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Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:03 PM)
Good afternoon everyone! Let's get right to your questions...
Hi Tristan! I see you have Bradshaw ranked 4 or 5 spots higher than the your sidekicks. Your thoughts on him as RB2 this week? Thanks!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:06 PM)
At that level -- low-end No. 2/high-end flex -- I don't see it being a substantial difference in value, but I suppose I do prefer him comparative to the opinions of my colleagues. I think he's another week healthier, and this a game the Giants hang in -- and in fact can win -- meaning a healthy carry total. It's as simple as that. Great overall game for fantasy, I say.
Hey Tristan...can you please explain your Antonio Brown ranking? Waaayyy lower than the other 3. Thanks!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:12 PM)
The Browns' pass defense is a strength, for one, but the other is that Brown's production lately -- excluding the return TD that padded his point total in Week 13 -- has been consistently in the 6-8 range the past three games. I know that's picking stats. But I don't think it's an eye-popper of a matchup, as the Steelers should attack via the run; I wanted to rank him that way as a clear hint to avoid him if you can.
Ok...EVERY Oakland WR seems to be out for Sunday. How can DHB NOT be at least a WR3 play for this weekend against Green Bay? He has to get double digit targets, right?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:14 PM)
I'm tempted on Darrius Heyward-Bey, sure, as I've noted for months that a Packers matchup is tremendous for a wide receiver. But look at DHB's usage the past month; he's been all over the map, and sort of an afterthought in the offense. (Even with the other injuries.) I say go for it among the lower-tier sleepers; I can't proclaim him an automatic.
I've already got my lineup picked out and Turner is in it, but should I be a little worried?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:16 PM)
Why worry? His Week 13 stats stunk, sure, but look at the matchups; polar opposites between his Weeks 13 (horrendous matchup) and 14 (tremendous). He's also got an absurd history against the Panthers -- click on his name and read the stats in his player card. Have no fear.
you are the lowest on Sexy Rexy this week, against a NE pass D that made Danny O look like Peyton Manning. My mike tolbert sized gut is telling me to play Rex over Big Ben...crazy?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:17 PM)
It's all about the interceptions, plain and simple. Can you stomach the possibility of two or more? That's all the caution I offer.
A stress Commish (Pittsburgh)
This year on three separate occasions I had owners play IR player, pull players and play no one, or just tank. What could be a clever gentlemans rule I could use to stop this for next year.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:18 PM)
If kicking the offending owner out of the league isn't an option, in one of my leagues we have a rule that any such player activated gets replaced with a healthy, active player (from that team's bench) by the commissioner.I'd seriously consider booting owners who pull such shenanigans.
Hello Tristan! Struggling at the TE position...would you dare start Logan Paulsen this week? Mercedes Lewis isn't doing it for me...
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:19 PM)
I ranked Marcedes Lewis 23th and I ranked Logan Paulsen 24th, so I can't argue with that. Certainly Paulsen has some matchups upside but he's unproven; it's really increasing the amount of risk/reward, if you're comfortable doing so.
Why so much higher on Keller than your counterparts? You like over Celek even with Vick back in the fold?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:21 PM)
Chiefs matchups are great for opposing tight ends; they've allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position and the most touchdowns (8). Simple as that.
have you ever heard of a league that when a players get injured in say the first quarter, you have your back ups ranked and the next highest ranked player stats are added starting in next full quarter?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:24 PM)
Nope. Sounds like a lot more work for the commish to me.
I know that I can just check the rankings and projections but I'd like to get an actual opinion here. If you were going to take a chance, would this be the week where you went with Palmer over Eli?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:24 PM)
The health of Carson Palmer's wide receivers -- or lack thereof -- is his primary obstacle. That's the reason I can't make that case. You have to stick with Eli.
In regards to "stress commish" the problem with that is what's to stop those same owners from playing their bench players over starters? How can you police that/ how's it fair to say for instance last week "No Nate Washington isn't going to do better than Mike Wallace"? Also Jets or 49ers for DST?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:25 PM)
There's a world of difference between starting a "lesser" option than one who is clearly IRed/injured/suspended.I like both defenses; ranked 49ers a spot higher this week.
Ethics Question: I'm out of the playoffs, but there are still consolations spots up for grabs. What's the proper etiquette for adding / dropping players at this stage? Should I still make transactions trying to win week to week or stay out of the market?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:26 PM)
Any team that is still in the competitive hunt -- prizes to be won, keepers to scout, or if you have yet to be eliminated from the playoffs -- then it is 100 percent fair game to make add/drops. If you have been entirely eliminated from contention, you shouldn't make them.
Your colleague, Eric, worries about starting RB/WR from the same team. Why? Do you? I'm starting Murray and need a WR between Robinson and Holmes. I know you have Robinson ranked higher than Holmes.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:28 PM)
I understand exactly why he does; "eggs in one basket" theory. What if the team goes either decidedly run- or pass-heavy? Someone's gonna let you down then. This isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, but spreading the risk makes sense.As for the Cowboys, I did say that I like that game for fantasy, so I'm not quite as bothered by that specific example. I'd use both of 'em.
Do you like FAAB more than waiver wire? Why or why not?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:29 PM)
Absolutely. For one, every team has a shot at every player. For another, it affords you the opportunity to determine exactly what value you feel the player has; if that means you think the player available in Week 8, but in no other single week, warrants all of your FAAB resources, by all means feel free. I like the idea that every team has a shot at every player, if he/she wants to pay the market price. (It's also why I vastly prefer auctions to drafts.)
Why are all of the rankers so high on DJax think Vick will make a Difference for him?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:30 PM)
DeSean Jackson's highest rank was 29th, and his lowest was 36th (mine). I don't think any of us like him particularly much this week.
True/False: Beanie Wells scores the first rushing TD of the year on San Fran
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:32 PM)
Interestingly enough, the 49ers face three consecutive running backs -- Wells, Rashard Mendenhall and Marshawn Lynch -- who each has a solid shot at snapping that streak. I'm going to say "no," if only because of Wells' persistent injury issues; the 49ers' defense truly does firm up near the goal line and I think a goal-line score is the only way it's being snapped. And when the back trying to score isn't 100 percent, I shy from predicting that TD...
Should we all expect this production from Percy Harvin from here on?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:33 PM)
Not when/if Adrian Peterson returns. Otherwise, sure, absolutely. It's about time the Vikings used Harvin like this.
Going against Gronk. Already starting Welker and my TE is Hernandez. I feel like every target to Gronk devalues 2 of my slots, should I at least start Gresham instead?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:34 PM)
Let's just say that I'd be very surprised if Jermaine Gresham had as many or more targets than Aaron Hernandez. Heck, Hernandez has more this year (78-68), and more in the red zone (18-13).
Please answer this! What do you rank Steven Jackson at #15?!?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:36 PM)
Matchup. Recent production. The fact that Tom Brandstater might be the Rams' quarterback this week, making it far easier to defend Jackson...
How can Golden Tate be ranked when Doug Baldwin was not? Isn't he the clear numero uno in Seattle?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:38 PM)
What makes you think Baldwin is still the Seahawks' No. 1 wideout? It sure looked to me like that tide has turned...
I think Nathan was wondering like I am, why do you have SJax ranked so high?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:40 PM)
Fair point, didn't initially react coming from that angle. For me, it's simply a matter of most assured number of touches; I'm more confident in his total being the healthy one than in any of the guys ranked behind him.
Regarding your response to Stressed Commish - does your penalty hold for those players that are late scratches, or just those that are declared well in advance? I've gotten screwed a couple of times over the years by players that were supposed to play but didn't and I didn't have the means to make changes in time.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:42 PM)
Scratches. In other words, inactives list, or added to IR. Or on their bye. The guy has to have had an official reason for sitting; not simply on the "did not play" list postgame (like Marshawn Lynch those several weeks back).
and also, why helu so low? no belief in him vs. the patriots?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:43 PM)
Flow of the game, little more. I think the Patriots take the early lead, meaning Helu's opportunities aren't quite what we're hoping. I still like him skills-wise, but this is one week I'm projecting him conservatively.
Adam (Newtown, PA)
So...you ranked Tebow one spot higher than Vick. Would you really start Timmy over him? Tough call...
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:44 PM)
Yes. I would. It's not that tough; Vick has spawned many questions this season and fresh off the injury I don't see enough answers to be that confident.
Tristan, this past weekend, I was up by 13 with only the Jaguars defense left to play while my opponent didn't have any players left. I was tempted to pull the Jaguars from my lineup just to be safe. What's your opinion on having empty spots in a lineup to secure a win?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:45 PM)
Don't like it. I know it's technically allowed, but I don't like it and wouldn't personally do it. I think everyone needs to submit a complete, healthy, active lineup every week. Period.
Do you have any sleeper D/ST's this week? I have the Chiefs slotted in and don't know how I feel about it.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:47 PM)
Seahawks ... Patriots ... I've got the Chiefs two spots ahead of the Patriots...
Greg (College Station, TX)
with Laurent not practicing today and Austin practicing fully, do you still stand behind your ranking of Robinson higher than Austin - even if both play?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:49 PM)
No, it's already going to change in Friday's update, barring Thursday's practice report swinging back in the initial direction. Ah, the fun of midweek practice reports...I'm growing increasingly concerned that neither receiver is going to be a surefire fantasy play; and sorry to the previous Robinson question, hadn't put two and two together about the missed practice until mid-chat.
is Riley Cooper's value gone with the return of Maclin and Vick?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:50 PM)
Mostly, yes. Bears watching what with DeSean Jackson looking like a guy entering shutdown mode, but at least for this week I'd keep him to the fantasy sideline.
Ethics question: Re your answer to Cooper in Boston - I am no longer in playoff contention, but my opponent in this last regular season week has a 1 game lead over several others for the last playoff spot. For the integrity of the league, shouldn't I be trying to win my matchup, including makings transactions to replace my injured/suspended players?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:52 PM)
"Eliminated" means you have zero more remaining games on your schedule and your season has officially been completed. That means if you missed the playoffs and your playoffs start in this Week 14, you are out, you shouldn't be making moves. If you still have games on your schedule, even if mathematically eliminated, yes, by all means you still need to play hard, for the integrity of the league.
Dividing up (the Jellybeans)
How do you like to distribute winnings? This year we've got a winner-takes-all system, but we're thinking of changing next year to a system where the winner gets 50%, and the other 50% is split among the other playoff teams.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:53 PM)
I prefer the latter; barring there being a heavy weight to the best regular-season team in the playoff system. For example: I've got a 12-1 team in one of my leagues, and that team won the regular season by four games with a roster of Aaron Rodgers, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster and Rob Gronkowski. It'd be a real shame if that team lost the championship game and got nada for what has been one of the most outstanding season runs in league history.
FAAB for waivers is awesome until you do something like spend $65 of your $100 on Jackie Battle.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:54 PM)
The Oracle (The Matrix USA)
How about some line up answers....1pt PPR Week 14 only. please pick 3 - J Finley (Mr Inconsistent), Miles Austin (just coming back off of injury) Roddy White (got skunked for only 3 pts earlier this season), Steve Smith (car) (slumping lately) or Santana Moss (easy Pats match up). Also, Eli or Tebow this week?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:56 PM)
Of the PPR choices, I'd leave Miles Austin off, if only because I've got questions as to how quickly he steps back in as an elite wideout, and Jermichael Finley, too.Eli over Tebow.
Are you playing a bunch of 5th graders? How were you able to get Rodgers, Foster, McCoy and Gronk?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:56 PM)
Auction league, he went top-heavy, and it worked. It often does not.
The lowest scoring team in our league made the playoffs with a 7-6 record, while the highest scoring teams missed with a 8-5 record. Product of week and strong divisions, and getting lucky on match ups, but still left a few people upset. Opinion?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:58 PM)
Rules are decided in advance of the season and you must stick to them. Simple as that.Suggestion for next season: Do away with divisions. I ask, what is the point of divisions anyway? Just to assure that a 10-3 team can win one, and a 9-4 team that finished second in that same division might have a lower seed than the 8-5 team in the other division? I can't see any other purpose...
Ross (Des Moines)
Flex dilemna. Pick one: Antonio Brown, CJ Spiller, Brandon Marshall. 1 point per 20 return yards. All other settings are standard.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (3:59 PM)
I still sit Brown there.
M Bush or R White in flex this week?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (4:01 PM)
There's one thing that has me leaning towards Roddy White, because almost every other week I'd say "take the running back": Packers matchup, and a game in Green Bay at that. The Packers could take the run out of the equation by the half; there's a definite downside for Michael Bush for once.
Where will you re-rank Sproles with the Ingram news?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (4:03 PM)
Turf toe, ugh. I'd worry about that, if I was a Mark Ingram owner (am in one keeper league).But I don't think it has much if any impact on Darren Sproles. Remember, in Ingram's missed Weeks 8-9, Sproles had 6 and 4 carries. I think it's a plus for Pierre Thomas, and perhaps Chris Ivory.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (4:04 PM)
OK, time to wrap things up for today. Thanks for all your questions, and sorry if I couldn't get to yours. Best of luck to everyone in your Week 14 (and playoff) matchups! Take care...