Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Alex Smith or Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan

at Saints
Sun, 12 pm EST

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

at Jaguars
Sun, 12 pm EST

Expert Pick %
100%
0%
ECR
# 2
# 21
Best
# 1
# 13
Worst
# 10
# 29
Ave Projection (?)
22.6
14.5
Best
25.6
17.8
Worst
18.2
13.3
Ave Points / Game
15.5
16.9
Total Fantasy Points
248.1
253.2
Opponent
NO
JAC
Points Allowed (?)
21.0
17.5
Expert Pick %
100%
0%
 Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated

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ECR
# 2
# 21
Best
# 1
# 13
Worst
# 10
# 29
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
6
13
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
2
14
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
2
15
Matthew Berry
ESPN
3
15
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
6
16
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
1
16
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
3
16
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
2
16
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
2
16
Matt Smith
NFL.com
6
16
Bill Enright
FFChamps
3
16
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
7
17
Dave Major
XN Sports
2
17
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
2
17
Site Projections
NumberFire
3
17
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
4
17
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
4
17
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
2
17
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
3
17
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
2
17
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
6
17
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
2
17
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
1
17
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
4
17
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
2
18
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
2
18
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
3
18
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
3
18
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
8
18
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
2
18
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
2
18
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
2
18
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
3
18
Adam Rank
NFL.com
7
18
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
3
18
Christopher Harris
ESPN
3
18
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
1
18
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
2
19
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
3
19
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
2
19
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
3
19
Jon Collins
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2
19
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
1
19
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
3
19
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
2
19
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
3
19
Justin Boone
The Score
2
19
Maurile Tremblay
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2
19
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
2
19
Jason Smith
NFL.com
3
19
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
5
19
Staff Composite
ESPN
3
19
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
2
19
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
3
19
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
3
20
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
6
20
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
2
20
Nick Vertucci
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2
20
David Dodds
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10
20
Walton Spurlin
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2
20
Staff Composite
NFL.com
6
20
Mike Krueger
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2
20
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
3
21
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
4
21
Bryan Fontaine
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3
21
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
2
21
Cedric Hopkins
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7
21
John Paulsen
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2
21
Staff Composite
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4
21
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
4
21
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
2
21
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
2
21
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
2
21
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
2
21
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
3
21
Eric Karabell
ESPN
3
21
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
3
21
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
4
21
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
3
21
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
2
21
Scott Cullen
TSN
7
22
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
4
22
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
7
22
Jeff Paur
RTSports
2
22
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
2
22
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
3
22
Micah James
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8
22
Sigmund Bloom
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4
22
Paul Greco
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2
22
Tony Mauriello
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2
23
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
2
23
Site Projections
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3
23
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
3
23
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
1
23
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
9
23
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
2
23
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
5
24
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
1
24
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
6
24
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
2
24
Sky Sperling
Razzball
4
24
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
2
24
Wayne Bretsky
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5
24
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
2
24
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
3
24
Davis Mattek
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1
24
Staff
Roto Analysis
3
24
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
1
25
Jody Smith
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10
25
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
4
25
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
2
25
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
2
25
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
4
25
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
6
25
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
4
25
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
5
26
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
8
26
John Halpin
Fox Sports
3
26
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
3
26
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
2
26
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
5
26
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
3
26
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
3
27
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
2
27
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
2
27
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
4
27
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
2
28
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
3
28
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
3
29
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
1
N/A
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
1
N/A
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
2
N/A
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
3
N/A
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
5
N/A
Ave Projection (?)
22.6
14.5
Best
25.6
17.8
Worst
18.2
13.3
Pass Yards
304.8
241
Pass TDs
2.7
1.2
Ints
0.5
0.6
Rush Yards
4.4
11.5
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
The Saints gave up the most points to fantasy quarterbacks last year and even though they have a new defensive coordinator (Rob Ryan), this team is still going to give up a boatload of points to fantasy QBs and Ryan has all the offensive weapons to have a monster week.   
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
Shootout on the fast track in New Orleans looms to start the season. Assuming White's health, Ryan has the dogs to hang some points.   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
In nine games against the Saints Ryan is averaging 280 yards passing and 1.5 touchdowns. last season was a tale of two games with Ryan passing for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns in their week 10 loss to the Saints on the road and then a 165 yard one touchdown performance at home in which they gave it over to the running game and intercepted Brees 5 times. You can't count on Brees doing that again, so Ryan will need to pass.Smith is who he is, but Andy Reid can make that work, especially with Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. Gus Bradley is going to help the Jaguars get better on defense, but the lack of playmakers is going to make his job tough. The Jaguars were dead last in sacks with 20 last season and there's not much hope of that number dramatically increasing. Add that to the fact that the Chiefs have a strong offensive line and Smith should have plenty of time to execute Reid's West Coast offense, which fi...  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Whats cooler than being cool? Matty Ice. Ryan still has the best WR duo in the NFL with Roddy White and Julio Jones. The Falcons added a BEAST in their backfield with <nobr><a href="#" class="FAtxtL" id="FALINK_3_0_2">Steven Jackson</a></nobr>. Safties cannot play so deep to defend the pass and only the pass. Ryan is going to get plenty more opportunities for big plays.Smith has a lot to prove in 2013. After losing his starting job to Kaepernick he has reunited with Andy Reid who are both in the middle of the Broken Dreams path. These two are good for eachother, but the Chiefs really only have Dwayne Bowe in the passing game. While Bowe should have a good bounce back year, he cannot support a QBs numbers like Megatron/Marshall.  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Saints defense is atrocious, so all signs point to a huge week 1 for Ryan.It's a good matchup but I'll need to see Smith put up numbers before I believe in him too much.  
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
Shootout   
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Matt Ryan is the safest pick as the 6th QB off the board but RGIII, Kap, Stafford all have higher upsideSmith is a good fit for Andy Reid's offense  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
This game is going to be a shootout and both Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are going to have big passing games in week 1. New Orleans gave up the most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 21.7.Jacksonville gave up the 16th most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 17.2.  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
With Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, there may be no passer in the league with more dangerous weapons than Matt Ryan. The addition of Steven Jackson should also add a pass-catching-out-of-the-backfield aspect that wasn't there with Michael Turner back there.Smith is nothing more than a game manager, and his "improved" numbers over the last few years still reflect that. Pretty ordinary guy.  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Shoot out! This is going to be a high scoring romp on the Bayou!   
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
Ryan had a breakout season in 2012 and we donít expect him to stop there. Ryan is primed with tons of weapons Ė Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Jacquizz Rodgers, Steven Jackson. Look for Ryan to light up the scoreboard again this season and every option in Atlanta to be a viable fantasy play.