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AFC West Player Analysis
Joshua Simmons,, Staff Writer

Kansas City Chiefs (vs New England Patriots)

QB Alex Smith: Looking to Week 4, the Patriots defense is the worst matchup going, with regard to fantasy quarterbacks. A closer examination reveals however that they've faced Ryan Tannehill, Matt Cassel and Derek Carr. Following a three-touchdown game against Miami, Alex makes for an intriguing fantasy option in deeper and two-QB league formats. ( 222 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 27 yds rush )

QB Chase Daniel: ( 6 yds pass )

RB Jamaal Charles: Check back closer to gametime, as we anticipate more clarification on the status of his ankle injury and whether he'll suit up Monday night. Charles should at least be considered a borderline fantasy RB1, if upgraded to probable. ( 61 yds rush; 3 catches for 26 yds )

RB Knile Davis: Not surprisingly, his fantasy value is directly linked to the injury status of one Jamaal Charles. If relied upon as a workhorse back, Knile has demonstrated more than once at the NFL level (most notably in Miami a week ago) that he's up for the challenge. ( 43 yds rush; 2 catches for 10 yds )

RB Cyrus Gray: ( 7 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB De'Anthony Thomas: ( 2 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Dwayne Bowe: Since returning from suspension he's been targeted the most but caught just three balls in each contest. Until he proves greater worth for fantasy, Bowe should only garner lineup consideration in deeper leagues. ( 5 catches for 60 yds )

WR Donnie Avery: His fantasy relevance is dropping fast, as evidenced by 14 receiving yards in Week 2 but three redzone targets, then 12 yards last week and no redzone targets. There's really no reason to roster Avery at this point, regardless of what format. ( 4 catches for 42 yds )

WR Junior Hemingway: Two receptions in each of the last two weeks but the simple fact is, Hemingway is down the pecking order a ways, in terms of target distribution in this offense. ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

WR Frankie Hammond: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

WR A.J. Jenkins: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

TE Travis Kelce: Opposite from teammate Anthony Fasano, the second-year pro is scoring more fantasy points every week. As he continues to earn the trust of Alex Smith, Travis' value will balloon -- which kinda comes in handy in a year rife with worsening fantasy options at the position. ( 4 catches for 56 yds )

TE Anthony Fasano: Gets his token two or three receptions per game, but this team is becoming less reliant on him as a pass catcher with each passing week. ( 3 catches for 32 yds )

TE Demetrius Harris: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Cairo Santos: Until this team turns things around offensively, scoring opportunities will continue to be sparse for Santos. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG and 1 missed FG )

Def Kansas City Chiefs: Some of the usual household names have been playing well, Dontari Poe and Tamba Hali among them. Defensive end Allen Bailey is coming off a big game. But what this defense's lackluster fantasy value comes down to is no turnovers generated. Zero. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )

Oakland Raiders (vs Miami Dolphins)

QB Derek Carr: In one case he compiled over 175 yards passing, in one case he salvaged his day with decent rushing numbers, in one case he finished with no interceptions. Carr should be pretty far down the list of fantasy options you're considering. ( 209 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 20 yds rush )

QB Matt McGloin: ( 34 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: Check back closer to gametime, as we anticipate more clarification on the status of his hand injury and whether he'll suit up this weekend. ( 50 yds rush; 3 catches for 23 yds )

RB Darren McFadden: Per the usual, McFadden shows sparks of the athleticism that got him drafted in the first round but struggles behind Oakland's subpar runblocking and rarely can stay healthy. Granted, now that we're in the bye week gauntlet, you could certainly do a lot worse in a RB2 or flex play. ( 36 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Latavius Murray: Even as the primary backup he's gotten minimal carries and added nothing to Oakland's passing attack. With MJD on the verge of returning, Latavius is droppable in re-draft formats. ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

RB Marcel Reece: Did get four touches last week but he's scored no touchdowns, to date, and MJD is poised to return to the lineup. ( 5 yds rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR James Jones: Limited to five targets in Week 3, thanks to stellar coverage on the part of New England. James seems to be only show in town, though, when it comes to hooking up with David Carr for the occasional touchdown. As always, you take on considerable risk starting any offensive player on this team, but if you're feeling lucky ... ( 7 catches for 79 yds and 1 TD )

WR Denarius Moore: Targeted quite a bit, all things considered, including twice in the redzone last week. This comes as a surprise, given that Denarius is averaging just 7.5 yards per catch.

WR Andre Holmes: An afterthought in a bad offense, here lately, Holmes isn't a viable fantasy option even in deeper leagues. ( 4 catches for 46 yds )

WR Brice Butler: ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

WR Rod Streater: Although he did suit up last week, electing to play through a painful hip injury, Rod hasn't produced for fantasy owners since the opener. We advise caution for Week 4.

TE Mychal Rivera: With 31 or less yards in each game, Rivera starts for Oakland but in no scenario should start for your fantasy team. ( 4 catches for 33 yds )

TE David Ausberry: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Brian Leonhardt: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Sebastian Janikowski: No field goals the first two weeks, three last week, few touchdowns to kick the extra point after ... not what you're looking for in a fantasy kicker. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Oakland Raiders: Their pass defense has been quality, and Ryan Tannehill (inconsistent being the operative word) is on the slate for Week 4, but there really isn't the sort of fantasy upside here that you're looking to cash in on. ( 1 sack, 1 Fumble )

San Diego Chargers (vs Jacksonville Jaguars)

QB Philip Rivers: San Diego operates one of the more balanced offenses, therefore Rivers' passing attempts aren't ideal from a fantasy standpoint. He averages 259 passing yards per game, but has a very respectable six-to-one touchdown to interception ratio. As for this weekend's outlook, this team's running backs are dropping like flies and the Jaguars defense has been pretty shabby. ( 271 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

QB Kellen Clemens: ( 32 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Ryan Mathews: [Outlook goes here]

RB Donald Brown: On the bright side, Donald is literally the last man standing. Other than rookie Branden Oliver, he has the distinction of being the only running back among San Diego's opening day 53 to remain unscathed. Unfortunately the offensive line is struggling to open holes, as evidenced by well under three rushing yards per carry overall. Regardless, the sixth year pro has surging fantasy value based on considerable projected volume of touches. ( 56 yds rush; 4 catches for 27 yds )

RB Branden Oliver: Although the team just signed Shaun Draughn, it is Oliver who stands to absorb most of the touches as primary backup. ( 32 yds rush; 2 catches for 15 yds )

RB Shaun Draughn: ( 6 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Keenan Allen: Playing through some 'minor' injuries, Allen has just 12 receptions on the year and shockingly, has fallen way behind teammates Malcolm Floyd and Eddie Royal in fantasy production. While this could be a bounce-back week for Keenan, the new reality concerning this offense is that coverage schemes probably have as much to do with distribution of targets as anything. ( 5 catches for 65 yds and 1 TD )

WR Malcom Floyd: Leave it to Malcolm Floyd to average nearly 25 yards per catch, yet somehow scratch fantasy relevance only in larger leagues and those with huge rosters. He's yet to draw more than six targets in a game, which reveals that his role is relegated to Philip Rivers taking the occasional shot downfield. ( 4 catches for 65 yds )

WR Eddie Royal: Much like Royal shot out of the gate a year ago, scoring five touchdowns in his first two games as a Charger, he's utilized not only on underneath routes but plenty in the redzone as well. If one is an accident (seven receptions in Week 2) and two is a trend (a pair of touchdowns this past week), Royal is well worth consideration as a waiver wire add. ( 2 yds rush; 4 catches for 51 yds and 1 TD )

WR Seyi Ajirotutu: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Antonio Gates: Let fantasy owners down last week after being targeted just once, which he caught for eight yards. Alas, this is the nature of the tight end position for fantasy. Gates is among the better Week 4 options, aided by San Diego hosting a Jaguars defense that opposing tight ends have dominated. ( 5 catches for 61 yds and 1 TD )

TE Ladarius Green: Hard to deny his talent as an up & comer for dynasty formats but this offense benefits from so many receiving options, presently, even the 64 yards Ladarius compiled in Week 3 would appear to be toward the higher end of his range of fantasy production. ( 2 catches for 28 yds )

TE John Phillips: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

PK Nick Novak: Has converted all six of his field goal attempts but more importantly, this week he faces a Jacksonville team that opponents are hanging 40 points per game on. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Diego Chargers: Getting improved play from its corners and rush linebackers, this defense isn't a turnover machine but has held opposing offenses in check -- especially the past two weeks. Blake Bortles will struggle in his first NFL start, traveling cross-country to face San Diego and behind very poor blocking. ( 2 sacks, 1 Fumble )

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