Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Andrew Luck or Eli Manning

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Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck (IND)
vs. Raiders
Sun, 9:00am ET
Eli Manning
Eli Manning (NYG)
at Cowboys
Sun, 4:30pm ET
Expert Pick %
97%
3%
ECR
# 6
# 14
Best
# 1
# 7
Worst
# 18
# 27
Ave Projection (?)
19.7
15.7
Best
21.8
18.8
Worst
16.2
13.2
Ave Points / Game
18.3
10.6
Total Fantasy Points
292.9
170.3
Expert Pick %
97%
3%
 R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
Dave Major
XN Sports
 Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
 Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
 Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
 Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
 
 Matt Smith
NFL.com
 
 Jason Smith
NFL.com
 
 Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
 
 Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
 
 Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
 
 Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
 
 Staff Composite
NFL.com
 
 Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
 
 Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
 
 Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
 
 Scott Cullen
TSN
 
 Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
 
 Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
 
 Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
 
 Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
 
 Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
 
 Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
 
 Site Projections
NumberFire
 
 Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
 
 Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
 
 Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
 
 Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
 
 Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
 
 Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
 
 Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
 
 Neil Parker
Fantasy Sports LR
 
 Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
 
 Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
 
 Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
 
 Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
 
 Adam Rank
NFL.com
 
 Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
 
 Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
 
 Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
 
 Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
 
 Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
 
 Austin Lee
FootballGuys
 
 Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
 
 Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
 
 Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
 
 Scott Engel
RotoExperts
 
 Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
 
 Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
 
 Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
 
 David Dodds
FootballGuys
 
 Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
 
 Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
 
 KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
 
 Christopher Harris
ESPN
 
 Eric Karabell
ESPN
 
 Staff Composite
ESPN
 
 Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
 
 Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
 
 Rich Hribar
XN Sports
 
 Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
 
 Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
 
 Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
 
 Sky Sperling
Razzball
 
 Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
 
 Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
 
 John Halpin
Fox Sports
 
 Jeff Paur
RTSports
 
 Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
 
 Micah James
FFMagicMan
 
 The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
 
 Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
 
 Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
 
 Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
 
 Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
 
 Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
 
 Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
 
 Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
 
 Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
 
 Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
 
 Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
 
 James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
 
 Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
 
 Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
 
 Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
 
 Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
 
 R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
 
 John Paulsen
4for4.com
 
 Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
 
 Staff Composite
Fox Sports
 
 Dave Richard
CBS Sports
 
 Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
 
 Justin Boone
The Score
 
 Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
 
 Matthew Berry
ESPN
 
 Mike Krueger
FFToday
 
 Adrian Pereira
eDraft
 
 Staff
Roto Analysis
 
 Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
 
 Terrance Bridgett
ProjectRoto
 
 Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
 
 C.D. Carter
XN Sports
 
 Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
 
 Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
 
 Site Projections
scoutPRO
 
 Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
 
 Joel Beall
Fox Sports
 
 Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
 
 Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
 
 Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
 
 Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
 
 David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
 
 Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
 
 Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
 
 Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
 
 Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
 
 Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
 
 Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
 
 Ben Standig
CSN Washington
 
 Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
 
 Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
 
 Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
 
 Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
 
 Bill Enright
FFChamps
 
 Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
 
 Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
 
 Greg Smith
The Fake Football
 
 Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
 
ECR
# 6
# 14
Best
# 1
# 7
Worst
# 18
# 27
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
1
14
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
1
16
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
1
12
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
2
12
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
2
13
Matt Smith
NFL.com
2
15
Jason Smith
NFL.com
2
13
Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
3
15
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
3
15
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
3
14
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
3
13
Staff Composite
NFL.com
3
14
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
3
13
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
4
14
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
4
15
Scott Cullen
TSN
4
13
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
4
14
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
4
7
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
4
15
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
4
10
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
4
14
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
4
13
Site Projections
NumberFire
5
14
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
5
12
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
5
14
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
5
16
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
5
27
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
5
15
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
5
14
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
5
15
Neil Parker
Fantasy Sports LR
5
14
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
5
15
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
5
14
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
5
13
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
5
15
Adam Rank
NFL.com
5
21
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
5
14
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
5
10
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
5
13
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
5
13
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
5
14
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
6
14
Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
6
16
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
6
11
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
6
15
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
6
13
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
6
14
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
6
14
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
6
15
David Dodds
FootballGuys
6
14
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
6
18
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
6
14
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
6
14
Christopher Harris
ESPN
6
12
Eric Karabell
ESPN
6
13
Staff Composite
ESPN
6
12
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
6
14
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
7
14
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
7
15
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
7
13
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
7
12
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
7
15
Sky Sperling
Razzball
7
15
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
7
14
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
7
15
John Halpin
Fox Sports
7
15
Jeff Paur
RTSports
7
14
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
7
13
Micah James
FFMagicMan
7
11
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
7
13
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
7
14
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
7
12
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
7
12
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
7
14
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
7
14
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
8
15
Dave Major
XN Sports
8
7
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
8
13
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
8
9
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
8
14
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
8
14
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
8
13
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
8
12
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
8
14
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
8
14
Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
8
14
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
8
12
John Paulsen
4for4.com
8
15
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
8
13
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
8
15
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
8
18
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
8
15
Justin Boone
The Score
8
15
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
8
15
Matthew Berry
ESPN
8
14
Mike Krueger
FFToday
8
12
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
8
15
Staff
Roto Analysis
8
13
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
8
14
Terrance Bridgett
ProjectRoto
9
19
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
9
14
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
9
20
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
9
18
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
9
13
Site Projections
scoutPRO
9
14
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
9
11
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
9
14
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
9
16
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
9
13
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
9
14
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
9
16
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
9
15
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
10
15
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
10
15
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
10
15
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
10
14
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
10
14
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
10
15
Ben Standig
CSN Washington
10
11
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
10
14
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
10
16
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
11
14
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
11
9
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
11
15
Bill Enright
FFChamps
11
12
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
12
14
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
12
7
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
12
15
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
13
15
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
14
16
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
18
12
Ave Projection (?)
19.7
15.7
Best
21.8
18.8
Worst
16.2
13.2
Pass Yards
252.5
268.2
Pass TDs
2.1
1.7
Ints
0.2
1
Rush Yards
14
1.4
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
The Colts are heading towards running a 2 TE offense with a west coast scheme. At least those 2 TEs would be Top 15 options if they were on separate teams, but West Coast in todays NFL does not work in Fantasy. Rich Gannon/Donovan McNabb/Brad Johnson were probably the best West Coast QBs of the early 2000s. Those 3400 Yards 27 TDs is not good anymore in todays down field bomb offenses.
The Giants running game is down to David Wilson and Andre Brown, which means Eli will put the ball in the air. Hakeem Nicks is healthy, and he has a lot of room to make up for most improved player. Victor Cruz was just paid this offseason, and he has a chip on his shoulder after missing the 1,200 Yard/10 TD season. Brandon Myers is a slight downgrade from the big Martellus Bennett.
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
The Raiders ranked just 23rd against fantasy quarterbacks last year and Luck is leading one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL.
Giants and Cowboys games seem to be loaded with offense since Romo and Manning have been the quarterbacks, but Eli had two below average games against the Cowboys where he failed to top 225 yards passing and threw one touchdown in two games. That's why I don't have him super high this week, but prior to last season he had some monster games against the Cowboys.
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
With Bruce Arians gone, its unlikely that Luck will lead the league in passing attempts when throwing past the 20 yard mark. After having a year under his belt, Luck will be a more polished and efficient passer.
His highs are high and his lows are low. For fantasy owners who had Manning last season, it was a bit of a roller coaster ride. It didnít help that his receiving corps were unhealthy the majority of the season. With all that being said, I do not trust Eli Manning if I want to win a fantasy championship.
  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Luck vs. the Raiders at home, yes please.
 
  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
The Colts look to have more of a West Coast offense type thing going on here with Luck's college coordinator now in the mix, which should help to limit his interception totals.
Eli got off to a pretty solid start in '12, and then randomly turned in three consecutive clunkers against the Cowboys, Steelers and Bengals. He's a guy that'll put up 28 one week, then turn around and give you 10 the next. Pretty annoying if you're having to rely on him.
  
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
Oakland could be the worst team in the league.
 
  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
Oakland gave up the 7th most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 19.5.
Dallas gave up the 17th fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 16.7.
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Raiders are awful so it'd be a shock if Luck was anything short of amazing at home in week 1.
Manning can certainly be elite any week, but Cowboys hosting this one and their pass D is talented.
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
Luck missed much of his rookie year's off season work due to school and quickly had to learn a high risk/reward offense and it showed in his numbers, especially interceptions and completion percentage. Now with his old Stanford offense in place and a season under his belt we will see an even better, more efficient player. The Raiders have little in the way of defense and Luck will pick them apart. My only concern is him sitting in the 4th quarter.
In his career against Dallas Eli has averaged 250 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. But last season they had his number. He averaged just 202 yards passing and threw a total of one touchdown and one interception. He'll be heading back to Dallas where he had his worst game against them. The Cowboys have yet a new defensive coordinator and scheme with some talented players, but putting it all together in week one may be a tough job. I think this game turns into a shootout.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Should be a QB1 for the next decade
A healthy Nicks is a major boost to Eli's fantasy value
  
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
Luck looks to have a pretty tough schedule as of now with Oakland being the only opponent ranking in the bottom 10 against QB's.