Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Chris Johnson or C.J. Spiller

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C.J. Spiller
C.J. Spiller (BUF)
vs. Patriots
Sun, 9:00am ET
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson (NYJ)
vs. Buccaneers
Sun, 9:00am ET
Expert Pick %
98%
2%
ECR
# 5
# 17
Best
# 1
# 8
Worst
# 18
# 27
Ave Projection (?)
15.7
11.5
Best
19.3
14.7
Worst
12.0
10.0
Ave Points / Game
8.2
12.4
Total Fantasy Points
122.4
198.2
Expert Pick %
98%
2%
 Micah James
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TSN
 
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Fantasy Football Nerd
 
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NFL.com
 
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NFL.com
 
 KJ
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 Ryan Hodge
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 R.J. White
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 Jake Ciely
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 Eddie Cooley
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 Ben Standig
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 Jamey Eisenberg
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 Ryan Hester
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 Dan Clasgens
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 Adrian Pereira
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 Patrick Daugherty
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 Maurile Tremblay
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 Dan Yanotchko
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 Eric Mack
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 Ryan Fowler
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 Alan Harrison
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The Fantasy Fix
 
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 Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
 
 Site Projections
scoutPRO
 
ECR
# 5
# 17
Best
# 1
# 8
Worst
# 18
# 27
Micah James
FFMagicMan
4
8
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
13
9
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
15
10
Site Projections
NumberFire
18
12
Adam Rank
NFL.com
7
12
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
4
13
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
3
13
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
7
13
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
5
14
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
2
14
John Halpin
Fox Sports
5
14
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
7
14
Matthew Berry
ESPN
4
14
Eric Karabell
ESPN
6
14
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
7
14
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
4
14
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
9
15
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
7
15
Scott Cullen
TSN
4
15
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
2
15
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
5
15
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
5
15
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
5
15
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
5
15
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
2
15
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
2
15
Staff Composite
NFL.com
5
15
Jason Smith
NFL.com
3
15
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
2
15
Staff Composite
ESPN
5
15
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
7
15
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
6
16
Terrance Bridgett
ProjectRoto
3
16
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
4
16
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
2
16
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
4
16
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
10
16
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
5
16
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
8
16
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
6
16
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
10
16
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
4
16
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
4
16
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
4
16
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
6
16
Christopher Harris
ESPN
9
16
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
2
16
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
11
16
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
6
17
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
6
17
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
5
17
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
4
17
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
8
17
David Dodds
FootballGuys
6
17
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
2
17
Justin Boone
The Score
5
17
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
2
17
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
5
17
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
3
17
Bill Enright
FFChamps
12
17
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
5
18
Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
4
18
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
4
18
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
9
18
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
4
18
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
8
18
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
10
18
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
2
18
John Paulsen
4for4.com
5
18
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
4
18
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
12
18
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
3
18
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
6
18
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
4
18
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
4
18
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
6
18
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
15
18
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
4
19
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
5
19
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
6
19
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
9
19
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
8
19
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
8
19
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
5
19
Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
9
19
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
5
19
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
6
19
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
3
19
Ben Standig
CSN Washington
5
19
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
3
19
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
4
19
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
6
19
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
9
19
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
3
19
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
5
19
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
4
20
Dave Major
XN Sports
5
20
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
10
20
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
7
20
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
8
20
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
9
20
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
5
20
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
4
20
Jeff Paur
RTSports
2
20
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
9
20
Neil Parker
Fantasy Sports LR
7
20
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
11
20
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
16
20
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
13
20
Matt Smith
NFL.com
8
20
Mike Krueger
FFToday
6
20
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
11
20
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
1
20
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
5
20
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
4
21
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
8
21
Sky Sperling
Razzball
7
21
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
8
21
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
6
21
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
2
21
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
8
21
Staff
Roto Analysis
2
21
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
8
22
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
9
22
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
4
23
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
3
23
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
2
24
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
9
24
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
4
25
Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
10
26
Site Projections
scoutPRO
8
27
Ave Projection (?)
15.7
11.5
Best
19.3
14.7
Worst
12.0
10.0
Rush Yards
89.1
78
Rush TDs
0.5
0.3
Receptions
4.2
3.1
Rec Yards
38
24.2
Rec TDs
0
0
Ave Targets / Game
2.6
3.5
Total Targets
41.0
52.0
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Spiller is finally established as "the guy" for the Bills, and he won't be splitting carries with the elderly Fred Jackson anymore. However, there's still a chance Jackson could vulture a few touchdowns.
The artist formerly known as CJ2K hasn't come close to that 2,006-yard total he put up in 2009, but he's still gotten over 1,000 yards in every year of his career. Shonn Greene is in town to potentially steal a few goal-line carries, but the revamped Titans offensive line bodes well for Johnson.
  
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
Tough matchup to start the season vs New England but I expect Spiller to keep things rolling from his solid 2012 season.
Not a fan, until he can string a few good games together. Brutal matchup.
  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
The Bills are going to need Spiller to play a lot and be given the ball a lot to have anywhere close to a chance in this one.
 
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Bills are starting a rookie undrafted QB so you know Spiller will get his.
CJ2k should get the ball a lot but this is a brutal road matchup to get things started.
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
New Buffalo Head Coach - Doug Marrone ran the ball 40 times per game at Syracuse. Marrone is looking to carry that same offense into the tundra of Buffalo. If Spiller can manage to carry the entire load for a full season, look for around 300+ carries and 60 receptions. Again, if Spiller can remain healthy we do not doubt that he could be a Top 3 RB for 2013.
CJ?K With an improved O-Line, CJ has been running well this pre-season. His Jet-Packs are still unmatched.
  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
 
Tennessee's improved offensive line finds itself in tough to start, against last year's stingiest defense to opposing RBs.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Should be a ppg monster; can he stay healthy?
 
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
This game could become ugly with Jeff Tuel likely to start at quarterback, but Spiller is their big weapon on offense, he can be involved in the passing game if the score is out of hand and the Bills are not likely to have Tuel throw the ball 60 times. I think Spiller sees enough touches to have a big impact this week.
The Steelers were 4th against fantasy running back defenses, but they have the oldest starting defense in the NFL, so that could fall off this year. The Titans are also improved on the offensive line, I think Johnson is at least a low RB2 this week.
  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Spiller is the new LeSean McCoy. The only problem is, he plays for the Bills who are led by Kevin Kolb. Ryan Fitzpatrick at least had a respectable arm, Kolb has to make quick throws as he is worried about getting crushed. As much as we all know C.J. can turn on the 70 Yard TD consistently, we also know the Bills are in for a very long season. Fred Jackson should be in the mix as well as he is one of the Captains on that team.
CJ2K knows that Fantasy Football owners are quickly starting to doubt him. He is an inconsistent RB who will run for 40 Yards for 3 Quarters, then get a 70 Yard run in the 4th Quarter to give him a big week. Jake Locker has to show growth this preseason, and then CJ's value will rise. Shonn Greene is a big buzz kill for TDs. But you know CJ2K will make up for those plays in other ways.
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
Last season Spiller barely saw any touches against the Patriots, but did finish the two games against them with 23 touches for 169 yards. The good news this year is he should be in line for that many touches in a single game. I'd much prefer EJ Manuel at QB for Spiller's value though.
Johnson had a good game against the Steelers last season with 23 touches for 114 yards, but he didn't score and Pittsburgh remains a tough place to play and will often get the best of opposing running backs. They only allowed two players to top 100 yards rushing all last year and gave up just 3.8 yards per carry.