Hello all and welcome to the latest fantasy sports chat session. Lots to get to today with Week 11 approaching in football and of course some baseball stuff as well. So, thanks for showing up and here we go!
Eric pick my best flex option: Hernandez, Reece or Heyward-Bey?
Flex ranks come out Thursday but I'm thinking Reece will do the best there. Lot of touches, little competition, great matchup.
I have Schaub on my bench and want to flip him to a team that nees a QB. Is Schaub and R Bush too much to give up for either T. Richardson or Ridley?
No, it seems fair, but then again Bush is a pretty good option the rest of the way. I'd take Richardson first if you could.
Broyles or Leshoure in a shootout?
When in doubt, go with the running back. Especially in this case.
PPR league- We have 3 more weeks for our regular season and it pays out more than super bowl. would you trade Mcgahee and DHB for Spiller?
Seems like a lot to give, especially when Spiller is inconsistent and McGahee has a really nice schedule. Plus, Heyward-Bey vs. the Saints this week! Woo hoo!
Run DMB will be a top __ Running back when he comes back in week __Please fill in the blanks with some numbers!
If you mean Darren McFadden, I don't expect him back this month, or anytime soon. And he won't be in my top 10 initially. Missed much time, and he's brittle.
Hey Eric! Marcel Reese or Denarious Moore at flex in a PPR? Are Phils gonna sign Josh Hamilton???
Go Moore there, though both will rank well. And I sure hope not. Anything more than 3 years on him... yikes.
Would you try an shop reggie bush around for the likes of SJAX, Sproles, Murray, or McGahee or anyone else you think his value is worth?
The only one there I'd prefer to Bush the rest of the way is McGahee. So I'd make that deal.
Eric, My tight ends STINK. The ROS, who is better, Pettigrew, Myers, Allen or Rudulf? Thanks!
I don't think Pettigrew stinks, he's borderline top 10. And Myers has played well, and we've seen what Kyle Rudolph can do. Play the matchups.
Since Antonio Brown's ankle is "still the size of an Olympic softball," can I safely drop him for a waiver-wire add or should I hold onto him (I'm safely in the playoffs)?
I'd think Brown would have nice value after the Baltimore games in the next 3 weeks, so look for a good December option. Brown has been a disappointment, and yeah, I'd drop him depending on what else is out there. I doubt he plays this week or next.
Stacked at WRs but not so much at RB. Percy for Jamaal Charles fair value?
Sure, it makes sense. Especially if Harvin misses more games.
Currently, my TE's are Daniels and Hernandez. Would Celek be better in the long run than Hernandez? I had to pick up Fasano last week since both were out due to injuries, but I didn't feel he was worth hanging on to.
You don't want Celek. He's not doing much and now a rookie quarterback is playing. I don't see things getting better. Hernandez should eventually be healthy, perhaps this week, and do great things.
What are your thoughts on Stephen Ridley ROS. Try and trade him now or ride it out?
Tough schedule in December, but depends what you get back. I don't expect he'll fall off the cliff the final 3 weeks, and he's not losing his job.
Hey EK, I'm commissioner of my league. The Trent owner in my league is 2-8. He has agreed to trade him for Boldin. That team is 7-3. The Trent owner was apparently offered R Bush and R mathews for Trent. What do you think I should do?
It's best to let situations play out, unless there is a defined trade review policy, but Richardson for Boldin doesn't pass any smell test. For Bush/Mathews surely does.
Do you think Richardson will take over for SJax soon since SJax is a free agent?
Not while the Rams are playing decent football, and they played decent football in Week 10. Also, it's not like they can raise his value and then trade him. He gone regardless.
Any news on D.Sproles?
Don't expect to know for sure until Friday. I ranked him, though.
how much do you like me in ppr leagues? am I a better play this week then Darrius Heyward-Bey vs the Saints
Danny is top-20 for sure in PPR. And I like him better than DHB in any format this week.
Eric,My opponent is staring Drew Brees this week. I am starting Graham at my TE and was planning on starting Colston in the flex. My only other option is Julio. What are your thoughts of starting Colston and knowing that whatever points he and Graham score are going to be offset, to an extent, by Brees? Should I start Julio over Colston?
I don't buy that argument too much, because your goal is to get points, not offset them. But I'd start Julio regardless of what else I have or my opponent does.
What running back would you rather have for the rest of the year? CJ2K or McCoy
It's still McCoy, but man, and sadly, it's close. The Eagles are a mess.
Is Garcon worth starting this week if healthy?
I wouldn't. He hasn't played since what, 2004? OK, not that long.
Strategy question- Do I start Daniels in the early game if he's active or hold out hope for Hernandez (better matchup) in the later game? If I wait and Hernandez sits, I do have Dwayne Allen.
I'd probably go with Daniels and not look back. He's been productive anyway.
any reason to not drop me at this point?
As long as you have another QB, not really. I half expect he played his last snap in Philly.
Reggie Bush still the #1 in Miami? I have Daniel Thomas also, but i am starting Bush over him.
I think it's still Reggie for one more week, unless he tanks again. But certainly the future guy in Miami is not him. Dolphins not giving up yet.
I know beanie wells has a rough schedule the rest of the way, but he should be the clear starter and seems to be very confident about his health. why no love for him and what are you thoughts about him vs benson as a late rb steal?
I wrote about Beanie a few weeks ago and agree he's worth adding, but the schedule and the Cards' o-line is not friendly. But he seems more likely to get touches than Benson.
Better option ROS - Foles or Bradford?
Not the rookie. And even if the rookie exploits Washington this week, I'll say it again next week. Vick could come back, and Foles will have tougher matchups. Bradford is safer.
How come every time I trade or drop a down player they go huge the next week? (Rudolph, Witten, Olsen, so I guess TEs mainly)
Don't drop any tight ends this week. (Insider advice!)
I have Big Ben and Vick. Dalton and Freeman are available on waivers. Any reason to keep either? And which should I pick up?
I would not cut Ben yet. Add Freeman first.
Lineups lock tonight: should I play Vick, Kaepernick or Jason Campbell as my QB2 behind Flacco?
Only play Vick if you're worried the other two will lose points! Vick is out. I think Cutler is out, too, but suspect Alex Smith might play. So I guess by default it's Campbell. If Kaepernick plays, it's him. But you won't know that tonight. Wow, Wednesday locks?
Lot of TE questions today! I have been struggling with Bennett and not happy with the Giants offense. Think I should trade Crabtree & Alex Green for Gates?
Certainly a fair trade, even though I'm not real excited about Gates.
Would you drop a Titus Young, James Jones or Jeremy Maclin for Danario Alexander
No in all three cases.
If Spiller goes off, do you see the Bill's putting him behind Fred again? If Spiller stays the starter, how much value does Fred have ROS?
I know everyone loves Spiller, as do I, but the Bills really do intend, as they have proven, to have the backs share touches. So if Fred Jackson is ready in Week 12, they share.
Trade Mike Wallace for BJGE? I am deep at WR and need help at RB
Well then you answered your own question. But I'd rather have Wallace. Case is easier to make if Ben is out awhile.
I asked about Broyles vs. Leshoure earlier, but I totally forgot to mention it was PPR. Does that change the thought process?
Not really. Still one guy getting 15-plus touches vs. like the fourth receiving option.
Going back to the earlier question about Antonio Brown. Would you drop him so you could hold on to either Tynes or the Seahawks D? I know kickers are fickle beasts, but the drop off to the 11th best kicker is giving me pause. Thanks!
Not a chance I'd own two kickers at once. Even the great Tynes.
3-7 team that is all but mathematically eliminated trades Nicks and Bradsawh to the 1st place 8-2 team for Kerley and Felix Jones.. I don;t approve, but don;t want to be that guy.. Thoughts?
I don't like it either, but unless it's collusion and you can prove it, one cannot legislate bad trades.
What do you see Mendenhall doing these final 5 weeks or so?
I think he plays this week and is the top Steelers RB the rest of the way, but not a 20-point guy. More like the 60 yards and gets TD chances.
Eric,My friends and I are thinking of starting a fantasy waterfowl league. If you were going to be in the league, what kind of duck would you take first?
Definitely Donald. Though Daffy makes a strong case.
ROS...Luck or Eli?
Definitely Luck at this point, though I maintain I'd buy low on Eli and expect better after the bye.
Is Eli a QB1 coming off the bye, or is Dalton better ROS? (can't believe this is even a somewhat legit question)
I think it's Eli still. Nobody liked Dalton a week ago, and he just happened to have a big game.
I know rankings are out, but wanted some clarification on Steve Smith being ranked better than Amendola. Steve Smith was actually benched last week and has not played well and Amedola's first game back against great SF defense produced a great game. I just wanted to get your reasoning on why Smith is ranked higher this week.
Nice matchup, still potential to score, and I don't view his benching as lasting more weeks.
Is Lloyd worth keeping in a 10 team league
Yes he is. And while he's not in my top 20 WR, I can see the case to do so in nice matchups, which this week is.
I don't know who gives the best advice, but you answer the most questions. Well done!!!! Brady and Austin for A. Foster who wins?
I don't know either! Maybe we're all pretty good at our jobs! I want the Foster side assuming I have a worthy QB.
I have a Wednesday roster lock as well and am trying to decide between LeShoure and McGahee? Who do you like btter as of right this second?
Our rankings say McGahee, and they haven't changed since this morning. I like Leshoure more than the others, but barely top 20.
Do you think the Chiefs realized Jamaal needs 20 touches a game or will it be business as usual for them?
I don't think the Chiefs realize anything. They just happened to be in a close game on Monday and Charles ran well. Could easily be a 5-carry game next week.
Eric you stated that you don't think McFadden will be back even this month, but I've seen reports that he should be back next week against the Bengals. Do you not believe them?
I'm skeptical whenever a coach talks, to be honest. Especially about a brittle player. I'm optimistic, but realistic.
You don't think the rookie QB will look for Celek more when he's in trouble?
I think it's all hands on deck to block for him. And when Celek gets targets, he's been dropping them. Doesn't mean he can't have a good game, but based on the past few months, I wouldn't expect it.
Which RB in Green bay is the guy to have? Starks or Green?
It's Starks, but that doesn't mean he's worth using.
I can trade Adrian Gonzalez and Haren to get Votto....is the difference between gonzo and Votto worth it?
I don't think so, but I'm also assuming Haren is going to bounce back and be worth owning.
Depending on matchups, could you ever see yourself starting Carson Palmer over Tom Brady the rest of the season?
No, not really. And Palmer will never have a better matchup than this week against the Saints.
speaking of mike wallace, what effect do you think ben's injury will have his fantasy value going forward?
Minor, but I realize I'm in the minority. Whenever a good QB gets hurt everyone gets all scared about the receivers, and yes, there is some regression, but is Larry Fitzgerald still worth using, still ownable? I dropped Wallace down a bit, but not too much.
Eric how do you see the Saints backfield playing out this week if Sproles is back?
I could see 7 or 8 receiving targets, but he wouldn't hurt the running backs much. It sure looks like Ivory/Ingram sharing, with Thomas watching.
Andrew Luck will be a top ___ fantasy QB next year...
Hard to move him past Rodgers, Brees and Brady, but after that... him versus Peyton Manning is interesting.
I too play RB when looking at Flex but is Reece over Ammendola worth it?
I think so. Even in PPR.
Are the Rams a sneaky good D/ST play this week? They play much better at home and the Jets are so sloppy.
I wouldn't call it outrageous at all. But the playing better at home thing... I don't think that's a skill.
is RG3 a top 10 QB next year?
Absolutely! Just not in my top 5.
Getting way to cute starting Luck and Palmer over Brady? (2QB league)
I cannot definitively say Brady will outperform those two, but I wouldn't do it.
What are your thoughts on going "all in" on a particular offense? Currently own Matt Ryan, Quizz (mostly rides the bench), Roddy, and Bryant. I am trying to land Julio, and am safely in the playoffs. Good move, or keep it diversified?
I wouldn't recommend it because there will be a week the Falcons score like 6 points and your team gets demolished. Plus, when the Falcons score 35, do all the fellows go off?
Any reason to worry about McCoy ROS?
I'm worried. The Eagles lose every week and don't get their best player enough touches. Makes no sense, but they keep doing it. Still, McCoy is a top 10 RB.
I know the common answer is "refer to the rankings", and with that being said and me having done that, I would be starting Richardson and Spiller at RB this week and will bench Forte. This just seems risky. What are your thoughts?
I don't think it's risky. Look who Forte is playing against. And look at the starting QB.
What about concerns for Brandon Marshall ROS?
Mild ones, but one would think whomever the Bears QB is will be looking in his direction plenty.
EK, you're the king of chats. Really appreciate the volume of questions that you are able to get answered! ROS, PPR. Backup QB: Bradford, Flacco, Tannenheil. WR4: Britt, Cecil Shorts, Josh Gordon
I'd stick with Flacco there, and I don't see why Shorts isn't owned in more leagues. Puts up numbers every week since he was given a shot.
Would you trade Eli Manning/McCoy fro Brees/T Richardson?
I sure would.
Based on your previous answers, you seem to be implying that Luck is a top 5 QB next year and a better keeper than RG3. What's your rationale? Personally, RG3 is no slouch and I prefer the upside that comes with his rushing.
I love the upside for both, but I am mildly concerned with one of them getting injured and it's the running QB. Luck is going to be an elite passer, the next Peyton. Griffin worries me a bit more, and let's face it, the organization he plays for ... please.
What is your opinion of Kenny Britt ROS? Is the breakout coming?
I don't see it. Locker might throw a better deep pass, but Britt is probably still having knee woes. Isn't open that much.
EK, I have somehow managed to not get more than 3 points from a tight end in any game this year (still 7-3 though!). I know the rankings this week, but r.o.s. do you like Celek, D. Allen, or Paulsen? And by like, I mean hate the least.
I would go with Allen in Indy. Not that he's a great option.
In case you didn't hear the big news, the Marlins just claimed Scott Maine off waivers. And people actually thought they were siphoning the roster? HA!
See, these things always tend to work out for the best.
At this point in the season would you trade witten or gates? I desperately need a WR
I'd trade the one that gets me a better WR. One would assume it's Witten, but some people might view Gates as better due to name value.
What's the reasoning behind your significantly higher rank of Ivory over Ingram? Seems odd considering the workloads each saw last week.
Hunch. And Ivory has looked terrific in his two weeks. Doesn't need as many touches.
Still worth stashing for a 2nd place team? Could drop for Hey-Bey or Titus...
I think so. Jennings should return by December and with that offense, be productive.
Do you see Andy Reid relying more on McCoy now that Vick is out?
Nope. They don't believe in getting him a lot of touches. Even last year, much of McCoy's value was in scoring TDs, and now that the offense is awful, it can't happen.
What are your thoughts on R. Wilson for the fantasy playoffs?
I would certainly try to get a more safe, veteran option.
Better Keeper for next year: AP (2nd Round), TRich (3rd rd), Luck (8th Rd)
Well, one builds with running backs over QB, even in the eighth round. I'd go Richardson there.
Will David Wilson get a chance this year or is he special teams until next season?
I doubt he plays a major role, especially with Andre Brown scoring a touchdown every week.
Another website is saying Vick will sit the rest of the year and he can be dropped....what are your thoughts?
And yet you're on this site! I have no issue with that. The Eagles shouldn't play Vick anymore. He's done in Philly.
MJD? Is it time to cut bait? I am looking at a playoff spot and wondering if he will be useful
Well, he probably won't help you get to the playoffs, but he should help in those playoffs if you get there.
Whos due for a bigger week, Hartline or James Jones
Well, which QB do you trust more, Tannehill or Rodgers?
Referencing Ryan's (DC) keeper question--you wouldn't keep AP in 2nd over TRich?
It's close, but in 3 years which RB would you rather have? It's a keeper.
We know you don't normally include us in your reranks column, but do you have any "sleeper" kickers ROS?
Mark Moseley. Get him now. (Suisham)
Looking to trade Joe Flacco...what type of WR should he command?
Not a very good one, since Flacco is not even a top-15 fantasy QB.
Hello EK! On Sunday during the Dolphins-Tenn game the following sequence occurred. Tannehill drops back to pass, the pass is then intercepted by the Tenn Defense. The defender returned the INT for a TD. The Miami D/ST was never on the field, yet i got docked points. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you!
Life is unfair. But them's the rules.
More surprising source of fantasy goodness - IND or TB?
I'm actually not that surprised at Luck. But Josh Freeman doing this... yeah.
Frustrated Lloyd owner - would you drop him in favor of Andre Roberts, Amendola or Malcom Floyd?
I didn't rank any of those guys better than Lloyd in the end of season ranks, but I think Amendola is already there.
You think the snow and wind in Denver affects Manning going forward?
Research shows veteran QBs manage to play well in any kind of weather.
P. Manning would get me a top 5 WR. True or False?
I can't possibly know what someone WILL pay for a player, but give it a try. I mean, someone might offer Calvin Johnson, or someone that doesn't need a QB might only offer Titus Young. Trades don't have to be fair!
Nervous Reggie Bush owner help me what do i do????
I think he will mighty motivated to have a big game Thursday, and certainly it's a nice matchup.
EK, I'm trying to get my baseball keepers figured out so that I can start making trade overtures. I play a 16 team 5x5 H2H league and can keep 5-Tulo, AGon, E5, CarGo, Zobrist, CSantana, Dickey, Shields. Thoughts?
I'd go Tulo, CarGo, E5, Zobrist and Santana. Leave out the pitchers and the first baseman. Lots of first basemen!
Trades don't have to be fair???
Shhh, it's a secret. In real life and fantasy. Goal is to win, and winning could mean more than on the field, not make fair deals.
RG III for Julio and Jordy? I'm weak at WR and have Romo on the bench. Thanks, Mighty EK.
Definitely. I know people don't like Romo, but he's not that bad. And those WRs are good.
You're significantly lower than your counterparts on James Starks. Any reason in particular?
I don't think he's very good. Even if he gets touches.
Trying to improve anyway I can for the playoffs. Trade Ridley & VJax for Calvin
Makes perfect sense, but the guys you're trading are not going to be bad in December.
BASEBALL, just to get your response for the first time this year, very impressed with what you do, so i'm trying anything, football- hartline or ammendola: foles or tannehill?thanx guru
Danny at WR, and Tannehill against Buffalo. And thank you!
BASEBALL - longoria or castro as a keeper? Longo's injury history still has me worried. Thoughts?
I'd keep Longoria for sure. Future MVP. Castro is good, and at shortstop, but Longoria is potentially top 10.
What about nervous Ryan Mathews owners? Any good advice for them?
EK, you always help a ton of people, and you've always answered my questions. Maybe the name, i don't know. But on behalf of everyone here, thank you for taking your time to help us all. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you as well! We couldn't do this without you guys and gals, so let's wrap here. I think I'll be chatting next week as well. Good luck in Week 11 and beyond and enjoy your day!