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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty,, Staff Writer

Arizona Cardinals (vs Saint Louis Rams)

QB Carson Palmer: He is playing as well as ever and making Arizona look like a contender. The Rams offer a huge test with a front four that will apply pressure but he's too hot to sit. Keep him locked and loaded. ( 250 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Drew Stanton: ( 38 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Andre Ellington: This backfield becomes quite messy if he does in fact return this week. He'll regain his place as the starter but ultimately share carries with both Johnsons. Monitor the injury report as we will, but we expect him to amount to nothing more than a flex option at best this week.

RB Chris Johnson: Despite his explosiveness week 3, he's still a dangerous start with the possible return of Ellington. The matchup isn't great but if Ellington happens to sit in week 4 he's a decent play for at least one more week. ( 58 yds rush; 1 catch for 14 yds )

RB David Johnson: It's been widely documented that Arians doesn't care much for rookies. He'll still receive a handful of touches but not enough to consider him on a weekly basis just yet. Keep him stashed for now if your bench has room. ( 21 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Stepfan Taylor: ( 10 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR John Brown: He's making the most of his targets but his lone touchdown this season is a disappointment. Palmer will have to get the ball out quickly this week so consider other options if you have them. ( 3 catches for 46 yds )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: Obviously he bought a DeLorean and went back in time to find his former self. Owners who drafted him late are reaping the rewards and should enjoy the hot streak. He'll have another good one as the Rams won't give Palmer a lot of time in the pocket which will mean some short passing to Fitzgerald underneath. ( 6 catches for 76 yds and 1 TD )

WR Michael Floyd: Whether it's the time he missed or the connection Palmer has with Fitz right now, he's not producing and shouldn't be in the conversation of any starting lineup. ( 2 catches for 31 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Brittan Golden: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Jermaine Gresham: It doesn't matter how cheap he is on FanDuel. 4 catches in 3 games is ridiculous. ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

TE Darren Fells: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

TE Troy Niklas: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: This offense is hot. Almost too hot as he's not getting many field goal chances. But keep him started in a game that will offer multiple opportunities to score, it's just field goals that you're hoping for. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: They're one of the hottest units in the league right now and should be started without hesitation. Nick Foles will have his hands full all day. ( 1 TD, 2 sacks, 2 INTs )

Saint Louis Rams (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Nick Foles: He's yet to top 200 yards in his past two outings but this week he's going to need to put up some yardage to keep Arizona honest. Jeff Fisher may want to run the ball but a tough road matchup will mean otherwise. ( 252 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

QB Case Keenum: ( 63 yds pass; 2 yds rush )

RB Todd Gurley: He finally got on the field but disappointed with this 1.5 ypc average. His carries will increase as will the yardage but the Cardinals have a solid run defense. Start at your own risk. ( 25 yds rush; 3 catches for 25 yds )

RB Tre Mason: He's going to split carries with Gurley making them both less than desireable. He hasn't made the most of his limited opportunity, so it is hard to imagine his role increasing from here. ( 37 yds rush; 2 catches for 12 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: Look for his role to be firmly planted as a third down back barring an injury or Gurley setback. ( 14 yds rush; 3 catches for 24 yds )

WR Kenny Britt: In a game where the Rams could be playing from behind early, he should be considered startable if you are truly desperate. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 52 yds )

WR Stedman Bailey: The third option in this passing attack is not an enviable place to be. Not worth a look at this point. ( 4 yds rush; 3 catches for 36 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: His early season success has been short lived and he's once again found a way to disappoint owners and Rams fans alike. ( 13 yds rush; 2 catches for 19 yds )

WR Brian Quick: ( 1 catch for 18 yds )

WR Chris Givens: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Jared Cook: Arizona has had little difficulty containing tight ends in the passing game so no need to think he'll have a major impact on this one. Look elsewhere for week 4. ( 3 catches for 39 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: Meh. ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

TE Justice Cunningham: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Greg Zuerlein: Seeing as this has the makings of a very long offensive day for St. Louis, he isn't a solid option for lineups this week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def St. Louis Rams: This is a very intriguing matchup. They did a great job against a high powered Steeler offense. Carson Palmer isn't mobile at all making him vulnerable to the pass rush. Don't be afraid to use them even if the Cardinals are hot offensively. ( 4 sacks, 1 INT )

San Francisco 49ers (vs Green Bay Packers)

QB Colin Kaepernick: Back to back pick-sixes Colin? A graduate of the Derek Zoolander 'Kids who can't read so good' school, Kaepernick is the only quarterback who can make fans actually want to see Blaine Gabbert. ( 187 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 48 yds rush )

QB Blaine Gabbert: ( 11 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Carlos Hyde: San Francisco had no choice but to abandon the run after being down early. They'll be in the same boat this week seeing the Packers come to town. ( 62 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Reggie Bush: Out since week 1, he hopes to return this week. Watch the injury report and if he's cleared he makes for a sneaky start. The 49ers will be playing from behind increasing his pass catching value. ( 16 yds rush; 2 catches for 8 yds )

RB Jarryd Hayne: ( 1 yd rush )

WR Torrey Smith: If any game dictated some garbage stats, week three would have been it. No catches on two targets is unimaginable. He's a very risky start with two absolute duds already in the first three weeks. ( 2 catches for 39 yds )

WR Anquan Boldin: He's the most reliable of the S.F. wideouts. Expect the 49ers to be playing from behind once again making him a decent start. ( 5 catches for 61 yds )

WR Quinton Patton: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 16 yds )

WR Bruce Ellington: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

TE Vernon Davis: His knee injury appears to be a non issue but keep an eye on it regardless. Green Bay has been very good versus opposing tight ends so far this season.

TE Vance McDonald: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

TE Garrett Celek: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

TE Blake Bell: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: He's yet to score double digits in a game this season. That streak remains intact in another offensive struggle. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: Playing at home won't help against the hottest offense in the NFC. Definitely not an option this week. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )

Seattle Seahawks (vs Detroit Lions)

QB Russell Wilson: They were able to get back to the balanced offensive attack that they were missing. It's great for wins but at times, can hamper his fantasy output. This is a juicy matchup for him, expect a good number. ( 253 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 34 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: He's being hampered by injury whether it be his calf, back, or hamstring. Seattle will rest him this week but owners should grab Rawls if they can. Playing Monday night makes his handcuff an even bigger must if you can make lineup changes Monday.

RB Fred Jackson: He's been consistently good for a handful of carries but mostly third down duties. If Lynch isn't able to go this week Rawls will be the primary runner. ( 51 yds rush; 3 catches for 24 yds )

RB Thomas Rawls: The Seahawks liked him enough to let Michael and Turbin go. He showed why and then some. He's a must add for Lynch owners as Seattle will still be a run based offense. ( 5 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Doug Baldwin: Game flow affected his production so don't look for a repeat disappointment. Detroit isn't the defensive sieve like Chicago is. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 61 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: Wilson isn't afraid to take shots downfield and will look to do so. If he connects he's in for a quality start. High risk/high reward player. ( 4 catches for 53 yds )

WR Tyler Lockett: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 21 yds )

WR Chris Matthews: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

TE Jimmy Graham: The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Of course, playing the lowly Bears doesn't hurt either. The Lions have allowed a tight end to score in each of their first three games so we like Graham to score here. ( 4 catches for 48 yds and 1 TD )

TE Luke Willson: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

TE Cooper Helfet: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: He's very accurate and on a team that is struggling to punch it into the endzone right now. Must start. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: They won't get to face another backup quarterback but Detroit has had difficulty protecting the quarterback. This defense will be wreaking havoc all day. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

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