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Any updates on Demarco Murray? Also, what do you think is fair value for Josh Gordon? or should i hang on to him.
The Cowboys don't expect Murray to play this week, but for deep leaguers note that Lance Dunbar is expected to play. I have been discussing him all season, even when Murray was healthy. Joseph Randle seems a bit overrated in the rankings this week, me included. Perhaps Murray returns in Week 9. Hasn't been known as a quick healer, ya know... As for Gordon, he's terrific. Browns aren't trading him, but still a top-20 WR for me. Fair value? Beats me. Aim high...top-20 RB for sure.
Standard : RG3 or Cam rest of season?
I could see each in the top 5. For now I have Newton better in the end of season ranks, but Griffin is moving on up. He's running now!
Trade question: I just traded DeMarco Murray, Marques Colston and Julian Edelman for Brandon Marshall. Did I give up to much?
Little late to ask that now, eh? It's a lot, but no sure things for one sure thing, albeit one playing with a backup QB. If Murray returns in a week, you prob paid too much. Colston should improve. If Murray misses another month, it's ok.
What is Vicks value in a trade? I need a TE. I have Rodgers so I don't mind giving up Vick. My current TE is GOlsen.
I don't know too many people that would deal something good for an overrated, 33-year-old quarterback that can't stay healthy. That's Vick. His value is low. Olsen is a top-10 TE for me, but throw Vick's name out there and see. I wouldn't want to deal for him. He's missed a few weeks and even when he returns, he's not playing the entire second half of the season. He's hurt pretty literally in every game...
EK, the lack of trustworthy RB's is baffling. I have Forte on a buy and have to choose two of DeAngelo, Ridley, Powell/Ivory... Yuck, I know.
It could be far more yuck, trust me. I have to start Tolbert in a league this week. No choice. I'd say Ridley is a top-20 RB this week, easily. I ranked Ivory ahead of DeAngelo and Powell, but I could see using DeAngelo there since you have both Jets RBs. I'd be skeptical either perform well.
EK! Good Morning.Do you think T Rich ever is T Rich of 2012? Will he even start in week 10?
I think the Colts will continue giving Richardson many touches, and using Donald Brown as a receiver. It's not like Brown is some future star they're not using enough. He's Donald Brown. But Richardson looks slow and I am guessing he has knee problems still and they are hampering him. I won't give up on his career, but he's no top-10 RB like this.
will Jeremy Kerley be able to maintain his production against Cin?
I think Kerley is a fairly safe slot guy at this point that we could rank around No. 30 every week and feel ok about it. Not huge upside, but he's reliable and has scored in 2 of 3 weeks. And he is readily available.
Good morning Eric, do you see any big name players being moved before Tuesday's trade deadline?
Nope. There are rarely trades. I don't see the Giants moving Nicks, for example. They think they can still compete in the NFC Least. Bad teams don't have much to trade.
Trade value of Peyton Manning?
Obviously very high, since he has outscored everyone in fantasy by at least 57 points. Stafford is second 57 points behind. But it's not a bad time to see if someone really overpays for Peyton; I doubt he outscores the entire league by 57 points the rest of the way. Get a top-5 RB.
Last week you were the only one saying how bad Nick Foles would be, which made me drop him for Roethlisberger. THANK YOU!! What do you think about Blackmon ROS?
Top-20 WR. Was relatively quiet in Week 7, but can't expect him to go nuts every week. Foles was so overrated. Saw that a mile away. Sell Vick too. It's gonna be a brutal second half of the season in Philly.
Do you think MJD could be traded?
Could, yes. Doubtful the Jaguars get much for him though, so why not keep him and try to win a game or two.
Can you give some insight on what made you rank Spiller over Stacy? I don't really disagree but my confidence in Spiller is on life support.
I don't feel great about it. I still see upside in Spiller, and it's actually similar to Stacy. Stacy is getting many carries and providing a safe 6 or 7 fantasy points, but that seems like that's it.
Brutal second half for Philly... does that make McCoy a sell high(relatively speaking)?
Yes. And really, what has McCoy done the past few weeks? Has topped double digits twice in four games. Giants shut him down and ... I have concerns.
What does the news of Campbell starting do for Gordon? I have to sit one of these: Gordon, Blackmon, or A Brown...
Breaking news! The Browns have switched QBs again! I don't think it's worth downgrading Gordon, though. I know, I know, Campbell could be as awful as Josh Freeman was on Monday, but I kinda view Gordon as QB-safe regardless of who it is. I ranked Brown in my top 10... but Gordon vs. Blackmon, pretty similar. If Campbell concerns you, sit him. Blackmon is going to be a top-20 play most weeks.
Do you think Stafford is much of an upgrade over RG3 at this point? Enough to trade someone like Ridley who usually rides my bench?
I'd keep the extra RB around. You always need him. Stafford is safer than Griffin, but not enough to deal a top-20 RB.
Regarding your thoughts on McCoy... You rank him 3rd ROS, Vick is coming back, and yet he is a sell high?
Absolutely. I'd sell high on Peyton, too. But I can't rank McCoy 10th. I'm just saying I don't see the numbers matching up with the perceived value. McCoy could be the No. 3 RB the rest of the way... but if he gets you another top-10 RB plus more, that's how we sell high effectively.
What are the chances of colston turning it around this season?
I'd say pretty good. It's hard to believe how quiet he has been the past few games. I bet he was hurt and now, after the bye, he'll improve.
I need to pick up a WR. Would you go with Kerley or DHB?
Well, Kerley this week, since the Colts are on bye. But Heyward-Bey does have nice upside for after this week. I'd take him ROS.
Hey EK! Nobody ever ranks him, but with Jake Locker back and being a starter, why doesn't Nate Washington ever get ranked? He could be something, couldn't he?
I don't see much upside, but yeah, he has been underrated. And Locker has played pretty well. Not this week though, they are on bye. Which is nice, because I'm pretty tired of ranking and justifying Chris Johnson top-20 when he can't run the ball effectively...
GO SOX! Does Roddy White have any value moving forward?
Some, but I don't know when he's playing again. 10 fantasy points in 5 games. Harry Douglas doubled that in one week. White might be out more weeks.
Powell, what happened? Is he hurt or lost faith? Ryan just sang his praises and he was limited vs Patriots.
Jets say he is not hurt. Which further reminds us that coaches are nuts. Who knows what the deal is..best to avoid the Jets, really. Ivory could go right back to single digit carries and it wouldn't shock me one bit.
Ethics Question!!! Owner A in my league has two QBs on bye and not many available on the waiver wire. Owner A then goes to Owner B and offers a trade that Owner B turns down. Owner A then offers $50 (league entry is only $30) plus the trade and Owner B accepts. As Commissioner I vetoed the trade because I feel it is unfair for money to be involved, what is your opinion?
There should never be real money involved in a trade, unless it's in the rules. Throw the guy/gal outta the league.
Hey Eric. In a PPR, would you rather have Morris or Knowshon ROS? I can trade either guy with Hilton for Marshawn. Should I deal Knowshon since he still has a bye week? Thank you!!
I'd rather own Moreno than Morris the ROS, but for everyone panicking on Morris, don't. Yes, Helu scored three touchdowns...Morris had 95 rushing yards in the game. He isn't being phased out one bit. And I do regard Knowshon as a sell high, and would move him and Hilton for Lynch, who is safer and better.
PPR league. Owner has given me my choice of Cruz, Decker or Jordy.
Decker. Broncos will keep on throwing and he'll keep on catching.
What I haven't heard any talk of regarding Percy Harvin is his migraine problems. I seem to remember him missing some games in the past because of them. Has he done anything to mitigate that problem? Assuming he comes back in the next few weeks, is there any worry about that issue?
I don't think Harvin is playing this week, and I have not heard any issues on the migraines. I think he should be owned in all leagues by now, but I think it's 50-50 he plays in October, at best.
12 team ppr: would you rather have Keenan Allen or Brian Hartline?
This week, Hartline. ROS prob Allen though.
Lynch or Peterson ROS?
Lynch. Could go either way though. Remember, a year ago Peterson was merely OK first half of the season, then he had 6 25-point fantasy games from Week 9 on. WOW!
Any word on Jimmy Graham? Do you think Ben Watson or Andrew Quarles would be a better play until Graham is back?
No official word. I ranked him first at TE, so I think he plays but ... if he sits Watson would be a nice fill-in. Nicer than Quarless.
Would Helu be ranked higher than Morris if he had the job to himself?
Well of course. But he doesn't. And I wouldn't make him top 10.
Help me out please, Eric! Would this trade count as a good "sell-high" for McCoy? I give McCoy and Karlos Dansby for Lynch, Fitzgerald, Luck, and Ware?
Yes. Wow. Yes.
Wilson or Vick is better option this week, and moving forward?
Wilson. Clearly those that love Vick are blind to the injury angle. Even if Vick starts this Sunday, and I suspect he will, I say it's 50-50 he finishes the game. HUGE risk every week that he feels hurt at any point. I can't make him top 10. And by the way, he last topped 15 fantasy points in Week 2. He is not safe.
Safer bet this week, Helu or Dunbar?
Helu, but I did add Dunbar in a deep league. Just gotta feeling he's got a future.
Trade Josh Gordon for Brandon Marshall?
Yeah, I would do that.
If you had Greg Olsen, would you rather trade a little for Jordan Reed or a lot for Gronkowski?
I'd probably just sit tight with Olsen. What's wrong with him? Top-10 at TE for catches and yards this season...
With Cam so wildly inconsistent, how does he keep making your top 5 ROS? He has 2 good games, and 5 average to below-average games.
I don't see it that way. And who would qualify as more consistent? Those good games are really, really good...
Do you trust Boykin more than Bowe in a PPR league this week?
I sure do. Nice job, Dwayne.
How does Jason Campbell affect Jordan Cameron?
Don't overthink things. Cameron is so good, and it's not like every pass Campbell throws will hit the ground.
Is Roddy White dropable yet? Has it really come to this?
He's hurt. So yeah, it came to this.
I have Stafford going on bye next week and want to pick up a backup before others. 14-team league with minimal options, looking at picking up Locker but are they any other low-tier QBs that could be a good fill-in next week?
Smart move. Dalton still available in 75 percent of leagues. Assuming he's gone there though. McCown at Green Bay that week? Could be worse.
Morris owners shouldn't panick, but you believe Helu has a future? Seeking clarification for a head spinning Morris owner!
I think Helu is more a flex guy, occasional receptions and scores, but Morris remains the 15-20 touch starter that will get many yards. Both can thrive.
you dont see white as a contributor in the fantasy playoffs? can you rank from week 12 and forward: white, harvin, crabtree, vereen
At this point I don't know if White contributes at all. I'd try to roster him in case, but it's a guess. High ankle sprains can take a long time to heal properly. I'd target Vereen there. He could start as soon as he's ready... and it wasn't a knee or leg injury.
Is Julius Thomas a big enough upgrade over Tony Gonzalez to warrant giving up a top 5 WR?
No. I view them similarly this point ahead.
In a fantasy focus video yesterday you suggeted not trading AP but I need some help at RB and WR going forward. Is Forte/Nelson a better trade option for AP than Lacy/Marshall?
I just think it's a wise time to buy low on Peterson. He's not done. But I would not trade Forte and Nelson to get him. That's too much. Lacy/Marshall is prob too much as well.
Who would you want most ROS: Stacy, Mike James, Ivory
Stacy. Which is sad.
We have no idea what Mike James can do... add him and hope he becomes relevant.
Boykin > Denarius Moore for ros?
No, that's a bit premature.
Would you rather have Vereen or Mike James?
I think James should be added in all leagues today just in case he's really good. But if Martin couldn't do anything in Tampa, not sure how he will. Vereen still 3 weeks out.
I know you have trent rated higher, but do you feel like trading zac stacy for Trent is a true upgrade?
The typical "I made this trade what do you think?" I gave up bell for spiller banking on upside. Talk me off the ledge or push me.
I will do neither. It could work out... Spiller is at least playing. But ... you don't want to know the rest!
Helu or Ellington?
I think Ellington has better chance to be the starter for his team and get many touches.
More on your Philly falling apart during the second half... what would you do with D-Jax?
Move him. Fast. I'm not being negative, but this has the look of a team that starts 3-3, and finishes with 6 wins.
Do you drop D Martin and pick up Vereen or sit tight and hope the Muscle Hamster rebounds?
I don't think Martin plays until December, but I would try to keep him in case.
I traded Roddy White for Le'veon Bell, good trade? I'm deep at receiver and off Percy on my bench
Is Lamar Miller just not that good?
Apparently that's what the Dolphins think.
Would you trade Peyton for Peterson straight up?
Assuming my backup QB was legit, of course.
Gut feeling...is Martin done for the year in Tampa?
Gut says yes.
so you would trade McCoy for Fred Jackson and Colston?
No. That's not value.
Thoughts on Le'Veon going forward? High volume, goal line work and it looks like the Steelers are getting things together a bit. Thanks!
Yep on all three. Potential top-10 back eventually.
Going off the Lamar Miller question, is Daniel Thomas worth a pickup?
I don't think he is very good either. But if you need a RB, he is going to see enough chances to perform.
A couple of espn guys ranked harvin this week and you and someone else didnt. Is it really that close weather he plays or not this week?
Yeah, probably. If he plays he wouldn't make my top 25 WRs.
McCoy for Dez/Leveon??
That makes sense, yes.
Would you trade Reuben Randall for CJ Spiller?
Yes, that is a smart value move.
Eric, does Steven Jackson play this week? Limited? What say you?
I think he plays, but he missed my top 20 RB because he's been a while and the Falcons haven't been able to run effectively. Plus, he's 30. Could easily get hurt again, more so than younger guys. That was an original concern and why he was not close to a top-10 RB for me.
I have both Nicks and Randle. Better player going forward?
I take Nicks, but he's outside my top 20 WR. Looked awful dropping passes on Monday. And he's not getting dealt in real life.
You were talking about selling McCoy high, would AP and Harvin be considered high?
Yes. But I think people are overreacting to what I said. I have McCoy a top-5 RB ROS. He's not falling apart. But I would move him if the price was right. Same for Peyton and Stafford and Graham and the Chiefs D (especially) off to really great starts and unlikely to continue at that pace. EVERY player is tradable for the right price.
Saw you say move D. Jackson. What about trading him for Alfred Morris?
Definitely. Would do that anyway.
You have Cam over Romo. Does playing on a Thursday night not deter you?
Should it? Why?
Jamaal Charles or McCoy ROS?
Charles is the best player in fantasy right now. I wouldn't trade Charles for any one player right now.
Why don't the Giants run more 3 WR sets to get Randle involved? He's athletics and dynamic, and it's not like their run game is producing much of anything.
They run many 3-WR sets... Eli just doesn't have enough time.
I am thinking Boykin has higher ceiling ROS than Stevie Johnson. Do you agree? Thanks, EK!
Ceiling, yes. But Johnson is safer.
Speaking of ethics, should I protest a trade that was done in my league?. A team that is 2-5 traded away Frank Gore for Antonio Brown. The team receiving Gore is in second place 4-3 and already has Drew Brees and Matt Forte.
That trade is fine. And what the team getting Gore has is irrelevant. ONLY protest a trade if you see collusion. This is not a bad trade, though I would take Gore. You can't legislate stupidity. People can make bad trades. Heck, I have made bad trades and done so because it's not about winning a trade, but building a team. If I had no QB and could get one in trade for a top-10 RB but I had depth, it probably wouldn't be a fair trade! So what!
Reuben Randle or Terrence Williams ROS?
I like Williams at this point.
Mike in Michigan, and all other ethics questions that people will ask: Eric Karabell does not use ethics in fantasy football. He is unethical. If the rules allow it, you can do it according to him. He will do whatever it takes to win.
I don't think that's fair, but I do think there's little place for ethics. This is a game we're playing. I am a stickler for rulebooks though.
Joique bell droppable??
Jimmy Graham for AJ Green and Antonio Gates?
Yeah, that seems ok. Gates is legit.
would you trade marshall for forte?
Do you think there should be a rule that once a team is officially eliminated from playoff contention (during the regular season) they can no longer make trades and/or participate in waivers/free agency?
If it's a rule, then yes. I'm ok with it. But I don't like telling bad teams that they have to stop making moves because the good teams don't like it. You're in a league, play it to the end. In REAL sports the bad teams sign players... should the Jaguars not be allowed to make moves because they're going 2-14 this season? I don't understand that thinking.
Eric, Im torn who to start alongside Antonio Brown. I have Ruben Randle, Terrance Williams and Harry Douglas. They all seem the same to me. Who do you like between the three this week?
I think Douglas is in a better chance to succeed there.
Thoughts on Jordan Reed ROS? He's had 6+ targets the last 2 weeks.
I think people are overrating him a tad, but I do see how he could be a borderline top-10 TE rest of the way. Great athlete. But add him, don't trade what it would take to get him.
Not sure why D. Jackson is a must move ros...plays some pretty soft pass defenses. Where would you rank him among wr's ROS?
Watch the tape of Philly's 17-3 loss to Dallas from Sunday. And that could be 5 more games with Barkley starting.
Brian in Arizona..EK is totally right. You are the same fan that would argue the Yankees are unethical when they spend 100 mil over another team. If the rules allow it, its is FAIR and Ethical!
It's in the rules... Yankees, Cubs, Phillies, Red Sox...they have the money, spend it. Doesn't mean we can't root for the Pirates to win, though!
Further to Peyton trade question. Have him, but not much else. At 3-4 and getting desperate. If I can get a top 5 RB in a trade and pick up Glennon, does that move the needle enough to make some sort of run?
Relying on a rookie QB is scary, but if it was someone like Dalton or Big Ben, sure. It's wise to move Peyton if someone else sees him as worth too much.
In my league, we award a weekly prize for highest score. That means every team has a reason to win every week and score as many points as they can until the end of the regular fantasy season (and make trades until the league-wide deadline).
I have a pool like that and yes, I think it makes everyone try all season, which is the way it should be.
Would you trade Ray Rice to get Gronk?
Depends what I had at RB and TE. On the surface no, I would not. Rice is disappointing, but if you have to start LeGarrette Blount at RB now, I wouldn't do it!
Trade Peyton Manning to acquire Drew Brees + ???
Any usable running back, really.
PPR League: Drop McGahee for for Andre Brown?
No, that I would not do. McGahee plays. Brown is no lock. Plus, when Brown returns, so might David Wilson.
The Yankees can spend whatever they want because they are allowed to, but it is unethical for the player to accept more money than what they know they have value as, and it is unethical for the team to drive up the cost of players by paying them more than what the majority of teams would agree that they are worth.
No, no, no. If your employed offers you more money than you are worth, more than your colleagues, you WILL take it every time. Cmon!
So if you are rostering one Giants RB, who would it be?
It's still Wilson. Not that I feel good about it.
ROS- Boldin or Heyward-Bay?
Boldin. I find it a bit hard to believe Hey-Bey will all of a sudden be great... but he should be added.
You're worth whatever someone will pay you, period.
Thank you. Correct.
I love disappointment. But, do you think Bowe will have some value with the weak passing DEF he plays against after the Chiefs bye week? Or should I just drop him for anyone on the WW?
I only drop him if there is someone better out there. There probably is!
Give up Percy Harvin to get Le'Veon Bell?
Thoughts on rosters locking for the playoffs? I lost my TE after rosters locked last year and had to take a 0 the rest of the way. We have shallow benches, so would have to drop a decentish player to cover a K or TE going into the playoffs. Thanks.
Not a fan of it, but if that's the rule, you must follow. Makes you design your bench must smarter in advance though!
You really don't think Gordon's value will be negatively affected by Campbell? Gordon is a deep threat and Campbell tends a check down a lot.
It doesn't help, but I don't jump ship. He's extremely talented, regardless of passer. And most QBs check down too much!
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