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Start/Bench List – Week 3

It’s week three and that means it’s time to reevaluate our studs list and bye weeks begin. Keep a close eye on your reserves as team depth = success once the injuries begin to mount.

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. I will try to answer as many inquires as possible.

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!!


Bye Weeks: Kyle Boller, Anthony Wright, Joey Harrington, David Carr, Mark Brunell, Patrick Ramsey

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. New Orleans
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Cleveland
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Oakland
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati* vs. Chicago


Aaron Brooks, New Orleans (vs. Minnesota): Sunday night was the typical Aaron Brooks performance. He can drive his team down the field seemingly effortless until something bad happens. That something bad happened often and consisted of a fumble and three INTs. This week, Brooks takes his pros and cons to Minnesota who were pounded by the Bengals last week. Expect more good than bad this week from Brooks which makes him worthy of a start.

Jake Plummer, Denver (vs. Kansas City): Plummer’s first two weeks of the season did nothing to turn away his critics. From a fantasy perspective, he hasn’t exactly made his way to the studs list either. Look for the snake to reverse his 1:3 TD to INT ratio this week against the Chiefs taking himself off the hot seat for a week.


Michael Vick/Matt Schaub, Atlanta (vs. Buffalo): Vick tweaked his hamstring against the Seahawks last week and he wasn’t exactly burning up the scoreboard before his injury. With Buffalo next up for the Dirty Birds, neither Vick nor Schaub should come close to your starting lineup.

Tim Rattay, San Francisco (vs. Dallas): Three INTs and a brief appearance from Alex Smith are not good signs for Rattay’s future as the Niners QB. After watching Dallas harass Brunell for three and a half quarters, Rattay shouldn’t be very excited at his chances of success this week.

Running Backs

Bye Weeks: Jamal Lewis, Chester Taylor, Kevin Jones, Domanick Davis, Clinton Portis

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. N.Y. Giants
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Arizona
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Cleveland
Priest Holmes, Kansas City vs. Denver
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Minnesota
Willis McGahee, Buffalo vs. Atlanta
Corey Dillon, New England vs. Pittsburgh
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants* vs. San Diego
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh* vs. New England


Warrick Dunn, Atlanta (vs. Buffalo): The good news for Dunn last week was that he carried the ball sixteen times to Duckett’s four carries. The bad news was Dunn only rushed for 54 yards. This week, he faces a Buffalo defense that rookie Cadillac Williams rushed for 128 yards against last week. With Vick’s status in the air, expect the Falcons to lean heavily on Dunn and he’ll respond with solid numbers.

Fred Taylor, Jacksonville (vs. N.Y. Jets): Fragile Fred! Where you been, man? Taylor has rushed for 75+ yards in each of the first two weeks of the season. Despite Toefield looming in the shadows, Taylor should turn back the clock and post solid numbers against the Jets this week.

Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati (vs. Chicago): Johnson has produced solid numbers in back-to-back games which was impressive last week considering the Bengals threw all day with success. Johnson will make it three straight solid weeks against Da Bears.


Mike Anderson/Tatum Bell/Ron Dayne, Denver (vs. Kansas City): Thanks to Mike Shanahan, the RBBC is in full effect in Denver making practically every RB useless in the fantasy world. This is a trend that must stop. When will someone notify their local government representative about this travesty?!?!? We need a law to be passed A.S.A.P!

Kevan Barlow, San Francisco (vs. Dallas): With Frank Gore stealing carries from Barlow the way the Hamburgular takes those cheeseburgers, Barlow’s value has dropped through the floor. Dallas won’t help Barlow’s cause this week. Have a McChicken Kevan, and ask for an application while you’re there.

Chris Brown, Tennessee (vs. St. Louis): Brown sustained a mild concussion in week two against the Ravens. This helps explains the fact that Brown hasn’t rushed for 100 yards total on the season as of yet. Brown squares off against a Rams defense that hasn’t allowed a RB to gain more than 54 yards this season. Look elsewhere.

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Roy Williams, Charles Rogers, Mike Williams, Kevin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Derick Armstrong, Corey Bradford, Jabar Gaffney, Santana Moss, David Patten, James Thrash

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Randy Moss, Oakland vs. Philadelphia
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Cleveland
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Tennessee
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Oakland
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Chicago
Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Minnesota
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona* vs. Seattle


Terry Glenn, Dallas (vs. San Francisco): Bledsoe to Glenn, TD! Parcells smiles on the sidelines. No Pats fans, it’s not 1999 and the past four years have been one long dream. Parcells has brought his New England weapons from the late nineties to Dallas and they were impressive last week. Glenn will be hard pressed to post another 157 yards this week, but his numbers will be solid enough to warrant a start.

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (vs. Cleveland): Don’t fret Wayne owners, his points will come in bunches and you want to make sure he is in your lineup when they start piling up. This should be a nice week for the Colts offense at home against the Browns.

Keenan McCardell, San Diego (vs. N.Y. Giants): McCardell followed up his monster week one performance with an average outing of 54 yards on four catches last week. After seeing both Joe Horn and Donte Stallworth post huge numbers on Sunday night, I’d say the chances of McCardell surpassing last week’s totals are very high.

Anquan Boldin, Arizona (vs. Seattle): Despite the addition of Fitzgerald to the studs list, Boldin is worthy of a start against a Seahawks defense as the Red Birds will rely on Warner to move the chains while they figure out whether it’s Arrington or Shipp at the #1 RB position.


Jerry Porter, Oakland (vs. Philadelphia): Porter looked fully recovered from his hamstring injury last week. With Ronald Curry out for the season, Porter’s numbers should increase, right? Over the season this is true, but Porter will struggle against the Eagles in Philly.

Plaxico Burress, N.Y. Giants (vs. San Diego): Burress seemed to be playing at a different level at times on Sunday night. His biggest problem is that Eli Manning is distributing the ball all around and Tiki Barber is likely to have a solid day on the ground minimizing Plaxico’s chances.

Arnaz Battle, San Francisco (vs. Dallas): Despite the fact that Battle leads the Niners in receiving, he does not come recommended against the Cowboys who are looking for some redemption after the Monday night letdown.

Bobby Engram, Seattle (vs. Arizona): Beware you waiver wire hounds! Engram has posted back-to-back solid games, but it’s unlikely that production will continue this week. Don’t fall for the bait.

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Todd Heap, Daniel Wilcox, Marcus Pollard, Mark Bruener, Matt Murphy, Chris Cooley

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Denver
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. N.Y. Giants
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. San Diego
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. San Francisco
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Buffalo
Randy McMichael, Miami* vs. Carolina


L.J. Smith, Philadelphia (vs. Oakland): It’ll be time to make some room on the Studs list after this week for L.J. McNabb should find Smith open often against the Raiders.

Steve Heiden, Cleveland (vs. Indianapolis): A one-week wonder? Don’t believe the hype. Dilfer has found a favorite target and he won’t be afraid to use him. The Colts D has impressed, but with Cleveland looking to control the ball and keep Indy’s offense off the field, expect Heiden to be a busy man again this week.


Kris Mangum, Carolina (vs. Miami): Not much to see here. Mangum is lucky to catch a TD once every 4-5 weeks. With Stephen Davis pounding the ball at the goal-line, Mangum’s chances will be limited even more.

Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota (vs. New Orleans): Wiggins has yet to reach the stud status that he attained last season. With the Vikings passing attack in disarray (who would’ve thought that would be written in week two!), it’s best to let Culpepper find his groove before taking the chance on Wiggins.

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