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Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down week 2

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Michael Vick threw for 203 yards in Week 1, but look for him to surpass that against San Diego Sunday.

If Week 2 of the fantay football season is anything like Week 1, you don't want to be an owner on the wrong side of a Peyton Manning performance or the owner who has to sweat out whether David Wilson will fumble and get benched again. Manning, of course, racked up the highest point total of any quarterback last week, and Wilson's negative points ranked him behind players who didn't even see the field.

While no one could have accurately predicted those outcomes, Michael Beller did nail his share in Week 1 and is back with his Week 2 projections. Good news ahead, Michael Vick owners.

Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football fast forward, start 'em or sit 'em, composite rankings, risers and sliders, the weekly roundtable and the waiver wire.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 2

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Michael Vick
    3. Michael
      Vick
      QB
    4. PASS YDS297
    5. PASS TD2
    6. INT1
    7. RUSH YDS43
    8. RUSH TD1

    Well Vick certainly looked like a nice fit in Chip Kelly's offense, huh? If he stays healthy, the sky's the limit.

    1. 2
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Aaron
      Rodgers
      QB
    4. PASS YDS343
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS11
    8. RUSH TD0

    It really doesn't matter how good the defense is, Rodgers more often than not does his thing. That will be the case again on Sunday.

    1. 3
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Drew
      Brees
      QB
    4. PASS YDS330
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    No one throws for 10-plus YPA with the ease that Brees does. He picked up 357 yards on 35 attempts with touchdowns to Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham last week. He'll light up the Buccaneers on Sunday.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew
    3. Maurice
      Jones-Drew
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS101
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD1

    We've seen this script before. Jacksonville has terrible offense. MJD doesn't show up in a game or two early. MJD figures it out and has a great year. Don't worry about him.

    1. 2
    2. Arian Foster
    3. Arian
      Foster
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS84
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS48
    7. REC TD1

    Ben Tate was a more efficient runner last week, but Foster still had 24 touches, including six catches on eight targets. He'll be the bellcow as long as he's healthy, but coach Gary Kubiak has said he wants a more equal distribution this week.

    1. 3
    2. Doug Martin
    3. Doug
      Martin
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS121
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD0

    The Jets shut down Martin, allowing just 65 yards on 24 carries. I fully expect him to bounce back this week against a softer New Orleans defense that surrendered 77 yards to Steven Jackson on 11 carries, though most of that was on one run.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Larry Fitzgerald
    3. Larry
      Fitzgerald
      WR
    4. REC YDS103
    5. REC TD2

    So that's what life is like with a real quarterback, huh. Fitz had eight catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. He's back.

    1. 2
    2. Calvin Johnson
    3. Calvin
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS130
    5. REC TD1

    It's not often that the Lions score 34 points and Johnson has just four catches for 30 yards. Something tells me he'll make up for that this week.

    1. 3
    2. Andre Johnson
    3. Andre
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS119
    5. REC TD1

    Johnson was a monster on Monday, with 12 receptions for 146 yards. He had 16 targets, something his owners can get used to for the rest of the season.

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Tight Ends

    1. 1
    2. Jimmy Graham
    3. Jimmy
      Graham
      TE
    4. REC YDS104
    5. REC TD2

    Graham caught just four passes for 45 yards, but he saved his day with a touchdown. It'll be a more Graham-like performance this week.

    1. 2
    2. Jared Cook
    3. Jared
      Cook
      TE
    4. REC YDS107
    5. REC TD1

    All of Cook's tools were on display against the Cardinals. He's a top-five tight end in the making.

    1. 3
    2. Greg Olsen
    3. Greg
      Olsen
      TE
    4. REC YDS78
    5. REC TD1

    Olsen led the Panthers with 10 targets and caught five passes for 56 yards. He'll find the end zone for the first time this season on Sunday.

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Kickers

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Defenses

    1. 1
    2. Chicago Bears
    3. PTS ALLOWED13
    4. SACKS2
    5. INT2
    6. TD1

    The takeaway machine in Chicago kept right on churning, with the Bears registering three takeaways against the Bengals. The song will remain the same this week.

    1. 2
    2. Green Bay Packers
    3. PTS ALLOWED20
    4. SACKS1
    5. INT2
    6. TD1

    Colin Kaepernick had his way with the Packers again last week, but they'll be able to bounce back against a Washington team trying to find itself.

    1. 3
    2. Houston Texans
    3. PTS ALLOWED13
    4. SACKS4
    5. INT3
    6. TD0

    Houston saved the day for its fantasy owners with the Brian Cushing pick-six in the second half. The Texans won't allow 28 points every week, especially not on Sunday.

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