Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Doug Martin or Ryan Mathews

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Doug Martin
Doug Martin (TB - RB)
 
Ryan Mathews
Ryan Mathews (PHI - RB) O
96%
Expert Pick %
4%
14
ECR
23
6
Best Rank
7
24
Worst Rank
44
11.6
Ave Projection
9.8
14.6
Best
15.0
7.8
Worst
5.9
96%
Expert Pick %
4%
 
96%
Expert Pick %
4%
14
ECR
23
6
Best Rank
7
24
Worst Rank
44
4.0
Ave Targets / Game
2.1
24.0
Total Targets
33.0
Volume back versus a tough front 7. A ranking just outside of the top-12 is warranted, but he'll see enough touches to be worth starting in most formats.

- Staff Rankings, 2MugsFF

Tough to love him on the road here, especially since the Chargers appear to want to use all 3 running backs.

- Staff Rankings, 2MugsFF

Carolina has one of the best defenses in the country and I expect them to keep Martin in check most the game. But if you have him, more than likely, you are starting him. Better days are ahead though, don't worry.

- Tom Schriner, FFLockerRoom

 
I love Martin, but not this week. CAR is tough overall, but brutal against the run. Martin could struggle to gain footing early.

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

Mathews could get fed and score if the Chargers dictate the pace, but AZ was suffocating against the run last year.

- Kevin Roberts, Breaking Football

Martin is an average flex play against a tough Carolina defense. His only hope to tally respectable fantasy points is for the Buccaneers to throw him the ball and let him make plays in space.

- Derek Lofland, Fantasy Football Maniax