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Fantasy Football Week 2 Projections

Week 2 provides a much more favorable matchup for the Dallas Cowboys offense, as well as fantasy owners who own Dallas' skill players. Instead of facing one of the top defenses in the league, Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense will face off against an average defense against the San Francisco 49ers

Note: All projections are based off of standard Yahoo! league scoring.

As always, numberFire has weekly projections up. While the matchup is certainly better for Romo, the projections for him aren't too kind. Romo is only projected to be the 18th best fantasy quarterback this week, meaning he should be benched. Romo is projected to account for a meager 13.99 fantasy points this week, with QBs such as Chad Henne, Cam Newton, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco projected to have better days.

Still, it's tough for me to advocate benching Romo. He still has excellent upside, and certainly is more likely to explode for a monster game than the aforementioned quarterbacks. 

Alex Smith, Romo's counterpart in Sunday's game, is certainly not worth starting or even owning. Smith is ranked as the No. 28 quarterback this week. 

At running back, Felix Jones and Frank Gore are projected to have nearly identical games. Jones is ranked as the the No. 19 running back this week while Gore is the No. 20 back, with Jones projected to score 9.62 points and Gore projected to score 9.60. Both running backs are must-starts. 

Not surprisingly, Miles Austin is a must start as well. Austin is projected to score 9.95 points this week, which is the tenth-best projection among wide receivers. If Dez Bryant is healthy and playing, he too is a must start. Bryant is projected as the No. 26 wide receiver this week, making him a pretty good play.

Against Dallas' secondary, Braylon Edwards is projected to have a pretty solid game. Edwards is projected by numberFire to be the 23rd best wideout this week, good for 7.67 points. 

At tight end, both Jason Witten and Vernon Davis must be started. Witten is projected to score 8.75 points this week, second best among tight ends. Davis is ranked as the fourth best tight end this week by numberFire, and is projected to score 7.49 points.

Dallas' kicker, Dan Bailey, is also somebody to start this week as numberFire has him being the seventh best kicking option. Still, Bailey is relatively unproven and is a risky play despite the projections. 

The Cowboys' defense isn't projected for a great fantasy game, despite facing a relatively anemic offense. Rob Ryan's unit is only projected to score 7.13 fantasy points, good for 19th among defenses. San Francisco, though, is the 12th best projected defense. 

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