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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning gang! A windy Wednesday here, so I've got that second cup of coffee already in hand. Who's going to kick off our sixty minutes of fantasy chattage?
Got my coffee! Starting Schaub or go with Kitna or Sanchez with better matchups???
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
I'm rolling with Sanchez, given the matchup. I don't think it's being too cute either.
Jason G (The Big D)
Hypothetically, if I recently took over for an underperforming but very talented team, do you think I will ressurect Miles Austin's value as a WR1 for the rest of the year?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
Nope. Not at all. Austin had one deep bomb go his way, otherwise, you wouldn't even be asking the question. Dez is the man in Big D now.
What should I dodo with Tutu, start or sit? Thank you you.
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
That all depends on what Legedu-do. Seyi will get some snaps if Naanee can't go... but not enough to start if he does.
Strategy Question? 10-0, clinched playoffs, don't need any more wins. Is it a good strategy to drop my defense and or kicker and grab fliers (Floyd, Holmes, etc) and then drop whoever is not performing for the kicker or defense when the playoff weeks come around? thanks
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
If you're saying you're going to be starting an empty roster spot for the next three weeks, then I wouldn't do it... even if your league rules don't forbid such a move, which they should... don't influence OTHER teams playoff chances by doing something shady.
Brady or Matt Ryan at QB this week?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
Based on last week's performance, I'll roll with Mr. Bieber.
Eggnog latte! Who's the most valuable Colts RB now til the end of the year?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
The one who is healthiest. I'm only half kidding here -- it's going to be Addai as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks.
Darth Vader (Oakland)
Smart idea to pick up Randy McMichaels when I own Gates? Sounds like Gates may be a GTD, so I can buy some time.
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
This week, absolutely. I think Gates will play, but given the MNF start, you won't have a second choice unless you grab Randy.
Keith (Ny )
Tough decisions to make this week, in need of expert advice. Orton or Freeman and Williams south, Austin or James jones? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Both have pretty good projections, but I'm leaning Freeman's way against a 49ers team that hasn't been forcing turnovers. But for WR, it's so clearly Williams to me, that I might start Orton to hedge my bets.
Is Tolbert a good play this week with Matthews uncertainty even though we may not know his status until monday night?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Given that Tolbert is likely to get short yardage work anyway, including vultur-iffic carries, he's probably going to get points regardless.
Been up since 4am, 6th cup of cccccoffee! Pick one for my flex, R Moss, S Green or Fitz?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Moss simply can't be trusted as anything more than a decoy right now. I'm leaning Greene, as he starts to overtake LDT in the timeshare.
I'm thinking that Kitna is going to light up the Lions. Am I nuts starting him over Orton this week? Former Lions always tear up current Lions when they play them.
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
I'm actually of the opposite mind - Detroit dusts off the old reel-to-reels and get a lecture from Megatron on Kitna's tendencies, then shut him down.
Aaron Hernandez (New England)
Where did I go Sunday night? Did I lose my job to Rob Gron?!?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
No... just a Belichick special, throwing completely different looks out there to confuse the Steelers, and it worked. Wouldn't really be surprised to see Gronkowski sit and Hernandez and Crumpler running routes this week.
What Jags WR would you want the rest of the way? MSW or Thomas?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Thomas, who is far more reliable a receiver... the dramatics and the end of the game do not factor into my call here. Having said all that, I like MSW for *this week* a touch more.
Trey Anastasio (Philly)
Reggie Wayne has really been struggling this year, does he still deserve a steady spot in the top 10 rankings?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Phishing for answers, Trey? Yes he does, because as he gets other receivers healthy (Collie, White) and doesn't have practice squad guys on the field with him, he'll get fewer triple-teams.
Better to own the rest of the way...LT or Forte?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Tomlinson -- Forte's schedule gets only tougher come fantasy playoff time -- which you'd know if you read my Top 5 in the ESPN Fantasy Newsletter -- PLUG PLUG... Company man, yada yada yada.
Michael - Disappointed Marshall Owner (Grand Junction, CO)
How does Marshall's value change with Thigpen at QB? Is he worth a start over the likes of a player like Santonio Holmes?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
I'd still start Holmes, since Sanchez will heave it versus the Texans. Marshall's value may go up a tiny bit with Thigpen vs. los dos Chads, but not much.
Michale Vick the #1 QB in football going forward?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Hard to argue with a guy who has yet to score fewer than 20 points in a game he finished...
All I want for Christmas (Is my question to be answered )
Need a win for the playoff push. Sit 1, MJD, Charles, McCoy, Hillis
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Phew! Guess I can return that new car I bought you... Sit Shady and Feliz Navidad!
Need help on a Survivor pick: PIT, DAL, or CIN?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
I have Dallas losing, Pitt by 2, Cincy by 8... but I don't think I'd bet against the Steelers coming off that embarrassment.
Who is Shady?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
LeSean "Shady" McCoy... once a nickname makes the mainstream, I really shouldn't have to explain it, but I'll be nice today.
Ethics Question! A group of owners in our league have banded together to turn Chris Johnson into the league bicycle. They're trading him around each week in order to beat the team that currently holds the last playoff spot. No league rules are technically being broken, but should the rest of us veto these trades?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
This is absolutely collusion -- the textbook definition of it. Where's your Commish?!!?
is this due to injury or BEN
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
It's due to a stated effort by the team to boost up the passing game, and as such Mewelde is getting far more snaps than he normally would. It does not bode well for Rashard.
Hi AJ, I'm 7-3 (3rd) in a 16-teamer, thanks to you and your colleagues, but I'm by no means safely in the playoffs... Would you roll with Davone Bess or James Jones this week?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
Jones, since with a new QB in Fishville, we don't know what the WR breakdown will be -- perhaps Thiggy will prefer Bess, but perhaps he will look Hartline's way a lot more.
Homer Simpson (Springfield)
Quick D question - who would you start this week Miami, NO, or NY Giants?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Saints, though all three are ranked back-to-back for me.
With what you said about Mendenhall, would Fred jackson be a better play?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
I'd heavily consider it this week, especially with Spiller out this week.
Why am i not on IR, am i really coming back for the stretch run? What do the cowboys have to gain they are out of it anyways
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Peace of mind, perhaps. Maybe they just want to see the franchise QB upright and unbroken.
Your thoughts on Sidney Rice this weekend, will the Vikings activate him off the PUP and does he have any value?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
He's got until next Wednesday to be activated and Chilly has said that he is leaving it up to Rice... with the Vikes record being what it is, it looks like Rice will simply not risk getting hurt and wrecking his future contract value.
Who do you go with this week: Bradshaw or Hillis???
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Hard to argue with how Hillis has done versus all comers. Plus if G-Men are behind early, Bradshaw gets more touches usurped by Jacobs.
Mike (San Diego)
There is a team in my league who has been extremely unlucky and is 2 games out of the last playoff spot. Despite what the standings say, I look at their team and consider them the 2nd best team in the league. Is it shady to make favorable trades to their upcoming opponents to keep this team out of the playoffs?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
As long as the trades themselves are fair, there's nothing wrong with this. If you're sending Lance Moore for Fendi Onobun there's a problem.
who would you rather take a flyer on, jerome harrison or jason snelling?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Snelling. Harrison was more lucky than good.
Fendi Onobun (Parts unknown)
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Enjoy the IR, my friend.
What trade value do I hold?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Less and less each week, I fear. Cut bait now.
Does Maclin's value skyrocket now that he's got the best QB in the league throwing to him?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
No, because Vick's added value is what he gives you with his legs. He can throw for only 200 yards versus the Giants, but scramble for 70 and a score.
Mike Gordon (Burlington, VT)
I have been using the week-by-week DST philosophy. Options this week are KC, OAK and ATL. Thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
KC for me... I always like taking a decent defense the week after they are humiliated.
Q-Bert (San Jose)
Are you so down on Austin that you would start Floyd in his first game back from his hamstring injury as a replacement?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Yes, yes I would.
TE this week: Winslow, Olson, Gresham, or Boss?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Winslow for me... Boss playing at night scares me with his sore back.
Running on Fumes ((Vast WR Wasteland))
AArmstrong over Amendola?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Not this week... Amendola the only Rams receiver I even consider though.
Jack Sparrow (Carribean)
Blount over RunDMC? (based on matchups)
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Nope. I think DMC will be fine, even against the curtain.
Yancy Thigpen (Still the best Thigpen ever)
Pick 2 for this week: Felix Jones, Mathews, Tomlinson, McCoy. Yuck, I know.
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
I start McCoy. If I knew Mathews was playing, I'd put him next, but I think Felix is safer.
1st In (Lightning Round Room)
Pick 2: Floyd, Nicks, D. Jax
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Down on D-Jax this week.
Some of us don't listen to fantasy chat everyday, so when I hear shady and feliz navidad, I have no clue in the world what that means. How is shady easier to type than mccoy? And who is navidad?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
LOL! Feliz Navidad is Merry Christmas in Spanish, dude. But from now on in this chat, I declare that to be the new nickname for Felix Jones.
Harvin, Edwards, Washington, Crabtree. Pick 2.
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
High on Braylon this week. Nate gets my second spot.
SHADY IS HIS NICKNAME FROM PITT!
RE: Chris in STL, surely you can't be serious! And don't call me Shirley!
I nominate Chris' (stl) post as one of the funnier posts I have ever read in a chat on ESPN. Funny stuff
Andre Johnson (Houston)
Will I be able to produce this week, or will i end up on Revis island?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Still top 10 in my book, and you'll probably get just as much Cromartie.
Minny or Cleveland?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Pick someone else, both in the don't touch zone this week.
Down on DJax this week? You know something we don't?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Take away that one long bomb and it wasn't that impressive a night... I think if the Giants get to Vick early, the Eagles have a tough time breaking out the bomb. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if he returns a kick for a score.
Dean Ween (New Hope, PA)
Is BEST toast?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Hard to trust a running back with bad toes.
You may want to clarify "Revis island" and "D-Jax" for Chris in St. Louis!
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
I'm just wondering if I should type "NFL" or not.
Tom (San Diego)
Feliz Navidad or J.James?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Navidad for sure...
Santonio Holmes (New Jersey)
Am I better than Boldin and Harvin this week?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
I might start Anquan instead, but you're all in the right neighborhood.
How do you know Chris is from St. Louis? He says he's from Stl.
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
Brilliant, Lee! Can't top that, so I'm taking off. See you all on Friday for the next chat! Until then, there's always the Twitter... Be Seeing You!