Fantasy Player Projections

 
RUNNING BACKS
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1Tennessee TitansChris Johnson
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 150 rush yards, 2 rush TD
The Raiders hope to be a little better against the run, but they will have trouble containing Johnson in Week 1. Johnson should have little trouble recording over 100 yards and a touchdown or two.
vsOakland Raiders
2Miami DolphinsRonnie Brown
4 rec, 40 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Brown ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns in his lone game against Buffalo last season. The Bills finished 30th in the league in rush defense a year ago, so Brown should be able to approach those numbers again in Week 1.
atBuffalo Bills
3St. Louis RamsSteven Jackson
6 rec, 60 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The only reliable fantasy starter on the team, Jackson is St. Louis' workhorse, and he is going to be heavily involved in both the rushing and passing game. Though, until Bradford proves his worth, red zone opportunities will be slim.
vsArizona Cardinals
4Chicago BearsMatt Forte
5 rec, 50 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Forte had just two 100-yard rushing games last season, but they both came against Detroit. Forte has scored three touchdowns in four career games against the Lions.
vsDetroit Lions
5Jacksonville JaguarsMaurice Jones-Drew
5 rec, 40 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Jones-Drew practiced on Monday and says he's healthy despite missing preseason games and reports he has a meniscus issue. If healthy, he has a good match going against last year's 27th ranked defense against the run. 
vsDenver Broncos
6Carolina PanthersDeAngelo Williams
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 120 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Williams should have a solid game against the Giants' shaky run defense. Though he will be sharing carries with Jonathan Stewart, he is still their No. 1. Expect him to find the end zone at least once.
atNew York Giants
7Cleveland BrownsJerome Harrison
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 125 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Browns will run him into the ground, especially now that Montario Hardesty is out.
atTampa Bay Buccaneers
8Arizona CardinalsBeanie Wells
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 110 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Rams were 27th in the NFL against the run last season and it'd be surprising to see them make significant strides in that department this season. Wells should take on a larger share of the workload this season and he's an excellent start in Week 1.
atSt. Louis Rams
9Green Bay PackersRyan Grant
4 rec, 40 rec yards, 75 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Eagles struggled against the run last season, and they did not get any bigger along the defensive line. If the Packers can open some holes for Grant, he should be able to get things going on the ground and find the end zone at least once.
atPhiladelphia Eagles
10Baltimore RavensRay Rice
5 rec, 30 rec yards, 75 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Has very few unproductive weeks due to his run and pass-catching abilities. Rice is the only safe fantasy option that the Ravens have against the Jets.
atNew York Jets
11Buffalo BillsC.J. Spiller
2 rec, 35 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Spiller will likely start based on Fred Jackson's hand injury. However, Jackson is expected to play, and Spiller will also share time with Marshawn Lynch. Spiller is the best back to own this week, but we don't see him getting more than 10-15 carries.
vsMiami Dolphins
12Washington RedskinsLarry Johnson
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Johnson won the highly publicized battle for the backup RB spot almost by default, with neither he nor Willie Parker doing much to impress in training camp. Clinton Portis is such an injury risk that Johnson will have to get a few carries, however.
vsDallas Cowboys
13Detroit LionsJahvid Best
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The rookie was impressive in the preseason, and looks to have secured the starting RB role. The Bears were awful against the run last year, so Best should see some lanes. The Lions will also get him involved in the passing game.
atChicago Bears
14San Francisco 49ersFrank Gore
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Gore shredded Seattle in Week 2 of last season for 207 rushing yards and two TDs. Their defense hasn't exactly improved, and Gore should be very motivated after spending almost the entire preseason on the sideline.
atSeattle Seahawks
15New York JetsShonn Greene
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
It's a tough matchup for Greene against a stout Baltimore front seven. However, should the Jets get conservative in a defensive battle, Greene seemingly would benefit.
vsBaltimore Ravens
16San Diego ChargersRyan Mathews
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 75 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Chiefs finished 31st in rush defense last season, so Mathews should find plenty of holes -- and reach the end zone -- in his NFL debut.
atKansas City Chiefs
17Indianapolis ColtsJoseph Addai
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Addai averaged 93 yards rush + receiving yards and a touchdown in last year's games vs. Houston. As the No. 1 RB again, we'd expect similar production.
atHouston Texans
18Dallas CowboysFelix Jones
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 100 rush yards
Jones will get most of the carries, and he'll have a few breakout performances due to his explosiveness. He's also a big injury risk in a timeshare.et the majority
atWashington Redskins
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersCarnell Williams
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 30 rush yards, 1 rush TD
This should be a good match-up for him, Cleveland ranked 28th in the league in their rush defense last year.
vsCleveland Browns
20Denver BroncosKnowshon Moreno
1 rec, 30 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 70 rush yards, 0 rush TD
Moreno was banged up during the preseason and it's unclear how much he will play in Week 1. He is a risky option without knowing much he will be on the field.
atJacksonville Jaguars
21Atlanta FalconsMichael 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.
atPittsburgh Steelers
22Oakland RaidersMichael Bush
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Bush's status for Week 1 remains in question; and he would not be a good option against a stiff Titans run defense even if he were to play. Go another direction in Week 1.
atTennessee Titans
23Pittsburgh SteelersRashard 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.
vsAtlanta Falcons
24Oakland RaidersDarren McFadden
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 70 rush yards
McFadden could get a lot of touches in the opener if Michael Bush is unable to play, but he will face a Titans team that is stout against the run. He is a risky option for the opener.
atTennessee Titans
25Carolina PanthersJonathan Stewart
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 55 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Stewart rushed for a ridiculous 206 yards against the Giants in Week 16 last year, but that was with DeAngelo Williams sidelined. Still, Stewart should be productive on Sunday and is a reliable fantasy starter.
atNew York Giants
26Cincinnati BengalsCedric Benson
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 80 rush yards
Benson is far from flashy, but he claimed his stake as the top back in Cincinnati and will get the lion's share of carries every week.
atNew England Patriots
27Kansas City ChiefsJamaal Charles
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards
Thomas Jones will steal some carries, but Charles is the more talented back and should get the bigger chunk of the pie. His pass-catching skills will also make him a valuable safety valve for Matt Cassel.
vsSan Diego Chargers
28New York GiantsBrandon Jacobs
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 45 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Jacobs is a physical freak, but his hard-nosed style makes him a big injury risk. If he is heatlhy he is one of the best goal-line backs in the league.
vsCarolina Panthers
29New York GiantsAhmad Bradshaw
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 60 rush yards
Bradshaw may have solidified himself as the Giants top back in the preseason. The team still wants to run foremost, so his ceiling is high if he can garner a majority of the carries.
vsCarolina Panthers
30Denver BroncosCorrell Buckhalter
1 rec, 25 rec yards, 0 rec TD, 50 rush yards, 0 rush TD
Buckhalter could see the majority of the carries if Knowshon Moreno is unable to play much. He is a high-risk, high-reward option for the opener given Moreno's questionable status.
atJacksonville Jaguars
31Philadelphia EaglesLeSean McCoy
3 rec, 25 rec yards, 35 rush yards
McCoy has been unimpressive in preseason play and Mike Bell will leech some carries. On the plus side, he'll receive enough passing targets to up his value in PPR leagues.
vsGreen Bay Packers
32Arizona CardinalsTim Hightower
5 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards
Hightower is expected to yield more of the workload to Beanie Wells this season, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt still likes what he offers as a pass-catcher and a blocker out of the backfield. Even with a good matchup, there's limited upside here.
atSt. Louis Rams
33San Diego ChargersDarren Sproles
4 rec, 35 rec yards, 15 rush yards, 0 rush TD
Sproles will play a complementary role in the Chargers' backfield and probably won't see enough carries to make much of an impact in Week 1. Expect a heavy dose of Ryan Mathews.
atKansas City Chiefs
34Miami DolphinsRicky Williams
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 0 rush TD
Look for the Dolphins to feature the running game in Week 1 against a weak Bills run defense. Williams won't put up big numbers with Ronnie Brown back in the fold, but he will get his carries and could get the ball on the goalline.
atBuffalo Bills
35Seattle SeahawksJustin Forsett
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 35 rush yards
Forsett is the starter and figures to see the majority of the carries with Leon Washington returning kicks and Julius Jones merely on the roster. The 49ers defensive front is stout, however, and Seattle's offensive line is in shambles.
vsSan Francisco 49ers
36Houston TexansArian Foster
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 40 rush yards
No player's stock improved more in the preseason than Foster, who looks to be the primary ball arrier for a top offense and will be used at the goal line. Although Houston has struggled against the Colts, the Indy defense gives up rushing yardage.
vsIndianapolis Colts
37Dallas CowboysMarion Barber
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 40 rush yards
Felix Jones will get more carries in this timeshare, but Barber should see more short-yardage touches. Either way, neither back fills fantasy owners with much confidence on gameday.
atWashington Redskins
38Houston TexansSteve Slaton
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards
Slaton enters Week 1 as a backup and will be used on kickoffs. He's also coming back from a toe injury, so don't expect much.
vsIndianapolis Colts
39Chicago BearsChester Taylor
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Taylor will back up Matt Forte in Week 1, and while he will see some action, he is unlikely to produce enough to warrant a Week 1 start.
vsDetroit Lions
40Indianapolis ColtsDonald Brown
1 rec, 15 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Brown enters the season as Addai's backup and looks set to get about 35 percent of the touches.
atHouston Texans
41Tampa Bay BuccaneersKareem Huggins
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 40 rush yards
He enters the season as Cadillac Williams' backup but could see his role grow in the offense. He needs to take advantage of opportunities he will get against Cleveland's defense.
vsCleveland Browns
42Baltimore RavensWillis McGahee
20 rush yards, 1 rush TD
He has taken a backseat to Ray Rice, but if the Ravens reach the goal line they will turn to McGahee first.
atNew York Jets
43Buffalo BillsFred Jackson
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 25 rush yards, 0 rush TD
It looks like C.J. Spiller will technically get the start in Week 1 because Jackson (hand) isn't 100 percent. We're confident last season's 1,062-yard rusher will play, but he might be limited to a dozen or so carries amid a messy Week 1 situation.
vsMiami Dolphins
44Washington RedskinsClinton Portis
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 25 rush yards
The Redskins brought in Larry Johnson and Willie Parker in to challenge Portis for a starting spot. Both veterans failed to impress, however, and the Redskins are again left relying on the talented, but extremely injury-prone tailback.
vsDallas Cowboys
45New England PatriotsFred Taylor
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Maroney should see some carries in the opener, but it's difficult to predict how much action he will see given the way the Patriots spread the carries around. Avoid him in Week 1.
vsCincinnati Bengals
46Kansas City ChiefsThomas Jones
35 rush yards
Jamaal Charles figures to get more carries, but Jones will likely get an opportunity or two to vulture a touchdown. His between-the-tackles style will make it more difficult for him to overcome the Chiefs' expected shakiness on the offensive line.
vsSan Diego Chargers
47Buffalo BillsMarshawn Lynch
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Lynch is the No. 3 back behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson right now, so the best you can probably hope for is 5-10 carries and some goal-line action.
vsMiami Dolphins
48Seattle SeahawksJulius Jones
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 15 rush yards
Jones figures to be the third option in the running game. If Justin Forsett fails, Jones could get a chance. The prudent thing is to wait and see how the RB situation works itself out.
vsSan Francisco 49ers
49New England PatriotsLaurence Maroney
25 rush yards
Maroney should see some carries in the opener, but it's difficult to predict how much action he will see given the way the Patriots spread the carries around. Avoid him in Week 1.
vsCincinnati Bengals
50Pittsburgh SteelersMewelde 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.
vsAtlanta Falcons
51Atlanta FalconsJerious Norwood
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yards
Won't see many snaps as long as Turner is healthy.
atPittsburgh Steelers
52Detroit LionsKevin Smith
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 15 rush yards
May see some goaline carries, but his role is clearly diminished with the emergence of Jahvid Best.
atChicago Bears
53San Francisco 49ersBrian Westbrook
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yards, 0 rush TD
Westbrook probably won't see many snaps as long as Frank Gore is healthy. He may be in there on a few passing downs, but his fantasy value is minimal.
atSeattle Seahawks
54Green Bay PackersBrandon Jackson
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 5 rush yards
Jackson is primarily a blocking and receiving back in the Packers' offense, but expect him to do a lot of blocking in Week 1 against a good Eagles pass rush.
atPhiladelphia Eagles
55Cincinnati BengalsBernard Scott
20 rush yards
Don't expect anything better than typical backup numbers, though if Cedric Benson gets hurt Scott would definitely be a worthy free agent pickup.
atNew England Patriots
56New York JetsLaDainian Tomlinson
20 rush yards
We'll find out in Week 1 how the Jets plan on using LT. Joe McKnight figures to the be third-down back with Shonn Greene starting.
vsBaltimore Ravens
57Philadelphia EaglesMike Bell
15 rush yards
Bell is entrenched behind LeSean McCoy, but he could steal a few goal-line carries.
vsGreen Bay Packers
 
 
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