Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Marshawn Lynch or Stevan Ridley

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Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
at Panthers
Sun, 9:00am ET
Stevan Ridley
Stevan Ridley (NE)
at Bills
Sun, 9:00am ET
Expert Pick %
74%
26%
ECR
# 6
# 9
Best
# 1
# 2
Worst
# 22
# 21
Ave Projection (?)
15.6
14.8
Best
17.2
16.0
Worst
13.1
12.3
Ave Points / Game
15.0
8.4
Total Fantasy Points
239.3
117.5
Expert Pick %
74%
26%
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ECR
# 6
# 9
Best
# 1
# 2
Worst
# 22
# 21
Eric Mack
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1
4
Matt Smith
NFL.com
2
12
Christopher Harris
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2
10
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3
7
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3
11
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3
12
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3
11
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3
16
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4
11
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4
11
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4
9
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4
10
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4
11
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4
12
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
4
12
Adam Rank
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4
9
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4
13
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4
10
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4
9
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5
9
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5
6
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5
7
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5
3
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5
10
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5
9
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5
9
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5
10
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5
7
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5
10
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5
11
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5
9
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5
10
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5
7
Staff
Roto Analysis
5
8
Nate Hodges
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6
12
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
6
12
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6
17
Brandon Funston
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6
3
Ken Zalis
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6
8
John Paulsen
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6
9
Nick Vertucci
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6
18
John Halpin
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6
10
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6
12
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6
8
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6
12
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6
7
Maurile Tremblay
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6
5
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6
11
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6
9
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6
10
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6
10
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6
10
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6
7
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6
9
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6
9
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7
11
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7
11
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7
17
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7
2
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7
6
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7
2
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7
9
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7
5
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7
8
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7
5
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7
8
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7
9
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7
8
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7
10
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7
21
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7
16
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7
8
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7
12
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7
12
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7
12
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7
6
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7
3
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7
8
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8
9
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8
10
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8
9
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8
9
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8
2
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8
5
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8
6
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8
3
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8
13
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8
15
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8
9
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8
9
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8
9
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8
7
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8
12
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8
11
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8
9
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9
10
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9
10
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9
4
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9
8
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9
17
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9
14
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9
16
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9
11
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9
19
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9
5
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10
12
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10
9
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10
6
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10
15
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10
9
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10
11
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10
16
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10
15
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11
10
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11
3
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11
10
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11
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11
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12
13
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12
13
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12
8
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12
11
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12
11
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12
7
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13
11
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13
7
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13
10
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16
18
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17
16
Michael Beller
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22
7
Ave Projection (?)
15.6
14.8
Best
17.2
16.0
Worst
13.1
12.3
Rush Yards
89.2
88.6
Rush TDs
0.9
0.9
Receptions
1.8
0.4
Rec Yards
12.9
2.7
Rec TDs
0
0
Ave Targets / Game
2.8
0.9
Total Targets
44.0
12.0
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Against Carolina the only worry for us is that Lynch might get to rest if the score gets to lopsided.
While I'm not the biggest Ridley fan, he should no doubt have a good game agains the Bills.
  
Tozzi Brothers
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.
New England holds the number one ranked offensive line. With a depleted WR corps, Ridley should see an explosion this season as we are sure that New England will rely on a running game that features Ridley and Vareen. In 2012, Ridley had 1,263 rushing yards and 12 TDs. In comparison of Forte and Ridley, Forte will rack up more yards with the combination of rushing and receiving, whereas Ridley will see more end-zone time.
  
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.
Ridley is looking good in camp and is even bigger/stronger than before. No need to worry about LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden stealing the Redzone TDs. Ridley will have a much bigger role in the running game with Aaron Hernandez/Wes Welker out of the equation. The only frustrating thing about Ridley is the few weeks the Patriots play Musical Chairs with their RBs.
  
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 had
Ridley should be a Top 10 fantasy back this week playing against a Bills team that allowed the second most fantasy points to running backs and will be starting a rookie UDFA at QB (Jeff Tuel).
  
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
 
Ridley posted 204 yards and 3 touchdowns in his 2 meetings with Buffalo last year.
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Top five potential but backfield getting crowded
Sure-fire RB1 upside
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
On the road against improving CAR run D. Could be a toss-up.
Bills are iffy on defense but Pats run well and Ridley is generally reliable.
  
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.
 
  
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.
Ridley established himself last year as the lead dog in the Patriots' backfield, and he may even be able to improve upon his 1,200-yard output.
  
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.
Ridley was as consistent as they come last season and against the Bills he averaged 102 yards rushing and 1.5 touchdowns. The ability of the Patriots to live in the other teams red zone and the Bills perennially poor run defense makes him a no brainer start.