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Christopher Harris (11:02 AM)
Hi, all -- welcome to more fantasy chat. Remember, you can find me any time at www.facebook.com/writerboy ... one and all are welcome. Let's get right down to it.
Hi Chris. Where would you draft Steven Jackson in a 12 team PPR league?
Christopher Harris (11:03 AM)
Hi, Dan. If Jackson stays healthy, he could easily eclipse the 60 or 70 catch mark ... but of course, that's the proverbial Big If. I think he's a borderline top-10 guy...there are receivers I'd take ahead of him for sure, because 100 catches really, really helps.
Chris, lots of buzz around Baltimore about Kelley Washington and how he did in camp. Some people are saying he was one of the best free agent signings this year. With the injury prone Baltimore receivers is he a viable fantasy option?
Christopher Harris (11:04 AM)
Hi, Jason. Well, I've heard it before about Washington. No, I still think his primary value is going to come as a special teams player. I know Marcus Smith is out for the year and Mark Clayton has had the hamstring trouble (and Demetrius Williams can't seem to stay on the field). But I can't believe it'll come to Washington starting *and* getting fantasy-worthy targets.
Trevor (Columbus, OH)
Would you prefer Kevin Smith or Ronnie Brown?
Christopher Harris (11:06 AM)
Hi, Trevor. Well, they're back-to-back in my rankings, so I can't say I feel super-strongly about this. But I go with Ronnie Brown right now. A year further removed from ACL surgery, in a contract year, with Ricky Williams reportedly slowing down behind him and a pretty good O-line. Smith has that job unquestioned, but I think the Lions might have the worst offensive line in football. I won't be surprised to see it go the other way, but I have Brown.
Whats the status of B. Marshall? Can he still be a top WR in the new DEN system?
Christopher Harris (11:07 AM)
Hi, Steven. Well, it won't be the system that slows him down. In fact, Josh McDaniels *should* be great news for Marshall. Unfortunately, the kid is complaining about his contract, and says he doesn't even know the playbook yet. He's basically dragging his heels in effort to get traded, which almost definitely isn't going to happen. He's crazily talented, but he's proving a lot of people right about his: he's T.O.-lite, in a bunch of ways. I think at this point, with just a few weeks to go before the games start, you probably have to start downgrading Marshall some.
Hi Chris. PPR league, how do you rank: E. Bennett (CHI), D. Bess (MIA), R. Meachem (NO)? I need one for my last bench spot. Thanks.
Christopher Harris (11:09 AM)
Hi, RC. I think in a PPR, Bess might be the guy who produces the most points, because he's a possession guy who should be a nice security blanket for Chad Pennington. But if he's probably not going to play because he's on your bench anyway, he might not be the guy I'd draft, just because he doesn't have tons of upside. I think the guy with the upside there might be Meachem -- supposedly has a new attitude and has a ton of talent. A couple injuries among those Saints receivers, and he could wind up being really valuable trade bait for your fantasy team.
Chris (Winchester, Va)
Hey Chris, I was suprised when I saw you participated in Fantasy Index Magazine. I'm a big fan of you and that publication. Anyways, why doesn't ESPN update their fantasy rankings. I have a PPR draft this weekend and looked at the rankings and they were posted July 31. Do the rankings just not change that much?
Christopher Harris (11:10 AM)
Hi, Chris. Thanks. In regard to the PPR ranks, you're right, I actually pointed that out to our editors last week...they haven't been updated. But I've been slavishly updating our standard-league rankings almost every day. So there's a slight gap, and you're right...the PPR ranks need to catch up. I'll try and make sure that happens soon.
Justin (new York)
Hey Chris, with the 10th overall pick, in a 10 team snake draft. I have been going WR WR in all my mocks. If Fitz is off the board, who do you go with Andre / Calvin / Moss?
Christopher Harris (11:11 AM)
Hi, Justin. Lots of folks agree with the WR/WR strategy...but I'm not sure I'm one of 'em. I don't mind taking one of those guys, but both scares me, only because what you're left with for your RB1 and RB2. Me, I think I'd probably go WR/RB. But hey, I definitely can see WR/WR working, too. After all, last year's first-round RBs were almost universally disappointing, right?
Dave (Vienna, VA)
Hi Chris. How much of the projected value of Fitzgerald and Boldin is tied to Kurt Warner staying healthy? In other words, if Warner is out for a significant number of games, how much do the WRs slip?
Christopher Harris (11:13 AM)
Hi, Dave. You make a great point -- I think they're *very* tied to Warner's health. That's not to say Matt Leinart wouldn't be acceptable, but I think at that point, the Cardinals would almost have to scale back their vertical passing game, and yes, at that point Larry Fitzgerald wouldn't deserve to be the No. 1 receiver, at least in my opinion. Warner's hip surgery is an underreported story this year...I think he's being overdrafted just a bit.
Chris, in my draft, i'm not sure whether to take adrian peterson or drew brees first. What do i do?
Christopher Harris (11:13 AM)
Hi, Ugo. Provided it's a standard-scoring league, I wouldn't out-think myself. I know Brees had a huge year last year, but I'd take Peterson.
How much potential upside does Favre have? I am considering dropping my current backup, Pennington, and picking up Favre. Good idea?
Christopher Harris (11:15 AM)
Hi, Loup. Hm. Yeah, I think I have Favre rated ahead of Pennington, in a battle of ex-Jets. I don't mind making that move. Pennington had a great year last year, and he's a good game manager type, but I don't trust him to have the higher-upside games Favre might have. Plus the Miami schedule is a lot tougher this year. But I'm not saying Favre is a starting fantasy QB. I think he's a decent QB2.
Browns QB question!! After DA just lit up the Lions, is this competion getting tighter, or is it still assumed its Quinn's job?
Christopher Harris (11:17 AM)
Hi, Rachel. I think the Browns might be wavering a little bit. Anderson did outperform Quinn from what I saw, and the isn't a typical case where because Quinn is the higher pick, he automatically gets the benefit of the doubt, because D.A. is making some dough this year. My guess is that Quinn still wins, but yeah, I wouldn't say it's a complete slam-dunk anymore. And honestly, don't we think both guys will play some this year?
Could Percy Harvin have fantasy relevance this year?
Christopher Harris (11:19 AM)
Hi, Nathan. I can almost bet that some weeks, he *definitely* will have fantasy value. Unfortunately, I think it's going to be tough to tell which weeks that is. He doesn't look like one of the team's top two receivers, so he might replace Bobby Wade in the slot and he'll run some funky formations out of the backfield or even as a Wildcat QB. But it's tough to see him getting more than a few touches per game. He might be a fun deeper-league guy to draft and hold onto, though, just in case. He's amazingly explosive.
John (Dayton, OH)
Non-PPR, who could be considered a relatively safe pick at # 6?
Christopher Harris (11:21 AM)
Hi, John. Well, as I mentioned earlier, if last year's first round is any indicator, there *are* not safe first-round picks. It was a festival of carnage last year. If you're looking for safe first-rounders beyond the first few obvious picks, I would feel pretty good about Matt Forte, if he lasts that long. Solid, not always spectacular, should get lots of carries. If he's not there, maybe Frank Gore or DeAngelo Williams? I don't think either of those guys is going to kill you with a "nothing" season, anyway.
Who would you rather use in a non PPR league, Chad Ochocinco or Anthony Gonzalez?
Christopher Harris (11:22 AM)
Hi, JJ. For me, it's Ocho. He's looked really good in the preseason, especially that last game against the Pats. I think he's got top-20 upside; I don't think you can say that for Gonzo.
Aaron (Toledo, OH)
Is Terrell Owens a legitimate #1 FFB WR? Thanks.
Christopher Harris (11:23 AM)
Hi, Aaron. It's funny you should mention Owens, because I'm actually assigned to write a "man-to-man" article in the next couple days where we're debating Owens or Anquan Boldin, and I'm taking Boldin. That's not to say I don't like Owens, but I think his toe injury has me a little freaked...I would say he's just outside my top 10 right now, looking in. So that means in a 10-team league, he's probably not a WR1 in my book, barely. But I can see arguments for putting him a little higher.
Who is more likely to the #1 WR for the Giants in the future, Nicks or Barden? Or someone else?
Christopher Harris (11:24 AM)
Hi, Corey. Hm. Good question. I have to say that I haven't been the biggest Nicks guy -- I think he was a classic case of a guy who parlayed inconsistent college play and one massive bowl game into a lot of hype. But I'm not sure about Ramses Barden...I just haven't seen him play very much. This year, it's going to be Hixon. Going forward? I think the team would prefer that it be someone like Nicks or Mario Manningham. But I need to see Barden run some routes before I can really weigh in intelligently on his future.
Can you give me your take on the RB situation in Baltimore, specifically McGahee
Christopher Harris (11:25 AM)
Hi, Craig. Well, the Ravens have made some pro-McGahee noises in the past week or two, after Ray Rice was the star of their OTAs. I still *think* that Rice is the leading man of that backfield, with Le'Ron McClain getting plenty of work in short yardage, and McGahee mixed in. In other words, I'm not drafting McGahee anywhere close to where he went last year. But I also don't buy that he's completely worthless. He probably should be a mid-round pick, with the idea that if injuries fall his way, he could inherit a pretty good full-time job.
who should i take for a fantasy draft brees brady or manning
Christopher Harris (11:27 AM)
Hi, Dylan. It's an age-old debate. I think at this point, I'm leaning toward Brady. He's not looking as bulletproof as he did in '07 -- he took a couple huge hits against the Bengals, who weren't blitzing much against him in the most recent preseason game. But I'm not sold on the Colts O-line either, to be honest. I think the Colts will do their best to stay balanced on offense this year, whereas I don't think the Pats give two hoots about balance. So I think Brady winds up getting more opportunities. I really don't think the health of either guy factors into it right now.
Holt or Hixon?
Christopher Harris (11:29 AM)
Hi, Chris. I think it's Hixon. I guess Torry Holt could really surprise me, and it's not like the Jags have many other good receiving options. But boy, he looked pretty cooked last year. I have a tendency to think his big-play days are behind him, and that he's a pretty big injury risk, to boot. I'm not saying I love Hixon, but he's got those younger legs and is probably what passes for the Giants' best downfield option right now. Don't want to have to start either guy in a 10-teamer right now, though.
Would I be crazy to use the #3 or 4 pick on Slaton?
Christopher Harris (11:31 AM)
Hi, John. Let me be clear here: I *hate* it when "experts" present their rankings as gospel, especially in a year like this one, when things seem so wide open, especially at the RB position. I absolutely do *not* think you'd be crazy to take Slaton high. He's a really good player in a perfect offensive system for him. The reason I don't have him ranked that highly is because I worry that he's going to lose a lot of short-yardage work to Chris Brown, and that he's a little guy and might be more prone to injury than we tend to think. But there are *no* sure things. If you've got a feeling about Slaton, you would *not* be stupid or crazy to take the plunge on him. I think he's going to be a first-rounder in most drafts.
Mike (Bay Area)
Calvin or Andre...which Johnson do you take first?
Christopher Harris (11:32 AM)
Hi, Mike. So tough. So tough. Let me say: I think Calvin Johnson at this moment is the most talented receiver in football. The only thing that keeps me from ranking him No. 1, even ahead of Larry Fitzgerald, is the mess at QB in Detroit. And even then, amid an 0-16 season with all manner of rabble throwing him the ball in '08, he *still* was awesome. But I think because of those worries, I have to go with Andre Johnson. Barely.
I'm the #1 pick in my standard draft trying to decide between Turner and Peterson. Will AP have more room to run becuase Favre is a bigger throwing threat at QB? Also, how many fewer carries do you expect for Turner this season?
Christopher Harris (11:34 AM)
Hi, Brian. Well, I wish I could be definitive (I wish I could be definitive about *all* these excellent questions), but the truth is: you're right, Peterson could be a bit more of a decoy, he will lose third-down touches to Chester Taylor, and he isn't a massive part of the passing game in Minny. But I still would take him first overall. Turner scares me a little, not because I'm sure he's going to get hurt, but I'm *pretty* sure he ain't getting 380-plus carries again. First off, the Falcons don't want to kill him. Second, so *much* has to go right for a back to ever accrue that kind of work, and history shows that in years following such massive-use seasons, even if the guy doesn't get hurt, he drops off some. I think Turner is a top-five player, but me, I'm taking Peterson No. 1.
Who would you rather have for this year only, Braylon or Ocho? I like what I have seen from Edwards so far this offseason, but the QB situation leaves much to be deisred. Ocho has also looked good though.
Christopher Harris (11:35 AM)
Hi, Johnny. Yeah, y'know, I think you nailed it: I think the QB situation makes me say I'd rather have Ocho. I don't think it's an utter no-brainer, because I think Edwards will rebound from his horrid '08. He's too good a player. But his hands are sometimes suspect, and Ocho gets Carson Palmer back. I think he's higher on my list right now.
Chris, along the lines of your McGahee comments earlier...if I drafted Rice and Willis was undrafted, would you go drop Earnest Graham or Devin Hester to have the handcuff on McGahee? Thanks!
Christopher Harris (11:36 AM)
Hi, Jay. Hm. I would have a very tough time dropping Graham -- he looks like the Week 1 starter, even though I'd probably rather own Derrick Ward. As for Hester? Well, he's a No. 1 receiver. Unfortunately, in a shallow league, there are only so many bullets you can hold onto on your bench. I think I'd probably stand pat with what you have, and cross your fingers. Even if one guy gets hurt in the Ravens backfield, that doesn't mean there's a clear path to a starting job, because McClain is there, too.
Hey Yo. PPR league, Pierre Thomas or Chris Johnson ( with Lendale vulturing TD's ) ?? Thanks !!
Christopher Harris (11:37 AM)
Hi, Rizzo. I get your point about LenDale, but I think I still have to go with Johnson. The fact that it's a PPR makes that even more strong a selection -- as long as Reggie Bush is healthy, you know Thomas won't be catching many passes, and Johnson's a gifted receiver and the Titans want to get it to him in space more this year. I think it's CJ, despite White's presence.
What do think about getting 3 WRs in the first 3 rounds? I've got a good shot at getting Fitzgerald, Wayne, and White if I want them.
Christopher Harris (11:39 AM)
Hi, Joe. Well, it would take more gumption than I've got. The problem isn't so much that I wouldn't like what you get at WR, because I love all three of those players. But what will your RBs look like? Think of it this way: if you *didn't* take those WRs, but instead took a different position and then took a different WR later -- would the dropoff be equal to the dropoff you're going to suffer in *not* taking a RB in the first three rounds? There's obviously a chance you could make such a strategy work, if you happen upon the *right* RBs in later rounds. But if you don't, boy, that's a big black hole. If you wind up doing it, I'd be interested in hearing how it turns out.
How does your drafting strategy change (if at all) in a 14 team league? Would you just draft best available regardless of position then fill needs later? Pickings will be very slim by about round 6.
Christopher Harris (11:40 AM)
Hi, Chris. Actually, my favorite personal league is a 16-teamer -- I really like those deep ones. Yeah, I mean, I think my general preference is to take best available almost no matter what, but I think the main way in which my strategy changes once you get into a deeper league is that in a 10-teamer, I wait to get QBs and TEs -- I wait to almost a ridiculous degree. In a deep league, you can't do that. And I also think that in a deeper league, you really can't go crazy and do something like Joe was just talking about, where he might take three receivers in a row, because there'll be *nothing* left at RB.
Deangelo and Forte both had stud TDs this week. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think those two top my board. In a 12 man PPR league, is Forte, DWill, AP, Turner, LT a crazy Top 5?
Christopher Harris (11:41 AM)
Hi, Pete. Nothing there looks crazy to me. It wouldn't be my order, but clearly those are five really talented dudes. I'm still going to have Peterson at the top of my board: I think he's the best combination of explosive and steady. And I'm also among the group of folks who is very worried about Tomlinson getting hurt again. But yeah, if he doesn't? He's going to be great again.
Chris, are your personal rankings published anywhere?
Christopher Harris (11:42 AM)
Hi, Bill. You know, I don't think they are. Sorry about that. I'm available on Facebook, though, if you have other questions about them. The good news is that once the games start, I think my personal ranks *will* be available on a weekly basis.
Jennifer (St Petersburg)
Is Dwayne Bowe a good WR2? I know he was in the doghouse earlier in camp, but looked pretty good this past game.
Christopher Harris (11:43 AM)
Hi, Jennifer. I think Bowe is a good WR2, yes. I think all that depth chart madness in KC the past few weeks was a way to get Bowe motivated -- he's a little overweight, which is never a great thing, and apparently didn't become an instant favorite of Todd Haley. But he's about the only sure thing in what promises to be a wide-open offense, so I'm going to say he's even got WR1 upside on a team that'll have to pass a lot to either stay in games or catch up.
Josh (Toronto, Canada)
Hey Chris, do you think TJ Housh will end up a top 20 WR this year? top 15?
Christopher Harris (11:44 AM)
Hi, Josh. I admit that I'm a little leery of Housh this year ... I'm not sold that he's ready to be a split end when he's spent most of his career being the possession guy for Carson Palmer
Marcus (Germantown, MD)
Chris, in a vacuum, do you take the solid WR2 over the solid RB2 this season? I'm still having a hard time in mocks taking two stud WRs before my RB2. Thanks!
Christopher Harris (11:46 AM)
Hi, Marcus. I know, us fantasy football veterans have a hard time changing our stripes. The truth is that it's really hard for me to be definitive about positional drafting...I think my most important message for fantasy football drafts is, within reason, take the guys whose talent you believe in, and don't worry so much about situations. Situations are good tiebreakers, but mostly I believe if you take the best players you can, it works out provided nobody gets seriously hurt. This answer was a total cop out and not very helpful, I fear. But let's say -- especially in a 10-teamer, I think we can be *less* afraid of going RB-WR-WR or WR-RB-WR than we've been in the past, because it seems like there's going to be a lot of RB parity this year.
Pitt Panther (Granbury, TX )
How much does Mike Bell take away from Pierre Thomas's touches?
Christopher Harris (11:48 AM)
Hi, P.P. I don't *think* that Bell is a serious threat in the Saints backfield. It's funny, I wrote the player previews (like 700 of 'em) for our Magazine this spring, and I listed Mike Bell as a possible goal-line threat in New Orleans. Then during minicamp, Sean Payton swore up and down that Thomas was going to stay in and get the TDs. Now we get one good preseason game from Bell, and suddenly we're back where we started? I kind of don't buy it. I think it's going to take an injury for Bell to have value. (That's just my opinion, of course.)
I've been offered Welker for Bowe in a PPR league. Who would you rather have?
Christopher Harris (11:48 AM)
Hi, Josh. In a PPR, I think I'd rather have Welker's steady 100-plus catches. Make sure he's healthy, but yeah, provided he is, he'd be my guy in this comparison.
Hey Chris, do you like chris chambers in a PPR league? or drop him for someone like Meachem for the upside??
Christopher Harris (11:50 AM)
Hi, Korey. Hm. Well, I don't like Chambers much at all. I think he's the third or fourth receiving option on that team, and I've never really believed in his hands. I mean, he *clearly* should be rated ahead of Meachem, because odds are that Meachem stays down on the New Orleans depth chart. But the thing is...if Chambers is riding your fantasy pine anyway, and if his upside is pretty low, does it make sense to try and hit a homer with a kid who could break out in his third year? It might. I would say neither guy will wind up being a huge impact player in fantasy this year. But I do think Meachem has more upside. (Another cop out!)
Chris,I am hating my life at number 4 in a ten team league. I have man love for Forte but dont think hes gonna be there...what are your thoughts on jones drew for they year? Which spot is your least favorite to draft from? thanks.
Christopher Harris (11:52 AM)
Hi, Taylor. I actually love MJD this year -- I have him at No. 2 overall. If he falls to you, I'd grab him. There are concerns, yes. But there are concerns with Forte, Peterson, Turner...*everyone*. Nobody's bulletproof this year. What I like about MJD is the fact that he does everything we prize in fantasy -- he's a great goal-line back, he catches passes really well, and he doesn't have a clear threat to his carries now that Taylor is gone. As for my least favorite spot ... in a 10-teamer, I actually don't know that I have a strong preference. I guess I get annoyed the later I am in the first round...because I don't get my choice of the supposed "studs," and then I get my choice of "the rest," when I'd be plenty happy to have the reverse be true....
CH - Love the knowledge. With J Stewart looking more and more likely to miss time and have a nagging injusry all season, does DeAngelo move up any in your rankings since it looks like he'll carry more of a load? Thanks
Christopher Harris (11:53 AM)
Hi, Jeff. Well, Williams is already a first-rounder in my book, so I don't think that Stewart's continued Achilles' soreness bumps him any higher. I think that some of this might be overstated ... I'm not at all convinced that the Panthers aren't just being really, really safe with Stewart, and that he won't be ready to go in Week 1. That's the risk that comes with DeAngelo. Now, if Stewart suddenly went onto IR or something like that? Yeah, I mean, I still don't think I'd have Williams at No. 1 overall or anything like that, but I'd have to consider him in the top five.
Do you like Evans or S Holmes more in 1/2 PPR. Part of thinks Evans could blow up now that he's not going to be double teamed.
Christopher Harris (11:55 AM)
Hi, Mark. I think you're at least partly right about Evans. The thing is, though, that I still think that Owens has to lead that team in targets by a pretty large margin, if they know what's good for them. If they don't, oh the whining. Yet Holmes isn't much of a possession receiver either, is he? I think you convinced me...I'd rather have Evans in a PPR.
Hey Chris, do you think V. Shiancoe can be a top 3 TE with Brett Fart at QB?
Christopher Harris (11:57 AM)
HI, Eric. Top three is a little steep. But I do think it helps Shiancoe to have Favre around, the same way it helped Dustin Keller last year. If anything, a turn of events like this convinces me even more that you *don't* need to take a tight in the first five rounds, when the supposed "studs" will be drafted in a 10-team draft. There are *plenty* of attractive alternatives you can get on the super-cheap, including Shiancoe. I think anyone who's taking Tony Gonzalez or Jason Witten in the first four or five rounds is really overpaying when they don't need to.
A guy offered me Holt/Westbrook for my McFadden/Wayne. I decline this, right?
Christopher Harris (11:58 AM)
Hi, Rick. It's not a terrible offer, but yeah, I don't think I'd do it, because of worries about Westbrook. LeSean McCoy looks like a legit threat to some of his touches, and I like Reggie Wayne *way* more than Torry Holt. Plus McFadden is making a late push to be the Raiders' Week 1 starter. If that happens, despite the presence of Fargas and Michael Bush, Run-DMC's value shoots up.
Nathan Ireton (Chicago)
What do you think about Derrick Ward for this season considering that he had 1,025 yards rushing last year on 182 carries while backing up Brandon Jacobs. Do you think he will have a breakout season like Michael Turner now that he will be the starter?
Christopher Harris (11:59 AM)
Hi, Nathan. Well, the only issue with that theory is that Earnest Graham is there in Tampa, and it looks like he's going to be the Week 1 starter. Now, some of that "starter" designation is phony -- both guys are going to get used plenty, and I prefer Ward for the season. I think he's a better receiver, and a more explosive player. But Graham will get a lot of touches, and could even emerge as the goal-line guy. That's probably why I wouldn't consider Ward a Turner-esque breakout guy, despite the similarities you wisely point out.
Chris, leaning towards going wr,wr if I get a late pick in a 10 team ppr league. Hopefully getting maybe Bush, Grant, P. Thomas in the 3rd. What do you think about that strategy? Thanks.
Christopher Harris (12:01 PM)
Hi, Jason. I guess my overall message continues to be -- don't fixate on positions, be more interested in players. I can definitely envision scenarios where I'd bypass RBs to get WRs -- but it really depends in which RBs and which WRs. But anyway, if you do wind up having the choice from among the RBs you mention to be your RB1, beware Reggie Bush. If I'm having to find someone to be my main rusher, I don't think Bush, with his admittedly high upside but huge injury risk, is a good choice, despite the fact that this is a PPR (the format where Bush is definitely worth the most).
Does drafting 2 stud QBs (Brees, Manning, Brady, etc) ever make any sense?
Christopher Harris (12:02 PM)
Hi, Pete. *I* tend to think not. I think it leads to (a) scarcity at other positions; (b) starting lineup headaches every week; (c) not getting fare value when you try and trade one of 'em later, because QB scarcity is rarely a factor in a 10-team league.
Chris (Saratoga, NY)
Is Bradshaw a viable starting RB in standard leagues?
Christopher Harris (12:03 PM)
Hi, Chris. I can't definitively say no. He's a really explosive player who's a lot tougher than his small frame looks, and he's primed to take over the Derrick Ward role in the Giants O. But I do worry that he just might not get quite enough action on a weekly basis for him to be an every-week fantasy starter. If Brandon Jacobs gets hurt? All bets would be off, and that's part of why Ward was so good last year. But I think it'd be tough to draft him to be a starter.
What do you think of Josh Morgan?
Christopher Harris (12:05 PM)
Hi, Sam. Well, I think I wish he'd played better in this last exhibition game. I think regular readers and chatters know that I'm a big Morgan supporter...I love his skills, I like the fact that Crabtree hasn't signed (well, I like it for Morgan's value, that is), but man, he needs to hold onto the dang ball. I don't think Morgan is a starter in a 10-team league. But I don't mind reaching for him just a little in the middle/late rounds.
who would be better pick? Donald Brown or Beanie Wells?
Christopher Harris (12:06 PM)
Hi, Joey. Really tough one. I'm going to say Wells, but I may change my mind on that one *soon* if he can't get on the practice field. We need to see him play in exhibition games. The thing is, he's got the potential to be a *star* if he can get healthy, whereas I think it'll almost certainly take an injury to Addai for Brown to be a star this year. Brown is safer, Wells has the greater upside, and if we're talking fantasy reserves, I like the idea of the guy who can be a star, even if he's riskier.
Who would you rather have McFadden or Ronnie Brown?
Christopher Harris (12:07 PM)
Hi, Travis. Hm. A couple weeks ago, that was easier: I'd have said Brown, no question. Now that there looks like there's a chance Run-DMC winds up starting in Oakland, I think it's closer. He's got homerun ability. But I like Ronnie Brown this year. I think I'm going to stick with him for the moment.
An Addai Owner (Cali)
would you trade Devin Hester for Donald Brown?
Christopher Harris (12:07 PM)
I think I would, for an Addai owner. Makes it much safer, handcuff-wise, and I have to say that I'm not convinced that Hester will be an every-week fantasy starter even with Jay Cutler around.
How do you make sense of Dallas' RB situation? Each of the top 3 (Barber, Jones, Choice) seem like they could make fantasy noise, but will any of them stand out?
Christopher Harris (12:08 PM)
Hi, Loup. You about summed it up perfectly. I think Barber is going to go back to being used how he was when Julius Jones was around, which was occasionally frustrating, but at least he stayed healthy, and he was a TD force. I think he scores a bunch of TDs. But I also like Felix Jones an awful lot. He's going to be tough to rely on on an every-week basis as long as Barber's healthy, but I'm betting he has a few games where he explodes.
Christopher Harris (12:09 PM)
All right, gang, one more and then I'd better get writing my columns for the day.....
How will Carson Palmer do this year?
Christopher Harris (12:10 PM)
Hi, Dale. Just talked about him on the radio. I think Palmer has the potential to inject himself right back into the top 10 among QBs. Will it happen? I'm going to say "no," because I'm worried about his continued injury issues, and I'm not sold on that offensive line. So I'm not taking him to be my QB1. But if I can wait and get him as one of the highest-upside QB2s around, with the possibility that he's his old self again? I'd do that.
Christopher Harris (12:11 PM)
All right, everyone. I've got to get going. This was a total blast -- I can't wait for the real games to start. For now, though, you can check me out at www.facebook.com/writerboy -- add me as a friend and ask away, and I'll do my best to answer as many as I possibly can in my spare moments. It's just a small way I can pay you all back for being such great fans, and for helping me have this terrific job, for which I'm eternally grateful. Thanks again, and have a great week.