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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)
 
Oakland (2-7) at Minnesota (3-6) Back to top
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper B

The Raiders turn to Culpepper against his old team in the hope of generating some much needed good mojo on offense. Don't count on it.

RB Justin Fargas B

Fargas has been a fantasy success since taking over for Jordan as the Raiders starter. This week however it's best to find another option. While the Vikings run defense has slipped a bit over the past few games they are still one of the league's best.

WR Jerry Porter
Ronald Curry
B It would be nice to think you could take advantage of this matchup with the league's worst pass defense. It is tempting, but don't be fooled. The Oakland passing game is terrible and you shouldn't.
TE Zack Miller B

The rookie had his second four catch game last week in the past four. He's coming around and has some possible long-term upside. But for now he, like most of his teammates, is not a fantasy option.

Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tarvaris Jackson B

Jackson is expected to return to the starting lineup for Minnesota this weekend, and with his return goes any fantasy hope for the Vikings' passing game.

RB Chester Taylor S2

Taylor finds his way back into the starting role for Minnesota. He should have some fresh legs and draws a great matchup for his return. The Raiders allow 144 YPG on the ground and have given up 13 rushing touchdowns. If you were fortunate enough to have hung onto Taylor, it pays off for you this week.

RB Adrian Peterson B

Out at least this week with a knee injury.

WR Bobby Wade
Sidney Rice
Troy Williamson
B

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

TE Vishante Shiancoe B

Shiancoe has had limited success this year and three zero catch games. All coming with Jackson at quarterback.

 
San Diego (5-4) at Jacksonville (6-3) Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers B

Rivers is just not playing well. He hasn't topped 200 yards passing in four games and hasn't scored in three of those four games. Don't look for much improvement this weekend on the road in Jacksonville.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S2 There seems to be a continual reluctance on the part of the Chargers to rely on their best offensive weapon. Hard to imagine, especially given the poor play of QB Rivers. This week brings LT's third very tough defensive matchup in as many games.
WR Vincent Jackson   B

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

WR Chris Chambers B

Wouldn't be a fantasy option this week against the solid Jacksonville secondary even if his quarterback was playing well.

TE Antonio Gates S1

Gates did have that two touchdown game a few weeks back, but the poor play of his quarterback is hurting his fantasy value. In the past four games he's topped out at three catches in three of them. Thankfully this week he draws a nice matchup with a Jacksonville defense that's been suspect against the tight end position all season.

Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

Early signs point to Garrard returning to the starting lineup for Jacksonville this weekend. The Chargers have been pretty schizophrenic against the pass this season but have played better overall of late. First game back from injury is always a tough fantasy start and Garrard wasn't lighting it up before the injury. 200 yards and 2 touchdowns may be on the high side for expectations.

RB Fred Taylor S3 Consistently average week after week and his score last week was his first of the season. Same old, same old here.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew S3

Out carried a healthy Taylor for the first time last week and had his second 100-plus yard rushing game of the season against one of the league's top run-stopping defenses. If MJD gets his touches he can produce. But that's the weekly unknown with him and keeps him a risky fantasy starter.

WR Reggie Williams U

Williams didn't catch the ball much with Garrard at quarterback, but in the four games they played together early in the season Williams scored three touchdowns. He's a solid red-zone target and he may surprise with another score this weekend.

WR Dennis Northcutt U Through the first six weeks of the season Northcutt was the leading Jaguars receiver. Those were the six weeks that Garrard captained the ship. With his return this week there's a good chance Northcutt will surprise with a nice performance against a struggling San Diego secondary.
TE Marcedes Lewis B

The talented tight end has had zero and single catch games this season and has topped out at 4-46. Simply not a fantasy option.

 
Carolina (4-5) at Green Bay (8-1) Back to top
Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde B

Well we are several weeks removed from that somewhat successful return game. You shouldn't be looking to the Carolina passing game for any fantasy help at quarterback. The Panthers going on the road against a very tough Packers defense makes this situation even more avoidable.

RB DeShaun Foster B Hasn't rushed for more than 64 yards in six games and is now battling a toe injury. Foster is no stranger to playing banged up and has had toe problems in the past. Still, he should be avoided this week against a Packers defense that's allowing fewer than 90 rushing yards a game and has given up only two rushing touchdowns to backs all season.
RB DeAngelo Williams B

Might see some additional touches with Foster hurting, but last week that same scenario yielded only nine.

WR Steve Smith S3

You know it's getting bad when you are happy to get a 5-61 performance out of Steve Smith. The prospects for improvement in those numbers against the very stingy Packer secondary are not good.

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 U

King has the skills to be a very good receiving tight end but so far Testaverde has not shown a knack for getting the ball to the tight end in his limited action in Carolina. That may change this week. Vinny may find King to be a more attractive and available target given the inability of the Packers to defend the tight end position. They rank dead last in fantasy points allowed to tight ends.

Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S1

Favre continues to put up more passes than any QB in the league other than Brees and the Panthers are one of only three teams that have single digit sacks this season. As long as Favre is on the field he should be in your starting lineup.

RB Ryan Grant S2

While Grant's first 100-yard game wasn't much of a surprise against Denver, his second last week against the Vikings was impressive. Grant has averaged 27 touches in the last three games and has locked down the feature back role for Green Bay with his hard running. He should lock down a starting spot on your fantasy team this week against the below average Panthers run defense.

WR Donald Driver S2

Jennings has emerged as the big play receiver in this offense but Driver remains a consistent target for Favre. He hasn't scored since week two and is long overdue to find the end-zone.

WR James Jones
Greg Jennings
S3 Even with Driver in the mix Favre is showing no favoritism this season. The ball is going anywhere on the field someone is open. Both Jennings and Jones are making big plays down field every week.
TE Donald Lee S3 Lee posted his sixth four-catch game of the season last week and the Packers aren't missing the injured Franks much at all. Favre will always go to his tight end several times a game.
 

New Orleans (4-5) at Houston (4-5)

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New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

The Saints may have laid an egg last week but Brees maintained his fantasy starter pace. The Texans are solid against the pass but there are plenty of matchup advantages down field for Brees against the injury depleted Houston secondary. He remains in your starting lineup.

RB Reggie Bush S2

The touches didn't come for Bush last week as the offense struggled and didn't possess the ball that much. He's also making an uneasy habit of getting nicked each game. You may start to see a few more touches go to backup Stecker each game. But Bush remains the focus of the offense and the Texans are allowing over 150 total YPG to opposing backfields, and have been scored on eight times.

WR Marques Colston S1

Colston continues to rack up the fantasy points as he and Brees are on the same page again. The Texans secondary has struggled all season and is now without their only quality cover corner, Danta Robinson. That means a big green light for Colston this week.

WR David Patten S3 As a starter Patten is putting up some solid fantasy numbers. Outside of Colston he's Brees' prime WR target and should produce another startable game for his owners against the very weak and now injury depleted Texans secondary.
WR Devery Henderson
Lance Moore
B

Despite the improvements in the Saints' passing attack over the past month, Henderson has just seven catches and Moore only six. They may sneak into the end-zone occasionally but Colston, Bush and even TE Johnson play a bigger role.

TE Eric Johnson B As the Saints offense broke out of its funk the oft used Johnson started seeing fewer looks. His 3-4 targets a game now are just not enough to push him into most fantasy starting lineups.
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub S2

After a three week rest Schaub is ready to go this week. And what better way to come back then to be playing at home against one of the league's worst pass defenses and with his stud receiver back.

RB Ahman Green B Green's health continues to be an issue. The month leading up to the bye week saw him miss one game and get limited playing time in the other three. The week of rest doesn't seem to have helped and he'll continue to be limited in practice and most likely in games as well.
RB Ron Dayne B

The Texans running game showed some signs of life before the bye and New Orleans is average at best stopping the run. If Dayne were the sole ball carrier in this matchup he would rate a borderline starter status. But with Green returning and the backfield touches split, he's not an option.

WR Andre Johnson S1 Returns to his starting spot with the Texans and should on your fantasy team as well. There may be some risk in his first game back and he admits he's not 100%. But this is the Saints and the upside is too big to ignore.
WR Andre' Davis B Did a great job filling in while Johnson was out, but now slide to the #3 WR spot and has little fantasy value in this 2-WR offense.
WR Kevin Walter S3

After a horrible start to the season, Walter has developed into a key weapon in the Houston passing attack. Over the past five games only two receivers were targeted more than Walter's 55. But with the return of Johnson everything changes. Walter surely won't slide back to the single catch games we saw earlier in the season, but his fantasy value will take a hit. How much is yet to be seen and will depend on Johnson's health and Schaub's willingness to keep looking Walter's way.

TE Owen Daniels S3

Daniels' best games this season came back when Schaub was healthy and playing. He's been a solid performer over the past few weeks but should slide into borderline starter with Schaub back.

 
Pittsburgh (7-2) at New York Jets (1-8) Back to top
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S1

The matchups in the secondary are not a great advantage, but the non-existent Jets pass rush will more than make up for that.

RB Willie Parker S1 The Jets sport the worst run defense in the league and teams are running the ball 35 times a game on them.
WR Hines Ward S2

Due to the time Roethlisberger will have in the pocket this weekend both Ward and ...

WR Santonio Holmes S2

... Holmes will have their way with the average Jets secondary.

TE Heath Miller S3

With all the success on the outside with the wideouts the offense sometimes forgets about their talented tight end. But Big Ben still looks for him down by the end-zone. Miller has scored five times in the past five games. Rarely gets you more than 2-5 catches but his touchdowns keep him a borderline starter.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kellen Clemens B Getting Coles back this week will help the passing attack, but Clemens is not looking like a fantasy option. Especially against the Steelers and their #1 ranked pass defense.
RB Thomas Jones B

The Jets have failed to get Jones 20 or more carries in five of the last six games. The result has been a 51 rushing YPG average in those games. Without a commitment to the run Jones has limited fantasy value. This week against the league's top run stopping defense he has none.

WR Laveranues Coles B Has had three weeks of rest since the concussion and will return to the starting lineup for New York. May manage to eke out some borderline fantasy numbers against the Steelers secondary, but his inexperienced quarterback won't have enough time in the pocket to find him down field.
WR Jerricho Cotchery B

Ditto here.

TE Chris Baker B

Baker will be a blocker and occasional dump off target this week and is not a fantasy option.

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