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Start/Bench List - Week 14
John Tuvey
Updated: December 11, 2009
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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)
 
 
Pittsburgh (6-6) at Cleveland (1-11) Back to top
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S2

The Brownies have been a blank check for opposing quarterbacks; those willing to throw have been rewarded with big numbers, like Roethlisberger's 417 and two in the earlier meeting. Sans Hines Ward you may need to dial those digits back, but not too much.

RB Rashard Mendenhall


S1

In each of their five home games the Browns have surrendered at least 163 yards from scrimmage to opposing backfields—including 224 and three touchdowns last week to the Chargers. With Mendenhall handling the vast majority of the Steelers' workload, he's in line for an evening that uses his 17-62-1 from the earlier meeting as a baseline—and has a very nice upside.

WR Hines Ward
S2

Mike Tomlin says Ward will likely miss Thursday's game; Ward says he'll play. Maybe there's a split in the locker room? Been there, done that with the Steelers. Ward is as tough as they come, so operating under the assumption that he'll be available for the rematch with Cleveland he belongs in your fantasy lineup; he seems to have rebounded from his midseason mini-slump with 279 yards and two touchdowns over the past three games, and he put up a healthy 159 and one in the earlier meeting. Best of all, if Ward doesn't play you'll have time to insert someone else into your lineup.

WR Santonio Holmes
S2

After enduring a nine-game scoring drought Holmes has touchdowns in two straight. He's also been a consistent yardage guy, with 50 or more in 11 of 12 and 80 or more in eight of 12 including the last five. He put up 104 on Cleveland earlier this year and would stand to at least match that number—maybe even better it if Hines Ward is limited Thursday night.

WR Mike Wallace

U

Not that slot receivers haven't had success against the Browns (Percy Harvin and James Jones scored, Wallace himself had 50 yards in the earlier meeting), but it's been mostly the primary targets having their way with Cleveland. That's also been the case for the Steelers, with Wallace relegated to the back burner over the past month or so. If Ward doesn't play give Wallace a bump, but otherwise you likely have a better option on your roster.

TE Heath Miller
S3

Though Miller hasn't done anything for the past couple of weeks, there is some definite upside to using a tight end against a Browns defense that's allowed three TE TDs and 262 yards to the position over the past three weeks alone.

DT Steelers S3 A week ago you would have gone out of your way to start the Steel Curtain against Brady Quinn. Now, however, Quinn is flirting with competency and the Steelers are picking up the shards after being ripped apart by Bruce Gradkowski. There's no such thing as a sure thing anymore... though the Steel Curtain against Quinn still feels like a pretty good fantasy play.
Cleveland
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brady Quinn
S3

Watching Bruce Gradkowski carve up the Steelers last week while at the very same time Quinn was riddling the Chargers' secondary for 271 and three gives one hope that anything is possible. That's two fantasy helpers for Quinn in the last three games, and seeing as Pittsburgh has allowed two mediocre quarterbacks (Gradkowski's 308 and 3, Matt Cassel's 248 and 2) to post good numbers against them over the past three weeks as well, throwing a bone Quinn's way isn't all that far-fetched.

RB Jerome Harrison
Chris Jennings


B

The Steel Curtain is still stout against the run, and the Browns have yet to produce a running back rushing score this year. Harrison took more carries than Jennings last week, but Eric Mangini may still be in "audition" mode in his backfield. If you're grasping at straws, Harrison was a factor as a receiver last week with seven catches for 62 yards and two TDs and the Browns scored a RB receiving touchdown in their earlier meeting with Pittsburgh.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi
S2

Pittsburgh has allowed a 100-yard receiver in three straight games and given up four WR TDs in the past two games alone. And we're not talking about Air Coryell caliber passing games, either: KC, Baltimore, and Oakland. The Browns' most-targeted receiver has two touchdowns of his own in the past three, so as long as Troy Polamalu is busy Thursday night washing his hair why not exploit the suddenly susceptible Steeler secondary?

WR Chansi Stuckey
Brian Robiskie
B

You know how when something is going great and you push it just that little bit too far and then all of a sudden it's not so great anymore? That's what would happen if you thought reaching down the Browns' depth chart for receiver help would be a good fantasy idea.

TE Evan Moore

B

Moore was targeted a whopping 11 times in his first action as a Brown; while the targeting suggests he'll be in heavy rotation with Quinn, the Steelers' track record against tight ends (one TE TD in the last eight games, only one TE with more than 50 yards against them all year) suggests if you turn to Moore here you'd be chasing last week's numbers.

DT Browns B Hey, they've held two of their last six opponents under 30 points. Baby steps; baby steps.
 
New Orleans (12-0) at Atlanta (6-6) Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

Brees has multiple touchdown tosses in four straight and is playing for perfection; the Falcons have allowed multiple TD tosses in four straight and seven of eight. Drew took Atlanta for 308 and two in the earlier meeting; expect, at minimum, a repeat performance.

RB Pierre Thomas
S2

Here's what we can make of the fuzzy Saints' backfield picture: Mike Bell gets the most carries, Reggie Bush is the X factor, and Thomas is the most consistently productive. Fantasy owners tend to prefer that latter option, and while Thomas was limited in practice all week he's listed as probable and is the best option of the New Orleans backfield.

RB Mike Bell
B

Bell is a grinder with value in leagues that award a point (or fraction thereof) for carries; however, he's less productive than Thomas and was the only back of the trio who didn't score in the earlier match-up with the Falcons. Atlanta hasn't allowed a running back rushing score in the past three games, and Bell's productivity (or lack thereof) suggests you have more reliable options. Doesn't help that he was held out of practice both Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable.

RB Reggie Bush
U

There's some upside here despite Reggie's limited touches. For starters, he scored in the previous meeting with Atlanta despite just two carries and two receptions. Mix in the fact that the last three RB TDs the Falcons have allowed have come on receptions and there's a reasonable shot Bush finds paydirt even if the workload isn't there. Bush was limited in practice all week but is listed as probable so he should play Sunday.

WR Marques Colston
S2

Colston took the Falcons for 85 yards and a score in the earlier meeting, then took three games off before resurfacing over the past fortnight with 167 yards and two scores. No reason to bench Drew Brees' favorite target this week.

WR

Robert Meachem

S2

Since being shut out by the Falcons in Week 8, Meachem has scored in five straight games topped by his 8-142-1 (plus the fumble return score) last week. At this juncture he's moved into 1A status alongside Colston and is an every-week fantasy starter.

WR

Devery Henderson

S3

It's tough to go wrong plugging a member of the Saints' passing game into your fantasy lineup, especially one with nine catches for 177 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. Henderson's an every-week threat, but he's also behind Colston and Meachem in the pecking order; worse, Lance Moore has returned to practice on a limited basis and has a 50/50 chance of playing this week.

TE Jeremy Shockey S3 Shockey has been merely ordinary for the past two months, but this match-up may snap him out of his funk. He had 72 yards in the earlier meeting and might even find the end zone against a Falcons' defense that's allowed three TE TDs over the past three games.
DT Saints S2 The Saints got a defensive touchdown in the earlier meeting and have eight D/ST TDs on the year—plus they'll be facing either a backup quarterback or a banged-up Matt Ryan. The odds are definitely on the Saints' side.
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Ryan X

Ryan posted a solid 298 and one in the earlier meeting; it was the three INTs that hurt him. After missing most of the last two games with a toe injury, Ryan hopes to return this week. Officially he is listed as not practicing all week, but he participated in Friday's walk-through and is considered a game-time decision. With Michael Turner also listed as questionable but unlikely to go after missing the entire week of practice, Ryan may need to throw more than usual. There's always the risk of aggravating his injury, but there's also the potential for some pretty good numbers. So the question you have to ask yourself is, do you feel lucky?

QB Chris Redman X

If Ryan can't go it will be Redman again, against a defense that's already allowed some mediocre quarterbacks to put up good numbers against them: Kevin Kolb, 391 and 2; Marc Bulger, 298 and 2; Jason Campbell, 367 and 3. So it's not as if all will be lost. Maybe the solution is to pick up Redman and wait for the inactives for this game to be announced before deciding which quarterback to throw into the shooting match against the Saints.

RB Michael Turner
X

Turner has said that if he gets medical clearance and is breathing, he'll play. And while the Saints' run defense is improved with the return of Sedrick Ellis, he's still a good fantasy play. So far he's passed the breathing portion of the test, but Turner didn't practice all week so there's still that medical clearance issue to get around. If you're a betting man, the smart money would be on Turner sitting this one out.

RB Jason Snelling
Jerious Norwood
B

While Turner would be in play if he's active, the same can't be said for his backups. With the return of Ellis the Saints are once again a formidable presence against the run; over the past three games the only fantasy value provided by backs were Laurence Maroney's two touchdowns last Monday night—and if that repeats, those TDs would definitely go to Turner.

WR Roddy White S2

White will have value regardless of quarterback; if it's Ryan it's status quo, and if it's Redman look no further than the 20 targets from last week to get a read on how much the backup leans on him. The Saints have allowed five WR TDs in the past four games, and seven different wideouts have topped 60 yards over that span, so the match-up shouldn't dissuade you either.

WR Michael Jenkins X

As noted above, there are stats to be had against the Saints—usually as teams throw to catch up. Jenkins had 66 yards in the previous meeting, and if he's healthy enough to go he might be worth a look. He was limited all week in practice, but out of all these injured Falcons somebody has to play, right?

TE

Tony Gonzalez

S2

Gonzo has had double-digit targets in four straight games, had 6-89 in the previous meeting, and faces a Saints' defense that had its tight end maiden broken by a Fred Davis touchdown last week. In other words, it's all good.

DT Falcons B The Saints have topped 30 points in seven of the last eight games. You don't want to step in front of this bus.
 

Denver (8-4) at Indianapolis (12-0)

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Denver
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Orton S3

It's the nature of the beast for quarterbacks to put up good numbers against the Colts; three of the past four have thrown multiple touchdowns and five straight have topped 240 yards. Orton hasn't been quite that good as the Broncos have been more inclined to run the ball, but he does have multiple TD tosses in three of his last four on the road. He should put up adequate numbers here, but at this point of the season adequate may not be enough.

RB

Knowshon Moreno


S2 It would make sense for the Broncos to try to run the ball against Indy—and not just because it keeps Peyton Manning off the field. In Denver's four losses they ran the ball an average of 17 times a game and never more than 20 times; in their eight wins they've averaged 31 attempts, only once dipping below 22, and rebounded from the four-game losing skid with 39 and 40 attempts the past two weeks. Leading the charge has been Moreno, who has 80 or more yards in each of the last four games and three touchdowns in the last two. He'll be the guy the Broncos will try to use to shorten the game, and his last month suggests he's made the transition from college stud to legit fantasy back.
RB

Correll Buckhalter


U The workload of the past two games suggest that there should be enough touches for the General to get his; while he hasn't seen the end zone since Week 2 his 184 yards from scrimmage over the past two games make him a helper in performance-based leagues.
WR Brandon Marshall
S2

While the perfect record indicates the Colts are doing just fine despite myriad injuries to their secondary, the stats prove the wins keep coming despite the pass defense rather than because of it. Three No. 1s have reached triple digits in the past five games, and two have scored in the past four. Best of all, Marshall's skill set isn't all that different from that of Randy Moss (9-179-2) and Andre Johnson (10-103 and 5-67), both of whom have had recent success against Indy.

WR Eddie Royal
Brandon Stokley
Jabar Gaffney

B

It's not that secondary receivers haven't put up numbers against the Colts; over the past six games six WR2s and WR3s have topped 50 yards or scored. But over the past month this trio has posted more goose eggs (four) than touchdowns (one, by Stokley) and none have topped 55 yards.

TE Tony Scheffler


B

Last week Bo Scaife posted the best game by an opposing TE against Indy with his 5-56-1; sadly, Scheffler isn't targeted enough to expect a repeat.

DT Broncos B Indy's offense hasn't gone into hibernation just yet, making this an unlikely week for them to give up their first D/ST TD of the season.
Indianapolis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S2

You worried the Broncos have allowed multiple touchdown passes just once in the last seven games? You concerned Manning has multiple TD tosses in just two of his last six and only one of his last four at home? You really want to bench Manning in the first round of your fantasy playoffs? Didn't think so.

RB Joseph Addai S3 Addai has scored in four of five, three straight at home, and five of six in front of the Indy crowd. His yardage has been nothing special—last week's 79 was a season high on the ground—but he's been a consistent touchdown producer. That's unlikley to change against a Denver defense that's allowed RB TDs in three straight road games.
RB Donald Brown B Brown has been ruled out with a chest injury.
RB Chad Simpson B This is still Addai's show, at least as long as Indy has to keep winning.
WR Reggie Wayne
S2

The Broncos have options in how they want to defend Wayne, including a personal day-long consultation with Champ Bailey. Teams without such a luxury (Tennessee, Houston, Baltimore) have limited Wayne to 14-156-1 over the past three games, though they've left themselves open to being exploited by other Indy receivers. There's obvious concern here because Manning is more than willing to move away from Wayne if others are open; on the other hand, Wayne's upside—he has yet to go more than one game without scoring—all but demands you keep him in your lineup.

WR Pierre Garçon
S2 Denver has allowed only one WR TD in the past month; on the bright side, it went to a secondary target. And truth be told, Garçon has been targeted more than Wayne over the Colts' last five games; he also has a touchdown or 100 yards in each of the last four games. If Denver does opt to blanket Wayne with Bailey, Pierre has been Peyton's second choice and would be in line for yet another solid fantasy effort.
WR Austin Collie
B You know the drill: any pass-catcher with a horseshoe on their helmet can be a viable fantasy entity in any given week. This week, however, Denver's strong secondary and Peyton's preference for Wayne and Garçon make Collie merely the third-best fantasy play among Indy's wide receivers.
TE Dallas Clark S3

Clark appears to have slipped behind Pierre Garçon in Peyton's pecking order, or maybe it's just that teams are choosing to take Clark away and force Garçon to beat them. Denver's track record against tight ends this year—only two teams have allowed fewer fantasy points to TEs—indicate they're capable of taking that route, and the fact that all five of Clark's touchdowns this year have come on the road don't tilt the scales in his favor. He's a tough bench in TE-mandatory leagues given his upside, but in combo WR/TE leagues you probably have a better option this week.

DT Colts B Smoke and mirrors might get you to 12-0 if Peyton Manning is pulling your bacon out of the fire, but it's not a great recipe for fantasy help.
 

Buffalo (4-8) at Kansas City (3-9)

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Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick S3

Used to be Arrowhead Stadium was a black hole for opposing quarterbacks; this year, however, the last five to visit KC have emerged with multiple touchdown passes and four of the five have thrown for at least 268 yards. And with Fitzpatrick unleashed by the new administration and more than willing to placate Terrell Owens, he makes a sneaky plug-in fantasy play here.

RB Fred Jackson S2

The number of touches (Jackson has 28 carries and eight receptions the past two weeks; Marshawn Lynch has nine carries and two grabs) suggest the Coe College product has taken over the lead role in this committee, but either way it's all good. The touches indicate Jackson will partake of the yardage KC has been surrendering to opposing backs—an average of 168 combo yards, including five straight of 150 or better; a touchdown might be an iffier proposition, but given that the Chiefs have surrendered 15 RB TDs already it's hardly unlikely.

RB Marshawn Lynch U

Though it appears as if Jackson is getting the touches, that doesn't mean all is lost for Marshawn. Of the 15 RB TDs noted above, eight have gone to feature backs and seven have gone to secondary runners. Lynch scored last week, and another TD here wouldn't shock.

WR Terrell Owens
S2

Brandon Marshall came within six yards of becoming the seventh opposing No. 1 receiver to take the Chiefs for at least 100 yards and a touchdown, settling for 94 and one. There's no question TO is Buffalo's No. 1 under the new regime, and with 324 yards and two touchdowns in the three games since Perry Fewell took over —numbers that include last week's hardly unexpected shutdown by Darrelle Revis—he stands to be the next in that long line of fantasy helpers.

WR Lee Evans
B

On the other hand, since the new sheriff came to town Evans has barely as many targets (17) as Owens has catches, resulting in four grabs for 93 yards. While a long touchdown against the shaky Chiefs secondary wouldn't be a surprise, trends indicate that toss will be heading TO's way instead of Lee's.

DT Bills S2 There are certainly worse fantasy bets than tossing one of the top intercepting teams in the league against an offense that has surrendered defensive touchdowns in consecutive games.
Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Cassel
B

The assumption is that the Chiefs have $63 million reasons to return Cassel to the starting lineup; our assumption is that he won't fare any better against a Buffalo secondary that has held 10 straight opponents to one or zero touchdown passes and four consecutive foes to 215 or fewer passing yards.

RB Jamaal Charles

S1

Charles has scored in each of his four starts since taking over for the departed Larry Johnson, averaging 97 combo yards per game during that span. And it's about to get better: the Bills have allowed every one of the last 10 feature backs to face them to either rush for 100 yards (eight) or score (also eight) or both (five).

WR

Chris Chambers

S3

On the bright side, there's been one WR TD for Bills opponents each of the past four weeks; on the down side, there's been only one WR TD for Bills opponents each of the past four weeks. Chambers is the most likely Chief to be on the receiving end of such a toss, but there's been only one in the past month for the Chiefs so he's a desperation play at best.

WR Bobby Wade
Lance Long

B

If Chambers is barely a start and Cassel's a bench, it would stand to reason that digging any deeper into this passing game would be downright silly.

TE Leonard Pope

B

The Bills haven't allowed a TE TD since Week 2, and with Brad Cottam cutting into Pope's looks there's just not enough opportunity here to warrant fantasy attention.

DT Chiefs B Used to be young quarterbacks feared walking into Arrowhead. Now? Not so much.
 

Detroit (2-10) at Baltimore (6-6)

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Detroit
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matthew Stafford
B

Stafford is listed as doubtful and it's unlikely that the Lions will risk his separated shoulder against the Ravens. Now that's the sign of a smart quarterback.

QB Daunte Culpepper
B

Here's your silver lining: the Ravens have given up multiple touchdown passes to each of the NFC North quarterbacks they've faced. That constitutes two of the past 10 games; in the other eight they've held foes to one or zero scoring strikes. So, if you think Daunte belongs in the conversation with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, you go right ahead and use him.

RB Kevin Smith
S3

Smith has averaged 116 yards from scrimmage in three games against the AFC North this year, and not all of it came against the Browns; he carved out 104 yards and a score against Cincy and 95 yards against the Steelers. So it wouldn't be impossible for him to give you a little fantasy help this week; just unlikely.

WR Calvin Johnson S3

The scoring streak is up to three and includes two games against AFC North defense—including the vaunted Cincy secondary, which Johnson took for 123 and one last week. Daunte knows how to throw the ball up for grabs to a big receiver, and you can expect enough of that this week to justify keeping Megatron in your fantasy lineup.

WR Bryant Johnson
Dennis Northcutt
B

You'd get essentially the same fantasy productivity starting Herman Moore and Mel Gray. Bonus points if you've had either on previous fantasy teams.

TE Will Heller B

The good news is, the Ravens have already allowed four TE TDs to NFC North foes. The bad news is, Heller isn't nearly as involved in the offense as Visanthe Shiancoe (4-48-2) and Jermichael Finley (7-79-2) are with their teams—even with Casey Fitzsimmons ruled out of this tilt. And if Ed Reed is back in the lineup, this point is moot anyway.

DT Lions B Still nothing to see here; move along.
Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joe Flacco S3

Flacco has struggled of late; he hasn't thrown multiple touchdowns or topped 300 yards since prior to the team's Week 7 bye. The Lions certainly offer the cure for what ails, having allowed 75 percent of opposing quarterbacks to throw multiple touchdowns against them and surrendering 300 or more yards in four of the last five games. However, the Ravens might opt to avoid the risk of another Flacco pick and go run-heavy, much like the Bengals did last week. It's a cautionary tale, as traditionally the Ravens have chosen to go by land over the airways.

RB Ray Rice
S1

Eight of the last nine feature backs to face the Lions have rolled up triple digit yards from scrimmage and/or found the end zone, the lone exception being Jamal Lewis. Rice, meanwhile, had a streak of nine straight with triple-digit combo yardage and/or a score snapped by the Packers on Monday night. He gets back in the saddle here, with the only threat being another vultured score from Willis McGahee.

RB Willis McGahee
U

It's tough to turn to a guy with 10 touches (and 15 yards) in the past two games, but McGahee appears to be the Ravens' go-to guy at the stripe with scores in each of those contests. And against the Lions, there should be copious goal line opportunities.

WR Derrick Mason

S2

Mason has been targeted 51 times over the past five games; the rest of the Ravens' wide receivers combined have been targeted a total of 37 times in that span. And it's a good week to be Baltimore's No. 1, as four straight primary wideouts have topped 100 yards against the Lions and three straight have scored. If and when the Ravens throw, odds are it will go through Mason.

WR Kelley Washington


S3

The Lions have allowed six WR TDs over the past three games, so WR2s like Washington are in play this week. He's not a great play, obviously, but with Mark Clayton doubtful it's a match-up that's certainly worth exploiting.

WR Mark Clayton


B

Clayton did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. The potential reward doesn't outweigh the risks of starting an injured secondary receiver on a run-first team, no matter how favorable the match-up.

TE

Todd Heap

S3 No team has allowed more TE TDs than the Lions, and the fact that Heap was targeted 10 times Monday night suggests the Baltimore offense hasn't forgotten about him.
DT Ravens S1 The Lions have allowed defensive touchdowns in each of the past two games. A road trip to Baltimore with a backup quarterback at the helm sounds like the perfect recipe to extend that streak to three.
 

Miami (6-6) at Jacksonville (7-5)

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Miami
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Chad Henne B

Despite Henne's big game against New England last week, it's difficult to trust him with a fantasy start here. He's topped 175 yards just once in four away games and failed to throw more than one touchdown in any of his road starts. Doesn't help that the Jaguars are a much better defense at home, having held four of six visiting quarterbacks to a single touchdown pass and not allowing any of them—including Kurt Warner and Matt Schaub—to top 300 yards. You can do better than the 200 and one Henne is likely to provide.

RB

Ricky Williams

S2

Ricky has been the Dolphins' weapon of choice on the road, with five touchdowns in his last three away games and 100-yard rushing efforts in each of his last two. The Jags have softened a bit against the run, giving up RB TDs in three of their last four. It's not a cushy match-up by any stretch, but it's not as if the Dolphins have a ton of other offensive options.

WR Davonne Bess

S3 Every opposing WR1 to visit Jacksonville has left with a touchdown, and after Bess hung a  10-117-1 on the Patriots last week it's tough not to see him as Miami's primary option
WR Greg Camarillo
Brian Hartline
Ted Ginn, Jr.

B Hartline has scores in each of the past two games; maybe someday we'll look back and say "all he does is scores touchdowns", but right now all it looks like is a fluke. Camarillo was targeted 10 times against New England after amassing all of one catch the previous two games combined. And Ginn's 34-yard effort was his best game in more than two months. This match-up isn't compelling enough to warrant trying to figure out which of these secondary targets might be worthy of a fantasy start; the short answer is, none of them are.
TE Anthony Fasano

B

Fasano seems to have emerged as Miami's primary pass-catching target. Not that it couldn't switch to Joey Haynos or Kory Sperry at the drop of a hat. And not that it matters against a Jacksonville defense that has ceded just two TE TDs all year.

DT Dolphins B David Garrard is taking care of the ball, with just one INT in the last five games. That makes it tough to generate much in the way of defensive fantasy points.
Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard S3

Nine of Garrard's 10 TD passes have come at home, but against a Miami defense that's allowed multiple touchdowns just once in the past six games it probably doesn't matter. At best you're looking at a little over 200 yards and a score; you'll want to look elsewhere for fantasy assistance.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew
S2

The Dolphins have allowed 100 rushing yards or a running back touchdown in each of the past eight games. Jones-Drew has suffered through a two game mini-slump after scoring in five straight himself; perhaps the workload is catching up with him? It's not as if the Jaguars have another option besides riding MoJo towards a playoff berth, so he'll have every opportunity to get back in the saddle here.

WR

Mike Sims-Walker

B We may never find out if last week's eight-target, one-catch egg was an aberration—after five straight home tilts with 100 yards or a touchdown or both—or a sign of struggles to come. MSW is listed as doubtful with a calf injury, and after participating on a limited basis Wednesday was held out of practice both Thursday and Friday. If he's cleared to go it's worth noting that Miami has allowed seven of the last eight WR1s they've faced to reach the end zone—a streak that would be eight of eight if you consider Maurice Stovall the Bucs' No. 1 (Antonio Bryant didn't play in that game, so it's not too far-fetched). Sims-Walker has been good enough at home that if he's not on the inactive list on Sunday we'd try to find a spot in the lineup for him. However, the doubtful designation says there's at least a 75 percent chance that won't be happening.
WR

Torry Holt

B There might be a temptation to slide Holt into a starting role with MSW on the sidelines. Fight that temptation for all you're worth; his next touchdown will be his first this year.
TE

Marcedes Lewis

B Lewis is better at home, but both Ernest Wilford and Zach Miller have been horning in on his action. And against a Dolphins defense that's allowed just one TE TD in the past 10 games, there's just not enough action to go around.
DT Jaguars B

The Jags still haven't scored a defensive or special teams touchdown this season, and there's no compelling reason to expect that to change this week.

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