Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Eli Manning or Robert Griffin III

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Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III

vs. Eagles
Mon, 6 pm EST

Eli Manning
Eli Manning

at Cowboys
Sun, 7 pm EST

Expert Pick %
93%
7%
ECR
# 9
# 14
Best
# 2
# 7
Worst
# 16
# 27
Ave Projection (?)
19.4
15.7
Best
22.1
18.8
Worst
17.3
13.2
Ave Points / Game
16.4
10.6
Total Fantasy Points
212.9
170.3
Opponent
PHI
DAL
Points Allowed (?)
18.6
16.1
Expert Pick %
93%
7%
 Dan Clasgens
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Dave Major
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Eddie Cooley
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Scott Pianowski
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Wayne Bretsky
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 Taylor Smith
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Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
 Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
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Fantasy Football Cafe
Ben Standig
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ESPN
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ESPN
 
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Sports Illustrated
 
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TSN
 
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 Scott Engel
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 Jake Ciely
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 Rich Arleo
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 Brian Dezelske
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 Nathan Zegura
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 Dan Yanotchko
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 The FFGhost
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 Steve Wyremski
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 Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
 
 Jason Smith
NFL.com
 
 Michael Sherman
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 Eric Karabell
ESPN
 
 Jordan Tozzi
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 Staff
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 Mike Harmon
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 Eric Mack
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 Ross Miles
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 Joseph Dolan
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 Mike Clay
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 Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
 
 Bryan Fontaine
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 Nate Hodges
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 Tony Mauriello
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 Kyle Wachtel
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 Jody Smith
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 Rich Hribar
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 Kevin Roberts
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 Sky Sperling
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 Jon Collins
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The Score
 
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NFL.com
 
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 Adrian Pereira
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 Staff Rankings
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 David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
 
 Nick Raducanu
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 Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
 
 Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
 
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 Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
 
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The Fantasy Fix
 
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XN Sports
 
 Adam Rank
NFL.com
 
 Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
 
ECR
# 9
# 14
Best
# 2
# 7
Worst
# 16
# 27
Dave Major
XN Sports
10
7
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
13
7
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
13
7
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
16
9
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
12
9
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
13
10
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
6
10
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
9
11
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
12
11
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
13
11
Micah James
FFMagicMan
5
11
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
10
12
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
9
12
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
7
12
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
9
12
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
6
12
Christopher Harris
ESPN
8
12
Staff Composite
ESPN
9
12
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
11
12
Mike Krueger
FFToday
7
12
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
13
12
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
10
12
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
10
12
Bill Enright
FFChamps
8
12
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
5
13
Scott Cullen
TSN
10
13
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
9
13
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
9
13
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
5
13
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
12
13
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
10
13
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
12
13
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
7
13
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
9
13
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
4
13
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
8
13
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
12
13
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
11
13
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
11
13
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
2
13
Jason Smith
NFL.com
5
13
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
6
13
Eric Karabell
ESPN
4
13
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
10
13
Staff
Roto Analysis
11
13
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
10
13
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
4
13
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
9
14
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
12
14
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
5
14
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
2
14
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
8
14
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
4
14
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
7
14
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
12
14
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
11
14
Site Projections
NumberFire
6
14
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
12
14
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
5
14
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
7
14
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
6
14
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
5
14
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
6
14
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
11
14
Site Projections
scoutPRO
5
14
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
12
14
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
5
14
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
9
14
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
10
14
Jeff Paur
RTSports
10
14
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
10
14
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
11
14
David Dodds
FootballGuys
2
14
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
6
14
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
9
14
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
7
14
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
9
14
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
5
14
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
6
14
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
8
14
Staff Composite
NFL.com
8
14
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
7
14
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
4
14
Matthew Berry
ESPN
9
14
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
9
14
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
9
14
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
10
14
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
8
14
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
9
14
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
3
15
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
6
15
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
6
15
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
11
15
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
13
15
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
5
15
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
13
15
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
11
15
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
8
15
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
11
15
Sky Sperling
Razzball
6
15
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
9
15
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
14
15
John Paulsen
4for4.com
5
15
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
9
15
John Halpin
Fox Sports
12
15
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
10
15
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
10
15
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
10
15
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
11
15
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
7
15
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
6
15
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
9
15
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
9
15
Justin Boone
The Score
3
15
Matt Smith
NFL.com
9
15
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
7
15
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
10
15
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
5
15
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
14
15
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
4
15
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
10
16
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
10
16
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
8
16
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
7
16
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
12
16
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
10
16
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
10
16
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
12
18
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
10
18
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
11
18
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
13
19
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
6
20
Adam Rank
NFL.com
8
21
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
4
27
Ave Projection (?)
19.4
15.7
Best
22.1
18.8
Worst
17.3
13.2
Pass Yards
234.2
268.2
Pass TDs
1.9
1.7
Ints
0.3
1
Rush Yards
29.3
1.4
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
Philadelphia gave up the 2nd most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 21.6.Dallas gave up the 17th fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 16.7.  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
From everything we've heard thus far, there's no reason to expect RGIII won't be ready to roll by opening day. If he is completely healthy, he's a very good fantasy starter. Will the Redskins limit his running opportunities in light of the ACL injury? We'll see.Eli got off to a pretty solid start in '12, and then randomly turned in three consecutive clunkers against the Cowboys, Steelers and Bengals. He's a guy that'll put up 28 one week, then turn around and give you 10 the next. Pretty annoying if you're having to rely on him.  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
RG3 is ahead of schedule with his knee. It is too early to say Adrian Peterson, but everyone believes it is exactly that. He has not lost a step, which means he will still be a running threat. That game against SF late in the season will be one to watch. Look for the Redskins to get Alfred Morris the ball more than ever.The Giants running game is down to David Wilson and Andre Brown, which means Eli will put the ball in the air. Hakeem Nicks is healthy, and he has a lot of room to make up for most improved player. Victor Cruz was just paid this offseason, and he has a chip on his shoulder after missing the 1,200 Yard/10 TD season. Brandon Myers is a slight downgrade from the big Martellus Bennett.  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
RGIII has a dream matchup against an Eagles D that has looked worse in this preseason than they did last season, which is saying something, seeing they ranked just 27th against fantasy quarterbacks last year.Giants and Cowboys games seem to be loaded with offense since Romo and Manning have been the quarterbacks, but Eli had two below average games against the Cowboys where he failed to top 225 yards passing and threw one touchdown in two games. That's why I don't have him super high this week, but prior to last season he had some monster games against the Cowboys.  
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
Being ranked 9th on our list is simply due to his January 9th ACL tear. Analysts have harped all off-season that Griffin needs to eliminate unnecessary hits when scrambling for extra yardage. His success will be determined by his health and ability to stay on the field. If Adrian Peterson showed us anything last season, it was that coming off major knee surgery and succeeding is definitely possible.His highs are high and his lows are low. For fantasy owners who had Manning last season, it was a bit of a roller coaster ride. It didnít help that his receiving corps were unhealthy the majority of the season. With all that being said, I do not trust Eli Manning if I want to win a fantasy championship.  
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
Shootout   
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
QB2 and RB2 combined when healthy equals an elite fantasy optionA healthy Nicks is a major boost to Eli's fantasy value  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
RG3 could be cautious in his first game back, or this could be an explosive shootout. I'll bank on the latter.Manning can certainly be elite any week, but Cowboys hosting this one and their pass D is talented.  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
Perhaps a bit too harsh on Griffin here, but, in first week back after seeing no action in preseason/expressing sincere over-eagerness to get back on the field we should expect to see an uneven effort.   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
I think Washington will give Morris a chance to dominate this game to ease RGIII back in, but it's hard to sit him against such a poor pass defense. The Eagles led the league in touchdowns given up through the air. In week 11 he threw for 4 against them last season. I'd really need a top backup to sit him.In his career against Dallas Eli has averaged 250 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. But last season they had his number. He averaged just 202 yards passing and threw a total of one touchdown and one interception. He'll be heading back to Dallas where he had his worst game against them. The Cowboys have yet a new defensive coordinator and scheme with some talented players, but putting it all together in week one may be a tough job. I think this game turns into a shootout.  
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Fantasy Football Freaks
He destroyed the Eagles week 11 a year ago: 200 yards and 4 TDs passing and 84 yards on the ground.