Fantasy football mailbag
I can see the conundrum you're facing. Coming into the year most pundits had owe and MSW as bottom level WR2'. To this point they have combined for 18 catches, 258 yards and two touchdowns, totals that aren't any different than the numbers produced by
If you have a spot on your bench being taken up by a useless player, it makes total sense to target Tate, a third-round pick by the Pats last season. With Moss out of town the club will likely target Tate and TE
Orton has been a godsend early on for those who took the likes of
Ryan is a solid NFL QB, and he has shown some slight improvement this year, completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 245 yards a game. At the same time, he is on pace for more than 3,900 yards, 24 scores and 12 interceptions, solid but not necessarily impressive totals. Still, those numbers are more than playable as a starter in standard-sized leagues. Moreover, Orton's best numbers prior to this season are 3,802 yards and 21 scores.
For me, the answer to this question is value. If you offer Ryan in a deal you'll likely get a shrug and an offer of a WR3. If you throw the name Orton out, there has to be at least one fool in your league who thinks he is a lock for a top-5 finish this season. Given that, I'd like to see you try and deal Orton for a top flight player who can help you with your bye issues and potentially be a starter for you the rest of the way.
I don't get it. I really don't.
As for the Chargers situation, it's a bit muddled right now. Many people had Mathews as a top-10 overall selection this season, thinking he would rack up 300 touches in the Chargers' potent offense. An ankle injury slowed the movement of the bandwagon, and in his place the bowling ball that is
Both backfields are "shared" right now, and both figure to be effective moving forward. If you need to play both backs each week, not a scenario I ever want a piece of, I would suggest going with the Chargers duo. You'll get yards and scores in that potent offense, so even if Tolbert steals goal-line work you are set. However, if you want to hit a home run I suggest the Panthers. If one of the two players were to become injured the other back could explode. I realize that the situation in Carolina is dire, especially with