Fantasy Player Projections

 
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RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees
305 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Brees threw five touchdown passes in two games against the Falcons last season. He should have a big performance in Week 3.
vsAtlanta Falcons
2Green Bay PackersAaron Rodgers
275 pass yards, 3 pass TD
Rodgers has not gotten off to a blazing start this season and had only one total touchdown in two games against the Bears last season, but he will break out in prime time this week against a Bears' defense that is vulnerable to the pass.
atChicago Bears
3Philadelphia EaglesMichael Vick
250 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 40 rush yards, 1 INT
To the relief of many fantasy owners with Eagles players, Vick gets the start for at least another game and the foreseeable future. Ride the hot hand here for what should be a huge game against a weak defense.
atJacksonville Jaguars
4Houston TexansMatt Schaub
285 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
There's a lot to like about this matchup. Both teams will have to throw to keep pace with the other, and Schaub could put up substantial numbers.
vsDallas Cowboys
5New York GiantsEli Manning
270 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
Manning's start to the 2010 season has been shaky at best. The Titans secured 20 interceptions last season, but they also gave up a ton of yards. Manning could put up big numbers, but needs to get over the turnover bug.
vsTennessee Titans
6Dallas CowboysTony Romo
270 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
Romo hasn't put up spectacular numbers yet, though a beat-up offensive line hasn't done him any favors. In time he should produce at his normal, high level.
atHouston Texans
7New England PatriotsTom Brady
240 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Brady wasn't in top form last weekend, throwing two picks against the Jets. He should bounce back against the Bills.
vsBuffalo Bills
8San Diego ChargersPhilip Rivers
240 pass yards, 2 pass TD
Vincent Jackson's absence has not hurt Rivers' production at all. Rivers has five touchdowns through two weeks -- expect a couple more this week against Seattle.
atSeattle Seahawks
9Chicago BearsJay Cutler
245 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Cutler has played very well early this season; and though he threw six interceptions in two games against the Packers last season, he should be able to take advantage of their inexperienced secondary in Week 3.
vsGreen Bay Packers
10Minnesota VikingsBrett Favre
270 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Favre has thrown 57 touchdown passes in 34 career games against the Lions, so this should be the week he gets back on track after a rough start.
vsDetroit Lions
11Indianapolis ColtsPeyton Manning
240 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Manning didn't need 57 pass attempts last week like he did in Week 1 against Houston. The Giants' secondary provided little resistance. The Broncos' secondary will be a tougher, but Manning should post decent numbers as always.
atDenver Broncos
12Washington RedskinsDonovan McNabb
215 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 15 rush yards
McNabb should have a big week against the Rams' inexperienced corners, but hopefully the Redskins don't get too far ahead and simply turn to the running game.
atSt. Louis Rams
13San Francisco 49ersAlex Smith
200 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 30 rush yards, 1 INT
Smith looked accurate and poised last week against the Saints despite a mediocre stat line. He could break out against the Chiefs.
atKansas City Chiefs
14Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan
240 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Ryan struggled in his lone game against the Saints last season, but he is coming off a big performance in Week 2. Expect Ryan's production to be somehwere in the middle this week.
atNew Orleans Saints
15Baltimore RavensJoe Flacco
215 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Flacco enjoyed a big game against the Browns in Week 3 last season before a nagging hip injury began to hinder his performance. Just hope his atrocious performance last week against the Bengals was an aberration.
vsCleveland Browns
16Jacksonville JaguarsDavid Garrard
215 pass yards, 10 rush yards
Garrard was really good in Week 1 and really bad in Week 2. Hopefully the good Garrard shows up this week, but he is still not much more than a second fantasy QB at this point.
vsPhiladelphia Eagles
17New York JetsMark Sanchez
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Sanchez had a big performance in Week 2 and played well in both games against the Dolphins last season, but he remains a fringe starting option in most formats given how often the Jets run the ball.
atMiami Dolphins
18Miami DolphinsChad Henne
185 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Henne played well against the Jets last season, but he simply does not put up the passing numbers that the top quarterbacks provide. He is not more than a second quarterback this week.
vsNew York Jets
19Arizona CardinalsDerek Anderson
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
The Raiders have a strong pass defense, so Anderson is not a very good option for Week 3. He will not be more than a second quarterback in 2-QB leagues.
vsOakland Raiders
20Seattle SeahawksMatt Hasselbeck
180 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
Hasselbeck's running touchdowns have really boosted his fantasy numbers, but he is not going to get those every week.The Chargers intercepted four passes last week, so be wary of using Hasselbeck this week.
vsSan Diego Chargers
21Tampa Bay BuccaneersJosh Freeman
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 15 rush yards, 2 INT
Freeman will need a big game in Week 3 if the Buccaneers hope to knock off the Steelers. He should be a useful option in 2-QB leagues given his 4:1 TD:INT ratio and ability to pick up yards on the ground.
vsPittsburgh Steelers
22Cincinnati BengalsCarson Palmer
160 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards
Despite the weapons and despite Palmer's pedigree, the running game is still the Bengals' top priority this season. His receivers will have more trouble getting open against the Panthers as well.
atCarolina Panthers
23Pittsburgh SteelersCharlie Batch
170 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Either Batch or Byron Leftwich will start for the Steelers in Week 3. Whoever gets the nod may be a useful Week 3 option in 2-QB leagues but not in standard leagues.
atTampa Bay Buccaneers
24Tennessee TitansVince Young
140 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 25 rush yards, 1 INT
He'll start this week, but now we know Jeff Fisher won't hesitate to yank Young for Kerry Collins if the situation warrants it.
atNew York Giants
25Kansas City ChiefsMatt Cassel
170 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
A weak offensive line doesn't help, but Cassel hasn't looked good even with time. He has played very conservatively so far and is still missing open receivers.
vsSan Francisco 49ers
26Detroit LionsShaun Hill
180 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 3 INT
The Vikings have not given up much in terms of passing yards this season; so even though Hill threw for over 300 yards last week, don't expect him to repeat that in Week 3.
atMinnesota Vikings
27Denver BroncosKyle Orton
150 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Orton has looked solid through two games, though admittedly he has yet to face much of a test defensively. He could put up good numbers again Sunday, though he probably won't approach the fantasy elite.
vsIndianapolis Colts
28St. Louis RamsSam Bradford
155 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
The Redkins' defense has given up a lot of passing yards, but Bradford is still a risky option this week given his inexperience and questionable receiving corps.
vsWashington Redskins
29Cleveland BrownsSeneca Wallace
125 pass yards, 25 rush yards, 2 INT
With reports that Jake Delhomme likely has a high-ankle sprain, Seneca Wallace looks in line for another start. Wallace had a costly turnover last week against the Chiefs, and he's up against a fuming Ravens defense.
atBaltimore Ravens
30Oakland RaidersJason Campbell
145 pass yards, 2 INT
Campbell was replaced by Bruce Gradkowksi at halftime in Week 2, but he has not been removed from the starting role just yet. Still, the early removal should lead fantasy players in another direction, even in 2-QB leagues.
atArizona Cardinals
31Buffalo BillsRyan Fitzpatrick
115 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
Fitzpatrick gets the start this week over Trent Edwards, though he won't be a major boost for the offense.
atNew England Patriots
32Carolina PanthersJimmy Clausen
135 pass yards, 3 INT
Clausen didn't fare that well after taking over for Matt Moore last week, and he's facing a Bengals defense that picked off Joe Flacco four times.
vsCincinnati Bengals
 
 
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