Fantasy Mailbox - Week 6

Welcome to the week 6 edition of the Fantasy Mailbox! As the season progresses, we will continue to select a few emails to answer in our weekly mailbox column. To be considered for future columns, please send your fantasy football questions to and be sure to include your first name, last initial, city & state.

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Q : Mr. Freak. I have Larry Fitzgerald on my roster and now he's out. Is this the time to trade him? Also what's up with Shaun Alexander? I heard he may play this week. Thanks!

Tina G. - Jackson, MS

Hi Tina. Fitz is a great receiver and Matt Leinart showed he will find a groove sooner rather than later. True...he'll be out a couple of weeks, but I believe he's worth keeping and will rebound to form when entered back into the line-up. With an injury and a week 9 bye, his value is low and not worth trading.

As for Alexander, he was ruled out today for week 6. Make other arrangements if on your roster.


Q : Hey Freak! I've been offered Steven Jackson and Chad Johnson for Donte Stallworth and Larry Johnson. Do I do the deal?

Ron W. - Houston, TX

I would. Jackson has been huge this year in both rushing and receiving and will continue the trend. And Chad Johnson is one of the top 2 or 3 wide receivers in the league with Carson Palmer throwing him the rock...even though he hasn't yet lived up to predictions. I also like the thought that CJ has his bye week behind him.

You would be giving up a huge fantasy player in Larry Johnson, but Stallworth has been lingering with a hammy and will likely sit again this week (and have recurring issues all year).

I believe you're getting more than you're giving up and I'd make the trade. Let me know how it goes!


Q : Hey. You keep saying to bench everyone playing the Bears and so far you've been right on the money. Does that include Anquan Boldin in week 6?

Tommy T. - Phoenix, AZ



Q : Hi Freak. I need to pick two of the three this week...Roy Williams, Todd Heap, Terrell Owens. Thanks for the help.

Barton C. - Joliet, IL

It's looking now like ROY will play this week. Go with ROY and T.O. this week and feel good about it.


Q : Freak. Is Kurt Warner worth keeping any more? I originally drafted him and Leinart and also have Hasselbeck, but now don't know if I should keep him.

Cooper K. - Baltimore, MD

No, you need to drop Warner and utilize the roster slot for someone else. Forget about early season predictions and what round you drafted him in...and cut him loose (esp. with Hasselbeck).


Q : Hi Freak...I need your help here. A bunch of the owners in my league voted to have our Superbowl in week 16 instead of week 17 like it's been for many years. I just don't get it. Please give me some ammunition to convince them we need to play for an additional week.

Tim R. - Mt. Vernon, IL

Sorry Tim, but I agree with them and here is why:

Many teams rest their studs in the week or two prior to the NFL playoffs. It doesn't make sense to me that a team owner rides a player like Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, or Shaun Alexander and then isn't able to play him in the fantasy superbowl. I don't see the point in making week 17 a crapshoot after the work and preparation put in to getting to the big game.

If playing 17 weeks is important to you, then suggest a league shootout scheduled for week 17...the week after your superbowl.


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