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Week 11
11/19/04

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 whom?

Regards, Ben
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?

Thanks, Rick

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.

 


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