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Start/Bench List - Week 7
Whitney Walters
October 18, 2007
Sunday Early
Sunday Early
Sunday Late
Sunday Late
Sunday Night
Bye Week
Monday Night
CAR, CLE,
 
GB, SD
 
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: Unclear situation / Could go either way
S3: Start 'em Tier Three (Borderline / Barely) B: Bench 'em (Bad Matchup / Too much risk)
 
Tennessee (3-2) at Houston (3-3) Back to top
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

Even if Young guts it out and plays through the quad injury he's simply not a fantasy option in this or any future matchup until his passing and overall play improves.

RB LenDale White S2

White had a season high 25 carries last week due to Brown's ankle injury and he remains the prime ball carrier in an offense that leads the league in rush attempts with 36 per game. The Texans started the season strong but have allowed 333 RB rushing yards in their last two games.

RB Chris Brown
Chris Henry
B

Brown may be out due to his ankle injury and rookie Henry may see his first action. Regardless, White's backup, whoever it may be, isn't going to get more than 10 carries.

WR Eric Moulds
Roydell Williams
Justin Gage
B

With Brandon Jones out for a few weeks the WR corps takes a hit to what little fantasy value they had. Look for the ball to be spread around the wideouts and tight ends. None are worth your fantasy attention in this matchup with Houston.

TE Bo Scaife B

Had his most productive game last week with 45 yards, but is still a major disappointment this season. It doesn't help that his QB isn't improving and the Titans passing game ranks 30th in the league.

Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub S3

Another difficult matchup for Schaub. He hasn't tossed a touchdown in two games and will likely struggle again this week against the very stingy Tennessee defense. This is a very similar matchup to last week as the running game will be shut down and the offense will be on Schaub's shoulders. Look for some decent yardage but only a single TD at best.

RB Ahman Green B

Green returned to action last week and looked okay. The running game didn't improve at all however against Jacksonville's #10 run defense. Don't look for better production out of Green this week facing the Titans' #1 run defense.

WR Andre' Davis S3

As fellow wideout Walter's numbers have been improving Davis' have been on the decline since his big game in week four. Fantasy stud Johnson is close to returning but may be another week away. Davis remains the starter for Houston and a borderline fantasy start given the team's current reliance on the passing game to move the ball.

WR Kevin Walter S3

Walter's gradual improvement this season took a leap forward last week with his career best 12-160 day. More telling is the fact that he's received 25 looks in the past two games, leading the team. Given his current #1 WR status and the team's need to throw the ball he remains a borderline starter even against a difficult Tennessee defense.

WR Andre Johnson B There are some early reports that Johnson may be able to return to action this weekend as he's started running in practice this week. Running in practice and playing are two things that are light years apart in the NFL. Even if they stick Johnson out there he won't be anywhere close to 100% and will only see limited snaps.
TE Owen Daniels S3

Daniels isn't finding the end-zone but he's become a very consistent fantasy tight end in WR Johnson's absence. As with the rest of the Texans this week, his matchup is a tough one. LB Bulluck has the speed and skills to stick with Daniels in coverage.

 
Tampa Bay (4-2) at Detroit (3-2) Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia S3

May not be flashy, but he's steady. His season highs in attempts, completions and yards last week may not last long. This matchup screams for a pass heavy attack. The Tampa backfield is in disarray and the Detroit pass defense ranks 30th in the league.

RB Michael Bennett B Look for the newly acquired Bennett to get a crash course on offense and to split carries with Graham in his first game as a Buc. The fantasy outlook is good for Bennett in Tampa and he'll increase his value with his receiving skills out of the backfield. But for now it's wait and see.
RB Earnest Graham B

Since his big 2-TD game Graham has rushed for just 88 yards in three games, averaging only 2.4 YPC. Not a surprise that the team went out and picked up a back this week. Graham may take the lead for another game but look for him to slide behind Bennett on the depth chart soon.

WR Joey Galloway S2

The old-timer remains a solid start in what will be a pass heavy attack against a Detroit secondary that's average at best.

WR Ike Hilliard S2

Same goes for fellow old-time Hilliard.

TE Alex Smith or
Jerramy Stevens
B

Smith's ankle injury is likely to keep him out of this game and backup Stevens isn't worth your time or attention.

Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna put up a real stinker going into the bye week and is still getting sacked more than any other QB. Tampa does provide a tougher than average matchup this week as they have good depth in the secondary, but Kitna remains a solid fantasy start.

RB Kevin Jones S3

With two more weeks of practice under his belt since his last game this is likely the week Jones takes over the full load in the backfield. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Lions sport one of the worst rushing offenses in the league and are the only team that runs the ball less than 20 times a game. I think that will change with Jones back to full speed however and this matchup is a good spot for his first 100 total yard game.

RB Tatum Bell B

Since Jones returned Bell's touches have declined and he was shopped around during their off week.

WR Roy Williams S2

After leading the team in targets through three games his looks have taken a turn downward. The passing attack is evolving and the other wideouts are being worked into the schemes more. Williams remains the #1 WR in Detroit and a solid fantasy start every week. He's just lost his stud status.

WR Mike Furrey S3

The time without #3 WR Johnson showed us a lot. With Johnson out Furrey's production as a starter remained constant. He's had five catches in 4 out of 5 games so far, averaging about 60 YPG. Not much upside but consistent numbers can be valuable if you need a bye week or injury fill-in.

WR Calvin Johnson S2 With two more weeks of rest for his back Johnson should be back on the field at full speed Sunday. Nickel corner Buchanon is good but he'll have his hands full with this matchup.
WR Shaun McDonald U

McDonald will continue to take advantage of his matchups with #4 CB's each week. But with Johnson back there are only so many balls to go around. His production is right in line with Furrey's but he's been able to score three touchdowns. Since the Bucs have three very good cover corners McDonald has some upside this weekend.

 
Atlanta (1-5) at New Orleans (1-4) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Byron Leftwich B

The New Orleans defense has been a great fantasy matchup all season and they gave up a season high 363 yards to Hasselbeck last week. But even with Leftwich under center now... what am I thinking? Especially with Leftwich under center it's really hard to recommend this or any matchup for the Falcons QB. Leftwich is less mobile than Harrington and gets the ball out of his hand slower than any QB in the NFL. He doesn't stand a chance behind that sieve-like offensive line.

RB Warrick Dunn
B

Dunn's hold on the primary back spot may finally be slipping as backup Norwood finally capitalized on his talent Monday night. With the team and offense in a tailspin there is less and less need to keep the veteran Dunn happy in the driver's seat. They may make the logical shift to Norwood soon.

RB Jerious Norwood U

Well it took six weeks but Norwood finally made good on his limited touches. His 138 yards last week equaled his output for the previous three games combined. The problem for fantasy owners is he still only got 10 touches despite Dunn being horribly ineffective... again. Ten touches a game is difficult to rely on as a fantasy starter, but he does have some big-play upside in this matchup with the Saints.

WR Roddy White S3

All season White has been the most consistent receiver wearing a Falcons uniform. Even in the past two bad games White has 7 catches for 119 yards. In this offense that's doing something. A decent borderline fantasy option against a very suspect New Orleans secondary.

WR Michael Jenkins B

A decent red-zone target, but how often do you expect the Falcons to get in the red-zone?

WR Joe Horn B Joe "I'm there for you Joey" Horn hasn't been all season, dropping more balls than he's caught.
TE Alge Crumpler S3

Here's an idea Alge. Instead of complaining to the media about your coaching staff, how about you catch a few of the balls being thrown to you.

New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S2

Now that's more like it. Look for Brees' and the offense's play to continue to improve against the reeling Falcons' defense this week.

RB Reggie Bush S2

In two games without McAllister, Bush has 55 touches and produced 260 total yards. Don't expect that to change any time soon. Bush makes a solid weekly start now, especially in PPR leagues.

WR Marques Colston S3

Colston's play has been dropping off the past three games. As a result the ball is going to the other three receivers more often. He's still the best receiver they have and Brees will continue to look his way, but all bets are off for him as a consistent fantasy starter.

WR Devery Henderson
Lance Moore
David Patten
B

As the Saints have looked for answers to their offensive woes they have been spreading the ball around more in the passing attack. A different one of these wideouts has lead the team in receiving in each of the past three games. Henderson and Patten have the only 100-yard games this season and Moore got the start opposite Colston last week. Until one emerges as a consistent #2 target they will provide little more than fantasy frustration for owners trying to pick the productive option each week.

TE Eric Johnson S3 While the wideouts are hard to figure out right now Johnson isn't. He's had at least five catches or a touchdown in four of the Saints' five games this season.
 

Baltimore (4-2) at Buffalo (1-4)

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Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller S3

The Ravens will turn to Boller for at least another week. In his two starts he's thrown for just 185 yards in each game. Look for an uptick this week against the injury riddled Buffalo defense. Not having the reliable TE Heap will hurt his upside however.

RB Willis McGahee S2

The Bills' defense can't stop anyone. Great matchup for McGahee. Look for his second 100-yard game and score.

WR Derrick Mason S2

Regardless of who's playing quarterback Mason is the prime WR target down field and a consistent fantasy start each week. Has some upside this week against the very suspect Bills secondary.

WR Mark Clayton B

Still starting but averaging just 2-17 through six games with no real sign of improvement coming. A complete fantasy non-factor.

WR Demetrius Williams S3

Williams is at his best when the Ravens run him out of the slot and that will be the case again this week against the shallow Buffalo secondary. With Heap out Williams also provides Boller with his best red-zone target.

TE

Todd Heap

B Re-aggravated his hamstring and isn't likely to play.
Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Edwards B

The rookie gets another start and the opponents keep getting tougher. Last time out it was Dallas and this time Baltimore. The Ravens may be struggling at times this season defending the pass, but there is no way you should be pondering Edwards for your team.

RB Marshawn Lynch S3

And the big hits just keep on coming in the rookie's brutal schedule. To his credit he's scored three times and has yet to rush for under 64 yards this season. The Ravens run defense knocks Lynch down to borderline starter status, but he's still a solid play in most leagues due to the bye weeks and injuries at running back.

WR Lee Evans B

Only one game with more than two catches this season. Even though the Baltimore secondary has struggled this season due to injuries and poor play at times there is no fantasy value here.

WR Roscoe Parrish
Josh Reed
B Evans remains the only fantasy viable receiver on this team.
TE Robert Royal
Michael Gaines
B The Bills are not a team you should be mining for fantasy tight end production from.
 
San Francisco (2-3) at N.Y. Giants (4-2) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Alex Smith B

Smith is slated to return to action this week. The Niners had the league's worst passing attack before his injury and the prospects of them improving in his first game back aren't good. Over their last four games the Giants are allowing just 190 passing YPG and have given up only two passing touchdowns.

RB Frank Gore S3

The Giants are a tough matchup but Gore should do okay this week. Getting Smith back will help the passing game pull defenders off the line of scrimmage and improve the offense enough to get them into scoring position more. Still, a cross-country road trip is no easy task so he remains a borderline fantasy start.

WR Darrell Jackson
Arnaz Battle
B

When your passing game averages just 143 YPG and over 50 of that goes to the backs and tight ends, there's just not a whole lot of fantasy value here.

TE Vernon Davis B

Davis is expected back this week but the final decision won't likely come until later in the week. Even before the injury his production (3-28 per game) was nothing fantasy owners were please with. He'll need to get on the field and show his value before he moves back to fantasy starter status.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S2

Manning had his best fantasy game since week one on Monday night. His play and the Giants offense continue to show improvement. He remains a solid fantasy start against the visiting Niners even with the short week to prepare.

RB Brandon Jacobs S2

Was off to a great game Monday night before tweaking his ankle. He averaged 6.6 yards on his 13 carries. He's expected to be fine and remain the starter, but with Ward and Droughns running well behind him they may limit his carries going forward to keep him healthy. Bottom line - a decent fantasy start with limited upside.

RB Derrick Ward
Reuben Droughns
B

Ward didn't run the ball well on Monday night and like Jacobs, tweaked his ankle. But Droughns ran the ball very well. Look for both to keep getting some work backing up Jacobs.

WR Plaxico Burress S2

Keeps cranking out the touchdowns but the lingering ankle injury is always a gameday risk.

WR Amani Toomer U

Toomer had his best game in a long time Monday night and continues to work well with QB Manning. Look for this good production to continue as the Niners are weak at corner beyond their top dog Clements, who will be on Burress most of the time.

TE Jeremy Shockey S2 Has some upside this week as the San Francisco backers and safeties are a liability in coverage.

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