Engel's Mailbag: Trade and lineup advice
- Tim (Tacoma, Wash.): It seems I suddenly have a four-headed wide receiver monster on my hands: Braylon Edwards, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and D.J. Hackett. Unfortunately, I can start only three wide receivers, so who do I sit?
Engel: Now that Johnson is back for the Texans, along with a healthy Matt Schaub, he is a must-start player again. That is especially true in Week 12, when the Texans face the vulnerable Browns pass defense. The Browns have given up 269.5 yards per game through the air so far, worst in the AFC, and have surrendered an NFL-high 23 passing touchdowns. Edwards has played like an elite wide receiver all year long, and you cannot bench him in that same game. The Texans have surrendered 211.1 passing yards per game this year, so you know Derek Anderson will have a good day, and Edwards is his top target. Fitzgerald also has a solid matchup against the 49ers. Hackett has been a great target for Matt Hasselbeck since he returned to action, but keep in mind that the Seahawks will continue to spread the ball around a lot, and Deion Branch should start to become even more involved in the passing game this week. Hackett should be targeted less often than the other three guys, so I would bench him in what is obviously a very tough decision.
Jesse Katz (Dumont, N.J.): I am in need of a wide receiver and have a lot of depth at running back. After Chester Taylor's huge game, do I do this trade? I am giving up Taylor, LenDale White, Jeff Garcia, and getting Larry Fitzgerald. Taylor is a great sell-high candidate, and I am thinking of using that to my advantage.
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