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Start/Bench List - Week 17
Whitney Walters
December 27, 2007
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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)
New Orleans (7-8) at Chicago (6-9) Back to top
This game only means something to the Saints, who will still be playing for their remote chance at the final NFC playoff spot. Brees and the passing game should continue their fine play against the average Bears pass defense. Colston is slated to play despite the chest injury he suffered last week, but won't be 100%. Stecker has been a late season fantasy savior and he's a strong play against the porous and banged up Chicago run defense, even with a bum foot. Bush may return for this final game, but is a big risk. The Bears haven't provided much fantasy value this season, but the Saints defense has been a cure for the offensive struggles of many teams this season.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC
QB Drew Brees S2
RB Aaron Stecker S3
RB Reggie Bush X
WR Marques Colston S3
WR David Patten S3
WR Devery Henderson
Lance Moore
TE Eric Johnson
Billy Miller
Pos Player SBC
QB Kyle Orton U
RB Adrian Peterson S2
WR Bernard Berrian
Muhsin Muhammad
TE Greg Olsen
Desmond Clark


Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.
San Francisco (5-10) at Cleveland (9-6) Back to top
The Niners will hope to put a positive cap on a very disappointing season. Playing one of the league's worst overall defenses may just give the woeful San Francisco offense enough to bring some week 17 fantasy value. Hill has been serviceable at quarterback for the past three games and Gore has been cranking out solid fantasy numbers for weeks. Cleveland will have to wait until late Sunday night to learn their playoff status, regardless of how they play in this matchup. You should expect them to come out strong in the hopes of ending well and ridding that disappointing week 16 performance from of their minds.
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC
QB Shaun Hill U
RB Frank Gore S3
WR Darrell Jackson
Arnaz Battle
TE Vernon Davis S3
Pos Player SBC
QB Derek Anderson S2
RB Jamal Lewis S1
WR Braylon Edwards S2
WR Joe Jurevicius B
TE Kellen Winslow S2
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.
Detroit (7-8) at Green Bay (12-3) Back to top
What on paper looks like a meaningless game actually isn't. This is a division game and the Lions will be playing hard in the hopes of putting another loss on the Packers and ending a season that fell short of expectations with at least a .500 record. With Kevin Jones out and OC Martz reportedly done, look for this offense to go out with a blaze of passing. The Packers don't need this win, but they most definitely need to regroup and enter their week off on a positive note after the humiliation in Chicago last Sunday. Even with that in mind, look for most of the key starters to be on the bench by game's end.
Pos Player SBC
QB Jon Kitna S3
RB Kevin Jones B
RB T.J. Duckett S3
WR Mike Furrey B
WR Calvin Johnson S3
WR Shaun McDonald S3
Green Bay
Pos Player SBC
QB Brett Favre S2*
RB Ryan Grant S2*
RB Vernand Morency U
WR Donald Driver S2*
WR Greg Jennings S2*
WR Koren Robinson
James Jones
TE Donald Lee S3*
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.

Jacksonville (11-4) at Houston (7-8)

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Another divisional matchup this weekend that means more to the struggling team with a losing record than the playoff bound squad. The Houston defense presents solid matchups across the board for the Jaguars, but with a first round playoff game in San Diego looming next week, look for backups to be taking the snaps in the second half. Houston on the other hand will be hoping to finish out the season strong and with the best record (8-8) in franchise history.
Pos Player SBC
QB David Garrard S3*
RB Fred Taylor S2*
RB Maurice Jones-Drew S2*
WR Reggie Williams S3*
WR Dennis Northcutt
Ernest Wilford
TE Marcedes Lewis B
Pos Player SBC
QB Sage Rosenfels S3
RB Ron Dayne X
RB Darius Walker S3
WR Andre Johnson S1
WR Kevin Walter S3
TE Owen Daniels S2
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.
Kansas City (4-11) at N. Y. Jets (3-12) Back to top
A meaningless game on both sides, but a game that will likely see the key starters playing to the end. The Jets defense has several holes, the biggest of which is against the run. Kansas City's Smith should see plenty of touches in this matchup, with the passing game taking it's typical back seat in the offense play calling. It will be either a hurting Croyle or Huard at quarterback for the Chiefs and the surest thing in the air attack will be Gonzalez as always. The Jets are expected to have Clemens back under center, but the passing game will struggle against the Chiefs. After two touch matchups, Jones should have more running room against a Kansas City defense that allows over 125 YPG on the ground.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC
QB Brodie Croyle or Damon Huard B
RB Kolby Smith S2
WR Dwayne Bowe S3
WR Eddie Kennison
Jeff Webb
Samie Parker
TE Tony Gonzalez S2
New York
Pos Player SBC
QB Kellen Clemens B
RB Thomas Jones S2
WR Jerricho Cotchery S3
WR Brad Smith
Justin McCareins
TE Chris Baker B
Asterisk (*) in SBC rating indicates player is at risk of sitting or seeing limited action.

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