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2009 Start/Bench List Week 11

The bye
weeks are finally over and the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner.
Scoring will come from different places this week as both the Giants and Texans
will have success returning from their bye week. Look for


St. Louis
to post solid passing numbers and there are some diamonds in the rough for
those in need.

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs – always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players
that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of
needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the
shark tank assist you in your decisions.

2) Depth – every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than
others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make
such a move.



Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Baltimore

Tom Brady, New England vs. N.Y. Jets

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. San Francisco

Drew Brees, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

Matt Schaub, Houston vs. Tennessee

Philip Rivers, San Diego at Denver

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Kansas City


Kurt Warner, Arizona at St. Louis: Warner tore apart the Seattle
secondary last week, surpassing 300 yards passing for the third time this
season. Look for Warner to continue to compensate for

lack of a consistent running game as he airs it out on the road in

St. Louis flashing back
to his glory days of the “Greatest Show on Turf.”

Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs.

Manning returns from the bye week fully recovered from the foot injury suffered
earlier this season. Manning seemed to right the ship in Week 9, completing
75.8 percent of his passes while throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions.
This was quite the difference from the previous three weeks when Manning completed
an average of only 49.5 percent of his passes while throwing three touchdowns
and six interceptions. Look for Manning to continue his success from Week 9
against a Falcons pass defense ranked 28th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.


Matt Ryan,

at N.Y. Giants: After a hot start to the season, Ryan continued his struggles
last week as he threw two more interceptions, giving him 11 on the season and
at least two interceptions in four of his past five games. This week, Ryan gets
to face a well-rested Giants defense likely without the services of Michael
Turner. Look elsewhere for your starter as Ryan struggles again this week.

David Garrard,

Jacksonville vs.

Buffalo: Garrard has
played well the last two weeks, completing 64 percent of his passes for an
average of 242 yards passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. These
numbers won’t win a week by themselves, but they won’t cost you a week either.
Look for the Jaguars offense to have so much success simply handing the ball
off to Maurice Jones-Drew that Garrard will be lucky if he throws 25 passes on
the day.

Running Backs


Chris Johnson, Tennessee at Houston

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville vs. Buffalo

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Seattle

Ray Rice, Baltimore vs. Indianapolis

DeAngelo Williams, Carolina vs. Miami

Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. Arizona

Michael Turner, Atlanta at N.Y. Giants

*Doubtful for Week

Frank Gore, San Francisco at Green Bay

Cedric Benson, Cincinnati at Oakland

*Questionable for
Week 11*

Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Philadelphia


Ricky Williams, Miami at Carolina: With Ronnie Brown officially out for
Thursday’s game against the Panthers, Williams gets the nod at running back and
he won’t disappoint. Williams went over 100 yards rushing last week against


and the

run defense has been just as bad this season. You won’t see much Wildcat, but
Ricky won’t need it to pile up the yardage.

Pierre Thomas,

New Orleans at


Do not worry about the Reggie Bush sighting last week. Thomas will be the lead
back this week against a


Bay rush defense that has
allowed the second-most rushing yards all season.

Kevin Smith,

Detroit vs.

Cleveland: Even the Lions will beat up on the
lowly Browns this week! Smith rushed for over 100 yards only once this season,
but he’s played some tough defenses facing four teams in the Top 11 in fewest
rushing yards allowed in the past five games. The Browns have allowed an
average of 166.4 yards per game on the ground this season, which will be more
than enough for Smith to break 100 yards rushing for the second time this


Jamaal Charles,

City vs.

From the penthouse to the outhouse. Charles made the most of his new starting
role by rushing for over 100 yards and a score last week, but that was against
the Raiders. This week, Charles faces the Steelers, who have allowed a
league-best 69.3 yards rushing per game.

Joseph Addai,

Indianapolis at

Baltimore: Check on Addai’s
status closer to game time as he missed significant time on Sunday night with a
finger injury. Even if Addai starts, he won’t have much success on the ground
against the Ravens run defense.

Ryan Moats, Houston vs.

Moats was the waiver wire darling after Week 8 when he rushed for over 100
yards and three touchdowns. Moats rewarded his new owners with a 38-yard, one-TD
receiving stink bomb in Week 9. The running back by committee is in full effect
and the Titans will do just enough defending the run to prevent any member of
the Texan runners worthy of a place in your starting lineup.

Wide Receivers


Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Baltimore

Randy Moss, New England vs. N.Y. Jets

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at St. Louis

Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Tennessee

Steve Smith, N.Y. Giants vs. Atlanta

Vincent Jackson, San Diego at Denver

Wes Welker, New England vs. N.Y. Jets

Roddy White, Atlanta at N.Y. Giants

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh at Kansas City

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati at Oakland

Marques Colston, New Orleans at Tampa Bay


Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Miami: Even though Smith caught only four
passes for 34 yards last week, he found the end zone twice and salvaged what
would have been another disappointing week. Look for Smith to continue to pile
up the fantasy points this week as he faces the Dolphins, who have been poor
against the pass all season.

Donnie Avery,

St. Louis vs.

Arizona: Yes, that Avery.
He posted two scores last week against the Saints, and with the Rams likely to
be playing from behind, they’ll be passing the ball often and Avery will be the
top beneficiary of this game plan. Six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown is
not out of the question for this once sleeper turned bust.

Sidney Rice,

Minnesota vs.

Seattle: You got to keep
playing the hot hand, and Rice’s palms are burning up right now. Anytime a wide
receiver posts over 200 yards receiving in a week as Rice did in Week 10, he is
an automatic start the next week, no questions asked. After this week, Rice
will take his place in the ‘Studs’ list as he continues to be Brett Favre’s No.
1 target and passing yardage will be easy to come by against the Seahawks.

Santonio Holmes,

Pittsburgh at

Kansas City: Holmes
posted solid numbers last week, catching seven passes for 88 yards against the
Bengals despite the fact that Ben Roethlisberger threw for only 174 yards. Look
for Big Ben to find much more room to throw this week against the Chiefs, and
Holmes is just the guy to take advantage of a

Kansas City pass defense that has allowed a
league-worst 12 receptions of 40 yards or more on the season.


Chris Chambers,

Kansas City vs.

Pittsburgh: Even though Dwayne Bowe was suspended and
Chambers is now the No. 1 WR in

, he does not come recommended against the
Steelers this week.

will blitz Matt Cassel early and often, and Chambers won’t be able to find the
openings to make a difference in the passing game.

Roy Williams, Dallas vs.

Yes, Williams has 10 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown in the past two
games. Even though defenses are spending their time slowing down Miles Austin,
the success Williams has experienced the last two weeks won’t last against the

has allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL this season and they haven’t
allowed an opposing team to throw for more than 200 yards since Week 3. Tony
Romo will struggle and there won’t be enough offense to keep Williams on the
fantasy radar for another week.

Jerricho Cotchery,

Jets at

New England: Cotchery had four catches
for 87 yards the last time the Jets faced the Patriots back in Week 2, but that
was before Braylon Edwards was in town. That game also didn’t follow a
heart-breaking Patriots loss on a poor coaching decision. You can bet

New England will be fired up for this one and that starts
with the defense. Sit all your Jets this week. They are in for a world of pain.

Santana Moss,


Dallas: Moss
continued to struggle last week, catching only two passes for eight yards,
marking the fourth time this season Moss has caught two or fewer passes in a
game. With the Redskins experiencing success running the ball with Ladell Betts
and the short passing game, the opportunities for Moss to make the big plays
are limited. Keep Moss on your bench until

Washington starts throwing down field on a
consistent basis.

Tight Ends


Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at Baltimore

Vernon Davis, San Francisco at Green Bay

Brent Celek, Philadelphia at Chicago

Antonio Gates, San Diego at Denver

Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta at N.Y. Giants

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Kansas City

Greg Olsen, Chicago vs. Philadelphia


Todd Heap, Baltimore vs. Indianapolis: Heap has caught at least four
passes in five of the Ravens’ nine games this season, but he’s only found the
end zone twice mostly due to Ray Rice and Willis McGahee scoring pretty much at
will. Look for the Ravens offense to get back in gear this week with Joe Flacco
distributing the ball and Heap playing a big role in the offense as this game
turns into a shootout early.

Kevin Boss, N.Y. Giants vs.

Boss has caught a touchdown in each of the past two weeks as the Giants seem to
have found their red zone answer to not having Plaxico Burress around. Look for
Boss to post solid numbers against a Falcons defense that has allowed opposing tight
ends to catch at least five passes for over 50 yards in four of the past six


Fred Davis, Washington at

Do you know who led the Redskins in receptions and yardage last week? Yep,

Davis. Sorry Fred, Chris
Cooley you are not.

Ben Watson,

New England vs. N.Y. Jets:
Watson had three catches for 23 yards back in Week 2 the last time he faced the
Jets. Watson’s role in the

New England offense
has been limited as he caught a total of just six passes over the past four
games. Look for

New England to establish the
running game early, keeping Watson’s value in blocking and when the Patriots
open up the offense, Randy Moss and Wes Welker will be all they need.

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