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Fantasy football, Week 6: Willis McGahee faces stiff test against Chargers' run defense

Broncos RB Willis McGahee is in for a tough test on Monday night, as he goes against the Chargers and their fifth-ranked run defense.

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Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee could see a drop in his rushing production on Monday night against the San Diego Chargers, who boast the NFL's fifth-best run defense.

NumberFire has modest projections for McGahee in Week 5. The Broncos would likely be happy with 75 yards and a touchdown out of their tailback, especially in the probable event that quarterback Peyton Manning takes advantage of San Diego's 20th-ranked pass defense.

Over in the Fantasy War Room, SB Nation Fantasy advised a commenter to start New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley over McGahee this week. However, even if the Broncos' running game stalls, McGahee could be useful in the passing game. Against a similarly struggling pass defense in New England, McGahee was targeted six times, which was tied for the third-most targets among NFL running backs in Week 5.

McGahee has rushed for 376 yards and three touchdowns thus far in 2012, while also hauling in 14 balls for 91 yards through the air.