Sep 7, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
St. Louis at Tampa Bay (4:05 p.m.) Both Defenses
I’m not even joking … Josh McCown was horrible last week, and the STL defense is going to come up big if he provides a performance like last week. With Sam Bradford out for the year, the Rams are struggling at QB also, and the Rams will be a strong candidate to provide multiple turnovers.
Projection: An ugly football game
Seattle at San Diego (4:05 p.m.) Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
Against the Packers last week, Harvin caught seven passes for 59 yards and rushed for 41 yards. Harvin is going to give the Chargers headaches with his speed and elusiveness. Harvin is going to be a big part of the offense and should regain his WR 1 status this year.
Projection: 8 receptions for 66 yards, 22 rushing yards
Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) runs for a touchdown during the game against the Washington Redskins at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Houston at Oakland (4:25 p.m.) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
Last week, I picked DeAndre Hopkins as my MVP for Houton’s game, and I am going to roll with him again. Andre Johnson is going to command double coverage, which will allow Hopkins to easily get open.
Projection: 10 receptions for 110 yards
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NY Jets at Green Bay (4:25 p.m.) Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
Boykin didn’t record a catch last week against the Seahawks, but he had Richard Sherman on him the entire game. The Jets’ secondary are not what they used to be, and they are nothing close to what Green Bay faced last week against Seattle. Boykin will get some targets this week and will be able to produce for your fantasy team as a WR 3.
Projection: 4 receptions for 55 yards and 1 TD
Kansas City at Denver (4:25 p.m.) Monte Ball, RB, DEN
Denver has a super powered offense. Honestly, every single skilled player is going to be a good fantasy option. Ball is going to get a fair amount of touches in this game and will produce RB 1 numbers for your fantasy team.
Projection: 110 yards rushing with 2 rushing TDs, and 4 receptions for 35 yards
Chicago at San Francisco (8:30 p.m.) Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
The Bears have a poor run defense, and I believe Hyde is going to cut into some of Frank Gore‘s workload late into the game. Hyde is a big explosive rookie from Ohio State, and I can see him getting some goal line carries.
Projection: 10 carries for 55 yards with 1 TD, 2 receptions for 15 yards
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Philadelphia at Indianapolis (8:30 p.m.) LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
McCoy will get a lot of carries and receptions during this game, returning to form from last season. He is a stud running back, and this will be the first game this year where he will deliver stud back fantasy numbers.
Projection: 144 rushing yards rushing with one TD, 6 receptions for 50 yards