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October 19, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Football w/Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris
  (11:01 AM)

Good morning everyone. Let's get to your fun-filled hour of Fantasy Football Q&A right away....

Brett (PA)

How much longer do you think thomas jones is a viable starter? I started him over pierre thomas this week, do you think he can keep producing?

Christopher Harris
  (11:03 AM)

Hi, Brett...good call by you. I probably would've done the same, but only because Pierre Thomas had the hammy issue; as it turns out, Mike Bell looks like a TD vulture in the Big Easy. I mean, I've been pretty down on Jones this year...until this week, I thought he looked slow. But there was nothing slow about his two long runs yesterday -- I think I have to do some reevaluation. Leon Washington is still a drain, but heck, for as long as Jones is scoring TDs just about every week, I don't think you should change anything.

Tony (Philadelphia)

Forte....UGG! O-line doesn't block, but when there actually is a hole, he looks shocked and doesn't know what to do! Now, I don't know what to do!

Christopher Harris
  (11:05 AM)

Hi, Tony. It's just weird -- from what I can see, opposing defenses are just daring Jay Cutler to beat them. That's exactly what we *didn't* expect to see when Cutler came to town. Add to that the fact that, as you say, the Bears o-line doesn't look very good (Orlando Pace seems to be fine pass blocking, but he's not moving anyone when Chicago runs), and Forte has submitted some ugly outings. I'm still hanging on, but you're right, it's getting late awfully early with him.

Ashley (Rochester)

Whos gonna Be the RB starter for steelers Next week?

Christopher Harris
  (11:05 AM)

Hi, Ashley. I have to believe Mendenhall continues to carry the load. Parker looked healthy yesterday, but he also lost a fumble. I think the kid keeps the gig.

Ryan (Madison, WI)

What's up with Steve Smith (South)? Is he a guy I should look at benching? Or trade, if that's possible?

Christopher Harris
  (11:06 AM)

Hi, Ryan. My faith is officially shaken. Of course, he's so talented that just as soon as we bench him, he'll go off *despite* Jake Delhomme. But at the moment, the Panthers just don't seem to be able to do anything when Smith is double-teamed, which he is on every play, practically. You probably won't get much for him if you try and trade him right now, but benching him makes some sense if you have quality options. Delhomme-to-Smith *used* to be able to beat those double-teams. Not so much this year, it seems.

Justin (Michigan's Upper Peninsula)

Hi Christopher,Who's gonna see most action going forward, Pierre Thomas or Mr. Bell?

Christopher Harris
  (11:08 AM)

Hi, Justin. I think Thomas is the lead back, but I think that he's got a vulture attached to him now. Bell got the ball most of the time when the Saints were in close (Reggie Bush scored on a shotgun/draw type of play where he ran to the sidelines...which seems to be what he does best these days). Thomas is still the preferred guy, but thoughts of him as a top 10 RB at the moment are fading.

Phil (Michigan)

Is Steve Slaton a sell sort-of-high? He had a good overall day, but looks awful running and is losing time to Chris Brown.

Christopher Harris
  (11:09 AM)

Hi, Phil. Did you think he looked awful yesterday? I guess you're right that as the game went along, he didn't do a whole heck of a lot on the ground, but running in the first half I was actually encouraged...I thought he showed pretty good burst. And obviously he made up for the lack of overall rush yards with some good receptions, which it was nice to see the Texans finally call. I guess I'm not opposed to trading him...I think he's a pretty OK RB2.

Dave (Minneapolis)

Wax rhapsodic about Brady.

Christopher Harris
  (11:10 AM)

Hi, Dave. He's so hunky! I don't think we learned anything about Brady yesterday, to be honest. The Titans didn't want to be on that field yesterday. It was embarrassing. I'm a weekend warrior two-hand-touch quarterback, and I'm pretty sure I could've thrown for at least three scores. There were so many blown coverages, it was a joke. That said, for Brady owners it was better than the alternative, right?

Joe (LA)

Arrghhh! I sat Ray Rice yesterday, is he now a must start every week? Would you go with Portis or Lynch the rest of the way?

Christopher Harris
  (11:12 AM)

Hi, Joe. I had Rice rated 18th among RBs this week, and I'd say he's going to stay in my, oh, 12 to 15 range most weeks. Obviously whether or not that makes him a must-start depends on what other players you have. I've been starting him most weeks. The issue is going to be that some weeks Willis McGahee is going to steal touchdowns. But yeah, I mean, Rice is the lead guy.

Tony (New York)

Time to start a guy like Nicks over the Carolina Smith?

Christopher Harris
  (11:12 AM)

Hi, Tony. I'm not going that far. Nicks is a No. 3 receiver on his own team. I'd rather have someone slightly less variable than that...

Colby (Maui)

Shiancoe?? Fantasy stud?

Christopher Harris
  (11:13 AM)

Hi, Colby. Yeah, how 'bout that? Shiancoe isn't getting much overall work -- he has only 17 catches on the season. But five of them are for TDs. On the one hand, you hate chasing TDs, and would rather have the guy who gets targeted 10 times a game or whatever. On the other hand, it's hard to argue with success, and Favre definitely has always liked to look for tight ends in the red zone.

JuneBug (NJ)

Watched that whole Giants Saints game, what an embarassment. Of more importance though, LANCE MOORE is alive. 5 for 80+ and a TD, but importantly, ALL while the game was close in the first quarter. He looked great, but will he look great on my fantasy team for the rest of the season? Im thinking about him as my wr3 from here on out, what do u think?thakns

Christopher Harris
  (11:15 AM)

Hi, JB. Hm. I agree that it was nice to see Moore make an appearance for basically the first time this year. Will I have him ranked in my top 50 receivers tomorrow in the Big Rotowski? Could be. But I wouldn't say he's going to be high enough in my mind to be a WR3, not yet. I want to see him do it again. When a guy flashes like that, as you know, sometimes it's about a matchup that the Saints love. I'm not ruling out the possibility he does it again, I'm just not freaking out over one game.

peter james (daytona, fl where the weather is nice!!)

Do you know anything on sammy morris ? Is he out for any time and is Laurence Maroney worth picking up ?

Christopher Harris
  (11:17 AM)

Hi, Peter. I don't know anything -- it was a leg injury, that's all. I mean, if Morris is going to miss time, I suppose Maroney's ownable. He did look pretty good against a dispirited Titans team. All I know about the guy, though, is that every time his team (or his fantasy teams) have relied on him, he's gotten hurt or played terribly. And BenJarvus Green-Ellis is on hand, remember. I would say I'm not *that* thrilled about Maroney, but yeah, I mean, he's probably ownable now.

Chris (Holden, MA)

Seriously, Lance Moore was hurt for a couple games, but he won't make the top 50? You'll have guys like Andre Caldwell on it, but Lance Moore has to PROVE to you that he deserves it? You are nuts!

Christopher Harris
  (11:18 AM)

Hi, Chris. Lance Moore actually needed shoulder surgery this summer and missed minicamps and most of training camp. Then he hurt his leg and was out for a couple weeks. And he's not playing when the Saints are in two-receiver sets. And Robert Meachem outscored him yesterday. So let's calm down a little, shall we?

Tim (Pittsburgh)

Heard anything on Boldin's injury?? Did he even return to the game after he tweaked his ankle? Thx.

Christopher Harris
  (11:19 AM)

Hi, Tim. Some Arizona beat reporters are saying they've heard that Boldin's injury is a high-ankle sprain, which would be very bad indeed. But Boldin himself was quoted as saying he thinks he'll play against the Giants next week. We're in for lots of fun speculation from people (like me) who have no idea what to really expect -- it's going to be guesswork. And since it's a Sunday night game, you might have to just sit him, unless you also own Breaston.

Steve (Madison, WI)

Should I be worried about Burleson??

Christopher Harris
  (11:20 AM)

Hi, Steve. Well, I've been begging you all not to fall in love with the Seahawks passing game, despite the big week against the Jags. It's nothing to do with disliking Hasselbeck, Housh or Burleson. It's everything to do with hating how injured the o-line is. Hass was under assault from the word go yesterday. It was ugly. Burleson is by nature a very up-and-down, inconsistent player, which is maddening fantasy-wise. But his good days are obviously very good.

John (Miami)

What happened to the Eagles yesterday? That had to be the most surprising result of the day.

Christopher Harris
  (11:21 AM)

Hi, John. Totally shocking. I lost a Survivor pool because of that game. The Raiders offense was typically terrible, except for one long run by Zach Miller. But it was the Raiders defense -- and some terrible play from Donovan McNabb -- that was the story of the game. You'd never have even recognized the Philly offense from last week against the Bucs.

Al (Maine)

Hi Chris, with The Original Steve Smith struggling I'm very thin at WR. Should I drop a struggling Antonio Bryant for either MoMa or Sidney Rice?

Christopher Harris
  (11:22 AM)

Hi, Al. Well, I can't say for sure yet whether I'm going to have Bryant above or below Sidney Rice in my year-end Big Rotowski ranks, which will be out tomorrow midday. So tune in then for that. But choosing between Rice and Massaquoi, it's easily Rice. He's feast-or-famine, but like Burleson, his peaks are really high.

jt (syracuse )

when is micheal turner going to break out !!!!!

Christopher Harris
  (11:22 AM)

Hi, JT. Last week against the Niners, I believe.

Eliot (Tempe)

Does Zach Miller return to being ownable and/or startable? He is getting twice as many targets as anyone else on that team.

Christopher Harris
  (11:23 AM)

Hi, Eliot. He is. But that didn't help him for the four games between Week 1 and Week 6, y'know? The fact is: when he gets the ball, he's a terrific player. But Russell is so awful, it's tough to rely on Miller actually getting the ball consistently. I think he has to stay a TE2 given his QB situation.

Bryan the Brandon Owner (Seattle (3 point land))

Am I wrong to be hyperventilating about Jacobs? He is KILLING me this season.

Christopher Harris
  (11:25 AM)

Hi, Bryan. The only silver lining about Jacobs is that he scored on a patented bowl-'em-over run after a short reception late in the game yesterday, but unfortunately the TD was called back because of holding. And he missed a large chunk of the game before that with a stinger, so I guess it was encouraging that he returned. But yeah, I mean, I agree with you -- it's troublesome. I think he'll come around. I think Bradshaw is a legit drain, though.

Curt (Fayetteville)

Become of fan of Chris Harris on Facebook if you haven't already. Chris - what are your thoughts on Chris Johnson? Will he produce all year or should I trade him now while his value is good? I'm worried about his production if Vince Young starts. Also, if Lendale is out does that mean more touches for CJ or will Ringer pick up the pace?

Christopher Harris
  (11:27 AM)

Hi, Curt. I'm still high on Johnson -- in his case, it's simply that he's too talented to let go or not start. You could be right: VY playing could hurt some. But heck, Kerry Collins playing hasn't been helping. White being hurt might mean CJ is likelier to score from in close, but I don't have a read on that: Ringer could be the goal-line option (if the Titans, y'know, get to the goal line). Johnson is one of the top-five RB talents in football right now. I don't want to trade him, despite his team.

Jay (NYC)

is reggie bush droppable? he wasn't even part of the passing game yesterday.

Christopher Harris
  (11:29 AM)

Hi, Jay. I think it's getting closer. I didn't have Bush ranked in my top 50 fantasy rushers in last week's Rotowski, and I know he scored this week, but you're right, he's just utterly uninspiring. Whether or not he's droppable probably depends on the other backs you have and how deep your league is. But in shallow leagues where you have impressive depth? Could be.

Mr. Belvadere (U.K.)

Brian Westbrook looked like he was in his prime yesterday. Why did it seem the Eagles went out of their way to take him out of the offense once he got them near the red zone? He was breaking off nice runs only to let McNabb stall the drive. What gives?

Christopher Harris
  (11:30 AM)

I agree, actually. I thought Westbrook was terrific in the short passing game, and was shocked that the Eagles kept trying to force it downfield in the second half. Jason Peters getting injured was a huge disruption for the Eagles o-line, but hey, that would seem like *more* of a reason to keep feeding it to Westbrook. I think Philly is going to watch that tape and kick themselves.

Jerome Harrison (Cleveland)

Two weeks now, and Jamal is still getting the rock. That's a trend, not an anomaly. Time to cut bait with me?

Christopher Harris
  (11:31 AM)

Yup, in shallower leagues, I was actually advocating dropping Harrison last week. It's not like he couldn't wind up having value later, but right now, he's not getting the ball enough.

Dave (NJ)

Chris, I've been pretty disappointed with the Ravens D so far. With the bye week coming up, are they worth holding on to or should I put the roster space to good use with some decent players available?

Christopher Harris
  (11:31 AM)

Hi, Dave. Yeah, the Ravens pass defense has been terrible. They'll still make big plays because they blitz so much, but if there are decent defenses on your waiver wire and there isn't an obvious choice on the rest of your roster to be dropped, I don't mind the move you're contemplating.

Curt (Fayetteville)

What about the Chris Johnson answer?

Christopher Harris
  (11:32 AM)

I posted it, Curt. But here it is again, since you didn't see it: Hi, Curt. I'm still high on Johnson -- in his case, it's simply that he's too talented to let go or not start. You could be right: VY playing could hurt some. But heck, Kerry Collins playing hasn't been helping. White being hurt might mean CJ is likelier to score from in close, but I don't have a read on that: Ringer could be the goal-line option (if the Titans, y'know, get to the goal line). Johnson is one of the top-five RB talents in football right now. I don't want to trade him, despite his team.

Brian (PA)

Chris, would it be crazy to start the new guy, Crabtree, this week?

Christopher Harris
  (11:34 AM)

Hi, Brian. I really, really do think it would be. I advocate strongly against it. Is it impossible he has a Percy-Harvin-like burst at the beginning? Sure, it's possible. But you see what's happened to Harvin after his first couple games. Don't start Crabtree.

Raymond (Tahoe)

Is Beanie Wells going to be relevant this year?

Christopher Harris
  (11:35 AM)

Hi, Raymond. It was interesting to see Wells finally get a reception this week, and he nearly doubled his season-high in touches, with 13 yesterday. It's clear to me that the Cards would *like* Wells to be relevant. I'm not giving up on him yet. He doesn't need to be anywhere near starting lineups, but Hightower just isn't a great player. He's fine. He's a good receiver, good on the goal line. But he's such an uninspiring rusher.

Eddie Royal (Denver)

Was last week's 10 for 90 an indication that McD and Kyle have figured out I can be their Wes Welker? Or do I go back to the dismal numbers of the first 4 weeks of the season?

Christopher Harris
  (11:37 AM)

We'll find out tonight. I don't really think Royal is playing the Welker role anyway -- he played mostly outside during his breakout game last week, rather than in the slot, where Welker mostly roams. I think the Broncos will focus on Marshall and then spread it around to whoever else can get open. Some weeks, that'll be Royal. I don't think they have incentive to force it to him, though.

Strategy Question: (Thanks!)

Do you carry a back-up TE? I have had both Gonzalez and V. Davis but need the roster spot thanks to RBBC backfields. Can't get any trades done.

Christopher Harris
  (11:37 AM)

I almost never carry backup TEs. You have Gonzo, he's been through his bye, I think you bid Vernon Davis goodbye.

JB (New York)

LT has a fantastic game tonight: Sell high and don't look back or Hold and hope he regains RB1 form.

Christopher Harris
  (11:38 AM)

Hi, JB. I'd sell high. Honestly, with LT, my primary worry is injury. (My secondary worry is that his legs just don't have their same old bounce-to-the-outside anymore.) So if he pops in a couple and runs for a c-note, I'd probably trade him.

bill (boston)

any worries about the AP injury?

Christopher Harris
  (11:39 AM)

Hi, Bill. It's a good question -- I guess Peterson did have x-rays on his injured ankle. The good news, though, is that he came back in the game after he suffered the injury. To me, that means he's probably OK.

Christopher Grant Harris (Toronto)

From one Chris Harris to another...( I put my middle name in to differentiate)is John Kuhn getting all the goal line carries for GB?... Is HE an option to add a la McGahee/Bell/Stewart short yard TD flex option?

Christopher Harris
  (11:41 AM)

Hello, fellow Chris Harris. Kuhn, unfortunately, is more an annoyance to Ryan Grant than anything else. But so far as I know, it wasn't a goal-line run, right? It was a play-action throw to the fullback. I think Kuhn doesn't need to be owned. But let's note that Chad Clifton re-injured his high-ankle sprain yesterday, which may be one of the more significant injuries of the weekend. (Jason Peters and Lofa Tatupu also come to mine.) He's likely to be out for a while.

Tony (Las Vegas)

I know they played the horrid Titans in bad weather, but are the Pats D now ownable?

Christopher Harris
  (11:42 AM)

Hi, Tony. I think they've been borderline ownable throughout -- in a 10-team league, maybe a little under borderline -- but I wouldn't say that this outing changes my mind much. They should be very much worth a spot start against Tampa next week, but there are going to be teams who can run over them. I don't think they're an elite run-stopping unit.

Adam (NYC)

Orton or Rivers tonight? 1 pt per 30 yards & 6 pts per TD

Christopher Harris
  (11:43 AM)

Hi, Adam. Our Weekly Ranks column (which comes out Wednesday and gets updated Friday) still applies, and I still like Rivers much more.

ashley (rochester)

is moreno gonna have big night

Christopher Harris
  (11:44 AM)

Hi, Ashley. Again, check out the Weekly Ranks column -- in it, I had Moreno as my No. 9 rusher of the weekend. So yes, I think he'll have a good game against a bad Chargers run defense.

Steve Smith (NYG)

Am I back to normal? Will I be relevant going forward? Will I still get a ton of receptions? Eli isn't looking at me like he used to. :-(

Christopher Harris
  (11:46 AM)

Good question. Eli did miss Smith on a wide-open post pattern that should've been a touchdown, and we probably wouldn't be having this conversation, but the fact remains: you're right, Smith isn't getting the targets he did early in the season. I'm not giving up hope. It's clear that the team likes Manningham in the red zone (but Manningham suffered an "undisclosed injury" yesterday, which we'll have to keep an eye on), but Smith is the best receiver they have. I don't think Smith is back to normal in terms of being a benched player, but his 15-targets-per-game days may be behind him.

Jeff (NY)

With the season ending injury to Odom, would you drop Cincy D?

Christopher Harris
  (11:47 AM)

Hi, Jeff. It's a good question, but no, I don't think they're an automatic drop. Odom was having a good year, but I honestly don't view him as an elite player. I think what's made that defense's season so far has been very good corner play, and three very strong linebackers. The Texans were going to be a harsh matchup regardless of whether Odom got hurt. I mean, I think you downgrade the Bengals a bit, and I will in tomorrow's column. But I still think they're at least relevant fantasy-wise.

Javy (FL)

Rodgers kneeled the clock out yesterday and lost a rushing yard. By extension, he lost a rushing fantasy point for my team. I lost by 1 this week. Sucks. The "victory formation" sure wasn't for me

Christopher Harris
  (11:48 AM)

Hi, Javy. Brutal. Broo. Tull.

charles (WVU)

Multiple questions answered on Odom, but none on Collie?

Christopher Harris
  (11:51 AM)

Hi, Charles. I don't *think* I answered multiple questions on Odom. Just the one. But here's the thing. First off -- I don't think many of the people typing questions are reading answers to *other* questions, because you're still asking about Sammy Morris, Hakeem Nicks and Pierre Thomas. Second, I'm not going to answer "Should I start XX over XX in Week 7?" because (a) Week 6 isn't over; (b) I haven't done Week 7 ranks yet; (c) We have a column devoted to that, which comes out Wednesdays. Next, I'm not going to answer "Who's better until the end of the year, XX or XX?" because (a) Week 6 isn't over; (b) We have a column devoted to *that*, too -- it comes out tomorrow, and I write it, and I haven't done the work (i.e., watch all the games) yet. So I see a lot of you are frustrated not getting your question answered, and I just wanted to take the opportunity to explain why. Austin Collie probably isn't a must-start, no. But I'll have a column in which I weigh in on the top 50 fantasy receivers from now until the end of the year tomorrow....

mendel (fl)

Will big ben keep up the unexpected fantasy boon at qb, or will the steelers revert to their old pound em style football? Just got offered big ben and msw for gore!

Christopher Harris
  (11:53 AM)

Hi, Mendel. It's funny -- in past years, I've written a lot that Big Ben was a much better real-world QB than he was a fantasy QB. This year, I feel like it's almost exactly the opposite. Roethlisberger is making a lot of mistakes, forcing a lot of throws, turning the ball over and making plays that look like they should lead to even *more* turnovers -- yet he's flinging it so much that his stats are keeping fantasy owners happy. From what Mike Tomlin said yesterday, I'm guessing the pass-happiness will keep up....

Bill (NC)

I am looking to trade Brandon Jacobs for a WR. What caliber receiver could I expect to get in return? Any suggestions on who to target?

Christopher Harris
  (11:55 AM)

Hi, Bill. I mean, I would say you probably won't get a top 10 receiver for him, because Jacobs has been disappointing. But in general, "what caliber of WR" questions are tough, because I'd advise you to aim as high as you can, and then go down the WR list and try to get the best guy you can. Clearly, you're planning on selling low on Jacobs, though, and when you sell low, you're not going to get an elite guy, probably.

Tim (Pittsburgh)

The, um, Steelers threw the ball 36 times yesterday....and ran 35. Ben's numbers are a result of him leading the league in completion percentage...not the fact that he's throwing it more than everyone else. (Yes, I'm a homer)

Christopher Harris
  (11:57 AM)

Hi, Tim. You're absolutely right about Big Ben's sick completion percentage, and I should've mentioned that. But you have to admit: the Browns should've had two more picks yesterday. (That's one of the games I watched this morning.) Big Ben is going a lot of "Oh I'm Getting Tackled, I Better Flip It Up In The Air" these days. And I totally admire how many completions he has. But he's also top-five in pass attempts. So it's not *all* about the completion percentage....

Ryan (Kansas City)

a disclaimer like that would have been helpful at the BEGINNING so we weren't wasting our time

Christopher Harris
  (11:57 AM)

Hi, Ryan. Sorry -- I'll try and remember to make that disclaimer up front. It's a good point.

JQ (MI)

Can ESPN add next year's draft picks to trade offers? Is this something you can suggest to get done???

Christopher Harris
  (11:58 AM)

Hi, JQ. For keeper leagues, it's a good idea. I have hilariously little to do with the game's design, and actually am only in Bristol, CT, once per week. But yeah, I can at least ask the question and see if it's something they have on their radar screen....

Jay (NYC)

"The League" on FX...will be a top ___ show for you by the end of the year? Also, boldin for ray rice in a vacuum...good deal?

Christopher Harris
  (11:59 AM)

Hi, Jay. I'm an idiot. What's "The League"? And right now, given Boldin's injury (which, to be fair, we don't know the extent of), I would say I'd rather have Rice.

Tim (Pittsburgh)

True, Ben is top 5 in attempts...but he also leads the league in Yards/Attempt. OK, enough...truce. :)

Christopher Harris
  (11:59 AM)

You're right, Tim. He does. I don't think he's playing *that* well. But no truce necessary -- because there's no battle. You've brought up really good points.

Chad (DC)

Chris, How much do you see the play-calling in DC changing from Zorn to S. Williams? Will it even matter? They are painful to watch anymore..

Christopher Harris
  (12:01 PM)

Hi, Chad. Ga. Yeah, I mean, at this point, Jason Campbell is the quarterback, and the other option is Todd Collins. I think there are on-field problems, too, and Chris Samuels being hurt doesn't help. (Though I think he might be a little overrated, but he's certainly better than the alternatives they have.) I couldn't really even tell you what plays I'd *rather* see the Skins run. They have one good WR, an aging RB who doesn't look the same as the first half of last year, and a below-average QB combo. I think the play-calling is pretty far down on the list of issues, to be honest.

Jay (NYC)

its a new show that centers around a bunch of 30something guys...their life...and fantasy football...you NEED to check it out.

Christopher Harris
  (12:01 PM)

I had no idea. I will, Jay. I'll try and remember to Tivo it today. Thanks.

chaz (Scranton)

Is LJ worth holding onto as a matchups play? He's getting the carries no matter how bad he looks and has a nice schedule in the second half.

Christopher Harris
  (12:03 PM)

Hi, Chaz. I agree with you that Johnson has volume if nothing else, and in a world of committee backs, that's worth something. He showed some decent wiggle yesterday, in the glimpses I saw of that game. (Haven't watched it yet.) But he also has such a challenged o-line. As I've been writing for weeks now, it's likely that he'll accidentally fall forward into the end zone a couple times, and as such, could be worth hanging onto as a bye-week fill in. But more than that, and I think you're asking for troubles.

mendel (fl)

would you do the big ben and msw for gore trade? Im really thin at qb (thank you garard!) and have lt, thomas, moreno and slaton on the bench. what do you think?

Christopher Harris
  (12:04 PM)

Oh, sorry. I would rather be on the Gore side of that deal.

Matt (Detroit)

buzzer beater!! Whats the deal with Chris Johnson?

Christopher Harris
  (12:04 PM)

Hi, Matt (and others who've been asking). I can't figure out why the Chris Johnson answer isn't visible to you guys -- I've tried to answer it twice. I'll paste my answer again, and see if it works.....

Christopher Harris
  (12:05 PM)

Hi, Curt. I'm still high on Johnson -- in his case, it's simply that he's too talented to let go or not start. You could be right: VY playing could hurt some. But heck, Kerry Collins playing hasn't been helping. White being hurt might mean CJ is likelier to score from in close, but I don't have a read on that: Ringer could be the goal-line option (if the Titans, y'know, get to the goal line). Johnson is one of the top-five RB talents in football right now. I don't want to trade him, despite his team.

Christopher Harris
  (12:05 PM)

Hi, Curt. I'm still high on Johnson -- in his case, it's simply that he's too talented to let go or not start. You could be right: VY playing could hurt some. But heck, Kerry Collins playing hasn't been helping. White being hurt might mean CJ is likelier to score from in close, but I don't have a read on that: Ringer could be the goal-line option (if the Titans, y'know, get to the goal line). Johnson is one of the top-five RB talents in football right now. I don't want to trade him, despite his team.

Christopher Harris
  (12:05 PM)

Hi, Curt. I'm still high on Johnson -- in his case, it's simply that he's too talented to let go or not start. You could be right: VY playing could hurt some. But heck, Kerry Collins playing hasn't been helping. White being hurt might mean CJ is likelier to score from in close, but I don't have a read on that: Ringer could be the goal-line option (if the Titans, y'know, get to the goal line). Johnson is one of the top-five RB talents in football right now. I don't want to trade him, despite his team.

Christopher Harris
  (12:06 PM)

Did that work?

Cornelius (Nottingdale)

What's the Lions QB situation looking like?? (i.e. the severity of Culpepper's injury since I know a doctor may decide Stafford is out for the season...poor Lions and their #1 pick). I have Megatron.

Christopher Harris
  (12:07 PM)

(I'm being told by some folks who haven't seen the Chris Johnson answer to refresh your web page.)

Christopher Harris
  (12:09 PM)

Hi, Cornelius. Sorry. OK, as far as the Lions QB situation goes, Detroit is on bye next week, which is probably why they held out Megatron in the first place. Culpepper's hammy was reportedly "minor" from what I've read this morning, though clearly we're not going to get a definite read on the situation until next week. There have been rumors that Stafford reinjured himself in practice this week, and that he might even need surgery. Calvin Johnson owners *don't* want to see Drew Stanton as the starter....

Nick (Pittsburgh)

Coffee worth dropping if Gore's not on my team?

Christopher Harris
  (12:09 PM)

Hi, Nick. I tend to think so. You might quickly shop him to the Gore owner in your league. There's no utter guarantee that Gore is straight-away healthy after the bye. But I'm assuming he'll be all right.

Jason (Philly)

can the wildcat sustain both ronnie brown and ricky williams as starters for the rest of the year? why do you think the wildcat has been working so much better for the dolphins than anyone else... it doesn't seem like brown is much of a threat to pass the ball

Christopher Harris
  (12:11 PM)

Hi, Jason. Honestly, while I think the Wildcat is a good story, and an interesting throwback to the single-wing days, I really think what it comes down to is that the Dolphins o-line is playing great (Justin Smiley was a *stud* last Monday night), and I kind of think that the Dolphins would be having rushing success even if they weren't running the Wildcat so much. Brown isn't a *huge* threat to throw, though he can sling it a little (southpaw! lefties unite!), and he makes good decisions when he chooses a hole to run through. The Jets and Bills were bad tackling in the past two Miami games, and that Miami o-line is playing great. That's my explanation.

Frank (Buffalo, NY)

Which is better to set lineups to, the Rankings or Projections? Sometimes they have differing opinions

Christopher Harris
  (12:12 PM)

Hi, Frank. In fact, they *mostly* have different opinions. I have nothing whatsoever to do with the projections, and frankly, I don't look at them. Nothing against the folks who do them -- it's an utterly thankless task, especially because of the way the game is built, which requires the projections to be in the system on Tuesday morning (and we don't do our ranks until Wednesday afternoon). That means the projections are done without any ranks input. For me, I must prefer the ranks. I think in general trying to project stats is kind of a thankless and fruitless task....

mike in Mn (MN)

The real question is: why were there Titan's starters in that game in the 2nd half? If someone good gets hurt there....

Christopher Harris
  (12:13 PM)

Hi, Mike. It's not a bad point. I couldn't even understand why Vince Young didn't just start the second half. Collins was just awful. I mean, it's not a preseason game, so they don't have depth enough to sit *everyone*. And Chris Johnson's owners didn't mind the garbage yardage. But you still make a solid point.

Nick (District 9)

Who are your top fantasy relevant candidates that might be traded before the deadline??

Christopher Harris
  (12:14 PM)

Hi, Nick. Boy, I don't think anyone will get dealt. Terrell Owens? Nobody wants him. I think you're probably looking at a few spare parts getting traded, and that's it. Glenn Dorsey has been rumored to go....

Steve (Long Island)

What do you make of Cribbs in the wildcat yesterday. Do you think they will continue to give him looks there and does that make him startable in a league with reception yards

Christopher Harris
  (12:15 PM)

Hi, Steve. Well, Cribbs did throw a pick out of the Wildcat, so that wasn't so great. If you mean leagues that count *return* yards? Yeah, Cribbs is pretty darn usable. I would think that most of his points are going to come on returns...they don't run the Wildcat *that* much, and he's not a great receiver. But what a return guy. Phew.

Dylan G. (Richmond, VA)

Hey Christopher, what in the world am I supposed to do with TO?

Christopher Harris
  (12:16 PM)

Hi, Dylan. Bench him, at the very least. I finally came around last week, and ranked him well out of the space where he'd be in anyone's starting lineup. The real question is whether you should drop him. Oof. I'm still not there. Darrelle Revis is a great player, and T.O. did draw two penalties on him by basically beating him yesterday. It's no sin not to score on that dude. But yeah, I mean, if Ryan Fitzpatrick is the QB, just ask Chad Ocho how that went last year.

Thanks for going late! (Lexington)

Will the Jets D be slipping in the Big Rotowski...they looked pretty bad the past couple of weeks?

Christopher Harris
  (12:18 PM)

It's a good question, and I'm not sure yet. If they slip, I don't think they'll slip completely out of fantasy-worthiness territory. They didn't look *that* bad against the Bills...mostly, I thought it was all the turnovers that the Jets offense committed, which kept putting the D in dire straits. But Calvin Pace really hasn't done anything yet, and it's alarming to see how infrequently they're getting to the quarterback.

Keith (Logan,UT)

Will Driver move ahead of Jennings in the rankings?

Christopher Harris
  (12:19 PM)

Hi, Keith. It's another good question. I haven't watched that game in its entirety yet -- obviously, I saw Driver's sick one-handed grab in the highlight packages. I want to see what the deal was with Jennings before I weight in definitively.

mark (Minneapolis)

Is Bowe on the rise? Nearing relevance again?

Christopher Harris
  (12:20 PM)

Hi, Mark. Yeah, I don't know that he ever completely left. I've been a really big Bowe supporter, and I probably should've stuck to my guns through the lean times earlier this season. Bowe still makes bone-headed plays -- he had a couple awful drops yesterday. But he's so darned talented, and is the only game in town. I think he's a WR2 in most leagues...

Christopher Harris
  (12:20 PM)

All right, gang. I should probably get watching some game film from yesterday, so I can be halfway intelligent (well, as intelligent as I ever get) when I do the Big Rotowski later in the day. Let's do one more....

Justin (St. Mary's City, MD)

Was DeAngelo Williams' production this week the exception or the rule?

Christopher Harris
  (12:22 PM)

Hi, Justin. I mean, I think it's probably the rule. But Jonathan Stewart is a drain, he really is. There are going to be weeks where the carries work out in Williams' favor, in that he winds up being the one who happens to be in the game when the Panthers are in scoring position. But there'll be other games where Stewart wins. I would certainly rather have Williams, because he tends to get the outside runs and he's awfully good at them. But I don't think he's a RB1 anymore....

Christopher Harris
  (12:25 PM)

All right, gang. Thanks for coming to this chat. I know it can be frustrating not to get your question answered, and I'm sorry about that (we topped out at 1,400 questions this week). For that reason, I'm answering as many questions as I can on Facebook (I didn't get to 'em all this weekend -- but I'm doing my best). My request is that you follow the same guidelines there that I just mentioned here: (a) Please don't ask me Week 7 lineup questions...they get answered on Wednesday afternoons in our Ranks column. (b) Please don't ask me add/drop questions for guys at the same position, or "who's better the rest of the year" questions at the same position, because those get answered on Tuesday afternoons in my Big Rotowski column. But I know there are trade questions, and there are flex questions, and other more general issues, and I really want to try and help, by way of saying thank you, because I get to do this great job because of you. So if you like, friend me at http://www.facebook.com/writerboy, and I'll try and get to as many questions as I can over the course of the week. Have a great day.