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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)
 
San Francisco (0-0) at St. Louis (0-1) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Alex Smith S3

Smith followed up a very nice pre-season with a painful to watch stinker Monday night. Should bounce back with this game as his options down field have advantages against the over matched St. Louis secondary.

RB Frank Gore S1

Gore struggled along with the rest of the Niners offense. Don't expect those struggles to continue. The Rams gave up 172 yards to Panthers running backs last week and in Gore's two meeting with St. Louis last year he racked up 302 total yards and two TD's.

WR Darrell Jackson S3

The suspect St. Louis secondary presents a nice matchup for Jackson. Now if he and the rest of the San Francisco passing attack can get it together.

WR Arnaz Battle B

The talented receiver took advantage of his opportunity last week as the rest of the Niners receivers struggled. Probably won't become a pattern as Jackson, Gore and Davis are even more talented options for QB Smith. If Jackson continues to struggle as he did Monday night however, Battle could emerge as a nice fantasy receiver in deeper leagues.

TE Vernon Davis S2

Don't panic. The Niners played horribly on Monday night but Smith did target Davis five times. He'll be a vital part of this passing game in this and every matchup going forward.

St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S3

The Rams pulled back the reigns on Bulger after OT Pace left the game last week. Will they be prepared to open things up again with a week to prepare for the loss of Pace? Probably. But the Niners are improved in the secondary and two of Bulger's worst five games last season came against San Fran.

RB Steven Jackson S1

Last week Jackson seems caught up in the same funk as the rest of the offense. He averaged just 3.2 YPC, dropped several passes and fumbled twice. The Niners' defense looks to be improved this season but they still gave up 112 yards and a TD on the ground last week. The loss of OT Orlando Pace hurts Jackson's chances to bounce back this week. But he should. Just not as big.

WR Torry Holt S2

Another tough matchup for Holt this week against the fine CB duo of Clements and Harris. He'll still produce startable fantasy numbers non-the-less.

WR Isaac Bruce B

Bruce will still get his opportunities, but his production is inconsistent and will be limited by the solid Niners corners.

WR Drew Bennett B Expected back in the lineup this weekend and has the best matchup advantage against the weakest part of the San Francisco secondary, their nickel coverage. Problem is Looker and Hall will take snaps in the slot as well, hurting Bennett's potential.
TE Randy McMichael U

This is a repeat of last week. Look for McMichael to have several opportunities over the middle as Holt and Bruce have difficult matchups on the outside. Arizona had some success going to the TE Monday night so McMichael could surprise.

 
Cincinnati (0-0) at Cleveland (0-1) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S1

It's Cleveland. What more is there to say really?

RB Rudi Johnson S1

Rudi should torch the Browns just like he usually does. One possible bonus for his owners this season is the three catches for 26 yards Monday night. That total matches his high mark over the past two seasons. If the Bengals do indeed work him into the short passing game more this season he'll be a great value for those that drafted him.

WR Chad Johnson S1

The HOF jacket was kinda lame, but I'm sure he has something better planned this week. At least I hope.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S2

Didn't get the long score like Johnson, but that's just not TJ's game. His game is consistent fantasy production and this week should be no different.

Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson B

And the revolving quarterback in Cleveland continues. Next up? Mr. Quinn.

RB Jamal Lewis B

Lewis didn't get much of a chance last week as the Browns fell behind quickly and turned to the passing game to play catch-up. Odds are pretty good for a repeat against the Bengals high powered offense.

WR Braylon Edwards S3

Edwards doesn't have a real good matchup this week with a solid Bengals secondary, but he will see plenty of passes come his way and may produce enough in garbage time to warrant a borderline start in some leagues as a WR3.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

The third option in the Browns' passing attack and that won't amount to much this week.

TE Kellen Winslow S2

Winslow led the team in targets, catches and yards last week. It's good to see he can still produce and play at a high level despite the struggles on offense. He'll need to do that often this season.

 
Seattle (1-0) at Arizona (0-0) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2

Didn't have as much success as expected last week but should make some improvements in this matchup. With Alexander back to 100% and a much improved TE, Hasselbeck will be spreading the ball around more this season and should have plenty of openings to exploit in the Arizona defense.

RB Shaun Alexander S1

The Cardinals held Gore in check last week but that was just a sloppy, poorly played game by the Niners' offense. That won't be the case this week with SA and the Seahawks. Alexander looked good last week and received 30 touches. What more could a fantasy owner ask from a stud RB - other than a few more yards and an extra TD?

WR Deion Branch S3

Wow. A donut in week one - zero catches - against an average secondary. Faces another so-so secondary this week and should get his first catch of the 2007 plus a few more. His matchup with CB Eric Green is favorable.

WR Nate Burleson B

Burleson moves into the starting lineup due to the injury to Hackett. Don't expect much from him as he'll struggle to get open down field against strong CB Rod Hood.

WR Bobby Engram U You can just never count out this wily veteran. He seems to flourish in the slot and when other options break down Hasselbeck is very comfortable finding his ol' reliable slot receiver. The Cardinals secondary has enough talent to cause problems down field for Branch and Burleson, so Engram could surprise again.
TE Marcus Pollard S3

Pollard took all of one week to show he's an upgrade at TE for the Seahawks. He caught every ball that came his way and ended up leading the team in receptions, going 5-43. HC Holmgren and QB Hasselbeck like going to the TE but have always ended up losing confidence in Pollard's predecessors. That doesn't look to be the case this season.

Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Leinart S3

Not a good start for Leinart. He looked tentative all night and hardly ever threw the ball deep. Only two starting QB's threw for fewer than his 102 yards in week one. It's highly unlikely these struggles will continue into week two. The matchups down field are good and Bolding and Fitzgerald are too good to ignore. Look for a more open attack and improved stats.

RB Edgerrin James S2

His 26 carries Monday night are a very good sign. His mediocre 3.5 YPC not so much. There may not be much improvement this week as James will be running behind a rookie center thanks to starter Al Johnson going down with a knee injury last week.

WR Anquan Boldin S2 Boldin struggled Monday night along with the rest of the Arizona passing game. But he still managed to squeak out a touchdown and his matchup this week is decent. So look for improved production.
WR Larry Fitzgerald S1 Fitzgerald failed to gain separation on the Niners Monday night and his stats showed for it. He was targeted a team high 9 times however. A good sign. Look for a big game from him this weekend as his matchup with CB Trufant is a very favorable one.
TE Leonard Pope B Last week caught as many balls as Fitzgerald and tied for team lead in receiving yards with Boldin. WHAT?!?! Next time that will happen? Try never. Pope is a huge target but still has a lot of work to do in becoming a consistent NFL TE.
 

Minnesota (1-0) at Detroit (1-0)

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Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tarvaris Jackson B

Jackson carried his pre-season struggles right into the regular season. He looked shaky out there last week and completed only 13 passes. The Lions weak pass defense provides an opportunity to improve this weekend so look for Jackson's numbers to tick up a bit. He'll still spend many snaps handing the ball off to AP and is not a fantasy starter.

RB Chester Taylor B

Injured after just three carries last week and has a bruised oblique. The team expects him to return to practice late in the week but his playing status won't be determined until Sunday. With a backup like Peterson why risk it. The Vikings will likely keep him on the bench this week so you should also.

RB Adrian Peterson S2 Likely to get the start this week and should have little trouble racking up some nice numbers on the Detroit defense. He'll get plenty of touches as the Vikings' passing game is struggling.
WR Bobby Wade   U Wade will emerge as Jackson's #1 target but his fantasy value remains limited until the Vikings' passing attack can get it going. His matchup this weekend with CB Bryant is a very good one and he may surprise with a score.
WR Troy Williamson B

Williamson is still unimpressive and has little value in this passing attack.

WR Sidney Rice B

The rookie's size makes him a nice target on third downs and in the red-zone. No fantasy value in this passing attack although you may see a few nice plays against the very suspect nickel coverage in the Detroit secondary.

TE Vishante Shiancoe B

Shiancoe is a talented receiver and solid blocker, but in this struggling passing attack he's not a fantasy factor.

Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna should continue his fine fantasy play but will be under great pressure this weekend. Look for the Vikings to be very aggressive in going after Kitna and for his numbers to decline a bit Sunday.

RB Tatum Bell S3

Bell ran well last week but failed to produce much as a receiving option. With KJ still out and now backup Duckett limited with an ankle sprain look for Bell to carry most of the load again this weekend. The Vikings run defense is solid

WR Roy Williams S2

The big gun in the Lions passing attack was quite last week but he did taste pay dirt once. Should improve his output this week against a Minnesota secondary secondary that will be stretched beyond its limits by the Lions 4-WR sets.

WR Mike Furrey B

Furrey was the odd man out last week with the speedy McDonald coming on. This could be a trend that really hurts Furrey's fantasy value. If he loses opportunities to McDonald his prime fantasy feature - consistency - may be shot.

WR Calvin Johnson S3 Still #3 on the depth charts but is just too talented not to produce. The VIkings secondary is average at best in coverage so look for Johnson's successful rookie season to continue this weekend.
WR Shaun McDonald B Let's not go too nuts here. McDonald is still the #4 WR in this offense with the likes of Williams, Johnson and Furrey ahead of him. But the Lions look to run a lot of 4-WR sets this season and he's familiar with the offense.
 

Dallas (1-0) at Miami (0-1)

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Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S2

Romo is surrounded by weapons and has great protection from his o-line. This week will look a lot like last week facing another struggling defense that has an injury depleted secondary.

RB Julius Jones
Marion Barber
S2

The Dolphins gave up 165 yards and a TD to Washington's Portis and Betts last week. You should expect more of the same for Dallas' Jones and Barber this week.

WR Terrell Owens S1

Same as last week. Stud going up against a banged up secondary.

WR Terry Glenn B Still out and contemplating season-ending knee surgery.
WR Patrick Crayton S3 With Glenn out for at least a few more week Crayton becomes the #2 opposite Owens. Not a bad spot for fantasy owners. Owens always draws a ton of coverage attention, leaving Crayton with minimal.
WR Sam Hurd B Don't let one 51-yard TD catch fool you. He's so far down Romo's progressions you may never see him again.
TE Jason Witten S2

You may be looking at the biggest benefactor of the missing Terry Glenn. Witten had his way with the Giants' defense last week, leading the team in both receptions and yardage (6-116, 1TD). With just Crayton and Hurd as his options outside of Owens look for Romo to keep going Witten's way often.

Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green X

Green was efficient last week but the Dolphins passing game just isn't going to support a viable fantasy QB this season. There will be some opportunities down field this week against a banged up Dallas secondary, but he'll also be under great pressure from the very strong Cowboy defensive front.

RB

Ronnie Brown

S3

Like the rest of the Dolphins offense, Brown didn't look good last week. He got only 11 carries but was productive as a receiver, catching six balls for 40 yards. Brown averaged just 2.9 YPC, but Chatman averaged only 2.1. Chatman also pulled up lame with a bruised knee that could slow him. Look for Brown to bounce back with a solid game against a Dallas defense that surrendered 6.0 YPC on the ground last week.

RB Jesse Chatman B Received only 7 carries to Brown's 11 last week and was far less effective with them. He also fumbled once and suffered a bruised knee that may limit him this weekend.
WR Chris Chambers S2

Looked good last week going 6-92 on an otherwise forgetful day for the Dolphins offense. The banged up Dallas secondary got smoked by Burress and Toomer last week and it's not looking good for the return of CB Newman. Expect a nice game from Chambers in this matchup.

WR Marty Booker B Booker was a nice outlet receiver for Green last week but was unable to generate much production, catching only half the balls that came his way and ending the day 3-20. Look for about the same this weekend.
WR Ted Ginn Jr. B

No catches last week. That may have something to do with not a single pass going his way. Just a return man for now.

TE David Martin B

Well as predicted the Miami tight end came through last week. Problem is it was the WRONG TE. Backup Peelle caught the only Dolphin touchdown.The Miami TE will continue to get looks this season. But if they are going to be split between Martin and Peelle neither will have fantasy value.

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