Fantasy Player Projections

 
New England Patriots
Land Shark Stadium | Monday, October 04 | 8:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Pick: Patriots 27, Dolphins 17
Miami Dolphins
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTom Brady
260 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
The Dolphins have an improved pass defense in 2010, but if Mark Sanchez can throw three touchdown passes against Miami, Brady should be able to put up good numbers as well.
RBFred Taylor
20 rush yards
Taylor left Sunday's game early and did not do much before departing. Go with a healthier, safer option this week.
RBBenJarvus Green-Ellis
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 45 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Another injury in the New England backfield opened the door for Green-Ellis in Week 3, and he responded by rushing for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown. He's the flavor of the week among Patriots running backs this time around.
WRRandy Moss
4 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Moss has scored 10 touchdowns in nine career games against the Dolphins, so there is a good chance he finds the end zone in Week 4. Hopefully Moss is able to start racking up more yards as well.
WRWes Welker
4 rec, 65 yards
Welker's fantasy production has gone down each of the last two weeks, but he remains a viable option given the explosiveness of the Patriots' passing attack.
WRJulian Edelman
4 rec, 60 yards, 1 TD
Edelman is off to a quiet start this season, so use a different option this week, especially with the Patriots facing a Miami defense that is ninth in the league against the pass.
TEAaron Hernandez
4 rec, 45 yards
Hernandez has already recorded 211 eceiving yards this season, which is good for third among all tight ends. Give Hernandez a shot if he is still on your league's free-agent list.
KStephen Gostkowski
3 PATs, 2 FGs
Gostkowski has yet to reach double digits this season, but he remains a weekly starter because the Patriots can light up the scoreboard any week.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Patriots forced just one turnover in two games against Miami last season and are giving up more than 27 points per game, which makes it especially tough to start them in leagues that utilize point bonuses.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBChad Henne
170 pass yards, 1 pass TD
Henne has thrown two touchdown passes in three career games -- once last week and once in a game against the Patriots last season. He is a decent second quarterback option this week.
RBRonnie Brown
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Brown has been fairly quiet up to this point, and don't expect that to change much in Week 4. Brown is averaging just 72 total yards per game in seven career matchups with the Patriots.
RBRicky Williams
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 40 rush yards
The Dolphins' running game has yet to get going, which has really limited Williams' production. Don't expect this to be the week he breaks out.
WRBrandon Marshall
6 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
Marshall broke out in a big way last week, and he should be able to put up another nice stat line in Week 4 against the Patriots' inexperienced secondary.
WRDavone Bess
3 rec, 35 yards
Bess racked up 86 yards last week, but there are better fantasy options than the third receiver on a team throwing for barely over 200 yards a game.
WRBrian Hartline
3 rec, 35 yards
Hartline's production has picked up, and against the Patriots' 25th-ranked pass defense, he could be a third receiver option in deeper leagues.
TEAnthony Fasano
2 rec, 20 yards
Fasano has just one touchdown in five career games against the Patriots, so don't expect from him in Week 5.
KDan Carpenter
2 PATs, 1 FG
Carpenter has been up and down through three weeks, but he should put up decent numbers if the Dolphins can get their offense clicking.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Patriots offense can put up big point totals at any time, so avoid using the Miami defense this week if you can.
 
 
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