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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Good morning gang! We've got one hour to get to as many questions as we can, so let's get started before those squirrels drink my second cup of coffee, shall we? Read any good books lately? Who is up first?
Hey who's #1 in your fantasy football draft this year?
AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Now that McNabb is going to be in purple, it has to be AP.
Drew (Harrisburg, PA)
Morrow or Romero ROS?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Morrow for me... because K's matter.
Starting Colon tonight against the Sox?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
Not if I can help it.
AJ, Hosmer or Trumbo ROS? Thanks.
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Closecall, but I'll go with Hosmer.
JWeeks or the newly called-up Lawrie at MI?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
I'm going to take chances with Lawrie. Don't love what I've seen with Weeks, though if you need speed, obviously that plays in.
If u have 5th pick in an espn standard draft who r u expecting to get?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Never *expect* anything, but I'd say you're probably deciding between Rice and MJD there.
Ibanez or Markakis ROS?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
I'd prefer Markakis on my team.
You really like McNabb that much? He's a BUM! Washed up! Finished!
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I disagree with that assessment, though certainly his skills are diminished. I had picked Foster over AP in the first mock, based on Ponder being the only QB in town...McNabb will keep defenses honest. That was my point.
....so you think JCharles is a lock at #4? (based on your answer to the #5 question above)
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Not a lock, and I'd be thrilled with him at 5, but I do think he goes either 3 or 4 in most leagues.
Hey AJ, love the book! Which of these RB's has the best chance to be top 10? Jahvid Best, Felix Jones, or Mark Ingram?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
This season, it's Felix. Best may get vultured by Mikel and Ingram is not going to get nearly enough reps.
How long until CJ starts dropping in the ranks due to his holdout?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
He may well drop to 4 if it goes on for a week or two, but generally speaking, he should eventually get in there in time.
Scott (Northglenn, CO)
If given the choice, are you taking Miles or Dez? Heard Dez has been the best player in Dallas' camp...
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
I like Dez better than Miles. I think one of the two will definitely be a top 10 WR, but it could be either, and they may alternate better outings week to week.
Marc (Malden, MA)
The entire world seems to think Michael Vick is the #1 QB...you agree?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
If he plays all 16 games, I find it hard to imagine a scenario where he isn't, given what he can do with his legs. The question is not fantasy value - it's health.
Tom Tuttle (Tacoma)
I'm in a league that uses Net Saves (saves minus blown saves) as a category. Last night, Jon Rauch coughed up a 1-run lead in the 10th and allowed the Rays to tie, then coughed up a 2-run lead in the 11th (Camp then allowed the winning run), yet he was only charged with 1 blown save. What gives?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
It's not a save situation when you're in line for the win.
Crazy Legs Blount (Tampa Bay)
In the "gimme the steak, not the sizzle" category, which RB figures to be the most undervalued? Addai, Lynch, F. Jackson, or Benson?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
Probably Fred Jackson. Benson could be boon or bust, but more likely to bust.
Werth or Logan Morrison ROS?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
LoMo for me.Never been a Werth fan, FWIJ.
Norm (New York, NY)
So what are the chances of Pujols playing another game at 3B now that Freese is hurt again?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Anything is possible with Tony, but I think Descalso probably gets the call, not Albert.
which QB are u taking, Cassel, Freeman, Eli?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
I'm going to go with Eli, slightly over Freeman. But I'm hoping both (either) is my No. 2.
Polanco or Pagan ROS? I'd shift Berkman from CI to OF.
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Placido for me.
AJ Mass (achussetts)
I haven't read any good books lately. Do you have any recommendations?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Hmmmm.... I don't know... there's this excerpt on the ESPN.com website I've heard tell about...
Dan (St. Louis)
I have Ubaldo, Colon and Nicasio on the mound tonight...who do i start?!?!
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Ubaldo. The *newness* factor should help.
Tony Plush (Richmond)
AJ, Commissioner question: Our league has a detailed, 13-page constitution, but there's nothing in there about a team not playing it's best players or not reaching the minimum innings pitched in order to get the #1 draft pick next year. Although admittedly weaselly, does this action constitute immediate removal from a league full of friends playing for "jellybeans?" If not final standings, what's the most fair way to determine draft order? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
It's a minimum for a reason... I think there's an implied "you can't tank" rule here. I'd let his ERA ride for final standings where it ends up and don't give him the zero, insofar as draft position goes.
Luebke or McCarthy this Saturday?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
I believe I ranked Luebke higher, but McCarthy has looked pretty sweet of late.
Would you rather have Shady McCoy and Rashard Mendenhall or Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
AP and Turner. I'm down on Shady.
I was offered Weaver for Longoria in a keeper league. Gotta make that deal right?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
I'd rather have Longoria in a keeper. 3B are harder to come by than SP.
Klondike Bar (Chicago)
Is Addai's new contract proof that his health is a non-issue?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
No, I think it's more of a case of signing a guy familiar with the system and if he gets hurt, oh well.
Stupid Sexy Flanders (Springfield)
Better keeper next year, Votto or Cano?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Votto. I'm never one to read too much into positional scarcity as a factor at the top levels.
Jay (LA, CA)
Does the newness factor help a batter or a pitcher more when moving to a new league initially?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I don't have any hard evidence to back this up, but I do give the edge to the pitcher over the hitter when one (generally speaking) hasn't seen the other.
Hi AJ, I keep hearing you fantasy guys saying Roto is the only real fair way to determine a champion if FF baseball instead of H2H due to the so called "luck factor". I thought thats what makes us love sports so much, the fact that even a 6 seed can win a championship. I guess the Packers Giants and all the other teams shouldn't be champions and we should just have a BCS system in all sports like Roto?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
I'd like to see how you think playing fantasy sports is something that you have any real control over. 6-seeds actually battle it out on the field of play... We just sit back, set our lineup and watch, hoping for the best. There's a big difference.
Aaron Rodgers, best QB ever or just the best QB in Fantasy Football, ever?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
I'll take door No. 3, Monty.
Zac (The Bay)
Where can I find a working template for a Fantasy Football Constitution? Please help, help my league.
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Check out the draft kit...there's a starting point that I wrote up in there somewhere.
Alex (East Hanover)
Can you think of any way to reward the #1 and #2 seeds in the playoffs without going overboard? I feel like they should be given some type of advantage but can't think what.
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
What system are you playing in? They can get a bye to the semis, or a certain number of points "home field advantage" in a points league... many ways to do it fairly.
Better team name: Greek God of OPS or The Cuddly Cuddyers
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
I'l take door No. 3, Monty.
would you trade Staaford for MJD in a keeper league?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Yes. I have severe doubts on Stafford's durability and to get a top-5 RB? No brainer.
Would you trade either Romero or D Hudson for Hunter Pence?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Romero yes, Hudson no.
AJ, Ive been trying to trade Ichiro for 2 months, the best deal I got was Francouer, take it?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
At this point, given your difficulties, you could do a lot worse. Make the deal.
Cody (Davenport, Iowa)
Way to take the easy way out and not explain why your down on Shady
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Chill, Cody. I get a lot of repeat questions in these chats and have voiced my opinion before on this... I'm down on McCoy vs. other backs because of Vick's rushing ability taking away from his ceiling. Now say hello to Zack for me...
Grienke for Beckett and Werth, where I would be dropping Polanco/Soriano (need your help on this too)
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Cody (Davenport, Iowa)
Zack says terrible answer, Shady had 2 more points per game with Vick as the QB
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
It's not Vick versus Kolb...it's Shady versus other RBs who don't have yardage and TDs stolen by his QB.
Paul Goldschmidt (AZ)
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Not in a Cher way, but sure.
Do you start Anibal tonight?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Yes, I give him a shot at home.
Wandy or Worley ROS?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Wandy. With Oswalt back, I'd be a little concerned that Vance gets fewer starts.
No matter how hard I try, You keep pushing me aside, And I can't break through
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Make it stop... make it stop!
Soto or Saltamacchia ROS?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Julio Jones/AJ Green...who do you like for this season/career?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
AJ Green for this year...too many other options in ATL. Longterm, I think Jones may end up ahead.
Well I know that I'll get through this, 'Cause I know that I am strong, And I don't need you anymore, No, I don't need you anymore, Oh, I don't need you anymore, No, I don't need you anymore
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
how do you feel about kalia being HOH?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
It's been a nearly impossible to watch season thus far, but I was very happy for her.
If other owners start drafting defenses and kickers very early, should I get one so I'm not stuck with a bad one, or keep filling needs on offense
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Kickers should be taken last...no exceptions. And I'd have a short list of say, 8-10 defenses I would be happy with and only pick one once at least 6-8 are gone.
Daniel ((Person with Cher posts, sorry))
I'm a bit surprised by your AJ Green/Julio Jones Answer... I'm worried about AJ's QB situation this year, but I think he's an elite talent on the level of Andre/Calvin Johnson and will ultimately have the better career, but for this year I may trust Matt Ryan more than, umm, somebody in Cinci.
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez are going to get the lion's share of targets. AJ Green has no real competition in that regard... But hey, it's only an opinion. Once we see a few exhibition games, we can reassess.
Why is Fantasy Football 10 times more popular than Baseball? Isn't baseball obviously the better, more difficult game? Should I just read your book?
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
Well you should read my book... but I'm not going to put labels on the two sports. Football is far less of a time commitment, and (essentially) all the games are played on one day.Far easier to keep track of all that is going on, hence the popularity.
What am I supposed to do Sit around and wait for youWell I can't do that And there's no turning backI need time to move on I need love to feel strong 'Cause I've had time to think it through And maybe I'm too good for you, oh
AJ Mass (12:03 PM)
And on that (heavily autotuned) note, that's today's chat. "How Fantasy Sports Explains the World" available on Amazon.com. Me, available on Twitter. Until the next time, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.