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|Roger Rotter Fantasy Football Chat||(10/27/2009)|
FOX Fantasy:Hi everyone! Roger Rotter is here to answer your fantasy football questions.
FOX Fantasy:Harold asks: Who is the better pickup S. Greene or Beanie Wells?
Roger Rotter:Claim Chris Wells. He'll receive more carries on a consistent basis and is Arizona's featured back based upon the stats.
Roger Rotter:He received 14 carries compared to Tim Hightower's four handoffs in a competive game against the Giants.
Roger Rotter:That tells you the Arizona coaches have enough confidence in him to feature him. Tim Hightower is only the starter in name.
Wells also averaged 4.8 yards compared to Hightower's 2.3 average against the Giants. Additionally, he handled some of the receiving duties.
As a first-rounder, he owns great talent and just needs to stay healthy (likely would have been drafted higher if there weren't questions about his durability).
Roger Rotter:Shonn Greene's productive fantasy days will be sporadic, like Leon Washington's great fantasy days were always inconsistent and hard to judge when they would occur.
Roger Rotter:Thomas Jones is still the main man for the New York Jets.
A reader asks: Who would you pick up this week: Shonn Greene or LeSean McCoy?
Roger Rotter:LeSean Mcoy. Surprised that LeSean McCoy is still available considering he was already sharing the duties with Brian Westbrook.
Roger Rotter:With a concussion, Westbrook could be held out next game, especially considering that the NFL is more careful with head injuries. I don't think you'll see the days of waving smelling salts in front of the player's nose will be used frequently as a tactic to get the woozy player back in the game.
Roger Rotter:They are playing it safe, as they should be.
Roger Rotter:So I'd expect McCoy to be the featured back againt the Giants and at least post an adequate fantasy day, assuming Westbrook isn't able to play.
JJ asks: Hey Roger, is Miles Austin a top 10 WR for the rest of the year or will defenses start keying in on him...hurting his production?
Roger Rotter:Not sure why teams wouldn't have started keying on him after he gained 250 yards and two scores against Kansas City.
Roger Rotter:Those big games are hard to come by and difficult to be a fluke. Especially when he followed it up with a 171-yard, two-TD day against Atlanta.
Roger Rotter:Those two games already make him a top 10 fantasy WR!
Roger Rotter:Yes, I'd say he will be a top 10 WR for the rest of the season. Tony Romo is a solid quarterback and a featured receiver has already shown he can have success in this offense (with Terrell Owens).
Roger Rotter:Add that he'll be playing with a strong offensive line and a solid running game to support him, things look great for Miles Austin. I was fortunate enough to pick him up in several leagues, and he helped me to victories in Week 7.
FOX Fantasy:Tony asks: Would you pick up San Diego's or Arizona's defense for this weekend?
Both are great pickups this week and are among my suggested waiver claims.
Roger Rotter:San Diego meets shaky Oakland, and Arizona meets erratic Jake Delhomme and Carolina, and both are at home.
San Diego D/ST had a great fantasy day last game and showed they could be valuable against weak offenses. It allowed only seven points, acquired four sacks, forced three interceptions and scored from a blocked punt return against the Chiefs.
Oakland was scoreless, permitted three sacks and allowed four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles) against the New York Jets last contest.
Roger Rotter:The Cardinals can repeat thier fantastic defensive effort against Carolina in the playoffs last year. Jake Delhomme threw five interceptions and lost a fumble.
Delhomme has continued to struggle this season, leading the NFL in interceptions with 13. The Panthers' offense scored only seven points, allowed two sacks and permitted four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) against Buffalo last contest.
Roger Rotter:Arizona did well againt the Giants on Sunday night, forcing four turnovers and three sacks.
Roger Rotter:If push came to shove, I would give the slight edge to San Diego over Arizona.
FOX Fantasy:Ricky asks: Is J. Charles a good pick up? I would be able to drop D. Hester or L. McCoy for him, would you do that? Thank you.
In light of Larry Johnson's off-the-field troubles, I would look to claim Charles any way possible.
Roger Rotter:I'd keep McCoy (plays for a pontent offense), and then drop Hester to claim Charles.
Roger Rotter:The fantasy RB position has been hugely disappointing, with lackluster seasons from LaDainian Tomlinson (scoring only once), Steven Jackson (scoreless), Brandon Jacobs, Clinton Portis, Carnell Williams, Matt Forte, Kevin Smith, Michael Turner and Brian Westbrook.
Roger Rotter:So you may need to compensate by picking up other fantasy RBs who could fare well.
FOX Fantasy:Phillip asks: would you jump off the Steve Smith (NYG) bandwagon yet?
Roger Rotter:Not yet. Eli Manning is too good of a quarterback to count out. He'll get his receivers of Smith, Manningham and Nicks involved enough to make them all worthy fantasy starters.
FOX Fantasy:Rob asks: Roger, who do I want to replace Cooley? Watson or Olsen?
Roger Rotter:Claim Olsen as he has a chance every week to gain 50 receiving yards or score a touchdown.
Roger Rotter:Also, if there aren't many tight ends available in your league, look at Fred Davis, Chris Cooley's backup.
Roger Rotter:He had a great game against Philly and will likely be utilized heavily like Cooley was in the offense. He showed that he could be an excellent receiver when he caught eight passes for 78 yards and a score last night.
Washington is on a bye, so owners who need a pickup at tight end for this week can look at Marcedes Lewis. He caught four passes for 76 yards and a score in the Week 3 meeting against Tennessee, and faces the Titans again in Week 8.
FOX Fantasy:Patrick asks: Hey Roger, been using a lot of your tips lately and they are working. Two questions for you. First should I start Ray Rice or Matt Forte. I know Forte has had a disappointing season but I feel he could get something done against the Browns. And would you trade Chris Johnson for Ocho or Moss?
Roger Rotter:Yes, I agree. I'd start Matt Forte against Cleveland's second-worst run defense. It's also allowed the second-most rushing scores (10). If you can't play Forte with a great matchup, then there's no sense in playing him at all.
Roger Rotter:And yes, I'd trade Chris Johnson for Randy Moss or Chad Ochocinco. They'll just be better starts for the rest of the season.
Roger Rotter:If you mean Santana Moss, though, I would NOT trade Johnson for Santana Moss.
James asks: Roger, I'm in trade talks. Who's more expendable to me going forward, Kevin Smith or Tomlinson?
Roger Rotter:Both are expendable. I'd see who can return the most trade value, and trade that running back to help improve your team.
Roger Rotter:If both will return the same player, then I'd trade Kevin Smith. At least Tomlinson has a great history behind him, and appears to still have something left in the tank. He should also receive more goal-line chances as well, though it doesn't mean he'll convert them as the last game painfully showed.
Roger Rotter:Unfortunately, though, Tomlinson isn't even the best fantasy running back on his team now. That's been Darren Sproles.
Phillip asks: Going forward, who do you think will be the stud RB's and WR's?!
Whoever is facing Oakland, Cleveland , Buffalo, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Kansas City and Detroit for RBs, and whoever is facing Tennessee, Jacksonvillle, Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis and Cleveland for WRs. :)
Roger Rotter:More than ever, it's become more about matchups than the running back himself.
Roger Rotter:Those running backs who have the best chance to produce week in and week out regardless of opponent are Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ronnie Brown, DeAngelo Williams, Thomas Jones, Brandon Jacobs and Steve Slaton, Cedric Benson and Michael Turner.
Roger Rotter:Those WRs who have the best chance to produce weekly are Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Chad Ochocinco, Wes Welker,
Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston and still Greg Jennings.
Roger Rotter:I'd also say Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Hines Ward, Dwayne Bowe and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and even Miles Austin and DeSean Jackson as well now.
FOX Fantasy:Here's the last question. Phillip asks: Who is your choice to score 20+ fantasy points in week 8?
Roger Rotter:At quarterback: the usual with Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Matt Schaub, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and Drew Brees and sleepers like Matt Ryan, David Garrard and Marc Bulger.
Roger Rotter:At running back: Steven Jackson, Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Marion Barber, Pierre Thomas, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Chris Johnson, Thomas Jones and LaDainian Tomlinson and sleepers like Darren Sproles, Ricky Williams, Knowshon Moreno, Marshawn Lynch, Jamal Lewis and Kevin Smith.
Roger Rotter:At WR: Brandon Marshall, Derrick Mason, Devin Hester, Miles Austin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Calvin Johnson, Donnie Avery, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Mike Sims-Walker, Larry Fitzgerald, Sidney Rice, Greg Jennings, Roddy White and Marques Colston.
Roger Rotter:At TE: Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen, Jason Witten, Dallas Clark, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez and Jeremy Shockey.
Roger Rotter:AT D/ST: San Diego, Arizona, Dallas, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Green Bay and Chicago.
Roger Rotter:Thanks for all your questions! Much appreciated!
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