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Start/Bench List 2008 Week 10

As the injuries continue at the QB position, keep in mind the Gus Frerotte‘s, Tyler Thigpen‘s and Chad Pennington‘s of the league will fill in nicely from week to week. You don’t need Drew Brees at QB to contend if your other skill positions can carry their own weight. Dig deep in the trenches of the waiver wire for QBs, you never know when that supposed rock will turn into a diamond.

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. This list will change from week to week.

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.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

Teams on a bye week:

Dallas,

Cincinnati,

Washington,

Tampa

Bay

Quarterbacks

Bye Weeks: Tony Romo, Brad Johnson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell, Jeff Garcia

Studs

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Minnesota

Drew Brees, New Orleans at Atlanta

Kurt Warner, Arizona vs. San Francisco

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

Jay Cutler, Denver at Cleveland

Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Kansas City

Start

Matt Cassel, New England (vs. Buffalo): Cassel continues to complete passes at a high percentage (67%), but his 6.7 yards per attempt is not going to win you any MVPs. Cassel has played better at home with a 6:3 TD to INT ratio as opposed to 1:4 on the road. Look for more pass attempts from Cassel this week as

Buffalo will stop the running attack, forcing the Patriots to pass which will benefit

Cassel and his stud receivers. Look for Cassel to surpass his highest yardage total of the season (267) this week in a big morale boosting division win for

New England.

Matt Ryan,

Atlanta (vs.

New Orleans): For those of you suffering the QB injury blues, look no further than Matt Ryan to lift your spirits. Ryan has thrown two TDs in three of the past four weeks and has averaged 248 yards passing during that same span. Look for continued success from Ryan this week against the Saints who allowed 341 passing yards to Philip Rivers and the Chargers two weeks ago.

Bench

Ben Roethlisberger,

Pittsburgh (vs.

Indianapolis): Let’s make this decision easy for you. If Roethlisberger is deemed healthy enough to play this week against the Colts, think twice before starting him. The Colts are third in the NFL in passing yards allowed and while they’ll struggle stopping Willie Parker, they won’t have a problem shutting down the Steelers passing attack.

Jake Delhomme,

Carolina (at

Oakland): Even though Delhomme is facing the Raiders this week, you may want to consider other options at QB. Delhomme and the Panthers return from their bye to face a Raiders pass defense that has only allowed an average of 185 yards passing over the past three weeks. Look for the Panthers to run early and often reducing the need for Delhomme to post big numbers for a

Carolina victory.

Running Backs

Bye Weeks: Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Chris Perry, Kenny Watson, Cedric Benson,

Clinton Portis, Earnest Graham, Warrick Dunn

Studs

Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Kansas City

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Green Bay

Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Giants

Frank Gore, San Francisco at Arizona

Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Tennessee

Joseph Addai, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

Start

Ryan Torain,

Denver (at

Cleveland): With Michael Pittman‘s injury and Selvin Young‘s questionable status, Ryan Torain is the latest Denver RB to capture the hearts of waiver wire fanatics across this fantasy football nation. As always with your Broncos running backs, check back as late as possible for any Shanahan wrinkles, but Torain should be a solid start against the Browns who are ranked 29th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.

Chris Johnson,

Tennessee (at

Chicago): Forget the RBBC in

Tennessee, Johnson is a stud in the making. I honestly avoided adding Johnson to the Studs list this week just so I could talk about the fact that I own him in two of my leagues and started him each of the past three weeks reaping the benefits of three TDs and an average of 111 rushing yards. Forget about the Bears run defense, keep Johnson in your lineup and enjoy.

Jamal Lewis, Cleveland (vs. Denver): Lewis has faced his fair share of tough run defenses this season: Baltimore twice, Pittsburgh, Washington and the Giants all rank in the top ten in fewest rushing yards allowed. Lewis finally has a cupcake of a defense and combined with Brady Quinn starting, you can be sure Romeo Crennel wants to set the tone with the running game taking the pressure off Quinn. 20+ carries for Lewis is likely and the rushing yards should come in bunches.

Bench

Jamaal Charles

,

Kansas City (at

San Diego): Yes, Charles is expected to be the feature back in

Kansas City with Larry Johnson out. No, that doesn’t mean an automatic start for those LJ owners looking to fill a hole. The Chargers haven’t allowed an opposing RB to rush for more than 70 yards in each of the past three weeks. Charles may be more dangerous catching passes out of the backfield this week, but even those numbers won’t make him worthy of a start.

Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo (at

New England): Head coach Dick Jauron has jumped on the bandwagon stating the Bills running game needs to improve. It’s about time, what took you so long?! The turnaround won’t happen against the Patriots who shut down Joseph Addai and the Colts running game last week and will do the same to Lynch and the Bills running attack this week.

Ryan Grant, Green Bay (at Minnesota): The last time the Vikings allowed an opposing running back to rush for more than 62 yards in was week one against…wait for it, the Packers and Ryan Grant. Grant ran for 92 yards on only 12 carries in week one, but don’t expect this Vikings run defense to allow a repeat performance. The Pack may move the ball in the air, but the ground game will struggle and Grant will bear the brunt of the suffering.

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Roy Williams, Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Antwaan Randle El, Santana Moss, Antonio Bryant, Joey Galloway

Studs

Greg Jennings, Green Bay at Minnesota

Randy Moss, New England vs. Buffalo

Anquan Boldin, Arizona vs. San Francisco

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. San Francisco

Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Jacksonville

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

Brandon Marshall, Denver at Cleveland

Roddy White, Atlanta vs. New Orleans

Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Baltimore

Steve Smith, Carolina at Oakland

Start

Wes Welker, New England (vs.

Buffalo): Despite posting only 37 yards receiving last week, Welker hauled in seven catches and has been a PPR machine. Look for big numbers in receptions and yardage from Welker as Matt Cassel opens things up against the Bills and gives Patriot fans a taste of the good old days when #12 was at QB.

DeSean Jackson,

Philadelphia (vs. N.Y. Giants): Look for

Jackson to bounce back from the awful two-catch, 20-yard day he posted last week in

Seattle. Donovan McNabb needs to have a big game and he’ll target

Jackson early and often. A return to the 100-yard mark for

Jackson is not out of the question this week.

Matt Jones,

Jacksonville (at

Detroit): Don’t look now, but Jones has averaged seven catches for 85 yards over the past three weeks. Not bad for a team that is run first, run second and pass third. Look for Jones’ hot streak to continue against the Lions who are ranked 29th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.

Eddie Royal,

Denver (at

Cleveland): Royal continues to shine even with Brandon Marshall in the lineup for the Broncos. Royal is averaging eight catches for 70 yards the last two weeks. Look for more of the same as Royal faces a Browns defense that allowed Joe Flacco to pass for 248 yards last week. Ouch.

Bench

Chris Chambers,

San Diego (vs.

Kansas City): Chambers should be completely healed from his ankle injury suffered back in week seven. However, don’t expect Chambers to light the world on fire against the Chiefs. The Chargers will have plenty of success running the ball limiting the need for Philip Rivers to make plays. Expect a heavy dose of Tomlinson and minimal stats from Chambers this week.

Hines Ward,

Pittsburgh (vs.

Indianapolis): Combine the questionable status of Ben Roethlisberger with the Colts pass defense and you have a very good reason to keep Ward on your bench this week.

Ted Ginn Jr.,

Miami (vs.

Seattle): After a huge week eight, Ginn caught only three passes for 38 yards against the Broncos last week. Despite the porous Seahawks pass defense, Ginn will once again struggle to find the openings as Ronnie Brown leads the way for the Dolphins offense.

Isaac Bruce,

San Francisco (at

Arizona): Back in week one, the Cardinals defeated the 49ers, 23-13, as

Arizona held San Fran to only 195 yards passing. The Cardinals defense has improved since then and they should continue to keep Bruce and the San Fran passing game in check.

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Jason Witten, Reggie Kelly, Chris Cooley, Alex Smith

Studs

Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

Owen Daniels, Houston vs. Baltimore

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City at San Diego

Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Kansas City

Start

Jeremy Shockey,

New Orleans (at

Atlanta): The bye week came at the perfect time for Shockey as he finally got the needed rest for his hamstring. Look for a return to the six-catch, 50+ yard range for Shockey against the Falcons this week.

L.J. Smith,

Philadelphia (vs. N.Y. Giants): Smith is on track to return to the Eagles lineup after suffering a concussion. Donovan McNabb connected with TE Brent Celek six times for 131 yards last week and while Smith is not likely to match those numbers, he’ll produce enough stats against the Giants to make him a worthy starter.

Bench

Heath Miller,

Pittsburgh (vs.

Indianapolis): Miller is doubtful in week 10 with a sprained ankle. Even if he was 100% healthy, Miller was a risky start against a Colts defense ranked third in the NFL in passing yards allowed.

Vernon Davis,

San Francisco (at

Arizona): Suffice it to say,

Davis hasn’t exactly started off on the right foot with new head coach Mike Singletary. Let’s hope that the coach can give a halftime speech while keeping his belt securely fastened this week.

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