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David Dorey
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Prediction: WAS 10, SD 16

Update: The Chargers are getting closer to the game and now are planning on giving the players even more rest than initially expected. Anything beyond one series for the studs is now going to be the surprise and Vincent Jackson may not even play. No safe Chargers this week though Mike Tolbert will see more work.

The Chargers have clinched the #2 seed and have nothing to play for this week. The Redskins apparently stopped playing back in week 14.

Washington Redskins (4-11)
Homefield: FedEx Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @NYG 17-23 +6.5 37
2 STL 9-7 -10 37
3 @DET 14-19 -6.5 38
4 TB 16-13 -7 37
5 @CAR 17-20 +5 38
6 KC 6-14 -6 37
7 PHI 17-27 +7 37.5
8 BYE - - -
9 @ATL 17-31 +10 41
10 DEN 27-17 +4 36
11 @DAL 6-7 +11 41.5
12 @PHI 24-27 +9.5 40.5
13 NO 30-33 +9 46.5
14 @OAK 34-13 -1 37.5
15 NYG 12-45 +3 42
16 DAL 0-17 +7 42
17 @SD - +4 44
WAS at SD Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell     180,1
RB Quinton Ganther 40 10  
TE Fred Davis   60,1  
WR Santana Moss   50  
WR Antwaan Randle El   40  
PK Graham Gano 1 FG 1 XP  
Pregame Notes: You get the idea that HC Jim Zorn has meetings interrupted when people come into his office to make measurements and compare paint swatches on the wall. This will be Zorn's final game and he has little reason to get on the team flight home. The Skins were decimated by injury this year and those remaining where just never up to the task. The Skins are only 1-6 on the road. After getting shutout on national TV to the Cowboys, there are few players on this team who do not have fears about their career.

Quarterback: Getting paired with Ex-QB Jim Zorn never translated into anything much for Jason Campbell who ends the season with 3337 yards and 18 touchdowns with 15 interceptions - pretty average. Campbell has never taken the next step up and in fairness, has never really had the talent around him to get the job done anyway.

The hope here is that the Chargers rest so many players that Campbell gets a chance for a touchdown.

Running Backs: The Redskins may need to make decisions on Clinton Portis in the offseason but one thing is for sure - Quinton Ganther is nothing more than the wrong guy in the right place at the right time. It has been five weeks since any runner has gained more than 51 rushing yards in a game. The Chargers at home are going to play this game in earnest at least for most of the time so expect yet another bad showing by what is left in the backfield.

Wide Receivers: Santana Moss leads all wideouts with 847 yards on 64 catches and as always that was from a couple of good games and mostly very bad ones. The only progress this unit made was that Devin Thomas was looking better and even had a 100 yard game with two scores before getting injured.

Antwaan Randle El has yet another 500 yard season and all told this unit only produced six touchdowns this year. Moss is the only player with even remote fantasy value. This week relies on the Chargers eventually pulling all defensive starters. Short of that, just another pedestrian day.

Tight Ends: Chris Cooley left in week nine but Fred Davis has been a very solid replacement and likely figures in next year even when Cooley returns. Davis has the team lead with six touchdowns - no other receiver has more than three.

Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 15 19 22 9 27 30
Preventing Fantasy Points SD 9 20 10 11 17 3

San Diego Chargers (12-3)
Homefield: Qualcomm Stadium
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @OAK 24-20 -9.5 43
2 BAL 26-31 -5 40.5
3 MIA 23-13 -6 42
4 @PIT 28-38 +6.5 43
5 BYE - - -
6 DEN 23-34 -3.5 44
7 @KC 37-7 -5.5 44
8 OAK 24-16 -16 41.5
9 @NYG 21-20 +4 47.5
10 PHI 31-23 -1 47
11 @DEN 32-3 -6.5 41.5
12 KC 43-14 -13 44.5
13 @CLE 30-23 -13.5 42.5
14 @DAL 20-17 +3.5 48.5
15 CIN 27-24 -6.5 44
16 @TEN 42-17 +3 47.5
17 WAS - -4 44
SD vs WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Philip Rivers     90
RB Ladainian Tomlinson 30 10  
RB Darren Sproles 50 40  
TE Antonio Gates   20  
WR Malcolm Floyd   30  
WR Vincent Jackson 50,1
WR Legedu Naanee   10  
PK Nate Kaeding 3 FG 1 XP  

Pregame Notes: Though the Chargers claim to intend to play this one out, the reality is that they almost certainly will start sitting players once the game is in hand and that may only take five minutes or so. It also gives Norv Turner a chance to stick one to Danny Snyder. The Chargers have won ten in a row and are currently the hottest team in the NFL.

Quarterback: Philip Rivers is winding down a career high in yardage with 4205 going into this week and his 28 touchdowns fall just short of the 36 from 2008. He has scored in every game this year and over half had multiple scores. He had four of his five 300+ yard games while at home.

This week Rivers is likely to sit at some point but when that comes depends on game situation. The Skins have already given up so expect just a moderate game here though it could vary greatly.

Running Backs: LaDainian Tomlinson has made it through the season and is healthy but he missed two games and has only totaled 729 rushing yards and 137 yards on 18 receptions. He has scored 13 times and become mostly a goal line back in fantasy terms.

Darren Sproles has only produced 325 rushing yards and 497 yards on 45 receptions but has seven scores. He has remained just below fantasy relevance virtually all season. The Chargers crow that he has kept Tomlinson fresh but the reality is that this was once a top rushing game and now is average at best. The value is propped up with 22 total scores by all running backs.

This week have to assume that Tomlinson plays more of a cameo role and that Sproles and Mike Tolbert get more work but that is all a risk to rely on. The Skins are good against the run but have allowed numerous touchdowns as of late and have apparently given up already.

Wide Receivers: The only interesting thing here is that Vincent Jackson was overlooked for the Pro Bowl and his 1167 yards and nine scores were not enough to get him in this year. His role on the team has dwarfed all over wideouts who combined for only four other touchdowns. Jackson still has more room to grow though with just 68 receptions on the season - barely four per game.

The only question here is if a passing score goes to Jackson or Gates since they dominate the receivers. I like Jackson to have one in place of the Pro Bowl if he is not yanked out too early.

Tight Ends: It may not seem like it, but Antonio Gates already has a record 1145 yards on the season but his seven touchdowns are a big step down from the 9+ he had for five straight seasons.

Gaining Fantasy Points SD 9 6 19 3 2 8
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 7 12 11 8 26 28

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