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Denver Broncos
Gillette Stadium | Monday, October 20 | 8:30 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Broncos 27, Patriots 20
New England Patriots
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJay Cutler
220 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Injuries caught up to the Broncos last week as Cutler just ran out of options. He still threw for 192 yards and 2 TDs, but without Eddie Royal, Tony Scheffler and Brandon Stokley, Cutler was left with just Brandon Marshall. He will need most of his weapons to put up big numbers this week at New England as the Patriots will rank 12th against the pass.
RBMichael Pittman
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Pittman may be the featured back the rest of the way after his strong showing last week against Jacksonville. Pittman rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries and added 16 yards on three receptions. He looked quick and ran with power, something the Broncos have been lacking. Start him this week as he will get 20-plus touches against a Patriots' defense that ranks 21st vs. the run.
RBSelvin Young
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 40 rush yards
Young missed last week's game with a groin injury, but should be back this week. Still, with the way that Pittman has taken hold of this position, it's unlikely that Young will get more than eight touches this week.
WRBrandon Marshall
8 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
Because of all the injuries last week, Marshall was targeted on 18 pass plays and finished with nine catches for 98 yards. He didn't get in the end zone for the second straight week, but that should change this week at New England. The Broncos need to pass often and Marshall will be force-fed the ball.
WREddie Royal
3 rec, 30 yards
Royal was inactive last week with an ankle injury and is questionable this week. It's possible he will play, but this will be a gametime decision. With the bye week following this game, it's possible that Royal will be benched again with the opportunity to return healthy in Week 9. If that happens, Darrel Jackson will start in his place.
WRBrandon Stokley
4 rec, 40 yards, 1 TD
Stokley had three catches for 29 yards and a TD last week -- the second staight game with a TD reception -- but he was knocked out with a slight concussion. Stokely said he's had 10 concussions during his career and will need clearance from the doctors to play this week. Watch his situation this week before starting him.
TETony Scheffler
3 rec, 30 yards
Scheffler was inactive for Week 6 because of a groin injury, but he is expected to return this week. If not, Nate Jackson will again start in his spot. Scheffler could be limited in his movement this week, so watch his progress in practice before adding him to your starting lineup.
KMatt Prater
3 PATs, 2 FGs
After three straight games of 10 points or more, Prater was limited to 5 points last week. Expect a return to form this week for Prater and the Broncos.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Broncos rank 32nd against the pass and have only two interceptions thus far. Thank goodness Tom Brady isn't the starting QB this week.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Cassel
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Cassel will continue to start for the Patriots, but this team is going nowhere fast with him at the helm. He has four INTs and two TDs in the last three games and he was unable to generate much offense last week at San Diego, throwing for 203 yards and no TDs. It's easy to give up on him, but the Broncos rank 32nd against the pass so maybe one last chance at home is worth it. Good luck.
RBLaurence Maroney
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 40 rush yards
Maroney was inactive in Week 6 and just can't be counted on going forward. He's been a fantasy bust this year and it will be tough to count on him for this week as well. Kevin Faulk is the better bet here and his projections are above.
RBSammy Morris
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TD
With Maroney inactive last week at San Diego, Morris filled in and rushed for 26 yards and a TD on 10 carries and added four receptions for 49 yards. He could be the featured back this week and will find the end zone once again.
WRRandy Moss
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Moss looked bored last week at San Diego and finished with three catches for 26 yards. Will the spector of Monday Night Football ignite Moss this week? It's possible, but good luck if you're counting on it. Still, the Broncos rank 32nd against the pass and even Cassel should be able to find Moss open a few times.
WRWes Welker
7 rec, 75 yards
Even without a top QB, Welker continues to perform well. Last week at San Diego, he had a season high 9 catches for 73 yards. He now leads the Patriots with 36 catches in five games for 324 yards. He still doesn't have a TD catch this year, but he's a dynamo player in Point-Per-Reception leagues.
WRJabar Gaffney
1 rec, 5 yards
Gaffney was expected to be a top-flight wideout this year, but he's been a total bust for fantasy owners and the Patriots.
TEBenjamin Watson
0 rec
Watson played 51 snaps last week at San Diego and didn't have a single catch. We project he will play even more downs this week without a catch. Unreal.
KStephen Gostkowski
2 PATs, 2 FGs
The Patriots' weak offense is making Gostkowski less valuable each week. He had four points last week and is averaging 8 points per game through Week 6.
Defense
1 sack, 1 INT
The vaunted Patriots' defense ranks 21st against the run and has just one forced fumble and seven sacks in five games. This D could struggle to keep up with the Broncos if all their wideouts were healthy.
 
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