Fantasy Player Projections

1panthersCam Newton

Cam Newton

228 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 58 rush yards, rush TD

What do Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler and Joe Flacco all have in common? They all registered a QB Rating better than 100.0 against Dallas this season. Newton's owners have to love that stat.

2saintsDrew Brees

Drew Brees

320 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Brees has thrown at least three touchdowns in four of his five games this season. He's coming off a bye week to face a Buccaneers pass defense that has struggled mightily in 2012. He averaged more than 300 passing yards in two games against the Bucs last season.

3redskinsRobert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

214 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 56 rush yards, rush TD

Early into the season, many experts said it was unfair to compare RGIII's start to Cam Newton's rookie season. What a bunch of malarkey. Griffin could one-up Newton's 2011 campaign if he continues at this pace.

4packersAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

289 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 14 rush yards

Rodgers went from "struggling" to being the league's top-rated passer, all within a week. He's 0-2* against NFC West opponents this season (*including a controversial loss to Seattle) but right now Rodgers is playing as if he has something to prove.

5coltsAndrew Luck

Andrew Luck

265 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 13 rush yards

Fantasy owners praised Luck too soon and forgot he was a rookie who would play like one on occasion. Fortunately for Luck, the Browns' secondary is not nearly as talented as the Jets', and Week 7 should be much kinder to his statistics.

6bearsJay Cutler

Jay Cutler

290 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Cutler has looked sharp of late, with big plays galore (he has averaged 9.0 yards per attempt over the past two weeks). The best news for Bears fans: Cutler has not thrown an interception in his last three meetings with Detroit.

7giantsEli Manning

Eli Manning

276 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Manning has not exactly been sharp in his last four outings against the Redskins, posting a 57.9 completion percentage, one touchdown and six interceptions. Expect a different result this week, especially now that Manning should have a full fleet of receivers at his disposal.

8patriotsTom Brady

Tom Brady

325 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Brady threw for more than 300 yards against the Seahawks in Week 6 and also delivered two touchdowns, but he threw the ball a career-high 58 times. In Week 7 he faces the Jets, against whom he passed for more than 300 yards in two games last season.

9cowboysTony Romo

Tony Romo

278 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 13 rush yards

The Panthers have allowed opposing passers to complete 68.0 percent of their attempts. This matchup allows Romo some relief after being pestered by Chicago and Baltimore the past two games.

10steelersBen Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

288 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

The Steelers' banged-up backfield will put more pressure on Roethlisberger and the passing game this week. No problem. The Bengals have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 66.1 percent of their throws, and they have not faced a passer as good as Roethlisberger.

11bengalsAndy Dalton

Andy Dalton

283 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Well, if Matt Hasselbeck can complete passes to eight different receivers en route to a 290-yard performance, Dalton can surely slice up the Steelers' secondary. Of course, it helps that Troy Polamalu is still nursing a calf injury.

12buccaneersJosh Freeman

Josh Freeman

260 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 2 INTs, 20 rush yards

Freeman threw for more than 300 yards for the first time in Week 6, and he tallied three passing touchdowns against the Chiefs. Counting the Saints in Week 7, Freeman will have played against three poor pass defenses in a row (Redskins, Chiefs).

13billsRyan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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

Fitzpatrick threw for less than 200 yards for the second week in a row. While he hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 4, the Titans' pass defense is below average, so Fitzpatrick should perform better in Week 7.

14brownsBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

272 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 22 rush yards

Opposing quarterbacks have posted a 104.0 QB Rating in games against Indianapolis this season. Weeden has averaged 280.2 passing yards in his last five games, and has thrown a pair of touchdowns in each of the past two weeks. He's a good sleeper option for fantasy owners this week.

1549ersAlex Smith

Alex Smith

215 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

The Giants intercepted Alex Smith an unheard of three times in Week 6 and held him to 200 passing yards and no touchdowns. The Seahawks pose an even tougher defensive threat, and they held Smith without a touchdown pass in two games last season.

16lionsMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

266 pass yards, pass TD, INT

When Stafford visited Chicago last year he completed just 52.4 percent of his passes, with a touchdown and four interceptions. The Bears are averaging 2.6 interceptions per game this year. This isn't a favorable matchup for Detroit's gunslinger.

17raidersCarson Palmer

Carson Palmer

265 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Palmer turned in his second 300-yard game of the season in Week 6 at the Falcons. Unfortunately, he only has one game with more than one passing touchdown. The Jaguars have allowed only six passing touchdowns this season, but they are susceptible through the air.

18jaguarsBlaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 15 rush yards

In five games so far, Gabbert has five touchdowns and three interceptions, and he has eclipsed 200 yards passing just once. The Raiders don't have a very good pass defense, but starting Gabbert in fantasy is a risky move.

19ravensJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

208 pass yards, pass TD

J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed shared five sacks the last time Houston faced Baltimore; Flacco was happy to take the win, but he completed just 14-of-27 passes against the Texans in the playoffs. Forget what you saw Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay do last week against Houston; if Baltimore wins this game, it will be on the ground.

20ramsSam Bradford

Sam Bradford

218 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 16 rush yards

He may be coming off one of his best starts of the year, but Bradford has a long way to go before he can be viewed favorably by fantasy owners. He has thrown just six touchdowns in six games, and has been held to fewer than 200 yards passing in half of his starts this year. Now is not the time to get excited.

21texansMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

240 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Schaub has gone more than a year since registering his last 300-yard game (Oct. 9, 2011, against Oakland). The passing game just isn't clicking, and Schaub has posted some of his worst numbers since arriving in Houston five years ago.

22vikingsChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

230 pass yards, pass TD, INT

In the Vikings' Week 6 loss to the Redskins, Ponder threw two touchdown passes for the second week in a row and the fourth time in five games. He also threw for a season-high 352 yards. The Cardinals have a pretty good defense, however, which makes Ponder a mediocre fantasy option in Week 7.

23titansMatt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT

In just his second start of the season, Hasselbeck threw for 290 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Steelers in Week 6. The Bills have allowed 13 touchdown passes, making Hasselbeck an intriguing bye-week option.

24jetsMark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

215 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Sanchez couldn't break the 100-yard mark against the Colts in Week 6, but he was able to connect on a pair of touchdown passes. The Jets leaned on the run, which they will likely try again in Week 7 at New England. Sanchez is still more of a QB3 in fantasy play.

25seahawksRussell Wilson

Russell Wilson

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

The rookie turned in his best fantasy performance of the season in Week 6, throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns against the Patriots. Unfortunately, the 49ers are not so welcoming, making Wilson a fantasy sit once again.

26cardinalsJohn Skelton

John Skelton

115 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Skelton took over for Kevin Kolb (ribs) in the fourth quarter against the Bills in Week 6 and completed just 2-of-10 passes for 45 yards and an interception. The Vikings pose a tough matchup for Skelton, who will start at quarterback for the Cardinals in Week 7.

2749ersColin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

35 pass yards, 30 rush yards

The Niners are using Kaepernick more and more lately, especially in Week 6 against the Giants, when Alex Smith struggled. Kaepernick finished with four completions for 82 yards, along with 36 rushing yards. Owners in larger leagues should consider giving him a look.

28jetsTim Tebow

Tim Tebow

10 pass yards, 15 rush yards

Tebow completed one pass for 23 yards against the Colts in Week 6, but he's still not seeing enough snaps to warrant using in fantasy play.

Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint