Fantasy Football with Scott Engel
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Ryan (Walnut Creek, CA)
Hey Scott, I've been active on the waiver wire this year, and I have the choice of starting 2 of the following three backs in a PPR league: Priest Holmes, Justin Fargas, and Jesse Chatman. Any idea on which two I should go with? Thanks!
Scott Engel (10:59 AM)
Good morning everyone! I would try to avoid starting Holmes - to expect good production from him is unrealistic, I believe
I have Brady on a bye so im forced to start Eli Manning, I also have Plax as my Top WR, can I expect great things from the duo?
Scott Engel (11:00 AM)
I think Plaxico will score at least once, but Eli could be in for more than one TD pass and more than one turnover
Andy (West Lafayette, IN)
Trying to decide between starting Hackett or Branch. Even if Branch plays, will he outproduce Hackett in his first week back? Luckily I have until Monday night to decide, but what do you think?
Scott Engel (11:01 AM)
Branch is going to be a gametime decision, so I would definitely use the healthier Hackett
Justin (tampa bay)
Hi Scott. With Chambers and Bowe not doing a whole lot, I need to add depth at WR. Who would you rather have for the rest of the season -- Chris Henry, Hackett or James Jones? Thanks.
Scott Engel (11:02 AM)
Henry is still getting in trouble, and Jones is good, but not reliable - I would take the shot with Hackett
TreDay (Little Rock)
YO SCOTT!!!! What's the value of Rudi Johnson going forward??? I like his playoff schedule, but will he do anything? I can pick him up in exchange for Stallworth or T. Jones. What do you think?
Scott Engel (11:03 AM)
I would avoid him - he is clearly not 100 pct right now and Watson has played well
Hey Yo, Scotty! I am thinking about trying to deal TJ Housh for a back like Westbrook or Bush. Can I trust my WR group of Coles, Colston and Harrison? My RB are Parker, Portis, Graham, Benson and Priest. Keep 2 in non-PPR keeper league. What do you think?
Scott Engel (11:05 AM)
I think you should hold onto Houshmandzadeh, especially with Coles and Harrison always getting banged up
Hi, I'm having veto problems in my league so I thought I'd ask an expert. Should Westbrook for MJD and Welker be vetoed and what is your opinion of the deal. Stokley will replace Welker.
Scott Engel (11:06 AM)
Not overturnable, as Westbrook is a top 5 RB and MJD is unreliable
Gerard (Celebration, FL)
Good morning Scott...Flex help...Bobby Engram or Kenny Watson? Thanks!
Scott Engel (11:07 AM)
I would use Engram - Branch may sit out again and Engram will remain at flanker where he can post good numbers again
Scott, slim pickings on the waiver wire this week. Do I go Brandon Jones, Devery Henderson, or Eddie Kennision?(Like I said, slim pickings!!)
Scott Engel (11:09 AM)
Grab Aaron Moorehead of Indy, as he has a good chance to start - otherise, I would take the shot with Henderson against STL
Jay (Rome, GA)
Hey man, goodmorning! I have W. Dunn and M. HIcks to shoose from this week. Was that the real Dunn last week or a temporary imposter? And going forward I have Dayne and A. Green, of the four who do you like. Thanks alot!
Scott Engel (11:10 AM)
I don't think Dunn can repeat that - if Gore does not practice today, I would use Hicks - -going forward, none will be reliable but Dayne may have a good game or two
Good Morning Scott...WR Help...David Patten or Aaron Morehead. Thanks
Scott Engel (11:11 AM)
Patten has definitely proven himself and has a very good matchup this week
If Alexander sits out Monday should I start Morris over Grant and J Jones?
Scott Engel (11:13 AM)
You will have to make that decision before Monday, and if Alexander does not practice today, take the shot with Morris
Which high and mighty RB do you think will be hurt this weekend that will cause a MAD Waiver Wire rush for a replacement come Monday morning?
Scott Engel (11:14 AM)
It's not easy to predict an injury, but I think more people will start adding Kolby Smith next week
HP (Brooklyn, NY)
How short a leash is Benson on? Is A. Peterson worth a roster spot?
Scott Engel (11:15 AM)
Fantasy players keep waiting for this switch to happen in Chicago, but there are no real indications it will happen any time soon
HP (Brooklyn, NY)
Are you saying Kolby Smith will play well or that Priest will play poorly?
Scott Engel (11:16 AM)
I am saying that Priest will disappoint and Smith will play more respectably
Scott, I have had mixed opinions on this, so your advice will determine who I play. I am in a PPR league, I have LJ, who is out, do I play Priest or Vernon Davis in my Flex spot? Thanks.
Scott Engel (11:17 AM)
I would use Davis - Seattle may have some trouble covering the TE and Priest is a 34 year old player trying to make a comeback after a long layoff
Sean (Denver, CO)
Pick two for this week Patten, Engram, Jennings. Is Engram the best Seattle WR option for this week?
Scott Engel (11:18 AM)
You can't bench Jennings right now,a nd yes, Engram is the best Seahawks WR for this week
Mark (Pennington, NJ)
Should I be starting Chris Henry(CIN) over the likes f James Jones and Ike Hilliard this week?
Scott Engel (11:19 AM)
Hilliard is on a bye - Henry could be limited and Jones has a good matchup, so I would use the GB WR
Matt ( Canada )
hey scott, in your expert opinion start S Jax or Chatman this week
Scott Engel (11:20 AM)
I would go with Chatman - Jackson will play, but is not expected to carry a full load
Jack (Bronx, NY)
I have LJ and Priest, would you suggest I drop Fred Taylor for Kolby Smith(just in case he has a good game)? My other backs are Thomas Jones and Kevin Jones. Thanks.
Scott Engel (11:23 AM)
I would do that - you may end up cutting Priest ultimately as well - opportunity doesn't always translate into success - Priest has the opportunity, but I don't think much of the chances of a 34 year old RB who was not durable in his prime
Jim (Cleveland, OH)
Anderson or Kitna this week? I'm thinking Derick has a bad day against Pitt?
Scott Engel (11:24 AM)
I would go with Kitna - Anderson threw only one TD pass his last time out against Pittsburgh
If my opponent is playing Priest, would it be smart to start Kolby Smith over Gore and hope he does better. Points for Smith are ones Priest wont get.
Scott Engel (11:24 AM)
You can't concern yourself with your opponent's lineup - you only start Smith if Gore sits out
Should I trade Lee Evans and Jamal Lewis for the Denver rb's I have depth at receiver and the Denver combo would be my #3 rb
Scott Engel (11:26 AM)
The Denver RBs are a headache - keep who you have
Would you start a banged up Gore in the rain of Seattle over T. Gonzalez? I am thinking about leaving Gore on the pine for one more week. Thanks
Scott Engel (11:27 AM)
Gore is not fully healthy, Gonzo is. Let's not overrate rain - these are pros we are discussing - look what Roethlisberger did in the rain last week
Please rank for MONDAY NIGHT Football, only on ESPN!!: M.Morris, Hicks, or Robinson
Scott Engel (11:28 AM)
Robinson, Hicks, Morris, assuming Gore and Alexander do not play
Do you like Rudi as a buy low candidate? His schedule weeks 13-16 is very favorable.
Scott Engel (11:29 AM)
If you're not running well, what does the schedule matter? I would not want to trade for Rudi right now
Nick (Greenwich, CT)
Would you give up Colston and Maroney to get Fargas and TE Watson? I was gonna ask him Fitz and Maroney cause I think Colston is way too much to give up! My only other rb r Addai. Other WRs are Berrian, Bowe, and Curtis! Thnx Scott!
Scott Engel (11:32 AM)
I think giving up Colston or Fitz to get Fargas right now is a bit much - I would shop Bowe or Curtis to see what you can come up with
Is the Bears D worth trading my 4th string or 5th string RB? (Chatman and Foster)
Scott Engel (11:33 AM)
You can find pretty good D/ST units on th efree agent list - I would not trade for one
Need one to start this week to pair with FWP...Benson, Fargas, or Young?
Scott Engel (11:34 AM)
Frgas for sure - he'll get you adequate numbers as compared to the other two
Steven (Indianapolis, IN)
Cooley or Winslow? Worried about Winslow vs. PIT DEF.
Scott Engel (11:36 AM)
Winslow had almost 90 receiving yards last time vs. Pitt,, , so he doesn't worry, but I would rather use Cooley - you should trade one of those two
Donald (Orland Park, IL)
What's the status on LenDale White? Is his toe injury a turf toe? I have to decided which to start - White or Steven Jackson. My concern with Jackson is that even though he said he is feeling much better but still not 100% healthy so I don't want to get stuck with a 1/4 work of a full game. Thanks
Scott Engel (11:38 AM)
White played through the problem last week and it doesn't seem to be a major concern right now
Is Steven Jackson too risky to start this week ? My other options are Jacobs or Kevin Jones
Scott Engel (11:39 AM)
If those are your other two options, two solid RBs with no health issues, I would not use Jackson
I am hurting at RB in a 14 team league and need a #2. Who in your opinion could be a sneaky pickup and post decent numbers this week and for the rest of the season.
Scott Engel (11:40 AM)
Again, Kolby Smith, and if he is still available, Michael Robinson
OK, I've been offered Terrell Owens for Ladanian Tomlinson, would you do it? My RBs would still be Adrian Peterson and Clinton Portis... and I'd have my 3 WR / TE as Owens, Reggie Wayne and Gates?
Scott Engel (11:42 AM)
I would not want to break up an LT/Peterson duo - I would shop Portis
Kurt (Wilmington, NC)
Derek Anderson also didn't play the entire game in week 1 against Pittsburgh either so he could be in for better than 1 td this time around
Scott Engel (11:45 AM)
He could also easily throw more than one pick - Anderson attempted 28 passes so he might as well have played a full game - the Steelers will shut down the run, the Browns will give up too many points, and Anderson will feel too much heat
This was an easier call early this season but with V. Davis playing so well should I go with him or Shockey this week?
Scott Engel (11:46 AM)
I would stick with Shockey - big game and a top target for Manning
Who would you target for Steve Smith? Henry/Young or Fargas a good trade for him?
Scott Engel (11:47 AM)
I would wait for him to rebound against Atlanta and then start shopping him
Kolby or Morris this weekend?
Scott Engel (11:48 AM)
If Alexander does not practice today, I would give Morris the nod
Road Runner (NM)
Graham or Chatman the rest of the way?
Scott Engel (11:50 AM)
Chatman - he ran hard against the Giants and is going to be pleasant surprise the rest of the way
Patten, Crayton, or James Jones this week?
Scott Engel (11:51 AM)
Patten - Brees clearly trusts him, and he has a good matchup
Rick (Plainville CT)
Chatman or Gore?
Scott Engel (11:52 AM)
Since Gore is a gametime decision, I prefer the healthy guy - Chatman
Is Furrey a good start, and should I start Muhammad for Harrison?
Scott Engel (11:53 AM)
I don't trust any of the Detroit Wrs right now, and Harrison may sit out again
Sean (Boston MA)
Losman or Griese this week?
Scott Engel (11:54 AM)
Close call, but Losman has the slightly better matchup
Which rookie WR is the better play this week, Calvin Johnson or Bowe? My other starters are Santonio and Fitzgerald. Thanks Scott
Scott Engel (11:57 AM)
I would use Bowe - Johnson ha syet to really establish himself and the Lions are not throwing very efefctively right now
Ugly options for RB2: S. Alexander, K. Watson, Kolby Smith.
Scott Engel (11:58 AM)
If Alexander does not practice today, I would go with Smith, unless its a PPR league, then I would use Watson
Should Bulger be owned in every format? Available in my league (12 team) on the wire, but I would need to drop either Chicago or the Detroit 'D' to grab him. My only QB currently is Losman...Thanks!
Scott Engel (11:59 AM)
Well, you cannot rely on Losman, so I would drop the Bears D.
Buzzer beater, a better RB play McGahee or Jacobs?
Scott Engel (12:00 PM)
McGahee is good to go and you have to like him a lot against Cincy. Thanks a lot everyone! Next chat at 3 pm ET!