Fantasy NFL with Chris Harris
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Harris, a senior writer for ESPN.com, is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner. He wrote the noir thriller "The Big Clear."
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Christopher Harris (2:59 PM)
Hi, everyone. Welcome to a Fantasy Super Bowl chat. As always, you can follow me @CHarrisESPN and you can see single-position ranks here: http://espn.go.com/fantasy/football/story/_/page/13ranksWeek16QB/fantasy-football-week-16-quarterback-rankings. Let's get to your questions!
Christopher Harris (2:59 PM)
(also glad to try and answer 2014 questions...)
If Rodgers plays, do you start him over Stafford?
Christopher Harris (3:00 PM)
Hi, Nasir. Yeah, I probably would. I'm not overreacting to Stafford's meh performance Monday night -- It's mostly just, man, it's Aaron Rodgers. I know there'd be risk. But I'd want to go down blazing, not holding anything back...
Hi Chris, if my league does not have any published playoff tiebreakers, what should happen in the event of a tie?
Christopher Harris (3:01 PM)
Hi, Nate. First off, we play "decimals" in every league I'm in, where things are rounded to the nearest 100th of a point, so ties aren't likely. But if this league doesn't do that, here's what I'd do: Have the participants submit the *rest* of their lineup to the commissioner, in the order in which they want them to count as tiebreakers. So Team A gives a list, Team B gives a list, and when the week is over and there's a tie, the first player on A's list is compared to the first on B's list, bigger total wins. If *those* are tied, go to each person's second player, then third, etc...until the tie is broken....
Love the Underground! Confused on why everyone ranks CJ above Jennings. Does matchup trump production that much?
Christopher Harris (3:03 PM)
Hi, Ryan. Thank you! I have CJ one spot ahead of Jennings, so I'm not at all insistent. They're basically the same to me, but if your gut is yelling Jennings, do it! Yes, Jennings loses a bit in my estimation this week b/c SD is a bit of a tough matchup on the ground. (Not so much JAC being easy...). Also the small worry that DMC gets more involved. But again, trust your gut.
Cutler over Stafford because of matchup or Stafford's performance?
Christopher Harris (3:04 PM)
Hi, James. Matchup is better, but not *overwhelming* difference. Maybe it's just a vote for belief in the CHI offense in general, and the two big WRs. They're really humming....
Very strong lineup for championship week except at QB (RGIII benching killed me). Do I roll with EJ or give the nod to Kirk? I do also have the train wreck that is Eli Manning.
Christopher Harris (3:04 PM)
Hi, Kyle. Manuel is out for the week, so the decision is made for you. Roll with Cousins.
I believe kickers should be eliminated from fantasy football. Agree/disagree?
Christopher Harris (3:05 PM)
Hi, Dave. Don't hate the idea. There's enough dang randomness even without them.
I have Edelman but the early forecasts call for a chance of rain and 20 mph winds. Would this scare you at all if true?
Christopher Harris (3:05 PM)
Hi, John. Can't get worked up about weather forecasts 4 days in advance, but I take your meaning. I'm going to tend to just roll with the guys I'd normally roll with, but I think you're allowed to be a bit scared.....
Hey Chris! I'm a big fan of yours. My opponent in the ship has Josh Gordon and that's his main player that's liable to go off. Do I start Campbell over Kaepernick just to guarantee points back for me when he does score? Is that a viable strategy or just betting against myself?
Christopher Harris (3:06 PM)
Hi, Ned. Philosophically, I don't like to alter my lineup too much to get this kind of QB/WR cover-up. If it's close, I guess it could be a tiebreaker. And frankly, I think you could argue it's closer than my ranks would have it, considering Kap's been so disappointing. But if it's me, I probably play Kap and hope the Niners just crush ATL.
I had Garrett Hartley as my kicker all year! Any insight on who might have a justin ticket dan bailey type week?
Christopher Harris (3:07 PM)
Hi, Jacob. Wish I had some methodology for predicting kickers. This time of year, it seems that warm climates and/or indoors is an advantage. But they're so random. I don't hate the idea of going with Shayne Graham. But check out the kicker ranks on our web site for more ideas....
The Dude Abides (Championship Time)
I see the rankings and i get this question goes against that, but with the matchup, is Dalton over Brady and Cam an ok idea?
Christopher Harris (3:08 PM)
Hey, Dude. I wasn't able to go that high on Dalton, though I went higher on him than I'd normally be, because yeah, MIN should be pretty easy to throw against. The reason I didn't go higher is clear: Dalton can submit a stinker at any moment. But yeah, I mean, again, you got this far! Trust your gut!
is there a reason why Spiller isnt used more in the pass game? i keep him in my lineup hoping for a decent day, only to be let down by his mediocre performance and involvement in the game.
Christopher Harris (3:09 PM)
Hi, Jacob. I have to believe it's all due to the high-ankle sprain. It's really limited him. Even when he makes a good play, it seems like he limps off. The Bills just don't have him out there on third downs or in short-yardage very frequently, and that's probably why the catches haven't been there. It's maddening!
Hey Chris love the underground. If Rodgers plays do you roll with James jones over Torrey smith? Thanks for all you do!
Christopher Harris (3:10 PM)
Hi, Joe. I admit I haven't given that much thought to it, but certainly *will* if A-Rod is active. I don't think Jones will go that high (especially if Randall Cobb -- who practiced today -- gets cleared to play!). But I promise I'll update my ranks to account for Rodgers if he does get cleared.
ho ho ho I made it to the show!!! Chris help me pick 2 of these guys for my flex in a standard league, Garcon, Leveon Bell and J.Thomas, thanks buddy
Christopher Harris (3:11 PM)
Hi, Jason. There's no right answer -- they're three quality options. I guess given that I like all three, I probably just go with the RB and WR, with the thought that they'll get more touches. But absolutely don't mind if your gut points in a different direction.
Brad (Allentown PA)
Went 5-8 and got the 6th seed in a 10 person league to make the playoffs and am now playing for a championship! I've made 7 trades and 41 acquisitions and only have 2 of my original draftees on my team (McCoy and Tony Gonzalez). Should I be proud of this or just thank the Fantasy Gods for this?
Christopher Harris (3:12 PM)
Hi, Brad. I guess a little bit of both! I mean, you did a good job managing. But I always say to friends, fantasy is 50% luck.... So perhaps good karma can be perpetuated by donating some of your winnings... ;-)
RON (NORFOLK VA)
I'm more comfortable with a RB in the Flex spot. Should I go with Ivory, Todman or Garcon in the Flex? Last week I went with Todman over Garcon and almost got burnt.
Christopher Harris (3:13 PM)
Hi, Ron. I would probably go with Garcon in such a case, but it's not open-and-shut. We don't really know MJD's story at this point -- if he's active, I think your decision is really easy....
Ted (San Francisco)
Should I start Edelman or Pierre Garcon in a standard league?
Christopher Harris (3:13 PM)
Hi, Ted. For all those asking single-position questions: http://espn.go.com/fantasy/football/story/_/page/13ranksWeek16WR/fantasy-football-week-16-wide-receiver-rankings
Why would I even consider playing Andre Brown over Spiller this weekend? To me....Brown looks like "he is who we thought he was"...thoughts?
Christopher Harris (3:14 PM)
Hi, Tom. Yeah, I mean, I like Andre Brown. But he's not really a home-run hitter, y'know? Plus his matchup vs. DET doesn't look good to me. You can usually count on the workload, and then it just comes down to the luck of TDs. I have Spiller higher....
Chris, what do you think of Dennis Johnson with Tate being put on IR today? has a nice matchup with Denver this week, can he take advantage as a Flex?
Christopher Harris (3:15 PM)
Hi, Mike. Actually I'm not crazy about the matchup, I've thought Denver has looked better vs. the run of late. But the workload should be there, and I don't hate him as a deeper flex. I did account for Tate being gone in my ranks you can find on the website.
Jordan Cameron may be out this week. What should I look at when picking up a TE to replace him? Targets, Previous weeks' points, Magic ball? Love Underground podcast!!
Christopher Harris (3:15 PM)
Hi, Jay. Yeah, it's not looking great for Cameron. I did just take him out of my TE ranks. I think you can look at the ranks, frankly. You're not looking for a season-long replacement...you want a guy to do it for you this week.
Who would you trust for the highest floor this week for my last flex spot? Riley Cooper or A. Ellington?
Christopher Harris (3:16 PM)
Hi, Mike. Hm. Highest floor -- that's tough for two players whose highs are really high, but whose lows stink! I guess I'm going to say Ellington, under the assumption that, oh, maybe 10 touches are coming his way. Cooper has all the upside you'd want, but zero is his downside....
Curious why you are low on Romo this week. Good matchup, playing well for fantasy purposes, etc. Should i be nervous with him as my starter?
Christopher Harris (3:18 PM)
Hi, Jim. Obviously, it's all a matter of opinion, and you're certainly as entitled to yours as I am to mine. I don't *love* the matchup, plus I don't love Romo *having* to play well, as that doesn't always work out. Yeah, mostly I haven't found his tape to be very good really since the Denver game. But you're right, he's definitely saved himself fantasy-wise week after week.....
your ranking of newton vs. rivers is significantly different from the other rankers...I have that exact choice, why do you trust cam?
Christopher Harris (3:19 PM)
Hi, Mike. Well, he's better, I think. Rivers has the better matchup, and I guess folks can point to Newton vs. NO a couple weeks ago. But then I think about SD vs. OAK whenever that was, and that was a pretty bad performance from Rivers, so I'm not sure that weighs in his favor. They're both good options. I guess I want the guy I've ridden, the guy who can run, the guy who's a pretty decent bet for a QB rush TD. But it's not dumb to think otherwise.
Chris Harris - you are the Denzel Washington of fantasy. You are that cool. If MJD is out, can I feel comfortable flexing Todman over the likes of James Jones, Lamar Miller, Darren Sproles and Emmanuel Sanders? Its a PPR league and the guaranteed touches intrigue me.
Christopher Harris (3:20 PM)
Hi, Mark. Well, thank you. (You may have overstated your case with the Denzel stuff, but thank you.) Yes, I think you can do that. I agree, the touches seem nice, though of course, he's not really a *special* player so it wouldn't be a shock to see the workload change from last week. But you're right, if I'm guessing about workload, his looks pretty strong.
Big Ben (Pittsburgh, PA)
You have me in the top 10. Over Romo. Aren't you worried that we can win on the ground and not need to throw? Doesn't Dallas' defense make for a more likely shoot out?
Christopher Harris (3:22 PM)
Yeah, well, I mean I don't like having to predict "how games are going to go." Know why? Because we're all terrible at it. Maybe Romo is in a shootout. Or maybe he does what he did in Washington at the end of last year, right? Similarly, I don't know that I can promise PIT will go run-heavy again this week; last week was mighty situational. But hey, again, what they're separated by 5 spots, which ain't a lot. (Incidentally, I believe I have Big Ben 11.) I think Romo is playing worse than Big Ben, but that doesn't mean I'm right, nor does it mean it can't work out the way you say!
Looking for a Defense for the Ship! With the news of Thad Lewis starting in Buffalo do you go with Miami or the Lions against Eli?
Christopher Harris (3:24 PM)
Hi, Casey. I see what you're saying, but I don't think I'm going to change my ranks to account for Lewis *that* much. The Dolphins have averaged 5.4 fantasy PPG over their past 5. I think I'm still keeping the Lions higher, but again, you're thinking along smart lines, and if you weigh the Thad Factor heavier than I do -- and that's not an unreasonable position -- I don't mind this switch. (I'd tell you if I thought it was dumb...I don't...)
I'm guessing this is the week Marques Colston burns all who have trusted him. Thoughts?
Christopher Harris (3:24 PM)
Hi, Billy. It's in the conversation. He's a TD-dependent player this year, and in games where the Saints have gotten away from him, he's been a bystander. I prefer him as a flex -- though I'll say, the Panthers pass rush has to get to Brees, because I still don't like their secondary personnel all that much.
Martin (New York, NY)
I know rain/wind/weather shouldn't affect whether or not you play your studs, but what about kickers? If it's windy and rainy in Baltimore on Sunday, would you advise against Tucker and Gostkowski?
Christopher Harris (3:25 PM)
Hi, Martin. I wish I had really sage advice about kickers. I've seen games where kickers were booting in terrible weather and went nutty. That said, of course, if you get a PHI/DET situation from a couple weeks ago, you want *no* part of that. The bottom line is, if you're really worried about it, making a change doesn't bother me that much, because predicting kicker workload is essentially impossible on a weekly basis.
Although I am not in the championship, I am in the loser bracket and face a horrible task if I lose. That being said, Montee Ball or Dwayne Bowe this week? Thanks
Christopher Harris (3:26 PM)
Hi, Phil. If it's me, I probably go Ball, knowing that the Broncos have definitely increased his workload. Bowe has more upside. But Ball should give you something, I think.
Bobby Rainey vs a BAD run D = a huge game??? It fits the pattern right?
Christopher Harris (3:27 PM)
Hi, Simon. It depends on whether you think a statistically significant pattern can come from, whatever, four games. I tend not to. If you're telling me that RBs tend to run better against bad run defenses, I'm all aboard. But for instance the BUF game a couple weeks ago, he essentially broke the one long one and kind of stunk otherwise. Can I promise you'll get a big one from him vs. STL this week? I can't. But I did raise him way higher than I had him last week vs SF, exactly because the Rams are typically worse vs. the run.
Chris, in your extensive fantasy experience, what helps the losers' bracket stay fun? Specific examples? Thanks!!
Christopher Harris (3:29 PM)
Hi, Andy. The truth is -- I've pretty much abolished losers brackets in leagues where I'm a commissioner if I can, simply because I know once *I've* lost, I lose interest. But I think it's fun to say the winner of the Loser's Bracket gets kind of a crummy trophy. I used to have a crummy ceramic platter I bought at a house wares store, and we used to let the "losing winner" write his team name or logo or whatever you wanted on it, in felt pen. Of course, eventually it shattered getting mailed around the nation....
Just entering the chat. I just wanted to point out that earlier this year I had a tie in a league that does decimals to the 1/100th. It does happen.
Christopher Harris (3:30 PM)
Yup, it does, Charles. Happened in one of my leagues this year, though not in a playoff game. That's why the submitting of a tiebreaker list is probably a good idea. (Thanks!)
Mouse Morrison (Field of Jeans)
Can you explain why you think the Titans defense are SUCH a bad play this week? Also, why doesn't Arizona defense @ Seattle scare you? Thanks for all the hard work all season
Christopher Harris (3:32 PM)
Thanks for reading Slotback Rhapsody (www.slotbackrhapsody.com), or at least for knowing the main character's name. Yeah, ARI's defense does definitely scare me. I had a hard time figuring out where to rank them. But then I thought about their incredible run of success lately, and I thought...you know what, if it's me, I just roll with them and if I lose, I lost with my best. I acknowledge it's a crummy situation. As for TEN -- people are still living with this idea that the Jags are an easy matchup for an opposing D/ST, and they really haven't been. TEN has negative fantasy points on average over their past 5 (influenced, for sure, by the Denver game), and the Jags have actually been a slightly negative matchup for opponents over that same span. The Titans stop the pass well. Not so much the run.
Does Cobb come back before the playoffs? I am in the playoffs and my receiving corp has been decimated. Can I hold on to him?
Christopher Harris (3:33 PM)
Hi, Eric. I have no inside information. Cobb did practice today. I guess *if* he played *and* Rodgers also played, maybe I could imagine taking the shot on him. But probably I'd be too chicken. If they both played in Week 16 and had good results, I guess I could see using him in Week 17. That's probably the only scenario I can see, which is a way of saying -- I don't mind dropping him.
You have Edelman, Colston and Hilton ranked within a few spots of each other. Which is LEAST likely to have a dud this week?
Christopher Harris (3:34 PM)
Hi, Stephen. Hm. I guess Edelman? Seems like the targets almost have to be there for him, with so many WRs injured. But that doesn't mean he catches 'em. This could be a tough game for the Pats for sure....
With 2 weeks left who would you choose for O/D ROY?
Christopher Harris (3:37 PM)
Hi, Johno. Let's see...offense, I think I'd go Eddie Lacy over Keenan Allen by a whisker. (And to be clear: I'm not talking about fantasy....) I think on defense, I'd pick Sheldon Richardson of the Jets. He's been amazing.
Hi Chris, Even though I am in the Championship Game of my 2 main leagues, I still can't wait for Fantasy Baseball. Football for Real Life, Baseball for Fantasy!! Are the ESPN Rankings of Tight Ends under the impression that Gresham does not play? If Gresham is out, Eifert or Pitta??
Christopher Harris (3:38 PM)
Hi, Jason. I can't agree -- I'm just not a baseball guy these days, even for fantasy, even though I agree that's much more a game of skill than luck. I did my TE ranks based on the assumption that Gresham wouldn't play. Not sure about the other ranks, but you can click on my face and see how I rank those guys....
The Gambler (Chicago)
Fantasy is 50% luck? At least. Maybe it's the unexpectedness and unpredictability that makes it fun, but I've played long enough to realize that it's at more like 70% luck, maybe more. It's much more like playing the lottery than playing poker.
Christopher Harris (3:39 PM)
I think it's a little more skill-oriented than you, but I understand your point. I do think sometimes as you get more familiar with all the players, you lose sight of how easy it is to do stuff like cut a great player after one bad game, draft a kicker in the 6th round, etc. I think there's some skill there for sure. But especially when you get down to a one-week sitch -- yikes.
Skill gets you the playoffs. Luck wins you championships.
Christopher Harris (3:40 PM)
Marty just said it better than I.
Chris, I have an open roster spot. Like any of these guys in dynasty format... D Robinson, J Franklin, E Baker, A Sanders? Any other names come to mind that may be a solid dynasty stash?
Christopher Harris (3:41 PM)
Hi, Chad. Of that group, I like Franklin the best. He has some real warts on him right now for sure -- fumbling and injuries. But boy, he had one game this year (vs. CIN) that I think was GREAT. Clearly the role is super in flux, and maybe he never fulfills the potential, but he's got the kind of ceiling I don't think the other guys you mentioned have....
Great work on a crazy fantasy year. My only question for this week in my semi-final matchup is what to do with Vereen. Great two weeks ago and invisible last week. Bellichik!?!?
Christopher Harris (3:42 PM)
Hi, Tim. I'm willing to blame B.B. for lots of shenanigans, but probably not Vereen from last week. The Dolphins did do a good job keeping a DB on Vereen more often than a LB, and that had an effect, but really, especially at the beginning of the second half, Brady was trying to get Vereen involved regularly, and you know how it is...one play the route might've been a little sloppy, the next the pass might've been a little less than optimal, and suddenly he was putting up a bad game. I definitely have less faith this week, but I'm probably still starting him. There just aren't that many other appealing options.....
Drop TE Jordan Cameron and pick up Cutler to play in place of Romo? Also have Olsen and Pitta on the team.
Christopher Harris (3:43 PM)
Hi, Richard. Well, clearly you have to agree with my assessment of Cutler this week (which is positive) in order to want to do this, but yeah, I probably would. Cameron is looking shaky for this week, and frankly is he any better than other guys in the TE middle class? Probably not.
How about a keeper question? I'm pretty sure I'm going with AP for a 1st rounder, Josh Gordon for a 9th. Who would you pick between Jordy Nelson as a 7th or Leveon Bell as a 14th? Probably has to be Bell, right?
Christopher Harris (3:44 PM)
Hi, Casey. Yeah, I think probably Bell....
Cade (North Carolina)
Lynch has a lot of miles on those legs. Do you think he is a Seahawk next season and is he a top 5 RB still?
Christopher Harris (3:45 PM)
Hi, Cade. I haven't done any ranks for next year, as you might imagine. Kind of burned out! But I would say if he stays in SEA, it's going to be hard not to view him as top 5. I mean, how reliable has he been? Clearly, you can say, "I'd rather sell early than late," and time will eventually reach him. For the moment, I'm betting he'll be in that top 5, but let's see how the playoffs go....
Gordon or Alshon as a keeper for 2014?
Christopher Harris (3:46 PM)
Hi, Chip. Awesome question. Most people would say Gordon in a heartbeat. My Twitter feed is filled with hate because I don't think Gordon is the No. 2 WR next year. I probably am going to have J.G. above A.J. simply because of the Brandon Marshall factor. But I promise it's going to be wicked close. Both in that back half of the top 10 WRs, maybe....
Earlier this week you said Charles has the lead for MVP. What do you think of Karabell's argument that you should take ADP into account? If you stuck with Gordon or Moreno (or even Vareen for the stretch run to reach the playoffs) from the beginning you got more value than anyone in the first 2 rounds.
Christopher Harris (3:47 PM)
Hi, Ryan. It's just a different version of MVP. I'm using Value-Based Drafting, which is simply trying to find the guy who helped you the most relative to everyone else, regardless of what you had to pay for him. Charles is now significantly ahead in that battle. But yeah, of course, subjectively, if you want to throw cost in there, you can have a different definition, so in EK's conception of "value," someone like Gordon or Moreno presents more value. That's less of a "mathematical" conception, which is just fine....
Why have James and Rainey done so much better than Doug Martin this year in Tampa?
Christopher Harris (3:48 PM)
Hi, Matt. I think the line has played significantly better in the second half of the year. Watch TB tape, and you see holes that just weren't there for Martin, who was getting met in the backfield on a regular basis. That said, Martin also didn't have a good year. He didn't play well, and he might not be who we hoped he'd be after his rookie year. What's enticing about him is his size/speed combo. It's rare. But that doesn't automatically mean he's a superstar, I guess....
Keeper question: Have you ever heard of using a player's ADP to determine what round you have to take them? My league commish thinks this is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I don't care for it. Thoughts?
Christopher Harris (3:49 PM)
Hi, Aaron. I think using ADP is a little hinky. I'm fine using where the player was actually taken in *your* draft. My 17-year league (L.A.R.G.E.) does it that way -- if you draft a guy in the third, you keep him in place of your third-rounder the next year...but then we have inflation, so the next year he'd be more expensive than that to keep. But ADP seems weird.
Hi Chris - you ranked Montee Ball and Lamar Miller right next to each other. What gives Miller the edge in your opinion? I feel like I'll be bouncing back and forth on who to play until gametime.
Christopher Harris (3:51 PM)
Hi, Diego. Yeah, I mean, I understand why you'd do that -- the bouncing, I mean. How can anyone say definitively what'll happen with Miller? Seems like a good matchup. But will he get to be anything approximating a lead back? If yes (Daniel Thomas is reportedly a bit banged up), then I'd put him way ahead of Ball. But it's been impossible to predict that Miami backfield. I think Miller has the higher ceiling, but probably has the lower floor....
The Grinch (Calif.)
I gambled and traded two picks next year (3rd and 5th) to acquire Julius Thomas (8th-round keeper value) and Le'Veon Bell (9th) for the stretch run, and it didn't work out. MUST I keep those players to mitigate my losses, in your opinion?
Christopher Harris (3:53 PM)
I don't think you're absolutely obligated, if you just don't like the players. You know your league and where people wind up getting drafted and/or kept better than I, but it sounds like Bell has some nice value where you'll keep him. Thomas? He won't be a huge bargain, but he'll be at least a fair price, and frankly, I can see his hype getting rolling this summer as people process the season. I don't hate the value for either one....
Thanks for your time. If the Cowboys win, could the Eagles limit their starters for the following week? ... Also Corradelle Patterson a keeper for next year?
Christopher Harris (3:54 PM)
Hi, JAG. Yeah, the Philly scenario you mention is possible. If DAL wins, then PHI's Sunday night result doesn't influence the NFC East race. That said, the way I've convinced myself to trust the Eagles is this: If PHI wins its last two games, it can improve from the 4 to the 3 seed. I can't promise that's important to Chip Kelly. But it's what I'm hanging my hat on.
I usually default to RB over WR for flex but do you think I should start Allen over CJ this week?
Christopher Harris (3:55 PM)
Hi, John. Yeah, I guess I think I'd go Allen over Johnson. I'm probably 60/40 in that direction. I guess I've just really soured on CJ. (Cue CJ scoring 100 fantasy points this week.)
Does Miles Austin do anything this week especially with Williams being hurt?
Christopher Harris (3:57 PM)
Hi, Bobby. He could. But he could in the way that just about *anyone* could. I don't think I'd be able to start him. He just doesn't look like the same explosive dude we used to know.
Alex (St. Louis)
How do you feel about AP?
Christopher Harris (3:57 PM)
Hi, Alex. If he's active, he starts, period.
I've gotta know how many points your expecting from Brees this week to rank him 3rd, 20+?
Christopher Harris (3:59 PM)
Hi, Drew. It's a good question...I don't really do ranks that way...I don't do projections, but rather try and put myself in the position of having to pick between the next players, and Brees landed third. But the implication of your question is: the Panthers are good, Brees didn't even deserve 19 points in a bad effort last week, so isn't it a scary thing to start him this week? And it is. I admit it is. I could see this going sideways for him. But I think he's such a good player in general that I have to trust his talent, the way I've trusted him all year.
Chris - what're you seeing on film from the Lions D/ST? Can their secondary stay with the NYG receivers?
Christopher Harris (4:01 PM)
Hi, Alex. They did a pretty good job this Monday against a better Ravens corps, but there's no question that's been a weakness. I remember thinking Geno Smith wouldn't do anything against an Oakland D/ST that I didn't really trust a few weeks ago, and it blew up in my face. And yet, no Cruz, Eli struggling legitimately...I *can* see Eli "pulling a Geno" and making it all go sideways, but I'm probably not betting on it.
Christopher Harris (4:03 PM)
OK, gang. That's it for me. This is my last chat of the season (since next Wednesday is Xmas), so I want to take a moment to thank so many of you for coming back week after week. I know it can be frustrating not to get your Q answered, and I'm sorry for that -- if you could see what it looks like from this side, with hundreds and hundreds of questions, you'd probably feel it's not personal. Because it's really not. Anyway, I'm fully aware that I wouldn't get to do this great job if it wasn't for all of you -- so I'm most thankful to all of you. I hope I helped you this season...or at the very least, I hope you were mildly entertained. Best to you and yours, and I'll see you next year!