Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Cam Newton or Robert Griffin III

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Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III

vs. Eagles
Mon, 6 pm EST

Cam Newton
Cam Newton

vs. Seahawks
Sun, 12 pm EST

Expert Pick %
74%
26%
ECR
# 9
# 12
Best
# 2
# 1
Worst
# 16
# 21
Ave Projection (?)
19.4
19.5
Best
22.1
23.6
Worst
17.3
17.2
Ave Points / Game
16.4
18.6
Total Fantasy Points
212.9
297.9
Opponent
PHI
SEA
Points Allowed (?)
18.6
11.7
Expert Pick %
74%
26%
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ECR
# 9
# 12
Best
# 2
# 1
Worst
# 16
# 21
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
14
1
Mike Krueger
FFToday
7
3
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
11
4
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
5
4
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
8
4
Scott Cullen
TSN
10
6
Site Projections
scoutPRO
5
7
Christopher Harris
ESPN
8
7
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
6
8
Site Projections
NumberFire
6
8
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
9
8
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
12
8
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
9
8
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
11
8
Matt Smith
NFL.com
9
8
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
11
9
Dave Major
XN Sports
10
9
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
11
9
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
10
9
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
11
9
Adam Rank
NFL.com
8
9
Staff Composite
NFL.com
8
9
Jason Smith
NFL.com
5
9
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
6
9
Eric Karabell
ESPN
4
9
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
11
9
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
10
9
Staff
Roto Analysis
11
9
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
13
10
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
9
10
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
8
10
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
13
10
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
12
10
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
4
10
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
11
10
Matthew Berry
ESPN
9
10
Staff Composite
ESPN
9
10
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
13
10
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
9
11
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
6
11
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
5
11
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
2
11
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
13
11
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
7
11
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
12
11
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
7
11
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
10
11
Sky Sperling
Razzball
6
11
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
13
11
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
6
11
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
6
11
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
14
11
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
12
11
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
12
11
John Halpin
Fox Sports
12
11
Jeff Paur
RTSports
10
11
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
9
11
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
7
11
David Dodds
FootballGuys
2
11
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
6
11
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
10
11
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
7
11
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
4
11
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
4
11
Raju Byfield
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10
11
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
10
12
Tony Mauriello
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13
12
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
5
12
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
4
12
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
13
12
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
10
12
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
4
12
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
10
12
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
10
12
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
8
12
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
9
12
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
9
12
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
9
12
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
3
13
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
6
13
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
12
13
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
8
13
Brandon Funston
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12
13
Scott Pianowski
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16
13
Staff Composite
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12
13
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
5
13
Adam Pfeifer
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6
13
Ken Zalis
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11
13
Ryan Hodge
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5
13
John Paulsen
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5
13
Nick Vertucci
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9
13
Mike Tagliere
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10
13
Sean Morris
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10
13
Chet Gresham
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11
13
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
11
13
Staff Rankings
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9
13
Ryan Hester
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6
13
Walton Spurlin
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9
13
Kevin Hanson
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7
13
Justin Boone
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3
13
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
12
13
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
7
13
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
6
13
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
10
13
Paul Greco
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9
13
Bill Enright
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8
13
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
8
13
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
10
14
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
11
14
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
9
14
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
5
14
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
9
14
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
9
14
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
9
14
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
7
14
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
8
14
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
6
14
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
12
14
Micah James
FFMagicMan
5
14
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
2
14
Adrian Pereira
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5
14
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
10
14
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
7
15
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
12
15
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
10
15
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
4
15
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
9
16
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
10
17
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
10
17
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
13
18
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
10
18
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
7
20
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
5
21
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
5
21
Ave Projection (?)
19.4
19.5
Best
22.1
23.6
Worst
17.3
17.2
Pass Yards
234.2
234.4
Pass TDs
1.9
0.7
Ints
0.3
1
Rush Yards
29.3
46.8
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
He destroyed the Eagles week 11 a year ago: 200 yards and 4 TDs passing and 84 yards on the ground.   
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
Being ranked 9th on our list is simply due to his January 9th ACL tear. Analysts have harped all off-season that Griffin needs to eliminate unnecessary hits when scrambling for extra yardage. His success will be determined by his health and ability to stay on the field. If Adrian Peterson showed us anything last season, it was that coming off major knee surgery and succeeding is definitely possible.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
RG3 could be cautious in his first game back, or this could be an explosive shootout. I'll bank on the latter.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
From everything we've heard thus far, there's no reason to expect RGIII won't be ready to roll by opening day. If he is completely healthy, he's a very good fantasy starter. Will the Redskins limit his running opportunities in light of the ACL injury? We'll see.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
Perhaps a bit too harsh on Griffin here, but, in first week back after seeing no action in preseason/expressing sincere over-eagerness to get back on the field we should expect to see an uneven effort.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
QB2 and RB2 combined when healthy equals an elite fantasy optionSuper Cam would be higher if the Panthers would just get him a legit 2nd receiver  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
I think Washington will give Morris a chance to dominate this game to ease RGIII back in, but it's hard to sit him against such a poor pass defense. The Eagles led the league in touchdowns given up through the air. In week 11 he threw for 4 against them last season. I'd really need a top backup to sit him.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
Philadelphia gave up the 2nd most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 21.6.Seattle gave up the fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 11.4.  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
RGIII has a dream matchup against an Eagles D that has looked worse in this preseason than they did last season, which is saying something, seeing they ranked just 27th against fantasy quarterbacks last year.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.  
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
Shootout   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
RG3 is ahead of schedule with his knee. It is too early to say Adrian Peterson, but everyone believes it is exactly that. He has not lost a step, which means he will still be a running threat. That game against SF late in the season will be one to watch. Look for the Redskins to get Alfred Morris the ball more than ever.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.