Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Darren McFadden or Darren Sproles

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Expert Pick %
67%
33%
ECR
# 21
# 22
Best
# 10
# 15
Worst
# 30
# 32
Ave Projection (?)
11.7
10.7
Best
17.0
13.0
Worst
9.8
9.2
Ave Points / Game
8.1
6.8
Total Fantasy Points
81.3
102.4
Expert Pick %
67%
33%
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The FFGhost
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 Michael Pichan
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Revelation Sports
Eric Karabell
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 Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
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 Keet Bailey
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Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
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Fantasy Football Starters
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
 Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
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FFToolbox
 Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
 Michael Beller
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The Fake Football
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TSN
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
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Fox Sports
Matthew Berry
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CBS Sports
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
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Austin Lee
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 Adam Pfeifer
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Bill Enright
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John Paulsen
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Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
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Jeff Paur
RTSports
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FFLockerRoom
Steve Wyremski
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 Marc Caviglia
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Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
 Kevin Hanson
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Tozzi Brothers
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 Matt Smith
NFL.com
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ESPN
 Mike Krueger
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Davis Mattek
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 Scott Whitfield
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Scott Engel
RotoExperts
 Muntradamus
Beast Dome
John Halpin
Fox Sports
 Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
 Eric Yeomans
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Patrick Daugherty
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 Tony Mauriello
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 David Dodds
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 Walton Spurlin
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 Brendan Donahue
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 Sean Beazley
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 Michael Fabiano
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 Adam Rank
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RotoBaller
 
 Adrian Pereira
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 Paul Greco
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 Joseph Dolan
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 Alessandro Miglio
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 Bryan Fontaine
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 Mike Rigz
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 C.D. Carter
XN Sports
 
 Staff Composite
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 Brent Namejko
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 Jeff Boggis
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 Joe Bond
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 Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
 
 Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
 
 Greg Smith
The Fake Football
 
 Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
 
 Jason Smith
NFL.com
 
 Mike Clay
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 Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
 
 Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
 
 Zach Greubel
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 Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
 
 James Hatfield
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 Micah James
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 Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
 
 Justin Boone
The Score
 
 Mike Harmon
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 Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
 
 Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
 
 Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
 
 Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
 
 Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
 
ECR
# 21
# 22
Best
# 10
# 15
Worst
# 30
# 32
Site Projections
scoutPRO
10
15
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
11
22
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
13
22
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
14
21
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
14
24
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
14
23
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
15
32
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
15
20
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
16
20
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
16
26
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
16
21
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
16
24
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
16
20
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
16
26
Scott Cullen
TSN
17
22
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
17
23
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
17
25
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
17
21
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
17
21
Christopher Harris
ESPN
17
22
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
17
21
Dave Major
XN Sports
18
23
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
18
22
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
18
21
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
18
21
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
18
22
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
18
15
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
18
22
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
19
29
Site Projections
NumberFire
19
22
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
19
24
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
19
20
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
19
22
Matt Smith
NFL.com
19
21
Mike Krueger
FFToday
19
22
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
19
28
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
19
28
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
20
23
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
20
27
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
20
22
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
20
22
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
20
26
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
20
23
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
20
23
Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
20
22
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
20
22
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
20
18
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
20
22
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
20
21
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
20
21
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
20
21
David Dodds
FootballGuys
20
25
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
20
24
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
20
22
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
20
22
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
20
22
Adam Rank
NFL.com
20
21
Staff Composite
NFL.com
20
21
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
20
22
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
20
22
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
20
22
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
20
23
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
20
22
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
21
23
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
21
24
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
21
30
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
21
24
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
21
19
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
21
21
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
21
24
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
21
22
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
21
22
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
21
23
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
21
20
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
21
22
Ben Standig
CSN Washington
21
20
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
21
24
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
21
24
Jason Smith
NFL.com
21
22
Eric Karabell
ESPN
21
18
Staff Composite
ESPN
21
20
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
22
24
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
22
23
Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
22
23
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
22
20
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
22
23
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
22
19
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
22
27
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
22
23
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
22
21
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
22
19
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
22
21
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
22
18
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
22
21
Micah James
FFMagicMan
22
25
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
22
25
Justin Boone
The Score
22
23
Matthew Berry
ESPN
22
20
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
22
19
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
22
23
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
23
22
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
23
25
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
23
24
Sky Sperling
Razzball
23
20
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
23
22
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
23
22
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
23
22
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
23
20
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
23
17
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
23
21
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
23
26
Bill Enright
FFChamps
23
22
John Paulsen
4for4.com
24
22
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
24
19
Jeff Paur
RTSports
24
21
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
24
17
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
24
19
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
24
25
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
24
19
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
25
26
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
25
19
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
25
17
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
26
17
John Halpin
Fox Sports
26
22
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
26
22
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
26
24
Terrance Bridgett
ProjectRoto
27
22
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
27
22
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
28
23
Staff
Roto Analysis
28
25
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
29
23
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
30
17
Ave Projection (?)
11.7
10.7
Best
17.0
13.0
Worst
9.8
9.2
Rush Yards
74.2
23.5
Rush TDs
0.3
0
Receptions
3.5
5.9
Rec Yards
26
54.9
Rec TDs
0
0.4
Ave Targets / Game
1.6
5.6
Total Targets
25.0
89.0
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Decent matchup and you know he'll get the touches.
He's always active and this should be a shootout, so he's still RB2 or Flex material for sure.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Top three back based on raw talent behind AP, S-Jax; should be a ppg monster when healthy
 
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
McFadden usually is hurt about a month from now, but at least he should help his fantasy owners this week. He plays a Colts D that allowed the 6th most points to fantasy running backs.
Atlanta ranked 18th in receptions given up to running backs last year (76) and their 631 yards receiving allowed were 21st. Sproles should have RB2 / Flex value this week in a game that figures to be a shootout.
  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Much like with Murray, McFadden is a stud when he's on the field. He just can't seem to get on it consistently enough. He's averaged over 5 yards per carry for his career.
Sproles doesn't factor much into the Saints' ground game, but he's an absolute fiend in the passing game. He's an extremely dangerous weapon, particularly in PPR leagues.
  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Even against the Colts, I can't seem to rank DMC higher. I need to see something from him before moving him up.
If this game turns into a shootout, Ingram will be out and the Sproles/Pierre show will be on!
  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
McFadden is in a contract season. The Raiders are also working in more of a power run scheme instead of zone, which is perfect for McFadden when he hits that 3rd gear and is already past the Linebackers. Run DMC has to have a special season for the Silver and Black, with all the defensive upgrades this team made. As well as bringing in a good deep ball QB in Matt Flynn. The Raiders mean business.
While we always want to get excited about Sproles. The truth is we cannot. Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas are both stud RBs. These guys demand 5-12 Carries a game each. Sproles will have his weeks, and he is still a PPR monster. But as a stand alone player, he does have a lot of Beast or Bust potential from week-to-week. More Bust.
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
McFadden and the Raiders have looked pretty pitiful this preseason so it's hard to endorse him, but he does get a good matchup against the Colts who gave up over 5 yards a carry and 14 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs. If you own him you're starting him.
You can count on Sproles to get you some receptions even on off games, so unless you are in an 8 team league you'll be starting him. He hasn't had great luck against Atlanta in recent history, but these are usually high scoring affairs and you want him in your starting lineup.
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
A couple bullet points here … McFadden is in a contract year, always an injury risk and the Raiders are switching up their offensive attack to a power running system. That being said, it leaves us with all kinds of questions marks. To take it one step further, McFadden wasn’t comfortable last season at all in the running game and this will be a back to normal type set. McFadden also turned down early negotiations, looking to show NFL teams and the Raiders that he is in position to call for b...
Depending on your league and scoring system, Sproles could be an absolute gold-mine if you are in a PPR league. With Sean Payton back on the helm, Sproles’ numbers will see an uptick – as Payton knows the value and versatility that his RB holds in both the receiving and rushing game.