Gates is disappointing, but don’t drop him

Don't drop this guy. (AP Photo/Kevin Terrell)

The waiver wire offers slim pickings, kind of  like the Shakey’s Pizza buffet after the Thursday afternoon lunch rush. So you can imagine my surprise when in one of my leagues Antonio Gates was on the wire. And imagine me nearly spraining my thumb while maneuvering my mouse to try to add Gates to my squad. Sadly, my waiver claim went unfulfilled but this leads to a bigger lesson: Don’t drop Gates.

I understand your frustration, Gates owners. He has given you nothing but heartache this season. But Gates should return after the Chargers’ Week 6 bye, and even if he is only healthy for a few weeks, he is worth having on your team. I have long advocated dumping familiar names for guys with high upside, but Gates is not one of those players.

Right here is a good example.

Is it truly time to drop clark n go for gresham or cook instead my other is olsen who has been doin great shld cont if so which 1? — Mike Waszak II (via Twitter)

I am ready to cut bait on Dallas Clark. I was willing to give him one more chance after the elevation of Curtis Painter, but enough is enough. Clark did catch 75 percent of the passes thrown to him on Monday night. Too bad he was targeted only four times. Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne were targeted eight times, while Austin Collie had seven. History is going to be rather unkind to Clark after his career is finished, as he is clearly a beneficiary of Peyton Manning more than an elite tight end.

who is a better backup for andre johnson? jacoby jones or kevin walter? — Rodrigo (via Twitter)

Go for Jacoby Jones, he had more targets last year when Dre Johnson was out.

I have a stacked RB corp AP, DMac, Mendenhall, Mathews. But starting M Ryan. I want to shore up my QB. Who should I trade for? — Meng Chea (via Twitter)

Great running backs, and you should look to deal one of them. Without seeing your league, the best I could tell you is to look for the person who had Matthew Stafford as a backup, or the owner who picked up Cam Newton to start and is leaving a guy like Matt Schaub on the bench. Ryan Fitzpatrick owners might be panicky right now, too.

I’ve got 3 QBs (newton, rogers, and sanchez) and the only viable starter at the RB position is Forte. I’ve attempted trading newton to a few other players with QB issues but they’ve all been rejected. What tier RB is Newton worth, and should I even be looking to trade him? — Ian Zolynsky (via Facebook)

Sometimes fantasy owners don’t want to make fair deals. So it is really tough. You should be shooting for the moon with Newton. If nobody wants to play ball, there is no reason for you to just give him away. In the meantime, try to snag Stevan Ridley off the wire this week. You can laugh at all of the owners when Ridley becomes the starter in New England.

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