Fantasy Player Projections

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QBDrew 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.

RBDarren Sproles

Darren Sproles

35 rush yards, 5 rec, 50 rec yards, rec TD

Sproles had just nine touches against the Buccaneers in Week 7, rushing five times for 27 yards and catching four passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. He remains a perfect flex option, or even an RB2 in PPR leagues.

RBPierre Thomas

Pierre Thomas

40 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 22 rec yards

The Saints gave the ball to Thomas 13 times for 32 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has a stout rushing defense, so those were hard yards. The Broncos aren't as good against the rush, but Thomas is still a better than flex than RB2.

RBMark Ingram

Mark Ingram

25 rush yards

Ingram rushed seven times for 21 yards at Tampa Bay in Week 7, and he continues to be a disappointment in fantasy owners' eyes. If you don't have large rosters (16 players or above), then feel free to move on without the Heisman winner.

WRMarques Colston

Marques Colston

7 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Colston caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay in Week 7. He continues to turn the heat up, and owners can consider him a top-15 wide receiver right now.

WRLance Moore

Lance Moore

7 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Moore led the Saints with nine catches for 121 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 7. Moore's big game can be partially credited to tight end Jimmy Graham's absence due to injury. Even so, Moore is a decent play in Week 8 against Denver.

TEJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

5 rec, 60 yards

Graham was unable to play in Week 7 because of a sore ankle, but the team is expecting him to suit up against Denver in Week 8. When he's active, he's a must-start tight end.

KGarrett Hartley

Garrett Hartley

4 PATs, FG

While Hartley was a fantasy disappointment because he didn't get any field-goal attempts, he did kick five extra points last week. Owners should take solace in the fact that the Saints are nearly always in scoring position.


INT, Sack

The Buccaneers torched the Saints through the air for more than 400 yards, which doesn't bode well for the Week 8 matchup against Peyton Manning and Co. The Saints are not worth starting in fantasy right now.

QBPeyton 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).

RBWillis McGahee

Willis McGahee

80 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

McGahee has 432 rushing yards, 133 receiving yards and three total touchdowns in six games this season. He has to be considered a top-20 running back in fantasy play coming out of his bye week.

RBRonnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman

20 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Hillman has 50 rushing yards on 17 carries, with four catches for 37 yards this season. The rookie is starting to see more action in the Broncos' offense, and he would be the No. 1 priority on the waiver wire if Willis McGahee ever got injured.

WRDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

8 rec, 110 yards, rec TD

Thomas leads the Broncos with 542 receiving yards this season on 32 catches and has three touchdowns. The playmaker continues to be one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets and should have a huge day against the 30th-ranked Saints pass defense.

WREric Decker

Eric Decker

7 rec, 85 yards, rec TD

While Demaryius Thomas leads the Broncos in receiving yardage, Decker leads the team in receptions with 34, and he has just as many touchdown catches (three). Decker and Thomas will have big games against the Saints' bottom-five pass defense.

TEJoel Dreessen

Joel Dreessen

4 rec, 40 yards, rec TD

Dreessen has 14 catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns in his past four games. That makes him an intriguing start in Week 8 against the porous Saints.

TEJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

4 rec, 35 yards

Tamme has 23 catches for 202 yards in six games this season. Unfortunately, he has just one touchdown catch, and fantasy owners need more production from their tight ends. Consider him a bye-week replacement in Week 8 against a bad Saints defense.

KMatt Prater

Matt Prater

4 PATs, 2 FGs

Despite kicking in the thin air of Denver, Prater has just seven field-goal attempts this season. He's among the league leaders in extra points, however, so fantasy owners continue to look his way. The Saints should give Denver plenty of scoring chances in Week 8.


INT, Sack

While the Broncos are coming off their best defensive game of the season from a fantasy standpoint, they are hosting one of the top offenses in Week 8 when the Saints come marching in.
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