Week 9: Engel's Mailbag

Daniel, San Francisco: I was offered Frank Gore for Shaun Alexander. I have decent RB depth. I'm worried Alexander is going to be negatively affected by the poor offensive line and Matt Hasselbeck missing more time.

Engel: If you can use other RBs and wait another week or so for Alexander to return, I would hold onto him. The Seahawks have been giving him ample time to heal adequately, and he is a much better runner than Maurice Morris, who isn't truly reflecting how well the Seahawks can run the ball when Alexander returns. Seneca Wallace can certainly keep defenses honest and put the RBs into scoring position, and the line is still adequate, especially with Walter Jones leading the way on the left side. I'd keep Alexander.