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Start/Bench List - Week 12
Whitney Walters
November 22, 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)
 
Seattle (6-4) at St. Louis (2-8) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2

Over the past three games Hasselbeck's production has increased along with the pass attempts. Through the first seven games of the season he averaged 33 attempts a game. Over the last three his attempts have increased to 43 a game. His 195 yards against St. Louis in week seven was his second lowest total of the year. Look for him to add at least 100 yards to that amount Sunday.

RB Shaun Alexander B

Alexander's knee will likely keep him out another week.

RB Maurice Morris S2

Two starts and two 100 yard games with two touchdowns. In part-time duty week seven Morris posted 60 total yards on the Rams on 12 touches. He'll look to double both amounts this weekend in the rematch.

WR Deion Branch S3 Branch finally returned to action last week and posted four catches in limited action. As his playing time increases so will his involvement in the passing attack. This is a favorable matchup with the Rams and he should be able to get you startable numbers.
WR D.J. Hackett S2

Hackett has looked great in his three games since returning from injury and has become a favorite target for Hasselbeck down field. He's established new career highs in the past two games. His talent and big play ability make him another solid start against the suspect St. Louis secondary.

WR Bobby Engram S3

Engram will get his looks no matter if he's the starter or the #3 slot receiver. But the production will decrease now that Branch is back as the starter. After posting a couple of 100-plus yard games, the last two have produced 53 and 84 yards.

TE Marcus Pollard
Will Heller
B

Pollard is back but Heller still sees plenty of snaps. This is a vertical passing attack that rarely looks to the tight end thanks to all the talent at wide receiver. Pollard hasn't had more than two catches in a game since week one and Heller has as many zero catch games as games with a catch.

St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger X

Bulger saw his numbers drop in what should have been an easy matchup last week. This week against the Seahawks won't be as easy. He didn't score on them in week seven and Seattle has allowed a league low five passing touchdowns on the season (none in the last four games).

RB Steven Jackson S2

Jackson's second game back with a full workload resulted in a second solid performance with 112 total yards. His 92 yards rushing were boosted however by runs of 21 and 37 yards, meaning he gained just 34 on his remaining 21 carries. That tough yardage may be typical for Jackson the rest of the way as the offensive line is still decimated by injury with no real hope for recovery this season. Thankfully the Seahawks present a nice matchup this weekend. They've allowed 161 rushing yards to Gore and Benson in the past two games on just 24 carries.

WR Torry Holt S2

Holt's fantasy value has increased right along with the increase in health and effectiveness of the Rams offense. He had a season high eight catches against the Seahawks earlier this season. If anyone's going to score in the passing game this week it will be Holt. He has four of Bulger's six on the season.

WR Isaac Bruce X Bruce had just two catches against Seattle back in week seven but has averaged five a game since. Won't likely see the end-zone but should be good for about 5-50 this time around. If those are startable numbers in your league then roll with him.
WR Drew Bennett B

Bennett's best chance for fantasy relevant production comes when Bruce is out. That's not the case now.

TE Randy McMichael B

After a few weeks of gaining looks and production in the passing attack, McMichael had his first single catch game of the season last week. Should bounce back to his typical 2-4 catches this week, but that's not enough to warrant any fantasy attention.

 
Washington (5-5) at Tampa Bay (6-4) Back to top
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell B

The Redskins have started to cut Campbell loose (88 pass attempts in two games) and his fantasy production has taken off. It will likely slide back to an unstartable level this week however against Tampa Bay. The Bucs rank #1 in fantasy production allowed to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed just two touchdowns in the past five games.

RB Clinton Portis S2

This will be a tight game on the road, so look for Washington to get back to running the ball as the most favorable matchup they have this week is against the Bucs run defense.

WR Santana Moss B

Started last week after reports had him not playing, and posted his best game of the season. Don't look for a repeat this week against the very tough Tampa Bay pass defense. In fact, don't expect much at all.

WR Antwaan Randle El B

Same goes for Randle El.

TE Chris Cooley S3

Cooley is the most consistent part of the Washington passing attack and QB Campbell looks his way often. This will be a difficult matchup however. The Bucs have allowed only a single touchdown by a tight end all season and only two players have had more than three catches.

Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia S2

Garcia continues to play well and the Redskins banged up and struggling secondary has surrendered eight touchdowns in the last two games.

RB Earnest Graham S2

Graham got his second 100-plus yard, 1 TD game in a row last week but this one had to come on only 17 carries as backup Pittman returned and took 10. But with Pittman re-injuring his ankle last week, look for Graham to get the bulk of the workload again in this matchup and remain a solid start.

WR Joey Galloway S2

Galloway only had two catches last week but made them count with one being a 44-yard touchdown strike. Against the struggling Washington secondary there's a very good chance he'll get another one this weekend.

WR Ike Hilliard S3

Hilliard had an off week and isn't going to get you any big games, but he's become a fairly consistent target in the Bucs passing attack. He's been targeted 65 times to Galloway's 66. Look for him to bounce back with a decent performance Sunday against the banged up and struggling Redskins secondary.

TE Alex Smith U

Last week in Smith's second game back from injury he logged his third touchdown of the season. He's working back into the mix and the Redskins have allowed 43 YPG to opposing tight ends over the past five games and given up three scores.

 
Oakland (2-8) at Kansas City (4-6) Back to top
Oakland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S3

The game fell into place for Culpepper last week and he had his best day as a Raider. He'll get at least one more start before the team turns the reins over to Russell. In week seven Culpepper put up 228 and a touchdown on the Chiefs. That's just about what they allow on average to quarterbacks and Culpepper is a good bet to post those numbers again.

RB Justin Fargas S2

There may be a lot of turmoil behind him, but Fargas is locked in as the prime ball carrier for the Raiders. Since taking over as the starter he's received 90% of the backfield touches. Teams can run on KC as they are allowing 141 total YPG to opposing backs, so look for Fargas to have at least 100-plus and a score.

WR Ronald Curry S3 Curry can be productive and someone has to catch Culpepper's single touchdown this week. My money's on Curry as he has the better matchup in the Chiefs secondary.
WR Jerry Porter B Porter's 5-88 last week was a season high in both catches and yards, and he hasn't scored since week four. His non-scoring streak will continue and he won't match those highs this weekend against the solid KC secondary.
TE Zack Miller B

3-4 catches a week appear to be the high mark for the talented rookie in this passing attack.

Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brodie Croyle B

Croyle held his own last week against Indy in a very conservative game plan. That conservative style won't change any time soon. With targets like Gonzalez and Bowe, Croyle can post some okay numbers, but until they open the offense up he has little fantasy value.

RB Kolby Smith S2

And just like that you become a starting back in the NFL. And just like that you gained a starting fantasy back this week. Smith doesn't grade out great but is versatile and a very good runner with a strong lower body that can push for extra yards. The Raiders are flat out terrible against the run, allowing a league worst 5.0 YPC.

WR Dwayne Bowe B

The game plan is again working the ball to this talented rookie. Bowe has been targeted 23 times in the past two games. And he's responded. Unfortunately the Raiders do one thing very well on defense and that's stop the pass. In week seven he was able to post 84 yards against Oakland. With CB Asomugha back and healthy it would be a surprise if he exceeded that this week.

WR Eddie Kennison
Jeff Webb
Samie Parker
B Outside of Bowe and Gonzalez there is no fantasy value in the KC passing game. These three have combined for eight catches in the past two games.
TE Tony Gonzalez S2

After a four game run of being targeted 12 times a game, Gonzalez has seen his role diminish (only 14 looks in the past two games). Look for the Chiefs to correct that this weekend as Oakland's fine corners will limit the passing options outside.

 

Buffalo (5-5) at Jacksonville (7-3)

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Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB J.P. Losman S3

His 47-yard bomb last week was the 12th touchdown over 40-yards of his career. The Bills remain enamored by Losman's big play ability and he'll remain the starter. The Jags secondary continues to have issues and Buffalo will surely test them often in this matchup. The past three QB's have averaged 337 yards against Jacksonville.

RB Marshawn Lynch B

Likely to miss one more game due to the ankle sprain.

RB Anthony Thomas B Looks like the A-Train will get another shot as the starter for Buffalo this weekend. Too bad his matchup with Jacksonville is only slightly better than last week's with New England. Only two backs have gained 85-plus yards on the Jags all season.
WR Lee Evans S2

Evans struggled last week as expected but should bounce back in this matchup. Jacksonville has issues in the secondary and you can bet Buffalo will test them deep with Evans.

WR Josh Reed B With Losman back Reed has seen more consistent looks but is just 12-139 in that three game span. This is a favorable matchup but he's still a very risky fantasy play.
TE Robert Royal
Michael Gaines
B Royal hasn't gotten a single look since catching his first touchdown of the season two weeks ago and Gaines appears to be the primary receiver at tight end now. So now he'll get the 1-2 catches each game.
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S2

Garrard returned to the starting lineup last week and picked up right where he left off with one of his typical 200-yard, 2-TD performances. The Bills struggle against the pass and don't rush the quarterback well (league low nine sacks) so Garrard should have little trouble hitting or beating his average numbers.

RB Fred Taylor S3 Continues to start, get the bulk of the carries and post 60-90 yards each week with the vary rare score. Only one game under 50 yards and one over 90. Consistency at running back can be a very good thing for a fantasy team, but this low level limits his overall value.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew S3

Getting double digit touches most weeks now and is scoring enough to warrant keeping him in most fantasy lineups. The Bills struggle in almost every defensive aspect, so MJD should keep it going Sunday.

WR Reggie Williams U

Garrard has thrown eight touchdowns this season and Williams has four of them. He's a solid red-zone target and they are gaining confidence in him. Only had two catches last week but one was for a score and the second took him to the one-yard line.

WR Dennis Northcutt B A favorite target of Garrard's but the production just isn't there.
TE Marcedes Lewis B

Lewis had his first touchdown of the season last week on the only pass that went his way all game. The nine other passes to the tight end went to Wrighster and Estandia.

 
Houston (5-5) at Cleveland (6-4) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub S1 Week after week it's the same old story for Cleveland. They give up big yards and multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. With AJ back, the sky's the limit this weekend for Schaub.
RB Ahman Green B Likely to miss at least one more week due to the knee injury.
RB Ron Dayne S2

Dayne will get another start this week and another good matchup for fantasy owners. Lost in all the attention paid to the horrible Cleveland pass defense is the fact that they are almost as bad against the run. Dayne should easily crank out another 100-yard game and a score.

WR Andre Johnson S1 Johnson is back and a no-brainer this week against the terrible Cleveland secondary.
WR Andre' Davis B Only had two catches as the #3 WR last week and that will be about the norm for Davis in this offense that doesn't run a lot of 3-WR sets.
WR Kevin Walter S3

Got as many looks as Johnson last week (seven) but the big plays now go elsewhere. There should be enough production through the air in this matchup to keep him at a borderline starter level, but odds are you have better options on your fantasy team.

TE Owen Daniels S2

As expected Daniels' production increased with the return of Schaub last week and that should continue. With AJ back the field is really stretched vertically, opening up the middle more for Daniels. Will be playing with a broken nose this week but should produce and score his first touchdown of the season as the Browns are giving up about one a game to tight ends.

Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson S1

The Houston secondary held their own last week as they adjust to the loss of their #1 CB Robinson, but they are extremely vulnerable. Cleveland's #3 scoring offense is hitting on all cylinders and Anderson is an every week start.

RB Jamal Lewis S3

Lewis had his best day running the ball last week since his week two explosion against Cincy. Oddly enough it came against the very stout Ravens. The Texans can be run on but have improved of late, allowing 86 YPG over the last three.

WR Braylon Edwards S1

Getting tons of looks in the passing game and making big catches every week. He'll cause fits for the Texans undermanned secondary in what will likely be a pass heavy game.

WR Joe Jurevicius B

Thanks to a rare 50-yard catch and run last week, Jurevicius topped his typical 40-60 yards on his typical 4-5 catches. Still the third option in the passing attack and not a fantasy option in most leagues.

TE Kellen Winslow S1

A huge part of the passing attack and has been scoring every other game since week five. He didn't score last week.

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