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Start/Bench List - Week 11
Whitney Walters
November 15, 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)
 
Kansas City (4-5) at Indianapolis (7-2) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brodie Croyle B

Croyle has thrown 30 passes in his two year NFL career and is going on the road against the #2 pass defense in the league. No thanks.

RB Priest Holmes B

Holmes ran well in his first significant action since returning from the neck injury, gaining 3.3 YPC. He also didn't split touches with rookie Smith as many had expected. But against the Colts, 20 carries isn't going to produce much. The 76 yards LT gained on Indy last week was the most by a back since week four. Also, the potential for falling behind early in this matchup is high, meaning fewer running opportunities.

WR Dwayne Bowe B

After four weeks of limited catches, Bowe had his second career 100-yard game last week and it didn't really matter who the quarterback was. He's by far the best down field option on this team other than Gonzalez. Croyle will likely look his way often but only the New England receivers have had much success against the Indy defense this season.

WR Eddie Kennison
Jeff Webb
Samie Parker
B Kennison did catch his first three passes of the season last week but also re-aggravated his hamstring injury. Webb and Parker continue to see some time opposite Bowe but are complete fantasy non-factors.
TE Tony Gonzalez S3

It would be very difficult for most fantasy teams to sit Gonzo, but this week is not shaping up well. The switch at quarterback may or may not help his numbers and only once all season has a tight end gone for more than 57 yards against Indy and only one has scored.

Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

Even with a career high six interceptions last week, Manning still put up 300-plus yards and two touchdowns for his owners.

RB Joseph Addai S1

The Chiefs are okay but not great against the run and after the Colts build their big lead this week, Addai will get plenty of second half carries to pad his fantasy numbers.

WR Marvin Harrison X Harrison has missed four of the last five games due to the troubling knee injury. The team keeps saying that the knee will not get any better this season and Harrison will have to play through it. Each week they also keep saying that Harrison "could have played" if this were the playoffs. So here's where we stand. He could play this week or he may not take the field again until the playoffs. And each week the playing decision will likely not come until game-time.
WR Reggie Wayne S1 With Harrison out Wayne has averaged 8 catches for 113 yards per game and has scored three times. He stays in your lineup no matter what.
WR Anthony Gonzalez
Aaron Moorehead
Craphonso Thorpe
B Rookie Gonzalez is still slowed by the thumb injury and may be out another week. Moorehead started for Harrison again and again looked bad doing so. He was outplayed by the surprising Thorpe.
TE Dallas Clark S1

Clark will likely return this week after sitting out last week's game due to a concussion. If he plays he'll see plenty of action as the Indy passing attack is relying more on the tight end position with Harrison out.

 
New York Giants (6-3) at Detroit (6-3) Back to top
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S2 The younger Manning isn't often likely to "light it up", but has become a consistently reliable fantasy starter this season. Even though he's starting to be hurt by Burress' injury, he should have no trouble keeping the reliable play going this week against the terrible Detroit pass defense.
RB Brandon Jacobs S2

Continued to look good and run strong against the tough Dallas defense last week. He'll get an easier go of it Sunday but Detroit is no pushover. No back has put up 100 yards on them since week three and they haven't allowed a touchdown to a back since week five.

RB Derrick Ward
Reuben Droughns
B

Droughns was fortunate to get a goal-line carry last week but don't look for that to become a trend. He's just getting the occasional carry to spell Jacobs for a play. Ward remains out due to injury.

WR Plaxico Burress S3

The early season hot streak is over and reports out of NY indicate that his ankle injury is getting worse, not better. Burress is just 11-81 over the past three games and hasn't scored. Look for the passing game to continue to shift to Shockey and Toomer and for Burress to keep struggling. Hopefully for fantasy owners he won't reach a point to where he has to sit out some games.

WR Amani Toomer S3

Toomer is getting the looks in the passing game but isn't producing, catching only 7 passes for 86 yards in the past three games. His matchup this week with the suspect Detroit secondary makes him as good a fantasy option as Burress.

TE Jeremy Shockey S1 Won't likely have another career game this week, but a must start. He's had at least five catches and scored in three of the past five games. Look for the Giants to work him down field more with Burress struggling.
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S3

Two things that Kitna and the Detroit passing attack don't need. A solid secondary and a great pass rush. The Giants have both. Kitna could be in trouble behind his weakening offensive line.

RB Kevin Jones B

The Lions abandoned the run last week in their loss after spending half the season becoming a fairly balanced offense. During the game Jones left twice due to pain in his previously injured foot. Not a good sign and the team is hinting that they may rest him this weekend since they play the Packers just five days later. When he is in there his PPR league potential will also be hurt as he'll stay in for pass protection against the Giants' strong pass rush on most passing downs.

WR Roy Williams S2

Williams is the unquestioned primary target for Kitna. He's been targeted 32 times in the past three games. Should have little trouble keeping that going in this matchup with the solid but not great Giants secondary.

WR Mike Furrey B

Furry has come on the past two weeks but the Detroit passing game will struggle in this matchup and he remains a non-option for most fantasy teams.

WR Calvin Johnson B The talented rookie hasn't had more than three catches since week two. You pretty much know what you are going to get most weeks from Johnson now, and it's not a startable performance. He's also having a hard time staying healthy and was banged up again last week.
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. His opportunities may be limited this week however since the 4-WR sets may have to be shelved against the Giants' pass rush.

 
Cleveland (5-4) at Baltimore (4-5) Back to top
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson S2

Another rematch for Anderson this week against a Baltimore team he had a season low 18 attempts against in week four. Anderson has yet to disappoint his fantasy owners this season regardless of opponent, and with the Baltimore secondary still injury depleted that trend will likely continue.

RB Jamal Lewis B

The Lewis led running game is just not getting it done. He's averaged just 2.0 YPC over the last two games and now faces the league's top run defense.

WR Braylon Edwards S2

Only had one catch last week but made it count. Only had three against the Ravens earlier in the season but made those count also. With the Baltimore corners still questionable to play, Edwards should keep his torrid touchdown pace (only Moss has more) going this week.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

The third option in the passing game and good for 4-5 catches and 40-60 yards each week. With the bye week's over and the wide receiver position fairly injury free, that production won't make him a starter in most leagues.

TE Kellen Winslow S1

Has scored in three of the past five games and is a primary option for Anderson all over the field. He went 4-96 in his first meeting with Baltimore this season.

Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller U

Boller replaces the dilapidated McNair again and should help the struggling Baltimore passing game. In the three games Boller has started this season he's averaged just 187 yards and a touchdown per game. Against a Cleveland defense that struggling just as much as the Ravens offense there's probably enough upside here to get Boller 200-plus yards and two scores this week.

RB Willis McGahee S1

Hasn't seen the top side of 20 carries in three games but kept his scoring streak alive last week with his fourth. The Browns run defense allows 156 total YPG to opposing backfields.

WR Derrick Mason S3

Last week was only the second time all season Mason has received single digit looks. He had 10 catches in the first meeting with Cleveland and their pass defense has not improved since. And lucky for Mason owners Boller will replace the very ineffective McNair this week.

WR Mark Clayton B

Last week's out-of-nowhere performance isn't all that unusual for Clayton. He's had the teasing big games before. Unfortunately that's all they typically are, a tease.

WR Demetrius Williams B

Last week was his second single-catch effort in three games. The other was a zero-catch game.

TE

Todd Heap

X Did return to the field last week but re-aggravated his hamstring injury. May try to go again this week but is a risky start even in this great matchup.
 

Tampa Bay (5-4) at Atlanta (3-6)

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Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia S2

The rest will do Garcia some good and should refresh him for the second half of the season. The Falcons pass defense rates out fairly well, but they've faced few top tier quarterbacks this season - Brees in week seven is really the only one. Garcia isn't in that top tier either, but he'll do just fine in this matchup.

RB Earnest Graham S2

Graham has run the ball well while filling in for the injured Cadillac and had a career high 34 carry game going into the bye. He's also a very good receiver out of the backfield. The Bucs will continue to run the ball and the Falcons are allowing about 120 YPG on the ground. Pittman is due to return this week but don't expect him to pull too many carries away from Graham in his first game back, if at all.

WR Joey Galloway S2

Galloway went into the off week with some of his best play, catching three touchdowns in the last four games and gaining 84-plus yards in three of them. Nothing about the Falcon secondary indicates the fine play won't continue.

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 continues to be targeted by Garcia just as many times as Galloway and this week's matchup with the Atlanta secondary is a decent one.

TE Alex Smith B

Smith returned to action in week nine but remains an afterthought in the passing attack. He had two touchdowns in week five but only once all season has he pulled in more than three passes.

Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B Harrington actually scored a touchdown last week (his first since week four) but may give way to Leftwich as the starter. The Falcons won't say until later in the week. But does it really matter?
RB Warrick Dunn
S3

Dunn's 53 carries in the past two games have made him a nice fantasy option. Even with Norwood due back and a possible quarterback change this week, it's a good bet the Falcons will keep with what's brought them some recent success - running the ball. Since the Bucs allow over 100 YPG on the ground, Dunn remains a startable fantasy option.

RB Jerious Norwood B

Expected back on the field this weekend, but he wasn't a fantasy factor before the ankle sprain and isn't likely going to be one after.

WR Roddy White S3

White continues to be the most consistent Falcons receiver and had a season high 11 targets last week. The looks will keep coming, but his numbers will take a hit this week against the aging but solid Tampa corners.

WR Michael Jenkins
Joe Horn
Laurent Robinson
B

Jenkins continues to disappoint, Horn is aging and banged up, but the rookie Robinson has had his moments. None are fantasy options.

TE Alge Crumpler S3

Returned to action last week and found the end-zone for only the second time this season. He's been a huge fantasy disappointment so far this season, but now that he's healthy there's a chance he'll have a decent second half. There just aren't many other options in the passing game beyond WR White.

 

Arizona (4-5) at Cincinnati (3-6)

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Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner S2

Warner seems to be on the other side of his elbow injury and had his best game of the season last week even though he lost a passing touchdown to Rattay - something that's happened in two of the past three games. This matchup with the struggling Bengals pass defense presents another nice opportunity for Warner who will see little pressure.

RB Edgerrin James S2

Lost in the obvious struggles on the Bengals pass defense is the fact that their run defense isn't much better - allowing 135 yards and a score on the ground each week. James hasn't been in the plus side of 20 carries in two games as he's losing a few touches a week to backups Arrington and Shipp. But this remains a very nice matchup for him and he should be able to top his 75 YPG average and has a good chance to score. On the downside Shipp was inserted in goal-line situations last week. If that continues James' value will take a hit.

WR Anquan Boldin S2 Boldin has just six catches for 65 yards in the past two games and the team revealed this week that he's experiencing soreness in his injured hip that will likely be with him for the remainder of the season. Still, this matchup with the woeful Cincinnati secondary is too good to pass up for the struggling Boldin or ...
WR Larry Fitzgerald S2 ... Fitzgerald, who has really come on of late.
TE Leonard Pope B Pope now has 3-35-1TD and 5-52-2TD games wrapped around a zero catch game. Through nine games Pope has been very hit and miss. And the misses are always in the form of zero or one catch games. He's a huge target and came into the league very raw, so maybe he's finally starting to develop as a receiver. He's worth keeping an eye on since Warner seemed more comfortable checking down to the TE last week and if that continues there may be some surprise value here.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S2 The Bengals offense didn't find the end-zone last week but Palmer played very well, in his continued consistently average way. The song remains the same this weekend against the mediocre Arizona defense.
RB Rudi Johnson S3

Rudi looks healthy and is back in the driver's seat in the Cincinnati backfield. He'll get the lion's share of the carries as long as he stay's healthy with backup Watson serving more as the 3rd-down back. Prior to Detroit only getting -18 yards rushing on the Cardinals, they had been allowing nearly 100 YPG on the ground.

RB Kenny Watson B

Watson has quickly shifted into a 3rd-down role now that Johnson is healthy. Look for him to get about a dozen touches a game and have little fantasy impact.

WR Chad Johnson S2 Despite the scary neck injury the prior week, Johnson went out last week and had his best game since week seven. Still hasn't seen the end-zone in like forever, but that has to end eventually, right?
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 S3 Stepped back in and immediately contributed last week. In fact, he led the Bengals with 99 yards receiving. He got seven looks from Palmer, the same amount as Johnson and just one fewer than T.J. As with most talented #3 WR's he'll present matchup problems for opposing secondaries. He'll likely keep getting plenty of looks from Palmer and be a consistent fantasy option as a WR3 in most leagues.
 

Miami (0-9) at Philadelphia (4-5)

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Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB John Beck B

Yeah, that's the ticket. Wait until you have a nice easy matchup like on the road in Philly to throw the rookie out there. Next up on the schedule? In Pittsburgh. And these coaches get paid for making decisions like this.

RB

Jesse Chatman

S2

In Chatman's first two starts he's cranked out 249 total yards of offense. In the past two games the Eagles have allowed 347 total yards to opposing backfields. If they can stay close in this matchup the Dolphins will continue to lean on Chatman and get him enough touches to make his a solid fantasy option this week.

WR Marty Booker
Derek Hagan
B In the three games since Chambers departure Booker has 8 catches for 75 yards and Hagan 8 for 112. There are no fantasy options in the Miami passing attack.
WR Ted Ginn Jr. B May be the starter now but only has one game this season with more than a single catch.
TE David Martin
Justin Peelle
B

The tight ends are seeing plenty of looks 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.

Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb S2

McNabb had his first multi-touchdown game in six outings last week and ran for 37 yards, the most since returning from knee surgery. His play is improving at a good time for fantasy owners and he gets a very good matchup this week with the reeling Dolphins.

RB Brian Westbrook S1

Since his downtime due to the shoulder injury and the bye, Westbrook is averaging over 140 total YPG and has scored six touchdowns. He's likely the top back in your league now and has a very nice matchup this week.

WR Reggie Brown S3

Over the past four 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. This paid off last week with a 45-yard touchdown, his first of the season. He'll have a difficult time this week however as he'll most likely draw CB Allen in coverage.

WR

Kevin Curtis

S2

Curtis has been fairly quiet outside his two big games this season. But this week's matchup will likely have him going against the corners not named Will Allen and that's a very good thing. Look for big game #3 on Sunday.

TE L.J. Smith S3

Smith looks to be back at full speed, catching his first touchdown of the season last week with a season high four catches. McNabb is looking his way more now and he should easy back into your starting lineups if your fantasy team has been struggling at the position.

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