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)
Happy Week 6 Friday. Thanks for joining me again - and glad to see some repeat customers in the queue. All fantasy and NFL questions welcome. I promise not to mention the Niners more than 50 times.Let's start with...
What are ur thoughts on Lloyd to the trading block? Do u think he gets shipped, if so where, when and top 5 that would be interested? Also, if he leaves what does this do for Decker's stock? thnx
Melissa Jacobs (3:01 PM)
Hey Drew,Chi, SF, Stl, Jac, TB
Melissa Jacobs (3:02 PM)
Not sold on Decker's value. He's too inconsistent. Expect a still TBD shift in offensive strategy with Tebow at helm.
Sabel (St. Pete)
Should I drop Kendal Hunter at this point, or does he still have value? Thanks for taking my question.
Melissa Jacobs (3:04 PM)
Yes, I'd drop him. Gore has solidified himself big time the past too week. Hunter's only good as injury protection at this point.
Was just offered Marques Colston for Jermichael Finley. Would you make that trade?
Melissa Jacobs (3:05 PM)
If you have a decent backup TE, then yes. Colston's targets are increasing and Payton wants him even more involved. Finley's also a good play..when he's not dropping TDs!
Who wins in this trade B. Marshall and W. McGahee for C. Johnson and Heyward-Bey? Thanks for the help.
Melissa Jacobs (3:08 PM)
Sorry guys, in hotel in NYC and needed to reup the Internet fee.
Melissa Jacobs (3:08 PM)
Like DHB and CJ. McGahee's value could be lessened by Tebow. And Marshall is nonexistent.
Would you start Jacoby Jones this week?
Melissa Jacobs (3:10 PM)
No. Not only does he have a bad matchup but he was awful last week. He and Schaub were so out of snyc, I'd bench him, or even try to trade him.
Melissa Jacobs (3:10 PM)
Someone may believe you when you say "mini-Andre Johnson"
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Did you ever knew Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis who Passed Away at the Age of 82 on October 8?
Melissa Jacobs (3:12 PM)
I met him once when I was working as a producer for KNBR (sports station in SF). But I didn't know him. He was always a big mystery. His passing is very sad for the organization and the league.
With all the trade talk going around with Lloyd, do you think they have faith with demaryius thomas playing soon?
Melissa Jacobs (3:13 PM)
Interesting question. He has to be active first, and I'd worry about the injuries. But he should definitely be on the radar, if not on a very deep roster.
Benny (Philly Baby!)
Hi Melissa!! Love the Chat!! Can you help me out in my Standard League: DHB, R. Wayne, AJ Green, DMC, Best, Felix, J. Stew.. Need 2 RB's, 2 WR's and 1 Flex?? Also, Dickson or Winslow at TE?? Thank you Melissa!!!
Melissa Jacobs (3:15 PM)
Hi Benny, who's fast becoming a VIP to this chat. Let's see.DMC, BestWayne, GreenDHB at flexDickson
Mark (San Jose)
Good afternoon Melissa, could you give me your thoughts on Mendenhall for the rest of the season. What do you think owners will get out of him? I like his fantasy playoff matchups.
Melissa Jacobs (3:17 PM)
Hi Mark,Obviously Mendy's been a disappointment this year. Tomlin's already indicating he won't overuse him this week. But you should stick with him. Pretty decent upcoming schedule. But watch out for Week 15 vs. SF.
Jason (Home Office)
Hey Melissa, Miles Austin and Manningham too much for Calvin Johnson? Thanks!
Melissa Jacobs (3:18 PM)
I think so. If only you could wait a week to see how Austin returns.
Hey MJ, glad to see you around for another Friday. Gates/D.Nelson for Dez/Decker in a PPR with TE's eligible for the Flex spot. Which side do you want?
Melissa Jacobs (3:20 PM)
Hi Dan,Thanks, and glad to have you back. I want Dez/Decker. I worry about Nelson's value fading. And I think Dez could really break out this week and in coming weeks.
I really like your fantasy column on ESPNW. Do you regret suggesting Matty H though?
Melissa Jacobs (3:21 PM)
Thanks! Just so everyone knows, I do a Ten Moves to Make or Avoid for espnW. It's posted on Tuesday mornings. The cool thing is I try to add guys you should drop as well. I'm all about a cleaned up lineup! Back to Jean, not at all. He played the Steelers last week. Matty is rejuvenated this season.
Ms. Jacobs: Someone in our league dropped Dallas Clark this week. Is it more insane to be the dropper or the one who claims Clark off of the WW?
Melissa Jacobs (3:23 PM)
Ugh. I guess the claimer, unless you have no other options. I wouldn't be able to stand watching Clark drop any more balls.
I got a crazy crew of RB's:Forte,AP,Mccoy,Mendy.So which do I trade,and if so who do I trade them for?Can you give me a suggestion?
Melissa Jacobs (3:25 PM)
So you're in a league of 3 owners, I assume. I'd try to trade Mendy. He still has value and a soft upcoming schedule. The other three will likely be consistent producers for you.
Hi, 1st time FFBer! I have two good RBs in Rice & Wells, but an "ok" QB in Cutler. Hit-or-miss WRs. 14-person league! What caliber of QB can, or should I am to trade for?
Melissa Jacobs (3:27 PM)
Awesome Emily. Hope you're loving it! I'd have to know you're trade bait first. But maybe you can aim for a slight upgrade over Cutler - Hasselbeck and Eli Manning come to mind.
Doug (New Rochelle, NY)
Hi Melissa - I am 4-1, but my bro just offered me Brees and S Rice (or J Starks) for Big Ben and Austin? Do I pull trigger, or hope Austin fully healthy and Ben closes the gap a bit. Granted, if I do part with Miles, I still have Roddy, Maclin, L Moore, D Nelson..plus Pettigrew, McCoy, Bradshaw, and Daniel Thomas.
Melissa Jacobs (3:29 PM)
Hi Doug!I wouldn't do it. You still could use Miles in that crew. And the upgrade of Miles over Sidney is greater than the upgrade of Brees over Big Ben, in my opinion.And you're 4-1. Keep it going!
Mark (Jersey HOW YA DOIN)
Is it crazy to start Grossman over Shaub this week?
Melissa Jacobs (3:30 PM)
HOW YA DOIN!! Not at all. Schaub has a tougher matchup vs. Baltimore. And the Texans are focused around Arian Foster again.
How many good weeks in a row does a player need to have before you start combing the FA wire for him?
Melissa Jacobs (3:31 PM)
1, depending on need. Don't want to miss out.
Melissa Jacobs (3:32 PM)
In fact, I like having one or two roster slots to rotate in hot players.
Mark (San Jose)
Melissa, to start the year I had Morgan as the Niner WR to have the most catches to end the year. That won't happen now. Do you think Walker becomes a huge part of the passing offense now? Thanks.
Melissa Jacobs (3:33 PM)
I don't see Delanie getting a much bigger role than he has now. We'll see Sunday how Brett Swain is utilized. He's the one to watch.
Hi Melissa! Wk 6 for a flex in a PPR league, who is a better? Santana Moss, Tim Hightower, or Earnest Graham (if Blount isn't active)?
Melissa Jacobs (3:36 PM)
Torain will be featured back, so it's between Moss and Graham. Would lean Graham because while the Saints have allowed few rushing TDs (3, I believe), they're giving up 5 yards per carry. And Graham could be even more utilized while pass game gets in order.
Greg (College Station, TX)
First time customer here, have heard some great things about your chat. I know you normally play RB's over WR's in flex slots, but I don't have room to play Dez Bryant unless I bump Jahvid Best out of flex. Your thoughts please?
Melissa Jacobs (3:37 PM)
Wow, thanks Greg! Not to say the magic "49ers" word again, but they're the only team in the league not to allow a rushing TD and have held opposing RBs in check all season. I'd safely bump Best this week.
Thanks for answering my question from earlier, got another one if you don't mind. Trading Marques Colston and Damian Williams for Garcon in a 12 man keeper league. I will still have Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice, and Santana Moss. Okay trade?
Melissa Jacobs (3:40 PM)
You have decent WRs, but I'd still hold onto Colston. He's getting more and more involved in that offense, and that's an offense you want a piece of. Maybe will another need?
Melissa Jacobs (3:41 PM)
OK, thanks for joining everyone! Good luck with your roster decisions, and hit me up on Twitter if I didn't answer your question. @thefootballgirlSee you next week..I hope!