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Because you had so many questions during the Friday Chat, we're going double overtime at Fantasy Check. Here are several more I was unable to answer during our regular session:

Alexandria, Va.: I'm thinking of starting Cadillac Williams over Marion Barber as my second running back (Michael Turner) for this weekend due to matchup issues.

Am I overthinking this? I also have Leon Washington and Julius Jones riding the bench.

Fantasy Check: Most projections, including FantasyGuru, have Barber out-pointing Caddy this week despite the Cowboys' better opponent. While Williams's Week 1 performance was encouraging, Barber is probably the safer play for now.

Arlington, Va.: What is your opinion of Tim Hightower? I have to decide whether to start him with Mike Bell or Derrick Ward. Hightower rang up some amazing reception #s last week but never seems to put up any rushing yards.

FC: Hightower isn't going to catch 12 passes routinely, but he's a decent option until Beanie Wells becomes more comfortable as a rookie. How long that takes is anyone's guess.

Arlington, Va.: Gene,

First week's not looking so hot for my PPR squad. What's your thought on the output of Palmer and Pierre Thomas in the upcoming weeks? Also, would you pick Campbell to start over Palmer (very few QB options remain on waiver)?

FC: Palmer is a big wild card this season. He has put up outstanding numbers, but lately he's been too injured to rate. I'm sticking with him for the immediate future, but a couple more clunkers, and it's time to move on. As for Thomas, the Saints' offense has the potential to be like the Rams circa 2001, and so long as Thomas's MCL isn't more serious than the team is letting on, he has monster potential.

Chicago: Buenos Dias Gene!

I'm in a league in which we can have a flex player, my otions are Santonio Holmes, Steve Slaton and Mike Bell. My heart tells me Holmes against a banged up Bears D, but Slaton is gonna break out soon. Help a brother out, please.

FC: One of my go-to sites for fantasy information, FFToolbox, doesn't even rank Slaton among the top 25 running backs this week. Many other experts are down on him at this point too. Holmes, meantime, is emerging as a true No. 1 fantasy wide receiver and has a tremendous matchup this week.

Madison, Wisc.:

Help! Turner is an every week start for me obviously, but my running back No. 2 is a bit murky (I traded LT for Tom Brady to a guy who also had Aaron Rodgers.) I have to choose between Felix Jones, Beanie Wells, Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Bell.

I'd assume the choice is between Bell and Jones, with Bell getting the nod because Thomas looks like he won't be a factor this week. What do you think? Also, who's going to be the one with the most value at years end?

FC: First, a golf clap for your LT for Brady deal. Considering LT is out this weekend, it's a steal. When the call is close, there are several criterion to consider, and one of them is health. Right now Bell is healthier than Jones, but at the end of the season, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Jones ends up with more fantasy points than Marion Barber.

Brett Favre, Minn.: Should I start this week instead of Matt Ryan? I'm playing against the lowly Detroit Lions and Ryan is playing against Carolina. But if Delhomme plays the way he did last week, the defense might be on the field a lot. This is a standard scoring league, not PPR.

FC: Favre is a strong play this week. Not that Ryan isn't, but if Favre can't get it done against Detroit, the Vikings should be extremely concerned if they made the right move signing him.

By Gene Wang  |  September 19, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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