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...
Question: Mike, I have
a trade question for you. I'd love your advice before I pull the
trigger on this one or refuse it. Would you send Michael Pittman
to get Koren Robinson?
Hey Phil. Does your league give any points for receptions? If yes,
then Pittman should be a decent play. Otherwise, I think he is fairly
useless. The yardage total is nice but he just can't seem to find
the end zone with any regularity, making him a tough start week
in and week out. Given the issues the Bucs are having on offense,
I don't see that correcting itself anytime soon.
I have LT & Henry and am seeking a solid #2 WR (as solid
as the 2004 season is allowing) to join Chad Johnson & Jimmy
I like Pittman, but am thinking Koren might help me more.
I could be jaded from last year but unless the guy pulls his
career together a la Thomas Jones late last season, we're looking
at 3 yards and a cloud of dust from him. He does not break a lot
of tackles. I told someone else that I'd be shocked if he breaks
off a 10 yard run. The guy just has no wheels...or at least didn't
last year. Maybe he will come in re-invigorated.
Koren I still think will come around. The talent is there. He
is younger and playing in a much better offense. WR does seem
to be more a position of need for you.
I would do that trade. I think Pittman is being slightly overvalued
right now, likely because of all the RB injuries that have occurred
so people are looking to anyone who might help resurrect their
team. Based on what I saw last year, Pittman will disappoint.
Question: One of my
friends recommended this and I want your advice. I won my first
game after big weeks from Thomas Jones and Javon Walker. I think
my roster is in decent shape for the rest of the season (barring
injury) but it was suggested I trade Thomas Jones now.
QB: McNair, Kerry Collins, Volek
RB: Taylor, Jones, Foster, Suggs
WR: Harrison, Mason, Walker, Gabriel, Curry
TE: Jolley and Wrighster
I start 3 WRs. Do you think I should trade Jones for a QB?
I'm concerned if I do so, I might not get starter production
from Foster or Suggs. I believe Suggs will be fine, but Butch
Davis is now starting to worry me. My friend thinks Grossman
was doing well enough to keep defenses honest. Statistically
speaking, it looks like Quinn doesn't have to do much to help
Jones out but I didn't see Grossman play at all so I don't know
if I should trade Jones now. What do you think?
I think Thomas Jones is one of those players on the "do
not trade" list right now, don't you? I mean, every player
has a price, but there are always a handful of players you just
can't get good value for because either (a) no one would be willing
to properly pay when you have them, or (b) they are hopelessly
overpriced if you try to get them from someone else. Right now
guys like Javon Walker, Reggie Wayne, Thomas Jones, Chris Brown
kind of fit in that category.
McNair has really sucked, no doubt about that, and I do have
QB issues myself - one league with McNair, one with Garcia - but
I'd prefer to ride it out than trade someone of Jones' stature
for a QB. Even without Grossman, I don't see that much of a drop-off
for Jones. He will get his touches (plenty of touches) and based
on his first three games, he is making the absolute most with
Jones has justified himself as a 1st or 2nd round pick, so about
the only QB you'd accept would be Manning, McNabb or Culpepper.
And, I doubt the owners of any of those guys are willing to trade
them for Jones. I'd stick with it if I was in your shoes, and
see what Collins/Volek can do. The Titans QB situation cannot
remain that bad all season.
Question: Hi Mike,
I liked your analysis of the trade involving Brian Westbrook,
Marvin Harrison, and Michael Clayton for Fred Taylor, Tiki Barber,
and Eric Moulds. I'm a FF rookie and I really need some further
guidance on the subject of collusion. I'm in two leagues that
are very competitive and so far no trades have been offered. Recently
I joined a free Yahoo league with a late draft just for fun and
a learning experience. Our draft was Wednesday, and the next day,
two teams approved this deal:
Shaun Alexander, Eric Moulds and Trent Green for
Eddie George, Kevin Johnson and Byron Leftwich
I don't think we need to talk about the value of these players.
Let's toss out Leftwich and Green, assuming they are about even
(both teams have stud starting QBs anyway). There is no way
that anyone with any sense would think this is a fair trade.
To me, it is an insult. It's a trade involving Team A's 1st
and 3rd round picks for Team B's 4th and 11th rounders which
happened one day after the draft. We can beat the lopsided nature
of this deal to death, but we're both smart enough to see how
ridiculous it is.
Now, forget the fact that it's a free Yahoo league and I
should expect this kind of BS. I understand that, and my seriousness
about this league has now plummeted. My question is, how should
I approach the situation? Is it appropriate to automatically
suspect collusion and request that the parties withdraw the
trade? I voted against it and we need 3 more votes to reject
it. I've sent e-mails and posted messages to the board but so
far no one is responding. If the trade is approved, I would
consider the league to be completely compromised and would either
leave, or just become an unbearable bastard, posting hateful
messages to the board insulting both teams for the remainder
of the season. Would love to hear your take.
Hey Matt. I'm sorry to hear about your situation here. This trade
is obviously a joke. You've taken the step to vote it down which
is good and about the only thing you can do at this point.
If it was me, and this kind of thing goes through, then I would
have to seriously question if the same person is running a couple
of teams in the same league. Why a person would bother doing this
I have no idea but at the same time would it surprise me? Absolutely
Certainly the league would be compromised if this went down (perhaps
it is compromised already), and I would probably just pull the
plug on my involvement in the league. You could continue to complain,
but realistically, in something like this you will probably get
yourself more upset than it will actually do any good, I would
guess. Put your primary focus on your other leagues and see how
this plays out. If there is no satisfactory resolution to it,
then feel no guilt by bailing out. I hate giving that advice but
in this extreme set of circumstances, it is about the only thing
I can come up with that makes any sense.