Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Ben Tate or Ryan Mathews

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Expert Pick %
81%
20%
ECR
# 26
# 31
Best
# 14
# 17
Worst
# 37
# 48
Ave Projection (?)
8.3
10.3
Best
10.6
13.1
Worst
7.1
5.7
Ave Points / Game
11.5
7.9
Total Fantasy Points
184.4
111.1
Expert Pick %
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20%
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ECR
# 26
# 31
Best
# 14
# 17
Worst
# 37
# 48
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
25
17
Bill Enright
FFChamps
29
20
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
29
21
Site Projections
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28
21
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
32
21
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
23
22
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
34
22
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
23
22
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
24
23
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
32
23
Mike Krueger
FFToday
27
23
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
20
24
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
31
24
Eric Karabell
ESPN
23
24
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
29
25
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
27
25
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
24
25
Christopher Harris
ESPN
26
25
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
29
26
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
29
26
Micah James
FFMagicMan
24
26
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
22
26
Adam Rank
NFL.com
32
26
Staff Composite
ESPN
26
26
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
35
26
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
29
26
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23
26
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
26
27
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
26
27
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
26
27
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
23
28
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
22
28
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
30
28
John Halpin
Fox Sports
25
28
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
25
28
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
23
28
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
29
28
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
22
28
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
26
29
Kyle Wachtel
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27
29
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
25
29
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
30
29
Chet Gresham
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26
29
Tozzi Brothers
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33
29
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
23
30
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
25
30
Kevin Hanson
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27
30
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
14
30
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
24
30
Paul Greco
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26
30
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22
31
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26
31
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
30
31
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
25
31
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
23
31
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
24
31
Neil Parker
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25
31
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
23
31
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
24
31
Justin Boone
The Score
25
31
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
37
31
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27
32
Eddie Cooley
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28
32
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25
32
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26
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29
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27
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23
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24
33
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25
33
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27
33
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26
33
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23
33
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26
33
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24
33
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26
33
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25
33
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25
34
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24
34
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28
34
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21
34
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24
34
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26
34
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29
34
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23
34
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27
34
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24
34
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25
35
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27
35
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25
35
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24
35
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27
35
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21
35
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27
35
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25
35
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27
35
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25
35
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27
35
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32
35
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30
36
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29
36
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27
36
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25
36
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35
36
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24
36
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27
36
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28
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31
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27
37
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23
37
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33
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24
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27
37
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23
37
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25
38
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22
38
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23
38
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22
39
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25
39
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24
39
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25
39
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20
40
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26
40
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37
41
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27
42
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30
43
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27
43
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25
46
Dave Major
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35
48
Ave Projection (?)
8.3
10.3
Best
10.6
13.1
Worst
7.1
5.7
Rush Yards
59.7
50.3
Rush TDs
0.1
0.8
Receptions
1.9
1.6
Rec Yards
16.5
11
Rec TDs
0
0
Ave Targets / Game
2.1
3.1
Total Targets
33.0
49.0
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Mathews is always hard to trust, while Texans D is top notch.
Should split carries in week one, so has some real upside to start the year.
  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
The Chargers lack one thing. An offensive line. When Phillip Rivers does not get time to throw, this offense does not progress. Ryan Matthews was a bit of a disappointment in 2012 as he never was 100% healthy with collarbone injuries. You should still not count Matthews out as he can easily explode for a comeback player of the year award. Watch his preseason, more importantly the offensive line.
Ben Tate is an automatic RB#1 if Arian Foster goes down for any games. Not only is he RB#1 quality, he could be Top 5 for any given week. Tate is the exact clone of Boobie Miles from 'Friday Night Lights' and the Texans are not afraid to use him like that. If you draft Arian Foster, do yourself a favor and draft Ben Tate. Even if you do not own Foster, steal Tate away.
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
last season Houston gave up the least amount of fantasy points to running backs in the league. They were the only team to hold Adrian Peterson to under 100 yards after week 5 and pretty much ruined his chances of breaking the rushing record. They also didn't allow one running back to top 100 yards rushing on the road. Mathews will have a tough road to how even though he has looked good in preseason.
Arian Foster won't get a full work load, so Tate will see more than normal touches, but it's hard to predict with any certainty so he's just a flex play for needy teams.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Has upside but floor makes him an RB2
Needs to stay healthy for consistent fantasy value
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Matthews has had a good preseason, but he does play a Texans D that gave up the fewest points to fantasy running backs last year.
 
  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
As tantalizing as Mathews is considering his lack of competition in San Diego, he seems to be made of glass. He's never been able to play in more than 14 games in any of his three NFL seasons.
Tate rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a backup in 2011, but his 2012 was marred by injuries. With the Texans wanting to take some pressure off of Arian Foster, look for Tate to rebound in a big way this season...if healthy.