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Christopher Harris (10:59 AM)
Good morning, everyone. Welcome your Thanksgiving week fantasy football chat. Before we get going, I know this annoys some of you, but I think in general it's working, so I'm going to offer my usual disclaimer about questions for this chat: I'm not going to answer "Should I start XX over XX in Week 12?" because (a) Week 11 isn't over; (b) I haven't done Week 12 ranks yet; (c) We have a column devoted to that, which comes out Wednesdays. Next, I'm not going to answer "Who's better until the end of the year, XX or XX?" because (a) Week 11 isn't over; (b) We have a column devoted to *that*, too -- it comes out tomorrow, and I write it, and I haven't done the work (i.e., watch all the games) yet. Finally, make sure you refresh your chat page regularly, because very often people keep asking questions over and over about players I've just typed about. With all that out of the way (and for those of you who get annoyed, I'm sorry), let's get to it....
Going forward, who is the RB in Washington? Cartwright or will Portis regain his position in week 13?
Christopher Harris (11:01 AM)
Hi, Jeff. It's Cartwright. Portis is still having vision troubles related to his concussion, and he most certainly won't play this week. Ladell Betts tore two ligaments in his knee, so for the moment, Cartwright looks like the guy. The Skins may try re-signing Marcus Mason, from the sounds of it, and he was something of a preseason hero, but Cartwright would appear to be the guy right now.
Mike Bell (Philadelphia)
Am I a better look than Reggie Bush and Pierre at this point?
Christopher Harris (11:03 AM)
Well, Mike Bell plays in New Orleans, but I'm going to say no. He looked like he was back in the goal-line role yesterday, which is bad news for Pierre Thomas, but remember: Bush was getting a lot of red-zone looks, too, and I think Bush will be back next week. This is basically an interchangeable situation from week to week....
After last nights disappointing loss do the Bears consider using K. Bell more in their offense? or will Forte continue to see the majority of carries?
Christopher Harris (11:04 AM)
Hi, Jordan. It's possible, I suppose, but I don't think you can pin last night's loss on Forte, really. Bell isn't fast -- he's a plodder (the guys on the broadcast last night made a big deal about how Johnny Knox caught up to Bell on his one long run), and I don't think he'd be suited for much than a short-yardage, change-of-pace type of role. I think Forte is still the guy.
Chris (Latham NY)
Hey Christopher is Jamaal Charles the man in KC now?
Christopher Harris (11:05 AM)
Hi, Chris. Definitely. If Week 10 didn't prove it, Week 11 did. Kolby Smith hurt an ankle and got one carry, I think, and Charles returned a kickoff for a score and also caught a shovel pass to tie the game on the goal line. It wasn't a scintillating overall performance, but he was facing the Steelers D. Charles isn't an every-week starter for all teams, but there have been an awful lot of RB injuries, so on *some* teams, he probably is a starter.
If Norwood returns for ATL, how do you see this affecting Snelling until Turner is back?
Christopher Harris (11:06 AM)
Hi, Ryan. Well, it would mean Snelling would play less on third down. Norwood is used as a pure receiving back. I don't worry too much about it -- the larger concern for Snelling owners who don't also own Turner will be: how fast will Turner come back? I wouldn't entirely put it past him to practice this week...
Man, that was fun! Will I get to do it again, or is Ced Ben coming back against Cleveland?
Christopher Harris (11:07 AM)
I do think Benson will be back, but that's not based on any specific knowledge, more just on reading the tea leaves. Benson was reportedly pretty close to practicing last week, so I'd think he'll be giving it a go this week. Scott probably has earned himself a few more carries per game when Benson's in there, though, which will mostly just serve as a nuisance for Benson owners....
Who's a better play in a PPR league going forward? D Avery or B Gibson...
Christopher Harris (11:09 AM)
Hi, Ken. I guess I'd have to say Gibson, just because of the number of targets he's getting. It's pretty crazy. What'd he have yesterday? Seventeen? Man. He made a bunch of mistakes, including a dropped touchdown, but he does seem like he'll get a lot of looks.
Chris (Bowmanville, ON)
Chris! Happy Monday!! How interesting was it to see Palmer get the goalline runs yesterday over Bernard Scott? Was that a trust thing with Scott??
Didn't get to watch the Cards game but I'm worried about Breaston's o-fer. Was that mostly because of Warner's injury and the game situation? Did he get the targets and just not haul them in?
Christopher Harris (11:11 AM)
Hi, Chris. No, I don't think it was a trust thing. The first one was a rollout where Palmer couldn't find anyone to throw to, and wound up running to the pylon. The second seemed to be sort of a "sneak attack." Scott *was* on the field, so far as I can recall, which means someone bigger like, say, Larry Johnson, wasn't a threat. But again, I think Benson's back next week.
Christopher Harris (11:12 AM)
Breaston-wise -- yeah, not a single target. Doh. It wasn't an injury, and it wasn't him being ineffective; it seemed to be a combo of Warner really being locked in and in great rhythm with Boldin and Fitzgerald in the first half, and Matt Leinart being terrible in the second. I guess this is what happens with a WR3 sometimes, even a really good WR3.
JB (Fayetteville, AR)
Should I be worried about Adrian Peterson sitting out the final week of the season if I have Rickey "smoke em if you got em" Williams and Steven Jackson?
Christopher Harris (11:13 AM)
Hi, JB. Right now, I don't think Peterson will sit in Week 17, because the Vikings are locked into a battle for the NFC's No. 1 seed. We'll have to keep an eye on that, though.
Robert Meacham (New Orleans)
Am I the real deal? And is my buddy Lance Moore ever coming back?
Christopher Harris (11:15 AM)
No and no? I mean, Meachem is fine, but he had three targets, two catches and 10 yards. It was one of those "groin shot" Sundays, where both catches happened to come from inside the 10. I don't think he's much of a fantasy starter. As for Moore -- he's been injured and pretty much an afterthought in that offense. They run Shockey out of the slot an awful lot when they're in 2 receiver sets, and when they're in multiple-receiver sets, everyone kind of runs everywhere. I don't think they miss Moore much.
Thoughts on Slaton tonight? and do you think that the timeshare between with Moats will be answered tonight and be the same for the rest of the year?
Christopher Harris (11:15 AM)
Hi, Jeremy. Well, Slaton *is* the starter tonight. So I think to some extent the timeshare question has been answered. But if Slaton fumbles again? Oh boy. He'll be on the sidelines, in the doghouse, and you won't get much use out of him the rest of the year.
Jon (Des Moines)
As a Colston owner this is getting pretty frustrating. He must be saving his TD's for the fantasy playoffs!! Wondered if you had viewed that game and could fill us in if he was getting looks in the red zone.
Christopher Harris (11:17 AM)
Hi, Jon. I haven't watched it yet, and to be honest, I may not get to it in this short week, where the Breakdown basically needs to be done Wednesday night. I did see their two-minute drive at the end of the first half, and Colston was dominant in that one, beating a constant double-team for I think three big catches, which set up one of Meachem's scores. The Tampa defense was fixated on him, especially in the red zone. But given how Colston played the past two weeks, this one *was* kind of a step up, from what I can tell.
with the colts now leading the afc by 3 games, do i have to worry about peyton sitting in week 16?
Christopher Harris (11:18 AM)
Hi, Dan. Do you have to worry about it? Yeah, maybe a little. Will it happen? I don't think he'll sit out the whole game. Maybe a half, though. Yeah, it's something to think about.
How do I view Shady McCoy? What type of value does he possess?
Christopher Harris (11:18 AM)
Hi, Cory. I think you view him as a starter on a team that doesn't like to run all that much. But McCoy showed last night he can be effective in pass protection and the screen game, which is good. I think he's a top-20 fantasy back right now.
With 4TDs in 3 weeks has Eli found a target to replace Plaxico in the red zone with "The Boss"?
Christopher Harris (11:20 AM)
Hi, Scott. Well, I was reading this morning that Tom Coughlin did say he made more of a concerted effort to look for Boss in the red zone yesterday, and it definitely showed. I'm not sure I'm ready to call Boss a TE1 in fantasy, because he doesn't seem like one of those guys who's likely to give you elite yardage. But scores are good, too... He's at least a TE2.
Have you watched the KC-PIT tape yet? Do the Steelers just need to run more? And what is with their ST, yikes...?
Christopher Harris (11:21 AM)
Hi, Jason. Yep, watched that one. I don't know, I don't think based on how the actual game went, they need to change much of anything. Mendenhall was fine. Willie Parker made a cameo and played all right, mostly just spelling Mendenhall. Big Ben played well and neither of his interceptions were disastrous (one bounced off Heath Miller's shoulderpads). I believe one stat is that the Steelers have now given up a non-offensive TD in 8 straight games? Wow. Yeah, their special teams were bad, they had a few ill-timed penalties, a couple ill-timed turnovers, and the secondary broke down a couple times late. I guess that's the formula for a good team getting beaten by a bad one. But Big Ben *is* getting hit too much.
What's wrong with Witten? Once again I started him over Shiancoe this week and got burned. Is Witten startable at this point? Dare I say, droppable?
Christopher Harris (11:22 AM)
Hi, Isaac. I think he's a least benchable. The whole Cowboys offense was benchable this week, let's face it. Hey, the Redskins have a pretty good real-life D (not that good in fantasy, of course). It wasn't a plum matchup. But yeah, Witten is cruising down my tight end list, too. I'm not sure I'm dropping him, but playing Shiancoe over him sounds pretty good to me at the moment.
Worried Kurt Warner owner. Is it time to cuff Leinart to him? Or would you rather head to the waiver wire for a Stafford/Sanchez/Garrard-type QB?
Christopher Harris (11:24 AM)
Hi, Andrew. Yeah, Warner's half of rest shafted in me in one league, too. Apparently he wasn't really even concussed, but he just didn't feel right, and didn't want to risk going back in, but it almost cost the Cardinals that game. I think he plays next week, and from what I saw from Leinart, I don't think he makes a very good handcuff, because he's bad at playing football. I think you just wait with your fingers crossed, and if Warner gets hurt, you deal with it then.
Hey Chris. As a Jennings and Megatron owner, I was happy/relieved/surprised at their results yesterday. What are your thoughts on the production of those two the rest of the season? I'm still in line for a playoff seed, and having these two finish strong would be a big help!
Christopher Harris (11:25 AM)
Hi, Brandon. Yeah, Jennings got loose for a long one, and Megatron was pretty much good all day, though he did come down awkwardly on one play and did some hobbling around for a lot of the second half. But he got open deep when it counted, and also got tackled at the 1 on another play (*sigh*). I think Johnson is a better bet than Jennings, but Jennings did look as involved as Driver yesterday, which is a good sign.
Hi Christopher- RODDY WHITE is absolutely killing me! In the games I have watched, it seems like inconsistent play by Matty Ice. Is that what you see or is it something else?
Christopher Harris (11:27 AM)
Hi, Chip. Yeah, that game yesterday was the Return of Corey Webster. I went on the radio yesterday morning and called a big game for White because Webster had been so bad the past few Giants games, and he went out and played terrific on White yesterday. Listen, you can't complain too much: White got 12 targets. The problem was that he caught four of 'em. Ryan didn't play well at all in the first half, but he went on one of his "good" streaks in the second and played great, so I think it's probably a combo of those factors. I trust White enough that if the targets are high, eventually he'll be good. But yeah, it's frustrating.
So is Lawrence Maroney finally relevant? I mean hard to ignore 6 TDs in 5 games, but then again, it is Maroney and it is NE.
Christopher Harris (11:29 AM)
Hi, Ryan. Maroney is Mr. Mixed Signals, isn't he? I mean, he fumbled again yesterday, too, and a lot of his TDs are of the 1-yard-fall-into-the-end-zone variety. But I'll admit, I'm not a Maroney lover at *all*, and there were times in yesterday's games where he looked much better than he's looked all year, getting to the defense's second level and just punishing tacklers. His problem is always getting through the hole, but when he gets through, he's really good. I'm skeptical about him, because he's burned fantasy owners so many times, but yeah, I think I'd be burying my head in the sand to say he's not relevant.
Dan (Ann Arbor)
The Ravens offense simply looked *offensive* yesterday. I'm worried that Ray Rice might fall off with some tougher defensive matchups coming up. Not to mention McGahee seems to be sneaking back into the mix especially at the goal line. What's your forecast?
Christopher Harris (11:30 AM)
Hi, Dan. Funny, they moved it just fine until they got into the red zone, and then they repeatedly spit the bit, including that possession where McGahee was stuffed twice and Flacco was stuffed once. I think it's a dreadful decision to put McGahee in there on the goal line now; I know he had success in the first month, but he's been an afterthought since then. I wanted to see Rice get a crack. Listen, when the Ravens went spread and started to throw it late, Rice came to life in the receiving game again. I think he'll be fine, and if anything, McGahee's vulture value went down yesterday.
Hey Christopher. You've been pretty high on Brandon Marshall, as have I. But with a relatively tough schedule ahead and big question marks @ QB, how much do you *trust* BM going forward, even if matchups compel you to rank his potential highly?
Christopher Harris (11:33 AM)
Hi, Pete. Marshall does seem to have a pretty sweet schedule coming up: of his six remaining opponents, only the Eagles have been top 10 over the past five weeks in limiting WR fantasy points, and the Eagles are so banged up in the secondary. That said, Simms wasn't good in his cameo yesterday and Orton was probably worse, though the Broncos could never get the ball away from the Chargers, so maybe it was just tough to tell. The matchups should be there for Marshall. But I'm not sure the quarterback will. I'm not turning Marshall into a must-bench, but yeah, he's probably taking a dip in the ranks this week.
Sam (Chicago, IL)
Was TO's big day a fluke or harbinger? If it was just the 98 yd TD, it would be easy to write off, but he had another 100 yd besides that. Also, despite what seems to be a weak arm, his throw to Owens on that bomb was right on the mark.
Christopher Harris (11:35 AM)
Hi, Sam. First off, good vocabulary word. Second, I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. It's not like the Bills weren't throwing it to T.O. previously; he was just dropping balls, or the passes were off. I don't trust Fitzpatrick any more than I trust Edwards to create value in a fantasy receiver, and the fact that Owens and Evans are there to split potential fantasy points only makes it worse. And as for the bomb, listen, pretty much any NFL QB can throw it way high in the air and have it travel a long way. The real arm-strength tests are the 20-yard outs and the scrambling, back-of-the-end-zone laser heaves....
Ludwig Boltzmannn (Vienna, Austria)
Is there any word on Lynch's injury, and how useful will Fred Jackson be if Marshawn is out for a while? S=k log W
Christopher Harris (11:36 AM)
Hi, Ludwig. Lynch told reporters after the game that he thinks he'll be OK to play next week. It was a shoulder issue. The larger problem appears to be that Fred Jackson is a better player, but that's neither here nor there. With another Buffalo o-lineman (Eric Wood) now out for the year, and a platoon evidently still in place, it's tough to assign much fantasy value to either guy right now.
Justin Forsett's rushing #'s were not good yesterday, but he did score and did a lot in the passing game. Thoughts on him going forward?
Christopher Harris (11:38 AM)
Hi, Steve. Well, he plays for a pretty bad team that's likely to be playing from behind a lot, so the fact that he's the RB who's likely to be in there during no-huddle moments bodes well for him. It was always going to be a bad matchup for him against the Vikes, so I think it's too soon to draw conclusions, but we also don't know exactly how long Julius Jones is going to be out. I'm going to guess that Forsett does get another start or two, and next week against the Rams, if he really is the starter, is a good matchup for him.
Any word on Stafford yet?
Christopher Harris (11:38 AM)
Hi, Mike. I think the consensus seems to be that he didn't break his collarbone, but from his reaction in the game, it seemed to me likely that he separated his non-throwing shoulder. To me, that means he's unlikely to play on Thursday. But we'll probably get clearer word this afternoon.
Shane (Edison, NJ)
Sup Harris? Standard scoring with 2pt bonus for 100yds and 300 passing. I have secured a win by 1.70pts so far, but still have Schaub tonight. I would be 8-3 with 1300pts without him, and 2nd place could potentially be 8-3 tonight with about 1230pts. Big difference between 1st and 2nd place reg season money... risk starting Schaub & hope for any positive # or safe with 70 pt lead over final two weeks?
Christopher Harris (11:39 AM)
Hi, Shane. First of all, I would never condone gambling in any form. Second, it seems to me that the win is more important than the tiebreaker...I think I'd have to sit him.
Hey Big Rotowski. Okay the Redskins - portis still seeing double, Betts out, Cooley out. Put a fork in 'em! At this point do you think I drop Portis to handcuff a guy like MJD? Playoffs coming for me and I don't have much room left on my bench as everything (including 2 defenses) are times out for matchups.
Christopher Harris (11:41 AM)
Hi, Jay. I can't swear that it's safe to drop Portis, but there were reports in the D.C. papers this morning (you can read 'em yourself online) that he was still experiencing double vision. Would I do it to handcuff MJD? I mean, I just don't know if I trust Rashad Jennings as a fantasy starter if MJD goes down, y'know? If it's a deeper league and there wouldn't be anyone else even vaguely good available, I guess. But honestly, I don't think Jennings is a stud if MJD gets hurt.
should i be starting Favre over Warner? Everytime i want to bench Warner he goes for 5 TDs.
Christopher Harris (11:42 AM)
Hi, Chris. I'm fighting the exact same dilemma in my 16-team league. I've pretty much stuck with Warner every week, but I think I'm switching it up now. First off, Favre is playing great. And watching Warner land on his head yesterday made me nervous. (So did not getting the second half from him.) Next week, Favre probably has the better matchup anyway (Bears compared to Warner getting the Titans), then the teams play each other the week after that.
Hi ChristopherHad Devery Henderson as my WR3 this week, and he really frustated me. Is Brees just spreading the ball around so much, that Henderson should be dropped?
Christopher Harris (11:43 AM)
Hi, Rasmus. I can't definitively tell you whether you should drop a player because I don't know the specifics of your roster or your free-agent pool. But yeah, I don't think Henderson's a fantasy starter, for exactly the reason you say.
Really think Schaub goes negative points tonight? Shane in NJ...you gotta play him!
Christopher Harris (11:43 AM)
Hi, Pete. Well, the point is that if the other team has nobody left to go, why take the chance?
Dan (Winter Haven)
To clarify, you would advocate sitting Schaub tonight?I'm guessing I just don't understand what Shane (Edison, NJ) was asking you, but why would he not want to start someone who should garner him more points?
Christopher Harris (11:45 AM)
Hi, Dan. I'm going mile-a-minute, so it's possible *I* misread the question. If it's a matter of me being ahead and only having one player left, no matter who the player is, I'm probably sitting him (unless I really really need a ton of points for a tiebreaker in one of the final games of the regular season), just on the off (and perhaps minuscule) chance that he winds up going negative. But Steve from Newark brings up a good point: if it's as close as this questioner says, and there's a stat adjustment tomorrow, that would really, really stink. If it's not that close, though, I probably would sit him. (But since it is, thanks to Steve, I may actually reconsider my prior answer.)
I know this is more of a question for Stephania, but what is a "stinger"? I'm seeing this on injury reports more often lately.
Christopher Harris (11:47 AM)
Hi, Jason. My entirely non-medical answer is: it's a shot to the neck/shoulder/back that causes the person's arm/neck/upper extremity to go numb. Nothing's broken or torn, but you're sort of just entirely weak and stiff. It doesn't tend to be something that keeps you out of the next game, but it can definitely sit you down for the rest of the game where you take the hit.
Another so so week for Vincent Jackson. Where these matchup problems or is River just not finding him?
Christopher Harris (11:48 AM)
Hi, Bob. Well, I think the answer is different this week than it was last. The Chargers were just killing the Broncos, and there was no reason to push the envelope via the passing game. Jackson did get open once deep for what would've been a very satisfying long touchdown, but Rivers overthrew him. I know it's frustrating, but it happens with all receivers. Keep starting him.
Hungry Bloke (Queensland, Australia)
Hey there Chris, I need 10 points to secure the win and have to choose between Andre 3000 and Slaton at flex. In a non-PPR league, who gives me the best shot to win?
Christopher Harris (11:49 AM)
Hm. Good question. I think I'm going to say Johnson. Either is a pretty good option, but Johnson just absolutely torched the Titans the last time these teams played. Plus, *I'm* facing Johnson tonight, and I figure that means he'll go ballistic.
So Olsen seems to getting big-time targets for Da' Bears. See him cracking your top say 6 TEs?
Christopher Harris (11:50 AM)
Hi, Cory. Actually, he was #6 on my year-end ranks last week...but man, what a frustrating game last night, with Cutler overthrowing three wide-open deep receivers on what would've been three touchdowns (Olsen being the intended target on one of them).
Hey Chris, thoughts on J. Finley going forward?
Christopher Harris (11:51 AM)
Hi, Paul. It was good to see the kid healthy and back, and he got tons of targets yesterday. He also made a couple bad plays and didn't show the greatest hands, but it's all about opportunities for him, and he got a ton. I'm not ready to call him a TE1 just yet, but a high-upside TE2? Yup.
Shane (Edison, NJ)
Everyone is correct, I am afraid of 1) a negative night from Schaub but also from 2)a stat correction (2pt change and I lose!). And as for "gambling" Chris, come on... even the mothership fantasy site has a "League Fees" page! And your service is free, LOL. Thanks for the help man!
Christopher Harris (11:52 AM)
I know nothing! I see nothing! I hear NOTHING!
Adam (East Lansing, MI)
Who has a better game tonight Andre Johnson or Chris Johnson?
Christopher Harris (11:52 AM)
Hi, Adam. Phew. Wish I could answer that one definitively. My guess is Chris Johnson, just because he's likely to have the ball in his hands more. But they each went crazy in the first matchup between these teams.
Riaz (Berea. OH)
Chris,What is your impression of Garcon? I know you don't do the rankings now but just a general impression I own Steve Smith (NYG) and Housh and both are inconsistent. Does Garcon belong a step below them or is he more startable then either going forward?
Christopher Harris (11:54 AM)
Hi, Riaz. I was pretty impressed with Garcon the past two weeks, yesterday really more so than versus the Pats. Collie appears to be losing looks on inside stuff, and Garcon is getting a lot of singled-up looks on the outside. You're right, I don't really know what I think yet in terms of the relative ranks among receivers, though I'd find it hard to believe I'd have Garcon ahead of Smith. Burleson? Probably not. He bounced back (albeit mostly in garbage time) this week after his Week 10 shutout....
Lee (New York)
Big Stevie Cool (Steven Jackson) is starting to find that end zone! How confident are you in his scoring ability the rest of the year? Is he a must-start every week?
Christopher Harris (11:55 AM)
Hi, Lee. Absolutely every week. It was lucky that Amendola got tackled on the 1. But after Jackson's season, we'll take all the luck we can get.
Phil (Long Beach, CA)
I know the Redskins pass defense is good, but how did Roy put up a 0 after a couple weeks of looking relevant?
Christopher Harris (11:56 AM)
Hi, Phil. Not only that, but watching that game, it was shocking to see Williams be right back on the "drops" horse once again. He just doesn't concentrate. Something's going on between his brain and his hands. I was really high on Williams to begin the year, one of my absolutely worst calls of the summer. Ga. He's going to have some good games as teams scheme away Miles Austin, but it's mighty tough to rely on him as a fantasy starter.
Chris, why doesn't MSW get the love he deserves? After not really playing the first few weeks, all he does it put up solid numbers but most pundints always have him ranked around 20 every week. What gives?
Christopher Harris (11:59 AM)
Hi, Travis. Well, I had him #15 this week, and I think that's maybe about right for him. MSW belongs to the mounting legion of young, potentially very good receivers who are big and can run, but haven't really been in situations where defenses try to scheme them away. Austin is going through that right now for the Cowboys. And MSW had it happen to him in the second half last week. The good thing for guys like Rice and MSW are that they have stud RBs on their teams, so it's very tough for opposing defenses to always commit a safety to them. The Cowboys don't have such a threat, which is why I'd take MSW over Austin. But the reason a guy like Larry Fitzgerald or Andre Johnson is so outrageously good is that it doesn't really matter what you do defensively -- they're mostly going to get theirs.
Christopher Harris (11:59 AM)
OK gang, one more, and then I'd better get writing, because this is an abbreviated week, but I still have to do the same amount of work. Ga.
Who is the worst offense in the NFL right now? Given the Raiders improvement, should I still try to pick-up the Def that is playing them on a weekly basis?
Christopher Harris (12:01 PM)
Hi, Tim. Good question. I still split my vote between the Browns and Raiders. The Browns scored a lot of points yesterday, but realize they were facing one of the worst defenses in the league. I don't think it'll last. And I wouldn't go so far as to say Bruce Gradkowski solved the ills of the Raiders offense...I think he just didn't throw it to the other team or into the stands as many times as JaMarcus....
Christopher Harris (12:02 PM)
All right, gang. I really do have to get going. Sorry not to be able to spend extra time, and sorry for not getting to all your questions -- hundreds and hundreds come in, and I really do go as fast as I can. If you're frustrated, I don't blame you, and that's why I'm answering questions on Facebook whenever possible. Friend me at http://www.facebook.com/writerboy, and ask me questions (but please stick to the same ground rules as here: wait for the weekly columns before you ask about lineup decisions or add/drop decisions), and I'll do my best to get back to you, though during Thanksgiving week, I can't make any promises.... Have a great Turkey Day, and thanks.