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Start/Bench List 2008 Week 9

Orlovsky, Orton, Avery and Olsen. No, this isn’t just a law firm that is willing to help you receive the compensation you deserve from a serious injury suffered at work, it’s also a list of fantasy starters recommended in week nine. It’s not exactly Manning, Tomlinson and Owens, but who said fantasy football was predictable?

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:

New Orleans,


San Diego,

San Francisco


Bye Weeks: Drew Brees, Jake Delhomme, Philip Rivers, J.T. O’Sullivan, Shaun Hill


Kurt Warner, Arizona at St. Louis

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Tennessee

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. New England

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at Seattle

Jay Cutler, Denver vs. Miami


Dan Orlovsky,

Detroit (at

Chicago): Yes, that Dan Orlovsky. Check the stats: Orlovsky has a three TD: one INT ratio over the past four games. He’s averaging over 240 yards passing the last two weeks and is facing a Bears defense ranked 29th in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Calvin Johnson should have a huge afternoon which will mean good things for those owners brave enough to start Orlovsky.

Kyle Orton, Chicago (vs.

Detroit): It’s a shoot-out in

Detroit. Orton vs. Orlovsky, next on FOX! Both QBs should perform very well in the air this week including Orton, who has thrown at least two TDs in four of the past five weeks and has surpassed 280 yards passing three times during that span.




Miami (at

Denver): Beware! Even though Pennington threw for 314 yards last week and he faces a Broncos defense ranked 28th in the NFL in passing yards allowed, don’t expect similar numbers. The Dolphins struggled running the ball the last two weeks, forcing Pennington to air it out more than usual (over 20 pass attempts the last two games, compared to an average of 23.5 pass attempts in the previous four games). Ronnie Brown will find holes all day long this week eliminating the need for Pennington to attempt more than 20-23 passes. Keep your expectations in check.

Kerry Collins,

Tennessee (vs.

Green Bay): Kudos to the Titans and their amazing start to the season. Who would’ve thought that Kerry Collins would be just what

Tennessee needed to succeed?! Look for another mediocre performance fantasy-wise from Collins as he faces the Packers pass defense which is ranked sixth in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Collins may be good enough to guide the Titans to an undefeated start, but he’s not going to lead your fantasy team to the promised land.

Running Backs

Bye Weeks: Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Ladainian Tomlinson, Frank Gore


Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Houston

Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia at Seattle

Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Detroit

Marion Barber, Dallas at N.Y. Giants

Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. Arizona

Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Pittsburgh


Michael Pittman,

Denver (vs.

Miami): Check the injury report closer to game time as Pittman is nursing sore ribs. If Pittman is healthy enough to start, he makes a solid play against the Dolphins this week as he has averaged 98.5 rushing yards the last two weeks.

Maurice Jones-Drew,

Jacksonville (at

Cincinnati): Pretend last week’s 12-carry, 29-yard performance never happened. Erase it from your mind. Jones-Drew is facing the Bengals who are ranked 28th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. Remember: eyes forward, last week is a forgotten bad dream.

Ronnie Brown,

Miami (at

Denver): Sources have told me that Brown has been seen wearing a bib in practice this week due to his constant salivating over this upcoming matchup with the Broncos. Maybe it’s the 30th-ranked

Denver rushing defense or the fact that an opposing running back has surpassed 125 yards in three of the past four games against

Denver. Who knows, maybe it’s the munchies from hanging around Ricky Williams for too long.


Joseph Addai/Dominic Rhodes,

Indianapolis (vs.

New England): With the status of Addai uncertain, at a minimum, carries will be split between these backs minimizing their stats. Also, while

New England‘s run defense has been less than stellar, they have allowed only one RB to surpass 100 yards in a game all season.

Jamal Lewis, Cleveland (vs.

Baltimore): The Ravens have allowed an average of 64.3 rushing yards in game this season. Next.

Steve Slaton, Houston (at Minnesota): The pass receptions for Slaton have dropped significantly from the first three games of the season where he was averaging five catches which helped make up for the lack of rushing production. Slaton will continue to struggle on the ground against a tough Vikings defense and it’s unlikely he’ll do enough damage catching passes out of the backfield to make him worthy of a start.

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Marques Colston, D.J. Hackett, Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad, Chris Chambers, Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Bryant Johnson, Isaac Bruce, Arnaz Battle


Calvin Johnson, Detroit at Chicago

Anquan Boldin, Arizona at St. Louis

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at St. Louis

Greg Jennings, Green Bay at Tennessee

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. New England

Andre Johnson, Houston at Minnesota

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville

Randy Moss, New England at Indianapolis

Brandon Marshall, Denver vs. Miami

Santana Moss, Washington vs. Pittsburgh

Roddy White, Atlanta at Oakland


Terrell Owens, Dallas (at N.Y. Giants): Yes, Owens was removed from the Studs list. While he should no longer be considered an automatic start, there will be weeks that he should be considered for your lineup and this week is one of those weeks. Owens loves the spotlight and a game on Sunday night against the defending Super Bowl Champs and division rival Giants will be enough to motivate Owens for a big game despite Brad Johnson at QB.

Donnie Avery,

St. Louis (vs.

Arizona): To those of you that had the foresight to pick up Avery prior to last week’s explosion against the Patriots, congratulations. You beat the waiver wire frenzy. For the rest of us, Avery is the top dog in a kennel of ugly puppies prime for the taking. Avery will add instant production to your starting WRs this week against the Cardinals as Bulger as finally found a target he can rely on.

Kevin Walter, Houston (at

Minnesota): Despite Andre Johnson‘s ridiculous stats, Walter has quietly carved out a nice little niche for himself as the number two WR in

Houston. His second two-TD game of the season came last week against the Bengals, and Walter should get enough action against the Vikings to make him worthy of a start.

Chad Johnson,

Cincinnati (vs.

Jacksonville): What a strange season it’s been for WRs when Owens and Ocho Cinco are not on the Studs list. Ocho Cinco only has dos TDs on the season but has caught at least cinco passes in each of the past tres games. Look for Ryan Fitzpatrick to perform well against the Jaguars as Ocho Cinco posts the numbers we’ve been expecting all season.


Dwayne Bowe,

Kansas City (vs.


Bay): Bowe will miss Larry Johnson big time this week. The Chiefs will be unable to move the ball on the ground and the Bucs defense will keep Bowe and the rest of the

Kansas City passing game in check. Don’t expect another 100-yard day from Bowe this week.

Bernard Berrian,

Minnesota (vs.

Houston): Berrian returns from a bye week having caught a TD pass in each of the past three games. This week, Berrian and the Vikings face the Texans who will have their hands full with Adrian Peterson. There won’t be much to do for Gus Frerotte and Berrian’s numbers will suffer because of it.

Justin Gage,

Tennessee (vs.

Green Bay): Gage didn’t exactly light the world on fire last week in his return from a hamstring injury catching only one pass for six yards. Things won’t be much easier for Gage as Kerry Collins and the entire Titans passing offense will struggle this week.

Greg Camarillo,

Miami (at

Denver): If you want a WR that will give you eight points each week (in PPR leagues), then

Camarillo is your man. Combining Ted Ginn Jr. starting to assert himself as the #1 passing option along with the pending success of Ronnie Brown running the ball,

Camarillo won’t be a viable starter against the Broncos.

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Jeremy Shockey, Billy Miller, Mark Campbell, Dante Rosario, Antonio Gates,

Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker


Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. New England

Owen Daniels, Houston at Minnesota

Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Pittsburgh

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay


Donald Lee,

Green Bay (at

Tennessee): Lee had two catches for 23 yards and a TD in week seven against the Colts. This week, Lee faces the Titans defense that allowed Dallas Clark to post huge numbers on Monday night. Lee might not reach the seven-catch, 94-yard, two-TD level of Clark, but his numbers will be worthy of a start.

Greg Olsen, Chicago (vs.

Detroit): Kyle Orton has to throw to someone, right? The Lions are ranked 31st in the NFL in passing yards allowed and with Devin Hester and Brandon Lloyd injured, Olsen will continue to play a prominent role in the Bears passing attack.


Anthony Fasano,

Miami (at

Denver): Fasano caught his third TD pass of the season last week against the Bills, but his primary role this week will be blocking for Ronnie Brown.

Miami won’t need to pass much this week against the Broncos, but when they do they’ll find it more difficult than expected.

Visanthe Shaincoe


Minnesota (vs.

Houston): Can anyone pronounce this guy’s name? Keep him on your bench for that reason alone. Seriously, don’t expect a repeat performance of his pre-bye week stats when Shaincoe caught four passes for 68 yards and a score.

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