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New England Patriots
Giants Stadium | Sunday, September 20 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Patriots 21, Jets 20
New York Jets
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTom Brady
340 pass yards, 3 pass TD
Monday affirmed what we knew about Brady. With 378 yards and 2 TD against the Bills, plus the news that Gisele is pregnant with his second child, it is safe to say that Brady is who we thought he was. No matter how much difficulty they had beating the Bills and how improbable a win it was, results are results. Rex Ryan will throw the kitchen sink at Brady this week, but Brady will still get 300 yards and 3 TDs.
RBFred Taylor
35 rush yards
Taylor split carries with Maroney in Week 1 and finished with 25 yards on 9 carries. He's going to have a tough time running against a Jets D that limited the vaunted Steve Slaton to 17 yards.
RBLaurence Maroney
30 rush yards
Maroney had 9 carries to Taylor's 10 in Week 1. It looks like they're going to share the carries, as well as the limited yardage, unless Monty Burns, er, Bill Belichick has one of his trademark changes of heart.
RBKevin Faulk
4 rec, 35 rec yards, 15 rush yards
Faulk got only 3 carries against the Bills, but was targeted by Brady 8 times and finished with 6 catches for 51 yards. With the trust he's developed with Brady over the years and his threat as a pass catcher, Faulk isn't much less valuable than the two RBs "ahead" of him on the depth chart.
WRRandy Moss
10 rec, 125 yards, 2 TD
Much like his QB, Moss is who we thought he was. When he caught a pass in the two minute drill at the end of the half vs. Buffalo, stopped on a dime and took off downfield, we were reminded why he's been the best WR in the league for most of the decade.
WRWes Welker
8 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
Welker is a most trusted target of Brady's, catching a league high 12 passes week one. He is a number one WR regardless of the league, and if you get points per catch, is an elite option.
WRJoey Galloway
3 rec, 55 yards
Galloway had nary a reception in his Patriots debut. Brady just missed Galloway in the end zone at the end of the half. With his guile and track record of success, it's only a matter of time before Galloway catches a TD pass from Brady.
TEBenjamin Watson
4 rec, 50 yards
Watson had an excellent Week 1, gaining 77 yards and scoring 2 TDs. Brady clearly trusts him (they have connected for 15 TDs altogether) and he could be a great waiver wire pickup in bigger leagues.
KStephen Gostkowski
3 PATs
Gostkowski is an excellent kicker. If only Brady didn't throw so many TD passes, he'd have many more chances to kick FGs.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT
The Pats D is still a top tier option, however, there are some chinks in the armor that were exposed by the Bills. Look for them to have a good week, showing the rookie on the Jets a lot of different looks.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMark Sanchez
270 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Hard not to like Belichick against the rookie QB, but the newly appointed "King of New York" has the composure and skill to hang in there against anyone.
RBThomas Jones
100 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The vet from Big Stone Gap, VA is a quality fantasy RB, no matter how you slice it. It is no matter that Washington gets so many touches. Jones will carry the ball 20 times. He had over 1300 yards last year with 13 TD and went for 104 yards with a TD the last time he played the Pats.
RBLeon Washington
5 rec, 70 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 55 rush yards
Washington's versatility will result in a huge year for the explosive little man. He had 19 touches last week, and should continue to get a steady stream of them. Fred Jones success on screen passes against the Pats D (5 rec, 83 rec yards) during Week 1 has exposed a chink in their armor. Expect Washington to see a lot of balls against the Pats.
WRJerricho Cotchery
5 rec, 70 yards
Cotchery went for 90 yards in Week 1, establishing himself as Sanchez' top WR target. Expect a slight drop off this week against the Pats. He's a solid No. 2 WR option, week in and week out.
WRChansi Stuckey
3 rec, 50 yards
Though he had a nice week against Houston (64 yards, 1 TD), Stuckey is not highly recommended this week. Wait and see if the rapport between him and Sanchez is the real deal before ever playing him in larger leagues.
TEDustin Keller
6 rec, 80 yards
We watched Keller bloom under the tutelage of Brett Favre in his 48 catch '08 rookie campaign. His 94-yard performance Week 1 is a strong indicator of the success he's poised to have. He seems to be a favorite target of his rookie QB in the early going.
KJay Feely
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Feely could be a decent option going forward. The Jets and their rookie QB should be conservative on their opponents' side of the field. He'll get his chances.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 Fumble
Ryan's unit, and his philosophy (as already stated) are very aggressive. It's never advisable to start a D that's playing the Pats, but Ryan won't be intimidated, and they'll go after Brady all day.
 
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