Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Ryan

Matt Ryan

250 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Ryan outperformed Peyton Manning on Monday Night Football. His five touchdown passes are the most in the NFL, and only Robert Griffin III and Eli Manning rank better in fantasy scoring. He's a must-start player at San Diego.

RBJacquizz Rodgers

Jacquizz Rodgers

25 rush yards, 3 rec, 40 rec yards

The Chargers are allowing less than 50 rushing yards per game, which leads the NFL after two weeks. Rodgers has worked as a change-of-pace back so far, but the going will be tough in San Diego.

RBMichael Turner

Michael Turner

40 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

The Falcons are enjoying a ton of offensive success, and Turner got in on the action with a short touchdown run Monday night. He's averaging just under three yards per carry, but he got arrested for a DUI early in the week. Things won't improve against the Chargers, who have allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL.

WRJulio Jones

Julio Jones

8 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

The super sophomore was held in check against the Broncos on Monday night, catching four passes for 12 yards. The Broncos were intent on not letting him run wild -- and he didn't. Jones should rebound strong against the Chargers.

WRRoddy White

Roddy White

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

White outperformed his receiving counterpart Monday night against the Broncos, catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers are a mediocre pass defense so far, and White remains a must-start fantasy receiver.

TETony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Through two games this season, Gonzalez is off to another great start, with 12 catches for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In his first two games last season, he had 12 catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He faded a bit down the stretch, however.

KMatt Bryant

Matt Bryant

3 PATs, 3 FGs

Only Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has more fantasy points at the position than Bryant, who is a league co-leader in both made field goals (six) and extra points (seven).

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Falcons put together a surprising effort against quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Monday night, forcing four turnovers in the first quarter alone. The Chargers have a less-imposing offense, but the Falcons D/ST is still a mediocre option this week.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

255 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Rivers had a big day against the Titans in Week 2, with three touchdown passes and 284 yards passing. The Falcons are coming off a huge win against the Broncos, who were forced into four turnovers in the first quarter alone. Rivers still remains a solid fantasy starter.

RBRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

65 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

The Chargers expect Mathews to return from a broken collarbone this week. Some owners may give him a week to prove he's healthy and in shape, but if you gamble by starting Mathews you could be rewarded.

RBCurtis Brinkley

Curtis Brinkley

30 rush yards, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

With Ryan Mathews expected to return to action in Week 3, the rest of the Chargers' running backs have lost what little fantasy value they had gained.

WRMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

With six catches for 109 yards against the Titans, Floyd put his stamp on this offense, claiming the No. 1 wide receiver spot that Vincent Jackson once held. Keep him active in Week 3 against the Falcons.

WRRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

4 rec, 45 yards

It's rare that a successful No. 2 wide receiver on one team becomes a successful No. 1 wide receiver on another team. Meachem had no catches in Week 2, as Malcom Floyd showed that he is the Chargers' new No. 1 wideout.

TEAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 50 yards

Age continues to creep up on Gates, and the 32-year-old future Hall of Famer was out for Week 2 due to a rib injury. He should be back for Week 3, which means he should be back in your fantasy lineup, but you should expect more missed time later this season.

KNate Kaeding

Nate Kaeding

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Kaeding switched things up from Week 1 to Week 2, kicking one field goal and five extra points, which was the opposite of his breakout return against the Raiders (5 field goals, 1 extra point). He's a fantasy stud at the position, however, so keep him active.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Chargers have only been able to force one turnover in each game so far, and they went without a sack in Week 2 against the Titans. But they have kept their opponents' yardage and points down. The Falcons pose too much of a problem, however, for fantasy owners in Week 3.

 
 
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