Fantasy Mailbox - Week 12

Is it too late to trade Carson Palmer? Is it okay to start 2 WRs from the same team? Who is a sleeper defense for week 12? Get the answers to these questions and much more in this week's Fantasy Mailbox.

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Welcome to the Week 12 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 and be sure to include your first name, last initial, city & state.

Q : Freak. I can't count the number of RBs I've lost this year, but I'll somehow probably still make my playoffs. I've lost Larry Johnson, Priest Holmes, Rudi Johnson, and Adrian Peterson...just to name a few. Fortunately, I grabbed Holmes as soon as LJ went down and somehow held on to Chester Taylor. I think I'm good with the Peterson/Taylor combo, but not sure what to do about the Kansas City situation. Is Kolby Smith worth grabbing or do I look elsewhere? What do you think about Heath Evans or Anthony Thomas this week if not Smith? Thanks man.

Jon T. - Queens, NY

Thanks for the note Jon! Yes, you've stumbled with your RBs...although many fantasy owners seem to be having the same issue in 2007. Fortunately, you have found a way to survive through backups and some decent luck. I agree that you are in great shape with Peterson/Taylor. As for LJ and Holmes, I believe they're both done for the season (though nothing official has been mentioned). Definitely grab Kolby Smith sooner rather than later...Smith will be a much better play than either Evans or Thomas (who will both play only sparingly as reserves).



Q : I need to decide between wide receivers this week. We can play 3 and I have Roy Williams, Calvin Johnson, D.J. Hackett, Muhsin Muhammad, and Larry Fitzgerald on my roster. Who do I start? I'm leaning toward both Lions since I'm a big fan and am going to the game. Do you think that is too much of a homer pick? Please give me your honest opinion. Thanks for your time.

Julius O. - Byron Center, MI

Sure, why not? Not only are Williams and Johnson 2 of your best three options, but it should be fun to watch them both live and in-person on Turkey Day! Being able to watch your starters is much of the fun with fantasy football. Play Larry Fitzgerald as your 3rd receiver...even though it's tough to leave D.J. Hackett on the bench with the way he and Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck have been playing of late.



Q : Hey Freak! I need a defense this week and am going to grab one from the wire. Who would you pick up out of these options...Niners, Chargers, Cardinals, Lions, Eagles, or Saints?

Jeff W. - Davenport, IA

Surely you aren't considering teams like the Niners (getting crushed repeatedly) or Eagles (against New England)?!? The pickup out of the teams available on your wire has to be Arizona this week against San Francisco. Don't be surprised if the Cardinals hold the Niners to 10 points or less...easily a top 5 defensive pick this week with this matchup.



Q : Hello Freak! Our trade deadline is just prior to this Thurdsay's games and I'm considering sending Carson Palmer for Deion Branch to give me some much needed help at wide receiver. I figure I can play Brodie Croyle or J.P. Losman the rest of the season at QB and Branch will give me depth at WR with Plaxico Burress and Marvin Harrison banged up. I also have Braylon Edwards and have been playing rookie Dwayne Bowe, but the injury to Harrison (and now Burress) has me really worried. Thanks for your advice.

David B. - San Antonio, TX

No way do you make this trade! Palmer is still performing as a top 5 or 6 fantasy quarterback and has incredibly great matchups down the stretch (plus he has Chris Henry back). Losman and Croyle wouldn't collectively put up Palmer's numbers if you were able to play both of them at once. As for your wide receiving situation...Edwards and Burress have been studs all season (and Bowe has is getting there). Sure, Burress has a lingering ankle injury this season, but it really hasn't sidelined him and shouldn't much in the future. Marvin has a real chance of playing in week 12. Most owners would love to have your wide receiver situation.



Q : We just turned our league into a keeper/dynasty league this year. We voted to allow 4 keepers with no salary or term cap on the players keep (so in essence we could keep a guy his whole career if we wanted). Knowing this, I picked up rookies Calvin Johnson, Brandon Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, and Dwayne Bowe at the draft. I also have Reggie Wayne, Philip Rivers, Edgerrin James, and Thomas Jones as potential keepers. Who would you keep for next season? Thanks Freak!

Anthony P. - Tulsa, OK

I'm not sure how you've done this season, but you're set up extremely well for next season and beyond! Keep Johnson, Lynch, Bowe, and Wayne. I have to say that I don't often hear of keeper leagues without limitations on terms (and without salary increases per year)...but good for you. Good luck and thanks for the note Anthony.



Q : Who do I start between Tony Romo and Tom Brady this week?

Jackie C. - Ann Arbor, MI

Surely this is a joke...

If not, there is no excuse for the waste of starting lineup points all season. Trade one of them if not past the deadline. Anything is better than losing the bench points given up each week by Brady or Romo. Either will bring a king's ransom on the trading market. And if you're in a "no trade" league, then....well....I just couldn't imagine playing in a league where trades are forbidden.





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