espnW Fantasy with Melissa Jacobs
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, espnW fantasy football guru Melissa Jacobs stops by to chat about the NFL season.
Jacobs has been playing fantasy football since age 14, and for the past seven seasons has been the commissioner of a league that includes heavy hitters like ESPN's Howie Schwab. She is also the founder and Managing Editor of the award-winning site, TheFootballGirl.com. Previously, she was a producer for ESPN's studio shows including SportsCenter and Jim Rome is Burning.
Send your questions now and join Jacobs Friday at 3 p.m. ET!
Melissa Jacobs (3:00 PM)
Hello and happy fantasy Friday! Look forward to chatting with you guys, and I already see I have some repeat costumers! Hit me with all your fantasy questions - start/sit, trade proposals, fantasy how-to, etc. Let's start......now
Strating TE...Dustin Keller or Greg Olsen?
Melissa Jacobs (3:02 PM)
Hi Alexis,Keller's been stellar...but Olsen's on a mission. He heads to Chicago to try and show them they were wrong for getting rid of him. The Bears' Cover 2 is TE friendly, and Newton's looking GO's way more...I like Olsen
Good afternoon Melissa! Espn rankers have Denarious Moore ahead of Jacoby Ford. Who would you think gets more involved in the offense this week?
Melissa Jacobs (3:03 PM)
Hey Anthony,I like Moore over Ford. Campbell's looking his way more, and love the big play potential. Especially against NE.
is there any chance wes welker has another performance like last week?
Melissa Jacobs (3:05 PM)
Hey Tyler,OK, let's stay with the NE/Oak matchup. Last week was sick but Welker's a sick player. NE may have something to prove. And Oakland giving up close to 300 yards in the air. Are you asking whether to start him?
need to start one of three for WR: Moore, Washington, or Santana Moss?
Melissa Jacobs (3:06 PM)
Lance or Denarius? I love Washington's matchup this week..so Moss.
Would you give DeAngello Williams one more week to pull it together or go ahead and bench him?
Melissa Jacobs (3:07 PM)
Hey BW,If you have someone decent, I'd bench DeAngelo. The Bears haven't given up a rushing TD this season. I wouldn't want part of that.
Any word on the status of Dez Bryant?
Melissa Jacobs (3:08 PM)
Hi Larry,He didn't practice today. I'm no Stephania Bell but I think thigh bruises can be multi-week injuries. I'd have a backup plan
Eric (over here)
start mcmichel for gates or get olsen? how high are you on him?
Melissa Jacobs (3:09 PM)
Still higher on Olsen. Like guys like that playing with a chip. And VJax is playing in SD. Thanks for ?, Eric.
Already starting Foster...Ben Tate or P. Hillis as #2? Will Tate get enough carries? 0 and 3 in this league. Something has to give. Help!!! Thanks
Melissa Jacobs (3:11 PM)
Hey Wayne,)-3 sucks. I'm sorry. I think Tate will be minimized this week. Even if Foster's hammy acts up, they are playing the Steelers. I like Hillis a lot.
Melissa Jacobs (3:12 PM)
That was supposed to say 0-3...obviously.
Thoughts on Kendall Hunter?
Melissa Jacobs (3:13 PM)
I'm a Niners fan and ready to say goodbye to Gore. Kendall's faster and can run outside. But I'm not as gung-ho to start him. Niners have a terrible line and no passing game to speak of. Perhaps a platoon will help but thats still a platoon for Hunter and GoreThanks Jennifer!
Lance Moore, LT, or Mike Thomas for flex position?
Melissa Jacobs (3:15 PM)
Hi MarieLT out of that bunch. More opportunities to be productive. What a disappointment Thomas has been!
Do you trust Maclin this week? I know you are not Stephy Bad News, but would you play him over options like Beanie, Devery Henderson or Denarius Moore?
Melissa Jacobs (3:17 PM)
Hey ChipStephy Bad News! I'll have to call her that. Maclin practiced today and is good to go. I'd probably lean toward Henderson and Moore but it's close
Tolbert or Daniel Thomas?
Melissa Jacobs (3:18 PM)
I'd go with Tolbert. Thomas missed practice today and may not play. Plus, the Dolphins signed Steve Slaton for a little relief. Tolbert's the safer bet.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What NFL Team will be so bad this season that they will see the Number 1 pick overall in the 2012 NFL Draft?
Melissa Jacobs (3:19 PM)
The Chiefs are in the running. The Colts getting that pick would just be ridiculously unfair.
Who would you start this week: D. Keller or M. Thomas?
Melissa Jacobs (3:20 PM)
I like Keller here. He has the 3rd most yards of any TE and is clearly Sanchez's safety net. Thanks Nick!
Hi Melissa, would you trade Welker, Fitzpatrick, and Addai for Jones-Drew and Desean Jackson? .5 PPR, and my starting QB is Brady. Thanks!
Melissa Jacobs (3:22 PM)
Hey John,#3 in my Fantasy Ten Commandments:Always play Wes Welker in PPR leagues(Then again, always start Vick was there too)If you have Brady, float out Fitz for any hole you have. But keep Welker!
Melissa, Stephania said you are good. If you answer 2 questions I'll become a regular participant in chat (bribery I know). Standard league, please rank for this week and ROS...Gore, Starks, Hunter....same question for..Meachem, McCluster, D. Moore, Harvin.....
Melissa Jacobs (3:24 PM)
Pressure!Week 4)Hunter StarksGoreROS) Gore StarksHunterWeek 4) MooreHarvinMeachemMcClusterROS)HarvinMooreMeachemMcCluster
Mark (San Jose)
Hi Melissa. Im torn over the Skins TE's Im thinking maybe Cooley will mostly be a blocker for them and Davis will get most of the catches. Last week wasn't the case. What do you make of these two in the near future? Thanks.
Melissa Jacobs (3:26 PM)
Hi Mark,I still think Davis is the man and Cooley will be more blocking TE. Last week was an anomaly b/c Cooley lined up at FB. That may be the case for one more week. But I expect Davis to have decent numbers in STL.
Pumpkin Spice Latte or Salted Carmel Mocha? I need my fix but can't decide!
Melissa Jacobs (3:26 PM)
It's Fall. Pumpkin Spice Latte. Clearly.
Robert Meachem or Denarius Moore?
Melissa Jacobs (3:27 PM)
If you've been here since 3 you know I'm high on Moore
3 WR league, have H. Nicks n R.White, Have been offered Fitz for J.Best & E.Decker, left with Turner,R.Matthews,
Melissa Jacobs (3:29 PM)
Hey Kal,Assume Fitz means Fitzgerald (and not Fitzpatrick) in which case..hell yeah!...because of your strong RBs.
Perry (Baltimore, MD)
Would you feel comfortable starting 3 players from one team, in example (i.e.)- Moss, Hightower, and Davis against the St Louis D?
Melissa Jacobs (3:30 PM)
Hey Perry,I'd have to see the rest of your lineup. As a viewer that doesn't sound enjoyable. And I wouldn't expect the Redskins to put up 40 points, even against STL
Evan (houston) [via mobile]
Trust felix jones shoulder over kendall hunter vs the porous eagles run D
Melissa Jacobs (3:31 PM)
Yes, people are mixed on Felix. But I like his running style and feel like he should have more points than he does. Only a matter of time there.
I don't normally like to ask rankings questions, but I'm playing the 3-0 team in our league and need a big game: Cam or Fitzpatrick this week? Thanks
Melissa Jacobs (3:33 PM)
The Bears rank near the bottom in pass def and the Bengals are closer to the top. But hard not to go with the hot hand and his weapons. Fitz.
WR3- Manningham, David Nelson or B Lloyd?
Melissa Jacobs (3:35 PM)
Close but I like Lloyd here. I think Orton looks to Lloyd to save his job this week. And Lloyd complained about being underutilized. Oh, and GB's secondary is giving up major points
Melissa Jacobs (3:35 PM)
BTW, you guys are bringing it with the questions today. Thank you!
Hi Melissa, you've said before to start Vick no matter yet, so I'm wondering if you're still sticking to that. He's already been a huge disappointment, so I'm considering going with my backup (Eli) until I'm sure he's healthy (probably never)
Melissa Jacobs (3:37 PM)
Hey Gabe,I was wrong. I eat crow. Start Eli. I'm very high on him this week. And I'm sorry to anyone who actually listened to me on Vick.
Hank (Columbia, SC)
Should I start V. Jackson or S. Rice? Thanks!
Melissa Jacobs (3:37 PM)
Hi Hank,VJax practiced today and should be good to go. Hard to bench that talent.
Eric (over here)
first time at your chat...have D.thomas in a PPR as my RB2 but looks like he will be out. Start sproles or try to trade VJAX and ingram for AJ Green and Turner? that would leave me with megatron and s.smith CAR.
Melissa Jacobs (3:40 PM)
Hi Eric over here,Thanks for joining...I would make that trade. Who knows how long Thomas will be out...plus the signing of Slaton scares me. A.J. Green is guy who's only getting better over the season and Turner can still be a top flight RB.
Ms. J.: Hard to bench talent but if you had to start two, would you sit V-Jax this week over Steve Johnson, Lance Moore, Mario Manningham and Brandon Lloyd? I think I go with healthier in this case.
Melissa Jacobs (3:41 PM)
Hey J.B.Welcome back! I'd still take vJax out of the bunch. Talent and great matchup against Miami at home. You're sitting pretty at WR. Damn!
First time finding your chat here! Which 3 WR should I choose for this week? D. Bryant, B Lloyd, AJ Green, A. Boldin, Julio Jones?
Melissa Jacobs (3:42 PM)
Not Bryant (I think he'll be out).I'd go Lloyd, Boldin, and Jones. Pretty decent threesome if you ask me.Thanks for joining.
Jackie (San Diego)
Will you be watching MNF this week?
Melissa Jacobs (3:44 PM)
Indy at TB? Are you kidding me? It's Curtis Painter's debut - of course!
Henry (bronx, new york)
Hi, I have 4 rbs, which 3 should I start this week, Jones drew, Chris Johnson, hightower or James starks?
Melissa Jacobs (3:45 PM)
Hi Henry,Definitely MJD and Hightower. Hard to totally bail on CJ. Believe it or not, I like Hightower the most out of this group for the week.
Melissa Jacobs (3:47 PM)
Hey Dairo,I guess Nate Washington doesn't count? :) I'm throwing on my expert cap and saying...Craig Stevens because he's had a 58 yard catch this year. And yes, I did just look that up.
Wash ot TB D this week?
Melissa Jacobs (3:49 PM)
Hi Scott,Hello to all the Californians today! Definitely TB. Always pick the defense against the rookie QB making his first start on a terrible team on the road.
I'm weak at RB depth. Moreno and Lynch are available WW pickups. What say you?
Melissa Jacobs (3:51 PM)
Hi Max,I'd take Lynch. At least he's a bonafide starter. Moreno is taking his sweet time getting to 100% and the Broncos have no problem trotting Willis McGahee out in his place..and of course on the goal line.
Mary (Sherman Oaks)
Hi Melissa, love your stuff. Do you think men and women play fantasy differently? I'm in a co-ed league, and the only difference I can tell is that the men seem to enjoy talking trash more than the women.
Melissa Jacobs (3:53 PM)
Hi Mary,Interesting question. I agree men seem to enjoy trash talking more but, hey guys, isn't that what all your friendships are rooted in..that hot chicks, and Anchorman quotes? Just kidding. I think women are just as competitive as men and participate in waivers and trades and all that equally. I share your experience.
Thanks for answering my question. One more if you have time...Need DST to replace Ravens in week 5. Any sleepers come to mind?
Melissa Jacobs (3:55 PM)
I like Indy and KC even though they play each other. Probably Indy because they're home. Like the forward thinking!
Mark (San Jose)
Melissa, are you sold on the Bills players? Do you believe Fitz, Jackson and Johnson remain top notch plays for the rest of the season? Thanks again.
Melissa Jacobs (3:56 PM)
Yes, until they prove otherwise. All look great. Keep starting them.
Neal(slc) [via mobile]
Hey Melissa, If D. Thomas can't go Sunday would you plug in Knowshown, Hunter, or Dudley? I know not the best options.
Melissa Jacobs (3:57 PM)
Hey Neal,I'd plugin Hunter for this week. Not sure how the Hunter/Gore split will work, but the Eagles D line is atrocious
Is Reggie Wayne a viable starter or has Manning given him the year off?
Melissa Jacobs (3:58 PM)
Hey Lisa,Yeah, that's a frustrating situation. Looks like Wayne has the year off. He's basically Larry Fitzgerald of last year. Maybe someone in your league didn't get the memo and will offer you something for him?
Joseph (Sacramento, Ca)
Do you think Cedric Benson has his best game thus far against the Bills Defense?
Melissa Jacobs (4:01 PM)
I think he has a much better game than last week. The Bills have holes in the front 7 so Benson could have a nice game. Remember to pick someone up since he'll be serving his suspension soon.
Melissa Jacobs (4:02 PM)
OK guys, you brought amazing questions. I'm sorry I couldn't get to all of you. But the afterparty will start on Twitter so feel free to ask any questions there.Thanks so much and "see" you next week! Good luck!