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Start/Bench List – Week 11

Fantasy points galore in week ten. “Ocho Cinco” indeed! Fast Willie was the MAN! That LT2 guy posted, ho-hum, another four TDs. QBs were so hot that Brett Favre threw for 347 yards and two TDs and that was good enough to rank FOURTH for QBs for the week. Here’s hoping you have at least one of the white-hot players from last week carrying your squad into the playoffs.

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. The first week, the studs will consist of the preseason top “tier” at each position.

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!!

 

Quarterbacks

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Dallas
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati
Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. Carolina
Michael Vick, Atlanta vs. Baltimore
Tom Brady, New England vs. Green Bay
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati* vs. New Orleans (sorry I disrespected you Carson)

Removed from Studs list:
-Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants


Start

Brett Favre, Green Bay (vs. New England): Favre posted his third 300-yard passing game of the season last week in a win against the Vikings. While Favre is likely to face more pressure hosting the Patriots this week, he will still use Driver effectively and post solid stats worthy of a start.

Steve McNair, Baltimore (vs. Atlanta): McNair faced his old team last week and lit them up like a Christmas tree throwing for 373 yards and three TDs. While he won’t have the motivation of facing a former team this week, he will face a dinged up Falcons defense that he will take advantage of down field.

Bench

Chad Pennington, N.Y. Jets (vs. Chicago): Pennington played in very sloppy conditions last week in New England and he stuck to the short routes which accounted for 22 completions for only 168 yards. This week, the weather will be less of a factor than the Bears defense who have not allowed a QB to pass for more than 200 yards since week six.

Brad Johnson, Minnesota (vs. Miami): Johnson had arguably his best passing matchup of the season last week and still could only muster 257 yards with one TD and one INT. Heading to Miami, Johnson is not expected to pass for 200 yards and at least one turnover is likely.

 

Running Backs


Studs
(* = new addition to the list)

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Denver
Larry Johnson, Kansas City vs. Oakland
Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. Carolina
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee
Kevin Jones, Detroit vs. Arizona
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Jacksonville
Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. Seattle
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh* vs. Cleveland


Start

Ladell Betts, Washington (vs. Tampa Bay): Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the latest waiver wire phenom! With Clinton Portis out at least a month with a broken hand, Betts takes over the top spot in Washington. Betts rushed for 83 yards on 20 carries last week and should see at least that many carries and yards this week on the road.

Anthony Thomas, Buffalo (vs. Houston): With McGahee out, the A-Train has gotten back on track rushing for 204 yards in the past two games. This week, Thomas faces a Houston defense ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. Expect 20-25 carries and over 100 yards for Thomas once again.

Thomas Jones, Chicago (vs. N.Y. Jets): Jones hit the 100-yard mark on the ground for the third time this season last week against the G-Men on Sunday night. Not counting Corey Dillon’s 98 yards last week, the Jets have allowed a 100-yard rusher every week since week four. Expect Jones to continue that streak this week.

 

Bench

Ronnie Brown, Miami (vs. Minnesota): A groin injury has Brown listed as questionable for this week against the Vikings. Even if Brown was 100%, he wouldn’t be a solid start against the Vikings who rank first in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed.

Jamal Lewis, Baltimore (vs. Atlanta): So much for the change of offense to focus on Jamal Lewis. That experiment lasted a total of two weeks. With the new found success in the passing game, Lewis will once again struggle to post decent numbers against the Falcons at home.

Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay (vs. Washington): Since week eight when Williams rushed for 82 yards on 23 carries, he has posted a total of 103 yards on 35 carries in three games. Williams won’t find much running room at home against the Redskins as they will place eight men in the box and force Gradkowski to beat them.

 

Wide Receivers


Studs
(* = new addition to the list)

Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Buffalo
Javon Walker, Denver vs. San Diego
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Dallas
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Carolina
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. St. Louis
Roy Williams, Detroit vs. Arizona
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Dallas
Darrell Jackson, Seattle vs. San Francisco
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. Indianapolis
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati* vs. New Orleans
Donald Driver, Green Bay* vs. New England

Removed from Studs list:
-Anquan Boldin, Arizona

Start

Donte’ Stallworth, Philadelphia (vs. Tennessee): Reggie Brown may have signed the big contract extension last week, but Stallworth’s return was the big reason the Eagles knocked off the Redskins. Stallworth is averaging 21.1 yards per catch which was helped by the 84-yard TD catch last week. When Stallworth is healthy, he’s a must start and he’ll show you why against the Titans who rank 25th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.

Chris Chambers, Miami (vs. Minnesota): I’m sure those of you that drafted Chambers early just cringe at the sight of Chambers on this list, but hear me out. With Ronnie Brown questionable, Miami will look to Harrington to move the chains. In two of the past three weeks, the Vikings allowed over 80 yards to three different Patriot receivers and watched Donald Driver post 191 yards receiving. While Chambers may not post Driver-like numbers, his first 100-yard game of the season could finally happen this week.

Mark Clayton, Baltimore (vs. Atlanta): It looks like McNair is finally realizing that Clayton can be a useful target in the passing game. Go figure. As mentioned with McNair, the Falcons secondary is not close to 100%, and McNair and Clayton should take full advantage of them at home.

Mike Furrey, Detroit (vs. Arizona): Look for Furrey to rebound from his two-catch, 13-yard performance from last week as the Lions will find many more holes in the passing attack against the Cardinals who rank 29th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.

 

Bench

Randy Moss, Oakland (vs. Kansas City): Waaaaah, I’m unhappy. Waaaah, I’m dropping the ball because I’m in a bad mood. Give me a break. Consider this the last time you’ll since any mention of Moss on this list all season.

Laveranues Coles, N.Y. Jets (vs. Chicago): Coles has posted more than 40 yards receiving only once in the past five games. With Pennington likely to struggle and rely on the short passing routes (Cotchery’s specialty), expect minimal numbers from Coles once again this week.

Drew Bennett, Tennessee (vs. Philadelphia): Remember way back before the draft the high expectations of Bennett? Don’t be fooled by his 100-yard performance from last week. Vince Young won’t perform well against the Eagles defense and Bennett’s numbers will reflect Young’s struggles.

Plaxico Burress, N.Y. Giants (vs. Jacksonville): No Amani Toomer + Jags defense ranked 5th in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed = below average stats for Plax. Look elsewhere.

 

Tight Ends


Studs
(* = new addition to the list)

Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Baltimore
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Denver
Todd Heap, Baltimore vs. Atlanta
Desmond Clark, Chicago vs. N.Y. Jets
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Chicago

Removed from Studs list:
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City


Start

Ben Watson, New England (vs. Green Bay): Trying to predict which Patriot receiver will have a big game week to week is about as easy as predicting New England weather. But Brady will have success in the air and the last time the Pats focused on the pass against the Vikings, Watson had seven catches for 95 yards and a TD. Expect similar success from Watson this week.

Randy McMichael, Miami (vs. Minnesota): McMichael has caught at least five passes in four of the past five games. The Vikings defense won’t have much luck in slowing down the Dolphins passing attack and McMichael will benefit greatly.


Bench

Chris Cooley, Washington (vs. Tampa Bay): With Jason Campbell starting for the first time this week, expect the Redskins to run early and often. When they do pass, Campbell will look to Santana Moss to keep the star happy. Cooley’s involvement will be minimal this week, but his role will be expanded as Campbell gets comfortable with the offense.

George Wrighster, Jacksonville (vs. N.Y. Giants): Wrighster is questionable this week with a back injury. You should look elsewhere unless you want one catch for 12 yards from your starting TE.

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