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December 7, 12:22 PM ET
Fantasy Football w/Scott Engel


Is Bush out or what? Should I go with Chester, Lynch, Javon, or Chester at flex now?

Scott Engel
  (3:00 PM)

Bush is possibly lost for the season - since Lynch may be a gametime decision, better to use Chester Taylor

Nate (Lansing, MI)

With Bush going down who would you start Stecker, L. White, or Norwood?

Scott Engel
  (3:00 PM)

White - he will play despite the finger injury

Jack (Philly)

Hello Scott...Fargas or Kolby Smith this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:01 PM)

I prefer Smith for the matchup even with the O-line injuries in KC

Jon (Boston ,MA)

Do you like Fargas or Barber 3 this weekend?

Scott Engel
  (3:02 PM)

Barber - the Cowboys will roll and I like him to score more than once

Jon (Bmore, Md)

Mcgahee or Fred Jackson

Scott Engel
  (3:04 PM)

McGahee, even if Lynch does not play - he can roll up good numbers against any defense

Jordan (Jersey)

Who would you start Garrad or Mcnabb

Scott Engel
  (3:05 PM)

Garrard - he is very steady and the Giants will pressure McNabb heavily again this week even if it isn't quite like their last meeting

Tim (WY)

Is Stecker worth picking up over Chris Brown or Jerious Norwood now?

Scott Engel
  (3:05 PM)

I prefer Pierre Thomas, actually - more explosion and has some upside

Patrick (LA, CA)

strategy question for you...week one of the playoffs and i'm the last seed against the top seed and he has waaay better matchups...would i be smart to start more high risk high reward guys or just go for my solid normal starters that got me into the playoffs to begin with

Scott Engel
  (3:06 PM)

Don't think about your opponent at all - just set your best lineup possible and that is all you can do - if it got you this far, stick with your most reliable guys

Jason (Providence)

What is A. Stecker's value now that Bush is out? Will he receive the full load of carries?

Scott Engel
  (3:07 PM)

he's not the type of guy that can shoulder a full load - you'll likely see some of Pierre Thomas, who I think will ultimately outplay Stecker

Ed, NY

Scott, please help as this decision has been eating at me. Vernon Davis, BEn Watson, or LJ Smith? Thanks!!!

Scott Engel
  (3:09 PM)

Watson usually has the best chance of scoring and should get some looks in the red zone this week, more than the other two

Ken, OH

Which defense do you recommend for week 14. Tampa or Seattle?

Scott Engel
  (3:09 PM)

Tampa Bay for sure, especially with Schaub out again

Ralph ( Portland, Maine)

Who would you rather take a chance on? Lynch or Jacobs? Would Fargas be a better choice than both of them?

Scott Engel
  (3:11 PM)

I would use Fargas since he has run well recently, Lynch is iffy and Jacobs is just coming back

Dan - San Jose

Doesn't Pierre have some kidney issues or something?

Scott Engel
  (3:13 PM)

Yes, but he is listed as questionable - if he is able to play I like him better than Stecker over the final few weeks

Gerard (New York)

Do I sit Pitt's D for Buffalo this week? Holmes or Bruce?

Scott Engel
  (3:14 PM)

Yes, I would avoid the Steelers this week, and Bruce has a good matchup

Jason, AZ

Don't take this personally but the experts chats dont reflect their rankings. For example, you rated Vernon Davis #9 higher than Watson #10 then you told that guy to start Watson. Just wanted you to know that. Also Welker or Branch?

Scott Engel
  (3:16 PM)

New rankings come out today with Watson higher than Davis - Welker remains a must-start

Joe (NY)

Scott, nice and simple, McNabb or V.Young?

Scott Engel
  (3:20 PM)

Young - he has picked up his play recently and I do not trust McNabb in his return

Jeff (Ottawa, Ontario)

Scott, 2 out of Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald or Wes Welker?

Scott Engel
  (3:21 PM)

Since Fitzgerald is iffy, I would certainly start the other two

Tom Dallas TX

Hey Scott, have you heard anything more about Lynch or Fitz?

Scott Engel
  (3:22 PM)

Both look like game-time decisions right now

Josh (NYC)

Assuming Fitz doesn't play, who would you start Engram or Bryant Johnson?

Scott Engel
  (3:24 PM)

Engram - he is getting a lot of important targets with Hackett still out

Jeff (DC)

Help! Just realized Reggie is done, need a replacement. Gado, Foster, or one of the Saints guys?

Scott Engel
  (3:25 PM)

I would go with Stecker for now, keep an eye on Thomas, keep in mind that Karney could get goal-line chances - if Thomas continues to sit out, Jamaal Branch might be promoted from the practice squad and will be worth a look in larger leagues

Roy (Birmingham)

Andre Johnson or Roddy White?

Scott Engel
  (3:26 PM)

I like White's matchup better and he has been playing very well recently

Wes (Atlanta)

Scott, Eli, McNabb or Boller this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:28 PM)

Boller - he will play adequately, and you may not even get that from Eli or McNabb

Ashley (St. Louis)

Crumpler or Heath Miller?

Scott Engel
  (3:29 PM)

I would go with Miller - much better chance of a TD

Tim(LA, CA)

who is a better p/u Redman or Dilfer? and would you start either this week over Favre as your #2 QB? THANKS

Scott Engel
  (3:30 PM)

I like Tarvaris Jackson or Clemsn over both, but I would take Redman over Dilfer, but never over Favre

Bob (mpls)

Kitna or Redmond

Scott Engel
  (3:32 PM)

Kitna - I don't think Redman will do well when a team actually prepares for him

Tre (LR)

PPR FLEX.......Jennings, T Jones or Parker????

Scott Engel
  (3:33 PM)

Jennings - he is a regular TD threat no matter the matchup

Spuds (Napa Valley)

Am I overthinking things too much for the playoffs if I'm considering making a change at kicker? I've got Tynes, with Kaeding, Scobee, Lindell and Bryant available.

Scott Engel
  (3:34 PM)

You're overthinking things too much, yes, when you don't just pick one kicker and stick with him - roll with Scobee the rest of the way


How does one prepare for Redman? Ok guys, we are facing a crappy QB for a crappy team so drink some extra brewskies this week? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz on the questions guys.

Scott Engel
  (3:36 PM)

Some owners think Redman may do well because he looked good in relief last week - so it's not a bad question. Putting down others comes off worse - we're all here to have fun - no need for the insults


Has anyone ever told you, you like like George Constanza? Need 2: S Young, Gore, C Taylor, K Jones.

Scott Engel
  (3:38 PM)

I am not short and I don't have his hairstyle - sorry. Gore and taylor

Eric (Groton, CT)

Scott, my opponent got Bush this week and no backup. Should I pick up Stecker or Leon Washington to make it harder for him to beat me (playoffs on the line).

Scott Engel
  (3:39 PM)

You should pick up Stecker for yourself, period.

Eddo (PHILA.)

Brandon Jacobs or Steve Smith at flex this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:40 PM)

Jacobs for sure - more touches and Smith is obviously very unreliable

Jenny (Philly)

Scott - do I start Henry over either Smith, Fargas or MJD this week? Also, I know fast Freddy has been running well in J-ville, what do you expect from MJD this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:44 PM)

Both Jax Rbs do well at the same time pretty much, not at each other's expense - MJD gets scores, Taylor gets yardage - I like Henry over Fargas but not the other two

john (tulsa)

hey scott. with bush out, do you like norwood, f. taylor, or kolby smith this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:45 PM)

I would go with Smith, even with the O-line injuries in KC, he faces Denver and I still like that

Frank(Medford, MA)

Yes Jenny, you start Travis Henry this week and the rest of the year. TWO TD's last week and Engel is still mad at me for working him over on that call.

Scott Engel
  (3:48 PM)

Frank - Henry is in my top 20 this week - I am not mad at you - let it go - I never said I was right 100 pct of the time and I am sure you are not either - let's move on

Mike (a sad sad Dolphan in Miami)

Need to start 2 QBs out of Bulger, Kitna, and Clemens. Who do I sit?

Scott Engel
  (3:48 PM)

Bulger looks good to go and I really don't like Clemens in any matchup, so use Kitna

Eddie (Needham)

Scott, should I start Rudi Johnson or Fred Taylor in a flex this week? I clinched a playoff but I am looking to take the points lead.

Scott Engel
  (3:49 PM)

I like Rudi to score at least once against the Rams

Tom (SoCal)

Addai or a hot E.Graham? (Westbrook is my other RB).

Scott Engel
  (3:50 PM)

Graham is a must-start right now and I would use him, especially against Houston

Marty (Long Island NY)

Start Pope over Miller this week with Fitz and Boldin banged up?

Scott Engel
  (3:51 PM)

Pope seems to get more red zone looks than Miller and I like his matchup better

Dan (Boston)

The hot Fargas vs a tough GB D or S.Alexander?

Scott Engel
  (3:52 PM)

Fargas - I still do not trust Alexander, who looked mediocre overall last week

Steve (Seattle, WA)

Warner or McNabb? I'm thinking Warner

Scott Engel
  (3:53 PM)

Warner - do not like McNabb against NYG again, even with William Thomas now in the lineup

Rob (Sunbury)

I dont see any George Costanza. I do however see the guy from king of Queens. Anyway, Will Marvelous Marvin play this week or will we get "hemmroids from sitting" Harrison?

Scott Engel
  (3:54 PM)

Thanks Rob - love that show and i live in Queens! I would not rely on Harrison to play at all

Kevin (Glen Rock, NJ)

Dayne or Kolby Smith?

Scott Engel
  (3:55 PM)

I would go with Smith - better matchup for sure

Colt Brennan (Hawaii)

Whats up Scott need some advice in the last week of my regular season. Who do I start in a PPR league at RB need 3. R. Grant, A. Stecker, E. Graham, S. Alexander, or K. SMith

Scott Engel
  (3:56 PM)

Grant and Graham are must-starts this week, and Smith over Stecker or Alexander, both will be mediocre

Bob (NJ)

Hostile chat today, don't let them get you down Scott! Cutler or Vince Young this week? Kevin Jones or Thomas Jones? PPR league. Playoffs are on the line!

Scott Engel
  (3:57 PM)

Not hostile - I'm having fun and don't take any of this personally - Cutler should bounce back this week and Thomas Jones has a better shot of giving you adequate numbers

Jason (Providence)

Dont forget the Saints are playing the Falcons. Stecker should run all over them....

Scott Engel
  (3:58 PM)

I don't think Stecker is good enough to have a huge game but he is an adequate plug-in

Dave (Sacramento)

With Shaub out, stick with A. Johnson, or go with Curtis or Lee Evans instead?

Scott Engel
  (3:59 PM)

You have to stick with Johnson - if Rosenfels goes deep, he's still the main man

Nate (Minneapolis)

Favre or Garrard this week?

Scott Engel
  (3:59 PM)

Garrrad - healthy, steady and has a good matchup

Carl (NYC)

Gore or T.Jones?

Scott Engel
  (4:00 PM)

Gore - I don't trust Jones at all in any matchup

Mike (DC)

Better flex play, Fargas, T. Jones, Welker or Galloway? Thanks.

Scott Engel
  (4:01 PM)

Welker - close call over Galloway but I expect a rebound game from the NE WR

Jomar (Manilla)

Berry or Ravitz?

Scott Engel
  (4:02 PM)

Tie - Berry makes you laugh, Ravitz always makes you think.

Ted (OH)

Two defense questions. SD or TB for this week and/or rest of season? And Philly (vs Eli) or Tenn (vs LT and Rivers) this week?

Scott Engel
  (4:03 PM)

Tampa Bay for sure this week and the rest of the way, and Titans if Haynesworth plays


Is Chris Henry a better No.3 option at wide reciever than Crayton?

Scott Engel
  (4:04 PM)

I like Crayton better this week in a Dallas romp Thanks a lot everyone!