Who Should I Start? - Week 1

Ben Roethlisberger or Cam Newton

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Experts' Pick
 
  Cam Newton
QB - CAR
Cam Newton
at SF, Sun 4pm EDT
Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
at CLE, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
9 of 10 experts
10%
Recommended by
1 of 10 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 10
Best Rank# 3# 7
Worst Rank# 10# 14
   
Matchup 
   
Opponent at SF at CLE
Matchup Rank121
   
   
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp20.221.7
Pass Yds240.5249.8
Pass TD1.92.3
   
Fantasy Points 
   
Season Total254.3252.3
Avg Game17.018.0
Avg Projection283.4263.5
2016 Average17.018.0
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert
Weather
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Staff Rankings
ScoutFantasy
# 6# 10
   
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
# 3# 7
   
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
# 10# 14
   
Kevin Hanson
EDSFootball
# 5# 9
   
Ken Zalis
Pressbox
# 6# 10
   
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
# 6# 9
   
Nick Vertucci
Sundays Are For Football
# 6# 10
   
Kelly Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
# 5# 11
   
Rich Piazza
Fantasy Shed
# 6# 8
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 10# 9
   
  Cam Newton
QB - CAR
Cam Newton
Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
2017 Schedule 
Week 1 at SF at CLE
Week 2 vs. BUF vs. MIN
Week 3 vs. NO at CHI
Week 4 at NE at BAL
Week 5 at DET vs. JAC
Week 6 vs. PHI at KC
Week 7 at CHI vs. CIN
Week 8 at TB at DET
Week 9 vs. ATLBYE WEEK
Week 10 vs. MIA at IND
Week 11BYE WEEK vs. TEN
Week 12 at NYJ vs. GB
Week 13 at NO at CIN
Week 14 vs. MIN vs. BAL
Week 15 vs. GB vs. NE
Week 16 vs. TB at HOU
Week 17 at ATL vs. CLE
  Cam Newton
QB - CAR
Cam Newton
at SF, Sun 4pm EDT
Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
at CLE, Sun 1pm EDT
Passing
   
Pass Att528.5552.0
Pass Cmp305.6360.1
Pass Yards3,795.14,232.7
24.329.5
Ints13.514.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts84.722.6
Rush Yards408.342.5
Rush TDs4.80.8
   
Misc
   
4.22.2
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points283.4263.5
   
  Cam Newton
QB - CAR
Cam Newton
Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
2016 Points 
Week 121.221.8
Week 229.819.8
Week 313.17.0
Week 415.633.9
Week 529.2
Week 627.09.6
Week 7
Week 812.8
Week 914.618.9
Week 1023.828.4
Week 1112.48.7
Week 1220.420.8
Week 1312.517.6
Week 1411.52.6
Week 1520.014.9
Week 1611.519.1
Week 178.1
  Cam Newton
QB - CAR
Cam Newton
at SF, Sun 4pm EDT
Ben Roethlisberger
QB - PIT
Ben Roethlisberger
at CLE, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
San Francisco was 20th against fantasy quarterbacks last year, but Newton is coming off a shoulder surgery and the 49ers have added some pieces on D. Newton is a low-end QB1 in Week 1. Big Ben only had a 167 yards and no touchdown passes at Cleveland last year, which was on par with his 78.4 road QB rating. I would only rate him as a mid-tier QB2.