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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)
 
Washington (5-4) at Dallas (8-1) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

Campbell had one of his best games of the season last week as he got some decent time in the pocket. That won't be the case this Sunday in Dallas. Look for Campbell to struggle in this difficult matchup with limited down field weapons.

RB Clinton Portis S3

One game you can write off, but two is a different story. Last week was the second 30-plus touch game in a row for Portis and may finally signal a commitment to getting him the plays he needs to have an impact. The short streak will likely end Sunday however. Given the state of the Washington secondary they could easily find themselves down big and having to pass often.

WR Keenan McCardell B

A bit of a blast from the past. McCardell saw significant action last week and will again against the Cowboys with Moss and Thrash out. Against the aggressive Dallas defense and strong secondary I wouldn't look for much fantasy action here.

WR Antwaan Randle El B

With Moss and Thrash out this week that just leaves Randle El as a familiar down field target for Campbell. Dallas will just put CB's Newman or Henry on him and that will be that.

TE Chris Cooley S3

Shockey has been the only tight end to do any real damage against the Cowboy defense this season. With the wideout options very limited this week, Cooley will get a decent chance. If Cooley had Shockey's speed and athleticism he'd be a solid start. But he doesn't.

Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S1

The Redskins secondary is a mess. Like you need a reason to start Romo.

RB Julius Jones S3

Rarely gets you more than his 13 touches and 60 total YPG average and only crosses the goal-line every 4-5 games. Not due yet.

RB Marion Barber S2

Making the best of a split backfield, averaging over 80 total yards a game and scoring seven touchdowns in nine games. His 5.5 yards per touch average is one of the tops in the league.

WR Terrell Owens S1

With three of the four starters out this week in the Washington secondary, this one could get ugly.

WR Patrick Crayton S2

With Owens taking the best of what remains of the Redskins secondary (CB Smoot), look for Crayton to be open often and for Romo to find him.

TE Jason Witten S1

Well even the top fantasy tight ends come up small sometimes. Just the nature of the position. But through nine games, Witten's 2-12 effort last week was just the second sub par game he's had. Went 4-45 and 5-50 against the Redskins last season.

 
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Chicago
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Rex Grossman B

So now it's back to Grossman. Oh the fantasy horror of it all. In Grossman's three starts he threw for only a single touchdown. Seattle is the stingiest pass defense, allowing a league low five scores through nine games.

RB Cedric Benson S3

Well, Benson owners got more than they could have expected with the Bears handing the ball off to him a career high 29 times. His response against a defense allowing nearly 150 YPG and 5 YPC? A weak 76 yards rushing. Just 2.6 YPC and below his season average of 3.1. At least he scored his third touchdown of the season. Holds on to his borderline starter status this week, but barely. You may see backup Peterson start to cut into Benson's carries starting this week.

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. May see a few more touches after another in a long streak of disappointing performances from Benson last week.
WR Muhsin Muhammad B

With Grossman back under center Muhammad is a less attractive option as the passing attack now goes more vertical. In Grossman's three previous starts Muhammad had just four catches.

WR Bernard Berrian S3

Berrian is a solid down field weapon and will be utilized more this week with Grossman tossing the pigskin. He's good for at least one big play and there's a good chance it'll be for a score.

TE Greg Olsen
Desmond Clark

B

Clark has been less active in the passing attack of late and Olsen got shut out last week. The use of the tight end seems to be in flux right now and with the switch at quarterback there's just too much risk here.

Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2

If 250 yards and two touchdowns is what you want from your fantasy quarterback, Hasselbeck's your man. May not give you many big games but his consistency makes him a valuable fantasy commodity.

RB Shaun Alexander B

Alexander's knee will likely keep him out another week. A decision made easier by the solid play of backup Morris.

RB Maurice Morris S3

Took advantage of his rare start Monday night and posted a respectable 103 total yards and a score. But it took 31 touches to accumulate that production, a suspect 3.3 yards per touch. Expected to get another crack at being a starter this weekend against the surprisingly weak Chicago run defense.

WR Deion Branch B Another week and another likely game day decision on his playing status. At this point, until he gets a successful start under his belt he's on your bench.
WR D.J. Hackett S2

Hackett has looked great in his two games since returning from injury and with CB Vasher likely to remain out or be limited at best, both he and ...

WR Bobby Engram S2

... Engram should find some success against the Chicago secondary.

TE Will Heller B

Three of Heller's eight catches on the season have gone for touchdowns, but he remains a fantasy non-factor and injured starter Pollard is working back into the mix.

 

St. Louis (1-8) at San Francisco (2-7)

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St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S2

Bulger and the Rams passing attack have gotten healthy and back on track against two very weak opponents in the past two games. Now comes #3. The Niners pass rush has disappeared and the average secondary beyond CB Clements is suffering for it.

RB Steven Jackson S2

Jackson received 22 carries and 5 catches last week in his most extensive action since the groin injury. He looked strong and came out with no setback. He should see plenty of work against a San Francisco team he's used to having big games against.

WR Torry Holt S2

Holt's fantasy value has increased right along with the increase in health and effectiveness of the Rams offense. He's struggled against the Niners in the past and his matchup with CB Clements is not a good one. But he managed 74 yards and a score in week two against them and should remain a starter for your fantasy team.

WR Isaac Bruce X Bruce had his best game of the season in week two against the Niners and traditionally does very well against them. He re-aggravated his hamstring injury last week however and there's a chance we won't be able to go Sunday.
WR Drew Bennett U

Bennett is healthy now and has 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in the past two games. Should post some decent numbers as the #3 WR this weekend and if Bruce is unable to play will be a nice surprise as the Rams #2 opposite Holt.

TE Randy McMichael B

As the offensive line has gotten healthy the Rams have been able to utilize McMichael more in the passing attack. He scored his second touchdown of the season last week and is worth keeping an eye on for late season fantasy value.

San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Alex Smith B

At this point in his career Alex Smith is just not a very good quarterback, period. Whether he'll ever become a good pro QB is becoming a real question.

RB Frank Gore S2

Gore returned Monday night and ran hard. His bum ankle appears to be close to 100%. Now if the Niners will just utilize him more. He's seen 20 carries only once all season and if San Francisco wants to have any success moving the ball it will all start with Gore. That 20 carry game came in week two against the Rams and it was Gore's most successful fantasy outing. Look for a repeat Sunday.

WR Darrell Jackson B Jackson was basically a fantasy bust before the injury sidelined him, and now that he's returned nothing has changed. Three catches for 25 yards in the past two games.
WR Arnaz Battle B

Battle keeps getting the looks. Ten in each of the last four games. He's definitely Smith's favorite target down field. But the resulting production just isn't there. Went just 2-17 in week two against St. Louis.

TE Vernon Davis S2

After two successful weeks of making the talented Davis a key component of the passing attack he virtually disappeared last week. Look for that to be corrected Sunday against a Rams defense that's given up five tight end touchdowns in the past three games.

 

New England (9-0) at Buffalo (5-4)

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New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S1

The Buffalo defense and their lack of a pass rush have a bad habit of letting opposing quarterbacks get too comfortable in the pocket. Against Brady and crew that will be bad. Very bad.

RB Laurence Maroney S2

With primary backup Morris gone for the season, look for Maroney to carry more of the load out of the backfield. He's had a light first half of the season and the Patriots will likely start leaning on him more over the second half. In the past two games he's averaged over 7 yards per carry and seems poised to have an impact.

WR Randy Moss S1 Just start him.
WR Wes Welker S2

And him.

WR Donte' Stallworth S3

There are good matchups all over the Buffalo secondary and Stallworth may find the end-zone again this week.

TE Ben Watson B

Watson returned to the field before the bye but will little impact. But other than the early season touchdowns that's about the norm. He's caught more than two passes only twice all season. With all the wideout success there's just not a lot of production left over the tight end.

Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman B

Losman takes another crack at the Patriots this week. Last time, in week three, they knocked him out of the game after just a single 4-yard pass. Better luck this time kid.

RB Marshawn Lynch B

What was shaping up to be a fine rookie campaign might get sidelined due to the sprained ankle he suffered last week. Early indications are not good and you should look for another option this week. Even if he does manage to play he'll not be 100% and going against one of the top run defenses in the league.

RB Anthony Thomas B May get the start if Lynch is unable to go. Against the stout New England defense he's not an option for your fantasy team.
WR Lee Evans S3

Evans went 1-7 in his first meeting with New England this season and was held in check last year as well, going 2-25 and 1-10 against the Patriots. There may have been a resurgence for Evans over the past month, but history makes him a very borderline start in this matchup.

WR Josh Reed B With Losman back Reed has seen more consistent looks and has put up 135 yards in the past three games. He'd be a risky play in a favorable matchup. This one is not.
TE Robert Royal B A week after scoring his first touchdown of the season, Royal didn't get a single look in the passing game.
 

Tennessee (6-3) at Denver (4-5)

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Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young B

The weak Denver pass rush is putting too much pressure on their Lynch-less secondary, causing even the stellar Bailey and Bly to stumble at times. The poor play of Young and an emphasis on the running game will balance that out however and he'll fail once again to post numbers worthy of a fantasy start.

RB LenDale White S2

After four straight games with 25-plus carries, the Jags held him to just eight last week and White came out of the game pretty banged up and with a minor knee injury. White will be plenty motivated to play, and play well, Monday night as he returns to his home town. Lucky for him and his fantasy owners this prime-time matchup is a good one. The Broncos still fall near the bottom of the run defense rankings, allowing almost 140 YPG on the ground to opposing backs.

WR Brandon Jones
Roydell Williams
Justin Gage
B With the return of Jones there has been some improvement in the Titans passing attack. Young is showing no favorites and spreading the ball around to all three WR targets, with the lead receiver being different most weeks. Due to this inconsistency and the top notch Denver corners, there's no fantasy factor here.
TE Bo Scaife B

Scaife is getting plenty of looks from Young but the production just hasn't been there. The Broncos have at times shown a weakness in covering the tight end, but the last three teams they've faced have averaged just 40 YPG to this position.

Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler B

Cutler's leg appears to be fine and he came out of last week's game with no setbacks. Despite his fine play most of this season, Cutler's tossed more than a single touchdown in only one game. On the other side of the ball Monday night - only one quarterback has thrown for more than a single touchdown against Tennessee and three have been shut out. Not shaping up to be a very good spot for starting Cutler this week.

RB Travis Henry X

The banged up Tennessee defense allowed 147 rushing yards to the Jacksonville backs last week and it's questionable whether they will be any healthier Monday night. Also questionable will be Henry's playing status due to the knee injury that kept him out last week. Look for a late week or even game day decision on his status, making him a very risky play.

RB Selvin Young X It looks like the Broncos have themselves another unknown keeper at running back. Young looked very good subbing for Henry last week and if called on to fill in again Monday night he should produce against the banged up Titans defense.
WR Brandon Marshall
Brandon Stokley
S3

Marshall and Stokley have all five of the wideout touchdowns this season, but since Cutler's only tossing one a game they never score in the same game. Marshall gets more looks and has more opportunities for yardage production. Stokley is the possession guy and gets more scoring opportunities in the red-zone.

TE Tony Scheffler S3

Hasn't scored in a couple of weeks but remains an active target for Cutler. He's a risky start however against a very aggressive Titans defense, as blocking TE Graham has been more active in the passing schemes of late.

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