Hey, everyone. Welcome to your Wednesday afternoon chat. Remember, you can follow me @CHarrisESPN, and your standard-league single-position questions are answered here: http://espn.go.com/fantasy/football/story/_/page/13ranksWeek3QB/fantasy-football-week-3-quarterback-rankings Let's get to your Q's....
What's your take on Amendola? I know he has decided on skipping the surgery and try to heal on his own. I have two top-ranked WR1s ahead of him. In order to improve my WR depth, I have Torrey Smith and Amendola. Do I drop Amendola for Gordon or Royal for the ROS? Thanks.
Hi, Nate. I wouldn't drop Amendola. I think the potential reward is too high, and it's worth assuming the continued risk. Especially in a case where you already have top WRs ahead of him, you should be patient. But even in deeper leagues, I'd stay patient....
McFadden or Ridley ROS? I just got offered Ridley and Amendola for my McFadden and Blackmon.
Hi, Darren. I'm about to do a Fantasy Underground: Film Room segment on DMC. I don't think he's a "must" sell-high by any means, but I'm definitely open to the idea of selling him. Is this enough? I would love to get more than Ridley, simply because I think that swap is roughly fair. But yes, I think assuming you don't need Amendola for your lineup any time soon, I would probably do this.
Again - I see a kabillion single-position questions, gang, and those answers are here: http://espn.go.com/fantasy/football/story/_/page/13ranksWeek3QB/fantasy-football-week-3-quarterback-rankings
Eddie Lacy was dropped! Worth dropping Ryan Mathews and using waiver priority to pick him up? Think Lacy comes back Week 5?
Hi, Kim. I do think I would use the waiver priority to get Lacy. And if Mathews is the worst player you've got on your roster, I'm okay with dumping him for Lacy.
A Ridley owner is 0-2 and in panic. Should I offer him either J.Bell or D.Richardson for him?
Hi, Marty. No. It's two games. Panic is not appropriate. Don't do something you'll be mad at yourself for. Just keep telling yourself: It's 2 games. It's 2 games. It's 2 games.....
Optimistic that Trent Richardson improves as the season progresses? or sell while the gettin is good?
Hi, Matt. Yeah, I'm fairly optimistic. Good player, tough start. The Browns have enough talent everywhere on that offense except QB, and that's a problem for sure, but history tells me that good RBs eventually produce good games even without top QBs. I'm holding.
Is Blackmon worth holding onto in a PPR league or are the Jags that bad that no offensive player matters?
Hi, Kristen. Sure, I think you still hold onto Blackmon, if you're not in dire need of a roster spot. Things in the NFL are never as black-and-white as they seem early in the year. There will be games where the Jags move it. Just not this week against the Seahawks. :-)
I traded away Gronk for Cam in the preseason (was going to start C. Palmer)...Please tell me it's going to be ok?
Hi, Kavika. Sure, I think Newton will get better. The offensive line has been a problem. Mario Williams ate RT Byron Bell for lunch last week. But Cam has been weirdly off-kilter in a way that I don't think will continue. Just not quite deciding to leave the pocket at the right moment, not quite throwing on time or stepping into deeper throws. Things that I think he'll fix. The NYG will represent a good opportunity for him to figure some stuff out this week.
Hey Chris love your work, I'm in a 10 team ppr league and I was wondering if I should trade Gio Bernard, Tavon Austin and Knowshon for Chris Johnson, Deandre Hopkins and Emmanuel Sanders. I'm reluctant to trade Gio, please help a fellow underground-er thanks!
Hi, RJ. Thanks for listening. I like Gio, too, but this is a haul. I don't think CJ will go back to his RB1 ways, but his workload certainly makes him a RB2 even without short TDs...I would have to rate him ahead of Gio ROY simply because of the Law Firm's presence. So if you're starting-RB-needy, I probably swallow hard and do it.
What do you think Kendall Hunters value would be if Gore were to get hurt? What kind of full 16-game projection would you put on him?
Hi, Cal. Yeah, unfortunately, I'm not sure that Hunter is truly a Gore handcuff. Heaven knows I like him as a player (that has been well-established), but my feeling is that it would be some kind of three-headed attack with Dixon and James worked in. So if you're needing a roster spot, I don't mind dropping Hunter.
Why is everyone so down on Eddie Royal? Who else is Rivers going to throw to? Im in a bit of a jam...start 2. Wayne JJones Royal or Shorts. Leaning Royal and Jones
Hi, Dave. I don't think people are down on him -- they just realize that he's made 10 catches and 5 have been for TDs. Given that he plays almost exclusively out of the slot, that's a ratio that's utterly unsustainable. The most TDs a WR caught out of the slot last year was Victor Cruz with 8. As for who you should start, please just see the WR ranks....
14 team PPR. Trade away J Cameron for D Wilson? Own Gronk and Fleener already and RB's are Forte, LMiller and LaVeon Bell. Can flex TE's too. Thanks Man, love your work!
Yes, I would probably do that, given that you're going to have little use for Cameron very soon. And thank you!
Your thoughts on Andre Ellington or Jason Snelling? And do you like either more than Ronnie Hillman?
Hi, Jimmy. My thoughts on Ellington are that I like him: He was a super-deep sleeper of mine to being the year (one of 10 I picked...), and he looks like ARI's third-down back. Whether that's worth much in fantasy is a good question, and he's not a true burner, but he's got mega-quicks. As for Snelling -- you know his act. He's a Mack truck. Good going forward. Not good doing anything else....
Vick is my QB. I have Foles on the bench just in case. Do you prefer him or someone like Bradford, Big Ben, or Cutler in the event Vick gets hurt?
Hi, Rick. No, I don't think Foles is going to be much of a Vick replacement if and when Vick gets hurt. I don't think you need to handcuff Foles to him. Bradford would probably be the guy I'd pick.
How do you rank kickers on a weekly basis? Seems arbitrary to me since it largely depends on opportunities within the game.
Sure is, Ryan. It's a thankless, meaningless task. You try and pick the guys who've made kicks, you try and take guys from good offenses. But it's basically meaningless....
Can you remember another year when the RB pool was so shallow? I see a lot of week RB combinations in our 12 team league. This seems to be a trend in the NFL. Do you foresee a time when maybe a single RB position is standard in fantasy leagues?
Hi, Jack. I get this question a lot -- you're not alone. My simply answer is: No. It only seems that way at the moment. The sample size is too small. We're going to see plenty of really nice RB fantasy performances soon, probably as soon as this week. The Texans aren't going to throw to their TEs from the 1 on every single play all year...eventually they're going back to Foster. Etc. I'm not panicked. I have every confidence that when we get to the end of the season, the RBs will dominate VBD per usual.
How much does Fleener's stock go up now that Allen is done for the year?
Hi, Anabelle. It goes up. I think you can make an argument that he's a strong TE2 with upside to grow into more. He should've scored a second TD last week. But this is a bad matchup for him Sunday vs. SF. I would say he's in the 13-17 range for the season right now. But unlike a couple of the other TEs in that range, Fleener has the real chance to prove me wrong and be worth more than that.
RE: Ellington, Arians came out and said 'he can handle the load, a lot more than a pass catcher' Pretty strong statement and a great early season cal by you! Feature RB in 2-4 weeks?
Ha. Well, thanks. I do think the Ellington could be a 60/40 kind of feature back at some point in his career, and Mendy isn't an inspiring starter. That said, it's awfully early, and he's a smallish guy (5'9", 199 pounds) to be a true workhorse. I think expectations should be held in check. But it's gratifying to see that he's ready to be a contributor.
Thoughts on Philip Rivers?
Hi, Brian. I talked about him at length on Tuesday's Fantasy Underground podcast. Do I think he's this good? Probably not. But I don't think it's been a case of the play-calling babying Rivers...he's taken some shots (though more of the 20-yard variety than the 30-yard). I think the lack of a WR corps is going to hurt him at some point...but I don't mind adding him as a nice bye-week guy at this point.
Can you explain your "have little use for Cameron" phrase? You must think his production can not sustain itself with a faulty offense and another quality target getting on the field?
Hi, Nate. Yeah, when it comes to Gronk, I have zero doubts. Assuming he's healthy (and that's where whatever risk he has comes in), I absolutely believe he'll scored double-digit TDs without breaking a sweat. He's just a super-elite weapon in the red zone.
Is Josh Gordon going to shine or is the 3rd string QB going to hurt his output?
Hi, Chet. Well, I'll say this: It's not like Brandon Weeden was setting the world ablaze. I think Gordon is usable in a deeper league if you've been waiting on him -- he's inside my top 30 WRs for the week. That said, I'm very OK if fantasy owners have found a workable solution in his absence, and want to wait to see what happens. Anything can go down in a single game...and it isn't always the QB's fault.
Hey, Chris. Big Fan. Are you worried Kaepernick long term after last week's stink bomb?
Hi, Adam. Thank you. The answer is: No. No no no no no no. It was a predictable stink bomb, and I think he'll light up the Colts in retribution.
Would you start MJD if healthy?
Hi, Brad. I ranked him RB30 on the week. (Check out the RB rankings on this site for a full list.) That means I'd rather stay away if I can, because of the Seahawks factor. But there may be some fantasy teams that don't have that luxury.....
When is the right time to stash Le'Veon Bell and Percy Harvin in a standard 10 team league? I'd much rather have Harvin because I don't trust that Bell will be any more productive than the current stable of backs in PIT, but Harvin is obviously further away from playing.
Yup, you pretty much said it. Harvin is significantly further away. If you're needing roster spots because of upticket problems, you probably can't afford to roster either guy. Add the problem that we don't really know what Harvin's state will be once he's healthy. He's never played with Wilson (though he certainly knows the offense)....
Still think it's worth holding on to Christine Michael? Seems like Turbin is the #2 guy.
Hi, Dan. You make a good point. The larger point may be that Lynch might not *have* a handcuff. If he went down, I'd imagine we'd see a combo of Michael and Turbin, and that might frustrate owners. My guess at that point would still be that Michael would be more valuable, but I think it may obviate the need to roster either.... (Outside deep leagues.)
Hey Christopher, I was offered either D.Martin or B.Marshall and Charles Clay for Gronk. PPR league. Offers are too good not to take one of them, right? i have Mccoy, Lacy, Vereen, Tate, Bryce Brown and Pierre Thomas at RB, Bryant, Cruz, C.Shorts, J.Gordon, Dobson and Marlon Brown at WR and Fleener as a backup TE.
The thing is, you need the RB, so if you're going to do this, it should be for Martin. Sure, I'd probably do it. You're making RB a strength. However, you're probably also making TE a weakness. (Which, all things told, I probably agree with...)
Hey Chris, enjoy your work. What's your thought on Reggie Bush and Ray Rice for the next few weeks? I have both and I consider trading Bush b/c of his long history of durability. Thoughts?
Hi, Frank. Thank you. I've seen a bunch of Rice questions and the truth is: It's impossible to know. The Ravens aren't going to give us a full scoop on his hip, so we're just going to have to hope it's not a big deal. Once he's back as himself, I think he'll be just fine and a pure RB1. As for Bush -- sure, he looks like a sell *relatively* high, but it would be higher if he hadn't taken that helmet to the knee last week....
I noticed you had Bernard Pierce at 12th.. Is this only assuming Rice doesn't play or are you predicting Pierce to be the more effective back this weekend?
Hi, Drew. Your first supposition is correct -- it was entirely assuming Rice wouldn't play, of which I have absolutely no inside information. I like Pierce a lot in such a scenario. But I'm going to reassess if we hear that Rice is ready to play.
You said your holding on T Rich, but what if offered Forte in PPR?
Hi, Dom. I would probably take that deal. I did a film analysis of the Bears o-line last week (you can still find it on ESPN.com until tomorrow morning), and it really convinced me that Forte has a brighter year ahead of him than I initially gave him credit for....
Trade ? = Looking ahead to the future, would trading a WR say of the caliber of James Jones be too much to give for Montee Ball? With Moreno being prone to injury, it would suggest Ball takes over some point, no? Thoughts? It can only be attributable to human error.
Clearly a Twitter follower, as I did see "2001: A Space Odyssey" on the big screen last night. If you're talking about a dynasty league, something like this makes a bit of sense, if you're trying to invest in Ball's future. But for this season, even though I do think Moreno's talent is limited and Ball will become a greater factor as the season wears on, this would be tough for me to justify.
Who will have a better fantasy SEASON Steven Jackson or Chris Johnson?
Hi, Todd. Probably too many variables here, via Jackson's hip, to be definite. I still would rather have Jackson, though, assuming he's only going to miss a game or two.
Should I be concerned with Alfred Morris ROS getting enough touches the way his defense gives up points?
Hi, Brian. The simple answer is: Not necessarily. The whole, "They Won't Run It Because They're Behind" argument is a crutch argument that isn't backed up by data...sometimes it's true, but sometimes it isn't. The larger question is: will the Skins go back to more of the zone-read that threatened defenses' edges, and got Morris so many easy long runs? Answer that, and I think you'll unlock the key to Morris' season.
That being said, you'd deal Moreno for Ridley in a minute, correct?
Hi, Scott. Sure would.
T or F, when Heath Miller comes back all the Pit players have better fantasy production? Bonus ? Heath Miller is ranked BLANK TE ROS?
Hi, Jeff. Again, I don't think it's easy to say that one player makes other players better or worse -- strikes me as a Crutch Argument because on the one hand you can argue, "He'll get double coverage off of other players" and on the other hand you can say "He'll take workload away from other players." Either one of those can be true. I have Miller clearly inside my top 20 for the rest of the season, but not near my top 10 yet...need to see what he looks like on that knee.
Thoughts on Minnessota's D against Cleveland?
Hi, Tom. It's possible I'm too low on them, because it's a home game against Brian Hoyer. But the truth is, I'm skeptical of this defense. It's lost much of its run-stuffing ability over the past season or so, the pass rush has been underwhelming so far (though I expect that to get better for sure...), and the secondary continues to be a problem outside Harrison Smith. So I understand folks' impulse toward streaming them, and I can forgive that impulse. But I don't think I'm going to join in.
Thoughts on Cam? I have him and Eli and I'm not crazy about either. Rivers is still available on the wire. Drop either?
Hi, Joe. I gave a long Cam answer earlier in this chat, so scroll up. But the larger point is: No, I wouldn't do this.
Any chance we can get our team turned around and salvage the fantasy season for myself and Antonio Brown?
Sure. Clearly the line needs to be better. But it's going to get better, at least relatively speaking, because Big Ben is too good a player. Either that, or he's going to get hurt. They're going to score some TDs. They're going to figure something out for their running game. This is not a 4-win team, in my opinion. The defense is still good, and Roethlisberger is too talented. Not saying they make the playoffs, but they'll be better.....
Only ask this question because the league is PPR so rankings don't apply...should I go with Joique Bell over Stevan Ridley this week given the stingy nature of the TB defense and the porous nature of the WAS defense? Thanks!
Mouse! Welcome to the chat! (Just knew Mouse was a fantasy guy...had to be...) Hey, it's arguable, because as you say, Ridley not much use in a PPR. If I could get clarity on Bush's status, and he looked even a little questionable, I would do this. If Bush looks like he's full-bore, though, I might have a tough time pulling that particular trigger.
Would you suggest to savvy owners to "buy-low" on David Wilson going forward ROS? It just seems the G-Men are limited on options in that backfield...
Yeah, I think it's a good strategy, but it would have to be pretty low. I mean, the chances of him winding up as a pure lead back? Seeming awfully slim right now. I think it gets better for him, but Andre Brown will come back eventually, too, and keep mucking things up. As long as you're giving up flex value for him, I'm cool.
Speaking of Joique, how high would he be in your rankings if Reggie Bush misses the game this week?
Hi, Clint. I actually did this last night at first, but then got convinced by early reports that I should put Bush back in. I had Bell as RB17 or so. I think he'd be a clear start.
Asking this again, hoping I can get an answer before you stop the chat. Would trading Vick and Chris Johnson for Matt Ryan and Eddie Lacy be ridiculous? This is a PPR league and I have Bush/J. Bell, Gio Bernard at RB as well. After the first 2 games, I fear Vick is going out soon.
Hi, Cam. I just don't think this is *enough* for a red-hot Vick. I'm okay with the idea of selling high on him, because he's taking a lot of hits. But it would have to be for a no-doubt fantasy star, and Lacy, as much as I like him, isn't that, with the concussion that just took place....
Would you trade any WR but Calvin to buy low on me?
Probably wouldn't give up Dez, Green, Julio, Marshall...maybe a few others. I think if you're going to "buy low" it should qualify as low....
Does Belichick train his guys to say wishy washy things to the media in regards to injury? Yesterday, I read Gronk had roughly a 25% chance of playing and today, Gronk said he's made "significant progress" since last week. what the heck does that even mean???
Hi, Mike. I have to admit, if I ran an NFL franchise, I'd be exactly the same way. I don't see where Belichick or any other GM has incentive to be honest with the media (and by extension, other teams). He isn't there to be liked or perceived as a "good guy" (which he is, by all accounts from anyone I know who's ever met him). And so yeah, he's a bummer if you're trying to get fantasy information out of him. But that's the breaks, and something we know when we draft Patriots. I don't want to be an apologist, because it's well-known that NE is my favorite team...but insofar as I'm aware, I don't hold this opinion because of my rooting loyalties. I've just never understood the Rex Ryan approach to media relations, where he appears so desperately to want to be liked, but the moment things go bad, it's not like the media are going to go lighter on him because he played their game. We in the media are jackals! :-)
What will happen to Edelman's value once Amendola comes back?
Hi, Chad. Well, it'll go down. If Amendola is himself, *he'll* be the guy worth ranking well inside the top 20, and Edelman will be more of a 30s or 40s guy, until proven otherwise. It's only natural...Amendola is simply a better athlete and a more productive overall player.
Hi Chris,Would you give up Gio Bernard to get Eddie Lacy in standard scoring league?Thanks
Hi, Pablo. I would probably do that. It's less clear now, obviously, with Lacy's injury...concussions are a scary thing, and it's tough to know when/if he'll be back. It sounds like a multi-week injury. But if this is a redraft league, I just think Gio is going to frustrate you as BJGE saps so much of his value on a weekly basis. Tough to know what weeks you could use him.
if/when Mcfadden goes down, who is the handcuff to have, Reece or Jenning?
Hi, Keith. Neither. I think Jennings would probably have more value, but I have every confidence that the Raiders wouldn't produce a fantasy-worthy RB without DMC in the mix. He's a RB who to me doesn't have a handcuff.
FILM QUESTION: do you see the NYG secondary as vulnerable enough to raise the ceiling for deep shots to Smith and/or Olsen this wk?
Hi, Ryan. From what I've seen, the Giants are struggling on the back end. They miss Stevie Brown at FS, and while Webster had a pretty decent Week 1, I thought he regressed last game. That said, it's not always easy to draw a straight line between a secondary that's not elite to deep shots for the other team. Tough to definitely say *what* Carolina's game plan will be, especially because I feel like it's been weird for two straight weeks.
Just a note in general and a friendly word of advice: Your posts *are* getting through gang. But Q's that have been asked dozens of times aren't going to get picked, nor are ones where you yell about how outraged you are. We've had 1,700+ questions asked in an hour. Do the math. Most aren't going to get answered. I'm sorry about that, but it's just the nature of the beast....
My first three picks in this years draft were Ray Rice, Stevan Jackson, and MJD. Any advice moving forward?
Hi, Kyle. Well, hang in there. You played the game, and it burned you for a few weeks. It's going to be a rough ride this week, too, but that doesn't mean it's over. I'm typically against selling low at any point, but when you're struck by injuries that badly, you might not have a choice. If you want to shake things up, and take a stab on some less-established high-upside players (a la Wilson/Ridley), I couldn't complain too much. Mostly it's just a bummer...sorry.
If Rice plays, do you go Rice or Pierce?
I guess I'd have to say Rice. I wouldn't feel great about it, and really, none of us have any inside info about it. The Ravens aren't going to hand out their preferred ratio to the media or fans, and why would they? The safest thing would be to avoid, but of course, you just might not have that luxury.
Why do people not get that this isn't a one-on-one discussion? How can they seriously complain that their questions don't get picked?
It's a good question. But it happens. (I always have to keep in mind that our demos sometimes skew very young, and sometimes kids don't have a full appreciation of the way things like this work....)
Is it my fault that the only position I am worried about on my team is Defense? Trade Joique Bell for a Defense like the Hawks or Bears?
Hi, DJ. If you're a Reggie Bush owner, I wouldn't do it. But if you're not, I don't mind it. Just remember that defenses are notoriously unreliable from week to week. You can easily get hosed by the Seahawks in a week where you really need them....though I agree that on average, they *should* continue to be really good. (But look at the Niners. The No. 2 consensus D/ST is tied for 19th right now...)
Will Revis get to blanket Edelman this week and what would that do to Edelmans value?
Hi, Marcos. That's a great question. My gut would tell me that Revis probably *won't* shadow a slot receiver not named Wes Welker. I don't rule out the possibility, and it's smart football thinking. But my guess (and it's only a guess) is that Revis will more often tackle one of the outside guys.
Will Deangelo Williams remain a consistent fantasy start throughout the season?
Hi, Sam. Well, given Jonathan Stewart's apparent lack of progress ankle-wise, it seems at least that D-Willy's workload will stay strong. The TDs aren't likely to be there for him in abundance, though. I think of him more as a longer-term flex....
OK, gang...have to go prepare for the next Fantasy Underground: Film Room video. One more and then I must shuffle off to the studio....
Hey Chris! How do you feel about L. Miller being your RB2 for the rest of the season?
Hi, Jon. I feel *meh* about it. It seems like the Miami workload is going to involve healthy doses of Daniel Thomas, especially near the goal line, which makes Miller a preferred flex in my book for 10-team leagues. But listen, beggars can't be choosers...you could be in much worse shape!
All right, gang -- I can tell many of you are frustrated about not getting your Q answered, and I'm sorry about that. I promise that I type as fast as I can and give thorough answers to as many of you as possible...but still I know sometimes it comes across like you're being ignored. It's not intentional, I assure you. You can follow me on Twitter @CHarrisESPN.... Thanks -- and have a great day.