Fantasy Player Projections

1steelersBen Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

264 pass yards, 3 pass TDs

Roethlisberger is coming off his coldest day of the 2012 season (one touchdown, 201 yards). What better way to warm up than to revisit the team he burned for 228 yards and five touchdown passes last October? Tennessee has given up 12 touchdown passes already this season, second only to Washington.

2eaglesMichael Vick

Michael Vick

267 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 41 rush yards

Vick owners are suffering from his inability to hang on to the football. Cheer up. This week Vick faces a Lions team allowing opposing passers to complete 66.1 percent of their attempts. If the Lions could make Jake Locker look good, then Vick should be golden.

3bengalsAndy Dalton

Andy Dalton

301 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

October has put the brakes on Dalton's scorching start to 2012. The Dolphins' pass defense deserves credit. But this week against Cleveland, Dalton should pick up where he left off in Week 4. Last year he had a QB Rating above 100.0 in both meetings against the Browns.

4falconsMatt Ryan

Matt Ryan

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

Ryan threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns at Washington in Week 5, but he threw the ball 52 times. The Raiders have yet to intercept anyone, and they've given up nine passing touchdowns, making Ryan a great start once again.

5ravensJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

289 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Flacco is happy to be back in Baltimore this week. So far this season he has averaged 345.6 passing yards and thrown six touchdowns at home, and averaged 209.5 passing yards with one touchdown on the road.

6cowboysTony Romo

Tony Romo

283 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 16 rush yards

The Bears got into Romo's head the last time he took the field. This week he'll line up across from Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, which means his turnover-heavy slide could continue.

7vikingsChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

287 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 14 rush yards

Ponder, a fantasy starter? At the very least he deserves consideration this week against a Redskins defense that has given up a league-high 13 passing scores and more than 300 passing yards per game. That sure looks good for the second-year signal caller. Do you have the guts to pull the trigger, though?

8packersAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

266 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 17 rush yards

Quit hating on Rodgers; he owns the third-best completion percentage (68.8) in the league and a 10:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The real problem is the people around him. The Green Bay receivers are dropping balls and the offensive line can't keep pass rushers out of the backfield. And to add insult to injury, the team is heading to Houston this week.

9broncosPeyton Manning

Peyton Manning

305 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Manning has now thrown for 330 or more yards in three straight weeks, with eight total touchdowns and no interceptions in that span. The prospects in Week 6 are promising again as the Chargers have allowed 11 passing touchdowns this season, tied for 27th-worst in the NFL.

10texansMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

295 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Anyone who watched the Saints and Colts slice up the Packers' secondary in recent weeks knows enough to play Schaub in Week 6 with confidence.

11patriotsTom Brady

Tom Brady

280 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Brady came through once again with a solid fantasy outing against the Broncos in Week 5. While he only threw one touchdown pass, he was able to score his second rushing touchdown of the season. The Seahawks have a tough defense, but no one should sit Brady regardless.

12coltsAndrew Luck

Andrew Luck

265 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

You're loving Andrew Luck right now, aren't you? He ranks among the top-five in passing yards and showed determination in last week's come-from-behind win over Green Bay. And he has thrown just two interceptions the past three weeks after throwing three in Week 1.

13cardinalsKevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb

240 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Kolb was held without a touchdown against the Rams in Week 5, one week after throwing three touchdown passes against the Dolphins. He has shown some flashes, but this offense is too inconsistent (it gave up nine sacks to St. Louis) to trust him.

14chargersPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

280 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs

Rivers had his first 300-yard passing game of the season at New Orleans in Week 5, finishing with 354 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos rank 11th against the pass, but they have allowed nine touchdown passes this season, so keep him active.

15buccaneersJosh Freeman

Josh Freeman

235 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs, 15 rush yards

Freeman came up one yard shy of 300 passing yards in his last outing, and now he goes up against a Chiefs club that has given up 10 passing touchdowns in five games. Even so, Freeman is a risky start in Week 6 because of his inconsistency.

16billsRyan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

250 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs

Fitzpatrick was stymied by the Niners' defense in Week 5, as they held him to 126 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Cardinals have allowed just five passing touchdowns this season, making Fitzpatrick an iffy fantasy start once again.

17lionsMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

280 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Stafford's owners would sure like to see more touchdown passes, but this is not the week to hold out hope. The Eagles have allowed only five scoring strikes, and didn't give up a single touchdown to Ben Roethlisberger last Sunday.

18redskinsRobert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

219 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 24 rush yards

Griffin III gave fantasy owners a scare last week, but all indications are that he'll be fine heading into Sunday. Still, one has to think both RGIII and the coaching staff will be a bit more cautious when it comes to putting him in harm's way, which could mean fewer runs.

19seahawksRussell Wilson

Russell Wilson

195 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 30 rush yards

The rookie quarterback out of Wisconsin threw for 221 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions at Carolina in Week 5. The Patriots are allowing 291 passing yards per game, which ranks among the worst in the league. That makes Wilson a borderline fantasy starter this week because four teams are on byes.

20raidersCarson Palmer

Carson Palmer

260 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Palmer has five touchdown passes and two interceptions in four games this season while averaging more than 300 passing yards per contest. Coming off a bye week, he's an intriguing option at Atlanta in Week 6.

2149ersAlex Smith

Alex Smith

245 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Smith registered his first 300-yard passing game of the season in Week 5 against Buffalo. While he threw three touchdown passes, the team is concerned about the finger he sprained on his throwing hand during the game. Assuming he's healthy, his eight touchdowns and one interception this season are intriguing numbers.

22giantsEli Manning

Eli Manning

255 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs, 13 rush yards

Manning threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns against the Browns in Week 5. Only Drew Brees has more fantasy points than the younger Manning brother. Keep him active against a tough Niners defense in Week 6.

23dolphinsRyan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

235 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Coming off his best game as a pro, Tannehill was expected to have trouble with the Bengals' pass rush. But the rookie quarterback completed 17-of-26 passes for 223 yards in Week 5. While he didn't throw any touchdown passes, he did avoid making turnovers. His keeper prospects are good, but he's not a recommended fantasy starter yet.

24titansMatt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck

212 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Jake Locker will miss at least one more week, leaving the job to Hasselbeck. We almost feel sorry for him. The Steelers are just starting to play their style of football (run the ball, hit the quarterback), and Hasselbeck struggled mightily last week against Minnesota. He's overmatched in this one.

25brownsBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

261 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

During the teams' Week 2 intra-state showdown, Weeden posted 322 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers. Weeden is better than most fantasy owners believe, but he plays on a team that's every bit as bad as most think.

26jetsMark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

208 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Sanchez played well enough Monday night to keep his job, but not well enough to stop the swirling controversy with Tim Tebow. Given that fact and the Jets' ranking near the bottom of the league in every offensive statistical category, this is a situation to avoid.

2749ersColin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

0 pass yards, 35 rush yards, rush TD

The second-year quarterback finished Week 5 against Buffalo with four carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. He also completed one pass for seven yards. Even if he sees the end zone again, he's not yet a fantasy option to consider seriously.

28ramsSam Bradford

Sam Bradford

210 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Despite completing just seven passes for 141 yards against the Cardinals in Week 5, Bradford still posted his second-best fantasy outing of the year. But the going will get tougher now that he lost his top receiver in Danny Amendola (shoulder) for a few weeks.

29chiefsMatt Cassel

Matt Cassel

175 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Cassel got knocked out of his Week 5 game against Baltimore with a head injury. Brady Quinn came in to replace him in the fourth quarter. If Cassel can play in Week 6, he faces a Bucs defense that ranks 32nd against the pass, allowing 345 passing yards per game.

30chiefsBrady Quinn

Brady Quinn

160 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Quinn stepped in for Matt Cassel (head) in Week 5, and he completed all three of his pass attempts for 32 yards against Baltimore. Whoever starts in Week 6 faces the Bucs' league-worst passing defense.

31jetsTim Tebow

Tim Tebow

0 pass yards, 31 rush yards

There is no reason to expect Tebow to see time under center in this contest. The game should be relatively close, and even though the fans will call for Tebow, the coaching staff knows it cannot oblige unless it's prepared to live with Tebow in the weeks to follow.

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