Who Should I Start? - Week 1

DeMarco Murray or Marshawn Lynch

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Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch

at Panthers
Sun, 12 pm EST

DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray

vs. Giants
Sun, 7 pm EST

Expert Pick %
99%
1%
ECR
# 6
# 19
Best
# 1
# 7
Worst
# 22
# 29
Ave Projection (?)
15.6
13.3
Best
17.2
17.0
Worst
13.1
11.3
Ave Points / Game
15.0
14.7
Total Fantasy Points
239.3
205.2
Opponent
CAR
NYG
Points Allowed (?)
19.4
17.9
Expert Pick %
99%
1%
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NFL.com
 
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 Matt Smith
NFL.com
 
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NFL.com
 
ECR
# 6
# 19
Best
# 1
# 7
Worst
# 22
# 29
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
6
7
Site Projections
scoutPRO
16
9
Mike Krueger
FFToday
10
11
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
7
11
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
5
12
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
9
12
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
12
13
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
6
13
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
1
13
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
11
14
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
6
14
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
7
14
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
10
14
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
6
14
Micah James
FFMagicMan
10
14
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
9
14
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
7
14
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
10
15
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
7
15
John Halpin
Fox Sports
6
15
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
9
15
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
7
15
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
5
15
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
5
15
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
10
16
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
7
16
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
9
16
John Paulsen
4for4.com
6
16
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
4
16
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
12
16
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
10
16
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
13
16
Bill Enright
FFChamps
6
16
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
8
16
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
8
17
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
6
17
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
12
17
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
5
17
Dave Major
XN Sports
8
17
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
4
17
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
9
17
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
10
17
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
7
17
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
5
17
Staff
Roto Analysis
5
17
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
6
17
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
8
17
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
8
18
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
8
18
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
7
18
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
6
18
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
7
18
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
5
18
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
9
18
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
8
18
Jeff Paur
RTSports
5
18
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
5
18
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
7
18
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
6
18
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
7
18
Justin Boone
The Score
8
18
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
12
18
Matthew Berry
ESPN
6
18
Christopher Harris
ESPN
2
18
Staff Composite
ESPN
4
18
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
5
18
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
22
18
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
6
18
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
5
19
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
7
19
Scott Cullen
TSN
9
19
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
11
19
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
4
19
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
5
19
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
9
19
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
11
19
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
3
19
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
9
19
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
4
19
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
7
19
Sky Sperling
Razzball
4
19
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
7
19
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
11
19
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
13
19
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
10
19
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
11
19
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
8
19
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
5
19
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
6
19
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
3
19
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
3
19
David Dodds
FootballGuys
7
19
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
8
19
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
5
19
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
6
19
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
9
19
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
7
19
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
7
19
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
4
19
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
8
19
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
6
19
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
6
19
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
5
20
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
12
20
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
12
20
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
8
20
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
6
20
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
4
20
Site Projections
NumberFire
7
20
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
8
20
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
7
20
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
11
20
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
7
20
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
5
20
Eric Karabell
ESPN
4
20
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
6
20
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
3
20
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
7
21
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
5
21
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
4
21
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
7
21
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
13
21
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
3
22
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
8
22
Adam Rank
NFL.com
4
22
Staff Composite
NFL.com
6
22
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
8
23
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
8
23
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
8
25
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
8
25
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
6
26
Matt Smith
NFL.com
2
26
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
17
28
Jason Smith
NFL.com
7
29
Ave Projection (?)
15.6
13.3
Best
17.2
17.0
Worst
13.1
11.3
Rush Yards
89.2
85.6
Rush TDs
0.9
0.5
Receptions
1.8
2.9
Rec Yards
12.9
19.8
Rec TDs
0
0
Ave Targets / Game
2.8
4.1
Total Targets
44.0
66.0
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.The Cowboys want to run the ball more in 2013. While that seems to be a goal every season, the team is always led by Tony Romo who likes to play the poor mans Brett Favre. If D-Train can stay healthy, he would be an absolute Lock for 1,200 Yards and 10 TDs. It is worth the risk to find out as this Cowboys team could put up some serious points if Murray gets going.  
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.So far in pre-season, Dallas has shown dedication to the run game and will continue that trend throughout the season. Health is always an issue for Murray. Should he stay healthy, Murray will offer strong RB2 capabilities.  
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.   
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.Murray is a very good running back in a quality offense so when he's healthy you will be starting him. Last season on opening day against the Giants he touched the ball 22 times for 140 yards. He's a must start against a Giants defense who gave up the 25th most yards rushing last year.  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Top five potential but backfield getting crowdedAn RB1 when healthy  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
On the road against improving CAR run D. Could be a toss-up.Plays well against Giants and at home, so should be OK in week 1.  
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.Health is the name of the game here. If Murray can actually stay on the field, he has the ability to lead the league in rushing. Problem is, he's never been able to stay on the field. There's no other worthwhile back on the Dallas roster, though, so the carries are his for the taking.  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Against Carolina the only worry for us is that Lynch might get to rest if the score gets to lopsided.   
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 Giants were 15th against fantasy backs last year; the Cowboys inability to run the ball last year is why I have him ranked as a flex play.