Fantasy Player Projections

 
Defenses
RankTeamProjectionOpponent
1vikings

2 INTs, 2 Sacks, TD

The Vikings gave up a career-high 38 points and 183 rushing yards against the Redskins in Week 6, but most of that was due to the creativity of rookie quartrback Robert Griffin III. This defense should rebound against the Cardinals, who are dealing with a ton of injuries on offense.

vscardinals
2bears

INT, 2 Sacks, TD

Chicago ranks first in points allowed and third in yards allowed. The Bears have collected 17 turnovers in five weeks, and rank among the top 10 in sack production. Fantasy owners can win games with this defense.

vslions
349ers

2 INTs, 2 Sacks

The vaunted Niners defense had a tough time against Eli Manning and the Giants in Week 6. Despite not getting a sack or forcing a turnover, the 49ers remain a great fantasy start in Week 7 against a Seahawks offense that starts a rookie quarterback.

vsseahawks
4saints

2 INTs, 2 Sacks

The Saints have given up 300 passing yards in three games and 200 rushing yards in two games. They are averaging more than two sacks per game, however. The Buccaneers host the Saints in Week 7, but this defense is a mediocre option at best.

atbuccaneers
5giants

INT, 3 Sacks

Only the Bears have forced more interceptions than New York (11), which picked off San Francisco's Alex Smith three times in Week 6. The Giants will have their hands full trying to keep track of Robert Griffin III, but quarterbacks on the run tend to offer up scoring opportunities for the defense.

vsredskins
6packers

INT, 3 Sacks

The injuries are piling up. B.J. Raji missed last week, while Nick Perry, Sam Shields and D.J. Smith all were helped off the field. But this unit is resilient, and the core players (Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson) are still making a ton of plays.

atrams
7bengals

INT, 3 Sacks

Only the Packers have generated more sacks than Cincinnati's "no-name" front seven, led by Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson. Fantasy owners can expect to see an aggressive game plan with the Steelers' ground attack stuck in the garage.

vssteelers
8cardinals

INT, 3 Sacks

The Cardinals registered two sacks and forced two turnovers against the Bills in Week 6. They'll face a tough offense at Minnesota in Week 7, with a red-hot Christian Ponder and a healthy Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. Consider an alternative defense in fantasy play.

atvikings
9patriots

INT, 3 Sacks

The Patriots face a weak Jets offense in Week 7, which makes them a great fantasy start. While this unit has allowed 20 points or more in each of its last five games, the Jets are erratic offensively.

vsjets
10colts

INT, 2 Sacks

Surprisingly, rookie Brandon Weeden has done a good job of avoiding sacks. The good news for Colts fans: Weeden has thrown 10 interceptions -- more than any other passer in the league.

vsbrowns
11cowboys

INT, 2 Sacks

Only San Francisco has allowed fewer yards per game, and yet the Cowboys' defense can hardly be called a success to date with just four turnovers and 10 sacks, which is not nearly enough from a unit this talented. Now the team is dealing with injuries to defensive backs Mike Jenkins and Morris Claiborne.

atpanthers
12panthers

INT, 2 Sacks

When opponents have gotten to Tony Romo, they've gotten the best of Dallas. But Carolina's injuries and the Cowboys' short passing game should keep Charles Johnson and company at bay this week.

vscowboys
13steelers

INT, 2 Sacks

The Steelers forced the Bengals to throw three interceptions in two games last year, and in the December meeting James Harrison notched three sacks. Pittsburgh is hungry for respect, and ready to gain ground on Baltimore in the AFC North.

atbengals
14seahawks

INT, 2 Sacks

The Seahawks gave up the most points (23) of the season to the Patriots in Week 6, but they did record a pair of interceptions and a sack. San Francisco scored 26 points on average against the Seahawks last year, but owners can't sit this fantasy unit.

at49ers
15bills

INT, 2 Sacks

The Bills gave up just 332 yards and 13 points in Week 6 against the Cardinals, but they recorded two interceptions, five sacks and a safety. The Titans are an improving offense, but they are erratic, making the Bills a risk-reward bye-week option in Week 7.

vstitans
16jets

INT, 2 Sacks

The Jets had one of their better outings of the season in Week 6, holding the Colts to just nine points and 298 total yards. They have seven interceptions and nine sacks so far, but keep them reserved against Tom Brady and Co. in Week 7.

atpatriots
17raiders

INT, 2 Sacks

The Raiders have just three interceptions and three sacks this season -- although they should improve on both of those numbers against the Jaguars in Week 7. Even so, you should be able to find better fantasy units than this.

vsjaguars
18ravens

INT, Sack

Not only is Ray Lewis a Hall of Fame linebacker, but he is the spiritual leader of this unit. His loss will sting a defense that already had trouble slowing down the run.

attexans
19rams

3 Sacks

St. Louis is 3-3 thanks to the play of its defense, which gets after the quarterback (17 sacks) and creates turnovers (eight interceptions). The Packers are one of the league's most sacked teams, which is good news for Rams fans.

vspackers
20titans

INT, Sack

Outside of a three-touchdown explosion against the Lions in Week 3, the Titans have been a fantasy disappointment. The Bills have a decent offense when their running backs are healthy, as they are now.

atbills
21buccaneers

INT, Sack

The Saints averaged 23 points against the Buccaneers in two games last season, but this Saints team has a different makeup. Even so, the unit that held the Chiefs to 10 points and 260 total yards last week shouldn't be trusted against Drew Brees and Co.

vssaints
22jaguars

INT, Sack

The Jaguars have just three interceptions and three sacks in five games this season, and they have allowed more than 25 points in four of those games. They are not a reliable fantasy unit against Darren McFadden and the Raiders this week.

atraiders
23redskins

2 Sacks

The Redskins rank tied with New York for the second most takeaways in the NFC (14) and they are fresh off a game in which they made life miserable for Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson. This unit won't shut down the Giants, but it will help keep Washington in the game.

atgiants
24texans

2 Sacks

No matter how many bodies Baltimore lines up across from NFL sack leader J.J. Watt, he'll get in Joe Flacco's face at least a few times. Houston's back seven has been struggling as of late, though, and the cornerbacks hope this game allows them a chance for redemption.

vsravens
25lions

2 Sacks

We saw a glimpse last week of the potential Detroit's front four possesses. Those men are needed to hide a secondary that too often gives up the big play.

atbears
26browns

Sack

Only Buffalo and New Orleans give up more yards, and the Browns rank in the bottom third of the league in points allowed per game (27.2). The return of Joe Haden helped some, but this unit is not built for fantasy success.

atcolts
 
 
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