Fantasy Sports with Christopher Harris
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Christopher Harris (10:58 AM)
Hi, everyone. Crazy game last night, weird week overall. I guess that's what happens when the Patriots offensive juggernaut takes a week off. I'll get to as many questions as I can, so let's get going......
Phil Rivers has worn out his welcome in my line up. The only other QB on my bench is Kellen Clemens. Is he really a better choice at this point? More than once Rivers has gotten me 0 or negative points.
Christopher Harris (11:00 AM)
Hi, Tom. I haven't done my weekly rankings yet for Week 11 (I typically wait until after the Monday night game), but I understand your frustration with Rivers. He didn't look as bad last night as he did against Minnesota, but the results were largly the same. It's ugly. For the moment, in my book, in standard-sized leagues, neither Rivers nor Clemens should be fantasy starters just now. Plus Clemens gets Pittsburgh next week, which isn't a friendly defense to play against. If I have to choose between the two this very moment, I'm probably ranking Rivers higher.
Chris-Please tell me Adrian Peterson will be ok!!!
Christopher Harris (11:01 AM)
Wish I could, Bill. What I know at this point is that Peterson was definitely seen trying to limber up on the sidelines after his knee injury. He didn't go back in the game, but the fact that the Vikings were allowing him to jump around a little on the sidelines would seem to be some kind of indication that it isn't an obviously torn ligament. He'll have an MRI today; I'm betting it's a sprain, and he'll be questionable for next week. We shall see.
Better QB down the stretch McNabb, Garcia or Schaub?
Christopher Harris (11:04 AM)
Hi, Chris. I'm shaking things up a little here...I'm going to say Garcia. I know McNabb posted some good numbers this week to take the heat off him, but I've watched that tape, and I wasn't all that impressed. He's still not moving well, he's still inaccurate. Garcia has a perfect offense for his talents, and he's got a pretty good schedule: ATL, WAS, NO, HOU, ATL, SF, CAR. No elite pass defense in there.
Matt (Muncie, IN)
What is up with the RB's tonight, Gore and Alexander?
Christopher Harris (11:05 AM)
Hi, Matt. Alexander is *out*. If you were planning on using him, go grab Maurice Morris *right now*, because he's the starter. If Morris is gone, and you're desperate, you can grab Leonard Weaver, who could get a few catches out of the backfield for the Hawks. As for Gore, no announcement yet. I would try and own Michael Robinson in advance of the game, and then if Gore is active, play Gore, if he's not, play Robinson.
Mitch ( MN )
How will andre johnson do when he comes back? Also will steve smith ever come around?
Christopher Harris (11:07 AM)
Hi, Mitch. Andre Johnson will be very good. I believe Matt Schaub will be back and relatively healthy (though that O-line needs to pick it up), which will be good news for AJ. I would start him immediately unless I had awesome other options. As for Smith...*sigh*. He should've scored this week, but he got fancy with the football at the goal line and fumbled on the one-half-yard-line, and had it go out through the end zone. Seriously stupid play, serious bummer. Hang in there with Smith. His value couldn't be lower right now.
Gina (State College, PA)
Chris, what's the general trade veto rules with an injury? What if a trade has been proposed and accepted on Friday (say LT for AP) and now the entire league is reviewing it before it is finalized tomorrow. Should an injury on Sunday (e.g. AP's) influence the vote of the league or should it be based upon the trade when it was accepted?
Christopher Harris (11:08 AM)
Hi, Gina. It's a good question. I'm pretty much on record as hating trade vetoes, and not wanting to use them unless it's an *extraordinarily* dumb trade. That said, if your league uses veto reviews, I would think considering a recent injury is definitely fair game. Frankly, I'd think that person who's about to get Purple Jesus would be *begging* league-mates to veto that trade at this point (without knowing the severity of AP's injury).
Will Javon Walker be a viable starter when he returns? He's available on waivers this week.
Christopher Harris (11:10 AM)
Hi, Scott. Walker says he'll be able to start as soon as Week 11. I'll believe it when I see it. If you have a bench spot available and are in need of a possible Hail Mary in the receiver arena, I don't think picking up Walker's a bad move at all. Let's just say I'm skeptical. A few weeks ago, they were talking micro-fracture surgery for Walker; now he's just fine to run at full speed? We shall see.
Gerard (Celebration, FL)
Will Travis Henry get his starting job back?
Christopher Harris (11:12 AM)
Hi, Gerard. Well, I wouldn't say he lost it per se. He was hurt with a bad knee this week, which is why he was inactive. (Selvin Young looked good in his stead, eh?) The issue, of course, is whether Henry's suspension will finally kick in at some point in the next few weeks. For now, if he's healthy enough, Henry *is* Denver's starter. But there sure are a couple pretty big factors getting in the way of Henry owners feeling comfortable. (Namely: knee and doobage.)
Johnny (New York)
Is McGahee for Chad Johnson a fair deal? How about McGahee for T.O.?
Christopher Harris (11:14 AM)
Well, I'd rather get T.O. than Johnson at this point. I would say McGahee for Chad Johnson is just about right, though I probably value Johnson a little more highly. It's a fair trade, though, depending on what the two teams in questions need. McGahee is a durable guy who has a hard time scoring TDs; Johnson, too, is having a hard time scoring, but it feels more likely to me that he'll break his slump eventually. Owens is substantially better than either of those other two guys right now.
Any word on LJ - read somewhere he was telling teammates he has a crack in the bone on his foot?
Christopher Harris (11:15 AM)
Hi, Berry. A Fox affiliate in Denver was reporting LJ had a broken bone in his foot as long ago as last Tuesday, but the Chiefs refused to confirm or deny. The unofficial word was that they were waiting for the swelling in his foot to go down before they could do any conclusive tests. Well, it's been more than a week now, and the Chiefs have notoriously been tight-lipped about injuries to their running backs. There are multiple sources that are reporting LJ's foot is broken, but again, that's not confirmed. If you're an LJ owner, hang onto him for now. But prepare for the worst.
Would you try to buy really low on Rudi?
Christopher Harris (11:16 AM)
Hi, Adam. Well, it depends on how low. I mean, would I give up Brian Griese for him? Yeah. But anything reasonable, I wouldn't. I don't expect Johnson to be good for the rest of this year, and frankly I'm a bit surprised he got as many carries as he did yesterday. Granted, it was a really hard match-up, against the Ravens. But still, while I haven't seen the full game footage yet, what I've seen was ugly for Rudi. I wouldn't want to have to start him.
Chris, I own Wayne, Welker, Hackett, and Branch. My dilemma is do I pick up Javon Walker on waivers or keep Hackett? Thanks!
Christopher Harris (11:18 AM)
HI, Riaz. It's not a bad dilemma, because you've got two clear every-week starters in Wayne and Welker. Branch is going to be out again tonight, and Hackett played pretty well against Cleveland last week. Right now, I'd want to own him over Walker, at least until Branch comes back and is healthy (which isn't seeming like a sure thing at the moment). If you have a spare bench spot and want to give Walker a try on the off chance that he's healthy, I couldn't begrudge you. But if this is a league where you start three receivers, I'd rather own Hackett right now.
Alex (Cohoes, NY)
Thoughts on Brian Griese? Is he worth retaining or is there another waiver-level QB worth picking up in a start-2 QB league?
Christopher Harris (11:20 AM)
Hi, Alex. We should know more about Griese's injury this afternoon. Frankly, the speculation in Chicago was that Lovie Smith was looking for a reason to go back to Rex Grossman anyway, so there's a chance Sexy Rexy will be back in the media's bad graces again here any day now. In two-quarterback leagues, I can't imagine the pickings are very good right now...I don't like Kellen Clemens this week, but overall he's not terrible. Maybe take a shot on Cleo Lemon? Rushing touchdowns help.....
Feeling dumb here, I dropped Grant to pickup NO def because I own SD def. ughh. Then I wasn't able to get Grant back. What a week. Also lost by less than a point. With that said is Kolby Smith still worth a spot after yesterdays showing?
Christopher Harris (11:24 AM)
Hi, Tony. Well, heck, I was one of the people screaming that the New Orleans defense was playing great, so I can't disagree with what you did. (I did lower the Saints defense in our Friday rankings update because two of their D-linemen were suddenly announced as "out.") Plus, Grant's match-up against Minny looked awful. At least the Chargers got you six picks last night. Anyway, I can't unequivocally say you should continue to own Kolby Smith, but in deeper leagues, I think he's worth holding onto. Priest Holmes looked uninspiring to me (I haven't watched the full footage, though), and as I mentioned earlier, the news could wind up being bad on Larry Johnson. Smith could be in line for more touches. You can't start him in any leagues just now, but owning him in deeper ones is a good idea.
Christopher Harris (11:24 AM)
Hi, Tony. Well, heck, I was one of the people screaming that the New Orleans defense was playing great, so I can't disagree with what you did. (I did lower the Saints defense in our Friday rankings update because two of their D-linemen were suddenly announced as "out.") Plus, Grant's match-up against Minny looked awful. At least the Chargers got you six picks last night.
Hey Chris. Assuming Gore plays tonight, do you like him or Hackett as a flex?
Christopher Harris (11:25 AM)
Hi, John. First of all, it may be a big assumption, and there's no guarantee that if he does play he'll last through the whole game. That's why this is such a tough question; normally, I'd have no doubt Gore would be your guy. I'm probably still going to say stick with Gore, because I've been under-awed by Seattle's rush defense all year. The miss Marcus Tubbs. But it's not at all a no-brainer.
Marc (Malden, MA)
Thoughts on Kenny Watson? He really seemed to perform the 1-2 games he actually was used, but they just don't seem committed to the run, or using him.
Christopher Harris (11:27 AM)
Yeah, as I just mentioned, Marc, I was surprised that Rudi Johnson got 22 carries to Watson's nine, especially when Rudi just wasn't all that effective. I don't know what's up there. I guess at the moment, I'd have to avoid Watson, despite the fact that to my eyes, he's outperformed Johnson all season. For the moment, frankly, I'd just avoid the Cincy rushing game altogether, if I could.
Do you see Burress getting back to early season form, or continuing to suck?
Christopher Harris (11:29 AM)
Hi, Haden. Well, I'm not sure if you should blame Plax or Eli Manning. Manning looked so good in the first half yesterday, and he looked so bad thereafter. That happens to him *way* too often. The Cowboys clearly made a concerted effort to keep Burress under control (he went nuts the first time the teams played), to the extent that they barely covered Jeremy Shockey. There'll be better days ahead for Plax, and I think you have to continue starting him each week.
Should I drop Mason for Clayton, Berrian, Reggie Brown, or Ike Hillard?
Christopher Harris (11:30 AM)
Hi, Chace. I fully expect that the Ravens are going to announce Kyle Boller as their starting quarterback for this upcoming week. There's no doubt: the game has passed Steve McNair by. I'm not sure, though, whether that means Mason loses all his value. He's certainly a McNair favorite, and Boller isn't Johnny Unitas. I like Reggie Brown best of anyone on this list, but then, I've been well-known for my irrational favoring of Brown for two years.
Paul Providence RI
I know you've already addressed the q about Peterson's injury, but would you consider dropping any the following players to get Chester Taylor (I own Peterson): J. Fargas, J. Chatman, E. Graham, T. Jones, D. Bowe, K. Warner (backup QB) Thanks
Christopher Harris (11:32 AM)
Hi, Paul. Well, I kind of think you answered your own question. We're through the bye weeks, and I'm assuming you have a better quarterback than Kurt Warner, since Warner is your backup guy. He's the one I'd drop. If your starting QB gets hurt, well, you'll be in trouble, and you'll have to scramble. But I wouldn't want to drop too many of the other useful players you mention. None are great, obviously, but they can contribute. If I had to make a bet as to which of the other guys you list will be worth the least for the rest of the year, I might bet Graham, simply because I think Pittman could be back as soon as this week, and Michael Bennett is there, too.
I have asked this question 30 times this week...I know you try to pick the interesting questions but then I see Mason and Clayton questions answered so I get confused....HELP ME OUT, offered Peyton Manning for Drew Brees, make this move? If so, Why.
Christopher Harris (11:34 AM)
Wow, 30 times? Really? That is persistence. Sad, sad persistence. Okay, so anyway, at the moment, I kind of think that this comes down to personal preference. Brees regressed again yesterday...he played quite badly until garbage time, whereupon he saved his fantasy day. At the moment (and who'd have believed this when the teams played in Week 1), Brees has better weapons. But of course, Manning is Manning, and I expect he'll rebound just fine, especially if/when he gets Clark and Harrison back. I would rate these guys right around the same at this very moment because of the Colts' injuries, which makes the trade a question of personal choice.
What's C. Henry's (RB) status? Is a suspension coming?
Christopher Harris (11:35 AM)
Hi, Brendan. Yes, I think Henry is supposedly going to rescind his appeal and begin serving his suspension this week. He'll be out for a month, which means Chris Brown will be back this week. I must add that this is news I heard *before* LenDale White left yesterday's game, though, so I suppose it's possible that if White's injury is severe (there's no indication yet that that's the case), the Titans could change their mind.
You said Branch is out tonite. Is that for sure? Do I need to fall on my sword and play Arnaz Battle?
Christopher Harris (11:36 AM)
Hi, Nate. Mike Holmgren went on his TV show yesterday and said Shaun Alexander and Deion Branch are both out. Now, it's possible that that's a smokescreen of some kind, so you should probably still check ESPN.com tonight and make sure, but for the moment, I'm operating under the assumption that both guys are out.
Hey Chris -- Should we be encouraged by what we saw from SJax yesterday??
Christopher Harris (11:38 AM)
Hi, Joe. Sure. He looked pretty good. Then again, so did Antonio Pittman. Jackson still only earned 3.5 yards per carry, which isn't winning any prizes, and the Saints' D-line was missing two key pieces, but still, a pulse is a good thing. I like his match-up against the Niners next week.
Does Donald Driver have any value any more? Would he get me anything in a trade?
Christopher Harris (11:39 AM)
Hi, Chris. I would think Driver should get you *something*. I made kind of a big point of saying that for the foreseeable future, I was going to start rating Greg Jennings higher than Driver, and for this week, at least, I didn't look foolish (a different sensation for me, let me tell you). You'd have to find an owner who's convinced Driver is a great buy-low candidate, and frankly, I'm not entirely convinced that's not true. He's a very good player who takes a lot of the attention away from Jennings and James Jones.
Mike (Los Angeles)
Chris, you've got to help me! I have a MAJOR rivalry match-up in Week 11! At first glance which D do I get: IND (vs. KC), MIN (vs. OAK), NYG (@ DET), TEN (@ DEN) Thanks, and love the NASCAR stuff as well!
Christopher Harris (11:42 AM)
Hi, Mike. Thanks for the NASCAR props. Long season, finally coming to an end this week...get a couple months off from double duty. (Well, triple if you count baseball.) So anyway, as I said before, I haven't done my weekly rankings for football yet, so this is a back-of-the-envelope calculation. All four are truthfully relatively quality options. My choice would probably come down to MIN or NYG, because Indy may be without Dwight Freeney, and Tennessee just wasn't the same without Albert Haynesworth. I'm picking the Giants for the moment. Don't trust that O-line against New York's pass rush. But check back Wednesday for my more official rankings.
Christo!! Ok, so I own White, Maroney, S. Young, Chatman, Dunn, and C. Taylor. Who should I get rid of or trade off?? I can only play two each week.
Christopher Harris (11:44 AM)
Hi, Santino. At this point, I don't think any of those fantasy backs are waivable...they all have value in their own way. So I think, if possible, you should be thinking trade. Chatman is a good sell-high candidate...the sledding will get tougher for him in a few remaining games (though as I keep writing each week, I do like Miami's O-line). Maroney could be the biggest name on this list, so he might bring the most in return, since the goal would be to try and get a starter at a position where maybe you don't have as much depth.
Cartman (Cheesy Poof, USA)
What is the status on Kevin Jones? Rumor is his foot is acting up.
Christopher Harris (11:45 AM)
Yeah, the Kevin Jones thing is scary. He came out of yesterday's game twice because his surgically repaired foot was hurting, and he wound up logging negative yards for the game, though he did get a TD for his fantasy owners, and he caught eight passes as well. The thing we need to do now is see if his name is on the Lions' injury report for this week. That'll begin to let us know whether this is serious.
Rank the top 10 RB's from here on out. I need to target one to trade for...
Christopher Harris (11:48 AM)
That's a tall order during a chat, Bryan...I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants here. But I can share with you the piece I wrote for the ESPN.com fantasy email newsletter that goes out midweek...I did a top-30 from Week 10 forward (thus it was written before this weekend's games). It went like this: Addai, Tomlinson, Brady, Peterson, Moss, Westbrook, Houshmandzadeh, Edwards, Bush, Parker, Barber, Romo, Wayne, Manning, Lynch, Palmer, Owens, Ch. Johnson, Welker, White, Jacobs, Burress, McGahee, Brees, St. Jackson, D. Anderson, Portis, Gore, Boldin, Jones-Drew. By the way...if *that's* not a reason to make sure you get the free fantasy email delivered to you from ESPN.com once a week, I don't know what is.
Drew (Tampa, FL)
Following up on the Kevin Jones thing can you please give some advice on who to pick up as his backup?
Christopher Harris (11:50 AM)
Hi, Drew. Well, by the letter of the law, you'd probably say T.J. Duckett, since Tatum Bell hasn't even been active lately. But I'm not sure if the Lions really view Duckett as an every-down guy. My guess would be that if Jones is hurt (and I'm not positive he is), then Bell and Duckett would split touches. In that case, I would think Bell would have a little more value, but we'd have to see how that would shake out.
My WR position is killing me (Steve Smith, Harrison, Stallworth) and I have a collection of RB2 types: MJD, Maroney, JLewis and Chatman. Which one should I try and trade for a top 20 WR? Thanks.
Christopher Harris (11:52 AM)
Hi, Andrew. I'd love to be able to hold onto MJD and still get a top wideout, but I'd be worried you might not be able to get that kind of deal. MJD is the only back there I really love. If I could parlay Maroney's name or Jamal Lewis's weird four-TD game a couple weeks ago into a WR stud, I'd do it in a heartbeat. (Chatman would come in fourth in my rating of those four backs, but I would assume no one in your league's giving up a really good WR for him.)
How will the Tampa RB situation pan out? I own Graham. Should I drop Lamont Jordan to pick up Pittman?
Christopher Harris (11:54 AM)
Hi, Zac. Good question...and the answer really isn't known yet. Graham has looked good. But he's a little guy, and the Bucs have to worry he won't be able to handle tons of pounding each week. Michael Pittman is a tried-and-true receiving back, and I have to believe that once he comes back (soon as Week 11?), he'll at least be the receiving back, and could be more. Add Bennett in the mix, and it's a mess. In shallow leagues, though, I can absolutely see dropping LaMont Jordan. He didn't suit up yesterday, and his time as a feature back in Oakland is gone. Would I do it for Pittman? Yeah, I guess that's okay. I'm just worried that at some point, your weekly lineup decision is going to come down to trying to pick which Bucs back in a platoon is more valuable in a given week.
JP - CHI
Where do I get these emails from? Chris Henry (WR) or Cotchery for the rest of the year? Is Coles coming back next week?
Christopher Harris (11:57 AM)
Hi, JP. I think the emails are the kind you "opt out' of when you first sign up for ESPN.com, but there's got to be a way to sign back up for 'em. Tell you what...read "The Big Rotowski" this week (it's my weekly rankings column), and I'll try to remember to add a note at the top about how you sign up again. As for Henry or Cotchery...hoo...it's close. I'm not sure. I would probably say Cotchery for as long as Clemens remains the starter in New York, simply because at least you know Cotchery's going to be a primary target each week, whereas Henry is going to be an up-and-down third receiver (probably). I hear that Coles will be back in Week 11, and that he's been practicing, but check back later in the week to be sure.
Picked up Maurice Morris for tonight. Would he be a better start than Gore tonight?
Christopher Harris (11:58 AM)
Hm. Good question, Yasmine. First thing would be to check if Gore is inactive. If he is, that makes your decision easy. If he's not...eesh...yeah, I think I'd have to go with Gore, but it's not a no-brainer at all. I can totally see Morris turning in the better night. But if Gore plays, I assume he gets the lion's share of carries, whereas I'm not positive the Seahawks are going to stick with the run for very long.
Going foward with the rest of the season keep Favre or Brees? Want to trade one of them for WR and/or RB.
Christopher Harris (11:59 AM)
Hi, Eliot. I would say that I have Brees ranked higher than Favre for the rest of the year, though that's not to say I don't like Brett Favre. I just think Brees has more upside, and has a game plan that's likely to be a little wider-open every week. That said, they're close, and I'd be okay with dealing either one if you could get something more in return. Either guy will make a very good fantasy starter the rest of the way.
buzzer beater----Who are your top 5 playoff defenses(weeks 14-16), based on matchups?
Christopher Harris (12:01 PM)
Hi, Will. It's a great question, but I haven't formally done the research yet, so it's not a buzzer beater. I promise to do this kind of analysis more in depth for all positions and write about it in a column coming up in the next week or two.
I've been holding onto DeAngello Williams all year based on his 'potential' is it time to just cut him lose, he's wasting valuable bench space.
Christopher Harris (12:02 PM)
Hi, Scott. Yeah, I'd say if you need the bench room, it's time to cut bait. I was as high as anyone on Williams to begin the year, got on TV and hyped him, etc. I really thought he'd win that job, but having watched him play most of his games this year, he's just been terrible. As I wrote a few weeks ago, no one gets tackled in the open field by one finger touching his ankle as much as DeAngelo Williams. If there are other players available on your waiver wire, Williams is eminently releasable.
What do we know about the severity of Marshawn Lynch's injury right now?
Christopher Harris (12:03 PM)
Hi, Jake. Well, the Buffalo newspapers reported that Lynch was jumping around and dancing during the celebration after Buffalo's late win against Miami, so the speculation is that he's okay. We'll see if he's on the injury report for the Sunday night game against New England. Right now, it sounds like he'll be okay, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.
At the buzzer... Will Harrison be back this week? Ever?
Christopher Harris (12:04 PM)
Hi, Al. I think I say this every week, with a huge disclaimer, but there are some in the Indy media who really suspect Harrison had a secret arthroscopic procedure during the Colts' bye week. I have absolutely no way of knowing if that's true, but in a way, if it *is* true, it would be heartening, because it would mean he has something concrete to heel from. I honestly don't know. I wouldn't expect him this week. I don't know if he'll play much later in the year. The Colts had better hope he does, given Aaron Moorehead's route-running last night.
Rob New Jersey
I don't have a lineup question my question is about luck. Please settle my league's argument and give us your input on how much of fantasy football is luck? Thanks
Christopher Harris (12:06 PM)
Hi, Rob. It's a ton about luck. There's no question: fantasy football is the fast food of fantasy sports. It's the one most consistently won by the secretary in the office pool, or the girlfriend (sorry if that sounds a little sexist) who doesn't know anything about football. That's mainly because the scoring is so top-heavy, and because there just aren't a lot of games for things to even out. Also: injuries, which are so much more prevalent in this most violent of games. So it's a ton about luck. There's a lot of skill involved, too, but projections turn to dust faster in football than any other sport. It's funny, because if you read my "ESPN Conversations," I get absolutely blasted for being "wrong," which is fine, but the fact is: it's a lot easier to look smart writing about baseball (or NASCAR).
Boldin is killing me. Do you know what the deal is with him and is he worth starting over greg jennings or lee evans from this point foward
Christopher Harris (12:07 PM)
Good question, Andy. I think Boldin's hip must be killing *him*. I don't think he's himself, and I have to admit, I probably haven't been taking that into enough account as I've been ranking receivers these last couple weeks. I really thought the Cardinals bye would clear him up, but it hasn't. He's limited, and Larry Fitzgerald is definitely picking up the slack. I would start Jennings over both of the other guys you mention at this point.
What's up with Edge? Started off hot, then suddenly starting to look like last year.
Christopher Harris (12:09 PM)
Well, Tim, I think people are on to Arizona. They don't respect Kurt Warner a whole lot, and they *really* don't respect Tim Rattay, who had to come in for a while while Warner was getting some torn ligaments in his hand looked at. The Cardinals' play-calling tends to be run-run-pass, or maybe run-pass-pass, but they aren't using James in a lot of creative ways. And then, you'd have to say that's not the best O-line in creation, though it's not as bad as in previous years. I wasn't high on James to begin the season, and have to admit I was shocked by his early-season production. This is more what I expected from him...decent RB2 production.
Jacob ( Los Angeles)
Do i go with Nate Burleson or Hackett tonight?
Christopher Harris (12:10 PM)
Hi, Jacob. No guarantees, obviously, but I like Hackett more. With Bobby Engram producing so big last week, I think he and Hackett will be the focus, with Burleson as the third guy and the returner.
Past the buzzer, into overtime.... Andre Johnson a top 10 WR the rest of the way?
Christopher Harris (12:11 PM)
Hi, Ricky. Hm. I'm not sure I have him *that* high just yet. Give me a game to see him acutally out on the field, and not limited by his knee, and I might start to agree. But just now, there are an awful lot of very consistent options out there at receiver, especially now that the bye weeks are behind us. But even with question marks about his knee, AJ is *close* to top 10, and you're absolutely right that he could put himself there with a strong first effort next week.
What about Engram? He's been very solid. Do you like him the rest of the way?
Christopher Harris (12:12 PM)
Hi, Matt. I like him as much as I can like any slot receiver not named Wes Welker. I mean, he's going to put up a big game or two, but the problem is knowing when that big game will come. He's not a speed guy, and he's not big, so he's really limited as to what opposing defenses will give him. Cleveland gave him the entire middle of the field last week, so Hasselbeck kept throwing it to him. But the moment a defense decides to pop him at the line, or play zone in the shallow middle, Engram's production is gone. So he's worth owning, but it'll be scary to keep starting him.
Christopher Harris (12:13 PM)
Okay, folks...I'd be glad to keep chatting, but if past experience is any indication, this room will evaporate in a moment. So one more question.
What do you think of Chris Henry's performance this week? Him or Driver for the rest of the way?
Christopher Harris (12:14 PM)
Hi, David. It was a fine performance, for sure, and his owners (any bold enough to have started him) sure wish he'd been able to punch that long catch into the end zone. As to the question of him or Driver...boy...I know it's tempting to say Henry, because of how little Driver has done. But for me it comes down to opportunity, and I think Driver will have more opportunities. Henry might post one or two *huge* games, and make his owners very happy those weeks, but I think Driver will have more weeks where he outscores Henry than the other way around. That's a little bit of a cop-out, but it's a testament to how good a question and comparison it is.
Christopher Harris (12:17 PM)
Okay, gang. Thanks very much for coming. I *wish* I could give you a marathon chat, but the room disappears at like 12:20 ET...it's something I don't have any control over. I'm sorry not to be able to get to every question...there are more than 1,000 every Monday morning, and obviously that makes it impossible to get to every one...but I want y'all to know I'm really appreciative for the interest and I'm extremely lucky to get to do this as my job, and that's thanks to you. So thank you. And remember: if you want one-on-one attention you can't get during chats, ESPN Insiders can use our "Fantasy Concierge" service, where you can ask questions via email and get a personalized response back quick. Also, I'll be back with "The Big Rotowski" rankings on Wednesday, and "The Breakdown" on Friday, which is my fantasy spin on every game this weekend. Thanks again, and have a great week.
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