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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty,, Staff Writer

Arizona Cardinals (vs San Francisco 49ers)

QB Carson Palmer: He's thrown for over 300 yards in four of his last five. Expect another big outing against the hapless 49er secondary. ( 283 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 2 yds rush )

QB Drew Stanton: ( 28 yds pass )

RB Chris Johnson: Seattle torched San Francisco on the ground last week with a backup running back. He's a must start this week in what will likely be a blowout. ( 79 yds rush; 1 catch for 8 yds )

RB Andre Ellington: He very well could see increased touches due to the game being out of hand. It's a risky play but one to make if you're in a pinch. ( 36 yds rush; 2 catches for 15 yds )

RB David Johnson: ( 10 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Stepfan Taylor: ( 6 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: The only concern here is how much Arizona will need to throw the ball. He's still a top target for Palmer so he needs to be started regardless. ( 7 catches for 92 yds and 1 TD )

WR Michael Floyd: He was 'iffy' all week and ultimately was inactive. The Cardinals may play it safe and keep him out another week due to the softness of the opponent. Check the injury reports closely but it is probably best to sit him. ( 4 catches for 60 yds )

WR John Brown: His touchdown saved what would be another poor outing. If Floyd is inactive again he will be worth starting. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 58 yds )

WR J.J. Nelson: ( 1 catch for 21 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Brittan Golden: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Jermaine Gresham: He appears to be losing targets to Fells which makes him even less reliable than he already was. His 13 receptions all year speak for themselves. ( 2 catches for 19 yds )

TE Darren Fells: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

TE Troy Niklas: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: The potent offense is the reason he's been in the top 10 all year. Plenty of opportunities again this week. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: They've been a solid unit all year and this matchup bumps them up on the weekly ranking list. Start with confidence. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

Saint Louis Rams (vs Cincinnati Bengals)

QB Case Keenum: Only Case Keenum could make Rams fans wish for Nick Foles. He was deemed to have a concussion so he might not be playing Week 12. As if you were thinking about using him. ( 130 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 2 yds rush )

QB Nick Foles: ( 42 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Todd Gurley: He hasn't topped 100 yards since doing it his first four games. Teams don't have to respect the pass and can stack the box which is hurting his numbers. Tough matchup this week but a start nonetheless. ( 71 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Tre Mason: ( 27 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: ( 6 yds rush; 2 catches for 16 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: Quarterback play is so horribly inconsistent he is a dangerous play week in and week out. With the Bengals focused on the run this could be the week to see him get back on track but realize it's about the same gamble as betting on double-zero on the roulette wheel. ( 15 yds rush; 3 catches for 29 yds )

WR Kenny Britt: Cincinnati plays the outside passing game extremely well. He is in no way an option this week. ( 2 catches for 38 yds )

WR Wes Welker: His role is increasing but still too risky to take a flier on him. Although the Rams will likely be playing catch up, his snaps will be limited. ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 15 yds )

WR Brian Quick: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

WR Bradley Marquez: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Jared Cook: His four catches represented a third of Keenum's completions and the tight end position accounted for half of them. He's the only respectable option in this passing attack with Keenum under center. ( 3 catches for 35 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

TE Justice Cunningham: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Greg Zuerlein: The Bengals are fourth in the league in points per game allowed. This offense will struggle to move the ball large distances down the field making him an unworthy selection. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG and 1 missed FG )

Def St. Louis Rams: They have been a middle of the road statistical defense but face a very good Bengal offense (at times) this week. Temper expectations if you have to play them. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

San Francisco 49ers (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Blaine Gabbert: Given his limited offensive playmakers he has been somewhat effective. He doesn't take many sacks as he gets rid of the ball quickly. Neither of these make him a viable option for a fantasy lineup. ( 201 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 34 yds rush )

RB Carlos Hyde: It looks like he will be out again for week 12 with a foot injury. Owners should know by Wednesday if they will be with or without his services this weekend. ( 37 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Shaun Draughn: His receiving skills make him a decent fill in this week. It is likely they will be playing from behind making him worth a look in PPR leagues. ( 17 yds rush; 2 catches for 10 yds )

RB Kendall Gaskins: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

RB Travaris Cadet: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Anquan Boldin: His hamstring still isn't 100% but he's one of the toughest players in the league. He'll give it a go again but is a risky start due to matchup and his hamstring issue. Consider other options if you have them. ( 4 catches for 58 yds )

WR Torrey Smith: He's had more than two catches only twice this season. Gabbert doesn't hold the ball long enough to look downfield to target him. Far better options out there. ( 3 catches for 45 yds )

WR Quinton Patton: ( 2 catches for 28 yds )

WR Bruce Ellington: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Jerome Simpson: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Garrett Celek: The tight end position is one to watch for San Francisco as Gabbert looks to get rid of the ball quickly. The problem lies in picking which one to use as they rotate between Celek and McDonald. ( 2 catches for 23 yds )

TE Vance McDonald: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Blake Bell: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: The offensive struggles of this team make him a very risky start on a weekly basis. The Cardinals defense has been tough and won't give him many chances to put points on the board. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: The Cardinals offense have the highest points per game average in the league. Not the week to put this unit into your lineup. ( 1 sack, 1 INT )

Seattle Seahawks (vs Pittsburgh Steelers)

QB Russell Wilson: He faces a Steeler secondary that has struggled all season. He'll be throwing more to put points on the board as this will be a high scoring game. ( 227 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 41 yds rush )

RB Marshawn Lynch: Late week injury report made him inactive. Doesn't look likely he'll be playing this week and maybe not for remainder of regular season.

RB Thomas Rawls: He's the hottest player on the waiver wire this week after dominating a below average 49er defense. He gets another solid matchup this week if Lynch can't go. ( 73 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Fred Jackson: ( 8 yds rush; 2 catches for 13 yds )

RB Derrick Coleman: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Doug Baldwin: His ankle injury will probably limit his practice time but he knows how bad his team needs to win this week. Monitor the injury report but expect him to be out there. ( 4 catches for 49 yds )

WR Tyler Lockett: He is making a case to be in starting lineups as his production has increased. Seattle recognizes he is a playmaker and will continue to find ways to get him the ball. ( 2 yds rush; 3 catches for 46 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: It appears his role has been reduced with the addition of Lockett to the passing game. He only has 4 receptions in his last 3 games making him waiver wire material. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 43 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

TE Jimmy Graham: Hasn't scored since Week 3 and hasn't had double digit scoring since Week 6. We think you likely have to start him but we'd prefer you had other options. ( 5 catches for 59 yds )

TE Luke Willson: ( 1 catch for 19 yds )

TE Cooper Helfet: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: In what looks to be a high scoring affair, he's a must start. Don't let two missed extra points last week change that opinion. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: This defense is good but will face a very tough task containing the Steelers. The return of Lane will be a big help but if there is a week to use another defense this would be it. ( 2 sacks )

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