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Jim McCormick (3:02 PM)
Hey everyone, let's get started on the doorstep of Week 11. Sorry I missed you guys on Tuesday, was in San Juan, PR, so I'm not sure I'm actually sorry. In any case, let's go...
Karl (San Diego)
Legedu Naanee or Seyi Ajirotutu... who has the funnier name?! And more importantly, who's the better play this week?
Jim McCormick (3:04 PM)
The name race is close, but I'll give it to Seyi since he's newer to the game, and also unquestionably healthy, so I'd prefer him for a shot at a few deep balls.
Alright Jim - what are your thoughts on Santonio Holmes this week? With a banged up Sanchez, do you think Johnny Knox is worth starting over Holmes?
Jim McCormick (3:06 PM)
I'd stick with Holmes, even with a banged up Sanchez, as the match up is just far too inviting. Per Knox, it's a bit f a misnomer that he's this stellar deep threat - sure, Cutler has found him 15 times for 420 yards on 15+ yard attempts, but with those attempts Cutler has thrown zero TDs and three picks as defenses are keying on Knox over the top.
Chris (Los Angeles)
The lack of production from Reggie Wayne is making me consider benching him for someone like Floyd or Mike Williams (Tampa). Single digits in the last 5 weeks and only 3 TD's for the year. What do you think?
Jim McCormick (3:07 PM)
In some sense I have to agree that Wayne has been pedestrian of late, but with some returning targets and the young New England secondary I'd stick with him over these options, but prefer Williams as your second best here. The targets have been there for Wayne, so a return to some better production can be expected.
Tampa Bay or Philly Defense this week?
Jim McCormick (3:09 PM)
I think we are in for somewhat of a shootout with the Giants and Birds, but there will be some sacks and likely a pick or two, andI think Tampa could be controlled with Gore on the ground.
Antonio Gates (Injury List)
What should my owners do. I'm "50/50" for Monday's game. Should they pick up Randy McMicheal just in case? If so who do you drop Beanie, Cooley, Sidney R, Portis?
Jim McCormick (3:10 PM)
I'd drop Portis of this group and acquire McMichael. Given everything we've heard from Gates and the SD papers this week, it's not sounding promising that he plays.
Any thoughts on Vjax once he returns?
Jim McCormick (3:11 PM)
Rivers has produced no matter the talent lining up on the outside. This said, I think Jackson returns to top-20 status off the bat, with potential to be a major difference maker in the fantasy playoffs.
AJ (Chicago, IL)
Any thoughts on SRice once he returns?
Jim McCormick (3:13 PM)
Keeping with the stashed wideout theme, I think Rice's situation if murky, and I'm not sure he'll return in time to be a factor. I could see him getting out there in a few weeks, but since that's crucial regular season matchups and even playoff games for fantasy purposes, I'm not sure I'd be banking on much. Be prepared to be without him and hope for the best.
What do you think of Brandon Marshall this week? Start him or Maclin?
Jim McCormick (3:15 PM)
I've seen enough of Brandon Marshall this season that I'm not convinced that the switch to Thigpen signals an improvement. Sure he could excel with the new arm coming in, but the Chicago pass rush could interrupt potential chemistry and contain Marshal with extra attention. Go with Maclin, who is on the same side as the hottest QB in the game right now.
Assuming McCoy sits against the Giants is Harrison a good start?
Jim McCormick (3:16 PM)
McCoy practiced and will be in there Sunday, relegating Harrison to simply a depth commodity, and not a potential play.
Tom Brady (Foxboro)
Aaron Hernandez is to Bridget Moynahan as Rob Gronkoswki is to Giselle, correct?!?
Jim McCormick (3:19 PM)
I suppose Gronk is the more popular of this rookie duo recently, but Hernandez, unlike Moynahan, still has a shot to rekindle a rapport with Brady. I honestly don't think either is a safe play, but both bear potential in this two tight end NE offense. Essentially, I'd prefer my tight end not be in a competition for similar targets.
Stacked and Confused (Canada)
So I have a team that is stacked top to bottom at every position, and I have to decide between Foster and Turner. I like Turner's matchup better but can I really bench the #1 scoring RB? It's a PPR league too!!!
Jim McCormick (3:20 PM)
St. Louis has proven competent to the run at times and in a PPR setting, where Foster has racked up over 30 receptions, he remains a better play than Turner this week. I understand how stout the Jets have been, but similarly to Hillis last week, Foster is too integrated in his offense in both phases and the goal line to sit.
Start Bowe and Dez over Marshall?
Jim McCormick (3:22 PM)
For sure, forget the reputation Marshall bears, Bryant is proving to be a special playmaker that has already earned his veteran QB's trust and praise, and Bowe is the most consistent scoring wideout over the past six weeks.
Monday Night Dilemna: Orton or Rivers?
Jim McCormick (3:22 PM)
I'd go with Rivers, but it's close. Both are great plays, but I just see Rivers having better touchdown potential here.
Jim- IDP league help please! Do you think Beason plays this wk? Jared Allen's recent production- sign of things to come? Or blip?
Jim McCormick (3:25 PM)
Beason practiced on a "limited" basis today so I would think he's likely to play, and just resting his knee at this point. And with Allen, I think he's certainly gotten over his slump and is back to making superior individual plays despite the lack of help from Edwards across the line.
Two receivers going against terrible secondaries. R Moss or Holmes? or do I start both and pull out either Fred Jackson and BenJarvis in the Flex spot?
Jim McCormick (3:26 PM)
I'd lean to Holmes; he's been an increasingly important target for Sanchez, while Moss is still a mystery as to his integration into the passing game. I 'd would pair the Firm (better scoring potential) and Holmes.
Am I too old to play football? Or am I comeback player of the year?
Jim McCormick (3:29 PM)
It's proving out that the team over-worked him in the first half of the season, as his YPC is back to last year's weak level and he seems to be hitting a wall. The team is actually splitting the gig now with Greene, but you wonder if it's too late to revive LT's legs. Going forward, I really like Greene more of the two, but consider LT a safer PPR play. Per the comeback of the year? Has to be Brandon Lloyd.
Bored (in Bio)
Who are you keeping of this bunch: Freeman, Stafford, or Kolb? Thanks Jim!
Jim McCormick (3:31 PM)
Stafford has the most upside but his continuing shoulder ailments are becoming Oden-esque. I suppose Freeman is the call here; he has two promising rookie wideouts and a tailback with upside. Kolb could be really solid depending on where he plays next year.
Is it finally time to realize starting Fitzpatrick was never really a good idea?
Jim McCormick (3:34 PM)
I'm assuming Ryan Fitz here, who has been pedestrian lately but has upside still given the matchup. I think he might have burned those that expected the elite production to continue, but he's been a really nice plug-in when you consider what he's accomplished.
Typing School (ESPN)
Jim... are you typing with one hand? 2 minutes between posts? My grandma with arthritis rakes you in typing... lets go!
Jim McCormick (3:34 PM)
Relax my friend, you are spazzing over a few minutes.
Malcom Floyd (SD)
Will I be ready to go for MNF on ESPN?
Jim McCormick (3:35 PM)
He's back at practice, which is the best indicator we have.
Can I get by in the playoffs rotating Garrard, Hill and Kitna?
Jim McCormick (3:37 PM)
It's not ideal, but I think you can. Each of them have some worthy matchups in the 14-16 range. I've certainly done it myself and seen it many times - the patchwork QB strategy.
Mike (San Francisco)
Would you start Fred Jackson over Mendenhall this week?
Jim McCormick (3:38 PM)
Nope, Jackson was great last week, but Mendy remains a better play given how rarely Jackson has scored in the past 20-plus games he's started.
Sully (The Tombs)
Pick one: A banged up Matt Schaub against the Jets or Jay Cutler tonight against the Dolphins?
Jim McCormick (3:39 PM)
Yo Sully, I think Schaub is a sit at this point. Spent some time the hospital this week with a knee ailment and has struggled mightily with consistency. Add in the Jets on the road factor and I'd rather gamble with Cutler, who is also a risk in many senses, but also has more upside in my opinion.
Any defensive sleepers in the fantasy playoffs?
Jim McCormick (3:40 PM)
Would love to throw them out there now - but that's the premise of D Up! for tomorrow.
Mike D. (Cincinnati)
Should I try starting the always pedestrian Ronnie Brown tonight or should go with Greene and hope that he finally starts his streak of big games?
Jim McCormick (3:41 PM)
I'd roll the dice. Brown is, as you said, simply pedestrian at this point. I'm admittedly an adventurous manager, so I like the gamble of Greene's upside.
Quickie... McFadden or Moreno at RB and pick one out of (Garrard, Cutler, and Kitna) Thx ;>
Jim McCormick (3:43 PM)
I'd go with Kitna against his ex-team and Moreno in a shootout. Crazy to sit a superior producer like DMC, but the Steelers defense is so stout against the run and will make adjustments from last week's matchup with the Pats.
Cassel or Schaub?
Jim McCormick (3:44 PM)
Cassel, he's developed a dangerous rapport with Bowe and the matchup difference here is substantial.
peyton manning (indy)
time to give up on garcon? Or is his lack of production my fault?
Jim McCormick (3:45 PM)
No it's on Garcon, who has regularly proven to be raw in that he's not precise with timing, routes or clutch hands. I think Garcon will continue to frustrate and will lose ground when Collie is back to health.
Poor Grad Student (NY)
Hey, if I lose this week I'm out of the running for any dollars, and oh man do I need them. Need an RB and Flex: Benson, Blount, Mike Williams South.
Jim McCormick (3:47 PM)
I know that Buffalo is so enticing of a tailback matchup but with Benson ailing and struggling I would go with the upside play in Blount, who can break one at any moment, something Benson just doesn't do. For the flex, I'd go with Williams as well over Benson.
Jim, is Britt a good pickup for the fantasy playoffs?
Jim McCormick (3:49 PM)
Worth a stash, but not sure what to make of his impact with Moss and Washington in the mix. I think 2011 is the next time we see Britt make an impact (hopefully).
No joke, Troy Smith or DA?
Jim McCormick (3:51 PM)
Troy Smith may not possess the huge yardage potential of Anderson, but he's far safer and while I like to take risks, I prefer them to be more rewarding than Anderson.
Would I be crazy for starting Mike Thomas or Nate Washington over Andre Johnson this week?
Jim McCormick (3:52 PM)
Yeah, I can see it if someone had some better secondary options, but not in this case. Johnson, no matter the QB and the Revis factor, remains the best play of this trio.
Injury Ravaged team (Kansas)
Beanie or Goodson this week???
Jim McCormick (3:52 PM)
Goodson, dude is gonna get work, not sure what Wells can do or how many snaps he'll even take, if any.
Big Mac (Orlando)
In a league that gives points for return yardage, go with Hester tonight, or Floyd on Monday?
Jim McCormick (3:54 PM)
Hester's baseline is better with the return element, but assuming or hoping a return score isn't the best bet. Where as we can assume that Rivers will near or likely pass 300 yards and as well as multiple scores in the air.
Z. Miller or Pettigrew if Gates can't go this week?
Jim McCormick (3:55 PM)
I'd go with Pettigrew, Miller is the more dynamic player but in such a depleted season for tight end production few have been as steady as Pettigrew.
Jim McCormick (3:56 PM)
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