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Start/Bench List - Week 9
Whitney Walters
November 4, 2004
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
OAK at CAR PHI at PIT NO at SD Sun 8:30 PM Open Date:
WAS at DET   HOU at DEN (times ET) GB, TEN
Player List by Position
Start/Bench Codes (SBC)
S1: Must start, 1st string.
S2: Solid starter, 2nd string.
X: No start or bench indications / Could go either way.
B: Bench 'em / Too much risk.
U: Upside player / Possible sleeper.
Early Injury Status  (O): Out  (D): Doubtful  (Q): Questionable  (P): Probable
Chicago (2-5) at New York Giants (5-2) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Craig Krenzel B Do you really need a reason not to start this rookie QB?
RB Thomas Jones (Q) B Early reports are sketchy at this point but Jones may sit this game out. He's a very risky start at this point.
RB Anthony Thomas S2 If Jones indeed sits this game out that will pave the way for the A-Train again this week. Look for a heavy workload and productive afternoon for Thomas.
WR David Terrell
Bobby Wade

The Chicago passing game may on occasion produce a receiver with some fantasy worthy numbers, I mean they have to score sometimes. But your team shouldn't be relying on any of them.

TE Desmond Clark


May get a bit more attention with a rookie QB in the pocket, but he's still not worth a spot in a fantasy lineup.
New York Giants
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kurt Warner X

Warner keeps putting up the yardage (about 220 a game) but he's thrown only four touchdowns through seven games. The consistency is nice, but the passing game takes the back seat to the running attack and until Warner starts putting up multiple TD games he's only a bye week fill-in at most.

RB Tiki Barber S1 The Bears haven't allowed many rushing touchdowns this season (league low of only two) but they give up almost 130 YPG on the ground, the result of their safeties having to be used in coverage thanks to the injuries at cornerback. Not like you really need a reason to keep one of the hottest fantasy backs in your lineup.
WR Amani Toomer S2

With the Giants spreading the ball around in the passing game Toomer is struggling to have more than a minor fantasy impact. The hamstring injury isn't helping either. He's topped 54 yards only twice this season and has yet to cross the goal-line. This is a good matchup for Toomer but the lack of offensive production in the passing game keep his potential limited.

WR Ike Hilliard B Had one of his highest outputs in week seven, a paltry 5-for-42 effort. Followed that up last week with his worst, going 2-for-8. Not a fantasy option this season.
TE Jeremy Shockey S2 Can get you 4-6 catches for 40-70 yards a week, but as has been the case his entire short career the touchdowns are few and far between.
New Orleans (3-4) at San Diego (5-3) Back to top
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Aaron Brooks S2 Brooks put together a couple of solid games prior to the bye week. Look for another this week against a Charger secondary that is suspect and has shown little improvement over the course of the season.
RB Deuce McAllister S2 McAllister should be well rested and the ankle should be 100% following the off week. It's a good thing since he draws the #1 run defense in the league on the road this week.
WR Joe Horn S2 The New Orleans passing attack continues to improve and so does Horn's fantasy value. He had a season high before the off week and should bracket that with another one this week.
WR Jerome Pathon U

Moved into the starting lineup in week seven and responded with a 6-for-79 performance. Expected to hold on to the starting spot and this week against the Chargers' secondary he could put up his best numbers of the season.

WR Donte' Stallworth B Stallworth's time may have passed. He's only 6-for-76 in the last three games and has been moved to the #3 WR spot behind Pathon. It may be time to cut him loose and find a better option.
TE Boo Williams (Q) X Early word is that Williams is still bothered by the hamstring injury and will likely be limited this week.
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S2 Continues to impress and his five TDs last week surely carried some to victory. Well here we go again. Brees will face off this week against the second worse pass defense in the league. McCardell has been a huge addition and the passing game improves each week. Don't expect a five-TD repeat, but three wouldn't be a shock.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (P) S2 The lingering groin injury continues to kill his big game value and the Chargers' big lead last week put him on the sideline again. Thankfully for his owners he continues to score each week. Odds are this will be a closer matchup this week and he should see an increase in carries. But with the bye week coming up there remains a chance he'll be rested as much as possible in an attempt to get him as healthy as possible for the back half of the season.
WR Eric Parker U Having a legitimate target on the other side of the field will open things up for the young and talented Parker, as seen by his season high 6-for-91 effort last week. He's not going to be consistent enough to be a fantasy starter most weeks as he will fall behind McCardell, Gates and sometimes Tomlinson in the progression, but he can surprise against weak secondaries like the Saints.
WR Keenan McCardell S2 Has adapted quickly to the Charger offense and Brees. In his first two games he's posted nine catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. It'll only get better, and that starts this week against a suspect New Orleans secondary that won't be able to matchup with the Charger receivers.
WR Tim Dwight (P) B The addition of McCardell has moved Dwight back to the slot where he is much better suited and can get matchup advantages against nickel cornerbacks or linebackers. But being the fourth or fifth option now means he's not an option for your fantasy team.
TE Antonio Gates S1 The addition of McCardell has helped an already productive Gates by forcing more downfield coverage and freeing him more underneath. The future just keeps getting brighter for this young talent.
Seattle (4-3) at San Francisco (1-6) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Hasselbeck S2 Coming off a fine effort that saw him spread the ball around to seven different receivers behind a powerful running attack. Look for more of the same this week against the Niner's patchwork secondary.
RB Shaun Alexander S1 Another week and another weak run defense. The Seahawks will continue to give opponents a big dose of Alexander if they want to keep winning.
WR Koren Robinson S2 May start serving his 4-game suspension this week, may not. With Jackson, Rice and Engram all dealing with ankle injuries Robinson ends up being the best option in the vertical passing game this week despite his continued struggles. Could finally find the end-zone again on Sunday.
WR Darrell Jackson (Q) X

Remains the top fantasy option in the Seattle passing attack but will be limited by the ankle injury he suffered last week that had him on crutches Monday. If he recovers and plays he's a decent start.

WR Jerry Rice (Q) B

Injured but you can bet he'll be on the field in San Francisco. With Engram likely to miss another game Rice will again be the #3 WR. Unfortunately that has resulted in a whopping 2 catches for 16 yards since he arrived in Seattle. Until Robinson begins serving his long awaited suspension Rice is all hope and promise.

TE Jerramy Stevens X Just can't seem to get over the hump. His inconsistent play and the continual presence of Ituli Mili are keeping him down. Until he can put it together for a stretch and send Mili to the bench he's best to be avoided.
San Francisco
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tim Rattay (P)
Ken Dorsey

Rattay may be out another week but it is unknown at this time. Either way you shouldn't even be considering Rattay or Dorsey as your starter in this or any week.

RB Kevan Barlow X The wheels have fallen off and the train wreck is in progress. Barlow continues to disappoint due to his shoulder injury but mostly the inability of the Niners to establish any running game.
WR Cedrick Wilson B Good for maybe 3-4 catches and 50-60 yards on a good week but his production has been on the decline since week one, topped off by a catchless effort last week.
WR Brandon Lloyd (P) S2 The most consistent option in the Niner passing game but draws a difficult matchup this week with the solid and deep Seahawk secondary. Coupled with the confusion at quarterback Lloyd is a borderline starter this week.
WR Curtis Conway B Since Lloyd's return he has just seven catches for 65 yards in three games. No longer a factor.
TE Eric Johnson X Will see his rib injury improve each week, but without a healthy Rattay behind center he will be only a shadow of his week one through five self. The return of Lloyd has also taken a bite out of his value.
Houston (4-3) at Denver (5-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Carr (P) S2 Carr is in the middle of a fine third season in the league and is a solid fantasy starter most weeks. The Bronco's stout pass defense has shown signs of weakness over the past two games and the loss of John Lynch doesn't help. This remains a tough matchup for Carr however on the road in Denver. He's a borderline starter this week with little upside.
RB Domanick Davis X

The Texans struggles in the running game continue. They have not rushed for over 100 yards as a team in any of the past three games. That does not bode well for Davis against a Denver defense that has taken a step back of late but remains very strong against the run.

WR Andre Johnson S2 Normally in this situation conventional wisdom says to be leery of Johnson this week against the Broncos and Champ Bailey. The past two weeks however have seen both Chad Johnson and Peerless Price challenge that wisdom. Will this be three in a row?
WR Jabar Gaffney U Gaffney seems to be finding his place in the Texan's passing game and is now starting opposite Johnson. If Bailey bounces back and puts a clamp on Johnson it will be up to Gaffney to make some noise.
WR Corey Bradford B Squeaked in for a TD last week, his first since week two, but still maxed out at just three catches and has lost his starting spot to Gaffney.
TE Billy Miller B Miller is not a part of the passing game plan for Houston.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jake Plummer S2 Coming off his monster game at home last week he gets another great matchup Sunday at home again. The Texans just can't stop the pass. Only three teams have allowed more touchdowns through the air and they are near the bottom in sacks.
RB Reuben Droughns S2 Held under 100 yards last week for the first time since taking over. Don't confuse the Texans defense with the Falcons. Droughns hasn't scored since week six so he's due. Start him.
WR Rod Smith S2 Just when I write off Smith's big game abilities he proves me wrong. Don't expect anything close to last week any time soon (there I go again), but he should better his averages against a suspect Texan's secondary.
WR Ashley Lelie S2

May be starting to click with Plummer. Has had six catches in each of the past two games and leads the team in touchdowns with four. Against the Texans he's a solid start.

TE Jeb Putzier X Good for a couple of catches now and then, but with Carswell and Hape in the mix his value is very limited.
New England (6-1) at St. Louis (4-3) Back to top
New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady (P) S2 Just keeps chugging along at his boring consistent pace. Three times this season has he surpassed his 240 yard, 2 TD average performance and only once has he fallen significantly below it. This likely high scoring game should provide his fourth above average outing.
RB Corey Dillon (Q) S2 The Pats got a taste of what life can be like without a strong running game against a tough opponent. You can bet if Dillon is able to go he will this week. Problem is nobody will know until right before this late kickoff. If he plays he'll produce against a Rams' defense giving up 130 YPG on the ground. He remains a huge risk.
RB Kevin Faulk X If Dillon can't go then Faulk will fill in and should be successful running the ball this week and continue to produce in the passing game. If Dillon plays then Faulk will slide back to his change-of-pace, third-down role.

David Givens (Q)


Givens has been on a mini-roll putting up two 100-yard games and scoring twice last week. He has mysteriously appeared on the injury report this week however with a knee injury. Knowing the Patriots that could be a bruise or a torn ACL and no one will likely ever find out. He becomes a risky start this week.


David Patten
Troy Brown (Q)


Patten has performed well in Branch's absence but Brown's return will cut into his production and fantasy value. There will be plenty of passing to go around in this matchup and with Brown still slowed somewhat Patten could be the big benefactor this week in an otherwise banged up WR corps.

TE Daniel Graham X His best game was week one and a few touchdowns after that kept him on the fantasy radar. He's nowhere to be found now as his downward production trend ended last week with a 0-for-0 game. Could bounce back in this one due to the matchups and the injuries at WR, but that's iffy.
St. Louis
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Marc Bulger S1

The Patriot's injuries may finally be catching up with them. This week brings even more as Bulger will be facing a secondary missing both starting cornerbacks. With the Rams likely to stretch the secondary depth with spread formations this one could get ugly.

RB Marshall Faulk X Three weeks in a row Faulk has carried fewer than 20 times. At least in week seven he was very active in the short passing game going 8-for-74. With the decreased touches in the running game and the tasty mismatches in the passing game, this week it's best not to rely on Faulk.
RB Steven Jackson B We've entered that "enough touches to hurt the starter but not enough to make him yours" zone with the rookie Jackson. The Rams appear to be gaining confidence in the youngster, but until he takes over for Faulk full-time his fantasy value remains limited.
WR Torry Holt S2 Against a Patriots secondary decimated by injury both Holt and...
WR Isaac Bruce S2 ... Bruce are no-brainers this week.
WR Shaun McDonald U

McDonald has a firm grip on the #3 WR spot now and is producing decent fantasy numbers with all the attention Holt and Bruce draw. Typically you don't want to rely on a #3 WR on your fantasy team but this week he will see more snaps in spread formations and has a huge advantage in his matchups with whatever the Patriots try to throw out there in nickel situations.

TE Brandon Manumaleuna B Will remain in fantasy obscurity until the next TD, which may not be until next season.
Cleveland (3-4) at Baltimore (4-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Jeff Garcia X

His third best outing of the season came in week one against the Ravens at home. It's highly unlikely he can top that in this matchup on the road as two of those three performances have been bolstered by a rushing touchdown.

RB Lee Suggs
William Green

Prior to the off week this RBBC reached a balance of Suggs going 17-83-1 and Green going 15-67-1. Just before that game it was Suggs 18-119-1 and Green 26-125-0. Good for the Browns I guess but terrible for Suggs and Green owners. They may have a two game streak of both being fantasy startable, but this week against the Ravens defense there is no way that continues. Green was actually fairly successful running the ball in their week one meeting, but with both in the mix now neither can be relied on.

WR Andre' Davis (P) B

The turf toe injury is reported to be better after the week off but Davis is not 100%. A less than full speed Davis against the Raven secondary is not a matchup you want in your starting lineup.

WR Dennis Northcutt X

Could be the best option the Browns have at the WR position this week. He isn't going to stretch the field but could find some limited success on short and underneath routes.

WR Antonio Bryant B

Should be ready to help out now that he's had three weeks of practice, but until his role in the passing game is clear (likely the #3 WR) he should be avoided.

TE Aaron Shea X Has been steadily improving since week three and in the Philly game week seven he led the team in receptions with six. Unfortunately Steve Heiden stole his thunder by matching his yardage and getting the touchdown. Shea's role in the passing game increases due to the lack of talent and depth at WR.
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Kyle Boller (P) B Teams continue to stack the line and dare Boller to beat them. Amazingly he put up his best game of the season last week against the tough Eagles. But lets not get too excited here. Even if Heap happens to take the field this week Boller is NOT a fantasy option.
RB Jamal Lewis S2 Lewis is back so there's one more stud RB this week to play. The matchup isn't great against a fairly strong Cleveland run defense and the absence of OT Jonathan Ogden hurts. But he's still a decent start.
WR Travis Taylor S2 Taylor's return has helped the vertical passing game and he's pretty much Boller's only option downfield. The opportunities will be there this week as the Browns will bring their safeties up in the box to stop the run. Look for there to be just enough hookups with Boller to make Taylor a value to your fantasy team.
WR Kevin Johnson
Randy Hymes

Kevin and Randy who? Beyond Taylor forget the wideouts.


Todd Heap (Q)

B Heap may take the field this week for the first time since week two. This is a good matchup and the tight end position is back in the offensive game plan, but until he shows that he's close to 100% in a game he's too risky to rely on.
Minnesota (5-2) at Indianapolis (4-3) Back to top
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Daunte Culpepper S1 Someone should come out before this game and announce "gentlemen, start your engines" and then wave a green flag. The likely loss of Moss hurts but this will be a shootout.
RB Mewelde Moore (P) B

Moore was taken out of the game last week first by the Vikings falling way behind the Giants and then by a sprained ankle. He's expected to play this week but it's strictly hands off for any of the FOUR Viking running backs.

RB Onterrio Smith
Michael Bennett
Moe Williams
B What a mess. The future is back from suspension, the past is healthy and Moe is just Moe, a possible TD vulture. Smith continues to be the best bet long-term and will likely see the most carries out of this group. But if Moore is healthy there is no telling how this will shake out.
WR Randy Moss (Q) B Not expected to even attempt to play this week.
WR Marcus Robinson (P)
Nate Burleson

Both Robinson and Burleson remain solid fantasy options with Moss out. This week against Indy's league worst pass defense they are more than just solid. Get them both in your lineup this week.

TE Jermaine Wiggins S2

Wiggins has only scored in the week six game against New Orleans where he had two touchdowns. But he continues to be an important part of the Vikings passing game and in a matchup with this much potential scoring he's a solid start.

Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Peyton Manning S1 Another week, another shootout.
RB Edgerrin James S1

James is coming off his least active game running the ball, the result of the Colts falling behind last week 31-14 to the Chiefs. He did keep his fantasy value up with 90 yards receiving however. Look for the Colts to get back to the run against a Viking team that gave up 173 yards and four TDs on the ground last week.

WR Marvin Harrison (P) S1 Four touchdowns in two weeks. Now that's the Marvin Harrison everyone expected that drafted him. Interesting matchup this week with Antoine Winfield, one of the few cornerbacks that can match Harrison's quickness.
WR Reggie Wayne S2 There will again be plenty of balls in the air to keep both Harrison and Wayne owners happy this week.
WR Brandon Stokley (P) X The Vikings nickel personnel actually matches up well with Stokley. He may not improve much on last week's 2-for-35 performance as the Colts have been running more 2-TE sets lately.
TE Dallas Clark
Marcus Pollard
X After a painfully slow start this season Clark has six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in the past two games. Both he and Pollard present matchup problems for opposing defenses and if you could combine these two TEs you'd have a sure fire fantasy stud. But since that's impossible they will both continue to be iffy starts depending on matchup and game plan. The more 2-TE sets, advantage Clark. The more 3-WR sets, advantage Pollard.

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