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2009 Start/Bench List Week 14

playoff time! Congrats to those of you who made it to the promised land. There’s
lots of great matchups this week to help extend your season one step closer to
the title. The Saints offense will live up to the hype this week while the
Cardinals, Texans and Cowboys keep fantasy owners happy.


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.




Drew Brees, New Orleans at Atlanta

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Chicago

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Denver

Tom Brady, New England vs. Carolina

Brett Favre, Minnesota vs. Cincinnati

Matt Schaub, Houston vs. Seattle

Philip Rivers, San Diego at Dallas


Kurt Warner, Arizona at San Francisco: Warner tore up the Vikings
defense last Sunday night, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns. Don’t
worry about the hip injury suffered late in the game. Warner will play this
week and will dominate in the air against a 49ers defense that is ranked 27th
in the NFL in passing yards allowed.

Tony Romo, Dallas vs.

San Diego: The
combination of a poor running with the return of Jason Witten in the

Dallas offense has
produced gaudy numbers for Romo the last two weeks. Romo has thrown for 701
yards and five touchdowns the past two weeks, and the Chargers have allowed an
average of 267.5 yards passing over their past five games. Look for Romo to
continue to spread the ball around this week and post big numbers along the





Over the past four games, Palmer has thrown two touchdowns and three interceptions
while averaging only 178.5 yards passing. These numbers are even more
disappointing when you factor in his last two games were against the Lions and
the Browns. With Palmer and the Bengals heading into

Minnesota, which is coming off a
disappointing loss to the Cardinals, look for a ton of pressure from the
Vikings defense and not a lot of answers from the Bengals offense. Look long
and hard at your quarterback options this week before placing Palmer in your
starting lineup.

Vince Young,

Tennessee vs.

St. Louis: Young appears
to be getting better each week. He’s completed over 61 percent of his passes
since being named the starter back in Week 8, and he’s thrown four touchdowns
and only one interception in the past three games. The Rams have played solid
pass defense lately, holding their last four opponents to an average of only 167.8
yards passing, including games against the Cardinals and Saints. The Rams’ biggest
problem has been stopping the run and this week they get Chris Johnson. Uh-oh. Young
won’t need to do anything but hand the ball off this week and you don’t get any
fantasy points for that.

Running Backs


Chris Johnson, Tennessee vs. St. Louis

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville vs. Miami

Ray Rice, Baltimore vs. Detroit

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Cincinnati

Steven Jackson, St. Louis at Tennessee

DeAngelo Williams, Carolina at New England

*missed Week
13 with an ankle injury*

Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. Arizona


Ricky Williams, Miami at Jacksonville: Williams has adjusted well to the
No. 1 running back spot, rushing for over 100 yards in three of the past four
games. The Dolphins found success in the passing game last week, limiting
Williams’ chances, but look for

Miami to lean
heavily on Williams in

this week. A return to the 100-yard club is in sight for Williams this week.

Ryan Grant,

Green Bay at

Chicago: The Packers torched the Ravens pass
defense without Ed Reed on Monday night, leaving little for Grant to do in the
offense. That won’t be the case this week as the Bears are porous against the
run, averaging 126.4 rushing yards allowed per game this season. Look for Grant
to surpass the 100-yard mark for the third time this season as the Pack
dominate on the ground in


Thomas Jones, N.Y. Jets at


Bay: Jones rushed for 109 yards last
week against the Bills and this week he faces the


defense which has allowed 160.1 rushing yards per game this season (31st
in the NFL). Jones owners rejoice! Another fine week for the most overlooked running
back in the league.


Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Green Bay: The Packers held Matt Forte to only 55
yards on 22 carries back in Week 1, and many Forte owners thought this was just
an aberration for the stellar season they were about to receive from this
second-year back. It’s easy to find the Forte owner in your league, just look
at the bottom of the standings. Forte will disappoint once again this week as
the Bears struggle to run the ball against a Packers defense that has held Ray
Rice, Kevin Smith, Frank Gore and Marion Barber to an average of 45.5 yards
rushing in their past four games.

Kevin Smith,

Detroit at

Baltimore: While Smith has been a solid
contributor to the Lions offense this season, he cannot be expected to produce
much against the Ravens defense that is ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing
yards allowed.

Chris Brown, Houston vs.

Without Steve Slaton in the Texans backfield, Brown could only muster up 15
yards on six carries and a score against the Jaguars this week. The Seahawks
run defense has played as well as the Jaguars run defense this season, and they’ll
be able to shut down Brown this week as Matt Schaub will pass early and often
as he abandons the unsuccessful running game.

Wide Receivers


Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Denver

Wes Welker, New England vs. Carolina

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at San Francisco

Randy Moss, New England vs. Carolina

Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Seattle

Steve Smith, N.Y. Giants vs. Philadelphia

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh at Cleveland 

for Week 14*

Roddy White, Atlanta vs. New Orleans

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati at Minnesota

Vincent Jackson, San Diego at Dallas

Marques Colston, New Orleans at Atlanta


Robert Meachem, New Orleans at Atlanta: Meachem has been quite an impact
player in the prolific Saints passing attack, catching a touchdown in five
straight games, including eight catches for 142 yards last week against the
Redskins. This week, Meachem and the Saints face the Falcons pass defense that
ranks 29th in passing yards allowed. Meachem should join Drew Brees,
Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey in your fantasy lineup as the
stats will be plentiful for the Saints offense this week.

Anquan Boldin,


San Francisco:
Boldin has averaged seven catches for 90 yards over the past four weeks, including
three touchdowns. Look for Boldin to continue his hot streak against the 49ers
as the Cardinals passing attack will be firing on all cylinders with plenty of
stats to go around.

Miles Austin, Dallas vs.

San Diego:

Austin has gotten back on
track the past two weeks, catching 17 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
Look for the Cowboys passing game to attack the Chargers defense from all
angles, freeing up Austin for more big plays as he pads his average of 17.8
yards per catch.

Derrick Mason, Baltimore vs.

Mason has struggled the last two weeks, catching only nine passes for 75 yards,
but that was against the Packers and Steelers. This week, Mason faces the Lions
which have allowed the most passing yards this season (274.8 per game) and the
most passing touchdowns (28). Start Mason with confidence this week as the
Ravens make up for last week’s disappointing loss.


Kenny Britt,

Tennessee vs.

St. Louis: Even though
Britt has a touchdown catch in each of the past three games, he does not come
recommended this week. With Justin Gage likely to return and Chris Johnson
likely to run rampant against the Rams, Britt and his fellow Titans receivers
will be blocking more than running post patterns.

Nate Burleson, Seattle at

Houston: Even
though Burleson continues to be the top receiver in

Seattle, he’s not exactly burning up the
stats sheet. With just five catches for 54 yards last week and no touchdowns
since Week 5, Burleson is a risky play at best. The Texans held Mike
Sims-Walker and Reggie Wayne to a combined four catches for 31 yards the last
two weeks and should have no problem shutting down Burleson this week.

Davone Bess,

Miami at

Jacksonville: Bess had his best game of the
season last week against the Patriots, catching 10 passes for 117 yards and a
score. Don’t expect similar output this week against the Jaguars as

Miami rotates their
receivers and they will have success running the ball, minimizing the chances
of Bess posting back-to-back big games.

Santana Moss,


Moss had five catches for 68 yards last week against the Saints, but he clearly
took a back seat to Devin Thomas, who caught seven passes for 100 yards and two
touchdowns. Neither Moss nor Thomas should be expected to do much against the
Raiders pass defense as the days of Jason Campbell throwing for 367 yards are few
and far between.

Tight Ends


Vernon Davis, San Francisco vs. Arizona

Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. Denver

Antonio Gates, San Diego at Dallas

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta vs. New Orleans

Brent Celek, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants

Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Jets

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Cleveland


Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans at Atlanta: Shockey had five catches for 74
yards the last time he faced the Falcons back in Week 8. You can expect those
numbers and then some this week as the Saints destroy the Falcons with their
passing game, giving Shockey his best numbers all season.

Jason Witten, Dallas vs.

: Remember this guy? Tony Romo sure does.

Witten caught an amazing
14 catches for 156 yards last week against the Giants and appears to have
returned to his place near the top of Romo’s progressions. While you can’t
expect those types of numbers again this week,

Witten will post solid numbers worthy of a
start which may include a trip to the end zone, which he hasn’t experienced
since Week 2.


Bo Scaife,

Tennessee vs.

St. Louis: Bo knows

Greg Olsen, Chicago vs.

: The Bears offense is not one you want to be
relying on during the fantasy playoff run. Between Jay Cutler’s inconsistency
and Matt Forte’s struggles, Olsen should be an after-thought for your starter.
Olsen had one catch for eight yards the last time he faced the Packers. Expect
more of the same this week from another disappointing piece of the Bears

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