Fantasy Player Projections
M&T Bank Stadium | Sunday, September 13 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Ravens 24, Chiefs 10
195 pass yards, 0 pass TD, 2 INTAiling with a knee injury, Cassel will gut out his first start with his new team but assignments don't get much tougher than this, facing the always-stingy Ravens D.
3 rec, 35 rec yards, 75 rush yards, 1 rush TDThe demise of Johnson has been greatly exaggerated. A solid game against the Ravens will set the tone for a comeback season.
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 25 rush yardsThere won't be much room to run against Ray Lewis and friends.
8 rec, 90 yardsHe's a star in the making but he won't find the end zone this week.
4 rec, 40 yardsCame on strong at times last year and now with Tony G. gone, there's a few more footballs to be thrown around.
2 rec, 20 yardsNot that many footballs to go around.
0 rec, 0 yardsHe's primarily a blocking tight end, so don't expect any production out of him.
1 PAT, 1 FGSometimes a bad team produces a good fantasy kicker – because they fail in the red zone. So keep an eye on Succop to see if the Chiefs fall into that category.
1 sack, 1 FumbleThey won't have much success against the physical Ravens' offense.
205 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 rush TDHe can make up for the lack of passing stats by scrambling for some extra fantasy points. He's a decent No. 2 guy for any owner.
5 rec, 40 rec yards, 70 rush yardsHe'll make his mark in the passing game, but Willis McGahee might vulture his touchdowns at the goal line.
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TDHe can still run hard between the tackles and he'll prove it by plowing in for a score from in close.
7 rec, 85 yards, 1 TDThe old pro is nothing if not reliable, and he's consistently underrated in fantasy leagues. Pick him up as your flex or No. 3 wideout and you'll be OK.
2 rec, 30 yardsHe's nursing a sore hamstring but he should play. The Ravens just don't throw enough to warrant taking their No. 2 receiver, though.
1 rec, 10 yardsHe's caught 10 passes in the past 3 years combined, so it's hard to expect much here.
3 rec, 20 yardsHe didn't have much of a role in the passing game last year but that could change in '09. Worth a look-see after the first couple of weeks to see if he's on the comeback trail.
3 PATs, 1 FGIt's his first NFL action for this N.C. State product so your guess is as good as anybody's.
5 sacks, 2 INTRex Ryan is gone but Ed Reed is still around. Big plays are there to be had from this ballhawking bunch.