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Start/Bench List - Week 8
Whitney Walters
October 25, 2007
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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)
Cleveland (3-3) at St. Louis (0-7) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson S2

Statistically the Rams' pass defense isn't that bad. But Anderson is on a roll and his big receivers have great matchups to exploit down field.

RB Jamal Lewis S3

Lewis is coming off a bye week and expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday against a reeling Rams team. A favorable matchup but any back coming off an injury carries risk. There's a chance that the solid play of backup Wright has earned him some limited carries, and if Lewis isn't going to get a full workload then he loses much of his fantasy value in a struggling Cleveland running attack.

WR Braylon Edwards S2

Edwards just keeps cranking out the fantasy numbers. He's put up 100 yards, a touchdown or both in the past five games. The St. Louis secondary poses little threat to preventing his continued success.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

Coming off an injury and this passing attack goes through Edwards and Winslow.

TE Kellen Winslow S1

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.

St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S3

Bulger returned to the field last week and looked just about as bad as he did before the rib injury. Maybe even worse. He's looking rattled behind that horrible offensive line. The only thing keeping his fantasy value afloat this week is how equally bad the Cleveland pass defense is and the return of RB Jackson. Getting back home after a three straight road games will help also.

RB Steven Jackson S3

All signs point to Jackson returning this week. Before going down in week three Jackson was on his way to his first big game of the season. Can he pick up where he left off against the terrible Browns run defense? Absolutely. Does this begin his first game back from a torn groin give fantasy owners pause? Absolutely. He's a risk but I'd play him if you got him.

WR Torry Holt S2

Through all the bad play Holt has been the one Rams player to maintain fairly consistent fantasy value. Thanks to the struggling Cleveland secondary and the return to the Edward Jones Dome there's some actual upside in this matchup. Holt's first 100-yard game may be in order.

WR Isaac Bruce B

Injury and age are catching up with Bruce and a stagnant passing attack isn't helping either.

WR Drew Bennett B Looks to be another week away from returning from the hamstring injury.
WR Marques Hagans B With Bruce back in the starting lineup Hagans gets limited chances. Once Bennett returns his chances will disappear all together.
TE Randy McMichael U

McMichael hasn't been much of a fantasy factor on his new team thanks to the decimation of the offensive line. That could change this weekend. The Browns' pass rush isn't strong (only one sack per game) and they are giving up more production to the tight end than any other defense. If you are looking for a nice sleeper TE this week then McMichael may be the guy.

Oakland (2-4) at Tennessee (4-2) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper or
Josh McCown

After a month's rest it's likely the Raiders will go back to McCown this week but the official decision won't come until later in the week. No matter. Neither quarterback is a good start. Don't be fooled by their fourth quarter meltdown last week. The Titans defense is tough and aggressive and playing at home.


Lamont Jordan   S3

Jordan has had no reported setback with his back injury and appears to be healthy. The Raiders will need to get back to running the ball this week but unfortunately their opponent specializes in shutting that down. Look for limited success this week.

RB Dominic Rhodes B Rhodes finally got into the action last week, getting 10 touches to Jordan's 15. That's about all you should expect for the former Super Bowl starter going forward. Jordan is the better back by far and will hold on to the lion's share of the workload.
WR Jerry Porter B Porter's play has been very spotty this season and the Oakland passing game isn't good enough to support that kind of receiver for fantasy purposes.
WR Ronald Curry S3

This is a tough matchup but Curry has been fairly consistent this season. Only twice has he not had either a touchdown or at least 70 yards receiving. The primary target in the passing game regardless of quarterback and holds on to his borderline starter status.

TE Zack Miller B

Miller had season high numbers last week (9 looks, 4 catches and 48 yards) but the Tennessee linebacking corps are solid and cover well. Don't expect a repeat performance.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

The Titans expect to get Young back in the starting lineup this week, but don't go along with them. He wasn't a fantasy starter before the injury and his prospects of suddenly becoming one this week are not good. He's rarely running the ball and his injured quad isn't going to make that any more likely now.

RB LenDale White S2

There's nothing real special about White but he does run hard. In an offense committed to running the ball (league leading 37 times a game) that can pay off. White's rushing numbers are on the rise and he's scored in four of the last five games. May take a hit now that he's lost his starting fullback, Ahmard Hall, for the season, but the Raiders' 30th ranked run defense will balance out that loss.

RB Chris Brown
Chris Henry

Brown may be out again due to his ankle injury so rookie Henry may see some work again this week. Whoever White's backup is won't see more than 10-12 touches and isn't going to be a consistent fantasy factor.

WR Roydell Williams B Williams had a career day last week but his best production this season has come with Collins at quarterback. The strength of the Oakland defense has been the play of their corners, so with Young back under center don't look for much production here.
WR Justin Gage B

Look for the ball to continue to be spread around in the passing game. Young was averaging only 15 completions per game before missing last week's game and only once all season has a Titans receiver had more than five catches in a game.

WR Eric Moulds B

Followed up his two best games of the season (4-31 and 6-49) with a donut last week. Should get a few catches this week with the return of Young and the continued absence of Jones. Don't expect much more then that.

TE Bo Scaife B

Scaife is coming off his most productive two games of the season and appears to be improving his pass catching. Unfortunately with the loss of their fullback you can expect Scaife and fellow TE Troupe to be worked into the blocking schemes more.

Buffalo (2-4) at N. Y. Jets (1-6) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Edwards U

The rookie threw his only pro touchdown and had his best game against these Jets in week four. His stats have declined in the two games since, but he should bounce back thanks to the struggling Jets secondary and the improved play of WR Evans.

RB Marshawn Lynch S2

To the rookie's credit, he faced off with yet another very tough defense last week and had his second most productive game of the season and scored again. This kid is the real deal and when his pass protection improves he'll become an all-around threat. Now it's time for that breakout game and odds are good the woeful Jets run defense will accommodate.

WR Lee Evans U

Two of Evans' most productive games this season have come with Edwards at quarterback. The Jets secondary is weak and it's time a Buffalo wideout catches a touchdown this season.

WR Roscoe Parrish
Josh Reed
B Evans remains the only fantasy viable receiver on this team.
TE Robert Royal
Michael Gaines
B Gains has scored a touchdown this season and both he and Royal have had a single 4-catch game. That's the extent of the highlights for the Buffalo tight ends.
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Pennington S3 Pennington isn't playing all that bad, but he's faltering late in games - missing easy targets and throwing interceptions. He'll remain the Jets starter and catches a break this week at home. The Bills have one of the league's worst pass defenses and in week four's matchup with them Pennington had one of his best games of the season.
RB Thomas Jones S2

Jones had his worst rushing game of the season against the Bills four weeks ago. But this is still a very favorable matchup with Buffalo's weak run defense and the Jets remain committed to running the ball thanks to the inconsistent play at quarterback.

WR Laveranues Coles
Jerricho Cotchery
S2 The Bills couldn't handle the New York wideouts in week four and their secondary play hasn't improved since then and they are still down two starters.
TE Chris Baker B

The tight end seems to have evolved into a 3-catch per game position as opposed to the 1-catch per position of the past. If they evolve any further I'll start paying attention. Until then forget about the Jets tight end.


Houston (3-4) at San Diego (3-3)

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Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub S2

Schaub was knocked out of last week's game but is expected to play against San Diego and their surprisingly weak pass defense. Has not played well in his last few outings but should bounce back this week against the displaced and distracted Chargers.

RB Ahman Green B

The running game just isn't happening in Houston and Green has only 27 carries since his return from injury two weeks ago. Look for them to get backup Dayne more involved this week and for Green's fantasy value to remain minimal.

WR Andre' Davis
Kevin Walter

Davis and Walter continue to come up big for the Texans in the absence of Johnson. Both have accounted for at least 65 yards or a touchdown in all but one of the past five games. They are a good bet to keep that going this week against the improving but still only so-so San Diego secondary.

TE Owen Daniels S2

Daniels remains a very consistent fantasy tight end and a big part of the Houston passing attack. His role will increase this week against the Chargers, whose defense has shown some improvement of late but whose safeties and linebackers struggle against quality tight ends.

San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers S3

Rivers is just not playing well and the team is limiting their reliance on him. It the past two games, both wins, Rivers has thrown only 18 and 21 passes. He has the weapons (Gates, LT, Jackson and now Chambers) but until his play improves the Chargers are going to put the offense on LT's shoulders.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 Locked back into fantasy stud status.
WR Vincent Jackson   B

The promising Jackson has had his moments this season, but they've been few and far between in the Chargers struggling passing game. In an offense that includes LT and Gates there just isn't going to be enough action to make Jackson a consistently viable fantasy option. Now the addition of Chambers may make things even worse.

WR Chris Chambers B Floyd and Davis were ineffective so now Chambers gets a chance. Should help the struggling Rivers by providing another quality down field target, but there are too many other weapons in this passing attack for him to be much help to fantasy teams right now. That could change if Jackson continues to disappoint.
TE Antonio Gates S1

Witten and Clark are drawing a lot of attention this season, but Gates is quietly putting up equal or better numbers in most leagues.

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