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November 2, 2:35 PM ET
Fantasy Football with Scott Engel

Mark (Madison, WI)

Travis Henry court date just got pushed back to the 16th. As a S. Young owner, should I trade Alexander for Henry?

Scott Engel
  (11:02 AM)

Good morning everyone! If you can get the other owner to do it, go for it - getting him to accept may be a challenge

Chris (MA)

Any word on either Marvin or Ben Watson for the game?

Scott Engel
  (11:03 AM)

Too early - Friday is the key practice day for these things to be decided

bob- miami

hines ward or kevin walter this week?

Scott Engel
  (11:05 AM)

I would use Ward - h eis the more established WR and is clearly healthy again

Robert (chicago)

Fantasy football etiquette--a team in my league won by a point but this morning woke up and lost the game. i know the nfl make stat corrections but should this team still have a win. just want your input. thanks scotty.

Scott Engel
  (11:06 AM)

Live scoring is not official and the league makes changes after watching film - it's hard luck, but it has to stick

Timmeh (NJ)

I really want Hackett, but don't know who to drop to get him. Would you drop Dwayne Bowe or Brandon Marshall to pick him up?

Scott Engel
  (11:07 AM)

Neither - if you can drop a player from another position, do it, otherwise forget it

mike(pa)

selvin young or ryan grant?

Scott Engel
  (11:07 AM)

If Henry is able to play, I would use Grant

Robert (Palm City, FL).

Do I start Berry or Ravitz?

Scott Engel
  (11:09 AM)

Tough call there - depends on your format - for witty quips, Berry, for not being afraid to go out on a limb, Ravitz

Zack (Albany, NY)

How important is ease of schedule when position your team for the fantasy playoffs. For instance would I want to trade Brandon Jacobs (who faces the Eagles, Redskins and Bills) for someone like Jamal Lewis (who faces the Jets, Buffalo and Cincinnati)?

Scott Engel
  (11:11 AM)

Jacobs is the better player - only use the sked to grt an upgrade or player of similar value - and do them as close tot he deadline as possible, because a lot can change between now and the playoffs

Christopher (Mass)

SCOTTTTTTTTTTT Hey man, thanks for answering my questions: Do I give Rudi Johnson a chance this week at RB2? The bench has got Chris Henry, Kevin Foulke and Ahman Green. (Marion Barber = RB1). What do I do????

Scott Engel
  (11:12 AM)

See how the practice reports look from today, later on in the afternoon - otherwise, use Henry

Byron (Philadelphia)

Should I start Peyton Manning vs New England or Phillip Rivers vs Minnesota

Scott Engel
  (11:14 AM)

You don't bench Manning - especially in a huge game like this one

Tom (Orange County CA)

Good Morning Scott, Please pick 2 please. AP(Minn), R.Bush or S.Alexander. Thanks for your help.

Scott Engel
  (11:15 AM)

Until Alexander plays better, he should be benched regardless of matchup

Paul (Orlando)

For my Flex, Should I use M Bennett, Norwood, or G Jennings? Or should I dump one for Echemandu? Thanks

Scott Engel
  (11:16 AM)

Use Jennings, who is playing well again - but also add Echemandu if you can

Ken (MA)

Is DeAngelo Williams ever going to live up to his pre season hype?

Scott Engel
  (11:17 AM)

Looks like it won't happen this year, but there is still a lot of hope for the future

Aaron (Wilmington, OH)

As you said, it's early yet for Harrison. Still, considering the injury, is it the safer move to bench him in favor of Colston? (I'm also starting Boldin)

Scott Engel
  (11:18 AM)

When in doubt, always go with the healthy guy - no worries of a zero or someone leaving the game early

Scott (Minneapolis)

Drop Chris Brown or DeAngelo Williams for Echmandu? Also, going forward would you rather have Rivers, Cutler or Bulger?

Scott Engel
  (11:19 AM)

I would drop Brown. Then keep Rivers and Cutler and rotate them based on matchups

Dave (Denver)

With both Addai and Peterson facing tough defensive matchups, do you bench either in favor of KJones or Young?

Scott Engel
  (11:20 AM)

No - Addai will be ready for the big game and Peterson can explode at any time - you don't bench your top players

Jeff (TX)

Would you offer Thomas Jones & Kellen Winslow for MJD if you had Heath Miller as your backup Tight End?

Scott Engel
  (11:23 AM)

Winslow for MJD is fair enough - you don't need to add Jones, too

Charles (MD)

Scott, you say that you don't bench your top players (in the case of Addai vs. NE). Well would you put Willis McGahee in this category (vs. Pitt)?

Scott Engel
  (11:24 AM)

McGahee is not an elite fantasy player like Addai - it all depends on who your other option is - he has to be pretty close in value

RICKY ( va)

Good morning Scott, Do I start Hackett (if branch is out) over Colston or Ward? my gut says Colston lucked into a good game. Thoughts?

Scott Engel
  (11:25 AM)

Colston is getting targeted more and it's not a fluke - Hackett had a bad preseason and a long layoff, so give him a week to see how he looks

Andy (CT)

If Coles is out, is Brad Smith a good start?

Scott Engel
  (11:27 AM)

He has no experience facing top cover guys and Smith is too much of a risk

Pat (Atl)

Scott, i need help!!! i need to start 2 of these 3: Betts, Julius Jones, Driver. who ya got?!?!

Scott Engel
  (11:28 AM)

Driver for sure, and at least Jones could get you a few points that Betts might not

Craig (Tampa)

I own Earnest Graham, M Bennett, and S Morris! Which one should I dump for Echemandu?

Scott Engel
  (11:29 AM)

I would drop Bennett - I really do not see him making much of an impact this year at all

Nick (Boston)

Better bye week TE, Scheffler or Heller?

Scott Engel
  (11:30 AM)

Scheffler - Heller was a fluke who rarely gets thrown to.

Barry (Minneapolis)

Do you consider Driver an every week start for the rest of the year, or is he a matchup guy?

Scott Engel
  (11:31 AM)

I maintain faith in him - not every WR explodes every week.

David (LA, CA)

What kind of TE can/should I target for Derek Anderson (6 pt TD passing, PPR league)? Also, start Denver D (@ Det) or Baltimore (@ Pit)?

Scott Engel
  (11:33 AM)

Many people still don't take Anderson seriously, so only maybe a Heath Miller type - you have to locate ateam in your league that needs QB help and see what happens- I stick with the Ravens - simply the better unit

Matt (WV)

Are we going to see Brady Quinn this year, or should I feel confident about Derk Andersen's playoff status?

Scott Engel
  (11:35 AM)

As I said, some people still don't believe in Anderson, which confounds me

John (Fort Myers)

Should I drop either Darrel Jackson or Mark Clayton for Echemandu?

Scott Engel
  (11:36 AM)

I would drop Clayton - he has been invisible this season

eno (fantasy lounge)

Old man (Favre V KC) or young stud (Cutler v DET)???

Scott Engel
  (11:37 AM)

I hope you're still as successful when you're that "old" - stick with Favre

Mark (Maryland)

Hi Scott, will Marshawn Lynch finally rush for over 100 yards this week against the Bengals?

Scott Engel
  (11:37 AM)

He should get close and will at least bang out a score

Robert (Eugene, OR)

I have been offered M. Harrison for S. Alexander. Which former stud has a beter chance to rebound?

Scott Engel
  (11:38 AM)

Both are big concerns - at least Alexander can play and I would keep him

TJ (Birmingham)

Flex spot - Echmandu, Randle-El or Hilliard? Thanks!

Scott Engel
  (11:39 AM)

Too early to trust Echemandu - go with Hilliard for decent numbers

Willie (Pittsburgh)

Is DJ Hackett or C Henry (CIN) the better pickup for the rest of the season? Need WR help bad. Thanks.

Scott Engel
  (11:40 AM)

I would go with Henry - he is a more proven big-play man

Adam Chicago

RB question I would love to finally get answered. When will Alexanders cast come off? It has to be a big reason for the low production this year. Thanks.

Scott Engel
  (11:41 AM)

The cast is not the reason - it's not on the hand that carries the ball - the blocking is a big problem - Alexander waits for holes to develop and that is not happening anymore

Abe (Detroit)

Is Lee Evans back? Should i consider benching Boldin for Evans?

Scott Engel
  (11:43 AM)

One tug of war catch and run is not enough to convince me he is a good starter again

Carl (Charlotte)

Hello Scott, Isn't Echemandu (Hamstring) injured? Also do you see him as just a flash in the pan?

Scott Engel
  (11:43 AM)

He was able to return to practice this week and it was a mild strain. He had a good preseason but can be a decent plug-in

Ed (LA)

PPR League, Pick 2: Gore, T Jones, or Lendale White

Scott Engel
  (11:45 AM)

Gore is bnaged up, so I would wait for reports later today - if no setbacks, I would use him and White

John (NYC)

Scott, haven't heard anything on the health of MOJO-Drew this week. Fragile Freddy got most of the carries last week. Will MOJO have a bounce back week?

Scott Engel
  (11:46 AM)

I would wait for practice reports later today - if he has no setbacks he should be good to go

Drew (Tampa, FL)

Would you trade Berrian or Hilliard for Chambers? I know they are comparable players but im one game out of a playoff spot and cant afford to lose another week and Berrians on bye. Please help!

Scott Engel
  (11:48 AM)

I would stick with Hilliard because he has at least been respectable and Chambers has a long history of inconsistency - plus, he may open up things up for other players in SD instead of making regular contributions

chris (new york)

Hi Scott, do you think it is worth it to target Gore in a trade? Looks like I can get him for Andre Johnson. My RBs now are S-Jax, Portis, Lynch, Watson, and Betts. We start 2 WRs and I have Housh and Boldin. Curious to hear your thoughts, thanks.

Scott Engel
  (11:49 AM)

Gore has been a disappointment and I can't see him helping you too much - when Johnson returns you can get someone better for him

Nick (Dallas)

I've been offered Payton Manning and Andre Davis for Carson Palmer and Willis McGahee in a trade. I already own LT, Peterson (MN) and Marshawn Lynch..do I accept the trade?

Scott Engel
  (11:50 AM)

Of course! Davis is just a throw-in, but you certainly have the depth to do it

Joe (SC)

I'm thinking about trading Steve Smith and Chris Chambers for Maroney. I'm deep at receiver would you make this deal?

Scott Engel
  (11:51 AM)

No way - Maroney has been mediocre and I wouldn't trade Smith alone for him.

Chace (LA)

I have Coles and Branch who are both out. Who should I pick up to play at WR3? Engram, Hackett, Reggie Brown, K. Walters or Ike?

Scott Engel
  (11:53 AM)

I would use Walters for sure - he has been playing very well recently

Brad (Dallas, TX)

Scott, would you start Kenny Watson this weekend in a good matchup even though Rudi Johnson is back, or would you go with Ryan Grant? RB1 is Marion Barber. PPR league.

Scott Engel
  (11:54 AM)

If Rudi practices fine today, it makes Watson a risk and I would use Grant

John-NJ

Please Scott....you are the last expert chat beofre this trade goes through and we need your opinion..please????? Dallas Clark and Maroney for Coles and Vernon Davis. Trade between a husband and wife, one in last, other in 2nd. The trade doesn't help the last place team(getting Coles) at all and they had threatened to "help" each other before. Fair deal?

Scott Engel
  (11:56 AM)

If you truly believe it's collusion, overturn it. They must prove it helps each team and why they want the players - you should talk to both of them and if they can't come up with a legit reason for the deal, overturn

Jason (indy)

Cotchery or James Jones!!!!

Scott Engel
  (11:57 AM)

Coles may be out, so Cotchery could play a bigger role this week

Darrell ( NC )

E. Graham or Ryan Grant this week

Scott Engel
  (11:58 AM)

I would roll with Grant - neither is proven but Grant may have more upside

T.P. (Ontario, CA)

Quick Scott pick 2, Bowe, Branch, Stalwwoth or Colston

Scott Engel
  (12:00 PM)

Branch is a gametime decision and while i like Stallworth, Bowe si a clear No. 1 guy now and Colston has rebounded. Thanks a lot everyone - next chat at 3 pm ET!