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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty,, Staff Writer

Arizona Cardinals (vs Seattle Seahawks)

QB Ryan Lindley: Luckily they have clinched a playoff spot and that Stanton looks to return for said playoffs. Regardless of if it's at home or away, he's facing the number one pass defense in the league and probably the hottest defense overall. ( 196 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 6 yds rush )

QB Logan Thomas: ( 23 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Stepfan Taylor: Facing a top 5 run defense, division rival, with a third string quarterback, and a run offense ranked 28th in the league. Not exactly a recipe for success. ( 21 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Kerwynn Williams: ( 33 yds rush; 1 catch for 13 yds )

RB Marion Grice: ( 5 yds rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

WR Michael Floyd: He's been showing signs of life as of late. The injuries and the tough matchup make him too difficult to trust in championship week though. ( 3 catches for 50 yds )

WR Larry Fitzgerald: He's no stranger to playing with backup quarterbacks in recent years. He's a great security blanket for a young QB. High risk play this week for those needing to roll the dice. ( 5 catches for 50 yds )

WR John Brown: He's a deep threat for sure but Lindley won't have time to be looking downfield. In their first matchup he found space but this is a different situation. ( 3 catches for 39 yds )

WR Ted Ginn Jr.: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 15 yds )

WR Jaron Brown: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

TE John Carlson: He's usually good for a catch or two and will see a slight bump in targets this week. Seattle's linebackers will have no issues covering him however so don't even think about starting him. ( 3 catches for 30 yds )

TE Robert Housler: ( 1 catch for 18 yds )

TE Darren Fells: ( 1 catch for 2 yds )

PK Chandler Catanzaro: Points will be at a premium in this defensive battle. Don't expect Arizona to move the ball too well and give him great chances. ( 1 XP, 2 FGs )

Def Arizona Cardinals: The offense may struggle mightily but the defense is playing spectacular. If the Cardinals are to win this game it will be because the defense has caused turnovers and affected field position. ( 3 sacks, 1 INT )

Saint Louis Rams (vs New York Giants)

QB Shaun Hill: The run game will set up the pass nicely in this final home game. The Giants defense has been one of the worst in 2014, allowing for potentially big numbers here but we err on the side of caution, as the Rams offense hasn't looked that great this year. ( 205 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 3 yds rush )

QB Austin Davis: ( 66 yds pass )

RB Tre Mason: No one should be surprised by the difficulty producing against a very strong Cardinals run defense last week. For owners still playing this week he'll be a candidate for 20+ touches. ( 76 yds rush; 2 catches for 18 yds )

RB Benny Cunningham: ( 19 yds rush; 3 catches for 23 yds )

RB Zac Stacy: ( 28 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

RB Trey Watts: ( 1 yd rush; )

WR Kenny Britt: He may be listed as the top wide receiver on the depth chart but he doesn't produce like one. He is a product of game flow and this one will be controlled by the run game, thus limiting his numbers. ( 1 yd rush; 4 catches for 60 yds )

WR Stedman Bailey: He'll be good for 6-7 targets this week making him a pretty risky play with so much on the line. His lack of touchdowns doesn't help his cause. ( 4 yds rush; 4 catches for 47 yds )

WR Tavon Austin: ( 13 yds rush; 3 catches for 21 yds )

WR Chris Givens: ( 1 catch for 13 yds )

TE Jared Cook: He is the true definition of high-risk/high-reward. If the Rams find the red zone, he's the most reliable passing threat. He's certainly worth a look for owners in a pinch. ( 3 catches for 42 yds )

TE Lance Kendricks: ( 2 catches for 17 yds )

TE Justice Cunningham: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

PK Greg Zuerlein: 60% of his field goals have come at home but that isn't a comforting statistic since the Rams have attempted only 26 field goals this year. ( 2 XPs, 1 FG )

Def St. Louis Rams: They are still playing well and being at home is a big help. Eli has 17 turnovers so far this season and has been sacked 27 times. Start with confidence. ( 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

San Francisco 49ers (vs San Diego Chargers)

QB Colin Kaepernick: Three straight poor starts and they're out of the playoff picture. This season can't end fast enough for him. He'll being going through the motions these next two weeks. ( 198 yds pass with 1 TD and 1 Int; 34 yds rush )

QB Blaine Gabbert: ( 14 yds pass; 1 yd rush )

RB Frank Gore: He hasn't been practicing and the 49ers play on Saturday night. Not an optimistic forecast for him suiting up week 16. ( 50 yds rush; 1 catch for 6 yds )

RB Carlos Hyde: Some reports have him listed as doubtful and with him not practicing so far that looks like a foregone conclusion. Owners should be prepared to look elsewhere.

RB Alfonso Smith: Reports are San Francisco signed Phillip Tanner as well so it's still a toss-up who starts in the backfield. At this point neither back is a reliable opiton. ( 4 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Michael Crabtree: He'll bounce back this week facing a much easier secondary from San Diego. The passing game overall has been terrible, so a bounce back week doesn't mean big numbers. ( 5 catches for 48 yds )

WR Anquan Boldin: If you believe in Kaepernick then he's the guy you plug in this week as a WR3. The running game will be the focal point but he won't repeat last week's dud. ( 7 catches for 82 yds and 1 TD )

WR Brandon Lloyd: ( 2 catches for 26 yds )

WR Bruce Ellington: ( 1 catch for 8 yds )

WR Quinton Patton: ( 1 yd rush; 1 catch for 4 yds )

TE Vernon Davis: The nightmare season continues. Easily one of the biggest candidates for bust of the year. ( 3 catches for 33 yds )

PK Phil Dawson: Now that they're playing someone besides Seattle, you can assume the offense produces some points again. Risky start but one that pays off. ( 2 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def San Francisco 49ers: They had something to play for last week. Now that they don't, it's a tough call to keep them active. Look for a better matchup if possible. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )

Seattle Seahawks (vs Arizona Cardinals)

QB Russell Wilson: He had a very efficient game in their first meeting. This game has huge playoff implications, forcing Seattle to keep it conservative and rely on their defense. ( 201 yds pass with 2 TDs; 47 yds rush )

QB Tarvaris Jackson: ( 5 yds pass )

RB Marshawn Lynch: He's had 20+ carries in 6 of his last 7 games. It's a tough matchup but the Seahawks are going to give him another heavy workload in a critical divisional game. ( 83 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 23 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: He's always good for 4-5 touches per game as Seattle is going to stick to the run but try and limit some of Lynch's work. The matchup is too tough to think he's start worthy. ( 19 yds rush; 1 catch for 11 yds )

RB Christine Michael: ( 15 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: He had a very productive day in a big rivalry game. If he draws Peterson in coverage it won't be a repeat performance. ( 2 yds rush; 4 catches for 51 yds )

WR Doug Baldwin: He's Wilson's go to guy which makes him the most reliable of the bunch. The passing game will need to step up and make some big plays as the run game will be limited but the Seahawks really don't like to throw the ball. ( 4 catches for 49 yds )

WR Paul Richardson: ( 2 catches for 19 yds )

WR Kevin Norwood: ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 1 catch for 12 yds )

WR Bryan Walters: ( 1 catch for 1 yd )

TE Luke Willson: Normally not a big part of the passing attack, he'll make a big impact in this game. Wilson will be looking his way in the red zone making him a high risk high reward start. ( 3 catches for 34 yds )

TE Cooper Helfet: ( 1 catch for 16 yds )

TE Tony Moeaki: ( 1 catch for 10 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: He's been a solid start all year and this week is no different. The Seahawks move the ball enough to give him multiple scoring chances and he makes the most of them. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: Is there a hotter defense in football? This is why they were the number one drafted defense on draft night. The 'Legion of Boom' is licking their chops for this one. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

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