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Week 7

Can anyone stop Daunte Culpepper? How about Curtis Martin? No? Well then how about Reuben Droughns perhaps? Unbelievable. If you think I’m bitter because I don’t have any of these guys on any of my teams, well, you’re right. No Texans, Steelers, Niners or Redskins this week so beef up those benches and get ready to roll.

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.

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

Bye Weeks: David Carr, Ben Roethlisberger, Tim Rattay, Mark Brunell

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. Tennessee
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Cleveland
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville
Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. Miami

Start

Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville (vs. Indianapolis): Assuming Leftwich’s ankle doesn’t keep him out of action this weekend, Leftwich should continue his high production in the Jags passing game. Leftwich has averaged over 320 yards passing over the past three weeks and the Colts pass defense hasn’t stopped anyone yet this season.

Kurt Warner, N.Y. Giants (vs. Detroit): Fresh off a bye week, Warner and the Giants passing attack should post big numbers against the Lions this week. Detroit got beat down last week against the Pack and heading into the Meadowlands, the Lions should see plenty of Warner dropping back and finding Toomer, Hilliard and Shockey open often.

Bench

Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (vs. Denver): The Carson Palmer experience has been less than thrilling for Bengals fans. Palmer failed to throw for 150 yards for the second time this season last week and facing a Broncos defense ranked 2nd in the NFL allowing only 137.5 passing yards per game will not bode well for the youngster.

Joey Harrington, Detroit (vs. N.Y.Giants): Despite the likely return of Roy Williams this week, the Lions passing attack and Harrington do not come recommended. Harrington has yet to crack 200 yards passing this season and shouldn’t expect a big week this week either.

 

Running Backs

Bye Weeks: Domanick Davis, Duce Staley, Jerome Bettis, Kevan Barlow, Clinton Portis

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Priest Holmes, Kansas City vs. Atlanta
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Carolina
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Dallas
Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. New England
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Arizona
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Oakland
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Detroit

Removed from Studs list:

Chris Brown, Tennessee: shoulder, questionable

Start

Reuben Droughns, Denver (vs. Cincinnati): Back-to-back games of over 175 yards rushing has made Droughns the hot item on transaction boards all over the fantasy football world. With Mike Shanahan naming Droughns his starter against the Bengals who rank dead last in rushing yards allowed, those owners lucky enough to snag Droughns off the scrap heap will reap the benefits.

Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (vs. Miami): Faulk has only carried the ball 15 times in each of the last two games, but something tells me he’s due for another 20+ carries, and 100+ yards rushing game soon. The Fish are lucky to field a team these days. Bad times in Miami, very bad times.

Warrick Dunn, Atlanta (vs. Kansas City): Dunn saw very limited action last week against the Chargers but that should change this week in the wide open battles that are Chiefs games. Dunn’s receiving skills will also come in handy as he looks to add to his six TDs on the season.

Bench

Stephen Davis, Carolina (vs. San Diego): Davis saw limited action last week as his knee is still not 100%. Facing a Chargers defense that ranks second in the NFL is rushing yards allowed is not the remedy for Davis to get back on track.

Fred Taylor, Jacksonville (vs. Indianapolis): Taylor made up for his lack of success on the ground last week by scoring on a 64-yard reception, but the fact remains Taylor has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game this season. The Colts held Taylor to just 68 yards on 21 carries back in week four and nothing should change much this week.

Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati (vs. Denver): With the Bengals passing game struggling, defenses have keyed in on Johnson holding him to only one 100-yard rushing game on the season. The Broncos are 4th in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed and will continue to frustrate Johnson owners this week.

 

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Andre Johnson, Jabar Gaffney, Derick Armstrong, Corey Bradford, Hines Ward, Plaxico Burress, Curtis Conway, Cedrick Wilson, Brandon Lloyd, Rod Gardner, Laveranues Coles

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Randy Moss, Minnesota vs. Tennessee
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Miami
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Cleveland
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville
Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Oakland
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. Minnesota
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis vs. Miami

Removed from Studs list:

-Chad Johnson, Cincinnati: All out of Pepto Bismol

Start

Darrell Jackson, Seattle (vs. Arizona): Jackson has been decent, but not superb thus far for his fantasy owners. His highest totals receiving was 98 yards back in week one. That should change this week against the Cardinals who couldn’t stop Tim Rattay from posting over 400 yards passing last week.

Drew Bennett, Tennessee (vs. Minnesota): If Bennett is not hampered by a hip flexor suffered last week, he should see plenty of action against the Vikings who rank 31st in passing yards allowed at 280 per week.

Marcus Robinson, Minnesota (vs. Tennessee): Robinson followed up his big 9-150, 2 TDs in week five with two more TD catches last week. With Moss ailing, Robinson should once again be a favorable target for Culpepper who has thrown 18 touchdowns already.

Jerry Porter, Oakland (vs. New Orleans): With the trade of Jerry Rice, the Raiders can now focus on their young WRs including Porter. Porter’s best game this season came in week three as he caught five passes for 84 yards. Expect better numbers than that this week as the Saints proved once again last week that they can be beaten in the air.

Bench

Peerless Price, Atlanta (vs. Kansas City): The majority of Price’s receiving yards in the past two weeks came on two plays. This does not bode well for Price owners who might have thought he was starting to establish some sort of rhythm with Vick. Vick will have more success on the ground than in the air this week keeping Price’s numbers to a minimum.

Eric Moulds, Buffalo (vs. Baltimore): Moulds has posted solid numbers despite a lackluster Buffalo passing game. Expect Ray Lewis and company to pressure Bledsoe all day which will keep his numbers down and Moulds will not have many opportunities to showcase his talents.

Eric Parker, San Diego (vs. Carolina): Parker suffered an ankle sprain last week after posting his best numbers of the season (6-76, 1 TD). With the recent acquisition of Keenan McCardell and a potent Panthers front line, Parker’s numbers won’t warrant a start this week.

Randy Hymes, Baltimore vs. (Buffalo): Those of you that spent a waiver wire move on Hymes two weeks ago can feel free to release Hymes back into the abyss that is fantasy free agents. Travis Taylor returns this week and the Ravens passing attack will still stink.

 

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Billy Miller, Jerame Tuman, Jay Reimersma, Eric Johnson, Chris Cooley, Water Rasby

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Atlanta
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. St. Louis
Daniel Graham, New England vs. N.Y. Jets
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Carolina
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Kansas City

Start

Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants (vs. Detroit): Shockey looks full healthy and ready to reclaim a spot on the studs list after back-to-back weeks with a TD. Expect more of the same this week as Shockey starts to walk the walk after talking the talk.

Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota (vs. Tennessee): A healthy Wiggins means big things of out the TE position in Minnesota which was evident from his 5-56, 2 TD performance last week. Wiggins could be a solid pickup at TE for those in need for this week and the rest of the season.

Bench

Freddie Jones, Arizona (vs. Seattle): After losing two games in a row, the Seahawks will be ready to put a hurting on the Cardinals this week. No Red Birds should be starting for your fantasy team including Mr. Jones.

Jeb Putzier, Denver (vs. Cincinnati): Putzier has been solid this season, but the Broncos will ride Droughns until the cows come home this week needing very little else to dispose of the Bengals.

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