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December 24, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

Brad Pitt (Hollywood)

Pick 2---Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice, Pierre Thomas, Santonio Holmes or Steve Smith(NYG).

eli (Chi-city)

Hey AJ,so its come down to my play at Flex. I have a choice between, Maurice Morris, Forte, Hines Ward, or Bradshaw. I know what the safe play is but the guy I face in the championship has AP against CHI, Grant/Driver against SEA, and Ochocinco against KC, so I feel I have to take a chance and hope for the best?!? your thoughts are greatly appreciated. enjoy the holidays-

Brad (Lehighton PA)

Merry Christmas? So i need to play waiver wire/free agents for defs for week 16 (and if i make it to champ game, wk 17) - the top matchups open are browns vs raiders, falcons vs bills, pats vs jacksonville, and giants vs carolina. for week 17 its chicago at det and atl at bucs....and maybe titans vs jacksonville. who would u go with for both weeks - thanks

Kristofor (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

I'm in a real dilema here. I'm in the Championship game and I don't know who to start. I have Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles, Brandon Jacobs and Jason Snelling. I'm thinking TJones is a lock. However, Jacobs has a tasty matchup but Bradshaw seems to be taking the goaline carries. Snelling has an even better matchup but I'm still worried about Norwood. HELP!

Justin (Tampa)

Last week J.Harrison paid off do I start him over D. Jackson with C. Bailey shadowing him.

Justin (Minnesota)

hey! who would be a better start this week Jerome Harrison or Beani Wells?

Steve (NFO)

Do i sit Wayne against Revis on Sunday if that means i have to start Floyd or Knox?

AJ Mass
  (10:57 AM)

Happy 12/24 one and all. Let's make our lists, check them twice. Time to find out which fantasy players are naughty and which are nice. Who's ready for a lump of coal?

sam (ontario)

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!! AJ, who should i start as a flex, moreno, maroney or bradshaw??? THANKS!!!

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Jacobs looks slow, and Bradshaw looks real strong. I think he's the best play. I worry about Maroney losing some work to Taylor this week and Buckhalter is itching to go against his former team.

Blitzen (Behind Rudolph)

Please help! Can start 2, Fred Jackson, Stewart, and Jerome Harrison.

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Put me in the camp that Harrison's big game was, is and will forever be a fluke.

Mark (Akron)

Which DST will keep their opponents below 300 yards...EAGLES (vs Den going for a playoff spot) or ATL (vs. Bills w/QB issues)???

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Got to go against the Bills. Brohm? No thanks.

Bill (Boston)

My opponent from last week lost 4 points from a scoring change that gave me a 158.8 to 158.3 victory. Where can I find a summary of scoring changes?Also, in ppr Benson, LT2, Reg Bush, or Fausset (esp w JJ injury)

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

I'm going with Tomlinson. LJ going to get some carries vs KC and Bush's injury last week puts me off him entirely. As for the Warner scoring change... there were several articles devoted to this on the site.

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/11584/nfl-takes-away-warner-td-pass Here's one link.

dave (home)

hey aj,playing for a championship this week who do you like better here are my choices fred davis,mason or meachem? we can play two TE's your thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

I like Mason this week. Meachem is too hit or miss, especially with Lance Moore back and there's no way I go near the Skins offense on principle.

Justin (Ohio)

Championship week for me. Couple of dilema's. Would you go with Braylon Edwards or Pierre Garcon? And secondly, Miami or Tennesse's D?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

I don't think Garcon plays this weekend. That hand injury needs rest. As for defense... I'm going with Miami and hoping they keep Schaub in check.

Nick (Michigan)

Need # 3 receiver do I start Cotchery, Britt, or Morgan?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Britt. Gage's return may eat into some of his targets, but he's the only one who can legitimately get open downfield on Tennessee.

Rick (Pittsburgh)

Do you like MegaTron, MoMo, or Nicks at flex this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Nicks - if he's healthy, which is in doubt. If he can't go, I lean to Mega.

Gabe (New Jersey)

AJ, I absolutely love your Blog - "mass confusion". You are a highly entertaining writer - and not just sports related.Moreno, Rice, LDT, and Charles. I have to sit one of them. Also Driver or Colston (afraid he may not play the 2nd half)?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Flattery may not get you everywhere, but in Gabe's case, it worked. Thanks. I'd sit Charles this week - I really despise the matchup with the Bengals. I go with Colston even in one half - I think Driver is just as likely to get an early seat.

Yukon Cornelius (Arctic Circle)

My tip to you - watch out for the Abominable Snowman! Now I need a tip from you - Meachem or Morgan this week? Merry Christmas!

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Meachem?(Lick, lick) NOTHING!

Jerry Peppercorn (Philly)

#3 WR reprise: Avant, Royal, Berrian, Collie?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Collie for me, for the similar reasons I don't like Garcon plus Revis will be all over Wayne.

Dave (NYC)

Start a banged-up Hines Ward or a Dwayne Bowe that got 10 targets last week?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Bowe. The targets aren't going to lessen there, and Ward, though he'll play won't be at top ability.

Jeff (Work)

Pick 2 Rice, Stewart, Charles, MBII?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

You have them in the right order.

Mike (Buffalo)

Pick 2... Championship PPR... Deshaun BMarsh or Gates... Thanks.. Happy Holidays!!

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

I'll sit Antonio.

Scott (ATL)

Hi AJ, got a tough one for you. In the Championship game and need three from T Jones, Mendy, Beanie, Charles, Snelling, and Harrison? Also, should I play Alex Smith over Peyton this week? Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

If you can live with the decision to sit Peyton for Smith then I do it. You can't second-guess yourself though - you're doing it based on your belief that Peyton sits early and Smith goes off on Detroit - it's not an outlandish call... but you have to be prepared for it to blow up in your face. I go with Snelling, TJ and Mendenhall.

Jessica (Florida)

Gimme 4-5 less obvious WRs you'd start over Wayne this weekend?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Devin Thomas, Torry Holt, Davone Bess, Austin Collie.

Bob (NC)

Earlier you went with LDT over Benson? You really think LJ will get that many carries. I cant see how Benson doesnt go for at least 100 yds plus a TD vs terrible KC def.

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

I just think with the hope of a first-round bye gone for Cincy, they look to resting Benson some for the playoffs - especially against an easy foe, one who LJ REALLY wants to show-of against.

Bill (NY)

What are your thoughts on how to handle a situation with players already came off waivers a day before the Warner stat change went through? Obviously the team out of the playoffs didn't put in any claims.

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

In poker, there's a term called "significant subsequent action" which nutshelled means that you can't go back and change an error once it's been "accepted" if it's discovered too late. From a scoring standpoint, the change in result is not "too late" to fix, since the next week's lineups have not locked. For waiver moves, once they've been assigned, that's significant enough of an action to prevent changing them now.

J.B. (Dunmore, PA)

If Charlie Frye plays, would Louis Murphy be worth starting Sunday or doesn't it matter?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

I don't think it matters. Murphy is not a good play regardless of which of the four QBs possible goes.

Brian (San Diego)

Where there score adjustments made last night? Do you know who? Last week I had lost by a point, then all of a sudden I'm in the Chanmpionship! Freaking great, but I can't figure out why and what changed.

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

The biggest scoring change was the NFL ruling that Kurt Warner's "pass" to Anquan Boldin was a "lateral" meaning it is officially a running play. Passing yards and the touchdown points for Warner are deducted. If it was something else, I'm not sure what it was.

Donald Driver (GB)

You said earlier that I may take an early seat? Isn't my team fighting for a playoff spot? Please elaborate

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Seattle isn't the toughest opponent, and you could be up big early... plus if the scoreboard from the Meadowlands reads Panthers up 21 late, then your only "competition" for the playoffs is essentially out as well.

Adam (MI)

All I want for christmas is an answer from AJ! Im really weary of Revis island, do I roll with Harvin over him? And pick one RB.. Harrison, Charles, or MBIII

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Assuming this Q is Wayne or Harvin, I would go Wayne. I'm not sold on Harvin's headaches being gone. For RB, I would go with Charles - a slight edge over triple-sticks.

Marsh (St. Louis)

If Fargas doesn't go, do I start M.Bush, Wayne, or Collie at flex?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

I'd go with Collie. I don't trust Cable to go with Bush over McFadden.

Jim (Atlanta)

Am I crazy to think about starting J. Cribbs at WR? He may play some RB and the Oakland run defense is awful. My other options are Megatron, Josh Morgan, A. Bryant.

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

I'd go with Morgan. Bryant's still too fragile, and Cribbs doesn't have any real value in my eyes other than the returns. Next season, with a real coach, perhaps the Browns use him better.

Dan (MI)

Need help picking one RB: S. Jackson, T. Jones, or Maroney? Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

TJ for me. Jets should get yards, and I'm just waiting for that other shoe to drop with S-Jax's back.

K (philly)

What do you make of this audible nonsense with favre? Doubt it affects my decision to start Donovan over him but just curious about your thoughts

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Like you said - nonsense. If Childress really had a problem with it, he'd bench him - period... which he wouldn't do b/c Tarvaris is not the answer. So, it basically is a moot point.

Santa (The North Pole)

Before I get on my way to deliver the presents I need to set my lineup for the weekend. Do you go with the Pack or Cards D/ST?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

The way Mr. Hasselbeck has been handing out "gifts" at a quantity that has YOU jealous... I go GB.

jim (houston)

no question just bragging drafted chris johnson in the 13th rd last yr cost me a 1oth rd this year get him as a 7th rd next year.

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Big ego? Tsk, tsk. NAUGHTY LIST for Jim.

j. smith (charlotte)

warner or romo?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

I think Romo. Washington is completely lost on both sides of the ball.

Mark (KC)

Rice vs Pit, Harrison vs. Oak, Wells vs Rams. Pick 1 please.

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

I like Rice. He's going to get 6-8 receptions against that soft passing defense.

Brett (Tallahassee)

You have some mad love for Snelling....would you rank him over say Ryan Grant this weekend?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

I would. Buffalo's run D is awful, and Turner is way too fragile to play.

Rick (Omaha)

You mentioned that Cincy might be out of a bye, if SD wins tomorrow, how do you think that affects Palmer... I know, not the best option, but the rest of my team is stacked, which is why I am in the finals...

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

They are out of a bye. Best they can do is tie SD at 11 wins and they lost to them H2H. I don't think it affects Palmer though. He is who he is.

Bill (LSU)

Better matchup for D/ST: Cards or 9ers?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

I'd play the 49ers. It's a toss-up as to which matchup is better, but the way SF is hitting lately, I don't envy those Lions.

Doug (New York)

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! A BACKWARDS LATERAL BY WARNER!!! I JUST LOST MY MATCHUP BY .02 BECAUSE OF THAT $#%#$%!!!!!

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

We may play FANTASY Doug, but the stats have to come from REALITY. A lateral is not a forward pass, and does not count as passing yards. End of story.

Sean (Ravena NY)

Playing "cute" in the finals could be dangerous. Would you really start Devin Thomas over Reggie Wayne ?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

No, I wouldn't... but the question asked for some "lesser" names that I think might perform better. I provided them... what you do with that info is up to you.

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Time for some speed... Lightning Round commencing in 5,4,3...

Frank (Beans)

Thomas Jones or J. Harrison??

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Jones for me.

TC (Dundee IL)

Gates or Findley? Barber II or Snelling?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Finley, Snellong.

Beth (South Dakota)

Benson (w LJ interference) or SJAX w back probs?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Benson by a nose. Still think he gets good stats...

Adam (DC)

MSW or Holmes?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Santonio

devin (cape canaveral)

morgan or ward

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Morgan

Brian (FL)

Hartley or Akers

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Flip a coin.

Jim (NJ)

Bowe or Britt?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Bowe.

john (ma)

MSW,Crabtree,Wayne?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

I like Crabtree this week.

Paul (Norwalk, CT)

Knowshon Moreno or Brian Westbrook? Calvin Johnson or Michael Crabtree??

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Moreno and the Crab. Westbrook gets 5 touches tops.

Pete (North Pole)

P. Manning or Roethlisberger?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Manning.

Rick (Omaha)

Palmer or Cambel

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Carson.

Brian (Chicago)

Heath Miller or Celek?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Miller.

Keith (MD)

Mendenhall or P Thomas

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Rashard for me.

Paul (Chicago)

J Harrison or S-Jax?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

S-Jax. Not a believer in Jerome.

Joe (Baton Rouge)

Where do you have Stewart ranked if DAW is out?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Top 5.

Big-R (Cali)

Farve or Rivers Mendy or Stewart

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Rivers, and Daily Show.

TONY T (Hoboken)

BOWE VS. FORTE

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Mostly anyone vs Forte.

Ron (Clarks Summit, PA)

I hope Santa comes to Villa Allegre tonight! I had 72.1 points worth of Jerome Harrison and Jonathan Stewart on my bench last week, but managed to advance to the finals. Which one would you promote to my starting lineup for the championship game, and who would sit among my usual lineup of ADP, MJD, VJax, Ocho, and Driver (RB, RB, WR, WR, flex)?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

No way I move Harrison, but I would start Stewart over Ocho for flex.

mike (NC)

marshall or austin

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Brandon.

Rick (Omaha)

Do I win my league Championship?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

If you score more points, yes. Otherwise, no.

SPLISH SPLASH TAKEN A BATH (COOL PHILLY)

Forsett or Sproles?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Justin.

Mardis (chicago)

Mike Bush or bradshaw

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Bradshaw.

K (philly)

Arizona, Cincy, or Minny D? make my day and answer a second question!

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Bengals.

Snow Miser (North Pole)

TE: Fred Davis or Shiancoe?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Fred... he's about the only thing working in that Skins offense.

Adrian (Iowa)

roddy or smith (car)

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

White. He'll be running at a different speed with no Revis on him this week.

Steve (Detroit)

Mendy or Maroney?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Mendenhall... I do not like the NE RB sitch this week... too murky.

J.B. (Dunmore, PA)

Flex time: Ganther or MSW?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

MSW.

Bob (Chicago)

Pick 2: Fred Jax, J Charles, D Bowe, or Jacobs

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Fred and Dwayne.

Mike (Boston)

More flex time: Bowe or Charles

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Bowe.

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Bowe.

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Bowe.

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Bowe.

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

And with that answer, we'll put a bow on this chat. Thanks to all who took part, and a happy merry and merry happy to one and all.