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Start/Bench List - Week 14
Whitney Walters
December 6, 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)
 
PIttsburgh (9-3) at New England (12-0) Back to top
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S2

Big-time players come up big in big games. Roethlisberger will be ready for whatever the Patriots defense throws at him Sunday.

RB Willie Parker S2 Addai ran for 112 yards on the Patriots back in week nine and after watching McGahee grind out 138 against them last week, you can bet the Steelers will be handing the ball off to Parker plenty in this matchup. It won't be an easy day, and if they fall behind the passing game will take over. But Parker is still a solid start.
WR Hines Ward S2

In two games without Holmes, Ward has 20 catches. With Holmes likely out again, look for Roethlisberger to keep leaning on the old reliable Ward.

WR Santonio Holmes X May return this week and the early indications are positive. More will be known on his status later in the week. If he plays then he make a decent start this week.
WR Nate Washington B

Washington continues to under achieving. Filling in for the injured Holmes the past two weeks has resulted in just three catches for 22 yards. He's been a vertical weapon in the past, but is way to unreliable to count on.

TE Heath Miller S3

Miller will come in handy this week, but the Patriots do a very good job limiting tight end production. He isn't likely to get you big yardage, but he's always a good bet for a score in the Pittsburgh passing game.

New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S1

The New England passing game hasn't been as sharp over the past two games and Brady has only three touchdowns in that span. Now he faces the toughest defense he'll likely see all year. It would be easy to downgrade Brady in this matchup, but I think the Patriots will spread the field again this week in an attempt to stretch the Pittsburgh secondary and limit their blitzing. There will be plenty of passing in this game.

RB Laurence Maroney B

Maroney had just 13 carries last week and it was two long gains on short passes from Brady (36 and 43 yarders) that saved what would have been another in a long string of disappointing fantasy outings this season. With his limited touches he's rarely a fantasy starter now and is definitely not against the #1 rated Steelers defense.

WR Randy Moss S1 Big-time matchup this week with a very strong Pittsburgh secondary.
WR Wes Welker S2

A lot of attention will go to Moss, so look for Welker to bounce back with his typical solid performance in this matchup.

WR Donte' Stallworth B

Stallworth hasn't been much of a factor since his big game in week six. Since than he's scored only once (five games ago) and averaged just 53 YPG. #4 WR Gaffney has been more active of late, taking away what little fantasy effectiveness he had.

TE Ben Watson B

Watson's pace has slowed over the second half of the season as he's only getting 2-3 catches a game. He dropped a few last week including two potential scores.

 
Kansas City (4-8) at Denver (5-7) Back to top
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brodie Croyle B

Both quarterbacks are banged up, but early indications are that Croyle will return to the starting lineup this weekend. He wasn't very successful against Denver a month ago and won't likely be this time around either.

RB Kolby Smith S2

The rookie had another solid game last week against the tough Chargers defense. He faces a Denver defense that backslid last week after they seemed to shore up their run defense for a few games. With the QB struggles, Smith will get plenty of carries in this favorable matchup.

WR Dwayne Bowe S3

Bowe continues to get double digit looks each week and other than Gonzalez, he's the only value in the KC passing game. He surprised against the Broncos in week 10 with one of his best games of the season, going 9-105. That was the last time a receiver even got close to 100 yards on the Denver corners. Don't expect a repeat.

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 13 catches in the past four games.
TE Tony Gonzalez S3

This is a tale of two quarterbacks and a difficult matchup. With Huard under center Gonzalez has seen the ball over 10 times a game. With Croyle only five. In week ten's matchup with Denver, Gonzo went 3-29. That's just about what he's averaged in his last five meetings with the Broncos. Croyle is due back at QB and this is a very iffy spot for Gonzalez.

Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jay Cutler S3

After a long stretch of improved play, Cutler put up a real stinker last week in Oakland. This week he gets a chance to redeem himself against another division rival at home. The KC pass defense is a tough matchup and Cutler only posted 192 yards and a single touchdown in week 10 against them. He should improve on those numbers a bit at home, but not by much.

RB Travis Henry S2

Henry had his first significant action last week since he re-injured his knee. He came out no worse for wear and will be the starter this week against a Chiefs defense that gave up 109 yards and a score to then starter Young in week 10.

RB Selvin Young
Andre Hall
B Both backups are banged up and with Henry cleared and injury free, both will be non-factors.
WR Javon Walker B Still not 100% and only playing limited snaps. The Broncos are working him back in slowly and until he plays close to a full game and produces he's not a fantasy option.
WR Brandon Marshall S2

Marshall has become a weekly threat in the Denver passing attack and held his own against Oakland's shut down corner Asomugha last week. He matches up well against the aging KC secondary this week and his run after the catch abilities give him big play chances often.

WR Brandon Stokley S3

Stokley has produced consistently while filling in for Walker and will continue to do so while he gradually moves back to the #3 WR role as Walker slowly works his way back into the mix. He went just 2-36 in the week 10 Chiefs game but had several misses in the passing attack that day. The Broncos will spread the KC secondary out in this matchup, providing Stokley with some mismatches down field.

TE Tony Scheffler S3

Scheffler had an off game last week but should bounce back Sunday. Look for the Broncos to spread out in multi-WR sets to stretch the thin KC secondary, leaving favorable matchups for the speedy tight end down field.

 

Cleveland (7-5) at N. Y. Jets (3-9)

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Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Derek Anderson S1

The Jets have held the last four quarterbacks they've faced to under 200 yards and only Romo tossed more than a single touchdown. Anderson blows past those numbers this weekend.

RB Jamal Lewis S2

The Browns went with a pass heavy attack last week that hurt Lewis' numbers. Look for them to utilize the running game more in this matchup. The Jets defense allowing 132 rushing yards and a touchdown per game to opposing backfields.

WR Braylon Edwards S1

Anderson and the passing game have cooled a bit lately, but Edwards is a prime target and a fantasy stud almost every week. That won't change against the suspect Jets secondary this weekend.

WR Joe Jurevicius S3

Continues to fill the possession receiver role for the Browns and crank out a consistent 4-5 catches and 50-60 yards each week. Not much upside however, since he's the third option in the passing attack.

TE Kellen Winslow S1

Had an off game last week (thanks to that big non-push out TD call on the last play), but Winslow remains a primary option in the Browns air attack and no tight end has been target as much at his 110 times.

New York
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kellen Clemens B

Clemens has five starts now this season and his play is improving. Unfortunately he's down one wideout and his primary tight end has always been a better blocker than receiver. There's just not a lot of upside here, even against the vulnerable Cleveland pass defense.

RB Thomas Jones S2

Jones finally crossed the goal line last week and had his second 100-yard outing in three weeks. The Browns give those up weekly, so look for another strong game from Jones Sunday.

WR Laveranues Coles S2 A matchup of attrition. Cotchery is out, Smith and McCareins are ineffective, and Baker is a blocking tight end. That leaves just Coles to produce against a leaky Cleveland pass defense.
WR Jerricho Cotchery B

Had surgery on his broken finger and will be out for a while.

WR Brad Smith
Justin McCareins
B Last week McCareins did have the longest reception for the Jets this season, but it was his only catch. Smith countered with the only touchdown of the game on his only catch of the game. So while the two catches were very productive, they were still only two catches while filling in for Cotchery.
TE Chris Baker B

Baker hasn't had more than four catches all season and has scored only once over his past eight games. Just not a fantasy option regardless of matchup.

 

Indianapolis (10-2) at Baltimore (4-8)

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Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1

The Manning machine is humming again and they go into Baltimore to face a demoralized team. There may be a an occasional spot to turbulence along the way this week, but the Indy air attack should have a fairly smooth flight.

RB Joseph Addai S2

Addai hasn't seen the plus side of 72 yards rushing in a month and the Ravens rarely surrender that much production on the ground. Look for the Colts to get him the ball more in the short passing game this week to free him from the Ravens stout run-stopping front seven.

WR Marvin Harrison B Same old story here. May return but odds are not in his favor.
WR Reggie Wayne S1 The one and only viable wideout option for the Colts and Manning looks his way often.
WR Anthony Gonzalez B

You just can't seem to rely on consistent production from Gonzalez in this offense. He followed up his best game of the season with his fourth one-catch effort in the past six games.

TE Dallas Clark S1

The Ravens have given up nice games to Winslow, gave up 102 and two touchdowns to Gates and should have given up a score to Watson last week. Clark will do just fine in this matchup.

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 a touchdown in week 12. As long as Harrison is out, he'll maintain his more productive role and provide a sleeper tight end if your fantasy team needs it.
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller B

Boller had one of this best games as a pro last week, but to expect a repeat performance against the very tough Colts defense is asking way too much.

RB Willis McGahee S2

If the Ravens can hang with Indy like they did New England last week, McGahee will get his carries. If that happens he'll remain a solid fantasy option against the Colts average run defense.

WR Derrick Mason S3

Mason is the only thing going in the Baltimore passing game and is a sure bet for 6-7 catches a week. Against the Colts stingy pass defense this week he may be on the low side of that.

WR Mark Clayton
Devard Darling
B

Clayton had his big game week 10, but nothing since. Darling had his in week 11 but has just three catches in the two games since. Neither are fantasy factors.

TE

Todd Heap

X Another week and another maybe, possible, somewhat unlikely return for Heap.
 

New Orleans (5-7) at Atlanta (3-9)

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New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

Great Monday night matchup for Brees and company. He went for 219 and two touchdowns in the week seven meeting with Atlanta, just as the Saints offense was starting to get it going.

RB Reggie Bush S2

Bush seems over the shin injury and ran well last week against a tough Tampa defense. The going won't be difficult Monday night against a Falcon defense that's allowing 150 total YPG to opposing backfields.

RB Aaron Stecker B

Stecker has 20 carries in the past two games but has been ineffective running the ball, averaging just 2.9 YPC. Bush is still the primary option in the backfield with Stecker serving only as backup.

WR Marques Colston S2

Colston had an off game last week against the very tough Tampa secondary. He has a much better matchup this week. The Falcons d-backs continue to struggle and Brees is really favoring him in the passing game.

WR David Patten B Patten remains Brees' second most targeted wideout, but his production continues to fall off. He hasn't caught more than three balls or a touchdown in four games.
WR Devery Henderson
Lance Moore
B

These guys occasionally might find the end-zone, but Henderson hasn't had more than three catches since week five and Moore since week three. Too unpredictable to rely on.

TE Eric Johnson
Billy Miller
B Johnson and Miller continue to split time, making neither a fantasy option.
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chris Redman U

Now it appears to be Redman's turn to captain the sinking ship that is the 2007 Falcons. He was very effective in relief last week, leading two late scoring drives. Against a Saints defense that's giving up big passing games practically every week, Redman may do very well Monday night. Should your fantasy team place their playoff hopes on that possibility? Probably not.

RB Warrick Dunn
S3

Because teams can score at will through the air against the Saints, their run defense stats rate out higher than they should. New Orleans can be run on and it's a good bet that Dunn will see enough action to warrant a borderline start on Monday night. That is of course, unless HC Patrino actually meant it this time when he said he'd get Norwood the ball more going forward.

RB Jerious Norwood B

After Norwood cranked out 115 yards of total offense last week on just 11 touches, HC Petrino was heard saying they "have to get him more touches". Now if that sounds familiar to anyone, it should. That's exactly what he said after Norwood posted a 138 yard, 1 TD game back in week six. What followed was four straight weeks with 9, 6, 4 and 7 touches. As the saying goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice... you know the rest.

WR Roddy White S2

White remains the most consistent and startable Falcons receiver and has posted two big games in a row. The Saints weak secondary provides a great opportunity for number three.

WR Michael Jenkins B

Jenkins still has the talent to make an impact on game day. Unfortunately he also has the ability to disappear. He has 14 catches for 121 yards and a score in two of the last four games. The other two were single-catch games. That kind of inconsistency is why you can never turn to him as a fantasy starter, even in this favorable matchup.

WR Joe Horn B Horn has bookended his absence with two 4-catch games. Expecting more out of him this season is just too much.
TE Alge Crumpler B

Just when you give Crumpler for dead this season he posts a season high 7 catches for 65 yards. Maybe QB Redman is smart enough to recognize Crumpler's the second best option he has in the passing game behind WR White. I'd make him prove it with another game before you turn your fantasy attention back to Crumpler.

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