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Fantasy Check Live Overtime


Welcome to the weekly Friday Fantasy Check Live overtime, where I answer some of your questions I was unable to get to in my chat earlier today.

FIrst some breaking news: LaDainian Tomlinson has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Baltimore.

Not that he was a great option against that defense in the first place, but now LT owners won't have to make the decision whether to start him. As for Darren Sproles, he should be in your lineups even against a stout Baltimore front seven.

Now to some of your questions:

Centreveille, Va.: Gene, Sorry for the really tough welcome to the Mike Wise show yesterday, the Romo and Roy Williams bit was not the way to welcome you.

However, I need some help with my team. I need to start three running backs from these four this week: Steven Jackson, Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant or Darren McFadden. Thanks

Fantasy Check answer: Glad to know I've got listeners. As I said on the air, I'm fully accountable for my picks, and if I'm wrong, I'm the first to raise my hand and take the blame. I missed on Romo in Week 1, but we'll see this weekend against the Giants.

Now as for your running backs, I really like Ryan Grant's matchup, and I think DMac is going to have a nice game. I'm down on Steven Jackson against a really good Redskins defense and Benson on the road in one of the toughest places to play.

Kansas City, Mo.: Gene,

You definitely need more of a presence on the Sports page. If the WaPo hasn't heard, Fantasy is huge, and they would be well-served to capitalize on it.

My question: I've owned Brian Westbrook in a keeper league for years and will probably be looking to trade him before the year is over (he's 30, he's injury-prone, and McCoy may finally be the guy that steals his carries) in the hope that I can get one or two guys for him in return. In your opinion, what should I ask for/expect? A 1st-tier QB/RB/WR? A couple of second-tier guys? Note, I want to make a trade while his value is still pretty high in the hopes of getting my team a bit younger.

FC: First, thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm definitely in favor of dealing Westbrook to get younger. He is on the back nine of his career, and LeSean McCoy is going to take away touches. Westbrook was rated as a second-round pick, but you're probably not going to get a player like Brandon Jacobs or Marion Barber for him because of his age. Now if you can get a couple younger backs like Fred Jackson and either Donald Brown or Beanie Wells in a package deal, that would be worth considering.

Westminster, Md.: Who do you like better for the rest of the season: Josh Morgan or Kenny Britt? (12-team league, deep benches)

FC: Morgan, only because the 49ers are so thin at the position, he'll have to get targets.

Fairfax, Va.: Tight End Question for you: I am in a standard scoring league, which TE would you start Ben Watson or Kellen Winslow?

FC: I'm a big advocate of going with the hot hand, and right now that's Watson.

Washington, D.C.: Which one of Archie's kids should I start this week, Peyton, who is playing Miami, or Eli, who is playing Dallas?

FC: Peyton is always going to be your starter over Eli, regardless of matchup.

I will do my best to get to more of your questions throughout the rest of the weekend, so check back on Saturday and before kickoff on Sunday. And don't forget you can e-mail me at

By Gene Wang  |  September 18, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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