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AFC West Player Analysis
Joshua Simmons,, Staff Writer

Denver Broncos (vs San Francisco 49ers)

QB Peyton Manning: San Francisco seems to have pass defense figured out. Other than Jay Cutler and then Carson Palmer at home, opposing quarterbacks haven't fared particularly well against the 49ers. Regardless, we like Peyton's chances at multiple touchdowns in Week 7. ( 290 yds pass with 3 TDs and 1 Int )

QB Brock Osweiler: ( 10 yds pass )

RB Ronnie Hillman: Getting the start in relief of Montee Ball, Ronnie was effective with his 27 touches. The 49ers defense has yielded rushing touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, but has been a tough matchup for fantasy running backs in general on the year. ( 57 yds rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

RB C.J. Anderson: Zero touches the last two weeks, and in general an extremely risky play going forward. ( 26 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Juwan Thompson: To the surprise of many, it was Juwan rather than C.J. Anderson who served as primary backup against the Jets. While not exactly handcuff material just yet, he's worth stashing in deeper leagues until more clarity comes regarding the severity of Montee Ball's injury. ( 10 yds rush; )

WR Demaryius Thomas: Caught a combined 18 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns the past two weeks and is definitely a fixture of your lineup. Interesting matchup here, as the 49ers defense has not allowed a touchdown to opposing wide receivers since Week 3. ( 7 catches for 97 yds and 1 TD )

WR Emmanuel Sanders: After posting consistently good receptions and yardage totals, Sanders was held to a three for 38 statline last week. Don't be scared off from starting him in PPR formats though, as the lack of involvement from wideouts not named Demaryius Thomas is more the exception than a rule. ( 2 yds rush; 6 catches for 75 yds )

WR Wes Welker: Has yet to top 60 receiving yards and he only managed to snag one ball last week, evidence that Welker has a waning role in this offense. Considering there are many games yet to play, we wouldn't advise dropping him except perhaps in some of the more shallow leagues. ( 6 catches for 52 yds )

WR Andre Caldwell: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Cody Latimer: ( )

TE Julius Thomas: Not leading the Broncos in targets but he sure scores a lot of touchdowns. The premier fantasy tight end going, Julius affords fantasy owners a decisive competitive advantage. ( 6 catches for 64 yds and 1 TD )

TE Jacob Tamme: With just four catches on the year, Tamme qualifies as an 'In case of emergency, break glass' sort of bench player in deeper leagues. ( 1 catch for 16 yds )

TE Virgil Green: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Brandon McManus: Offers a nice baseline of fantasy production due to converting so many extra points, yet not a ton of fantasy upside because his team seldom has to settle for field goals. ( 3 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Denver Broncos: Colin Kaepernick and the Niners have yielded eight sacks and just two turnovers over their last four games. Denver's defense has been getting after the quarterback, but their middling fantasy production has become a matter of routine. ( 2 sacks )

Kansas City Chiefs (vs San Diego Chargers)

QB Alex Smith: The Chargers defense had been a tough out, as fantasy quarterbacks go, that is until Derek Carr hung four touchdown passes on them in Week 6. We advise against getting overly excited about Smith as a streaming option this week, considering K.C. leans so heavily on its ground attack. ( 207 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 26 yds rush )

QB Chase Daniel: ( 4 yds pass )

RB Jamaal Charles: Lacking the robust fantasy production we know & love, outside of his three-touchdown jaunt versus New England. We anticipate this will be a get well sorta game for Charles, as San Diego has been deceptively vulnerable in run defense. ( 81 yds rush and 1 TD; 4 catches for 30 yds )

RB Knile Davis: Just two touches, following a three-week stretch in which he averaged 106 rushing yards and a touchdown per game. Coming out of their bye, the Chiefs will follow a healthy Jamaal Charles' lead, which takes the edge off Knile's fantasy potential. ( 43 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Cyrus Gray: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB De'Anthony Thomas: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Dwayne Bowe: Has yet to score a touxhdown and only once has he accumulated in excess of 42 receiving yards. Bowe sometimes is a flex option when a favorable matchup presents itself, which this week isn't. ( 5 catches for 55 yds )

WR A.J. Jenkins: Poised to log more playing time, although his five receptions for 19 yards on the year leaves a lot to be desired. ( 3 catches for 31 yds )

WR Junior Hemingway: When a four for 50 statline (Week 5) exceeds expectations, you know it's time to hitch the proverbial wagon to some other player. ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

WR Frankie Hammond: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Travis Kelce: Faces a Chargers defense that has been very stingy against tight ends. You have to like the odds for Kelce scoring a touchdown though, which he has done in three consecutive games. ( 3 catches for 43 yds and 1 TD )

TE Anthony Fasano: His most recent game marked the first time Fasano caught more than three balls. Not much fantasy value to be mined here. ( 2 catches for 24 yds )

TE Demetrius Harris: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Cairo Santos: Not that Cairo is a fantasy force anyway, but it bares note that opposing kickers have converted just three field against San Diego in six games. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Kansas City Chiefs: This is a defense to keep out of fantasy lineups in Week 7. San Diego has been as bad a matchup as any team, turning the ball over twice all year. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )

Oakland Raiders (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Derek Carr: Played sensational ball in his return to the lineup, demonstrating solid accuracy and pocket awareness. Oakland now plays host to the Cardinals, whose defense has played well overall (considering their massive turnover in personnel) but in more games than not, has allowed multiple passing touchdowns. ( 201 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 15 yds rush )

QB Matt Schaub: ( 85 yds pass and 1 Int; 2 yds rush )

RB Darren McFadden: Has been a reliable fantasy asset, four weeks running. McFadden gets a lot of touches and runs with quite a bit of determination. ( 49 yds rush; 2 catches for 17 yds )

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: With Darren McFadden playing so well, MJD fantasy owners are left with table scraps. It is becoming difficult to justify rostering MJD, although you could do worse in an injury handcuff (deeper leagues). ( 25 yds rush; 2 catches for 15 yds )

RB Latavius Murray: ( 2 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB Marcel Reece: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

WR James Jones: Will continue to get a decent number of targets, despite Andre Holmes' emergence. As Derek Carr goes, so goes James' fantasy upside. If upwards of 20 completions and multiple touchdowns become the norm for Carr, it's more conceivable that Jones could maintain WR3 type numbers. ( 7 catches for 75 yds and 1 TD )

WR Denarius Moore: Did play and register a catch against the Chargers, but his diminishing role makes it darn near impossible to project any sustainable fantasy value for Denarius. ( 4 catches for 52 yds )

WR Andre Holmes: Arizona yields gobs of fantasy points to opposing wideouts, meaning if you have Holmes he stays in your lineup. Priority waiver wire add this week, after being targeted 20 times en route to 195 receiving yards and three touchdowns, over his last two games. ( 4 catches for 60 yds and 1 TD )

WR Kenbrell Thompkins: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

WR Brice Butler: Contrary to what one might assume Oakland's recent free agent receiver adds spelled for Brice, his role in this offense is growing. Probably not worth rostering yet, but well worth keeping eye on. ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Mychal Rivera: Even in a game wherein Oakland was passing the ball with great success, Rivera was targeted just three times. He offers very little fantasy upside at this point. ( 3 catches for 28 yds )

TE David Ausberry: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Brian Leonhardt: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Sebastian Janikowski: With new life seemingly breathed into Oakland's offense, Janikowski could be coming into an uptick in scoring opportunities. We advise against picking him up as your fantasy kicker across leagues just yet though. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def Oakland Raiders: Tough matchup, plus this defense has accounted for zero turnovers in more games than not. ( 1 sack, 1 Fumble )

San Diego Chargers (vs Kansas City Chiefs)

QB Philip Rivers: His level of play has been on par with the best of quarterbacks, helped by arguably a better supporting cast then he had last season. Rivers is a no-brainer fantasy start, week in and week out. ( 267 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

QB Kellen Clemens: ( 24 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Branden Oliver: Quickly becoming a fixture of this offense, given his versatile skill set and ability to seize the opportunity Donald Brown unfortunately couldn't. If this keeps up, Branden will continue to have fantasy value even upon Ryan Mathews' return. ( 60 yds rush; 4 catches for 33 yds )

RB Donald Brown: Seeing as Brown's injury status is up in the air, we encourage you to check back closer to gametime -- although it is unlikely he would see much action even if he does play. ( 21 yds rush; 2 catches for 14 yds )

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

WR Keenan Allen: Playing through injuries has not surprisingly had an adverse effect on Keenan's fantasy production. Predicting in which games coverage will dictate significantly more targets for him is beginning to look like a crapshoot, however. ( 6 catches for 67 yds )

WR Malcom Floyd: Scores a touchdown about every other week and coupled with his yardage totals, Floyd has been a stellar fantasy WR3 play. K.C. makes for a decent enough fantasy matchup. ( 4 catches for 63 yds )

WR Eddie Royal: With five touchdowns over his last four games, Royal doesn't get inundated with targets but he sure does make 'em count. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 47 yds and 1 TD )

WR Seyi Ajirotutu: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Antonio Gates: Not among the league leaders in receptions but has six touchdowns to his name, which kinda matters in the context of fantasy football. Start Gates with confidence. ( 5 catches for 54 yds and 1 TD )

TE Ladarius Green: A blip on the proverbial radar, a week ago, Green posted a four for 60 statline and continues to display the athleticism that intrigues fantasy owners. Just as likely to catch zero balls in a given week, he's as risk/reward a lineup option as they come. ( 2 catches for 30 yds )

TE John Phillips: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Nick Novak: Continues to benefit from numerous scoring opportunities, albeit less often in the form of field goals than fantasy owners would prefer. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Diego Chargers: This defense has panned out nicely for fantasy owners over an extended period, but faces a healthier Chiefs team coming out of its bye week. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

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