Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Cam Newton or Carson Palmer

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Cam Newton
Cam Newton

vs. Seahawks
Sun, 12 pm EST

Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer

at Rams
Sun, 3 pm EST

Expert Pick %
99%
1%
ECR
# 12
# 20
Best
# 1
# 11
Worst
# 21
# 30
Ave Projection (?)
19.5
14.2
Best
23.6
16.4
Worst
17.2
13.0
Ave Points / Game
18.6
13.6
Total Fantasy Points
297.9
217.3
Opponent
SEA
STL
Points Allowed (?)
11.7
15.1
Expert Pick %
99%
1%
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ECR
# 12
# 20
Best
# 1
# 11
Worst
# 21
# 30
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
1
17
Mike Krueger
FFToday
3
15
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
4
16
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
4
25
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
4
20
Scott Cullen
TSN
6
21
Site Projections
scoutPRO
7
17
Christopher Harris
ESPN
7
17
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
8
21
Site Projections
NumberFire
8
20
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
8
22
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
8
15
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
8
20
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
8
22
Matt Smith
NFL.com
8
18
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
9
16
Dave Major
XN Sports
9
16
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
9
19
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
9
22
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
9
20
Adam Rank
NFL.com
9
17
Staff Composite
NFL.com
9
24
Jason Smith
NFL.com
9
22
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
9
22
Eric Karabell
ESPN
9
19
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
9
18
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
9
23
Staff
Roto Analysis
9
19
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
10
27
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
10
17
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
10
18
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
10
23
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
10
20
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
10
26
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
10
17
Matthew Berry
ESPN
10
17
Staff Composite
ESPN
10
18
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
10
22
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
11
20
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
11
17
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
11
16
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
11
28
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
11
21
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
11
22
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
11
19
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
11
19
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
11
22
Sky Sperling
Razzball
11
26
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
11
23
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
11
22
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
11
22
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
11
20
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
11
15
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
11
17
John Halpin
Fox Sports
11
25
Jeff Paur
RTSports
11
20
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
11
18
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
11
23
David Dodds
FootballGuys
11
23
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
11
23
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
11
17
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
11
24
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
11
25
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
11
21
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
11
18
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
12
18
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
12
18
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
12
24
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
12
22
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
12
23
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
12
21
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
12
14
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
12
17
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
12
18
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
12
17
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
12
20
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
12
19
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
12
20
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
13
28
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
13
22
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
13
17
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
13
15
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
13
24
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
13
23
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
13
22
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
13
25
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
13
17
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
13
18
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
13
26
John Paulsen
4for4.com
13
18
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
13
19
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
13
18
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
13
20
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
13
20
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
13
20
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
13
19
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
13
19
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
13
21
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
13
24
Justin Boone
The Score
13
18
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
13
23
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
13
18
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
13
23
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
13
28
Paul Greco
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13
21
Bill Enright
FFChamps
13
24
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
13
22
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
14
20
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
14
20
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
14
18
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
14
19
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
14
19
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
14
22
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
14
21
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
14
20
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
14
22
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
14
16
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
14
20
Micah James
FFMagicMan
14
18
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
14
30
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
14
19
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
14
19
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
15
22
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
15
18
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
15
11
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
15
20
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
16
23
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
17
22
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
17
19
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
18
19
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
18
23
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
20
17
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
21
25
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
21
25
Ave Projection (?)
19.5
14.2
Best
23.6
16.4
Worst
17.2
13.0
Pass Yards
234.4
275.2
Pass TDs
0.7
1.6
Ints
1
1.4
Rush Yards
46.8
1.6
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
After a phenomenal 2011 season, 2012 was a bit of a regression. Cam doesn’t rack up passing yards like other QBs, but his value is in the running game. Look for Newton to see about 600-700 rushing yards and 7-9 rushing TDs.   
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Newton has insane upside and is at home, but Seahawks are brutal and Panthers have been terrible on O all summer.I'm banking on Palmer having to throw a lot in this one, so he should be serviceable.  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Newton's passing numbers weren't as gaudy in 2012 as they were during his rookie 2011 season, but his status as a dual-threat QB is the reason he's this high. He's rushed for 22 TDs and over 1,400 yards in two seasons as a pro.Palmer put up solid numbers last season while toiling away in Oakland, and that was without any truly viable receiving weapons. Now, he's got Larry Fitzgerald at his disposal, as well as former first-round pick Michael Floyd. He'll still throw picks on you, but he's a solid backup/bye week savior.  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
It wasn't an overly nice preseason and a matchup against Seattle isn't a favorable way for Mike Shula's offense to start... but, by virtue of his legs, at worst, Newton should be a factor.   
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Super Cam would be higher if the Panthers would just get him a legit 2nd receiverPalmer goes to the desert to play with the best receiver he has ever played with; will have multiple QB1 weeks  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
The Seahawks pass defense is possibly the best in the league. Last season in SeattleNewton passed for a paltry 141 yards against them and rushed for 42 with no touchdowns. For the season only two quarterbacks passed for over 300 yards against them, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford. They also only allowed over 2 touchdowns to a quarterback one time and that was also to Stafford. Thankfully Newton is at home this time around and last year he was horrible early in the season. And he's still a th...Palmer's inability to move, his offensive line, the Rams pass rush and good cornerbacks are a bad combination. This will be an extreme test for the Cardinals to see if they can hold off the pass rush enough to make plays down field with their top line receiving group. I am rooting for Larry Fitzgerald and he will get his as long as Palmer doesn't get injured, but overall this isn't the game you want to see if Palmer is worth starting in deeper leagues or daily.  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
Seattle gave up the fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 11.4.BENCH - St. Louis gave up the 12th fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 16.0.  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Cam is a very talented player and will have a huge fantasy season, but not this week. Cam had just 141 yards passing, 42 yards rushing and no passing or rushing touchdowns against the Seahawks last year. I expect better numbers than that this year, but he is a QB2 in the opener.   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Super Cam really turned it up at the end of last season playing like the 1st round pick we know he could be. The Panthers are going with Don Schula as their head coach, which has led to a bromance between the star QB. Something we never saw with Ron Rivera. This offense is geared towards Cam being a super hero.For the first time since Kurt Warner, the Cardinals have a QB that can actually throw the ball. Larry Fitzgerald is going to love having Palmer who is not afraid to throw the deep ball. Even if it's in triple coverage, off his backfoot, in the 4th quarter. Palmer will have nice games as this Cardinals WR core is underrated, but he will also have those horrible ones.