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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Good morning gang! We're back for an hour of fantasy chattage.... so let's get right to it. Second cup of coffee in hand! Call it in the air!
Debbie (At Work)
AJ, what does the Dallas and KCC backfields look to be the next few weeks/rest of the year?
AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
I'd say Choice/Murray in a 50-50 timeshare. In KC, my guess would TJ gets the lead, with Dexter doing the change-of-pace.
Jermaine Gresham and Mike Williams absolutely killed me this week, is there more competition on both teams than we might have thought?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I don't think you can get too hung up on Week 2 performances -- the NFL is an adjustment game, and defenses adjusted. Now we have to see how these offenses adjust back.
Are you starting Kenny Britt over DeSean Jackson on a weekly basis?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Yes... I have Britt as an preliminary top 5 guy this week... DeSean nowhere near that value, especially with Vick's status in the air.
Is Eric Decker really worth an add? Thoughts on him?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
He was on the radar as a sleeper pick before Week 1, and while I don't think yesterday is going to happen each week, as long as there are injuries to Lloyd and Royal, Decker should be able to give you a chance at 80 and a score.
What's the latest on Arian's hammy?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Tightened up on him as game went on... my guess is he'll sit out a week or two and let Tate do the "heavy lifting" until Foster is 100 percent.
If you needed 1 point to win with Josh Brown and the Giants D left, would you start both or bench the D and hope for one kick?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
You start them both so that you're not weeping after a shutout.
Hi AJ. Enjoyed your discussion with Bill Littlefield on Only a Game. Fantasy Sports on NPR--good stuff!
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Thanks! That was fun. Link is here: http://bit.ly/q22YZn
Worried about CJ?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Mr. 2K's line against the Ravens wouldn't have bothered me if this were Week 8 and he hadn't held out, so I'm not going to get too crazy about it.
redskin fan so tell me do you see Romo and Dez playing and if so are they to be feared
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
I think they'll both play... the issue is Felix and Austin being out and how that will impact the offense as a whole. Fear? No.
Fred Davis (DC)
I'm pretty awesome, aren't I?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Certainly, you're making Cooley a non-factor, but I'm not ready to vault you into TE top 10 just yet.
That First Place Guy (The OC)
Cruz, Murphy, Kipnis? Pick one for weekly roto.
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Kipnis for me.
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Patriots love to mess with the opposition, and triple-teamed him at times... V-Jax had a huge day instead. It won't work unless your offense is as good as NE's, so don't expect copycats to be as successful.
Thoughts on AJ Green? 14 targets yesterday.
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
That's why I liked him better than Julio Jones for this year... he's the big fish in Cincy. As long as Dalton remains solid, he'll be a decent fantasy option, but there are going to be weeks where it simply doesn't work.
Orange Nation (Syracuse, NY)
Thoughts on Cuse making the move to the ACC?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Would have preferred a Big 10 move, but I'm far more excited about Duke and UNC in hoops and FSU/Miami in football than TCU and Rutgers in either.
Denarius Moore was very impressive, purely other people's injuries or worth an add over someone like Mike Thomas?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Not crazy about him next week with Jets, and certainly when top 3 guys are all out, it's hard for a defense to be fully prepared to stop a guy they haven't seen much of... In the Decker category... could have value on a weekly basis, but Week 2 was likely the best you'll see from him.
Cmon Man (Indy)
Well the colts are awful without P-Daddy so their season is toast. When do Peyton owners give up on a possible return?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
I'm thinking that ship has already set sail. If he's ready to go Week 10, and they're 1-9? Why bother?
No Mas (Squared Circle)
Thoughts on Fred Jackson, stud every week?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Not every week "stud" level just yet, but in a 12-teamer, you're certainly starting him without hesitation.
Jim (San Diego)
Is there any indication that Holliday and Tulo will be getting moved to the IR? I can't drop them because I am in a keeper league and someone else could grab them for next year, but I really need the roster spots for the championship this week.
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Generally speaking, teams don't use the DL at this time of the season since they have expanded rosters. So, while it may not look good for them to get much PT the rest of the way, especially Holliday, from a roster standpoint, your hands will likely be tied.
Thoughts on Cam Newton? He has to be a must start over the middle of the road QBs like Bradford. Right?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
You ride the hot hand, and while I'm doubtful we get another 400-yarder this week, I didn't think we'd have the second.
Thoughts on Fitzpatrick as a fill in for Vick if he cant go?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Not thrilled with Fitz going up against the Patriots in Week 3. I'd put him in the middle of the pack right now...
What makes you say that Felix Jones is out? He played with the injury yesterday, and guys play through separated shoulders all the time, even QBs.
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Didn't say he was definitely out, but he certainly could miss next week if the Cowboys want him to take a week and heal up - and that's probably the prudent course of action.
jeff (santa barbara)
Jason Campbell....better or worse than Sexy Rexy
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
Better... but I'm not exactly doing cartwheels for either.
what are the chances Miles Austin misses some time?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
I'd say pretty good, as the hubbub right now is a Week 6 return.
Gibson or Hixon if Nicks is out tonight?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I'd go with Hixon. Don't like Cruz at all, and think Eli will work him in.
Thoughts on Deion Branch? Flex-worthy?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Absolutely... a likely 90 yards a week is not something to sneeze at.
Ben Tate ?: Where is his value with no Foster and a banged-up Ward?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
I can easily see 90 yards and a possible score this week, if Foster is out. Even if Foster plays right now, Tate can gain 40 yards for you... so as a flex option either way it makes sense.
David Price was injured yesterday. What are the chances that he'll make a start in the next scoring period (September 19 - 25)?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Reports I have read seem to indicate he'll make his next start, after taking that liner off the chest.
Josh (San Diego)
Ryan Matthews moving up your boards?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Yes, I still wouldn't put him ahead of guys who aren't in jeopardy of losing points to a guy like Tolbert, but I'd start him no question in Week 3.
whats going on with the WAS backfeild? hightower got good yards in the 1st half but nothing in the second, did see the game, what happen? worry for hightower owners?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Shanahan being Shanahan. I still think Tim will get 15-20 touches per week, but he's going to go with the hot hand, and Helu was doing a good job.
Jeremy Maclin, huge game last night. Do I sell high or hold?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Hold on to him. I think Maclin is a better fantasy play than DeSean, and while both would take a hit if Kafka were in there regularly, I'm happy to keep him active for now.
Time to drop DeAngelo Williams?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Wouldn't drop him... Carolina hasn't exactly been winning with their current strategy. I think they need to establish a running game, and while you can bench D-Will until they do, cutting is a bit extreme.
How long can Brady and Patriots keep this up? Or should I start selling Pats?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
This isn't Cam Newton or Ryan Fitzpatrick... the Pats can easily do this, or very close, all season long.
Matt Forte (CHI-TOWN)
I'm a top 10 back, I need to get paid!!!
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
I agree with the assessment, especially in PPR.
Worth using number 1 waiver claim on Thomas Jones?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Don't get hung up on waiver position -- you take what you need when you need it and don't wait for "something better" to come along.
Too crazy to consider starting Stafford over Rivers from here on out?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
It's not crazy, given how well Stafford has performed, but I'm still going to expect Rivers to have a better Week 3 than Stafford.
Can Keller keep up the good work?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Sure. I picked him as this year's "Marcedes Lewis" and as long as he keeps catching the ball, Sanchez will look to him in red zone.
Will (York, PA)
AJ, bought and read your book, good stuff. Championship baseball week question: For my UTL spot, should I start D Lee, Chipper Jones or the hot Brent Morel?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Many thanks... please do check it out! I'm going with Chipper. http://tinyurl.com/433697d
Marc (Malden, MA)
Devery Henderson...sell high?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
Sell twice. He's always going to be a home run hitter with either 15 or zero points, IMO. While you may want to ride him until Colston returns, I'm not trusting him.
Daniel Thomas on his way to fantasy prowess? At least fantasy relevance?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
I think he and Reggie still are going to split fairly evenly, depending on matchups. Once the bye weeks start up, you're going to need to look a little deeper, and certainly that's when his value really should kick in.
Nick (BC Canada)
Drop Jimmy Graham for Keller?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
No. I like Graham just fine too... I don't like to play the "guess the hot hand" game. If I have either of those two guys, I'm standing pat.
Issac Redman (Pittsburgh)
Will I start stealing more carries from Mendy?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Stealing is the wrong word... I'd say it could be a 2-1 split until we get to the stretch, though.
So you post Will's compliment and question...and your response is to post a link for your book and not answer his question? tsk tsk AJ!
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I did answer it... I wrote Chipper.
Best (Motor City)
What did I prove yesterday?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
You proved nothing. You want to impress me? Get 100 on the ground this week, because I'm predicting 60.
Davone Bess or Nate Burleson in PPR
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Burleson gets the love for me.
Scoop D (Work)
Congrats on the Emmy! You are awesome on Big Bang Theory!!
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Perhaps that was meant as an insult? Jim Parsons fans rise up!
Sammy B (St. Louie)
Lighning Round!! Sims Walker or Gibson?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Is McGahee going to have real fantasy value this year? Would it be worth dumping Addai for him?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
I think it's worth dumping Addai for most other options. #FeelTheHate
B.Marshall or L.Blount in the flex going forward? u da man
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Depends om the week. Right now, I lean Blount.
Peter (Green Bay, WI)
Lightning round!! PPR league: Harvin, A.J. Green or Branch?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
I'd gamble on Green this week.
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
That's the whistle. Thanks to all for the Q's. I'm on the Twitter for those I could not get to... Until the next time, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor!