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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Good morning gang! We're back for another 60 minutes of fantasy chattage, so let's get right to it. Every day, I'm shuffling! Second cup of coffee in hand. Who is up first?
Poppy (Cleveland, OH)
PPR league - choose one to start - Welker or Miles Austin. Thanks.
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Welker for me. Not that Austin isn't a good play, but if the Jets decide he's "not going to beat them" he may see fewer targets.
Will I regret drafting M. Lynch as a backup? Should I go ahead and grab Tolbert while he's still available?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Yes. And yes.
Austin Collie (Indianapolis, IN)
So what will life without Peyton be like for me?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
As long as the foot is fine, I don't think you have much to worry about. As a whole, the team may not move as smoothly, but in general, Kerry will call the same kinds of plays.
Romo or Cassel this week?? 6 point per TD...
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Not even a question...Cassel is nursing sore ribs. Romo is the call.
Marcedes Lewis value now that McCown is in?,
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
Garrard wasn't exactly a stud QB, folks. If they had gone to Gabbert, I'd be more inclined to move values around. MJD is still going to face multiple men in the box, and Lewis will get similar targets.
Just wondering who you would go with at flex, PPR league. AJ Green or Ingram? Thanks
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Green over Ingram. Based both on matchup as well as opportunity.
Week 1 (Finally)
AJ...pick 2 for this week...Hillis, Forte , RRice
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I'm going to pass on Rice for Week 1 with that trio.
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Just a catch-all reminder to all of you... please make sure with guys like Johnson and Jackson and other common names that you specify which one... I can't possibly answer the question if I can't figure that out.
Andy (Syracuse, NY)
Thoughts on Zach Miller? He was just released in my league
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
With Carlson out for the year, I think he has a chance to be a top-10 TE.
Am i crazy to consider sitting Chris Johnson (no preseason) for Beanie?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
A little bit nutty, yes. I get the fact that there may be some rust... but not that much.
Kolb vs. Car or Bradford vs. Philly?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Bradford for me... I'm not sold on Kolb overall and really don't see anyone other than Fitzgerald for him to throw to.
Are you believing all this hype with Julio Jones....I have seen him going ahead of guys like Manningham, Welker, and Harvin...thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Ridiculous. Yes, because of Roddy, he's got a chance to have some decent games... but WRs usually take time to develop.
Is Britt a better play than Austin this week?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
I have Britt ranked higher, but it's not a huge gap.
Drew (Corona, CA)
How nuts am I for thinking Reggie Bush is start-worthy at Flex over Cedric Benson?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
Not crazy at all. Bush is going to get more touches than Thomas and may return kicks too. Meanwhile, Benson was dealing with incarceration -- don't know where his head will be at.
Jacobs or Mendenhall this week?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Mendenhall... Jacobs on wrong end of timeshare.
Knowshon or Rice?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Moreno... my only concern with Knowshon is the vulture factor.
Who gets the majority of the touches in SD's backfield?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
50-50. If I had to pick one for fantasy purposes, I'd rather have Tolbert.
why so down on Rice this week?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Pittsburgh. He's still top 15, but closer to 15 than 10.
Is Starks a sneaky play this week?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
No need to be "sneaky"... you start the best guys you have in Week 1. If that includes Starks, your draft was probably "lousy".
Who are you taking in eliminator pools for week 1? Leaning towards Arizona or Houston against the Manning-less Colts. Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
I would probably go New England or San Diego.
ELIMINATOR POOLS!? (Whaaaaaa?)
Dwayne Bowe no longer top 10?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Given Cassel's status I'd put Bowe in the 10-15 range.
Mike(San Diego) [via mobile]
So you say "no need to be sneaky. play your best guys", yet you're sitting Rice against PIT. Basically there are always exceptions, right?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Matchups come into play at the top... I'm not sitting Rice for timeshares that haven't sussed themselves out. In most leagues, if I own Rice, I likely don't have 3 from the 14 guys I've ranked ahead of him -- so I'm probably not sitting him.
Baseball: What's going on with A-Rod? I waited forever for him to come back and he's playing like once or twice a week - poorly - now that I'm in the playoffs. Should I just ditch him?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
The Yankees don't care about fantasy playoffs. They care about the real ones and making sure A-Rod is rested for them. Feel free to cut.
Burleson or Boldin at WR2?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I go with Burleson. I think Stafford has a huge day, and they won't all go to Megatron.
10- 15 just for this week correct? I am top 3 fantasy RB for the year...
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Yes, we're talking this week only.
Eli over Cutler this weekend, correct?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
That's what I would do.
Starting Megatron and Manningham... have to choose between Branch or Plaxico... (have Moore, but groin looks to be problem)
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Moore may or may not play -- best to avoid and not get behind the 8-ball after one day of the season. I go with Branch over Plax.
What are your thoughs on Jacoby Ford for this season? Thanks
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
I like him better than the rest of the zombies they have in Oakland... but I'm still staying far far away from that huddle.
Donnie Baseball (DC)
Along the lines of the A-Rod Question - Do I cut strings with Rollins now?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
Yes. He'll get a few starts once he's ready to go, but I don't think I'd want them.
What are your thoughts on Felix Jones this week?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Borderline top 10. The Jets are a good team, but I don't think they will stop all of the Cowboys weapons.
Finley or Vernon Davis this week?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Both should have good days... I'm going with Vernon - destroyed the Seahawks last year, if memory serves.
Some Guy (Buda, TX)
Who sees more work Wk1: M.Bush or T.Jones?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
I won't begin to try and get inside Haley's head -- but I think Run DMC gets 25 carries, so I guess I say TJ.
Another Cowboys question: Does Dez get sent to Revis Island this week? My other option is Britt.
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
I'm thinking he goes to Cromartie Cove, but either way, Britt gets my call.
Reed (Wildwood NJ )
Who Are you Sitting? M Turner or Hightower?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Timmy. He has to prove it to me.
Better waiver wire D/ST option for this week, Chiefs, Cards or 49ers?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Chiefs are my No. 3 pick for Week 1 overall, so I go with them.
Dan (Fruitport MI)
Pick one of the three: S. Holmes, Britt, or S. Moss?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Britt. Toss up between Moss and Holmes for the silver.
Goff Out For Season (NYG)
And another defensive player gone for the G-Men.How good of a start are players from the G-men, Jets and Skins for this week given the high emotion for the 10th anniversary?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
No city or team has any special emotional claim to this weekend's anniversary. I will say though, if there is one team that may have some emotional boost- perhaps TB with the loss of Selmon...
DO you trust Jahvid Best as a #2 RB in week 1? Thanks
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Week 1 - Greg Olsen, Brandon Pettigrew or Marcedes Lewis?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
I'm liking Olsen - but in the end, we're talking targets... any TE can get the lottery ticket of a TD pass any week.
AJ, Rothlisberger or Sanchez this week? Thanks.
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Big Ben. I want very little to do with Sanchez.
How does Cleveland D do against Cincy this week?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Both defenses are nice plays, because both QBs are so wet behind the ears. (Now watch it be a 45-41 slugfest.)
With Peyton out is Addai looking better?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
No. Addai is Addai. Still don't want him.
What do you think of the lions d for this week and the yr as a whole?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Top 10 potential for the season. Not loving them Week 1.
Tolbert, Willis Mcgahee, or Shonn green in flex, in your humble and expert opinion?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Going with Shonn - can't trust Willis. He's more suited for a bye week flex flier.
Would you rather pick up the Carolina Steve Smith off waivers or keep the #1 spot?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Generally speaking... you grab what you need when you need it. Don't worry about priority. That said, I don't think you *need* Smith Week 1.
Limited Options (Columbus)
Manning down! Best from the worst for week 1- Collins @ HOU, Smith vs SEA, Grossman vs NYG or Hasselbeck @ JAC
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
So help me, I say Alex Smith.
J (Savage, MN)
PPR flex - Manningham, Reggie Bush, Mike Thomas
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
PPR league: Bess or Amendola this week as my no.3?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Amendola is safer.
Would you start me against the yanks today now that half the team is expected to sit due to the late game last night?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
It's not like the guys who didn't play were in the hotel napping.
D Keller (NY)
Am I still relevant as a red zone target?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Absolutely, though I'm sure jump balls to Plax will cut the number a bit.
Buzzer Beater! Stafford or Romo?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
That's the final whistle. Sorry I couldn't get to more, but with 3000 Q's being asked in an hour... hard to get to them all. I try to do the Twitter thing, and I'll be back on Friday. Until then, check out my book (http://www.amazon.com/How-Fantasy-Sports-Explains-World/dp/161608295X) Good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.