Fantasy Player Projections

1redskinsRobert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

250 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 50 rush yards, rush TD

Griffin remains the top fantasy quarterback in the land after throwing for a touchdown and running for another (and 85 yards) against the Bengals in Week 3. The Buccaneers are an improved defense, but the Heisman winner shouldn't have too much trouble against a bad secondary.

2saintsDrew Brees

Drew Brees

341 pass yards, 3 pass TDs

Brees blasted the Packers for 419 yards on 49 attempts at the start of last season. He may not get quite as many yards this time around, but he'll come close.

3packersAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

309 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 21 rush yards

After a week in which he was manhandled by the Seahawks' pass rush and robbed by the refs, Rodgers is entitled to have a little fun against the Saints' 25th-ranked pass defense.

4panthersCam Newton

Cam Newton

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 45 rush yards, rush TD

The season isn't quite going the way Newton's owners had planned, and things could get worse against the Falcons. It was only last week that Newton threw three interceptions against a previously struggling Giants defense, and the Falcons lead the league in picks.

5cowboysTony Romo

Tony Romo

296 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 13 rush yards

Where are the touchdowns? Romo has tossed just one the past two weeks. The Bears are aggressive and will attempt to force Romo into mistakes -- and it seems like those are the matchups in which Romo is at his best, a la Week 1 against the Giants.

6patriotsTom Brady

Tom Brady

275 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Brady threw for 300 yards once again, but he was only able to connect on one touchdown pass at Baltimore in Week 3. There's no reason to panic, as he has just one interception this season and his fantasy points have increased each week.

7falconsMatt Ryan

Matt Ryan

280 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 20 rush yards

No one has more touchdown passes than Ryan after three games, and he'll remain red hot after a three-touchdown game at San Diego. While he also threw his first interception of the season last week, Ryan remains a must-start quarterback in all formats.

8billsRyan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

285 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 15 rush yards

Fitzpatrick threw for three touchdowns at Cleveland in Week 3, but he lost his electrifying running back to injury. While Fitzpatrick did throw for more than 675 yards and four touchdowns in two games against the Patriots in 2011, he also threw six interceptions. He'll face an improved unit this time.

949ersAlex Smith

Alex Smith

210 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 15 rush yards

In Week 3 against the Vikings, Smith threw his first interception in 249 passes. He had a subpar day, with just 204 yards passing and one touchdown. Even with the Jets losing cornerback Darrelle Revis, Smith is not a smart fantasy play against the Jets in Week 4.

10bengalsAndy Dalton

Andy Dalton

243 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Fantasy owners and commentators have been so caught up in what Dalton lacks (arm strength) that they fail to mention what matters most: his decision-making and accuracy. He's delivered back-to-back weeks of 300-plus yards and three touchdowns. This guy's just getting warmed up.

11ravensJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

241 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

This year fantasy owners have witnessed a new Flacco, who ranks second in passing yards and boasts a QB Rating of 101.1. This week Flacco should school a Browns secondary that has allowed 269.0 passing yards per game and eight touchdowns –- tied for second-most in the league.

12buccaneersJosh Freeman

Josh Freeman

225 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 20 rush yards

It was a rough afternoon for Freeman in Week 3, as he threw for just 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Dallas. He has been a subpar fantasy quarterback so far, but the Redskins' pass defense cures all ills. Washington has allowed an NFL-high 10 passing touchdowns, so consider Freeman for one more week.

13giantsEli Manning

Eli Manning

274 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

The only NFL passer with more than 1,000 yards should continue to roll. Manning has had the Eagles' number of late, with nine touchdowns and two interceptions in his last three meetings with Philadelphia.

14raidersCarson Palmer

Carson Palmer

260 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

With three touchdown passes against the Steelers, Palmer had a solid fantasy week despite throwing for 209 yards and one interception. He's playing his best ball right now, and he's off to his best start since 2007. The Broncos are 15th in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 233.7 passing yards.

15lionsMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

258 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

How well Stafford holds up in practice this week will determine whether he suits up on Sunday despite a leg injury. In a game that could drop the Lions to 1-3, there is a good chance Detroit won't hold anything back.

16broncosPeyton Manning

Peyton Manning

255 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Manning bounced back from a subpar performance in Week 2, with his first 300-yard game of 2012 in Week 3 against Houston. Despite taking a while to get going, he rewarded his fantasy owners again with two more touchdown passes. The Raiders rank 26th against the pass, and they have allowed an average of two passing touchdowns per game.

17eaglesMichael Vick

Michael Vick

244 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 38 rush yards

It seems absurd that Andy Reid would have to defend starting Vick, but he did this week. Vick has struggled to find consistency in the passing game, and fantasy owners can expect the Giants to bring a lot of pressure to try to make Vick uncomfortable.

18chargersPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

235 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

The Falcons' improved defense kept Rivers and the Chargers out of the end zone in Week 3. Rivers threw for 173 yards and two interceptions, and was considered a fantasy failure. Interestingly, he has thrown for zero touchdowns and four interceptions in his past two games against the Chiefs.

19cardinalsKevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb

235 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Kolb had his best game of the season in Week 3, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a direct beneficiary of it. Kolb threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and he has yet to throw an interception. Even so, fantasy owners still shouldn't look to Kolb for help in Week 4 against Miami.

20seahawksRussell Wilson

Russell Wilson

205 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 45 rush yards

The rookie threw for 130 passing yards and two touchdowns (including a very controversial one to end the game) against the Packers in Week 3. He hasn't eclipsed 155 passing yards in any game yet and should remain more of a keeper option than a fantasy starter at St. Louis.

21vikingsChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

264 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 11 rush yards

Ponder had to be jumping up and down when he saw Jake Locker's stat-line against Detroit's secondary last week: 29-of-42 for 378 yards. This game is sure to boost Ponder's passing totals.

22texansMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

216 pass yards, pass TD

The Titans have given up the third-most passing yards in the league, but Schaub won't need to take advantage of that stat. He'll get his licks when he needs to, but mostly turn and hand off to Arian Foster.

23chiefsMatt Cassel

Matt Cassel

220 pass yards, pass TD, INT

The Saints were able to keep Cassel out of the end zone in Week 3, but he did throw for nearly 250 yards. He threw for a total of 437 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in two games against the Chargers last season.

24jaguarsBlaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

181 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 13 rush yards

The Jaguars pass the ball less often, and with less success, than any team in the AFC. Gabbert has one positive to which to cling: his 50.6 completion percentage is one-tenth of a point higher than Mark Sanchez's.

25bearsJay Cutler

Jay Cutler

211 pass yards, pass TD, INT

In his last three road starts, Cutler has completed 50.5 percent of his passes, with four touchdowns, six interceptions and an average of 186.6 passing yards. You want that?

26titansJake Locker

Jake Locker

204 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Last week Locker played the role of superstar in Tennessee's thrilling win; this week he'll play the role of victim to Houston's unforgiving defense.

27dolphinsRyan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

185 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs, 25 rush yards

Tannehill threw more than 30 times against the Jets in Week 3, something he has done in all three games this season. However, he completed just 16-of-36 throws, with no touchdowns and one interception. The Cardinals' defense is playing well, which means this rookie is not a fantasy option yet.

28ramsSam Bradford

Sam Bradford

220 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

At Chicago in Week 3, Bradford had a pretty rough afternoon, throwing three picks and getting sacked six times. In two games against Seattle last season, Bradford threw for a total of 374 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He could be a bye-week replacement later this year.

29jetsMark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

195 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Sanchez threw a couple more picks in Week 3 against the Dolphins, but he was also able to burn Miami for 306 yards passing. Despite the decent fantasy afternoon, he's not worth starting against the Niners, one of the best defenses in the game.

30brownsBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

177 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Weeden is still throwing too many interceptions (he's tied for the NFL lead with six), but he has picked up his game the past two weeks, helping his completion percentage jump by more than 20 points from Week 1. Thursday is his introduction to ballhawk Ed Reed and the Baltimore defense. Oh well, progress can take a break for a week.

31jetsTim Tebow

Tim Tebow

0 pass yards, 15 rush yards

Tebow had zero yards on two carries in Week 3 against the Dolphins. He still hasn't thrown a pass in a Jets uniform. Even diehard Gators fan should cut him from the roster.

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