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Start/Bench List - Week 10
Whitney Walters
November 8, 2007
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HOU, NE,
 
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)
 
Detroit (6-2) at Arizona (3-5) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

After a four week absence Kitna found the end-zone last week - twice. There should be more of the same against the out manned Arizona secondary.

RB Kevin Jones S2

Jones is running well and getting more carries than most thought he would in the Mike Martz offense. But that's rarely going to translate into 20-plus and there was a T.J. Duckett sighting last week. Good matchup this week with the Cardinals run defense as they've given up 123 YPG on the ground to their last three opponents.

WR Roy Williams S2

Williams hasn't crossed the goal line since week three. With three other excellent targets on the field and a surprisingly solid running game, Williams' upside just isn't there any more. He may be good for another big game or two this season, but that's not going to be the norm.

WR Mike Furrey B

May have snuck into the end-zone last week for the first time this season, but he's still a 2-3 catch per game option right now.

WR Calvin Johnson X Injuries and the rookie wall seem to be taking a toll on Johnson, as the Lions appear to be limiting his snaps. The 2-3 catches for 40-50 yards he's been getting lately may be what you should expect the rest of his rookie campaign. His great talent give him some big-play upside, but that's about it right now.
WR Shaun McDonald S3

McDonald is never going to light it up, but his consistently favorable matchups with opposing dime corners typically makes him the #2 fantasy option in this talented WR corps.

Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner S2

The Cardinals lead the league in interceptions and do pressure the quarterback well, but the rank 30th in the league in passing yards allowed. His wideouts have distinct advantages down field and Warner should bounce back with a fine game this week against his old buddy Mike Martz.

RB Edgerrin James S2

The Lions defense has clamped down on the run in their last two games, allowing just 104 rushing yards in both. Prior to that they were allowing 111 per game. Edge will get his carries in this matchup and should produce his typical 70-80 yards with a good chance at a score.

WR Anquan Boldin S2

Warner looks Boldin's way often in the red-zone, but it would be nice if he's spread some of the red-zone love around to ...

WR Larry Fitzgerald S2 ... Fitzgerald once in a while. Both receivers are solid starts in what should be a higher scoring game for Arizona.
TE Leonard Pope B Has managed two touchdowns this season. Has also managed only two games with more than a single catch and two with none.
 
Chicago (3-5) at Oakland (2-6) Back to top
Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Griese S3

Griese has struggled in his past two games and the bye week came at a good time. He'll need to play better this week as the Oakland pass defense is improving. The last four quarterbacks they've faced have thrown for just 140 YPG and a single touchdown. Now granted those QB's were Rivers, Huard, Young and Rosenfels. But Griese's only slightly better then that crew so don't expect much.

RB Cedric Benson S2

The Raiders are giving out rushing touchdowns and 100-yard games like door prizes at McAfee Coliseum. I mean seriously, Ron Dayne went for a buck-22 and scored last week. If Benson can't pull that off this week then he's as big a disappointment as I think he is. Let's just hope the Bears cooperate and get him 20-plus carries, something they haven't done in a month.

RB Adrian Peterson B Has established himself as the Bears third-down back and can get you a few points a week in PPR leagues.
WR Muhsin Muhammad S3

Muhammad's getting fewer looks than Berrian in the passing game, but seems to be favored by Griese in the red-zone. Look for him to work most of the game against corners not named Asomugha and produce startable fantasy numbers.

WR Bernard Berrian B

Not going to happen this week against one of the league's premier cover corners. Griese will have too many other options in the passing game to want to test this matchup.

WR Devin Hester B Hester may be getting more looks on offense, but that's translated into just six catches in six games. And now teams have given up kicking him the ball so the return points are scarce right now also.
TE Greg Olsen
Desmond Clark

S3

In the Detroit game before the bye was the first time Clark's production dropped off since the talented Olsen returned from injury six games ago. Now comes the big question - anomaly or coming trend. Given the lack of options at WR this week the odds are very good it was just a one week thing.

Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Josh McCown B

McCown got the starting job back last week and quickly reminded every fantasy owner why they should avoid the Raiders quarterback, whoever it may be.

RB

Lamont Jordan   B

Lost his starting job last week and got four carries.

RB Justin Fargas S2

Now the starter, Fargas runs with great speed and seems to be a better fit for the struggling offensive line in Oakland. He's able to get to and through the line of scrimmage just a bit quicker than Jordan or Rhodes. The Bears are giving up 131 rushing yards and a touchdown per game this season and Fargas will get plenty of touches as the running game is the best thing going offensively for the Raiders.

WR Jerry Porter B With the state of the Oakland passing game, Porter will rarely get you more than his 3-4 catch, 40-50 yard average. And this week against the tough CB Tillman he's likely to come in under that average.
WR Ronald Curry S3

Curry's production has tailed off the past couple of weeks but he's the best fantasy option going in the Oakland passing game. With CB Vasher still out Curry should be able to take advantage of his secondary matchup. Most of his best production this season has come with McCown at quarterback.

TE Zack Miller B

The switch back to McCown hurt his chances last week but he did have a near miss touchdown. If he and McCown can settle into some kind of rhythm there may be some hope here, but odds are good McCown will be heading to the bench again soon.

 

Indianapolis (7-1) at San Diego (4-4)

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Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

Manning has as many one touchdown games as he has multi-touchdown games throwing the ball. Those every other week goal-line sneaks are a real nice bonus.

RB Joseph Addai S1

So I'm betting you've heard just a little about what Adrian Peterson did last week to the Chargers once DL Castillo went down. Castillo's still out, just in case you need a reason to start the former #1 fantasy back.

WR Marvin Harrison X

Has teased us for two games now. Until you see him running routes in the fourth quarter of a game he has to remain on your bench.

WR Reggie Wayne S1 The best San Diego can throw at Wayne is CB Jammer and he's limited due to a nagging hamstring injury.
WR Anthony Gonzalez
Aaron Moorehead
B This pair just keep coming up small with the extra playing time afforded them with Harrison out. Now Gonzalez will be sidelined by a thumb injury. Unfortunately Moorehead hasn't gained the confidence of the coaches or Manning. So even if Harrison misses another game and he's all that's left, he's still not a viable fantasy option.
TE Dallas Clark S1

Clark has been quiet for a couple of weeks but that will change Sunday night. The Chargers do not defend the tight end well - allowing 50 yards a game and five touchdowns on the season. That ranks them 29th in fantasy production allowed.

San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers B

Rivers is just not playing well, period. And now he faces one of the league's top pass defenses. He's topped 200 yards passing only three times this season and hasn't scored in three of the past five games. Don't look for much improvement Sunday night.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S2 Another very tough matchup for LT. But what are you gonna do, sit him?
WR Vincent Jackson   B

Has only two catches in the past three games and is now the fourth offensive option.

WR Chris Chambers S2

Through just two games Rivers has looked Chambers' way 15 times to Jackson's 8 and Gates' 9. Unfortunately his decent matchup this week with the Indy corners is limited by the poor play of his quarterback.

TE Antonio Gates S1

Only 1-10 last week and facing a very tough Indy defense. Still a start no matter what.

 

San Francisco (2-6) at Seattle (4-4)

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San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Alex Smith B

With a stat line last week of 17-38-149 it's hard to imagine things getting worse for Smith and the 49ers passing attack. Well... that was against the Falcons. Now they travel up the west coast to even tougher Seattle.

RB Frank Gore S3

Gore had great success against the Seahawks last season and his best yardage game of this disappointing season came in week four against Seattle when he gained a total of 121 yards. In the four games since then Seattle has allowed over 150 total yards to opposing backfields. If Gore's ankle allows him to play at close to 100% in this matchup he should reward his fantasy owners with a nice effort.

WR Darrell Jackson B Back in the lineup last week and was targeted 8 times. Returns to Seattle this week and typically you can play that card to your fantasy advantage with players. But his first meeting with his old team resulted in just three catches and he's caught just two balls a game since. Hard to imagine this passing attack under QB Smith suddenly finding enough life to provide Jackson with a startable game.
WR Arnaz Battle B

Battle keeps getting the looks. Ten a game over the last three. But the resulting production just isn't there. Went just 3-19 in week four against Seattle

WR Ashley Lelie B As expected Lelie disappeared last week, failing to have a single pass thrown to him.
TE Vernon Davis S2

For the second week in a row Davis was a key component of the passing attack. He's by far the best weapon at their disposal and they will surely continue to utilize him. Winslow torched Seattle for 125 yards last weekend. Another good matchup indicator.

Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2

Hasselbeck continues to play consistently well each week and had a good game (281 yards and two TD's) in San Francisco week four.

RB Shaun Alexander X

Alexander hasn't topped 50 yards rushing since week four and is losing carries now to backup Morris. He now has a sprained ankle and knee to add to his cracked wrist. His string of very productive Monday night games will likely come to an end this week as he may not even be able to play.

RB Maurice Morris U With Alexander very banged up there's a good chance Morris will get the start. At a minimum he'll see increased playing time. Against a Niners defense that's allowing over 150 total yards a game to opposing backfields, this could be a very nice matchup to take advantage of if you are looking for a starting back this week.
WR Deion Branch S3 Delayed his return and will be in the starting lineup for Seattle on Monday night. His last meeting with the Niners five weeks ago resulted in a career high 130 yards.
WR D.J. Hackett S3

Hackett saw his first significant action of the season last week and picked up right were he left off last year.

WR Bobby Engram S2

With Branch due back this week Engram will now move back to the slot. Shouldn't matter a bit to fantasy owners since he's productive where ever the Seahawks line him up. He leads the team in receiving through the first half of the season and will draw a very favorable matchup with nickel back Spencer this week.

TE Will Heller B

Heller continues to fill in for the injured Pollard and is a complete fantasy non-factor. He's only caught a pass in two games this season.

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