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November 16, 12:57 PM ET
Fantasy Football with Scott Engel

Mike (Marietta, GA)

I can only play 2 of the 3: Edge, L. White, and Boldin. Boldin has to sit, right?

Scott Engel
  (3:01 PM)

Yes - Edge faces a weak run defense, and White lines up against what may be the worst run defense in the NFL

Sants Claus(North Pole)

need 1 between Selvin Young and Jamaal Lewis...thanx. Merry Xmas!!!

Scott Engel
  (3:02 PM)

Young - Henry has a partially torn PCL that may keep him out again, and the Titans may also be without Haynesworth again

Michelle (Boston)

Karabell is sticking w/ S. Alexander this wk. If Alexander plays AND S. Young starts for Den, would you start Alexander, Young, or M. Morris as a #2RB this week? Thanks

Scott Engel
  (3:03 PM)

I have the utmost respect for EK, but I don't see Alexander doing much at all and would much rather use Young

Bob (Raleigh NC)

Who to start at flex this week: Ahman Green, TJ Duckett or Darrell Jackson?

Scott Engel
  (3:04 PM)

Green is a gametime decision and Duckett may only see limited work - Jackson is your only real choice unless you cut him and go for Anthomy Thomas or Aaron Moorehead

Sean (Boston)

Westbrook listed on the injury report for Friday and is questionable. Which backup is the one to pick up?

Scott Engel
  (3:05 PM)

Westbrook is still expected to play, but Buckhalter is his handcuff

Josh (UT)

Who is the better play at flex: Wes Welker or Chester Taylor?

Scott Engel
  (3:06 PM)

Welker - he is now a full-fledged fantasy star, while Taylor is just a plug-in

JP - Chicago

Is Andre Johnson going to have a game? Start him over Boldin or Hines?

Scott Engel
  (3:08 PM)

I would - Schaub is healthy too and AJ should be well-rested and fully ready to contribute good numbers again

Greg (NJ)

I need 2 receivers to start out of Colston, Welker, and Ward. In my flex spot I currently have Fargas going, is he a good play or should I put one of the receivers above? Thanks for the help.

Scott Engel
  (3:08 PM)

I would use the three WRs, especially when you consider Ward faces the Jets

Judd (Boston)

In a non-ppr league, who to start this week? Bush or Chester Taylor??

Scott Engel
  (3:09 PM)

I would start Bush - the Texans D is going to have a lot of trouble containing him

Bob (NY)

Hey Scott, would you start Schaub or VY this weekend?

Scott Engel
  (3:11 PM)

I would go with Schaub - he gets Johnson back, and the Saints allow over 250 passing yards per game

Garth (Towson, MD)

Scott PLEASE ADVISE!!! This week has huge playoff implications for me. I'm thinking about benching LT and starting Gore and C. Taylor. Please let me know what you think!!!

Scott Engel
  (3:12 PM)

Giore has not played well enough to consider him over LT, and Taylor has not played enough to consider him over lT - that is matchup overanalysis - matchups alone do not dictat elineup decisions - its level of player plus matchup

Jimmy (Indy)

With AD going down, I've got a gaping hole at RB. Do I go with Ryan Grant, J. Lewis or Kevin Jones for the rest of the season?

Scott Engel
  (3:13 PM)

I think you have to rotate them based on matchups and health - there sno one surefire guy - Grant for this week

William - TX

Fargas or Priest this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:15 PM)

I would go with Fargas - I wa snot overly impressed with Priest last week and he faces a tougher D this week, even without Freeney

Desperate Owner (Fantland)

Please answer serious QB question. I have Jay Cuts and VY going head to head on Monday. But Kyle Boller is sitting on the waivers with a sweet matchup vs Clev. All week everyone has said VY and Jay are in for tough games. Should I grab Boller and Plug in for a Week or stick with one of the two Qbs I have? Thanks. PLLLLEAAAAASSSSEEE ANNNSSSWWWEERRR.

Scott Engel
  (3:17 PM)

Boller can be erratic no matter who he faces - you can't judge a QB on matchups alone - look at Losman last week - neither Young ior Cutler are ideal starts, but I don;t trust Boller no matter who he faces - I would rather go with Cutler

Mike (sandiego, MD)

bit of a predicament here. I've got 3 players one flex: Reggie Brown, Fred Taylor, Bobby Engram? I've got 2 TE on slot: Ben Watson or Donald Lee? please help im dying here!

Scott Engel
  (3:18 PM)

I would use Lee until it's clear Watson is 100 pct again - I would take one more shot with Engram of those 3

Pat (Philly)

Kenny Watson or Andre Davis as a flex? What do you see out of boldin for the rest of the year?

Scott Engel
  (3:20 PM)

Watson's touches will be very limited, so use Davis. Boldin's hip is still an issue, so I would only expect occasional TDs and erratic yardage totals

chris (tampa)

you don't seem to be on the chester bandwagon.......need two. chester, gore, dayne, priest, kevin jones.

Scott Engel
  (3:22 PM)

I like Taylor, but not as a top 15 guy - he is no Peterson and is an adequate, not outstanding starter. I would use him over Dayne, Priest or Jones, though

Nick (Sioux Falls)

Scott, could really use your advice on which 2 wide recievers to start in a touchdown only league. Chad Johnson, Andre Johnson, Marvis Harrison, Wes Welker, or Roy Williams???

Scott Engel
  (3:23 PM)

Chad Johnson against a banged-up Arizona secondary, and Welker, because he always seems to score nowadays

Teddy (WI)

As my #3WR....pick one please. Curtis, Mason, or Calvin Johnson? Thanks.

Scott Engel
  (3:24 PM)

Johnson's bak is still hurting him and Mason dosn't score enough - I like Curtis for a long TD against Miami

Will (Philly)

Is any NYJ receiver worth picking up for ther stretch run?

Scott Engel
  (3:24 PM)

Cotchery - he and Clemens have worked well in workouts and preseason games in the past

Mike (KY)

Would you take a chance on a backup running back with a great playoff schedule, like a Musa Smith or J.Wright, and drop Gonzalez or Bruce? My other receivers are Colston, Boldin, and Evans.

Scott Engel
  (3:26 PM)

You can't trust Evans, so keep Bruce. I would get those guys only if you have their starters as handcuffs - at this point, its better to handcuff your starters for th estretch run than to take a gamble on longshot backups of players you do not have

Travis (Annapolis, MD)

I really can't believe I'm asking this, but...Ron Dayne or Dwayne Wright?

Scott Engel
  (3:27 PM)

Dayne - Anthony Thomas will likely get more carries than Wright this week

TreDay (Little Rock)

Who will catch the most passes and score the most touchdowns out of the Seahawk recievers now that they are all healthy and in a pass heavy system???

Scott Engel
  (3:28 PM)

Branch - he plays flanker and that is the prime playmaking position in the Seattle passing game

Billy (Houston)

Big trade controversy in our league and we need your thoughts. The last place team (0-10) just traded the third place team SJax for AP (Minn). Now this is a keeper league and AP would be a second round pick next year. I don't mind the two players involved but what I don't like is that will leave the 0-10 with only 1 starting RB (Grant, D. Williams & L. Jordan). He still has 3 more games to play. Two of those games against teams trying to get a first round bye. Plus there are 3 teams that are 3-7 so he hasn't secured the #1 pick for next year either. To me this is tanking your line up. He had Chatman, E. James, Grant and Jackson last week. What are your thoughts?

Scott Engel
  (3:31 PM)

I think by getting Peterson he is building for next year - as longa she has a legal lineup you really have nothing to say - the players involved make it fair - if this bothers you, you should set an earlier trade deadline next year

Ted, NYC

Situation: I am currently in first place and have been offered Marshawn Lynch for Fargas and Mo Morris. My RBs are LT and MJD, and Fargas is currently my flex with Morris on bench. I am comfortable in first so i could go without Marshawn this weekend. Is Lynch that much of an upgrade in the last few weeks over Fargas to justify me accepting a player who is injured?

Scott Engel
  (3:32 PM)

Lynch could miss more than one game, so I would hold off on making the deal

Rob (Grand Rapids, MI)

Pick 3: AJ, Boldin, Hackett, Henry or Marshall

Scott Engel
  (3:33 PM)

Johnson to return with a good game, Hackett for another score, and Henry against an injury-riddled Cardinals secondary

Anthony (nyc)

would u trade c taylor for marvin harrison?

Scott Engel
  (3:34 PM)

No - I would not want to take on the worries surrounding Harrison every week

James, Denver

Priest Holmes or Ryan Grant?

Scott Engel
  (3:35 PM)

I owuld use Grant - like his matchup better, and he is younger and fresher

Dan (Seattle)

Which D - Tennessee or Green Bay?

Scott Engel
  (3:36 PM)

Green Bay - good matchup and Titans could be without Haynesworth again

John (Fort Myers)

I am looking to upgrade at WR and have been offered Housh and Kitna if I give Favre and Henry (wr). I have Romo as my #1 QB. Should I pull the trigger???

Scott Engel
  (3:37 PM)

Definitely - you still have a great starting QB and get a top 3 fantasy WR

Peter (Arlington VA)

If A. Thomas is going to get more carries this week, why did you rank him 36 vs. Dwayne Wright's 32 RB ranking?

Scott Engel
  (3:39 PM)

The news that Thomas will get more carries only broke this afternoon, and the ranks will be revised again Sunday - originally, it was thought Wright would get more work, but Jauron tabbed Thomas as the guy this afternoon


I have been offered T.O for Clinton Portis, my other backs are Lynch, Chatman and FWP. I make the deal right?

Scott Engel
  (3:41 PM)

If you only start two RBs, yes - and especially if you are desperate for WR help

Erik (Atlanta, GA)

SUPER SLEEPER FOR WEEK 11: Isaac Bruce (WR). You heard it hear first. I think people forgot about his great 145 yards, 8 rec effort from Week 2 and because of a hamstring injury from last week's game. Well Bruce is practicing at full strength and he tends to shine against SF. I would recommend people look for him on the waiver wire as a fill-in for bad match ups (i.e. Brandon Stokely, Lee Evans, Marvin Harrison). He will be a VERY good #2 WR this week. You heard it hear first!

Scott Engel
  (3:42 PM)

OK Erik, if Bruce has a good game, we'll give you full credit!

Stacey (Florida)

Hello Scott Engel, you dog you, you remember me from the other night, how come you never called me back? Was I just some one night thing.

Scott Engel
  (3:44 PM)

I haven't been to Florida since last March -there are nothing but zeroes there, as in wins for the Dolphins

Jon (San Antonio)

Rankings explanation, please. Earlier in the chat you said B. Watson was a risky start healthwise, yet he has miraculously moved UP four spots in the updated rankings to #10. What's up with that?

Scott Engel
  (3:46 PM)

He's not a major risk, but he's not a top start either - I would have to believe a week off makes him healthier, but there have been no firm reports - no bad news gets him moved up a bit, but no good news keeps him out of the top 6 or so, where he usually belongs

Ron (Cimarron CO)

Hey Scott! Mason or Hackett this week? And is worth dropping one of those guys for Walker?

Scott Engel
  (3:48 PM)

I would go with Hackett, because I do not trust the Baltimore offense in any matchup - I would drop Mason for Walker, yes

Josh (Williston ND)

As an AP owner should I trade Chatman for Taylor? Concerned about Ricky Williams.

Scott Engel
  (3:48 PM)

I wouldn't be too concerned about Ricky the way Chatman is running - but I would rather have the AP handcuff, so make the deal

Steve (Las Vegas)

Regarding Jon in San Antonio's question about Ben Watson's ranking, I think your answer is a cop-out. You said play Donald Lee over Watson, yet Lee is ranked WAY below Watson.

Scott Engel
  (3:51 PM)

You are not reading correctly - please get your facts straight - I have Lee ranked ninth, Watson 14th - you are looking at overall ranks, not my personal ones

Joe (santa monica, ca)

Scott, I'm pretty sure history has taught us that the RB is a disposable position, and that if a stud RB (who's having a great year behind a dominating line) gets injured, his replacement will be virtually as successful. Can you find me ONE EXAMPLE IN HISTORY where this hasn't been the case? In other words, Chester and Chatman should THRIVE and, in my mind, are both top 10 RB's as long as they get most of the carries. Disagree?

Scott Engel
  (3:56 PM)

Taylor is not as talented as Peterson - he is not going to get 200-yard games - Maurice Morris has never been as productive as Alexander - Brian Leonard will never reach Steven Jackson's level of production - nothing is absolute - it depends on the system and the runner, not just one or the other - you cannot tell me Taylor will put up Peterson-like numbers - just not realistic - when Westbrook goes down, no one else will post those kind sof numbers

John (Dayton)

Hey Scott, what do you think for this week out of the following?: Romo or Big Ben; Chargers D or Giants D. Thanks!

Scott Engel
  (3:58 PM)

I actually like Ben better against the lowly Jets,a nd the Chargers face a more conservative offense

Tim (PA)

Kitna, Boller, or Garcia this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:58 PM)

Garcia - he is much more steady than the other two

Corry (Syracuse)

Breese or D. Anderson?

Scott Engel
  (3:59 PM)

I would go with Brees - Houston has been very vulnerable to the pass

Brent (OKC)

I will ask one last time would you play Selvin Young, David Patten or Bobby Engram, in a flex postion, i already have DJ Hackett in a starting WR spot. PLease Help

Scott Engel
  (4:00 PM)

I would use Young - not looking good for Henry and Young should get the most touches

Charles (Augusta, Maine)

I AGREE WITH JOE FROM SANTA MONICA. S-Jax was not good this year so why would Leanard be good? Their offensive line stinks! And Alexander was not good this year! But look at Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson a few years back? You could've had Cedric Benson running for the Chiefs 3 years ago and he would've had 150 yards and 2 TD's a game. I think you're wrong, Scott. Time will tell. Chester and Chatman both go over 100 this week. Wanna bet?

Scott Engel
  (4:06 PM)

You're going to tell me Taylor will put up Peterson-type numbers? Anthony Thomas will produce like Marshawn Lynch? For every example you give me of where a plugin back has succeeded, I give you one that hasn't. Time doesn't permit me to research all the examples

Devin (Little Rock)

Branch or Hackett

Scott Engel
  (4:06 PM)

Branch - he is well-rested and is back at flanker

Gerard (Celebration, FL)

Schaub or Kitna?

Scott Engel
  (4:07 PM)

Kitna for now - I want to wait a bit on Schaub before I start him again


Buzzer Beater- Please pick 1 in a ppr league- M. Morris, J. Fargas or D. Mason?

Scott Engel
  (4:08 PM)

I would go with Morris to get regular work and catch some passes out of the backfield.

Norm (Honolulu, HI)

Whitten or Gonzales

Scott Engel
  (4:09 PM)

I would go with Witten - I think the Colts will contain Gonzo easier than the Redskins do Witten Thanks a lot everyone!