Fantasy Player Projections

1packersAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

304 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, 13 rush yards

Rodgers leads the league in touchdown passes even though Greg Jennings has been hurt and Jermichael Finley has been a no-show. What's more, Rodgers was able to elevate his game just when most began doubting his offense. He is as reliable as they come for fantasy owners.

2steelersBen Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

281 pass yards, 3 pass TDs

Roethlisberger will line up across from a Washington pass defense that ranks dead last in yards allowed per game, with 328.4. The Redskins have also allowed 16 touchdown passes, tied for the most in the NFL. Bombs away, Ben!

3broncosPeyton Manning

Peyton Manning

320 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Manning has thrown for 1,808 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions through six games this season. Coming out of the bye, he's a great start against a Saints defense that gave up 305 yards per game (30th in the NFL).

4saintsDrew Brees

Drew Brees

275 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT, 15 rush yards

Brees flexed his fantasy muscles once again, throwing for 377 yards, four touchdowns and an interception against the Buccaneers. Denver's pass defense is good, but the Broncos have given up 11 passing touchdowns already this season.

5patriotsTom Brady

Tom Brady

285 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, INT

Brady underperformed just a bit against the Jets, throwing for 259 yards and two touchdowns, although for many quarterbacks that'd be a huge fantasy day. The Rams are a mediocre pass defense, which should allow Brady a chance for a rebound in Week 8.

6giantsEli Manning

Eli Manning

312 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Manning has attempted at least 30 passes, and thrown at least two scores, in six of his last seven meetings with Dallas. He has reached the 300-yard mark in five of those games. He loves playing the Cowboys, and for this reason fantasy owners should love Eli this week.

7cowboysTony Romo

Tony Romo

275 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 22 rush yards

Remember when Romo lit up the Giants in Week 1 and everyone began singing Dallas' praises? Romo would love nothing more than to duplicate that performance (307 yards, three touchdowns) in a contest that could pull Dallas within a half-game of New York in the standings. He'll come close, but he won't quite post those stats.

8coltsAndrew Luck

Andrew Luck

277 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 11 rush yards

Luck faces a Tennessee defense that has allowed 16 touchdown passes, including three to Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. Luck was an artist with his feet against the Browns, but in Week 8 he'll stay in the pocket and slice up the Titans.

9falconsMatt Ryan

Matt Ryan

243 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Philadelphia's secondary does a good job of shutting down the big play, as evidenced by the 6.2 yards the team allows per passing attempt. The Falcons love to throw deep, but this week Ryan will pick and choose from what's available.

10chargersPhilip Rivers

Philip Rivers

255 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT, 12 rush yards

Rivers has thrown for 1,492 yards in six games so far, with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's a low-end fantasy starter against the Browns in Week 8. Cleveland's pass defense is improving as the team gets healthier.

11vikingsChristian Ponder

Christian Ponder

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

It was a rough day for the second-year quarterback against a tough Cardinals defense in Week 7. Despite throwing for just 58 yards on the day, Ponder is still someone to consider against the Buccaneers in Week 8. The Bucs have allowed the second-most passing yards per game this year.

12raidersCarson Palmer

Carson Palmer

255 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Palmer threw for 298 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Jaguars in Week 7 and rushed for a score. Palmer could duplicate those numbers against a Chiefs defense that has given up 13 passing touchdowns in six games this season.

13redskinsRobert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

244 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 38 rush yards

Griffin faces arguably his stiffest test to date, as the Steelers will throw a variety of packages at the first-year quarterback. Fantasy owners have every reason to panic, but they know better: RGIII can produce on the road, under pressure, with the odds stacked against him.

14lionsMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

219 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

The Monday night picture of Stafford buried in the dirt with turf sticking out of his helmet symbolized how his season has gone. He has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, and now must face one of the toughest defenses in football. The headache will continue for Stafford owners.

15panthersCam Newton

Cam Newton

234 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs, 45 rush yards

Newton's postgame interview from last week could be a sign that the Panthers are deflated. The second-year quarterback has completed just 53.3 percent of his passes over the past four games, and over the past two games he's thrown just one touchdown and has failed to rush for a score. Fantasy owners may want to sit the struggling quarterback against Chicago.

16eaglesMichael Vick

Michael Vick

214 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 27 rush yards

With Eagles fans calling for his removal from the lineup, Vick might rather play this week on the road. As it is, he'll welcome a Falcons defense holding opposing passers to a 74.5 QB Rating. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Vick's former team to cut him much slack.

17dolphinsRyan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

240 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 15 rush yards

While Tannehill has a healthy amount of passing yards (1,454) through six games, he has just four touchdowns and six interceptions. He has a nice future, especially once the Dolphins get more play-making receivers, but for now he's a better fantasy backup than starter.

1849ersAlex Smith

Alex Smith

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

Smith threw for only 140 yards, with one touchdown and one interception against the Seahawks in Week 7. The Cardinals bring a top-five pass defense into this game, so fantasy owners should steer clear of Smith.

19seahawksRussell Wilson

Russell Wilson

222 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 14 rush yards

Among quarterbacks who haven't missed time due to injury, Wilson ranks last in passing yardage. He's currently a game manager, not a difference maker -- and not someone fantasy owners should start.

20jetsMark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

225 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 12 rush yards

Sanchez put together a solid (and surprising) game at the Patriots in Week 7, throwing for 328 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Despite the big game, keep Sanchez reserved against a Dolphins team that's coming off a bye week.

21bearsJay Cutler

Jay Cutler

238 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Cutler showed toughness last week against the Lions, and the Chicago coaching staff does not expect his bruised ribs to affect his performance in Week 8. The injury will likely keep him in the pocket, however, from which he will test a suspect Panthers pass defense.

22buccaneersJosh Freeman

Josh Freeman

225 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs, 20 rush yards

Freeman ended up with one of the best games of his career against the Saints, throwing for 420 yards and three touchdowns. He's had several good weeks recently, but the Vikings have a top-10 pass defense and have allowed only eight passing touchdowns so far.

23titansMatt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck

208 pass yards, pass TD, INT

There appears to be no rush to get injured starter Jake Locker back on the field. Why should there be? Hasselbeck completed 66.6 percent of his passes last week, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Nate Washington. Hasselbeck is helping to keep Tennessee competitive. That said, he's still not a viable starting fantasy quarterback.

24ramsSam Bradford

Sam Bradford

205 pass yards, pass TD, INT

The former No. 1 overall draft pick threw for 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Packers in Week 7. The Patriots come to town in Week 8, so Bradford remains a risky fantasy player. He has just three touchdown passes in his past six games.

25jaguarsBlaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert

203 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Gabbert has a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, but it appears he will be given clearance to play this weekend. Does it matter? The Jaguars have no running game with Maurice Jones-Drew on the sideline, and Gabbert has no one to throw to.

26brownsBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

220 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Weeden threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns at Indianapolis in Week 8. He was expected to do well against the Colts and he didn't disappoint. The Chargers have allowed 14 passing touchdowns, making Weeden a fantasy sleeper in larger leagues.

27chiefsBrady Quinn

Brady Quinn

190 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

The Chiefs are going with Quinn again in Week 8 against the Raiders instead of Matt Cassel (concussion). In Quinn's last start, against Tampa Bay in Week 6, he threw for 180 yards and two interceptions. He's not someone to consider in fantasy play just yet.

28cardinalsJohn Skelton

John Skelton

175 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Skelton completed 25-of-36 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota in Week 7, along with one interception. Skelton is a shaky fantasy option no matter who he's playing against.

29jetsTim Tebow

Tim Tebow

0 pass yards, 12 rush yards

Tebow continues to see very little action in the Jets' offense. In the past three games, he has one completion for 23 yards and 13 carries for 38 yards. Until a major shakeup happens with the Jets, he's not worth owning.

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