Fantasy Sports w/Christopher Harris
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Christopher Harris (10:57 AM)
Hey, everyone. Welcome, and let's get right to business.
I have Tom Brady and survived to win my game this week. Should I consider picking up Vince Young or Mcnabb for the championship game.
Christopher Harris (10:59 AM)
Hi, Doug. If you're talking about using either McNabb or Young in place of Brady: no! Surviving this weekend with a bad Brady was a great thing, but the weather isn't likely to be as bad two weeks in a row, and no matter what they say, the Pats are invested in having Brady break the single-season record for touchdown passes. Keep starting him against Miami next week.
Sam, San Francisco, CA
Is Fargas done for the season? Is Rhodes or L Jordan the better pickup for next week?
Christopher Harris (11:01 AM)
Hi, Sam. Gutty performance by Fargas, who scored a touchdown *with* the knee injury for his fantasy owners. That's the kind of magic Brian Westbrook needs to learn. Anyway, Lane Kiffin fears that Fargas has an ACL injury, which is terrible news for Huggy Jr. I really doubt we'll see him the rest of this year. Based on his performance yesterday, you'd have to think Fargas will be the choice, but that's just a guess at this point. Jordan was inactive for Sunday's game, which is why he didn't get a shot. My guess is that both guys will see touches next week. If I had to pick one, it'd be Rhodes, but only barely. It's a terrible matchup for either one of them, at Jacksonville, anyway.
Chris, you have helped me all year and I just might make the fantasy superbowl in my male-dominated league. Any chance Minn Kicker puts up 18 points? If not, I win!!
Christopher Harris (11:02 AM)
Hi, Jess. Well, yeah, unfortunately there's always a chance.That's fantasy fer ya. Odds are: no. But you'll have to watch and focus all your negative mojo on Ryan Longwell.
Nick (Greenwich, CT)
Hey Chris! I won both my Playoff games in my leagues yesterday.:) Woot Woot! However, I have a couple ?s..Owens has been a total Bust last few weeks. Should I look else where to win me a Championship! Also, is there anything wrong with Addai? He's been struggling too! Thank u Mr. Harris! and Happy Holidays!!
Christopher Harris (11:05 AM)
Hi, Nick. Congrats. As far as Owens goes, I don't see any way you can sit him, unless you've got Randy Moss and Braylon Edwards. Tony Romo's thumb injury is a concern, because if he doesn't play, that obviously limits the upside of the Dallas offense. But anything short of Romo being out means Owens has to be in there. You sink or swim with the guys that brung ya. As for Addai: he's a little more worrisome. At the midway point, he was my favorite fantasy back based on his remaining schedule, but he did nothing against an awful Oakland rush defense this week, and gets a Houston team that bottled him up pretty well earlier this year next week. Again, though, it's hard to bench a guy who's obviously better than your reserve backs. If you have a great third option, you can consider it. Otherwise, though, you probably just have to cross your fingers. But I hear you: Addai has been crummy for six weeks.
Suicidal Tom Brady owner
I can't believe Tom Brady picked yesterday of all days to take a fantasy week off. He puts up 6 points, I lose by 14, and my season is now over. Thank you very much, Mother Nature!
Christopher Harris (11:06 AM)
This is why while football is a gloriously more complex and interesting strategic game than baseball, fantasy baseball is "truer" than fantasy football. So much week-to-week randomness. It's brutal. But it's why the secretary wins the league half the time. Sorry about that....
Bill (Waynesboro, VA)
Chris, I have had Ben Watson all season, but with the championship looming, I need to look at a change. Most good TE's gone in the league, but Kevin Boss is of course available. With Shockey gone, will Boss be a good pick-up? Maybe you have another sleeper TE in mind? Have a great holiday season - BW
Christopher Harris (11:08 AM)
Hi, Bill. Without knowing who's available in your league, I'll say I've been high on Marcedes Lewis of Jacksonville for a few weeks now. He only had two catches for 38 yards yesterday, but hey, it was a blizzard. He has 15 catches for 162 yards the last four games, which is respectable, and he's the only game in town at TE for the Jags. Outside the usual suspects, he'd be my fave...but obviously on a one-week trial basis, there's a heck of a lot of a risk associated with *anyone* that'd be on the free-agent wire at this point.
Chris, I know you are not big on discussing rankings next week so I won't ask but next week is the championship and I always seem to rotate Welker and Fitzgerald. Is this a no brainer decision going with Fitz every week or do I check your rankings out Wednesday for the final verdict?
Christopher Harris (11:10 AM)
Hi, Riaz. Indeed, it's tough for me to answer definitively on all the questions you all are submitting me right now on who to start in your championship game next week, simply because I haven't done my rankings yet (and won't until the Monday night game is over). I'll do my best to weigh in on some, but as always, Wednesday is a better time to check out what I definitively think. As for Fitz and Welker...I would usually err on the side of Fitz unless his health matchup makes him dangerous. It sounds like he's okay health-wise, and the sagging Falcons make for a good matchup. Miami's secondary (against whom Welker will run in Week 16) is inviting, too, but if I'm guessing, I'll probably have Fitzgerald higher when I rate 'em on Wednesday.
I wasnt able to watch the game but did Gates' back hamper him this week? Will he be fine for this coming week?
Christopher Harris (11:12 AM)
Hi, Dave. I have to admit, that's tape I haven't watched yet. From what I've read in the San Diego papers, though, it sounds like Gates was mostly on the sidelines in the second half because he was a bit gimpy, but mostly because the Chargers were killing the Lions. I know Gates dropped two possible touchdown passes in the time he was in there, which is a bummer. Denver is a good matchup for tight ends, so I'd say you almost have to play him no matter what next week.
Had a fantasy bye this week, but after looking at my team, is Aaron Stecker a must-start now over guys like Marion Barber, Chester Tayler, and Kevin Jones?
Christopher Harris (11:13 AM)
Hi, Ryan. I can see the argument for Stecker over Taylor and Jones (though let's wait for the Vikings to play tonight before we make definitive pronouncements on them), but I don't think I'd use him over Barber. I know Barber can be super-frustrating, since he's not a full-time guy, but when push comes the shove, he'll be in there for Dallas, and obviously he's performed more often than not here in '07. I also think the Philly defense (against whom Stecker runs next week) is playing better than Carolina's in general....
Joel (Roscommon, MI)
How severe is Turner's shoulder ? Is Sproles worth grabbing now that LT will be resting and favorable matchups coming ?
Christopher Harris (11:16 AM)
Hi, Joel. The Chargers didn't announce anything last night about Turner, and it's 8:14 a.m. out there right now, so I don't expect to hear anything definitive for a few hours, at the earliest. I agree with you, the matchups look nice (DEN, @OAK), and Sproles did a good job in the second half yesterday. But I still think you'd have to be in a pretty deep league to consider starting him. I mean, the most you're likely to get out of Sproles would be a quarter (or, in extreme cases like yesterday, maybe a half), and I just don't see him as *that* great a player, even in garbage time. Is he worth a look in deeper leagues where you have a rosters pot? Sure, I guess. But I can't believe you'd be able to use him in good conscience.
Need 4pts to win and go to the ship. Who gets those points the other Adrian Peterson or Chester Taylor?
Christopher Harris (11:17 AM)
Hi, Jim. Well, I would *assume* that both guys would get you four. I have Taylor rated higher than Chicago's Peterson, for a simple reason: the Minnesota rush defense has played appreciably better than Chicago's all year. It's always scary having to go with a part-time guy (since AD will get a ton of carries, too), but I think I'd go with Taylor. Good luck.
Marsh (St. Louis)
Will LT sit next week since San Diego has clinched a playoff spot? If so, should I pickup Turner or Sproles?
Christopher Harris (11:19 AM)
Hi, Marsh. The Chargers have clinched the AFC West, but they haven't definitively determined whether they're the three or the four...in fact, right now they've got the inside track to being the #3. That's a *lot* to play for, because the #4 has to host Jacksonville. So I don't think you're seeing LDT rest much next week, at least not until the game gets out of hand one way or the other. I think you have to keep using Tomlinson.
How often do point adjustments happen?! I'm winning my game 81.30 to 81.24. His guys are done, but I still have Minnesota's DEF playing tonight and our defenses can get negative points! Would you sit the defense tonight?!
Christopher Harris (11:21 AM)
Heh. That's a great question, CJ. Honestly, I don't think points adjustments happen all that often, but I'd hate to be on the butt end of one tomorrow. Can I see *any* way Minny has negative points tonight? Sure, there's a chance. But it's a really small one. Home game. National TV. Playoffs at stake. Kyle Orton starting for the other team. I know it's tempting to sit 'em and just assume the stats are all right, but believe it or not, the safest thing just *may* be to go ahead and play Minny, and blow your opponent out. Here's hoping, anyway.
Romo killed me... Good keeper for next year?
Christopher Harris (11:22 AM)
Hi, CTS. It obviously completely depends on your league format, but yes, I'd have to say that among quarterbacks, Romo might be the third-best bet for '08, behind Brady and Manning.
Marsh (St. Louis)
Will LT, Gates, E.Graham, or Hasselbeck sit this week since they all have clinched a playoff spot?
Christopher Harris (11:23 AM)
Again, because those guys' teams all have playoff seedings to worry about, I don't think we need to worry about too much Week 16 sitting, though of course in the cases of blowouts, guys like these will be more apt to get rest late. Week 17 could be a different scenario, but I think you'll be all right for Week 16.
Westbrook Owner (Suicide Watch)
After the Westbrook debacle, I need 7 out of the Bears D tonight to advance. Can I untie the noose?
Christopher Harris (11:24 AM)
That Westbrook thing was a disaster. I was watching live, and couldn't believe it. All I could think of were the thousands of Westbrook owners in playoff games weeping at their TV sets. Man, I can't remember anything so brutal for so many fantasy owners in a long, long time.
I am down 28 with my flex going tonight. I have Chester Taylor and AP(Chi). I know its a very long shot, but who has the better chance to get me a win?
Christopher Harris (11:24 AM)
Hi, John. Scroll up...I gave my logic for Taylor over Chicago's Peterson a few questions ago.
Mark (Greensboro NC)
Am I crazy to consider keeping Cutler over Big Ben in a dynasty league?
Christopher Harris (11:25 AM)
Hi, Mark. Yeah, I think you're pretty crazy. Listen, Cutler has all the tools, but he's still a fantasy prospect at this point. Big Ben is the real deal, and he's in an offense that loves to throw deep. I think you have to not out-clever yourself and keep Roethlisberger over Cutler.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Anthony Gonzales is sitting out there as a FA. Worth the try to drop Amani Stonehands Toomer and grab Gonzales?
Christopher Harris (11:26 AM)
Hi, J.B. Yes. I would do that transaction in a heartbeat. Man, that Toomer drop on the bomb at midfield in last night's second half was so unbelievably bad, I nearly choked on my bean dip.
Chris, Is Joey Galloway a must start 3rd reciever in 3 reciever formats? He let me down with 7 yards yesterday but luckily I managed to win.
Christopher Harris (11:27 AM)
Hi, Kevin. Yeah, if your league is starting three wideouts, I think Galloway almost definitely has to be one of them. I know yesterday was frustrating...but it happens. Once the Bucs were killing the Falcons, unfortunately they probably weren't going to go deep. Jeff Garcia owners feel the same pain. The Niners sure looked willing to let receivers run free Saturday night against the Bengals; here's hoping they do the same, and play a little closer game, next week against Tampa.
John (Tulsa )
Missed the games yesterday - what happened to Westbrook?
Christopher Harris (11:29 AM)
Hi, John. Sorry. Philly was up by three with about three minutes to go on the Cowboys 20 or so. Westbrook took a carry broke into the clear and had an obvious and easy score, but decided instead to fall down at the one, because the Cowboys were without any time outs. So the Eagles took a knee on the Dallas 1 and ran out the clock. Honestly, I don't think it was really even great strategy by Westbrook, since a score would've put 'em up 10. I'd have rather had him score were I an Eagles fan. But hey, it worked. Brutal for his fantasy owners, though. And as Phil from Detroit points out, fantasy owners who were playing against the Dallas defense got the shaft, too.
Harold, Ft. Worth, TX
With the Colts locking up the first round bye, do you think Wayne will sit these two weeks, and give Gonzalez even more playing time, or maybe Harrison gets in for some playing time before the playoffs?
Christopher Harris (11:31 AM)
Hi, Harold. Boy, I just don't see Harrison making anything other than maybe a cameo in these last two games. You're right: the Colts officially do *not* have anything left to play for: they've locked up their division, and they're the #2 seed in the AFC no matter what. That said, I think Wayne will play most of next week. Gonzalez, too. Harrison? Not so much. Week 17 will be more interesting. The Colts have been known to rest guys for a lot longer than a lot of other teams. The argument *against* that would be that Indy will have a bye, and giving their skill players three weeks off can generate rust. But if the past is any indication, I think Week 17 could be very skittish for Wayne, Peyton Manning and Joseph Addai owners.
Mike (Coral Gables, Fl)
The play where Philadelphia intercepted Romo but then fumbled back to the cowboys was ruled as a fumble recovery by the Dallas D/ST (2 points). Is that correct. I lost by two because of it.
Christopher Harris (11:33 AM)
Yeah, Mike. I do think that's correct, as annoying as it is. Scoring systems tend not to distinguish between *how* fumbles occur. Another for instance: Tampa intercepts an Atlanta pass and returns it for a touchdown...the Atlanta defense still gets hurt by having allowed 7 points, even though the defensive unit itself didn't give up the points. The vagaries of fantasy, I'm afraid. Sorry about that.
Chris, Philadelphia, PA
Chris, You are being a little hard on Westbrook. It isn't like he is thinking about fantasy football at that given time. He wants to win for the Eagles!!!!
Christopher Harris (11:34 AM)
Hi, Chris. Oh, I don't mean to be hard on him personally...I love the guy. I think he's an *awesome* player, so fun to watch, and let's also note that he got hurt in that game, but was able to return and gut it out. I'm a *huge* fan (of both Westbrook's and Donovan McNabb's, despite the fact that I don't particularly root for the Eagles). My theory is that Westbrook must've been playing against himself in his fantasy league.
matt (the chi)
yo chris i won the championship last night. I want to thank you and the rest of the ESPN fantasy crew.
Christopher Harris (11:34 AM)
Awesome, Matt. Congratulations!
Jon (Boston, MA)
I can't believe you work for the worldwide leader in sports?! Westbrook made a great play. His team won. Give the guy props. Do you even watch Sportscenter?
Christopher Harris (11:36 AM)
Hi, Jon. Happy holidays to you, too. I didn't have to watch SportsCenter; I saw the game live. (And, well, I've been *on* SportsCenter. Have you?) As I say, props to Westbrook because the gambit worked, but if you'd given me a choice of a three-point lead with the clock maybe having slightly too much time for the Eagles to take a knee (which *was* the case) or a 10-point lead, I'd probably take the 10 every time. Andy Reid's facial expression indicated he agrees with me.
Raul (Philadelphia, Pa)
Hey Christopher, PLEASE HELP!!!!!!I have a playoff question. How many points do you think the Vik/DST score tonight? (I'm up 12 and the other guy has them playing tonight.)
Christopher Harris (11:37 AM)
Hi, Raul. Well, I don't take many questions like this because...what difference does my answer make? Either they will or they won't. Not much you can do at this point. If I have to guess, I would put the Vikings above 12, simply because I don't trust Kyle Orton. But you've got a chance. Root like crazy for no turnovers, brother.
Doug (Orlando, Fla.)
My roster is suffering "Stephania Bell" syndrome. I pick up Boller after Campbell gets hurt, A. Stecker after R. Bush goes down, B. Engram after D.J. Hackett tweaks his ankle, and Marcedes Lewis when T. Heap mails in the season. In spite of all of this, I'm STILL heading to the championship game, on the legs of ADP and arm of Brett Favre. QUESTION: Can you see ANY way that Favre does NOT play a full game next week? With the Dallas loss and the injuries, does GB have something to play for (Home field in the NFC)? Thanks.
Christopher Harris (11:39 AM)
Hi, Doug. I think the only way Favre doesn't play for any of next week's game is if he gets hurt. (Or if his team is either winning or losing by 40.) You've hit the nail on the head: the Pack now have a *ton* to play for. And if they beat the Bears, they'll have a lot to play for in Week 17, too. I would say you have very little to worry about in that regard.
Give me a few RB sleepers to look at for the next 2 weeks. I am still hanging around with this core of RB's, Selvin, MJD, Chatman, and Kolby Smith. Yeah ugly.
Christopher Harris (11:42 AM)
Hi Ryan. Obviously, we're scraping the bottom of the barrel here, and this is coming completely off the top of my head. (I'd feel better if you check in on my Wednesday article, after I've had a chance to sit and assess.) But possible very very very deep sleeper guys could include Samkon Gado, Dominic Rhodes, LaMont Jordan, Darren Sproles (but he's third string), Lorenzo Booker, Ladell Betts. Really there's not a lot there, is there?
How about the Branch TD? That had to send ripples through the fantasy world.
Christopher Harris (11:42 AM)
Absolutely, Chuck. Total garbage time.
Travis (Chesapeake, VA)
Is ALL Day starting tonight? I've got him and Berrian and am down 16 points going into tonight, what are my chances?
Christopher Harris (11:44 AM)
Hi, Travis. Yes, Peterson will play a big role tonight, but of course there's the caveat that he had the knee issue, and Chester Taylor is there. As to whether you'll win...you've got a shot. I'd give you a better-than-even chance, but that's why they play the games. Most of ESPN's audience tonight will be either Vikings fans or fantasy football nuts like us.
My opponent won by picking up Westbrook after his friend dropped him (friend isn't in playoffs). Is this against general fantasy rules, the comish seems to think its ok since it wasn't in our official (very brief) league rules?
Christopher Harris (11:45 AM)
Hi, Jen. I hate that. Really stinks. I think my overriding recommendation would be either a) get better-enunciated rules, or b) get a better league. People clearly shouldn't drop their studs just 'cuz they lose. Sour grapes. Sorry it happened to you.
Hey Chris, I'm down by two with the Minn Def left, The Bears aren't going to put up 40 are they?
Christopher Harris (11:45 AM)
Never say never, Mike, but I really doubt it. Two words: Kyle. Orton.
Hi Chris. I?m trying to avoid becoming the Bills of my league by losing my fourth straight title game. Does LDT get close to normal work next week? Big Ben or Brees?
Christopher Harris (11:46 AM)
Hi, Alan. As I said earlier, I think you're fine on all counts. The Chargers, Steelers and Saints all have lots to play for.
Jon (Ontario, Canada)
in a keeper league, and we're keeping ten, so i ask the question, any value in keeping eli manning in a two qb league? i've already got garrard, and jamarcus russell coming up next season. any logic in keeping eli?
Christopher Harris (11:46 AM)
Hi, Jon. I tend not to think so. I'm not as down on Eli as a lot of people are (nine drops last night...unbelievable...), but I have to believe you can probably get him back again about where you took him last year, if you're so inclined.
Crazy comment on the Westbrook play. If he scores, Dallas has a chance. If not, Dallas has zero chance. Based on your logic, it's better to give them a chance. That's crazy... By failing to score the TD, Westbrook gave Philly the BEST possible chance to WIN, period. You should have your head examined!
Christopher Harris (11:49 AM)
Greg, my logic is that Westbrook didn't know exactly how much time was on the clock when he fell down. In fact, the Eagles were just seconds away from having to give the ball back to the Cowboys. I'm not saying it was idiotic or anything like that. And if there'd been a minute to go? Absolutely no question it's the right thing. But this was *before* the two-minute warning, which is why I'd probably rather have taken the touchdown. As I say, the Eagles almost outfoxed themselves, as the difference between the play clock and the game clock was about two seconds.
Hey Chris...Edge or Stecker the rest of the year? It seems like Arizona refuses to give Edge enough touches.
Christopher Harris (11:51 AM)
Yeah, Matt, I hear you. Edge and the Cardinals have been a big disappointment. After the Cards lost half their starting secondary, they started giving up points via the air in droves, and felt they had to get away from the running game to keep up. Unfortunately, Kurt Warner just hasn't played well enough to have that strategy hold up. It's a shame, especially for a team that was all set to go smashmouth at the beginning of this year. At the moment, I'm not sure who I'll have rated higher on Wednesday for this week, Stecker or Edge. I think it'll be close.
Hey Chris, what about the opposite? Teams that are out of the fantasy playoffs picking up players on the waiver wire?
Christopher Harris (11:52 AM)
Hi, Mike. I have less of a problem with that. If it's a keeper league, obviously, there'd be no issue at all...but even in a re-draft league, that's not as evil. I'd *rather* that people who are out of the picture stay completely on the sidelines. But picking up isn't nearly as bad as dropping.
yes, but if there was too much time the eagles were still on the one. they could have gone for the touchdown or kicked a field goal to go up by 9. (with almost no time left on the clock).
Christopher Harris (11:53 AM)
That's true, Mike, and I was thinking that, too. The best strategy of all might've been to have Westbrook fall down as he did, have the Eagles run the clock down to a minute, then score. (Hopefully Westbrook, so his owners could've come down off the ledge. I'm not one of 'em, btw....) Of course, it did work out, and I can't question it too much, just because of that.
As the commish of our league, I lock each eliminated team on the Tuesday morning after they are eliminated. Does no dammage and just makes sure no wierd stuff happens.
Christopher Harris (11:54 AM)
Good idea, King.
Kitna a safe play this week if Romo is out, or should I look at someone else?
Christopher Harris (11:56 AM)
Hi, Jeff. As bad as Kansas City's pass defense has looked (they made Vince Young look terrific yesterday), I still would worry about Kitna a bit. I can't imagine I'll have Kitna in my top 12 for next week, but then again, it's hard for me to know without knowing who's available on your free-agent wire. Kitna is always going to be that high-upside, scarily-high-downside, Pass-The-Tums guy you might not want starting for you in a title game. But if you've got a deeper league, you might not have a choice. (Romo's X-rays were negative, by the way.)
Shouldn't I be allowed to do everything I can to win the consolation bracket though?
Christopher Harris (11:56 AM)
Absolutely. That would be an exception to King's suggestion.
clark or olson tonight?
Christopher Harris (11:57 AM)
Hi, Dan. I have Clark rated 15th and Olson rated 17th among tight ends this week, so I guess I'll say Clark. Olson is the better speciment, but his hands have been super-suspect. Of course, when you're talking about a job split between tight ends, we're verging on the quasi-random here.
I am behind by 35 points. I have 2 spots open. I have AP Minn in for one. Should I start C Taylor or S Rice for the second spot? Do I have a chance? Thanks
Christopher Harris (11:59 AM)
Hi, Dean. Eesh. This is a really tough one. Here's my logic, and I'm sure this has occurred to you, but you need a lot of points. I would say that on average, playing Peterson and Taylor together is probably going to bring you the highest score. However, because they play the same position, the upside is limited. The combo that's more likely to get you an *explosive* game, which is what you need, is probably Peterson and Rice, since they won't cannibalize as much from one another. In other words: Rice probably won't score as many points as Taylor, on average, but if he does, he'll probably go deep and get you a big one. Does that make sense? It's a brutal choice to have to make, and I honestly don't think you could be faulted for going either way. Good luck, Dean.
Was a Seahawks lost yesterday the best thing for Hasselbeck owners? Basically he is going to have to play both week 16 and 17 now isn't he?
Christopher Harris (12:00 PM)
It's a good point, Matt. The other thing it seems to have make Mike Holmgren realize is he needs to *stop* trying to run the ball when it's not working Hasselbeck made a big deal after the game about how the Seahawks seemed to get away from their game plan after like the second play. Boy, that's a weird team, huh?
PLease help Chric! I am down 28 with my flex going tonight. I have Chester Taylor and AP(Chi). I know its a very long shot, but who has the better chance to get me a win? Can Taylor even get 28? Is it better to pray that AP(CHI) can somehow turn his carries into 3 scores?
Christopher Harris (12:03 PM)
Hi, John. You're right...it's a long shot. I think Taylor is going to score more points than Peterson, but I can see your logic. If the Bears somehow get three goal-line chances, at least you know their Peterson is getting the ball all three times. As I say, I think Taylor scores more. But if you need the huge huge huge day, maybe Peterson is smarter.
About Addai, you said "if you have a great third option, you can consider it." -- should I start Ernie Graham or Fred Taylor over Addai?
Christopher Harris (12:04 PM)
Honestly, Ed, I know this is an in-chat cop-out, but I'm just not sure yet. I do a lot of spreadsheet work and such before I do my Wednesday rankings, and right now I'd have to say all three of those guys are going to be pretty close. Sorry to be evasive on this one, but I'm going to beg off until The Big Rotowski on Wednesday.
Jeff (Chicago, IL)
Hey Christopher, are you initially thinking Peyton or Hasselbeck for wk 16? Thanks.
Christopher Harris (12:05 PM)
Initially, I'd probably be thinking Hasselbeck because of the possible Peyton-sitting factor, and because Baltimore's secondary is brutally bad right now (because of injuries). But tune in Wednesday.
Raul (Philadelphia, Pa)
Hi Christopher can I ask 1 more quick question....who do you like going forward at TE Scheffler, Dallas Clark or Donald Lee?
Christopher Harris (12:06 PM)
Hi, Raul. No problem. I'd probably lean toward Lee by a whisker over the other two, but I'm not positive who I'll have rated higher Wednesday. They're all really good.
Are you sure you were watching the Eagles's game??? The play happened after the 2 minute mark had passed, there was no way they would have had to run a play or give the ball back.
Christopher Harris (12:07 PM)
Argh. Yes, I was watching, and you're wrong, Robert. It was before the two-minute warning. Just checked the box score.
Going with your Holmgren theory about the running game, wouldnt Mike Martz have to take the opposite approach and give Kevin Jones at least 15 carries next week?
Christopher Harris (12:08 PM)
Hi, Dan. Eesh, it's really hard to know what the heck Mike Martz is going to do in a given week, isn't it? The Lions are cooked after a huge collapse, and one gets the feeling Martz would rather just say "EFF IT!" and throw every single play. There are rumors swirling that he's done after this year, though that's far from a certainty. I have to tell you, though: if he was thinking this Lions job would be a stepping stone to another NFL head coaching job, he's got another think coming. Me, I'd probably just avoid Jones like the plague, because you never know if he'll sniff the ball.
Am I going to be fired?
Christopher Harris (12:08 PM)
Very good question, big guy. My guess is yes, but we'll see.
Christopher Harris (12:10 PM)
All right, gang, that's it for me for this week; this chat room will dissolve in a few minutes, and I don't want to leave anyone hanging. Thanks again for coming, and for staying interested in fantasy right to the bitter end. I'll be back next week for a Christmas Eve chat. Remember: if you really need one-on-one advice and are an ESPN Insider, you can use our "Fantasy Concierge" service for free, and get an ESPN expert to answer your email in a jiffy. Thanks again for coming, and tune in Wednesday for my rankings and Friday for The Breakdown. Cheers.
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