Malcom Floyd: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Chargers WR

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 15, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers runs after his catch against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos meet on Monday night in a crucial AFC West showdown, and both the Chargers and fantasy football enthusiasts are hopeful that when San Diego takes the field they will do so with a full complement of wide receivers.

Seventh-year veteran Malcom Floyd, who leads the team in both receptions and receiving yards, was limited in practice on Friday but a full participant on Saturday, and the 31-year-old is expected to suit up on Monday night according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Malcom Floyd (groin) listed questionable; should start. Norv Turner: "He got a little bit sore (Friday). We backed off. He was fine today."

— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) October 14, 2012

That's good news for both quarterback Philip Rivers and Floyd's fantasy owners, as although free agent Robert Meachem was supposed to step into the void created by the departure of wide receiver Vincent Jackson it's been Floyd who has emerged as the go-to target in San Diego for Rivers.

In fact, Floyd has been targeted nearly as many times as Meachem and tight end Antonio Gates combined, reeling in 20 of those targets for 358 yards and a touchdown so far this season.

This has been the story with Floyd for the past several seasons, as he's been productive when on the field but has also battled an assortment of nagging injuries.

With that said, it appears that Floyd's health isn't a significant concern where Monday night's matchup is concerned, and fantasy owners that were planning on inserting Floyd into their starting lineups should feel free to do so.

In fact, the bigger issue to watch for Floyd's fantasy owners on Monday night may not even lie with Floyd. Meachem had by far his best game with the Chargers last week against the New Orleans Saints, hauling in three passes for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

If Meachem is becoming more at home in his new digs then his role in the Chargers' offense could grow, and an increase in targets for Meachem would likely come at Floyd's expense.

For now though, all is well and Floyd's fantasy owners should continue to get while the getting's good in a decent fantasy matchup with the Broncos.