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One of the hardest things for any fantasy owner to do is decide which of their bench or flex players is the better start. It's the decision that often backfires and causes you to have a player going off on your bench, and someone underperforming in your lineup.


So heading into Week 2, should you start Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay or Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Marshall?


This is the classic decision between an up-and-coming young player and a former stud who's been thrust into a starting role.


Here are their Week 1 stats:

Golladay: 7 receptions, 114 yards, 11.4 fantasy points (non-PPR)

Marshall: 3 receptions, 46 yards, 1 touchdown, 10.6 fantasy points (non-PPR)

These two were neck and neck in the first week of action, at least in standard scoring leagues, but there's one more stat that gives Golladay a leg up and reason to start him over Marshall.

Golladay: 12 targets

Marshall: 6 targets


Golladay had twice as many balls thrown his way than Marshall did, so while the veteran still has upside thanks to his red-zone targets, Golladay's usage can't be overlooked. Marshall is more of a boom or bust play at the point.


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