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October 1, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Good morning gang. Still getting rained on, but the chat goes on! We'll be here for the next 60 minutes to take as many questions as we can. Second cup of coffee in hand... call it in the air!

Phil (Pgh)

Colston, Lance moore---who do you like this week and who should I try to trade??

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

I like Colston. Moore is always capable of putting up a big game like last week, but the way Brees spreads it around, this week Moore could have zero and Devery Henderson suddenly becomes the hot hand.

Dale (Out There)

Do I dare sit Calvin Johnson for the hot Louis Murphy?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

No, especially since the Lions may throw more with Best's toe problem -- even if he does play. Murphy, on the other hand is not 100 percent himself.

Lou (NY)

AJ - Basball, Baseball, finals this week, give me two starters for Sunday that are possible FA to pick up.

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Sunday's a complete roll of the dice, but Vance Worley and Esmil Rogers are likely out there.

ken (tempe)

any chance of tolbert being a decent play now that he's not the starter?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Tolbert is still going to get some vulture scores, but if Mathews (likely a game-time call) does play, it's hard to justify starting Tolbert.

Frank (Bay Area)

With Miles Austin on a bye, does Kevin Walter make a decent fill-in?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Absolutely. He's not catching for 120 yards, but he should get five grabs, and 50-50 shot at a score -- and that's if AJ plays the whole game. If not, that value may rise a bit.

Tully (Burger King)

Better waiver wire pickup, T.O. or Garcon? T.O.'s 5th in targets but his lack of receptions makes me hesitate. Thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Garcon. He's got Peyton, and the Colts don't have any other WR on the roster to keep him off the field when he is healthy, even if he is incredibly frustrating to own.

Nick (Brew City, WI)

Need a starter since AP is on bye, Forsett or B Wells?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I like Beanie this week. Although he's still in a timeshare with Tim. H that usually will be around 60-40, I expect it to be more like 75-25 for Week 4 as they attempt to get Wells a bit more into the flow.

Dan (Chicago)

Henne or Gradkowski?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Henne. Bills put 30 on NE and Gradkowski's matchup might bot be as golden as people think - after all, the Texans have faced three really good QBs this season. It's not like they were giving up 400 yards to Trent Edwards types.

Craig (Rainy London)

FLEX ? -- Whats a better position to start at FLEX if you can start anything but a DEF (Kicker obviously not a good choice)?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Quarterbacks tend to score the most points, and it makes sense since they absolutely touch the ball on every play. After that, I like RBs over WRs for the same reasoning -- handoffs easier to "complete" than passes.

Brian (Richmond, VA)

Sounds crazy but... Ben Jarvus-Green Ellis, Peyton Hillis or Ryan Matthews this week? Gotta start 2!

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Mathews is the odd man out this week, simply because of the uncertainty.

Jerry (Dallas)

So whos going to have a more productive day if Pierre Thomas is out? Betts or Ivory?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

I don't think Thomas sits... but if so, I'd go with Betts over Ivory. He's the more likely to start.

Vishal T (Princeton NJ)

Hey AJ, love your work. Anyway, who do you like better this week, Matt Schaub, Kyle Orton, or Mark Sanchez. Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I like Sanchez this week, but that's only by a small margin, and primarily because I think the Texans will run a bit more, with a gameplan closer to Week 1's. However, if I owned both Sanchez and Schaub, I'd probably start Schaub because the upside is way higher.

Ricky (Mobile, AL)

Better DST pickup for the week: SEA or ATL?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Seahawks, due to the Leon Washington factor -- though the law of averages does say he won't get another return TD anytime soon.

Joe (NY)

Gamble on Greene over Colston this week as a flex? If you can't play Greene against Buffalo when can you?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

Certainly sounds good to me... I've got Greene as my No. 30 back, but add a touchdown and he shoots up to around the same value as Colston.

Tom (Cleveland)

If SJax is out who do you go with BJGE or Lynch?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

I go with the Lawfirm. I'm not feeling the Lynch against the Jets.

Phil (Trenton, NJ)

Which Green Bay RB would you rather have against a horrible Lions run D, Kuhn or Jackson??

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Don't love either, but with the carries basically breaking down 50-50, I think Kuhn does more with the chances.

Evan (Chicago)

Will Devin Hester have any value in Chicago's passing game the next few weeks? Or if I pick him up is it simply for the special teams points?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Why wouldn't he have value? Knox is the clear No. 1, but Hester is the No. 2 -- it certainly isn't Earl Bennett.

Greg (NJ)

Hey AJ......I'm worried about starting Ward this week against the Ravens with BAtch as QB. I'm thinking of putting Bess in his place since Miami is playing a weak Pat's D. Good call or stick with Ward? Thanks for the help!

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

I don't think the fact Batch is QB should bother you as much as the fact that he did so well throwing to Wallace last week. Having said that, Bess is doing a terrific job racking up the catches with all the attention going to Marshall. I'd fly with him.

Steve (Blacksburg, VA)

Flex Q.. Hester, Maurice Morris, or Heyward-Bey THIS WEEK?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

Hester edges out Mo Mo, especially since Best is talking up that he will try to play.

Josh (Ohio)

You're taking the Lawfirm over Mathews, can you elaborate on that a bit?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

I'm not convinced right now that Mathews plays. This is going to be a Sunday call... but obviously if Mathews gets through practice today, his value rises.

Dan (Philly)

Pls rank these waiver wire options? Darby, Torain, or B Jacobs!! Thanks

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Torain, Darby, Jacobs...

sean (oaktown)

would u trade J. Stewart for Shonn Greene ? I'd be getting Greene

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

In a heartbeat. Greene is going to get more touches as season moves on as Jets eventually rest LDT a bit.

Mitch (Dallas)

If Steven Jackson doesn't play, which of these two would you play in his place: Lynch or B. Jackson?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Lynch. I don't like Jackson at all, and would not have emptied the FAAB to get him as many owners did.

Kevin (Warrenton, VA)

How many ?'s to you get in a typical chat session? flex (one): shonn greene, vernon davis, steve smith (car), dustin keller or mark clayton?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

On an average day during football season? At least 3000. I'd go with Clayton this week. I've drunk the Kool Aid there.

Joe (Boston)

My league has a positional cap that you can't own more than 4 of any position. Since I start 3 RBs (one at Flex) this is a huge pain especially during byes. What are your feelings on this kind of setup?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

As long as the rules are the same for everyone, then you have to deal with them.

Susie (Q)

Tough bye week for my RBs. Which RB3: mcgehee, torain, ivory?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Torain -- one fumble by Portis and he's in there.

Mike (Westchester)

Celek, or John Carlson

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Carlson. He gets the targets and Celek doesn't -- primarily because Vick doesn't use Celek as an escape option. He uses his legs.

Jake (Yuma, AZ)

I have Flacco as my only QB, not thrilled with him facing the Steelers D this week so I am thinking of grabbing Gradkowski off of waivers. To do so, I would have to dump either F.Jackson, R.Williams or R.Bush. I am thinking of dumping Ricky because of limited upside. I guess I will have to make this decision come week 8 anyway, your thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

I agree Williams is no longer a legit fantasy threat, especially with the Wildcat all but gone in Miami. He's the guy I'd lose.

Lloyd (Monongahela, PA)

Dare I sit Mike Wallace (Bal) for Dustin Keller (Buf) at PPR flex? Thanks

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

In a PPR? Yeah, Keller is probably the better play this week. It's not like the Ravens aren't aware of what Wallace did last week.

jay (living room)

ppr format: drop mike thomas for heyward-bey or bess?? this might make me improve to 1-3!!!

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

As I've said, I like what Bess is doing in Miami, and Hartline as well. With the QB struggles in Jacksonville, I'd make the move.

Jeff (Orange)

Not wanting to play Flacco this week, I picked up Gradkowski off waivers. The night I had the claim in for him I had a dream that it was pouring rain during the game and that the Raiders switched to a different QB out of nowhere. Then Gradkowski came in only to down the ball once and left again. It's ridiculous, but do I switch to Henne?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I fear for Jeff's safety if he ever dreams he can fly.

QUICK FIRE!!!!!! (Boston)

ELI or McNABB???

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

McNabb by a nose.

Brad (St. Paul, MN)

Is it a no brainer to sell high on Vick? Drew Brees is my current QB

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

It certainly isn't a bad time to do so. If I had Brees, I certainly would like to use Vick to shore up other weaknesses.

Jack (IL)

Time to sell high on Collie?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

No. It's time to start him and enjoy. It's not a fluke when you have Peyton as your QB.

Tyler (Des Moines)

Zach Miller (Oak) what is the deal with his injury. All of a sudden he goes to Questionable and no one knows why?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

He has a bad hip, but if he practices today, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Loser (0-3)

Help me AJMass Kenobi, you're my only hope!! PPR flex - D. Williams, Maclin or Clayton??

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

I'd go with DeAngelo. By the way, these ARE the droids you're looking for.

Eric (CO)

You buying McFadden as a top 10 back this week? Seems like Cable isn't opposed to riding the hot hand between him and Bush, and Houston's run D seems decent, although largely untested.

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Nothing to do with 'riding the hot hand' as much as DMC won the job with his early play. You can only accuse him of riding the hot hand if he switches them up after a few early stuffs this week. I think DMC is solid, but won't put up top 10 stats this week.

M. Crabtree (SF)

3rd WR. Me or L. Moore?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Moore. Don't like you. You have shown bubkus this season.

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Moore. Don't like you. You have shown bubkus this season.

justin (cleveland)

drop vincent jackson for roy williams?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Drop Vincent Jackson for Roy Rogers if this is a non-keeper.

Dalton (DC)

Drop Tolbert for Manningham if I'm weak at WR?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Dalton, eat food if you're hungry?

Lex (Chicago)

What is the deal with Armoshodudo (spelling)

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Coaches have soured on him... healthy inactive last Monday.

Darth Crabtree (SF)

I am your father!

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)


paige (ny)

LIGHTENING ROUND: Knox or Hillis on Flex?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I'd lean on Knox.

Veronica (Miami)

AJ I dont have a cute Star Wars reference, but a real question: Who do I pickup? MoMorris, Ivory, Torain, Betts, or Kuhn; I have Pierre

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Then I'd take Betts as insurance this week.

Fred Jackson (Purgatory)

Will I have value at all this season?!?!

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Only if the Bills bite the bullet and trade Lynch to Green Bay.

Dino` (Bar Grill)

Hey AJ - One last BASEBALL question. Looking for one or two of spot starters for tomorrow. Who do you like among Matusz, Bailey, Duensing and Marcum.

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Duensing. Check out my Daily Notes column for more details.

Beanie Wells (Arizona)

I am the man now!!! no???

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

You're the man, but Timmy will still start and play on passing downs... so you're more like the 3/4 man.

Bella (DC)

A. Johnson/Boldin/Wallace/Murphy...sit one...please?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Murphy, assuming all play.

Yoda (The Swamp)

Strong the force is with Torain eh? Drop F. Jones or B.Jax for him? I have mendenhall and Gore as my starters and think the flyer is worth it.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

I'd take the chance. He has the prior relationship with Shanahan and Portis is notoriously fragile. B Jackson has no chance of starting for you anyway.

AJ Mass
  (12:02 PM)

"It's an attack!" Got to fly... but you can find me on Twitter and we chat again next Wednesday. Until the next time... Be seeing you!