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Which San Diego Chargers players have good matchups for fantasy football this weekend when they play the Kansas City Chiefs?

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Start Antonio Gates

The wily old veteran usually has a field day teaching Eric Berry some new tricks every time the Chargers face the Chiefs, but Berry is too injured to play. Ron Parker, listed as a nickel CB on the Chiefs depth chart, will take his place. Enjoy being boxed out all day, Ron.

Sit Branden Oliver

This is nothing against Branden Oliver, but eventually the lack of healthy talent in the middle of San Diego's offensive line is going to catch up to them.

So far this season, The Chiefs have struggled to stop run-heavy offenses (49ers, Dolphins, Titans) from putting up decent numbers on the ground. However, teams similar to the Chargers (Broncos, Patriots), haven't been able to get much going.

Start Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, and Eddie Royal

Here's what I think. I think the Chiefs will try to stop Malcom Floyd deep and the running game and hope that's enough. However, their corners are not very good and both Allen and Royal play best when they're getting the ball underneath with room to run.

Expect the Chargers gameplan to be one with long drive, short passes, and good fantasy football days for both Royal and Allen. That's also a good way for Rivers to get the ball out quick (winks at bad offensive line and good pass rush) and avoid turnovers, both of which equal good news for fantasy owners.

Sit Ladarius Green

He's not ready to be a starter on anyone's fantasy team yet.

Start Nick Novak

What are you, dumb? He's one of the best kickers in the game playing for one of the league's most conservative coaches! Novak should be starting every week but the bye.

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