Hello all and welcome to the latest fantasy sports chat session. Obviously there's much to discuss for football, with the season one week old, but I am aware - because I play, too! - there are those in the fantasy baseball playoffs. SO, thanks for showing up and here we go...
Hello Eric! If your tight end was Dallas Clark and Owen Daniels was just dropped would you drop Mike Thomas or Pierre Thomas for him and how much FAAB ($100 budget) would you spend on him?
I would not. I realize some Dallas Clark owners are panicking after one week and think Clark will have a bad season. I do not. And Thomas and Thomas remain valuable.
Am I crazy for thinking about starting Rexy over Freeman this week?!?
I like the matchup for the Redskins and Grossman (Cardinals flying cross-country), but still, it's Rex Grossman. He's not in for a career year. I'm going Freeman.
If Arian Foster sits, would you start Tate over Reggie Bush this week?
Yes. I might start him regardless! But I think all signs point to Foster actually playing this week.
Hey EK, I saw your year to end rankings. I'm peyton manning owner, after seeing your rankings I decided to jump ship and dropped him in my 10 team league. I own Cutler, who would you pick up to back him up? Fitz or Henne?
Well, I hope that move doesn't come back to haunt you. We're not doctors, but IF Manning comes back in November... anyway, Fitzpatrick over Henne. I love how people all of a sudden love Henne; c'mon, the game dictated him throwing a lot. If Brady doesn't complete that 99-yarder, does Henne even approach 400 yards? Big letdown on him coming.
Is Harbaugh turning the 49ers into a Defensive juggernaut? or just a week 1 game vs. terrible opponent?
It's all Ted Ginn. If he can return 32 kicks/punts for touchdowns, then you'll want to own the 49ers defense!
Would you drop Delone Carter (assuming you own Addai) or LT for Ryan Grant?
No. Now is a wise time to actually get Delone Carter. I figure he'll be more active this week. And it's not looking good for Grant; seems the Packers think like most fantasy owners, and they're giving up on him so Starks gets more run.
Aaron Hernandez is a top 3 TE by year's end, do you agree? Dallas is mediocre without Peyton and Hernandez looks essentially like NE's best deep threat and they throw a ton...
Nothing's changed for the Pats tight ends; they have two very good ones. They did last year. And I think it's a bit dangerous to assume every Pats game will be a track meet. I've got Hernandez in my top 10 this week, but not for the season.
Why is KC's offense so bad? It's not like I burned the playbook. Thoughts on Jamaal?
It's one week. I think the Chiefs are in for a bad season, but we have to be careful to not overrate one game, people. Charles will be fine. Cassel, because he isn't very good, will not. He doesn't have that cake schedule this season.
What do you make of the Bills starters for the upcoming year, Fitzpatrick, Johnson, Jackson? Can they keep this up?
I think Steve Johnson is a late-end WR2. He's startable every week. I think Fred Jackson is a RB3, not a starter every week, but perhaps at flex. And Fitzpatrick... good for half of last season, then not so much. Backup material.
Hey EK. I have Freeman as my starter, trying to figure out who my backup should be: Henne, Orton or keep Garrard and hope he'll sign soon?
Stick with Orton. It was one game. And he's not being benched anytime soon. People have short memories; heading into Week 13 last year ORTON led the NFL in passing yards. He shouldn't have been benched for Tebow in the first place.
Worried about Blount at all?
Nope. Nothing has changed. He didn't catch passes or block last season either. And still in the second half he was a top 5 running back. It doesn't hurt Michael Turner either.
How long before Chris Johnson is Chris Johnson again...I expected a slow start...but nine carries? I know the "don't worry about your studs against tough matchups" mantra, but James Starks , Tolbert, or Matthews are beginning to look like better plays this week.
I did not rank Chris Johnson in my top 10 this week, but I can't see sitting him for the players you mentioned. The schedule will get easier after this week!
EK, as a Percy owner please tell me Mcnabb has better days.
He's not in my top 20 quarterbacks but yes, that was a confluence of many factors, throwing for only 39 yards. He's not that bad. And Harvin is a borderline top 20 WR... he'll be ok.
You aren't worried about Blount at all but you are willing to rank a guy with an ailing knee splitting carries (Tolbert) over Blount (versus Vikings) for week 2?
Um, yeah. You got it. Tolbert is pretty good. And the Vikings tend to stop the run.
Do you think Emmanuel Sanders is worth dropping for someone like Branch or Jacoby Jones?
Yes, in each case. Branch really should be owned in most leagues by this point. In Pittsburgh I like Antonio Brown more than Sanders.
Could you please give your opinion on this trade? Should I keep Peterson or trade him for Charles and S. Smith (Car)? I would be dropping J. Stewart to take on the extra player. Thx.
I'm almost always going to want the best player in any trade, but this seems fair. I mean, I've got Charles at No. 3 for the season, and you get a potential WR2.
Is Daniel Thomas fantasy relevant this year?
I think he will be in the second half of the season, once (unfortunately) Reggie Bush is hurting and the team is desperate. But Thomas isn't healthy either. And by the way, the "who should I play" questions... just check our rankings. They're posted. They're free. http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=11ranksWeek2QB
what do you think about Devery Henderson's potential coming up with a great week 1 a + moore and colston hurt?
I think we've seen plenty of Devery's potential in the past seasons. He is what he is. Tough to rely on it as a fantasy starter. I like Meachem and especially the TE Graham, and watch Sproles be kept very busy.
Do you see Big Ben having a better week against Seattle? He can't be much worse, can he?
If he's my starter, I certainly don't deviate this week. I still can't over the flood of emails/tweets from people saying we're nuts to rank Big Ben over Cam Newton this week. Wow!
And I guess we're not gonna have any baseball questions today... which is fine, but for the people that usually complain that we abandon baseball questions, hey, to answer them we can't ask them too!
Sell high on Rob Gronkowski?
Why? Because Hernandez had the bigger week? Gronkowski will have big weeks as well.
Would you start Antonio Brown as a WR3 vs. Seattle? Big Ben targeted him 9 times last week. Pittsburgh's home opener, too.
Someone's paying attention! I don't think he's starter material in fantasy yet, but keep your eyes on him! He was the subject of my first "sneaky pickup" blog last week.. good times are pending.
Baseball question. Do you think that my fantasy football year will go better than my fantasy baseball year?
Ha! Yes, I do!
Does MSW get a big boost due to Amendola being out, how do you see him finishing the year?
Sims-Walker seems pretty overrated to me. Might have a big game or two but showed nothing in Week 1. Amendola's injury doesn't change his plight.
BOLD prediction: That was Cam Newton's best game of his NFL career last week! Will Big Ben get the protection from his line to be a top 10 QB this year?
Ha! Yes and yes. I like Newton.. but there are 20 quarterbacks I would have this season. And Ben is in my top 10.
Thoughts on Plaxico?
Impressive. He's still got it. I could see 8 or 9 TDs this season, but I doubt he tops 60 receptions. Still, good value especially if you can get him on the cheap. More of a bye week fill in than top 30 safe WR.
Do you see Stafford replicating fitzgeralds four TD's vs KC this week?
No. But Stafford is in my top 10 this week. Getting 4 TD passes is tough... Fitzpatrick is the only QB to do this 3 times since the start of last season.
Would you target Wayne as a buy low, or just steer clear?
Tough to buy low on someone that tied for fifth among all WRs in fantasy points in Week 1. But if you can, sure. You don't have to like the QB to like the WR. Happens all the time.
How's THIS for a "BOLD prediction": Marcel Reece will be the southside Mike Tolbert by week 4
Interesting, but if Ryan Mathews played as well as Darren McFadden...then Tolbert wouldn't be Tolbert.
BASEBALL keeper question for next season? Ryan Zimmerman at $23 or Brett Lawrie at $10 ?
Hey! Baseball! I'd go Lawrie. This guy is terrific, a future Ryan Braun, at the plate and field. He'll move to a corner outfield spot in time, but he'll hit enough to justify. Zimm is good.. .but that's not a great price and I don't think he's all that special.
Losing SJax hurt me, would you give away Turner for DeAngelo and Caddy?
Oh no, I would not. And Jackson might miss only one week. Don't panic! You won't want Cadillac.
LT simply looked better than Greene on Sunday night... is Greene really not ready to take that job over? LT still has something in that tank, don't he?
I think it is a bit premature to assume Greene can't break out, but certainly I'm questioning him a bit. LT is fine. But he has limitations. Greene should be bette than this.
Nicks went unranked by 2 of the 4 ESPN rankers. He hasn't been ruled out yet, what gives?
They think he will not play. And I think he will play. The truth is nobody - even the Giants - know for sure.
Baseball keeper question...grab Hanson or Wainwright for DL spot now and keep next 3 years at $3? Hanson right?
Oooh... yeah, but it's close. Wainwright should be back to stardom next season. Hanson's injury shouldn't carry into 2012.
BASEBALL! Alex Avila is a top __ catcher next year.
Definitely top 10. He's not a fluke. But I think I'd have McCann, Victor, Mauer, Santana and perhaps Wieters over him. Maybe Montero and Posey, too. I'm sure I missed someone there.
Any reason as to why I drafted Roy Helu in a 12 team keeper?
Don't give up on Helu yet. Mike Shanahan always changes his mind, and it's not like Hightower has proven in the past to be reliable.
Here's a baseball declaration for 2012: The Royals Salvador Perez will be a top 10 catcher.
I like the way you think, but there are still 10 safer, productive catchers. His future is bright, though.
Mendenhall is ranked at #6 but projected at only 13 point; what gives?
Ranks and projections don't have to match up; I don't do the projections, for example. But I think Mendenhall remains a top 10 RB.
Peyton Manning has been dropped in my 10 team 2QB league. Should I pick him up and stash him?
Always depends on whom you are dropping. It it's Cam Newton, sure. If it's Rex Grossman, no.
Would you start Fitzpatrick over Schaub this week? Seems like an easier match-up for Fitz, no?
It does, but I still wouldn't do it. I like Fitzpatrick more than most, I think, but he's not that reliable. It's not just about Week 1 numbers.
Is Fitzpatrick an every week starter? Granted Berry was injured in the game, but the KC secondary is still very talented. I am considering trading Romo for a RB and starting Fitzpatrick.
I think that is risky. I like Romo considerably more than Fitz. But it depends on the RB. Can a fantasy team win a title with Fitz? Yes. Is it recommended to try it, no.
Baseball keeper - Keep Adam Jones and give up a 15th round pick or keep Hosmer and give up a 22nd round pick?
Look closer at Hosmer's numbers and in two years you can see Joey Votto. Honestly, he can be that good.
Aren't you guys a little too down on Ryan this week? Philly has a good secondary but that wasn't the problem vs. Chicago, it was the pass rush and Philly isn't Chicago in that regard.
Perhaps, but in my case - I can't speak for the others - it's not that I didn't like Ryan.. .I just liked other QBs more. And no, this is not a good matchup and Philly did rush the passer well in Week 1.
Are you expecting Vick to make a statement in ATL?
I half expect a statistical statement every week. The fact he's back in the ATL isn't a fantasy factor. He'll be fine. But also, in the back of my mind, I worry about the Eagles protecting him. He can't get hit that much every week and start 16 games.
Am i really going to put Hightower in over Gore in a PPR? tell me im not crazy
I would not, but that's me. It's your team. Can I make the case? I can make the case Hightower will play well, yes. Very well. But he's just not reliable.
Phillys D or Detriot D? It seems the Lions have the better matchup but Philly is a better D. Not sure what to do
I would not overthink it, and there's also no need to own more than 1 defense if you have Eagles. Just play it every week.
Didn't watch the Giants game... What's your take on Eli Manning for the near future and for the season?
Looked a lot like last season with the mistakes... but he'll also get the 4,000 yards and 25 TDs.
Do you think KC Joyner's advanced metrics for football is a future trend or fad?
I think he does a terrific job. I read his work. It's good to have advanced metrics in football...we've had them in baseball for a long time!
Eric, with all due respect, I have to disagree a bit. Cam wont have another week like he did in week #1, I get it. But in a 1 starter QB league, with Manning unlikely for 8 weeks, why not roll the dice on Cam? Bradford is my #1 now...
I think most of the unwarranted anger from people in comments on the blogs is because they misread what I'm saying. I didn't say "don't add Newton..." I said he's not a starter, and don't dump someone you're relying on. I'd still use Bradford over Cam, but yeah, I would absolutely roll the dice on Cam in that case.
Like everybody else, I have a few hurt guys on my team. Is plugging Branch in on Sunday better than wait and see if Nicks is still questionable over the weekend?
Probably, because at least you get some numbers, but Nicks could really have a big game, too. Perhaps add Gibson of STL in case for Monday night.
Please answer in both "with Moore" and "without Moore" scenarios: Bess over Henderson this week, in 0.5PPR? (I also have J. Graham starting.)
I would go Henderson either way. With Moore and without.
HEY! Give me one full sentence about Gibson at least.
Someone mercifully has to step up and be Bradford's top wide receiver, and right now nobody has done so. With Amendola out and Sims-Walker so erratic, Gibson could be it.
Who has a better chance to surprise? Benn or Massaquoi?
I think Massaquoi can. Cleveland kinda disappointed last week, but I like Hillis this week and I can see a passing game emerging.
After watching the first quarter of the Sunday night game I couldn't believe I didn't draft Dez Bryant. Thoughts?
Honestly, Bryant could be a top 10 guy easily. He's so talented, and his QB throws a lot.
Does Jared Cook have any value moving forward.. 1 catch for 7 yards!?
It's one week. Could easily be 5 for 50 this week. If you liked him as a sleeper in August, don't give up now.
Lance Moore is available and I have Jacoby Ford that I could potentially drop for him. Who do you like better going forward?
Ford is one of my sleepers, but he's currently hurt and Moore just has more upside in that system.
Which Backup to Chris Johnson do I want?
Everyone thinks it's Ringer, and it probably is, but in a deep league I'd get Jamie Harper. But it won't matter; after this week CJ will dominate.
Do you bother switching Neil rackers for the Chargers new kicker?
No. I'm not pleased I owned Kaeding in a few places and had to waste the time to find a new kicker!
CJ Spiller will take over Fred Jackson in the near future, bank it.
Well, we said that last year, too. Wouldn't surprise me much, but ... hasn't happened or come close to happening yet.
You're not answering my questions Eric. I just dropped Breaston for Massaquoi. Will I regret that move?
Sorry, Matt. Didn't mean to upset you. I'm ok with that move.
Arian Foster - wasn't ranked, but if he plays where do you put him?
I ranked him... check again!
OK, that is about all the time I have been given this fine Wednesday, so thank you for showing up and asking thousands of questions. Hope I helped you out with your decisions. Have a great day!