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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Second cup of coffee? Check. One hour of fantasy chattage on the clock? Check. Jorge may be up ninth, but who is up first? Let's get to it...
What do I do with Adam Dunn? Do I at this point drop him for Smoak, Helton, or Moreland?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
A lot of Dunn concerns... I think you do have to seriously consider dropping him. That BA is killing you. I like Helton a little more than Moreland...
What are the chances of Pujols gaining 3b eligibility before David Wright returns from his injury?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I doubt it... unless you're a 5 game league. LaRussa may do it occasionally, but I don't think 10 for the season is necessarily a lock. And hopefully, Wright needs only the DL stint and nothing longer.
Tacos (Your Kitchen)
Are you going to eat me today?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Oh, if only you were truly here.
Gavin Floyd was dropped in my league, is he worth a pickup? where do you think he winds up in the updated rankings that are coming out today?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Definitely a No. 4 fantasy starter or thereabouts. I think I ranked him in the 150's going forward.
Thoughts on Liriano? Is he back or was he facing an awful Seattle team?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
A little of both... I think he'll have some less-than-stellar starts ahead, but he's been his own worst enemy. Far too many walks, but teams can't hit him when he's on.
Han Ram will finish the season ____________.
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
... barely in the top 50.
Who is the closer for the Dodgers now?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Still Padilla if he's able to go...if not? Jensen? You?
If you have a weak OF, who do you drop to start rotating guys through - Aubrey Huff or Jason Bay
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I think I'm far more optimistic with Huff than Bay - especially with Wright out of the Mets lineup.
Jeff (Rochester, NY)
Matt Joyce: Bonafide or Bonifacio?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Closer to Emilio than for reals, but I don't think it's too far off the mark.
Third Basemen Everywhere (MLB)
Someone is taking us out one by one!!!!! Know any good magic tricks to protect us?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Sorry, I got kicked out of Gryffyndor for lack of focus on the hocus pocus.
Dustin Pedroia for Darwin Barney and Oswalt, who wins?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
I'll take the Oswalt side, but I'd be nervous about it.
Did I win, lose, or draw: Justin Upton, Ted Lilly, and Brennan Boesch for Mark Teixeira, Sergio Santos, and Heath Bell?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
What am I? Bert Convy? Depends on needs, but I'd rather have the Upton side.
Better 5-category contributor: Andres Torres or Michael Brantley?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
I believe it will be Torres.
Is Daniel Hudson turning into a stud?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Absolutely. His issues were all out of the gate - killed in the first inning and getting in a hole. He stops that and he's a clear top 20 SP.
Did you have to google who hosted Win, Lose, or Draw?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Sadly, no. I think Edie McClurg is guesting.
Is Kinsler due for a breakout, or is this all we're gonna get outta him?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Are we really that disappointed? I realize the BA is a little light, but even so, we're looking at borderline top 25 as-is.
Hulk Hogan (Hulkamania)
I am real American...
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Yes, yes. Fight for the rights of every man... heard it, Terry.
Too many Royals (KC)
Franceour or Melky going forward?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
I think Frenchy has always had this kind of season in him... and so help me, I believe in him more than the Melk-man.
Ric Flair (The Nature Boy)
WOOOOOOOOOOOO! Who would you rather have going forward Yadier or Avila?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Real close call... I'd go Avila, unless I'm looking more for BA - in which case Yadier takes the belt.
re: Dunn. I'm surprised you suggest dropping as you have always been the analytical fantasy guy. Based on past performance you have to believe a bump in BA is on the way. Thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Every league is different... I'm certainly benching him for those other guys, and given the number of those guys available I'm guessing it's not that deep --- ergo, you can't wait around for Dunn to figure it out. And I think .230 might be as high as he gets this year.
Thoughts on Uggla? Buy low?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
No. I'll let him be someone else's gamble.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan (USA!! USA!!)
any major difference between Jay Bruce and Mike Stanton to you?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
Yes. Bruce is exceeding my expectations and Stanton has a big growth spurt ahead.
What do you think of Mike Pelfrey latley?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
Lucky rather than good... with no K's to speak of, it's really leaving it up to the hitter to miss rather than doing anything himself. I'm not buying.
HELP! I don't watch wrestling and can't think of a catchy wrestling phrase....Thoughts on Utley's return...and that's the bottom line because AJ said so
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Wait...but you... huh? Still a week or so away, but Phillies may push as that offense has struggled. As soon as he arrives, he's in my lineup.
Are you concerned about Jayson Werth's slow start?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I don't think it's slow... I think this is who Werth is...
what are your thoughts on swisher
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
The writing is on the wall...
GEORGE "THE ANIMAL" STEELE (THE RING)
Duffy or Teheran in the short term? Long term?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
As long as Duffy does well today, I think he stays. Teheran is going to be a shuttle-guy. I'd go with Duffy.
Andre (The Giant)
Anybody want a peanut? Drop Abreu for Damon?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
The question isn't whether you would do such a move. It's why you haven't already done so... now stop that rhyming! I mean it!
How do you trade for DL players getting ready to make their return (Utley)? I would love to get him, but it is risky on my part and hard to gauge the value. Will they be the same player?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Welcome to life, JJ. All you can do is read the news, hear how they're coming along and hope for the best.
Jon (at work)
A.J. yesterday's Rumor Central had Dayan Vicidio coming up to replace Tehan while on the DL. Instead they called up McOPhearson or something. Does Vicidio have any Value this year? It looks like they are sticking with Morel...
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Team says that they didn't call up Dayan because they didn't want him to sit on the bench. He'll get the call eventually, but clearly it's going to be for an OF spot and not 3B.
what 3B would you look for if you're trying to trade Kinsler?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
A healthy one. I wouldn't trade Ian, but given the order to do so, it's Evan or bust.
Gene Mullett (Columbus, OH)
Wieters or Conger?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Conger has more offensive upside.
Razor Ramon (Rehab)
Hey chico, does Asdrubel finish as a top-5 shortstop this year?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
As long as the Tribe doesn't completely self-destruct, then yes.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin (Austin 3:16)
And THAT's the bottom-line because A...J... said so!
Legion of Doom (NJ)
Guess you wouldn't recommend buying low on Rios either?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Let's face it. If you're in the cellar, you may want to take risks on underachieving guys like Rios and Uggla. If you're in the middle of the pack, probably not. All I'm trying to do is to give my opinion on whether or not the slump is a "slow start" or a "legit concern." You need to weigh your own risk/reward tolerance.
So based on your answers in this chat everyone performing well will continue to do so while all of the slow starters will remain at this pace? Great insight.
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Yes, Jim. That's exactly what I've said. I guess you'll be going now?
Jimmy Snuka (The cage)
Is Votto for Bautista too much, not enough, or just right?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
I'd say it's a fair deal - you're banking on Jose keeping this up the rest of the season, and while I think his power is legit, there's no way that BA is sustainable. (Of course, Jim would have you believe I expect his BA to remain exactly the same, right?)
Cactus Jack, Dude Love (Dentist)
What does a top 25 pitcher warrant in a trade of a position player? I am having a hard time with the value of a pitcher for position player in daily heade to head leagues
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Top 25 pitcher is worth a top 75 hitter. But that's pure fantasy value only... if you offer a straight up deal like that, even though it is mathematically fair, you're liable to get laughed at because most owners don't value players in that way. That's the difficulty. You need to determine how YOUR league makes that comparison.
Brutus "THE BARBER" Beefcake (The Shop)
Free haircut if you answer my question! Rolen or Reynolds for a temporary replacement for Wright?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Rolen for the short term gap.
Hulk Hogan (Hulkamania)
All these posers...I am a real American.
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Seriously, Terry. Eat your vitamins.
Is Colby Lewis for real??
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Nope. Spot starts only for you.
Macho Man (Therapy)
You like Salas or Melancon going forward?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
I don't think either is long for the job, but Salas would be the one I take a shot with.
Buzzer Beater! Pitching Buchholz tonight?
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Probably not. Not a tempting matchup.
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
That's the whistle... I'll be on the Twitter for those who didn't get their questions answered. Until the next time... Good Luck! And may the odds be EVER in your favor, tough guy!
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