Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Chris Johnson or Marshawn Lynch

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Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch

at Panthers
Sun, 12 pm EST

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson

vs. Buccaneers
Sun, 12 pm EST

Expert Pick %
97%
3%
ECR
# 6
# 18
Best
# 1
# 8
Worst
# 22
# 29
Ave Projection (?)
15.6
11.5
Best
17.2
14.7
Worst
13.1
10.0
Ave Points / Game
15.0
12.4
Total Fantasy Points
239.3
198.2
Opponent
CAR
TB
Points Allowed (?)
19.4
16.6
Expert Pick %
97%
3%
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 Michael Fabiano
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 Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
 
ECR
# 6
# 18
Best
# 1
# 8
Worst
# 22
# 29
Micah James
FFMagicMan
10
8
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
22
9
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
13
10
Site Projections
NumberFire
7
12
Adam Rank
NFL.com
4
12
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
5
13
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
8
13
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
3
13
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
4
14
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
7
14
John Halpin
Fox Sports
6
14
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
17
14
Matthew Berry
ESPN
6
14
Eric Karabell
ESPN
4
14
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
13
14
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
6
14
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
11
15
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
12
15
Scott Cullen
TSN
9
15
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
12
15
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
11
15
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
3
15
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
4
15
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
12
15
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
9
15
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
7
15
Staff Composite
NFL.com
6
15
Jason Smith
NFL.com
7
15
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
4
15
Staff Composite
ESPN
4
15
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
8
15
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
8
16
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
7
16
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
6
16
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
4
16
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
9
16
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
7
16
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
8
16
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
10
16
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
7
16
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
5
16
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
6
16
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
7
16
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
7
16
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
8
16
Christopher Harris
ESPN
2
16
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
5
16
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
5
16
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
4
17
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
4
17
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
9
17
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
9
17
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
7
17
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
8
17
David Dodds
FootballGuys
7
17
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
7
17
Justin Boone
The Score
8
17
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
7
17
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
5
17
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
6
17
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
6
17
Bill Enright
FFChamps
6
17
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
6
18
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
5
18
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
10
18
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
6
18
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
8
18
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
5
18
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
9
18
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
7
18
John Paulsen
4for4.com
6
18
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
10
18
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
11
18
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
6
18
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
8
18
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
6
18
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
6
18
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
3
18
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
8
18
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
7
19
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
7
19
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
8
19
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
8
19
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
7
19
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
3
19
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
6
19
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
7
19
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
8
19
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
5
19
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
9
19
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
9
19
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
5
19
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
5
19
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
12
19
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
5
19
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
8
19
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
6
19
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
10
20
Dave Major
XN Sports
8
20
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
5
20
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
8
20
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
7
20
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
4
20
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
6
20
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
8
20
Jeff Paur
RTSports
5
20
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
6
20
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
8
20
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
3
20
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
9
20
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
7
20
Matt Smith
NFL.com
2
20
Mike Krueger
FFToday
10
20
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
10
20
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
13
20
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
7
20
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
12
21
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
6
21
Sky Sperling
Razzball
4
21
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
11
21
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
12
21
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
11
21
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
6
21
Staff
Roto Analysis
5
21
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
5
22
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
1
22
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
10
23
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
7
23
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
11
24
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
7
24
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
9
25
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
5
26
Site Projections
scoutPRO
16
27
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
5
29
Ave Projection (?)
15.6
11.5
Best
17.2
14.7
Worst
13.1
10.0
Rush Yards
89.2
78
Rush TDs
0.9
0.3
Receptions
1.8
3.1
Rec Yards
12.9
24.2
Rec TDs
0
0
Ave Targets / Game
2.8
3.5
Total Targets
44.0
52.0
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Lynch had the best overall year of his career in 2012, topping 1,500 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. The Seahawks should be looking to throw more this year than they did last year, but Lynch will still be fantastic.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
 Not a fan, until he can string a few good games together. Brutal matchup.  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Against Carolina the only worry for us is that Lynch might get to rest if the score gets to lopsided.   
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
On the road against improving CAR run D. Could be a toss-up.CJ2k should get the ball a lot but this is a brutal road matchup to get things started.  
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
In 2012, the Seahawks led the NFL in rushing attempts. Seattle Offensive Coordinator confirmed recently that Seattle will continue to use their run first based offense in 2013. Lynch finished 2013 with 1,600 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Buy with confidence.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
Lynch made the West-East trip to Carolina last year and the entire Seahawks team came off the plane flat. He posted just 9 fantasy points in that matchup.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
Top five potential but backfield getting crowded   
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Lynch is coming off a monster season where he had 1,590 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He should have a big game against a Panthers D that was just 22nd against fantasy running back in 2012. He hadThe 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
BEAST MODE can run for 100 Yards/1 TD against any opponent. The Seahawks are going to be the team to beat and the addition of <nobr><a href="#" class="FAtxtL" id="FALINK_2_0_1">Percy Harvin</a></nobr> makes this offense so much better. If the defense has to worry about the pass, Marshawn can tear you up.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
The Panthers defense gave up the 7th most fantasy points to running backs last season. Lynch did face the Panthers and had a pedestrian 21 carries for 85 yards and no touchdowns, but if I can get 20+ carries from Lynch against any team the odds of him scoring a touchdown are great. He drops in PPR leagues, but in standard you set him and forget him.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.