Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Cam Newton or Matthew Stafford

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Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford

vs. Vikings
Sun, 12 pm EST

Cam Newton
Cam Newton

vs. Seahawks
Sun, 12 pm EST

Expert Pick %
86%
14%
ECR
# 8
# 12
Best
# 1
# 1
Worst
# 15
# 21
Ave Projection (?)
19.3
19.5
Best
20.6
23.6
Worst
17.6
17.2
Ave Points / Game
17.5
18.6
Total Fantasy Points
279.3
297.9
Opponent
MIN
SEA
Points Allowed (?)
18.5
11.7
Expert Pick %
86%
14%
 Site Projections
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Fantasy Football Freaks
 C.D. Carter
XN Sports
Mike Krueger
FFToday
 Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
 Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
 Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
 Staff Composite
Fox Sports
Scott Cullen
TSN
 Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
Christopher Harris
ESPN
 Jason Smith
NFL.com
Site Projections
NumberFire
 Michael Sherman
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The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
 Tristan Cockcroft
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Matt Smith
NFL.com
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Nate Hodges
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Dave Major
XN Sports
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Fantasy Smack Talk
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Yahoo! Sports
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Breaking Football
Adam Rank
NFL.com
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Sundays Are For Football
Staff Composite
NFL.com
 Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
Eric Karabell
ESPN
 Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
Staff
Roto Analysis
 Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
David Dodds
FootballGuys
 Matthew Berry
ESPN
Davis Mattek
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 Staff Composite
ESPN
 
 Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
 
 Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
 
 Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
 
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Pro Football Focus
 
 Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
 
 Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
 
 Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
 
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 Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
 
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Fox Sports
 
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 Adam Pfeifer
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 John Paulsen
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 Nick Vertucci
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 Andy Behrens
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Gridiron Experts
 
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Fantasy Football Metrics
 
ECR
# 8
# 12
Best
# 1
# 1
Worst
# 15
# 21
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
7
1
Mike Krueger
FFToday
6
3
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
5
4
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
6
4
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
12
4
Scott Cullen
TSN
8
6
Site Projections
scoutPRO
2
7
Christopher Harris
ESPN
9
7
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
5
8
Site Projections
NumberFire
10
8
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
6
8
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
7
8
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
4
8
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
9
8
Matt Smith
NFL.com
13
8
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
13
9
Dave Major
XN Sports
15
9
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
12
9
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
6
9
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
7
9
Adam Rank
NFL.com
11
9
Staff Composite
NFL.com
10
9
Jason Smith
NFL.com
1
9
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
5
9
Eric Karabell
ESPN
10
9
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
5
9
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
8
9
Staff
Roto Analysis
10
9
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
7
10
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
8
10
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
9
10
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
6
10
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
5
10
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
9
10
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
8
10
Matthew Berry
ESPN
7
10
Staff Composite
ESPN
7
10
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
6
10
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
8
11
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
8
11
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
8
11
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
9
11
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
4
11
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
9
11
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
7
11
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
3
11
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
6
11
Sky Sperling
Razzball
9
11
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
10
11
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
9
11
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
5
11
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
4
11
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
7
11
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
10
11
John Halpin
Fox Sports
2
11
Jeff Paur
RTSports
6
11
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
6
11
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
6
11
David Dodds
FootballGuys
12
11
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
10
11
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
7
11
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
10
11
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
10
11
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
9
11
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
5
11
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
5
12
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
10
12
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
11
12
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
6
12
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
4
12
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
7
12
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
10
12
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
7
12
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
8
12
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
10
12
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
7
12
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
10
12
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
8
12
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
8
13
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
9
13
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
11
13
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
10
13
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
2
13
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
11
13
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
9
13
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
2
13
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
9
13
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
8
13
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
10
13
John Paulsen
4for4.com
9
13
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
6
13
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
9
13
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
7
13
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
7
13
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
7
13
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
7
13
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
7
13
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
12
13
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
10
13
Justin Boone
The Score
9
13
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
8
13
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
9
13
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
8
13
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
14
13
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
5
13
Bill Enright
FFChamps
10
13
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
10
13
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
9
14
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
8
14
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
4
14
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
8
14
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
7
14
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
6
14
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
12
14
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
6
14
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
10
14
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
9
14
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
4
14
Micah James
FFMagicMan
3
14
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
11
14
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
7
14
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
9
14
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
13
15
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
10
15
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
4
15
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
12
15
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
11
16
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
6
17
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
6
17
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
7
18
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
9
18
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
5
20
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
1
21
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
12
21
Ave Projection (?)
19.3
19.5
Best
20.6
23.6
Worst
17.6
17.2
Pass Yards
323.8
234.4
Pass TDs
2
0.7
Ints
1
1
Rush Yards
4.2
46.8
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
Stafford has led the NFL in passing attempts the past two seasons. A healthy Ryan Broyles and the addition of Reggie Bush gives Stafford another solid target. The yards will be there, but look for Stafford to bounce-back and split his TD Totals of 41 in 2011 and 20 in 2012. I would expect around 30 TDs this season from Stafford.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
Stafford slings it a ton and Vikes secondary is a mess. Should equate to solid numbers.Newton has insane upside and is at home, but Seahawks are brutal and Panthers have been terrible on O all summer.  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Stafford was slow getting out of the gate last year, as he didn't throw more than one TD in any of the Lions' first six games. His touchdown total dropped from 41 in 2011 to 20 last year, but he did get close to the 5,000-yard mark again.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.  
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
Stafford is QB you can wait for in 2013; #1 fantasy QB potentialSuper Cam would be higher if the Panthers would just get him a legit 2nd receiver  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
Last season Stafford faced the Vikings twice and threw for over 300 yards each time, but in one game he threw zero touchdowns and in the other he threw three. The good news is he only threw one interception. The Vikings pass defense lost Antoine Winfield and have gotten younger as well. The Lions will have trouble running the ball against the Vikings run defense so we should see plenty of passing.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...  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
Stafford is going to come out passing and will have a big game. Look for him to also throw to Reggie Bush out of the back field. Minnesota gave up the 4th most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 20.6.Seattle gave up the fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 11.4.  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Stafford plays a Vikings D that allowed the 5th most points to fantasy quarterbacks last year and Stafford had over 300 yards passing in both games against the Vikings last year. Touchdown passes will be the key though, but the Lions are hoping Reggie Bush teamed with Calvin Johnson will help in that department.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
Stafford was plagued by not have a quality #2 WR in 2012. Everyone and their mothers were dropping TDs left and right. If Calvin Johnson missed a game, Stafford would be lucky to eclipse 200 Yards. Not his fault, the Lions just do not have a quality #2 option. So what did the Lions do? Absolutely nothing but add Reggie Bush. Reggie should be special, but that does not solve the problem of a quality downfield #2 WR. Still Staff has the best arm in the NFL and could easily have a huge s...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.