The Huddle on Facebook Facebook   The Huddle on Twitter Twitter   The Huddle Mobile Mobile Welcome, GuestJOINHELP


Start/Bench List - Week 12
Whitney Walters
November 22, 2007
Sunday Early
Sunday Early
Sunday Late
Sunday Night
Monday Night
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)
Green Bay (9-1) at Detroit (6-4) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S1

Favre and the #2 passing offense going up against the Lions and the #30 pass defense. What's not to like about this matchup?

RB Ryan Grant X

Grant suffered a mild ankle sprain in the last game and with the sort week he is likely not to be 100%. Early indications are that he'll be able to go but you will surely see more of Jackson and Morency in a RBBC situation in this game. He would be a very risky start.

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 Greg Jennings S2 The ball is being spread around pretty good now in the Green Bay passing attack, but Jennings remains the wideout most likely to hit paydirt. He has seven of the 13 WR touchdowns this season from Favre.
WR James Jones B The return of Koren Robinson and emergence of Ruvell Martin has cut into the opportunities for Jones as the #3 WR. The Packers are running more 4 and even 5 WR sets, resulting in better matchups elsewhere. Jones hasn't had more than three catches in a game since week five.
TE Donald Lee S2 Lee is making the most of his extra playing time due to Franks' injury. He's a lock for 4-5 catches a game now and has scored three times in the past two.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna struggled against the strong Giants defense last week and faces another difficult challenge in the Packers on Thursday. He still managed 377 yards last week as the Lions are turning more and more to the passing game. Kitna's thrown 88 passes in the past two games. There will be a lot more balls in the air in this matchup and Kitna should post some nice fantasy numbers.

RB Kevin Jones B

So much for the improving Lions' running game. In the past two games Detroit has run the ball just 17 times with Jones getting 15 of those. The foot appears to be a lingering problem for Jones and with limited touches the yards won't come easy against the strong Packers defense.

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 rarely does much better than his 4-45 average. This week he'll draw a tough matchup with either of the very good Green Bay corners and isn't a fantasy option.

WR Calvin Johnson B The talented rookie hasn't had more than three catches since week two. He's getting somewhat favorable matchups with opposing nickel corners and making the occasional great catch, but the consistency just isn't there for a reliable fantasy start. He's also having a hard time staying healthy and probably won't be 100% the rest of the season.
WR Shaun McDonald S2

McDonald had a season high 14 targets last week and this matchup with Green Bay is very similar. You'll have the primary options covered by the highly talented CB's Woodson and Harris, leaving McDonald with favorable matchups elsewhere.

New York Jets (2-8) at Dallas (9-1) Back to top
New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kellen Clemens U Losing Coles again will hurt, but Clemens is likely to throw the ball at least 40 times in this matchup as the Jets should be playing from behind all afternoon. The Cowboys will be easier to pass on than the Steelers were last week.
RB Thomas Jones B

The Jets committed to the run last week to the tune of 30 carries for Jones. Only the second time in the past seven games he topped 20 carries. He still hasn't crossed the goal-line and the odds of him getting 20-plus carries in this game are slim. The Jets will likely abandon the running game after they quickly fall behind the Cowboys on the scoreboard.

WR Laveranues Coles B Expected to be out due to an ankle sprain.
WR Jerricho Cotchery S3

With Coles down Cotchery will see even more action in what will be a pass heavy game. He should make a solid start despite the tight coverage of CB's Newman and Henry.

WR Brad Smith U Will start for the injured Coles Thursday and could surprise with a decent performance as long as #3 WR McCareins doesn't take too much of the action.
TE Chris Baker U

Baker has seen his looks increase over the past two games and his fantasy numbers show for it. He has eight catches in that span and scored his third touchdown of the season last week. With the outside targets somewhat limited due to Coles absence, look for Baker to surprise against a Dallas defense that's shown itself to be vulnerable to the tight end of late.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S1

The only downside to Romo this week is how terrible the Jets run defense is.

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 for a score yet but makes a borderline starter thanks to the poor run defense he'll face Thursday.

RB Marion Barber S2

Making the best of a split backfield but the offense has been pass heavy lately. That may change in this short week against a Jets defense that's allowing nearly 140 rushing YPG this season.

WR Terrell Owens S1

Seriously, what is there to say other than start him?

WR Patrick Crayton B

This passing attack is all about Owens and Witten right now. Crayton has caught more than two balls in only one of the past four games and his ankle injury will limit him Thursday.

TE Jason Witten S1

Got back on track last week with eight catches and is an every week starter. A tight end hasn't scored on the Jets since week five. That streak ends on Thanksgiving.

Indianapolis (8-2) at Atlanta (3-7) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S2

The passing game continues to struggle due to injuries at wideout. With only Wayne healthy the Colts are limited to running 2-TE, 2-WR formations on most downs, making defending easier on opponents. The Falcons rate out similar to the Chiefs in pass defense but don't have near the pass rush. Manning should do okay in this game but look for the Colts to lean on Addai in this matchup.

RB Joseph Addai S1

The Colts passing attack continues to struggle with injuries and Addai should see plenty of action Thursday as the Falcons can be run on. Injuries along the offensive line however have hurt the effectiveness of the running game, but equally banged up is the defensive line of the Falcons.

WR Marvin Harrison B Will not return this week.
WR Reggie Wayne S1 With Harrison out Wayne has averaged 7 catches for 107 yards per game and has scored three times. He stays in your lineup no matter what.
WR Anthony Gonzalez U Dealing with a thumb injury that has kept him out for two weeks, Gonzalez will return to the starting lineup Thursday with Moorehead out for the season. The rookie is only a desperation fantasy start. Since having his role increase with the absence of Harrison, Gonzalez has only one game with more than a single catch.
WR Craphonso Thorpe B Worth keeping an eye on since Moorehead is now lost for the season, but not a startable option.
TE Dallas Clark S1

Returned last week and had 10 passes go his way. That was the second highest game total this season and you can expect those looks to continue with Manning's wideout options limited.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B In a season filled with poor quarterback play, Atlanta is getting their fill. This week it's back to Harrington after another poor showing from the banged up Leftwich.
RB Warrick Dunn

The Colts are just average against the run this season and allow most opposing backs a decent game. Dunn should eke out just that in this matchup thanks to the Falcons continued commitment to him in the running game and his ability to catch a few balls each week.

RB Jerious Norwood B

Back from the ankle sprain and back to being a fantasy non-factor.

WR Roddy White S3

White continues to be the most consistent and startable Falcons receiver. The looks will keep coming, but his numbers will take a hit this week against the #2 Indy pass defense.

WR Michael Jenkins B

Jenkins' nine catches last week was a career high and the fourth time he's had at least six catches this season. The problem is that in the other six games he's topped out with two. That kind of inconsistency keeps him on most fantasy benches each week.

WR Laurent Robinson B With Horn out, the rookie has been filling in as the starter. That's translated into little production in the Falcons terrible passing attack.
TE Alge Crumpler B

Crumpler has scored twice this season, both coming against Carolina. Well, they don't play the Panthers again this season so Crumpler should be out of your fantasy picture.


New Orleans (4-6) at Carolina (4-6)

Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

The Saints' week five meeting with Carolina was the game just prior to Brees and the passing game getting it together. Since then New Orleans has continued to move the ball with ease through the air and the Panthers have allowed big games to the quality QB's they've faced.

RB Reggie Bush S2

Still not running the ball all that well as a lead back, but remains highly active in the passing attack. His 16 looks and 12 catches last week were career highs. Put up 119 total yards on the Panthers in week five.

WR Marques Colston S1

Colston is on a four game tear and there's no reason not to have him in your starting lineup this, or any, week.

WR David Patten S3 Outside of Colston, Patten is Brees' prime WR target but has seen a dip in production over the past two games. His matchup with the Panthers secondary this week is a good one and he has a good shot at producing borderline startable fantasy numbers.
WR Devery Henderson
Lance Moore

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

TE Eric Johnson U Not real active in the passing game right now but the Panthers have given up three touchdowns to tight ends over the past two games.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde X

Barely getting it done and looking very much his age at times. But Vinny posted over 250 yards and two scores last week thanks to some late game production after falling way behind on the scoreboard. The score will be much tighter this week and the Panthers will continue to run the ball as much as possible. May surprise with some decent numbers again if WR Smith plays.

RB DeShaun Foster S3 Had a very good showing last week against a tough Packers defense. Get's an easier matchup this weekend but hasn't topped 20 carries all season and the 87 yards he gained last week were his best since week six.
RB DeAngelo Williams B

Even with Foster hurting, Williams can't get more than 6-8 touches a game.

WR Steve Smith X

Sat out last week but expected to play Sunday. However, his playing decision won't come until very late in the week, possibly not until game day. If he plays then he's a solid fantasy start facing the torchable Saints secondary.

WR Drew Carter S3

With Smith out and Vinny airing it out 37 times last week, Carter had season highs in both catches and yards. He also scored his second touchdown in three games. With or without Smith this week, look for Carter to produce against a New Orleans secondary that's surrendering 190 yards and 1.5 touchdowns a game to wideouts.

WR Keary Colbert B Had a whopping 13 targets last week but managed just 33 yards receiving, the seventh game this season under 35.
TE Jeff King B

For the third game in a row King had just two catches. He's playing a much smaller role in the Testaverde run passing attack.


Tennessee (6-4) at Cincinnati (3-7)

Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young S2

The Titans have loosened the reins on Young. The results - 562 yards passing, 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the last two games. With the problems the Titans are having on defense, this could be another matchup where they will need to keep pace offensively. And the Bengals struggling defense will oblige.

RB LenDale White S2

There doesn't seem to be much balance in the Titans offense. It's either White or Young. Either they are throwing the ball 40 times or running it 30 times. With Young throwing 82 passes in the past two games, White has seen his carries drop like a rock to just 21. The Cincinnati defense is currently battling itself to see whether they are worse against the pass or run. Look for the Titans to find some balance this week.

WR Brandon Jones S3 Jones has worked his way back into the offensive flow now and scored his second touchdown of the season last week. The ball is being spread around in the passing attack so there's not a lot of upside here. But the Bengals provide just enough to warrant giving Jones a look this weekend.
WR Roydell Williams B Consistently average and the odd man out this week. Hasn't had a meaningful fantasy game since week seven.
WR Justin Gage U Gage has been the biggest benefactor of the two game spurt in the passing game. Young has gone his way 19 times and the former Bear has responded. He should continue to get favorable matchups this week against the weak Bengals secondary.
TE Bo Scaife U

Scaife is getting plenty of looks from Young and is effectively the team's #2 receiver. But the lack of production and the drops are not making him any fantasy friends. Given how bad the Bengals defense is, he may still be worth a look this week.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S2 The Bengals may not be winning, but Palmer keep putting up the numbers. He threw the ball 52 times last week and the offense seems to be leaning more on the passing game. The Titans should get CB Harper back this week, helping to get their stingy defense back on track.
RB Rudi Johnson B

Rudi just hasn't been himself since the injury and last week was the third time in four games he got fewer than 10 carries. The Titans have not been themselves lately due to a couple of key injuries on defense. But they are expected to return this week, so don't look for much production here.

RB Kenny Watson X

Watson hasn't had over nine carries in three weeks, but he's had a 7-catch and 8-catch game in that span. He's worth considering in a PPR league since the Bengals are going with a pass heavy attack.

WR Chad Johnson S3 For whatever reason, Johnson and Palmer are just not in sync this season. Johnson's body language during games is also a big negative as he visibly complains and expresses his frustration with every off-target throw from his QB.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh S2

The scores are still there but the big yardage games are a thing of the past. He seems to be breaking down physically and the return of Henry is cutting into his production.

WR Chris Henry S2 Since his return he's out produced both Johnson and TJ, solidifying his spot as one of the top #3 WR's in fantasy. He has the most favorable matchups each week with opposing secondaries and with Palmer playing no favorites, he'll continue to get plenty of looks.

Minnesota (4-6) at New York Giants (7-3)

Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tarvaris Jackson B

The 171 yards Jackson posted last week was a season high. That pretty much sums up his fantasy value this year.

RB Chester Taylor S2

Taylor got a season high 25 touches last week and his fresh legs responded with a monster game. Don't expect a repeat against a Giants team that's allowing just 75 YPG on the ground over the past four games. But the loss of LB Kiwanuka and the 4.3 YPC they are allowing gives some hope for Taylor owners. If the Vikings get him 20-plus carries in this matchup he should produce.

RB Adrian Peterson B

Out another week with the knee injury.

WR Bobby Wade
Sidney Rice
Troy Williamson

This passing attack just isn't going to produce any startable fantasy receivers regardless of opponent. Only the Niners are worse.

TE Vishante Shiancoe B

Before you get too excited, 79 of Shiancoe's 94 yards last week came on one pass from WR Rice. QB Jackson just doesn't look his way.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Eli Manning S2 Manning has become a consistently average fantasy performer this season. Not a bad commodity in a season full of QB injuries and poor play. He gets an upgrade this week however and should put up one of his better games. The running game is going nowhere with no Jacobs and against the Vikings #1 run defense, but the passing game should hit on all cylinders against Minnesota's #32 pass defense.
RB Brandon Jacobs B

Early reports on his hamstring severity have been mixed but it's more likely than not he'll sit this game out.

RB Derrick Ward B Expected to miss another week.
RB Reuben Droughns B

Droughns will likely get the start Sunday but don't expect much as the Vikings still tout one of the league's top run defenses and Droughns just isn't very good. Last week he got 11 carries after Jacobs went down and gained a paltry 13 yards. Jacobs gained 54 yards on his 11 carries.

WR Plaxico Burress S2

The slump and ankle problems continue. Hasn't scored in the last four games and is just 15-128 in that span. He's still getting a bunch of looks from Manning and his upside maintain his fantasy starter status, even if weak. This week however there's a good chance he'll bounce back with a big game against the very suspect Vikings secondary.

WR Amani Toomer B

Even with Burress limited, Toomer just isn't getting it done. His four catches for 39 yards last week were a four game high. Has a bit of an upside this week against the very bad Vikings pass defense, but will always be behind Burress and Shockey.

TE Jeremy Shockey S1 Has scored every other week since week five and this is an "other" week. The Vikings have been burned by top tight ends all season and have allowed a touchdown in each of the past two games.

Go to page 2 >  |  Go to page 3 >

Other Features

Game Predictions
Projected Player Stats
Team Defense Report
Training Room
Free Agent Forecast
Commentary From the Edge
Tunnel Vision
a d v e r t i s e m e n t