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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)
 
Chicago (2-4) at Philadelphia (2-3) Back to top
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese B

Through three games Griese now has more turnovers than Grossman in his three games. But he also has 6 more touchdowns and 381 more yards. This is a tough spot for Griese on the road. Despite their injury problems in the secondary the Eagles have held their past two opponents to just 263 yards and a single touchdown through the air thanks to their aggressive blitzing. You should pass on Griese this week.

RB Cedric Benson S3

This matchup looks very similar to the past few for Benson, with another tough run defense to face. The Eagles did give up their first 100-plus yard game last week however, so maybe there's a slight bit of hope for Benson to improve on his 62 YPG average this week.

RB Adrian Peterson B Has established himself as the Bears third-down back and can get you a few points a week in PPR leagues.
WR Muhsin Muhammad B

Muhammad has scored in two of the three games Griese has quarterbacked. He's not a consistent enough option in the passing game to warrant a fantasy start however. Only once this season has he had more than two catches.

WR Bernard Berrian S3

Berrian has been the Bears' leading receiver in five of six games and scored his first touchdown last week. May catch a break this week if CB Sheppard is forced to sit out another game due to his bum knee.

TE Greg Olsen

S3

Interesting matchup at tight end this week. Both Clark and Olsen have been productive fantasy starters the past two weeks. A rarity in fantasy football. But through five games the Eagles are allowing a paltry 24 YPG to the position, a league low. If I had to pick one to still be worth starting this week it would be Olsen due to his athleticism and how the Bears line him up most of the time in non-traditional TE formations.

TE Desmond Clark B See above.
Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2

Difficult spot for McNabb this week. But Romo, Kitna and Favre have all done well against Chicago recently so look for McNabb to do just fine in this home matchup.

RB Brian Westbrook S1

Came out of the Jets game no worse for wear and with another big all-purpose effort. Peterson might seem like a fluke last week but before that game the Bears were giving up 143 total yards a game to opposing backs.

WR Reggie Brown B

Brown may have broken out of his funk last week, more than doubling his season to date production with his 6-89 performance. Or it may have just been a momentary boost on his underachieving resume. For now I'm going with momentary boost.

WR

Kevin Curtis

S2

CB Vasher is out again this week so look for Philly to work Curtis in this mismatch with replacement Manning Jr. Should have another big game unless Chicago moves CB Tillman over to cover Curtis.

TE L.J. Smith B

Smith was active last week but the Eagles limited his plays to just 23. His workload will increase this weekend but he's still not ready to carry a full workload. Until he is he's also not ready for a spot in your starting lineup.

 
St. Louis (0-6) at Seattle (2-3) Back to top
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2

Bulger is reportedly healed up and ready to return to action this week just in time for a favorable matchup with a familiar foe. Over the past two seasons Bulger has averaged more than 300 YPG against Seattle.

RB Brian Leonard S3

Leonard will be heading back to the bench soon, but before he does he should have another good game or two left in him starting this week against the average at best Seattle run defense.

WR Torry Holt S2

Holt always plays well against Seattle and getting Bulger back provides a boost to his fantasy potential. Look for his first 100-yard game of the season this week.

WR Isaac Bruce B

Early indications are that Bruce has a shot at playing this week. But hamstring injuries are tricky with receivers, especially the older ones. Don't count on him.

WR Drew Bennett B Early indications are the Bennett will miss another game due to his hamstring injury.
WR Marques Hagans U Has been filling in at the #2 WR spot with Bruce and Bennett out and led the team in receiving last week. Might be a nice sleeper play this week opposite Holt, who will draw most of the coverage.
TE Randy McMichael B

Still spending too many snaps in pass protection. If the Rams can't get their offensive line problems solved McMichael may have peaked in week 5 when he went 3-45 with a score.

Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2

Another good matchup for Hasselbeck this week. The St. Louis defense has struggled all season and in his past three meetings with them he's averaged 275 yards and two touchdowns.

RB Shaun Alexander S2

After getting just 25 carries in the past two games Alexander should be ready for some more work. That should come in this matchup with a St. Louis defense that's allowing 128 yards and a touchdown each game on the ground.

WR Nate Burleson S3

Burleson isn't proving himself to be very consistent and reports this week indicate he may lose his starting spot for Sunday's game. With the inexperienced Taylor (rookie) and Obomanu (2nd year) behind him that seems a bit odd. Burleson is probably good for one more borderline start since Hackett and Branch will be coming back soon.

WR Bobby Engram S2

Another nice matchup for the familiar Engram against a struggling Rams secondary. Expect Hasselbeck to keep going to Engram often.

WR D.J. Hackett B Outside chance he may return this week but is at least another week from making a fantasy contribution to your team.
TE Marcus Pollard B

Even with the injuries at WR Pollard has been getting just two looks a week from Hasselbeck.

 

Pittsburgh (4-1) at Denver (2-3)

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Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger B

Not a real good spot for Big Ben this week. The Steelers will be running the ball all day on Denver's weak run defense and his wideouts will struggle against CB's Bailey and Bly. He'll manage some decent production to his backs and tight end but it's not enough to warrant a fantasy start Sunday night.

RB Willie Parker S1

It's looking more and more like the Oakland meltdown was just the beginning for the Broncos' run defense. Since then they've been torched by Taylor/Jones-Drew, Addai/Keith and LT/Turner. Step right up Mr. Parker and enjoy the ride.

WR Hines Ward B Will be back in the starting lineup for Pittsburgh just in time to face off with CB Bailey. Vincent Jackson is the only wideout to put up more than 46 yards on Denver this season and that was only because of a 45-yard catch against LB Gold.
WR Santonio Holmes S3

Holmes is also expected back this week and draws a more favorable matchup than Ward when facing CB Bly. Still a very risky start and borderline only because he at least has a chance at breaking free for a big play down field.

TE Heath Miller S2

The Denver linebackers have had problems in coverage in the last two games and tight ends have gone off on them. With his wideout options limited this week Big Ben will be looking Miller's way often over the middle.

Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler B

Cutler has not been playing well lately and he faces a Steelers pass defense that's tougher than his own and gets SS Polamalu back this week.

RB Travis Henry S3

With a week off Henry's bum ankle should be close to 100%. The Broncos will need his tough running against one of the league's elite defenses. Pittsburgh is allowing just 73 YPG and has surrendered only a single touchdown on the ground. Henry has struggled against the two previous tough defenses he's faced (JAC and SD) and he'll do the same in this matchup. If you have a back with a better matchup this week go with it.

WR Javon Walker B

Walker may play but indications are that his knee is not fully recovered. Even if 100% healthy this is not a good spot for Walker. The passing game will struggle overall and CB Taylor is coming off a very good game.

WR Brandon Marshall   S3

With Walker at best slowed, Marshall will need to step up - something he hasn't done very well the past two games. He'll struggle against CB Townsend but should be able to use his size advantage to make enough plays to warrant taking a chance on him this week.

WR Brandon Stokley B Other than his touchdown in week two Stokley's had minimal fantasy impact in Denver. His production has actually declined with Walker out.
TE Tony Scheffler U

Crazy sleeper hunch of the week. With Scheffler now fully recovered from his pre-season foot injury look for Denver to run more 2-TE formations in this game, keeping the better blocker Graham in for protection and working Scheffler down field to create matchup advantages in the passing game. He will also be Cutler's hot read when the Steelers blitz comes, which is often.

 

Indianapolis (5-0) at Jacksonville (4-1)

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Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S2

Jacksonville is always a tough matchup for Manning and the Colts. Over the past four games against the Jags he's averaged just 244 YPG and thrown for only three TD's. Unless your backup is Brady, Romo or Palmer you roll with Manning no matter what.

RB Joseph Addai S2

Will return this week to face one of the league's top run defenses on the road. Since the temporary meltdown in week one Jacksonville has allowed just 50 YPG to opposing backfields and no back has rushed for more than 50 yards. Last season Rhodes/Addai combined for just 131 total yards and one TD in their two meetings with Jacksonville.

WR Marvin Harrison
Reggie Wayne
S2 Wayne gets his running buddy back this week. Both have equally difficult matchups with the Jacksonville corners but both have put up decent numbers on the Jags in the past. Harrison however is the only one of them to score a touchdown in the past two years. That role may be reversed this season however.
WR Anthony Gonzalez B With Harrison's return the rookie moves back to his place in the slot and his usual 1-3 catches a game.
TE Dallas Clark S2

Just like the rest of the Indy offense Clark gets a Jacksonville on the road downgrade, but he's still a solid fantasy start.

Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

The Colts pass defense ranks third in the league this season so don't expect much beyond Garrard's average 200 yards and a touchdown. His running potential this week is what pushes him to a borderline start. It's likely he'll run for a score Monday night.

RB Fred Taylor B

Taylor is nursing his tender groin but expected to start as usual Monday night. I wouldn't want to rely on him since he could pull up lame like last week on any carry.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

S3

MJD's biggest game of his big rookie season came against the Colts last year and he's coming off his biggest game of this season. But this is not the 2006 Colts defense. They hold up well against the run and getting S Sanders back this week improves them greatly. The bottom line is that Jones-Drew's fantasy value remains pretty much the same this week. A risky start because you are dependent on him making some big plays on his limited touches.

WR Dennis Northcutt S3

Northcutt's 19 catches makes him this team's top receiver. The ball is being spread around too much for any Jacksonville receiver to have much fantasy value, but at least Northcutt has put up consistent numbers each week, which is worth something. If you are in a PPR league and in a starter bind this weekend you could do worse than the 8-12 points Northcutt is likely to get you.

WR Reggie Williams
Matt Jones
Ernest Wilford
B

Through five games here's the rundown. Williams has 11 catches, Jones 8 and Wilford 7. The Jacksonville passing game isn't exactly flowing with viable fantasy wideouts. At least Williams has scored three touchdowns in the last four games. If you need to pull a borderline starter from this bunch then he's your best bet. Hopefully you have better options.

TE Marcedes Lewis B

Lewis is second on the team with 14 catches. That actually says as much about the wideouts poor fantasy value as it does Lewis'.

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