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Start/Bench List - Week 5
Whitney Walters
October 4, 2007
Sunday Early
Sunday Early
Sunday Early
Sunday Late
Sunday Night
Sunday Late
Bye Week
Monday Night
CIN, MIN
OAK, PHI
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)
 
Jacksonville (2-1) at Kansas City (2-2) Back to top
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

Garrard and company go on the road this week against a Chiefs pass defense that ranks #5 in the NFL and has allowed just two touchdowns. Those numbers have been built on some pretty poor passing attacks however - CHI, MIN and SD in the past three week. Garrard's fantasy potential is helped by his running ability and that pushes him slightly into the borderline starter category this week.

RB Fred Taylor S3

The Jags running game is pretty average this season but producing enough to support a nice fantasy back. There are two problems though. One is QB Garrard running for over 30 YPG. The second is the split backfield. Taylor will continue to generate decent rushing yards against KC but he rarely helps his numbers out with receiving opportunities. Those are all going to MJD.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

S3

MJD is off to a slow start this season - rushing for only 100 yards on 33 carries. Starter Taylor has been more effective running the ball. With the split backfield and a good running quarterback look for the numbers to remain about what they have been in this matchup with an average KC run defense. What also remains the same is the upside here with the big play abilities and catches out of the backfield.

WR Matt Jones B

On the outs with his head coach and deactivated in the Jags last game. Reports are that he and Jack Del Rio have made nice and Jones will be back on the playing field this week. Jones continues to be a disappointment both for the Jags and for fantasy owners. You should make him prove his worth before he come off your bench.

WR Dennis Northcutt S3

Northcutt has been a great pickup for the Jags and is their leading receiver. That's not saying much in this passing attack but it's worth a look if you need a bye week or injury fill-in, especially in PPR leagues.

WR Ernest Wilford B Just not getting the attention in this passing attack. He's technically the starter but rotates with backups Jones and Williams.
WR Reggie Williams U

Garrard has thrown only three touchdowns this year and two have gone to Williams. The team likes his size and play-making ability more than they like the size and play-making abilities of their other tall timber WR's Wilford and Jones.

TE Marcedes Lewis B

Lewis had only 13 catches in his rookie season but is off to a solid start with nine through three game. He's a talented pass catcher and Garrard is consistently looking his way. Just not enough to warrant much fantasy attention.

Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard B

Huard's numbers are improving each week but that trend will likely come to an end Sunday. Look for Huard to struggle all afternoon against a Jacksonville defense that's #1 against QB's - allowing only 167 passing YPG and just a single score so far this season.

RB Larry Johnson S2

Fantasy owners may start to breath a little easier now as LJ got over the 100-yard hump last week against a solid SD defense. Granted his stats were boosted by a 37-yard run as the team ran out the clock. But hey, those yards count the same as the other 86 he had. Since getting pounded in week one the Jags have allowed just 65 YPG rushing, so this is another tough matchup for Johnson as he slowly works his way back to fantasy studdom.

WR Dwayne Bowe S3

The rookie pulled in his third TD in as many games last week and was the only Chiefs wide receiver to catch a pass. QB Huard has come to rely on his size and athletic abilities much as he and other KC QB's have with Gonzalez over the years. Jacksonville presents a very tough matchup but you have to ride the hot hand.

WR Eddie Kennison B May return to action this week but if he does his playing time will be limited.
WR Samie Parker B

Parker has just a single catch in the past two games and has fallen off the fantasy map.

TE Tony Gonzalez S2

Still losing some looks to backup Kris Wilson due to the ineptitude of the receiving options in Kansas City, but he still presents the best fantasy option on this team right now.

 
Miami (0-4) at Houston (2-2) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Green S3

Green followed up three nice games with a stinker last week. He's now thrown seven interceptions in the last three games. Houston can be thrown on and the way the Miami defense is playing they will likely need to play catch-up all day. Green is probably good for 250 yards and a score or two. A decent bye week fill in if you need one.

RB

Ronnie Brown

S2

Brown is on a torrid two game pace right now - averaging over 200 total yards and two TD's a game. His six catches in three of four games are a nice bonus in PPR leagues. Houston will present a challenge this week. They rank 6th against the run and only one back (Addai) has rushed for more than 62 yards against them.

WR Chris Chambers S2

Disappeared last week with the rest of the Dolphins passing attack. Should bounce back this week against an average Houston secondary that's surrendered multi-touchdown efforts to a wideout twice in four games.

WR Marty Booker S3 Booker should get back to his normal possession receiver role this week. He has a very nice matchup advantage against the terrible CB Faggins.
TE David Martin B

Two of QB Green's touchdowns have good to the tight end so far. Problem is both have gone to backup Peelle.

Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub B

Despite the loss of many of his weapons Schaub has played well through the first quarter of the season. In this matchup however look for him to take a back seat to the running game and for his numbers to decline.

RB Ahman Green X

This would be a great matchup for Green but his troublesome knee may keep him out another week. At best he may see a very limited workload this weekend.

RB Ron Dayne S2

Dayne only got 15 carries as a starter last week but in this matchup you could easily see him add 10 to that total. Through three games the Miami run defense has struggled and last week they imploded against the Raiders. Look for Houston to stay close in this matchup and pound the ball on Miami all afternoon.

WR Andre' Davis U

Davis made the most of his starting opportunity last week with 117 yards, a touchdown and a couple of spectacular catches. He'll get another chance this week as Johnson, Jones and Mathis are expected to remain out. Not as good a matchup as last week but he's worth a shot if you need help at WR.

WR Kevin Walter B

The only four week starting WR finally broke into the box score last week with a nice 6-77 effort. It was the first game in which Walter got more than a couple looks from Schaub. A good sign but odds are his looks will go back down this week as the Texans will focus on the running game.

TE Owen Daniels S2

Daniels continues to benefit from the injuries at wide receiver. After an invisible week one his 17 catches over the past three games is second only to Gates. Now it's time to find the end-zone.

 
Detroit (3-1) at Washington (2-1) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna is piloting the top passing offense in the league and only Favre is throwing the ball more per game. The Redskins have a solid pass defense so don't expect more than Kitna's average game - about 300 yards and 2 TD's. This team just needs to protect Kitna better for him to continue on what could be a career year. He's been sacked a league leading 18 times in four games.

RB Kevin Jones B The good news is that Jones split the workload last week and looked good, scoring his second touchdown in as many weeks. The bad news is that the Detroit running game is one of the worst in the league right now. Look for that to improve now that Jones is back, but this is a pass-first team with a WR corps overflowing with talent.
RB Tatum Bell B

With Jones back Bell's limited fantasy value takes a big hit. Jones should be in game shape soon with Bell relegated to change-of-pace duty.

WR Roy Williams S1

The ball was spread around pretty good last week against the injury depleted but still tough Chicago defense. Still led the team with six catches and he remains an every week start.

WR Mike Furrey S3

The past six quarters without #3 Calvin Johnson have been very telling. Even with Johnson out Furrey's production as a starter remained constant. Through four games he's had either 6 or 7 looks and five catches in each. Not spectacular numbers but consistent production can be a valuable fantasy asset during the bye weeks.

WR Calvin Johnson S2 Expected to return to action this week and should continue his fine play against opposing nickel and dime coverages.
WR Shaun McDonald S3

Most teams in the NFL don't have more than two quality coverage cornerbacks. That is typically balanced out by most teams not having great talent beyond their #2 WR. Not so in Detroit. McDonald continues to take advantage of his matchups with nickel and dime cornerbacks. It will be no different this week against Washington.

Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell U

Campbell has played well through three games but his numbers are not that great. That may change this week. The Lions have a way of bringing out big performances from opposing QB's thanks to a suspect defense and an offense that forces you to put up points. The one downside this week is the possible loss of WR Moss. Backups Lloyd and Thrash are huge drop offs in talent.

RB Clinton Portis X

High risk alert. Reports out of Washington have Portis' knee flaring up again and his playing status this week is in question. Even if he does play his workload might take a hit. He's only carrying the ball 16 times a game as it is. Too bad since this is a nice matchup.

RB Ladell Betts S2

This may be the week all those handcuffers and handcuff preventers have been waiting for. With Portis possibly sidelined Betts may return to full-time duty this weekend against a Detroit run defense that has allowed five RB rushing TD's. Only the Rams have allowed more with six.

WR Santana Moss X

Like Portis, Moss' playing status is in question this week. And also like Portis it's the potential loss of a great matchup. Early week reports are that he "should" be able to play Sunday, but hamstring injuries are very limiting for WR's. Keep an eye on his status. If he plays then he's a play for your fantasy team.

WR Antwaan Randle El S2 Randle El is off to one of the best starts in his career. Even if Moss plays this week there should be plenty of down field action in this matchup to make him a solid fantasy start. If Moss is a scratch then his potential is even greater.
TE Chris Cooley S2

Cooley's numbers are being hurt this season by the need for his pass blocking support due to the injuries along the offensive line. But he's still found the end-zone twice and has a nice chemistry with QB Campbell

 

Atlanta (1-3) at Tennessee (2-1)

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Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B

After being sacked 13 times in the first two games, Harrington has been protected well (three sacks in the past two games) and has stepped his game up as a result. The Titans pressure the quarterback well and have a very solid secondary. Harrington's numbers will take a hit this weekend on the road.

RB Warrick Dunn
B

Dunn continues to get the bulk of the carries despite his low 3.5 YPC average through four games. Tennessee allows the fewest carries per game and the second fewest rushing yards per game. It will be tough sledding for Dunn this week on the road.

RB Jerious Norwood B

Doesn't matter how talented he is, if he's not going to get the touches (only nine a game so far) you are not going to produce. He's worth stashing on your bench for a while given Dunn's age, but is only real fantasy value now is as a Dunn handcuff. This despite the fact that he's averaging 5.7 yards per touch to Dunn's 3.6.

WR Roddy White S3

White continues to play well and get looks from Harrington. He remains the most startable fantasy receiver in a Falcons uniform. Tough matchup this weekend with the Tennessee secondary, but he'll still get enough production to warrant a borderline start as a bye week / injury fill-in.

WR Michael Jenkins B

My my, how quickly your fantasy fortunes can change. With the team sticking with Horn as the starter it allows the Falcons to work the talented buy disappointing Jenkins in matchup advantages with nickel coverages. His size makes him a good red-zone target so he should score more this season. But a viable fantasy starter most weeks? No. Too many other options in the passing game for the #3 WR to have much of an impact.

WR Joe Horn B Still starting for the Falcons but he's clearly lost a step and is not getting it done for Harrington.
TE Alge Crumpler S2

Tight ends have performed well against Tennessee through three games so look for Crumpler to keep his fantasy startable pace going despite this difficult matchup for the Falcons.

Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young S3

So far this season Young isn't having much of an impact running the ball, hurting his fantasy value. But his play in the passing game is improving and he gets a decent matchup this week. He's at home and has had two weeks to prepare for a so-so Falcons pass defense.

RB LenDale White S2

Before the off week White tallied his second NFL touchdown and has established himself as the lead back in the league's #2 run offense. He is also second in the league in red-zone and goal-line carries with only three games played. The Falcons struggle to stop the run so this is a very nice matchup for him. The downside? The Titans appear committed to getting backup Brown about 40% of the workload each game.

RB Chris Brown B

After tearing it up in week one Brown has gone 12-34 and 11-38 in his last two games. The team has committed to White as the starter and for now he's responding. Look for Brown to continue to get about 10-12 carries a game, making his only fantasy impact the fact that he'll cut into White's value.

WR Brandon Jones
Roydell Williams
U

Jones and Williams have distanced themselves from the rest of the WR pack in Tennessee. Jones brings good run after the catch ability to the table and Williams has emerged as the team's best deep threat. Both have some upside potential in this matchup, but it's pretty shaky. Only plug them into your lineup if desperate.

TE Bo Scaife S3

After struggling for two weeks Scaife got into the action against New Orleans before the bye. Scaife's production should continue to improve along with Young's improved play.

 
Arizona (2-2) at St. Louis (0-4) Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Leinart B

We are now two weeks into the two-QB system in Arizona and Leinart's fantasy value is in the tank. He had 53 yards at BAL and 93 yards against PIT. He may see the most action this weekend with the much easier matchup with St. Louis, but with Warner in the mix there is no way Leinart should even sniff your starting lineup.

QB Kurt Warner B The two-quarterback system is alive and well in Arizona and Warner has reaped the most fantasy reward so far. Look for that trend to reverse this week as the Rams present a matchup Leinart should have a much easier time with.
RB Edgerrin James S1

Two brutal matchups are behind James and now he faces the league's #29 run defense that has surrendered a league high seven rushing touchdowns. Look for 25-plus touches and his best game of the season so far.

WR Anquan Boldin X May not return to action this week but his status is still up in the air. A specialist gave him no bad news this week on his hip. If he plays he's in your lineup against a St. Louis team in real trouble.
WR Larry Fitzgerald S1 No matter who's playing quarterback Fitzgerald is getting his numbers. Something he's very used to also doing against the Rams defense. If Boldin is unable to go his value increases.
TE Leonard Pope B Last week for Pope on this list unless he actually does something. Catches through four games: 3-1-0-0.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Gus Frerotte B

The Rams will turn to their backup in order to let Bulger's broken ribs heal. Frerotte knows Linehan's system since he played for him as OC in Miami, so there shouldn't be much of a drop off in play from the position. Problem is the current play from the position is terrible. Don't count on more than slight improvement behind an offensive line that lost another lineman last week.

RB Brian Leonard B

Through three games Jackson averaged 3.4 YPC. In Leonard's first NFL start he averaged 3.6. About what you'd expect running behind an offensive line decimated by injury. It won't get any easier this week against a surprisingly solid Arizona run defense. They've held their own against Gore, Alexander, McGahee and Parker so far.

WR Torry Holt S3

As poorly as this passing game is playing the only fantasy option worth starting will be Holt. He remains the top target and most productive receiver.

WR Isaac Bruce B

Not going to get it done with the Rams offense falling apart. Will also be slowed this week by a hamstring injury.

WR Drew Bennett B Bennett may move into the starting lineup Sunday if Bruce can't go because of the hamstring. No matter. Outside of Holt this team should be avoided.
TE Randy McMichael B

With the offensive line woes, McMichael spends most passing plays helping out with quarterback protection.

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