Qualcomm Stadium | Sunday, October 24 | 4:15 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Chargers 24, Patriots 17
175 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTBrady has thrown eight touchdown passes in four career games against the Chargers, but he will have a tough time putting up big numbers this week against a San Diego defense that leads the league in total yards allowed.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 60 rush yardsGreen-Ellis scored for the third straight game in Week 6, but he manged just 20 total yards in the game. He has a tough matchup in Week 7 and will share the load with several other players, so do not expect much from him unless he scores again.
2 rec, 25 rec yards, 30 rush yardsWoodhead has averaged double-digit fanatsy points over the last three weeks, so he is a viable Week 7 option in deeper leagues despite a tough matchup against the league's top defense.
6 rec, 55 yards, 1 TDWelker's production remained about the same in Week 6 after the trade of Randy Moss. The long-term effects of the trade are still up for debate, but continue using Welker for the time being.
3 rec, 30 yardsBranch instantly regained his connection with Tom Brady last week. However, the Patriots will spread the ball around, so Branch should not be counted on for big production on a weekly basis, especially this week against a strong Chargers pass defense.
1 rec, 15 yardsTate did not catch a pass last week, so even though he should see more playing time without Randy Moss, hold off on starting him until he makes an impact.
3 rec, 35 yards, 1 TDHernandez showed already last week that he will play a bigger role in the Patriots offense in the wake of the Randy Moss trade. There are a lot of productive tight ends around the league right now, and Hernandez is part of that group.
2 PATs, 1 FGThe Patriots offense always provides Gostkowski with a lot of scoring opportunities, so keep starting him on a weekly basis.
3 sacks, 1 INTThe Chargers have a dangerous offense, so start another defense this week if possible.
290 pass yards, 3 pass TDThe Patriots are 29th in the league in pass defense, so expect Rivers to throw a lot even if he is without one or two of his top receiving threats.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 55 rush yardsMathews saw the majority of the carries in Week 6, and he would have been more productive had the Chargers run the ball a little more. The important thing is Mathews is back in the primary role, so make sure he is back in your lineup this week.
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 20 rush yardsRyan Mathews received nearly all of the carries in Week 6, but Tolbert still managed to score a one-yard touchdown. Mathews will likely see most of the work again this week, so avoid using Tolbert if you have other options.
5 rec, 75 yards, 1 TDCrayton had a huge game in Week 6 thanks to injuries to both Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates. If either or both sit out in Week 7, Crayton will have some value against a weak Patriots secondary.
4 rec, 60 yardsDavis will be a deep sleeper this week if several of the Chargers' other receiving options sit out the game with injuries.
3 rec, 35 yardsNaanee did not play in Week 6, but he could be a decent option this week if he suits up and Malcom Floyd sits out with a hamstring injury.
7 rec, 100 yards, 2 TDGates was injured in Sunday's loss to the Rams, but the Chargers are hopeful he can play in Week 7. Start Gates if he plays, but have a backup option ready.
3 PATs, 1 FGA groin injury will sideline Kaeding in Week 7. With a lot of scoring opportunities likely against the Pats, though, whomever the Chargers hand the kicking duties to could be worth a flier.
3 sacks, 1 INTThe Chargers defense is ranked first in the league and has been among the best fantasy defenses as well. Make sure they are in your lineup on a weekly basis.