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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)
 
Miami (0-5) at Cleveland (2-3) Back to top
Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Cleo Lemon U

Lemon takes over at QB and played okay last week off the bench. But it's always tougher starting against a team that knows you're coming. Still, this could be a nice surprise matchup for the athletic and strong armed Lemon. The Browns are terrible against the pass and have allowed three quarterbacks to put up 3 or more TD's in five games. If you are in a bye week / injury mess this week you could do a lot worse than taking a flyer on Lemon.

RB

Ronnie Brown

S1

Brown finds himself atop the RB rankings in most fantasy leagues this week. Facing one of the NFL's worst run defenses will help him stay on top for at least another week. Cleveland has given up 100-plus yards to every opposing RB this season.

WR Chris Chambers S2

Disappeared two weeks in a row now, but last week can be explained away with the quarterback change. Chambers will dominate this matchup whenever he's facing the burnable CB Wright. Lemon should look to him often on those plays and use his strong arm to make some big plays down field.

WR Marty Booker B Lemon looked Booker's way more than twice as often as any other Miami receiver last week. He's a smart veteran that fills the possession receiver role very well. Has a difficult matchup this week however when facing CB Bodden.
TE David Martin B

Has more than two catches only once this season and is splitting time with backup Peelle.

Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson S3

Anderson just keeps putting up the numbers. He has more touchdowns than Manning, Palmer or Favre and more yards than Palmer and Big Ben. This week's matchup with a struggling Miami defense should keep his fantasy production going.

RB Jamal Lewis X

Lewis has done little outside his huge game in week two and pulled up lame after just one run last week. Early indications are that he might be able to play Sunday, but it's iffy. If he does play don't expect much more than his typical 50-60 yard game. The Dolphins aren't that bad against the run. Take out that crazy Oakland game and they fall in the middle of the pack.

WR Braylon Edwards S2

Edwards is on a serious roll and is averaging over 20 yards per catch. He's also put up 100 yards, a touchdown or both in the past four games. CB's Daniels and Allen don't pose much of a threat.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

Jurevicius has seen his catch total decrease each week since week two, ending with just a single catch last week. He's always a threat to score due to his height mismatch with most corners. But he's a third option on almost every pass play.

TE Kellen Winslow S2

Top five tight end in targets, catches and yards. It would be nice to have a few more touchdowns, but how can you complain. An every week starter.

 
Houston (3-2) at Jacksonville (3-1) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub S3

This is a difficult spot for Schaub, playing a tough division opponent on the road. Even though his play has been sharp he will surely struggle this weekend. He's only tossed five TD's this season and Jacksonville has allowed a league low of only two. He will likely have a season high in attempts this week however since the running game will be shut down. Some decent yardage production is a possibility.

RB Ahman Green B

According to the team Green has an "excellent chance" of playing this week. Even if he does he won't be 100% and the Jags are playing lights-out against the run.

RB Ron Dayne B

The Texans running game has struggled with Dayne leading the way. He should be avoided this week. Green may return to take some of the carries and this matchup with Jacksonville is horrible. The Jags have recovered from their week one blowup and in their last three games are only allowing 47 RB rushing YPG and under 3 YPC.

WR Andre' Davis S3

Davis is doing a fine job filling in for Johnson and is making a strong case for sticking in the starting lineup upon Johnson's return. He's a legit deep threat and the team's only big-play maker opposite possession options Walter and Daniels. Jacksonville will surely be in his grill all day with aggressive CB's Williams and Mathis. He should still produce enough to warrant a borderline start in most leagues.

WR Kevin Walter S3

Walter has finally started to emerge a bit opposite Davis as a starter. He's caught 11 balls for 144 yards in the past two games. He also led the team in looks from Schaub last week, which is a good sign that the QB is starting to look his way. This is a difficult matchup with the Jags but there should be enough balls in the air to get him borderline starter numbers in PPR leagues.

TE Owen Daniels S2

With the injury problems at wideout Daniels is the team's leading receiver with 24 catches. He remains a solid fantasy start even against a tough opponent this week that will surely be looking to press Schaub's favorite target. On the positive Jacksonville has given up nice games to tight ends this season - 53 yards to Crumpler and last week's 100-yarder by Gonzalez.

Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

If you are looking for a consistent 200 yards, a touchdown and some rushing upside - Garrard is your man. Nothing about this matchup indicates a deviation from that trend.
WR NOTE: Garrard has connected with 11 different receivers so far this season.

RB Fred Taylor S3

The song remains the same in the Jacksonville backfield. Taylor will keep getting the most carries, generating some decent yardage but rarely crossing the goal line. As for the other half of the backfield ...

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

S3

MJD will continue getting fewer carries than Taylor but remain active in the short passing game. His explosiveness finally showed itself last week as he had his best game of the season - 112 total yards and a score on just 12 touches. The production won't come as easily this week against a much improved Houston defense that only last week give up a 100-yard game to a RB.

WR Matt Jones B

May be out of Del Rio's dog house but Garrard is spreading the ball around too much for Jones to have any consistent fantasy value.

WR Dennis Northcutt S3

Northcutt's 15 grabs makes him this team's top receiver. That should tell you how the passing schemes are being designed in Jacksonville. No receiver on this team has much upside, but Northcutt is the most consistent performer and a borderline start in most PPR leagues.

WR Ernest Wilford B Technically still the starter but rotates with the other receivers. Like fellow WR Williams he has yet to have more than three Garrard passes come his way or catch more than two of them.
WR Reggie Williams B

May have two of Garrard's four touchdowns this season but he's never had more than three balls go his way in a game or caught more than two of them.

WR John Broussard B Just to add more complication to the Jags' WR corps, rookie Broussard got into the action again last week. He had two long bombs go his direction and almost completed both. This was his first significant activity since his week one long touchdown.
TE Marcedes Lewis B

Despite Lewis' skills and athleticism the passing schemes continue to use him as just a dump-off option. The result is 2-3 short catches a week and little fantasy value.

 
Cincinnati (1-3) at Kansas City (2-3) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S1

On the road in Kansas City presents another tough matchup for Palmer. But with an extra week to prepare and get their heads on straight, look for the Bengals passing game to click this week. The Chiefs pass defense ranks high statistically through five games but none of the passing attacks they've faced to date come even close to matching the Bengals'.

RB Rudi Johnson B

Great matchup for Johnson... if he was only playing. Or at least playing at full speed. Early indications are that Johnson's hamstring injury will likely keep him sidelined again this week. At best he'll only get limited snaps.

RB Kenny Watson S2

Watson did about as good as expected against the Patriots prior to the off week. He's expected to fill in another week for the injured Johnson and should put up a very nice game against a KC defense that has yet to stop anyone's running game - allowing 123 YPG.

WR Chad Johnson S1

Look for Chad to settle things down this week and put up a big game against the aging and very average Chiefs corners.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S1

Houshmandzadeh is producing at a stud WR pace and was leading the league in receptions going into their bye week. His 39 catches in just four games is still more than all but one receiver in the league.

Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard U

Looking for fantasy love in all the wrong places? Huard may fit that bill this week. The Bengals secondary has been burned all season and they lose starting CB Joseph for this matchup. With the Chiefs likely playing from behind for most of this game Huard has enough weapons in the passing game to put up some startable fantasy numbers Sunday.

RB Larry Johnson S2

Wow! Just when LJ owners thought it couldn't get much worse. Last week was a stinker of the highest order. Maybe Dick Vermeil was right. At times last week Johnson looked like he wanted to take his ball and go home to pout. With a rash of injuries and six teams off this week it's highly unlikely you have any choice but to stick with LJ. At least this week you get a very nice matchup to hopefully exploit in the weak Bengals run defense.

WR Dwayne Bowe S2

The good looking rookie ended the game last week with a nice 4-70 effort given the injury to Huard. But what's troubling about the game is that not a single pass went his way until mid way through the third quarter. Let's just hope we can write this off as Huard avoiding his difficult matchup with the Jacksonville secondary. A matchup difficulty NOT present this week against the suspect Cincinnati secondary.

WR Samie Parker B

Parker quickly moves back into the starting lineup with Kennison unable to make it even one game without re-aggravating his hamstring injury. Parker may have pulled in a last second garbage-time touchdown last week but he's not a fantasy factor in this passing attack.

TE Tony Gonzalez S1

Gonzo is on a nice three game role and seems to have re-established himself as the primary weapon in the KC passing attack. Touchdowns may be in short supply this season but the yardage should keep coming.

 

Carolina (3-2) at Arizona (3-2)

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Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr B

Carr's play improved last week but the Carolina passing game was still inept. Despite the back injury last week Carr is expected to start Sunday. He might be worth stashing on your bench, but even with Steve Smith to throw to he shouldn't start for you this week. Arizona is not a good matchup and his back could easily tighten up on him at any time during the game.

RB DeShaun Foster S2

Foster continues to run well and the Panthers will surely be looking to run the ball often in this matchup to control the clock and keep pressure off Carr. Even with Williams pulling away 8-10 carries look for Foster to put up some nice numbers in this game and score his second rushing TD of the season.

RB DeAngelo Williams B

Williams has just 9 carries in the past two games to Foster's 34. Bottom line here is he's not getting many chances and is doing little with what he does get.

WR Steve Smith S2

Week two with Carr did improve, but there seems to be a lot of work to be done here. With Delhomme now done for the year they better get to it. With Smith only putting up 47 yards and a TD last week against the horrible Saints secondary it's hard to get excited about his chances this week against a solid Cardinal crew. His matchup with CB Green is a very winnable one however.

WR Keary Colbert
Drew Carter
B

Colbert finally pulled away from Carter in their tight battle for the #2 spot opposite Smith. Carter was shutout and Colbert had a season high 4 catches for 74 yards. Whether that trend will continue is anyone's guess. But keep an eye on these two as they develop with new QB Carr.

TE Jeff King B

Just when things were looking up for King, Delhomme went down. In the past two games King has amassed just 47 yards on three catches. His fantasy value may be shot unless Carr becomes more comfortable going to the tight end in the passing game.

Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner S2

And just like that Warner is a starter in the NFL again. In part-time duty over the past three games Warner has put up about 200 YPG and scored five TD's. Warner is at his best in a wide-open attack with little pressure. Wide-open attack in place? Check. Weak defensive front with only two sacks on the season? Check.

RB Edgerrin James S2

The schedule has eased up on James but his offensive line has taken some hits. Still, he will get his 25-plus carries and produce startable fantasy numbers against a Panthers defensive front that is playing poorly.

WR Anquan Boldin X May return to action this week but his status will be up in the air until late in the week. Maybe even until game-time. He's being very cautious with the injury, so if he does play it's because he's ready to go - and should be in your lineup.
WR Larry Fitzgerald S1 With Boldin still banged up and Johnson now the same, it's all about Fitzgerald in this matchup.
WR Bryant Johnson B Johnson has played well subbing for the injured Boldin for the past two weeks, but now he may be out or slowed by a quad injury.

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