Afternoon all. We're TAPS and we're here to help. Let's go dark and start the investigation, shall we?
I've seen Karabell and Berry both say that there may be more to the Reggie Bush injury then the Saints are letting on. What is your feeling and how do you think he does the rest of the way?
I don't sense any great conspiracy, but I do know that 2 ypc isn't hacking it and I'm not starting Bush except in a PPR league right now.
I haven't seen too much expert opinion on what to do with the Redskins this week. How will they be affected? Would you start Cooley or Donald Lee?
Not to cop out, but there's no way of knowing how a team will react to a tragedy like that. As a fantasy football owner I think you make the call as if nothing happened and hope for the best. I go Cooley over Lee.
AJ, Which mediocre defense would you recommend for week 13? St.Louis, Philly, or Tampa? Thank you!
I wouldn't exactly say mediocre... I'd go Philly. They got to Brady, they can get to Hasselbeck.
Is Samkon Gado worth a pickup this week? Do you think he'll start?
If they weren't playing the Jets, then I'd say no. But he will likely start and get flex numbers for you.
Do I start Big Ben or Derek Anderson? and Patrick Crayton or Donte Stallworth?
I go Ben. As long as they fix that turf, he's got to be chomping at the bit to get some passes off. And Cincy's no great D. I go Stallworth over Crayton.
I need to start one of the following: Chester Taylor, Andre Hall, Derrick Ward. Thoughts?
I start Taylor. Yes, AP will be back, but they'll be splitting carries and I'm not sure Henry doesn't play instead of Hall and Droughns instead of Ward.
Has Gore moved back to stud status?
He's moved off of dish detail... but it'll take more than one week to convince me.
With Brandon Jacobs questionable; which two RBs would you start this week: R.Grant, J.Fargas, M.Morris, K.Smith? R.Droughns is available on Waivers. Thanks.
Fargas and Smith.
I am in a bind. J. Walker, J. Gage, or J. Porter for the WR slost and E. Graham or K. Jones for my W/R spot?
Graham and Gage.
Quick Flex question: Start either Cotchery or A. Gonzalez?
So, Gado's starting for Miami? What happened to Cobbs?
Nothing. He's just got very little experience and is more valued for special teams play. Gado is a stronger runner.
Playoff berth on the line. A.J. Please pick 2 for the weekend, K. Smith, T.Jones or Lendale?
I'd sit White.
I have both AP and Kolby Smith? Should I give a game to AP to see what he does? Also.. Brees or Warner??
Most people I like to wait and see on an injury comeback. AP? I go with immediately. Brees over Warner.
What makes you so sure Jesse Chatman is out? I heard he was supposed to start?
He might, but they say he didn't look good in practice today.
AJ I need help! I think my fantasy team is haunted. Any chance that Garcia or Bulger plays this weekend? Should I drop one for Garrard?
Bulger looks to be a possible. Garcia? Not so much. I think I'd go with Garrard and let Jeff go.
whats the latest on wetsbrook?...his knee is swelling up
Andy Reid's not worried. But then again, he thinks his job is safe. I think Westbrook will be OK.
So you're saying that if I picked up Cobbs hoping he'd be the starter, I should drop him for Gado instead?
I don't think either is the answer... but if the Dolphins liked Cobbs, they wouldn't have re-signed Gado.
please pick 3 of 4: welker, fitz, driver, colston
I sit Colston of the four.
Hey AJ. Thanks for taking some questions. I'm out of my playoff race already, so I've now turned my attention to my choice of 2 keepers. Out of Steven Jackson, Travis Henry, Braylon Edwards, and Calvin Johnson, which would you go with?
It's way too soon to even contemplate keepers for next season. Trades and free agency, #1 Draft Picks... career-ending motorcycle accidents... so much can happen in an off-season. All things remaining the same, I keep Braylon and Jackson... but few things do.
AJ, Keeper question, what value do you think Tatum Bell will have next season?
Case in point. Remains in Detroit - almost no value. Goes to a team like Houston? Maybe he shines. Not likely, but you need to wait on these things.
Dude, run! Is Maroney even worth starting this week? is he worth anything next year? Outside of last week's TD it feels like we need EVPs to detect any signs of him.
It's hard to take Maroney seriously when the Pats would rather throw 98% of the time than give him the ball. And then Faulk and Evans and Eckel and even Vrabel steal his TDs! I think we definitely have a haunting.
who should i start? Roy williams or andre johnson???
Given the matchup, I start Roy.
Hey AJ.. There is little to no fantasy discussion of Ted Ginn Jr. He was a top 10 pick, he has slowly gotten better, Beck seems to like him, and he is playing the JETS this week. Solid #3 WR ?
What are you basing Beck liking him on? That quagmire of a game in Pittsburgh? He's not a fantasy factor this season, Jets or no.
What are J Galloway's and E. Graham's value with J. Garcia's injury? The Bucs didn't seem to do much last game offensively without him in the line-up.
I think Graham's value stays where it is. About 80 yards and a possible score. Galloway does get hurt. Maybe 50 yards or so. The only plus is that the Saints aren't exactly the toughest team to throw on. Gradkowski should be able to get some passes through.
AJ the "experts" at ESPN have R. Williams, Marshall, and Branch ranked 16,17, and 18 for the week. You are the deciding factor. Which two do I start along side Holt in a PPR League?
Although I am free to disagree with my colleagues without fear of reprisal, in this case, I do not. (Can I have my keyboard back now, sir?)
McNown took 1st team snaps today for TB. Does that change the way you assess the Galloway situation if McNown gets all the reps this week?
Not really. At least, it doesn't increase my confidence in him. If McCown gets the full snaps again tomorrow, you can be sure he's starting on Sunday - but if Gradkowski gets them tomorrow, it'll be him.
Need the help- Defense question- Dallas or Jets or Titans this week- to get in the playoffs- Negative pts if give up over 28 pts?
Titans is probably best play of the three if score is all that matters.
Thin at the #3 WR this week, do I start J. Walker, Shaun McDonald, or Ronald Curry?
I'd go with Curry.
i think jake in augusta means McCown, as i havent played any football since i took the loss in a family flag football game last thanksgiving.
I think my way of correcting him by simply typing my response correctly was far kinder, don't you Cade?
I have Travis Henry, Selvin Young and Andre Hall. Who is the play for Denver this week?
Right now, it's still in the NFL's hands of course with that suspension of Damocles hanging there... but if he is eligible to play, I go Henry.
AJ I know I can look at rankings for start/sit questions but you don't do ranking and these guys are both right next to each other according to your co-workers so I'm looking for a little advice for this week...S. Jackson or Willie Parker and Colston or A. Johnson? Thanks!
Fair enough. Assuming no monsoon in Pittsburgh - Parker and Johnson.
A.J. - HELP! i have a house divided this week because i play my husband in the playoffs. the loser does the christmas dinner dishes and eats humble pie all offseason. so which 2 should i start in a ppr league: e. graham, j. fargas, r. grant, k. smith?
Personally I find doing dishes relaxing... but I digress. Fargas and Graham.
Which WR would be more likely to go nuts this week: Hilliard (at NO), Jurevicious (at AZ), Gage (vs HOU) or Gonzalez (vs JAX)?
Gonzalez most likely.
Any news on Santonio Holmes? Only other option at WR is Marty Booker. Help!
They're saying "cautiously optimistic" right now - which in my Coachspeak to English dictionary means you're probably stuck with Booker.
Need to win this week to make the playoffs, please pick 2: Branch,Jennings or Boldin.
We have a winner in the make AJ laugh with your fake name of the day competition. Congrats Steve. You win two plane tickets to Ireland. Mwa ha ha. I'd start Jennings for sure. And I lean to Boldin for the second spot.
aaaa-jay! In last place at 3-9 and playing the 4-8 team. We're both eyeing the #1 pick in our 2 player keeper leage where either addai or jackson will be available (guy also has AP and brady). do you tank the game to secure the #1? Gotta think like Boston long term here with no ping pong balls, no?
Could be fun, no? Both of you tanking with no playoff hopes of other squads to worry about screwing up. Go for it. As long as no rules against it in your league, and you're not affecting antoher teams playoff hopes there is no ethical problem at all.
Hey AJ, the experts have rank Fargas and Gore very closely this week. You break the tie.
Justin the nick of time, too.
Looks like Fred Jackson will likely start for Buffalo this week. Your thoughts on his matchup against Washington?
My thoughts are 1) That I'm not starting a guy named Fred Jackson from a place called Coe College that nobody can honestly say they've heard of before. 2) Washington - with all that emotion - no way of knowing if they step it up huge or cave completely. With too much unknown, I avoid the situation entirely.
Is K Watson still worth a roster spot?
Certainly. It's not like Rudi is suddenly made of steel.
AJ any word on Albert Haynesworths status for this week?
He's making progress, but I still don't think there's a need to rush him back.
Is that an orb? Or just dust? No, wait - it's the LIGHTNING ROUND!
Safe to drop Marv Harrison? I feel like if I get rid of him someone is going to pick him up and when I inevitably play them in the playoffs Marv will go off.
Which is why I prefer rosters be frozen at playoff time in my leagues... but - I don't think he comes back, at least not near full strength.
Who is Steve Gonsalves and why is he afraid of heights?
Google my friend. It's a beautiful thing.
AJ, Need to cover the loss of Hackett. Is James Jones a good WR3 tomorrow night ?
Absolutely. Dallas hasn't exactly been a steel curtain.
AJ, I got the EVP meter, there is a shadowy figure behind you!!! STL D/Tenn D/Arizona D? Playoffs on the line
Not touching Zona. But I think Falcons are sad enough to start Rams D. Boo!
At my second running back, should i start, J.Lewis, W.Dunn, or R.Droughns and at TE Crumpler or V. Davis
Lewis and Davis
Best flex play for the rest of the season: Maroney, J. Gage, Reggie Williams, or A. Gonzalez?
Will Heath Miller turn it around for the fantasy playoff's? Or take a chance with Desmond Clark or Marcedes Lewis?
I'd stick with Miller.
Do you think N. Washington FINALLY lives up to his sleeper staus with S. Holmes out? (weather permitting)
1) Holmes could play. 2) No, regardless.
Have you seen a decrease in questions due to the Simmons chat going on?
Who is Simmons?
Oh wait, let me put in a winky-face emoticon before I get two hundred "Bill" questions.
Brees or Kitna
Kitna this week
Dallas Clark or Issac Bruce for WR3?
Silver medal, HDtheC. Assuming a TE can be a WR? I worry too much about that hand of Isaac's. Go Clark. (Giants fan - can't type go Dallas.)
Start Kolby or Graham?
I like the importance of being Earnest.
Can you give us Info on Adrian Peterson the Bears RB is he worthy of a flex start?
What? Like turn-ons, pet peeves? That sort of thing? He'll be fine - better back in my opinion than Cedric - but not worth owning with Giants, Skins, Vikes and Pack coming up.
Pickup.. C. Johnson (Det) or J. Gage (Ten). This week only?
Assuming D. Ward goes would you start him over Rudi?
Better start Wayne or Driver? Thanks!!
Bush, C. Taylor, or A. Peterson (from CHI)
One more try here: Marshall, Smith or AGonzalez this week?
This week - Gonzalez.
Who do you see putting up bigger numbers for this weekend? Justin Gage against Houston or Sidney Rice against Detroit?
How bad do I need a backup for D. Anderson in the playoffs? I'd have to drop either Thomas Jones or Jesse Chatman to get either Schaub or Warner.
Drop Chatman. Pick up Warner. Better safe than sorry.
You seem high on Gonzalez. Start him over AJ, Edwards or Ward?
Not Edwards or Ward...close with AJ, but I go AJ, too. But I am higher on him than the other names I've been getting.
Maroney, Rudi or Gado (if he starts)?
T jones or Grant this week?
Last question, gang... then we gotta pack up the truck.
Please pick 2 RB's: FWP, Mcgahee, MBIII, young/hall...i know baltimore will be down early...
I still go McGahee and Parker. Don't like Barber against GB.
That's all for today gang. We'll go home, analyze the footage and be back on Sunday morning to give your our conclusions. Until then...