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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Good morning gang! We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage up ahead, so let's get right to it. Second cup of coffee in hand -- call it in the air!
Roddy White (Who knows anymore)
What is going on with me? Should I trade myself and if so, what should I expect to get back?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
For one thing, Michael Turner was handling things on the ground, and let's face it... Harry Douglas is not Julio Jones. He'll be fine once Jones returns.
DeMarco Murray (Dallas, TX)
Am I the number 1 waiver-wire pickup this week?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
It's not Kyle Boller...
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
I'd look to "Ducky" Mo Mo if Best has lingering concussion effects.
Tails! Does Earnest Graham's success yesterday pose any threat to Blount when he finally gets healthy (aside from the presumptive 3rd down replacement as per usual)?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I don't think so... Graham did very well, but having a second option doesn't necessarily hurt the lead back - think Ahmad Bradshaw.
What was the deal with Tim hightower yesterday?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
He was hurt. Plain and simple. That's why when a guy is a game-time call you can't automatically slot him into your fantasy lineup just because he suits up.
Ari Gold (Hollywood)
Time to drop a client. Is that client Lance Moore, Sidney Rice, or Mike Tampa Williams?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
I'd drop Rice. Moore's issue is just the number of other options, and with Benn playing well, Williams should get more open.
Adam Kleinert (Indiana)
Need 6 to tie 7 to win. Safe with Daniel Thomas or should i pick up Hilliard?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
I don't know if either does it for you... but Thomas got on the plane, which bodes well for his playing.
With Felix Jones going down, if he is out for a few weeks who has the best fantasy value going forward Choice or Murray?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Murray without a question. Choice might not even be on the roster come Wednesday morning if the Cowboys find a taker...
Good morning AJ! I've got Vick and Newton, need some RB help. Should I accept a Vick for MJD trade?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Tough one to make, simply because MJD is doing it on his own and I'm not entirely sure if he can keep that up for the rest of the season. I'd try and squeeze a second back out of a suitor for Vick.
We've got a first come first serve waiver/free agency system. I picked up Donald Brown and chose to keep him instead of Demarco Murray. At the time, Pam Oliver said Felix Jones was "fine". Mistake?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Fine has many meanings... he got taped up and was ready to go. That's one "fine" - but no sideline reporter is secretly an MRI machine... so once the adrenaline dies down and swelling sets in... these things can change.
When do you think the Benson suspension will be dished out? You think he may come out unscathed?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
This is going to the NLRB, which means the wheels of justice will turn slowly... I'd guess it disappears at this point, but that's just a guess.
Is Devin Hester a good pick-up? I could drop Denarius Moore or Jermaine Gresham.
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Hester is still primarily all or nothing... I'd probably take him over Moore, but Gresham is a solid TE option, more likely to score in a given week.
Yoda (The Swamp)
tough question time....I have one spot on my roster to stash a high upside rb. Who should I stash in a 10 team league. For example Hardesty, Helu and Ridley are available.
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
I'd go with Hardesty... not touching Washington RBs and Ridley's situation in NE is no better.
What do you feel is going to happen with Brandon Lloyd? If he isn't traded, what is his value going forward?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
I think it likely drops, but until we see what types of plays get called for Tebow, we won't know for sure.
Last Tuesday i accepted a trade offered to me where i got CJ2K and he got Blount. Then On Thursday the news came that Blount Was going to be out a couple weeks. Now the other manager wants to trade back because Blount is hurt. What do you think? (He was the one who offered the trade in the first place)
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Buyer beware. You make a trade, you take the consequences -- as long as you didn't accept after the news came out, there's zero reason for guilt. Sour grapes.
Daniel J. Troiano (Pittsburgh, PA)
Brandon Marshall or Davone Bess? I am afraid Marshall will really go through with what he said.
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Daniel is referring to Marshall's stated goal of playing so intense that he gets thrown out in the second quarter... if he does try that hard, he'll outscore Bess before the ejection -- I'd stick with him.
bob (obx, nc)
AJ, Pondering if a switch at qb helps or hurts AP. Your thoughts please.
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
I don't think it has much effect. AP is still going to be the focus of the offense (and the opposing defense) and Ponder at least can scramble to keep them a bit honest.
Randy Moss (My sofa)
Do you think that the Patriots will give me a call?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
They'd have to hang up on Ocho first...
Ethics Question: I can trade Best for Dez, but I don't know if the guy knows Best just suffered a concussion. Should I still send over the deal?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
You're intentionally trying to pull a fast one here - but quite frankly, I wouldn't make the deal if Best was 100 percent. (I'd keep Dez and decline) Just be aware that if he accepts and then the you know what hits the fan, you may have killed a potential trade partner for life.
Hi AJ, considering that both are active and starting, who are you running out tonight, Greene or Daniel Thomas?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Greene. Jets a better team and focused on the run. Thomas, while he starts, is still not 100 percent and likely to split time with Hilliard regardless.
Does Cutler get bumped up in your rankings this week? He looked great this week and has a soft matchup against the Bucs in London next week
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
The travel overseas takes both teams out of their routine, but right now I'd say I'd expect 250 and a 2 TDs from Jay.
in washington there was no RB being shanahanned yesterday. the RB's were grossmanned, right?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
Redskins would have won that game by 10 if Rex had played even a mediocre game.
Forte not getting in the endzone cause for concern going forward?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
No. Barber is going to vulture here and there, but Forte's yardage totals are solid.
Rich (Baltimore MD)
What are your thoughts on Doug Baldwin this upcoming week?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
He'll get 3-5 catches and around 60 yards. TDs are unpredictable.
Time to drop Starks? He's killing me in the flex spot in a standard 10 team league...
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
He's definitely outplaying Grant, but the two are going to continue to split touches. However I'd guess that Starks' share grows...
Cmon Hue Jackson (Oakland)
Why is Run DMC only getting about 20 touches a week? As easily the best player on that offense shouldn't he be getting about 25?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
DMC getting 20 touches a game is an attempt to ensure he plays 16 games. DMC getting closer to 30 per game? He plays tired, gets hurt and doesn't make it to Week 13.
ROS Ryan or Tebow ?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Ryan, though for next 2-3 weeks, it won't look that way.
Thoughts on Andre Johnson returning next week?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
All I've heard indicates Week 8 is the likely earliest return.
Greg Little looked solid yesterday and was targeted often. Is he a solid bye week fill in moving forward? Better than Mike Williams TB?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Yes, but the real issue is Hillis being hurt and Hardesty needing to pull his weight at least some... Little won't have a lot of success if McCoy is throwing 40-50 times/week with zero ground support.
aj,better waiver wire pickup hardesty or murray?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
To sum up previous answers here: Murray over Choice for Felix replacement, as he may miss extended time. Hillis undergoing MRI, probably misses Week 7, Hardesty takes over - don't expect much.
If Brandon Lloyd gets dealt to the rams - help or hurt his fantasy value?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Familiarity with system, perhaps a better attitude, Bradford > Orton in finding downfield receivers. Would absolutely help.
Justin (New Orleans)
Who do you like better ROS - Fred Davis or Jermaine Gresham?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Gresham right now... I might reconsider if Skins turn to Beck, especially with Cooley's injury.
do you think boldin keeps up the performance he had yesterday? or would you sell high on him?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
I've never been high on him, so certainly shop him and see what the offers are... won't likely be higher in value anytime soon...
jeremy (long island)
please rank these rbs ROS: f-jax, forte, CJ
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
Forte, CJ2K, Fred...
What's the deal with the Foster/Tate split yesterday? I was ready to drop Tate, is he still worth holding on to?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Foster, by his own admission, was not playing well yesterday. Plus, it was the Ravens, and without AJ in there, that's a tall order. I expect 22-8 type split next week.
Pierre Garcon (Trading Block)
Is my owner making a smart move TRYING to trade me to a die hard colts fan for ray rice and percy harvin? Also if trade is good idea should i be traded for harvin or M. Massaquoi
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
The idea is to get a "Homer" to overpay for a player. I don't think Rice/Harvin is over-paying... it's kind of fair. Now Rice and Wallace...
Edward (LA, CA)
Short term fill-in: Ernest Graham, DeMarco Murray, or Jackie Battle?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
I'd go with Murray, simply because Blount will likely be back soon and KC offense doesn't impress me period.
I've got Stafford and Newton. My WR core is a mess. Would a Stafford for Vincent Jackson trade be enough to pull the trigger?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
I'd make that deal, yes -- especially since Stafford (or Cam) does you no good on the bench.
Finish this sentence, the Raiders QB for the remainder of the season will be ______ and this will have a ______ impact on the Oak WRs?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
bad - negative
Roscoe Pico (Kansas)
I having a hard time figuring out why MO MO or Williams would get carries ahead of Jerome Harisson. Is he really the no.4 in Detroit or was he released?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
He's more valuable as a lead blocker and I believe Ducky Mo Mo will likely get the most carries if Best sits.
Is Burleson a better short term fill-in than L. Moore, Titus. Young, or Greg Little?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
I think so, yes.
Greg Little or Victor Cruz?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
Little. I have never hopped on the Victor bandwagon.
thoughts on mcgahee with tebow at qb?
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
Has to cut down on his touches, because of all the "planned sprints" in the offensive mix -- but may open up the field for more space as a result. I'd say, all in all, a wash.
AJ Mass (12:03 PM)
That's the final whistle, gang. We're there for you on Twitter for those we missed... and please do pick up a copy of my book "How Fantasy Sports Explains the World" (http://www.amazon.com/How-Fantasy-Sports-Explains-World/dp/161608295X/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0) Until the next time... good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.