Here is a mix of interesting questions I received from fantasy players
this past week, and the response provided. If you have a question
for the HTH Mailbag, just drop
me an email.
Note that not all questions will be answered because it just isn't
possible to respond to them all. Also there are no certainties in
fantasy football. The responses represent one opinion to consider
in your final decision managing your fantasy team. Overall, I just
Hope This Helps...
Mike, I was considering trading Fred Taylor. Do you
think that this would be a wise move? His inability to get in
the end zone is killing me. I should have gotten about 30 points
from him this weekend had he not been taken out on every goal-to-go
down. The problem is I would probably have to trade him for a
lower quality back who may make up for his inability to keep up
with Taylor in the yards department by scoring touchdowns. Do
you think that it is worth initiating a trade and, if so, for
Hey Ben. Is this a redraft league? See what it will take to get
McGahee from his owner. Off a bad game, play up the fact that a
new QB is going to be taking over soon. I think McGahee could finish
out the season strong with games against MIA, CLE, CIN and SF weeks
13-16. He might not do it for Taylor straight off, given the issues
with Taylor that you mentioned, but maybe Taylor and a little something
is not out of the realm of possibility.
If you want to take a flier on a RB, and note this guy really
has killed me all year as one of my worst draft picks, Kevin Jones.
Finally had a 4.0 average this week and the bulk of the carries.
They know he is the future of the team. What gives me a glimmer
of hope is his schedule. MIN twice, IND, CHI and to a lesser extent,
GB and ARI have been tough but not so tough he can't have success
there. You shouldn't have to trade Taylor for Jones straight up
though, and I wouldn't. Should be Taylor and a worse receiver
for Jones and a better receiver, and best case scenario Jones
comes over as your #3 RB. Or try trading something else for Jones.
Another flier - Onterrio Smith. You heard it here first: I think
the Vikings will turn their season around and get back to their
winning ways. Mike Tice changes RBs like people change underwear,
but I think Smith is the guy they are looking at for the future
and will get the most opportunity. Matchups include DET twice
(including this week which even without Moss should be beneficial),
CHI, SEA at home and GB at home. Again, you shouldn't be trading
Taylor for Onterrio Smith at this point.
Apparently the Jaguars have just announced Greg Jones will be
the goal line back. I think that is the 3rd or 4th time they've
announced that this season. While Taylor has been frustrating
for lack of scores, TDs are much tougher to predict and count
on going forward. At least he is getting the yards at this point
so I don't think it is absolutely necessary to pawn him off. If
you can work a good deal for him, great. If not, then stick with
him and try to acquire a lesser performing but higher upside player,
from which you still have Taylor to fall back on.
Mike, I am considering picking up a quarterback off
waivers. My only options are Patrick Ramsey and Eli Manning. My
league puts a heavy emphasis on passing TDs and not yardage (6
pts/TD and 1pt/50 yards). Do you think that it is worth picking
up either of these as a number two? If so who? Based on my scoring
system I am really asking if either is worth picking up who do
you think has the potential to throw more TDs?
Also, T.J.Duckett was just dropped in my league. Is he worth grabbing?
Hi Rick. In both cases it depends on who you're dropping. Duckett
is a worthwhile pickup in a primarily TD league but probably not
a guy you want to rely on too much unless you have a great matchup
for him and poor matchups/injuries hurting your regular starters.
Between the QBs, I would give Manning a chance even though he
hasn't thrown a pass yet and we really have little idea how he
will perform. I have not been impressed with Ramsey when he has
been in there, and don't think the Redskins fortunes will change
all that much.
Check that - I just looked at their remaining schedules. I would
pass on both of these guys unless you're really desperate. Their
schedules weeks 11-16:
Manning: ATL, PHI, @WAS, @BAL, PIT, @CIN
Ramsey: @PHI, @PIT, NYG, PHI, @SF, @DAL
Manning has a brutal schedule weeks 12-15. Ramsey has a brutal
matchup 3 of 6 games. Ramsey's is good weeks 15 and 16, but that
is small consolation to hope he does well at that point.