksonville (6-5) at Miami (5-6) Back to top
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard   B

The Jags may be stuck with Garrard at quarterback, but your fantasy team shouldn't be. In his five starts he's averaging just 170 YPG and has thrown a touchdown in only two of those games. This is also a difficult matchup with a Miami defense that's playing great.

RB Fred Taylor S3

This is a running team and Taylor will continue to lead the way. He's coming off his first back-to-back 20-plus carry games since very early in the season. The Dolphin defense is playing very well and held Larry Johnson to just 75 yards two weeks ago. Taylor will be limited this weekend.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew S3

Jones-Drew's chances for success greatly increase when the Jags face a weak run defense since he only gets backup level touches (8-12 a game). The Miami defense doesn't come close to qualifying in that category. He's a very risky start this week.

WR Matt Jones
Reggie Williams
Ernest Wilford
B

The WR corps under Garrard has been a mess for fantasy owners. Jones had been invisible until his short touchdown grab last week. Williams had been a one-catch-per-game wonder until he managed to pull in four last week. Wilford has been the most consistent, but averaging 2-3 catches a week isn't going to cut it.

TE George Wrighster (P) B

A rarely used tight end that's starting to loose time to promising rookie Lewis.

Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B

Harrington has gained some momentum with his solid play of late. That hasn't often translated into solid fantasy numbers however. Since week four the Jags have put the clamps on most passing offenses, giving up just 170 YPG and only four touchdowns in that seven game span.

RB

Sammy Morris

B

Morris will replace the injured Brown. He filled in after the injury with a very productive 91 yards on 12 carries. Jacksonville will prove a much tougher test than Detroit however. The Dolphins running game has been inconsistent all season with Brown, don't expect any improvements without him. Especially facing the Jags' #5 run defense.

WR Chris Chambers S3

Any wideout getting 10 looks a game surely has great fantasy value. Well Chambers seems to fall outside that value more weeks then not. Chambers is the only receiver with at least 110 targets that has fewer than 60 catches and 800 yards this season. The Miami passing game is focused more on short to medium range plays and Chambers excels on deep routes. They just aren't in sync this season and it's killing his fantasy upside.

WR Marty Booker S3 Booker has the only two 100-yard games for the Dolphins this season, and he seems to be taking advantage of the extra coverage Chambers is getting down field and in the red-zone.
WR Wes Welker B

Even with Booker back in the mix, Welker still has a role in the Dolphins' passing game. It's just not enough to warrant fantasy attention any more outside of very deep leagues.

TE Randy McMichael B

McMichael seems to have fallen out of the passing game somewhat. In the past month he's getting just 4-5 looks a game (half of what he was getting prior) and is averaging less than 30 YPG.

 
Dallas (7-4) at N.Y. Giants (6-5) Back to top
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S2

Let's not get too carried away here. Romo has just five NFL starts and 300-yard, 5-TD games aren't going to be the norm. But he's easily a solid fantasy starter against a struggling Giants defense.

RB Julius Jones S3

Last week was the first time this season Jones ended a game with fewer carries than Barber. In fact, he had a season low 11. His previous season low was just 13 against these Giants in week seven. A very unproductive game for Jones, gaining only 30 yards.

RB Marion Barber S2

Barber kept the scoring machine going last week with his first two receiving touchdowns of the season, giving him eleven total. In the past three games he's received double digit carries and last week that meant more touches than starter Jones. A first this season. Both Barber and Jones were held in check against the Giants in week seven.

WR Terrell Owens S1

Owens had his first 100-plus yard, touchdown combo game as a Cowboy last week. It won't he his last.

WR Terry Glenn S2

Glenn is a great complement receiver to Owens and is a lock for around 80 yards and a potential score every week now. This matchup against the suspect Giants corners should be one of those weeks.

TE Jason Witten S2

After a nice four game stretch, Witten has gone just 3-25 and 3-30 in the past two games. It was the Giants in week seven that kick started that nice stretch as he matches up very well with their linebackers and safeties.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning B Manning is in a major slump, turning the ball over nine times in the past four games. There's a very good chance that slump will continue this week against a very stout Dallas defense. He threw for only 189 yards in the last meeting with the Cowboys and completed a season low 12 passes.
RB Tiki Barber S2

Barber got back on track last week but still watched Jacobs score the touchdowns. This matchup is a repeat of the week seven battle in which Barber became the only back to put up 100 yards rushing against a very tough Dallas run defense, currently ranked fourth in the league.

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 S3

Burress appears to be in as much of a slump as his quarterback. He's not playing with much urgency and at times seems almost lackadaisical out there. That kind of play just won't cut it against the strong CB pair of Henry and Newman.

WR Tim Carter
David Tyree
B Neither of these receivers have been active in the passing game since starting to fill in for Toomer. Between them they have just 10 catches in the last three games.
TE Jeremy Shockey S1

Shockey has picked up the slack since Toomer's exit. He's playing hard and playing hurt, which is nothing new for this stud tight end. He matches up well against Dallas and scored on them last time they met.

 

Tampa Bay (3-8) at Pittsburgh (4-7)

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Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Bruce Gradkowski B

The rookie returns to his hometown Sunday. I'm sure it will be a nice homecoming - right up until the opening kickoff.

RB Carnell Williams S2

Look for Tampa to run the Caddy early and often in this matchup as they seek to take the pressure off their struggling rookie quarterback. This matchup got a little better for Williams with the run-stopping Polamalu out.

WR Joey Galloway S3

Galloway continues to be the best fantasy wideout for Tampa, but his upside is limited. Even when he gets open down field, Gradkowski's lack of arm strength prevents the Bucs from taking advantage.

WR Michael Clayton B

Four of Clayton's last five games have resulted in just one or two catches.

TE Anthony Becht B

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

Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger (P) S2

Got knocked around pretty good last week by Baltimore and saw his six game streak of throwing at least one touchdown end. He should have no problem starting a new streak this week at home, even without his most reliable down field target. The Bucs have struggled in coverage all season and have allowed a league high 21 passing touchdowns.

RB Willie Parker  S1

The Bucs' run defense numbers may be improving, but most of that improvement is due to teams not running the ball much on them. Last week Dallas ran the ball 34 times against Tampa and gained 141 yards. With a limited passing attack, the Bucs will get a heavy dose of Parker all afternoon.

WR Nate Washington
Cedrick Wilson
Santonio Holmes
S3

With Ward out, Washington will step into the starter role. Wilson has been the #2 for a while now and Holmes' play has improved and he is playing a larger role in the passing game lately. He's very explosive. Look for the ball to be spread fairly evenly amongst these three receivers and for at least two of them to find the end-zone.

TE Heath Miller B

Miller may see a few extra looks this weeks given Roethlisberger's favorite and most reliable target is MIA. But he hasn't caught more than 35 yards since week one.

 

Seattle (7-4) at Denver (7-4)

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Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck (P) S2

As expected Hasselbeck was rusty coming out of the gate last week. But also as expected he settled down and had a nice game overall. The knee held up just fine, but he broke a finger on his non-throwing hand. He played the second half last week with the injury and threw three touchdowns. He'll play with no limitations Sunday night. At least not due to injury. His limitations will come in the form of a strong Denver pass defense.

RB Shaun Alexander S2

Well I guess that foot's okay. Alexander seemed in top form from his first carry to his career high 40th Monday night. This game will present Denver with the third big test in a row of its vaunted run defense. Two weeks ago it gave up 105 yards to LT and last week it surrendered 157 to LJ. Look for SA to fall somewhere in between.

WR Darrell Jackson (P) S3

It may take a little longer, but the Hasselbeck-to-Jackson connection will get going. It may not be in this game though. It's likely DJax will be lined up against Bailey in this matchup and his production will take a hit.

WR Deion Branch S3 With his running mate Jackson dealing with Bailey most of the night, you can bet Hasselbeck will be looking Branch's way often on the other side against the talented but sometimes struggling Darrent Williams.
WR D. J. Hackett U

Hasselbeck had no trouble finding his #3 WR last week. Look for that trend to continue this week given the excellent coverage on Jackson and Branch.

TE Jerramy Stevens B

The returning quarterback wasn't shy about targeting his talented but underachieving tight end. And we weren't disappointed. He dropped all but one pass that came his way. Not that out of character for Stevens of late.

Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler U

Out with the old, in with the new. Denver fans have been screaming at the top of their lungs for the rookie... and now they get him. The Seahawks bring a good pass rush but are a little weak in coverage. Since there is no film on Cutler there may be a window of opportunity here for the passing game to show some life. The rookie throws a nice deep ball, so look for a more vertical attack in this matchup.

RB

Mike Bell

B

With the other Bell healthy, look for this Bell to return to a backup role in the running game.

RB Tatum Bell (P) S3 Reports are that Tatum will return to the starting lineup Sunday night. He could have played last week but the team decided to give him another week off to hopefully avoid a relapse. He could put up S2 numbers against the Seahawks run defense, but his troublesome toes and the presence of the other Bell make him a riskier start.
WR Rod Smith U

Smith's complementary role opposite Walker may be expanded in this matchup. He's been on the cusp of fantasy starter status most of the season, and any increase in the passing game may push him over the edge. He's also way overdue for another touchdown.

WR Javon Walker (P) S2

Walker is the team's best weapon and a big play waiting to happen. You can expect Denver to take at least a few big shots down field to their playmaker now that they've installed a young gun at quarterback.

TE Stephen Alexander B An unexpected beneficiary of the QB switch may be the tight end. Cutler will be setup in the pocket quickly (unlike the moving and bootlegging Plummer) and will be able to hit the tight ends when they come open on their short routes.
 

Carolina (6-5) at Philadelphia (5-6)

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Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S3

Delhomme is in a mini-slump that he'll have a hard time play himself out of Monday night against a Philly defense that's held the last five quarterbacks it's faced to under 200 yards and allowing only two of them to toss a single touchdown.

RB Deshaun Foster (Q) S2

Foster's elbow injury kept him on the sidelines last week, but early word is that he'll return to the starting lineup Monday night. If he's healthy he should have a very nice evening. In the past two weeks the Philly defense has been gouged for over 400 yards rushing. You can bet the Panthers will stick to their "run first" mentality in this matchup.

RB DeAngelo Williams U

Williams' first start last week did not go as well as hoped. He averaged just 3.7 YPC, well below the team's season average. He's expected to slide back to his backup role this week but will likely still get a shot at double digit carries given the problems Philly is having stopping the run and Foster's bum elbow. Throw in a few catches out of the backfield and he could surprise.

WR Steve Smith S1

Even with the struggles in the passing game the past two weeks, Smith is still finding the end-zone. He'll see plenty of safety help in coverage, but that rarely slows him down much.

WR Keyshawn Johnson B

Johnson is getting back in the offensive flow. In two of the past three games he's been a target for Delhomme 11 times. It's hard to argue with that kind of activity, but he's only gained over 50 yards in one of the past six games.

Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia (P) B

Well, so much for plan B. The Eagles passing game is in trouble. Garcia hasn't performed at a high level for years. He'll continue to be adequate executing a short to medium range passing attack. Against the aggressive and improving Carolina defense, adequate may be asking too much.

RB Brian Westbrook (P) S1

The offense rests almost solely on Westbrook's shoulders now. He's an every week starter until his wheels fall off.

WR

Donte' Stallworth (P)
Reggie Brown
Greg Lewis
Hank Baskett

B

This is what you got with Garcia running the show last week. Two receptions each by the four Philly wideouts, only one greater than 13 yards. Not exactly the stuff startable fantasy receivers are made of. But it's very much what you will continue to get with Garcia at quarterback.

TE L.J. Smith S2

As expected with Garcia at the helm, Smith was active. He led all receivers with four catches last week and is a candidate to repeat that every week.

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