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Christopher Harris (11:02 AM)
Hi, everyone. Thanks for chatting this morning. Before we get going, please remember that my weekly positional ranks are included on this page: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=11ranksWeek3QB and you can even sort by my individual ranks. So I won't answer single-position questions here... Let's get to it.
Chris... come on man, can you answer this easy question for me? Will JStew take over starting role over DWill? Or basically be more involved. Thanks a ton
Christopher Harris (11:03 AM)
Hi, Brian. History tells us that DeAngelo Williams is the starter, and he's played more snaps so far this season than Jonathan Stewart has. But through two games, the Panthers have been throw-throw-throw, and Stew Beef appears to be the receiving back, which explains his big numbers last week. As things currently stand, I still think Williams has the better year. But he would need to stay healthy, and if Carolina keeps throwing like this, it's worth asking whether *either* guy can muster much fantasy value.
Any upside to LeRon McClain like a couple years ago?
Christopher Harris (11:05 AM)
Hi, Dave. McClain could be a sneaky play for the Chiefs, it's true. I would imagine they're prepared to let Thomas Jones start out as the feature back again, with McCluster in a supplemental role and McClain still as the fullback. But (a) I could be wrong, because I'm not sitting there watching KC practice; and (b) Jones could spit the bit, because he's getting older. So while adding McClain is *purely* speculative, we *have* seen him be an effective halfback before, so it's a speculation that I don't hate.
Would you play both Foster & Tate if both are active? Foster would be the flex guy in place of the ailing Felix Jones.
Christopher Harris (11:06 AM)
Hi, Tom. First of all, reading the tea leaves in Houston, I actually expect Foster might be inactive this week. I have Tate as a top-10 back this week behind what might be the best O-line in the NFL, and as of what I know at this moment, no, I probably wouldn't plan on playing Foster at all right now.
Will Decker do it all year? This season's breakout star? Look mom, I'm on with Chris Harris!
Christopher Harris (11:08 AM)
Hi, Ghost. I had Decker as a Super-Deep Sleeper last month, so he's been on my (and many folks') radar screen...but I want to temper expectations just a bit. Brandon Lloyd didn't play last week, which explains Decker taking the lead in that Denver offense. When Lloyd returns (should be this week), it's hard for me to see Decker being a WR1 for that team. That said, I do think he'll be a starter all season. Does the WR2 for a so-so John Fox offense merit top-20 consideration among WRs? I tend to think not. But folks who are adding him have the right idea. If things break his way, he *could* get there.
What are your concerns with waiting on Romo (monday night game)? Better to avoid the headache and start Kolb against a weak Seattle D?
Christopher Harris (11:09 AM)
Hi, Matt. It's a great question, and one that I actually face myself in LARGE this week. (But my secondary option is Orton, not Kolb.) At this point, it really sounds like Romo will play. But you're absolutely right...that can change in a heartbeat, and frankly, even if I could go pick up Jon Kitna, I don't think I would feel very happy about having to start him. It probably comes down to personal risk tolerance. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna wait for Romo. But it's safer to just play Kolb, for sure.
Wendy (Tampa )
How do you think the Buffalo passing offense will fare against the New England D this weekend?
Christopher Harris (11:10 AM)
Hi, Wendy. I think they'll do pretty well. The Bills have a decent history (well, last year notwithstanding) of hanging with the Pats at home, and I continue to be underwhelmed by that New England defense, especially its edge rushers. It will be the undoing of that team (and I'm a Patriots fan), and I give Fitz an OK chance of having a good day. But Stevie Johnson needs to be able to play fully, because he apparently has a groin injury that's bugging him right now.
Would you trade Tate for Colston to the guy who has foster or reach for more somewhere?
Christopher Harris (11:12 AM)
Hi, Steve. Oh, I'd aim way, *way* higher if I were looking to sell high on Tate. Listen, I'm not trying to overstate things... there's every chance Foster will get healthy in the second half of the year and resume his excellent play. But there's also a pretty good chance you've latched onto *this* year's Arian Foster in Tate. I wouldn't give up that possibility for anything less than a sure-thing stud, not a broken-collarboned dude on a passing offense that spreads it around a bunch.
Hey Chris, Can you muster up any conclusion to why the Vikings are only playing Harvin on about 50% of there offensive plays and do you see this changing throughout the season?
Christopher Harris (11:14 AM)
Hi, Brock. Another really good question, and I wish I had the answer. The Minneapolis media has kind of raked that coaching staff over the coals (well, as much raking as gets done in Minnesota) about this, and the staff is sticking to its guns, saying it likes Harvin in more of a part-time role. I think it's crazy, and it's part of why the team blew its big lead Sunday. Harvin's stats looked OK, but he's not in there in red-zone situations or many two-receiver sets? In favor of Bernard Berrian and Michael Jenkins? Please. If someone wanted to pay me full value for Harvin right now, I'd probably do it.
Christopher Harris (11:15 AM)
By the way, guys, I still see a kabillion "who should I start?" questions...see this page: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=11ranksWeek3QB
Metta World Hate (Week 3)
Shonn Greene seems ill-equipped for the bell cow role? Is it him or the O-line..or a combo of both. When will the Jets crowd start chanting for Bilal? What say u!!
Christopher Harris (11:17 AM)
Hi, Ron. Yeah, there are definite concerns about Greene. I haven't liked what I've seen at *all*. It's not that defenses are plugging the line and daring Mark Sanchez to beat them. It's that Greene hasn't shown any wiggle at all, and not much burst, either. Color me surprised that it's not the threat of a platoon but rather Greene's skills that have me nervous here. The fact that Mangold will probably miss this week's game doesn't help. I think Greene is clearly outside the top 20 RBs right now.
Blake (College Station)
Chris, I really miss the Breakdown. It was a Friday staple for me. Would Sproles be a good RB2 option over Best in a PPR league or is that getting too cute?
Christopher Harris (11:18 AM)
Hi, Blake. Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, in the end I had kind of a love/hate relationship with the Breakdown. I liked that it was so popular, but I didn't like that it took basically two full days of work to produce...and my bosses thought I could be used more effectively (and do more TV) if I pared back on it. But thank you. And yes, I think that would be getting too cute. Off the top of my head, I believe Best is the No. 6 RB in PPR leagues right now, and that's with a sub-4.0 YPC, which there's no way he doesn't improve if he stays healthy. I'm still all aboard on Best.
Mike (Rochester, NY)
a kabillion? that's alot.. this isnt start/sit.. Should I drop Sidney Rice or hang onto him?
Christopher Harris (11:20 AM)
Hi, Mike. Obviously, this is a context-specific question. In general, I don't hate hanging onto Rice, because he's...what?... one of the 20 most talented receivers in the league? Obviously, his current QB situation and the questions about his shoulder make him unusable that this point. If there's someone out there you really think could help you as a starter this week, I don't hate dropping Rice. But I still give him a non-zero chance of resuming his fantasy stardom this year.
If I am trading Tate's upside for another RBs stability where should i look? Top 25? Top 20?
Christopher Harris (11:21 AM)
Well, Jon, given that I have Tate rated No. 9 this week, I'm aiming dang high. I mean, at some point, it might be hard to convince a team in your league to trade away a star RB for Tate. It might be easier to get a player at another position. But given how fragmented the, say, bottom 5 of the top 20 RBs are? I don't feel *particularly* compelled to deal Tate at all right now.
Does Steven Jackson's injury this early in the season worry you? I'm not thinking of getting rid of him or anything, but I'm afraid this is one of those things that turns into an entire season of questionable statuses and last second decisions.
Christopher Harris (11:22 AM)
Hi, Mitch. I guess I can't really speak to this particular injury, because really, unless we're *him*, we don't know what it feels like. We know Jackson is a tough dude and will be out there if he can. But yes, I've had real concerns about S-Jax all summer, because nobody in the league has more touches from scrimmage than he does over the past five years. It adds up. He's not tradeable right now, but if he produces a couple good weeks eventually, I might think about dealing him in the right trade.
James (Some Giant Peach)
Not buying on Denario Alexander? I have MSW on my roster but Denario looks more impressive physically
Christopher Harris (11:24 AM)
Hi, James. Two worries about Alexander. First, his knees are so fragile. Second, the Rams know this, and seem determined not to overwork him. Despite some nice numbers Monday night, Alexander wasn't out there all the time, whereas MSW was. Listen, I feel as burned by the next person by MSW from last year's debacle. I worry he's a knucklehead. But choosing between them at the moment, I give Sims-Walker the better chance of staying healthy and producing. The largest takeaway from the first two games, though, is that I don't think Sam Bradford is ready to be a stud in a Josh McDaniels offense, and I don't know if *any* of those Rams receivers have it in 'em to be this year's Brandon Lloyd.
Does Knowshon ever shine, assuming he shakes the hammy? Elway predicted a breakout season, and John can't be wrong!p.s. It's nice that you say hi to each person. Thanks for that.
Christopher Harris (11:26 AM)
Hi, Josh. I haven't been much of a Knowshon booster the past couple of seasons, and this year is no exception. And the Broncos seem to have kind of a weird relationship with Moreno. You're right, Elway said some nice things, but that was after there was all manner of leak all summer from the Denver front office about how they worried Moreno was a glorified third-down back. It sounds like he's got a chance to play this week, but McGahee is coming off a good game and will play, too. I won't be shocked if this is a straight platoon now, a la the days of Moreno and Buckhalter. I have to be honest...at this very moment, I think I might actually be more comfortable owning McGahee.
Can I count Beanie Wells as my every week flex start?
Christopher Harris (11:27 AM)
Hi, Tyler. Until he breaks down, I think you can. There might not be a back in football with a clearer starting role. Chester Taylor still isn't anywhere to be found, and nobody else on that roster looks capable of stealing more than a handful of carries. One wonders, of course, whether that's actually a *bad* thing for the injury-plagued Beanie.
Colts Receivers (Pining for Peyton)
Any real upside here? Will the QB situation improve or should my owners abandon ship?
Christopher Harris (11:28 AM)
I mean, the problem of course is that you can't drop Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark, but it's kind of scary to start them, either. I can see the argument for dumping Pierre Garcon for sure...he's just not a good enough player to be able to star consistently in this offense. As for Austin Collie? The numbers weren't good last week, but it *was* heartening to see him out there for a bunch more snaps, and get some more looks. The bottom line is: no, not much upside right now. If there's someone who looks far more usable than Collie on your waiver wire, I can't complain too much about dropping him, too.
Is Gates slowing down or is the offense just not coming his way right now?
Christopher Harris (11:30 AM)
Hi, Phil. Well, I don't think he's slowing down. He's 31 and really still in his prime. But there are rumblings that the same old foot injury may have returned, and contributed to his catch-less day last week (but of course, bracket coverage from the Pats contributed, too). Anyone who drafted Gates is fully locked into him, and you have to plug him into your lineup until he can't run anymore. But yeah, I mean, I'm interested to see if he can make that foot work going forward.
Trent (Great Lakes)
Who's Bilal??? I'm a Greene owner. A frustrated Greene owner...
Christopher Harris (11:31 AM)
Bilal Powell is a rookie out of Louisville. I think that previous question was a bit tongue-in-cheek...the Jets have a few options if they decided Greene flat-out can't play, including Tomlinson and Joe McKnight. But Powell is an interesting name for the future.
Do you think Roy Williams can be productive this year with Martz or is it the same old with him?
Christopher Harris (11:32 AM)
Hi, Scott. Same old, same old. I wouldn't touch the guy. I was suckered in a couple years ago for his first season in Dallas, and I'm done. There's too much smoke for there not to be fire. I think it's fair that people question whether he really wants to be great, besides which the Cutler O-line situation isn't getting any better. I'm staying away from *all* those receivers, really.
Welker (The Slot)
Any chance i finally score or go over 100 yards against Buffalo?
Christopher Harris (11:34 AM)
Are we really allowed to complain about Welker? He's got 15 catches for 241 yards and two TDs in two games. Sheesh. You can't please some folks.
Which RB would you rather have for the rest of the season - Rashard Mendenhall or Matt Forte?
Christopher Harris (11:35 AM)
Hi, Perry. It's a good question. In a standard league, I think they're pretty close. Forte is obviously the more "complete" player, but he's just not very good getting those short scores. Mendy still should get 10-plus TDs without breaking a sweat. I think I'll still say Mendy, by a whisker, but in a PPR, it's obviously Forte.
Which Dallas Cowboys replacement receiver is the guy to add? Jessie Holly intrigues me...
Christopher Harris (11:36 AM)
Hi, Patrick. Holley is a nice story (he's the guy who won Michael Irvin's reality series and got a training camp spot with the Cowboys a couple years back), and he made a big play against SF last week. But Kevin Ogletree is probably the guy I'd add if I had to add someone. If Dez Bryant can't go (I expect he will), then I'm guessing Ogletree leads the team in WR targets. Really, though, if Bryant plays, the only usable guys here are him and Jason Witten.
Staying in Dallas, Murray over Choice is the right call isn't it? Choice has had forever to display what he can do.
Christopher Harris (11:37 AM)
Hi, Kit. Couldn't have said it better myself. If I had to add one guy, it would be Murray. I think Choice has it in him to be a decent player, but how long as Jason Garrett been watching this guy in practice. It just doesn't seem it'll ever happen for him in Dallas.
Chris (Lexington, KY)
Thoughts on Devery Henderson.......
Christopher Harris (11:39 AM)
Hi, Chris. Well, he is what he is. He's an elite deep threat who ever so often escapes a defense's notice and hits a homer. And with Colston out and Moore limited, he's gotten more chances to run straight down the field with his hand up. For fantasy, though, he's the ultimate example of feast or famine...so when you happen to start him a week he makes a big play, you feel like a genius, but his downside is zero catches, even with Colston still out.
Chris, would you sell high on Fred Jackson?
Christopher Harris (11:41 AM)
Hi, John. It depends on how high. If someone wanted to give me, oh, Chris Johnson for him, because they're worried about CJ2K? It'd do it in a heartbeat. Or, y'know, Larry Fitzgerald or something? Sure. But if the offer is, I dunno, Ahmad Bradshaw? I probably wouldn't see the point. I do think Jackson is a candidate to wear down if he keeps getting used like this...he's a 30-year-old back, albeit one with somewhat less NFL tread taken off his tires. Put it this way: I don't view him as a serious candidate to lead the league in rushing.
What are your thoughts on Daniel Thomas's value over the course of the year? Rather have him or Tate for the long haul?
Christopher Harris (11:43 AM)
Hi, Morgan. Because a bird in the hand is worth two in the (Reggie) bush, I would probably rather have Tate. I believe in that HOU running game in a big way, and if I get, I dunno, three great games out of Tate because Foster's hammy still hurts (and that's a total guess by me, and probably not the most likely scenario), then, well, I'll probably have gotten more fantasy-game-winning value out of this slot than Thomas will give me all year. But of course, by the end of the season, there's a pretty big chance that Tate will take a back seat, and we really don't know about Thomas. Me, I'd probably feel good about winning some games right now with Tate, and worry about later later.
Marques Colston (A Broken-Collarboned Dude)
Thanks for the kind words, Chris. I take it you're not a fan, even if I return in week 6?
Christopher Harris (11:44 AM)
No, I'm a fan. He's a good player. He's just out right now, and who knows if he's himself when he comes back? If Colston gets right, he's obviously the best NO receiver to own. But even then, despite the presence of Drew Brees, that's not top-10 for WRs, because of how much the Saints spread it around.
Hi, Chris. What are your thoughts on reggie bush? Was last week a sign of things to come?
Christopher Harris (11:46 AM)
Hi, Mark. Yes, I think it was. It seems to me that Dolphins got 1.5 games' worth of a look at Bush as their starter, and decided they didn't love what they saw. Thomas looked pretty good. I think it's a platoon right now, and the best-case scenario for the Dolphins is Thomas plays big and lets Bush go back to being a "complementary," all-over-the-field kind of player. But that's only one possible scenario. This is still a rookie who apparently ticked off Miami with some dunderheadedness in camp and the preseason. He could also flop with more use.
I'm a Tate owner and am considering trying to acquire Foster on the cheap from his owner. Can then just play the starter from here on out. What should I be aiming for - would Shonn Greene just be an insult to him?
Christopher Harris (11:47 AM)
Hi, Chris. I like this way of thinking much more than the people who seem desperate to trade away Tate. See if you can buy Foster low. Of course, then the nightmare scenario is a platoon all year. But I like the impulse. Yeah, I mean, if someone would do that for Greene, I'd take it in a heartbeat. No harm in asking....
Who would you rather have the rest of the way? Reggie Bush or Roy Helu? (non-PPR)
Christopher Harris (11:48 AM)
Hi, Tim. I'm going to say Helu, only because I'm assuming Bush is nowhere near a starter on your team. If he's your RB4 or RB5, well, he's probably not going to see time in your lineup, because he's just not a feature back. And obviously Helu would need a sea change in D.C., but I *do* think he's got some every-back upside in him. So why not roster the guy who could change your team?
Aaron (Elkhart, IN)
Follow up to your comments on Danario Alexander...is Denarius Moore a better pickup?
Christopher Harris (11:49 AM)
Hi, Aaron. Yes, I think he is. I don't trust Alexander's knees to stay healthy with a full accompaniment of snaps. Neither guy is *startable* right now, in my opinion, unless you're truly desperate. But Moore could stick as WR1 in Oakland, depending on how the health of all the other guys pans out.
If Vick is cleared to go do you trust him enough to not start Stafford in his place?
Christopher Harris (11:50 AM)
Hi, Matt. Intriguing question. I think I'd have a hard time not starting Vick if he's out there (and remember, this is coming from the guy who rated Vick 5th among QBs this summer). That said, the Giants did beat the heck out of MV in their second meeting last year, and will blitz like crazy this week. It's a nice problem to have. I think I'd probably start Vick, but would *not* consider it crazy to play it safe for a week.
Can Titus Young overtake Burleson for the Lions #2 WR, and he worth stashing on someone's roster for a wait and see option?
Christopher Harris (11:52 AM)
Hi, Jeff. I don't expect it to happen this year. Young has some Percy Harvin in him (I think that's a better comparison than DeSean Jackson, which is the comparison Lions coaches threw around early this week). But Burleson is a good player, and is finally staying healthy (well, at least so far), plus he's a far more polished outside receiver. I think *Burleson* is the guy worth an add in all leagues. If you're in a seriously deep league, sure, you can add Young on the chance someone gets hurt.
Who would you rather have for the rest of the season...Antonio Brown or Emmanuel Sanders?
Christopher Harris (11:53 AM)
Hi, Hank. Another deeper-league question, obviously. I'm still on the Sanders bandwagon. He didn't score in Week 2, but I think he was *out* there more, and I respect his route-running more than I do Brown's.
What are your thoughts on David Nelson for the ROY. With Parrish on IR and defenses looking more at Stevie Johnson, does he have the potential to be a WR2?
Christopher Harris (11:54 AM)
Hi, Joe. First of all, Nelson isn't a rookie, so there's that. And we're also getting ahead of ourselves a little. Realize that the Bills don't often use Nelson out wide...he's likely to be Roscoe Parrish's replacement in the slot. Unless that changes, I don't think you see Nelson as a downfield receiver, which means he'll be yards-challenged. So while I think he's a good pickup, I don't see him as a top-20 WR any time soon. If I'm wrong, of course, you'll be glad you rostered him.
Y'know... I was just thinking... what does Chris Harris think about Deion Branch and his production? Hmmm.....I.... wonder.
Christopher Harris (11:56 AM)
Hi, Dig. I like Branch fine. I was high on him as a sleeper this summer while everyone else was getting their panties in a twist about Chad Ochocinco (go back and read what I wrote about that move when it happened), and I still think Branch is Brady's favorite outside receiver to throw to. And with Aaron Hernandez out for a few weeks, Branch should see his production stabilize. Of course, he's also a knee injury waiting to happen....
I think in that case ROY means rest of the year
Christopher Harris (11:56 AM)
Hah! Thanks, Bryan, and I apologize for that misunderstanding on my part. What a dope I am!
Hi, Chris! How high are you on Cam? Is he an every week starter over Freeman, or plug and play with the two of them?
Christopher Harris (11:58 AM)
Hi, Colby. It's tough to regain one's equilibrium when one is *so* wrong about a player, as I've been about Cam all summer, and for the season's first two weeks. I can't believe how much the Panthers are throwing! Will it keep up? Man, I don't know. I feel like up is down, black is white, et al. I don't hate using Newton against the Jags this week at *all*. But I don't feel like I can make an educated pronouncement about the entire year. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, and for this kid to have a seven-INT game....
Christopher Harris (11:59 AM)
All right, gang...one more than then I've got to get writing...
I'm trying to replace J CHarles. Should I trade Gates for Tate if I still have Finley???
Christopher Harris (12:00 PM)
Matt -- in general, I hate giving up on studs after a couple bad weeks, and it's tough to say that Tate will even be a starter in Week 4, let alone a star all year. I think I'd considering trading Gates, but I think I'd aim for a back you know can be in your lineup all year. As much as I'm intrigued by the possibility of Tate going bonkers all season, I have to admit there's a strong chance it won't happen as Foster gets healthy.
Christopher Harris (12:01 PM)
All right, gang. This was absolutely the most questions I've ever seen during a one-hour chat. Believe it or not, we actually eclipsed the 3,000-question mark. (Holy cow.) I'm truly overwhelmed by your interest and support, and believe me, I never take it for granted. I'm so lucky to get to do this for a living, and believe me, I know it's because of you, and you are appreciated. Remember, you can friend me at http://www.facebook.com/writerboy, and follow me on Twitter @writerboyESPN. Thank you very much.
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