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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty,, Staff Writer

Arizona Cardinals (vs San Francisco 49ers)

QB Drew Stanton: It's looking like another start in week 3 but this time at home. The 49ers will provide a much bigger challenge than the Giants, making him a very risky start. ( 258 yds pass; 4 yds rush )

QB Carson Palmer: ( 85 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

QB Logan Thomas: ( 3 yds pass )

RB Andre Ellington: ( 43 yds rush; 1.9 catches for 15 yds )

RB Jonathan Dwyer: With Ellington not 100% and Palmer out, the Cardinals will try to control the game on the ground. He's a flex option on a weekly basis but not this week due to a tough matchup.

RB Stepfan Taylor: ( 6 yds rush; for 6 yds )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: Probably the biggest benefactor of having Stanton under center. His underneath routes make him a bigger target for the passing game. Forget about the week one dud and keep him active. ( 6.9 catches for 71 yds )

WR Michael Floyd: His six targets last week are too low to think of him as a WR2. With Stanton at QB he's a WR3 so if you have better options don't be afraid to make the switch. ( 5.52 catches for 78 yds )

WR John Brown: His play is too inconsistent to rely on week in and week out. Leagues with deeper benches should have him stashed for now but not in the starting lineup. ( 1 yd rush; 3.77 catches for 37 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( for 8 yds )

WR Ted Ginn Jr.: ( 1 yd rush; 1.58 catches for 21 yds )

TE John Carlson: With only a handful of targets on the season, he isn't on any fantasy radar. Stanton has better weapons on the outside and backfield to think he is a sneaky play. ( 3.9 catches for 50 yds )

TE Troy Niklas: ( 1.28 catches for 14 yds )

TE Robert Housler: ( 1.88 catches for 22 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: He's 6 for 6 in FG and only 1 XP. Isn't that considered fantasy gold for kickers? Definitly worth picking up if not already owned. ( 1.22 XPs, 1.85 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: This defense is proving it can be effective even with the injuries. They've already forced 5 turnovers and now face a 49er team coming off a 4 turnover game. Ted Ginn can still get it done in the return game. (, 2.28 sacks, 1.12 INTs )

Saint Louis Rams (vs Dallas Cowboys)

QB Austin Davis: It doesn't matter whether it's Davis or Hill under center for the Rams. Jeff Fisher would like to see 25 pass attempts or less this week versus Dallas. Austin Davis' mom isn't even starting him this week. ( 235 yds pass; 4 yds rush )

QB Shaun Hill: ( 30 yds pass )

RB Zac Stacy: If the Rams are going to win this week it's going to have to be because of a successful running game. Dallas isn't as bad as Tampa Bay but they aren't good either. ( 85 yds rush; 2.38 catches for 15 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: He's really in the same situation as San Francisco's Carlos Hyde. He'll get a few totes to spell Stacy but not enough to make a huge impact. Oh yeah, and the 49ers are a better run offense. ( 19 yds rush; 1.89 catches for 16 yds )

RB Tre Mason: ( 2 yds rush; )

RB Chase Reynolds: ( )

WR Kenny Britt: For owners drafting him in later rounds as a flyer he's safe to drop now. Welcome to St. Louis Mr. Britt, where NFL receivers go to disappear. ( 2 yds rush; 2.1 catches for 24 yds )

WR Brian Quick: He's proven to be the only receiver worth owning on this roster for fantasy purposes. Posting back to back 7 of 9 targets makes him a reliable PPR option going forward as a WR3. ( 1 yd rush; 4.26 catches for 48 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: He suffered an MCL sprain in week 2 which might be the biggest blessing to fantasy owners. Now there is NO reason to consider getting him in a lineup. At least for a couple of weeks that is.

WR Chris Givens: ( 2 yds rush; 2.43 catches for 31 yds )

WR Austin Pettis: ( 1.57 catches for 17 yds )

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

TE Jared Cook: For those needing a fill in, he's not a bad option this week. He's had 4 catches in each of the last two games and faces a Cowboy team that has already allowed 3 touchdowns to tight ends this season. ( 5.05 catches for 63 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: ( 3.28 catches for 29 yds )

TE Justice Cunningham: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Greg Zuerlein: It's hard to put faith in this Ram's offense but they don't have to move the ball far to put him in range. Keep him active but hold your breath. ( 1.57 XPs, 1.71 FGs )

Def St. Louis Rams: They've gotten off to a very slow start after having such high expectations. Romo has shown he is mistake prone so Dallas is just what this defense needed. (, 2.27 sacks )

San Francisco 49ers (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Colin Kaepernick: Expect a more cautious gameplan after last week's 4th quarter debacle. He isn't going to force anything downfield and will have a bigger impact in the running game. He'll bounce back nicely in this divisional matchup. ( 226 yds pass; 41 yds rush )

QB Blaine Gabbert: ( 1 yd pass )

RB Frank Gore: 31 touches through two games is exactly where the 49ers want to be to keep their veteran fresh all season. He's making the most of those carries gaining 4+ YPC. Because of the commitment to the run, he's a solid RB2 option every week. ( 67 yds rush; 1.03 catches for 10 yds )

RB Carlos Hyde: There is no question he will receive a few carries per game but unless he vultures a touchdown from Gore, his value is too low for consideration. He's probably already stashed in deeper leagues and not valuable enough in smaller leagues. ( 19 yds rush; for 7 yds )

WR Michael Crabtree: He's the number one option in the passing game but sit him this week if you have better options. Patrick Peterson, a cautious Kaepernick, and possibly no Vernon Davis make him a very risky start indeed. ( 7.42 catches for 94 yds )

WR Anquan Boldin: In 3 career games against his old team he's amassed 19 catches for 322 yards and a touchdown. That's good enough for me. Start him. ( 5.46 catches for 64 yds )

WR Stevie Johnson: Even if Vernon Davis is out he only gets a slight bump in value. There is no reason to own him at this point. ( 2.44 catches for 27 yds )

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

WR Brandon Lloyd: ( for 7 yds )

TE Vernon Davis: Obviously he's a must start if he's cleared to play. The late game start Sunday means it could be the dreaded game time decision. Plan accordingly.

TE Vance McDonald: ( 2.7 catches for 39 yds )

TE Derek Carrier: ( for 10 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: The 49ers have been a little too efficient offensively so far this season giving him only 3 field goal attempts so far. Deeper leagues should stick with him but smaller leagues can begin to consider other options. ( 2.24 XPs, 1.72 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: They played a very solid game against Chicago but were hurt with offensive turnovers. That doesn't happen this week against a divsional foe. Facing Drew Stanton makes them a very good play this week even if it's on the road. (, 2.52 sacks, 1.15 INTs )

Seattle Seahawks (vs Denver Broncos)

QB Russell Wilson: He's incredibly tough to gameplan against as he's going to take what the defense gives him. Seattle won't dominate like they did in the Super Bowl but he'll produce enough to make him a low end QB1. ( 224 yds pass with 1.41 TDs; 28 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 12 yds pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: No owner will be considering benching him after last week's let down. Denver is susceptible to the run and the Seahawks will exploit it at home. ( 74 yds rush; 1.63 catches for 15 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: Reports are that Michael may be able to play this week but regardless his carries will remain limited. Still only worth a handcuff in the deepest of leagues. ( 22 yds rush; for 9 yds )

RB Christine Michael: ( 10 yds rush; for 2 yds )

WR Percy Harvin: Seattle will make a concerted effort to get the ball in his hands more than they were able to last week. The Broncos will try to copy what San Diego exposed. Seattle wins this matchup. Again. ( 9 yds rush; 4.94 catches for 55 yds )

WR Doug Baldwin: In an offense as balanced as the Seahawks he's going to be a consistent WR4 seeing 5-6 targets per game. His ceiling is limited so he'll be a bye week fill in candidate once they arrive. ( 4.27 catches for 52 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: With only 8 targets in the first two weeks he's high risk/high reward type of player. It's a gamble that pays off this week as Denver tries to take away the short stuff. ( 2.99 catches for 40 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( for 6 yds )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( for 9 yds )

TE Zach Miller: Seattle will be focused on establishing the run to control the clock and keep Peyton off the field. He's the better run blocking tight end but that isn't going to help his stat line. ( 2.98 catches for 35 yds )

TE Luke Willson: ( 1.25 catches for 13 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: Three extra points last week was a major disappointment but you pencil him as your starter every week no matter what. ( 2.68 XPs, 1.61 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: This defense had a hard time stopping Antonio 'Dumbledore' Gates. Sunday can't get here fast enough for Julius Thomas owners. (, 1.18 sacks, 1.04 INTs )

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