Fantasy Mailbag: Kyle Orton or Ben Roethlisberger?

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I have a couple of questions. On one team, I am having running back problems. So on my 2nd back, I am down to a choice of Mewelde Moore (vs. Bengals), Le'Ron McClain (Dolphins) or Deuce McAllister (Panthers). Flip a coin?

Greg Camarillo (Ravens), Ocho Cinco (Steelers) or Steve Smith (49ers) as a 3rd wideout?

As a big Bears fan, I hate to root for a fantasy player who plays against the Bears. On another team, I have Frerotte and Trent Edwards (vs. Chargers). Don't know what to do on that one.

Jeremy Shockey (vs. Panthers) or Zach Miller (Jets)? Think Shockey is ready to go?

One more question: Is Big Ben R (Bengals) ready to go or do I go with Orton this weekend?

Any insight you have would be great. I enjoy your column.


Tony Winefield
Claremore, Okla., via Chicago and Homewood.

Olsen responds: Hey Tony, thanks for checking in. Let's see if we can give you some answers here.

I would definitely go with Mewelde Moore out of those three backs. The Bengals defense is the perfect matchup for Moore. They give up a little more than 158 yds per game on the ground and have allowed the third most rushing touchdowns (8).

Moore is an interesting player, simply because wherever he goes, somehow he's overshadowed. He gained 99 yds against a very tough Jaguars defense and is always capable of breaking off a long run at any time.

Your third wideout is also a daunting proposition.

First and foremost, let's just rule out Chad Ocho Cinco. He hasn't done anything to prove himself this season and his track record against the Steelers is nothing but hot garbage.

Camarillo's matchup looks quite enticing with Ravens S Ed Reed and S Fabian Washington both out with injuries. The Ravens secondary is their weakest link - Peyton Manning destroyed them last week - and can be exploited with the deep ball.

But that's a problem because Pennington doesn't have a deep ball arm.

Steve Smith is making a name for himself by being Eli Manning's possession receiver. In a sense he's actually out Amani Toomer-ing the original Amani Toomer.

So where does that leave you Tony?

If you want the safe play, go with Camarillo only because he's Pennington's only real target. But if you want to take a chance, go with Smith because he is on a better team with a better offense, but only a small weapon in a stacked arsenal.

Frerrote or Edwards? I'm with you, I hate playing guys that are facing off against the Bears. It just doesn't seem right.

For instance, I was at the Vikings/Bears game last year when Adrian Peterson went brezerk. I had him playing that day and I felt sick to my stomach when I felt happiness as he shredded the Bears defense.

On the surface Frerrote's matchup looks better, but in reality it isn't.

The Chargers give up the second most passing yards per game, and have allowed the third most touchdowns (10) through the air in the NFL.

Go with Edwards.

The Miller/Shockey one is easy. Go with Miller, he's the only consistent option Russel has out in Oakland and I just don't trust Shockey yet. That team has too many weapons and the luxury to bring him back slowly.

Big Ben is definitely ready to roll out in Pittsburgh. The guy won Offensive Player of the Week playing injured against the Jags and delivered a 3 TD performance.

In his career he's thrown nine touchdowns in five games against the Bengals and is a great play this weekend.

Thanks for reading, good luck and have a great weekend.

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Who to sit? TJ Houshmandzadeh (vs. PIT), Devin Hester (v. MIN), Lance Moore (@ CAR), or Santonio Holmes (@ CIN)
I was planning on sitting Housh since Carson Palmer is out again and Housh only got 4 points last week with Fitzpatrick. So I should be fine with sitting Housh again right?

Olsen responds: Sorry it took so long to get back to you Shirley, hopefully you read this before the game.

The Bengals may be one of the worst teams in football, but Housh still gets enough targets to warrant a position in your starting lineup. He's the only player Fitzpatrick throws to and is best receiver on that team.

In six games against the Steelers in his career, Housh has scored six touchdowns. He's consistent and in reality, the best receiver on your team.

The guy I'd consider benching is Moore.

Colston and Shockey are coming back this week and once you add Reggie Bush into the mix you know who Brees is throwing to.

Good luck this weekend Shirley.

Read your comment early this morning. I'll be starting Housh and sitting Moore. Thanks.

Big Ben or pennington this week I don't know

Ricky responds: I'd go with Chad. The Raiders are horrible.

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