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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)
 
San Francisco (3-8) at Carolina (4-7) Back to top
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Dilfer U

Dilfer gets his fifth start of the season, and if it's anything like his fourth there may be some hope for this horrible offense. But let's be real. The Niners offense is still terrible and Dilfer is still... well, Dilfer. The saving grace for Dilfer and crew this week is that they play a Carolina team that can't stop anyone and are averaging less than a sack per game. If you are desperate and feeling lucky this week then roll with Dilfer. Otherwise, forget it.

RB Frank Gore S2

Gore is still bothered by the ankle injury at time, but played through the pain last week and blew up for his first monster game of the season. Enjoy it while it lasts and hope that the offensive breakthrough the Niners experienced last week wasn't a one-week event as Carolina is a decent matchup for Gore.

WR Darrell Jackson B The passing attack revolves around Davis and Gore, and Jackson just isn't getting it done.
WR Arnaz Battle B

Battle is the most active wideout on the team and has posted 221 yards and a touchdown over the past three games. In what has been a pathetic passing attack that's pretty good. But it's not enough to warrant his consideration for your fantasy lineup.

TE Vernon Davis S2

Davis is the first option in the passing attack now and the Panthers have given up 151 yards and four touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the past three game.

Carolina
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vinny Testaverde X Again we go into the weekend with the expected start for Testaverde in a decent matchup. If he can play (and make it through the entire game), he makes a borderline starter if you need it. But fantasy owners won't be 100% sure of his playing status until game-time.
RB DeShaun Foster S3 Fell flat last week with just 11 yards on 11 touches. Should bounce back this week against a Niners defense that allows over 110 rushing YPG to opposing backs.
RB DeAngelo Williams B

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

WR Steve Smith S3

Smith returned last week and had a decent game, for the 2007 version of Steve Smith. The Niners secondary play is degrading as the season moves forward and allowed almost 400 yards to the Arizona wideouts last week. If the QB play was stable Smith would be a better than S3 starter in this matchup. But if Vinny manages to play this entire game he'll likely put up S2 numbers.

WR Drew Carter
Keary Colbert
B

The only Carolina wideout that should be taking up space on your roster is Smith.

TE Jeff King B

King had five catches last week and seems to be much more involved in the passing game when Vinny isn't running the show. Since Testaverde is likely to return this week, King loses what little value he may have had.

 
Houston (5-6) at Tennessee (6-5) Back to top
Houston
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Schaub S2 The offense wasn't clicking last week but Schaub still posted good numbers. He was knocked out of the week seven meeting with Tennessee, but backup Rosenfels came in and put up four touchdowns and nearly 300 yards. Now for the rematch with a struggling Titans defense.
RB Ahman Green B Until you see him on the field for a complete game he's a fantasy non-factor.
RB Ron Dayne X

Dayne will get another start this week in a matchup that can go either way. With DT Haynesworth in the lineup, through eight games the Titans allowed just 60 YPG on the ground. In the three games without him they're allowing 145 YPG and have given up six touchdowns. It appears to be 50-50 on Haynesworth returning this week. If he does then Dayne is a borderline start (S3) at best. If he does not then Dayne is a very good start (S2).

WR Andre Johnson S2 Stumbled a bit last week. Sometime those dream matchups just don't pan out. This is far from a dream matchup against a Titans defense that ranks #3 in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. But every down field pass to AJ is a big play waiting to happen and he should stay in your lineup this week.
WR Kevin Walter S3

Starting to see the benefits of having Johnson back to draw double coverage. Had 65 yards and a score last week and posted 97 yards and a score against the Titans in week seven.

TE Owen Daniels S3

As expected Daniels' production has taken off with Schaub back at quarterback. He's posted 12-156 and a TD in the last two games. The Titans rate out as a top defense against the tight end, and even with their struggles over the past three games they've allowed only 129 yards and no scores to the position. Daniels is downgraded to a borderline start this week.

Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young S3

The Titans continue to let Young loose and his numbers over the past three games show for it. He's averaged 270 YPG in that span, nearly twice what he averaged in his previous seven starts this season. This is a favorable matchup, but Young's running bonus may be limited by the slight ankle sprain he suffered last week.

RB LenDale White S2

White had a then career high 27 carries against Houston in week seven and had his first 100-yard game of the season. The Texans defense hasn't improved since that matchup and you can bet White will be plenty busy in this rematch.

WR Brandon Jones B Two weeks after returning to the Titans lineup, Jones disappeared. Until he can prove himself consistent in this passing attack he should do the same on your fantasy team.
WR Roydell Williams B Consistently average all season except for the 124 yards he posted against Houston in week seven. Don't look for a repeat, as he's now below Gage and the tight ends in the passing attack.
WR Justin Gage S3 Gage has been the biggest benefactor of the increased passing game activity. He's been the Titans top receiver in that three game span, catching 17 passes for 254 yards and a score. He should continue to get favorable matchups this week against the weak Texans secondary.
TE Bo Scaife S3

Scaife is getting plenty of looks from Young and is effectively the team's #2 receiver. He is losing some looks to the backups, but the Texans have consistently struggled against the tight end and Scaife is a decent option in this matchup.

 
Atlanta (3-8) at St. Louis (2-9) Back to top
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joey Harrington B Yeah, he's had some decent games. Yeah, St. Louis is a decent matchup. Yeah, there may be an above average number of points scored. But unless you are in a 20-team league, there is no way you should be considering Harrington as a starter.
RB Warrick Dunn
S3

The Rams have been solid against the run lately, allowing under 70 YPG in the past four games. But they also have allowed three scores in that span and Dunn should continue to get just enough production to warrant his standard borderline starter status.

RB Jerious Norwood B

Hasn't been on the plus side of six carries since week four.

WR Roddy White S3

White remains the most consistent and startable Falcons receiver. The St. Louis secondary is average at best and there should be enough balls in the air in this matchup to get him another startable outing.

WR Michael Jenkins B

In typical Jenkins fashion, he went from nine catches in week 11 to just one last week. That kind of inconsistency is why you can never turn to him as a fantasy starter, even in this somewhat favorable matchup.

WR Joe Horn B Horn and his 18 catches on the season are expected to return to the starting lineup this week.
TE Alge Crumpler B

Hasn't had more than three catches since week three and appears pretty much done for fantasy purposes this season.

St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger or
Gus Frerotte
S3

As of Wednesday Bulger had yet to be cleared to play following last week's concussion. He may play but it seems unlikely at this point. Frerotte will step in as the starter if needed. He's a decent option this week against the Falcons defense, but Bulger would be better if he plays.

RB Steven Jackson S2

Jackson's 53-yard touchdown saved what would have been a disappointing game last week. On his other 22 carries he gained only 37 yards behind an offensive line that continues to struggle. Thankfully for fantasy owners he'll keep getting 20-25 touches a game and has another favorable matchup with the weak Falcons run defense this week.

WR Torry Holt S2

Holt's 5-54 outing last week was his lowest in five games. He's been the only consistent fantasy factor for the Rams this season and that should continue this week against the visiting Falcons.

WR Isaac Bruce S3 Bruce seems to have the Falcons' number. In 16 career games against them he has 71 catches, 1,283 yards and 10 touchdowns. He injured his hand in last week's game however and he won't be 100% if he plays. A risky start this week.
WR Drew Bennett B

Bennett just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season and contribute consistently. He tweaked his bothersome hamstring last week.

TE Randy McMichael B

If McMichael had shown any signs of being more than a 2-3 catch option in the Rams passing attack, this matchup with Atlanta might warrant a sleeper start. But only once all season has McMichael posted more than three catches. You are in your playoff push and now is not the time to take a flyer on this guy.

 

Buffalo (5-6) at Washington (5-6)

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Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Trent Edwards B

The flip-flopping in Buffalo continues. After four Losman starts it's back to Edwards. In his previous three starts, Edwards averaged just 188 YPG and threw only one touchdown. The Redskins secondary has been getting torched without S Taylor, and there's no way to predict how they will react to his death. But I still wouldn't want to be starting Edwards during this critical part of the fantasy season unless I was pretty desperate.

RB Marshawn Lynch B

Not expected back this week.

RB Anthony Thomas B There's a good chance that the calf injury Thomas suffered last week will keep him out of this game. At a minimum he'll be very limited if he plays.
RB Fred Jackson U With the A-Train likely derailed this week, the start may go to the rookie from little Coe College. He's carried the ball eight times in the past two games and is fairly effective as a receiver out of the backfield. He has seven catches for 56 yards in the last two games. As Kolby Smith showed last week, you never know what can happen when a young talent is given a chance. The difficulty here is the stout run-stopping Washington defense. If you are desperate for a starter this week, if Jackson gets the start he's worth a flyer.
WR Lee Evans S3

After teasing his fantasy owners for a few weeks, Evans has returned to his frustrating self, catching just 10 balls for 124 yards in the past three games. He's still worth taking a shot on this week however as the Redskins secondary has struggled mightily of late and Evans should hook up with Edwards for at least one big play.

WR Josh Reed B

Reed played a bigger role in the passing game over the past month with Losman at quarterback. But even then he wasn't a viable fantasy factor. The switch back to Edwards puts him even further from factor status. Even in this favorable matchup.

WR Roscoe Parrish B Thanks to an end-around last week, Parrish has scored two times in the past two games. But he's rarely used enough to warrant any fantasy value. He has just one or zero catches in five of the past six games.
TE Robert Royal
Michael Gaines
B Royal is banged up and may not play, and the tight end's role in Buffalo is to provide blocking and pass protection.
Washington
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jason Campbell S2

Campbell's play has been improving over the last three games as the Redskins have cut him loose in the passing game. This is a great matchup against the terrible Buffalo pass defense, but there will be a black cloud over FedEx Field Sunday and there's no way to predict how the Redskins will respond. My gut says they'll suck it up and play a great game offensively.

RB Clinton Portis S2

The Buffalo defense is as forgiving to the run as it is to the pass. Look for Portis to get another 25-plus touches in this matchup and post a very nice game.

WR Santana Moss S2

Since Moss' return two weeks ago, Campbell has targeted him 22 times. He continues to struggle to stay healthy and pulled up lame last week with hamstring and heel injuries. He's expected to start Sunday however and has a great matchup with the very suspect Buffalo secondary.

WR Antwaan Randle El S3

Randle El has yet to score, but has been a fairly consistent producer this season. Like Moss however, he's had injury issues lately and is dealing with a tweaked hamstring right now. He's expected to play this week and has a very favorable matchup with the struggling Bills secondary.

WR Keenan McCardell U If either Moss or Randle El sit this game out, McCardell is a nice fill in. Over the last three games he has 15 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown.
TE Chris Cooley S2

With the constant injury problems at wideout, Cooley is the most consistent part of the Washington passing attack and QB Campbell looks his way often.

 
Cleveland (7-4) at Arizona (5-6) Back to top
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson S1

The Arizona defense is average in just about every respect and they gave up 256 yards and two touchdowns to Trent Dilfer last week.

RB Jamal Lewis S2

Lewis is running hard and is coming off his best two game stretch in a couple of seasons. The Cardinals have given up big games to four of the last six backs they've faced.

WR Braylon Edwards S1

Getting tons of looks in the passing game and making big catches every week. His only downside this week is the slight hamstring strain he suffered last week. But the huge mismatch here should make up for that. The Cardinals lost their best corner (Green) this week to a season-ending groin injury.

WR Joe Jurevicius S3

Filling the possession receiver role to a tee for Cleveland. A consistent 4-5 catches and 50-60 yards each week. Not much upside since he's the third option in the passing attack.

TE Kellen Winslow S1

Caught all 10 passes that came his way last week and posted his third 100-yard game of the season. With Cardinals S Wilson now lost for the season, look for another big game this week.

Arizona
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner S2

Warner continues to play well and has another great matchup this week. Only two teams give up more yards through the air than Cleveland and no team's allowed more than their 25 passing touchdowns on the year.

RB Edgerrin James S2

Over the last four games James has seen his carry average drop from 22 per game to just 16. In that same four game span the Browns have stiffened against the run, allowing under 100 YPG. Don't expect much more than 80 yards or so, but James has scored in every other game since week two. He didn't score last week.

WR Anquan Boldin S3 Since returning from the hip injury in week seven, Boldin has topped out at last week's 76 yards. He's also playing second fiddle to Fitzgerald in the touchdown scoring now. He has a tough matchup this week. CB Bodden has improved his play greatly over the course of the season and has held his own with some talented WR's lately.
WR Larry Fitzgerald S1 Fitzgerald has been cranking out the yards all season and is finding the end-zone again. Five of his six touchdowns this year have come in the past three games. Nickel corner Holly is filling in for the injured Wright and is no match for Fitzgerald. Look for another big game.
TE Leonard Pope B A hit or miss tight end that you can't rely on during this critical time of the fantasy season.

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