Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

November 24, 1:00 PM ET
The Answer Guys Insider Chat

Dave Hunter
  (1:00 PM)

Good Morning/Afternoon, Everyone! Hope you all had an outstanding Thanksgiving!

Dave Hunter
  (1:00 PM)

Let's get right to your questions...

Jim (St lOuis)

Spiller, CJ, and Rice, dare sit Rice in .5ppr? Panthers, Cards or Steelers? Pitt has burned me a couple times already. Lastly, Denario, Shorts, or Stevie in standard. Thanks

Dave Hunter
  (1:02 PM)

No, I don't see how you can sit Rice. He's not in a split of carries like Spiller is. I'd start Chris Johnson and Rice, sit Spiller with FJax supposedly returning. Go with the Steelers D. Start Stevie.

Dad_n_Son_ (Peoria, AZ)

Thoughts about McFadden health for remainder of season? Possible return date...?

Dave Hunter
  (1:04 PM)

Nothing is going to surprise me about McFadden and his injury issues. With the Raiders season that way it's going now, I could see the them just shutting DMac down again. My best guesstimate right now is a Week 14 return. Still no timetable for a return.

Matt (Spain)

What two WR's do I start and do I start a third over Jalen Parmele at Flex? Marques Colston, Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, T.Y. Hilton, Danario Alexander

Dave Hunter
  (1:06 PM)

Go with Colston and Torrey Smith, and I'd keep Parmele and the RB touches in at Flex. Not a fan of Wallace this week with Batch at QB.

thatwdbme (VA)

Damaryius Thomas/Vincent Jackson/Colin Kaepernick... Who would you chose for flex/OP spot? And is either receiver preferable as WR2 between the two? (AJ Green #1; never comes out the lineup)

Dave Hunter
  (1:07 PM)

I would play Kaepernick at the OP slot. I love going QB, and with the way he played against the Bears last week (very efficient), he'll put up the points you need. Give me Thomas at WR2 facing a KC pass D that's given up 20 TD this season.

Larry (Cypress Texas)

Should I start Trent Richardson or Ronnie Hillman this week?

Dave Hunter
  (1:08 PM)

Start TRich - he's consistent and touches the ball a ton. Easy choice.

John Seminerio (Sarasota, Florida)

who should I start Andrew Luck or Andy Dalton this Sunday

Dave Hunter
  (1:08 PM)

Give me Luck.

Pac Man (Chgo)

PPR League: Need 2RB, 2WR and Flex from the following list: RB-CJ2K, Forte, CJ Spiller, Jamaal CharlesWR-B Marshall, Denarius Moore, Danario AlexanderThx

Dave Hunter
  (1:09 PM)

CJ, Forte and Charles for me at Flex. Marshall and Moore for your WR slots.

Dave Hunter
  (1:10 PM)

And, that was Chris Johnson to start..

Greg (FL)

Would u trade Ronnie Hilman for Vernon Davis? who will have better value for rest of the year? Thanks

Dave Hunter
  (1:11 PM)

If I needed a TE and had the RB depth to move, sure, I have no issue moving Hillman for Davis. But, I do prefer Hillman here on out.

Sal (MA)

Hey Guys! Should I trade McCoy for Cobb and Witten? Im worried about mccoy's injury and the eagles woes. My TE right now are Daniels and Heath(ii would trade one of them to gronk owner) my rbs are Foster, charles, leshoure, hilman, bryce brown. My wrs are Roddy, Wayne, Percy steve johnson, antonio brown

Dave Hunter
  (1:12 PM)

I'd pass. With Roddy, Wayne and Percy due back next week, I don't see a reason for this deal (obtaining Cobb). Witten is not enough of an upgrade over Daniels or Miller to give up McCoy.

Mick (Massachusettes)

My two starting receivers are A. Johnson( worked out for me) and Fitz. Should I replace Fitz with Cobb and who would you use as flex? Hartline or D. Alexander(San Diego) Thanks!

Dave Hunter
  (1:13 PM)

I would keep Fitz in your lineup, put Cobb in at the Flex.

Todd (Charleston)

3 guys, 1 flex spot. Who has the most potential; Beanie Wells, Heyward-Bey, or Donald Brown?

Dave Hunter
  (1:14 PM)

DHB has the most potential to me this week. No way I start Wells. Blah.

leif (los angeles)

what your ROS outlook for Mendenhall? can get off waivers for Daryl Richardson.

Dave Hunter
  (1:14 PM)

Grab Mendenhall now. He's going to get about 12-15 touches a game ROS, have a shot at reclaiming a bigger role like he used to.

Max N (VT)

Better start this week- Ronnie Hilman vs KC or Bryce Brown vs CAR

Dave Hunter
  (1:15 PM)

I prefer Hillman.

Jeremy (Chicago)

happy holidays! please pick two in PPR; one RB, one flex (assuming Julio Jones doesn't go). Bradshaw, Ballard, Parmele, TY Hilton. Thanks!

Dave Hunter
  (1:16 PM)

Go with Ballard and Bradshaw.

Michael (Chicago)

Good afternoon, I have P Harvin, Julio Jones, Steve Smith(Panthers), S Rice and D Alexander. I need to start 3 in a ppr league. Thank you

Dave Hunter
  (1:16 PM)

Harvin is not expected to play, so he sits. And, I like Jones if he's ready of course, along with Steve Smith and S. Rice.

Lynn (Sugarloaf, PA)

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, too. Need an OP and a Flex in a PPR league ? Fitzpatrick, Kaepernick, Mendenhall, Wallace & Fitzgerald available?.Thanks.

Dave Hunter
  (1:17 PM)

Go with Kaepernick in your OP slot, Fitzgerald in the Flex.

Mike (MN)

Better for ROS: Jonathan Stewart, Reggie Bush, or Beanie Wells?

Dave Hunter
  (1:19 PM)

Reggie Bush, but none of these three are very attractive right now. I'm not a Wells guy at all - injuries and unfulfilled potential, horribly unfulfilled, make him a fantasy pariah.

Woody (Aspen)

Good morning. Ronnie Hillman or Fred Jackson? Desean or Anquan? Thanks!

Dave Hunter
  (1:20 PM)

Hillman and DeJax this week.

Brandon (New York)

Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, or Darius Hayword Bay for my WR3 and flex position in a PPR league

Dave Hunter
  (1:20 PM)

I like Shorts best this week.

Jacob (DC)

Worth picking up TY Hilton in a 12 team standard, but I have only 7 transactions left ROS? (in a vacuum)

Dave Hunter
  (1:21 PM)

Only if you're desperate for WR help, otherwise I'd save the transaction assuming you'll need them as a playoff team.

Ryan (New York)

Do i start Antonio Brown, Mike Williams, or Beanie Wells in my flex....(.5 PPR)

Dave Hunter
  (1:21 PM)

Mike Williams.

RJ (Miami)

McCoy out for who know how long. Who do I pick up in a PPR league to help me for the rest of the season. Hillman, Parmele or B. Brown? Help! Thanks.

Dave Hunter
  (1:22 PM)

Grab Hillman. He's going to get the bulk of the carries here on out for Denver.

Bob (New Hampshire)

Start Dwyer over Turner at RB this week? Non-PPR.

Dave Hunter
  (1:22 PM)

No.

Jake Hill (Tradeville)

I recently picked up Palmer and have Newtown as QBs. Would you trade Newton for Andre Johnson in preparation for playoffs in a PPR league?

Dave Hunter
  (1:24 PM)

Sure I would. Palmer will be a fine QB option for you. I like the AJ acquisition in PPR.

Joe (CA)

1 pt ppr pick 2 Alexander, Blackmon, Ballard. Need a win to make the playoffs

Dave Hunter
  (1:24 PM)

Ballard and Alexander, sitting Blackmon.

D Ball (OH)

IDP: T. Suggs or A. Ayers?

Dave Hunter
  (1:24 PM)

Ayers for me.

Carry (Detroit)

Do i start Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, or Beanie Wells considering Bradshaw hasn't gotten over 10 points in the last 3 weeks....(.5 PPR)

Dave Hunter
  (1:25 PM)

As long as Bradshaw is ready to go, he's starting for me over Brown and Wells.

Robert (Claremont,NH)

Pick 2WR-NON-PPR-Fitzgerald,Stokley,Shorts?

Dave Hunter
  (1:25 PM)

Shorts and Fitz.

Max (New Jersey)

Should i trade Mike Williams for Tony Romo considering i have big ben and i didnt har a back-up and the best QBs in Free agency right now are Chad Henne, Colin Kaepernick, and Jake Locker....and Romo has a great schedule for the rest of the season

Dave Hunter
  (1:27 PM)

First off, you need to grab Kaepernick asap, but I'd go ahead and make that trade to get Romo as well considering the uncertainty still with Harbaugh at QB.

Corey (Denver)

Heyward-bay or Blackmon? in a PPR league

Dave Hunter
  (1:27 PM)

I would give the start to DHB.

Marty (GA)

Do I trade Roddy White straight up for Jimmy Graham. My wrs right now are Roddy, percy, D.Thomas, M.Williams, Moore. My TE is Brandon Myers. Make the trade?

Dave Hunter
  (1:29 PM)

Considering your WR depth I'd go after Graham.

jason (tampa)

Not liking the comments out of Dallas.. Does Murray come back or is he droppable for someone else in playoff run? Thanks

Dave Hunter
  (1:35 PM)

Murray is definitely drop-able if you're looking for an active body to help you make the playoffs, but if you're in a good position to make the playoffs anyway then continue to hold him.

Anthony (NYC)

Espn standard. Need 2: law firm, t rich, Reece

Dave Hunter
  (1:42 PM)

Start TRich and Reece. TRich for the touches and excellent consistency and Reece because the Raiders offense will go through him yet again, rushing and receiving out of the backfield.

John (Florida)

Who comes back first: MJD or Murray? Thanks!

Dave Hunter
  (1:47 PM)

Haha! The ultimate question, eh? I like MJD to return sooner.

floyd (ohio)

Have 49ers D, concerned about Saints score, other ds avail Cards/Panthers/Steelers, is any of these a better play?

Dave Hunter
  (1:48 PM)

I would still play the Niners D myself just because of their playmakers on the D side of the ball, but if you don't want to then snag the Steelers.

THOMAS [via mobile]

RANK 1-5 Mendenhall, B Brown, Hillman, K Hunter, and J Rodgers. Thanks

Dave Hunter
  (1:52 PM)

Best to worst, left to right for this week: Hillman, Brown, Mendenhall, Hunter, Rodgers.

Randall (Atlanta)

Debating a move to upgrade at TE before the playoffs...carrying Gates and M. Lewis now. Last place team has Graham. Is an offer of Gates, Hillman, and one of Shorts/Alexander/Dez? enough? I have Rice/D Martin/Murray/Pierce/Hillman, and Roddy/Green at WR. non-PPR. Thanks.

Dave Hunter
  (2:03 PM)

Gates, Hillman, and Dez would be more than enough for Graham. Gates, Hillman and Shorts would be better for you, or Alexander, doesn't matter, although I'm not sure what the incentive would be for a last place team unless this is a keeper system or something.

floyd (ohio)

Reece or Nicks or Charles @ flex. Starting Gore/Spiller @ RB and Green/Thomas @WR

Dave Hunter
  (2:04 PM)

I like Reece myself - getting most of the RB touches rushing and receiving.

Doug (Chi-town)

Our trade deadline is this week...worth making a low-ball offer on Gronk to stash him? I'm in 1st but could use help at TE, in a non-ppr league.

Dave Hunter
  (2:09 PM)

I'm not expecting Gronk to be back for the regular NFL season, so that means he's going to miss the fantasy playoffs. But, if you want to take a chance that he is back for you, sure, go for it.

Carl (Maine)

Cincinnati Defense or Green Bay Defense??

Dave Hunter
  (2:10 PM)

CIN D this week.

Max (Points unknown)

Bengals, Rams, Packers D - this week and ROS? Can the Raiders D be trusted weeks 15-16 (KC, @CAR)?

Dave Hunter
  (2:15 PM)

Bengals this week and ROS. No, the Raiders D cannot be trusted. Don't over analyze the matchups.

Jason (Florida)

Who do you like for the rest of the season.....Jake Locker or Chad Henne

Dave Hunter
  (2:24 PM)

I like Locker a bit more ROS, only because one poor game from Henne and Gabbert will get the gig back.

RYAN (1 Win Away From Playoffs)

Rudolph over Gates w/ no Harvin this week????

Dave Hunter
  (2:30 PM)

No, I would still play Gates. I trust him to get more looks/targets.

Bill (Tampa)

Need 1 RB and a flex: Ronnie Hillma, R. Bush, Bryce Brown in the RB slot and any of them plus Danario Alexander, Mike Williams in flex.

Dave Hunter
  (2:31 PM)

I would play Hillman and Brown - not playing Bush if I don't have to.

Thomas (FL)

Do you play B Brown over J Stewart in PPR Formats this week?

Dave Hunter
  (2:44 PM)

Yes, I do. Start Brown.

Ryan C (Miami)

Assuming Amendola sits, who do you roll with between givens and gibson and would you play either over T.Y. Hilton(standard scoring)?

Dave Hunter
  (2:45 PM)

I like Givens a bit more, but it's really a toss up. HIlton over both however.

Billy (San Diego)

Blackmon or Wallace?

Dave Hunter
  (2:46 PM)

As much as I don't like Wallace this week, I'd still start him over Blackmon.

Robert (California )

I'm having trouble on who to start on my flex one spot S.Rice or C.Shorts? And on another league same situation different players flex D.Alexander or L.Moore? Thanks!

Dave Hunter
  (2:46 PM)

I like S. Rice and Alexander.

Langendorf (wilmette)

I got four viable running back for my flex spot: mendenhall, dwyer, beanie, and bryce brown. Who should I start, and should I look to drop one of the steelers?

Dave Hunter
  (2:48 PM)

Bryce Brown over all. It depends on who is out there to snag at RB if I'm dumping one of your Steelers. Dwyer would go first for me though.

Gary Moore (Storrs, CT)

Would you start Eli Manning or Andy Dalton tomorrow?

Dave Hunter
  (2:48 PM)

No, I'd go with Dalton facing the Raiders.

Katie (Harrisburg)

Gates or M. Lewis this week? Non-ppr. Leaning toward Lewis, Titans lousy against TEs. Thanks!

Dave Hunter
  (2:53 PM)

Go with Gates. Lewis is much more of a crapshoot to me than Gates, even with the matchup.

Sam (Dallas)

Hi Dave..With Big Ben out, after a lot of debate, I played Foles last week due to the good match up and got wiped out! Need a win this week to stay in contention. Here are my alternatives for QB this week on waiver wire: Locker, Henne, both the QBs from SF, Ponder, Wilson and Bradford. I would play the SFO QB if I knew for sure who it is going to be, but the uncertainty is forcing me to look for other options. What do you recommend. Thanks for the help.

Dave Hunter
  (2:57 PM)

Start Kaepernick. I'm not buying for one second that Alex Smith starts this week after the way Kaepernick played last week vs. the Bears.

Dave Hunter
  (2:57 PM)

If you you're not the gambling type, then go with Locker.

D Ball (OH)

Amendola Doubtful: Sproles, Britt or Maclin? Go Bucks

Dave Hunter
  (3:04 PM)

Not a fan of any of these options this week, but Sproles is the way I'd go with the RB touches.

Sean (Cape Cod)

Happy Thanksgiving Dave!!Team 1: Who do I start at WR? Please pick one from Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, or Steve Johnson(BUF)?Team 2: Who do I start at RB? Please pick one from Hillman, Ballard, or Andre Brown?Thanks for your thoughts!

Dave Hunter
  (3:06 PM)

Julio Jones starts for me, but if he can't go then I'd get Stevie Johnson in. Ballard in your other league.

Dean (Charlotte)

Charles, Hillman, FJax, Shorts, or Alexander at Flex? NON-ppr. Starting Foster and CJ1K at RB1/2. Thanks.

Dave Hunter
  (3:07 PM)

Charles at Flex.

Bob (New Hampshire)

Which DEF-Carolina,Tennesee,Minnesota,Baltimore?

Dave Hunter
  (3:11 PM)

With the way the Eagles offense has been struggling, I'd give the Panthers the start.

Santa (checkin my list)

I've been a good boy all year and need a win to get in: Chose two of decker, reece or Cruz

Dave Hunter
  (3:16 PM)

Go with Cruz and Reece this week. Tough to sit Decker, but you don't have much of a choice.

Joe (Los Angeles)

Debating between Gates and Myers at TE- but also playing Marcel Reese. Even so if I go with Myers (part two of the question), who to play at flex...Stew-Beef, Dwayne Bowe or the other TE?

Dave Hunter
  (3:22 PM)

I would go with Myers and Bowe this week. Myers is getting targeted a ton by Palmer, and even with Reece in there I'd play Myers no problem.

Steve (Boston )

I clinched the playoffs...I have Arizona's D....Shoul;d I drop them for oakland that plays KC in week 15 and Carolina in week 16? Cincy also availabe..TY

Dave Hunter
  (3:24 PM)

I answered a similar question earlier, but I'm not touching the Oakland D even with their "good" matchups. If you have to start Oakland at D, you've got huge problems. I would much rather play CIN.

Reese (Chattanooga)

Pick 2 from Decker, J Nelson, Shorts, Alexander (non-ppr). Thank you.

Dave Hunter
  (3:27 PM)

Start Nelson and Decker.

Tim (Florida)

Mathews, Shorts or F. Jackson?

Dave Hunter
  (3:28 PM)

Mathews. I know he's done pretty much nothing over the last bunch of weeks, but I like him more than Shorts and FJax. The BAL rush D is overrated and allows 132ypg so far.

Pat (Boston)

Are greg jennings or danny amendola worth playing tomorrow in a ppr league if they go

Dave Hunter
  (3:33 PM)

I'm not expecting either to go, and if they were playing they'd be limited. I'd pass on both.

Trent (Middletown, CT)

I have 2 WR spots to fill with 4 WR's. who would my best options be this week? Cecil Shorts, Denarious Moore, Danario Alexander, or Julio Jones (considering he will most likely be limited).

Dave Hunter
  (3:36 PM)

Jones and D. Moore for me.

Jack (Boston )

Try to set up my roster for weeks 15 and 16...I been using Cobb for flex..Will he stil be flex worthy with Jenning coming back by then? Also can I drop Billal Powell, Richardson, Vereen, or Torrey Smith that are all on my bench and pick up a second D?

Dave Hunter
  (3:37 PM)

Sure. I like Cobb enough to get him in the flex even with Jennings back in action soon. You can dump Richardson to get your second D.

Eddie (NY )

Own Charles...Who is his back up and do i drop D Thomas, Richardson, or Billal Powell for him? TY

Dave Hunter
  (3:42 PM)

Draughn is the backup at RB, although Hillis would get plenty of touches as well at the FB slot. I'd snag Draughn if you want to protect Charles, dump Richardson.

Jake (Wisconsin)

Hillman or brown ppr. Reece or Trent Richardson standard leagueThanks

Dave Hunter
  (3:46 PM)

I'd start Hillman and TRich.

Tom (Detroit)

Eli or Freeman - or take a shot with Kaepernick this week?

Dave Hunter
  (3:47 PM)

I would play Freeman, going with his great consistency of late.

Konrad (Chicago)

Hey Dave, Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Who would you play in the flex spot? Forte, Marshall or Reece?

Dave Hunter
  (3:48 PM)

I'd go with Forte, even though I'm not happy about the matchup.

floyd (ohio)

Steve Johnson or Steve Smithflex Hillman or Charlesflex Turner or Wells or Juilio Jones

Dave Hunter
  (3:49 PM)

Stevie Johnson, Charles, Turner

yugo (nj)

You see Torrey Smith as an every week WR3 in a 10 team league or match ups? 0.5PPR

Dave Hunter
  (3:51 PM)

I see Smith as an every week WR3 if he's the only WR of that level you have on roster. If you have other WR on the same level then he's a matchup play.

Brandon (Tallahassee)

Darren Sproles is making things hard on me: In a standard league it's him, Blackmon, Bowe, or Harvin. I need a RB and a flex--who do I start?

Dave Hunter
  (3:53 PM)

You list no other RB option, so you have to go with Sproles. And with Harvin not expected to play I'd start Bowe at Flex.

Dave Hunter
  (4:00 PM)

That's it for me today, Everyone! See you tomorrow the three hours before kickoff! Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!