Fantasy Player Projections

 
Titans
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Sunday , Oct. 07 | 04:25 PM EST (CBS)
Vikings
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck

193 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Hasselbeck faces a tough task in his return to the starting role. For one, the Vikings have a winning record, meaning the Metrodome will be rowdy. For another, the Vikings' pass defense has been strong. Minnesota has surrendered five passing touchdowns, but it kept ample pressure on Detroit's Matthew Stafford last Sunday. Hasselbeck responded admirably in relief of Jake Locker last week, and the Titans were not afraid to let Hasselbeck throw the ball. But after Chris Johnson finally broke loose, Hasselbeck may not have to play from behind the entire game.

RBChris Johnson

Chris Johnson

61 rush yards, 4 rec, 41 rec yards

Fantasy owners have torn enough hair follicles trying to predict what Johnson will do on a weekly basis. He obviously is one of the top home run threats in the league. After his big performance last week, the Titans will want to get the ball in his hands. But against a hot defense that is seventh in the league against the run, Johnson may be silenced again.

WRNate Washington

Nate Washington

3 rec, 77 yards, rec TD

Washington has been the main downfield threat, and he will probably be Matt Hasselbeck's most targeted receiver in Hasselbeck's first full start. Hasselbeck did a nice job spreading the ball around when he came into the game last week, but Washington can break loose down the field and will be used to try and stretch the Vikings out.

WRKendall Wright

Kendall Wright

6 rec, 39 yards

The rookie has been highly useful, and Matt Hasselbeck will probably want to use him and Craig Stevens in short-yardage situations and on first downs. Wright has excelled primarily on quick throws and short routes. If Minnesota tries to bring extra quarterback pressure, Wright and Chris Johnson will almost surely benefit off quick pass plays.

WRKenny Britt

Kenny Britt

4 rec, 22 yards

Britt has had trouble staying healthy as well as avoiding fines and suspensions, but he practiced this week and should be good to go Sunday against the Vikings. Should Britt play, it will give Matt Hasselbeck a key weapon and should at least stretch the field.

TEJared Cook

Jared Cook

4 rec, 26 yards

The Titans have been using Cook and Craig Stevens pretty frequently, but Cook has emerged as the primary tight end. If the Vikings bring lots of pressure, Cook may see several targets.

KRob Bironas

Rob Bironas

PAT, 2 FGs

Bironas has been awfully shaky this season, especially beyond 40 yards. While his workload will depend on the effectiveness of Matt Hasselbeck, it doesn't feel like a weekend where Bironas will rack up lots of points.

DEFENSE

Sack

The Titans may be in a bind this weekend. They have struggled mightily on defense (they are 31st in the league, allowing 421.5 yards per game) and have not pressured the quarterback well. They have been able to intercept six passes, however. Christian Ponder has looked like an efficient and effective captain of the offense, but he did have serious trouble moving the ball againstthe Lions.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

173 pass yards, pass TD, 11 rush yards

Ponder's efficiency and accuracy are helping him become more dependable. He struggled last week, completing 16-of-26 passes for 111 yards, but he has yet to throw an interception this season and should be able to take advantage of Tennessee's porous defensive unit.

RBAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

104 rush yards, 2 rush TDs, 3 rec, 23 rec yards

Peterson looked like his old self last week when the Vikings needed it most. Most teams have pressed the run on the Titans thus far (teams are averaging more than 35 carries a game against the defense) and they have been more or less helpless to stop it. If Peterson can keep bulldozing defenders like he did last week, he could be in for a big old-fashioned AP afternoon.

RBToby Gerhart

Toby Gerhart

21 rush yards

Gerhart saw his workload significantly reduced after he fumbled three times in the fourth quarter against the 49ers, but he protected the ball last week and legged out one very important four-yard run. The Vikings will want the ball in Adrian Peterson's handa against a struggling Titans' D, but Gerhart could see some work in short-yardage situations.

WRPercy Harvin

Percy Harvin

6 rec, 78 yards

Harvin did most of his damage last week in the return game, but he remains a favorite target of Christian Ponder's. Last week's three-catch, 22-yard performance feels like an outlier. Expect more targets, especially given the Titans' struggles in pass coverage.

WRJerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson

4 rec, 31 yards

Simpson emerged last week with a big catch late in the game against Detroit, but it is difficult to tell where Simpson will fit in since last week was his first game of the season. We know that Simpson can effectively scurry around in the flats and that he has speed to burn. It's just hard to envision an explosive performance in his second game of the year.

TEKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

4 rec, 34 yards, rec TD

Rudolph's targets dropped significantly last week, but he is still a safe bet to be targeted in the end zone should the Vikings get inside the 10-yard line. Rudolph's hands remain sure and the Vikings offense could use consistent tight end play to avoid relying too heavily on two speed receivers.

KBlair Walsh

Blair Walsh

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Walsh missed his first kick of the season last year, but he has been dependable at home, especially from distance (he is 3-for-3 on 50-plus yard field goals).

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

The Vikings have successfully gotten to the quarterback all season, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford certainly felt it last week. The Vikings have been significantly less successful intercepting the ball, but Hasselbeck should have to force some throws if the Vikings go up early and manage to contain Chris Johnson.

 
 
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