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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Morning all... got a lot of questions already in the queue, and only 1 hour to try and get to as many as we can... second cup of coffee in hand... Boogie on down!
Thanks to bye weeks, I have the unpleasant decision of starting either Peyton Hillis or Marshawn Lynch for my flex. Do I take the injured guy or the unproven guy?
AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
I think Hillis plays, but if he doesn't practice today, you might want to try Lynch.
If Favre sits out this weekend would you play Amendola or Britt over moss in a ppr league?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Favre is not sitting out. I just don't believe it. However, to answer the question, just in case, I go with Amendola in a PPR regardless.
Alex (Austin, TX)
Hey AJ, Addai owner who just picked up Hart. Would you use BJax or Knowshon in the early games, or wait to use Addai/Hart in the night game? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I go with BJax. Hart isn't going to play - Brown likely to go if Addai can't -- though I think Addai plays. I just don't like the Colts RBs at all this week, regardless.
Riley C (Kansas)
Start Nate Washington or BJGE this week? I know the law firm is projected 2 more points, but isn't Washington a little more of a sure thing against the Jaguars?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Washington's value is going to nosedive the way Britt is performing, and if Gage returns... I like BJGE better, especially since Pats might look to run more than usual in an effort to avoid looking like they egg on their face for trading Randy.
Need your help AJ. Trade my Witten and Addai for Mathews and Hernandez?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I'd do it, since I don't love Addai.
I have 3 guys for 2 spots. I have Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe and Ryan Torain. Which two are the best options? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
I'm not going anywhere near Bowe. He has bad, no, severe case of the dropsies.
AJ'S EX GF (Dumpsville)
Garcon, Crabtree or Holmes.....you owe me after leaving me for Natalie Portman in Paris!!!!! *sob sob*
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Happily celebrating 10 years of wedded bliss today... so, sorry, Natalie... as for the Q -- I go Garcon this week -- perhaps to remind me of what might have been in France.
Sit Schaub in favor of Eli this week???
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Yes, yes I would.
AJ, Talk about the New Orleans RB situation please.
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Looking like Thomas won't play -- so Betts/Ivory may split again... it's a situation to avoid unless the word comes down Sunday at 12 that Pierre will start.
Paul (New York)
Are you a fan of Flacco?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
No I am not. I think he has a better-than-average ability to throw wide and short, but outside of that small area of the field, he's too erratic for my tastes.
I've got a tricky one for you, in my league we count return yards, so every 10 yards you get 1 point. Would you play Karim with Jags (return man) or Tolbert this Sunday?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Don't like return leagues personally, but chacun a son gout! I think with Tolbert you're gambling on a vulture score, while with Deji, you're banking on the Titans kicking a lot... I'd lean that way.
AJ! I need some DEEP league help. My choice for my flex spot is between: Anthony Armstrong, Chris Ivory, or Golden Tate. I know it's a crap shoot... but who would you start if these were your ONLY options?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Armstrong. He's essentially the No. 2 now, whether he actually "starts" or not. Not sure that Tate gets boost in receptions just yet, though his time will come.
howard (mahwah, nj)
is Megatron a no go Sunday?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Right now it's an "if" he plays, but I think it makes tons of sense to rest him and then have him come back healthy in two weeks.
Eric (NY, NY)
Happy anniversary! 10 years is tin, right? Finding a good gift of tin has to be harder than this question - Jennings or Garcon this week? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Not sure... but I hear there's a rusty tin dude in need of oil somewhere in Oz. With Rodgers health issues, though he looks likely to play, I'd go with Garcon.
Who is the odd man out this week - Collie, Crabtree, Maclin, Welker?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Sorry gang - minor tech difficulties, we are back. Last answer was Maclin out. Don't like him + Kolb.
Which way do you lean on D/STs for rest of year: 49ers or Saints with easy sched, or Vikings or Cowboys with tough sched?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
I needed a pick up in one of my leagues with Jets due on bye next week. Went with 49ers. Just have to believe they step it up.
Chip (Ann Arbor, MI)
AJ, who has the best odds of scoring a TD this week: Forsett, Sproles, or Snelling? Bye weeks suck!
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
All comes down to touches... that should be Forsett.
If I sit out on Sunday, who is best to replace me Sanchez, Kolb or Campbell?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Sanchez for me... too many weapons to stop. Campbell might not finish game even if he starts.
The Saints have given up the 4th-most poinst to TE's, but Winslow hasn't scored yet, and Shockey is somewhat hot. Who should I start?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
I don't worry about the whole "points allowed to position" thing. Run versus pass, sure, but certain teams use TE more than others... numbers get skewed too easily. I go with Shockey while Bush is still away.
AJ! Sorry if I broke ESPN chat! Who will allow the least amount of points and dominate (int/fum): NYG D or CHI D? Also, in a TD heavy league, non-PPR, Welker or Mike Williams (TB)?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
I'll forgive you this time, Luis. I have Giants as my No. 1 D, with Chicago as No. 3. So hard to say where you'll go wrong... (but of course, even though my math says Steelers at No. 5 - with McCoy in there, I'd want them). Welker is a must start, period.
AJ! Peyton Hillis is clearly the Browns' guy. Would you feel comfortable trading for him? Say: I give - Michael Turner... I get: Hillis and Malcom Floyd?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Do it. Turner is very brittle. People selling high on Floyd are foolish.
Chase Utley (Philly, Pa.)
I'm really stressing over the game this weekend. Help me out! Who do I sit - Roy Williams, Marques Colston, Anquan Boldin or Kenny Britt
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Terrific crew... I sit Colston. Though I could understand if you didn't trust Cowboys at all... I'll be rooting for the Giants myself... both sports, Chase.
Non-football note. Who do you like in each LCS?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I like Yankees and Giants, though if Aubrey Huff doesn't have a big series, SF has no chance.
Spencer (New York)
who is a better roster stash Deji Karim or Jason Snelling?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
Snelling. As a Turner owner, I fully expect the legs to let me down at some point for a week or two.
Prezbo (Bodymore, Murderland)
Chris Harris says Harvin is a Top-10 WR this week. What say you?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I can absolutely see that. Can't imagine Dallas will be able to do a better job than the Jets, and unless Tarvaris comes in, Harris will be right.
Do you expect Owen Daniels to improve? I just traded for him (to replace Finley).
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
No, sadly I don't. I think he can get up to a 5-6 catch/TD game every so often, but right now, I no longer blame a slow start on the past injury.
Expect any rust on Big Ben? Start him or Eli?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
I roll the dice with Big Ben. I haven't spoken to my friends at the Drive in Pittsburgh this week, but the reports I hear from Steeler-land is that Ben looks like he missed no time.
Bizarro AJ Mass (10 years of freedom)
Thats funny its my 10 year anniversary from my divorce. flex play: greene, garcon, or bjge
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
I risk the matter-antimatter explosion by taking this Q... I really like BJGE this week. Maybe I'm the crazy one...
Mike Wallace or Santonio Holmes this weekend?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Holmes does look rusty... and though I think Ward benefits more than Wallace from Ben's return, I'd go with Mike.
Commish Question: Our league had a Jermichael Finley trade vetoed. Trade was agreed to before the injury game I rarely see trades get shot down and I don't see bad luck on an injury as reason to do so, what say you?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Caveat emptor... as long as the deal was done without one owner trying to rook the other guy post-injury, then "thems the berries."
Someone offered me Mccoy and Deangelo for Turner, I have to accept that right?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I'll take two starting RB over one any day.
WR/TE flex question in ppr. Greg Jennings or Hernandez (NE)
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Hernandez. I see 7 catches easy with Moss gone.
Chase (Utley, PA)
I have lucked out in the receiver department. Which 3 do I keep for the long haul, Austin-Nicks-V-jax-D-jac?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
I'd rather have V Jackson than D Jackson longterm -- but not this year.
Dave (State College)
Does Jenkins matter at all?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Does anyone even remember him? He's better on one leg than Harry Douglas, so perhaps he's a 3-40 type guy when he plays. It's all Roddy though...
Why Giants over Philly?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Bullpen. If Phils can score three in any game, they'll win... but SF has solid pitching to keep it 1-1 until ninth, and if Manuel goes Lidge... forget it.
Ivan Drago (He is not human...He is a piece of Iron)
Need to start a RB and a flex out of these 4 misfits...Betts, Moreno, Barber, Garcon....
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Garcon flex without a doubt. Moreno for my RB.
How fast should i accept Roddy/Hillis for SJax?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Have you heard of CERN's Hadron Super-Collider?
This week and rest of season: Tony Gonzalez or A. Hernandez?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Hernandez. He's going to lining up as WR a lot, even with Branch to allow Welker to stay in slot, with Gronkowski taking traditional TE routes.
need a win big time this week!!! Who's flexing B. Jacobs or MSW?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
MSW - Jags will still throw him the ball.
Mad Scientist (DC)
Who wins in a CERN's Hadron Super Collider Collision moving forward - D.Keller (w/Holmes back), B. Celek or H.Miller?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Does Bush still start if McFadden is active over F. Jones or Greene?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Yes, I think Oakland doesn't want a RBBC during games, and will make one guy "the guy" each week. For now that is still Bush.
Ken (Syracuse, NY)
I was offered MJD and Mathews for AP. My other rb's are pretty low end. Do I take this trade?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
You answer you own question. Yes, AP may be 8 points better than MJD, but if Mathews is 10 better than your scrub, you deal.
Your feeling on Mike Williams (TB): confident WR2 in a 12 team league, or still WR3/flex candidate? Thanks AJ-
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
When it comes to WR2/WR3 designation, I don't know... I mean it really comes down to you starting your best 3 WR. I have him Top 20 right now.
A question that (wont be answered)
Is Mike Bell worth a pickup in my 12 team league? Would you drop any of these names for him: B Tate, McGahee, Betts? Thanks AJ
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
If you want to take a Hillis injury policy flier on him, then you can drop Betts. Otherwise, no.
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Memo to several random questioners... no need to start your query with "Need a win this week" -- nobody ever "needs a loss"
Happy problem. Choose 2: Bradshaw, McCoy, Mendenhall. Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
I'm very nervous with Mendenhall this week. The return of Ben makes me fear a very low score.
Come on AJ -- take a chance with Moeaki over Cooley this weekend?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
OK, Laurie. Sure, why not?
I think the Yankees should get homefield because they had a better record than Texas, do you agree?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
No, because they didn't win their division and they didn't even try, quite frankly. MLB needs to add one extra WC team per league. Two wild-card teams play 1 game winner take all on Monday. Then you'll see teams caring about divisional crowns.
Crazy to sit MJD for Michael Bush and LT this week?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Not crazy - I have both ranked higher.
Nole (Bend, OR)
Thanks for all the hard work doing the projections! That said, with the Ravens D/ST projected four negative 4 points, would you recommend not starting a D/ST this week if all I have is the Ravens? I don't want to drop them and I don't want to drop a skill player for a backup D/ST.
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
You do what you want, but I never recommend taking the coward's way out and not starting a team. Besides, DST are the least accurate projections you can make. All it takes is a couple of sacks and a pick, and problem solved.
JR (Burlington, VT)
Aj, you said you would take two starting RB's for one earlier, but would you do deangelo and lynch for gore with deangelo playing so poorly?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
No, because I don't yet consider Lynch a starting back. Still unclear what the timeshare will be in Seattle, but if he is indeed 80-20 or something like that Forsett, then I would,m regardless of DeAngelo's foibles.
J. Baker (Newark, NJ)
Z. MILLER (3 straight TD games) or G. JENNINGS (coaches want to get him more involved) this week?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Want to get him more involved doesn't happen with Flynn throwing. I'll take the chances with Miller.
Tomlinson over S-Jax this week right?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Yup. I'd go that way.
Which Green Bay running back after this week? Jackson, Kuhn, Starks?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
I think I'd avoid the situation altogether, stash Starks just in case -- and if I had all three, I'd probably only play Kuhn on a hunch week.
AJ, should I drop J stewart for Britt in a PPR league?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
Yes. If you can do it twice, do so.
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
Gang, I gotta fly. Thanks for the Q's... if I didn't get to yours, I'll try and get a Twitter run in before the day is over... until the next time, good luck and Be Seeing You!