Fantasy Player Projections

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QBPeyton Manning

Peyton Manning

220 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Manning put together one of his best outings of the season against Oakland, throwing for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. That makes three gems in four outings, and in Week 5 he faces the Patriots, who allowed four touchdown passes to Ryan Fitzpatrick.

RBWillis McGahee

Willis McGahee

70 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

McGahee rebounded from a rough game against the Texans with a great game against the Raiders, with 112 rushing yards, one touchdown and six catches. He's a solid RB2 in all fantasy formats.

RBRonnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman

30 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

With 10 carries for 31 yards, the rookie had his best day in the NFL in Week 4 against the Raiders. Keeper owners should consider handcuffing him now with Willis McGahee.

RBLance Ball

Lance Ball

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Ball had only 10 yards on six carries in Week 4 against the Raiders, with a 14-yard catch for a touchdown. It's tough to start him in most formats because he touches the ball so infrequently.

WRDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

Thomas caught five passes for 110 yards against Oakland, proving he doesn't need to have double digits in targets to get his fantasy owners some points. The Patriots have a tough time against strong passing teams, so Thomas remains a solid fantasy starter.

WREric Decker

Eric Decker

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Decker, who looked like he was going to be a great red-zone threat for Peyton Manning all preseason, finally caught his first touchdown pass of the year against the Raiders in Week 4. In his past two games, he has 15 catches for 215 yards.

TEJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

4 rec, 35 yards

Peyton Manning looked Tamme's way six times in Week 4, and the former Colts tight end caught five passes for 38 yards. He hasn't scored since Week 1, though, and fantasy owners are rightfully anxious. Give him one more week against the Patriots before looking to make a move.

KMatt Prater

Matt Prater

3 PATs, 2 FGs

For the second week in a row, Prater knocked through a 53-yard field goal. He also had three field goals for the second week in a row. Keep him active, even though he's leaving the Mile High air of Denver for New England in Week 5.


INT, 2 Sacks

The Broncos allowed six points to the Raiders in Week 4, and they sacked Carson Palmer three times. It's going to be a tougher time in Week 5 against Tom Brady and Co., so consider another defense. The Broncos have forced just three turnovers in four games.

QBTom Brady

Tom Brady

290 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Brady rebounded from a lackluster start to the season in a big way in Week 4, throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns while also running in a score against the Bills. He has three consecutive 300-yard passing games and remains a great start against Peyton Manning's Broncos.

RBStevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

70 rush yards, rush TD

After a quiet Week 3 at the Ravens, the second-year rusher bounced back with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries against Buffalo. Ridley remains a good RB2 against a relatively tough Broncos rushing defense.

RBBrandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden

45 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

One of the biggest pickups on Week 5 waivers, the undrafted free agent rookie rushed 16 times for 137 yards and a touchdown at the Bills in Week 4. Until he produces consistently, though, he should remain on fantasy benches.

RBDanny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Woodhead's role changes from week to week. Against the Bills, he caught two passes for 23 yards and a touchdown but had no carries. He's a fantasy gamble at the running back spot, but usually one to avoid.

WRBrandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

7 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

The Patriots' No. 1 receiver had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown at the Bills in Week 4. Despite few receptions, Lloyd remains a good WR2 in most leagues against Denver in Week 5. Tom Brady targeted him 25 times over the course of Weeks 2 and 3 before last Sunday's seven targets.

WRWes Welker

Wes Welker

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Once again, Welker came through with a big fantasy day, crushing those who gave up and traded him early in the season. He caught nine passes for 129 yards and a score at Buffalo in Week 4, and he now has 366 receiving yards since Week 2.

TERob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

7 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Gronk finally had the big day fantasy owners had been waiting for when they picked him in the early rounds, catching five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown at Buffalo in Week 4. And the Broncos have had a tough time with tight ends so far this season.

KStephen Gostkowski

Stephen Gostkowski

4 PATs, 2 FGs

While Gostkowski missed a pair of field goals against the Bills, he still had a decent day with one made field goal and seven made extra points.


INT, Sack

The Patriots forced six turnovers and had two sacks against the Bills in Week 4, but they also allowed 350 passing yards, 98 rushing yards and 28 points. It's doubtful Peyton Manning will throw four picks, so the Broncos should be a tougher challenge for the Patriots.
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