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Start/Bench List - Week 8
Whitney Walters
October 25, 2007
Sunday Early
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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)
Jacksonville (4-2) at Tampa Bay (4-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Quinn Gray B

Took over for the injured Garrard last week and struggled badly. Don't look for much improvement on the road Sunday against one of the league's top pass defenses.

RB Fred Taylor U

Taylor remains the starter in Jacksonville but has only carried the ball 17 times in the past two games as he's nursed a groin injury. Should see his carry count increase this week as the Jags will turn to the running game in this favorable matchup and with a very questionable starting quarterback.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew


The defensive matchups point to a big game for Jones-Drew. The inexperienced and shaky Gray at quarterback against one of the league's top pass defenses and the power running game against one of the league's worst run defenses. Look for the Jags to run the ball all day in Tampa.

WR Dennis Northcutt
Reggie Williams
Ernest Wilford
Matt Jones

Until the passing game settles with it's new quarterback and they get beyond this very tough matchup you should steer clear of the Jacksonville receivers.

TE Marcedes Lewis B

Sometimes a new and inexperienced quarterback will lean on his tight end. Gray would have to lean a LOT this week to give Lewis enough value to make him a fantasy starter.

Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia S3

Protection will be very important against the aggressive and hard-hitting Jacksonville defense. This is a tough matchup but it's Garcia's third in four weeks and he should continue his steady and somewhat fantasy relevant play.

RB Michael Bennett B Only got three carries in his first game as a Buc but averaged over 7 yards on each, which is a good sign. Should continue to see his workload increase but may never take over fully given the improved play of current starter Graham.
RB Earnest Graham S3

Over the past two games Graham has become a major factor in the passing game, catching 19 passes for 116 yards with a lot of that production coming last week. Tough matchup this week with Jacksonville and Bennett will start to eat into his touches. His catches make him an option in most PPR leagues however.

WR Joey Galloway S2

In three of the past four games the Jacksonville secondary has given up big performances to an opposing receiver with a secondary receiver getting very little. If that trend it to repeat this weekend odds are good the big game will go to the speedy Galloway.

WR Ike Hilliard S3

Hilliard has the less favorable matchup this week with the Jacksonville secondary but he remains a consistent target for Garcia and maintains his borderline starter status.

TE Alex Smith or
Jerramy Stevens

Smith's ankle injury may keep him out again this week and backup Stevens isn't a fantasy option.

Washington (4-2) at New England (7-0) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

About the only thing going for Campbell this week is the likelihood of him boosting his numbers in fourth quarter garbage time after this one has been decided.

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
Antwaan Randle El

Despite their poor play over the past two games both Moss and Randle El garner a borderline starter status since the Redskins will have no choice but to throw the ball in the hopes of keeping pace with New England.

TE Chris Cooley S3

This is a tough spot for Cooley against the strong New England LB corps and SS Harrison. He's Campbell's security blanket and the Patriots are going to work at taking that away.

New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S1

Brady and his bunch are getting enough glorifying media coverage so there's no real need to pile on here and tell you what you already know. If you own a Patriot involved in the passing game - start him. I will say this however. For those that feel the highly ranked Washington defense will hold their own against the New England onslaught, remember the Dallas defense was in this same spot two weeks ago - and they were at home.

RB Laurence Maroney X

Morris remains out but in Maroney's return to action last week we saw the Patriots employ a RBBC that was the likes of Kyle Eckel getting the same six carries Maroney did. Welcome to the world of Patriot running backs. My condolences to anyone that owns one. If you are in a bind or feeling lucky, go ahead and roll with Maroney this week. Belichick may feel like giving Brady's arm a break this weekend. Or not.

WR Randy Moss S1 See Brady's comments above.
WR Donte' Stallworth S2

See Brady's comments above.

WR Wes Welker S2

See Brady's comments above.

TE Kyle Brady S3

You know it's getting out of hand when you start giving Kyle Brady a starting status.


New Orleans (2-4) at San Francisco (2-4)

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New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S2

Brees continues to get good protection and as his decision making has improved so have his fantasy numbers. The Niners defense will present a difficult matchup on the road but Brees should still get enough production to warrant a spot in your starting lineup thanks to the variety of weapons he has at his disposal.

RB Reggie Bush S2

Bush has averaged 26 touches a game since McAllister went down and the Saints are winning again. Don't look for them to change things up this week against the Niners - a team he put up 168 total yards and FOUR touchdowns on last season.

WR Marques Colston B

This is hard to call but odds are good that San Francisco will choose to use CB Clements on Colston, effectively taking him out of any fantasy plans this weekend. Like the underachieving receiver was in your plans to begin with.

WR Devery Henderson
Lance Moore
David Patten

If CB Clements does indeed spend his afternoon on Colston there's a good chance one of the other Saints wideouts could surprise with a nice performance. The difficulty for fantasy owners will be picking which one. My favorite this week is Patton followed closely by Moore.

TE Eric Johnson S2 While the wideouts continue to baffle fantasy owners, Johnson has been reliably consistent. He's had at least five catches or a touchdown in five of the Saints' six games this season. The Niners have given up a touchdown to opposing tight ends in three of their past four games.
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Alex Smith B

Smith has returned to practice and will start this week. Don't look for the Niners to ask much of him in his first game back despite the matchup advantage against the struggling Saints secondary. They'll likely increase Gore's workload and not push Smith and his recovering shoulder.

RB Frank Gore S2

Even with Gore's struggles this season he's the lone bright spot on offense for the Niners. He's run the ball well over the past three games, averaging 4.8 YPC, but hasn't carried the ball more than 16 times in over a month. Look for San Francisco to get him into the 20-plus range in this matchup to keep the pressure off of Smith.

WR Darrell Jackson B Jackson may have snuck in a last second TD last week, his first of the season, but this year is progressing to bust status quickly. Now he's injured again and may not play.
WR Arnaz Battle S3

Battle has been the most consistent fantasy option in the Niners passing attack this season, scoring two of the team's three touchdowns in the last two games. This is a favorable matchup with the woeful New Orleans secondary and he has a good shot at maintaining his barely fantasy relevant status this week.

WR Ashley Lelie B What do you know. An Ashley Lelie sighting last week. Thanks to the injury to Jackson there's a good chance Lelie will actually start this game and continue his massively disappointing career with another in a long string of disappointing games.
TE Vernon Davis B

Davis came out of last week's game with no setbacks to his injured knee and is very close to 100% back. One area of success this season for the Saints pass defense has been against tight ends. LB Fujita has the size and speed to disrupt opposing tight ends at the line of scrimmage and hang with them in coverage. Don't look for much from the young Davis Sunday.


Green Bay (5-1) at Denver (3-3)

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Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S3

The running game continues to struggle and the offense still rests squarely on Favre's shoulders. Before the bye Favre was limited by the tough Redskins pass defense and this Monday night matchup with Denver is even tougher. But this is Favre and it's a Monday night, so a borderline start is in order.

RB DeShawn Wynn S3

The Packers seem to have settled on a duel backfield with Wynn serving as the starter and primary runner. He has yet to carry the ball more than 13 times in a game but look for his workload to increase in this matchup with the Broncos' very suspect run defense.

RB Vernand Morency S3

Morency's versatility has landed him in the 3rd-down role for Green Bay, with him averaging five catches for 35 yards over the past three games. In a PPR league he makes a borderline starter this week against the Broncos, in a regular league probably not.

WR Donald Driver S3

CB Bailey will be back this week and that means the typically reliable fantasy option that is Driver will be limited at best.

WR James Jones S3 The promising rookie has struggled the last two times out, fumbling twice three weeks ago and going catchless before the bye. An otherwise favorable matchup this week as the receiver NOT covered by CB's Bailey or Bly is dampened somewhat by the return of Koren Robinson.
WR Greg Jennings B

Despite starting, Jennings has yet to establish himself as "the" #2 guy opposite Driver. He got a season high 11 looks from Favre before the bye but had some drops and only caught three of them. Won't have much more success against DB Bly.

WR Koren Robinson B Expected to play Monday night and possibly return kicks. You can't expect much this quickly but for whatever reason Favre seems to have a thing for Robinson. As soon as he's able he'll start getting him the ball. Not enough to have a fantasy impact himself, but enough to negatively impact #3 WR Jones.
TE Donald Lee S2 With Franks out Lee will see most of the action at TE now for the Packers, boosting his value this week against a Broncos team that struggles with the tight end weekly.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler S3

Cutler responded last week with his best game of the season against a very tough Steelers defense. He'll have an easier go of it Monday night as the Packers have allowed 250 yards and 2 touchdowns a game over the past four.

RB Travis Henry S2

This will be Henry's third difficult matchup in a row and he's been limited in the previous two to just 33 carries and 116 yards combined. Look for Denver to get Henry more carries Monday night and for him to put up a nice game, which will include a touchdown.

WR Brandon Marshall   S2

With Walker out Marshall has become the team's primary receiver, putting up more than 70 yards or a score in the past four games. His matchup this week with the solid Green Bay corners is not a good one, but the strength of Denver's running game will help open up the down field opportunities for Marshall and ...

WR Brandon Stokley S3 ... Stokley, who had his best game of the season last week as a starter.
TE Tony Scheffler S2

Scheffler is back to full speed and again a favorite target for Cutler. This week presents another matchup advantage for him against a Packers defense that's been giving up big games to tight ends all season.

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