Rivers led the Chargers an incredible come-from-behind victory at Kansas City in Week 15. He was a fantasy stud, passing for 346 yards and two TDs. He has now thrown five touchdowns in his last two games and seven in his past four. The Bucs give up only 183.7 passing yards a game but they're reeling defensively. Rivers comes in on fire and will keep firing away again this week.
It's just not happening anymore for LT. He managed a TD in Week 15, but was held to 39 yards on 15 carries. He has scored in three straight games but he's been held under 40 yards rushing twice in that span. The Bucs give up 115.6 rushing yards game and have been roughed up the past two weeks. But this isn't the LT of old so it's hard to view him as a sure-fire start. He's a good bet to score but it's best to view him as a RB2 in this vital fantasy week.
Jackson had another huge game last week, catching six passes for 89 yards and a TD against the Chiefs. He has scored in two straight games and has11 receptions in that span. He's clearly the top option in the San Diego passing game and Rivers will target him heavily again this week. He's playing at a high level and has emerged as a Must Start in most fantasy formats. Start him with confidence this week.
Chambers continues to be the odd man out in San Diego. He caught only two passes last week and has only three receptions in his last three games. In this critical fantasy week, you need to go with the players who are producing and Chambers isn't getting it done. Keep him benched in all leagues.
Floyd had a big game last week as the Chargers' No. 3 WR. He caught five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he's far too inconsistent to rely on. He's caught five receptions twice in the past four weeks but he had only three in the other two games. He also was rushed to the hospital earlier this week because of a collapsed lung. Despite the severity of that issue, the Chargers think Floyd might play this week. You shouldn't take that chance. Keep him benched.
Gates broke out of his slump at a great time for fantasy owners, catching seven passes for 78 yards in the win at Kansas City. He hasn't scored since Week 10 but the Chargers will be able to move the ball through the air against the Bucs this week so Gates has a good chance to end his TD drought on Sunday. He's looking real good this week.
Kaeding wasn't very active last week, scoring only four points in the win over the Chiefs. He's made six FGs in the last four weeks. The Chargers won't have much difficulty moving the ball against a slumping Tampa Bay defense so Kaeding is a solid option if you need him this week.
The Chargers aren't winning with their defense this season, that's for sure. They are giving up 21.6 points per game and rank among the league's worst in total defense. The Bucs aren't overly explosive offensively but that doesn't matter. The Chargers aren't getting it done against anybody. They aren't worth starting.
Garcia sat out the Week 15 loss to the Falcons with a calf injury but the Bucs are hopeful he can return. If he does, he'll get an easy matchup against a poor San Diego pass defense that gives up 243.6 yards a game. The upside is great for Garcia this week but make sure he practices fully all week before starting him in larger leagues.
Dunn had a solid fantasy game last week, rushing for 40 yards and catching seven passes for 50 more in the overtime loss to Atlanta. He's been held under 50 yards in each of the past two games but gets a good matchup this week against a San Diego run defense that allows 102.9 yards a game. Dunn is now in a time share with Carnell Williams and that lowers his value. But he's a solid flex play this week -- especially in PPR formats.
Cadillac is getting more and more involved in the Tampa Bay offense. He led the Bucs with 59 yards on 14 carries last week and has now rushed for 128 yards in four games. He's emerged as a worth flex option -- especially this week against a soft San Diego run defense.
Bryant's outstanding fantasy season continued last week as he eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. He's caught 74 passes this season and has 17 receptions for 308 yards in his last two games. It's safe to say he's playing pretty well right now. The Chargers give up massive passing production so Bryant has an excellent chance to do well again. He's a Must Start this week.
Clayton had one of his best games of the season last week, catching three passes for 41 yards. It speaks volumes for how bad he's been that a game like that qualifies as a good game for him. Despite the favorable matchup, he's far too risky to start in any fantasy league. Don't put your season on the line by reaching for him.
Hilliard had another quiet game in Week 15, catching three passes against the Falcons. The magic he had in PPR leagues last year is long gone. This is a great matchup for the Bucs, but Bryant is the only Tampa Bay WR who should be started this week.
Stevens has carved out a modest-sized role in the Bucs' passing game. He has at least in the past five games but has only scored once in that span. In larger leagues, he might be worth a reach but given his limited upside hopefully you can do better.
Bryant had a quiet game in Week 15, making one of two FG attempts and scoring only four points. He's slumped a bit recently, being held to only one FG in three of the past four games. This is a fine matchup, though, and the Bucs shouldn't have any trouble scoring so he's a solid starter if you need him.
The Bucs are struggling defensively. Carolina and Atlanta ran all over them the past two weeks and this week they face San Diego's strong passing game and a very confident Philip Rivers. They might also be forced to play without the injured Derrick Brooks. Rivers can be pressured into mistakes so the Bucs have a chance but this does not appear to be a low-scoring game, so they're just a so-so fantasy option in Week 16.