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Start/Bench List - Week 2
Whitney Walters
September 13, 2007
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Start/Bench List by Position
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)
 
Houston (1-0) at Carolina (1-0) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub X

Schaub looked solid in his debut and I expect his play to improve throughout the season. The Panthers have some issues in the secondary but they compensated well last week against the Rams. Keep Schaub around if he's on your roster, but it's not time to plug him in as your starter.

RB Ahman Green B

Green ran well last week and looks in fine shape and health. He's the main back for sure but the 13 carries Ron Dayne received are a concern. But Dayne averaging only 2.5 YPC will help Green's cause. What won't help this week is a Carolina defense that held Steven Jackson to just 58 yards last week.

WR Andre Johnson S2

Just like 2006 Johnson started the season off with a bang. The Panthers' secondary looked good despite their issues last week, but Johnson presents much more of a matchup problem than the aging Rams receivers.

WR Jacoby Jones U

Kevin Walter got the start but Jones flashed some of his immense talent on a nice 26-yard catch and run. He'll continue to push for the starting spot opposite AJ and will have a breakout game soon. His upside make him a starter in deep leagues that start 3-4 WR's.

TE Owen Daniels B

Daniels didn't have much of an opener, catching just one ball for 14 yards. But he's going to be a factor in this passing game and should improve his output against the suspect Panthers' safeties.

Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Delhomme S3

Delhomme's fine performance last week should put to rest those David Carr grumblings. Facing a struggling Kansas City defense didn't hurt. Houston will provide a bit more of a challenge this week but Delhomme is still a borderline fantasy starter.

RB DeShaun Foster S3

As expected Foster split the workload with Williams. Also as expected Foster was more effective with his touches. Look for the split backfield to continue and for Foster to remain a borderline starter most weeks as a result.

RB DeAngelo Williams S3

Williams may be splitting the touches with Foster but he's not producing like him. That will likely improve as the season wears on. For now however Williams is a borderline fantasy starter with some upside.

WR Steve Smith S1

Not much to say here. Smith is a stud and an every week starter.

WR Keary Colbert B

Colbert remains the starter and still has fantasy potential. But he lost some ground to Drew Carter and his two TD's last week. For now the bottom line in the Panthers passing game is until someone emerges as a consistent producer opposite Smith it's all about Smith.

WR Drew Carter B Don't go crazy on Carter and his two touchdowns. He only had three passes go his way and this passing game is still all about Smith.
TE Jeff King U

Guess how had twice as many passes come his way than any other Panthers receiver other than Smith? That's right. King. The second year player could be a surprise here if Delhomme consistently looks to the tight end. But that will only show itself over a few more games.

 
Buffalo (0-1) at Pittsburgh (1-0) Back to top
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman B

Denver last week and on the road in Pittsburgh this week. It doesn't get any easier for Losman and his very limited fantasy potential.

RB Marshawn Lynch S3

Lynch looked great and ran hard in his NFL debut. He'll have a much tougher time running the ball this week however in Pittsburgh. Don't expect numbers like last week (99 yards and a TD) but he may sneak in for a score, making him a borderline starter.

WR Lee Evans B

Evan was completely shut down last week but the Denver corners. That won't be the case against the weaker Steelers secondary. But the pressure Losman will be under all day will make getting the ball to Evans difficult.

WR Peerless Price
Roscoe Parrish
Josh Reed
B Reed and Parrish outperformed Evans last week, but that was a fluke. You just can't expect any consistent fantasy production out of this crew.
TE Robert Royal B In keeping with his 2006 season trend, Royal had his obligatory one catch last week.
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S1

The Bills lost two starters in the secondary last week (S Simpson and CB Webster) to serious injuries. Look for another big game from Big Ben.

RB Willie Parker S1

Parker looked strong and healthy last week on his 27 carries. Look for an even better outing this week against a Bills defense that gave up 139 yards to Henry last week and lost several key players to injury.

WR Hines Ward S1 Another great matchup for Ward against an injury depleted secondary.
WR Santonio Holmes S1

Ditto for Holmes.

TE Heath Miller B

Picking right up where he left off in the pre-season, Miller had one of his best games in two seasons - going 4-35 and a TD. This should be a very good year for the big tight end, but look for him to take a back seat to the wideouts this week as they have serious mismatches to exploit.

 
Indianapolis (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0) Back to top
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

Manning and the Colt offense started off the season with a bang. This week should provide even more fireworks.

RB Joseph Addai S1

Don't let the weekend's games cause you to forget how good Addai looked as the full-time starter last Thursday night.

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne
S1

Both looked phenomenal last week and the Titans' secondary won't know what hit them Sunday afternoon.

TE Dallas Clark S2

With all the receiving talent on this team on the outside, the middle of the field will be open for Clark to exploit often.

Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

Doesn't throw the ball well by NFL standards and his receiving corps is nothing to write home about. But you drafted him for his running ability right? Well Jacksonville showed last week that the rushing stats aren't going to come as easy in Young's second season. The Indy defense is for real this year so don't expect much this weekend.

RB LenDale White B

White did start the game and did receive the same number of touches as Brown. Problem is he's just not that effective a runner yet. He averaged 3.7 YPC to Brown's 9.2 YPC last Sunday. On a positive note he did get three goal-line carries to Brown's one. No pay dirt however.

RB Chris Brown B The Colts held Bush and McAllister to a combined 76 rushing yards last week. Don't expect a sequel to Brown's big opening day.
WR Titans WR Corps B

This passing game just isn't going to produce much in the way of fantasy starters at WR.

TE Bo Scaife S3

The passing game will continue to struggle but Scaife remains a prime target for Young. If anyone has starting potential this week it's Scaife.

 

Green Bay (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)

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Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2

With a solid running game not yet established look for the Giants to come after Favre. He will struggle a bit and probably toss another interception. But he'll likely score a TD or two as well.

RB Brandon Jackson   S2

The running game never really got going last week against Philly. Look for a better performance this week against the Giants. New York was one of only two teams that allowed two rushing TD's last week.

RB Vernand Morency B Will eventually split time with Jackson and is expected to return to practice this week. If all goes well he may see some limited action Sunday.
WR Donald Driver S2

Driver went 6-66 in the opener and his foot appears to be close to 100%. He will always be Favre's first option and a fantasy starter regardless of opponent. Should do just fine against a Giants' secondary that gave up 336 passing yards last week.

WR Ruvell Martin B

With Jennings still limited with the hamstring injury Martin is filling in as the #3 WR. Not a real productive role in this offense and may even lose time if Jennings can return to action this week.

WR James Jones U

Was targeted more than anyone but Driver last week. Didn't turn that into much, going just 4-29 against the aggressive Philly defense. May be limited again facing a Giants' defense that should be fired up to carry the team due to the injuries on offense. Jones has the talent however to break off a big play so he keeps his sleeper/upside status for another week.

TE Donald Lee
Bubba Franks
B Both tight ends saw action last week meaning neither have much fantasy value on most weeks. One may surprise on Sunday however against a Giants' secondary that was torched by Dallas' Witten last week.
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning B The early reports on Manning's playing status this week are mixed. Bottom line is he may play but if he does his throwing shoulder will not be 100%. The risk of Manning coming up lame in the game against a very aggressive and stout Packers defense warrants placing him on your bench this week.
RB Derrick Ward S2 And just like that you are a starter in the NFL. Ward earned his spot behind Jacobs in the pre-season and then came up big when his team called on him last Sunday night. They may be calling on him for a few weeks. Green Bay is tough but look for Ward to have a good game both running the ball and catching swing passes and dump offs out of the backfield.
RB Reuben Droughns B Even with Jacobs down due to injury Droughns only touched the ball once last week.
WR Plaxico Burress S3

Burress may have tore up the Dallas secondary but he's a risk this week with an injured quarterback throwing him the ball. May catch a break in this matchup however if CB Harris' elbow injury sidelines or slows him and Burress draws second-year corner Jarrett Bush in coverage.

WR Amani Toomer U Manning was looking for Toomer often in the Dallas shootout and that trend will likely continue this week as the Giants may work with a short passing game plan due to Manning's injured shoulder.
TE Jeremy Shockey S3

Still a fantasy starter but the quarterback situation makes him less attractive this week. The upside however is with Manning having a bum shoulder they will probably work the shorter passing game more this weekend.

 
New Orleans (0-1) at Tampa Bay (0-1) Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

Brees should bounce back nicely in this favorable matchup with Tampa. Won't be hard to do since last week was one if his worst games as a pro. Averaged 242 yards and two TD's against the Bucs last season.

RB Deuce McAllister S2

The Saints will be fired up to rebound from the horrible offensive performance on opening night. Thankfully for them and for McAllister and ...

RB Reggie Bush S2

... Bush owners the Bucs defense will provide little resistance.

WR Marques Colston S2

After spending most of the pre-season injured, Colston looked just fine on the field last week and was a constant target of Brees'. Both he and ...

WR Devery Henderson
S3

... Henderson should have improved games against the aging CB tandem of Kelly and Barber.

TE Eric Johnson S3 Well it didn't take long to find out if the Saints would utilize their new tight end this season. Johnson was all over the place in the loss last week and was targeted a team high nine times. That kind of activity is hard to ignore and Johnson may indeed turn out to be a nice fantasy sleeper this season. He faces a very similar defense to the Colts this week.
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia B

Garcia was knocked around pretty good in the opener but appears likely to start this weekend. The Colts had their way with the Saints defense last week but Garcia-Galloway-Hilliard just doesn't the same ring as Manning-Harrison-Wayne.

RB Carnell Williams B Looked good until his rib injury last week. He may or may not have broken or cracked ribs (the official team statement is he does not). Either way he's not likely to be effective even if he does manage to play.
RB Michael Pittman U Pittman could be very productive catching passes out of the backfield in this matchup and will likely see more carries with Williams sidelined. But don't be surprised if the Bucs work backup Earnest Graham into the mix as a ball carrier, hurting Pittman's upside this week.
WR Joey Galloway S2

The best Buc to have in your starting lineup this week. Galloway is Garcia's target of choice and he's put up 320 yards and SIX touchdowns on New Orleans in their last four meetings. Oh yeah, don't forget what the Colts did to Saints' CB Jason David last week.

WR Ike Hilliard B

Seems to have emerged as the winner of the #2 WR spot in Tampa. So what.

TE Alex Smith B

Smith was healthy enough to get the start last week but ended with just two catches. He may tack on a few more this week if the Bucs can exploit the middle of the field like Indy last week. Problem is there is not the outside threat here to help open the middle.

 
Atlanta (0-1) at Jacksonville (0-1) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B

The Harrington led Falcons passing attack struggled against a tough Vikings defense last week. Look for a repeat this weekend facing the equally tough Jacksonville defense.

RB Warrick Dunn
S3

Dunn got the start and the Falcons stuck with him despite his ineffectiveness. He averaged just 2.5 yards on each of his 22 carries. Norwood on the other hand averaged 6.6 YPC. Look for Dunn's workload to start giving way to the talented Norwood. He's an iffy starter at best.

RB Jerious Norwood U

Norwood's lack of touches last week was inexcusable, and the Falcons know it. He's younger, quicker and more talented than the aging Dunn. Look for Atlanta to get him at least twice the seven touches he got last week and for him to make them glad they did on at least one of those.

WR Joe Horn
Michael Jenkins
Roddy White
Laurent Robinson
B The Falcons appear to be going with a receiver rotation that includes all four of these wideouts. Until someone emerges (if that every happens) it's best to stay away from this group.
TE Alge Crumpler S3

Crumpler was the Falcons' leading receiver last week and looks to be the primary target as Harrington quickly found out he's the most reliable receiver on his team.

Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

The passing game had limited success last week but should perform better on Sunday. The Falcons' don't have much of a pass rush and the secondary is suspect. Garrard always gives his fantasy owners a little scoring bump due to his rushing abilities.

RB Fred Taylor S3

The Jags couldn't get anything going on the ground last week against Tennessee. But Taylor remains the starter and will split carries with backup Jones-Drew. The Vikings averaged 5.5 YPC running the ball on Atlanta last week and that trend should continue for both Taylor and ...

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

S2

... MJD. Jones-Drew will hold a fantasy advantage over Taylor due to his active role in the short passing game. Even with this advantage MJD remains a risky fantasy starter because he has to strike gold for his owners on limited touches. If he can't do that consistently like last season he could end up being a fantasy bust for those that used a high draft pick to acquire him.

WR Matt Jones B

Jones didn't start last week and couldn't catch the two balls that came his way. Is another season of unrealized promise on the horizon? Time will tell but week one was not a good start.

WR Dennis Northcutt S3

Northcutt was targeted three times as much as any other Jacksonville wideout last week. This was just a continuation of a pre-season trend. He's an experienced veteran that can work both down field with speed and over the middle with smarts and reliability. As the rest of the WR crew continues to underachieve, Northcutt may end up being the leading receiver for the Jags this season.

WR Ernest Wilford B Remains the starter with Northcutt and still has the potential to carve out a role as a possession / red-zone receiver. But fantasy owners need production, not potential.
TE Marcedes Lewis U The tight end position has been a non-factor for the Jags in the past but they are looking to get the young, talented Lewis more involved. Week one indicated that might actually happen as Lewis was targeted six times, twice any receiver not named Northcutt. As the WR corps continue to under perform you should see Garrard looking Lewis' way more often as the season progresses.

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