Good morning everyone! Let's get right to your fantasy football questions...
F. Taylor and T, Holt too much for me to give up to "buy low" on B. Edwards?
I think so. Is there really a world of difference between Braylon Edwards and Torry Holt? I have Edwards as a low-end No. 1 receiver, Holt as a good No. 2 bordering on No. 1 status. And that's the kind of thing that can waver as many as 5-10 spots over the course of 14 weeks.
Chris Johnson vs. Minny, Tim Hightower vs. Jets, Michael Bush vs. SD or Brandon Lloyd vs. Philly as my flex this week?
I don't care about the matchup, Chris Johnson is going to start for me in these circumstances almost any week. Hightower is an interesting one, but I'd prefer to wait. Minnesota can't handle a two-headed running back monster like Tennessee's.
Where do you rank Slaton for the rest of the season? Above Thomas Jones?
No, but if we call Jones your middle-of-the-road No. 2 back, well, Steve Slaton is a good flex choice. Let's say Slaton is in the 30-35 range? That's a matchups play.
Breaking news, by the way: Plaxico Burress suspended two weeks -- which really means one game because the Giants are on bye. Out for the Seahawks game, ouch.
Last week you said Meachem is a step by step process. Do you think he will become the starter opposite Colston sometime during the season?
Yes I did, and I stand by that today. Do I think he can start eventually? Sure, he could. Robert Meachem faces a golden opportunity right now with both Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey out. Not that I'd start him right now (for fantasy), but I'd scoop him up and stash him and watch. It's all up to him now to make good on his potential and his newfound opportunity.
Do you think Jamal Lewis improves in the coming weeks?
Well, his matchups get better from here, so sure. No reason he can't be a very good No. 2 fantasy back from today forward. Buy-low candidate. (Derek Anderson is not.)
Tristan, Who do you like for the rest of the season: Andre Johnson or Ronnie Brown?
Andre Johnson. He <i>has</i> to get better. Another case of dreadful early-season sked.
Banged up Big Ben vs. top notch Ravens D or Trent Edwards vs. terrible Rams D???
Some people might call me crazy, but I bet it's fewer than you think ... Edwards all the way. I want no part of the Steelers this week. None. Maybe Hines Ward. That's about it, if I can all help it with any of their other offensive players.
Reggie bush lines up at WR a lot for the saints. Is there any way he becomes eligible at the WR position also? Is there a rule like there is in baseball where you have to play a certain number of plays or get a start there?
Good question, Pete, but when Bush is running the ball 18 times a week like he did in Week 3, I don't think I can make a case for you, sorry. Love the guy, think he's due for a nice season, but I would keep tabs on his workload, because if the Saints use him this much for the next month he could be a sell-high candidate due to wear down a little late in the year. Just something to track, not trying to create a panic, but it's not impossible to see it happening.
Tristan, everyone asks questions about studs for studs! I basically tanked the TE position by being the last owner to draft a TE in our league. I ended up with Zach Miller and Algie Crumpler who both barely even catch a pass. Can you give me a deep sleeper, other than guys like Carlson, etc. that are already gone in my league, for not only this week but the rest of the season? (Owners with 2 TE's are not budging on any trade offers).
You know, Joe, I'm of the mind that you scoop up hot streaks, exploit weekly matchups, wait out trade offers until you find something you can trust long-term. Seriously, that'd be my best answer. Couple names you might want to check out: Dustin Keller, Billy Miller, Kevin Boss. I could see all of them picking things up a bit.
Why doesn't anybody have any respect for Lendale?! Like Chris Berman's quote about Cris Carter, "All he does is score touchdowns."
I have respect for LenDale White, if you read my earlier answer about the Titans.
Is Mendenhall a must add for Parker owners? I'm trying to decide between picking up Mendenhall or Slaton. Have Graham and Ronnie Brown as backup RBs already. Thanks!
I'd probably rather have Steve Slaton, because it's not like you'd use Rashard Mendenhall this week anyway. Slaton has a far clearer path to a starting runner's number of touches.
I'm hurting for a QB and someone wants to get rid of McNabb. If I offer Felix Jones, is that a fair trade. He needs RBs and I can offer Steven Jax and/or Jamal Lewis.
I don't think Felix Jones alone will fetch you Donovan McNabb, but hey, pair him up with another guy and you never know. More likely, you'll need to offer up Lewis straight up.
You said you start chris johnson regardless of matchup - how about over forte or Michael turner?
Fletch, I did not say that, I said "I don't care about the matchup, Chris Johnson is going to start for me in these circumstances almost any week." That means that I'm as close to calling him must-start as I can get, but it's not a buy-all-in, and part of that is because LenDale White is the goal-line back in Tennessee, and that's going to lock the rookie in as more of a No. 2/flex type. To me he's a definite bet in those spots, but teams like yours might have safer, higher upside, full-time backs who warrant starts ahead of him. That's the reason for my slight hesitation. I own Johnson; but some weeks in that league I have three better backs, it's just the way matchups go. In your case I have a feeling you're going to be rotating Johnson and Forte a lot, if you're not using all three. I go Turner, Forte, Johnson, but the latter two are close, a couple spots off for me.
who will have the better season: tony scheffler or dallas clark?
Scheffler. I positively love that offense. And like his pass-catching skills.
Best waiver pick up B Lloyd,A Bryant,Bryant Johnson?
I'd probably take Antonio Bryant out of those, but then it's just a hunch, I admit.
Hi Tristan, pick one for my flex spot....Holt, Correll Buckhalter or Felix Jones....return yards count. Thanks!
Still Torry Holt for me.
Buy low on Ocho? I can get him for Roddy and Kevin Walter...your thoughts?
That's one case in which I would take the chance. Though, for the record, Chad Johnson is maddeningly inconsistent, and I don't see that changing. He'll win you some weeks all on his own, and be an out-and-out bust others (like his first three).
Hey Tristan, what do you recommend to 1-2/0-3 fantasy owners with numerous "buy low" candidates on their team? I'm sitting with Ryan Grant, Thomas Jones, Wes Welker, and now Kellen Winslow. Should I just try and ride the storm out and hope I sneak in the playoffs?
Gary, that's just part of this game, sorry to say. The most encouraging thing I can tell you is to never, <i>ever</i> give up, and the most important thing you can do right now is continue to eye the waiver wire closely every single day, not wasting a single roster spot. Sometimes just maintaining your depth is the smartest thing a slow-starting team can do, because you never know when you might stumble upon <i>this</i> year's Grant, one you could slot in right away while your struggling player is in a funk.
I already saw you have Edwards ahead of Big Ben, I have both plus J.T. O'Sullivan @NO, does J.T. get the nod over Edwards and is it worth it to keep all three with Big Ben banged up?
J.T. O'Sullivan would start for me out of those three. And while I doubt you really need three quarterbacks right now, unfortunately you're going to need to keep all three of them right now, not only because as you said, Ben Roethlisberger's injury, but also because you can't really drop one of those quarterbacks with soft, soft matchups. What if your opponent snagged the one you cut right up and beat you with him? Don't think you'd like that much.
Love our work. Would you play Graham over Mendenhall this week? Graham is projected to do worse.
I love your work too, Brent! But I'd stick with Earnest Graham. Again, I want no part of Rashard Mendenhall. Keep your fingers crossed that the Packers don't adapt the game plan of stacking the box against Graham; that was what limited him last week.
Already have LT starting, could you pick who'd you start next to him? DMC, Mendenhall, or DeAngelo Williams?
I'm going Darren McFadden.
Better bye week filler in ppr- Josh Reed or Hank Baskett? thanks!!
I just can't get that pretty when it comes to Josh Reed, sorry, Joe. Just can't do it. What was the stat, he has now gone 18 consecutive games (or so) without a touchdown? 'Nuff said.
Do you believe in the QB/WR same team as a positive or negative? I have Favre and just pciked up L Coles
I think it's a positive if you have the right quarterback-wide receiver combo. Honestly? I don't think you do. And I'm not saying that Brett Favre and Jerricho Cotchery is the right one, either. To me there are maybe what, 10 or so I think truly warrant the extra appeal? Like Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. Or Tony Romo and Terrell Owens. You get the idea.
Am I a viable bye week replacement option this week?
Sure, as a flex play. No more than that, and again, stress "bye week replacement."
Turner and Megatron for TO and Ronnie Brown. Who wins going forward? Thanks
I think the "Burner's" side. And it's not that I think Michael Turner is going to keep up this monstrous pace; his sked really helped him. It's more that even if he slows a bit, I trust him a heck of a lot more than I do Ronnie Brown.
Any chance Donnie Avery racks up some garbage points this week vs Buffalo?
Nah. If he couldn't last week, I see no reason to think he will this week.
Tristian quick follow up! Does Plex (when playing) and Eli make that top 10?? Thanks
That one popped into my head, yes. Maybe it's near the cut-off point, but I'd say they make it.
Maroney... What is he now?
A perennial bust? Seriously though, so long as Sammy Morris is healthy he's going to get the goal-line carries, and it's not like Laurence Maroney is a Chris Johnson-esque talent. Flex play at best, and the matchup would have to be rather favorable to use him.
Tristan, do you pick the questions or do you have help? Also, pick one: Lewis, Jones, or Buckhalter. Thanks
I pick them, and understand, there are a ton of them to choose from and I have only a few seconds to pick them in order to tackle as many as possible. I'd go Jamal Lewis, great matchup.
Tristan, should I ride out this Derek Anderson thing or drop him? Pick up Brady Quinn or a sleeper in FA?
I'm not sure your team's circumstances, but I would probably aim to handcuff those two for now. The schedule will get better, remember. Other sleepers I've seen out there in a fair share of ESPN leagues: J.T. O'Sullivan, Trent Edwards, Brian Griese (hey, sometimes you gotta dig deep).
Trade Cotchery straight up for Colston? I'm 3-0 and can afford to lose a receiver for a few weeks.
Oooooh is that a toughie. If I was uber-confident in my wide receiver corps -- and please do understand that the bye weeks beginning now tend to eat up some of your matchup choices for the next month -- I think that move would pay off quite handsomely. If you think you won't hurt your team in the short term, that could pay off huge in the season's second half.
What can you expect from me going forward? Would you ad me if you had a struggling TE like Davis or Smith?
Chris Baker remains higher on the depth chart and Bubba Franks lurks, but I do think by season's end, Keller will be a nice 2009 sleeper choice. Or have made a case as such. Maybe even by midseason. Good step up in Week 3, and yes, I'd probably stash the rookie knowing your situation.
Hey Tristan. You are high on Trent Edwards, but should I trade him for Chris Chambers if I need WR help? It's a 2 QB league, and my others are Palmer, Campbell, Griese. One of them better for Chambers? Thanks.
No I am not, I just like the matchup and think he's capable of exploiting favorable matchups. To be clear: Trent Edwards is a No. 2, matchups-capable quarterback, speaking generally. So yes, I'd deal him for Chris Chambers, in a heartbeat, probably. I doubt you get Chambers for a Jason Campbell or Brian Griese, but if you think you can swing trying to make a poor trade, Griese needs to be first to go, then Campbell, then Edwards. And yes, I'd deal any of those three for Chris.
C'mon, Tristan, a little help: Santonio Holmes and Chris Perry too much to give for Steven Jackson?
Nope. And remember, I was a <i>huge</i> Santonio Holmes fan in the preseason. Actually, I was a huge Steven Jackson fan, too. Without a doubt S-Jax was higher ranked then, and he is now, too.
Do I get the start again over JT O'Sullivan this week, even though I'm playing against him and SF?
Yup! You're not sitting for me, not without a stud quarterback behind you on my roster.
Are we worth keeping? Or are Def. such as the bucs or eagles a better option?
I think the Patriots' defense is grossly overrated, much more susceptible in the secondary than people think, but I still see enough talent there to keep them over those alternatives. If I'm an owner of that unit, though, I'd be carefully sniffing out weekly matchups. This week? It's Philly.
Any idea on how Long Willy Parker will be out for?
No, but I find it very distressing that he was ruled out so clearly so far in advance of that game. That makes me think he'll be lucky to be questionable for Week 5. I bet this is week-to-week, not day-to-day.
What is Randy Moss' value now? What should he get me if I put him on the block?
His value is: "If you trade Randy Moss right now I can promise you you're getting ripped off." In very few cases do I see him fetching a smart return. Being totally honest. I would stand pat, a guy like him <i>has</i> to get better, way too talented not to.
Tristan, who wins in a S. Holmes for A. Johnson swap?
The team that gets Andre Johnson, by a significant margin.
Should I trade Plax for Colston?
Nope, don't get <i>too</i> pretty now.
What kind of trade value would Kurt Warner get me? My starting qb is Cutler. Thanks
Wow. That's a great tandem you've got, and I would be shopping Kurt, too, in your shoes! I bet he can fetch you a No. 2/flex running back, maybe a No. 2 receiver. Let's see. I'm going to play a hunch here. What if you offered up Warner for Braylon Edwards? That wouldn't totally shock me if you could get it done. I'd sure give it a shot. Try a buy-low deal, maybe a Santonio Holmes, too.
Is my frail ankle going to be ok, or will I sit out for a week or two?
Hard for me to tell, but when I hear he's telling the local radio station that his injury is close to a high ankle sprain, I begin to freak out and make sure I get Correll Buckhalter instantly. High ankle sprains are <i>very</i> difficult to play through. If I had to take a guess, I'd think he's out this week. It's an absolute gut instinct, and may I remind everyone, I'm no doctor, other than I know that high ankle sprains are pretty significant injuries.
better sidekick this week, Selvin or Slaton? Thanks, and when do I get to play KC??
Ugh, Selvin Young. Hate that backfield. Hate it. Steve Slaton for me. At least I know he's "the guy." And, uh, sorry, you'll need to wait until at least next season.
Am I nothing better than a Flex starter for the rest of the season?
Starting to look like it, but right now I'd stick him in between No. 2/3 receiver status if I'm ranking things overall. Think of Williams as more of a No. 25 type guy at his position right now. And he'll probably be mad I said that since he's in a league of mine.
Which two do you have on your roster for the rest of the year: Kitna, Delhomme, Edwards, O'Sullivan I'm thinking of dropping Kitna for Edwards.
Oy. Well, since Jon Kitna is off this week, I wouldn't be upset to lose him. I'd probably want J.T. O'Sullivan and Jake Delhomme of that bunch.
Speaking of Kurt Warner, how about Kurt Warner and Harrison for Braylon and Chris Johnson. I'd be getting Warner, with Kitna and Garrard I could use the help. Trade doesn't hurt my RB situation, and still have Megatron, Housh, and Tony G. to fill my WR/TE spot. Good deal?
I wouldn't do that deal. Giving up a lot of upside for a lot of downside.
Tristan, from TB Ike or Bryant? Which would be a better pick up?
Antonio Bryant has done a lot since the preseason to open his coaches' eye. He's my pick.
WHen do I pull the plug on Heath Miller? My league does not have a lot of TE options available.
This is a tough week to say "plug-pulling" time, since the Steelers stack up so poorly in the Week 4 matchup, but I'd say we're a week or two away from writing him off as a big fantasy factor this season. I bet you won't have any alternative <i>but</i> to stand pat, if your league is thin at the position, but let me say for everyone, if Miller gets no red-zone looks now that Willie Parker is out and the team needs to adapt, it'll be a terrible, damning thing for his full-season value.
Quick Tristan, better fantasy year, Brees or Culter?
I still think Drew Brees will end up with more fantasy points come year's end. Good question though.
You hate the Denver backfield, but think Selvin's worth a shot against KC this week instead of E Graham?
All right, in that case I could see it.
Hey tristian, help me out here and pick a side for the rest of the season - Thomas Jones & Braylon or Jacobs & Dallas Clark. Thanks
Is Todd Heap going to be a complete bust again this year? Any hope?
Rookie quarterback, constant health risk, I'd say the chances are looking good he'll be a bust. Though, to be fair, it'd be hard for him to endure as dreadful a year as he did in 2007. I still think I had Heap borderline top-10, and probably a spot or two out of mine, and I stand by that.
How much value does Le'Ron McClain have the rest of the year?
Goal-line back, kind of a "lite" LenDale White. Means a flex play only when the matchup calls. But he absolutely looks like he'll be a long-term factor in the role.
Please help, I was just offered Moss for Andre Johnson, do you do it? Thanks in advance.
Preseason rankings no longer matter, and I would much prefer to have Andre Johnson.
PLEASE!!!Pick one of each please for this week...Palmer or O'Sullivan...DeAngelo Williams or Pierre Thomas. Thanks.
I just don't trust Carson Palmer yet. Can't do it. J.T. O'Sullivan but it's so very close. And DeAngelo Williams, that isn't that close. I like Thomas, but I need to see him pick up the pace a little bit in those goal-line situations.
Tristan, my favorite fantasy anaylsis. Fair trade between Brees/Thomas Jones for Lynch/Palmer?
Seems pretty fair. What would I prefer? Hmmm, that's really tough. I lean towards the better running back, though, so the Marshawn Lynch side.
Does that mean Ray Rice has little or no value as a roster spot? (Keeper league - I could drop him for A. Bryant).
I don't know how important Antonio Bryant is to your current circumstances. If he's just depth, like your fifth/sixth receiver and you're already strong at the position, I'd stand pat, because it's a keeper league. But with Rice, I see handcuff value and absolutely no more. He's to Baltimore what Andre Hall is to Denver, except maybe with two-thirds the touches.
Buzzer Beater!!! Hi Tristan! With Millen just being removed as President and GM, Lion's 0-3, Orlovsky being a free agent at the end of the year, and rumors of Kitna being benched, is it a good time to pick up Stanton? I can get Buckhalter or Stanton off waivers and am looking long term.
It's Correll Buckhalter. I like your thinking ahead here, but I don't think people will be racing to get Drew Stanton even if he's elevated to starter. It's Detroit's bye week, you've got plenty of time to think about that. Buckhalter is much more important to go get right now.
Tristan please help!!! SJax or Jacobs rest of year????
I'll take Steven Jackson. By the way, if there's a coaching change, I wouldn't be surprised to see that help pick up the pace of this offense. At least a little bit.
R. Meachem, D. Henderson or A. Bryant this week?
Antonio Bryant, because even if Joey Galloway plays he's a bit less than 100 percent.
Grant, Lewis or Pittman, take two, thanks!
Jamal Lewis no doubt. And I like what you're thinking with Michael Pittman, but I wouldn't get <i>too</i> cute there. Still Ryan Grant.
Which Titan RB vs. the Vikes?
Accounting for the matchup, and that means knowing the Vikings do limit a team's running game in terms of yardage, I would go with the goal-line back first, and that's LenDale White. My thinking is that even if the Titans can't advance the ball effectively on the ground, they'll put themselves near the end zone a couple times, and White can break through that defensive front at least once, I'd think.
Buzzer Beater- Gerrard or Delhome?
Jake Delhomme. Now and later.
Rankings come out today, why take start/sit questions? Just curious. It's a deep keeper league. Should I trade away starters: Graham & Coles to get McGahee & S.Smith (CAR)? Wondering if McGahee will return to form and get the carries again...
Ray, I'll address whatever people would like to talk about. The chat's for you, whatever you like! As for the question, I would rather have the Willis McGahee side. Even if he has two guys to cut into his touches, I still see him as the go-to guy in that backfield. And besides, that's a noticeable wide receiver upgrade. The running backs really aren't far off one another.
Who has better value for a westbrook owner who gets outbid for buckhalter...lorenzo booker or mcclain?
I need a WR replacement for Megatron this week- Have hardy on my roster in a keeper league- Hardy or FAs Meachem, Muhsin, Matt Jones, DJ Hacket, Crayton- any of these schlubs stick out or do i need to just get lucky?
I'd take a shot on Matt Jones in that instance.
DEFENSE QUESTION TO CLOSE IT OUT!!! Pittsburgh vs. Ravens, or Green Bay vs. Bucs?
For as much as the Pittsburgh game scares me, I do see it being fairly low scoring. So I'd take that defense, easily. By far the safest play on the entire Steelers team in Week 4.
Well, that's all for today, and thank you for all your questions. Sorry if I didn't get to yours, so many to tackle and so little time! Take care everyone, and best of luck to you in Week 4!