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WR Malcom Floyd - San Diego Chargers

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

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Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers threw 24/41 for 232 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions vs. Denver last week - he did find Antonio Gates for a TD (seven targets for 6/54/1 receiving), but watched Keenan Allen get carted off the field with a broken collarbone (he's almost surely out for several weeks). Michael Floyd (seven for 3/34/0 last week) and Eddie Royal (four for 3/27/0) will have to pick up the slack for Allen over the final two weeks of the season. The Chargers' passing attack is suffering injury attrition (Rivers is battling a sore chest and ribs to stay in the games as well). San Francisco limited Seattle to 12/24 for 138 net yards passing, one TD and one interception last week, and sacked Russell Wilson five times for -30 yards. Two weeks ago, Derek Carr ambushed the 49ers in the Black Hole, throwing 22/28 for 245 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most weeks, teams have a harder time throwing the ball on San Francisco than Carr did - they average 206.0 net passing yards allowed per game (third in the NFL) with 23 passing scores given out vs. 17 interceptions (tied-fifth) and 32 sacks (tied-19th) generated to date. This is a tough matchup for the visiting Chargers.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs STL 0 0 0 5 4 30 0 0
13 at BAL 0 0 0 6 3 85 0 0
14 vs NE 0 0 0 6 3 54 1 0
15 vs DEN 0 0 0 7 3 34 0 0
16 at SF PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 85 / 0 rec)

Floyd only had a handful of receptions, but he sure made them count. And perhaps his biggest play of the game wasn't even a reception at all, but rather a pass interference penalty he drew in the Baltimore end zone that put the ball on the Baltimore 1-yard line. It was somewhat controversial, as the call could have potentially gone against Floyd as well. But the defender appeared to initiate contact first and also wasn't looking at the ball, so it went against the defender. That flag helped set up the eventual game-winning touchdown pass on the next play to WR Eddie Royal. Floyd had been targeted twice earlier in the game on deep balls as well. One of them he hauled in for a 59-yard gain. The other drew a flag initially, but the officials picked it up because it was determined that the defender was going for the ball on the play. Floyd's other two receptions were an 18-yard grab along the sideline with the defender hanging all over him, and a key third down reception on a comeback route to help get San Diego inside the 25-yard line (the play that preceded the big interference call). A graphic was shown during the game featuring the league's best receivers in terms of yards per reception, a list the big-play Floyd consistently finds himself on. And he lived up to that reputation in this game as well.

2014 Week 14 vs NE (6 / 3 / 54 / 1 rec)

Since Floyd is one of the best big-play receivers in the game today, he doesn't need a great deal of work in order to make an impact in a game. In this one, he basically turned two receptions into a very viable fantasy performance. His first was an incredible outstretched dive into the corner of the end zone for San Diego's first touchdown of the game. The 15-yard floater went right over his head, and he showed terrific concentration to not only get his hands under it but also maintain the catch to the ground and as he slid towards the corner. Late in the game, he made another highlight-worthy catch with the defender hanging all over him. As Floyd was falling away from Rivers, he reached back and snagged a pass to beat his man for 28 yards down the sideline.

2014 Week 15 vs DEN (7 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Floyd was almost nonexistent in the first half, and didn't exactly light it up in the second half either. Much like the rest of his teammates, Floyd had trouble gaining any separation against the Denver defensive backs. He had back to back catches late in the game to maintain a somewhat respectable stat line, but mostly wasn't even looked at. Floyd did see one deep ball target down the sideline that he went high to try and bring in, but there was perfect coverage on the play and the pass was knocked away incomplete.


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