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October 27, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Eric Karabell

Eric Karabell
  (3:01 PM)

Hello there and welcome to the latest fantasy sports chat session! Lots to get to today, so let's get those questions in!

john (ohio)

Whats your opinion on James Jones? Seems like Driver has been wearing down and Jones produced his last game out? Would you rather have Jones over a Blair White or Gonzo?

Eric Karabell
  (3:04 PM)

Well, Driver is clearly hurting, and Jones is stepping up, but let's not assume Jones is worth using. It's still a very good passing offense with Rodgers. Own Jones in deep leagues, but I don't think he's a great option.

Ryan (Las Vegas)

Eric,Any word on Donald Brown playing this week? How would you rate Stewart this week since Williams sat practice today?

Eric Karabell
  (3:10 PM)

I think Williams might not play at all, and then Stewart would finally have some value. I would rank him a lot better if DeAngelo is out. As for Brown, I ranked him better than Hart, because Addai probably won't play, but still, watch Manning throw 50 times.


Pick 3: A. Peterson, F. Jones, B. Wells, K. Moreno, C. Benson?

Eric Karabell
  (3:12 PM)

Well, nice crew there. I'd sit Moreno and Wells probably. Gotta play Peterson. I like Felix this week.

Joe (St. Louis)

What do you see happening to Felix Jones in Dallas' offense now? More/less touches, receptions? Better flex play than Santana Moss?

Eric Karabell
  (3:15 PM)

Hmm, good question. I'd think Felix will be a better play, though I haven't done the ranks yet. Felix has to get 15 touches this week. Has to! I'm going all in on Felix.

Brett (Tallahassee)

Is it time to trade Miles Austin?

Eric Karabell
  (3:17 PM)

Well, good luck with that. Is he a safe top 10 WR now? I'd say borderline with Kitna at QB. But what could you possibly get for him that is true value?

Ron (Jersey)

Hi Eric: In a vacuum, please pick two for rest of the way: Blount, Ivory, VJax, Steve Johnson. Thanks.

Eric Karabell
  (3:18 PM)

I'd say Steve Johnson is legit... then, Blount. I really don't think Vincent Jackson is gonna be great. Do the Chargers really want him around? And Ivory will lose PT when Bush/Thomas return.

Diego (Chicago)

If Kenny Britt can escape discipline... is it nuts to play him over Welker?

Eric Karabell
  (3:22 PM)

I wouldn't go that far, especially if Collins plays again. I mean, Britt is good, but the Philly secondary really blew it, too. Welker is safer.

Joe (Seattle)

Just traded Garcon and Branch for Schaub. Needed a QB with Romo going down. Make sense?

Eric Karabell
  (3:23 PM)

That's a lot, but I understand it. Garcon might be a safe top 20 WR from here on out. Is Schaub a safe top 10 QB? I don't know. They run now. But the deal is done so hope for the best... I might have just added Fitzpatrick or Kitna.

Nick ( Minneapolis)

Bye week problem; Ivory or Hightower this week?

Eric Karabell
  (3:23 PM)

Definitely a problem! I'd go Ivory, but wouldn't be excited about it.

Andy g [via mobile]

Henne or Vince Young this wknd?

Eric Karabell
  (3:24 PM)

Not sure Young will even play. I'd go Henne. It's a passing offense now, and Ronnie Brown barely contributes.

Bobby (NY)

A lot of QB-needy teams in my league. What tier of RB can I expect to acquire from an offer of Orton + Torain?

Eric Karabell
  (3:25 PM)

Well, not a top-5 guy, but pretty close. But act fast, because as I blogged about the other day, Orton might run outta time. And Torain I like... but Shanahan might just go to Portis. I don't know why he should.

Lance (Chicago)

You chose..........poorly. I was one of many that sat Britt last week. Can't make the same mistake. But right now I got an issue. I have to pick two, Steve Smith (South), Dwayne Bowe, and Kenny Britt. They all can put up monster games with who they are playing against. Who do you think Dr. Jones?

Eric Karabell
  (3:26 PM)

Bowe has another nice matchup... I would say they're all pretty similar, but I don't assume Britt goes nuts again. Great game, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect consistently.

Scott (Boston)

Brandon Jacobs and Ricky Williams were just dropped in my league. Which one would be the better flex option for the rest of the year. Thanks, love the work.

Eric Karabell
  (3:26 PM)

Definitely Jacobs... five touchdowns in four games, and a good amount of yards, too. Williams is doing nothing. The Giants and Chiefs each have multiple usable running backs.

Troy (Denver)

I traded Austin last week for Charles and Colston, I caught flack for it....should I be looking back with a big smile?

Eric Karabell
  (3:27 PM)

Yes, a really wide smile. What a trade that is now that Romo is out.

Scott (Denver)

Does Harvin's value dip if tavaris plays?

Eric Karabell
  (3:28 PM)

A bit, but not as much as one would think. It's not like Tarvaris has never played before. He's capable no matter the QB. I think Moss takes the larger hit, but he's still, like Miles Austin, borderline top 10.

Matt (Boston)

Never thought I would ask a kicker question, but if you have Rob Bironas in a 12 team league, do you find a way not to drop him during week 9 byes?

Eric Karabell
  (3:28 PM)

Not a bad question, but I never keep an extra kicker around. Never. I drop even the best ones if they are on bye or injured. Cut him.

Jeff (Arlington, VA)

Do you all actually spend time ranking Defenses and Kickers? Because it seems everyone's rankings are vastly different than ESPN's projections on a weekly basis?

Eric Karabell
  (3:29 PM)

I don't spend much time looking at the projections at those spots, or really any spot. It's all just opinion anyway... and I know what I think. Use all this stuff as a guide.

Igor (need an answer)

Eric, I have Fitzpatrick and Peyton, the other guy needs a qb. What caliber wr or rb can I get for Fitzpatrick? Or should I trade Peyton for #1 wr?

Eric Karabell
  (3:30 PM)

I would keep Peyton... I like Fitz, but let's not go too far. Not sure you can get much for Fitz though. Do your best, maybe you can sell for a really good flex option. You're never, ever gonna sit Peyton, and it's not like the Colts will sit everyone in Week 17 this season...

Dusty (Santa Barbara)

Is V-Jax worth a waiver claim and/or a bench spot? What can we expect from him when he returns?

Eric Karabell
  (3:32 PM)

He's so talented and so is Rivers that sure, add him and see what happens. I just don't expect a 1,000-yard type performance.

J (Boston)

Is Cutler droppable? My other QBs are Eli and Cassel.

Eric Karabell
  (3:35 PM)

Yeah, I think he's droppable... I'd use Eli over him, that's for sure. Well, not this week. Use Cassel this week.

Kyler (Jacksonville)

Who gets the better end of this trade MJD or Forte for the rest of the season?

Eric Karabell
  (3:36 PM)

Definitely Jones-Drew... I don't trust Forte one bit. Not with that o-line... Cutler fears for his life.

Mike (SC)

Safe to drop Celek? Need to replace him for the bye, and Vick doesn't seem to look his way much anyway. Moeaki, Fasano or Gronkowski?

Eric Karabell
  (3:37 PM)

Yeah, I'm an Eagles fan telling you that Celek is not a top 10 TE, not safe. Probably Moeaki this week...

Phil (Pitt)

If Deangelo Williams CANT go, where do you rank J. Stewart? Better flex play than Fred Jackson?

Eric Karabell
  (3:38 PM)

Yes, I'd go all in with J-Stew if he starts... really, he should be good.

LeBron (Akron)

Hey EK, Does Brees go back to the Brees we've known and loved the past few years or is this more mild version what we should expect the rest of the way? Thanks.

Eric Karabell
  (3:40 PM)

I don't think he's the best QB in fantasy this season... needs some kind of running game. Needs Colston to play better... and he's probably hurt, too. But top 5, yes.

Jeff (Venice Beach)

Woodhead worth holding onto for bye weeks, or should I package him with Miles Austin for SJAX?

Eric Karabell
  (3:42 PM)

Ooh, I would package them up for the top 5 RB...

Rick (City by the bay)

EK, what your thoughts on Darren Mcfadden rest of the season?

Eric Karabell
  (3:43 PM)

I think the case can be made he's top 10. He looks great...

Frank Gore (London)

What kind of impact will Troy Smith have on my production...good/bad/none

Eric Karabell
  (3:44 PM)

I don't think he'll have any impact, actually. Gore is going to have a big week against that defense... I don't like Crabtree very much though.

Jonathan (Mobile, AL)

When does Mathews turn into the stud everyone has been saying he is?

Eric Karabell
  (3:46 PM)

Probably never....I thought he'd be really good, but for some reason the Chargers just don't give the RBs enough love...

B (Miami)

Trade Philly D for Eli? ...lost Romo

Eric Karabell
  (3:46 PM)

Trade ANY D for a starting QB if you lost Romo...

cliff (bos)

do you like farve or fitzpatrick for rest of the year. drop farve

Eric Karabell
  (3:47 PM)

I see Favre playing this week, and playing really well... because he's Favre. He wants attention. He's got it now, so he'll play...

James Starks (GB)

Making my daily appearance in the chat room. When do I see some PT?

Eric Karabell
  (3:48 PM)

Jackson has looked OK the past two weeks, so maybe the Packers are in no hurry. We've talked so much about a guy who has never played! But I think he will soon. Not sure we can use him in fantasy though.

Brandon (Collegeville, PA)

Blount or FJax through the end of the year?

Eric Karabell
  (3:48 PM)

I still like Fred Jax ... it's not like Blount figures to be a star, not Arian Foster. And I think Jackson is just getting going.

Danny (Chicago)

You have MIN Def ranked 6th this week and it doesn't appear your colleagues agree. What is your reasoning behind ranking them higher than say TB or StL??? I would love to pick up MIN this week so that I get them against AZ as well next week but didn't love the NE matchup at first glance.

Eric Karabell
  (3:49 PM)

What has Tom Brady done sans Moss? Not a ton... And the Vikes control the run... I just wouldn't give up on that team yet. Can't go Rams D over them...

John (Falls Church, VA)

Hey Eric, what are your thoughts on Tom Brady going forward? Do the Pats just need time to adjust the passing game post Moss, or should I come to expect 150 yards and 1 td a week and therefore seek another option at QB?

Eric Karabell
  (3:50 PM)

I think Brady will be fine, but not a top 5 QB. Still worth using, but might be closer to the Eli-Flacco-Ryan range than we thought without Moss. Surprising to me, too.

Mike (Phx)

If you dont have any roster spots due to multiple top 20 players on byes, what would you do with DeAngelo Wililams if he is ruled out for this weekend? Drop him or bite the bullet for this week?

Eric Karabell
  (3:51 PM)

I'd keep him. There's still potential payoff here with DeAngelo...

Sleepless (Seattle)

Do I trade my Steven Jackson for Ray Rice? I just saw that offer.. I said no in my head at first.. but what would you do? The year is young.

Eric Karabell
  (3:52 PM)

My first thought if I was offered it would be that there's a reason the Rice owner wants to make the deal, and it's probably I don't want to.

Danny (Chicago)

With his dual eligibility, why isn't Woodhead also ranked under the WRs instead of just the RB section???

Eric Karabell
  (3:52 PM)

My reasoning is that I found 50 other WRs I liked better. It's a deeper position this season, easily. I can't find more than 40 RBs I really like week to week... but I leave out 10 WRs I can make a case for....

Matt (Detroit Rock City)

Beson looked mediocre last week.. Would you still chose him over M. Lynch moving forward?

Eric Karabell
  (3:53 PM)

Yes, I like Benson more than Lynch... but neither are top 15 guys. Both probably in that 16-20 range...

Tim (Nj)

You say Steve Johnson is for real, what do you think his stat line looks like this weekend?

Eric Karabell
  (3:54 PM)

I'm starting to assume a 5-70 line each week, maybe a score... he is scoring regularly.

John (St Louis)

Danny Woodhead, with him picking up 40 rushing and 40 receiving, in a PPR league he is kind of valuable wouldn't you agree?

Eric Karabell
  (3:55 PM)

Absolutely. But do you think you can count on that every week?

Nick (Chicago)

Charles owner going against the team with TJones this week, and looking to be a close matchup. Which of the two do you see going off this week?

Eric Karabell
  (3:55 PM)

Both! They cancel each other out.. .which is fine. You still have to use Charles. The Bills won't stop these fellows.

Frank (Seattle)

Am I nuts for considering starting Stafford over Brees this week?

Eric Karabell
  (3:56 PM)

That seems a bit of a reach to me, but it's your team! Brees is facing a tough D...

Adam (Kentucky )

Is it just me, or does it seem like Brandon Marshall has had just a "decent" year so far?

Eric Karabell
  (3:57 PM)

He's outside the top 25 WRs for season scoring... not sure it's even decent.

Paul (New Orleans)

Nuts to start Fitzpatrick over Rivers this week?

Eric Karabell
  (3:58 PM)

Let's put it this way: Aren't we all a bit nuts? I mean, I've done some crazy lineup things, but who cares if you're nuts or not? And who decides such things? I wouldn't start Fitz over Rivers... but I think one can make the case for it. Go for it!

Jim (Seattle)

Nuts to start Felix over Jennings at flex this week?

Eric Karabell
  (3:59 PM)

No, I don't think so. Again, I probably wouldn't... but you probably knew that when you typed the first word there...

Eric Karabell
  (3:59 PM)

OK, that is all the time we have for today's chat... thanks so much for showing up and asking thousands of questions. I appreciate it. Have a great day and best of luck in Week 8 and beyond...