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October 8, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Welcome to the chat. We've got 60 minutes to get to as many questions as we can, so let's get started. Second cup of coffee in hand... Who's up first?

Jay (Toronto)

I'm in a tough spot this week with my QB's. I have Orton and Flacco, I actually like both of these guys this week, who would you start?

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

I am going with Flacco. Orton is a compiler, but against a defense like Baltimore's, that's not going to help him much.



AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Yeah, it's looking more and more like he's played his last.

Steve (Madison)

Based on Harry's code which player has done enough wrong to make them disapear from my roster? Down south Steve Smith, P Thomas, J Stewart or Maclin. What do you think they would fetch in a trade? PPR League.

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Guessing that this is a Dexter reference, but I do not get Showtime... I'd lose Stewart and Maclin. Maclin will likely fetch more, but until Vick is back, he won't put up the numbers.

Josh (TR)

Morning thoughts on picking up Garcon for Legadu Nananee? Need receiver depth.

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

With the chance that Collie won't play, it's a solid gamble for Week 5 and if Garcon does well, it's not like there are tons of other WR options in Indy going forward.

Spencer (Montreal)

Forte or Torain in .5 PPR?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Torain. I think Giants exposed a huge vulnerability in CHI O-line and Carolina will keep the Bears offense in check - especially with no Cutler.

Jacob (Michigan)

Good morning AJ. Assuming they all play, should I start Bradshaw, Best or P. Thomas? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

I'd go with Best, slightly ahead of Bradshaw -- assuming they all play. Thomas is very questionable.

Scott (South Dakota)

Just snagged up Felix Jones off of waivers last move? You see any value out of him the rest of the year?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

The Cowboys say they're ready to give him more carries, which they hope will get him more into a rhythm and improve his performance -- I'll believe that when I see it, but if it does happen, Felix is certainly flex-worthy.

Zack (Milwaukee)

Who do you like more the rest of the year, Moeaki, pettigrew or Marcedees lewis?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

I like Pettigrew more, especially this week with Scheffler having some post-concussion issues.

RJ (Wisconsin)

Pick up Breaston as a FA and drop Crabtree?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Breaston is unlikely to play until Week 7, but you may not be able to get him them... I'd wait a week and see how Crabtree does. He has improved lately and at least he's not a guaranteed zero.

Peyton Hillis (The Injury Report?)

What do you make of me being put on Cleveland's injury report? Serious enough to sit me and start J Charles this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

What I've read is that he'll be fine to go on Sunday... although Mangini has also been "buttering up" Harrison, likely just in case. For now, I think Hillis plays, and if so, he's the guy.

Joe Pesci (Resting)

Yes, here I'm restin! AJ, would you prefer a Shaun Hill over a Brett Favre this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Brett Favre plus Monday Night plus Randy Moss? I would not bet against him.

VJax Owner (BG, KY)

Just picked up Vincent Jackson. If he's dealt, when will he be eligible to play? I understand the Patriots are in discussion with SD.

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

I don't think he will be dealt, however, I do expect him to sign by Week 10 to avoid the same holdout issue next season.

David (Indy)

Who would you rather have the rest of the year? Brandon Jackson, Jerome Harrison or Blount?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Blount. He's the only one with any real relevance. Caddy is close to getting repo'd.

Chad (IL)

I have to drop one: BJGE, Forsett, or Jacobs?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I'd drop Jacobs. Don't think he ever gets back in Coughlin's good graces.

Kurt Warner (Home Sleeping)

Tell the Cardinals to stop calling me at all hours of the day. I am not coming back! With that bein said, what do you think Fitz's value is going forward. Does Hall help at all, because honestly Anderson, well, stinks.

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Hall couldn't hurt Fitz' value, but the Cards need a No. 2 to step up now that Breaston is hurt. If Williams can at least keep secondaries honest and Komar gets a few catches over the middle, Fitz can be OK. If not...


Is there any reason for me to believe that Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better option than Eli this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

I do think Fitzpatrick could be a top 10 QB for this week, given the matchup... but not ahead of Eli.

mike (texas)

since brady has a bye, which QB should i pick up for this week? m.cassel or k.kolb

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Kolb for me. I would rather start Nathan Fillion from Castle than Matt Cassel.

Trent (NYC)

AJ, you rock, you answer the most questions per hour of any analyst!Who is most droppable - Marion Barber, Jason Snelling, Lance Moore

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

It's not Moore. Assuming the Cowboys go more Jones, then it's MB3. Snelling only has tons of value if Turner gets hurt, but he is a brittle fellow.

Mike (Raleigh)

Ugly decision to make: Crabtree or MSW?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Crabtree. I've been hugely disappointed in him this season and Thomas has completely outplayed MSW.

Jake (Arkansas)

whats your thaoughts on Santonio Holmes 1st game back

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

3-for-40. Not knowing for sure how much in game shape he is, I'll be cautious on the projection -- but he's going to get plenty of looks.

Drew (Mpls)

Is Max Hall starting in a 2 QB league laughable?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

With bye weeks, depending on the size of the league, it might be compulsory.

Rob (NJ)

Who do you think picks up the work load with the Moss vacancy? Edelman, Tate? some combo? Is Tate worth a roster spot over Jenkins or Devery Henderson?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

I think Edelman and Hernandez benefit the most out of the gate. Welker should continue to do what he does. Tate has to prove he can handle the No. 1 DBs of the league, but is he better than Jenkins and Henderson right now? Yes, he is.

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Just a memo to all... cutting and pasting your long question 100 times an hour does NOT in fact make it more likely I will answer it, FYI.

ryan (sioux falls)

can the twins make a come back

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Can they? Yes. Will they... doubt it. Duensing wins his game, then it's over in 4.

Brad (Orlando)

Gaffney, Amendola or Thomas(Jax) as my bye-wk fill-in?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Love Amendola this week. I'm starting him in several leagues myself.

Will (NYC)

When does "don't panic, it's early" not apply? I'm 0-4 mainly because my supposed studs have let me down.

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Not all 0-4's are equal. Look to your overall points scored in the league. If you're not too far off the league average, you'll be fine.

John (CA)

Is Knox playable this week w/out Cutler? Bowe is my other option...

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

I think so. Bears are still going to throw, and Collins has experience. However, if Hanie has to enter the game at any point, all bets are off.

Mike (Philly)

Is Kevin Walter better or worse with AJ out? I need to decide between Floyd and Walter as my WR2 this week, and various rankings have then very close. Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Walter's problem is not AJ being out, but possibly AJ AND JJ being out. I think he can overcome one, but not both.

Sammy (NY)

Where can we find your weekly rankings? Which D do you like better this week and why... Bears or Saints? Who has a better game this week, Gore or Foster?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

I like the Saints a tad better, due to the inexperience of Hall. Foster slight nod over Gore for me. As for my rankings -- I've said it before and I'll say it again. You can definitely find my projections on the site, if you look in the right place.

Chuck (Philly)

What stats can I expect if I decide to start Both Charles and Jones?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Against the Colts, you can expect 180 yards and a score between the two.

Brock (Texas)

What are the odds of no NFL next season? THAT WOULD BE THE ABSOLUTE WORST!

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

I am prepping my Montreal Alouettes projections as we speak... I think there's too way much $$$ involved for there to be a stoppage.

kc (tempe, az)

just a curiosity. i know you get a gazillion queries and have to sort and choose which to answer, but how do you select which ones? not complaining, just wondering. i've tried to be clever (obviously not working) and direct with no success. love your stuff, though. thanks.

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Fair question... usually it's the first one on a topic I haven't answered yet that I grab. Clever does increase the chances... but with 100s of Q's coming in at a time, it's usually just chance.

Bill Clay (Nakatomi Tower)

Any explanation for why Moss has such low projection numbers this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

They are higher than the zero they were... but are you asking me as if I were the person who did the projections... Hmmmm... I'd say it takes some time for a player to go into a new system. Erring on th side of caution. Besides, it's Monday Night, so you've either tied your wagon to Moss at that point or you haven't.

Ryan (Chicago)

Assuming McFadden is out, what can I expect from Bush? I'm thinking about the same as what McFadden would have done if healthy. Need to choose between Bush and Wells.

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I think it's pretty safe to assume that. Bush I see getting around 70 yards. I'd actually go with Wells.

Brian (Michigan)

What do you think of Heath Miller going forward? With Big Ben's return I think he could be valuable. Thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

I'd say you have hit the nail on the head.

Brian (Holland, PA)

Can you talk about this Steve Johnson fellow? Heard alot of buzz about him, but don't know much. Do you like him this week as a bye week replacement?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Pretty consistent in the Bills offense this season, so if he gets a TD, he could well be in the top 30 of WR for the week and won't kill you if he doesn't.

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Pretty consistent in the Bills offense this season, so if he gets a TD, he could well be in the top 30 of WR for the week and won't kill you if he doesn't.

Pat (NJ)

Braylon Edwards or Thomas Jones at flex in a ppr?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

I'd go with TJ. Great matchup for him and not sure how the WR targets will break down yet in NY with Holmes in.

Dave (Denver)

What do you think the chances that McCoy plays this week? Would you start him over Betts?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

I don't think he plays.

Ryan (Germantown, MD)

Westbrook has been dead weight on my roster for some time now. Should I drop him for Ward, McGahee or Buckhalter?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

I'd drop him for any of the three, with Ward tops on my list.

Mike (San Diego )

Consistent in the Bills offense doesn't sound so good to me...Kind of like "Well, that root canal was about as fun as they normally are."

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Touche. But 3 grabs a week, especially in PPR, is nothing to sneeze at.

Phil (NY)

LT or Torain?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Torain this week.

kris (omaha)

does branch gain value if he gets traded to the patriots?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Is Branch a better receiver with Tom Brady throwing the ball than Matt Hasselbeck?

Rick (SD)

I need to drop either Bowe or Knox... Who gets the boot?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Bowe. As long as Cassel is QB, it's too much agita.

Trevor (Deluth)

Any reason to hang onto Forsett or Sidney Rice?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

If you've held on to Rice so far, why would you not want to keep him now - especially since Moss can only help his value when he returns. Forsett should still get 40 percent of the carries in Seattle. I'd hold him too.

Kuhl (NOLA)

Is this Carney's job now, or does Hartley get back in there? Carney over Janikowski?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

I think it's Carney's for now. I prefer Sebastian, especially in "bonus for longer kicks" leagues.

Keyser Soze (Turkey)

Is the greatest trick the devil ever pulled convincing the world he didn't exist? and... would you start Rice or Torain?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Way down on Rice right now... I roll with Ryan.

MIKE BELL (RB) (Philly)

What type of numbers do I get if Shady doesn't play? Start me over Dez or Mike Williams (TB) at flex?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Next to nothing. I'd rather gamble with Buckley at that point. Dez gets the flex start.

Aaron (Baton Rouge)

Michael Bush and Caddy were both dropped in my league. Which one do you pick up? I already grabbed Blount.

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

I'd grab Bush. If he does well this week, given how nutty the Raiders staff is, he may not give the job back to DMC.


Should I do it? Should I commit the cardinal fantasy football sin? Should I bench Adrian Peterson this week vs NYJ? I have Jahvid best and DeAngelo Williams.

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Oh, TJ... say three Hail Mary's to Randy Moss and you shall be forgiven...

Steve (Bay Area)

Anyone in Seattle worth picking up if Branch gets traded??

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Maybe Stokley, but if it happens, it seems to me to be a testament to Golden Tate's progress.

i AM the sanchize (jets)

i WILL score more fantasy points that the constant retiree favre, right?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

It's close, but yes, I think you squeak by.

Malcolm Floyd ((San Diego))

Is Asomugha going to be all over me on Sunday?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

That's up to you. Nnamdi is likely to stay put against the Chargers and let them decide who gets to run next to him in futility.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

Gotta run... thanks to all who took part and if you still have Q's, I am a frequent Twitterererer. Until next week, good luck and Be Seeing You!