Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Joe Flacco or Matthew Stafford

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Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford (DET)
vs. Vikings
Sun, 9:00am ET
Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco (BAL)
at Broncos
Thu, 4:30pm ET
Expert Pick %
99%
1%
ECR
# 8
# 17
Best
# 1
# 12
Worst
# 15
# 31
Ave Projection (?)
19.3
13.6
Best
20.6
14.8
Worst
17.6
11.6
Ave Points / Game
17.5
13.0
Total Fantasy Points
279.3
207.6
Expert Pick %
99%
1%
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ECR
# 8
# 17
Best
# 1
# 12
Worst
# 15
# 31
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
13
12
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
7
12
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
6
12
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
9
13
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
12
13
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
6
13
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
4
14
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
2
14
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
11
14
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
8
14
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
8
14
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
11
15
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
9
15
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
9
15
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
2
15
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
9
15
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
10
15
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
8
15
Bill Enright
FFChamps
10
15
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
5
15
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
8
16
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
11
16
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
10
16
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
12
16
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
9
16
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
6
16
Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
10
16
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
5
16
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
12
16
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
6
16
Ben Standig
CSN Washington
4
16
John Halpin
Fox Sports
2
16
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
6
16
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
6
16
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
7
16
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
7
16
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
10
16
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
12
16
Jason Smith
NFL.com
1
16
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
14
16
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
10
16
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
10
16
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
9
17
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9
17
Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
5
17
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8
17
Staff Rankings
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10
17
John Paulsen
4for4.com
9
17
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
6
17
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
6
17
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
7
17
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
7
17
Micah James
FFMagicMan
3
17
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
9
17
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
10
17
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
9
17
Staff
Roto Analysis
10
17
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
8
17
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
8
18
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XN Sports
6
18
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
6
18
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
4
18
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5
18
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Fox Sports
10
18
Jeff Paur
RTSports
6
18
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Bruno Boys
7
18
Neil Parker
Fantasy Sports LR
7
18
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
12
18
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
4
18
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
7
18
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
10
18
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
5
18
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
13
19
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
11
19
Scott Cullen
TSN
8
19
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
9
19
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
9
19
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
7
19
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
4
19
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
11
19
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
12
19
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
8
20
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
8
20
Site Projections
scoutPRO
2
20
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
6
20
Justin Boone
The Score
9
20
Matt Smith
NFL.com
13
20
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
7
20
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
9
20
Terrance Bridgett
ProjectRoto
7
21
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
4
21
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
6
21
Staff Composite
NFL.com
10
21
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
8
22
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
4
22
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
10
22
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
7
22
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
7
22
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
8
22
David Dodds
FootballGuys
12
22
Ryan Hester
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7
22
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
5
22
Dave Major
XN Sports
15
23
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
3
23
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
9
23
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
7
23
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
6
23
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
8
24
Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
10
24
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
5
24
Site Projections
NumberFire
10
24
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
9
24
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
5
24
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
6
24
Adam Rank
NFL.com
11
24
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
8
24
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
10
24
Sky Sperling
Razzball
9
25
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
7
25
Mike Krueger
FFToday
6
26
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
9
26
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
7
27
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
7
27
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
8
29
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
9
31
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
5
N/A
Matthew Berry
ESPN
7
N/A
Staff Composite
ESPN
7
N/A
Christopher Harris
ESPN
9
N/A
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
10
N/A
Eric Karabell
ESPN
10
N/A
Ave Projection (?)
19.3
13.6
Best
20.6
14.8
Worst
17.6
11.6
Pass Yards
323.8
263.2
Pass TDs
2
1.1
Ints
1
0.7
Rush Yards
4.2
2.2
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
Stafford has led the NFL in passing attempts the past two seasons. A healthy Ryan Broyles and the addition of Reggie Bush gives Stafford another solid target. The yards will be there, but look for Stafford to bounce-back and split his TD Totals of 41 in 2011 and 20 in 2012. I would expect around 30 TDs this season from Stafford.
Flacco has adopted the Eli Manning label confusing many beginner fantasy players with the idea that because he has won a Super Bowl, hes going to be successful in my fantasy lineup. Wrong!
  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
Stafford was slow getting out of the gate last year, as he didn't throw more than one TD in any of the Lions' first six games. His touchdown total dropped from 41 in 2011 to 20 last year, but he did get close to the 5,000-yard mark again.
Is Flacco the guy that lit the world on fire in the postseason and led the Ravens to an improbable Super Bowl title? Or is he the guy we've known for years before that, who will put up middle-of-the-road QB numbers and spare everyone to death in fantasy? We shall see.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Stafford is QB you can wait for in 2013; #1 fantasy QB potential
Has been disappointing fantasy asset due to upside and with Boldin out of town/Pitta out for year, I am crossing off cheat sheet
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Stafford slings it a ton and Vikes secondary is a mess. Should equate to solid numbers.
Broncos D shouldn't be elite to start the year but its still Flacco on the road.
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Stafford plays a Vikings D that allowed the 5th most points to fantasy quarterbacks last year and Stafford had over 300 yards passing in both games against the Vikings last year. Touchdown passes will be the key though, but the Lions are hoping Reggie Bush teamed with Calvin Johnson will help in that department.
 
  
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
Last season Stafford faced the Vikings twice and threw for over 300 yards each time, but in one game he threw zero touchdowns and in the other he threw three. The good news is he only threw one interception. The Vikings pass defense lost Antoine Winfield and have gotten younger as well. The Lions will have trouble running the ball against the Vikings run defense so we should see plenty of passing.
During The Ravens playoff run Flacco was impossible to stop and the Broncos found that out as he threw for 331 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 38-35 overtime win. They used the run to set up the deep pass to Torrey Smith and it worked like a charm. This time around the Broncos are also missing Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil so Flacco should have a secure pocket. But I could see the Ravens trying to slow this game down and running it down their throats. He's an upside play, b...
  
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
Stafford is going to come out passing and will have a big game. Look for him to also throw to Reggie Bush out of the back field. Minnesota gave up the 4th most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 20.6.
BENCH - Denver gave up the 10th fewest fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 15.0.
  
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
 
Remember, he took Denver for 331 yards and 3 TDs in the playoffs.
  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Stafford was plagued by not have a quality #2 WR in 2012. Everyone and their mothers were dropping TDs left and right. If Calvin Johnson missed a game, Stafford would be lucky to eclipse 200 Yards. Not his fault, the Lions just do not have a quality #2 option. So what did the Lions do? Absolutely nothing but add Reggie Bush. Reggie should be special, but that does not solve the problem of a quality downfield #2 WR. Still Staff has the best arm in the NFL and could easily have a huge s...
Anquan Boldin was the best WR the Ravens had. They did not replace him, and who knows if Torrey Smith can really handle being the #1a/#1b WR for this team. Dennis Pitta will be active, but Pitta is not a Top 10 TE talent wise. The Ravens will have to lean on Ray Rice more than ever in 2013.