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Shark Q & A Session

Now the response to last weeks article was great and I was able to respond to every single email but don’t forget to give me your 411 (provide town and state that you reside). So hit me up with all your needs; from line-ups, trades, and waiver wire work cause the C man has got you covered. Now lets take a look at what’s cooking for the Shark Q and A Session II.



Parts, Unknown: I’m in a tight spot now that Faulk is hurt and I don’t have Gordon. The latest I heard is 4-6 weeks, probably 6 (says Martz). I’m pretty shaky at RB now — W. Green, Dunn and Martin, but I’m solid at WR — Toomer, Gardner, C. Johnson and A. Johnson.

The owner who has Gordon starts Portis, Taylor and E. Smith (as his flex; we start one RB/WR flex). But he’s weak at WR, so he’s ideal to trade with for Gordon.

I think it will take Toomer or Gardner to land Gordon. But is it worth it? After all, Faulk could conceivably miss just 3 actual games, and plus who’s to say Gordon will be that good anyway? Thanks a lot.


Corey Dragge: Giving up a proven WR for an unproven RB is never a good idea. Especially one that is temporary. I would wait this one out or maybe do some waiver wire work but definitely don’t trade Toomer or Gardner for Gordon.


Centennial, Colorado: I’m pretty happy with my team, but maybe looking for a backup running back. Right now I have LT, Tiki Barber, and Troy Hambrick.  It’s a 10-team league, so there are a few options available – Duckett and Dunn, Emmitt Smith, Mike Anderson, Jerome Bettis, and a few other backups.  What’s your opinion of dropping either Hambrick or a backup receiver (I’m pretty deep at receiver) to pick up one of these guys?


Corey Dragge: Out of the running backs that you mentioned I would go after Mike Anderson. The Broncos have one of the best rushing schemes in the NFL and they proved that last week when Portis went out and Anderson stepped in and rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries.


Duckett and Dunn are mediocre fantasy backs at best, the closest that Emmitt is going to get to that 1000 yard season prediction is by maybe tallying up his drives after a round at a Arizona golf course, and the only bus running in Pittsburgh this year is a short yellow one.



Kill Devil Hills, NC:  I have four good plays at RB this week.  I have a banged up Portis, the reliable J Lewis, The TD machine with no yards– T Henry and the interesting L Gordon.  I need to go with 2.  I’m leaning towards Lewis and Portis.  What do you think?  I have also been offered S Alexander for Henry and yards count in my league. I have a gut feeling that Henry will help me more though.  Thanks again.


Corey Dragge: Well with Marshall Faulk (Knee and hand) out and Travis Henry injured (Hip) obviously you should go with Jamal Lewis and Lamar Gordon. As far as getting your hands on Shaun Alexander I would highly recommend it, especially if the other owner doesn’t realize that Henry is an iffy start this week. I like Henry, I had him last year, but Alexander has a much better upside at this point. Believe me when I tell you that at the end of year Alexander will have better stats then Henry.



Parts, Unknown: Hi, thanks for your help. I am a first time ff player and am having trouble deciding on trade values.


I am weak at RB with T. Henry, C. Martin, K. Barlow, and T.J. Duckett in my backfield. My WR squad is solid with M. Harrison, P. Burress, D. Stallworth, D. Jackson, Kevin Johnson, A. Bryant and A. Lelie.


We start 1 QB (mine are McNair and Brady), 2 RB, 2WR, 1RB/WR, TE, K, team D. I want to trade for D. Staley, C. Garner or A. Zereoue.


Thoughts are:

  • D. Jackson for Staley or Zereoue (can add Bryant or Johnson)
  • D. Jackson and Lelie for Garner.
  • Stallworth for Garner.

Are these fair trades? Thanks again for your time and advice.


Corey Dragge: First off, welcome to the wonderful world of fantasy football. I feel compelled to tell you that like most rookie players you are making a serious mistake if you use any of the trade options that you provided. You are committing the sin of “Undervaluing”. Darrell Jackson and Leslie Lelie for Charlie Garner?

You do realize that Jackson is a top 10-fantasy football receiver and both Lelie and Stallworth have incredible upside right? Garner is a good running back on an Oakland offense that couldn’t score against my son’s Pop Warner football team right now (Note to reader: OK…so I fumbled on this one but at the time I was writing this it was a true statement, honest). Garner only has 24 carries for 94 yards and 14 receptions for 149 yards and 1 TD.  Staley is even worse with 12 carries for 31 yards and 1 TD and 10 receptions for a whopping 62 yards.

Needless to say that none of these trades are fair. You would be giving far too much away for far, far, to little. For both Jackson and Lelie or Stallworth you should be shooting for the Tiki Barber, Fred Taylor, and maybe Edgerrin James type running backs.



Message Board, Main Tank: Here’s the deal, another owner is willing to give me Peyton Manning and Curtis Martin for Travis Henry. Do I take this trade?

Just so you know what I’m dealing with here… my roster as it stands right now…

QB Culpepper, Daunte (QB-Min)
QB Frerotte, Gus (QB-Min)
WR Johnson, Chad (WR-Cin)

WR Hilliard, Ike (WR-NYG)
WR Morgan, Quincy (WR-Cle)
WR Johnson, Andre (WR-Hou)

WR Bruce, Isaac (WR-StL)

RB Henry, Travis (RB-Buf)
RB Hambrick, Troy (RB-Dal)

RB Portis, Clinton (RB-Den)
RB Gordon, Lamar (RB-StL)
RB Bryson, Shawn (RB-Det)
TE Franks, Bubba (TE-GB)
K Hall, John (K-Was)
DEF Minnesota (DEF-Min)


Corey Dragge: I would seriously think about making this trade. Not because I like Manning over Culpepper (because that’s not the case) but because of the trade value Manning brings to the table. Especially after what he did last night!

Sure you’re giving up Henry, your number two RB, but what has Henry done this year so far? A whopping 53 carries for 122 yards with a 2.3-yard average. Sure there is the 5 TD’s but remember it was the passing attack that got the Bills in the red zone. However I do think that Henry will have an overall decent season but I think that you can find a much better running back then Henry by dangling Manning out there as trade bait.

I would tell that owner to give you 24 to 48 hours to think about it, start making calls or sending emails to owners that are weak at QB or might be interested in Manning, and see if you can shore up a deal that leave you with a top tier RB.

With that said, if you can’t find another owner that is willing to give up a top tier RB for Manning…don’t do the deal.

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