FFL mailbag: April 21

Art, Chicago: I have been offered two separate trades in my 12-team dynasty league. One owner offered me Willis McGahee for Julius Jones and Dominic Rhodes. Another owner offered me Kellen Winslow for Rhodes. My other running backs are Kevin Jones, Ronnie Brown, Marion Barber, and Samkon Gado. I'm thinking of dumping Rhodes while there is a market for him. Do you see Gado taking over the Packers' starting job again this year?

Engel: After a disappointing 2005 season, McGahee isn't quite worth the price of both Julius Jones and Rhodes. All three running backs have something to prove, and a healthy Julius Jones could perform on a level similar to McGahee. Winslow has no trade value until he can show he is recovered from major injuries that have unfortunately ruined his NFL career to this point. It is a good move to try and trade Rhodes, who might be overvalued as he takes over for Edgerrin James. But you should only deal him if you get a better offer. At the same time, it's clear that you are lacking a true standout RB, and you'll need to offer much more than Rhodes and Julius Jones to upgrade, especially if you have standout wide receivers or a top quarterback on your roster. As for Gado, he could initially share some playing time with Ahman Green. Gado clearly has more upside than Green, and Green now is surrounded by more serious doubts about his durability. Gado has no clear opportunity to start, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him get a chance to play full-time during the 2006 season. You'll simply have to wait patiently for him to get that chance.