Fantasy Player Projections

 
Atlanta Falcons
Heinz Field | Sunday, September 12 | 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Falcons 27, Steelers 13
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Ryan
205 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Not exactly a cupcake matchup for Ryan, but if the Steelers are successful in stopping the run, he'll be forced to air it out. The Steelers are never a tough team to throw on, and a healthy Troy Polamalu won't make it any easier.
RBMichael Turner
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Tough Week 1 matchup for him. He'll get alot of carries, but the Steelers now have a healthy Troy Polamalu and a chip on their shoulder, and will put all of their effort into stuffing the run. Could be a long day for Turner.
RBJerious Norwood
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yards
Won't see many snaps as long as Turner is healthy.
WRRoddy White
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
White is a model of consistency and Matt Ryan's favorite target. He is a good bet to find the endzone this week, regardless of Pittsburgh's stout defense.
WRMichael Jenkins
3 rec, 30 yards
He's their No. 2 reciever by default, but did absolutely nothing last season. There's no reason to expect production from him against the Steelers.
WRHarry Douglas
2 rec, 25 yards
Not a good week to start him, but this season he should push Michael Jenkins for the #2 reciever role.
TETony Gonzalez
5 rec, 50 yards, 1 TD
Had an off season in 2009, but for him that still meant over 800 yards and six TDs. He will get a bunch of looks from Matt Ryan, and is a solid start every week.
KMatt Bryant
3 PATs, 2 FGs
Pittsburgh's QB situation may create some turnovers for Atlanta and some chances for Bryant.
Defense
5 sacks, 3 INT, 2 Fumbles
A pretty good start this week. They have a strong rush defense and have the benefit of playing a Steelers team without Ben Roethlisberger. Dennis Dixon will likely make some mistakes, and Atlanta should capitalize on them.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBDennis Dixon
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 25 rush yards, 3 INT
Played well at times during the preseason, but he would still be the team's third quarterback if not for extenuating circumstances. Probably best to stay away for now.
RBRashard Mendenhall
2 rec, 25 rec yards, 65 rush yards
Mendenhall should see plenty of touches in Week 1, but expect the Falcons to key on the run and force Dennis Dixon to beat them through the air.
RBMewelde Moore
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yards
Could see a few more carries with the passing game in need of a lot of help. Make no mistake though, Rashard Mendenhall is the workhorse.
WRHines Ward
5 rec, 70 yards
Still one of the toughest in the league, but far from a deep threat. He'll see a lot of targets and not a lot of production.
WRMike Wallace
2 rec, 30 yards
This week we'll get a look at what Wallace can do in the starting role. Atlanta's corners are not scary, so Wallace should be able to rack up some decent yardage in the opener.
TEHeath Miller
4 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
He'd be a great fantasy option against the Falcons if only he had Ben Roethlisberger throwing to him this week.
KJeff Reed
1 PAT, 2 FGs
Attempted 41 field goals a year ago, making 87.1 percent. He'll have less opportunities if the offense takes a step back, however.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT, 0 Fumbles, 0 TD
The Steelers get a good warmup against a middle-of-the-pack offense.
 
 
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