Fantasy Player Projections

 
DEFENSE
RankTeamProjectionOpponent
1Green Bay Packers
5 sacks, 3 INT, 2 Fumbles, 1 TD
The Bills had trouble moving the ball in Week 1 and allowed three sacks. There probably are not many better team defense options this week around the league.
vsBuffalo Bills
2Dallas Cowboys
5 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
The Cowboys did not force a turnover in Week 1, and they will have to deal with an improved Bears offense in Week 2. Fantasy production could be limited again.
vsChicago Bears
3Kansas City Chiefs
4 sacks, 2 INT, 2 Fumbles
The Chiefs were run over by Jerome Harrison last season, giving up 286 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries. Not much has changed since that December showdown.
atCleveland Browns
4Atlanta Falcons
4 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
The Cardinals will keep the ball on the ground, limiting turnover opportunities, and Larry Fitzgerald is always a mismatch.
vsArizona Cardinals
5Tennessee Titans
4 sacks, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles
They luck out by having Dennis Dixon start at QB for the Steelers. With just the running game to worry about, the Titans will have an easier time keeping the Steelers in check.
vsPittsburgh Steelers
6Arizona Cardinals
3 sacks, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles, 0 TD
The Cardinals don't do anything particularly well on defense and the Falcons are a mismatch in the running and passing games. You can find better options on defense this week.
atAtlanta Falcons
7St. Louis Rams
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
The Rams recovered three fumbles and recorded two sacks against a similarly unimpressive offense in Week 1, but they aren't a very strong defense overall.
atOakland Raiders
8Pittsburgh Steelers
5 sacks, 2 INT
They will have to contend against one of the league's best rushing attacks, and if the Titans don't let Vince Young throw the ball you can't intercept him. Still, expect low yardage, and low scores for both teams.
atTennessee Titans
9Baltimore Ravens
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 Fumble
Cedric Benson ran for 100 yards against the Ravens in both games last season, and the same front seven returns this year. The Ravens are always a stout defense, but some of their poorer performances of late have come against Cincinnati.
atCincinnati Bengals
10Oakland Raiders
5 sacks, 2 INT
The Rams offense is very green; so if the Raiders are able to contain Stephen Jackson, they could force Sam Bradford into a few mistakes. They could be a sleeper option this week, but it's a risk starting them at this point after they gave up 38 points in Week 1.
vsSt. Louis Rams
11Philadelphia Eagles
5 sacks, 2 INT, 0 Fumbles, 0 TD
The Eagles forced a lot turnovers last season, and should have plenty of pick opportunities against Detroit.
atDetroit Lions
12New Orleans Saints
4 sacks, 2 INT
The Saints impressively held the Vikings to nine points last Thursday, though an improved 49ers offense will present a challenge.
atSan Francisco 49ers
13Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 sack, 2 INT, 1 Fumble, 0 TD
Tampa Bay's defense allowed the most rushing yards in the league last season, and the Panthers will run the ball a lot in Week 2. Stay away from them this week.
atCarolina Panthers
14Minnesota Vikings
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Dolphins are adept at moving the ball on the ground, and the Vikings defense is good at stopping it. They should be able to contain the run and force Chad Henne to pass the ball, which could result in a turnover or two.
vsMiami Dolphins
15New York Giants
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Colts may have lost last week, but their offense certainly did not struggle. Peyton Manning threw for almost 500 yards and is never a fun quarterback for a fantasy defense to face. The Giants are worth a start after forcing five turnovers and four sacks against the Panthers.
atIndianapolis Colts
16Indianapolis Colts
1 sack, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles
The Colts run defense was run over by Arian Foster in Week 1, and the Giants have two backs who are capable of doing damage. The Colts defense will not do much if the Giants are able to move the ball on the ground, so it's probably best to go in another direction.
vsNew York Giants
17San Diego Chargers
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Chargers defense was only average a year ago, but the return of Shawne Merriman makes them more dangerous in the pass rush. They have some Week 2 value with Jacksonville on the schedule.
vsJacksonville Jaguars
18Seattle Seahawks
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Broncos won't scare anybody on offense, then again the Seahawks were pretty bad on defense last season. There's no real reason to start the Seahawks on any given week unless you believe the Week 1 performance against the 49ers was not a fluke.
atDenver Broncos
19Chicago Bears
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Dallas offense struggled during the preseason and in Week 1, but they will be motivated to have a strong showing in their home opener. The Bears forced three turnovers in Week 1, but don't expect them to match that in Week 2.
atDallas Cowboys
20Houston Texans
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Redskins offense won't scare many, even with Donovan McNabb at quarterback. The Texans are still a very mediocre option here, but you can roll with them if you have to.
atWashington Redskins
21Carolina Panthers
2 sacks, 2 INT
Carolina's defense struggled in Week 1, but they did pick off three Eli Manning passes in Week 1 and recover a fumble. Tampa Bay is unlikely to match the 31 points the Giants scored, so the Panthers defense should be able to put up more points in Week 2 b
vsTampa Bay Buccaneers
22Miami Dolphins
4 sacks, 1 INT
Miami's defense played well in Week 1, but the Bills don't have Adrian Peterson or Brett Favre. This is a scary matchup against a team that has to be motivated after a rough opening-week loss. The pass rush looked good in Week 1 so look for a handful of sacks at least.
atMinnesota Vikings
23New England Patriots
4 sacks, 1 INT
The Patriots defense forced two turnovers and scored a touchdown in Week 1. They could be worthy of a start in Week 2, but don't expect the turnovers against a conservative Jets offense.
atNew York Jets
24Denver Broncos
4 sacks, 1 INT
Without Elvis Dumervil, the Broncos don't strike fear into the hearts of quarterbacks anymore. Their secondary could be a good source of picks, especially if the Seahawks have to throw to catch up, but the Broncos
vsSeattle Seahawks
25Cleveland Browns
1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Chiefs have a lot of young talent on offense that will present problems for a defense that was pretty awful against the run and the pass last season.
vsKansas City Chiefs
26Cincinnati Bengals
1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Bengals stymied the Ravens offense last season, holding Baltimore to 14 and 7 points in two outings. They'll see a new team on Sunday however, with better weapons at wideout and the same Ray Rice who shredded them last season.
vsBaltimore Ravens
27New York Jets
3 sacks, 1 INT
The Jets defense is one of the best in the league, but they face a tough Patriots offense in Week 2. Still, the talent on the team and their ability to generate turnovers makes them a strong fantasy option in any week.
vsNew England Patriots
28Washington Redskins
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Redskins are a good defense, but don't matchup well against a top-notch offense.
vsHouston Texans
29Detroit Lions
3 sacks, 0 INT, 0 Fumbles, 0 TD
Detroit got beefed up big time along the D-Line by adding Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch. The secondary is still scary bad however, and the Eagles will come out throwing -- and running with Vick.
vsPhiladelphia Eagles
30San Francisco 49ers
3 sacks
The 49ers were the best fantasy defense in the league last season, but against the Saints nobody would blame you for putting them on the bench.
vsNew Orleans Saints
31Buffalo Bills
2 sacks, 0 INT
The Packers struggled a bit in Week 1, but they are still capable of naming the score if they can protect Aaron Rodgers a little better. Look for other options.
atGreen Bay Packers
32Jacksonville Jaguars
1 sack
Even without Vincent Jackson, the Chargers still feature a potent passing offense and can put up some points. Avoid for this week.
atSan Diego Chargers
 
 
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