Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Carson Palmer or Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan

at Saints
Sun, 12 pm EST

Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer

at Rams
Sun, 3 pm EST

Expert Pick %
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# 2
# 20
Best
# 1
# 11
Worst
# 10
# 30
Ave Projection (?)
22.6
14.2
Best
25.6
16.4
Worst
18.2
13.0
Ave Points / Game
15.5
13.6
Total Fantasy Points
248.1
217.3
Opponent
NO
STL
Points Allowed (?)
21.0
15.1
Expert Pick %
100%
0%
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3
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2
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3
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6
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5
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3
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3
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8
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8
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3
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6
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1
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2
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30
Ave Projection (?)
22.6
14.2
Best
25.6
16.4
Worst
18.2
13.0
Pass Yards
304.8
275.2
Pass TDs
2.7
1.6
Ints
0.5
1.4
Rush Yards
4.4
1.6
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
This game is going to be a shootout and both Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are going to have big passing games in week 1. New Orleans gave up the most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 21.7.BENCH - St. Louis gave up the 12th fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 16.0.  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Saints defense is atrocious, so all signs point to a huge week 1 for Ryan.I'm banking on Palmer having to throw a lot in this one, so he should be serviceable.  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Matt Ryan is the safest pick as the 6th QB off the board but RGIII, Kap, Stafford all have higher upsidePalmer goes to the desert to play with the best receiver he has ever played with; will have multiple QB1 weeks  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
The Saints gave up the most points to fantasy quarterbacks last year and even though they have a new defensive coordinator (Rob Ryan), this team is still going to give up a boatload of points to fantasy QBs and Ryan has all the offensive weapons to have a monster week.   
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
Shootout on the fast track in New Orleans looms to start the season. Assuming White's health, Ryan has the dogs to hang some points.   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
In nine games against the Saints Ryan is averaging 280 yards passing and 1.5 touchdowns. last season was a tale of two games with Ryan passing for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns in their week 10 loss to the Saints on the road and then a 165 yard one touchdown performance at home in which they gave it over to the running game and intercepted Brees 5 times. You can't count on Brees doing that again, so Ryan will need to pass.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.  
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Shootout   
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
With Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, there may be no passer in the league with more dangerous weapons than Matt Ryan. The addition of Steven Jackson should also add a pass-catching-out-of-the-backfield aspect that wasn't there with Michael Turner back there.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.  
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FFLockerRoom
Shoot out! This is going to be a high scoring romp on the Bayou!   
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
Ryan had a breakout season in 2012 and we donít expect him to stop there. Ryan is primed with tons of weapons Ė Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Jacquizz Rodgers, Steven Jackson. Look for Ryan to light up the scoreboard again this season and every option in Atlanta to be a viable fantasy play.   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Whats cooler than being cool? Matty Ice. Ryan still has the best WR duo in the NFL with Roddy White and Julio Jones. The Falcons added a BEAST in their backfield with <nobr><a href="#" class="FAtxtL" id="FALINK_3_0_2">Steven Jackson</a></nobr>. Safties cannot play so deep to defend the pass and only the pass. Ryan is going to get plenty more opportunities for big plays.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.