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WR Malcom Floyd - San Diego Chargers

6-5, 225Born: 9-8-1981College: WyomingDrafted: ---

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Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Philip Rivers is off to a great start this season, ranking eighth in the NFL among fantasy quarterbacks with 49/73 for 522 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown. He's relied on his running backs for 12/90/0 receiving to date, and hooked up with Antonio Gates the most (13/177/3 receiving out of 17 targets). Keenan Allen (15 targets for 10/92/0 receiving) and Eddie Royal (16 for 8/89/0) have seen the most targets among the wide receivers, while Malcom Floyd (seven for 4/50/1) has claimed the lone TD thrown to a wide receiver so far - Floyd put up a goose-egg against Seattle, though, with zero targets during the game. Last season the Bills were fourth in the NFL averaging 204 net passing yards allowed per game, BUT they gave up 28 passing scores over 16 games. Part of the reason for the low average passing yards allowed was that their rush defense was porous last year so teams elected to run the ball against Buffalo quite a lot. So far this year, Jay Cutler lit up the Bills in Week 1 for 34/49 yielding 341 net yards passing and two TDs but also two interceptions thrown while being sacked twice for -8 yards. The Dolphins managed 31/49 for 210 net yards in Week 2, with one TD and one interception thrown, while taking four sacks for -31 yards. The Bills are currently 27th in the NFL averaging 275.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they are tied for fourth in the NFL with three interceptions so far and tied for sixth with six sacks so far. This pass D gambles trying to create big turnovers or big losses on sacks. The Chargers' passing attack handled the feared Seahawks with aplomb last week - they have an attractive matchup against the free-wheeling and generous Buffalo pass D this week as well.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at ARI 0 0 0 6 4 50 1 0
2 vs SEA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)

Floyd had a big impact early on in this game, but kind of disappeared late as everything was funneled through WR Keenan Allen and TE Antonio Gates. Floyd, whose career was in jeopardy over the offseason following a serious neck injury, got right back in the groove with a diving catch on a comeback near the left sideline. Soon after that, he showed off that trademark deep ball ability by getting past his defender by a step or two (RIvers overthrew the ball by just a bit, and Floyd may have even stumbled coming out of his break to disrupt the timing). But he made up for it in the second half, getting wide open for a 32-yard reception near the sideline off a floater from Rivers. Later on that same drive, Floyd caught a quick score over the middle. He managed to hang on nicely, despite taking a hard hit from the defender just as he caught it. Replays showed the ball was jostling in his hands, but somehow nobody knocked it out.

2014 Week 2 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Floyd got no receptions as Gates, Royal, and Allen dominated the targets. This will make it harder to trust him even as a bye week fill-in.

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Latest News

Chargers | Malcom Floyd aware of body positioning (Wed Sep 10, 05:43 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd made it a point to maintain better positioning with his body to keep from being sandwiched headfirst in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. Floyd learned the lesson last year in a collision that ended his season. Floyd's awareness put him in a better position to absorb a hit on his touchdown catch Monday, Sept. 8.

Our View: Floyd is a favorite target of Philip Rivers, and (when healthy) he has been for a long time. Fantasy owners should pick him up off the waiver wire if he's there, and we like Floyd as a WR4/flex play against Seattle in Week 2.
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Chargers | Strong return for Malcom Floyd (Tue Sep 9, 11:33 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd finished with four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 in his first game since suffering a career-threatening neck injury last September.

Our View: It was great to see Floyd back out there. He has the longest established chemistry with Philip Rivers (he caught the first TD pass Rivers ever threw in his career), and fantasy owners should consider him as a waiver wire addition.
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Footballguys Articles

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  Chad Parsons - August 25

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Schedule

3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs