Fantasy Player Projections

 
QUARTERBACKS
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1Indianapolis ColtsPeyton Manning
310 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 1 INT
Manning threw for 433 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1. Fantasy options don't come any more consistent than Manning, but don't expect 400 yards again.
vsNew York Giants
2San Diego ChargersPhilip Rivers
280 pass yards, 3 pass TD
The Chargers like to throw the ball and the Jaguars aren't very good at stopping it, so Rivers should have a big performance in Week 2. Expect him to throw multiple touchdown passes.
vsJacksonville Jaguars
3New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees
285 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Brees is a safe starter no matter the matchup. If the game remains close he'll throw early and often.
atSan Francisco 49ers
4Dallas CowboysTony Romo
260 pass yards, 3 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
Romo threw 47 passes in Week 1, so the Cowboys certainly don't appear afraid to throw the ball. Romo should be able to find the end zone a couple times after throwing just one TD pass in the opener.
vsChicago Bears
5Chicago BearsJay Cutler
290 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
Mike Martz may have been just what Cutler needed -- Cutler completed 65 percent of his passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. The Cowboys did a good job against Donovan McNabb in Week 1, but expect the Bears to continue throwing the ball a lot.
atDallas Cowboys
6Green Bay PackersAaron Rodgers
240 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 0 INT
The Bills only allowed 14 touchdown passes all of last season, so Rodgers may not put up the usual monster numbers. Still, the Packers' defense should be able to create some short fields for him.
vsBuffalo Bills
7Philadelphia EaglesMichael Vick
215 pass yards, 60 rush yards
Vick shined in the opener and it looks as though Kevin Kolb is out for Week 2. Vick has instant fantasy value with the Lions on the docket.
atDetroit Lions
8Minnesota VikingsBrett Favre
240 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Favre was a bit rusty in Week 1, but he should be able to rebound nicely against a Miami pass defense that was in the league's bottom 10 a year ago.
vsMiami Dolphins
9New York GiantsEli Manning
240 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
The younger Manning threw three touchdown passes in Week 1, but he also threw three interceptions as well. Manning should be fired up for the big matchup with the Colts, and this game should be fairly high-scoring, so expect another strong fantasy perform
atIndianapolis Colts
10Denver BroncosKyle Orton
255 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 INT
Against one of the league's most porous secondaries from last season, Orton is assured at least decent numbers. He's safe to roll with if he's your best option.
vsSeattle Seahawks
11Houston TexansMatt Schaub
255 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Schaub faces a tough defense, but he's still among the top tier of fantasy quarterbacks and should get his numbers.
atWashington Redskins
12Kansas City ChiefsMatt Cassel
240 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 1 INT
Cassel struggled in preseason and still has yet to look like the QB he was in New England. Still, this matchup should be one of his cushiest of the season.
atCleveland Browns
13Arizona CardinalsDerek Anderson
235 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
Anderson is perhaps the biggest question mark the Cardinals have on offense. He has the weapons and the arm, but his accuracy is wanting. The Falcons should be a juicy matchup, in theory.
atAtlanta Falcons
14Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan
205 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
The Cardinals have a good secondary, but Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez are mismatches most weeks and Ryan should take advantage.
vsArizona Cardinals
15New England PatriotsTom Brady
195 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
After a big three-touchdown performance in Week 1, Brady will be tested by the Jets in Week 2. Though Darrelle Revis may take Randy Moss out of the game, Brady proved in Week 1 that he can use other options as five receivers recorded over 40 yards.
atNew York Jets
16Seattle SeahawksMatt Hasselbeck
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards
He'll face a tough Broncos secondary, but the pass rush isn't too scary even for the Seahawks' offensive line. You can start him if you need to.
atDenver Broncos
17Jacksonville JaguarsDavid Garrard
205 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 2 INT
Garrard tossed three touchdown passes in Week 1, but he threw for just 170 yards on 21 attempts in the game. Garrard's attempts will go up in Week 2 against the Chargers, but the touchdowns will go down.
atSan Diego Chargers
18Baltimore RavensJoe Flacco
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 INT
Flacco's two lowest yardage outputs last season came against the Bengals. He's healthier, more seasoned and has better weapons at his disposal, but you may have a QB with a better matchup on your bench.
atCincinnati Bengals
19San Francisco 49ersAlex Smith
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Smith has emerged as competent quarterback and a borderline fantasy starter with the right matchup. Against the Saints and their ball-hawking secondary, it'd be wise to look elsewhere for a starting QB, however.
vsNew Orleans Saints
20Miami DolphinsChad Henne
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Henne was held under 200 yards in the opener and did not find the end zone. He could be counted on more in Week 2 given the Vikings' ability to stop the run, but that could also lead to more mistakes. This is not a favorable matchup.
atMinnesota Vikings
21Washington RedskinsDonovan McNabb
200 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
McNabb faces a so-so secondary, and could put up decent numbers assuming he gets some help from the rest of his offense.
vsHouston Texans
22Tampa Bay BuccaneersJosh Freeman
165 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 30 rush yards, 2 INT
Freeman played well in the opener after missing the last three weeks of the preseason with a broken thumb. Carolina struggled against the pass in the opener, but they were among the top five teams in the league last season in pass defense.
atCarolina Panthers
23Pittsburgh SteelersDennis Dixon
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 1 INT
The Titans gave up a ton of passing yards last season, but also hawked the ball with 20 interceptions. Dixon is still a third-stringer starting out of necessity, so don't expect much.
atTennessee Titans
24Detroit LionsShaun Hill
185 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
 It's been three seasons since Shaun Hill showed the type of promise that once made him the Niners' starter, as the Lions are likely to find out against the Eagles.
vsPhiladelphia Eagles
25Tennessee TitansVince Young
165 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 20 rush yards, 2 INT
Young has the reins, but he has yet to prove he can be a consistent passer. His breakout performance won't come against the Steelers.
vsPittsburgh Steelers
26Cincinnati BengalsCarson Palmer
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Palmer was serviceable against the Ravens last season, but hardly extraordinary. Roll with him if there is nothing better on your bench.
vsBaltimore Ravens
27Oakland RaidersJason Campbell
155 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 2 INT
Campbell had a rough first week against a pass defense that is not very strong, so he is a risky option against any opponent at this point. He should only be considered in two-QB leagues this week.
vsSt. Louis Rams
28Carolina PanthersMatt Moore
165 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Moore suffered a concussion in Week 1 and is questionable for this week's game. He will hand the ball off a lot even if he does play, so plan on going a different direction even in two-QB leagues.
vsTampa Bay Buccaneers
29New York JetsMark Sanchez
145 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 10 rush yards, 1 INT
In two games against the Patriots last season, Sanchez averaged 150 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Those numbers make him nothing more than a second quarterback in two-QB leagues for Week 2.
vsNew England Patriots
30St. Louis RamsSam Bradford
155 pass yards, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
The Rams did not wait to get Bradford involved in the offense. Bradford attempted 55 passes in Week 1 and finished with 253 passing yards and a touchdown. However, the high number of opportunities also resulted in three interceptions. Don't expect a repeat.
atOakland Raiders
31Cleveland BrownsJake Delhomme
135 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INT
As usual, there are much better fantasy QB options to choose from. If you have to start him, however, this is the week to do it.
vsKansas City Chiefs
32Buffalo BillsTrent Edwards
110 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 3 INT
Edwards completed just over 50 percent of his passes and threw for fewer than 150 yards in the opener. The Packers will be in his face a lot, so expect a couple of turnovers as well in Week 2.
atGreen Bay Packers
 
 
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