Fantasy Player Projections

 
Cardinals
Gillette Stadium
Sunday , Sep. 16 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Patriots
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBKevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb

200 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

John Skelton suffered a low ankle sprain late in Week 1 against the Seahawks. He's a question mark for Week 2, but he wasn't that good when he played anyway. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere in Week 2; Kolb will have a tough time with the Patriots’ rejuvenated defense.

RBBeanie Wells

Beanie Wells

35 rush yards, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

Wells came into Week 1 with a sore hamstring, and the Seahawks didn't really give him much breathing room when he got the ball. His 14 yards on seven carries should be enough to keep him on your bench this week.

RBRyan Williams

Ryan Williams

50 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Williams had eight carries for nine yards in his NFL regular season debut against the Seahawks. This Cardinals offensive line is not a strong one, and fantasy owners should remain leery of Williams and Beanie Wells (hamstring).

WRLarry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

5 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Talk about a man on an island. The Cardinals have a bad running game, which is trumped by two bad quarterbacks, keeping Fitzgerald from doing much damage. He still caught four passes for 63 yards, and better days should be ahead.

WRAndre Roberts

Andre Roberts

4 rec, 45 yards

The second-best receiving option in Arizona remains Roberts, as rookie Michael Floyd tries to figure out how to run precise routes. Even so, Roberts isn't worth a fantasy look yet.

TETodd Heap

Todd Heap

3 rec, 20 yards

With four targets, Heap was the Cardinals' third-busiest receiving option in Week 1. He's also a nice red-zone option, although they likely won't get down there much this season.

KJay Feely

Jay Feely

PAT, 2 FGs

With two field goals and two extra points, Feely finished the day as a mediocre fantasy option. He’s usually not considered that because this offense is less than stellar.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

While the Cardinals turned in an admirable fantasy performance in Week 1, remember that it was against a rookie QB in Seattle's Russell Wilson. Don't start this defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTom Brady

Tom Brady

270 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

While Mr. Brady didn't have a banner afternoon at Tennessee, he still contributed nicely to fantasy teams with 236 passing yards and two touchdowns. A broken nose shouldn't affect him in Week 2 against the Cardinals either. He's still a top-five quarterback.

RBStevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

80 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

The Patriots ran the second-year back early and often at Tennessee, allowing him to rack up 125 yards on 21 carries. He's a hard runner who's going to see defenses that are trying to stop the passing game more than the run. He's a bona fide fantasy starter now.

RBShane Vereen

Shane Vereen

15 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

A foot injury kept Vereen sidelined for Week 1, and Stevan Ridley's big game will keep Vereen on the bench even when he is healthy.

WRBrandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

5 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

In his Patriots debut, Lloyd caught five passes for 69 yards on eight targets. No Patriots player was targeted more by Tom Brady. Lloyd's going to have some big plays this season, once he and Brady get on track downfield.

WRWes Welker

Wes Welker

4 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Interestingly, it was Welker who lost out on targets from QB Tom Brady with the addition of Brandon Lloyd to the Patriots' huddle. With just five targets, Welker was Brady's fourth favorite option. Don't worry too much, as the Titans paid him a lot of attention the entire game.

TEAaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

6 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

With seven targets in Week 1, Hernandez shined as Brady's second-favorite receiving option behind Brandon Lloyd. He caught six passes for 59 yards and a TD. He should do well in Week 2 against the Cardinals as well.

TERob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

5 rec, 55 yards

Gronk had six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, but he was nearly outdone by his teammate. The ascension of RB Stevan Ridley could cut into Gronk's touchdown catches, too.

KStephen Gostkowski

Stephen Gostkowski

5 PATs, 2 FGs

Two field goals and four extra points made for a solid day from the Patriots kicker in Week 1. He should be starting in all leagues whenever he’s healthy.

DEFENSE

2 INTs, 2 Sacks, TD

The Patriots defense smothered Titans RB Chris Johnson (four yards), knocked out QB Jake Locker and held the Titans to just 13 points -- in Tennessee. The Cardinals offense is in trouble, and this new and improved Patriots D/ST should have a huge day.

 
 
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