Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

235 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

The Falcons' improved defense kept Rivers and the Chargers out of the end zone in Week 3. Rivers threw for 173 yards and two interceptions, and was considered a fantasy failure. Interestingly, he has thrown for zero touchdowns and four interceptions in his past two games against the Chiefs.

RBRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

75 rush yards, rush TD, 5 rec, 40 rec yards

In his first action of the season, Mathews rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries in Week 3 against Atlanta. Chargers head coach Norv Turner said he's going to "look hard" at Mathews' fumbling issues, which could mean limiting the Fresno State product. Don't be scared off, though. Keep him active for Week 4.

RBCurtis Brinkley

Curtis Brinkley

10 rush yards, 2 rec, 10 rec yards

Brinkley had just three touches in Week 3, which is about what we should expect from him going forward, with Ryan Mathews healthy again.

WRMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

6 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

The Chargers' top receiver caught three passes for 52 yards against the Falcons in Week 3. The San Diego passing game is struggling right now, but Floyd is still worth using as a flex or WR3 in most formats. He has 17 targets in the past two weeks.

WRRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

4 rec, 45 yards

It's not looking good for the former Saints receiver. He has yet to eclipse the 50-yard mark in any game –- and he hasn’t even totaled 100 yards on the season.

TEAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 45 yards, rec TD

Returning from injury, Gates caught only three passes for 22 yards against the Falcons in Week 3. Overall, he has 65 yards receiving and no touchdowns -– and he's killing his owners who are watching players like Kyle Rudolph and Dennis Pitta excel.

KNate Kaeding

Nate Kaeding

3 PATs, 3 FGs

After a huge Week 1 with five field goals, Kaeding has had just two field goals in two weeks. The Chargers should get back on track offensively in Week 4 at Kansas City.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Falcons tore up the Chargers' defense in Week 3, going for 27 points. But the Chargers were able to get a couple sacks and an interception. In 2011, the Chargers held the Chiefs to an average of 20 points per game. The Chargers are a mediocre fantasy option in Week 4.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Cassel

Matt Cassel

220 pass yards, pass TD, INT

The Saints were able to keep Cassel out of the end zone in Week 3, but he did throw for nearly 250 yards. He threw for a total of 437 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in two games against the Chargers last season.

RBJamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

85 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 30 rec yards

A breakout game by Charles allowed his fantasy owners to take a step away from the ledge. Against New Orleans Charles rushed for 233 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown run, on 33 carries. The numbers may not be quite so good against San Diego; Charles averaged 66 rushing yards in two games against the Chargers in 2010, with one total touchdown.

RBPeyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

An ankle injury ended Hillis' Week 3 against the Saints, but Jamaal Charles was doing most of the damage on the ground anyway. The Chiefs like using Hillis in short yardage situations, but he's nothing more than a flex option in Week 4.

WRDwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe

6 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

The Chiefs did what they could to get Bowe the ball in Week 3 against the Saints, but he was only able to catch seven of his 16 targets, for 79 yards. That's two weeks now with at least 15 targets. He had four catches in each of his games against San Diego last year.

WRJon Baldwin

Jon Baldwin

3 rec, 40 yards

Baldwin hasn't taken the steps the Chiefs had hoped thus far, but with Dexter McCluster hampered, he could see more targets.

WRDexter McCluster

Dexter McCluster

0 rec, 0 yards

A shoulder injury kept McCluster from having a decent week against the Saints. In about one half of play, the diminutive receeiver had three catches and a fumble. Even when healthy, he's not making enough big plays to warrant using in fantasy.

TETony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 30 yards

Week 3 saw another relatively quiet day for Moeaki, with two catches for 12 yards against the Saints. He's averaging just two catches for 19 yards per game.

KRyan Succop

Ryan Succop

2 PATs, 3 FGs

Succop kicked six field goals against the Saints, including the one that sent the game to overtime and the game-winner. Before Week 3, however, he had made only two field goals on three attempts. He was 4-for-5 on field goals in two games against the Chargers last season.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

Despite playing one of the best offenses of the past decade, the Chiefs D/ST had a breakout game defensively in Week 3 against the Saints with a safety, an interception and four sacks, while allowing 24 points. This defense allowed 20 points in both games against the Chargers in 2011.

 
 
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