Fantasy Player Projections

 
Defenses
RankTeamProjectionOpponent
149ers

2 INTs, 3 Sacks, TD

The Niners have faced two of the top offenses in the NFL in Green Bay and Detroit, and now they're about to face a second-year quarterback in Christian Ponder. This defense has five sacks on the season, and could add three or four more to that number this week.

atvikings
2eagles

2 INTs, 3 Sacks, TD

The Eagles have forced six turnovers to go with four sacks. They should be an excellent start once again in Week 3, as the Cardinals host Philadelphia. The Cards have yet to solve their quarterback issues, and it is severely affecting the rest of their offense.

atcardinals
3bears

2 INTs, 3 Sacks

The Bears forced the Colts into five turnovers in Week 1, but the Packers had just two in Week 2. The Bears' true fantasy value, however, lies in their sack totals. They have eight sacks after two weeks, and they should harass quarterback Sam Bradford all day.

vsrams
4jets

2 INTs, 3 Sacks

The Jets laid an egg in Week 2 against the Steelers after a big Week 1. They registered three sacks, but they couldn't get any turnovers. This unit should have a big day against the Dolphins and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

atdolphins
5dolphins

2 INTs, 3 Sacks

The Dolphins have made it a point to become run-stoppers this season, despite what Houston did to them in Week 1. They forced one turnover, with no sacks, in Week 2 against Oakland. They allowed 20 points on average to the Jets in two games last season.

vsjets
6cardinals

2 INTs, 2 Sacks

The Cardinals have had a couple stout defensive efforts in their first two games, totaling seven sacks with three turnovers. While they stymied Tom Brady and Co., it's tough to recommend starting them in fantasy against Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles' other playmakers.

vseagles
7lions

INT, 3 Sacks

Detroit's defense has given up 50 points in two games against subpar offensive units. This week the Lions face the league's worst offense. Things have to get better, right?

attitans
8cowboys

INT, 2 Sacks

The Cowboys rank near the bottom of the league in the return game and have yet to collect their first interception on defense. The talent is there, so we're convinced the numbers will follow.

vsbuccaneers
9jaguars

INT, 2 Sacks

The Jaguars have struggled to defend the run and pass this season, and while fantasy owners might expect Jacksonville to "rattle a rookie quarterback" in Week 3, Andrew Luck is no ordinary rookie. The suffering continues …

atcolts
10colts

INT, 2 Sacks

Colts fans are upbeat about the new-look offense, but the defense is still vulnerable, and will have its hands full this week trying to contain Maurice Jones-Drew.

vsjaguars
11broncos

INT, 2 Sacks

Von Miller is tied for the AFC lead with three sacks, and Denver has been its usual, stingy self against the run. Yet for some reason, this unit remains one of the league's most underrated.

vstexans
12patriots

INT, 2 Sacks

The Patriots hit Joe Flacco seven times (three sacks) and forced one interception in the last meeting. Bill Belichick will need similar success for his team to stay in this game.

atravens
13ravens

INT, 2 Sacks

The Ravens defense hasn't exactly looked like itself so far this September, but fantasy owners can expect that to change in this marquee contest. As usual, count on a turnover or two and zero tolerance near the line of scrimmage.

vspatriots
14packers

INT, 2 Sacks

There will be no seven-sack masterpiece this week. Russell Wilson does a good job of avoiding pressure and making plays on the fly. The Packers will force him into a mistake or two, but Seattle will not be the whipping boys that the Bears were.

atseahawks
15rams

INT, 2 Sacks

The Rams had a tough time with the Redskins and their rookie quarterback, which most teams will continue to have this season. The Bears are hurting on offense, but not enough to consider the Rams in fantasy play.

atbears
16bills

INT, 2 Sacks

The Bills D/ST came through with a big day against the Chiefs in Week 2. With five sacks, three forced turnovers and an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown, the Bills have become fantasy worthy for Week 3, with their Week 1 debacle against the Jets behind them.

atbrowns
17saints

INT, 2 Sacks

The Saints have left a lot to be desired over the first couple weeks of the season, allowing 75 points. They have three sacks and one turnover so far, which means the Chiefs should be able to do some damage in Week 3. Don't use the Saints D/ST until they figure things out on defense.

vschiefs
18falcons

INT, 2 Sacks

The Falcons put together a surprising effort against quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Monday night, forcing four turnovers in the first quarter alone. The Chargers have a less-imposing offense, but the Falcons D/ST is still a mediocre option this week.

atchargers
19chargers

INT, 2 Sacks

The Chargers have only been able to force one turnover in each game so far, and they went without a sack in Week 2 against the Titans. But they have kept their opponents' yardage and points down. The Falcons pose too much of a problem, however, for fantasy owners in Week 3.

vsfalcons
20raiders

INT, 2 Sacks

The Raiders laid down against Reggie Bush and Co. in Week 2. Bush rushed for over 170 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dolphins scored 35 points against Oakland. Fantasy owners should have several better options for Week 3 than the Raiders D/ST.

vssteelers
21giants

3 Sacks

The Giants have allowed 29.0 points per game and have collected just four sacks and three turnovers. New York's secondary has become a target for opposing teams. This is not the same unit you drafted this summer.

atpanthers
22panthers

INT, Sack

The Panthers have allowed a ton of yards on the ground this season, and they rank near the bottom in sack production. It's not a unit fantasy owners should get excited about.

vsgiants
23buccaneers

INT, Sack

The Buccaneers have generated just three sacks so far and have given up 25.5 points per game. Somehow we're not convinced Dallas' offense is the best thing for this unit.

atcowboys
24titans

INT, Sack

Tennessee's defense has allowed 36.0 points per game and has generated just one turnover. This is a scary matchup for Titans fans looking for a cure from their early-season hangover.

vslions
25texans

INT, Sack

Texans fans can't expect a three-interception performance from Peyton Manning this week. This game will be slow and clean, offering few fantasy points for the two defenses.

atbroncos
26browns

INT, Sack

The Browns allowed Andy Dalton to throw for 318 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2. The Browns got six sacks, but no interceptions. The Bills stunk offensively in Week 1 before a big rebound game in Week 2. The Browns D/ST is not yet worth owning.

vsbills
27vikings

3 Sacks

The Vikings have four sacks and one forced turnover and have allowed 23 points in each game. While these 49ers aren't Joe Montana's 49ers, they still are much better than the Vikings' previous foes, the Jaguars and Colts.

vs49ers
28chiefs

INT, Sack

If you've started the Chiefs defense this season, you should be commended for being in a league with 24 teams. They should be bad once again in Week 3 at New Orleans. They have allowed 75 points so far this season.

atsaints
29steelers

INT, Sack

The Steelers got two more sacks in Week 2 against the Jets, but they have just one forced turnover on the season. The Raiders' offense was held in check for the most part against Miami, so perhaps this will be an easier foe for the Steel Curtain.

atraiders
30bengals

Sack

The Bengals have given up 71 points combined to the Ravens and Browns; the Redskins lead the league in scoring. This could get interesting.

atredskins
31redskins

Sack

No Brian Orakpo or Adam Carriker could spell doom for a front seven that was already having trouble slowing down opponents.

vsbengals
32seahawks

Sack

The Seahawks may be able to take advantage of suspect left tackle Marshall Newhouse, but other than that the Packers do a good job of insulating their quarterback. And Aaron Rodgers does a good job of limiting mistakes.

vspackers
 
 
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