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JB, Elkhart Indiana
Is the Dallas D/ST too risky a play against Green Bay? If so, should I play Denver vs Oakland instead or go find a real sleeper???
Scott Engel (2:58 PM)
Good afternoon everyone! Dallas' secondary will have trouble with the multiple-receiver sets - I would use the Rams this week - good matchup, have started playing better - even over Denver, who I like over Dallas
tony (palatine. IL_
Should I start Jason Witten or Kellen Winslow this week?
Scott Engel (2:59 PM)
I would go with Winslow in a very close call - more catches and no question its him if its a PPR league, closer call in traditional formats
Scott (Los Angeles)
From one Scott to another: Let's Let's talk defense. I'm considering benching the Packers DEF vs. the high-rolling Cowboys and starting San Fran D vs. the pathetic Panthers? Also is Crayton a good start since Woodson is likely out?
Scott Engel (3:01 PM)
San Fran's D/ST has played better recently, but I like GB for more turnovers by one or two - If Harris is on Owens, Romo will go to Witten, so Crayton is an OK, but not outstanding start
Ramsey (Livonia, MI)
Hi Scott, who do you think I should use this week, Brett Favre or Derek Anderson?
Scott Engel (3:02 PM)
I like Anderson a bit better because of matchup even though I still like Favre a lot tonight
Is Justin Fargas the safer bet this week over Reggie Bush?
Scott Engel (3:03 PM)
Bush is more versatile and is a better overall yardage and TD threat
Matt (McLean, VA)
Is K. Jones still a guy to count on for receptions as a RB? Seems like Cason is getting a lot of receptions lately and Jones could still have value against Minn if he's involved through the air.
Scott Engel (3:04 PM)
I think they don't want to overwork Jones because of his foot - and Kitna is not th ebest for screens - I like Jones better in traditional leagues right now
Hey Scott! I am throwing up a playoff "hail mary" this weekend, need lots to go my way. HELP! Is Eli Manning even worth a roster spot anymore? Or should I pick up Warner this weekend against the Browns?
Scott Engel (3:05 PM)
Warner for sure - we may point to the Dallas game as when Eli's career started to really go downhill
Hey Scott, can you explain why everyone is so down on Cutler this week? He's had back-to-back solid performances (from a fantasy perspective) and the Raider defense doesn't seem very strong these days. I have Garrard as my other QB and it seems to me he has a much tougher match-up in Indy.
Scott Engel (3:06 PM)
I'm not down on Cutler at all - but Gararrd is more steady and will limit mistakes in any matchup
Richard (Calgary AB)
Hey Scott, How come you get stuck with Berry's slacking? Should I start both ADAP and Taylor this week? My other options are Kevin Jones, Ron Dayne and Andre Hall.
Scott Engel (3:08 PM)
TMR is not slacking - he is quite busy and gets involved in more projects than Donald Trump - Considering your other options, I would use the Minny RBs
Dan - San Jose
So, I have both Ryan Grant and the Denver three. Can I bench Ryan tonite and be okay with whoever "starts" for the Broncos, even if it means Selvin and THenry might share carries, or Travis gets hurt during the game...again? Or should I go the safe(?) route and start Ryan Grant tonite?
Scott Engel (3:10 PM)
Be safe and go with Grant - of the three RBs in Denver I would trust Young the most this week
Would you play Driver vs. DAL, or A. Johnson vs. TENN??
Scott Engel (3:11 PM)
Johnson - I think he will bounce back nicely and Driver is no longer the top target as Favre spreads it around a lot
Rush, Orlando, FL
I highly doubt TMR is as busy as " The Donald ". Your a very credible guy Scott but thats stretching it wouldnt u say? :-) Brees and Schaub in week 13. Can you please help?? Thanks!!
Scott Engel (3:12 PM)
TMR is always working - we're a team here and we help each other. I go with Brees, who is heating up again
Jason Nesmith, SC
Sorry.... Good afternoon Mr. Engel, I have Randy Moss/Reggie Wayne as my starting wideouts.... who should I use for my 3rd string..... Calvin Johnson or Kevin Walter?
Scott Engel (3:13 PM)
I would go with Johnson - Kitna is starting to look his way more often
Hola Scott! Grant,Graham,Lynch- Drop one for Rudi?
Scott Engel (3:15 PM)
I would have to keep those 3 for now,especially with Rudi facing Pitt this week
Jesse Chatman or " The Other " Adrian Peterson?
Scott Engel (3:16 PM)
I would go with Peterson - Chatman is banged up
Better Waiver Wire pickup? Fred Jackson, A Stecker, or C Brown! Thanks
Scott Engel (3:17 PM)
Jackson - he may have to start with both Lynch and possibly Anthony Thomas out
Dr Evil, who gets the start this week Kitna or Garrard, Thanks
Scott Engel (3:18 PM)
Kitna throws too many evil interceptions - Garrrard is more steady
Why do you like Selvin over T. Henry? I don't understand that at all. If Henry is healthy and not suspended that is who will start. You guys get paid?
Scott Engel (3:20 PM)
Henry is in his first game back, may split time and Young is more versatile and ha sonly missed one game as compared to Henry's three - you ever get banned from sites with that attitude?
Am I crazy to start kitna at Vikes (horrible pass D) over Palmer at Pitt (sick D, probably rain)?
Scott Engel (3:21 PM)
Vikes pass D didn't look so bad last week - but I would use Kitna if the weather becomes a problem
joe (so cal, CA)
I have an ethical question for you scott. I play in a 14 team league and there is 3 teams going for final spot. all three teams are facing tough games. However, in one game one teams opponent is sitting lt, palmer, edwards to let one of the teams win. Should commish do something or let it be?? Thanks
Scott Engel (3:22 PM)
Wisn should be earned, not given away - I would warn the owner to comply or fine him or penalize hima draft position next year
Mike (Miami, FL)
Scott, what is your take on the Skins DST this week? Will they be distracted or motivated? Seems like a great matchup against the Bills, given the RB and QB situations there right now. RIP Sean Taylor...
Scott Engel (3:25 PM)
Yes, I will miss watching Taylor play, Mike, and I am sure the Skins will be very inspired this week to play well
Should I play the Bucs defense even though I have Brees or go with St.Louis vs a lousy Atlanta offense?
Scott Engel (3:27 PM)
Good call Taylor - the Rams are a good sneaky play this week - but neching the Bucs doesn't mean Brees will play well or vice versa - the fact they face each other doesn't mean much - Brees could still throw two picks and two interceptions and the Bucs will have a decent defensive day - but I like the Rams, actually
Tim (Battle Creek, MI)
Plaxico, Driver, or Adrian Peterson (Chicago) in flex spot, no ppr, standard scoring?
Scott Engel (3:28 PM)
I would go with Peterson for the most guaranteed touches
Do I roll the dice with youngsters Anthony Gonzalez or Dwayne Bowe in my 2 WR league or stick with my regulars, Hines Ward and Donald Driver?
Scott Engel (3:29 PM)
I like Ward even if the conditions are sloppy, and Gonzalez as he should start again
Scott, in your Week 13 RB rankings you have Peterson (CHI) at 16, Grant at 18 and K. Smith at 21. Would those rankings be different for a PPR league?
Scott Engel (3:30 PM)
No - I still like Peterson the best as he can catch passes out of the backfield
Samer (Austin, TX)
I realize this is a crap shoot, but who would you play between C. Henry, J. Walker, and A. Gonzalez? Thanks.
Scott Engel (3:31 PM)
Gonzalez - I like him as a starter in Harrison's place
Scott, This has been bugging me. I start Wes Welker, Gostowski, and Ben Watson each week. I am 6-6 on the year. Do you think I should switch kickers or play a tight end such as Scheffler, LJ Smith or Greg Olsen over Watson. Or playing these three guys from the Pats is ok? I know a weird question but its playoff time and I really need the advice. Thanks!!!
Scott Engel (3:33 PM)
Kickers can be random but I do like Gostkoswki this week - I still like Watson over those guys - I don't think your problems are the TE and K posiitions - those are usually bonus points and the rest of your team must be more consistent
What do you think about Garrett Wolfe's potential upside the rest of the year? Have scooped K. Smith and A. Hall off waivers, looking to make it a trifecta...
Scott Engel (3:34 PM)
I think he is a third-down guy with limited upside, but hey, if you have the room, stash him away
You picked Gonzalez over Bowe, but you have Bowe ranked higher in the rankings. What gives?
Scott Engel (3:34 PM)
The rankings will be updated tomorrow - when they were first done earlier in the week I was less suer about Harrison
T. Jones or A. Peterson (Chi)?
Scott Engel (3:35 PM)
Peterson for sure - Jones is a proven bust
Frank (Escondido, CA)
Justin Gage and Chris Chambers are both borderline No. 3s this week; Gage has been hot the last three weeks and I just have a feeling Rivers will fail miserably at Arrowhead. Should I go with Gage?
Scott Engel (3:36 PM)
I like Gage too and Chambers is way too inconsistent and unreliable
James (Wilmington, DE)
who is the better TE option this week, Heath Miller, Donald Lee or Vernon Davis?
Scott Engel (3:37 PM)
If conditions are not a major factor, Miller, otherwise, Davis is starting to come on again
You have Plaxico rated the lowest out of any of the ESPN guys...are you scared by his ankle or his quarterback? Start Driver over him this week even though he plays tonight and is no longer the top dog in GB?
Scott Engel (3:38 PM)
Defenses have taken Plaxico away from Eli, and it's not really the ankle - I would go with Driver
Why are you such a Driver hater by picking Anthony Gonzalez. What gives!? Id rather be a #2 to Jennings, than a #2 to Wayne.
Scott Engel (3:39 PM)
I am not a Driver hater - but Favre also throws to Jones, Robinson and Lee, and Gonzalez has bee a fine sub for Harrison
Brian (New Castle, DE)
Fargas or Earnest Graham this week, both have favorable matchups?
Scott Engel (3:40 PM)
Graham - I think he more steady and a better red zone runner
Jackson (birminhmam , al )
Doe I start D. Lee tonight or owen Daniels?
Scott Engel (3:41 PM)
I would go with Lee - he is better for TDs
Liberty, Philly, PA
Is it best to avoid the rb position all together in Denver this week even if Shanahan announces a starter or play it safe with Chicago's A.P. for guaranteed touches?
Scott Engel (3:42 PM)
I would go with Peterson for peace of mind
Mike Honcho (Martinez, Ga)
do i start grant tonight or roll the dice with AP Chi or Chatman?
Scott Engel (3:43 PM)
Chatman is not 100 pcta nd peterson we have seen les of so far, so Grant is the safest
Yulia, Denton, TX
Is Marc Bulger playing Sunday and if so is he a good start vs Atlanta?
Scott Engel (3:43 PM)
Bulger is out but Frerotte is a decent replacement
DAL or NYG DST this week and going forward? Fantasy season on the line here, please help!
Scott Engel (3:44 PM)
Giants for this week, but going forward you have to rotate them based on matchups
Are you worried about the weather conditions this week in Pitts?? I have Carson Palmer, Hines Ward & Jeff Reed starting this week, with no real other options! Do I start these players, if I have to lock my team today?
Scott Engel (3:47 PM)
The Weather Channel predicts a 40 percent chance of rain - if your other options are not good, you lock them in - keep in mind Roethlisberger had a great game against the Ravens in the rain - it all dpends on your alternatives
Ron, Ann Arbor, MI
Are you for real telling that person earlier to start the Rams defense over one of the best defenses in football in the Buccaneers??? Did you see what they did to New Orleans in week 2!!!
Scott Engel (3:49 PM)
The Saints are not the same team they were in Week 2 and the Rams have played much better on D recently and face Atlanta
Keegan (Sioux Falls, SD)
Who will put up better numbers this week? Driver or Branch? Thanks!
Scott Engel (3:49 PM)
Branch - he has clearly emerged as a top option in a pass-first offense
Will Gonzalez ever see big numbers since Wayne gets most of the targets?
Scott Engel (3:50 PM)
Gonzalez has looked good so far - h has lready played well - Wayne playing well frees him up more
Dan - San Jose
Because of injuries, I have been relegated to asking this question: Dilfer or Grossman this week? I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
Scott Engel (3:51 PM)
I would pick up Gus Frerotte first, otherwise use Grossman
hey scott, which 2 should i start k curtis, lee evans, or b berrian
Scott Engel (3:51 PM)
I would not start Evans with Edwards back at QB
Gerard (New York)
Nate Washington (if Holmes does not play) or Isaac Bruce?
Scott Engel (3:52 PM)
Bruce - Ben seems to spread the ball around a lot without Holmes
Stacked at WR
Branch or Chad Johnson? I also have Hines Ward, Andre Johnson and Colston? I'm thinking I sit Ward and Branch and start the rest.
Scott Engel (3:54 PM)
I would use Branch if the weather is looking bad, and sit Johnson instead
You have Fargas ranked 15th, whats the deal against a soft Denver defense? Is he a better play than Barber in what looks to be a pass-happy game?
Scott Engel (3:55 PM)
Yes, I would use Fargas, especially when you consider the Pack have allowed only four rushing TDs
You seem real high on Branch. Bench Welker for him?
Scott Engel (3:56 PM)
I am high on Branch, yes, but not to the point where I would sit Welker for him
which 2 wrs this week (ppr)? plax, marshall, crayton?
Scott Engel (3:56 PM)
I do not trust Crayton to do to weel tonight - Plax and Marshall
Warner or Anderson? Who has better chance at 300 yards.
Scott Engel (3:57 PM)
Both can go for 300, but Anderson is less of an injury risk and will finish more games
Just one more Driver question... should I be worried enough about Holt's matchup (Hall covering, Rams running a lot) that I should start Driver over Holt?
Scott Engel (3:58 PM)
No - Holt has become a top WR by beating even th ebest CBs, and Hall is kinda overrated right now
Spencer (SLC, UT)
Pick two RBs: Maroney, Chatman, Peterson (Chi), Henry, S. Young?
Scott Engel (3:59 PM)
Don't trust the Denver Rbs and Chatman is banged up - Peterson and Maroney
Andrew - Atlanta
Does Pat Cobbs have any value?
Scott Engel (4:00 PM)
No - the Fins prefer to keep him on special teams
Watson or Davis?
Scott Engel (4:00 PM)
Davis - I think he gets more catches. Thanks a lot everyone!