Fantasy Player Projections

 
Texans
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Sunday , Sep. 23 | 04:25 PM EST (CBS)
Broncos
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

234 pass yards, pass TD, INT

The Broncos were tested by Ben Roethlisberger and plucked apart by Matt Ryan. Both threw two touchdowns. Does Schaub belong in that company? Not quite.

RBArian Foster

Arian Foster

79 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 24 rec yards

This game pits the league's best back against one of its top run defenses. The Broncos allow just 2.6 yards per carry and have permitted just one rushing score. Yards will be harder to find this week.

RBBen Tate

Ben Tate

38 rush yards, 1 rec, 11 rec yards

Admit it: You picked Tate just to mess with the guy in your league who drafted Arian Foster, and now you're convinced Tate can be an every-week starter. Give up on that dream. Tate is a fill in who most weeks won't see as many touches as he did against the Jaguars -- certainly not against the Broncos.

WRAndre Johnson

Andre Johnson

8 rec, 89 yards

Johnson was kept quiet in Week 2 but will re-emerge in Week 3 against a Broncos team that couldn't stop Roddy White on Monday night. To win, the Texans will need everything Johnson can offer.

WRKevin Walter

Kevin Walter

3 rec, 38 yards

Walter is good for about four games with 50 or more receiving yards a year. This won't be one.

TEOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

4 rec, 43 yards, rec TD

Tight ends have caught two of the four touchdown passes the Broncos have allowed this season. Daniels has been the Texans' steadiest pass-catcher. Sounds like a good matchup to us.

KShayne Graham

Shayne Graham

2 PATs, 2 FGs

This could be Graham's "calmest" game to date this season, as both clubs like to control the ball and move the clock.

DEFENSE

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.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBPeyton Manning

Peyton Manning

209 pass yards, pass TD, INT

In his last two games against Houston (with the Colts), Manning threw five touchdowns, no interceptions and completed 74-of-102 attempts. That was two years ago. This Texans unit features a new coordinator and several names Manning hasn't faced before.

RBWillis McGahee

Willis McGahee

64 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

McGahee is fresh off a 113-yard effort. The Texans haven't allowed a rushing score to date, but they have given up 4.4 yards per carry. McGahee's fantasy owners can expect 15 or more carries.

WRDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

6 rec, 63 yards, rec TD

Thomas is the only Broncos receiver with a 20-yard reception to date, a 71-yard score in Week ). Don't expect many big gainers in this contest; the longest reception Houston has allowed so far went for 17 yards.

WREric Decker

Eric Decker

6 rec, 59 yards

Hard to believe, but Decker had better numbers through two weeks last year with Tim Tebow under center. Fantasy owners expected more with Peyton Manning calling the shots, and Houston's defense is by no means the cure.

WRBrandon Stokley

Brandon Stokley

2 rec, 28 yards

At his best, Stokley will make fantasy owners scouring the waiver wire think for a second; at his worst, he'll disappear from the box score and fall out of memory.

TEJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

3 rec, 31 yards

Tamme's familiarity with Peyton Manning has meant little so far. He has been targeted just nine times (half as many as leading receiver Demaryius Thomas) and has averaged just 8.0 yards per catch. Tamme is starting to fall out of favor with fantasy owners.

KMatt Prater

Matt Prater

2 PATs, FG

The Texans have allowed just one field goal attempt so far this season. Perhaps that's because opponents have been limited to a league-low 392 yards -- that’s 137 fewer yards than the No. 2-ranked defense.

DEFENSE

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.

 
 
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