Ryan passed for 259 yards in the Week 12 win over Carolina but took a backseat to the Michael Turner show in terms of TDs as he failed to throw a touchdown pass. That will change this week against a very generous San Diego pass defense. He'll find the end zone again and is looking real good against a bad pass defense.
Wow. That's all that can be said about Turner's Week 12 performance. He rushed for 117 yards and scored an amazing four times as Atlanta blasted Carolina. He has scored seven TDs in his last three games and it's become clear you start him against any defense. He's a Must Start again and will deliver another strong game this week.
Norwood was very quiet last week against Carolina, rushing for only 11 yards and catching only one pass. He's rushed for less than 20 yards in each of the past three games and has only eight receptions in his past four. He has some potential against a soft San Diego defense but given his lackluster production of late, he's too risky to trust in this critical fantasy week. Keep him benched.
White is in the midst of a scoring drought. He's caught only one TD pass in his last four games although he's caught at least four passes and topped 50 yards receiving in each of those games. He'll get back on track this week against a porous San Diego pass defense. The Chargers lack the talent in the secondary to contain him so look for White to deliver at least 85 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
Jenkins has become a consistent WR4 option in PPR leagues of late. He has caught at least four passes in his last three games and has had 55 receiving yards or more in three of his last four. The Chargers' pass defense problems have been well documented. If you're looking for a nice sleeper pick in larger leagues, Jenkins is a good option this week.
Elam had another solid fantasy game last week, scoring nine points thanks to six extra points. For the season, he has made 22 of 24 FG attempts and has been a quality starting option as he's backed by an explosive offense. This game will feature plenty of scoring so Elam is looking good again. Start him with confidence.
The Falcons continue to struggle defensively. They give up 20.5 points per game and rank in the bottom half of the league in yardage allowed. Philip Rivers is playing at a high level so even at home the Falcons are not a recommended fantasy option. Look elsewhere for a starting defense.
Rivers had a standout game in Week 12, but it wasn't enough to prevent a loss at home to the Colts. He passed for 288 yards and 2 TDs without an interception though he did fumble once. The Falcons give up more than 230 yards against the pass so Rivers shouldn't have any trouble getting untracked this week. He's playing well and is a strong fantasy starter in Week 13.
Tomlinson had a relatively productive game in Week 12, rushing for 84 yards and catching three passes for 30 more. The fact that would be viewed as a relatively productive game for LT tells you how things have been going for this year's No. 1 pick. The Falcons lack a strong run defense so the matchup is favorable for LT this week. Look for him to find the end zone once and put up RB1 numbers.
Sproles remains the change-of-pace RB for the Chargers but he doesn't offer much fantasy juice. He's rushed for only 36 yards the past three games with six receptions in that span. Despite the tasty matchup, he isn't a good fantasy option so keep him benched.
Jackson continues to lead the Chargers in receptions with 39 after 11 games, but he only has four catches in the past two games. The good news is one of those went for a touchdown in Week 11 when he caught a bomb against the Colts. The Chargers should have no difficulty moving the ball through the air this week so Jackson has a good chance to deliver a productive game. The lack of receptions the past two games is a concern, but this matchup is too good to ignore, so start Jackson as a WR3 this week.
Chambers had his best game since returning from his ankle injury last week as he caught six passes for 61 yards in the loss to the Colts. He looked sharp in his cuts and moved well after the catch so it doesn't appear the ankle injury is an issue any longer. A healthy Chambers is the No. 1 WR in this offense and this matchup is heavily tilted in San Diego's favor. Chambers is looking real good as a WR2 this week.
Floyd continues to carve out a role as the No. 3 WR for the Chargers. He has at least two receptions in five of the past six games and has topped 50 yards receiving four times in that span. He's more valuable to the Chargers than to fantasy owners, however, so despite the favorable matchup he's best left on your bench unless Jackson or Chambers are injured.
Gates was shut down for the second straight game in Week 11 as he caught only three passes for 28 yards. He has just five receptions in his last two games although he does have three TDs in his last six. This is a good week for the Chargers to get Gates going as the Falcons struggle badly against the pass. Look for Gates to return to form this week in a high-scoring affair.
Kaeding had a strong game in Week 11, converting a paif of FGs – including a 47-yard FG that tied the game late. He has made eight FGs in his past four games and is looking good in what promises to be a shootout. Start him with confidence.
The Chargers' defense continues to struggle. Peyton Manning worked them over last week and Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes ran well against them. Facing Matt Ryan and the red-hot Michael Turner isn't a cure for what ails this unit. Don't expect a big week from a defense that hasn't stopped many teams this season.