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Start/Bench List - Week 10
Whitney Walters
November 8, 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)
Philadelphia (3-5) at Washington (5-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2

McNabb isn't lighting it up this year and at times really seems to struggle in games. But he's throwing for 275 yards and a touchdown over the past four games. The Jets' Clemens put up 226 and a score on the Skins last week so McNabb should have no trouble maintaining or bettering his average.

RB Brian Westbrook S2

Despite the offensive struggles Westbrook continues to put up very good fantasy numbers thanks to his production in the passing game. That will be no different against Washington, a team he gained 162 total yards against in week two.

WR Reggie Brown S3

Over the past three games Brown has been McNabb's primary wideout target and the team is actively trying to get him the ball down field on big plays. He should be good for at least one this weekend against the average Redskins corners, making him a borderline play.


Kevin Curtis


Outside of Curtis' two big games this season he's averaging about 3-4 catches for 50 yards a game. But he remains an active part of the passing attack and his speed and experience keep him in a position to make big plays.

TE L.J. Smith B

Smith got his most extensive playing time last week since early in the season and came out the other side with no setbacks. His 2-34 performance was the best for a Philly tight end this season and now that he's back on a weekly basis McNabb will likely look his way more and more. Until that results in solid fantasy production fantasy owners should take a wait and see approach here.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

Campbell had a decent game against the Eagles in week two but the Redskins passing game is just not clicking and the young QB's play is not improving, which is why they are running the ball more.

RB Clinton Portis S2 One huge game does not a resurgence make. But if the Redskins are willing to commit to giving Portis 20-plus carries a game (something they haven't done in a season and a half) he should pay off with some decent numbers for his fantasy owners. The Eagles defense got beat physically last week and if the Redskins stick to their solid zone blocking schemes in this matchup, Portis will have another very good game.
RB Ladell Betts B

His 64 yards last week was a season high but he did it on only nine carries, the most he's received since week one.

WR Santana Moss
Antwaan Randle El

Neither receiver has had over 54 yards in the past four games as the passing attack for Washington continues to struggle. Moss' best game of the season came in week two against the Eagles and you can expect Washington to test the struggling Philly corners deep with both he and Randle El. Moss continues to be slowed by injury so Randle El may be the better play here.

TE Chris Cooley S2

Cooley remains Campbell's prime target and the Eagles are not defending the tight end position well, giving up big games the past three weeks. Cooley also scored on them in week two.

Buffalo (4-4) at Miami (0-8) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman U

Making the most of his second chance. Take away the London mess and the Dolphins have allowed over 300 YPG passing and nine touchdowns to their previous three opponents. The last time Losman faced Miami he threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

RB Marshawn Lynch S2

As the schedule has lightened up and the Bills play improves, Lynch owners are benefiting. Against a reeling Dolphins team that's allowing 140 YPG to running backs those benefits should continue.

WR Lee Evans S2

When a player gets on a fantasy roll you have to stick with him. Of course facing the struggling Miami secondary this week helps make that an easier decision.

WR Josh Reed U With Losman back Reed has seen more consistent looks and has put up 95 yards in the past two games. He's a very risky play, but the Dolphins secondary has given up 15 touchdowns this season, second most in the league.
TE Robert Royal B Royal scored his first touchdown of the season last week but just as many passes went to fellow tight ends Gaines and Schouman.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Cleo Lemon U

Before the trip to London, Lemon had played fairly well and his three rushing touchdowns got him some fantasy attention. He's operating now with limited weapons now that Chambers and Brown are gone. The Bills pass defense leaves a lot to be desired and with two weeks to prepare there's a good chance Lemon will surprise with another solid performance in this matchup.


Jesse Chatman


Chatman's first crack at the lead back role netted him 19 touches for 100 total yards. The Bills defense has improved over their last four games (all wins) but they are still allowing 135 total YPG to opposing backs. Look for the Dolphins to stick with Chatman and get him 20-plus touches in this and future matchups.

WR Marty Booker
Ted Ginn Jr.
Derek Hagan
B Booker and Ginn Jr. are the starters but Hagan sees plenty of action. Lemon is spreading the ball around to all his targets but Booker and Hagan get the lion's share from the wideouts. Ginn Jr. has just a single catch in all but one game this season but seems to be coming on of late. He had three catches in week 7 and a touchdown in London.
TE David Martin
Justin Peelle

The tight ends are seeing plenty of looks from Lemon as the passing attack is spreading the ball around pretty well. Combined Martin and Peelle would make a very solid fantasy tight end. Separately they are too inconsistent to rely on.

St. Louis (0-8) at New Orleans (4-4) Back to top
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2

Bulger looked good against the weak Cleveland defense before the bye and wasn't sacked once. The Rams will have no choice but to air it out in this matchup to keep pace with the very hot Saints offense. That will be a good thing for fantasy owners as New Orleans secondary gets torched each week and they don't have much of a pass rush.

RB Steven Jackson S3

On Jackson's return before the bye he suffered a back injury that is reportedly not going to keep him out this week. The Saints haven't had a back gain more than 61 yards on them since week one and haven't given up a rushing touchdown since week three. The fact that opponents are passing the ball at will has a lot to do with that and Jackson should get enough touches in this matchup to warrant taking the risk on him this week.

WR Torry Holt S2

Holt has been the one fantasy constant in this disappointing season for the Rams and as the play of the offense improves so does his fantasy value. Especially this week against the Saints struggling secondary.

WR Isaac Bruce
Drew Bennett

Both Bruce and Bennett got healthy and productive before the bye against the Browns' very weak pass defense. A week of rest and an equally weak Saints' pass defense means fantasy owners can look for some help here if they need it.

TE Randy McMichael B

McMichael hasn't been much of a fantasy factor on his new team thanks to the decimation of the offensive line. That doesn't look to change any time soon.

New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

Brees and the New Orleans passing game are on a serious roll and nothing about this matchup indicates either slowing down this week.

RB Reggie Bush S2

Bush is getting about 24 touches a game now and is proving to be very productive thanks to his important role in the passing attack, a la Westbrook in Philly. He's scored three times in the past three weeks and the Rams are allowing 156 total YPG to opposing backs.

WR Marques Colston S2

Colston and Brees seem to have found that magic again and the mediocre St. Louis secondary should help keep the magic alive this weekend.

WR David Patten S3 Patten is starting now and has become the #2 WR target for Brees. He has either scored or put up 100 yards in three of the last four games.
WR Devery Henderson
Lance Moore

Despite the improvements in the Saints' passing attack over the past four games, Henderson has just four catches and Moore only eight. They may sneak into the end-zone occasionally in the now high-powered Saints offense, but that's not going to be enough for most fantasy owners.

TE Eric Johnson B Both Johnson's targets and catches have decreased as the passing game's improved over the past four games. He had 27 targets and 21 catches in the four losses and 15 targets and 13 catches in the four wins. He's no longer a reliable fantasy starter.

Minnesota (3-5) at Green Bay (7-1)

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Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brooks Bollinger B

The only healthy quarterback in Minnesota is Bollinger and he may very well be the starter against Green Bay Sunday. Doesn't really matter since this position has no fantasy relevance.

RB Chester Taylor B

Taylor has remained slightly productive in his 3rd-down / backup role but is not a starter. Not that it matters but Taylor has now been the backup for the two biggest rushing performances in NFL history. Jamal Lewis' 295 yarder and now Peterson's 296 yarder.

RB Adrian Peterson S2

Yeah it's Green Bay on the road, but this guy is in your lineup every week no matter what.

WR Bobby Wade
Sidney Rice
Troy Williamson

Do you really need a reason to avoid the wideouts in this terrible passing attack?

TE Vishante Shiancoe U

It's likely that Jackson is out this week and he's the QB most likely to ignore his talented tight end. If there's one weakness in the Green Bay defense it's their inability to cover tight ends effectively. They rank last in fantasy production allowed on the season. If you are in need of a sleeper at tight end you should give Shiancoe a try.

Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S2

As long as Favre is on the field he should be in your starting lineup. Green Bay throws the ball more (39 times a game) than all but New Orleans and the Vikings are thrown on more (41 times a game) than any team.

RB Ryan Grant B

Over the past three weeks the Minnesota defense has allowed opposing backs to put up startable numbers on them. But those backs were named Barber, Westbrook and Tomlinson. Grant doesn't quite fall into that category and is giving up touches to backups Morency and Jackson. The concussion he suffered last week could cost him even more touches Sunday.

WR Donald Driver S2

Jennings has emerged as the big play receiver in this offense but Driver is a consistent and favorite target for Favre.

WR James Jones S3 The #3 WR option now but in the Packers' pass-heavy offense that's usually good enough to warrant a start as a WR4 or even WR3 in some leagues.
WR Greg Jennings S2

Jennings has now caught a touchdown in all but one game this season. You just can't mess with that kind of production.

TE Donald Lee S2 Franks remains out and Lee has a shinny new long-term contract. He's been a consistent performer this year but doesn't have the upside of a stud fantasy tight end. Lee and Franks combined for 8 catches and 96 yards in week four against Minnesota.

Denver (3-5) at Kansas City (4-4)

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Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler S3

The leg injury he suffered last week will supposedly not keep him from playing Sunday. Before going down early last week Cutler had put up two very nice games against tough defenses. He'll get another chance to do just that this week on the road in Kansas City.

RB Travis Henry S3

Henry's been banged up for weeks and left the last game with a knee injury. Reports are that it's not serious and he'll play Sunday. The Chiefs have a solid defense and typically play better at home. The yards won't come easy this week.

RB Selvin Young B Young may see a few more touches this weekend but he's only the backup/3rd-down back and struggles with typical rookie inconsistency.
WR Brandon Marshall   S2

Marshall doesn't find the end-zone very often but his production has remained solid and consistent most of the season as he's evolved into the primary option in the absence of Walker. He's put up 70-plus yards in each of the past four games. His matchup with the aging Kansas City secondary is a good one this week.

WR Brandon Stokley S3 Has performed well since moving to the outside in place of Walker. He's scored twice in the past three games and also had over 70 yards in two of the games. His matchup in the Chiefs secondary is not as favorable as Marshall's but his ability to make the clutch catch keeps him a borderline starter.
TE Tony Scheffler S3

Since returning to action Scheffler has been a nice option in the Denver passing attack and had a season high six catches last week. He's a risky start this week however as the Chiefs cover the tight end position well and Denver's has struggled against them for the past couple of years.

Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Damon Huard S3

Huard seems to play better at home and he's thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of the past five games. Denver's defense plays a bit worse each week and the past five quarterbacks they've faced have thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns.

RB Priest Holmes S3

Never thought Priest would make it back into the SBL but you just never know in this game. And he even makes it with a starting status thanks to the terrible Denver run defense. But his production will be limited because he'll lose touches to rookie Kolby Smith.

WR Dwayne Bowe B

For the past four games the Kansas City passing attack has been all about Gonzalez and the promising Bowe has found himself on the outside with little production. Don't expect any improvement this weekend against the Denver corners.

WR Jeff Webb
Samie Parker
B Five catches for 53 yards between these two over the past two games. There's a chance Kennison will actually return this week, putting another nail in their fantasy coffins.
TE Tony Gonzalez S1

In his past four meetings with the Broncos his stat lines have gone 5-29, 1-25-TD, 2-7 and 4-35. Very un-Gonzo like and due partly to Denver being able to use CB Bailey in coverage. They will do their best to again take away the only real threat in the KC passing attack, but with less success this season.

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