Fantasy Player Projections

 
Arizona Cardinals
Qualcomm Stadium | Sunday, October 03 | 4:15 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Chargers 24, Cardinals 17
San Diego Chargers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDerek Anderson
170 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
Anderson did just enough to win last week, but it wasn't pretty. His stat line -- 12-for-26, 122 yards -- was poor, but coaches have said he is in no danger of losing his job. Still, keep Anderson on your bench against San Diego.
RBTim Hightower
3 rec, 25 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Hightower took a backseat to Beanie Wells last Sunday, earning 11 carries to Wells' 14 on the day. Hightower is the less effective runner, and should only continue to cede touches as Wells gets healthier.
RBBeanie Wells
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Wells saw his first significant action last week, and looked effective with 14 carries for 75 yards against Oakland. His role should only expand as he gets comfortable on his knee, though this week's matchup against San Diego is a tough one.
WRLarry Fitzgerald
7 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Fitzgerald was held to just two catches last week by the Raiders. The Chargers present another difficult matchup in the secondary, one that Fitzgerald will struggle to overcome if Derek Anderson can't get him the bathrough double teams.
WRStephen Williams
3 rec, 40 yards
Rookie Williams moves up the depth chart with the news that starter Steve Breaston will have knee surgery. This is a longshot play but if you are hurting with injuries and bye weeks, he's worth a look.
TEBen Patrick
1 rec, 10 yards
Patrick has a chance to step up in the passing game with no proven receivers behind Larry Fitzgerald or Steve Breaston. Keep an eye on him just in case, but leave him on waivers.
KJay Feely
2 PATs, 1 FG
Feely has just three field goal attempts this season. Until the Cardinals pick up their offensive production, leave him on waiver wires.
Defense
1 sack, 1 Fumble
The Cardinals have yet to face a passing attack anywhere near the caliber of San Diego's and are giving up big chunks of yardage on the ground. Avoid Arizona this week.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBPhilip Rivers
250 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Rivers leads the league with 1,087 passing yards. He threw for 455 yards last week with Ryan Mathews out with an ankle injury. The run-pass balance will normalize once the running game is healthy, but Rivers is still a consistent weekly fantasy starter.
RBRyan Mathews
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 40 rush yards
Mathews didn't play last week due to a sprained ankle, and could be a game time decision against the Cardinals. If he can play, expect it to be in a limited fashion with Mike Tolbert still seeing a significant number of carries.
RBMike Tolbert
70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Tolbert will get the start again if Ryan Mathews can't go. He has been a big part of the Chargers' offense the past two weeks, with 37 touches for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
WRMalcom Floyd
7 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
Floyd looked like a No. 1 receiver last week with six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Antonio Gates still takes priority in the passing game, but Floyd is coming into his own and is a good play this week against Arizona.
WRLegedu Naanee
4 rec, 60 yards
Naanee's numbers have fallen off following his big performance in Week 1. Still, he's the No. 3 option in a prolific passing attack, so he's worth considering on a situational basis. This week's matchup against Arizona is a good one.
TEAntonio Gates
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Gates is by far Philip Rivers' most trusted passing option, and with four touchdowns in three games he is on a blistering scoring pace. He should be left alone as a starter on a weekly basis, and matches up well against Arizona this week.
KNate Kaeding
3 PATs, 1 FG
Kaeding has just two field goal attempts this season despite playing in what should be a solid offense. Expect the pace to pick up as the season goes on.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
The Chargers will face a sputtering Cardinals offense with a shaky Derek Anderson at the helm. The Cards will try to run first, but if the Chargers can get out to a big lead that will open up interception opportunities.
 
 
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