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Start/Bench List - Week 10
Whitney Walters
November 8, 2007
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NYJ, TB
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 (5-3) at Pittsburgh (6-2) Back to top
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson S3

Anderson's worst game of the year was the three quarters he played in week one against Pittsburgh. Both he and the Cleveland passing game are much improved since then but this is still a very tough matchup on the road. Still a starter but lower your expectations.

RB Jamal Lewis B

Lewis continued his ineffective running last week with a season low 1.8 YPC. Thankfully for fantasy owners his day included a career high FOUR rushing touchdowns and a near career high 67 receiving yards. In week one against the Steelers Lewis ran for 35 yards on 11 carries. Just a hunch - but this rematch will be much closer to the first meeting than last week. MUCH closer.

WR Braylon Edwards S3

Struggled last week and dropped a couple from Anderson, one a sure touchdown. The struggles will likely continue this week facing the very tough and hard hitting Pittsburgh defense on the road.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

The third option in the passing game against the league's top pass defense.

TE Kellen Winslow S2

Went from his lowest catch count of the season to the highest on just one week. Will land somewhere in between this week. Few teams defend the tight end as well as the Steelers and they've allowed just a single touchdown to the position all season.

Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S1

On a major roll and through half the season already has a career high 20 touchdowns. Four of those came in week one against the Browns. Not much has changed since that meeting, as the Browns defense has become a fantasy favorite for quarterbacks.

RB Willie Parker S1 Parker has rushed for over 100 yards five times this season and the odds are very good against the woeful Cleveland defense that this week will bring number six.
WR Hines Ward S2 Ward took a back seat to Holmes Monday night in the rain, but will get back on track this week against a Browns team he typically plays very well against.
WR Santonio Holmes S2

Holmes has become a touchdown scoring machine this year and is a consistent down field target for Roethlisberger. Just like the rest of the Pittsburgh passing game this week, Holmes is a very good fantasy play.

TE Heath Miller S3

With all the success on the outside with the wideouts there's little left for Miller. He does score (only Clark has more touchdowns) but his 33 targets and 23 catches puts him far below the top fantasy tight ends. He's had only four catches in the past two games but against Cleveland everyone in the passing game has a chance for fantasy success.

 
Atlanta (2-6) at Carolina (4-4) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B

This is a rematch of Harrington's best game of the season in week three. A lot has happened since then, and not for the better.

RB Warrick Dunn
U

Dunn's 100-yard effort last week running the ball was his first in 18 games. It's likely the Falcons will continue to run the ball as much as possible to limit their reliance on Harrington and with Norwood injured Dunn may see a significant number of carries again. If he does he can have some success against a Panthers defense that's allowing over 100 yards and a touchdown on the ground per game.

RB Jerious Norwood B

Banged up last week and still not getting the touches.

WR Roddy White S3

White is by far the most consistent Falcons receiver and had his biggest game of the season against these Panthers in week three. Don't expect a repeat on the road but he's still borderline starter material if you need help in deeper leagues.

WR Michael Jenkins B

Jenkins has had some moments, but three fantasy relevant games out of eight just isn't going to get it done for your team.

TE Alge Crumpler B

Remains out and no other tight end in a Falcons uniform is worth your time.

Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde B

Looked good in his first start off the street. Looked bad in his second start and got hurt. Now it looks like he'll be the starter again but will not be 100%. He has a good running game behind him, some nice targets down field and gets to play at home against the woeful Falcons. Still, he's ancient and I wouldn't want to put my fantasy fortunes in his hand this or any other week.

RB DeShaun Foster S2 Hasn't rushed for more than 64 yards in five games but the Falcons give up 113 YPG on the ground and have allowed at least one rushing touchdown in their last four games. Foster's best game of the season (135 total yards and two scores) came in week three against Atlanta.
RB DeAngelo Williams B

Nine carries in the past two games. 'Nuf said.

WR Steve Smith S3

The quarterback roulette is killing Smith's fantasy value. Despite being targeted 17 times in the past two games he has just five catches for 33 yards. Most will turn to other options but Smith is still worth sticking with due to his big upside in what will be a much talked about rematch with CB Hall. But just barely.

WR Keary Colbert
Drew Carter
B

This pair gets the occasional catch and Carter even the occasional score, but with the state of the Carolina passing game the only wideout you should be considering for your team is Smith.

TE Jeff King B

King could bounce back from his difficult matchup last week but starter Testaverde has not shown a knack for getting the ball to the tight end in his limited action in Carolina.

 
Jacksonville (5-3) at Tennessee (6-2) Back to top
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Quinn Gray or
David Garrard
S3

Gray should get his final start but there's an outside chance Garrard could return Sunday. Either way, they are playing one of the top defenses in the league on the road. The Jags will be forced to move the ball through the air but Gray or Garrard are still only borderline fantasy options at best. If Garrard plays he has a fantasy edge over Gray.

RB Fred Taylor
Maurice Jones-Drew
B

The Jaguars couldn't run the ball against Tennessee in week one and no one has been able to run on the Titans all season. MJD has some upside since he'll catch some balls out of the backfield, but if you have better matchup options on your roster you should go with them.

WR Reggie Williams X

The Jacksonville passing game has been best avoided this season but you may get lucky with one wideout in this matchup since they will be forced to the air often. The problem is none of the Jacksonville wide receivers stand out. Williams seems to be a solid red-zone target and Gray seems to favor him. However, if Garrard returns then ...

WR Dennis Northcutt X ... Northcutt may be an option since Garrard seemed to favor him before the injury. Other than these two ...
WR Ernest Wilford
Matt Jones
B ... the rest of the wideouts should be avoided.
TE Marcedes Lewis B

The talented tight end is second on the team with 20 catches this season, which says more about the state of the Jacksonville passing game than it does his fantasy prospects.

Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

He's just not getting it done, period. The best you can hope for from Young at this point in a game is for him to manage a single passing touchdown and then run another one in. And that would most likely happen against a weak defense, which the Jaguars are not.

RB LenDale White S3

White has put up three straight 100 yard games and oddly enough the last back to put up over 100 yards on the Jags was Tennessee's Chris Brown in week one. Since then it's been a string of sub-85 yard games with the occasional score. With the passing game in the state its in the Titans will have little choice but to run the ball, so White will get his carries. He'll just be much less productive with them this week.

RB Chris Henry
Chris Brown
B

Henry is facing a 4-game suspension and Brown is still nursing a bad ankle. This is White's show for now.

WR Brandon Jones B Returned to the field last week but received limited snaps with no catches. His playing time will increase but in this sputtering passing attack there's little fantasy hope here.
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.
WR Justin Gage B

A couple of catches a week with no upside.

WR Eric Moulds B

Three zero catch games in a row and appears to be completely out of the picture.

TE Bo Scaife S3

The Titans have adjusted well to the loss of their fullback and Scaife has pulled in six balls in two of the past three games. He and Young seem to be getting back on the same page and he'll be needed as Young's options on the outside will be limited.

 

Cincinnati (2-6) at Baltimore (4-4)

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Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S2 Tough call this week due to many player and matchup variables. He may be without WR Johnson but may get WR Henry back. Baltimore CB's McAlister and Rolle are likely back but Rolle has not been himself this season. A healthy Johnson and no corners means a must start. No Johnson and healthy corners means a difficult start. Palmer has thrown for at least 200 yards and a score in the last five meetings with the Ravens, so he falls in the risky S2 category this week.
RB Rudi Johnson B

The Bengals running game went nowhere last week and Johnson has only 13 carries in the past four games due to injury problems. Don't expect any improvements against a Baltimore defense that held him to just 50 yards in week one and is still playing some of the best run-stopping defense in the league.

RB Kenny Watson B

Watson may stay the starter but he's sharing the backfield with the recovering Johnson. Even if he was getting the full workload he'd belong on your bench against the stout Baltimore run defense.

WR Chad Johnson S3 Underachieving and knocked out of last week's game. Expected to play this week but no way will he be 100%. Has averaged about 80 yards a game in the past five against Baltimore and has only scored twice. A risky start this week due to the neck injury.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S1

With all the uncertainty swirling around the Bengals passing attack this week one thing is certain. T.J. will play and he'll score.

WR Chris Henry X Doesn't seem to understand the proper way to tip a valet, but he will be back on the field Sunday for the Bengals. With Johnson possibly out or at a minimum limited, Henry may see more action than expected this early in his return.
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Steve McNair B Sad to say and watch, but McNair appears to be done as a passer. Thankfully he gets a nice matchup this week against a Cincinnati secondary that's allowed a league leading 20 touchdowns. Too bad none of those came from McNair in their week one meeting.
RB Willis McGahee S2

Has scored in each of the past three games and should again in this matchup with the Bengals 28th ranked run defense.

WR Derrick Mason S2

Mason continues to consistently produce each week and went 7-76 against the Bengals in week one. Should have little trouble duplicating or besting that total this week.

WR Mark Clayton B

A continued disappointment and a non-factor in the struggling Ravens passing attack.

WR Demetrius Williams U

Williams has shown promise at times this season as a red-zone target, but has virtually disappeared over the past three games, catching only three balls. His best games have come with McNair under center and his matchup this week with the very suspect Cincinnati secondary make him a possible sleeper. Could score his first touchdown of the season.

TE

Todd Heap

X Expected to return this week but is a risky play even in this great matchup.
 
Dallas (7-1) at N. Y. Giants (6-2) Back to top
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S1

Romo started this breakout fantasy season with 345 yards and four touchdowns in week one against the Giants. Isn't likely to repeat that performance as the Giants have improved into one of the league's top pass defenses.

RB Julius Jones B

The most carries Jones has received was 16 in week one against the Giants and last week was the first time all season he's topped the 77 total yards he gained in that game. If you are looking for 50-70 yards and the remote possibility of a score, then Jones is your man. Most fantasy teams have a better option however.

RB Marion Barber S2

After a three week hiatus from the end-zone, Barber seems back on track, scoring in each of the past two games.

WR Terrell Owens S1

Owens had his best game in a Cowboy uniform last week and he and Romo appear back in a nice groove.

WR Patrick Crayton B

Now three weeks removed from his little scoring streak, Crayton has become an afterthought in the Dallas passing attack. This offense is all about Owens, Witten and Barber. What's left over isn't worth plugging into your fantasy lineup most weeks even though he may bust out on occasion if the defense focuses too much on Owens and Witten.

TE Jason Witten S1

Just the sight of him busting down the field with a bloody nose and no helmet is enough reason to start him. His 617 yards and five touchdowns so far are a good reason also.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S2

It's been downhill for Manning since his 312 yard, 4 touchdown game against Dallas in week one. But his play has been consistent and improved of late (never mind that London fiasco). Since that week one game the Cowboys have allowed only three other QB's to hit the end-zone. With two weeks to prepare and Dallas going on the road for the second week, Manning should do just fine.

RB Brandon Jacobs S2

Back in full swing and running strong. Will get another crack at Dallas this week after missing most of the week one matchup due to his knee injury. The yards won't come easy against the league's #5 run defense, but they will come.

RB Derrick Ward
Reuben Droughns
B

Ward's and Droughns' touches have decreased since Jacobs returned to the starting lineup and neither are fantasy factors right now.

WR Plaxico Burress S2

Burress hasn't scored in two games and the lack of practice time with the offense may be taking its toll as he's looked out of sync for long stretches. The off week may help and reports are that he'll try to practice some later in the week.

WR Amani Toomer S3

Look for Toomer to continue to see plenty of single coverage due to Burress' success this season. This weekend however that coverage will be in the form of either of the very solid Dallas cover corners, Newman and Henry. Very borderline starter.

TE Jeremy Shockey S1 Shockey had a solid game against Dallas in week one and scored in each of their meetings last season.

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