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

Arizona Cardinals (vs Philadelphia Eagles)

QB Carson Palmer: As much as the Cardinals want a balanced offense, they'll be relying on the aerial attack and Carson Palmer. He's a nice play at home against an Eagles team that has shootout written all over it. ( 266 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Drew Stanton: ( 59 yds pass )

QB Logan Thomas: ( 4 yds pass )

RB Andre Ellington: Philadelphia has the ultimate bend but not break run defense. They've only surreneded two rushing touchdowns this year. But because of his role in the passing game, Ellington still is a strong start. ( 61 yds rush; 3 catches for 35 yds )

RB Stepfan Taylor: It would be a safe assumption that he receives a few carries, as Ellington is nursing sore ribs. It would also be a safe assumption you have better options to choose from at the running back position. ( 28 yds rush; 2 catches for 15 yds )

RB Marion Grice: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Michael Floyd: His production last week can only be classified as disappointing even with a touchdown. Palmer will give him more than three targets this week in order to keep pace with the Eagles potent offense. ( 6 catches for 87 yds and 1 TD )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: He hasn't posted back to back double digit fantasy games all season. His 21 yards last week were a season low but look for a bounce back game at home this week. ( 6 catches for 73 yds and 1 TD )

WR John Brown: He averages almost twice as many yards at home as he does on the road. Deep leagues and injury riddled rosters can definitely do worse than plugging him in this week. ( 3 catches for 35 yds )

WR Ted Ginn Jr.: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 17 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

TE John Carlson: The three red zone targets in the last two weeks are encouraging but he hasn't topped twenty yards in any of them. The tight end position for Arizona just isn't a high enough priority in the passing game. ( 3 catches for 32 yds )

TE Robert Housler: ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: Last week was the first game of the season in which he didn't make multiple field goals. Palmer will move the ball enough to get him back on track this week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: The matchup this week doesn't look as good, facing an Eagle team coming off a bye, but the Cardinals are riding a high right now. The Cardinals, at home, will get their groove on too. ( 1 sack, 2 INTs, 1 Fumble )



Saint Louis Rams (vs Kansas City Chiefs)

QB Austin Davis: The Rams may have won last week but it wasn't due to the passing game. Kansas City is ranked number two in passing yards allowed per game so any thoughts of playing him this week should be quickly forgotten. ( 235 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

QB Shaun Hill: ( 25 yds pass )

QB Case Keenum: ( 6 yds pass )

RB Tre Mason: Probably one of the hottest waiver wire pick ups this week, he showed real upside against a very tough Seattle run defense. Be wary of a repeat performance though, as the Chiefs have yet to yield a rushing touchdown this season. ( 61 yds rush; 3 catches for 23 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: It really isn't a three headed monster at running back since Stacy isn't really a factor. He'll see a few touches but Mason is the best guy to own at this point. ( 18 yds rush; 2 catches for 17 yds )

RB Zac Stacy: Clearly he's lost the confidence of the coaching staff and can't be trusted in lineups until he proves otherwise. ( 58 yds rush; 2 catches for 16 yds )

RB Chase Reynolds: ( )

WR Brian Quick: His production has seen a huge drop off in the last two weeks. He'll bounce back this week with better numbers, as the Rams will struggle to run the ball and will be playing from behind early. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 60 yds and 1 TD )

WR Kenny Britt: Two catches for four yards in a matchup that looked very promising, has to raise red flags. It doesn't matter if it's on him or Austin Davis. What matters is he isn't in your lineup. ( 2 yds rush; 3 catches for 30 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: It's nice to see he's finally getting a few touches in the passing game. He hasn't been as explosive as expected and this offense isn't good enough to trust he will be any time soon. ( 10 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Chris Givens: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 27 yds )

WR Stedman Bailey: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

TE Jared Cook: He's the Rams most reliable receiver and Davis looks for him regularly. Don't worry about the drop in targets last week as he's still a solid option in 10-12 team leagues. ( 4 catches for 57 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: ( 3 catches for 25 yds )

TE Alex Bayer: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Greg Zuerlein: He's been a victim of the offense and regardless of his leg strength the Rams aren't getting him chances. For those still holding on it's time to look elsewhere as the next five games look pretty tough. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def St. Louis Rams: Last week was the Rams defense many have been waiting for. Not many would have expected it against the defending champs. The near term schedule however, has them facing some good offenses and very unfriendly matchups and they are best left on your bench or on waivers. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



Seattle Seahawks (vs Carolina Panthers)

QB Russell Wilson: The loss of Percy Harvin makes the headlines but it's the injuries to the line and tight ends that are the issue. Seattle doesn't want to throw 36 times like they did last week. Carolina is vulnerable to the run which is where the Seahawks will want to attack. Still, Wilson has just about become 'must-start' material. ( 221 yds pass with 2 TDs; 36 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 8 yds pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: He really needs the guys up front to get healthy to regain his elite status. It's possible to get Unger and Miller back but we won't know until later this week. Regardless, he's a must start in a great situation this week. ( 90 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 23 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: He saw more snaps against the Rams because he played fullback for the injured Coleman. It doesn't mean he'll see more carries though. ( 18 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Christine Michael: ( 12 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Doug Baldwin: He is the biggest benefactor of the Percy Harvin trade. He is a natural slot receiver and can now move back from the outside. Don't expect double digit targets per game but a dramatic increase in production will be no surprise. ( 2 yds rush; 5 catches for 68 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: Until the defense regains it's dominance and the run game returns to form, he'll have some value. The Seahawks will be forced to throw more than they want to, which means he's a shaky start for desperate owners. ( 3 catches for 47 yds )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 2 yds rush; 3 catches for 28 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

WR Kevin Norwood: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Zach Miller: Monitor his status throughout the week as he's missed the last several weeks due to ankle surgery. Seattle desperately needs him back on the field even if it's to help in the run game.

TE Luke Willson: Zach Miller is still out so he'll get the bulk of the snaps. He's been a bigger part of the passing game than Miller anyhow. The Seahawks desperately need him to be healthy this week in both the run and pass game. ( 2 catches for 25 yds )

TE Cooper Helfet: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: As bad as the Seahawks offense has been, he's still had at least two field goals in every game except one. He is locked in as a top kicker option week in and week out. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: This defense is simply nowhere near their 2013 form. They aren't getting to the quarterback, aren't forcing turnovers, and can't stop the pass. Cross country road games are always tough. Don't expect them to turn it around this week but they are still a good fantasy defense and you play them. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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