A little `Q & A’ with the Pigskin Pundit
Pundit: I am in a large league and am one of the few that drafted two tight ends and two kickers. I really need a roster spot for a running back or wide receiver but can’t stand to be without a backup at every position even though it’s not required. Any suggestion?- Dallas from Alice, TXDallas: If you’re in dire straits and need some depth at other positions, drop your weakest tight end. TEs rarely contribute much in the way of fantasy points so going without on a bye week will hardly be noticed. Being without a kicker is another story. Keep both kickers until one gets through his bye week and then drop him. Since kickers rarely get hurt, you will get more mileage from having one kicker and use the other spot on a RB.- The Pigskin Pundit Pundit: The league I’m in has 12 guys with a 15 player roster. We can add/drop one player every 3 weeks and this is our first opportunity to make any changes. The add/drop order is determined by year-to-date scoring and unfortunately I’m last. On the upside, this means I have first choice. I currently have Joey Harrington (Detroit) and Kurt Warner (St. Louis) as my QBs. My wide receivers are adequate but not outstanding and I could stand to improve at that position as well. I’ve narrowed my choices to Anquan Boldin (WR-Arizona), Marc Bulger (QB-St. Louis), and Vinny Testaverde (QB-NY Jets). Which way should I go? – Jarrod, Brownsville, TexasJarrod: Boldin may eventually prove me wrong, but at this stage in his career he may simply be flying under the radar of the opposing defensive coordinators. If he continues his success, additional planning will go into shutting him down and he’ll become “just another Cardinal receiver” which isn’t saying much. Vinny is just too inconsistent to count on at this point. Bulger, on the other hand, is a proven winner and the Rams could get back on track at any time. Mike Martz seems to be a bit wishy-washy on his QB decisions so by adding Bulger, you lock in the Rams starter no matter which way Martz leans. Add Bulger and shore up your QB slot.- The Pigskin PunditThe Quick Slant-Week 4Eric Parker (WR-Chargers) continues to emerge against a suddenly vulnerable Raiders `D’. The second year pro has taken advantage of injuries to starters Rache Caldwell and David Boston and appears to have no intention of giving up his new role. Rams RB Lamar Gordon is a no-brainer this week as he fills in for injured super-star Marshall Faulk against the usually generous Cardinals defense. If he’s still available in your league, grab him now. The Atlanta Falcons, reeling from the beating they took from Tampa Bay, face another stiff defense in Carolina. If you have options, resting Warrick Dunn-RB, Peerless Price-WR and Doug Johnson-QB may be well advised. The Pigskin Pundit column runs each week during the football season for those interested in the very real world of fantasy football. Got a question for the Pundit? Send it to PigskinPundit@Hotmail.com
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