Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Stevan Ridley or Ryan Mathews

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Stevan Ridley
Stevan Ridley

at Bills
Sun, 12 pm EST

Ryan Mathews
Ryan Mathews

vs. Texans
Mon, 9 pm EST

Expert Pick %
100%
0%
ECR
# 9
# 26
Best
# 2
# 14
Worst
# 21
# 37
Ave Projection (?)
14.8
8.3
Best
16.0
10.6
Worst
12.3
7.1
Ave Points / Game
8.4
11.5
Total Fantasy Points
117.5
184.4
Opponent
BUF
HOU
Points Allowed (?)
22.8
12.7
Expert Pick %
100%
0%
 Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports

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Ryan Mathews

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ECR
# 9
# 26
Best
# 2
# 14
Worst
# 21
# 37
Brad Evans
Yahoo! Sports
2
23
Staff Composite
Yahoo! Sports
2
23
Site Projections
Fantasy Football Starters
2
29
Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports
3
26
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
3
24
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
3
25
R.J. White
Fantasy Football Cafe
3
27
Brett Talley
The Fantasy Fix
3
27
Russ Bliss
Fantasy Football Starters
4
27
Eric Mack
Bleacher Report
4
29
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Sports Empire
5
25
Ryan Hodge
FantasyTrade411
5
23
Mike Tagliere
Tags Fantasy Football
5
25
Dawgmatica
Pyromaniac
5
35
Maurile Tremblay
FootballGuys
5
27
Nick Raducanu
FantasyTrade411
6
26
Site Projections
NumberFire
6
30
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
6
31
Ryan Fowler
Fox Sports
6
26
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
6
29
Tony Mauriello
DraftLegends
7
28
Keet Bailey
Breaking Football
7
30
Sean Morris
Bruno Boys
7
26
Brendan Donahue
EDSFootball
7
24
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
7
26
Dan Clasgens
Get Sports Info
7
26
Davis Mattek
Sports Wunderkind
7
29
Adrian Pereira
eDraft
7
27
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
7
25
Bill Enright
FFChamps
7
29
Rich Hribar
XN Sports
8
27
Ken Zalis
Fans Fantasy Football
8
25
Cedric Hopkins
Field & Court
8
24
Jon Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
8
22
Jeff Brubach
The Fake Football
8
25
Rich Arleo
Bruno Boys
8
22
David Dodds
FootballGuys
8
23
Sigmund Bloom
FootballGuys
8
22
Staff
Roto Analysis
8
27
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
8
23
Jeff Ratcliffe
Pro Football Focus
9
25
Alessandro Miglio
Pro Football Focus
9
25
Kyle Wachtel
Forensic Fantasy
9
27
Dave Major
XN Sports
9
35
Salvatore Stefanile
XN Sports
9
27
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
9
27
Adam Pfeifer
Rant Sports
9
29
John Paulsen
4for4.com
9
26
Jake Ciely
RotoExperts
9
23
Jeff Paur
RTSports
9
27
Dave Richard
CBS Sports
9
32
Neil Parker
The Fake Football
9
25
Marc Caviglia
Bruno Boys
9
23
Brian Dezelske
Pro Football Central
9
27
Walton Spurlin
FantasySharks
9
23
Justin Boone
The Score
9
25
Adam Rank
NFL.com
9
32
Staff Rankings
RotoBaller
9
23
Staff Composite
ESPN
9
26
Tristan Cockcroft
ESPN
9
35
Mike Harmon
Swollen Dome
9
26
Patrick Daugherty
Rotoworld
9
25
Joseph Dolan
Fantasy Guru
9
26
Austin Lee
Pro Football Focus
10
29
Jody Smith
Gridiron Experts
10
28
Scott Cullen
TSN
10
25
Tommy Rowan
Juan Elway
10
24
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
10
24
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
10
25
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
10
32
John Halpin
Fox Sports
10
25
Jamey Eisenberg
CBS Sports
10
34
Ryan Hester
footballandbrackets
10
26
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
10
27
Steve Wyremski
Dynasty League Football
10
14
Matthew Berry
ESPN
10
24
Christopher Harris
ESPN
10
26
Eric Karabell
ESPN
10
23
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
10
33
Paul Greco
FantasyPros911
10
26
Staff Rankings
2MugsFF
10
24
Michael Pichan
Fantasy Alarm
10
26
Ross Miles
Pro Football Focus
11
22
Bryan Fontaine
Pro Football Focus
11
25
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
11
21
Brent Namejko
Fantasy Smack Talk
11
30
James Hatfield
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru
11
24
Site Rankings
Fantasy Football Nerd
11
25
Pat Fitzmaurice
The Football Girl
11
24
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
11
21
Staff Composite
Fox Sports
11
25
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
11
26
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Knuckleheads
11
23
Dan Yanotchko
EDSFootball
11
25
Micah James
FFMagicMan
11
24
Staff Composite
NFL.com
11
25
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
11
27
Mike Clay
Pro Football Focus
12
26
Nate Hodges
Pro Football Focus
12
22
Zach Greubel
Gridiron Experts
12
28
Darren Collette
Gridiron Experts
12
28
Sky Sperling
Razzball
12
25
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
12
23
Greg Smith
The Fake Football
12
27
Ernie Estrella
Bruno Boys
12
23
Staff Rankings
RosterWatch
12
33
Michael Fabiano
NFL.com
12
24
Dave Dameshek
NFL.com
12
27
Matt Smith
NFL.com
12
29
Jason Smith
NFL.com
12
23
Staff Rankings
Fantasy Football Freaks
12
37
Eric Yeomans
Mr. 52 Pick-Up
13
24
Mike Rigz
Gridiron Experts
13
29
Staff Rankings
FFToolbox
13
24
Nathan Zegura
CBS Sports
13
31
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
13
22
Michael Sherman
Fantasy Team Advice
13
25
Ben Standig
FFToolbox
14
25
Adam Meyer
Fox Sports
15
27
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
15
23
Scott Whitfield
Roto Rankings
15
24
Joel Beall
Fox Sports
16
30
Walter Cherepinsky
WalterFootball
16
20
The FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
16
25
Mike Krueger
FFToday
16
27
David Gonos
DavidGonos.com
16
32
Terrance Bridgett
FantasyTrade411
17
20
C.D. Carter
XN Sports
17
27
Nathan Miller
Revelation Sports
17
29
Eddie Cooley
Sundays Are For Football
17
28
Site Projections
scoutPRO
18
28
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
18
30
R.C. Fischer
Fantasy Football Metrics
19
37
Sean Beazley
EDSFootball
21
24
Ave Projection (?)
14.8
8.3
Best
16.0
10.6
Worst
12.3
7.1
Rush Yards
88.6
59.7
Rush TDs
0.9
0.1
Receptions
0.4
1.9
Rec Yards
2.7
16.5
Rec TDs
0
0
Ave Targets / Game
0.9
2.1
Total Targets
12.0
33.0
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
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).Matthews has had a good preseason, but he does play a Texans D that gave up the fewest points to fantasy running backs last year.  
Sablich Brothers
The New York Times
Ridley posted 204 yards and 3 touchdowns in his 2 meetings with Buffalo last year.   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
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.The Chargers lack one thing. An offensive line. When Phillip Rivers does not get time to throw, this offense does not progress. Ryan Matthews was a bit of a disappointment in 2012 as he never was 100% healthy with collarbone injuries. You should still not count Matthews out as he can easily explode for a comeback player of the year award. Watch his preseason, more importantly the offensive line.  
Staff Rankings
FFLockerRoom
While I'm not the biggest Ridley fan, he should no doubt have a good game agains the Bills.   
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Bills are iffy on defense but Pats run well and Ridley is generally reliable.Mathews is always hard to trust, while Texans D is top notch.  
Taylor Smith
NFL Soup
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.As tantalizing as Mathews is considering his lack of competition in San Diego, he seems to be made of glass. He's never been able to play in more than 14 games in any of his three NFL seasons.  
Jordan Tozzi
Legion Report
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.   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Football
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.last season Houston gave up the least amount of fantasy points to running backs in the league. They were the only team to hold Adrian Peterson to under 100 yards after week 5 and pretty much ruined his chances of breaking the rushing record. They also didn't allow one running back to top 100 yards rushing on the road. Mathews will have a tough road to how even though he has looked good in preseason.  
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Sure-fire RB1 upsideHas upside but floor makes him an RB2