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Friday, December 09, 2005

Week 14 Tips

It's likely playoff time in your league, which means it's time to go with the horses that got you there.
But here are a few tips this week for players to start an avoid.

Start Them:
Steve McNair, Tennessee. Houston's defense is just awful and McNair is still dangerous.
Brad Johnson, Minnesota. Why not? He's hot and the team is winning.
Michael Vick, Atlanta. Should have a bounce-back week against the Saints.

Bench Them:
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh. Will struggle against the Bears after a career week.
Jake Delhomme, Carolina. Tampa Bay's defense can still slow teams down.
David Garrard, Jacksonville. Don't expect much against the Colts

Running Backs
Start Them:
Larry Johnson, Kansas City. Doesn't matter who the opponent is.
Domanick Davis, Houston. Should find running room against the Titans.
Julius Jones, Dallas. Time to get him back into the lineup against Kansas City.

Bench Them:
Curtis Martin, Jets. Was downgraded Friday and will now be a gametime decision. He'll likely play, but can you take that chance?
Thomas Jones, Chicago. Won't find much running room against the Steelers.
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh. Hasn't run well against good teams.

Wide Receivers
Start Them:
Santana Moss, Washington. He was gimpy earlier in the week, but returned to practice Friday. Start him.
Chris Chambers, Miami. Is red-hot right now.
Bobby Engram, Seattle. Engram is Hasselbeck's favorite target.

Bench Them:
Keyshawn Johnson, Dallas. Hasn't had a big game since Lyndon Johnson was president.
Lee Evans, Buffalo. With Moulds suspended, you can bet the Patriots will try to take him away from J.P. Losman.
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh. Just won't get much against the Bears.

Tight Ends
Start Them:
Chris Cooley, Washington. Cooley is on fire.
Ben Troupe, Tennessee. Should find some open areas.
Jason Witten, Dallas. Kansas City's linebackers aren't good in coverage.

Bench Them:
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis. Jacksonville's strength is its front seven and some very athletic linebackers.
L.J. Smith, Philadelphia. The quarterback situation is atrocious.

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