Qualcomm Stadium | Sunday, October 03 | 4:15 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Chargers 24, Cardinals 17
170 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INTAnderson 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.
3 rec, 25 rec yards, 20 rush yardsHightower 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.
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TDWells 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.
7 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDFitzgerald 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.
3 rec, 40 yardsRookie 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.
1 rec, 10 yardsPatrick 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.
2 PATs, 1 FGFeely has just three field goal attempts this season. Until the Cardinals pick up their offensive production, leave him on waiver wires.
1 sack, 1 FumbleThe 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.
250 pass yards, 2 pass TDRivers 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.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 40 rush yardsMathews 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.
70 rush yards, 1 rush TDTolbert 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.
7 rec, 100 yards, 1 TDFloyd 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.
4 rec, 60 yardsNaanee'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.
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TDGates 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.
3 PATs, 1 FGKaeding 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.
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 FumbleThe 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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