Fantasy Player Projections
Qualcomm Stadium | Monday, October 19 | 8:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Chargers 30, Broncos 24
Pos. Player Projection
QB Kyle Orton
235 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTOrton seems to be getting better and better with each passing week, evolving into a surefire must-start in all formats.
RB Knowshon Moreno
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 100 rush yards, 1 rush TDMoreno went buck wild for 124 total yards against the Patriots, doing his damage on the ground (21 carries for 88 yards) and the air (four catches for 36 yards). With Correll Buckhalter sidelined with a high ankle sprain, Denver will only depend more on the rookie.
WR Eddie Royal
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDRoyal awoke from a disturbing sophomore slump against the Patriots, bringing in 10 passes for 90 yards in the statement-making victory. Let it ride against the Chargers.
WR Brandon Marshall
5 rec, 75 yards, 1 TDMarshall has scored a touchdown in three straight games and appears to be a reliable fantasy WR2.
WR Jabar Gaffney
3 rec, 40 yardsDespite a decent performance against New England, Gaffney's fantasy value is minimal.
TE Tony Scheffler
3 rec, 25 yardsLittle to no fantasy value. Stay away.
K Matt Prater
3 PATs, 1 FGPrater is a fringe No. 1 kicker in all formats and deserves a start in a game where there should be a bevy of scoring.
3 sacks, 2 INTDenver has surrendered just 8.6 points per game throughout their surprising start but could have their hands full with a dynamic San Diego offense. Still, there's no denying the way they've been playing so far. Start them.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Philip Rivers
245 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INTDenver poses an intriguing challenge for Rivers but the quarterback has picked apart difficult secondaries with success in the past. Don't be scared by the Broncos' intimidating defensive stats.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TDLast time out, LT carried just seven times for 15 yards in his first game since suffering an ankle injury in Week 1.
RB Darren Sproles
4 rec, 40 rec yards, 40 rush yardsSproles barely saw the ball in Tomlinson's first game back from injury, but don't let that scare you off. He's a safe play against the Broncos in Week 6.
WR Vincent Jackson
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDJackson caught just four passes for 56 yards against the Steelers after a string of monster outings to open the season. Look for San Diego's clear-cut WR1 to return to form against Denver.
WR Malcom Floyd
2 rec, 25 yardsFloyd hasn't done much since that excellent Week 3 outing. Bench him.
WR Chris Chambers
2 rec, 30 yardsChambers, who was conspiciously M.I.A. throughout September, caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. It's too early to say whether he's turned a corner. Stash him on your bench for now and wait to see for yourself.
TE Antonio Gates
5 rec, 60 yards, 1 TDGates is a must-start in any situation, regarless of the opponent.
K Nate Kaeding
3 PATs, 3 FGsKaeding is a formidable foot on an above-average offense. Always start him.
3 sacks, 1 INTSan Diego's rush defense needs work, but they defend the pass as well as anybody. They're not the safest start but you could do a lot worse.