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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty,, Staff Writer

Arizona Cardinals (vs Dallas Cowboys)

QB Carson Palmer: Take away his last minute 75-yard TD pass and things look a lot different on the stat sheet. Nonetheless, Arizona is struggling to run the ball effectively. If Colt McCoy can pass against Dallas then he'll have no problem. ( 235 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Drew Stanton: ( 51 yds pass )

RB Andre Ellington: Back-to-back games with 20+ rush attempts is very encouraging, but the less than 4.0 YPC is not. The Cardinals will look to get him in space through the passing game, so he gets a bump in PPR leagues. ( 53 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

RB Stepfan Taylor: Zero touches after a week of getting 14 versus Oakland. Welcome back to reality Mr. Taylor.

RB Marion Grice: ( 3 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Michael Floyd: Owners have every right to be frustrated with his production. On pace for 43/806/5 this is hardly what was expected when he was drafted so high. After this week he has some tough matchups so look to package him in a deal if possible. ( 4 catches for 59 yds )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: Posting only his third double-digit game of the year, he looked like the Fitzgerald of old. He won't repeat those numbers but he's a very nice play this week as he faces a vulnerable Cowboys secondary. ( 6 catches for 70 yds and 1 TD )

WR John Brown: His numbers get a bit skewed by that long touchdown reception. He's extremely talented but still inconsistent. He can be plugged-in this week as a bye week fill-in for owners in a pinch. ( 4 catches for 45 yds )

WR Ted Ginn Jr.: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 12 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

TE John Carlson: He's a model of consistency. Six targets, two catches, less than 20 yards. Very reliable. Just not for your fantasy roster. ( 3 catches for 33 yds )

TE Troy Niklas: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

TE Robert Housler: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: Dallas yields almost 21 points per game at home making him a solid start this week. Arizona will have scoring chances thus giving him opportunities. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: They will have their hands full facing the leagues leading rusher but they have the third best run defense in the league. The key will be getting pressure on Romo like Washington did on Monday night. ( 1 sack, 1 INT )

Saint Louis Rams (vs San Francisco 49ers)

QB Austin Davis: With the stout run defense the 49ers bring, the pressure will be on him to produce in the passing game. His stats will most likely come once the game has been decided. ( 207 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 5 yds rush )

QB Shaun Hill: ( 24 yds pass )

RB Tre Mason: For fantasy owners, the only thing worse than a RBBC is an RBBC for a bad team. The Rams play from behind so often it diminishes his value. He's the safest bet of the three but still a risky play. ( 54 yds rush; 2 catches for 20 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: He's good for 5-7 touches per game which makes it very difficult to have any meaningful impact for a fantasy team. Best to avoid the situation for now and hope for more clarity in the coming weeks. ( 21 yds rush; 2 catches for 17 yds )

RB Zac Stacy: Oddly enough, he's the best receiving threat in this three-headed monster. For desperate owners, he's worth a gamble in the flex spot as the Rams will be behind and throwing more than they would like. ( 52 yds rush; 2 catches for 16 yds )

RB Chase Reynolds: ( )

WR Brian Quick: Out for the season.

WR Kenny Britt: He's been non-existent all season. Davis isn't the type of quarterback to stretch the field so even with Brian Quick out, he's not likely to see a significant change in production. ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 28 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: Too risky to chance, but it will be interesting to see if the Rams make an emphasis to increase his targets with the Quick injury. The safe bet is no, and that those looks will go elsewhere. He's probably on the waiver wire but keep an eye on this week's game. ( 8 yds rush; 4 catches for 34 yds )

WR Chris Givens: He's probably going to see the biggest increase in role now that Quick is out for the season. The St. Louis offense isn't exactly one to load up on anyhow but he may be worth a flier in deeper leagues. ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Stedman Bailey: ( 2 catches for 15 yds )

TE Jared Cook: He's posted back-to-back subpar weeks but he had success against San Francisco in their first meeting. The 49ers will try to take that away this time but with little success. Keep him started. ( 4 catches for 47 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: TD-dependent. Feeling lucky? ( 2 catches for 21 yds and 1 TD )

TE Alex Bayer: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Greg Zuerlein: Yes he's 8 of 11 for field goals but 11 attempts in 7 games isn't enough to carry the dead weight. Time to find a replacement if he's still on your roster. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def St. Louis Rams: The euphoria of the Seahawks game was short lived as the real Ram defense showed up in week 8. It's another tough matchup traveling to divisional foe San Francisco this week. Definitely better options out there. ( 1 sack )

San Francisco 49ers (vs Saint Louis Rams)

QB Colin Kaepernick: He saw success against their divisional foe back in week six. The 49ers will want to run but need to throw to put points on the board. Another good day passing is to be expected. ( 253 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 36 yds rush )

QB Blaine Gabbert: ( 15 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Frank Gore: The Rams have the second worst run defense in yards allowed, yet he struggled against them. The injuries to the offensive line have made running lanes tough to come by. But given 6 teams on a bye, Gore belongs in your lineup. ( 74 yds rush; 1 catch for 12 yds )

RB Carlos Hyde: Coming off the bye week, San Francisco will give him more carries to get him back to the 10-11 mark. His speed will have more success than Gore but not enough to risk starting him. ( 23 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Michael Crabtree: He's listed as the number one receiver but certainly isn't producing like one. Although he had below average numbers in St. Louis, he plays better at home. He's a good bet to have a quality stat line in Week 9. ( 4 catches for 38 yds )

WR Anquan Boldin: He's had four receptions in every game except one. His upside isn't as great as Crabtree but he's definitely the safest WR option to own in this offense. ( 7 catches for 71 yds )

WR Stevie Johnson: His value is completely tied to the health of Vernon Davis. Most likely, Davis will be in better condition having the extra bye week to rest. Too risky to have in lineups. ( 4 catches for 42 yds )

WR Brandon Lloyd: ( 2 catches for 29 yds )

WR Bruce Ellington: ( 2 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Quinton Patton: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Vernon Davis: Watch for info regarding his back, but he's most likely about as healthy as he'll be at this point of the season. Look for a solid performance from him with the running game struggles. ( 3 catches for 42 yds and 1 TD )

TE Vance McDonald: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Derek Carrier: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: He's been rather disappointing with single-digit performances the past two weeks. He's still a solid kicker having a top ten season so keep him active. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: They've certainly underperformed so far but being at home against a struggling Rams offense is a very tasty matchup indeed. They will produce handsomely for those still holding on to them. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

Seattle Seahawks (vs Oakland Raiders)

QB Russell Wilson: He's averaging less than 200 yards per game at home but he'll be facing a Raiders defense that has been the 11th most generous defense vs. QBs over the last three weeks. Also, Wilson's ability to run the ball gives him plenty of upside. ( 214 yds pass with 2 TDs; 42 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 6 yds pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: It will look like Seattle is trying to feed the beast this week but Oakland has a weak run defense. Expect a heavy dose of carries and a big day from the bruising back. ( 89 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 21 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: The Seahawks haven't signed a fullback to replace Coleman so he remains relegated to blocking duties. Michael has been taking the backup reps for Lynch. ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Christine Michael: ( 12 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Doug Baldwin: Since Harvin was shipped to the Jets, he's had 19 targets in the past two weeks. That will continue as he is the number one option in the passing game. Receptions and yards will be fine but he's not a touchdown threat. ( 2 yds rush; 5 catches for 63 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: His production is being hampered by the injuries to the offensive line. His value wasn't high beforehand, so until they get healthy he's best left on the waiver wire. ( 3 catches for 41 yds and 1 TD )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 25 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Kevin Norwood: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Bryan Walters: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Zach Miller: He continues to be sidelined with injury.

TE Luke Willson: He's the better pass-catching tight end but Seattle needs his blocking to improve, immediately. They are alredy missing Max Unger at center. ( 2 catches for 29 yds )

TE Cooper Helfet: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: Seattle won't have any difficulty moving the ball against the Raiders and giving him chances at putting points on the board. Start him as you normally would. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: Injuries have hurt this unit all season but nothing ails a defense faster than a rookie quarterback. The Seattle crowd will welcome Mr. Carr to the Emerald City. ( 1 sack, 1 Fumble )

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