NFL from the Sidelines
Friday, November 18, 2005
Week 11 Tips
Quarterbacks
Start Them:
Tom Brady, New England. Should light up the Saints secondary.
Marc Bulger, St. Louis. Now that he's got a week of play under his belt, get him in the lineup against Arizona's awful pass defense.
Kurt Warner, Arizona. Will have to throw plenty to keep up with former teammates.

Bench Them:
Kelly Holcomb, Buffalo. Won't play this week and may be losing his job to J.P. Losman.
Steve McNair, Tennessee. Will struggle against Jacksonville.
Jake Delhomme, Carolina. Throwing the ball will be tough at Chicago. And that's if they don't get 70 MPH wind gusts.

Running backs
Start Them:
Larry Johnson, Kansas City. He did his part against Buffalo - except for getting into the end zone. He'll add at least one TD this week.
Clinton Portis, Washington. Should find plenty of running room against Oakland.
Greg Jones, Jacksonville. Fred Taylor will sit again this week and the Jaguars play Tennessee.
Samkon Gado, Green Bay. Gado should be a strong start again this week.

Bench Them:
Duce Staley, Pittsburgh. Goes back to the bench with Willie Parker, Jerome Bettis healthy.
Willis McGahee, Buffalo. San Diego's specialty is stopping the run.
Stephen Davis, Carolina. Faces the NFL's top-rated defense.

Wide receivers
Start Them:
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona. Leads the NFL in receptions.
Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay. Quitely having a great season.
Joe Horn, New Orleans. Patriots are struggling against the pass.
Antonio Chatman, Green Bay. Benefits from Robert Ferguson's injury Friday

Bench Them:
Muhsin Muhammad. Chicago. Will struggle in first game against his former team.
Antonio Bryant, Cleveland. Could struggle against the Dolphins.
Nate Burleson, Minnesota. Was downgraded Friday. He's not seriously hurt, but these nagging things are adding up.

Tight ends
Start Them:
Chris Cooley, Washington. Quitely having a nice season.
Jerramy Stevens, Seattle. Could reach the end zone against San Francisco.
Ben Watson, New England. Becoming a bigger part of the offense.

Bench Them:
Desmond Clark, Chicago. Carolina's defense will get after Kyle Orton.
Steve Heiden, Cleveland. Will do a lot of extra blocking against Miami.
Brandon Manumaeuna, St. Louis. The stars are back for the Rams.
posted by Dale Lolley at 8:03 PM  

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