I have the same dilemma as you do. My RB are M. Forte, T. Hightower, Ray Rice, F. Gore, and B. Wells. I definitely don’t like Forte against ATL defense they ranked 3rd or so in run defense last year, allowing around 80-90 running yards a game. I know that was last year and things change but I just don’t like my chances when I have other options.
I’m benching both Forte and Rice because of the match up, Rice hasn’t been able to do anything against the Steelers defense, so I’m going with the statistics on this one. I would definitely start Hightower, McFadden, Fitzgerald, and V. Jackson, and I even like Brandon Lloyd over M. Forte. However if you have to start 3 running backs go with R. Rice, he’s the safer of the two.
Also not sure who your defense is but the Browns play the Bengals, the Bengals stink, and Andy Dalton is a rookie and will throw a couple of picks and take a couple of sacks. So this might get you some points for the week. Sorry Bengal fans, I’m not talking smack.
This is also my first time playing but I have been doing my research and I’m hoping the data I’ve been getting is accurate. I hate losing and my friends talk so much crap that I refuse to lose to them. Below is a comparison of R. Rice, M. Forte and Tim Hightower, I went to 5 different websites and averaged there weekly projections. If you need a RB and you have a extra spot, pick up James Starks -GB on Mon or Tue if he's available, he had a great playoff run last year and decent game against NO, and is going to take Ryan Grants job. Hope this helps.
Week 1 Projections
------------------NFL What if Freaks ESPN CBS AVERAGE
Ray Rice RB ----22.20 11.80 10.50 16.00 9.40 13.98
Matt Forte ---------8.40 12.50 12.70 17.00 12.00 12...
Hightower ------- 26.10 9.40 9.20 15.00 9.20 13.78