Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Antonio Brown or Demaryius Thomas

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Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas

vs. Ravens
Thu, 7 pm EST

Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown

vs. Titans
Sun, 12 pm EST

Expert Pick %
96%
4%
ECR
# 6
# 18
Best
# 1
# 2
Worst
# 15
# 38
Ave Projection (?)
14.1
11.7
Best
16.2
16.0
Worst
11.0
8.9
Ave Points / Game
14.2
12.4
Total Fantasy Points
227.0
198.8
Opponent
BAL
TEN
Points Allowed (?)
21.5
22.8
Expert Pick %
96%
4%
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 Matt Smith
NFL.com
 
ECR
# 6
# 18
Best
# 1
# 2
Worst
# 15
# 38
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
1
2
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
4
8
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
7
9
Jason Smith
NFL.com
5
10
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
3
11
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
4
12
Mike Krueger
FFToday
7
12
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
4
13
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
6
13
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
5
13
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
6
14
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
8
14
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
6
14
Micah James
FFMagicMan
3
14
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
4
14
Bill Enright
FFChamps
4
14
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
4
15
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
6
15
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
5
15
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
5
15
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
5
15
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
7
15
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
5
15
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
7
15
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
6
15
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
5
15
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
4
16
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
4
16
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
7
16
Site Projections
NumberFire
6
16
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
4
16
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
6
16
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
5
16
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
5
16
Justin Boone
The Score
6
16
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
4
16
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
6
16
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
4
16
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
4
16
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
8
17
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
5
17
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
4
17
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
7
17
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
7
17
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
5
17
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
5
17
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
6
17
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
4
17
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
4
17
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
5
17
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
5
17
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
3
17
Staff Composite
ESPN
N/A
17
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
6
17
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
6
18
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
3
18
John Paulsen
4for4.com
6
18
Jeff Paur
RTSports
5
18
David Dodds
FootballGuys
5
18
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
4
18
Matthew Berry
ESPN
N/A
18
Eric Karabell
ESPN
N/A
18
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
N/A
18
Staff
Roto Analysis
7
18
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
4
18
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
5
19
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
5
19
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
4
19
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
7
19
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
10
19
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
4
19
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
9
19
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
7
19
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
3
19
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
6
19
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
5
19
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
5
19
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
4
19
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
5
19
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
3
20
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
5
20
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
5
20
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
5
20
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
4
20
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
5
20
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
4
20
Adam Rank
NFL.com
5
20
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
8
20
Christopher Harris
ESPN
N/A
20
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
5
20
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
3
21
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
8
21
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
4
21
Sky Sperling
Razzball
6
21
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
7
21
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
4
21
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
4
21
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
7
21
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
6
21
Staff Composite
NFL.com
6
21
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
10
21
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
4
21
Scott Cullen
TSN
10
22
Dave Major
XN Sports
9
22
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
6
22
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
4
22
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
11
22
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
4
23
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
5
23
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
6
23
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
7
23
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
6
23
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
4
23
Site Projections
scoutPRO
4
23
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
6
23
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
6
23
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
9
23
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
7
23
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
7
24
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
6
24
John Halpin
Fox Sports
4
25
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
15
25
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
4
25
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
10
27
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
5
28
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
5
28
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
4
28
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
3
29
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
8
29
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
4
29
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
5
30
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
4
38
Matt Smith
NFL.com
7
38
Ave Projection (?)
14.1
11.7
Best
16.2
16.0
Worst
11.0
8.9
Receptions
5.4
5.2
Rec Yards
88
63
Rec TDs
0.9
0.9
Ave Targets / Game
8.9
10.4
Total Targets
142.0
166.0
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
With the Broncos' running backs doing their best to not win the job, there's a good chance we will see plenty of Manning passing the ball. Thomas is the #1 target and an easy start this week.The Titans pass defense has a ton of holes and Brown will exploit all of them. Without Le'Veon Bell the Steelers will need to throw the ball and Brown will be the main target. I have him in many of my daily leagues for week 1.  
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
Thomas was recently quoted saying that the chemistry between himself and QB – Peyton Manning is “sky-high.” Thomas is another great upside pick, but unlike the options above him, excluding Julio Jones – Thomas is fighting the target battle with Eric Decker and recently acquired new toy – Wes Welker. Thomas is the sure-cut number one in Denver.Brown will start the season out as the Steelers Number 1 WR and Punt Returner. Brown will start the season as the “X” Receiver in OC Haley’s Offense. Past Haley “X” Receivers include: Larry Fitzgerald, Terrell Owens and Dwayne Bowe. With Mike Wallace out of Pittsburgh, Brown has the potential to rack up a ton of looks.  
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
Strength of schedule looks fantastic for Thomas this year. The only top 10 defense vs WRs is week 1 against BAL. Only got 10pts in 2 gms.   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Wes Welker and Eric Decker are going to be involved a lot this season. Montee Ball will be stealing goal line TDs. Through all this, Peyton Manning will be setting records. Now that defenses cannot double team D-Thomas, we can expect big plays often.Antonio Brown has a lot of responsibility with Mike Wallace gone. Big Ben has always trusted Brown as a #1A even when Wallace was there, and now with no Wallace. Brown is the clear #1. The sky is the limit for this team that will live and die off the arm of Big Ben. With a rookie at RB, look for the Steelers to be throwing often.  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
The Ravens were ranked 15th against fantasy receivers last year, but they have turned over their secondary from last year. I would expect Thomas to have a big game in the opener.I love Brown this week playing against the Tennessee Titans and their pass defense that ranked 20th against fantasy receivers last year.  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
Personnel has changed, but, in two games vs. Ravens last year Thomas caught less than 50% of his balls and totaled 50 yards.   
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Will draw top corner but should be good for a score in this one.Solid matchup, so it'll be interesting to see if he can be the true #1 WR.  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Entering his 4th NFL season, finished 8th in and 4th in receiving yards. The percentage of snaps Thomas will face man-to-man coverage is sure to rise with the addition of Welker. Thomas is a solid No.1 Fantasy WR worth targeting in Round 2 come Draft Day.Brown desperately needs to step up as the leading receiver for the Steelers this year. He missed 3 games last year due to a high-ankle sprain and though he caught nearly the same amount of receptions (66) as he did in 2011 (69) his receiving yards dropped from 1,108 to 787. Brown remains a No.3 Fantasy WR but has great value and potential to be a weekly starter if he can step up and play at a more consistent level.  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
 Benefited from playing across from Mike Wallace; I am avoiding in every draft this year  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Thomas truly broke out with Peyton Manning under center last season, and I doubt the arrival of Wes Welker means Thomas will suddenly become invisible in the end zone. While the yardage may be down a bit, the TDs will be there.