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November 21, 2:11 PM ET
Fantasy Football w/AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (2:57 PM)

Time to milk that camel for all it's worth... It's a special Pre-Gobble Gobble Day Amazing Chat to the finish. Remember, the last question to post may be eliminated. Let's go!

Simon, NJ

AJ, do you see Chad Johnson putting up bigger numbers in the next few weeks as Chris Henry draws some defensive attention? Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (2:58 PM)

Simon, having three receivers, two who go deep and one who works the middle, is a recipe for success. That's part of what makes NE so good. It can only help 85's numbers.

Jacob, TX

I have some issues at running back. I have two RB slots so who should I start? Ryan Grant...Ron Dayne...Frank Gore...Willis McGahee.

AJ Mass
  (2:59 PM)

I'd avoid Grant. He looks like he'll play, but the short turnaround keeps me leery. I go Dayne and McGahee.

Don and son Lance (Manhattan Beach, Ca)

For 2nd WR - start Donald Driver or Hines Ward? for 2nd RB - start Justin Fargas, Reuben Droughs, Fred Taylor, Kenny Watson or Rudi Johnson? And then which of these do I start at flex?

AJ Mass
  (3:00 PM)

Keep your pants on Don... please! I go Driver. With Holmes iffy, I'm not sure Ward can handle WR1 attention anymore and have great stats. I think Droughns is a good play if Jacobs is out. Otherwise I go Kenny.

AP Chicago

Do you see them benching that bum benson and given me a chance to play?

AJ Mass
  (3:01 PM)

Nope. I think Cedric has on Lovie the same sort of thing Starbury has on Isaiah.

Matt (Ca)

Does the niners's offense get better with the new hire? Are either Jackson or Battle worth having?

AJ Mass
  (3:02 PM)

I think Battle might be worth a look... but it's a long way before any 49er makes my lineup.

Brant (TX)

Is the Cardinals Defense worth starting over Green Bay this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:03 PM)

Yes yes yes! SF is awful.

GARY FROM ILL.

WHICH PLAYERS DO YOU LIKE IN THE 3 GAMES ON THANKSGIVING?

AJ Mass
  (3:04 PM)

TO and Romo. Peyton. Cal Johnson. Cotchery.

Steve (Baltimore

What's up A.J. LenDale White, Kolby Smith, or Ron Dayne at flex this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:05 PM)

I think you have to avoid White after his failures on MNF. Dayne is at least a known quantity, but I think I'd gamble on Kolby...

Lizzy (New Mexico)

Reggie Bush, MJD, and Chester Taylor... Which two of these three do I start this week???

AJ Mass
  (3:06 PM)

Unless you get PPR, you sit Bush. He's not running the ball at all.

Bob (PA)

Calvin Johnson?? Does he break out this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:07 PM)

Why not? No WR on that team has had any more success than another... Williams is the name, but McDonald's gotten the steady stats. Furrey gets his 5 a game. I just think Kitna might be a tad sore that McDonald dropped an easy one to end the game and goes Cal's way instead.

Jon (San Diego)

Need your WR advice here. Need 3 of 4 out of Welker, Fitzgerald, Driver, and Hackett. Who sits? Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (3:09 PM)

I think you sit Driver. He's not the guy Brett turns to for scores.

Matt (Watertown, NY)

Hey AJ! Who would you start this week: Devery Henderson or Santana Moss?

AJ Mass
  (3:09 PM)

I'd start Moss. Henderson is lucky to get one catch a game... yes it often is in the end zone, but those odds won't keep.

Gary (GA)

There is a trade pending involving Priest Holmes. The party to receive Holmes didnt think his injury would be serious when he agreed to the trade. Now the trade deadline is passed and there can be no counter-offer. What should be done? What is fair? Accept the trade or veto it?

AJ Mass
  (3:11 PM)

He agreed to the trade. That's the risk you take. If the guy who pitched the deal wants to call it back, I'd void it, but otherwise, it's just bad luck - it happens.

Chester Taylor Minnesota Vikings RB

When my boy AP returns how do you think Head Coach Brad Childress will split the carries?

AJ Mass
  (3:12 PM)

IF he comes back. I wouldn't rush him back. If the Vikings lose this week there's not going to be a huge chance of a playoff run.

Russell (Chicago)

So ALL my backs are hurt:B. Jacobs, M. Lynch, L. Maroney, R. Grant Should I go with Grant? or try to pick up either K. Smith or R. Danye off waivers?

AJ Mass
  (3:13 PM)

This is why depth is crucial at RB. I'd try and pick up Kolby. But Maroney may go - at least he claims he was never injured...

Jamie, Helena MT

I have been offered J. Norwood for K. Smith in a keeper league. Should I take the deal? Will Norwood get the featured role next year?

AJ Mass
  (3:14 PM)

I think the odds on that are pretty good. And he may actually have a QB in the backfield with him. Brohm, anyone?

Vic (Kailua, HI)

Do you see either GB or Dallas running away with the #1 seed in the NFC? If so, which one and when would they start sitting players?

AJ Mass
  (3:16 PM)

Week 13 my friend. Dallas vs. GB. All your Q's will be answered.

Jeff (Minn.)

How do you feel about having too many players from one game on your team? I've got D. Anderson and Kellen Winslow as well as A. Johnson and I'm thinking of subbing Ron Dayne in for Ryan Grant. What do you think?

AJ Mass
  (3:17 PM)

It doesn't bother me as long as the weather isn't predicting something crazy like a monsoon or blizzard or a Stephen King movie. I wouldn't want four guys on the same team, but two and two is not a worry.

Mathias (El Paso)

hey AJ, some fool tried to clown Mort in todays chat. he tried to goat Mort into saying New England is the best team of all time. Your thoughts? Also do you like B Marshall this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:19 PM)

1) I think you mean he tried to GOAD Mort. But he wanted to know if the Pats were GOAT. 2) They've got a long way to go to top the Tonawanda Kardex in my book. 3) I think Marshall has 3 catches for 60.

Plaxico Burress (NY)

Do i score this week or will my injury or QB limit me?

AJ Mass
  (3:20 PM)

If you don' t score on the first two drives (which I think is highly unlikely) then your injury will likely keep you out of the end zone. Eli ain't got nothing to do with it.

Jeff (LA)

AJ, thoughts on last place teams making trades with potential playoff teams at the deadline? Our league had three that weren't worthy of a veto, but I don't exactly see why a 1-10 team is making a deal with a 6-5 team? The only one it really helps is the 6-5 team, unless 1-10 is trying to get to 3 wins or something.

AJ Mass
  (3:21 PM)

It's why you should consider a keeper league. At least then late deals make sense. A rule saying a team eliminated from the playoffs can't make a trade would be a nice one for all non-keeper leagues to have.

Ed, NY

AJ, I am worried about Moss hogging all the TD's. Would you start Branch over Welker? Also Schaub or Brees?

AJ Mass
  (3:23 PM)

I would start Branch over Welker for that very reason, though their stats are going to be on the same level most weeks. I prefer Brees. He's got more options and I'm not sure how well Schaub does in the Dog Pound.

Alon (Brooklyn)

Please help!! I need 2 out of Galloway, Smith, C Henry, or Driver??

AJ Mass
  (3:23 PM)

I go Galloway and Henry.

Matt (Dallas, Tx)

karawanda what?

AJ Mass
  (3:25 PM)

Matt, learn your NFL history. Tonowanda Kardex - Lost one game and immediately folded. : )

Carl (sad ND fan)

Jamal for Galloway - - Fair for both sides??

AJ Mass
  (3:26 PM)

Depends on the need. But I think Galloway is going to put up better fantasy numbers.

Kyle, Seattle

Thanks in advance! With DJ Hackett surging lately do I have to play him ahead of Andre Johnson or Greg Jennings while I wait for Marvin H to get healthy someday. PPR league.

AJ Mass
  (3:27 PM)

I do. Andre is a close second.

Joseph (austin)

Ryan Grant practiced today. Would you start him over Fitzgerald, Ocho Cinco or Welker?

AJ Mass
  (3:27 PM)

No. I like all of them to outscore Grant.

Paying Customer (stealing your wireless)

Jennings or Welker in a PPR league this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:28 PM)

Welker. When NE scores 5-6 TDs a game, I like the odds.

Steve(Boston)

Flex....Jennings, K. Jones, or Selvin?

AJ Mass
  (3:30 PM)

I'd go Jennings. At least he's healthy.

Gaey (Sarasota)

Help I'm hurting and need a win to get into the playoffs. Whose the better play, Droughns or Ward or forget both and hope Keith gets some carrys in a blow out vs. Atlanta.

AJ Mass
  (3:31 PM)

I think Droughns is the better option, assuming there's no big announcement anointing Ward the starter, which I'm not holding my breath for.

John (CO)

Happy Thanksgiving AJ! Morris or Marshall as a flex? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (3:33 PM)

I'd go Marshall. Morris hasn't impressed me, and Seattle is leaning heavily on the passing game.

Ron (NY)

Need receiver advice as Holms is out and my backup for him (Crayton) is also out. Have to turn to the waiver and am looking at Reggie Williams (vs Bills), Sam Hurd (vs Jets), or Nate Washington (vs miami)??? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

AJ Mass
  (3:34 PM)

With Garrard back, I think Williams is definitely worth a look.

Stuck on the Tarmac

Please give me the top 3 of these five for flex spots in a deep league. Cotchery, Patten, D. Lee, Dayne and Kolby Smith? (TE get 1.5 per 10 yrds, everyone else gets 1)

AJ Mass
  (3:34 PM)

Cotchery for sure. Lee next. I'd take a chance on Kolby.

Slagmire (Cincinnati, OH)

Who's the better flex option: H. Ward, Dayne, Fargas, Boldin, or Chatman? Happy Gobble Day btw :)

AJ Mass
  (3:35 PM)

Boldin. Warner do like to throw the ball.

Matt,MPLS

Need your help, have to set lineup by 5 today. Which one sits out of this bunch: Housh, Plax, Hackett, Galloway. Thanks AJ!!

AJ Mass
  (3:36 PM)

Sit Plaxico. You're only guaranteed he'll start - not that he'll finish.

mike (Madison, WI)

Happy Thanksgiving. The guy I am playing has Jenning and McDonald as his starting WR's. Should I play Driver and Roy Williams or go with Brandon Marshal or Chris Henry.

AJ Mass
  (3:36 PM)

I could care less who your opponent is starting. You start your best players. I think that's probably Williams and Henry.

James

If released by Oakland where do you think Jordan will land? In such case he leaves, what is his value in said team?

AJ Mass
  (3:38 PM)

If released, there won't likely be enough time for Jordan to learn a new system... but KC looks like they need bodies, and Seattle isn't too far behind.

Luke, OH

Jesse Chatman or Chester Taylor? Thanks AJ. Also, will you be doing chats tommorow? Happy Thanksgiving!

AJ Mass
  (3:39 PM)

Happy Gobble Gobble to you as well. I go Taylor without a thought. I will be watching football and enduring family tomorrow. I chat again on Sunday morning.

jerry (dc)

start selvin young, mcgahee or chester taylor?

AJ Mass
  (3:40 PM)

Why Chester get no love? Giants lost Kiwanuka and that's going to require some adjustments... Tayor will find holes.

Andrew (Minneapolis)

Which Jones is a better play? Julius or Thomas?

AJ Mass
  (3:41 PM)

And how many times are we going to see shots of Dear Old Mom rooting for both? Thomas is a better play.

Turkey

Since your going to eat me will you atleast answer my question first? Which two RB?s? Bush, Jacobs, Mo Morris, Fargas, Young, Henry?

AJ Mass
  (3:42 PM)

Can't deny that last request... then again, if I eat you, you won't have time to set your lineup. So why bother?

BRIAN WESTBROOK

What can I expect from myself Sunday Night? Do I have a decent game?

AJ Mass
  (3:43 PM)

Decent for you? No. Decent against New England? Yes. Feeley will likely start and I can't imagine this story ends well overall, but you'll get your usual screen pass junk yards.

Alison (texas)

Big Ben or Hass this week? Both good martchups!

AJ Mass
  (3:44 PM)

Big Ben on the Monday Night TV show.

Sweet Potato

Me or Mashed?

AJ Mass
  (3:44 PM)

It's you yams. It's always been you.

AJ Mass
  (3:44 PM)

Lightning round time!

brian (boston)

big decision before going off to vacation, start KJ tomorrow or risk it with Kolby this week?

AJ Mass
  (3:45 PM)

Risk it! Risk it!

Andrew (NY)

Grant or Branch at flex?

AJ Mass
  (3:45 PM)

Branch

J.B. (Dunmore, PA)

Goths or creepy siblings?

AJ Mass
  (3:46 PM)

Goths. But really as long as Ugly American Blondes go soon, I'll be happy.

Andy (Philly)

Jesse Chatman vs. PIT or DeShaun Foster vs. NO?

AJ Mass
  (3:46 PM)

Foster

Brian (NYC)

Last Flex spot, Kolby Smith, K. Jones, J. Jones, Ward or Stallworth?

AJ Mass
  (3:47 PM)

Stallworth

Brian, New York

Roy Williams and Welker are my 1 and 2 WR's. Who do I start as WR3: Evans, Berrian, or C. Henry?

AJ Mass
  (3:47 PM)

All decent options but I go Berrian.

Charlie (Syracuse, NY)

Cotchery or Calvin on Thanksgiving?

AJ Mass
  (3:47 PM)

Only get one? I go Cotchery.

Ryan CT

Do you think Ricky Williams has any fantasy value?

AJ Mass
  (3:48 PM)

Only in Jamiaca, mon.

Tim (Rochester, NY)

Kevin Curtis or Ike Hilliard

AJ Mass
  (3:48 PM)

Ike

Mr. Turducken

drop one: S.Holmes, J.Fargas, K.Warner, or K.Jones. Pickup one: MacDonald, Reggie Williams, Stokely, Toomer. Thanks and good gobble, gobble!

AJ Mass
  (3:49 PM)

Drop KJ. Pick up Stokely. Gobble gobble quack to you

Daniel (Houston)

Help me!!!! Vinnie or Clemens?

AJ Mass
  (3:49 PM)

Clemens

Team Grandpa (Burkina Faso)

Rest of the season: Travis Henry, Kolby Smith, or Ron Dayne?

AJ Mass
  (3:50 PM)

Assuming the case is dropped, Travis. I don't like hedging, but we're talking the legal system and not football here.

Lee Evans, Buffalo

GORE OR PORTIS

AJ Mass
  (3:50 PM)

Portis.

Greg (LA)

hey, one of those "Ugly" American blondes is not ugly, the shorter one, need glasses AJ?

AJ Mass
  (3:51 PM)

"Ugly American" = bad represntation of American culture to foreigners... as in "Yuck, the locals stink - they bring flies!" Need a dictionary, Greg?

Simon, NJ

AJ, better pick up in PPR - Pittman or Chris Brown? Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (3:51 PM)

Pittman

Tofurkey

Vegan love! Who sits of Hackett, Colston, Welker and Jennings?

AJ Mass
  (3:52 PM)

I think you sit Jennings.

Eric (Escanaba, MI)

Do you think Larry Johnson is truly done playing football this year?

AJ Mass
  (3:52 PM)

I think with Priest retiring, if Larry's got anything in him, he'll give it a go. You don;t see him on the practice field next week, though, and it's over Johnny.

Tim (Rochester, NY)

When you get a podcast next year, who's your trusty sidekick?

AJ Mass
  (3:53 PM)

Make it happen, and it might be you, Tim.

Joel ( Roscommon MI)

AJ, not trying to be a pain but.. please pick one to start for me...James Jones, Stokely, Lee Evans, or Ced Wilson or Sam Hurd off WW ? Thank you

AJ Mass
  (3:53 PM)

Stokely if just one.

Gordon (Wisconsin)

I am wearing my special eating slacks, please answer my query: With Marshawn Lynch injured, what healthy running back best exemplifies his 'Beast Mode' mentality?

AJ Mass
  (3:55 PM)

I'm not sure I even understand this question at all, but the imagery is too rich to pass on. Brandon Jacobs? Not healthy. Maybe Willis.

Dan (queens, NY)

Morris or Lewis???

AJ Mass
  (3:55 PM)

Lewis

Brett (Seattle, WA)

Mo Morris, Ced Benson, Fargas or Dayne?

AJ Mass
  (3:56 PM)

Fargas

Rebecca (St Louis)

Do you know AJ Pierzynski? Pick 2? T Jones, K Jones, Lendale, Morris

AJ Mass
  (3:57 PM)

Do you know Rebecca Demornay? TJ and Morris.

James (Corona, CA)

Buzzer beater! Pick two each out of Westbrook, Lewis, C. Taylor and Colston, B. Marshall, Hackett, Galloway.

AJ Mass
  (3:57 PM)

Sit Lewis and Start Colston and Hackett.

AJ Mass
  (3:58 PM)

Last question time.

AJ Mass
  (3:58 PM)

And we'd be remiss if I didn't give Turkey his due. For real this time, good bird.

Turkey

Which two RBs? Bush, Jacobs, Mo Morris, Fargas, Young, Henry?

AJ Mass
  (3:58 PM)

Bush and Fargas.

AJ Mass
  (4:00 PM)

Thanks to all. Remember the reason for the holiday... to watch Detroit get trounced. It's an American tradition! Happy Turkey all and to all a good gobble!