Start & SitOctober 23, 2009


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Week 7: Brees, Brady Keep Rolling - 4 comments

By Nick Hopkins

It’s closing in on the weekend, and that means it’s time for the next installment of the Cafe’s Start & Sit! Last week saw some huge scores across fantasy leagues as backs like Thomas Jones, Adrian Peterson, Deangelo Williams, and Maurice Jones-Drew went off, and the potent passing attacks of Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and New England had huge days as well. Hopefully you were on the right side of most of those big games. And with that, I’ll say a quick thanks to our rankers, and move on to the rankings! (Reminder: The Ravens, Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, Seahawks, and Titans are on their byes this week)

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Peyton ManningINDat STL99.00
2Drew BreesNOat MIA93.40
3Tom BradyNEat TB93.20
4Aaron RodgersGBat CLE91.20
5Philip RiversSDat KC87.20
6Matt SchaubHOUSF85.20
7Ben RoethlisbergerPITMIN83.40
8Eli ManningNYGARI82.59
9Matt RyanATLat DAL81.60
10Donovan McNabbPHIat WAS81.40
11Kurt WarnerARIat NYG80.00
12Jay CutlerCHIat CIN79.20
13Carson PalmerCINCHI75.00
14Tony RomoDALATL74.80
15Brett FavreMINat PIT71.20
16Matt CasselKCSD64.40
17Shaun HillSFat HOU63.20
18Mark SanchezNYJat OAK63.00
19Chad HenneMIANO59.60
20Jake DelhommeCARBUF59.40
21Jason CampbellWASPHI56.20
22Derek AndersonCLEGB55.60
23Marc BulgerSTLIND52.27
24Josh JohnsonTBNE51.80
25JaMarcus RussellOAKNYJ48.40
26Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat CAR41.80

 
Start: Phillip Rivers, Chargers. San Diego has had their troubles this season, but Phillip is still throwing the ball around. Rivers is on pace for almost 5000 yards on the season, and with great receivers like Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates, and a defense that will put them in a lot of holes, there’s no reason to think he will slow down too much. He has a good matchup this week in Kansas City against one of the league’s worst defenses.
 
Start: Eli Manning, Giants. Manning and the Giants were contained by New Orleans last week, but this week New York gets Arizona at home. I recommended starting Hasselbeck against the Cards last week, and Arizona’s defense stepped up. Still, the Cardinals are allowing the second most passing yards per game in the NFL. At home, the Giants should be able to bounce back from last week and Manning ought to have a good game.
 
Sit: Mark Sanchez, Jets. I recommended sitting Sanchez last week as well, and he ended up having the worst game of his young career. A game against the Raiders may seem like a good bounce-back start, but the Raiders arent quite as weak as they may seem on defense. Led by Richard Seymour and Nnamdi Asomugha, the Raiders shut down the Eagles last week in Oakland. There’s no reason to expect that Sanchez will fair much better.
 
Sit: Chad Henne, Dolphins. Henne had a great game against Jets two weeks ago and the Dolphins have had a bye week to rest up, but the Saints should be a tough matchup for them this week. Gregg Williams has done a masterful job resurrecting New Orleans’ defense, and his intricate blitz packages could give the young Henne trouble. It would be a risk to expect Henne to continue where he left off in his last game.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1DeAngelo WilliamsCARBUF85.60
2Adrian PetersonMINat PIT84.20
3Michael TurnerATLat DAL84.00
4Frank GoreSFat HOU83.52
5Joseph AddaiINDat STL81.00
6Ronnie BrownMIANO80.40
7Marion BarberDALATL80.16
8Ryan GrantGBat CLE79.40
T-8Thomas JonesNYJat OAK79.40
10Brian WestbrookPHIat WAS77.50
11Matt ForteCHIat CIN77.00
T-11Donald BrownINDat STL77.00
T-11Steven JacksonSTLIND77.00
14Jonathan StewartCARBUF76.00
15Cedric BensonCINCHI75.60
16Marshawn LynchBUFat CAR75.20
17LaDanian TomlinsonSDat KC74.09
18Steve SlatonHOUSF74.00
19Pierre ThomasNOat MIA73.18
20Laurence MaroneyNEat TB72.80
21Leon WashingtonNYJat OAK72.40
22Brandon JacobsNYGARI72.20
23Clinton PortisWASPHI71.00
24Fred JacksonBUFat CAR70.20
25Rashard MendenhallPITMIN69.80
26Ahmad BradshawNYGARI69.40
27Tashard ChoiceDALATL68.40
28Darren SprolesSDat KC67.20
29Tim HightowerARIat NYG66.80
30Ricky WilliamsMIANO65.60
31Cadillac WilliamsTBNE65.00
32Larry JohnsonKCSD63.60
33LeSean McCoyPHIat WAS61.40
T-33Glen CoffeeSFat HOU61.40
35Mike BellNOat MIA61.00
36Reggie BushNOat MIA60.70
37Jamal LewisCLEGB58.80
38Kevin FaulkNEat TB57.50
39Beanie WellsARIat NYG55.28
40Justin FargasOAKNYJ55.20
41Derrick WardTBNE54.20
42Felix JonesDALATL54.04
43Michael BushOAKNYJ52.90
44Jamaal CharlesKCSD51.20
45Chester TaylorMINat PIT50.60
46Jerome HarrisonCLEGB49.60
47BenJarvus Green-EllisNEat TB48.00
48Chris BrownHOUSF47.60
49Ladell BettsWASPHI40.40
50Mewelde MoorePITMIN39.80
51Willie ParkerPITMIN39.70
52Earnest GrahamTBNE26.00
53Garrett WolfeCHIat CIN24.60
54Bernard ScottCINCHI20.60
55Samkon GadoSTLIND18.80

 
Start: Joseph Addai, Colts. Despite being overshadowed by Peyton Manning, and splitting carries with rookie Donald Brown, Addai has had a solid year – he’s on pace for about 1100 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s not seeing as many touches as he did in his best years as the Colts’ featured runner, but he’s making the most of the carries he gets, and he’s still getting a lot of work in the passing game. This week he has a great opportunity against the Rams. St. Louis has the league’s 26th ranked rushing defense (132.5 yards per game) and has allowed nine touchdowns on the year.
 
Start: Ryan Grant, Packers. Grant is pretty much the definition of an average fantasy back. He’s on pace for about 1100 yards rushing with 6 TDs, and another 40 catches and 300 yards receiving. Not bad, but he certainly hasn’t been anything to write home about (The Packers were even trying to upgrade before the trade deadline). This week, though, he gets the Browns, who not only have one of the league’s worst rush defenses, but have reportedly been ravaged by the flu. (One of the infected – pro-bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers).
 
Sit: Tim Hightower, Cardinals. Hightower has been a solid contributor, especially in PPR leagues, as he’s managed three touchdowns and 29 catches in Arizona’s five games. However, this week the Giants will be a tough matchup for Hightower and the Cardinals. The one positive, if you do need to start him, is that the Cardinals could easily fall behind early, allowing Hightower many opportunities to get involved in the passing game. He generally takes all the three-down work over his platoon-mate Chris Wells.
 
Sit: Glenn Coffee, 49ers. Coffee did a decent, if unspectacular job, filling in for injured Niners’ star runner Frank Gore. But it appears Gore is set to make his return this week, relegating Coffee to the bench, and to your fantasy bench as well.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Reggie WayneINDat STL94.20
2Andre JohnsonHOUSF93.60
3Randy MossNEat TB93.40
4Roddy WhiteATLat DAL88.80
5Wes WelkerNEat TB87.40
6Vincent JacksonSDat KC87.20
7Larry FitzgeraldARIat NYG86.60
8Marques ColstonNOat MIA86.40
9Greg JenningsGBat CLE84.40
10Steve SmithNYGARI83.60
11Donald DriverGBat CLE81.20
12Chad OchocincoCINCHI79.60
13Hines WardPITMIN79.20
14Dwayne BoweKCSD78.60
15DeSean JacksonPHIat WAS78.40
16Santonio HolmesPITMIN73.40
17Steve SmithCARBUF72.60
18Hakeem NicksNYGARI71.20
19Mario ManninghamNYGARI71.00
20Austin CollieINDat STL70.20
21Kevin WalterHOUSF69.20
22Pierre GarconINDat STL68.80
23Johnny KnoxCHIat CIN67.40
24Devin HesterCHIat CIN67.00
T-24Sidney RiceMINat PIT67.00
26Braylon EdwardsNYJat OAK66.60
T-26Santana MossWASPHI66.60
28Lance MooreNOat MIA65.00
29Miles AustinDALATL64.20
30Bernard BerrianMINat PIT64.00
31Steve BreastonARIat NYG63.00
T-31Ted GinnMIANO63.00
33Roy WilliamsDALATL62.74
34Devery HendersonNOat MIA61.20
35Terrell OwensBUFat CAR61.00
36Lee EvansBUFat CAR60.80
37Antonio BryantTBNE60.78
38Isaac BruceSFat HOU60.40
39Jerricho CotcheryNYJat OAK59.90
40Michael JenkinsATLat DAL59.60
41Josh MorganSFat HOU58.80
42Robert MeachemNOat MIA58.00
43Percy HarvinMINat PIT57.51
44Davone BessMIANO57.40
T-44Michael CrabtreeSFat HOU57.40
46Mohamed MassaquoiCLEGB57.00
47Andre CaldwellCINCHI56.40
T-47Chris ChambersSDat KC56.40
49Jeremy MaclinPHIat WAS56.20
50Patrick CraytonDALATL56.00
51Donnie AverySTLIND54.12
52Jason AvantPHIat WAS53.00
53Mark BradleyKCSD52.80
54Anquan BoldinARIat NYG52.34
55Muhsin MuhammadCARBUF51.40
56Laveranues ColesCINCHI51.20
57Malcom FloydSDat KC51.00
58Michael ClaytonTBNE50.20
59Antwaan Randle ElWASPHI49.20
60Louis MurphyOAKNYJ48.40
61Josh CribbsCLEGB48.20
62Keenan BurtonSTLIND47.40
63Jerheme UrbanARIat NYG47.20
64David ClowneyNYJat OAK46.80
65Chris HenryCINCHI46.40
66James JonesGBat CLE45.40
67Earl BennettCHIat CIN45.20
68Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKNYJ44.00
69Jacoby JonesHOUSF43.00
70Chansi StuckeyCLEGB42.80
71Bobby EngramKCSD41.20
72Mike WallacePITMIN40.00
73Limas SweedPITMIN37.20
74Johnnie Lee HigginsOAKNYJ36.80
75Josh ReedBUFat CAR35.60
76Greg CamarilloMIANO35.20
77Domenik HixonNYGARI31.80
78Andre DavisHOUSF28.80
79Maurice StovallTBNE28.60
80Arnaz BattleSFat HOU26.00

 
Start: Hines Ward, Steelers. Ward and the Steelers put on a passing clinic last week against the Browns. The emergence of a dominant Pittsburgh passing attack puts Ward on pace for the highest yardage total of his career, and I think he could easily maintain that pace this week against the Vikings. Not only did the Vikings struggle last week in pass defense, but they lost their top cornerback Antoine Winfield to an ankle sprain.
 
Start: Chad Ochocinco, Bengals. Ochocinco has yet to have a huge game this year, but he has actually become one of the NFL’s more consistent receivers. In a week when the receiver pool is shrunken by six teams, Chad should be considered a starter in almost every league.
 
Sit: Isaac Bruce, 49ers. Who’s to say exactly how much the addition of Michael Crabtree will affect Bruce’s production, but the veteran wide-out wasn’t exactly putting up big numbers to start with. At this point, Bruce shouldn’t be considered to start in all but the deepest leagues. The Niners will continue to be a run-oriented team anyway, especially now that Frank Gore is healthy again.
 
Sit: Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns. There seems to be some real potential here – Massaquoi immediately registered on fantasy owners’ radar after his 148 yard game game against the Bengals in Week 4. But the Browns QB situation is a mess, and the talented rookie just isn’t getting many chances. This week’s opponent, Green Bay, has a pretty good pass defense, led by veteran CB Al Harris. The Packers rank 10th in the league in passing yard allowed (192.6 yards per game).

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Dallas ClarkINDat STL98.60
2Antonio GatesSDat KC96.00
3Jason WittenDALATL88.60
4Tony GonzalezATLat DAL88.40
5Owen DanielsHOUSF81.80
T-5Brent CelekPHIat WAS81.80
7Chris CooleyWASPHI80.00
8Heath MillerPITMIN78.40
9Vernon DavisSFat HOU77.40
10Greg OlsenCHIat CIN76.20
11Jeremy ShockeyNOat MIA74.00
T-11Kellen WinslowTBNE74.00
13Dustin KellerNYJat OAK70.80
14Visanthe ShiancoeMINat PIT70.60
15Jermichael FinleyGBat CLE70.20
16Ben WatsonNEat TB69.00
17Kevin BossNYGARI67.60
18Zach MillerOAKNYJ66.80
19Anthony FasanoMIANO60.40
20Donald LeeGBat CLE57.80
21Dante RosarioCARBUF57.48
22Daniel CoatsCINCHI55.40
T-22Sean RyanKCSD55.40
24Robert RoyalCLEGB55.20
25Derek FineBUFat CAR49.40
26Martellus BennettDALATL49.00
27Randy McMichaelSTLIND48.00
28Stephen SpachARIat NYG47.00

 
Start: Chris Cooley, Redskins. The Redskins have struggled mightily on offense, which has maybe scared some people away from Cooley, and not for no reason. But Cooley is still getting his catches (on pace for 72 catches, 829 yards). At home, on Monday Night, in a division game with his coach fighting for his job, I could see Cooley having a great game. His best game last season came against the Eagles (108 yards and a TD). At the very least, he could be the recipient of several Jason Campbell screens and dump-offs to avoid the dangerous Philly pass rush.
 
Sit: Dante Rosario, Panthers. Rosario had back to back solid games earlier in the year that made me think he could be a sleeper this season, but in the two games since he’s managed only one catch each. With TE Jeff King also vying for playing time, there just aren’t enough balls to go around in the Panthers anemic passing game. Dante is barely rosterable at this point.

RankKickersTeamOpponentAverage
1Stephen GostkowskiNEat TB90.00
2Ryan LongwellMINat PIT87.60
3Lawrence TynesNYGARI85.80
4David AkersPHIat WAS85.00
5Kris BrownHOUSF81.40
6Jason ElamATLat DAL80.00
7Neil RackersARIat NYG79.00
8Jay FeelyNYJat OAK75.60
9Jeff ReedPITMIN74.40
10Rian LindellBUFat CAR73.60
11John KasayCARBUF73.20
12Shayne GrahamCINCHI72.80
13Mason CrosbyGBat CLE68.80
14Shaun SuishamWASPHI68.60
15Nate KaedingSDat KC68.00
16Sebastian JanikowskiOAKNYJ66.80
17Nick FolkDALATL66.40
18Matt StoverINDat STL66.00
19John CarneyNOat MIA65.40
20Joe NedneySFat HOU64.80
T-20Josh BrownSTLIND64.80
22Robbie GouldCHIat CIN64.40
23Ryan SuccopKCSD64.00
24Shane AndrusTBNE58.80
25Dan CarpenterMIANO57.40
26Billy CundiffCLEGB55.72

 
Start: David Akers, Eagles. The Redskins have given up the third most field goals in the league this season for two reasons: 1. Their defense tends to play a bend-but-don’t-break style that defends against big plays but often allows opposing offenses to maintain drives, and 2. The offense tends to put the defense in bad situations, but the defense is good enough to keep opposing teams out of the endzone. What I’m trying to say is… start Akers.
 
Sit: Nick Folk, Cowboys. Once considered one of the best fantasy kickers in the league, Folk has not reached double digit points since Week 1. Atlanta has allowed the 4th fewest points in the league this season. Folk is nothing more than an average fantasy kicker this year.

RankDefenseTeamOpponentAverage
1EaglesPHIat WAS91.60
2GiantsNYGARI86.00
3JetsNYJat OAK82.80
4ColtsINDat STL81.80
T-4VikingsMINat PIT81.80
6SteelersPITMIN81.00
7PackersGBat CLE80.40
8PatriotsNEat TB79.20
949ersSFat HOU76.80
10SaintsNOat MIA74.60
11BillsBUFat CAR73.60
12ChargersSDat KC73.00
13PanthersCARBUF71.00
14RedskinsWASPHI68.80
15BengalsCINCHI68.40
16CardinalsARIat NYG65.80
T-16FalconsATLat DAL65.80
T-16DolphinsMIANO65.80
19RaidersOAKNYJ65.40
20BearsCHIat CIN63.80
21CowboysDALATL63.60
22TexansHOUSF62.60
23BrownsCLEGB54.40
24ChiefsKCSD53.00
25BuccaneersTBNE50.20
26RamsSTLIND46.60

 
Start: Green Bay Packers. Coming off a shutout of the Detroit Lions, the Packers face another offense in turmoil in Cleveland. And in all honestly, the Browns are probably worse on offense than Detroit. The Packers make a good start once again.
 
Sit: Miami Dolphins. I don’t have to tell you twice to sit the defense playing Drew Brees and the Saints do I? To be honest, I’m not sure how they are ranked as high as they are…
 

 
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 7: Brees, Brady Keep Rolling”

  1. automaticg says:

    sean ryan or heath evans in a pinch?????????????????? greg in stl

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  2. McCaffrey says:

    Pierre Garcon 20 slots higher than Austin Collie???? HUH ???!?

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  3. User avatar daullaz says:

    Automatic, go with Ryan.

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  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    McCaffrey, I reviewed the submissions and there was a typo from one of our rankers that ended up submarining Collie’s ranking. He should be No. 20 on the list. I’m going to edit it now.

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