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Start/Bench List - Week 6
Whitney Walters
October 11, 2007
Sunday Early
Sunday Early
Sunday Late
Bye Week
Sunday Night
BUF, DEN
DET, IND,
Monday Night
PIT, SF
 
 
 
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)
 
Washington (3-1) at Green Bay (4-1) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell X

Campbell's play continues to improve and he had his best game of the season last week. Expect a bit of a downturn this weekend. Green Bay's defense is very solid against the pass and they pressure the quarterback well. Getting Moss back this week will be a plus though.

RB Clinton Portis S2

Portis' knee appears to be okay for now and he received a season high 18 carries last week. He's not the Portis of old but has scored three of the Redskins' four rushing touchdowns this season. Remains a solid start despite facing a strong Packers run defense this week.

RB Ladell Betts B

Since his 18 touches in week one Betts has averaged just nine a game and has had zero fantasy impact. To make matters worse FB Sellers got into the action last week, getting eight touches and scoring twice. Betts is off limits now and of use only if Portis goes down.

WR Santana Moss X

Moss will be three weeks removed from the groin injury and is expected to return to action this week. Groin injuries can be very tricky and he will still be a risky play, especially against the very strong CB duo in Green Bay.

WR Antwaan Randle El X Randle El was off to a big game last week before he tweaked his hamstring. He may not play this week so like his running buddy Moss carries an injury risk and does not have a good matchup with the Packers secondary.
TE Chris Cooley S1

Cooley isn't putting up eye-popping numbers (just 10-80) but has scored a touchdown in the past three games. Green Bay has given up a 113-yard game to Gates this season and got smoked by the Chicago tight ends last week. This is a very nice matchup for Cooley and Campbell looks his way often.

Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S3

The running game may have shown some improvements last week but this is still an offense that's squarely on the shoulders of Favre. Washington poses his toughest challenge so far this season but another 300-yard game is still within reach.

RB DeShawn Wynn B

The Packers seem to have settled on a duel backfield with both Wynn and Morency. Morency is the more versatile back and a better fit for the offense, so look for Wynn's touches to stay limited as Morency's strength improves. Take away his 44-yard run last week and he only averaged 2.8 YPC.

RB Vernand Morency S3 Now that he's worked his way back into "game shape" Morency is by far the best back in a Green Bay uniform. He's a very good runner and an excellent weapon in the passing game. Look for the Packers to continue to increase his workload but for the running game to revert to its ineffective ways this weekend against the very stout Washington defensive front. A borderline starter in PPR leagues only.
WR Donald Driver S2

Favre is doing a good job of spreading the ball around this season but Driver remains his #1 target and the WR with the most consistent fantasy value. Tough matchup this week but remains a fantasy start.

WR Greg Jennings
James Jones
S3

Jennings and Jones are getting plenty of looks from Favre this season but neither has established himself as "the" #2 guy opposite Driver. Jones has the lead in catches over the past three games but not yardage or touchdowns. With Driver pulling CB Springs in coverage both Jennings and Jones can be productive against the lesser CB's Rogers and Smoot. Both carry some baggage from last week into this matchup however. Jones his two fumbles and Jennings a sprained shoulder.

TE Donald Lee
Bubba Franks
B The tight end position is alive and well in the Green Bay offense, but with both Lee and Franks seeing the action they cancel each other's fantasy value out.
 
Minnesota (1-3) at Chicago (2-3) Back to top
Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tarvaris Jackson B

Expected to return from the groin injury after almost a month's absence. Was pretty shaky before the injury and I wouldn't expect much improvement this week going against the resurgent Bears on the road.

RB Chester Taylor B

Returned to action before the bye and got eight carries. If you believe all the coach-speak from the Vikings then they will continue to split up the workload in the backfield despite the obvious big-play advantage Peterson has over Taylor. I just can't see Taylor ever getting more touches than Peterson and that makes him of limited fantasy use, especially against the Bears.

RB Adrian Peterson S3

Peterson is averaging 6.5 yards every time he touches the ball and is the only big-play weapon in the Vikings' very suspect offense. If Minnesota has any sense they will get him his touches, even with Taylor being back in the mix. Will be limited this weekend however. Chicago has had lapses against the run this season but put the clamps on Green Bay in the second half last week. Look for more of the same as they continue to get healthy.

WR Bobby Wade
Sidney Rice
B

Wade has been the most consistent of the Vikings receivers and Rice showed some flashes of talent in his six-catch effort before the bye. With Jackson back at quarterback and the Bears defense getting healthy, neither are fantasy options this weekend.

TE Vishante Shiancoe B

Shiancoe is a talented receiver and has been making plays in the passing game over the past two games. But in the first two games of the season with Jackson at quarterback he had only two catches. Jackson returns this week.

Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese U

Grossman through three games - 167 YPG, 1 TD and 6 INT's. Griese through two games - 250 YPG, 4 TD's and 4 INT's. For fantasy owners and the Bears the switch seems to be working. Chicago will have to throw the ball to move it on the Vikings and that will be a good thing for those looking for a sleeper QB to fill in on this 6-team bye week. Only two teams are giving up more passing yards than Minnesota.

RB Cedric Benson B

Benson and the Chicago running game continue to disappoint. Only once has Benson averaged over 4.0 YPC and in three of five games he's averaged under 3.0 YPC. About the only thing going for him is that he's healthy and heavily used in the offense. That isn't enough to keep him from bench status this week against the league's top run defense.

WR Muhsin Muhammad B

The aging veteran is simply not a consistent option in the passing game. Only once this season has he had more than two catches. With Griese running the offense he will be more active, but will rarely if ever warrant a fantasy start.

WR Bernard Berrian S3

Berrian provides the best matchup in the passing game this week and should be able to get open often against the struggling Vikings corners. His upside potential is limited however by the inability of his QB to throw the deep ball and the foot injury he suffered last week.

TE Desmond Clark
Greg Olsen

S3

The Griese run passing attack is relying heavily on the tight end position. Both Clark and Olsen present very talented targets and both remain viable fantasy options this week. Now that Olsen is clearly over his sprained knee look for his involvement in the passing attack to increase, costing Clark fantasy value as the season progresses.

 
Philadelphia (1-3) at N.Y. Jets (1-4) Back to top
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S1

The bye week came at a good time for the Eagles and McNabb. He should bounce back nicely in this matchup with the outmanned Jets defense. Sacks shouldn't be a problem this week as the Jets have mustered only three all season. With time in the pocket McNabb will torch the Jets secondary.

RB Brian Westbrook S1

This one is simple. The Jets defense stinks and if Westbrook plays Sunday then he plays for your fantasy team. If the abdomen injury keeps him out again then ...

RB Correll Buckhalter S1 ... plug Buckhalter in if you have him and don't give it a second thought.
WR Reggie Brown B

The underachieving Brown continues to disappoint and is averaging just 2-20 through four games. His matchup this week with CB Dyson is pretty even so don't expect much of an improvement in his numbers.

WR

Kevin Curtis

S2

Curtis' 221-yard, 3-TD game was great, but his other three outings have totaled just 102 yards and no scores. Look for the Eagles to work him in matchups with CB David Barrett who he will burn regularly.

WR Jason Avant B

The unknown Avant started the season strong but cooled quickly. His matchup out of the slot this week isn't that good.

TE L.J. Smith or
Matt Schobel
U

Smith is slated to return from his groin injury this week and makes a nice sleeper pick. The Jets will likely focus their coverage on the wideouts and backs, leaving Smith to their linebackers who are slow to react and weak in coverage. If Smith ends up sitting out another week then backup Schobel will fill in nicely for both the Eagles and your fantasy team.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington B The past two weeks has seen Pennington squander two very nice matchups. All he could muster was a 260 yard average and a single touchdown in each. At home this week to face the very aggressive Eagles. A play-action QB with no running game is not going to get much done on the field. Chad goes to your bench.
RB Thomas Jones S3

Threw the first three games Jones got the ball 21 times a game but in the last two games the Jets have given him the ball only 25 time. That can't continue if the Jets want to succeed, and they should know that. The problem for fantasy owners this week is that even if they get him 20-plus carries it's against the very strong Philly run defense.

WR Laveranues Coles
Jerricho Cotchery
S3 Coles and Cotchery remain neck-and-neck this year with the only differentiator being Coles' four touchdowns to Cotchery's zero. The Eagles are still without CB Sheppard and S Dawkins so the secondary is vulnerable. These two are the only real options in the passing game and should easily get their 6-8 catches each with one (probably Cotchery) scoring.
TE Chris Baker B

Oddly enough Baker (the one-catch wonder) has become a somewhat consistent target in the Jets passing game. The past two weeks has seen him pull in 3 catches in each game. He's likely to return to his one-catch ways this week as the Jets will need his blocking skills more than his pass catching skills against the blitzing Eagles.

 

St. Louis (0-5) at Baltimore (3-2)

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St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Gus Frerotte B

Frerotte had a good outing last week and it's highly likely he'll be the starter for at least one more game. The Ravens may have some problems with pass defense this season but that doesn't mean a Rams team with this many problems will be able to take great advantage.

RB Brian Leonard B

The offensive line got healthier last week and it showed in the running game with Leonard garnering this first 100-yard game as a pro. Don't look for a repeat against a Baltimore defense that has yet to allow an opposing back to gain over 67 yards. The Rams are also one of only two teams to have yet to rush for a touchdown.

WR Torry Holt S2

Holt remained a decent fantasy play when the offense was playing horribly. He's an even better option now that they are showing some improvement. The Ravens may get CB Rolle back this week, but he was struggling before the illness kept him out three games. Holt should be able to take him or his replacement Ivy to the house at least once.

WR Isaac Bruce B

Early indications are that the hamstring injury will keep him out another week. These injuries can linger with older players.

WR Drew Bennett B Bennett will likely start again for Bruce this week but he only has five catches in the past three games. Not a fantasy option.
TE Randy McMichael U

With the offensive line getting some bodies back McMichael was much more active in the passing game last week. His seven targets were behind only Holt and a season high. Against an aggressive Baltimore pass rush those opportunities over the middle may be there again.

Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair B

Managing the offense and that's about it. Barely getting it done for the Ravens and simply not for fantasy owners. Getting Heap back will help, but McNair's still not a good fantasy option. His skills and health have deteriorated too much.

RB Willis McGahee S2

The Rams haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher this season but have allowed a league leading six touchdowns to backs. This is the week. This is the week McGahee finally crosses the goal-line. Really. This is it.

WR Derrick Mason S2

Mason leads the league in catches and remains McNair's prime WR target down field and a consistent fantasy start each week. Has some upside this week against the very suspect St. Louis secondary.

WR Mark Clayton B

Another one-catch game last week and the passing attack seems to be leaning more Williams' way right now. There's always a chance Clayton will get it going, but for now let someone else take that chance.

WR Demetrius Williams S3

With the Ravens keeping Williams in the slot for many snaps they are finding nice matchup advantages due to his large frame and leaping ability. That will be the case again this week against the St. Louis secondary.

TE

Todd Heap

S2 Heap is expected back and if he plays then he's a fantasy start.
 
Tennessee (3-1) at Tampa Bay (3-2) Back to top
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

A struggling quarterback against one of the league's better pass defenses. Look elsewhere for fantasy help this week. Needs to get his run on in order to help fantasy owners. He leads all quarterbacks with 123 yards, but 30 a game isn't what most were counting on when they drafted Young.

RB LenDale White S2

White is struggling along with the rest of the offense. His yardage has decreased each week this season and he had a season low 12 carries last week. On the plus side Tennessee is committed to the run. They lead the league in rushes per game with 37. The Bucs struggle to stop the run so this is a very nice matchup for him. The downside remains the same? The carries Brown and QB Young take each week.

RB Chris Brown B

Since Brown's week one explosion his carry total has decreased each week as the Titans continue their commitment to White. Look for Brown to get his 10-12 carries a game as he spells White for a couple of series.

WR Brandon Jones
Roydell Williams
B

Jones and Williams have distanced themselves from the rest of the WR pack in Tennessee but have yet to provide much fantasy value in a passing attack that ranks 30th in the league. They will struggle this weekend against the aging but solid CB duo of Barber and Kelly.

TE Bo Scaife B

A major disappointment this season and the Titans worked Troupe and even Hartsock into the TE mix last week. Scaife may be the prime target at this position, but his fantasy value is minimal. Send him packing until the Tennessee offense improves and opens up some.

Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia U

The passing game will stay conservative but Garcia will get his chance this week for some decent fantasy numbers. He should have one of his better games of the season in this matchup, as Tampa will look to pass often.

RB Earnest Graham B

Another one bites the dust. Pittman is out and the running game now rests on Graham's shoulders. Against a Titans defense that ranks third against the run that may not be a good thing this week. The game plan this week will be to pass first and run only to keep the defense somewhat honest.

WR Joey Galloway S2

Each week it appears more and more like the 135-yard, 2-TD game Galloway put up a few weeks back was an aberration. The norm is going to be much more conservative, especially with Hilliard and now TE Smith getting into the action. Still, Galloway is a decent start this week, as the offense will have no choice but to pass the ball.

WR Ike Hilliard S3

Hilliard followed up his big 7-114 game with an 8-58 one last week. As the season has progressed it seems Garcia is including Hilliard in his chemistry equation with Galloway. Good matchup this week in a game that will feature the pass.

TE Alex Smith B

It seems Garcia only does touchdowns in pairs this season and last week's pair went to Smith on his two short catches. Smith will be a hot waiver wire commodity this week but I wouldn't count on a repeat. This matchup favors the wideouts in the passing game.

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