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And now, onto the questions.
Question: Hi Matt. I really need your help this week because I'm playing my boyfriend and I have to beat him.
Who would you start
Eli Manning or Carson Palmer?
Olsen responds: A couple of years ago this question would have been an absolute no brainer. Carson Palmer all the way.
But the Bengals are a mess right now and Palmer is a big reason why. They're playing against a very good Titans defense and I just don't trust him at this point.
Meanwhile, Manning and the G-Men head to St. Louis to face a team that gave up over 400 yards of offense to the Eagles last week.
Manning is the way to go here Jackie, no doubt about it.
Thanks for checking in.
Question: In my draft this year i went for the rookies and got chris johnson of the titans and matt forte from the bears.
I need to start one of them this week.
Olsen responds: Antwaan, there are a lot of people out there who would be very envious of your current predicament.
And it is a very tough predicament because both of these backs are great talents and burst onto the stage in week one.
Johnson is going against the weaker defense, while Forte will get the most carries.
In the end it comes down to what you're willing to risk.
You know that Forte is going to get just about twenty carries in this game and will get good yardage even if he fails to find the end zone.
Johnson is the higher risk of the two, but the rewards could be huge in the form of a long touchdown run or two.
I'd go with Forte just to be safe, but the idea of starting the two of these guys together in the backfield would be one heck of a combo.
Who's the other back?
Question: I am looking to strengthen my TE slot, considering I only have Heath Miller from Pittsburg. I have a guy who is willing to part with Winslow from Cleveland. Please let me know who you I should offer.
Maurice Jone Drew-RB
I have a strong WR crew and was able to pick up Brett Farve in a late round...hoping for a good season from Farve. Overall I feel my team is still a strong contender even with the loss of Brady. However, I would like to strengthen my TE spot with Winslow and would like your advise on offering a fair trade or should I just play with what I got?
Olsen responds Well Nick, there are a couple of different ways to go with this and a myriad of factors left to consider before I can really tell you what to do. But I'll do my best to help you with what you've sent me.
First of all, you've got a very interesting team and I agree with you in that I think you're in pretty good shape despite losing what was probably your first or second round pick in Brady.
I'd suggest that you offer Carson Palmer, but at this point it's highly unlikely that anyone would take him and I'm not sure if you start one or two quarterbacks. But in reality you're going to have to offer one of your running backs and a wide receiver, depending on his roster needs.
That's the easiest way to get a trade approved. Look closely at the weaknesses of his team and appeal to them by offering solutions.
But you also have to remember that you'd have three players from the Browns on your roster. That's a lot of hopes to pin on one team, even if it is two of the best players at their respective positions in the NFL.
If I had to really try and give you an offer I think he might bite on, I'd go with Hines Ward and MJD or Selvin Young. It'd be tempting enough for anyone to bite on and before you say that's too much, understand you are always going to have to give up a little bit extra for a premier player.
As I've stated before, I think MJD is one of the most overrated backs in football. But if you can get away with offering Young and Berrian, go for it.