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Start/Bench List Week 2

It’s week two, do you know who your backups are? If you have Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, Cadillac Williams, or Chester Taylor you are definitely getting familiar with your team depth. Remember to always check the waiver wire for spare parts as you never know when you’ll need them.

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. The first two weeks the studs list remains the same (except for injury). After week two, players are added/removed as needed.

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!!




Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

vs. Tennessee

Tom Brady, New England vs. San Diego

Carson Palmer, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. San Francisco

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Washington

Vince Young, Tennessee vs. Indianapolis

Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay


Jay Cutler, Denver (vs. Oakland):

If Kitna can light up the Raiders pass defense, why not Cutler? Cutler is still young and will make some mistakes, but the Raiders didn’t exactly put up much of a fight last week despite their success defending the pass in ’06. You could do worse than Cutler this week at home.

Trent Green, Miami (vs. Dallas):

If the Cowboys showed any weakness on Sunday night, it was defending the pass. Burress, Toomer, and Shockey made big plays all night. Green doesn’t quite have the weapons of Dallas but Chambers, Booker, and Martin will find openings giving Green a rare appearance on the start list.


Joey Harrington, Atlanta (vs. Jacksonville):

I want Harrington to succeed, I really do. But this list isn’t about what you “want” to have happen, it’s about what *will* happen. Harrington looked less than stellar last week throwing two INTs against the Vikings and the Jaguars defense will be fired up at home. Look elsewhere for your QB this week.

J.P. Losman, Buffalo (vs. Pittsburgh):

Let me get this straight, Losman completed 14 passes for 97 yards? Ugh. This week, Losman and the Bills head to Pittsburgh. Umm, yeah, I’ll pass on Losman.

Running Backs


LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego

vs. New England

Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. San Francisco

Larry Johnson, Kansas City vs. Chicago

Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. St. Louis

Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Arizona

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo

Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Washington

Joseph Addai, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee

Willis McGahee, Baltimore vs. N.Y. Jets

Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

Reggie Bush, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay


Marion Barber, Dallas

(vs. Miami): Barber will once again split carries with Julius Jones, but Barber just looks to be running at a different speed than Jones. Miami had trouble stopping the two-headed attack of Portis/Betts and they will struggle again this week with Barber getting the lion’s share of the fantasy points.

Edgerrin James, Arizona

(vs. Seattle): The Edge ran hard on Monday night totaling 112 yards of offense and a score. Look for more of the same this week at home against Seattle as Leinart looks shaky at best last week so coach Whisenhunt will be very content with handing the ball off to James as often as possible.

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota

(vs. Detroit): One injury to Taylor and a solid performance by Peterson was all it took to land him on the Start list for the first time this season. Peterson looked real strong against the Falcons posting 163 total yards and a TD. If you saw what Lamont Jordan did against the Lions last week, you’ll understand why Peterson is a solid play this week.



Thomas Jones, N.Y. Jets

(vs. Baltimore): 42 rushing yards last week at home? Yuck. Granted he faced the Patriots, but traveling to Baltimore this week won’t be any easier for T.J. Bench him.

Ahman Green, Houston

(vs. Carolina): If the Panthers can shut down Steven Jackson, what chance does Green have? Combine that with splitting carries with Ron Dayne and that equates to a spot on your bench.

Brandon Jackson, Green Bay

(vs. N.Y. Giants): Jackson had a decent rookie debut and with Vernand Morency inactive as Jackson got the bulk of the work. With Morency likely to return this week, look for Green Bay to share the workload reducing Jackson’s chances.


Wide Receivers


Steve Smith, Carolina

vs. Houston

Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee

Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. Miami

Lee Evans, Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee

Roy Williams, Detroit vs. Minnesota

Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. San Francisco

T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. Seattle

Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Carolina

Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay


Donald Driver, Green Bay

(vs. N.Y. Giants): Driver caught six passes for 66 yards last week. He should approach those numbers by halftime this week against a suspect Giants pass defense that was torched by Dallas in week one.

Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay

(vs. New Orleans): Galloway could do without the taunting and supply more yardage after the catch. Look for him to follow through with that this week as the Saints head to Tampa with their heading still spinning from Opening night.

Javon Walker, Denver

(vs. Oakland): Cutler has clearly defined Walker as his go-to target as the nine catches for 119 yards last week can attest to. Look for more of the same this week against the Raiders as Al Davis will try to get JaMarcus Russell to play defensive back by the end of this one. Read the fine print JaMarcus!

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh

(vs. Buffalo): Big Ben started out the season on a high note and that should continue this week against the Bills which should translate into solid numbers from Ward who is about as close to a guarantee to score this week as it gets.


Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City

(vs. Chicago): The rookie may get the starting nod with Kennison still on the shelf, but don’t expect big things against the Bears who slowed the high-powered Chargers offense down to a crawl last week.

Jerricho Cotchery, N.Y. Jets

(vs. Baltimore): Cotchery is one of those guys that you don’t pay much attention to all game. Suddenly, you look up and realize he has eight catches for 85 yards. Even though he faired well against the Pats last week with Pennington dinged up and a road trip on the horizon, you can ignore Cotchery this week when it comes to setting your starting lineup.

Bobby Engram, Seattle

(vs. Arizona): Engram is likely to start this week due to the injury to D.J. Hackett, but he is not a strong play against the Cardinals. Arizona will struggle in stopping Shaun Alexander and Seattle will pick their spots in the passing game using more of Deion Branch than Engram.

Drew Carter, Carolina

(vs. Houston): Don’t believe the hype! You numbers freaks that only look at points should avoid Carter who won’t see much action against the Texans. Houston will pressure Delhomme which will cause some problems and when Delhomme does get rid of the ball, the majority of the time it will be in the direction of Steve Smith.

Tight Ends


Antonio Gates, San Diego

vs. New England

Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Philadelphia

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Chicago

Todd Heap, Baltimore vs. N.Y. Jets

Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Baltimore


Jason Witten, Dallas

(vs. Miami): Yup, I told you so. Witten was a stud last week and he’ll post big numbers again in Miami this week.

Kellen Winslow, Cleveland

(vs. Cincinnati): Winslow was the primary receiver for the Browns last week and as long as that continues, he is worthy of a start when his opponent struggles in stopping the pass.


Leonard Pope, Arizona

(vs. Seattle): Pope was Leinart’s safety valve in week one, but that trend should stop this week. Boldin and Fitzgerald will be the focal points this week taking away what little value Pope had in the first place.

Randy McMichael, St. Louis

(vs. San Francisco): The Rams may struggle against the feisty Niners pass defense this week. McMichael is a decent option at TE for the season, just not this week.

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