Buffalo @ San Diego
The Bills lost to Tennessee to extend their slide to five games, while the Chargers smoked the Jaguars.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had 288 yards and a TD and C.J. Spiller had his best game of the season by far, rushing for 85 yards and a TD. Steve Johnson had a score as well for the second consecutive game.
Philip Rivers has been an interception machine for the better part of the season, but the Jacksonville game was his second in a row where that side of his ledger remained clean. He’s quietly put together a pretty effective stretch, with four multi-TD games out of his last five, during which he’s thrown 12 TDs and averaged 284 yards. Ryan Mathews had 112 yards and a TD on the ground against the Jaguars, and Mike Tolbert hit paydirt as well.
The Chargers have allowed multiple TD passes in 6 of their last 7 games, so Fitzpatrick looks like a good play if you dare trust him. More than likely you won’t have to since you’ve gotten to the playoffs without him, but if you’re in a deeper league he’s worth a look. And San Diego has been extremely vulnerable against the run, allowing 132 YPG, so Spiller could even be worth starting if you’re in desperation mode with your No. 2 running back.
San Diego is creating a bit of a conundrum in regard to its receivers, with the return of Malcom Floyd causing some headaches. He didn’t miss a beat in his return, catching 4 passes for 108 yards and a TD. It looks like he’ll take a lot of reps from Vincent Brown, but Brown even managed to score a TD. It’s hard to find a bad matchup among Floyd, Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates, but it’s hard to see Brown getting enough opportunities to put up big numbers.
QB Philip Rivers, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Malcom Floyd, WR Steve Johnson, TE Antonio Gates
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD STARTS:
RB Mike Tolbert, RB C.J. Spiller
It’s hard to pick one in this game. This has the makings of a shootout.