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August 22, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy NFL with Chris Harris

Christopher Harris
  (10:59 AM)

Good morning, everyone. Welcome to another Wednesday chat about fantasy football. As a reminder, I know I won't get to all of your questions, but you can follow me on Twitter (@writerboyESPN), friend me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/writerboy), and if you're itching for some NFL action you can buy my novel (in print or Kindle versions) Slotback Rhapsody, which is about an undersized dude trying to make it in the pros via some combination of Buddhism, vegetarianism and human growth hormones. (www.slotbackrhapsody.com) Anyway, let's get to your questions!

Bobby (Rochester, NY)

Do you think that hate has gone too far on Reggie Wayne? what round would you consider him in a 10 team league?

Christopher Harris
  (11:00 AM)

Hi, Bobby. Austin Collie's injury (we won't call it a concussion yet) had me re-thinking my Wayne rank this weekend. I pushed him up to WR37, which is several spots higher than I had him. I still think something like the 10th round is probably appropriate, and there's upside there with Luck looking ready to play.

Matt (Louisville, Ky)

If MJD holdouts all season do you see Rashad Jenning finishing in the top 10 of RBs?

Christopher Harris
  (11:02 AM)

Hi, Matt. No way MJD holds out all year -- he'd come back Week 10, to make sure that he accrues a season of service time. That pretty well would rule out Jennings being that kind of contributor. And frankly: (a) I still think MJD plays Week 1; and (b) As much as I called Jennings a super-deep sleeper a few years ago and like his skill set, he's not ready to be a top 10 RB anyway.

Joel (Michigan )

Good morning Chris, Your take on the MJD situation ? Not much leverage there from him, is Jennings worth taking a flier on ?

Christopher Harris
  (11:03 AM)

Hi, Joel. Yeah, I mean ownership kind of stepped in it by making their statements. It's obvious to everyone watching that the player has no leverage -- but rubbing his nose in that fact just gets his back up, and brings his pride into question. I still think he plays Week 1, but I admit this p.r. stuff makes me waver a little. Definitely, Jennings should be owned in all leagues. And if you're the one taking the plunge on Jones-Drew, definitely try and get Jennings.

LTRAIN (GOLDEN, COLORADO)

Christ why do you wear a suit and tie on..RADIO?..lol

Christopher Harris
  (11:03 AM)

I don't wear it *for* radio. I do TV, and then go into the radio studio and do my hits without a wardrobe change.

Larry (Pittsburgh)

Has the loss of some weapons worried you about Rivers? Any chance Ryan slides passed him?

Christopher Harris
  (11:05 AM)

Hi, Larry. Sure there's a chance. The reason I still prefer Rivers is that I've seen him produce elite numbers before, and haven't seen Ryan do it. But times can change. I don't love hearing the Meachem and Rivers haven't produced "great chemistry" yet, but that SD offense is so fantasy-QB-friendly, with as much downfield throwing as anyone. But no, I would absolutely not laugh at you if you like Ryan more.

parker (ga)

I was recently offered a deal which essentially came down to frank gore for peyton hillis (I send hillis). I like hillis this year and have him as a handcuff to jamaal charles, but what are your thoughts on how much value can be added when a player is a handcuff?

Christopher Harris
  (11:06 AM)

Hi, Parker. The Chiefs situation is an interesting case, because an argument can be made that Hillis is flexworthy by himself, and that he actually isn't a pure handcuff. That said, there's no question that Hillis is probably worth more to you than he is to anyone else, because if one of the KC guys were to get hurt, the other would be really valuable. It probably depends on what else you have at RB...if you're in need of a solid, unspectacular RB2, Gore would fit the bill. But if you can live with what you have, I think KC will be a nice RB market to have cornered.

Joel (Michigan )

Didnt have much choice but to keep Wallace. Do you think he will have WR1 value when all said and done ?

Christopher Harris
  (11:07 AM)

Hi, Joel. I really do. It sounds like there's a good chance he reports this week, and he's a special player. He's turned into an all-around receiver (about half his targets last year traveled 10 yards or fewer in the air), and probably one of the 5 fastest WRs in the NFL. I'm not saying there might not be some week-to-week variability, but I think you're pretty safe with him.

Ken (San Diego)

What are your thoughts on Tony Romo given all the injuries at WR?

Christopher Harris
  (11:09 AM)

Hi, Ken. I haven't lowered him yet. Witten certainly scares me -- I wouldn't touch him, and that's tough on Romo. And obviously the WR injuries aren't optimal, and there could be some early-season panic. But I think Romo is a really good player. I think he can make other guys decent (ancillary) weapons, too. My bigger question about the Cowboys might be their o-line -- but you can say that about a lot of the top 10 QBs. For me, Romo belongs to the vast second tier...I feel no compulsion to get him, but if he's the last one standing when I get around to drafting a QB, I can live with it.

Matt (Boston)

I just listened to your WR Draft Special Podcast and I wanted to ask a question about your second tier of wr's. With Jennings concussion this preseason and AJ's history of injuries, it seems like they have more risk than a lot of the guys behind them (Wallace, AJ Green, Welker, etc.). Do you have those 2 in a tier above that next group just based on upside? Don't you think once you factor in the downside these guys should be in the same tier?

Christopher Harris
  (11:11 AM)

Hi, Matt. First of all, thanks for listening. I guess the reason I put those two guys a little bit above the others is that *other* than injuries, they're basically bulletproof. They're immensely talented, and playing time, targets, quality of targets, red-zone targets...none of those will be an issue. They certainly offer added risk (especially AJ), but the reward is so amazing, so I guess I could say you're right: their upsides are higher. But not just that -- they've *done* it before, again and again. To some extent, it simply comes down to risk tolerance. But they're two elite players that personally I feel quite good about this year.

Jordan (Denver)

Disregarding major values that pop up during an auction, how do you like to allocate your auction budget? 50% RBs, 30% WRs, etc. ?

Christopher Harris
  (11:13 AM)

Hi, Jordan. We did an ESPN experts auction last night, and I have to admit I never really did that math. For me, the calculation always winds up about value, especially at the beginning...I'm trying to get guys at prices below where I think they should be valued. For instance, I got MJD at $43, while Foster, Rice, McCoy...they all went for $60-plus. That kind of locked me into needing to spend for a WR (it wound up being Jennings), and then I got great value for Newton at $18, I believe. It kind of rolled from there. It isn't so much about %ages, as value.

John (KC)

Can Titus Young be a close to every week WR2 starter in a 10 teamer? Is witten worth a roster spot?

Christopher Harris
  (11:14 AM)

Hi, John. I won't say Witten is totally not worth a roster spot, but I'm betting that in every league I'm in, there's at least one person willing to take him way before I would. If I could get him in the 14th round? Sure, I'd take the chance. But I'm not hopeful. As for Young...I'm not there on WR2 quite yet, but of course he's my favorite value play of the entire season. I think he could work his way into that role. I probably am not starting him there Week 1.

Xavier (Del.)

Over/Under 1000 yds rushing this year for Kevin Smith?

Christopher Harris
  (11:15 AM)

Hi, Xavier. He should get the opportunity, but I say under, simply because I have doubts he can play enough games.

Thomas (England)

Her Chris, I haven't seen much, if really anything, about J Blackmon. A lot of my league makes trade offers to me for him but I'm wondering if he can thrive in that sad Jags offense and be a decent 3 WR or a flex or should I get some value out of him now?

Christopher Harris
  (11:17 AM)

Hi, Thomas. I mean, if someone is offering you something really good for him, I'd take it. Gabbert looks improved, no question. But is he ready to be someone who can sustain a strong pass attack? I'm skeptical. The good signs for him this summer are simply that maybe he's now on a track to be a good QB sometime in a couple years. I doubt whether any of his aerial weapons will assert themselves as dominant, and I also think Blackmon's skills have been strangely misperceived by some folks. He's not T.O. He's not a big beast. He's got amazing ball skills, but he's not a burner. I don't know that he'll ever be a A.J. Green or Julio Jones type. So his career upside, for me, is a little lower than some think, and this year, it's even lower. I'd be willing to deal at the right price.

Zack (Ill)

Given the craziness of the MJD fiasco, can you honestly believe he's still worthy of a 2nd or even 3rd round grade...

Christopher Harris
  (11:18 AM)

Hi, Zack. I still honestly am ranking him there, yes. My point is that there's really absolutely no way for us to know what the real story is. The owner and the agent are using the media to stake out their territories. We have *no idea*. I'm relying on history...there just aren't many players who miss games. Maybe this will be an exception, and I'll get burned. But I'm holding out that this is a value opportunity.

Owen (Iowa)

Are you planning on writing any more fiction? DMC plays 12 games this season- over/under?

Christopher Harris
  (11:20 AM)

Hi, Owen. I'll say push. The backlash against Run-DMC is almost too strong now, and he's heard it. He'll want to prove people wrong. But the fact is, if a guy's legs just keep getting hurt, what's he supposed to do? As for fiction: yes...finished a new novel, agent is currently shopping it. If any editors read these chats, message me (@writerboyESPN). Ha.

Don (CA)

Better backup RB to draft: David Wilson or Daniel Thomas?

Christopher Harris
  (11:21 AM)

Hi, Don. I have Thomas rated higher. I'm going on the assumption that he was hurt last year, and we can kind of throw the awfulness out the window. But I don't feel absolutely sure. By the way, for questions where anyone wants to know "Player X or Player Y," my ranks are here: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=NFLDK2K12ranksHarris200

The Haus (Sactown)

Keep hearing that (the artist formerly known as) Michael "The Burner" Turner has looked like he's lost a step and out of place in the new uptempo offensive scheme installed in ATL, yet why then has Jacquizz Rodgers--clearly not the world's greatest talent but certainly a better fit in that offense--not shot up ESPN rankings or at least been a bigger topic of conversation?

Christopher Harris
  (11:23 AM)

Well, our rating at ESPN (which was initially based on my rating back in April) has accounted for the way Turner looked on tape at the end of last year. He's been way outside our top 10. That said, who's going to score rush TDs in that offense? Rodgers did plunge one in during a preseason game, but that's Turner's specialty. I worry that while the workload for Rodgers (and Jason Snelling, by the way) may go up some, they'll more be siphons from Turner's value, rather than great fantasy starts themselves. Each of them is inside my top 200. They're ownable for the reasons you state.

Nathan (Dallas)

How worried are you that Forte's production will suffer due to the receiving prowess of Brandon Marshall being added to the mix and the TD/carry stealing that Michael Bush is sure to bring to the mix?

Christopher Harris
  (11:24 AM)

Hi, Nathan. I believe Forte's yards from scrimmage are about as safe as they come. He'll be consistent week to week. But as you say, the TDs are likely to be a problem, which is what keeps him out of the first round for me. But as a second-rounder, I like him. Last year's late knee issue notwithstanding, I don't view him as particularly injury-prone, and I think he'll touch the ball a ton. In a sea of "who knows" RBs, it's nice to have a guy give you yardage. Pair him with a boom/bust RB.

Armand (Eugene)

hey, Chris. Enjoy your work. You planted a flag IN Meachem last season. What happened? Opportunity, body, talent - why no love this year?

Christopher Harris
  (11:26 AM)

Hi, Armand. Thanks for reminding me! Yeah, I mentioned that particular flag in the latest Geico fantasy draft podcast, in which we discussed WRs. It should've worked out so much better for Meachem -- he got the opportunity to shine when Colston broke his leg last year, and he just evaporated. I guess once burned, twice shy. Plus the fact that he and Rivers have reportedly been slow to develop some chemistry in camp doesn't sound great. I have Meachem above Floyd, but I still wouldn't go out on a limb for him. He's never caught more then 45 passes in a season.

Ben Tate (Houston)

Am I really worth the ADP I have been receiving or are people just thinking Foster will get injured?

Christopher Harris
  (11:27 AM)

Well, I do question whether Tate is really a weekly flex in a 10-team league. The jury's out on that one, though it's at least borderline, and it could work out fine. But this is a case where the Foster owner *has* to get the handcuff. Foster is just too big an investment, and the rewards of the HOU running game are too strong, for you not to be able to reap them if an injury comes. ADP be damned, I'm taking Tate if I take Foster.

Kevin (Boise)

Do you think any of the 49ers WRs will be consistent enough to be fantasy starters this year?

Christopher Harris
  (11:29 AM)

Hi, Kevin. I don't. I don't think the Niners throw it enough, and I'm not sure they'll focus on one guy. Moss is the WR I like least...I think Manningham and Crabtree split the best looks. And of course Vernon Davis is probably more valuable than any of them.

Joe (Decatur, GA)

I'm sure this will be covered in an upcoming podcast, but who are some sleeper TE's you like? A lot are going early and I don't like how my teams turn out in mock drafts when I take one too soon.

Christopher Harris
  (11:30 AM)

Hi, Joe. Indeed, we're doing the TE podcast next Tuesday. I honestly think TE is very deep, and if you don't wind up with either of the top 2, for whom you have to pay through the nose, waiting makes sense. Can I see a massive difference between, say, Gonzalez and Finley? Some, but not massive. In 10 team leagues, you don't really need a sleeper, right? In 14- or 16-team leagues, Tamme, Daniels, Olsen, Bennett?

Bobby (Salina, Ks.)

Staying away from Washington and Detroit RB's, name a couple of other teams that have the same mess at RB and no one really knows the Shannagin's of what's going to happen?

Christopher Harris
  (11:31 AM)

Hi, Bobby. New England and Washington are my two perennial "stay away if you can unless the value is too good to pass up." This year I did plant a flag on Stevan Ridley, but I'm not reaching for him, especially not when he fell into the doghouse last week for fumbling in camp.

Kelly (Detroit)

Is Greg Little a sleeper? Or is he just a wr3 who happens to be miscast as a 1 on a bad team....

Christopher Harris
  (11:33 AM)

Hi, Kelly. Probably the latter more than the former. He's a possession receiver, really: a converted running back. And it showed last year with his hands problems. I don't mind owning him in all leagues...he's just a bench guy you own on the off chance that Weeden winds up being able to produce a much better passing season than we expect.

Juan (Tampa Bay)

Does Hernandez's value go down with the addition of Lloyd? Any chance he finishes in the top 3 TE this year?

Christopher Harris
  (11:34 AM)

Hi, Juan. It so happens I wrote a short piece this week about what Lloyd coming to NE does to the other guys: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=nfldk2k12_decisionslloydeffect Is there a chance Hernandez duplicates his #3 from last year? Sure. I don't think so, but there's a chance.

Christopher Harris
  (11:34 AM)

Hi, Juan. It so happens I wrote a short piece this week about what Lloyd coming to NE does to the other guys: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=nfldk2k12_decisionslloydeffect Is there a chance Hernandez duplicates his #3 from last year? Sure. I don't think so, but there's a chance.

Brent (TN)

Love your podcasts and other work. How do you feel about the 'best available' drafting strategy? Is it really worth ending up with 2 (maybe even 3) good QB's (or any other position) to use as trade bait?

Christopher Harris
  (11:36 AM)

Thank you, Brent. I am all about best available, to a point. Value is all I'm ever seeking. That can sometime work me into a bit of trouble (as this MJD assessment may), but it also means I rarely reach for a position when I don't really like the player. That said, especially in shallow leagues, it's tough to "hoard" QBs. There are just so many of them, and a lot of very good ones. It's often very tough to get what you perceive as fair value. As a result, unless the value is absolutely insane and too good to pass up, I'm probably not hoarding QBs the way I do RBs and WRs.

Frank (Harlem)

I like Jonathan Dwyer, Is he a sleeper? Redman is a career backup, Mendy is not ready...

Christopher Harris
  (11:37 AM)

Hi, Frank. Yes, I think Dwyer qualifies. He should absolutely be owned in all leagues. He's lost weight and looked pretty good in PIT's last preseason game, and Redman's groin severity really isn't known. You can definitely get some early-season work out of him.

Chris (Cincy)

How come no one is talking about Brandon LaFell? I know he's not starter worthy but Smith will get doubled all day and LaFell is a huge RZ target.

Christopher Harris
  (11:38 AM)

Hi, Chris. I think LaFell's been talked about a fair amount, really. He's a flag player of mine, for the reasons you describe: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=nfldk2k12_flagplanting

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Besides Sproles, who else gets a major bump in PPR to you?

Christopher Harris
  (11:40 AM)

Hi, Scott. Pierre Thomas, Sproles' teammate, gets a bit more enticing. Jonathan Stewart suddenly started catching passes last year. Roy Helu is a great pass-catcher. Welker, Harvin and Cruz on the WR side....

Brian (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Chris, have you published your player rankings by tiers anywhere this season? Or am I missing something obvious on how to determine what players are in tiers together?

Christopher Harris
  (11:41 AM)

Hi, Brian. They're not explicitly in tiers, but if you look at my top 200, you can get a pretty good sense of where I stop putting a bunch of WRs in a row. That's probably the end of a tier..... I wasn't asked to do the tier thing this year, so they don't appear on the site....

Dan (NY)

Does Vick's fragility scare you away from taking Maclin or DJax? Or have you seen enough from Foles in the preseason to make you think that the Eagles offense can still put up big numbers without Vick?

Christopher Harris
  (11:43 AM)

Hi, Dan. No, I wouldn't say Foles has changed my opinion of everything. The backups in Philly are terrible, and if/when Vick misses time, I would be quite concerned about Maclin and Jackson. But I also feel like our relatively low rank of each guy (outside the top 20) already has the possibility of Vick missing time baked in.

Christopher Harris
  (11:44 AM)

Oh, hey, and did I answer your question? Do you like football? Can I ask you to do me a favor and check out my football novel, Slotback Rhapsody? (www.slotbackrhapsody.com) Critically acclaimed. You'll laugh, you'll cry. (Mostly laugh.)

Daniel (Kansas City, Mo.)

Chris I heard you have penned new book? Tell us about it..

Christopher Harris
  (11:45 AM)

The new one isn't a sports book. It's about a private detective in Austin, TX, who's on a kidnapping case. He's an ex-military sniper who smokes a *lot* of weed. Kind of a cross between "The Bourne Identity" and "The Big Lebowski."

Jerry Jones (Dallas)

Which back up wide reciever are you keeping an eye on in dallas?

Christopher Harris
  (11:46 AM)

For the moment the guy who intrigues me most is Cole Beasley. Undrafted rookie, more of a slot guy, but has caught everything they've thrown his way. I just worry that nobody is truly going to emerge in a Laurent Robinson kind of way.

nando (Boston)

What's the title of the new book going to be?

Christopher Harris
  (11:47 AM)

It's called "The Big Clear."

Tom (Lexington)

Hey Chris, halfway through Slotback Rhapsody and really enjoying it! Who wins in this trade in a 0.5 PPR- CJ2K for Forte and Jennings?

Christopher Harris
  (11:47 AM)

Thanks, Tom. I would prefer the Forte/Jennings side, because I really, really like Jennings. (Assuming we're talking Greg, not Rashad.)

Don (Dallas, Tx.)

With Murray only scoring TWO Td's last year, and the Dallas line not that good of a run block line, isn't he the scariest early round #2 Rb?

Christopher Harris
  (11:48 AM)

Hi, Don. You're dang right he's scary. He freaks me directly out. But so do the five guys around him. I mean, Marshawn Lynch? Darren McFadden? Ryan Mathews? I just don't know how it's going to work out for any of those guys (and many more). It's a weird, weird year for RB.

Timmy (Jacksonville, Fla. )

Chris: What ONE player outside of the fifth sixth round do you feel that has the biggest upside?

Christopher Harris
  (11:49 AM)

Hi, Timmy. Titus Young. Check out the flag column: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=nfldk2k12_flagplanting

Todd (Toledo)

Chris, I read a lot of the chats and listen to the podcasts whenever I get a chance; I hear you talk about picking value first, but do you ever draft (or pick up, ex Cedric Benson) someone you feel will start hot but fall off in a month or so, then trade them while they are hot and hope it was worth it?

Christopher Harris
  (11:50 AM)

Hi, Todd. Thanks for reading and listening. Sure, I think you're right...but that's all part of value. I do think in general it can be a *little* dicey to draft a guy *only* with the idea that you're going to trade him, because sometimes you can't find a buyer. But it can be part of the equation of value for sure.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

So you feel strongly that Jennings will even be the best WR on his team? Jordy is legit, even without the TDs...

Christopher Harris
  (11:51 AM)

Yeah, I strongly feel that way. I agree that Nelson is legit. He's 13th on my WR list. But remember how much of his statistical prowess came in December with Jennings out last year.

Mike (San Diego)

Do you play any other fantasy sports or is it all football all the time?

Christopher Harris
  (11:52 AM)

Hi, Mike. I play in a super-deep internal-to-ESPN baseball league (and my team is maddening this year, probably not going to finish near the top), but that's pretty much it now. Since I stopped covering other sports, I'm pretty much a football guy only for fantasy.

Alex (NH)

Will a vick injury effect McCoys value? was offered McCoy for brady in a 12team PPR

Christopher Harris
  (11:53 AM)

Hi, Alex. Vick's injury is no big deal. He's fine. He'll be ready Week 1. If someone wants to panic-sell McCoy, I would do that. Obviously, you need another good solution at QB. But yes, in a vacuum, especially in a PPR, I would deal Brady for McCoy.

Kenny (DC)

Would you feel comfortable going into the season with Big Ben as your QB if you had great starting and bench RB's and WR's? or would you trade some depth to possibly snag someone like Eli who is backing up Brees on anther team?

Christopher Harris
  (11:54 AM)

Hi, Kenny. If it's a 10-teamer, I'm pretty borderline on having Roethlisberger as my starter. I like Eli much more. But it really depends on how awesome the RBs and WRs you've got are. It wouldn't be a terrible idea to play a week or two out, see how Roethlisberger looks with Wallace back in Todd Haley's new offense, and go from there.

Eric (CO)

As an MJD owner, should I pick up Jennings late in the 7th round of 12 team league over someone like Kevin Smith?

Christopher Harris
  (11:55 AM)

Hi, Eric. I understand the logic, sure. Presumably you wouldn't be picking Smith to be a starter anyway, and covering your buns if the holdout lasts into the season is a really, really smart call.

Larry (Golden, Colorado)

Chris: Chris Johnson goes up against the 32ed TOUGHEST defenses in the NFL this year, and his carry's have gone down every year for three years straight. Is he old in ALPO dog years? I know you have pooches at home..

Christopher Harris
  (11:56 AM)

Hi, Larry. Ha. I don't think we're going to call Johnson old just yet -- he's 26 (turns 27 soon). If you know my work, you know I don't believe we can tell much about schedules until they start playing the games, and it was heartening to see Johnson make a few moves in his most recent preseason game that made us think of his glory days. I'm still on board.

Kurtis (Houston, TX)

Is it crazy to draft Darren McFadden in the top 5 of a 12 team league? I think this is the year

Christopher Harris
  (11:57 AM)

Kurtis, I like the way you put this. In the end, this all comes down to your team, your comfort level. If you think this is the year it is *not* crazy to make this pick, because healthy, McFadden is a threat to be fantasy MVP. I don't advise this, because of the injury factor, but it's your team, and if your feeling is this strong, don't let anyone talk you out of it.

Michael (Tucson)

Chris I totally spaced and forgot to draft a RB2 in my draft as I was stocking up on WRs in the middle rounds. I ended up with a platter of Ridley, Kevin Smith, Mark Ingram, and Toby Gerhart. Any chance one of those guys provides me with some value?

Christopher Harris
  (11:58 AM)

Hi, Michael. Is there a chance? Sure. Do we feel great about it? No. The good thing is that you'll have time to fix it. Someone will need a WR early in the year, and you can take a shot on an RB on their team, if you need to. Of the group you got, I prefer Ridley right now, for the TD possibility.

June (Columbia, Mo.)

Chris: Sir..Fantasy aside who are your Super Bowl picks for 2012?

Christopher Harris
  (11:59 AM)

Hi, June. I haven't officially made 'em yet (I think ESPN.com will ask me next week), but at this very moment I'm leaning toward Texans/Packers for all the marbles in N'Awlins.

Raider Fader (Sacramento)

Just read your Deep Sleepers article...is Raiders WR Steeter a DEEP Sleeper...looks like a Solid WR3 ...agree??

Christopher Harris
  (12:01 PM)

Hey, glad it's out. Haven't seen it yet, but here's the URL: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=nfldk2k12_superdeepsleepersNo, I don't think Streater is a WR3, or really even ownable in a 10-team league, just yet. He's shown interesting skills for sure. But I can't overvalue him based on that. Moore and DHB are the guys to own there, but keep an eye on Streater.

nando (Boston)

Texans...really? Does that mean you would take Shaub over Cutler??

Christopher Harris
  (12:01 PM)

I have Schaub 12 and Cutler 15.

Harrison Chris (Bizzaro World)

Who do you grab if Andre Johnson gets hurt again?

Christopher Harris
  (12:02 PM)

The super-deep sleeper column I just wrote (and which just got posted, apparently) has Lestar Jean as the guy to benefit from an AJ injury, IMO.

clark (Belchertown)

Hey Chris, Umass alum here. You make football sound like James Tate's poetry. I'm lost, but I'm trying to get ready for my draft. 14 teams. By the time I get to the 5th or 6th I'm looking at some pretty suspect RB's. Is it essential that I draft this position early, and hope to live with a QB like Cutler, Big Ben ? Ryan, Vick, Rivers will all be gone by the 4th.

Christopher Harris
  (12:04 PM)

Thanks, Clark. Big compliment. Yeah, deeper leagues are obviously much tougher, where you have to pick your poison. If I have a choice, yes, I'd rather get the RBs earlier and live with a less-than-perfect QB later. Sometimes (and especially this year), you don't have that choice. I can see 5 QBs going in your first round, and I can't criticize that. In the end, it really does come down to picking your poison -- which position to you want to play "catch-up" in.... That's where mock drafting can really help focus you.....

Keith (Enfield CT)

PPR league would you take CJ over Aaron Rodgers?

Christopher Harris
  (12:05 PM)

Good question, Keith. Hm. Hm. I think I probably take Rodgers. Oh, but it's really close.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Random...what are some of your favorite books then?

Christopher Harris
  (12:07 PM)

Let's see -- The Adventures of Augie March (Bellow). Catch-22 (Heller). Franny & Zooey (Salinger). Infinite Jest (Wallace). The Moviegoer (Percy). Cloud Atlas (Mitchell). London Fields (Amis). The Magus (Fowles).

Christopher Harris
  (12:08 PM)

Couple more and I gots to go.....

James (A Giant Peach)

Any thoughts on Alshon Jeffery? Any previous rookie WR seasons you think he'll compare to?

Christopher Harris
  (12:09 PM)

I'm not that hopeful. I just don't know that the Bears get pass-happy enough to feed two guys, Jeffery has had maturity (and weight) problems in the past and, well, he's a rookie receiver. He's worth a lottery ticket, but not much more.

Kmac (Marlboro, Mass)

Was that Rodgers over both Chris and Calvin Johnson?

Christopher Harris
  (12:10 PM)

In a PPR, Kmac, I probably go Megatron.

Alex (MI)

If (when) DMC goes down do you expect Goodson to take the role, or would Jones factor in?

Christopher Harris
  (12:10 PM)

Alex, I think they'd both play a bunch. I doubt any single guy would take the reins, and that could lead to fantasy frustration. Part of DMC's issue as a fantasy entity this year is that he *doesn't* have a clear handcuff.

Jerry (Lebanon, OH)

What over 30 RB do you predict will hit the "wall" this year?

Christopher Harris
  (12:11 PM)

Hi, Jerry. Michael Turner.

Christopher Harris
  (12:12 PM)

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