Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Ben Roethlisberger or Eli Manning

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

at Cowboys
Sun, 7 pm EST

Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger

vs. Titans
Sun, 12 pm EST

Expert Pick %
66%
34%
ECR
# 14
# 15
Best
# 7
# 6
Worst
# 27
# 25
Ave Projection (?)
15.7
16.6
Best
18.8
17.8
Worst
13.2
15.1
Ave Points / Game
10.6
16.3
Total Fantasy Points
170.3
260.3
Opponent
DAL
TEN
Points Allowed (?)
16.1
17.5
Expert Pick %
66%
34%
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Nate Hodges
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Tommy Rowan
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Ben Standig
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NFL.com
 
ECR
# 14
# 15
Best
# 7
# 6
Worst
# 27
# 25
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
15
6
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
15
7
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
15
9
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
14
9
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
11
9
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
13
10
Site Projections
NumberFire
14
11
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
14
12
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
15
12
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
16
12
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
10
12
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
12
13
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
12
13
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
14
13
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
18
13
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
14
13
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
15
13
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
14
13
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
16
13
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
16
13
Matthew Berry
ESPN
14
13
Christopher Harris
ESPN
12
13
Mike Krueger
FFToday
12
13
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
15
13
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
15
13
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
15
13
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
15
14
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
15
14
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
15
14
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
16
14
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
13
14
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
13
14
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
15
14
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
13
14
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
15
14
Sky Sperling
Razzball
15
14
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
16
14
John Paulsen
4for4.com
15
14
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
11
14
John Halpin
Fox Sports
15
14
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
15
14
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
15
14
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
15
14
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
15
14
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
15
14
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
15
14
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
15
14
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
13
14
Justin Boone
The Score
15
14
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
18
14
Jason Smith
NFL.com
13
14
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
13
14
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
15
14
Eric Karabell
ESPN
13
14
Staff Composite
ESPN
12
14
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
12
14
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
12
14
Staff
Roto Analysis
13
14
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
14
15
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
14
15
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
14
15
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
14
15
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
20
15
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
14
15
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
18
15
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
9
15
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
14
15
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
13
15
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
14
15
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
13
15
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
14
15
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
14
15
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
12
15
Site Projections
scoutPRO
14
15
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
13
15
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
7
15
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
14
15
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
14
15
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
14
15
Jeff Paur
RTSports
14
15
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
13
15
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
13
15
David Dodds
FootballGuys
14
15
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
14
15
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
14
15
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
14
15
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
13
15
Micah James
FFMagicMan
11
15
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
13
15
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
14
15
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
16
15
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
14
15
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
16
15
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
13
15
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
14
15
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
14
15
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
15
16
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
15
16
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
15
16
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
14
16
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
14
16
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
14
16
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
7
16
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
15
16
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
27
16
Staff Composite
NFL.com
14
16
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
14
16
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
14
16
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
13
16
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
14
16
Scott Cullen
TSN
13
17
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
11
17
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
12
17
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
9
17
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
14
17
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
14
17
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
13
17
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
14
17
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
14
17
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
13
17
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
12
17
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
14
18
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
12
18
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
13
18
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
15
18
Bill Enright
FFChamps
12
19
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
14
20
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
13
21
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
10
21
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
12
21
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
19
23
Matt Smith
NFL.com
15
24
Dave Major
XN Sports
7
25
Adam Rank
NFL.com
21
N/A
Ave Projection (?)
15.7
16.6
Best
18.8
17.8
Worst
13.2
15.1
Pass Yards
268.2
262.1
Pass TDs
1.7
1.5
Ints
1
0.8
Rush Yards
1.4
6
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
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.The Titans allowed the 8th most points to fantasy quarterbacks last year and the Steelers have a weakened running game with RB Le'Veon Bell sidelined. I expect Big Ben to be a borderline QB1 this week.  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
Dallas gave up the 17th fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 16.7.Tennessee gave up the 9th most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 19.2.  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Manning can certainly be elite any week, but Cowboys hosting this one and their pass D is talented.Titans are terrible on defense, so Big Ben could shock with a stellar week 1 outing.  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
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.The Steelers lost their starting running back and will most likely need to throw to win. Roethlisberger has had the Titans number in 4 previous games passing for an average of 300 yards and 2.75 touchdowns. Last season he threw for 363 yards with one touchdown and one interception against them. The Titans pass defense was one of the worst in the league last season giving up the second most touchdowns, the seventh most yards and second worst completion percentage.  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
A healthy Nicks is a major boost to Eli's fantasy valueLosing 60 minutes a major blow; Steelers hopeful Wheaton and Bell can help fill void on offense  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
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.He'll be without Mike Wallace (Dolphins) and Heath Miller for a while (injury), and the Steelers are reportedly interested in getting back to their ways of pounding the football via the ground game. None of this bodes particularly well for Big Ben's fantasy value, especially considering he's a candidate to miss two-three games per year with various injuries.  
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
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 didn’t 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.Fantasy backup. Reasoning: Mike Wallace - Signed with Miami. Heath Miller – ACL injury. Big Ben – always injured and playing on his last leg. If you draft him, draft another QB of equal or better talent.  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
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.Big Ben lost Mike Wallace. Antonio Brown and a plethora of slot WRs is not going to make up for that loss. Wallace gets down the field at record speed, and Big Ben has lost that mobility. A downgraded Roethlisberger is nothing more than a #20 Range QB.