by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
Home Team: San Diego Chargers
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano admitted he doesn’t know what’s going on with his 0-3 team. After a great start of his head coaching career, Sparano is endangered of losing it.
His offense is at a crossroad. They can move the ball fine between the twenties, but scoring touchdowns has been the problem. It could be the only tarnish to Brandon Marshall’s stellar bounce back season. Despite the many, many attempts to get him the ball in the end zone, he has only 1 touchdown on the season. Last week he played against the underrated Joe Haden. This week, it seems unlikely he lines up against Quentin Jammer, who is battling a quad strain. We project 80 yards and a score from Brandon Marshall this week. Although the stats are a bit inflated due to playing Minnesota and Kansas City, the Chargers are 9th against the pass. We see yardage from Davone Bess and Brian Hartline, but no score. The pendulum has swung now to the other side of the Love/Hate fantasy barometer. Everybody loves Daniel Thomas! However, Thomas has a tougher match-up this week. San Diego has only allowed one rushing touchdown thus far, but is 16th against the run. We wouldn’t start Daniel Thomas, unless you’re desperate. We don’t see a score from him this week.
Fantasy fans are wondering what’s wrong with Philip Rivers and Vincent Jackson? It might be a decent ‘get well’ game here. The Dolphins defense has given up two big games from top fantasy receivers, Wes Welker and Andre Johnson. We put VJax in that category, so expect a good game here. Think 100 and a score. The Dolphins haven’t faced a strong number 2 receiver yet, and Floyd hasn’t become one so far this season, with 7 catches. So, we’ll give the other score to sleeper, Randy McMichael who is filling in for Antonio Gates. The Dolphins have given up 3 touchdowns to tight ends so far this season, with Ben Watson, recently leading the Browns in receiving yardage. Think Philip Rivers season is starting a little slower, because defenses are playing a little more over the top and basically letting the Chargers move the ball on the ground. Hard running Montario Hardesty, put up 87 yards on 16 carries last week versus the Fins. We think Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert are better players. We give each player a score this week and a combine 130 rushing yards, 60/40 split to Mathews if healthy. If not, we see a good fill-in game from Tolbert.