Fantasy Player Projections

 
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Cassel

Matt Cassel

120 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

After replacing Brady Quinn (head) against the Raiders, Cassel threw for 218 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 8. Cassel remains a major fantasy question mark for Week 9.

QBBrady Quinn

Brady Quinn

0 pass yards

After getting knocked out of Sunday's game against the Raiders, the Chiefs have ruled Quinn out for Week 9. No matter who starts for the Chiefs, fantasy owners will want to steer clear for now.

RBJamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

75 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

Charles ran for just 10 total yards in Week 8, as the Chiefs chose to rotate several running backs into the huddle. There's no doubt Charles is the most talented Chiefs player, but peculiar coaching decisions make him a better RB2 than RB1 in fantasy play.

RBShaun Draughn

Shaun Draughn

24 rush yards, 1 rec, 12 rec yards

Even with Jamaal Charles' carries limited, Draughn couldn't capitalize, as he ran for just seven yards on two carries against the Raiders. Draughn will not be a fantasy starter until he becomes an NFL starter.

RBPeyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis

20 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Hillis finally saw more action in Week 8, as he ran four times for 23 yards while the Chiefs inexplicably rotated running backs, including star Jamaal Charles. Hillis is worth adding now that he's healthy again.

WRDwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Bowe caught just three passes for 65 yards against the Raiders in Week 8. The Chiefs are having issues at both quarterback and running back, which doesn't bode well for this offense in general. Even so, Bowe is talented enough to keep in the lineup against the Chargers.

WRDexter McCluster

Dexter McCluster

4 rec, 44 yards

McCluster had his best game of the season against the Raiders, catching six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. He needs to put together some consistency before fantasy owners insert him into their lineups, though.

TETony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 35 yards

Moeaki had his best game of the season, catching four passes for 57 yards against the Raiders. Moeaki joins a long list of tight ends you could use in a pinch if your fantasy starter is injured.

KRyan Succop

Ryan Succop

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Succop has made his past 13 field-goal attempts over the course of six games. But he rarely ends up with multiple extra points, and the Chiefs are still a question mark offensively.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

The Chiefs got an interception and held the Raiders to less than 350 total yards, but they just don't do enough on a weekly basis to warrant using in fantasy play. The Chargers are expected to do well against this unit.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Rivers was a major fantasy disappointment once again in Week 8, and he now has just six touchdowns in his past five games. Other quarterbacks are starting to pass him up in the top 12, like Josh Freeman and Andrew Luck.

RBRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

110 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 23 rec yards

Mathews hit high marks in both carries and rushing yards last week, but he also had his second fumble of the year. The Chiefs are allowing more than 125 rushing yards per game, which bodes well for Mathews' owners -- if he can protect the ball.

RBRonnie Brown

Ronnie Brown

20 rush yards, 4 rec, 28 rec yards

Brown had a big Week 8, with seven catches for 85 yards, and the Chargers could rely on him more in the passing game again, as some of their receivers (Robert Meachem and Antonio Gates) have disappointed.

WRMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Floyd caught four passes for 43 yards against the Browns in Week 8, but he still hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 1. The Chargers' passing game is too inconsistent right now to rely on Floyd or quarterback Philip Rivers.

WRRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

3 rec, 38 yards

Meachem didn't have any catches in Week 8, despite three targets from Philip Rivers. Fantasy owners can start looking for help elsewhere.

TEAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 35 yards

Gates had a two-touchdown game in Week 6 and a bye in Week 7, then went back to his disappointing ways in Week 8, with two catches for 14 yards against the Browns. It's time to start considering alternatives.

KNick Novak

Nick Novak

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Novak kicked a pair of field goals against the Browns in Week 8, but the Chargers' offense hasn't afforded him a lot of scoring opportunities lately.

DEFENSE

2 INTs, 2 Sacks, TD

The Chargers allowed just seven points to the Browns in Week 8, posting two sacks but no turnovers. The Chiefs come to town in Week 8, which bodes well for this fantasy defense, so consider picking them up off the waiver wire.

 
 
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