Welcome to the Week 10 edition of the NFL Fantasy Mailbox! As the 2007 season progress, we will select a few emails to answer in our weekly mailbox column. To be considered for future columns, please send your fantasy football questions to email@example.com and be sure to include your first name, last initial, city & state.
Q : Whoa! - Is Adrian Peterson the man or what?!? Fortunately I have Peterson on my fantasy team and was able to get him relatively cheaply in our keeper league auction.
Here's the thing though. Now that Peterson is busting out big-time, trades are piling up before the deadline. Is there any offer I should consider? One of the trades involves Joseph Addai, but Addai is in his 2nd year (we can only keep a player for 3 years) and he's more expensive than Peterson. Thanks Freak!
Herman Y. - New York, NY
Congratulations to you for landing Peterson...who just may be one of the best running backs to come out of college in years. Peterson seems to be over any injury concerns and doesn't seem to mind playing on a poor offense in Minnesota.
Sure, I like Addai...but why would you trade Peterson at this point (esp. since you got him cheaply in his first year!)?!? Hang on to him and enjoy his dominance for 3 years. Peterson is definitely one you can build your fantasy keeper franchise around.
Q : Hey Freak! What's the deal with Larry Johnson? If he's out more than a week, then do I grab Priest Holmes off the waiver wire? I really didn't need this. Ronnie Brown is on my team and he's already gone for the year. I also have Marshawn Lynch, so it's not all bad. I'm in a 16 team league.
Liz T. - Hollywood, FL
The latest report out of KC has Larry Johnson out for the season with a broken foot...but has not yet been confirmed by Johnson nor the Chiefs organization.
The good news may be that Holmes is still available on your league's waiver wire (although surprising in a 16 team league). Coach Herman Edwards says that Holmes likely won't get more than 15 carries per game, but expect that to change based upon Holmes' performance. Holmes may not yield the production of LJ, but he'll definitely be the best RB pickup on the wire this week. My suggestion is that you make an immediate play for Priest Holmes and hope he is able to demonstrate some of his old form..
Q : Hello Freak. I'm winning my league with a total lineup of New England Patriots. It's so loaded with Pats that I'll have to drop one of my New England players just to be able to put in a full lineup this week (and I don't really want to do that). I have Tom Brady, Laurence Maroney, Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, and Wes Welker. Oh yes, I even have the kicker (Steven Gostkowski). Any advice?
Cedric O. - Boston, MA
Given most preseason rankings (not mine), I can see how you were able to build a total New England team if so desired...Maroney in round 1, Brady in round 2, Moss in round 3, etc. Given the success of the Patriots this season, it's no doubt that you're winning your league.
Although I'm guessing you're a New England homer, it may have been better for your fantasy team if the Pats would have lost to the Colts this past weekend. Not only will you lose your team in week 10 due to a New England bye...you'll probably lose your roster in weeks 16 and 17 due to benching of the Patriot skill players prior to the NFL playoffs.
My advice...trade some of your Patriots. They're at their highest value (after week 10's bye) now and will yield a better rounded team...with players that won't sit the bench during your fantasy superbowl. If you don't make any trades, your best hope is that coach Bill Belichick goes for the undefeated season...which will keep your players on the field through week 17.
Tommie S. - Sacramento, CA
The Bengals may be 2-6, but Palmer has thrown for 2193 yards (5th) and 16 TDs (6th). Unless you have Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, or Ben Roethlisberger,...Palmer should be your starter at quarterback for the rest of the season. Chris Henry will help Palmer's situation upon his return in week 10.
Jason Witten is a great tight end, but tight ends are easily replaced. Furthermore, the point differential between a top tight end and an average TE is much less than the differential between a top quarterback and an average QB.
Definitely make this deal.
Q : I'm hurting at wide receiver. Do I make a play off the wire for Chris Henry? What do you think of him this week and for the rest of the season? As always Freak, Thanks for your help!
Raymond M. - Bollingbrook, IL
Definitely grab Henry. Despite Cincy's record (see above question on Palmer), their passing offense continues to produce. Many argue that Henry has the most talent of Cincy's wideouts...and the recent neck injury to Chad Johnson will only work to get Henry on the field sooner and with more playing time. At 2-6, expect Palmer to toss the ball throughout the 2nd half of the season...and expect Henry to be have some huge numbers in the Bengal passing offense.
Q : Freak. I've been riding the San Diego defense. But after what Minnesota laid on them and with Indy coming to town - I think it's time to make a change. Give me some thoughts. The Colts, Bucs, Chiefs, and the Vikings are all available for week 10 off the waiver wire. Thanks man.
Drew P. - Bangor, ME
Tampa Bay is on a bye in week 10, so count them out. Indy's defense was solid against New England, but I don't think you want them on a road rebound game against a formidable Charger offense. I think your choice has to be the Chiefs...who gets a banged up Denver team at home this weekend.
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