Start & SitSeptember 25, 2009

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Week 3: Start Your Texans - 4 comments

By Nick Hopkins

Welcome to Week 3 of the Cafe’s Start & Sit. Looking back at last week, Phillip Rivers posted the season’s first 400 yard game through the air, Dallas Clark led the league with 183 receiving yards (not bad for a tight end), while Chris Johnson and Frank Gore shared the “why-did-I-have-to-play-against-that-guy-this-week” award. Who will be this week’s big scorers? Good question… here’s what the Cafe’s rankers think! (Thanks again to all our aforementioned rankers, and to R.J. White for compiling everything!)

In 2009, we’re ranking all the players we expect could see a significant amount of game action each week. We factor in a player’s overall ability, his weekly matchup, and the current status of his health. The result is one Start/Sit number, based on a scale of 100, and we’ll use each member’s ratings to find an average for each player. The higher a guy is on our list, the better you should feel starting him.

1Drew BreesNOat BUF94.00
2Peyton ManningINDat ARI91.80
3Aaron RodgersGBat STL91.00
4Kurt WarnerARIIND85.02
5Matt SchaubHOUJAC84.56
6Tom BradyNEATL84.10
7Philip RiversSDMIA81.80
8Eli ManningNYGat TB81.40
9Matt RyanATLat NE79.20
10Joe FlaccoBALCLE77.20
11Tony RomoDALCAR76.13
12Ben RoethlisbergerPITat CIN75.60
13Jay CutlerCHIat SEA72.60
14Trent EdwardsBUFNO69.40
T-14Jason CampbellWASat DET69.40
16Carson PalmerCINPIT69.20
17David GarrardJACat HOU68.20
18Brett FavreMINSF67.27
19Jake DelhommeCARat DAL65.53
20Mark SanchezNYJTEN64.00
21Kevin KolbPHIKC60.44
22Chad PenningtonMIAat SD60.20
23Byron LeftwichTBNYG59.60
24Shaun HillSFat MIN58.00
25Kyle OrtonDENat OAK56.80
26Matthew StaffordDETWAS56.40
27Kerry CollinsTENat NYJ56.20
28Marc BulgerSTLGB56.00
29Brady QuinnCLEat BAL50.60
30Matt CasselKCat PHI49.23
31Seneca WallaceSEACHI44.80
32JaMarcus RussellOAKDEN40.80
33Matt Hasselbeck (D) SEACHI32.19
34Donovan McNabb (D) PHIKC27.47
35Brodie CroyleKCat PHI12.36
36Michael VickPHIKC8.80

Start: Eli Manning, New York Giants. Fresh off a 330-yard, two touchdown effort in Dallas, the younger Manning leads the Giants into Tampa Bay this weekend. Manning is getting a lot of help from young receivers Steve Smith and Mario Manningham, and that strong offensive line is giving him plenty of time. Eli makes a good start against the Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed an average of 282 passing yards and 2.5 passing touchdowns this year.
Sit: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings. Favre has had a solid season so far, throwing three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has, however, only played the Browns and Lions, and the Vikings have relied on Adrian Peterson to do most of the work on offense. I would expect the 2-0 San Francisco 49ers to put up a bit more resistance. The Niners allowed only ten and sixteen points to the Cardinals and Seahawks, respectively.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINSF91.80
2Maurice Jones-DrewJACat HOU90.40
3Michael TurnerATLat NE85.80
4Matt ForteCHIat SEA85.60
5DeAngelo WilliamsCARat DAL84.80
6Clinton Portis (Q) WASat DET82.20
7Brandon JacobsNYGat TB82.00
T-7Chris JohnsonTENat NYJ82.00
9Ryan GrantGBat STL81.80
T-9Ronnie BrownMIAat SD81.80
11Steven JacksonSTLGB79.80
12Frank GoreSFat MIN79.60
13Steve SlatonHOUJAC78.80
14Fred JacksonBUFNO77.40
15Ray RiceBALCLE77.00
16Felix JonesDALCAR76.80
17Kevin SmithDETWAS74.80
18Darren McFaddenOAKDEN74.20
19Willis McGaheeBALCLE72.20
20Jonathan StewartCARat DAL71.50
21LeSean McCoyPHIKC71.40
22Joseph AddaiINDat ARI71.00
23Darren SprolesSDMIA70.00
24Knowshon Moreno (Q) DENat OAK69.80
25Tim HightowerARIIND69.40
26Ricky WilliamsMIAat SD69.00
27Ahmad BradshawNYGat TB68.80
28Reggie BushNOat BUF68.02
29Donald BrownINDat ARI67.80
30Thomas JonesNYJTEN65.40
31Correll BuckhalterDENat OAK65.00
32Brian Westbrook (Q) PHIKC64.43
33Michael BushOAKDEN64.20
34Cadillac Williams (Q) TBNYG63.60
35Beanie WellsARIIND62.80
36Derrick WardTBNYG62.40
37Leon WashingtonNYJTEN62.20
38Cedric BensonCINPIT60.80
T-38Larry JohnsonKCat PHI60.80
40Tashard ChoiceDALCAR60.00
T-40LenDale WhiteTENat NYJ60.00
42Fred TaylorNEATL59.80
43Pierre ThomasNOat BUF59.78
44Julius JonesSEACHI59.40
45Willie ParkerPITat CIN59.00
46Laurence MaroneyNEATL58.60
47Rashard MendenhallPITat CIN53.80
48Chester TaylorMINSF51.40
49Jamal Lewis (Q)CLEat BAL51.35
50LeRon McClainBALCLE46.60
51Jerious Norwood (Q) ATLat NE45.80
52Mewelde MoorePITat CIN45.20
53Marion BarberDALCAR44.34
54James DavisCLEat BAL37.80
55LaDanian Tomlinson (OUT) SDMIA36.84
56Lyndell HamiltonNOat BUF36.66
57Glen CoffeeSFat MIN36.00
T-57Ladell BettsWASat DET36.00
59Kevin FaulkNEATL33.40
60Edgerrin JamesSEACHI31.95
61Justin ForsettSEACHI31.60
62Adrian PetersonCHIat SEA29.20
63Chris BrownHOUJAC24.80
64Bernard ScottCINPIT23.96
65Jamaal CharlesKCat PHI22.20

Start: Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys. This one depends a bit on the availability of the Cowboys’ top runningback, Marion Barber. Barber strained his quad in last week’s game against the Giants, and it was initially thought that he would miss at least this week’s Monday Nighter against Carolina. Barber seems to be progressing well, but he will still likely be questionable for the game, and probably limited some if he does play. Even with Barber playing most of last week’s game, Jones managed 96 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Against a Panther defense that ranks 27th in the league in rushing defense, Jones could be a good start even if Barber does get on the field.
Sit: Julius Jones, Seattle Seahawks. Jones got the 2009 season started off right, rushing for over 100 yards in Week 1. In Week 2, however, he took a major step back. After rushing for just 11 yards on 8 carries, Jones started to lose touches to backup Justin Forsett. Jones was also seen leaving the locker room after the game with ice on his forearm. This week’s game against the Chicago Bears seems unlikely to change Jones’ fortunes. The Seahawks may also have some problems throwing the ball, with Hasselbeck still ailing from his rib injury.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Andre JohnsonHOUJAC96.20
2Larry FitzgeraldARIIND91.40
3Greg JenningsGBat STL91.00
4Calvin JohnsonDETWAS89.40
T-4Randy Moss (Q) NEATL89.40
T-4Marques ColstonNOat BUF89.40
7Steve SmithCARat DAL87.80
8Terrell OwensBUFNO87.40
9Reggie WayneINDat ARI87.00
10Roddy WhiteATLat NE86.00
11Anquan BoldinARIIND85.38
12Lee EvansBUFNO78.20
T-12Santana MossWASat DET78.20
14Donald DriverGBat STL76.00
15Vincent JacksonSDMIA75.60
16Dwayne Bowe (Q) KCat PHI75.20
T-16Steve SmithNYGat TB75.20
T-16Mario ManninghamNYGat TB75.20
19DeSean Jackson (Q) PHIKC73.30
20Derrick MasonBALCLE72.80
21T.J. HoushmandzadehSEACHI72.40
22Chad OchocincoCINPIT72.20
T-22Brandon MarshallDENat OAK72.20
T-22Santonio HolmesPITat CIN72.20
25Roy WilliamsDALCAR72.00
26Mark ClaytonBALCLE70.00
27Jerricho CotcheryNYJTEN68.20
28Devery HendersonNOat BUF67.40
29Antwaan Randle ElWASat DET66.80
30Patrick CraytonDALCAR66.00
31Earl BennettCHIat SEA65.80
32Devin HesterCHIat SEA65.60
T-32Eddie RoyalDENat OAK65.60
34Torry HoltJACat HOU64.20
35Braylon EdwardsCLEat BAL64.00
T-35Percy Harvin (Q) MINSF64.00
37Steve Breaston (Q) ARIIND62.94
38Robert MeachemNOat BUF62.60
39Nate BurlesonSEACHI62.40
40Laurent RobinsonSTLGB62.20
41Johnny KnoxCHIat SEA61.80
42Michael JenkinsATLat NE61.60
T-42Kevin Curtis (D) PHIKC61.60
44Ted GinnMIAat SD60.80
45Bernard BerrianMINSF60.60
46Chansi StuckeyNYJTEN60.40
47Justin GageTENat NYJ59.60
48Davone BessMIAat SD58.60
49Pierre GarconINDat ARI58.40
T-49Donnie AverySTLGB58.40
51Josh MorganSFat MIN58.00
52Nate WashingtonTENat NYJ56.74
53Laveranues ColesCINPIT55.80
54Louis MurphyOAKDEN55.00
55Austin CollieINDat ARI54.20
56Isaac BruceSFat MIN53.20
57Hines WardPITat CIN52.60
58Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKDEN52.40
59Michael ClaytonTBNYG52.24
60Kenny BrittTENat NYJ52.20
61Sidney RiceMINSF51.80
62Muhsin MuhammadCARat DAL51.60
T-62Joey GallowayNEATL51.60
64Kevin Walter (Q) HOUJAC51.54
65Brandon Stokley (Q) DENat OAK51.00
66Mike Sims-WalkerJACat HOU50.80
67Lance Moore (OUT) NOat BUF50.40
68Bryant JohnsonDETWAS48.80
69Chris HenryCINPIT48.20
70Wes Welker (Q) NEATL47.58
71Chris ChambersSDMIA46.00
72Malcom KellyWASat DET44.80
73Mark BradleyKCat PHI43.60
74Josh CribbsCLEat BAL43.20
T-74James JonesGBat STL43.20
T-74Johnnie Lee HigginsOAKDEN43.20
77Limas SweedPITat CIN37.20
78Greg CamarilloMIAat SD37.00
79Jeremy MaclinPHIKC34.60
80Antonio Bryant (Q) TBNYG33.69
81Miles AustinDALCAR33.60
T-81Deion BranchSEACHI33.60
83Domenik Hixon (Q) NYGat TB31.72
84Julian Edelman (Q) NEATL27.40
85Malcom FloydSDMIA26.40
86Jacoby JonesHOUJAC25.80
87Josh Reed (Q) BUFNO22.20
T-87Andre Davis (D) HOUJAC22.20
89Jason AvantPHIKC20.00
90Bobby EngramKCat PHI19.80

Start: Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers. Jackson scored a touchdown for the second straight week against the Ravens, while also compiling 141 receiving yards. It seems the big wideout could be turning into the elite #1 receiver fantasy players have been hoping for. Jackson has a chance to put up another big day against a Dolphin defense that Peyton Manning had little trouble carving up in the short amount of time his offense was on the field last week.
Sit: Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos. Both Royal and his teammate Brandon Marshall have had a tough start to the season. The Broncos are 2-0, but their passing game has struggled and neither receiver has managed more than 35 yards in either game. The Raiders’ defense is tough; Nnamdi Asomugha is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. I expect this to be a relatively low-scoring game.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Jason WittenDALCAR93.00
2Tony GonzalezATLat NE91.60
3Dallas ClarkINDat ARI91.40
4Chris CooleyWASat DET87.80
5Antonio GatesSDMIA87.20
6Owen DanielsHOUJAC81.60
7Brent CelekPHIKC80.60
8John CarlsonSEACHI79.40
9Jeremy ShockeyNOat BUF75.15
10Greg OlsenCHIat SEA74.60
11Zach MillerOAKDEN74.20
12Dustin KellerNYJTEN73.80
13Kevin BossNYGat TB72.00
14Todd HeapBALCLE71.80
15Visanthe ShiancoeMINSF68.20
16Kellen WinslowTBNYG67.80
17Donald LeeGBat STL66.80
18Tony SchefflerDENat OAK65.80
19Heath MillerPITat CIN64.40
20Marcedes LewisJACat HOU63.40
21Ben WatsonNEATL62.40
T-21Vernon DavisSFat MIN62.40
23Anthony FasanoMIAat SD61.80
24Derek FineBUFNO58.60
25Brandon PettigrewDETWAS55.92
26Jermichael FinleyGBat STL55.40
27Robert RoyalCLEat BAL54.20
28Randy McMichaelSTLGB53.00
29Stephen SpachARIIND52.00
T-29Martellus BennettDALCAR52.00
31Sean RyanKCat PHI48.20
32Daniel CoatsCINPIT45.80
33Gary BarnidgeCARat DAL44.80
34Bo Scaife (Q) TENat NYJ34.74
35Alge CrumplerTENat NYJ31.20
36Daniel GrahamDENat OAK20.00
37Shawn Nelson (D) BUFNO13.40

Start: Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles. Celek has quietly had a great season so far, with 14 catches, 141 yards, and a touchdown through these first two games. This week he faces a relatively weak defense in Kansas City, and some of his competitors for catches (Desean Jackson, Brian Westbrook) are banged up and may not play.
Sit: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers. The much-maligned Vernon Davis is looking for a breakout season after being named a captain by head coach Mike Singletary. Seven catches in two games isn’t a bad start, but it’s nothing to write home about either. He faces a tough matchup this week in Minnesota.

1Mason CrosbyGBat STL86.80
2Ryan LongwellMINSF86.20
3David AkersPHIKC85.20
4Stephen GostkowskiNEATL84.60
5Kris BrownHOUJAC83.00
6Rob Bironas (Q) TENat NYJ82.80
7Neil RackersARIIND81.60
8Nick FolkDALCAR81.20
9Nate KaedingSDMIA80.40
10Lawrence TynesNYGat TB80.00
11Robbie GouldCHIat SEA79.20
12Adam VinatieriINDat ARI78.40
13John CarneyNOat BUF78.20
14Jason ElamATLat NE78.00
15Shaun SuishamWASat DET77.00
16John KasayCARat DAL76.40
17Josh ScobeeJACat HOU73.40
T-17Jeff ReedPITat CIN73.40
19Rian LindellBUFNO71.20
20Shayne GrahamCINPIT71.00
21Matt PraterDENat OAK70.40
T-21Joe NedneySFat MIN70.40
23Jason HansonDETWAS69.60
24Phil DawsonCLEat BAL69.40
25Steven HauschkaBALCLE68.80
26Josh BrownSTLGB68.60
27Jay FeelyNYJTEN68.40
28Dan CarpenterMIAat SD67.20
29Sebastian JanikowskiOAKDEN66.60
30Olindo MareSEACHI64.00
31Mike NugentTBNYG63.40
32Ryan SuccopKCat PHI59.00

Start: Kris Brown, Houston Texans. The Texans broke out offensively last week, after being stifled by the Jets in Week 1. Kris Brown was the benefactor, kicking two field goals and four extra points in the victory. If the Houston offense stays on track this week against the winless Jaguars, Brown’s success should continue as well.
Sit: Shayne Graham, Cincinnati Bengals. Graham, once considered one of the league’s elite kickers, has only made (and attempted) one field goal this season. He does not have a good matchup this week against the Steelers.

1GiantsNYGat TB95.00
T-3SteelersPITat CIN91.80
7PackersGBat STL84.80
8BearsCHIat SEA81.80
9TitansTENat NYJ81.60
10RedskinsWASat DET80.40
15FalconsATLat NE67.00
1749ersSFat MIN66.20
18DolphinsMIAat SD65.80
19PanthersCARat DAL65.60
20BroncosDENat OAK65.00
22ColtsINDat ARI62.60
26JaguarsJACat HOU58.60
27SaintsNOat BUF57.80
28BrownsCLEat BAL55.00
32ChiefsKCat PHI48.00

Start: Washington Redskins. Despite the team’s offensive struggles, the Redskins remain solid on defense, allowing just 15 points per game, good for 7th in the NFL. Lions’ rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford has already thrown 5 interceptions through two games. Albert Haynesworth and company should be able to keep the Lions in check, while forcing the rookie signal caller into a few mistakes.
Sit: Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have looked good this season, offensively and defensively. This week, however, they must head into New England to face a Tom Brady led Patriots’ offense that will be looking to prove that last week’s nine point effort against the Jets was just a fluke. I would be uncomfortable starting a defense playing the Patriots, especially assuming they get #2 wideout Wes Welker back this week.


Nick Hopkins is a Cafe member who has been contributing to the Start & Sit since 2006. He posts on the Cafe under the name terpfan. R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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4 Responses to “Week 3: Start Your Texans”

  1. kervtrain says:

    now granted he is playing the lions, but its interesting how high you have santana moss rated considering how little he has done this season. I was lucky enough to have someone in my league drop him and I am definitely starting him this week.

  2. User avatar terpfan says:

    That’s what I get for hatin’ on my boy VD. Sorry Vernon!

  3. ferndogg03 says:

    when does week 4 come out?

  4. User avatar joejlitz says:

    I really would like to see at least three players highlighted per position per start and per sit instead of just one.


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