Start – Charcandrick West: 2nd year back Charcandrick West has been posting superb fantasy numbers since Jamaal Charles went down with a season ending injury. Last week, West totaled 69 yards on the ground and pulled in 92 yards though the air (including an 80 yard reception and a touchdown). If Kansas city wants to throw all their balls underneath to the running back, all the better for fantasy owners. West should continue to thrive this week against a 2-7 Chargers squad that is unable to slow down opposing running backs of any caliber.
Start – Danny Woodhead: This veteran running back has emerged as the number one option for San Diego. The Chargers number one draft pick. Melvin Gordon, is plagued with ball security issues which has given Woodhead plenty of opportunities. Woodhead is averaging 4 yards per carry, but is also pulling in more than 11 yards per reception. Woodhead would serve well as a flex option in a tough matchup against a the Chiefs.
Start – James Starks: The longtime Packers backup is getting another shot at the starting role this week in place of Eddie Lacy. Even with Lacy set to play, Green Bay decided to go with Starks. Earlier this season, Starks managed 112 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, but faces a much tougher matchup this week against the Vikings.
Sit – Melvin Gordon: Danny Woodhead’s emergence as a better option for the Chargers has hurt Gordon’s stock. The rookie back is averaging 3.6 yards per carry and only managed 31 yards in his last game against the Bears. Kansas City’s defense is stingy against the run, and wont allow Gordon to break free. Unlike Woodhead, Gordon, whose averaging just 5.6 yards per reception, doesn’t really help QB Phillip Rivers by getting open for a reception when defenses load the box.