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November 7, 11:45 AM ET
Fantasy Football with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (2:58 PM)

Good afternoon one and all. We're ready for an hour of fantasy football chat and there's nothing in the name of Takezo Kensei you can do about it. Let's go!

nathan (charlotte)

ok this is what i got for ya AJ. I have big ben and want holmes badly, they guy who has holmes offered this trade to me. i give gore and driver and get holmes and ernest graham. i was tentative about graham at first, but lookin at the rest of his sked its looks like a cake walk with the exception of the skins and panthers...what ya think?

AJ Mass
  (2:59 PM)

I think there's a danger putting too many eggs in one basket (we are talking Santonio Holmes, not Priest) and if the Steelers have a bad day, you're in deep ka-ka. But, I wouldn't worry about Graham's value vs. Gore's. Fair deal.

Ben (Baton Rouge, LA)

Incorporating Heroes with fantasy football chat huh? Yeah, we are DORKS!

AJ Mass
  (3:00 PM)

I know you are, but what am I?

doug (ohio)

Which defense to play week 10 Dallas, Giants or Bills?

AJ Mass
  (3:01 PM)

Got to go Buffalo. Giants and Cowboys may do better than the millions of yards they allowed Week 1, but I'd take my chances vs. Lemon and the Fins.

Alan (Orlando)

Hey AJ, in a 12 team league "hurting" for RB's how do you rank these FA's; K. Smith, M. Morris, K. Faulk, B. Leonard, and BJax?

AJ Mass
  (3:02 PM)

Faulk is 1 - because he will play for sure. Leonard a distant second for pass catching skill. Morris has best chance to have impact as Alexander has been awful.

bobby (ca)

AJ, Garrard or Schuab, remiander of year?

AJ Mass
  (3:03 PM)

Taking all injury factors out of the mix, I like Schaub to have better stats with return of Johnson.

Princess Leia (Alderaan)

Help me out, AJ, you're my only hope...should I trade Vince Young (late round keeper) and Bowe for playoff run help in Hasselback & Edge? I like their schedules but fear that my bench guys (griese, benson, rudi, jennings, evans) can still help and I would regret not having Young next year. Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (3:04 PM)

I wouldn't. Young is not just going to put up great fantasy numbers. If anything, I think next year they rely more on the run and LenDale White. Plus, Griese may not even keep his job if he throws another 3-4 picks this week.

eric (whitewater, WI)

which way to go? Mike Furrey, Chris Henry or DJ Hackett

AJ Mass
  (3:05 PM)

Henry I give a week to get back on the field before I consider a start. Hackett is the one I'd go with.

Jennie (NYC)

Who is the better 49er back to pick up this week: Hicks or Robinson?

AJ Mass
  (3:06 PM)

Neither thrills me on the road on MNF. But Robinson will likely get more carries - that's why I'd lean his way.

Mikey (Chicago)

Who are your "buy low" candidate wide receivers?

AJ Mass
  (3:07 PM)

How about Tim Dwight and Brandon Jones?

Rich (Orlando)

Save my fantasy team. Save the world. How would you rank these RBs the rest of the way - Lynch, Jacobs, Barber. What about these WRs - Edwards, Coles, Plax, Driver, Smith. Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (3:08 PM)

Jacobs 1, Lynch 2, Barber 3. Braylon 1, Plax 2, Driver 3, Smith 4, Coles 5

Tim (ATL)

Keeper league going forward, should last several years. can you rank these WR: Housh, Holt, S Holmes. thanks

AJ Mass
  (3:08 PM)

Long-term I like Holmes. Ward's not going to physically keep.

T-Bone (Princeton, NJ)

Would you consider trading Brady for Palmer and Addai?

AJ Mass
  (3:09 PM)

Another non-reader of my articles? Yes I would, especially if Addai improves my starting RB by a huge amount.


Ando is the unsung hero on that show!!!!!Tory Holt, Roy Williams, Santonio Holmes, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Bowe---which would you use as trade bait?

AJ Mass
  (3:11 PM)

As long as we don't have to endure May-GOD! and Ale-DULL-dro, I am happy. I'd least want to keep Marshall - probably get most value for Williams if you trade him after he finally scores a TD.

Nate (Orlando)

{Insert Random Heroes Reference Here} I am pretty set at my other positions and currently have Hasselbeck, should I try to upgrade to a better QB for the stretch run? Who would you target? Romo?

AJ Mass
  (3:13 PM)

Hasselbeck should do you OK now that his receivers are back. Obviously Romo is an upgrade, but it might cost you too much.

Peter (The Future)

Galloway and Kevin Jones enough to get Moss? His owner might lose LJ for the season.

AJ Mass
  (3:14 PM)

Might? Wouldn't you know if you're from the future? Work with me people! That could get you Randy if his owner was so inclined... but possibly not.

Very Important Trade Question

Priest for Holt straight up. The team getting Priest only has Jamal Lewis starting at RB this week (Thomas Jones on a bye, LJ hurt). He is also very deep at WR. Is this fair

AJ Mass
  (3:16 PM)

Fair? Probably not. But that's what happens with unexpected injuries. You have to give up more than you want. He NEEDS Holmes, so you can take advantage.

Bill (DC)

I have Shaun as my number 2 rb. Would you trade Brandon Jacobs (my number 1) for K. Jones and J. Chatman?

AJ Mass
  (3:18 PM)

Jacobs and Jones have performed fairly evenly this season - and I'd rather not have to rely of Shaun - but Chatman isn't appealing to me. I'd pass.


Our trade deadline is Friday. At this point would you rather trade depth for the best starting lineup possible, or remain deep for matchups and injuries?

AJ Mass
  (3:20 PM)

It's a good Q. I think you can gamble and give up handcuffs if there's no "risk" of your guy going down but at the same time, I like to give myself the widest variety of teams to work with. It is a delicate balance - but if someone is offering me a stud for two marginal guys, I do take it.

Gerry (Athens, GA)

Kevin Jones for Boldin a good trade if I am weak at WR but very deep at RB? Also, how productive will Andre Johnson be the rest of the year?

AJ Mass
  (3:22 PM)

Boldin's hip does scare me, but with bye weeks gone, if you can afford to lose a Jones, then go for it. Taking chances is what fantasy football is all about. AJ will likely be a 600 yard guy with 4 scores.

Tom (Hackensack)

Start Big Ben or Hass. I also have FWP and dont want too many eggs in the proverbial basket...

AJ Mass
  (3:24 PM)

Eggs-ellent Q. Cleveland is worst D in the league vs. pass. However, that could mean Ben plays only a half again -- still, a 5TD half would be hard to pass up. Only b/c of the matchup and the game being in Pitt I think I violate my own prime directive and go Roethlisberger.

Guy that co-wrote Crocodile dundee goes to LA with Matthew Berry

Graham or Fargas from here on out? I have both, see both their upsides, but neither knocks my socks off, and i dont know who to value higher

AJ Mass
  (3:25 PM)

Dude, if you're going to try and impress me when I am actually friends with Eric "Skeeter" Abrams, just to get your Q answered, at least do the homework.

AJ Mass
  (3:26 PM)

And I'll lean towards Graham as long as Tampa doesn't ask him to do too much.

Eric "Skeeter" Abrams, CA

Would you make a move for Chad Johnson, Marvin Harrison, or Rudi Johnson?

AJ Mass
  (3:27 PM)

See? Researching by simply reading my earlier answers counts. 85 will be fine. Harrison will give you Maalox moments every weekend before kickoff as to whether or not he plays. Rudi should also be OK, but I'd not mortgage the farm on him.

The Hot Invincible Cheerleader (Who Knows Where)

Would you start Housh and Henry in a 3 WR set (also have Palmer)? I may need a filler if Harrison can't go this week. Also, Priest or Chatman at Flex?

AJ Mass
  (3:28 PM)

That's an awful lot of Bengals vs. an angry Ravens D. I'd sit Henry unless I really had no other option. Priest at flex.

AJ Mass
  (3:29 PM)

Spoiler Alert!

Kensai/Adam (Did you see it coming?)

Important TRADE QUESTION! Should I trade Lynch and Coles and get in return, FWP and Reggie Wayne?

AJ Mass
  (3:31 PM)

Yeah, I kind of did. I'm good like that. My wife still hates the fact I figured out the whole Bruce Willis is dead thing 5 minutes into "The Sixth Sense". I think that's an OK deal. I'd try and lose Coles if I could get that upgrade.

Alon (Brooklyn)

Steve Smith for Ryan Grant staright up. Who make out better?

AJ Mass
  (3:32 PM)

Whoever gets Smith. I realize he's been el stinko - but that's due to triple teams and no QB. He's still got the chance to get 100 on any given Sunday if there's any hint of a rushing attack.

Hiro (Fedual Japan)

Would you shy away from having Edwards and Winslow since they are on the same team, or not because they are both studs?

AJ Mass
  (3:34 PM)

I'd still love to have those guys on my team, don't get me wrong... but there's a guy in my league who has Big Ben, Ward and Holmes. Last week that was golden... eventually it will bite him. I'm not trading for lesser value, but I do consider a trade.

casey (lousiana)

this is the week i've been dreading, tom brady's bye-week! i haven't even carried a back-up, because i wanted to use the roster spot to add chris henry (cin). which of the three should i add for this week only: Warner Losman Bulger?? Thanks for the help!!!

AJ Mass
  (3:35 PM)

Losman could have a 300 yard passing week. I'd go JP.

Todd(Rochester, NY)

Best 2 WRs available are Branch and Patten. Would you grab either if it meant dropping Crayton to do it?

AJ Mass
  (3:36 PM)

Branch yes, Patten no.

zeth (grand rapids)

brady on bye, all ive got is mcnabb. am i screwed? should i search for scraps (losman)?

AJ Mass
  (3:37 PM)

All these Brady owners who are likely 7-2 or better sob over one week off that they've had 9 weeks to prep for. I am not compassionate. McNabb can get 200 yards just dumping it off to Westbrook. He's not getting a whole bunch of TD's but the yards could add up.

Gerard (Celebration, FL)

I am the king of handcuffs..I have Watson, Morris, Selvin Young, Chatman, and Brian Leonard...I am already starting Chatman..who should be next in line? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (3:38 PM)

I love when Sting sings "King of Handcuffs" in concert. Always a crowd pleaser. Watson will get carries even with Rudi back. Leonard will get catches. Young, then Morris round it out...

Joe (UT)

I'm guessing by your tone that you don't own Brady in any leagues YA-TAAAA

AJ Mass
  (3:40 PM)

Don't misread my contempt for jealousy. I just hate when an owner suddenly looks up Week 10 and "realizes" his QB has a bye. Plan a little.

Marc (Malden, MA)

If, discounting commercials, Heroes is 45 minutes long, 30 of those should feature Kristen Bell and Hayden P.

AJ Mass
  (3:41 PM)

Kristen Bell has more fantasy value than Tatum Bell... that's for sure. And what stargazing would be complete without Hayden Planetarium?

Kevin (NYC)

better flex option this week - MJD or J Jones? Other rbs are LT and Edge. Thanks

AJ Mass
  (3:42 PM)

I'd go MJD. He's not only a return threat, but he's been solid in the red zone of late. Plus, there's a chance Garrard might be back - hello swing passes!

Jen, Ohio

Hayden's like 18 sickos!!!!

AJ Mass
  (3:43 PM)

I was talking about her acting chops... as was Marc I am sure.

nightmare man (Philly)

big ben & chatman for Garcia & Lendale? Worth it or stand pat?

AJ Mass
  (3:45 PM)

Hard to give up Ben the way he's been going lately.

Joe (Squarejaw, NY)

Does Deion Branch play this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:45 PM)

My guess is yes - and what better way to DUCK PETER!!!! let's start the lightning round.

Eric (Iowa)

3rd times a charm! What are your thoughts on Losman for the rest of the season? Viable starter in a 12 team league?

AJ Mass
  (3:46 PM)

JP is only going to be as good as his last game. As soon as he has a bad performance, I fear Edwards comes back. So, he may not kill you in a 12 team league, but you'd better have a backup in case his ride ends suddenly.

Kurt (SF)

Holmes or L. White at flex?

AJ Mass
  (3:47 PM)

LenDale over Priest. Santonio over LenDale.


Eli or McNabb for the rest of the year?

AJ Mass
  (3:47 PM)


Jason (DC)

P. Crayton and V.Davis for L. Fitzgerald?

AJ Mass
  (3:48 PM)

Not me.

Rob (Grand Rapids, MI)

MIN D or BAL D the rest of the way?

AJ Mass
  (3:48 PM)


JAy (MA)

Kolby Smith or Michael Pittman for the rest of the year?

AJ Mass
  (3:49 PM)

Smith if pressed, but that's pretty slim pickings.

kc oakland

best Heroes... i mean fantasy chat of the week! drop watson/scheffler for olsen?

AJ Mass
  (3:50 PM)

I love Olsen. How he's available I know not.

donnie (warwick, ri)

I'm sick of Jason Elam - who's a good kicker this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:50 PM)

Ummm... Ryan Lindell? I mean, it's kickers, you know?

Day Man (Philly)

Is Torry Holt a Keeper? Give up Cotchery for him?

AJ Mass
  (3:51 PM)

Yes, it has to be better next year with a healthy line, doesn't it?

Last Question????

Drop DeAngelo Williams for R. Dayne, K. Smith or Mo Morris?

AJ Mass
  (3:51 PM)

At this point, I'd consider a gamble on Morris.

Ray (DC)

ahhh! in the future, if you announce spoiler alert when you've been talking about heroes the whole time, please announce what the spoiler is for if it changes the subject to something else totally random! i've never seen the sixth sense (sad, but true). oh well...who's the number one overall Heroes fantasy stud? I'm thinking Peter Petrelli is the guy with all the upside, but he doesn't produce like Hiro...Peter in a keeper league, Hiro for this season? True or False, remainder of the season: (Rudi + Marvin) > (LenDale + S. Smith)

AJ Mass
  (3:53 PM)

You obviously have never heard of the 8 year rule for movie spoilers. Keyser Soze is Kevin Spacey. Crying Game girl is a dude. And false.


Lighting round Ray!! Shorten them up !!Flex: Ryan Grant or Priest Holmes or Brandon Marshall?

AJ Mass
  (3:53 PM)


Bob (SC)

S-Jax or McGahee/Musa Smith this weekend?

AJ Mass
  (3:53 PM)

McGahee > SJax > Musa

Rich (Orlando)

Jacobs or Barber this week

AJ Mass
  (3:54 PM)



Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah---very good answer to spoiler complainer!!!!!

AJ Mass
  (3:54 PM)

: )

Mike (STL)

Ginn worth a flyer this week to cover byes?

AJ Mass
  (3:54 PM)

Sure, why not. He's as good a flier as any.

King (TX)

Pick your side: Hasselbeck/Evans for Benson(LJ fill)/Colston

AJ Mass
  (3:55 PM)

Matt/Lee - but again, desperate times.

T - Bos

McNair or Garrard(if he plays)this week

AJ Mass
  (3:56 PM)

McNair, but only cause Garrard is so rusty.

Pretty Please

Bulger/Welker or Anderson/Harrison?

AJ Mass
  (3:56 PM)

I go Bulger/Welker

Jason (OH)

Priest Holmes or Vernon Davis as a flex?

AJ Mass
  (3:56 PM)

Davis especially if PPR.

Rebecca (STL)

Who plays: Cutler or Ramsey?

AJ Mass
  (3:57 PM)

I think Ramsey, for the sake of Cutler's future. Not worth rushing him back.

Tim (ATL)

rest of the season (after this week), would you rather have Garrard and Holt, or Eli and Cotchery?

AJ Mass
  (3:58 PM)

Garrard and Holt - by a little bit.

AJ Mass
  (3:58 PM)

Last question time, folks....

lil jon (the east side)

Pick 2: Bowe, Toomer, Patten

AJ Mass
  (3:59 PM)

I'd sit Toomer as he is too erratic, unless Bowe is a definite scratch.

AJ Mass
  (4:00 PM)

That's all gang. I'll be back tomorrow at 3pm filling in for TMR himself. We'll be discussing Journeyman and Reaper, so please do your homework. Thanks all - it was fun! YA-TAAA!