Fantasy Sports with AJ Mass
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, AJ Mass will drop by to take your questions and analyze all the latest sports news from a fantasy perspective.
Mass, a contributor to ESPN's fantasy coverage of football, baseball and college basketball, also is an MLB Rumor Central writer. He also wrote the book "How Fantasy Sports Explains the World."
Send your questions now and join Mass Thursday at 11 a.m. ET!
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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning, gang. We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage on the schedule, so let's get to it, shall we? Second cup of coffee in hand. Who is up first?
Detroit wins sunday, Packers/Chicago ties. Who win didvision?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Sorry to kill any hope you might have had, Jim, but Lions are eliminated for a reason. If they win, 8-8. If Chicago ties, 8-7-1. That's the winner, as GB would also be at .500.
Bob (Ft Lauderdale)
Merry Christmas A.J> With Choo gone, do you think Billy Hamilton is a must add in NL only ROTO.
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Still time for more wheeling and dealing, but as it stands? For steals alone, wouldn't you think?
AJ, I have been hosed by AP, Bush and A Brown for three weeks straight. I have picked up Starks, Cox (giants). Do I dare gamble with one of the newbies?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Injuries will get you. Nothing you can really do about it. Comes down to monitoring health on Sunday morning before you make call.
Flex question for week 17: CJ Spiller or Edwin Baker?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I'd go with Baker in this week's action.
Would the Dolphins getting into the playoffs be a fantasy or reality? Which of these three will happen, Phins beat Jets, Cincy beats Balto or San Diego beats KC?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Irony is, all the teams need a result outside of their control to go their way. I'm still pulling for Pittsburgh! I think Miami and San Diego will both win.
Please pick one of these QBs. I've got Stafford,Flynn,Cousins. Stafford had the best match up but has killed me for weeks now.
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Gap between what Stafford *should* do is so large between he and the other two... hard not to stick with him here.
Henry (Hoboken, NJ)
Keeper for 2014....Marcus Lattimore if Gore retires or Bryce Brown if traded to a legitimate role???
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I'd say Brown, given the legit role.
Pick 2 Keepers; Charles, Graham, Dez, Bush?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Very early for keepers, and I'd recommend leagues not require a decision until one week prior to next year's fantasy draft. Graham and JC would be my picks today.
But if Miami and San Diego both win, don't the Dolphins get the 6th seed?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Didn't say otherwise, did I?
if Lacy is out, does that make Starks a must start given Bears D is horrible against the run?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
I think Lacy will play, but if he were to sit, no reason to think Starks can't do some damage.
Having a tough time deciding which two running backs to start... Moreno, Ivory, CJ, Fjax, or DeAngelo... Rankings say Moreno and CJ, but I worry both might not play a lot. Would you start Fjax or DeAngelo over either? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
Unless you have a coach who has said there's a chance of sitting ahead -- cough, Andy Reid, cough -- hard to predict. In theory, Moreno and Fred make the most sense to start, taking away any guessing at PT.
Who to play at qb this week, Brady or Luck? Also chose 2 at rb, Lynch, Stacy, Jennings, Gio.
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
This week, I'll go with Luck and Lynch and Jennings.
Jon KK (Elkhart, IN)
BASEBALL: Is Masahiro Tanaka most likely to go to a "winning team," take the most money or choose the place that provides the perceived best balance of salary and opportunity?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Not knowing what his personal motivations are, I'd say it's a 50-50 between Dodgers and Yankees.
Taylor (Orange, California)
Trouble at the flex spot. Colston, Crabtree, Julius Thomas, Spiller, or Knile Davis
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Julius for me, just ahead of Crabtree and Knile.
ugh the news on Dez and Joq, the waiting game begins
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Indeed. Given the stakes of Dallas game, one would presume if he can walk, Dez will play.
Ugly mix of similarly ranked WRs... pick 2, please: Douglas, Baldwin, M Jones, Hartline. Thanks, Mass!
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Douglas and Hartline.
wk17 rb Kniles Davis,C.Ivory,MJD,Greene
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
I'll go with MJD here.
Happy Merry Christmas. Would you trust Knile Davis over Rainey, or Andre Brown or Zac Stacey (@Sea)? Thx.
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Brown slightly more for me than Knile, but I can see you going the other way.
Tom (Columbia, MO)
Fantasy Football Superbowl. Rivers/Tannehill. Phillip Rivers is the better play, but he has a late game. If the Dolphins win the early game, Rivers has nothing to play for. I would hate to put in Tannehill and have Rivers go off for 25 pts riding the bench, though. Any helpful advice for me?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Agreed that Rivers is the better play. I don't see him as the type of player who won't go all out, even if the game is meaningless.
Hey AJ, which two should I roll with this week (.5PPR): Andre Brown, Rainey, Gore, Ray Rice? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Gore and Brown.
Scott (Princeville, HI)
Aloha AJ! 14pt lead at the half, he's got Brees (yikes). Pick 3: Morris, MJD, F. Jackson, Vereen, D. Brown.
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Morris, Fred and MJD.
Are you worried about the Detroit game with the star players having nothing to play and a lack luster effort?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
One would think that with the chances being very high that there will be a new coach in Detroit next year that the current Lions will want to put their best foot forward on video this week. Those who call it a season early may end up out of a job... But am I worried? Yeah.
If Tanaka plays here this year, where do you see him being taken in fantasy drafts?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
Way too early. Shiny new toy factor.
Are you ok rolling with Kyle Orton this week?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
I'd put a 100 percent healthy Romo as a tentative No. 10. We won't see that... Orton closer to No. 18.
Good morning. I need to pick two from this list. Vincent Jackson, Larry Fitz, T.Y. Hilton, and Reggie Bush. I see a lot of upsides but its a tough call. Can you help?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Bush > TY > Fitz > Jackson
next 3 years: a jeffery or j gordon?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
I'd have to go with Gordon.
From a fantasy perspective, it would be most advantageous for Kinsler to bat where in the Tigers lineup?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Others may disagree, but I don't weigh lineup position into the mix in my draft lists. Past performance, skill sets, trending up or down, and age. That's all.
I'm thinking that Arizona will bring the Def against SanFran and stop Gore. Would you play Rainey instead with a leaky Saints run Def?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
Certainly, the Cards will bring the D. But I don't think I trust Rainey more than Gore, even with the matchups.
Is Cano a top 10 draft pick?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
I'm about a week away from diving full on into my 2014 MLB ranks, but it would be hard to imagine Cano not being in that list given his last few seasons.
Q $ (Seattle)
Should I start Colts D at home or 49ers D at Arizona? Also what about Jamaal Charles?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
I'd go with the Niners - Carson gonna throw some picks. Charles, I'd have to steer clear from as KC will not send him out there once the 2nd Quarter starts, if not benching him even sooner.
Rob (St. Louis)
Cincy or Colts defense this week? WR suggestions as Nelson, D Jackson, Decker and Edelman
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Cincy for me. D Jax > Decker > Edelman > Nelson
tough choices but good choices: 1 sits: AntonioBrown/Decker/Jeffrey/Gordon(non ppr)
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
It's Decker or Brown, and I'd lean to sitting Eric.
Dusty (St Louis)
Keep question. P Manning in the 8th, L Bell in the 14th or K Moreno in the 16th? I can pick two.
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Way way early! Probably would avoid the double and let Moreno go - but I'd certainly want to have an idea of what other QBs might/might not be kept.
any concerns Cutler gets benched again or was that truly due to the blowout and not risking him getting hurt again the other night
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Never say never. After all, it's win or go home. But I don't see Cutler not starting - and if he starts, expect Trestman to live or die with him.
Upside play, Cam or Cutler? Indy D continue their great play?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
Cam by a small margin here. Not overly high on Colts this week, but better than most.
Why don't you participate in the rankings roundtable each week?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Far too busy working on MLB Rumor Central to devote the attention that those rankings deserve. But I appreciate that you feel it is an omission. Those guys do a great job without me.
Rob (St. Louis)
Thanks for the advice this season AJ. Flex decision, Edelman or Leveon Bell?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Bell for me this week.
Dynasty League, keep our whole team, draft one player each year, #2 pick - Tanaka, Abreu or Gonzalez?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
What do you need? It all comes down to what your current roster looks like.
Bob (Ft. Lauderdale)
A.J, just wanted to say thank you for all your insight in the past year. Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year.
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
All part of the job, Bob. But I appreciate the sentiment, and certainly want to thank all of you who help make this chat possible. Can't answer questions if there aren't any in the queue. And believe you me, you guys have made sure there have been plenty.
Thanks for all the help on twitter ? Is guy is awesome. Brady or Rivers? Brady has to win that means something right?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
If things fall right, Rivers will have to win more than Brady does. I'm going with Phil.
Thanks AJ for all the chats this year and the great advice! Thanks for answering my question to you on Twitter too! Think AP plays?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
I'm guessing it's a no. Maybe, since it's at home, there's some sort of "token" action to get him an ovation, but I really don't see it.
Cumulative points league (PPR) and I need to go for upside this week: Best two options from the following: Colston, Gr.Jennings, MJD, K.Davis, Donald Brown
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Upside? Davis and Brown.
True or False: Tanaka will be a top 10 pitcher
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Not in the AL. Outside shot if he ends up with Dodgers, but even then, I'd say no for this year.
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
That's all the time we have for today, gang. Thanks for all the questions. I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) if you need to reach out over the next few days. Until the next time, enjoy the holiday season, and good luck to all who play in Week 17!