Fantasy Player Projections

 
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RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1Indianapolis ColtsPeyton Manning
335 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 1 INT
Manning threw for three touchdowns last year at Houston and has 37 touchdowns in 16 career games against the Texans. No reason to think that trend will change in 2010.
atHouston Texans
2Green Bay PackersAaron Rodgers
270 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 0 INT
Big things are expected from Rodgers this season, so look for the Packers to open up the passing game from the get go. Rodgers seems certain to go for at least 250 passing yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.
atPhiladelphia Eagles
3San Diego ChargersPhilip Rivers
300 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 0 rush TD, 1 INT
Rivers averaged 285 yards in two games against the Chiefs last season and tossed five touchdown passes in those contests. Though top wideout Vincent Jackson won't play, Rivers is, as always, a strong option.
atKansas City Chiefs
4Chicago BearsJay Cutler
260 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 1 INT
Cutler had turnover issues last season, but he did not throw an interception in two games against Detroit and tossed six touchdown passes in the contest. Mike Martz should look to take advantage of Cutler's track record and a weak Lions secondary.
vsDetroit Lions
5Houston TexansMatt Schaub
300 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
While Schaub averaged just under 300 yards per game last year vs. Indy, he's thrown just four touchdowns in three career games against Indy's tough pass defense.
vsIndianapolis Colts
6Arizona CardinalsDerek Anderson
285 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Will having an upgraded receiving corps in Arizona enable Anderson to rebound from a dismal 2009 in Cleveland? The Rams are a juicy Week 1 opponent, but it's still a leap of faith to roll with Anderson on the heels of his 42.1 QB rating last season.
atSt. Louis Rams
7Miami DolphinsChad Henne
265 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 INT
The Bills did a good job shutting down the pass a year ago but really struggled against the run, so expect Henne to hand the ball off a lot. His value will be higher in upcoming weeks.
atBuffalo Bills
8St. Louis RamsSam Bradford
280 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
It's his first career start, so expectations for Bradford should be conservative. As good as he looked in August, Bradford will have to prove himself in the regular season. The Rams figure to be trailing a lot, however, so he'll rack up yardage.
vsArizona Cardinals
9Detroit LionsMatthew Stafford
245 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 1 INT
He's looked good this preseason, and the combination of two weak defenses this week could result in a shootout. Stafford shouldn't be considered a starter at this point, but if he shows that hes improved on last season, hes got a ton of potential.
atChicago Bears
10New England PatriotsTom Brady
250 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Brady looked sharp in the preseason, but he will be facing a tough Bengals secondary in the opener. Still, expect Brady to throw the ball a lot in the opener and pick up a touchdown or two.
vsCincinnati Bengals
11Dallas CowboysTony Romo
255 pass yards, 1 pass TD
Romo should like what he sees, going up against a weak Redskins secondary. Expect a nice start to the season for fantasy owners.
atWashington Redskins
12Tennessee TitansVince Young
180 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 50 rush yards, 1 INT
Young will have trouble putting up significant passing yards because he will spend a good majority of the game handing off to Chris Johnson. He should be considered nothing more than a QB2 this week.
vsOakland Raiders
13New York GiantsEli Manning
250 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 0 rush TD, 2 INT
Manning was phenomenal at the end of last season, but the team has said it is ready to make a commitment to its defense and the running game. Expect the Giants to establish the rush first against a good Panthers pass defense.
vsCarolina Panthers
14Philadelphia EaglesKevin Kolb
225 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
His supporting cast is solid and the system is QB-friendly. Now all Kolb has to do is execute. It's too bad his first start comes against the ball-hawking Packers.
vsGreen Bay Packers
15Washington RedskinsDonovan McNabb
240 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
You have heard the questions before, about his age and his ability to learn a new system. No one yet knows for sure. What's certain is that he has weapons and will have plenty of opportunity to use them within Mike Shanahan's offense.
vsDallas Cowboys
16Atlanta FalconsMatt 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.
atPittsburgh Steelers
17Denver BroncosKyle Orton
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD
The Jaguars struggled against the pass last season, so look for the Broncos to try and move the ball through the air. Still, Orton is unlikely to put up big numbers given the Broncos' uninspiring receiving crop.
atJacksonville Jaguars
18Jacksonville JaguarsDavid Garrard
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 1 INT
Garrard faces one the league's top passing defenses. Last year Denver allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points for QBs.
vsDenver Broncos
19San Francisco 49ersAlex Smith
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards
In his one game against Seattle last season he put up 310 yards and two TDs. Seattle is terrible against the pass, and Smith now has a full preseason with Michael Crabtree.
atSeattle Seahawks
20Tampa Bay BuccaneersJosh Freeman
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 3 INT
Big opportunities for Freeman as he faces last year's 29th ranked pass defense. However, he missed the last two preseason weeks with a thumb injury. Check injury reports.
vsCleveland Browns
21Carolina PanthersMatt Moore
185 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 0 rush yards, 0 rush TD, 0 INT
He put up three TDs against the Giants in Week 16 last year, but that was after the Giants had given up on the season. This year New York has an improved secondary, and will be a tough test for Moore.
atNew York Giants
22Cleveland BrownsJake Delhomme
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
First test against the Bucs should determine whether Delhomme has shaken off the ghosts of last season.
atTampa Bay Buccaneers
23Pittsburgh SteelersDennis 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.
vsAtlanta Falcons
24Cincinnati BengalsCarson Palmer
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
If he can get back to playing like his pre-2008 self, he'll put up nice numbers throwing to Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. The Patriots should provide a good guage of how effective Palmer can be this season.
atNew England Patriots
25Buffalo BillsTrent Edwards
170 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
Edwards is coming off a strong preseason, while the Dolphins didn't really have a great pass defense in 2009. That said, Edwards' offensive line is green and his only proven receiver is Lee Evans. He'll have a decent game -- just don't expect a great one.
vsMiami Dolphins
26New York JetsMark Sanchez
170 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
Sanchez gets a tough Week 1 matchup vs. the Ravens. And he'll be without the suspended Santonio Holmes. If the Jets decided to play it safe, Sanchez's fantasy stats will be limited.
vsBaltimore Ravens
27Oakland RaidersJason Campbell
150 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 0 rush TD, 1 INT
The Titans should be able to contain the Raiders' running game, so Campbell may be asked to throw a lot right away. Campbell is a bit banged up and is unlikely to provide significant production in what has the making of a low-scoring game.
atTennessee Titans
28Kansas City ChiefsMatt Cassel
150 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 2 INT
Cassel's first chance to test out his new weapons comes against last year's No. 11 pass defense. Opening the season at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday Night Football should give the Chiefs a lift, but Cassel must still prove 2008 wasn't an aberration.
vsSan Diego Chargers
29Baltimore RavensJoe Flacco
165 pass yards, 2 INT
Expect the Ravens to emphasize Ray Rice and Willis McGahee against the Jets in what may be the worst season opening matchup for any QB in the league.
atNew York Jets
30Seattle SeahawksMatt Hasselbeck
135 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
Hasselbeck has the unenviable task of facing a good defense with a patchwork offense. Seattle's line is barely functional and the skill players aren't great. It could be a long day.
vsSan Francisco 49ers
 
 
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