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AJ Mass (10:58 AM)
Good morning once again, gang. We're ready for another hour of fantasy chattage. Call it in the air... who's ready to kick things off?
I know you have a hundred of these, but please give us some good news about Carlos Santana. Thanks
AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Nothing new to report, but you don't need to be a doctor to know the news is not going to be glowing. Air casts not exactly a good sign.
is hellickson worth an add in a 12 team keeper league? if so, would you drop brian roberts (i start phillips) or pablo sandoval (i start pena and beltre) to add him?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Not this year. He's already been sent back down, and though he'll be back in a month, I'm not sure that's enough to justify the roster spot.
Jamie (Savannah, Ga)
In a last ditch effort I am considering dealing Justin Upton for Pablo and Brian Roberts to catch lightning in a bottle. What do you think?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Sorry gang... computer froze up.
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
I say go for it... if you're going to lose anyway, why not throw caution to the wind.
Jordan Reif (Chambana)
Carlos Lee or Jay Bruce: who can turn it around?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Both can, only Bruce will.
Cin (San Diego)
Torrealba or Doumit as a replacement for Santana?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Yorvit. Doumit will likely get shipped to the outfield upon his return, and I worry a bit on how he'll take the news.
Quick thoughts on Favre's retirement impact on ADP?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Yes it looks like Favre is leaving. More of a concern for the receivers than the RBs. I don't think Rosenfels is that bad of a QB, but he'll have to prove it in camp.
Chris (Cincinnati, OH)
Ryan Howard to the DL?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Looks like. It's better if he does than to play through the rolled ankle and end up never healing.
Was Storen unavailable last night? Why did Burnett get the save?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Plan is for Storen, Clippard and Burnett to all take turns rather than put undue pressure on any one of them.
Youkilis to the DL?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Swelling in the thumb not a good sign. At the very least, expect him to miss a good week.
Luke Scott or Jason Kubel?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
I think Kubel would be the guy. You can see my Top 100 going forward in the Hit Parade, which should be up sometime today.
Jose Bautista (Toronto)
Am i a top 40 hitter for next year?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
One season at a time, Jose. I find it hard to push a player into the elite when he can't hit on the road.
Is Angel Pagan worth picking up in a 10 Team League?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Don't think so unless Jason Bay doesn't return at all.
AJ you are my favorite because of the controversies you create...I traded McCann for Cruz and have Posey as a backup catcher. Good move right?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
I just call them as I see 'em. If others have such "violent" reactions to hearing a differing point of view, that's not my doing. I think you did just fine and dandy. Cruz is going to finish season strong.
What can I realistically expect from morneau upon his return? My league has three weeks left and I'll likely have a first round bye in the playoffs. Will he be on track by then?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
I am concerned. Morneau wasn't feeling great after a workout yesterday - I'm beginning to get the sinking feeling he might not be back until mid-September.
Yorvit or Ruiz to replace Santana?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
EK has an article up today ranking catchers going forward to replace Santana. I like Yorvit, but depending on who is on the waiver wire, I think Snyder in Pittsburgh might be a nice gamble.
Scott (San Antonio)
In a 12-team league where QBs go early, and picking late in the round, would you try to lock-in 2 solid RBs (Turner/Mathews), or would you prefer to take a solid RB (Turner) and a stud WR(Moss)?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
I'd go Turner/Moss. There are only four RB or so I think are "elite" and "full-time" this season. That means there will plenty of chances to load up on the No. 2's and guess right on enough to not have it impact your team.
My outfield is a mess of injuries: Zobrist, Bay & Victorino! Looking to trade Romero and Strasburg for Ethier?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Single-season only, there's no reason not to.
Saves Speculation: Hanrahan or Meek?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Hanrahan. I think Meek is fine in his current role and there's no need for the Bucs to change it.
With Pods bound to lose playing time soon which one of these OF would you replace him with if you had to pick - Jose Tabata, Coco Crisp, Alex Gordon or Fred Lewis?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Alex Gordon has come back to the bigs and looks like a different player.
When will Votto be back?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Day-to-day is what I am hearing. A pinch-hit today as a trial run would go a long way towards calming his owners down.
JJ Hardy or Omar Infante (Prado just hit the DL)?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
I'll go with the All-Star.
Any surprises in your top 5 hitters to finish the year?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I doubt it... we can quibble over the lists, but the usual suspects -- Albert, Miggy, Crawford, Han-Ram will be there.
Is Rachel the most hated houseguest in BB history?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Not if you ask Rachel.
Domonic Brown (Philadelphia)
How valuable could I really be next season?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
Certainly the Phillies will be intent on getting Brown in there every day, as Werth will likely be gone. In that ballpark, with a healthy lineup, he could do a lot of damage.
What does Billy Butler rest of season outlook look like to you AJ?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Not great. Some power to be sure, but I think it will be more down than up.
Rachel (Inside The House)
AJ - don't you even try to take my MAN!!!
Why are all you so-called fantasy gurus hyping up Jay Bruce for this year? He has done very little thus far
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
I'd hardly call placing him as a borderline top 100 hitter "hype".
AJ- Who are your top 8 rb's right now?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
CJ, AP, MJD, Turner and Rice are my top 5. Gore is 6. After that, it's a drop to a bunch.
Clay D (NY)
Shouldn't Frank Gore be rated ahead of Ray Rice seeing how Gore has two new first round offensive linemen and he doesn't have two guys like McClain and McGahee on his team?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
New necessarily means better? I'm not worried about any competition from Rice's backups.
Jason (St. Louis)
Is Jon Jay worth a look in deeper mixed leagues or just NL?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Definitely worth a look in deep league of all sorts. If Tony LaRussa believes, who am I to argue?
Keeper dilemma: would you rather keep Charles for a 4th or Wells for a 5th?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Beanie. You can read my full article about it in 32 Q's, posted tomorrow. Dah-dah-da. Dah-dah-da.
What's up with broxton? Will he revert back to his dominate self or is there cause for concern?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
I seem to recall a certain fantasy writer being called to the carpet for suggesting Broxton was in trouble a month or so ago. Hmmmmmm....
In a Dyson, which two would you rather keep for next year: Jose Bautista, Nick Swisher, Starlin Castro or Brett Gardner?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
I'd definitely keep Gardner. Bautista looks like the second choice.
AJ, my league has Holds as a category. Two of my "closers" were traded - who do I keep for Holds? Dotel or Wood?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
I don't think Mariano is going anywhere, if you catch my meaning.
Who would you draft higher next season, Gardner or Ellsbury?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
I take the fifth until I see Ellsbury back on the field. If he's back to where he was pre-injury, I still take him.
Keeper RB question: Keep Benson in the 6th, J. Stewart in the 5th, or Felix Jones also in the sixth?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Benson is the best of the three, taking away the off-field stuff, but I'd hesitate to keep him over Felix, who has far greater upside.
Ellsbury next year? Don't you take him with one of the top 5 picks? :)
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
I only wish we'd have been able to see what played out with that one... alas.
SHONN GREENE 9th or CEDRIC BENSON 15th keeper?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
At 15th, Benson is a steal.
With a ton of weapons to go to this year, would it not be crazy to take Peyton in the 1st round?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
From pick 6 on, Brees and Manning both make a whole lot of sense.
I have Broxton, and I thought you were crazy when you wrote that article. Now, all I can say is good call. Keep Antonio Gates in the 5th rd of 12 team league or is tight end too deep this year?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Blind squirrel says tight end is too deep for Gates in Round 5. I'd wait until 9th at the earliest to grab my TE.
How good of a year do you think Steven Jackson will have?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Even if he stays healthy the entire season, I can't see him finishing better than 6th overall - and it's a big IF.
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Incidentally, we're doing a 12-team PPR mock this afternoon. Not sure when the results will go live, but keep an eye out for it.
Please give me your view on Andres Torres and Delmon Young...I have both and they are very cheap keepers. Will they stay hot this year or should I move them to make a run at this year?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
I'm hanging on to Delmon, but I am not yet sold on Andres maintaining.
Better PPR keeper prospect: Steve Smith (NYG) or Marques Colston?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Smith. He's Eli's possession guy. More catches than Marques, though Colston will likely have more yards and more big plays.
Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson are on the wire and I have Fred Lewis, site says from best to worst is Davis, A-Jax, Lewis...which one would you rather have...power not an issue?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Raj, Austin, Fred.
When will the ESPN staff wake up and get off the Jason Bay bandwagon?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
I just dropped him 24 spots in Hit Parade. I'm not sure what more I can do to telegraph dislike.
Can LeSean McCoy produce like Westbrook used to, or is that too much to ask for?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
You don't want McCoy to produce like Westbrook used to - far too erratic with 30 one week and 2 the next. I like McCoy as a consistent performer, but not expecting any crazy 4 TD games.
Hayden (Logan, Utah)
whats a good sleeper QB?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
Considering the talent at WR, Carson Palmer is going way too low.
what are the chances brett favre is a 100% not coming back for this football season?
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Never say never. Right? But what is 100 percent is that this chat is over. Thanks to all for taking part. Feel free to do the Twitter thing. We're off next week, but will be back in two weeks time... until then, Be Seeing You!