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 (3:02 PM)
Hi everyone! I see a lot of you are back so I'm assuming I haven't destroyed your fantasy teams...just yet.Let's get right to it today. Also, if you haven't submitted a question yet can you include your fantasy record? Will help me know how creative to get with the suggestions!
Jeff (NKY (Northern KY, 10 min from the Nati))
Is Morris a good pickup this wk? I have C Johnson, Mendenhall and Blount as my only rb's
Melissa Jacobs (3:03 PM)
I'm not excited about Morris. He's old and only averages 2.2 yards a carry. But he won't be splitting carries with anyone, so if you're desperate...
Assuming Addai doesn't play what will be the split of carries between Delone Carter and Donald Brown?
Melissa Jacobs (3:04 PM)
Hey Nick,I think the split will be similar to last week with Carter getting the bulk of carries
DAN (ROCHESTER, NY)
Who should start this week Tim Tebow, Cam Newton or Drew Breese.
Melissa Jacobs (3:05 PM)
Nice QB options! I'd definitely go with Brees. The other two are tempting, for sure, but you have a Qb throwing over 300 yards/game.
Melissa Jacobs (3:06 PM)
We should have a contest here and predict Tim Tebow's numbers. If only I had something to give away.
Anthony (Behind Laptop)
I need to drop a player to pick up a defense in a deep league. I have 8 wr's in a ppr format. Denarious Moore, Jacoby Ford, Damian Williams. My options for defense available for pick up are broncos, Seattle, cardinals and bills.
Melissa Jacobs (3:08 PM)
Hey Anthony,Moore has been invisible lately. I wouldn't feel bad saying bye bye to him. For defense, I'd go with Denver. I'm all about picking up defenses facing bad teams.
0.5 PPR league... Greg Little or Mike Tolbert in the flex?
Melissa Jacobs (3:08 PM)
Hey Will,I like Little over Tolbert. Tolbert is fast becoming a non factor in the Chargers offense.
Is demarco murray a good pickup to start as RB2 or should I stay with Marshawn Lynch?
Melissa Jacobs (3:10 PM)
Hey Hugo,I think Murray's a better bet for this week. Cowboys say he'll be featured, and he should be productive as a receiver as well.
Mark (San Jose)
Melissa! I loved the comment last week about Mendenhall needing to watchout for his playoff matchup vs the Niners. Looks like I agree. Walker scored last week for the Niners, does anything change in your opinion on the amounts of targets he may get in the future? Thanks.
Melissa Jacobs (3:11 PM)
Yes, first Niners question! I think that touchdown was a very specialty play and that Delanie will still be limited as a major factor.
Melissa Jacobs (3:12 PM)
I wish I could embed video in this chat so we could all check out that TD again. OK, sorry.
Standard League flex: Maurice Morris or Steve Breaston? Thanks!
Melissa Jacobs (3:13 PM)
I definitely like Breaston here. Cassel is getting the ball to him a lot more, including two scores over the past three games. Watch out for that Chiefs offense!
what are your feeling about "THE HANDSHAKE"
Melissa Jacobs (3:14 PM)
Stand by...pulling up my espnW article on the topic. sorry ill get back to fantasy in a sec
Melissa Jacobs (3:15 PM)
Hope this works: http://espn.go.com/espnw/commentary/7115003/let-rewrite-nfl-postgame-handshake-protocolIf not go to espnW.com and search for my name.
Tebow's numbers: 170yds. passing, 60 yds. rushing, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD, 2 INT.
Melissa Jacobs (3:15 PM)
I like it
In a 14-team ppr league, someone dropped Felix Jones... Would you drop Hightower and pick up Jones?
Melissa Jacobs (3:16 PM)
If you have backups, yes. I'm not sure how the John Beck-led Skins offense will shake out but for now, Torain's the man.
Chrissy and Jamie (NYC)
Hi Melissa, Stephania recommended you! We need help picking 1 RB and 1 Flex: Tolbert, Murray, Little, Breaston. We are starting Rivers too if it matters. Thanks!
Melissa Jacobs (3:17 PM)
Like the two-headed question asker,I'd recommend Murray and Breaston for some of the reasons I've already mentioned here. Thanks for writing!
I was considering adding the Rams D to my bench. It looks like they have a pretty favorable schedule the rest of the way. Your thoughts? Too risky?
Melissa Jacobs (3:19 PM)
Hi Jose,They do have a pretty weak schedule but after the Cowboys this week and Saints next. You should wait.
Good afternoon Lady Jacobs! Two questions this week from your favorite fan in Philly! Standard League: Start two at WR: DHB, D. Baldwin or R. Wayne??? Also, Start two at RB: E. Graham, R. Matthews or MJD? Thank you as always!!!!
Melissa Jacobs (3:20 PM)
Hello BennyWR: DHB (even with Boller, like matchup) and WayneRB: Mathews, MJD
Lee (holding Tebow)
i have Brees. . . i could deal Tebow and Bryant for A. Foster. gotta do it right?
Melissa Jacobs (3:22 PM)
Wowser. Depends on your RB and WR needs, of course. As long as you have decent WRs, I'd do it. I think Foster just gets more and more productive as the season rolls on.
thoughts on carson palmer
Melissa Jacobs (3:23 PM)
I'm not as gung ho about him as everyone else. I can still see all his picks from last year - and he was never the same QB after the injury. Don't see him being a fantasy star this year, especially with Run DMC as the focus.
Should I trade away Brady, Decker, and fred jackson for Rogders, Megatron and Turner. My record is 2-4.
Melissa Jacobs (3:25 PM)
Wow, it is trade question central today. I'd do that - Rodgers and Brady almost cancel each other out, Jackson has better numbers than Turner, but the Burner has looked great recently...and obviously Megatron is a huge upgrade at WR.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Which NFL Teams has the Best Offense & the Best Defense this season?
Melissa Jacobs (3:26 PM)
Packers and 49ers.
Yo Melissa, when is your cameo on The League? You can't let Matthew Berry be the only one... Also, would you go with Tebow or Schaub in a league with 6pt passing TDs?
Melissa Jacobs (3:28 PM)
haha. I just saw the Berry episode last night. I bet a lot of you would cheat with him. :)I think I'd go with Tebow. I like his matchup more, and I think Houston will continue to focus on the running game while Johnson heals.
Hey MJ, back for another week. So my 2-4 PPR team has two issues: do I roll with Ponder, Palmer, Bradford, Cassel or Painter for a bye week fill in? And with news of Hightower being named starter, to take the Shanny dive and plug Timmy in over Mo Mo Ducky in DET or Jackie Battle? Thanks!
Melissa Jacobs (3:30 PM)
Carson may not start now - that was a report just about 30 minutes ago. I really like Cassel. He's in snyc with Bowe again, as well as Breaston and has a decent matchup against Oak. And he did throw 4 TDs in his last game.
Should I trade away Peyton Hillis and Turner for Megatron? my other backs are ricky williams and murray.
Melissa Jacobs (3:31 PM)
Not with those other backs. Murray is only temporary and you'll likely see a lot of zeros from Ricky.
Non-ppr, Torain or Little at flex?
Melissa Jacobs (3:33 PM)
I don't really get the Redskins running game, but I think they'll be heavily relied on this week, so I'd start Torain.
I possibly have the worst RB situation in the history and fantasy football this week... I have to start Hillis or Hardesty (depending who starts) and Thomas Jones. I looking to pick up Delone Carter or Maurice Morris... who would you suggest?
Melissa Jacobs (3:35 PM)
Yes, you do. :) I like Carter a lot more. He should see the bulk of carries again and just has a lot more upside as a runner (and fantasy scorer!) than Morris.
I am a first year fantasy footballer in a standard 8 team league. Had someone with QB bye week issues ask how much for Phillip Rivers. I offered Rivers, MJD and Tony Gonzalez for Ray Rice and Vernon Davis in a 3 for 2 trade, since I already have Cam Newton and Jay Cutler at QB. Needless to say, he jumped on the trade. Trying to get better at RB, but how badly did I screw this up?
Melissa Jacobs (3:37 PM)
I don't think it's too terrible. Gonzalez is starting to get quiet in Atlanta and MJ has some tough matchups coming up. Rice is a stud and Vernon davis can have a huge game at any time. Hope you have a TE for this week.
Rich (Staten Island)
Hi! I have a question. Who should I start for my flex this week. Steve Breaston (KC), Doug Baldwin (SEA), or Jacoby Ford (OAK). Also, I am starting Santana Moss on the WR spot. Should I sit him for one of those guys?Thanks in advance Melissa!
Melissa Jacobs (3:38 PM)
Hey Rich,I like Breason's momentum and would start him. Even with Beck, I still think you have to start Moss.
Melissa Jacobs (3:40 PM)
Remains to be seen. In theory he should be airing it out, and DHB would benefit. But I can't imagine too many more targets than he was getting from Campbell.
Melissa Jacobs (3:40 PM)
Thanks LittleR. Will read up on just how dire the situation is there.
Melissa Jacobs (3:41 PM)
Getting a bit defensive here. If you were me (you don't want that), do you go Titans D v Texans or Jets D v Chargers this week? Thank you.
Melissa Jacobs (3:42 PM)
Jets D, just for the Revis pick six potential.
what could I get for AJ green. Should I trade him?
Melissa Jacobs (3:43 PM)
Depends on your other WRs. But why would you want to. he's putting up stellar numbers including two TDs in last two games. I'll take him!
What do you think of Steve Smith the rest of the year? Can he keep it up or is now a good time to trade him?
Melissa Jacobs (3:45 PM)
Well, Newton seems to have come down to Earth and Smith has had a couple drops. But he'll still get plenty of targets, and is always on the cusp on a big play, so keep him unless you have great WRs.
in a 16 team league, i need a QB. Should I grab ponder or Dalton, or Aj feely as it looks like he might start. My record is 0-6
Melissa Jacobs (3:48 PM)
If it's for this week, I'd take a chance on Ponder, They face the Packers who have a terrible secondary. I believe they give up about 300 yards passing a game. Dalton would be your rest of season guy,
how is your fantasy team doing
Melissa Jacobs (3:49 PM)
Well, I'm 5-1 in two of my leagues...and 2-4 in the one I care about most..but I started 0-4 so rolling now.
Jason (1 hour from the weekend!)
Was offered Bradford and Ward for Harvin and Palmer. Harvin rides my bench, and it's a 2QB league with Sanchez as my 2nd right now. Do you make this trade?
Melissa Jacobs (3:51 PM)
Hmmm. I think I'd make that trade, really because the Rams will be done so much.Is Matt Cassel available instead?
What are your thoughts on Tolbert? I'm thinking of dropping him for random matchup options... Thanks.
Melissa Jacobs (3:53 PM)
He's the victim of Ryan Mathews being the awesome back we were all awaiting. His touches have dropped a lot. I'd try and trade him.
greg (my girlfriends bed)
Would you trade away micheal Turner for Megatron?
Melissa Jacobs (3:53 PM)
Yes, I would trade almost anyone for Megatron.
Hi Melissa. Been devastated at RB this season (Charles, Hillis, Jones owner), and no one will trade for a RB1. Should I pack it in, or can D Thomas, S Greene, and Torain get me thru?
Melissa Jacobs (3:55 PM)
That is devastating. Don't give up, though! Monitor the RB situation with all 3 teams - they all can change form week to week. And just be a waiver stud. Grab the next Jackie Battle or Demarco Murray that becomes available.
Value of CJ2K rest of season? I'm thinking about sending VJax, Colston, or Witten to try to snag him.
Melissa Jacobs (3:57 PM)
TBD but not hopeful. All three guys you mentioned aren't worth giving up, in my opinion.
Melissa Jacobs (3:58 PM)
Thanks for all the questions everyone. Sorry I didn't get to them all. But you can always hit me up on Twitter. Good luck this week and check out my waiver advice on espnW Tuesday morning.