Welcome to the Week 11 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your first name, last initial, city & state.
Q : Hi Freak. Just when I was on a high with Adrian Peterson, he goes down with a torn ACL. Fortunatey I kept Chester Taylor. Do you think Taylor will do okay the rest of the year or should I go to the waiver wire? I also have Joseph Addai and Julius Jones, so I do have people I can play. Thanks.
Dale O. - Helena, MT
Actually, Peterson didn't tear his ACL in his knee. He instead tore his LCL (which is a much less severe injury). Believe it or not, AD could be back on the field in a couple of weeks...and the Vike's trainer is certain he'll return sooner rather than later. As for Taylor, congrats on keeping him. No need to go to the wire since Taylor instantly becomes a top 15 runnig back or better. I'm not suggesting that Taylor will be putting up a 296 yard rushing game any time soon, but you can bet that he'll perform well behind a solid 0-line that has been blocking well for Peterson all season. You certainly aren't hurting as bad as you thought.
Q : I have Shaun Alexander on my keeper league team for $36 (our salary cap is $100 for a 15 player roster). My record sucks (3-7) and I have basically no chance of making the playoffs. I'm thinking about dropping Alexander and picking up guys like Dwayne Bowe, Robert Meachem, Matt Leinart, Ronnie Brown, and other available waiver wire pickups. What do you think of this strategy?
Tim F. - Irving, TX
I totally agree. Most keeper leagues with a cap have a required annual inflation of around 20%...and no way do you keep Alexander for $43+ next year on a cap of $100. The problem is that you'll have to drop more than just Alexander to make room for all of the players you mentioned. I find it extremely surprising that Bowe is available in a keeper league!?!
Q : Hey Freak! Thanks (partially) to your advice, I'm 10-0 and destroying competition in my league. I loaded my roster with Patriots (as much as possible) and skated by this past weekend with surprising showings by guys like Jason Campbell, Warrick Dunn, and D.J. Hackett. Any advice?
Tom B. - Pendleton, IN
No advice necessary. With your record and the ability to pick winners like you did in week 10, it sounds like the rest of us need to start listening to you. Congratulations!
Q : Need some trade advice with the deadline coming up. My team is a lock for the playoffs, but I need a little more depth at wide receiver. I can probably trade and get Marvin Harrison. Do I go for it? The other owner is thinking about dropping him and it won't cost me much. I also have a chance to get Deion Branch. Should I go for it?
Randy M. - Upstate, NY
Absolutely! Are you kidding? Harrison and Branch will both be huge down the stretch and you need to grab them ASAP. Both are on the edge of playing and both teams (Colts and Seahawks) are looking like they'll need their offenses on the field through at least week 16. Any owner that has given up on Harrison or Branch is frustrated and has already thrown in the towel.
Q : Who should I start in week 11? I can choose 3 or these 5 wide receivers: Andre Johnson, Jerricho Cotchery, Muhsin Muhammad, Reggie Wayne, and Donte Stallworth. Thanks in advance for your help on this. Somehow my team has a winning record.
Marcie K. - Annapolis, MD
Yes, I'd say that any winning record is a success and likely still in the running for the playoffs. For week 11, start Johnson, Wayne, and Stallworth at wide receiver. Good luck this week and during the rest of your season!
Q : Scout Fantasy Freak, This has been my first year in fantasy football and I've really enjoyed it. Your stuff has been great! Here's my question...do I trade either Drew Brees or Derek Anderson since I have both on my roster? I have been keeping one for a backup, but I think I could be getting points at another position. I have been offered Roy Williams...should I make the deal?
Jason D. - Michigan City, IN
Certainly make the deal. As nice as it is to have depth at a postion, the bench points don't help you to win games. Roy Williams was in a recent slump, but hopefully recovered with 2 TDs this past weekend. He'll surely gain you more points in a starting role than your backup quarterback that sits the bench every week. In fantasy football, the winning team is the starting lineup with the best 7 (or 8) players...and not the roster with the best average 15 or 16 players.
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