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

Arizona Cardinals (vs Seattle Seahawks)

QB Drew Stanton: It's going to be a playoff atmosphere on the road in Seattle. He'll have opportunities to throw, as the 'Legion of Boom' isn't nearly as ferocious. ( 207 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 2 yds rush )

QB Logan Thomas: ( 28 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Andre Ellington: The loss of Brandon Mebane was evident last week. Seattle looks to get Bobby Wagner back this week so his YPC will remain less than desirable. He's still a good bet to get 20+ touches though and that will help bolster his fantasy day. ( 67 yds rush; 4 catches for 34 yds )

RB Stepfan Taylor: ( 22 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Marion Grice: ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

WR Michael Floyd: Before you start kicking yourself for benching him last week, keep in mind his two touchdowns were his only receptions on six targets. Dont fall into the trap and start him this week. ( 4 catches for 52 yds and 1 TD )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: His knee sprain is certainly cause to monitor his status this week. If he's active keep him in the lineup. He has had success against the Seahawks throughout his career. ( 4 catches for 50 yds )

WR John Brown: The Seahawks don't have a nickelback that can cover him and the pass rush as been invisible. Keep him in your lineup and reap the rewards. ( 4 catches for 43 yds )

WR Ted Ginn Jr.: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE John Carlson: The Cardinals will utilize him in the running game to help get Ellington running lanes. Stanton will have time to throw so check downs won't be a big part of the gameplan. ( 3 catches for 35 yds )

TE Robert Housler: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: Arizona has been too efficient scoring touchdowns giving him only four field goal attempts in the last five games. This week will be a better opportunity for him to break out of that slump. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: They rank 3rd in rushing yards allowed and only 1 100 yard rushing game. Seattle is number one in rushing offense. Something's gotta give and it will be Seattle. Start 'em with confidence. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



Saint Louis Rams (vs San Diego Chargers)

QB Shaun Hill: Needless to say his performance last week was surprising. Expect the Rams to focus on the run game travelling cross country and picking their spots to go over the top. ( 215 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Austin Davis: ( 83 yds pass )

RB Tre Mason: The game plan couldn't have worked out any better for St. Louis. Get an early lead and feed the running game to maintain it. They'll try to do the same this week against a much weaker run defense. ( 76 yds rush; 3 catches for 19 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: It's Mason's show for sure but he'll get more carries this week to help lighten the load. It won't be enough though to take the risk of starting him. ( 23 yds rush; 3 catches for 26 yds )

RB Zac Stacy: ( 42 yds rush; 2 catches for 14 yds )

RB Chase Reynolds: ( )

WR Kenny Britt: His season has been so bad, his yards last week were more than his previous four combined. 'Nuff said. ( 1 yd rush; 3 catches for 50 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: The streak continues! Five straight weeks with only 2 receptions. Woo hoo!! ( 9 yds rush; 3 catches for 30 yds )

WR Chris Givens: ( 3 yds rush; 2 catches for 23 yds )

WR Stedman Bailey: ( 2 catches for 15 yds )

TE Jared Cook: He's the most reliable passing threat in this offense which really isn't saying much. His value really depends on game flow and whether or not the Rams are behind on the scoreboard. ( 3 catches for 36 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: ( 2 catches for 20 yds )

TE Alex Bayer: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Greg Zuerlein: His five field goals were more than he had in his last SEVEN games combined. OUCH. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def St. Louis Rams: They are playing like many expected having 13 sacks in the last 3 games. Rivers is banged up and susceptible to pressure so keep 'em active this week. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



San Francisco 49ers (vs Washington Redskins)

QB Colin Kaepernick: His passing yards have declined in each game over the past five weeks. That trend is broken as the Redskins come to town. As much as the 49ers want to run the ball, the success through the air will be too easy. The 49'ers have a funny way of rebounding. ( 227 yds pass with 2 TDs; 37 yds rush )

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

RB Frank Gore: The committment to the run is there but the dreaded RBBC is not going away. Expectations have to remain as low end RB2 or flex option only. ( 76 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

RB Carlos Hyde: Anyone considering stashing him for handcuff or playoff pushes can put that thought to rest. The 49ers have a tough run defense schedule that won't favor either running back. ( 23 yds rush; 1 catch for 5 yds )

RB Bruce Miller: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 7 yds )

WR Michael Crabtree: For those needing a fill in player he's a good spot start here. He gets a good number of targets and Washington gave up almost 300 yards to Josh McCown last week. ( 6 catches for 66 yds and 1 TD )

WR Anquan Boldin: Don't let last week's average numbers keep you from playing him. He's the one to own in this passing game that will post solid numbers by the end of the day. ( 7 catches for 76 yds )

WR Stevie Johnson: ( 4 catches for 41 yds )

WR Brandon Lloyd: ( 1 catch for 21 yds )

TE Vernon Davis: Davis? Davis? Davis? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

TE Derek Carrier: ( 1 catch for 4 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: Another strong play this week for an offense that won't struggle to put points on the board. The risk is that it's too easy to score. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: If the Bucs made RGIII look bad at home, what do you think San Francisco will do with the Redskins? Enjoy the show! ( 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 Fumble )



Seattle Seahawks (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Russell Wilson: The loss of center Max Unger is really going to affect him. Arizona is fantastic against the run so he'll have to make things happen through the air if they're to pull out a win. A bit of a tough matchup here but Wilson can usually make up for the fantasy shortfall with his legs. ( 179 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 54 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 5 yds pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: The off the field distractions continue to get ugly. You have to start him but he's going to struggle. The Cardinals have only allowed 5 rushing touchdowns all season so it's likely he won't find pay dirt. ( 82 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 23 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: The nagging injuries to Lynch might give him a few extra carries but the matchup is so tough he shouldn't be considered for active lineups. ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Christine Michael: ( 16 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Doug Baldwin: He's their most dangerous weapon in the passing game so he'll most likely draw Patrick Peterson throughout the day. That drops his value a notch or two. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 57 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: He had a critical drop against the Chiefs so hopefully Wilson doesn't stop looking his way. It will be tough to look downfield with Wilson being pressured so forget about using him this week. ( 3 catches for 44 yds )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 20 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Kevin Norwood: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Bryan Walters: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Luke Willson: Don't automatically dismiss him as an option this week. He doesn't offer much in run blocking and Russell Wilson will have to throw a lot of underneath routes. Very appealing one week high risk high reward player. ( 2 catches for 31 yds )

TE Cooper Helfet: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: He's averaged over two and a half field goal attempts per game at home. That trend continues in a tough defensive matchup. Start. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: If Bobby Wagner is in fact back from injury it makes a huge difference. They desperately need him in the run defense. If he's back start 'em. If not, consider other possibilities with better matchups. ( 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )



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