Fantasy Mailbag: Peyton Manning or J.T. O'Sullivan?

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From: Benjamin

Starting Lineup:
QB: Peyton Manning (IND) vs. (BAL)
RB:Frank Gore (SFO) vs. (PHI)
RB: Justin Fargas (OAK) @. (N.O)
WR/RB: Steven Breaston (WR) (ARI) vs. (DAL)
WR: Issac Bruce (SFO) vs. (PHI)
WR: Chansi Stuckey (NYJ) vs. (CIN)
TE: Kellen Winslow (CLE) vs. (NYG)
D/ST: Panthers (CAR) @ (TB)
K: Matt Bryant (TB) vs. (CAR)

Bench:
QB: J.T O`Sullivan (SFO) vs. (PHI)
RB: Ernest Grahm (TB) vs. (CAR)
RB: Edgerrin James (ARI) vs. (DAL)
WR: Torry Holt (StL) @ (WAS)
WR: Anthony Gonzalez (IND) vs. (BAL)
WR: Hines Ward *BYE*
TE: Anthony Fasano (MIA) @ (HOU)
D/ST: Bills *BYE*

This is my current lineup, any changes or thoughts?

Thanks for your input


Olsen responds

First and foremost, thanks for checking in Ben, let's see if we can take a good look here for you.

Kellen Winslow Jr. worries me this weekend. I'm not sure if you've seen the updates, but the Browns sent him to a doctor for an 'undisclosed illness' and ended up staying overnight at the hospital. To make matters worse, the Browns are playing on Monday night and if he doesn't go, you're in a bad spot having to scramble for any tight end playing.

The Giants also have the second best pass defense in the NFL and with Derek Brown's struggles so far this season, I'm even more concerned.

I'd personally just go with Fasano. Or hold out for Winslow and make sure you have a backup TE ready to scoop up as a replacement.


I'm not particularly excited about the prospect of a struggling Peyton Manning going against the league's best overall defense, but your alternative in O'Sullivan definitely leaves something to be desired as well. The Eagles D is going to be an angry, motivated group after dropping two straight and the blitzes will be coming fast and furiously. I'd rather take my chances with Manning.

I'd also strongly consider inserting Torry Holt into your lineup. Replacement coach Jim Haslett is going to be trying to get this team back on track offensively and has already stated a strong intent to get Holt the ball early and often this weekend. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but if Holt is given the opportunity he could come away with a heck of a ball game. Let's just call it a hunch.

Other than that I think you're all set. Good luck.


From: Rudy

Who should I start @ my flex position? Welker or Driver?
I'm going to start: Jennings & Berrian @ (WR).
Also: Addai & Thomas Jones @ (RB)
I have a flex position @ (WR/RB):
Other Options on the Bench: Fargas, Michael Bush, Pittman & Hilliard .

Olsen responds

Thanks for writing in Rudy.

If you're sold on starting a receiver at your flex, I'd have to suggest going with Welker.

You'd ideally like to avoid having multiple players on the same team in your starting lineup. While the Packers offense has been fantasy gold, there's not enough production there to justify starting Driver and Jennings at the same time. Stick with Jennings.

Welker is starting to get his timing down with Cassel and it's only a matter of time before he realizes the weapon he's got in Welker.

The only other player I'd consider giving a look to is Fargas. By all accounts he's healthy and ready to roll against a Saints defense that gives up on average 107 yds per contest. But remember, they just held Adrian Peterson to 32 yds because they wanted Frerotte to beat them through the air.

Surprisingly enough he did, but I imagine the game plan will remain the same against Oakland. They're going to stack the box and make JaMarcus Russell beat them with the pass, something I don't think he can do.
So, for what it's worth, good luck. Let us know how you did.

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