Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Carson Palmer or Philip Rivers

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Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer (ARI)
at Rams
Sun, 12:25pm ET
Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers (SD)
vs. Texans
Mon, 6:20pm ET
Expert Pick %
88%
12%
ECR
# 20
# 27
Best
# 11
# 16
Worst
# 30
# 33
Ave Projection (?)
14.2
12.9
Best
16.4
16.0
Worst
13.0
11.7
Ave Points / Game
13.6
18.0
Total Fantasy Points
217.3
287.4
Expert Pick %
88%
12%
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ECR
# 20
# 27
Best
# 11
# 16
Worst
# 30
# 33
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
11
24
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
15
N/A
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
15
28
Wayne Bretsky
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15
20
Mike Krueger
FFToday
15
16
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
16
28
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
16
23
Dave Major
XN Sports
16
20
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
16
21
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
16
28
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
17
26
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
17
26
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17
N/A
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17
27
Site Projections
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17
18
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
17
26
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CBS Sports
17
N/A
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17
N/A
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17
27
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17
28
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17
23
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17
21
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17
N/A
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17
22
Staff Rankings
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17
18
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18
27
Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
18
29
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
18
23
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
18
N/A
Kevin Roberts
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18
23
Ken Zalis
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18
28
John Paulsen
4for4.com
18
29
Mike Tagliere
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18
24
Rich Arleo
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18
16
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
18
N/A
Micah James
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18
19
Justin Boone
The Score
18
28
Matt Smith
NFL.com
18
22
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
18
27
Staff Composite
ESPN
18
25
Tristan Cockcroft
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18
24
Raju Byfield
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18
21
Dalton Del Don
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19
20
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19
24
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19
22
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19
23
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19
24
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19
N/A
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19
N/A
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19
24
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19
28
Eric Karabell
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19
N/A
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19
25
Staff
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19
22
Staff Rankings
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19
29
Michael Beller
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19
27
Mike Harmon
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19
28
Ross Miles
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20
27
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Gridiron Experts
20
25
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20
25
Site Projections
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20
25
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Fantasy Sports LR
20
24
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20
27
Staff Rankings
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20
21
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20
26
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20
N/A
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20
28
Neil Parker
Fantasy Sports LR
20
28
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
20
26
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
20
28
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
20
22
Maurile Tremblay
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20
31
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
20
N/A
Staff Rankings
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20
27
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
20
27
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
21
26
Scott Cullen
TSN
21
24
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
21
29
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
21
26
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
21
N/A
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
21
N/A
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
21
26
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
21
22
Jeff Ratcliffe
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22
27
Salvatore Stefanile
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22
27
Brad Evans
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22
N/A
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Yahoo! Sports
22
27
Taylor Smith
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22
28
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
22
27
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
22
28
Cedric Hopkins
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22
N/A
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22
28
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22
23
Adam Meyer
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22
24
Marc Caviglia
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22
25
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22
23
Jason Smith
NFL.com
22
21
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
22
27
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
22
27
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
22
20
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
23
N/A
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Yahoo! Sports
23
N/A
Staff Rankings
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23
21
Eddie Cooley
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23
20
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23
26
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23
28
David Dodds
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23
26
Michael Fabiano
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23
24
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
23
28
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23
25
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23
N/A
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23
22
Kyle Wachtel
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24
27
Brandon Funston
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24
N/A
Kevin Hanson
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24
27
Staff Composite
NFL.com
24
26
KJ
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24
20
Bill Enright
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24
17
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
25
19
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
25
19
John Halpin
Fox Sports
25
22
R.C. Fischer
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25
33
David Gonos
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25
26
Ryan Hodge
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26
30
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26
28
Walter Cherepinsky
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26
21
Terrance Bridgett
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27
26
Mike Clay
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28
24
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28
26
Davis Mattek
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28
31
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30
26
Ave Projection (?)
14.2
12.9
Best
16.4
16.0
Worst
13.0
11.7
Pass Yards
275.2
263.7
Pass TDs
1.6
1.3
Ints
1.4
1.4
Rush Yards
1.6
1.5
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
 
Faces a beatable Houston secondary but needs to eliminate the bad mistakes.
  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
BENCH - St. Louis gave up the 12th fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 16.0.
Houston gave up the 15th most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 17.6.
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
I'm banking on Palmer having to throw a lot in this one, so he should be serviceable.
Rivers could surprise at home, but the matchup isn't great at all.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Palmer goes to the desert to play with the best receiver he has ever played with; will have multiple QB1 weeks
Will quickly learn that Keenan Allen is the best receiver on his team
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
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.
 
  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
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.
Remember when Rivers was a top-five fantasy QB and a candidate to put up huge numbers each and every week? Hopefully Norv Turner (mercifully) having been canned will reignite Rivers and the Chargers' offense. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a whole lot to work with, so the odds of that seem relatively slim.
  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
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.
Rivers is going to be in a good downfield passing offense in 2013. DNX (Danario Alexander) and Vincent Brown/Malcolm Floyd make up a great big 3 man WR core. Antonio Gates should have room to roam over the middle. The key though, is this horrible offensive line doing their job. They did not do anything to improve it.