Fantasy Football Week 2: Projecting the NFL's Top Scorers

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:   Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos at the one yard line after rushing for 47 yards to set up a fourth quarter touchdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 23-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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There's only one thing that matters in fantasy football: scoring! Fantasy football isn't about shutouts or field goal battles, it's about out-shooting your opponent to victory.

As such, the most important players from week to week are those that put up the most points—genius, I know!

Here are the best projected performers for this weekend:


Aaron Rodgers: 400-plus yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs

Rodgers destroyed a strong Saints defense last week. This week, he gets another NFC South team in the form of the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers lack the pass rush to get to Rodgers, while their secondary won't be able to match up to the team's receiving depth.

Mentally, the Panthers will still be looking at the loss of their leader, Jon Beason, which also can't help their situation.


Matthew Stafford: 350-plus yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs

Stafford is going against a defense that was dominated by Ryan Fitzpatrick last week.

Fitzpatrick finished the game with four touchdowns, including two to tight end Scott Chandler. The tight ends figure to see a lot of action in this game as the Chiefs are without Eric Berry for the year.

Stafford will have plenty of time in the pocket to pick apart the Chiefs defense, who only managed one sack against the Bills last week.


Philip Rivers: 330-plus yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs

Rivers will get the chance to go against a Patriots defense that was gashed by Chad Henne last week.

Expect a big game from Vincent Jackson as Devin McCourty gave up nine receptions on 15 targets last week. Those nine receptions allowed for 151 yards, and Vincent Jackson could replicate those numbers.

Antonio Gates will also be a problem for the Patriots, whose safeties remain a major question mark.


Tom Brady: 320-plus yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs

It should be a tougher test for Brady this weekend as he goes against a very talented secondary in San Diego.

The one thing working in Brady's favor, as far as the Chargers' defense goes, is that Luis Castillo will miss the game and Larry English was inactive last week.

However, the Chargers' starting secondary is outstanding and will be much tougher for the team to break down than the Dolphins were.

Still, that game figures to be a shootout between two elite quarterbacks.


Darren McFadden: 180 rushing yards, 3 TDs, 50 receiving yards

The Raiders face off against a Buffalo Bills team coming off a monstrous performance in Kansas City.

However, it shouldn't be lost on the Raiders that the Chiefs averaged 6.0 yards per carry as a team. The Raiders love to run the football and McFadden had a huge Week 1.

He should also see some action in the screen game as the Raiders look to avoid constantly going against the Bills' talented secondary. 


LeSean McCoy: 150 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 70 receiving yards

The Falcons will be focused on shutting down Michael Vick, which will allow LeSean McCoy to put up a big game.

McCoy showed his pace last week on the turf in the Edward Jones Dome and should do the same against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons are a good run defense, but could be in trouble without Jonathan Babineaux, as well as the focus on stopping Vick. 


Peyton Hillis: 140 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 15 receiving yards, 1 TD

Hillis is the worst possible type of runner for the Indianapolis Colts to face. He's a violent runner that looks to punish defenders every time he gets the ball.

Much like Adrian Peterson, every time you tackle Hillis, you feel it.

Hillis will be able to put up huge numbers as he runs through the Colts' soft defense.


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