Fantasy Player Projections

1saintsDrew Brees

Drew Brees

275 pass yards, 3 pass TDs

Brees struggled in the early going against the Redskins, until he finally put it together to put up his standard 300-yard game with three TD passes. But it took him 52 passes to do it (second-most in the NFL). No worries here, though. The Saints are built to pass.

2bearsJay Cutler

Jay Cutler

308 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

It's fair to argue Cutler's image can only be repaired with a win over the Bears' arch rival. Cutler has been humiliated in each of his last three meetings with Green Bay, throwing five interceptions and just two touchdowns. But this is a different Bears offense, and we believe fantasy owners will see a different Jay Cutler this week.

3cowboysTony Romo

Tony Romo

293 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 18 rush yards

If Arizona's John Skelton and Kevin Kolb can combine to pass for 210 yards against the Seahawks, certainly Romo can push the 300-yard mark for a second straight week.

4bengalsAndy Dalton

Andy Dalton

279 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

The Browns present Dalton with a nice rebound after a rough outing Monday night against the Ravens defense. Dalton had better than a 100 QB Rating in both games against Cleveland last year.

5patriotsTom 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.

6broncosPeyton Manning

Peyton Manning

245 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Manning paid fantasy dividends for all those owners who gambled on him after he missed all of 2011 with a neck injury. He threw for 253 yards and two TDs against the Steelers. Week 2 could be a shootout between QBs, with Matt Ryan on the other sideline.

7eaglesMichael Vick

Michael Vick

229 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 34 rush yards

Aggressive, attacking-style defenses like Baltimore actually suit Vick, as they allow him to move from the pocket and make plays on the go. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Deep down, we're guessing Vick's fantasy owners aren't all too excited about seeing him face the Ravens.

8packersAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

256 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 21 rush yards

Rodgers will be forced to make plays on the move this week against a Bears defense that will show zero respect for the Packers ground attack. As was the case against San Francisco, Rodgers will make plays and sustain drives, but he'll be forced into bad situations and rare mistakes.

9vikingsChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

245 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Ponder hasn't quite reached fantasy relevance yet, but last week's performance, coupled with a favorable matchup against a Colts team that gave up 333 yards to Jay Cutler, should do wonders for his stock.

10falconsMatt Ryan

Matt Ryan

295 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

With four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), Ryan gave notice that this Falcons passing offense could make him a top-five fantasy QB all season. The Falcons passed the ball about twice as much as they ran it in their new offense. He's a must-start fantasy option.

11panthersCam Newton

Cam Newton

230 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 25 rush yards

The second-year quarterback had a tough time with a surprisingly tough Buccaneers defense, although he still finished with his fourth career 300-yard game. He averaged about 190 passing yards in two games against the Saints last year, with two passing TDs and one rushing TD.

12coltsAndrew Luck

Andrew Luck

289 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Luck will put up nice passing totals out of necessity. There wasn't much pretty to look at last week against Chicago, but Luck throwing the ball 45 times should attract at least moderate fantasy attention.

13lionsMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

278 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Fantasy owners can expect Stafford to mimic Aaron Rodgers' performance against San Francisco from a week ago (44 attempts, 303 yards). The 49ers force the pass; Stafford is not complaining.

14chargersPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

260 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Sixteen of Rivers' 24 passes against the Raiders Monday night went to running backs and tight ends. With an undrafted rookie left tackle, the Chargers were cautious in not allowing pass plays to last too long. Rivers remains an excellent fantasy starter in Week 2 against a Titans team that gave up two TDs to Tom Brady and Co.

15giantsEli Manning

Eli Manning

255 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Manning and the Giants had a Super Bowl hangover game in the NFL kickoff season opener in Week 1. He has had 11 days to prepare for the Bucs, who played surprisingly well on defense against the Panthers. Manning remains a solid fantasy starter.

16steelersBen Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

242 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Roethlisberger followed up a Week 1 loss last year with a 22-of-30, 298-yard effort against Seattle. He won't need to throw the ball 30 times this week, but Roethlisberger's arm will help the Steelers get back on track.

17billsRyan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

240 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

While his three interceptions certainly hurt his fantasy cause, Fitzpatrick was also able to offset the pain a little bit with three touchdown passes. Running back Fred Jackson (knee) is sidelined and receiver David Nelson (knee) is out for the year. Fitzpatrick is still just a fantasy backup.

18texansMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

238 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Think that fat contract will affect Schaub’s play? Not likely. Schaub has thrown 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions in games against Jacksonville dating back to the start of the 2008 season.

19redskinsRobert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

220 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs, 25 rush yards

Only Matt Ryan outscored RGIII in fantasy leagues in Week 1, and the rookie Heisman winner is certainly considered a fantasy star to watch. The play-calling was conservative, with short passes and lots of bubble screens, which is necessary with the Redskins offensive line. Expect more of the same in Week 2.

2049ersAlex Smith

Alex Smith

204 pass yards, pass TD

The 49ers won't want to play at Detroit's pace on Sunday, but they'll get forced into a high-tempo passing affair that will require another masterful performance from Smith. We think he's up for it.

21jaguarsBlaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

213 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 11 rush yards

Last Sunday Gabbert looked like a quarterback who made strides in the offseason; soon it will translate to nice totals for fantasy owners … just not this week, not against this defense.

22buccaneersJosh Freeman

Josh Freeman

240 pass yards, pass TD, INT

After getting out to a quick start against the Panthers, Freeman settled into ball-control mode with the Bucs offense. He completed his first seven passes of the game on the first drive and he looks more like his 2010 self than his 2011 edition. The Giants have been beat up in the secondary, making Freeman a borderline fantasy starter in Week 2.

23ramsSam Bradford

Sam Bradford

240 pass yards, pass TD, INT

The Heisman winner didn't do much in the box score, but he did play well and kept his team in the game against Detroit. The Rams are committed to the running game, however, so his fantasy future isn't a great one.

24chiefsMatt Cassel

Matt Cassel

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Cassel didn’t have a great opener, with 258 passing yards, one TD and two picks (one wasn’t his fault), and now he’s going to have to deal with an angry/embarrassed Bills defense that Mark Sanchez shredded.

25raidersCarson Palmer

Carson Palmer

220 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Palmer was just three yards short of a 300-yard game against the Chargers Monday night. He threw for one touchdown, but he didn't turn the ball over. He should have a nice game against a reeling Dolphins team.

26ravensJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

219 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Flacco proved again on Monday that, on occasion, he can put up a respectable fantasy total. His ability to take what's available to him should help him produce another solid performance against an Eagles defense full of playmakers.

27seahawksRussell Wilson

Russell Wilson

189 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs, 27 rush yards

Give Wilson some credit; he had his team in position to win on the road in Week 1, and threw a catchable ball in the end zone on fourth down. He showed potential. This week -- against one of the NFL's most talented defenses -- he'll show that he's only a rookie.

28brownsBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

197 pass yards, pass TD, INT

The good news is that Weeden's first NFL start is behind him. The bad news is that he can be expected to play just as poorly in each of Cleveland's next 15 contests this season.

29titansJake Locker

Jake Locker

230 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

The sophomore QB injured his shoulder trying to make a tackle after a turnover against the Patriots in Week 1. He's expected to play in Week 2 at San Diego, and he'll get WR Kenny Britt back from suspension. Even so, he's not a recommended fantasy starter.

30cardinalsKevin 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.

31jetsMark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

182 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Sanchez looked like a rock star in Week 1. Of course, that was at home against Buffalo; this week he's on the road against Pittsburgh. Suddenly he looks like your average karaoke singer.

32jetsTim Tebow

Tim Tebow

0 pass yards, 48 rush yards

Tebow would love to throw another game-winning touchdown to beat Pittsburgh this week. Too bad he's a backup now with no real expectation for seeing time under center.

33dolphinsRyan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

185 pass yards, 2 INTs

Welcome to the NFL, rookie. Only fellow rookie QB Brandon Weeden had a worse Week 1 among fantasy starters than Tannehill. Three interceptions are just one of the reasons he's not worth owning, much less starting in standard leagues.

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