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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty,, Staff Writer

Arizona Cardinals (vs Atlanta Falcons)

QB Drew Stanton: Expect a bounce back game even if Fitzgerald is out. Seattle is a tough place to play and although it's another road game, Atlanta offers the worst passing defense in the league. ( 216 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

QB Logan Thomas: ( 30 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Andre Ellington: His yards per carry have been terrible but the matchups have been brutal. He'll find much more success this week in a highly favorable matchup against a struggling Falcons team. ( 51 yds rush; 3 catches for 27 yds )

RB Stepfan Taylor: ( 20 yds rush; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Marion Grice: ( 3 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Michael Floyd: Fitzgerald is out and he gets zero catches? Maybe monsters stole his talent in the NFL version of Space Jam? He's too risky to play in what is probably the final week for most leagues. ( 5 catches for 64 yds and 1 TD )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: Early reports don't look promising for his return this week. He's shown value if he can give it a go though. ( 5 catches for 65 yds )

WR John Brown: His day would have looked a lot better had he not dropped an easy touchdown. Stanton will give him opportunities to make plays so consider him a solid flex play. ( 4 catches for 49 yds )

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

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

TE John Carlson: Arizona should have no problem moving the ball offensively which makes him a tough play. The other playmakers on the team will be more than enough against the Falcons. ( 3 catches for 33 yds )

TE Robert Housler: ( 1 catch for 17 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: Don't be discouraged by last week's performance. The Cardinals will give him multiple scoring chances thus making him a solid play this week. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: This unit is getting the job done having allowed less than 300 yards offense in each of the last three games. Atlanta has struggled offensively and will do so again against an aggressive Cardinal defense. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT )

Saint Louis Rams (vs Oakland Raiders)

QB Shaun Hill: Don't overthink matchup here. The Rams aren't going to put the ball up 30 times in this one and he isn't going to be asked to win it through the air. ( 200 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Austin Davis: ( 79 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Tre Mason: He's a great option for RB2 or flex. Jeff Fisher has shown the willingness to feed him the ball and the Raiders have shown the willingness to let people run all over them. ( 77 yds rush; 3 catches for 21 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: ( 23 yds rush; 3 catches for 25 yds )

RB Zac Stacy: ( 38 yds rush; 2 catches for 12 yds )

WR Kenny Britt: Don't be alarmed. The real Kenny Britt came back last week after exploding in week 11. Things are back to normal. ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 36 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: It's hard to imagine a roster where someone might actually consider using him but maybe you play in a 35 team league. ( 10 yds rush; 3 catches for 25 yds )

WR Chris Givens: ( 2 yds rush; 2 catches for 22 yds )

WR Stedman Bailey: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 16 yds )

TE Jared Cook: He's the best option in this passing game which isn't saying much. His red zone targets continue to make him an option to consider. ( 3 catches for 39 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

TE Alex Bayer: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

PK Greg Zuerlein: Are the Raiders going to be able to keep them out of the endzone? Most likely not -- making him too risky. Plenty of better options out there. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def St. Louis Rams: After going through a tough stretch of offenses, the schedule gets very favorable starting this week. They will perform like many had hoped on draft day. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

San Francisco 49ers (vs Seattle Seahawks)

QB Colin Kaepernick: His struggles against this Seahawk defense are well documented. It helps being at home but that won't provide enough to warrant having him as your fantasy quarterback. ( 187 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 41 yds rush )

QB Blaine Gabbert: ( 12 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Frank Gore: This isn't the week to see him listed on the injury report with a knee problem. Seattle brings a top ten run defense to town so more Carlos Hyde is likely to happen. ( 66 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Carlos Hyde: If owners were looking for a spot start this could be it. If Gore can't go, San Francisco isn't going to abandon the run altogether. ( 25 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

RB Bruce Miller: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

WR Michael Crabtree: The long awaited rematch highlights this week. Kaepernick won't push his luck here and put his team in a bad position. His targets aren't going to be plentiful. ( 5 catches for 54 yds )

WR Anquan Boldin: He'll likely draw Maxwell throughout the game. This is the matchup the 49ers will look to exploit. Get him into lineups regardless of the inept passing game but realize there's a bit of a gamble here. He could sizzle or fizzle. ( 6 catches for 68 yds )

WR Stevie Johnson: ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

WR Brandon Lloyd: ( 1 catch for 15 yds )

WR Bruce Ellington: ( 1 catch for 6 yds )

WR Quinton Patton: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Vernon Davis: His three receptions were almost as many as he had in the previous three games combined. Seattle has struggled with tight ends this year so if you're desperate, he just might pay off big. Might. ( 3 catches for 40 yds and 1 TD )

TE Vance McDonald: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: This is one of those games that ends 15-12. He's been inconsistent due to the offense but this is a week to keep him active. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: They've had the luxury of playing the Giants and Redskins. Now they face a much tougher offense and quarterback. Wilson hasn't been sharp from in the pocket so look for them to try and force him to throw. ( 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 Fumble )

Seattle Seahawks (vs San Francisco 49ers)

QB Russell Wilson: His passing production has fallen signficantly as Seattle is last in passing attempts. He's still doing damage with his legs and will need to continue to do just that in this defensive battle. ( 193 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 52 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 6 yds pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: Yards will be tough to come by against a stout 49er run defense. That won't stop the Seahawks from giving him the ball as they know he gives them the best chance to win. ( 81 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 25 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: The focus will be on the run game and not making mistakes. He'll see a few more than his normal carries to lighten Lynch's load. ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Christine Michael: ( 14 yds rush; 1 catch for 1 yd )

WR Doug Baldwin: In an offense that is going to attempt less than 25 passes, his ceiling is limited. This week is not the week to try to sneak him into your lineup. ( 1 yd rush; 6 catches for 56 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: ( 3 catches for 40 yds )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 1 yd rush; 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

WR Kevin Norwood: ( 1 catch for 7 yds )

WR Bryan Walters: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

TE Luke Willson: We're not expecting much more than very pedestrian numbers. ( 2 catches for 32 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: Although another four field goals isn't likely, it's not a stretch to see him hit two or three in this contest. Both teams offer solid defenses making touchdowns less likely. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: The return of Bobby Wagner was huge for this defense. Facing Drew Stanton didn't hurt either. This unit is getting healthy just in time for a stretch run. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

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