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Editor's note: Sent prior to Chad Johnson injury.

Hi Dave,

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I'm an avid reader of your blog and column in The Sun.

I have a fantasy football question in a keeper league. My four keeper options are Larry Johnson, Chad Johnson, Andre Johnson and Drew Brees and I'm only able to keep two.

I'm in a 14-team league. We start 1 QB, 1 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 flex (WR/RB). It's standard scoring (four points per passing TD, six points per rushing/receiving TD, one point for every 25 yards passing and one point for every 10 yards rushing/receiving).

Who would you keep?

Thanks,

Brian

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Brian,

I am really big on Chad Johnson this year, but I would still keep Larry Johnson and Drew Brees instead.

Larry Johnson's fantasy value shouldn't have been as high as it was last year, but it shouldn't be as low as it is this year. Look around the league -- how many one-back situations are there nowadays? Everyone is sharing time. Johnson is going to get plenty of carries and new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is going to keep him off of blocking and useless third down situations. That means Johnson will be fresher to run. Jamaal Charles will do all the tedious work while Johnson will grind out yards and touchdowns. This Chiefs offense is young, but with guys like Brodie Croyle and Dwayne Bowe around, they should get stronger as the season progresses. That means Johnson's value should also get better as the team around him is better. I'd keep him.

I like both Chad and Andre Johnson, but I wouldn't keep a wide receiver over a top-tier quarterback. Johnson and Johnson are both underrated at this point -- Johnson because of the drama and Johnson because of the injuries. I'm being purposely ambiguous. Chad will thrive -- he's like Tony Stewart -- and he'll have a big year in the face of conflict. He likes attention. Andre is finally in an offense where there are weapons to distract defensive attention from him, but I still wouldn't keep him over Brees.

With Jeremy Shockey around and the potential emergence of Robert Meachem, you have to like Brees heading into this season. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton likes to throw it and get creative and the Saints may not have a great running game to rely on anyways.

Keep in mind that I value quarterbacks and running backs over wide receivers in almost every case. Unless we're comparing Terrell Owens to Matt Moore -- I do make exceptions.

- Dave

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