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2009 Start/Bench List Week 16

Happy
holidays everyone! What better way to celebrate the holiday season than
battling it out in your league playoffs. The Packers, 49ers and Cardinals will
light up the sky as the Bengals, Browns and Falcons deliver their holiday joy
on the ground.

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.

Quarterbacks

Studs

 

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Seattle

Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. N.Y. Jets

Matt Schaub, Houston at Miami

Philip Rivers, San Diego at Tennessee

Tony Romo, Dallas at Washington

Tom Brady, New England vs. Jacksonville

Start

Kurt Warner, Arizona vs. St. Louis: Warner has been less than impressive
the last two weeks throwing two touchdowns, three interceptions and averaging
only 205.5 yards passing. That will change as he faces his old mates this week.
When Warner faced the Rams in Week 11, he completed only 15 passes but he
totaled 203 yards passing which included two touchdowns. Look for more yardage
and similar end zone success this week as Warner and the Cardinals get back on
track.

Alex Smith,

San Francisco vs.

Detroit: Smith has thrown
for less than 180 yards in the past two weeks, but his Christmas present comes
a bit late this year as he gets to face the Lions pass defense that has allowed
the most passing yards this season. You want all your 49ers in your lineup this
week.

Bench

Jay Cutler, Chicago vs.

Minnesota:
How bad have things gotten for Cutler? Last week against the Ravens, he was
benched in favor of Caleb Hanie. ‘Nuff said.

Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs.

Carolina:
Manning was on fire on Monday night against the Redskins, but I think Archie
Manning could have done just as well against that Redskins defense. Manning won’t
have the same success against the Panthers this week as Julius Peppers looks to
be a man on a mission.

Running
Backs

Studs

Chris Johnson, Tennessee vs. San Diego

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville at New England

Ray Rice, Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota at Chicago

Steven Jackson, St. Louis at Arizona

Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. Detroit

Start

Cedric Benson, Cincinnati vs. Kansas City: Benson hasn’t posted big
numbers since his return … yet. He’s looks healthy and those big numbers will
come this week against a Chiefs run defense that has allowed an average of
162.6 rushing yards per game this year.

Jerome Harrison, Cleveland vs.

Oakland:

Harrison won’t rush for another 286 yards this week, but
he’ll certainly surpass the 100-yard mark and find the end zone against a
Raiders run defense that has allowed a season-high 20 rushing touchdowns.

Jason Snelling, Atlanta vs. Buffalo: With Michael Turner still suffering
from an ankle injury, Snelling should see the majority of the carries this week
against the Bills who have allowed the most rushing yards this season. Not even
the presence of Jerious Norwood will detract from Snelling’s big day on Sunday.

Bench

Matt Forte, Chicago vs.

Minnesota:
The last time Forte faced the Vikings, he rushed for 27 yards on eight carries
and caught four passes for 24 yards. If you expect more than that from Forte
this week, you’re just begging to be disappointed.

Justin Forsett, Seattle at

Green Bay:
Even though Julius Jones suffered a rib injury last week against

Tampa

Bay
and Forsett should see the bulk of the carries against the Packers, he does not
come recommended this week.

Green Bay
has allowed the second fewest rushing yards this season including holding
Rashard Mendenhall to just 28 yards on 11 carries last week. Start Forsett at
your own risk.

Jamaal Charles,

Kansas
City at

Cincinnati:
Charles has been amazing the last two weeks, averaging 149 yards rushing and
scoring twice. This week, however, his numbers will return to normalcy as he
faces a tough Bengals defense who has yet to allow of run of 40 or more yards
and has allowed only three runs of 20 or more yards. Sorry Charles owners, he
may have gotten you to the big game, but you’ll need to find someone else to
help you take the title.

Wide Receivers

Studs

Andre Johnson, Houston at Miami

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. N.Y. Jets

Wes Welker, New England vs. Jacksonville

Brandon Marshall, Denver at Philadelphia

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. St. Louis

Randy Moss, New England vs. Jacksonville

Steve Smith, N.Y. Giants vs. Carolina

Vincent Jackson, San Diego at Tennessee

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati vs. Kansas City

Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay

Start

Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs. Seattle: Jennings and the Packers face a
Seattle pass defense that has been full of holes.

Seattle has allowed 26 passing touchdowns and
249.4 passing yards per game. They’ll be enough yards to go around for Donald
Driver and Jermichael Finley, but

Jennings
will lead the way.

Miles Austin, Dallas at

Washington:
Did you see the Redskins defense on Monday night? Really? That’s the best you
can do? Start as many Cowboys as you can find this week, but don’t be surprised
if

Austin leads
the NFL in receiving this week.

Michael Crabtree,

San Francisco vs.

Detroit: Crabtree caught
only four passes for 26 yards last week against the Eagles, but he’ll have a
much easier time against the porous Lions pass defense this week. Look for
Crabtree to celebrate his first career 100-yard receiving game in the NFL when
all is said and done on Sunday.

Sidney Rice,

Minnesota at

Chicago: Even though the
Vikings offense struggled big time last week, Rice still managed to catch four
passes for 69 yards. Expect him to double those stats this week against the
Bears as the Vikings will play like a team that was embarrassed last week and
the Bears won’t be able to stop them.

Bench

Chris Chambers,

Kansas City at

Cincinnati: Chambers continues to shine in

Kansas City as he
surpassed 100 yards receiving for the third time this season in last week’s
game against the Browns. Combine Dwayne Bowe getting back into game shape with
the task of facing a tough Bengals defense, and you have every reason to
believe Chambers will not do much this Sunday.

Steve Smith,

Carolina
vs. at Giants: Call me a pessimist, but I’m not ready to anoint the Matt Moore
Smith combo as one to be reckoned with for weeks to come. The Giants made it
look easy against the Redskins on Monday night and they’ll provide the pressure
needed to keep Steve Smith from posting back-to-back big games.

Roddy White,

Atlanta vs.

Buffalo: In White’s last
two games, he’s caught a combined six passes for 74 yards and no scores. That’s
an average week, let alone a two-week total. White and the Falcons face a Bills
defense that leads the league in interceptions and will give Matt Ryan all he
can handle. Keep your expectations low on White this week.

Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville at New England: Sims-Walker made a brief
appearance on the ‘Studs’ list, but over the past four weeks he’s averaged just
three catches for 32 yards. There won’t be much room for error this week as the
Patriots as still fighting for their playoff lives and the Jaguars will run Maurice
Jones-Drew until

New England proves they can
stop him. The targets for Sims-Walker will be few and far between this week.

Tight Ends

Studs

Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. N.Y. Jets

Vernon Davis, San Francisco vs. Detroit

Antonio Gates, San Diego at Tennessee

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta vs. Buffalo

Brent Celek, Philadelphia vs. Denver

Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay at New Orleans

Start

Fred Davis, Washington vs. Dallas: Davis was the only bright spot in an
otherwise dismal Monday night performance as he caught five passes for 65 yards
and a score. Look for more touches for

Davis
as the Redskins favorite passing play seems to be the “three-step drop, pass it
as fast as you can before getting sacked” play that goes for short distances.

Jermichael Finley,

Green Bay vs.

Seattle: Look at Finley’s
numbers the past three weeks: 7 catches, 79 yards, 2 TDs; 5/70, 9/74/1. The
streak continues as Finley will dominate a banged up

Seattle secondary.

Bench

Anthony Fasano,

Miami vs.

Houston: Fasano sent the game into overtime with his touchdown
catch last week against the Titans, but he’s not a consistent part of the

Miami offense. As

Miami faces the Texans
this week, they’ll control the clock by running the ball keeping Matt Schaub
and Andre Johnson on the sidelines as much as possible. Fasano will be blocking
more than catching passes this week.

Dustin Keller, N.Y. Jets at

Indianapolis:
Keller’s three catches for 33 yards last week more than tripled his output from
the previous two weeks. Something tells me that he’s not the kind of guy you
want to rest your Week 16 hopes on.

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