Joshua Barbarotta (1:02 PM)
What's up everyone!? We're set to kick off our Fantasy Football chat here on Tuesdays With Mobile. Up first, we have ESPN Fantasy columnist, Tristan Cockcroft!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:03 PM)
Hi everyone! Plenty of questions so let's get right to 'em...
kurt Wisconsin [via mobile]
How do you think ochocinco will do in new england
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:05 PM)
I'm not incredibly impressed with how he has adapted to the new surroundings just yet, but I'm not going to let 2-3 weeks of that throw me off my initial opinion: As a WR4 type -- that's where he's generally being picked -- he's well worth it. His upside in that offense is immense.
Mike (WV) [via mobile]
Once his contract situation is sorted out, will CJ2K have a huge year? He will be carrying most of the load for the Titans won't he? Especially once Locker takes over.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:06 PM)
An under-contract Chris Johnson, yes, of course, is going to tote the rock the vast majority of the time for the Titans. At this point, however, the concerns are legitimate ... and will only increase by the day. I think it's fair to drop him deeper into the first round, and I've been stressing that Javon Ringer is a mandatory handcuff.
Beckley WV [via mobile]
Will Blount Be a Top Ten RB this year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:07 PM)
He's a bowling ball of a running back but I don't see him being that breakout superstar, more as a productive, weekly-starter kind of guy, one who you draft more for the touchdowns than yards. In short, he's a RB2 for me, but one I'm targeting.
Collin (San Francisco, CA) [via mobile]
What round is Willis McGahee being picked in?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:08 PM)
He's a 12th-13th rounder in standard ESPN leagues -- check the "Live Draft Results" link on the fantasy home page -- and that's about right. He could vulture some touchdowns and I stress the word "could" because my opinion is that he's not an ideal fit for that role; it's just how the Broncos want to start him out. I regard him as more Moreno insurance/change-of-pace than a guy in the true goal-line mold.
Ralph Colorado Springs [via mobile]
1st year Fantasy Football. RB or QB with 5th pick?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:09 PM)
Almost always running back in the first round. I'd say at least 90 percent of the time, the correct move is running back, regardless of format, regardless of specific season.
Jason (Idaho) [via mobile]
Will Reggie bush be successful in Miami?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:10 PM)
I could completely see a straight split of the carries with Daniel Thomas, at least initially. But Bush only interests me from a PPR perspective; since his sophomore season that's about the only place I've ever wanted to draft him. Can't see it changing in Miami.
Rocky in Albuquerque. [via mobile]
My league is adding a defensive player to our rosters this year. How many points should I expect to average from this position and what are my best choices? Linebackers, corners, tackles?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:12 PM)
Impossible to give a definitive, one-size-fits-all answer to that, but as an IDP vet, I highly recommend you have 2 of each, DL, DB and LB in an IDP league. The latter two, DB and LB, are the ones that generate the points, because of their tackle totals (that's where you roll in the weekly points). And I'd say that, hmmm, anything in double digits should have you pleased. Maybe 8 as a season average is about as good as you can expect.
Butch West Virginia [via mobile]
Is Brandon Petigrew a sleeper TE this year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:14 PM)
He seemed to have a stronger rapport with Shaun Hill than Matthew Stafford, so I'd question whether he'll be quite as involved this season as last. As a late, late rounder, perhaps, but I'd hope to land a higher-ranked option.
Brandon (WV) [via mobile]
Who do you like more this year Greg Jennings or Larry Fitzgerald?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:15 PM)
I'm a Jennings fan and rank him higher, but I've got these two a lot more closely ranked than our consensus. Quite pro-Fitzy, and I'd be much happier to have him at 23 than Jennings at 14.
Michael (NJ) [via mobile]
Is Michael Vick going to have as good a year as last year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:16 PM)
He can't possibly. A 300-plus point season for a player with his kind of injury history? Don't bank on it, though on a per-game basis, he's as good as anyone. Just project as if he gives you 12-13 games, and rank accordingly (which for me means he's third at the position, behind Rodgers and Brees).
Gil Indio ca [via mobile]
In a ppr league how important are qb's
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:17 PM)
Scarcely changes the ranks; perhaps slides them down 5ish spots apiece, and mostly in the earlier rounds because of the increased weight to wide receivers.
Jim (Cape Cod) [via mobile]
Hi Tristan- Belichick really seems to have the Pats D in a more attack mode this year. Fair to have a reasonable expectation that they finish top 5 in DST rankings? Are you more optimistic than the rankings that were done before the preseason? Thanks!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:19 PM)
I'm pro-Patriots; think they can't be as injury-riddled this season and a year's additional experience for some of their up-and-comers only helps. The Patriots D is one of the primary reasons we advise you don't reach for a defense in the early rounds; they'll go maybe 6th-8th at the position in your draft and that's pretty much a 15th-rounder.
Michael (NJ) [via mobile]
Will running backs like shonn grenne and ryan mathews have seasons like they were expected to last year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:21 PM)
Pro-Greene, anti-Mathews. The pro-Greene case: He was already graduating into the primary-back role, recapturing it from LaDainian Tomlinson, as 2010 concluded, and Tomlinson cannot possibly at his age handle that kind of early-season workload again. No doubt Greene gets 60-plus percent of the carries in a run-based offense, and I admit I'm being conservative.Anti-Mathews: Injuries derailed his rookie year and threaten to do so again this preseason, and Mike Tolbert is no slouch as a potential starter himself.
Andrew (NY) [via mobile]
What will VYoung's impact be this year if any?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:22 PM)
He will get the starts in the games Michael Vick inevitably misses, and be a potential top-15 fantasy quarterback in those outings, if for no other reason than the weapons at his disposal.
Jerry [via mobile]
Are you higher on Plaxico Burress after watching Sunday's game?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:23 PM)
I remain firm in my belief, despite the performance, that Burress will be a handy matchups candidate for fantasy owners, perhaps a good eight of them you can squeeze into your lineup. For a guy being treated a WR4 in early drafts, that's good value, but at his age and with the missed time, I recommend you don't pick him sooner.
Michael (NJ) [via mobile]
Is Cam Newton worth a late round pick?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:24 PM)
Only in keeper leagues and even in those I have my doubts about his future. The history for rookie quarterbacks is poor: Peyton Manning (1998) and Sam Bradford (2010) being two of the only ones I recall being meaningful in fantasy, and even they were QB2s at best.
Jason kroh marysville, wa. [via mobile]
I need to add another qb to my team and all thats left is was, oak, ten, and carolinas eventual starting qb. I need a name of someone to watch closely.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:26 PM)
Jason Campbell could theoretically have a handful of matchups to exploit, not that I'd recommend drafting him. Watch-list guys: Jake Locker, Cam Newton...
Dan (NY) [via mobile]
In a 1/2 ppr. Which cheat sheets are better to draft off of, reg or ppr?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:27 PM)
Anything that weights PPR should shift you in the direction of our PPR ranks; just make slight tweaks on your own but that's a stronger starting point.
John (Boston) [via mobile]
First mobile chat! Thanks Tristan!.. In a 12 team keeper .5 ppr with 2 rb's/ 3 wrs/ 1 flex.. i have the 7th pick with Frank Gore as my keeper. 9 of 12 keepers are Rb's and I'm fighting on whether to take the stud WR (Calvin,Roddy or Larry Fitz whichever is still there ) or take a 2nd running back with ???'s (Forte, Hillis,Best or Felix). PLEASE HELP!!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:29 PM)
If those are the wide receivers available in a half-PPR, that's the direction I'm going. A factor to consider: The 7 slot picks fourth in the second round, and there's a good chance one of those backs slips if everyone has kept a back already. I rank them in the exact order you had them, incidentally.
James san diego [via mobile]
The chargers d finished first last year right? How safe are they in fantasy terms?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:31 PM)
The Pittsburgh Steelers topped the fantasy leaderboard among defenses. The Chargers? Thirteenth. Shows how unpredictable defenses can be; talent keeps San Diego's D among my top 10, but that's another D I'd be waiting on until my next-to-last pick.
nick BOISE [via mobile]
is eli FINALLY going to get under the 15+ interceptions this season? Is he worth 2 rd pick?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:32 PM)
First part is fairer than the second; regarding the second I wouldn't pick Eli Manning before, say, the ninth round. He's not even in my top 10 quarterbacks. And I do think he might again put too much on himself to lead the Giants, who have had a lackluster offseason, in which case I'd be prepared for more headache in the INT department.
Jamal Rockchesta NY [via mobile]
Do you see Torain winning the job in DC? Or will it be a classic Shanahan share the carries situation?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:35 PM)
Frankly, I think Tim Hightower is going to "win the job." The quotes, however, indicate my belief that all three of the candidates -- Ryan Torain and Roy Helu the others -- should get a "start" at some point in 2011. I think this is less a share-the-carries situation than a job that changes hands; the other thing (besides Hightower starting Week 1) I feel comfortable predicting is that Helu should be "the guy" by the December weeks.
Jason (San Diego) [via mobile]
What are your thoughts on a WR-WR (1&2)draft strategy?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:35 PM)
I have no problem with that in a PPR league especially if you are picking late in the order. In a standard ESPN? I highly advise against it.
Chris Albany ny [via mobile]
Marshawn Lynch, 14 team standard scoring, where do you see him being drafted? His outlook? Jacoby Ford, worth taking in round 8-9?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:38 PM)
In a 14-teamer he's inevitably going to be picked as an RB2 and should; that means 28 starters from the 32 teams will start in any given fantasy week. I'm not a big Lynch backer; don't like the team and think he's more of a matchups than every-week type. Probably something like a fifth rounder, maybe sixth, in your format.Ford: A big fan, he's on my sleeper list. Fantastic speed, plenty of opportunity. Could be boom or bust, but as a beyond-the-10th-round pick, that's the lottery ticket I want.
Tyrone binghamton ny [via mobile]
Bradshaw or Jacobs? Spiller or Jackson?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:40 PM)
I have Ahmad Bradshaw ranked higher and I have Fred Jackson ranked higher; am more confident in Bradshaw being your reliable RB2 given the choices. C.J. Spiller is being given an opportunity to wrest the starting gig from Jackson, and I think they should be drafted within 10 picks of one another. Frankly, I've been letting Jackson go and getting Spiller as a bench player later, all about value/upside.
Kevin OH [via mobile]
I'm in a 8 team PPR keeper league. And I have Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles, and Andre Johnson. In your opinion who is the one worth keeping?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:41 PM)
Foster. And thank you, Arian, for that excellent preseason performance to diminish any possible injury questions (was nicked up in the days leading into it).
phil (ny) [via mobile]
Which WR would you rather have/think will be the 3rd string for the giants: Cruz or Hixon?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:43 PM)
Victor Cruz, but part of that is my belief that the Giants are in a position where they need to take some shots on upside. Cruz can make some pretty catches; in fantasy he's pretty much a non-factor who should be watched but not drafted. Perhaps a boom/bust player if he lands the gig.
Anthony (Kingston, Pa) [via mobile]
Which rookie player at any position do you think has the greatest potential to be unanimously considered a top 20 pick next year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:45 PM)
Stressing the words "top 20," Mark Ingram is your answer. Best skills among the running backs and a top-20 pick is traditionally either an RB1 or the upper half of the RB2s, otherwise a top-five wide receiver. Ingram is the only player I realistically see qualifying for 2012.
james hershy pa [via mobile]
what u think about julios fantasy stats
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:47 PM)
Julio Jones? I'm a fan, think he's a value selection as a 10th rounder or so. But simply because of Roddy White's presence, he will have quiet weeks. The targets will simply not be there ... but that's a lot more pass-centric offense than people think.
paul (mi) [via mobile]
How much will ben Tate take away from arian foster?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:48 PM)
Change-of-pace back, and little more. In other words, a fantasy handcuff, not necessarily a headache to Foster's owners and only a useful asset if Foster gets hurt.
dave san antonio tx [via mobile]
Is taking gates in the 3rd round too early??
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:49 PM)
If it's the end of the third, no, not necessarily. But I see enough desirable tight ends that I'm not willing to burn that early a pick; I'll take Gates in the fourth (around 35th-40th overall) but that's where I draw the line.
carlos nyc [via mobile]
Is mjd worth a first round pick.. or would u rather go in another direction
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:50 PM)
I am noted for being a Maurice Jones-Drew skeptic. I see low-end-RB1/high-end-RB2 value, not top-five-overall value, so that No. 8 overall ADP? Yeah, it's too early for my tastes. I want to see some game action coming off surgery before he'd get my endorsement, and I don't think we'll get that before Week 1.
matt (scranton) [via mobile]
How much more value would u give to qbs in leagues with 6 pts for pass tds?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:52 PM)
Scarcely changes the rankings, because it doesn't impact replacement values that much. The top guys benefit a little so I'd draft a little more closely to our ADPs than our published rankings, but beyond that, I'm not changing much.
Al new jersey [via mobile]
What round will QBs rivers and romo go in.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:53 PM)
Philip Rivers ADPing a third-rounder, Tony Romo borderline fourth/fifth. That seems about right. Perhaps slightly too soon on Rivers.
matt in cleveland [via mobile]
If not suspended and healthy what kind of year do you see kenny britt having
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:54 PM)
He'd be a WR2! But impending suspension and his injury risk cannot be ignored. I haven't drafted him in a single mock/league draft yet and I've done 6-7; it means I think he's overvalued.
Chris Va [via mobile]
When you think felix jones should be drafted?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:55 PM)
Fifth round. It helps that his competition for carries has been battling injuries, but he's a health risk himself.
Pasadena [via mobile]
What "position by committee" would you be most comfortable using in a standard format league. I was thinking TE due to the positions weekly points volatility
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:56 PM)
Potentially, except that it's extremely difficult to dissect tight ends' matchups, at least comparative to, say, running backs. We have those fantasy points allowed pages, but the results don't always play out that way. Frankly, the easiest position to "committee" it is running back! Well, team defense, too. And I've done it successfully.
Bobby - San Antonio [via mobile]
You said Ringer is a mandatory handcuff. Is Ringer worth me dropping one of these guys? And if so, who should I drop? Forte, Lynch, Tolbert, or LT?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (1:58 PM)
He's a mandatory handcuff for a Chris Johnson owner, not a mandatory draft target or pickup for someone with stronger alternatives ... which you have. Of that bunch Tomlinson is the first who should go, but we're not quite at that point yet.
Brian [via mobile]
In an auction keeper league 2 RB 3 WR no flex, standard scoring which 2 do you keep. Orton for $1, Fitz $32, Tolbert $1, Maclin $12
Tristan H. Cockcroft (2:00 PM)
Mike Tolbert is a no-brainer. I'd make Jeremy Maclin the second choice, much as that's a good price for Kyle Orton...
Tristan H. Cockcroft (2:01 PM)
OK, going to give the handoff to Jim McCormick, who will take us through the next hour... thanks everyone!
Angelo (Galloway, NJ) [via mobile]
Rex Ryan has said that Shonne Green will be the bell cow, but do you think they will sit LT often?
Jim McCormick (2:04 PM)
Hey everyone, welcome back to fantasy football chatting. Angelo - the signs of LT slowing last season were pretty clear, and that the Jets worked him a bit much in the first half for a veteran with so much mileage. He still has immense value as a third down back and in the short passing game, but I think you'll be seeing Shonn get the majority of early work (1-2 downs). There's risk in investing here, but the pricing is moderate enough that as your second back Greene is a nice value.
Michael (NJ) [via mobile]
Should terrelle pryor be picked with expectations of him becoming a wr for oakland who is weak in the reciever department?
Jim McCormick (2:05 PM)
Nope. Oakland might be somewhat thin at the position, but there's just no value in him this season in a fantasy perspective. He needs to call Ronald Curry and spend the next year converting if he intends to be a pro wideout.
june bug Geneva NY [via mobile]
Do u agree that Jimmy Graham could easily perform as a top 5 TE this year?
Jim McCormick (2:07 PM)
It's certainly possible. We're entering that part of the summer where sleepers can get really hyped, though, so the breaking point on value and pricing is nearing with Graham as managers seek out his breakout season. He is huge and if we are to take the template that Brees and Antonio Gates set in San Diego, then our imaginations run wild with Graham. I think he's a solid top 10 guy, and deserves to be drafted in every league. I have landed him in nearly every staff mock, so I'm sold.
Luke, Wisconsin [via mobile]
Can I trust mjd to have a big year?
Jim McCormick (2:10 PM)
There are signs of wear showing, but it's not as if MJD is that old or has so much mileage that it's alarming. The biggest concern I have has to do with that offense in general, and the fact that the passing game appears limited, and this can dampen MJD's spacing and scoring potential. I think in this offense he's not a top five guy going in, but top 6-8 is a safe bet given how much work he's in line for.
Dtate LA [via mobile]
What's your stance on jamal charles? I think he's poised to have one of those ridiculous fantasy years.
Jim McCormick (2:11 PM)
There are few players in football that can match his explosiveness and ability to turn two yards into 80 - I'd say Chris Johnson and DeSean Jackson are his comps for this skill. I consider him a top three fantasy commodity overall.
Ryan (San Diego) [via mobile]
9th pick in 10-team: go some combo of RB or WR first two picks or is it smarter to grab one elite QB with one of those?
Jim McCormick (2:14 PM)
In a ten team league I'd wait - there are six very strong QBs by my count - Brees, Brady, Rivers, Vick, Manning and Rodgers. Not to mention that I like Romo a good bit too and some would say Schaub (that's 80 percent of your league). I would think one of those arms lasts to you in the third, and if not - you'll have bolstered your team with strong position talents. I'd go with the best combo or wideouts and backs that you can net and get a signal-caller on the next turn. If you have to wait, there are some nice mid-round guys - Ryan, Big Ben, to consider.
Eddy IN [via mobile]
Marcedes Lewis or Vernon Davis, both have questionable qb's who would be more consistent?
Jim McCormick (2:14 PM)
I'd go Davis given the way he produces; Lewis is very TD dependent and while he had a breakout and is a serious red zone threat, I'd prefer the steadier, and in my take - more talented player in Davis.
Peter - Toronto, Ontario [via mobile]
I had my fantasy draft yesterday - I need 3 Rb's to start - Forte, Felix Jones, Reggie Bush, Beanie Wells & CJ Spiller
Jim McCormick (2:16 PM)
You are looking good enough here - your first two names are solid starters and Wells could emerge with all the work. Bush I think has been defined already - he is what he is - a weapon in the short passing game and a means to spread out front sevens, Spiller has some upside though. I think these backs you've collected are proof that you can go with top wide receivers early or a QB/WR combo and still land some good backs.
Brian [via mobile]
You feel that earthquake in Bristol?
Jim McCormick (2:17 PM)
I'm actually in Philly today - but I know my colleagues did up there - and we did here. Epicenter seems to be in Virginia, as the east coast is tweeting away at the event. Hope everyone is safe and healthy afterwards.
corey/ denver [via mobile]
How will Knoshon Moreno do in fantasy this year?
Jim McCormick (2:19 PM)
If I knew that I'd probably be in a suite in Vegas right now, but I think there's some real upside here with Moreno. I see his role being really strong 20-20, as in from the 20 yard lines, but wonder if Willis rears his head in again and vultures a lot of the goal line work. A strong total yards effort - Ray Rice light (less receptions) - could be in order. Fox will work the ball on the ground, and Moreno is the feature back. Just watch out for lean scoring numbers.
Michael (NJ) [via mobile]
Will steven jackson have a breakout year now that the rams have a passing attack?
Jim McCormick (2:21 PM)
They passed a ton last year and it didn't result in many scores for Jackson - and that's the same concern this season. Yardage and work have never been the issue - some durability concerns have cropped up but mostly his holdbacks have been from crossing into the end zone. I think the passing game will improve, but without top targets I think Jackson will still see some tough fronts. I think another 1,500 total yard season is here, and a great PPR campaign.
Josh [via mobile]
How do you think buffalo will do this year?
Jim McCormick (2:22 PM)
Poorly? There just hasn't been enough of a talent overhaul and that's the key. Fantasy wise there is some takeaway - Steve Johnson is more legit than some doubters may realize and Fred Jackson has some value as a flex. They need to change the identity of the roster and stop switching their defensive approach so often, continuity and talent are missing.
Shawn Mo. [via mobile]
Your feelings on McCoy? Can he be a top 5 rb?
Jim McCormick (2:23 PM)
In a PPR context no doubt, but his carries could vary a bit to have him as a top five in a non PPR league. That said, he is a total yards maven and is in an offense that could be potent, so he's worthy of a top 10 pick in any format.
Dan [via mobile]
Is it a good idea to go with a qb/rb on same team? I have Arian foster and Matt schaub.
Jim McCormick (2:25 PM)
I don't that over the course of the season that this creates many conflicts, but in some distinct weeks you'll find that the running game took the production or the passing game does, but they both produced at the same time several times last season. I think if you overload too much in one offense, like have Andre Johnson here too, that could be a bit much since your tied to one team, but otherwise it's rarely a real conflict.
Evan Houston [via mobile]
What are your thoughts on Greg little I got a feeling he is gonna be startable in a ppr league by the end of the season
Jim McCormick (2:27 PM)
It's possible - I think McCoy is going to have a nice season - if by real standards and not fantasy - which should help a young wideout like Little. The Cleveland passing game has few names of note, and Little is one of them. I'd target him for later in the season, good call Evan.
rob south carolina [via mobile]
Is the patriots tight end worth a high draft choice?
Jim McCormick (2:29 PM)
Both Gronk and Hernandez have great potential, but it's difficult (essentially impossible) to know which one will produce in a given week, if not both or neither. That said, I think they are fine if you are waiting on the position and want to go late, and Hernandez is a steadier option to consider. I'd rather get a tight end that gets steadier attention in his offense.
Andy [via mobile]
Do you see spiller taking jackson's carries away in Buffalo? Is anyone worth drafting on Buffalo or too risky?
Jim McCormick (2:30 PM)
I like Stevie Johnson enough to get him in the fifth round or sixth - even in so-so offenses a receiver can still capably produce. I'd generally stay away form the Buffalo backfield, especially now that Jackson comes at a greater draft cost.
James, FL [via mobile]
Thoughts on Gore this year?
Jim McCormick (2:32 PM)
He's good? He's Frank Gore; when healthy he's a top five option and a workhorse. But like Steven Jackson - he's been held back by his offense over the years and a lack of consistent scoring. At the end of the first, it's hard to pass on his pedigree, but just prepare yourself with some sleepers and upside guys in case he gets dinged up as the season wears on. He's outside of the top tier, but firmly in the second tier with Jackson and Mendy.
Evan Houston [via mobile]
I don't see any reason why sam bradford can't be a top 10 QB this season I actually like him more then mat rya . Am I crazy?
Jim McCormick (2:33 PM)
Not crazy, but bold. I think Ryan's offense is simply more talented on the outside and is in a better position to produce fantasy results. Bradford will pass a ton, and have some big nights, but will also have some multiple pick games as he's still green.
Juanita Miami FL [via mobile]
Lee Evans finally lands on a solid team w a great o-line and a QB with a cannon. What's your feelings on him having a bounce back year?
Jim McCormick (2:34 PM)
I think he's still Lee Evans and will produce in bunches. Being with Flacco and his huge arm helps, as does having a complimentary wideout in Boldin. I think that he hasn't risen enough in drafts to ruin or spend the value he gained in the move, so as a depth addition I'm kind of sold if the price is right.
greyson (ga) [via mobile]
Is mike thomas a sleeper with mike sims walker leaving jacksonville
Jim McCormick (2:34 PM)
For sure - the scoring might not be there - but for PPR purposes he's a great commodity to consider.
patrick (phx)Az [via mobile]
Ryan Grant someone to target for 2rb/flex?
Jim McCormick (2:36 PM)
He's a solid second back with upside to return to his best. The receptions won't be there, never have been, but workhorse games with some solid scoring chances in a top offense all sound good to me. His injury seems in the past and reports are strong, so bid/draft with confidence.
Wyatt (NV) [via mobile]
If you had the #1 pick who would u pick?
Jim McCormick (2:37 PM)
Adrian Peterson. It's not bold or daring, but he remains the player with the best floor in all of fantasy - as in his worst is still solid production. If there was ever a season that the Vikings tie to his hitch and ask him to pull, this is it.
John (Boston) [via mobile]
It's my 27th birthday and I'm working away all day, PLEASE distract me with an answer.....Matt Forte, Peyton Hillis, Ahmad Bradshaw,Felix Jones,Legarette Blount, Shonne Greene, Deangelo Williams as my 2nd Rbin a 12 team .5 ppr league, please rank!!
Jim McCormick (2:39 PM)
Happy day of birth John. I'd go with Hillis just over Forte in the .5 PPR. I'm not as down on Hillis as some are, and while Forte is a steady source of production and work and will get a ton of looks in the short passing game - I see Hillis having better TD potential.
Willie Harlem NY [via mobile]
Kolb or Stafford?
Jim McCormick (2:40 PM)
Stafford - just greater upside in that offense and explosiveness. I like Kolb to work with Fitz well, but I like the overall offense in Detroit more.
Dan (Epicenter) [via mobile]
In a 10 team .5 ppr league that starts 3 WR, out of the 6th spot would I be crazy to go WR/WR with my first 2 picks?
Jim McCormick (2:42 PM)
I did so in a recent mock we did for the fantasy staff - started with Andre Johnson at 6 - if I remember right - and then Fitz in the second. I was still able to get good backs but built a dominant duo of wideouts. If you feel comfortable with the middle-range backs - the Felix Jones, Shonn Greene range of talents - then go for it. I think it's a valid strategy to employ.
Vincenzo Naples Italy [via mobile]
Is the 1-2 tandem of V Jackson and Fitz @ wr enough to offset so so backs like Fred Jackson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Mike Tolbert and Jon Stewart?
Jim McCormick (2:44 PM)
It could be, I'd like to consolidate a bit more if possible - like if I could move Jackson and Stewart for a better feature back I would, but with Bradshaw as your fixture I'd play matchups and what not with the rest. You created some security with those elite wideouts, and you'll have to pay for that with some weekly decisions on your backs.
matt cleveland [via mobile]
Who do you like more in a standard league mendenhall or mcfadden?
Jim McCormick (2:45 PM)
I like Mendenhall more in a standard league, but DMC in a PPR league. Mendy just has a lot of work coming his way and this includes the goal line. I think DMC proved he's a dangerous back last season, but if things are close - I often lean on the better and more stable offense.
Micah Jackson,Ms [via mobile]
Would u pick Mark Ingram as your number two RB?
Jim McCormick (2:47 PM)
I wouldn't go into the season trusting him as my second back. I have avoided the Saints' backfield so far in drafts, largely because it's hard to decipher and might not provide a weekly winner even when work is broken down between the trio. In that same range in the draft I'd rather get Beanie Wells, for example - or some other back with a more fixed gig. Upside is certainly here - and as a third back he provides value, but I'm not going in with him as a fixed starter.
Rico boston [via mobile]
I m in a two qb league and have the first pick in the draft should I take Rodgers or run the risk of not getting a elite QB and take AP
Jim McCormick (2:49 PM)
In a two QB league I'd go with a QB first, on the way back you are not going to get anything close to Rodgers or the elites - one would assume. In such a format - backs tend to slip, so you should be fine in making up for passing on AP for AR.
Quinn at my desk in Omaha [via mobile]
In 12 team non ppr I have pick 12-13 is it too soon to pick a qb for fear that a top qb won't make it back.
Jim McCormick (2:51 PM)
If you know your league and think that the top six arms will be gone and feel the need to get one then go for it. I would think that on the turn back you could get someone like Romo, Schaub or if one of the six slips. Personally, I'd wait here given that you should be able to get Romo later.
Kristofor Portland ME [via mobile]
Sidney Rice is a superb talent who is freakishly athletic. Do you think he can overcome the shaky QB play in Seattle and put up solid numbers?
Jim McCormick (2:52 PM)
Tough to say - I mean he produced before with Jackson at the helm, but nothing close to what he accomplished with Favre in 2009. If his value ADP wise is there - as in a seventh round or so pick, then I like the risk, but if you are paying for his name and rep earlier than that, I think the returns could be shaky.
Evan Houston [via mobile]
Boldin or Marshall which former elite fantasy WR has the best chance to jump back into the top 10
Jim McCormick (2:53 PM)
Boldin - he has a legit NFL QB, the other one doesn't.
Norman (Philadelphia, PA) [via mobile]
What is the best 12 team strategy ?
Jim McCormick (2:56 PM)
Build the best team is often the best strategy. And while reeks of sarcasm, I actually mean to say that there is no best strategy since drafts shift on the fly and you have to adjust. So no one plan is ideal. I spend time researching and find the guys I know I want on my team and attempt to acquire as many of them as possible. Between 10- and 12-team formats the difference is the depth is tested more - as in how deep the talent pool goes, making getting "your" guys that much more important.
Los Angeles [via mobile]
Lance Moore or Lee Evans for a Wr3?
Jim McCormick (2:57 PM)
Lance Moore and it's not very close. Moore has produced with Brees over the past few seasons and gets about a quarter of the red zone looks, so he's not nearly as feat-or-famine as Evans.
Jim McCormick (2:58 PM)
Handing off to one of the Answer Guys - Dave Hunter - who is a pro, at you know, answering questions. Good luck all as drafting season is upon us!
Dave Hunter (2:59 PM)
Hi Everyone...I'll be fielding your questions for the next hour! Let's get right to it...
Ishad R I [via mobile]
with the 9th pick in a twelve team league would I b better taking mcfadden a Johnson or MJD
Dave Hunter (3:02 PM)
Interesting question. I'm a big D-Mac guy, or Run DMC guy, or whatever your favorite nickname is for him, but I would snag MJD at No. 9. D-Mac is still a bit unproven as far as putting up numbers consistently week-to-week and year-to-year. Love the guy, but I consider MJD the safest of the three. AJ is an okay grab, but I like locking up a top RB in the first round when I can.
carl [via mobile]
Is it worth picking up either Mikel leshoure or Titus young in a keeper league if I can get a good auction price?
Dave Hunter (3:03 PM)
I'm a big Leshoure guy in a keeper league. If you can get him for a buck or two, absolutely.
zach...denver [via mobile]
Does Brandon Marshall return too form with Henne still at qb?
Dave Hunter (3:06 PM)
Funny thing on Marshall...even in a down year he still managed to catch 86 passes and get over a 1000 yards. Marshall is more valuable to me in a PPR situation, especially since I don't expect the Dolphins to score much via the pass. Sure, we'll see an increase in TD production from Marshall, but it won't be like the Denver days.
Evan Houston [via mobile]
Which Rams WR do you think is most likely to be the next Brandon loyd in josh McDaniel's offense
Dave Hunter (3:07 PM)
It's a name you've heard before - Mike Sims-Walker. He's not "officially" a starter in St. Louis, but he's going to get plenty of looks from Bradford and he's the guy I like to step up for the Rams.
los angeles [via mobile]
I have mike tolbert or ryan grant as my 2nd rb. Who is a safer bet to start?
Dave Hunter (3:09 PM)
Tolbert would be the "safer" bet here, mainly because Grant is coming back from a major injury situation and I expect Tolbert to get plenty of TD opps yet again for the Chargers.
Kurt (AZ) [via mobile]
What do you think of Matthew Berry's stance that Vick should be #1 overall pick?
Dave Hunter (3:11 PM)
First off, I'm a BIG Michael Vick guy. Second, I'm an even BIGGER Matthew Berry guy. Do I have a problem with anyone snagging Vick No. 1 overall? No, not at all. Would I do so myself? It depends on the situation, the league, etc. In a standard 10-team ESPN league, no, I would rather have AP over Vick, mainly because I'm certain I can grab a solid QB later in the draft. But, in a 2 QB start league? Yes, I'd take Vick...just like I did yesterday in our ESPN Mock 2 QB start league (should be appearing shortly for viewing!).
Evan Houston [via mobile]
So what are your thoughts on any falcons WR besides Roddy White
Dave Hunter (3:12 PM)
Julio Jones is someone I'd love to snag late in drafts. Have you seen this guy in action? Incredible.Other than Jones? Not interested.
Taylor (NY) [via mobile]
In a keeper league would you rather have dez bryant or miles austin?
Dave Hunter (3:14 PM)
Give me Dez Bryant. I just think the skills are a bit more refined on Bryant, especially long term.
matt cleveland [via mobile]
If stafford stays healthy do u see him as a qb1?
Dave Hunter (3:15 PM)
No, not a QB1. There are 10 other QB's I'd rather have than Stafford. He's borderline if he stays healthy, but not top-10.
cricket, miami [via mobile]
So I wanna go Adrian Peterson as # 1 overall then go Qb in second round is that smart, thinking Arian Foster will lose time cause of Tate?
Dave Hunter (3:17 PM)
AP No. 1 is the way I'd go - the safest pick on the block right there. Sure, I can see grabbing QB next since you have back-to-back picks (assuming a serpentine draft here). Just come away with a good WR with one of those grabs. And, don't reach on QB just to get a QB.
Brett (NYC) [via mobile]
On the turn in rounds 3/4 which two rbs would you take, Hillis, Bradshaw, Blount, Felix, Best, Greene, Knowshon
Dave Hunter (3:19 PM)
Oooo...so tough. I like a lot of these guys. My favorites though? Moreno and Felix Jones. Some may not agree with me, but I'm a huge Moreno guy and I like him to thrive this year, not only as a runner but a receiver out of the backfield. He may lose some TD scores to McGahee, but Moreno is extremely talented. And, with Jones having just about all the touches at RB for the Boys now? Awesome. Love Jones and Moreno here. Sure, there's some risk with both, but the talent and potential exceeds the risk for me.
Tony [via mobile]
Vick or Big Ben
Dave Hunter (3:20 PM)
Oh, come on. Vick.
cory (washington) [via mobile]
At what point do you think Pete caroll starts Charlie Whitehurst over T. Jack?
Dave Hunter (3:21 PM)
Let's pray you're asking this from a SEA fan perspective and not from a fantasy perspective, unless of course you're in a very deep league. I like T Jack to keep the job actually.
Dan-Kansas [via mobile]
Ended up with LT as my 2nd RB in a 12 team league. Have to start 2 RB's everyweek. Would I be better off with macghee?
Dave Hunter (3:23 PM)
Ouch. You need to trade for an improvement at RB2. You must be loaded at WR, right? I mean, you have to be. Move one for a better RB. Until then, I would stick with LT.
Evan (houston) [via mobile]
Ray Rice is in a run 1st offense without mcgahee and with the #1 fullback (in the words of mark schlereth) in the national football league!!... I think I would draft him ahead of chris johnson considering his holdout if most likely going to last into the season what do you think
Dave Hunter (3:25 PM)
I have NO problem with that logic at all, Evan. Go for it if you want to. Me? I'd still snag Chris Johnson. Why? He'll be ready to go by Week 1 - I'm not buying that he misses time and I trust him a bit more than Rice. But, I can't argue with your logic.
rico mass [via mobile]
Is this the year megatron lives up to the hype or should I just draft Fitzgerald and be conservative
Dave Hunter (3:27 PM)
Sorry, but Calvin has already lived up to the hype. 12 TD last season? That's super-dee-duper. I would rather have Calvin over Fitz, only because I expect Stafford to stay healthy for most of the year and for the Lions to be an improved club overall. Calvin is about as talented as it gets at WR - total beast man.
RebirthBrassBand NewOrleans La [via mobile]
Hello everyone how do u think mark ingram will do with the saints.
Dave Hunter (3:29 PM)
My own personal projections on Ingram: 700 yards, 4 TD. A bit conservative, but there's just too many options at RB in New Orleans right now.
david chicago [via mobile]
What are your thoughts on jay cutler as a qb2?
Dave Hunter (3:29 PM)
I'm not doing cartwheels over Cutler, but yeah, I can dig him as my QB2. You could do a bunch worse.
josh (winston salem,nc) [via mobile]
Can you rank these backs for me and tell me how close? 1. Steven Jackson 2. Peyton Hillis 3. Shonn Greene 4. Knowshon Moreno 5. Lagerette Blount
Dave Hunter (3:31 PM)
SJax, Moreno, Blount, Hillis, Greene. SJax and Moreno are VERY close for me, Blount just a bit back. Hillis a bit from Blount (not crazy about Hillis this season, not digging the change in offense for the Browns, not liking Hillis' fade away last season, EVEN with a rib injury), Greene VERY close to Hillis.
Josh, FL [via mobile]
I have Ryan and Stafford at QB, servicable or get help?
Dave Hunter (3:32 PM)
Very serviceable, my friend. Ryan and Stafford will get you through the season no problem, assuming you're kicking booty at RB and WR.
Jake [via mobile]
Would Kyle Rudolph be worth picking up as a backup TE option?
Dave Hunter (3:34 PM)
Oh, man, Kyle Rudolph gets me all squishy inside. This guy has great hands, good speed for a big guy, runs fantastic routes, does it all. The concern on Rudolph? The injury he's recovering from and how ready he'll be. I like him a ton, so yeah, I'd take a chance on Rudolph as a backup TE...if you're into rostering backup TE (I'm normally not).
Brandon(OH) [via mobile]
Top 3 RB choices?
Dave Hunter (3:36 PM)
Mine are AP, Foster and Chris Johnson....right now.
Joe las Vegas [via mobile]
I'm in a league where the TE gets a point per reception. which round do I take an elite TE,WHICH one sticks out to you in this format?
Dave Hunter (3:39 PM)
You should check out our PPR 12-team mock we had: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=NFLDK2K11mock12standard I grabbed Gates 30th overall in a STANDARD league and have no regrets whatsoever, so in PPR...3rd round would be very appropriate for me. Gates, then Clark, then Finley.
Dave Hunter (3:40 PM)
Sorry, that link is for a standard, not PPR.
mike akron,ohio [via mobile]
will josh cribbs have some fantasy value this year in the west coast offense
Dave Hunter (3:40 PM)
I don't see a drastic change for Cribbs, maybe slight change, but that's it.
mike tampa [via mobile]
First year keeper league . Have Vick and Jamal Charles. Vick was FA acquisition, Charles was 6th rounder, forfeiting 13th pick for Vick, or 4th pick for Charles. Advice please.
Dave Hunter (3:42 PM)
Vick over Charles EASILY. Vick as a 13th rounder is a MUCH better value than Charles as a 4th rounder. No-brainer to me...sorry.
Ben, Fl [via mobile]
Is Jahvid best worth starting over Reggie Bush, Mark Ingram, or Micheal Bush?
Dave Hunter (3:43 PM)
Daniel MN [via mobile]
Is Big Ben worth to keep around as a backup for Pete Manning, or should I look to trade him when Manning gets better???
Dave Hunter (3:44 PM)
Big Ben is well worth keeping around. Not sure why you're getting all twisted up about Big Ben, especially as your backup.
Max (Chicago) [via mobile]
Am I crazy to have Jamaal Charles #1 overall?
Dave Hunter (3:44 PM)
I wouldn't say you're crazy, but I prefer the steadiness and reliability of AP at No. 1.
Sean (Ohio) [via mobile]
Traded the 10th n 83rd pick for 25 and 48. Never done this in football before. This strategy seem likely to work?
Dave Hunter (3:46 PM)
You should check out the Draft Slot Rankings piece put out years ago by our own Ken Daube. Good stuff, and gives you a great basis to go from for draft pick trading. I rarely EVER trade down unless I'm getting a boatload in return. This deal doesn't seem so bad, but losing a first round draft choice. Tough.
Ignacio (longbeah) [via mobile]
Do u think adrian fosters worth the first overall pick?
Dave Hunter (3:48 PM)
Sure I do. I have him No. 2, even with the loss of Vonta Leach to the Ravens. Foster is going to get tons of touches, both as a runner and receiver. He won't put up the numbers to match last season, but No. 1 overall I have no problem with. I just prefer AP.
Michael (NJ) [via mobile]
Which team defense will be the best for my fantasy team
Dave Hunter (3:49 PM)
Don Zilla(NYC) [via mobile]
Manningham is moving up draft boards. is he a top 15 WR?
Dave Hunter (3:50 PM)
No, not quite. I'm guessing you're a Giants fan being from NYC, but no, Manningham isn't top-15. He'll be lucky to be top-20.
Matt (Denver, CO) [via mobile]
I see this advice every year: Nab Top RBs and Top WRs and draft the QB later. Yet every year, I feel like I'm scrambling for a QB. Is it smarter to spend a 1st or 2nd round pick on a QB these days?
Dave Hunter (3:51 PM)
Nope. It's smarter to stick to the plan you've been going with for years, UNLESS a top QB slips in the draft and you get great value. I don't pass on draft value. Remember, you want players that score above and beyond the average fantasy starter at each position. You don't just grab QB because he scores the most points. It's the difference between the others at his position that matters most.
Jose (Oxnard) [via mobile]
How much of a detriment will Dexter McCluster be on Jamaal Charles?
Dave Hunter (3:52 PM)
jimbo minne [via mobile]
Dave need ur help! Who goes in for a start qb brees at gb or jfreeman at det? I need ur input
Dave Hunter (3:54 PM)
I NEVER bench Brees, Jimbo. No matter the matchup, but that's me. I don't get too caught up in matchups early in the season anyway.
SJ (Provo) [via mobile]
Will Bryant and Marshall (with L. Moore as WR3) get me by at WR in a PPR where I have a loaded RB corp?
Dave Hunter (3:55 PM)
Yes, they will. In fact, I think they'll more than get you by. Both will put up solid numbers, with Bryant really having a chance at a wonderful breakout season.
Mario pvn NORWALK, CA [via mobile]
In a 12 man league do u think i made out with a strong draft with mjd with the 8th pick and i went and got a. johnson, nicks, m.wallace and then took deangelo 4 my 2nd rb. Eli or freeman @ qb gronk for my te and denver D.
Dave Hunter (3:57 PM)
You made out wonderfully. I'd love to have this club going into Week 1. Loaded at WR and excellent RB in MJD and DeAngelo. Look for DeAngelo to have a very good season - he's going to get plenty of touches in CAR.
l7rew13ob Tucson [via mobile]
Do u think kevin kolb can produce this year with the obvious lack of a runnig game since wells is injury prone and Williams gone of the season?
Dave Hunter (3:58 PM)
I do. I like Kevin Kolb and marked him as my sleeper QB this season. There's not doubting his talent and skills and being given the opportunity to toss the ball up a bunch in AZ? I want him on roster as my QB2. I'm not worried about Wells so much, taking away from Kolb that is.
Ben [via mobile]
Lee evans or Donald driver?
Dave Hunter (4:00 PM)
Lee Evans. Love the trade to the Ravens, love his ability to get down field...and his speed in general. Dig that he's got a good QB in Flacco to get him the ball. Evans will surprise this season. Driver is on the decline and will have a tough time getting looks with Jordy Nelson and James Jones looking to squeeze their way in.
Dave Hunter (4:00 PM)
That's it for me everyone! Thanks so much for the questions, and sorry I couldn't get to them all. Enjoy your evening!
Joshua Barbarotta (4:12 PM)
Thanks to Tristan, Jim and Dave for all the Fantasy insight. Much thanks to everyone who participated today as well. See you all next week!