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Start/Bench List - Week 9
Whitney Walters
November 1, 2007
Sunday Early
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CHI, MIA,
NYG, STL
 
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)
 
Carolina (4-3) at Tennessee (5-2) Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr or
Vinny Testaverde
B

Either may start and both could play depending to their injury status. This much we know for sure - neither should be a starter on your fantasy team against Tennessee on the road.

RB DeShaun Foster S3 Hasn't rushed for more than 64 yards in four games and that's all the Titans' top ranked run defense allows per game.
RB DeAngelo Williams B

Williams quickly went back to single digit carries last week as a follow up to his career performance the week before. And so it will continue to go for him as Foster maintains his grip on the primary back role.

WR Steve Smith S3

Smith is going to be a hit-or-miss fantasy prospect due to the problems at quarterback. What keeps him a borderline starter is the fact that his hits are generally big ones.

WR Keary Colbert
Drew Carter
B

Carter hasn't had more than two catches since week two and appears to be out of the picture for now. Colbert has been a pretty steady 3-4 catches a game performer but in this struggling passing game there are likely better options on your roster.

TE Jeff King B

King blew up last week as the Colts took away the outside routes in the passing game. That won't be the case against a Titans defense that hasn't given up more than two catches to a tight in since week three.

Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

Young returned to the starting lineup last week but looked bad - completing just six of 14 passes. The Titans are showing no confidence in his arm. He's averaging 22 pass attempts in his starts and backup Collins threw the ball 42 times in his one start. He will likely step up his game a bit against Carolina this week but he's just not a fantasy factor.

RB LenDale White S2

Continues to get 25-plus touches and has put up back-to-back 100-yard games. Can't ask for much more from a fantasy back. The Panthers are giving up over 110 yards and a score each game on the ground.

RB Chris Henry B

While Brown has sat out Henry has shown himself to be a more productive runner and has scored in each game he's seen action. His running style and quickness make him a great change-of-pace to White. As long as Brown remains out Henry will keep getting some carries in a relief role behind White. And as long as Henry keep up his fine play, Brown's ankle injury may continue to linger.

WR Brandon Jones B Expected back this week after missing three games with a knee injury. Don't expect much in his first game back given the state of the Titans passing attack.
WR Roydell Williams B The passing game continues to struggle under Young. If you are going to start a Titans wideout then Williams is the best option, but you'd have to be pretty desperate, as he'll lose snaps now that Jones is returning to action.
WR Justin Gage B

A couple of catches a week with no upside.

WR Eric Moulds B

Has been completely out of the picture the past two weeks and the prospects of that improving are anyone's guess in this sputtering passing attack.

TE Bo Scaife B

As expected Scaife was much less active in the passing game last week as the Titans offense adjusts to the loss of their starting fullback. It's likely this will continue.

 
Green Bay (6-1) at Kansas City (4-3) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S3

Favre put up his 4th 300-yard game Monday night against a very tough Denver pass defense. This is another tough matchup on the road against a very good Kansas City defense that really pressures the quarterback. He'll struggle more this week.

RB Ryan Grant S3

Well the Packers still have the league's worst running game, but there were some signs of hope Monday night as Grant ran strong and won the starting job going forward. The Chiefs aren't as forgiving a run defense as Grant faced Monday night, but if they get him 20-plus carries he can produce startable fantasy numbers.

RB Vernand Morency B

Morency is a versatile back and is typically used on third downs. If Grant emerges as a viable runner for Green Bay then Morency will slide into an almost exclusive 3rd-down role and be of little fantasy value.

WR Donald Driver S2

Driver is not the big-play receiver in this passing attack but he's a consistent and favorite target for Favre.

WR James Jones S3 Seems to have slid into the #3 WR role now but he's on the field a lot in this pass-heavy offense.
WR Greg Jennings S3

Jennings had the big game-winner Monday night, but more importantly he was targeted eight times, making that two games in a row he's had more looks from Favre than Driver. His matchup this week against the aging but solid KC corners isn't great but it's good enough to make him a viable option for your lineup.

TE Donald Lee S3 With the running game and outside routes working Monday night the tight end wasn't in demand. That won't be the case most weeks and with Franks still out Lee will see plenty of action. The Chiefs however do defend the tight end position very well, so don't expect too much here.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard B

Huard does play better at home but he's rarely a fantasy option and surely not this week against the very tough Packers defense as he battles calf, groin and shoulder injuries.

RB Larry Johnson S2

Before the bye Johnson took advantage of two weak run defenses for his best two fantasy games of the season. The going won't be so easy this week against the stout Packers' run defense. His value may take even more of a hit if Holmes starts to get double digit carries.

WR Dwayne Bowe S3

Someone will end up making a few plays in the passing game besides Gonzalez and the odds on favorite will be Bowe even though he's facing a very difficult matchup with the Green Bay corners.

WR Jeff Webb
Samie Parker
B Nothing to see here... move along.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1

The Packers are a very good matchup as they do not defend the tight end well.

 
Cincinnati (2-5) at Buffalo (3-4) Back to top
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S2

The passing game hasn't been real consistent this season but Palmer has shown improvement over the past few games. Look for a very good game this week against the struggling Bills.

RB Rudi Johnson B

Until Johnson gets back on the field for some significant action he's on your bench. The solid play of backup Watson has made it easier for the Bengals to take their time with Johnson's recovery.

RB Kenny Watson S2

Watson's strong play has made rushing Johnson back from his hamstring injury unnecessary. That fine play should continue against a Buffalo defense that surrenders almost 130 rushing YPG.

WR Chad Johnson S1 Hasn't scored since week two but this is a great matchup against a very bad Buffalo secondary.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S1

Continues to crank out at least a touchdown a week and this matchup with the Bills' weak secondary should keep the streak going.

Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman U

Thanks to Edwards' sprained wrist, Losman moves back into the starting lineup. Against a Bengals pass defense that's getting torched every week that could be a good thing for fantasy owners in need of a sleeper at quarterback this week.

RB Marshawn Lynch S2

Lynch missed out on some production last week as he got banged up a bit. He's expected to be okay and should continue his solid play this weekend with another of his rare favorable matchups with a struggling Bengals run defense.

WR Lee Evans S2

Evans seems to be finally coming around for his fantasy owners and it won't matter who's throwing him the ball this week against the highly suspect Cincinnati secondary.

WR Roscoe Parrish
Josh Reed
B Even in this favorable matchup Evans remains the only viable fantasy receiver.
TE Robert Royal
Michael Gaines
B Gains did score a touchdown in week four and Royal had a 4-catch game in week five. That's the extent of the highlights for the Buffalo tight ends this season.
 

San Diego (4-3) at Minnesota (2-5)

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San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers S3

Rivers is still not playing well but teams take what is given. This week against the Vikings that means the game will lean heavy on the passing attack for San Diego.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S2 Under performed last week in a good matchup and draws one of his toughest matchups this week in Minnesota. The Chargers don't have all the offensive kinks worked out yet.
WR Vincent Jackson   B

Has only a single catch in the past two games and will continue to take a back seat to the newly acquired Chambers as he becomes more familiar with the offense. Falling to #4 behind LT, Gates and Chambers in this offense may signal the end of Jackson's fantasy prospects for this season.

WR Chris Chambers S2 It only took one game for Rivers to warm up to his new toy. Look for more of the same this week as the Chargers will be forced to throw the ball more in this matchup, and the forgiving Vikings' pass defense will lead to another successful performance.
TE Antonio Gates S1

No-brainer.

Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brooks Bollinger or
Tarvaris Jackson
B

The Vikings' choice this week will likely boil down to third-stringer Bollinger or the broken-fingered Jackson. Your choice is easy. You look elsewhere.

RB Chester Taylor B

Taylor is the 3rd-down back now and the occasional reliever for Peterson.

RB Adrian Peterson S2

Has won the starting job and is now the primary back for the Vikings. Only a two-down back however as Taylor will get most of the third-down work. So don't expect much more than 20 or so carries a week. His big-play ability makes him a solid fantasy starter even with difficult matchups like San Diego.

WR Bobby Wade
Sidney Rice
Troy Williamson
B

There are no matchups to exploit here and the shaky quarterback play would render them useless even if they existed.

TE Vishante Shiancoe X

We have a tale of two quarterbacks here. When Jackson plays Shiancoe is a complete non-factor in the passing game (two catches in four games). When anyone else is under center he makes noise (12-139 and a TD in three games). So if Bollinger starts this week then there may be some fantasy value here. If it's Jackson then there is none.

 
Arizona (3-4) at Tampa Bay (4-4) Back to top
Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner B

Warner will continue to play through the left elbow injury but he should stay on your bench this week. The Bucs rank #1 in fantasy at defending the quarterback.

RB Edgerrin James S2

The Tampa defense may be tough against the pass but they've struggled all season at stopping the run. They give up over 110 YPG and a touchdown each week.

WR Anquan Boldin S3

Boldin returned to action in week seven and picked up right where he left off before the injury. Both he and ...

WR Larry Fitzgerald S3 ... Fitzgerald will be limited by the aging but solid Tampa corners, but both remain starters for most teams.
TE Leonard Pope B Made another of his rare fantasy appearances before the bye, scoring his second touchdown of the season. His size presents matchup problems for most teams but the Cardinals are just not committed to getting him the ball consistently.
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia S3

Struggled as expected last week against the very tough Jaguars defense. Should bounce back in this matchup with Arizona, as the Cardinals are an average defense at best.

RB Michael Bennett B Has only touched the ball five times since arriving in Tampa but is averaging nine yards every time he does and has scored. Should continue to see his workload increase but isn't likely to become the starter given the solid play of current starter Graham.
RB Earnest Graham S3

Continues to run strong and put up some decent yardage. But he has yet to carry the ball more than 19 times and backup Bennett will start seeing more touches with his new team. Arizona can be run on so look for Graham's production to keep pace with his average in this matchup.

WR Joey Galloway S2

What can you say? The old speedster just keeps getting it done and Garcia is looking his way often.

WR Ike Hilliard S3

Hilliard isn't going to get you any big games but he's become a fairly consistent fantasy producer this season. He's been targeted by Garcia just as many times (55) as Galloway so far this season. This week's matchup with the Arizona secondary is a decent one.

TE Jerramy Stevens B

Stevens continues to fill in for the injured Smith but holds little fantasy value, especially this week. The Cardinals are an average defense except when it comes to defending opposing tight ends. In that category they lead all fantasy defenses, allowing just 26 YPG to the position.

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