Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Arian Foster or Chris Johnson

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88%
12%
ECR
# 12
# 18
Best
# 3
# 8
Worst
# 29
# 27
Ave Projection (?)
14.6
11.5
Best
16.0
14.7
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13.7
10.0
Ave Points / Game
10.8
12.4
Total Fantasy Points
86.5
198.2
Expert Pick %
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12%
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ECR
# 12
# 18
Best
# 3
# 8
Worst
# 29
# 27
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3
12
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Fox Sports
3
15
R.C. Fischer
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3
25
Dave Major
XN Sports
4
20
Wayne Bretsky
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4
16
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4
17
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4
9
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5
16
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5
19
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Sundays Are For Football
5
19
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
5
23
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6
21
Tony Mauriello
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6
26
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
6
21
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Fox Sports
6
17
Sean Beazley
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6
15
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NFL.com
6
20
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Gridiron Experts
7
16
Taylor Smith
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7
15
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7
15
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7
15
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7
10
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7
16
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7
20
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7
22
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8
15
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8
19
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8
18
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The Fake Football
8
20
Jason Smith
NFL.com
8
15
Adrian Pereira
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8
19
Bryan Fontaine
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9
19
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
9
18
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Razzball
9
21
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
9
19
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
9
16
Sigmund Bloom
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9
20
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
9
17
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
9
23
Matthew Berry
ESPN
9
14
Bill Enright
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9
17
Raju Byfield
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9
18
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10
15
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10
18
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10
18
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10
17
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10
15
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10
19
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11
14
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11
17
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11
18
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11
20
Michael Fabiano
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11
16
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11
24
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11
16
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11
14
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12
16
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12
18
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12
21
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12
20
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12
18
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12
20
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12
20
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12
19
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12
20
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12
16
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12
20
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12
17
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12
19
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12
16
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12
18
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ESPN
12
15
Scott Whitfield
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12
20
Staff
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12
21
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
12
20
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
12
19
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
13
19
Jeff Ratcliffe
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13
16
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
13
18
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
13
15
Salvatore Stefanile
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13
18
Brent Namejko
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13
14
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13
20
John Paulsen
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13
18
Walter Cherepinsky
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13
14
Walton Spurlin
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13
18
Kevin Hanson
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13
16
Christopher Harris
ESPN
13
16
Eric Karabell
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13
14
Paul Greco
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13
17
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13
15
Michael Pichan
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13
17
Patrick Daugherty
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13
19
Dan Yanotchko
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14
22
Brendan Donahue
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14
18
Adam Rank
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14
12
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14
16
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14
18
Jon Collins
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15
17
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15
19
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15
16
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15
19
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15
20
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15
14
Brad Evans
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16
19
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Yahoo! Sports
16
19
Adam Pfeifer
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16
14
Ken Zalis
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16
19
Justin Boone
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16
17
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16
21
Mike Clay
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17
20
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17
19
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17
18
Rich Hribar
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17
15
Jeff Brubach
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17
16
Micah James
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17
8
Andy Behrens
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18
20
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18
17
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18
24
Jeff Boggis
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18
13
Joe Bond
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18
17
Steve Wyremski
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18
21
Site Rankings
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19
15
Scott Engel
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19
20
Chet Gresham
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19
21
Kevin Roberts
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20
16
KJ
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20
15
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21
18
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21
20
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22
13
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24
27
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Fantasy Knuckleheads
29
13
Ave Projection (?)
14.6
11.5
Best
16.0
14.7
Worst
13.7
10.0
Rush Yards
73.2
78
Rush TDs
0.9
0.3
Receptions
2.3
3.1
Rec Yards
17.1
24.2
Rec TDs
0
0
Ave Targets / Game
2.2
3.5
Total Targets
35.0
52.0
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
San Diego's defense was better than most people realize in 2012. Foster may not have the best game, and could be a tad rusty after not getting much work during the preseason.
 
  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Foster was worked hard in 2012, leading the league with 351 carries. The Texans will be looking to decrease his workload this season, but he's still a near lock for 1,300+ yards and 10+ touchdowns. Not to mention his effectiveness in the passing game.
The artist formerly known as CJ2K hasn't come close to that 2,006-yard total he put up in 2009, but he's still gotten over 1,000 yards in every year of his career. Shonn Greene is in town to potentially steal a few goal-line carries, but the revamped Titans offensive line bodes well for Johnson.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
I would draft Foster before Martin but always worry about the equally as talented Ben Tate and now legit 2nd option in passing game in DeAndre
 
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
We'll find out soon enough if this offseason was an overreaction to Foster's back and calf problems. He hasn't carried the ball once this preseason and while I think he is too good to sit this week, I am not sure he has a Top 10 game against a Chargers D that was 13th against fantasy backs.
The Steelers were 4th against fantasy running back defenses, but they have the oldest starting defense in the NFL, so that could fall off this year. The Titans are also improved on the offensive line, I think Johnson is at least a low RB2 this week.
  
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
Not expected to see a full workload.
 
  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Arian took too many carries last season, the Texans offense was not as automatic as it was in the past, and the defense was banged up. This season, it is now or never for this Texans squad. Arian is 100% healthy and should be more effective than he was in 2012.
CJ2K knows that Fantasy Football owners are quickly starting to doubt him. He is an inconsistent RB who will run for 40 Yards for 3 Quarters, then get a 70 Yard run in the 4th Quarter to give him a big week. Jake Locker has to show growth this preseason, and then CJ's value will rise. Shonn Greene is a big buzz kill for TDs. But you know CJ2K will make up for those plays in other ways.
  
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
 
Not a fan, until he can string a few good games together. Brutal matchup.
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
Foster has not practiced since the end of May due to lingering back and calf issues. There is no denying an Arian Foster type talent, but the rushing attempts of 327 (2010), 278 (2011) and 351 (2012) have taken an obvious toll on his health. Continue to monitor his injury status deep into the pre-season as we are all sure to learn more as the season is set to begin. Foster could take a slide back if he continues to miss time.
CJ?K With an improved O-Line, CJ has been running well this pre-season. His Jet-Packs are still unmatched.
  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
Stands to reason that Foster sees a curtailed work load in the early going, with Tate picking up more of the slack in week one, given his limited preseason slate.
Tennessee's improved offensive line finds itself in tough to start, against last year's stingiest defense to opposing RBs.
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
San Diego was tough on running backs last season giving up just 83 yards per game. Add that to the fact that Foster most likely won't get a full work load after not playing in the preseason and you have a scary proposition for a top tier play.
Johnson had a good game against the Steelers last season with 23 touches for 114 yards, but he didn't score and Pittsburgh remains a tough place to play and will often get the best of opposing running backs. They only allowed two players to top 100 yards rushing all last year and gave up just 3.8 yards per carry.
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Word is he'll be eased in, so not sure I trust him as a usual RB1 this week.
CJ2k should get the ball a lot but this is a brutal road matchup to get things started.
  
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
Foster is expected to split carries with Ben Tate in week 1. We aren't as high as most on him for this week