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Start/Bench List - Week 7
Whitney Walters
October 18, 2007
Sunday Early
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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)
 
Arizona (3-3) at Washington (3-2) Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Rattay B

Another week and another starting quarterback in Arizona. Rattay did all right considering his situation last week but the Washington defense is playing at a high level right now. Don't expect much here.

RB Edgerrin James S3

Staying the same - unsettled quarterback situation, banged up offensive line and plenty of carries. Changing this week - the return of Boldin and a trip to Washington to face one of the league's stingiest run defenses. I'd say the scales are tipped to the down side as you can bet the Redskins will try to shut down the running game and force Arizona to throw.

WR Anquan Boldin S3 Expected back this week. Too bad his quarterback has taken a serious turn for the worst since his last game three weeks ago. This would have been a difficult matchup with the Washington secondary even with Leinart or Warner under center.
WR Larry Fitzgerald S3 Fitzgerald has put up some very good numbers since Boldin was sidelined. With Boldin back and Rattay at quarterback those numbers will take a dive against the solid Redskins secondary.
WR Bryant Johnson B With Boldin back Johnson returns to a 1-2 catch wideout with no fantasy value.
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell S3

Campbell's play continues to improve and he's put up two nice fantasy games in a row. The Arizona defense is solid and the problems along the Redskins offensive line make it hard to recommend Campbell as a fantasy starter. His wideouts should be healthier this week and there's always the reliable Cooley. Make him a borderline starter in this matchup at home.

RB Clinton Portis S3

Three of Arizona's last four opponents have put up well over 100 yards rushing. That's good. Four out of Washington's five starting offensive linemen are now injured. That's bad. What shape the o-line will be in Sunday is up in the air, but it's not looking good for Portis, who has been limited and frustrated to this point.

RB Ladell Betts B

Since his 18 touches in week one Betts has averaged just nine a game and has had zero fantasy impact. Portis continues to carry the load.

WR Santana Moss S3

Moss played last week but was obviously not 100%, eventually pulling himself from the game. He's expected to be fine this week but will spend a lot of the afternoon covered by CB Hood who is very good at covering receivers similar in stature (both are under 6-feet).

WR Antwaan Randle El S2 Randle El has been hit-or-miss this season with two 100-plus yard games and three sub-45-yard games. If CB Hood sticks to Moss most of the day look for a hit this week.
TE Chris Cooley S2

As expected Cooley had his best game of the season last week. He's now scored in the last four games and has all but one of Campbell's touchdowns. Arizona does a better job on opposing tight ends and the wideouts will get more attention this week. Cooley's still an every week starter however.

 
New England (6-0) at Miami (0-6) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S1

Brady and crew won't take division rival Miami lightly.

RB Laurence Maroney S2

With backup Morris out look for New England to get the well rested Maroney back into action. You can't ask for a much better spot to dust him off and get him back into your starting lineup as well. Miami ranks almost dead last in run defense.

WR Randy Moss S1 "Only" a season high 13 looks from Brady last week. About the only thing worth noting here is that over the last two games it appears there's a desire to get Stallworth more involved in the passing attack now that he's healthy.
WR Donte' Stallworth S2

Stallworth's slow start seems well behind him. Brady is taking full advantage of the attention Moss draws now and is working the ball around more, to Stallworth owner's benefit. This week the Miami secondary isn't going to know what hit it.

WR Wes Welker S2

New England took advantage last week of Welker's big mismatch in Dallas. This week the mismatches are all over the secondary so look for Welker's numbers to return more to normal Sunday.

TE Kyle Brady B

With the pass-catching Watson out this week with an ankle injury the blocking Brady will fill the void. Don't expect him to fill any void in your fantasy lineup.

Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Cleo Lemon B

If you took a sleeper chance on Lemon last week, congratulations. Now stick him on your bench and get used to him being there. He doesn't stand a chance against the Patriots defense this weekend.

RB

Ronnie Brown

S2 Brown has been tearing it up for fantasy owners but his matchup with the very stingy New England run defense this week is his toughest of the season. Still a starter but don't expect big numbers.
WR Marty Booker S3 Booker just became Lemon's best and most experienced wideout. You can bet he'll be looking his way often Sunday.
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Derek Hagan
B With Chambers shipped off to SoCal it's likely both Hagan and Ginn will be more involved in the passing game. Last week's 3-30 was Hagan's best effort of the season and Ginn has yet to catch more than a single long ball in a game. So there's nowhere to go but up here. Is there enough "up" against New England this weekend to warrant taking a shot at one of these guys? No way.
TE David Martin B

With the change at quarterback and the shakeup at wide receiver there's an outside chance last week's fantasy performance from Martin is more than an aberration. Very outside. Martin may be worth taking a one week flyer on for a roster spot, but not a starting lineup spot. He still only got three looks last week, which is a season high.

 
Kansas City (3-3) at Oakland (2-3) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard B

Oakland presents a much tougher matchup for the passing game than Cincinnati did last week. Look for limited production here and an emphasis on the running game.

RB Larry Johnson S1

Johnson put up his second 100-yard game last week and had a season high 31 carries. He's still getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage often but should have another big game Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders allow 145 YPG on the ground and a league worst 5.6 YPC.

WR Dwayne Bowe S3

Bowe is still getting the looks and almost pulled in another touchdown last week. This week's matchup with CB Asomugha is a tough one however and he remains a borderline starter in most leagues.

WR Jeff Webb B The Chiefs turned to the little used second-year receiver out of San Diego State last week when starter Parker went down with a shoulder injury. The move paid off with a career 7-78 day. Parker's ineffectiveness and inability to stay healthy may open the door for Webb to play a more content role in the KC passing attack. Gonzalez and Bowe will draw much attention each week, freeing up Webb for more favorable matchups. But he'll be the third option in a run-first offense, so temper any fantasy expectations.
TE Tony Gonzalez S2

An every week starter but hasn't scored against Oakland in two years.

Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper B

Culpepper struggled last week while under pressure from San Diego. He had three turnovers and was sacked six times. Now come the Chiefs, who pressure the QB as good or better than the Chargers. Look for the Raiders to focus on the running game this week and not ask Culpepper to do much.

RB

Lamont Jordan   S2

Carried the full load last week despite the back problems and came out of the game with no re-aggravation of the injury. Look for the Raiders to run the ball a lot in this matchup with a Chiefs defense that can be run on. Also look for for Fargas and Rhodes to take some carries in spot duty, hurting Jordan's upside a bit.

RB Justin Fargas
Dominic Rhodes
B Last week Fargas got two carries and Rhodes only one (that was called back by a holding penalty). Expect the Raiders to get both Fargas and Rhodes a bit more work this week, but as long as Jordan runs well it will only be the occasional down to give him a blow.
WR Jerry Porter B Porter is staying active in the passing game but the production just isn't there. He'll struggle along with Culpepper in this matchup.
WR Ronald Curry S3

Not since Andre Johnson in week one has any receiver put up the big numbers Houshmandzadeh put up on the Chiefs' secondary last week. This just in - Curry is no Johnson or T.J. But he's still the most productive receiver the Raiders have so he remains a borderline fantasy start.

TE Zack Miller B

It had been three weeks since Miller had a catch, but last week was his most active in the Oakland passing game since week one and he pulled in his first career touchdown. He may catch a few dump-offs in this matchup, as Culpepper will be under pressure all day. He will also be blocking more due to that pressure.

 

N.Y. Jets (1-5) at Cincinnati (1-4)

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New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington S3 Going into last week's tough matchup with Philly, Pennington had thrown at least one touchdown in his last 11 games. He should easily pick that pace back up this weekend against a Bengals defense that's giving up almost three a game.
RB Thomas Jones S2

The Jets got back to running the ball last week with success. That trend should continue this week and another 100-yard game is in order against a Bengals defense that's allowed one in each of the past four games. Jones is also way overdue for his first touchdown of the season.

WR Laveranues Coles
Jerricho Cotchery
S2 The Bengals' struggling secondary presents a very good matchup for both Coles and Cotchery. They are the team's only real options in the passing game and should easily put up decent numbers with some upside for each. As with Jones, Cotchery is way overdue for his first TD of the year.
TE Chris Baker B

Backer seems to have evolved beyond his typical production of a catch per game this season. But unless he gets a touchdown, which he hasn't done since week three, he's of no fantasy use.

Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S1

Palmer's downside continues to be the two interceptions a game he's thrown in the Bengals' last four games. But with Johnson and T.J. at his disposal it's hard to go against his fantasy upside. Especially this week at home against the weak Jets' pass defense.

RB Rudi Johnson B

For the second week in a row an excellent matchup for Johnson goes to waste. The Bengals gave him only four carries last week and even with a likely increase in workload against the Jets it's unlikely he'll carry the ball enough to warrant taking a spot on your starting lineup.

RB Kenny Watson B

In Watson's two starts he's carried the ball only 13 times in each. Even with Johnson's likely increased workload this week, expect Watson to maintain his 12-15 touches as he brings a more explosive element to the running game for Cincinnati. He's averaging 5.2 YPC to Johnson's 3.0 this season.

WR Chad Johnson S1

Hasn't scored since week two or had a 100-yard game since week three. Should easily hit both marks this week against the Jets

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S1

The touchdown streak has to end sooner or later but he's a plug and play receiver regardless of opponent.

 

Minnesota (2-3) at Dallas (5-1)

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Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tarvaris Jackson B

Completed only nine passes in Chicago last week and the task doesn't get any easier this Sunday in Dallas.

RB Chester Taylor B

Taylor looked the best he has all season last week, running the ball 22 times for 83 yards. Both are season highs. It's not very often the Vikings will be able to rush 43 times in a game so that may end up being a high point for Taylor. Look for more like 10-15 most weeks resulting in about 40-60 yards. Not enough for a starting spot on your fantasy team.

RB Adrian Peterson S2

Peterson may be in the midst of a difficult schedule block, but last week showed that his big play ability makes him a fantasy starter regardless of opponent.

WR Bobby Wade U

There just isn't much of a passing game here and QB Jackson is spreading it around to top four receivers. But there may be a fantasy opportunity here for Wade. With CB Henry out this week the Cowboys have a hole in the secondary that the experienced Wade can exploit. Worth a flyer as a WR3 if you need it this week.

WR Sidney Rice
Troy Williamson
B Both may get the occasional touchdown but in this limited passing attack (only 183 yards a game and three touchdowns all season) they are rarely worth a fantasy start.
TE Vishante Shiancoe B

In QB Jackson's three games this season Shiancoe has a total of two catches, and those came in week one.

Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S1

Easy play here. The Vikings bring the league's worst pass defense into Dallas Sunday.

RB Julius Jones B

Jones' best game running the ball (16 carries for 66 yards) came in week one. He's not going to surpass those numbers against a Vikings run defense that allows exactly that per game.

RB Marion Barber S3

The last three games have been a disturbing trend for fantasy owners. Barber has only eight carries in each and none inside the 5-yard line. The week brings another difficult matchup. The Vikings have one of the league's top run defenses. They allow a league low 2.7 YPC and have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. Barber maintains a borderline starter status only because he's a lock to get the carries if Dallas down is near the goal-line.

WR Terrell Owens S2

Finally got back into the end-zone last week and is a very strong play against the overmatched Vikings' secondary.

WR Patrick Crayton S3

Crayton has established himself as a consistent performer over the past three games and is getting the same number of looks as Owens. The trend is likely to continue in this mismatch with the Vikings secondary. His downside risk remains the fact that he's the third option in the passing game.

TE Jason Witten S1

The Vikings haven't allowed a tight end to score a touchdown this season but they are giving up over 80 yards a game to the position.

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