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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning gang! We are back in action and ready for the next 60 minutes of fantasy sports chattage. Second cup of coffee in hand, so let's get this party started! Who is up first?
AJ, if you remove the injury possibility for Peyton Manning, does he still have Top 5 QB upside?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Peyton is playing. That's the only issue that matters to me, as any QB has the chance of one hit ending his season. Totally has top 5 upside.
Andrew Bailey or Aceves, who gets more saves ROS?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I'd say it's Bailey, but certainly Aceves isn't going to get pulled if he gets the job done.
Is it time to drop Dan Uggla?!
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Always dependent on what you can replace a guy with, but in broad brushstrokes, yes.
Toxx (Syracuse) [via mobile]
Hey AJ, everyone has megatron as the #1 wr on the board, but I've seen at least 6 different guys ranked #2 from Fitz to Roddy to Julio, Welker, Cruz, AJ Green and Marshall. Who's ur 2nd ranked wideout?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Probably Fitz. If Skelton ends up outright winning the job rather than being simply "slightly better than Kolb" I'd feel better about it though.
Who would you rather have at QB in a 12-team league: Vick in the mid-4th or Romo in the late 5th?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I know it is just preseason, but did you see the look in Romo's eyes yesterday as he got pummeled behind that O-line? Dead eyes. I go Vick.
Tommy Hanson or Clay Bucholz ROS? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
Clay, but not by much.
Got killed last night with Minor and Fiers in a points league... Please tell me Grienke will have a stellar game!
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I cannot tell a lie... I chopped down the cherry tree.
Drafting 11th in a 12 team league. Would you rather have Stafford on CJ2K there?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
I'll grab CJ2K and roll dice that Stafford isn't picked by the guy after me.
TJ (Grand Forks, ND)
AJ, with the Packers signing Benson, do you think he's going to take a lot of reps away from starks?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
They didn't sign him to sit. Starks looked lost in the first preseason game.
2nd round, looking for my rb 2, Lynch McFadden, or Forte?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
I go Forte and I don't hesitate to do so.
Where do you stand on D-Mac? Top 5 RB or avoid?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I don't avoid, but to me there's little difference between No. 7 and No. 18. He's in that group.
Is anibal sanchez even own-able now that he is in the AL?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
In a word, no.
Mathews should go in the 2nd or 3rd round now?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
It kind of depends where you are drafting. He's a steal in the 3rd, but probably too soon to take him early 2nd.
Lavarnway or Soto to replace Napoli on DL?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Soto for me.
zobrist or altuve ROS?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Carlos Lee,Snider,D.Brown or colvin?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
I'd go Colvin.
Drafting 5th in 8 team 2QB League. Do I grab a stellar QB or RB this year in first round?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
I'd go with the QB in a 2-QB league. I'd also try and get two more owners on board...
ROS: CJ Wilson or Yu Darvish?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Yu, but it's not a decision I want to have.
How much should HanRam's SS eligibility factor into whether or not I keep him for next year over guys like King Felix, S.Castro, Rizzo ? (Already keeping Trout and Longoria)
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Of course, should he have SS eligibility, he's far more valuable than if he does not. However, why are we already choosing our keepers in August? Injuries, trades, free agent signings, new managers -- so much can still change. Don't overthink it right now.
Isaac (St. Louis)
Should Chris Johsnon be the 4th RB off the board behind behind Foster, McCoy and Rice and ahead of Calvin and Brees? 12 team, 1 pt PPR.
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
4th RB yes. Not ahead of Calvin or Rodgers.
Do you think J.Mcdonald can turn his ROS around at all? I added Samardzija instead. Thoughts
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
I think you made the right call. McDonald is having his next start pushed back a day because the team is trying anything to figure out how to fix him.
Hi AJ, are you concerned at all about how productive Brees will be this sason considering all the turmoil around the team? Drop off coming?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Not all that concerned. I still have him at 3, behind Aaron and Tom.
TJ (Grand Forks, ND)
who's your best late round WR?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Still early, but Alshon Jeffery is a name I've gambled on a few times. Quick in STL as well.
AJ - just read the book on vaca. Loved it. Keeper season! Keep three: MJD. Forte, McFadden, Stafford. 12-team keeper and RB is likely to be skint.
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Many thanks... I'd let MJD go since he's not in camp and you don't want to risk a CJ2K redux.
Jason (Sylvan Lake, Alberta)
What round do you like to draft a D/ST in a 12 team league?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Generally speaking, I like to have a full lineup (other than K) in place and then it's a question of whether or not the best RB/WR option is worth taking over the D. I'll happily settle for any D in my top 5-7, so I'm in no rush.
Gio or C Kershaw ROS?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
Hey AJ, why do people look down on 8 team leagues? I know they aren't as deep so your teams will be better, but why is that such a bad thing?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
Just not my cup of tea. I think there's far too much on the waiver wire in those leagues, so injuries end up not being a big deal and teams don't have to trade b/c there's tons of available talent.
Randy (Tha Dimas)
What are ur thoughts on the Running Back Situation in Tampa? I have been taking LGB as my 4th RB in some drafts, wut are ur thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
I think Schiano is going to let both guys have a chance to earn the No. 1 job and in the end it will be a time-share of sorts. Both could easily be worthy of a No. 4 fantasy spot.
Which injury scares you more: T Rich or Matthews?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
Richardson, simply because it was supposed to be better and it clearly wasn't.
Huston Street (Wall Street)
Just got the Kindle edition of your book - super convenient way to get it and a fun read! Question: When do we give up on Justin Upton's upside with dwindling time left? I could let him go (via trade or WW) for hitters that are currently hot such as Desmond Jennings, Alex Gordon, or even (gulp) little brother BJ?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Not for BJ, but yes, for 2012 you can let Justin set sail.
Should I keep MJD? How long will his hold out last? Can I trust him? HELP
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I think he'll show up for Week 1. And yes, he's worth the keep under most circumstances... It's just far from ideal.
Would you pick up Vargas and drop Dempster, AL not too kind to Ryan?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
I agree, but I think I'm willing to give him a little more time to find himself.
Which potential first round jinx scares you more - Megatron's Madden or Brees' Super Bowl Host's QB?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
As long as Stephania steers clear of both, I'm good.
Even if Profar gets the call next week, he's not really going to play right?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
I think he gets the call just before the deadline for playoff roster so the Rangers have the option. At that point, he'll play occasionally but primarily, I'd see a PR/PH role.
AJ, why do I have the sneaking suspicion you are doing two things at once?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
I am. Reading questions and answering them. Duh!
Who is more dangerous: WY Chen v Bos, Ubaldo vs LAA, or me?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
To your ERA? Ubaldo. To the other team's BA? Chen.
Coco or Rajai?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Sounds like a question about "RuPaul's Drag Race." I'd go Rajai.
Gomez or Reddick?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
It's lookin like Hillis might turn out to be a steal late in the draft? ur thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Right now I have him at No. 31, and considering he's not the starter and there are 32 teams, that's saying something.
Hey AJ!! what holds more value to you....Stevie Johnson in the last round, Kevin Smith in the last round, or Reggie Bush in the 8th?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Help Please Playoffs in three weeks lost ruiz who do you like doumit or j. montero or do you have another name
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
I like Doumit well enough.
you drafting either luck or rgIII this year?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
Not as my No. 1, but as a bye week pick with upside, why not?
With Plouffe coming off the DL I need to make a decision between Plouffe or Danny Espinosa for SS, who is better ROS?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
I'll take my chances with Plouffe.
When is a safe place to draft Charles? I'm scared of his injury.
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Like Peyton, I don't think there's any reason to be all that fearful now that Charles is back in action, at least not more than any other player with prior injuries. Top ten RB without hesitation.
Eric Chavez, Todd Fraizer or Chris Johnson?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Chavez, even as a platoon with Casey.
7th pick in a 12 person league. Do i take MJD or Megatron?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I'll go Megatron.
Greg (New Jersey)
Dale Thayer or Jim Henderson?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Harry (Gardensville, Iowa)
What are your thoughts on Gronk this Year with Lloyd coming in?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Gronk won't get as many TDs, but I think he still is a primary target. If anything, Lloyd opens up more space for Welker and Gronk in middle of field.
better td upside welker, roddy, marshall?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Certainly not Wes. I'd say Roddy.
Frank the Tank (Jacksonville)
Thoughts on F-Jax this year? Is Spiller a must hand-cuff?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
I don't think you need handcuff Spiller to Jackson so much as all RBs require a few No. 2 guys as potential injury replacements. Doesn't "have" to be from same team as much as it used to when everybody had just 1 RB in the backfield all 4 downs.
Cutler to marshall = PPR Greatness??? Agree or no???
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
For Marshall, it certainly doesn't hurt. Not going to anoint Cutler anytime soon, though.
Royster or Helu?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
What week? Right now, I say Helu... but I'd not want to get stuck with a Shanny back if at all possible.
Any other WR on the Vikings outside of Percy Harvin worth a late round pickup?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Not really, no.
which late round QBs do you like as a stash based on potential, Bradford/Locker/Flynn/Tannehill/Palmer
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Any and all. At that point, you're throwing darts anyway. Personally, I like Tannehill's chances, but all could do well if the opponent is right and the pieces fall in the right places.
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
That's the whistle, gang! Thanks for all the Q's. I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) if I didn't get a chance to get to yours... until the next time, as always... Good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.
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