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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty, FantasySharks.com, Staff Writer

Arizona Cardinals (vs Oakland Raiders)

QB Carson Palmer: Apparently Bruce Arians believed he was healthy enough as evidenced by his 44 pass attempts. Look for a much more balanced attack this week but without question, this is a better offense with him under center. ( 223 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Drew Stanton: ( 58 yds pass )

QB Logan Thomas: ( 3 yds pass )

RB Andre Ellington: A very tasty matchup indeed with the Raiders up next. Oakland ranks second worst in the league in rushing yards allowed. Expect a full workload of carries in this one. ( 61 yds rush; 3 catches for 31 yds )

RB Stepfan Taylor: ( 27 yds rush; 2 catches for 15 yds )

WR Michael Floyd: Probably the happiest guy on the team to see Palmer back. What was once a dicey decision to start him has now become a non-decision. Look for the uptrend to continue. ( 5 catches for 70 yds )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: The numbers last week looked good but it was the second game in a row with no red zone targets. The Cardinals will have success running, so he's a tough play unless it's in a PPR scoring system. ( 6 catches for 67 yds and 1 TD )

WR John Brown: Without a doubt this kid has talent. He's just buried on the depth chart and is TD dependent to have any meaningful fantasy impact at this point. ( 3 catches for 31 yds )

WR Ted Ginn Jr.: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 15 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

TE John Carlson: His six targets in week 6 almost matched his first four games combined. Don't expect a repeat performance as Arizona isn't going to need the tight end position in the passing game. ( 3 catches for 29 yds )

TE Robert Housler: ( 2 catches for 23 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: He's had multiple field goals in every game so far this season. He's in the top ten even having his bye week. What more can you ask for? ( 2 XPs, 3 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: It seems odd to mention Carson Palmer for the defense but his return re-energized this unit. They are playing like people expected preseason and are a great pick up if they're on the waiver wire. ( 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 Fumble )



Saint Louis Rams (vs Seattle Seahawks)

QB Austin Davis: Jeff Fisher is going to try and help his young quarterback by following the Cowboy model last week. Run the ball and use play action. He won't have the same success as Dallas did though. ( 245 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

QB Shaun Hill: ( 26 yds pass )

RB Tre Mason: ( 28 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: He's been working his way up to sharing the workload but this isn't the week to take advantage of it. The Seahawks are very good against the run. ( 26 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Zac Stacy: The writing has been on the wall for weeks and fantasy owners are now stuck. He's struggled so badly it's now a full blown RBBC. Seattle has a stout run defense even if Murray had success against them. ( 37 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

RB Chase Reynolds: ( )

WR Brian Quick: The Seahawks secondary is much better than the 49ers. San Francisco held him to one catch. One. You do the math. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 58 yds )

WR Kenny Britt: His physical size will create some probems in the passing game. If Davis has time to throw his best bet will be to throw it up and let him make a play. ( 3 yds rush; 3 catches for 37 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: Week six provided a Tavon Austin sighting with his 4 receptions. If he gets at least one grab he'll have double digits for the season. Yeah!!! ( 6 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Chris Givens: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 25 yds )

WR Stedman Bailey: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 12 yds )

TE Jared Cook: He's only had less than 8 targets in a game once this season. If you're struggling for help at tight end, then he's potentially available. ( 5 catches for 65 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: ( 3 catches for 30 yds and 1 TD )

TE Alex Bayer: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Greg Zuerlein: His last few weeks haven't been pretty at all from a scoring column. For some reason he's had success against the Seahawks at home so if you want a hunch play, then this is it. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def St. Louis Rams: They've been terrible in almost every fantasy scoring system. Any owners still holding them probably still think Adrian Peterson is gonna play this year too. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



San Francisco 49ers (vs Denver Broncos)

QB Colin Kaepernick: If San Francisco is going to win in Denver, he's going to have to have a big game. Look for another 30+ pass attempts and a lot of read option runs to put the ball in his hands to make plays. ( 237 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 40 yds rush )

QB Blaine Gabbert: ( 3 yds pass )

RB Frank Gore: It's time for owners to start worrying a bit. The Rams have a terrible run defense and he averaged less than 3 yards per carry. He also lost out on goal line work to Carlos Hyde. We're still giving Gore the Lion's share but the more we see of Hyde, the more we'll knock Gore down our rankings. ( 80 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 14 yds )

RB Carlos Hyde: He isn't going to replace Gore (barring injury) but he's averaged at least 10 carries the last 3 games. More importantly, he's getting scoring chances as well. If you have room on your bench it's time to add him. ( 25 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

WR Michael Crabtree: He continues to be the number wide receiver on paper only. Because of the expected shootout he's safe to plug in this week as the Broncos secondary isn't nearly as strong as their front seven. ( 5 catches for 61 yds and 1 TD )

WR Anquan Boldin: The only knock on him is the lone receiving touchdown this year. He's the most reliable weapon for Kaepernick and will display that again in week seven. ( 5 catches for 59 yds )

WR Stevie Johnson: The only scenario he should be considered for would be if Vernon Davis has a set back this week and isn't able to play. ( 3 catches for 27 yds )

WR Brandon Lloyd: ( 1 catch for 21 yds )

WR Bruce Ellington: ( 2 yds rush; )

WR Quinton Patton: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Vernon Davis: It appears he made it through week six without re-injuring his back. If he's healthy he needs to be in the lineup but you'll need to keep a close eye on his status. His seven targets last week shows he can step right in and resume his role. ( 3 catches for 42 yds and 1 TD )

TE Vance McDonald: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE Derek Carrier: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: The 49ers are moving the ball well offensively and will continue to do so in Denver. Don't be surprised to see him get back on track with another multiple field goal performance. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: They hadn't scored a touchdown since week 1. Now is the time to trade them if you can find any takers on name recognition. They face a potent Denver offense and are on bye in week 8. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Seattle Seahawks (vs Saint Louis Rams)

QB Russell Wilson: Things aren't going to get easier this week as he comes off possibly the worst start of his career. The Seahawks will look to go back to the running game and the win column. The offensive line has to play better than they have been, in order for him to succeed. ( 219 yds pass with 2 TDs; 36 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 8 yds pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: There are very few guarantees in fantasy football. It's a guarantee Lynch gets more than 10 carries this week. He hasn't had a 100 yard rushing day since week 1 but changes that in a big divisional matchup. ( 78 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 19 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: Normally he's good for 4-5 carries but this week will be the Marshawn Lynch show. Seattle will be feeding their workhorse a boatload of carries. ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

RB Christine Michael: ( 9 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Doug Baldwin: The frustration finally boiled over last week on the sideline when he got into it with Russell Wilson. He hasn't topped 60 yards all season and that streak stays intact on the road in week seven. ( 3 yds rush; 5 catches for 63 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: Wilson is going to take a shot or two down field to keep the defense as honest as possible. Seattle wants to run the ball but he will make the most of his catches and will haul in a big reception. ( 3 catches for 46 yds and 1 TD )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 27 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Kevin Norwood: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Bryan Walters: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Zach Miller: He's been out for a couple of weeks after ankle surgery. Wilson likes using the tight end in the passing game but give him a week to get back in form before considering him for your lineup.

TE Luke Willson: ( 2 catches for 19 yds )

TE Cooper Helfet: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: He's only had one game without at least two field goals. That makes him about as consistent as they come. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: This isn't the defense that many were expecting on draft day. They'll right the ship this week and have some nice matchups coming up so don't hit the panic button just yet. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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