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Start/Bench List - Week 13
Whitney Walters
November 29, 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)
 
Green Bay (10-1) at Dallas (10-1) Back to top
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brett Favre S1

On paper this may not seem like a great matchup, but Campbell put up 348 yards and two touchdowns on Dallas two weeks ago. Big players come up big in big games.

RB Ryan Grant S3

Grant was the only back to carry the ball last week against Detroit and has a lock on the feature back role in Green Bay. He's posted three 100-plus yard games in the past five weeks and is averaging 113 total YPG in that span. The running game is the toughest part of this matchup with Dallas, but despite being ranked as the #4 run defense, they have allowed 105 total YPG to opposing backs in the past four weeks and have been scored on twice.

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 what better time to find his favorite receiver in the end-zone than in a big game.

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 pay dirt. He has nine of the 16 WR touchdowns this season from Favre.
WR James Jones S3

Jones' looks have fallen off since WR's Robinson and Martin have become more active thanks to the increased use of 4-WR sets. There will be plenty of passing in this matchup, but the more likely benefactor of that increase will be TE Lee. Jones is a borderline starter in deep leagues.

TE Donald Lee S1 Tight ends have been coming up big over the past few weeks against Dallas. S Williams is a liability in coverage and the Cowboys secondary will be stretched thin by the heavy use of multi-WR sets by Green Bay.
Dallas
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tony Romo S1

The Packers defense will come into this game with some fresh injuries to key players. Both the secondary and defensive line will be impacted.

RB Julius Jones S3

The Packers come into this matchup with an average run defense that may fall off a bit due to the injuries last week along the defensive line. You know what to expect with this backfield. Jones will get you some yards (typically around 60) and the rare score. The scoring duties fall to ...

RB Marion Barber S2

... Barber. As with Jones, look for a typical to slightly better performance from Barber in this matchup. Which keeps him in your starting lineup.

WR Terrell Owens S1

Tough matchup this week. Even if CB Woodson is out or limited by the toe injury there's always CB Harris to deal with. Owens has been on a serious roll since the NE game and there's no reason to think it won't continue in this big game.

WR Patrick Crayton U

Crayton is expected back from the ankle injury and may have a very nice matchup if CB Woodson is out. But since Owens began his roll in week six, Crayton's caught more than two balls only once. A possible sleeper start only if Woodson sits this one out.

TE Jason Witten S1

The biggest matchup advantage for Dallas in this game is at tight end. The Cowboys rank #1 in fantasy production from the position and Green Bay ranks #31 in production allowed.

 
Detroit (6-5) at Minnesota (5-6) Back to top
Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jon Kitna S2

Kitna has put the ball in the air 40-plus times in the past three games and teams are passing an average of 42 times a game on Minnesota's very suspect pass defense. Look for more of the same in this matchup and for Kitna to post some nice fantasy numbers. If the Lions could protect him better he'd make an S1 start this week.

RB Kevin Jones B

Jones got on the plus side of 20 touches last week and had his most productive game of the season. That won't be the case this week as no one is running on the Vikings this year and the Lions will be in pass heavy mode Sunday.

WR Roy Williams S2

Williams remains the primary target for Kitna, but the production has been limited. He's topped 53 yards only twice in the past eight games. His very favorable matchup with the suspect Vikings secondary this week should easily get him number three.

WR Mike Furrey B

Furry rarely does much better than his 4-45 average regardless of matchup and hasn't had more than five catches all season.

WR Calvin Johnson S3

After weeks of limited playing time and no more than three catches a game, the Lions made a concerted effort to get Johnson the ball last week since the matchups beyond the starting GB corners was where the advantage was. The result was a season high in looks, catches and yards. Will that repeat this week? The matchups this week do not dictate that and with talented starters like Williams and Furrey on the field it's a long shot. His upside makes him a borderline starter however.

WR Shaun McDonald S2

McDonald continues to benefit from his matchups with #4 corners and this week will be no different against a very thin Vikings secondary.

Minnesota
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tarvaris Jackson B

Jackson made some strides last week but this is still a Vikings team that throws the ball fewer times than any other team in the league - just 12 times last week. With Peterson due back the league's #1 running attack will be in high gear and there will be little desire to throw the ball.

RB Chester Taylor S3

Taylor set another season high in touches last week and the Vikings top rated running attack hasn't missed a beat since Peterson went down. Peterson will return this week but Taylor will retain a prominent role in the running attack. Look for a fairly even split of touches and for Taylor to get as many as 20 against a Detroit defense that's giving up almost 170 total YPG this season.

RB Adrian Peterson S2

Expected back this week and has a very favorable matchup with the Detroit run defense. Look for the Vikings to ease him back and for him to split touches with Taylor. But in this run heavy attack that could mean 15-plus carries, any one of which could be a big play.

WR Bobby Wade
Sidney Rice
Troy Williamson
B

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

Has had four or more catches only twice all season and is just not a fantasy factor in this terrible passing attack.

 
Seattle (7-4) at Philadelphia (5-6) Back to top
Seattle
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2

Had an off game last week and has an even tougher matchup this weekend on the road. He also continues to play nicked up and is again down a receiver. May have lost his limited upside, but he's been a consistent fantasy producer all season regardless of his injuries or receiver situation.

RB Shaun Alexander B

Iffy to play this week and under performed when he was playing earlier in the season.

RB Maurice Morris S2

Expected to get his fourth start this week against a solid Philly run defense. The Seahawks may lean a little more on Morris this week given their nicked up QB and depleted WR corps.

WR Deion Branch S2 Branch got back into the swing of things last week in his second game back. That trend should continue in the pass heavy Seattle attack.
WR D.J. Hackett B

Re-injured his ankle and is not expected to play.

WR Bobby Engram S2

With Hackett out, Engram will slide back into the starting lineup, where he's flourished all season filling in for Branch.

WR Nate Burleson U Slides up the receiving food chain this week with Hackett out. Made some fantasy noise as a starter earlier in the season and could surprise this week as Seattle will continue to throw the ball a lot.
TE Marcus Pollard
Will Heller
B

Pollard is the starter but Heller sees plenty of snaps. This is a vertical passing attack that rarely looks to the tight end. Pollard hasn't had more than two catches in a game since week one and Heller has more zero or single catch games than games with a two or more.

Philadelphia
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Donovan McNabb or
A.J. Feeley
X

McNabb may start this week but there's a good chance he won't be healthy enough to go. Either way, the Philly QB isn't a good start this week. The Seahawks are an excellent pass defense. If it's McNabb he likely won't be 100% and could struggle. If it's Feeley you just can't count on two career games in a row.

RB Brian Westbrook S1

Westbrook is the key to the Eagles offense and should get back to his stud ways this weekend against a Seattle defense that allows over 135 total yards and a score per game to opposing backs. Came out of last week's game with a bruised knee, but this guy's been playing with a bum knee for what seems like two seasons now. He should be fine.

WR Kevin Curtis S3 Curtis hasn't had a big game since week six, but he's a vital part of the Eagles passing attack and has been consistent all season. He doesn't have a lot of upside, but he's a lock for at least 5-50 most weeks.
WR Reggie Brown S3

Brown has seen his involvement in the passing game increase over the past month and has now scored in two of the last three games. Philly is bound to have one WR touchdown this week and Brown has as good a chance as any to pull in his third of the season.

TE L.J. Smith B

Smith has worked his way back into the offensive flow and has 11 catches and a score over the past three games. He makes an okay start if you are desperate at tight end. But most fantasy teams probably have better options.

 

San Diego (6-5) at Kansas City (4-7)

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San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers S3

Rivers has now had two productive games in a row against tough opponents. He gets his third chance this week on the road in KC. The Chiefs have a stingy pass defense and pressure the quarterback well. Only two QB's have thrown for two touchdowns this season, the rest accounting for one or none. Rivers only threw for 211 yards against the Chiefs in week four and it would be unrealistic to expect much more than that Sunday. But he may sneak a touchdown to LT or Gates in, making him a borderline starter.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson S1 After four tough games, LT gets a break and your fantasy team will benefit. The Chiefs have allowed 110 rushing YPG and four touchdowns over the last three games.
WR Vincent Jackson   B

Last week was the first time since Chambers joined the team that Jackson got into the action. It's hard to expect much out of the under achieving Jackson at this point.

WR Chris Chambers S3

Rivers continues to get more comfortable with Chambers.

TE Antonio Gates S1

Re-asserting himself as a premier fantasy tight end after a couple of off weeks. The Chiefs rate out pretty good against tight ends and have allowed only a single touchdown from the position all season. Gates is still a no-brainer start.

Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brodie Croyle B

Croyle had another shaky start and the Chiefs aren't asking him to do much offensively. Don't look for that to change any time soon in the always conservative KC game plan.

RB Kolby Smith S2

Every back looks great against Oakland, but it was still an impressive first NFL start for the rookie. The going gets a lot tougher this week however. Other than getting blown up by Adrian Peterson in week nine, the Chargers are very stout against the run, allowing just 86 YPG. The score should stay fairly close in this matchup so the Chiefs should be able to get Smith plenty of carries.

WR Dwayne Bowe S3

Bowe is getting more looks than all the other wideouts combined and the game plan remains getting the ball to the talented rookie. The San Diego secondary isn't out of the ordinary but they have improved of late. Bowe's biggest game of the season came in week four against San Diego (8-164-TD), but don't expect much more than borderline startable numbers from him in this rematch unless he can slip into the end-zone.

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 11 catches in the past three games.
TE Tony Gonzalez S2

Gonzalez was seeing the ball 10 times a game until Croyle took over at QB. Through two games with Croyle he has a total of just nine targets, seven catches and no touchdowns. With Gonzo being the only down field target of note other than a rookie WR (Bowe) you'd think he'd be a valuable asset in the passing attack. But the ultra conservative play calling now with Croyle at QB is limiting his upside.

 

New York Jets (2-9) at Miami (0-11)

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New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kellen Clemens B

In the four games since getting torched by Brady, the Dolphins have allowed just 531 passing yards and a single touchdown through the air. Granted, they needed Losman, an injury to McNabb and two rain soaked fields to make that happen. But the Miami defense is playing hard and I wouldn't bet on Clemens doing much better than he has been since taking over.

RB Thomas Jones S2

Has to cross the goal line sooner or later, right? The Dolphins are allowing 130 rushing YPG to backs and Thomas went for 110 on them in week three.

WR Laveranues Coles B Prior to sitting out last week, Coles has single catch outings in three of the previous four games. Coles' best game with Clemens at QB came in his week two start. He may play this week but his bothersome ankle makes this potential good matchup overly risky.
WR Jerricho Cotchery S3

You would think with Coles slowed, Cotchery would step it up and make some fantasy noise. But his three catches in the past two games is his worst two game stretch of the season by far. With Coles out he's seeing more double coverage, but has another chance to shine against a suspect Miami secondary this week.

WR Brad Smith
Justin McCareins
B Both are seeing some extended playing time with Coles down and neither are doing much with the opportunity.
TE Chris Baker B

Baker continues to see his looks increase, but he just can't seem to get over the 3-4 catch a game hump. If that's what you need for your tight end then go for it. But chances are you have a better option on your roster.

Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB John Beck B

Improved his play a bit last week against a very tough Pittsburgh defense in poor weather conditions. The improved play should continue this week against an average Jets team in his first home game as a Miami starter. Not enough to make him yours however.

RB

Jesse Chatman or
Samkon Gado

S2

If it weren't for the horrid play of the Oakland run defense, the Jets would be the league's worst at stopping the run. Now if Miami can only get a healthy back on the field. If Chatman is able to shake off the neck and ankle injuries he'll make a solid start. If not then the newly signed Gado will likely get the call. He's not as attractive a start as Chatman would be, but if you are in need of a fill-in this week, Gado could fit that bill.

WR Marty Booker
Derek Hagan
Ted Ginn Jr.
B The aging Booker is being eased out so the Dolphins can get a look at their younger players, Hagan and Ginn Jr. With a rookie at quarterback the results have been ghastly. Even in this decent matchup you should avoid the entire Miami passing game ...
TE David Martin
Justin Peelle
B

... including the tight ends.

 

Jacksonville (8-3) at Indianapolis (9-2)

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Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

Garrard gets another crack at Indy after being knocked out of their week seven matchup. This is a tough spot for him on the road, but the Jaguars are playing their best ball of the season and Garrard is what he is - a consistent fantasy producer. One to two touchdowns a week and around 220 yards. Only twice has he dipped below 200 yards and only twice reached above 250. Look for the low end of his range this weekend.

RB Fred Taylor S3 Taylor has torn it up the past two weeks and oddly enough has scored in two of the last three games (his only touchdowns this season). Only put up 55 yards on 11 carries against Indy in week seven and the prospects of him doing much better in the rematch are slim. His consistency however can be of value to a fantasy team, especially this season with starting running backs dropping like flies. So he maintains his typical borderline starter status in this tough matchup.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew S3

MJD has seen his touched decrease as Taylor's play has improved. The better Freddy plays the less likely they are to pull him to insert MJD. It will be all hands on deck however for this key game and Jones-Drew's consistent scoring should secure his spot in your fantasy lineup this week.

WR Reggie Williams U

Williams continues to be Garrard's favorite target in the red-zone, catching five of his nine touchdowns this season. Other than TE Lewis, if anyone's going to pull in Garrard's likely single touchdown in this matchup, it's Williams.

WR Dennis Northcutt B A favorite target of Garrard's but the production just isn't there most weeks. That won't change in this difficult matchup.
WR Ernest Wilford B Before his five catches last week he hadn't seen more than two since week seven. Way too inconsistent to rely on for your fantasy team.
TE Marcedes Lewis U

Lewis had a season high nine targets last week and has managed three borderline startable performances in the last four games. If you are in need of a tight end flyer this week, you could do worse than the talented Lewis. The TE can play a key role in the passing game against the cover-2 style of defense run by Indy.

Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S2

Just when you think the ship is sinking, Manning and the passing attack rebound, and without Harrison. Granted, it was only the Falcons, but any improvement is a positive sign that the timing and sync is returning. The Jags pass defense rates out low in YPG, allowing 260. But only once all season have they surrendered more than a single passing touchdown. A tough matchup for Manning behind a still banged up o-line and possibly still without Harrison, but you always roll with him regardless.

RB Joseph Addai S2

Only once twice all season has Addai been held to 85 yards rushing or less and not scored. One of those times was against Jacksonville in week seven and was only one of two times the Jags have allowed a back that many yards. The offensive line is in much worse shape then in that week seven meeting, but you have to ride Addai for as much as he can get you. Just lower your expectations this week.

WR Marvin Harrison B If there was a game you were saving Harrison for, it's this one. But even if he returns there is no telling how long he'll last and how effective he'll be while he's in there. Look for a late week or even game-time decision on him and a very risky fantasy play if he does start.
WR Reggie Wayne S1 With the emergence of Gonzalez last week and the excellent play of the tight ends, the weight of the passing attack is no longer on Wayne's shoulders. Cover corner Mathis should return this week but the groin injury won't likely be 100%. Wayne went 9-131 in week seven against Jacksonville.
WR Anthony Gonzalez B The rookie had his best game as a pro last week and provided a needed boost to the Colts passing game. He'll likely be needed again in this key matchup but is no sure thing. Only twice all season does he have more than three catches and he has yet to score. Look for limited production and no touchdowns. In scoring position Manning has too many reliable options other than the rookie.
TE Dallas Clark S1

The tight end position is a huge part of the passing game right now and Clark is leading the charge. He posted 66 yards and a score in the last meeting with Jacksonville.

TE Ben Utecht U #2 TE Utecht has played a greater role in the passing game of late. He's catching 3-4 balls a game and scored his first touchdown last week. With Harrison very questionable this week, he may very well continue in that mode for Indy and provide a sleeper tight end if your fantasy team needs it.

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