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Start/Bench List - Week 3
Whitney Walters
September 20, 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)
 
Miami (0-2) at New York Jets (0-2) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S3

Green had his second efficient game in a row last week putting up nearly 300 yards and two TD's. The Jets' weak pass defense gave up 185 yards and two touchdowns to Boller last week and Green should have little trouble matching or besting those numbers. He makes a borderline start this week if you need help at QB.

RB

Ronnie Brown

B

11-32 in week one and 11-33 in week two. Wow. This running game is in trouble. Backup Chatman is stealing some carries but Brown remains the primary back for Miami. He hasn't looked that bad, but there's just little running room and the team seems more comfortable throwing the ball. They have a league low 41 carries through two games. The Jets do not have a good run defense, but it's difficult to recommend anyone in the Miami backfield ...

RB Jesse Chatman B ... including Chatman, even though he seems to get some production receiving the ball.
WR Chris Chambers S2

Looking good this season and is locked in as Green's primary down field target. Through two games only two receivers in the league have more targets. The Dolphins will continue throwing the ball in this matchup and will look to work Chambers against the struggling CB Barrett who has been picked on often so far this season.

WR Marty Booker U Booker has developed a nice rhythm with Green and is a nice outlet for him when Chambers isn't open down field. As with Chambers - will find an advantage when matched up against the weak link in the Jets' secondary, CB Barrett.
WR Ted Ginn Jr. B

No catches through two weeks.

TE David Martin B

Martin saw all the action last week and didn't see his numbers cut into by backup Peelle. The TE just doesn't play enough of a role in the Miami passing game to make Martin a viable fantasy starter.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington U Early word is that Pennington's ankle will not be 100% but he'll most likely be back in the starting lineup this weekend. Typically plays well against the Dolphins and has good matchups to exploit down field with his wideouts.
RB Thomas Jones S2

Ran tough last week but managed only 67 yards against the very stout Baltimore defense. The going will be much easier this week facing a Miami run defense that ranks next to last after two weeks - allowing 178 YPG on the ground.

WR Laveranues Coles S2 Both Coles and ...
WR Jerricho Cotchery S2

... Cotchery should continue their fine play against the overmatched Miami secondary.

TE Chris Baker B

Baker may have snuck into the end-zone with his single catch last week, but he's not a fantasy starter... ever.

 
San Diego (1-1) at Green Bay (2-0) Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers B Continues to look very shaky and until improvement is shown he's on your bench.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 The Green Bay defense is solid - but Westbrook put up 131 yards on them in week one and Ward put up 125 last week. LT has GOT to get it going this week... right?!?! The possible loss of starting G Olivea isn't going to make it easier.
WR Vincent Jackson   B

Jackson has tons of talent and is playing well. Until this offense and the passing game get going however he's useless to fantasy owners. Especially facing the experienced and very good CB duo of Woodson and Harris.

WR Malcolm Floyd
Craig Davis
B The rookie Davis is technically the starter but both he and Floyd are equally ineffective on the field. The pair have just three catches between them through two games.
TE Antonio Gates S1

Gates represents the only fantasy value on this team through two horrible games. Keep him in your lineup no matter what.

Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S3

With the running game stuck in low gear the offense is once again resting on Favre's shoulders. Something he's very accustomed to. Brady torched the Chargers' secondary last week but Favre has fewer weapons to work with and San Diego will be looking to redeem themselves. Favre is just a borderline starter this weekend and will be under pressure all afternoon.

RB Brandon Jackson   B

So far Jackson has not lived up to the pre-season billing. His inability to produce led to fellow rookie Wynn getting 10 carries last week. Look for Wynn to get even more Sunday against San Diego, virtually killing any fantasy value Jackson was hanging on to.

RB DeShawn Wynn B Jackson's ineffectiveness has opened the door for fellow rookie Wynn, who looks like the better runner of the two at this point. He averaged 5.0 YPC last week but that was aided by 38 of his 50 yards coming on a single run. The running game will continue to struggle and with Morency coming back this could be a three-headed affair best avoided by fantasy owners.
RB Vernand Morency B If all goes well this week in practice he may see some limited action Sunday.
WR Donald Driver S2

Driver is Favre's #1 option with a bullet. The Chargers will put the best they have on him, CB Jammer. Won't slow him down a bit.

WR Ruvell Martin B

Martin didn't get a single look last week as the tight ends were the better option given the defensive matchups. When Jennings returns from his hamstring injury Martin will be even less of a factor.

WR James Jones S3

The promising rookie is getting good looks from Favre and draws the very beatable CB Florence this weekend. A risky start however given the pressure Favre will be under.

TE Donald Lee
Bubba Franks
B Both tight ends produced last week which is a rarity. Lee is the starter and the better of the two at this point, but Franks will continue to be a factor, limiting both's fantasy value. The production just won't be consistent enough to consider either as a starter.
 
San Francisco (2-0) at Pittsburgh (2-0) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Alex Smith B

Smith and the Niners passing attack are just not getting it done. Only Buffalo is worse after two weeks. Don't look for much of a bounce back on the road in Pittsburgh.

RB Frank Gore S2

The Niners running game continues to struggle. Over half of Gore's production last week came on a single 43-yard TD run. This week they get their toughest matchup so far against an aggressive Pittsburgh defensive front that's allowed just 74 YPG on the ground and on touchdowns. San Francisco will continue to feed him the ball, but success will be limited without a passing attack that can stretch the field.

WR Darrell Jackson B

With the San Francisco passing game struggling like it is you can't rely on either Jackson or ...

WR Arnaz Battle B

... Battle as fantasy options.

TE Vernon Davis S3

Davis is the most talented option they have in the passing attack and creates matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. Getting him the ball just two times last week is inexcusable. Look for San Fran to look Davis' way more often this weekend, but the tough matchup with the Steelers' linebackers and safeties make him an iffy starter.

Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S2

Big Ben won't have it quite so easy this weekend against an improved San Francisco defense. Even so he has the weapons in the passing game to beat the Niners who gave up big production to Bulger last week.

RB Willie Parker S1

Parker has torn it up against two inferior opponents but faces a bit more of a challenge this week against the visiting Niners. Starting backs have averaged just 76 yards against their solid defensive front. Does that mean you sit Parker? Heck no! Could have a big game catching dump-offs out of the backfield.

WR Hines Ward S2 Other than Bruce last week the Niners reworked secondary has done a good job of limiting opposing receivers. With the strong Steelers running game to deal with there will likely be plenty of openings for both Ward and ...
WR Santonio Holmes S2

... Holmes down field.

WR Nate Washington U #3 WR Washington snuck in with some production last week, leading the team in receiving. Could sneak in again this week as he holds a great matchup advantage over nickel CB Spencer.
TE Heath Miller B

Three of Roethlisberger's five touchdowns so far have gone to the tight end. Unfortunately for Miller owners two of those have gone to rarely used backup Matt Spaeth.

 

Buffalo (0-2) at New England (2-0)

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Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman B

The league's worst passing offense goes on the road to face one of the league's top pass defenses. In his last three games against New England Losman has averaged just 180 YPG and thrown only one TD and four interceptions.

RB Marshawn Lynch B

The impressive rookie continues his campaign against the toughest run schedule of any back this season on the road in #1 New England. Even if he's able to keep his fine play going and find some success running the ball in this matchup, his carries are likely to be limited when the Bills fall way behind in this game and are forced to throw the ball.

WR Lee Evans B

As goes Losman, so goes the rest of the passing attack. In the past four meetings with the Patriots, Evans has averaged only 33 YPG and hasn't scored.

WR Peerless Price
Roscoe Parrish
Josh Reed
B Parrish is actually the Bills leading receiver at this point, going 8-81 through two games. Price has been a non-factor and Reed is battling a thigh injury.
TE Robert Royal B A catch a week... that's all you'll get.
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S1

The injury depleted Buffalo secondary will simply be torched by Brady and company this weekend.

RB Laurence Maroney S2

Time for Mr. Maroney to get it going against one of the league's weakest run defenses. The Bills have given up 139 yards to Henry and 126 yards to Parker. If the Patriots are willing to give Maroney 25 carries he'll put up equal numbers. That's the rub on this potential big game. They've been giving 10 carries a game to backup Morris.

WR Randy Moss S1 It's not likely that this fantasy party will last all season, but while the festivities are in full swing you might as well sit back and enjoy.
WR Donte' Stallworth B

With Moss, Welker and Watson running wild in the secondary there really is no need for the hamstrung Stallworth. He seems to be a forgotten option.

WR Wes Welker S2

Welker is hanging with Moss almost catch for catch. In a PPR league he makes a great WR2 because he'll be cranking out fantasy points consistently every week.

TE Ben Watson S2

Watson doesn't get the looks the premier tight ends get each week but he makes the most of them. He's only one of three tight ends with a touchdown in each of the first two games of the season. The only downside this week is that the Bills are so bad the running game and Moss/Welker may hog all the production.

 
Minnesota (1-1) at Kansas City (0-2) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tarvaris Jackson B

Playing poorly and dinged up last week with a groin injury. He's expected to play this week but he won't be 100% and is nowhere close to a fantasy factor.

RB Chester Taylor B

As expected the Vikings deactivated Taylor last week, giving him more time to heal. There is no early word on his playing status for this weekend. Even if he plays it will be limited.

RB Adrian Peterson S2 Likely to get the start again this week with Taylor being brought along slowly. The Chiefs haven't allowed a rushing touchdown but they surrender 108 YPG on the ground. With the struggles in the Vikings' passing attack Peterson has become the leading receiver for the team.
WR Bobby Wade
Troy Williamson
Robert Ferguson
Sidney Rice
B Simply put the Vikings receivers are a complete mess. Ferguson got into the mix last week and ended up leading the team with 9 looks. Rice was invisible and Williamson pulled up lame with hamstring problems. Someone may emerge from this group as a fantasy factor, but for now stay away.
TE Vishante Shiancoe B

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

Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard B

Huard hasn't mustered much in his first two starts of the season and don't expect much improvement this week. Put him down for another two interceptions against the aggressive Vikings defense.

RB Larry Johnson S2

Be afraid. Be very afraid. After taking it easy on LJ in week one the Chiefs got him just 16 carries last week. Problem is it's hard to feed your stud back the ball when you are constantly playing from behind or are in 3rd and long situations. Despite this look for Johnson to bounce back this week. The Vikings defense is just average against the run and their offense isn't clicking enough to run away with this game. LJ should get over 20 carries this week and produce decent fantasy numbers.

WR Samie Parker
Dwayne Bowe
Jeff Webb
B

Rookie Bowe and second-year Webb show some potential. Too bad the Chiefs' passing game doesn't. The biggest upside here appears to be Bowe who will hang on to the starting job even after Kennison returns from injury.

TE Tony Gonzalez S2

Lost some production to backup backup Kris Wilson last week, but that isn't going to happen often. Gonzo still presents the best fantasy option on this team. Unfortunately the scoring opportunities look to be limited this season.

 
Detroit (2-0) at Philadelphia (0-2) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna could have had a 400-yard game had he not missed over half of last week's game with a concussion. He'll be back in the lineup this week in Philly. Already a man down with CB Sheppard out, the Eagles secondary will struggle against the 4-WR sets Detroit is running. If the Lions can handle the blitz Kitna should do well this week.

RB Tatum Bell B

In week one it was Duckett and in week two it was Calhoun. Week three may bring the returning Kevin Jones. Whoever it may be it's obvious that Bell is not going to get the full load. And when you are averaging a total of just 16 carries a game that doesn't leave much room for fantasy production. Catches out of the backfield will help his numbers, but this week against the blitz-happy Eagles Bell and the other backs may be called on to block more on passing downs.

RB Brian Calhoun
Kevin Jones
B

Calhoun filled in for the injured Duckett last week but it looks like the Lions will get Jones back this week for limited action. None of the Detroit backs are fantasy options at this point.

WR Roy Williams S2

The big gun in the Lions passing attack got back into the action last week. Will have his hands full with solid CB Brown but will still produce for his fantasy owners.

WR Mike Furrey B

Furrey was the odd man out again last week with the speedy McDonald finding better matchups against spread thin coverage. This could be a trend that really hurts Furrey's consistent fantasy value.

WR Calvin Johnson S2 The talented rookie only has eight catches but he's getting plenty of looks from Kitna and is matching big Roy touchdown for touchdown.
WR Shaun McDonald S3 Continues to outperform Furrey and taking full advantage of running against dime cornerbacks out of the 4-WR sets. It's hard to recommend a #4 WR as a viable fantasy starter, but he's worth a look in deeper leagues.
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S3

Two games, two poor performances. The mobility is limited and the throws are erratic. Not what most were expecting to see out of McNabb this season. Odds are it won't continue. Will McNabb get it together in this matchup? He will need to as the Detroit offense will score points on this defense. I give him a 50-50 shot.

RB Brian Westbrook S1

The Eagles offense has only scored a single touchdown so far and is struggling, but there is always one constant you can count on - Westbrook - thanks to his production in the passing game. He leads all running backs with 14 catches for 112 yards. The Lions have given up over 400 total yards to opposing backs through two games.

WR Reggie Brown B

Brown only has three catches on the season, but it's not for lack of trying. He's been targeted 14 times (second to Curtis' 16) but McNabb's scattergun of an arm is killing his fantasy value.

WR

Kevin Curtis

S3

Early indications are that Curtis is a favorite target of McNabb's. He threw his way 11 times last week but many were off-target. If McNabb can settle down there's good fantasy potential here. Until that happens Curtis is a risky fantasy proposition.

WR Jason Avant U For the second week the surprising wideout out of Michigan was the leading Eagles receiver. He also has their only passing touchdown this season. Philly does run a lot of 3-WR sets and Avant is finding matchup advantages out of the slot. This game should be no different facing CB Fisher who is a liability in coverage.
TE L.J. Smith B

The groin injury is still visibly showing Smith down and the erratic play of his quarterback isn't making matters any better.

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