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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)
 
New York Jets (0-1) at Baltimore (0-0) Back to top
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kellen Clemens B

Pennington looks to sit this game out with an ankle sprain and the Jets faithful will get what they want - Clemens. Too bad it's on the road against the Ravens.

RB Thomas Jones B

Jones under performed in his Jets debut last week, averaging just 3.0 YPC against a strong New England defense. Last week the even stronger Baltimore defense held the always productive Rudi Johnson to just 2.8 YPC. Don't expect much out of Jones this week.

WR Laveranues Coles S2 Clemens may be the future in New York, but the now is on the road in Baltimore. The passing game will struggle but about the only good matchup the Jets have Sunday will be Coles with struggling CB Rolle.
WR Jerricho Cotchery B

The Clemens led passing game will be limited and the young QB will look to lean on his experienced WR Coles and his more favorable matchup.

TE Chris Baker B

Actually had two catches last week and does serve as an outlet at times. This week however he'll spend most of the game providing protection for his young QB.

Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller U

McNair will likely sit this one out, making way for the return of Boller to the starting lineup. With a solid running game behind him and a highly suspect New York secondary in front of him, look for Boller to make a little noise this weekend.

RB Willis McGahee S2

The Ravens made a mistake not pounding the ball more last week and they will not make that mistake again against a Jets defense that gave up 131 yards and a score in week one. Baltimore would be foolish to not give McGahee at least 25 carries in this matchup, taking the pressure off of new-old starting QB Boller.

WR Derrick Mason S3

The reports of Mr. Mason's demise appear to be mistaken. Only two receivers in the league were targeted more than Mason last week. He'll remain an active part of the passing attack even with the change-up at quarterback.

WR Mark Clayton B Clayton didn't start last week and is still limited due to his toe injury. Williams is close to locking down the starting spot with Mason so Clayton may be done as a viable fantasy WR.
WR Demetrius Williams U

Williams is really coming on and playing well. With Clayton slowed he's starting now and may not let that job go this season. That's important to his fantasy value because the Ravens rarely run 3-WR sets, so starting is key. He now just needs to become a more consistent pass catcher.

TE

Todd Heap

S2 Didn't put up great numbers last week but had a couple of TD opportunities late in the game. Boller loves to throw to his big tight end.
 
Oakland (0-1) at Denver (1-0) Back to top
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper B

After just one week of promise with McCown at QB the Raiders have to turn to the continually disappointing Culpepper. Look for at least two interceptions against the Denver secondary.

RB Lamont Jordan   S2

Jordan looked good last week behind what may be shaping up to an improved offensive line in Oakland. Having an offense that isn't stuck in the 60's helps also. Look for Jordan to have another busy and productive afternoon facing a Denver defensive front that's struggling to stop the run consistently.

WR Jerry Porter   B

Porter got back on the field last week but was a forgotten man, catching just two passes for 26 yards. Only backup TE Madsen was targeted fewer times than Porter's three. Things should improve for Porter, but only after his meeting with Bailey and Bly this weekend.

WR Ronald Curry B

One game doesn't mean a trend is coming, but wow - Curry looked very good week one and was McCown's favorite target. Unfortunately with the QB switch that could quickly change - making Curry a risky start this week against a very stingy Broncos secondary.

TE Zack Miller B

The rookie TE is splitting time with John Madsen, killing any of the slight fantasy value he may have had. But the Raiders really like this kid so he will get more targets than Madsen each week.

Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler S2

Cutler is showing some gunslinger mentality, which can be good and bad. It was good enough last week for a 300-yard game and winning drive. Oakland's stingy pass defense numbers last season were bolstered by teams being able to run the ball down their throat all day. They gave up 289 yards and 3 TD's last week to Detroit and Cutler could put up similar numbers Sunday at home. Well... maybe only two touchdowns.

RB Travis Henry S1

Showed no signs of the slight preseason knee injury last week, putting up 183 total yards on 26 touches. Look for more of the same this week only with a touchdown.

WR Javon Walker S2

Led all receivers with 15 targets last week and looks to be the go-to guy in the Denver passing game as expected. Difficult matchup with the solid CB duo of Asomugha and Washington keep him from S1 status this week.

WR Brandon Marshall   B

Well it only took one game this season for Marshall to have an impact. His combination of size and speed will make him a prime red-zone target for Cutler. The youngster will have a tough go of it this weekend however against the excellent Oakland CB tandem.

WR Brandon Stokley B If he stays healthy Stokley will play a key role in the Broncos passing game this season as he has a knack for the critical catch when called on. Running at the #3 WR spot in this offense however won't produce fantasy worthy numbers.
TE Daniel Graham B

Graham has established himself as the starter but any consistent fantasy value will be diminished by the increased play of Scheffler.

 

Kansas City (0-1) at Chicago (0-1)

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Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard B

Huard may not even be a fantasy starter against the worst defense in the league. Chicago on the road? Forget it!

RB Larry Johnson S3

As feared Johnson had a light game in week one, carrying the rock only 10 times. A lot of that did have to do with the Chiefs falling behind and he did add 7 catches for 44 yards. But this falling behind thing may be a continuing issue. It's hard to keep running the ball when you are down 14+ points. Making matters even worse is this road matchup with the Bears, who held LT to just 25 yards rushing last week.

WR Samie Parker
Dwayne Bowe
B

The Chiefs best receiver, Kennison, pulled a hamstring last week and is out. That leaves the average Parker and raw rookie Bowe to deal with the tough Chicago secondary.

TE Tony Gonzalez S2

There's a ray of hope in this fantasy nightmare. It's a dim ray, but still. The Bears had little success slowing down Gates last week, which you would hope would bode well for Gonzo. The Chargers had more offensive talent to deal with, but the situation this week is fairly similar.

Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rex Grossman B

Should bounce back with a solid performance this week at home, but he's still not a fantasy starter.

RB Cedric Benson S2

Well, round one of put up or shut up time goes to shut up. Is is just me or does Benson not even look like he wants to run hard. Yeah the Chargers have a stout defense, but come on. Show me something. Anything. Backup Peterson gained almost as many yards on 12 fewer carries last week. Okay, on to round two and the undersized Kansas City defensive front. This matchup dictates success for Benson and the running game. But I have my reservations.

RB Adrian Peterson B The "other" Adrian Peterson may also be working his way into the action. He ran effectively last when when Benson couldn't. It wouldn't surprise me to see Peterson start getting a dozen touches a week if Benson doesn't get his act together soon.
WR Muhsin Muhammad B

The inconsistent play at quarterback, his aging and the emergence of the talented Berrian don't bode well for Muhammad. Look for him to struggle again this weekend.

WR Bernard Berrian S2

If Berrian can produce when his QB completes only 12 passes he should do just fine this week against the aging and ineffective CB duo of Law and Surtain.

TE Desmond Clark

U

One thing that can help cure inconsistent play at quarterback is a big reliable target like Clark. He will begin losing playing time once Olsen returns from injury, but he may sneak a touchdown in this week in full-time duty.

 

San Diego (1-0) at New England (1-0)

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San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers B Rivers looked pretty shaky last week against Chicago. Life doesn't get any easier this week on the road. New England will have all kinds of blitz packages and coverage schemes planed for the youngster.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 Even when the run was shut down LT found a way to produce fantasy points for his owners. The true definition of a fantasy stud.
WR Vincent Jackson   U

Jackson played well last week and Rivers is looking his way. His size and speed make him a challenge in coverage. If the Chargers can work him against the overmatched CB Hobbs he should be able to produce enough to warrant sleeper status again this week.

WR Malcolm Floyd
Craig Davis
B Floyd didn't see much action last week and Davis was the only wideout other than Jackson to have a pass come his way. Neither are fantasy options.
TE Antonio Gates S1

The Patriots will do a much better job of handling the big tight end down field. But Gates is still Gates - an every week fantasy starter.

New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S2

The "spy-less" Brady faces a difficult challenge this week. He's not going to be able to sit back in the pocket and read the Sunday Globe this week. The Chargers will be coming after him hard. He'll need to rely more on the short passing game with a few deep balls thrown into the mix.

RB Laurence Maroney S3

Maroney did not produce last week in a good matchup. Backup Morris ran with more power and purpose and pounder Evans took the goal-line carries and scored. Don't be surprised if this trend doesn't continue. It's New England after all. Without a full load of carries and come catches out of the backfield (he had none last week) Maroney's fantasy value takes a hit on top of the already big hit its taking against the Chargers defense this week.

WR Randy Moss S2 Well the risk paid off big for those Moss owners that started him last week. Now it's all down hill from here. Seriously - do you think Moss will put up 183 and a touchdown every week? Or even any other week? Odds are slim. No single receiver is going to be allowed to dominate the New England passing game. Plug Moss into your lineup. You have to. But don't be surprised when he's not the top producing Patriot receiver on Sunday.
WR Donte' Stallworth U

Stallworth has proven to be a very slow healer over his career and that may have had something to do with his lack of snaps last week. The Patriots may be taking it easy with him since they have plenty of other talent at wideout. Look for them to work him into the mix more Sunday night and for him to surprise with a long touchdown.

WR Wes Welker S2

Welker picked up right where he left off last season, going 6-61 and a score. He was targeted as often as Moss (9 times) and Brady is going to find this guy every week regardless of opponent.

TE Ben Watson B

Don't expect a repeat performance from Watson this weekend. His blocking will be needed against the very aggressive San Diego defensive front.

 

Washington (1-0) at Philadelphia (0-1)

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Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

The Redskins ran the ball 37 times in the opener and they threw the ball 21 times. The team is taking it easy on the inexperienced Campbell and that will surely continue this week against the blitz-happy Eagles.

RB Clinton Portis S3 Ran strong in the opener and showed no ill effects of the preseason knee problems. He did however split the carries right down the middle with Betts, but was much more effective running the ball. This is no easy task this week facing a strong Philly defense that held the Packers to just 48 yards rushing week one.
RB Ladell Betts S3 If week one was any indication Betts will get his fair share of opportunities. He's an iffy fantasy proposition each week however because of his part-time status in the backfield.
WR Santana Moss S3

Moss struggled last season against Philly, totaling just 61 yards on five catches. Look for the Redskins to get him more involved this week. He catches a break as tough CB Sheppard will miss this matchup due to injury.

WR Antwaan Randle El B Calm down everyone. Randle El is a constant tease. He started the 2005 season strong only to fizzle after a couple of games. 2006 was a complete fizzle with only a single game with more than 53 yards. Moss is not going to remain silent in this offense. I'd make Antwaan do it again before anointing him a fantasy starter.
TE Chris Cooley S2

Cooley was very quiet last week, catching only a single ball for 10 yards. The Redskins need him more involved in the short passing game this week to help relieve the heavy pressure QB Campbell will be under.

Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2

The passing game struggled a bit last week against a tough Packers defense. Washington doesn't present such a difficult matchup and is a familiar opponent. Last year McNabb put up 257 yards and two TD's in his only meeting with the Redskins.

RB Brian Westbrook S1

Even against a strong defense last week Westbrook found a way to produce through his heavy use in the passing game. That will always be the case for Philly. He was targeted 12 times by McNabb. More than any other running back and twice any Eagles receiver.

WR Reggie Brown S3

Brown, along with the rest of the Philly passing game, was mostly ineffective last week. This week should play out differently however. Look for both Brown and ...

WR

Kevin Curtis

S3

... Curtis to put together solid performances against a Washington secondary that has corners they can beat with their speed and safeties that are great in run support but a liability in coverage.

TE L.J. Smith U

Played well last week and appears to be close to fully recovered from his preseason groin injury. The Redskins safeties love to play aggressive against the run. This should open up the middle of the field for McNabb to work the ball to Smith.

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