Who Should I Start? - Week 1

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Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan (ATL)
at Saints
Sun, 9:00am ET
Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford (DET)
vs. Vikings
Sun, 9:00am ET
Expert Pick %
93%
7%
ECR
# 2
# 8
Best
# 1
# 1
Worst
# 10
# 15
Ave Projection (?)
22.6
19.3
Best
25.6
20.6
Worst
18.2
17.6
Ave Points / Game
15.5
17.5
Total Fantasy Points
248.1
279.3
Expert Pick %
93%
7%
 Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
 C.D. Carter
XN Sports
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 Jeff Boggis
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Fox Sports
 Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
Jason Smith
NFL.com
 Dave Richard
CBS Sports
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
 Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
 Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
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Micah James
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DavidGonos.com
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
 Eric Mack
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ProjectRoto
 
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ProjectRoto
 
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XN Sports
 
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Yahoo! Sports
 
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Yahoo! Sports
 
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Yahoo! Sports
 
 Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
 
 Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
 
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Fantasy Football Starters
 
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 Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
 
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 Pat Fitzmaurice
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4for4.com
 
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Fox Sports
 
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 Michael Fabiano
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The New York Times
 
 Mike Krueger
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 Scott Whitfield
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 Adrian Pereira
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 Staff Rankings
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 Staff Rankings
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 Rich Arleo
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 Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
 
 Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
 
 Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
 
 Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
 
 Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
 
 Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
 
 Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
 
 Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
 
 Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
 
 Matthew Berry
ESPN
 
 Christopher Harris
ESPN
 
 Eric Karabell
ESPN
 
 Staff Composite
ESPN
 
 Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
 
 Staff
Roto Analysis
 
 Muntradamus
Beast Dome
 
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 Mike Harmon
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 Michael Pichan
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 Zach Greubel
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 Mike Rigz
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 Wayne Bretsky
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 KJ
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 Eric Yeomans
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 Kevin Roberts
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 Taylor Smith
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 Matt Smith
NFL.com
 
 Staff Composite
NFL.com
 
 Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
 
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 Scott Cullen
TSN
 
 Cedric Hopkins
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 Walter Cherepinsky
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 Adam Rank
NFL.com
 
 Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
 
 David Dodds
FootballGuys
 
ECR
# 2
# 8
Best
# 1
# 1
Worst
# 10
# 15
Nick Raducanu
ProjectRoto
1
5
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
1
5
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
1
4
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
1
10
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
1
7
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
1
10
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
1
14
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
1
8
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
1
10
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
1
9
Tony Mauriello
ProjectRoto
2
10
Terrance Bridgett
ProjectRoto
2
7
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
2
11
Dave Major
XN Sports
2
15
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
2
6
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
2
11
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
2
13
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
2
11
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
2
9
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
2
10
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
2
6
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
2
9
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
2
8
Ryan Hodge
ProjectRoto
2
10
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
2
10
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
2
4
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
2
5
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
2
12
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
2
4
John Paulsen
4for4.com
2
9
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
2
7
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
2
6
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
2
6
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
2
6
Ben Standig
CSN Washington
2
4
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
2
10
Jeff Paur
RTSports
2
6
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
2
7
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
2
7
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
2
8
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
2
6
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
2
9
Neil Parker
Fantasy Sports LR
2
7
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
2
7
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
2
12
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
2
7
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
2
4
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
2
8
Justin Boone
The Score
2
9
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
2
7
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
2
10
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
2
9
Mike Krueger
FFToday
2
6
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
2
6
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
2
7
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
2
5
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
2
7
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
2
5
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
2
8
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
3
8
Alessandro Miglio
FootballGuys
3
11
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
3
8
Austin Lee
FootballGuys
3
8
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
3
2
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
3
12
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
3
8
Site Projections
NumberFire
3
10
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
3
8
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
3
7
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
3
5
Site Projections
scoutPRO
3
2
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
3
5
John Halpin
Fox Sports
3
2
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
3
6
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
3
7
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
3
7
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
3
7
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
3
10
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
3
4
Jason Smith
NFL.com
3
1
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
3
8
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
3
7
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
3
12
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
3
8
Matthew Berry
ESPN
3
7
Christopher Harris
ESPN
3
9
Eric Karabell
ESPN
3
10
Staff Composite
ESPN
3
7
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
3
5
Staff
Roto Analysis
3
10
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
3
9
Bill Enright
FFChamps
3
10
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
3
6
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
4
9
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
4
8
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
4
7
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
4
3
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
4
6
Sky Sperling
Razzball
4
9
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
4
6
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
4
6
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
4
9
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
4
5
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
4
11
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
4
10
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
4
6
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
4
10
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
5
13
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
5
10
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
5
9
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
5
7
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
5
9
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
5
10
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
6
9
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
6
9
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
6
9
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
6
12
Matt Smith
NFL.com
6
13
Staff Composite
NFL.com
6
10
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
6
9
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
7
8
Scott Cullen
TSN
7
8
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
7
9
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
7
9
Adam Rank
NFL.com
7
11
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
8
2
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
8
6
Micah James
FFMagicMan
8
3
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
9
12
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
10
4
David Dodds
FootballGuys
10
12
Ave Projection (?)
22.6
19.3
Best
25.6
20.6
Worst
18.2
17.6
Pass Yards
304.8
323.8
Pass TDs
2.7
2
Ints
0.5
1
Rush Yards
4.4
4.2
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
This game is going to be a shootout and both Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are going to have big passing games in week 1. New Orleans gave up the most fantasy points to Quarterbacks last season with 21.7.
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.
  
Tozzi Brothers
Legion Report
Ryan had a breakout season in 2012 and we donít expect him to stop there. Ryan is primed with tons of weapons Ė Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Jacquizz Rodgers, Steven Jackson. Look for Ryan to light up the scoreboard again this season and every option in Atlanta to be a viable fantasy play.
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.
  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
Shoot out! This is going to be a high scoring romp on the Bayou!
 
  
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
Shootout on the fast track in New Orleans looms to start the season. Assuming White's health, Ryan has the dogs to hang some points.
 
  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Matt Ryan is the safest pick as the 6th QB off the board but RGIII, Kap, Stafford all have higher upside
Stafford is QB you can wait for in 2013; #1 fantasy QB potential
  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
The Saints gave up the most points to fantasy quarterbacks last year and even though they have a new defensive coordinator (Rob Ryan), this team is still going to give up a boatload of points to fantasy QBs and Ryan has all the offensive weapons to have a monster week.
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
In nine games against the Saints Ryan is averaging 280 yards passing and 1.5 touchdowns. last season was a tale of two games with Ryan passing for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns in their week 10 loss to the Saints on the road and then a 165 yard one touchdown performance at home in which they gave it over to the running game and intercepted Brees 5 times. You can't count on Brees doing that again, so Ryan will need to pass.
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.
  
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
Shootout
 
  
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
Whats cooler than being cool? Matty Ice. Ryan still has the best WR duo in the NFL with Roddy White and Julio Jones. The Falcons added a BEAST in their backfield with <nobr><a href="#" class="FAtxtL" id="FALINK_3_0_2">Steven Jackson</a></nobr>. Safties cannot play so deep to defend the pass and only the pass. Ryan is going to get plenty more opportunities for big plays.
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...
  
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Saints defense is atrocious, so all signs point to a huge week 1 for Ryan.
Stafford slings it a ton and Vikes secondary is a mess. Should equate to solid numbers.
  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
With Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, there may be no passer in the league with more dangerous weapons than Matt Ryan. The addition of Steven Jackson should also add a pass-catching-out-of-the-backfield aspect that wasn't there with Michael Turner back there.
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.