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October 13, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Welcome to another fantasy chat. One hour to get to as many questions as we can. Second cup of coffee in hand... let's get it started!

G (MT)

What's up with Pierre Thomas -- will he be back in the lineup?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Looks like it. The Julius Jones signing speaks more to the poor play of Betts/Ivory than Thomas' health.

Adam (Seattle)

Any faith in Bowe this week or should I bench him for Harvin/Amendola?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

None whatsoever. Harvin looks like a monster with Moss drawing attention on the outside, though I am a bit worried about Favre's arm. Amendola is going to get most, if not all, of Clayton's targets.

Ray (Cleveland)

In general, how many teams are you talking when you say "deep leagues" in football and baseball? 12+? More?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

It's not a specific number -- not only number of teams, but also how many players on each roster. I'd say generally though, for football, it's 12 team and 17-20 roster spots.

Jo Nathan (Johns Hopkins)

Am I really considering starting Floyd over AJ this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

I'd still start AJ, but it's a real toss up.

Mike (Raleigh)

Odd man out this week: Crabtree, MSW, Britt, Hillis

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

MSW. He's so hit or miss. Obviously, Hillis' injury status is a factor as well, but I'm assuming he does play.

Stanley (Pitt)

Should my enthusiasm for Tate abate now with Branch?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

I don't think you should have been overwhelmed with excitement re: Tate in the first place. Branch does eat into the fantasy value, though.

Jeff (NH)

Do see Hines or Wallace having a big game now that The Roth is back under center?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

More so Hines, but the Pitt offense should explode this week.

Steve (San Diego)

Good morning AJ, love your work. Who do you like more the rest of the way Tolbert or Felix Jones?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Felix. Cowboys actually made good on the promise to get him more touches.

Dan (DC)

General FF question: Do you prefer a WR or a RB in the flex spot, if they are ranked really closely?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Always go with the RB, because the touches are "guaranteed" - receptions are not.

morty (long island)

thoughts on the split in KC backfield? did charles do enough to justify the lion's share of carries or does the fumbilitis force t jones back in the game? thanks aj

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I don't think even Haley will be able to get the horse back in the barn here. Charles should get more touches the rest of the way.

Chelsie D (Washington)

I'll need a TE for week 7, should I look to pick up Hernandez, Moeaki, or Marcedes Lewis?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Hernandez, without question, gets a huge boost in value with Moss gone.

Brandon (Chicago)

Hey AJ, I have a tough call. Crabtree seems to really be getting a lot of looks because of his new OC, but Mike Williams in TB looks like he might just be an absolute stud. Who would you rock this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

I go with Williams. Just the thought of the chance of needing to rely on David Carr's arm to get me fantasy points - a possibility of Smith struggles early - makes me cringe.

Scott (Missouri)

Any news on Rodgers concussion?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

He still has to pass all the required doctor exams, but the early word I've heard is that he will play.

Sammy Sam Sam (Cincy)

What are your opinions on picking up Earnest Graham and possibly even playing him. His schedule looks weak these next weeks and again looks favorable during fantasy playoffs. I'm am hurting for an RB in my 12 team league.

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Clearly you are hurting if Graham is on your radar, though he may well be the goal-line back in TB. But if that's all there is, better to have him than not.

Jeff (Harrisburg)

Heard rumor that Golden Tate may start to get more involved in Seattle's passing game. Any value going forward?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I think it's more than rumor. Branch's departure is more a function of how quickly Williams and Tate have developed. Williams will still get more looks, but Tate is definitely going to be more involved.

Matt (Houston)

Do you believe in Britt? Flex play plus from here on out?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

I do, but more importantly, Vince Young does. I don't think Gage ever gets the job back -- or at least, he shouldn't.

pat (viking fan trapped in wisconsin )

When is Owen Daniels going to be fantasy relevant again?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Not sure that he is. We're past the point now where we can blame the slow start on rustiness.

Ryan Mathews (Sunny San Diego)

Do I explode this weekend? Start me over Steven Jackson?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

I say yes and yes.

scottie (atl)

Big Ben vs. CLE or Schaub vs. KC this week??

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Not loving Schaub, especially if Jacoby is out again. On the flipside, I think Big Ben comes out strong.

Sean (Chicago)

Any chance Mike Hart gets the start in Indy? Projections don't look like you think he might...

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Addai should be good to go, and in the off-chance he isn't, Donald Brown is due back.

Marshawn Lynch (Seattle)

Do you see me becoming startable in the near future, or will Forsett and I become a timeshare like all the other RB tandems out there right now?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Every timeshare is different, but assuming Lynch doesn't simply stink up the joint, I think he ends up on the bigger side of 70-30.

Dan (SD)

Your thoughts on Nate Washington this week and the rest of the season?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Definitely think he's on the downside, but he is still getting red zone looks right now.

Zach (New York)

Speaking of Lynch... do you like Torain more than him?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

This week I do, but that's more of an anti-Indy run D assessment.

Patrick (Rochester, NY)

Assuming Revis plays this weekend, does he or Cromartie line up against Brandon Lloyd?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Big assumption. I'm not sure he does. I think Cromartie probably gets Lloyd either way.

Zack (RI)

Get what I can for DMC? Dont like RRBCs.

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

I agree - and in this case, I think the Raiders stick with Bush until he has a bad game.

Dan (Boston)

More Tate value going forward? Brandon or Golden? Also Meachem or Moore? Thanks

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

Brandon. Still has Brady throwing him the ball. I prefer Moore, though he'll be completely invisible at least three times.

Matt (Detroit)

What do you think about Garcon this week? Will he be a regular target for Manning, or should I start someone like Santana Moss, who is the clear #1 target for McNabb

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Manning may throw the ball 50 times, especially if Addai is not 100 percent. I'd take those odds.

Wal (Perth, Australia)

Hi AJ, I own Finley in a deep standard league (16 teams). Hernandez has already been snapped up... so who do you like out of: Pettigrew, Scheffler, Quarless, Watson, Donald Lee, Gresham and Gronkowski, on the waiver wire?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Even with the split in DET, both should get plenty of looks. However, longterm I like Gresham.

Josh (Las Vegas)

Big Ben coming back helps/hurts Mendenhall's fantasy production?

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

For this week, I think it hurts... Big Ben will want to air it out to get into a flow. Over time though, it helps, since the offense should move better.

Scott (Missouri)

New News on Finley 6 to 10 weeks for recovery. Should he be dropped in non-keeper leagues?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Assume the worst and cut him. Non-keepers should never bother with a backup TE on the roster, let alone an injured one.

Jeff (San Diego)

WR musical chairs. Which 3 do you like better for the year (non PPR)? S.Smith (NYG), B.Tate, Amendola, L.Murphy, R.Williams? A.Johnson is my WR1.

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Smith, Amendola, Williams

Adam (N'Awlins)

Better pickup to replace Jermichael: Pettigrew, Moeaki or Shockey?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

I'm a big Moeaki fan, especially with Cassel under center.

Frustrated high scorer (Chicago)

Head-to-head scoring system stinks - I'm 1-4 and frustrated by being a top 3 scorer yet having most points scored against. Any other scoring systems out there ?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

There are an infinite number of scoring systems. You are simply getting unlucky... guess what? It happens. Don't hate the game...

Adam (Penn State)

which RB's would you rather have over Arian Foster?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

For this week, CJ, AP and Gore. That's it.

Kit (MA)

How come noone is talking about RB James Starks GB? The Pack hasn't made a move for a reason...

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

He hasn't played since 2008, so it's not like the Packers have any real idea what they have here. Worth a stash in deep leagues, but I'm not expecting the second coming of Jim Brown.

Chris (Waterbury)

Greg Jennings. What to do?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Start him and hope. Still getting the looks.

Calvin Johnson (Detroit)

How bad is it coach?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

Schwartz will play him if he is able to stand upright.

Felix (Dallas)

Why am i not starting?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

Who cares? It's number of touches, not if you get to say your name for Al Michaels.

Robbie (Seattle)

Which TE should I start in a PPR league, Witten or Shiancoe?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

Witten. Moss being around is going to hurt Visanthe more than people realize. Minny won't need as many red zone looks.

Dan (Dublin)

Frustrated Colston owner just dropped him in a .5PPR league, drop Royal or Amendola for him?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Royal is pretty much the same player - in a system with lots of receivers. Colston more likely to get the TDs, so he's the one I'd drop.


With Bowe looking absolutely terrible, what do you think of McCluster vs. Hou? I've stashed him since day one and would love to see something happen with this guy.

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Trading one WR in a bad offense for another really isn't addressing the problem.

Chad (St. Paul)

Any Chance S. Hill keeps the job? I need a QB for week 7 (currently I have Vick and Ryan both on bye). Worth a pickup in case he is starting or just wait and role with whatever waiver wire scrum is out there?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Lions have a Week 7 bye, so the question is moot, but Stafford should be back Week 8.

Steve (NJ)

AJ, Matt Ryan or Orton from here on out?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Orton. I don't like him, but the stats are hard to argue with.

Eric (Toronto)

so do you keep studs even if they arent doing anything (jennings) or trade them for guys getting a ton of targets (say owens) just seems like perceived value isnt worth as much

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

That's always the problem with trades... whatever your perception is, that doesn't matter. All that matters is what you will be offered in return. I'd shop Jennings - rate my best offer, then decide.

Darin (SD)

is Collie a sell-high candidate or does he still have value?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

I'd say the slot receiver in Peyton's offense has tons of value.

Eric (Indy)

Thoughts on Roy Williams here on out? What should I do with Dez?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Totally locked in as the No. 2 in Dallas. However, I would hold on to Dez, because if the Cowboys end up 1-6, there's no reason they wouldn't play him anyway to speed up the learning curve.

Jim (RI)

Are the Giants DEF a solid start this week? or should I look elsewhere?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Giants are my No. 1 defense this week.

TJ (Chesterfield)

How do you "shop" Jennings? I've been trying to move Forte for a WR and I just emailed every owner with RB issues and WR depth/value, but I've only received one reply. Do you usually call? Are you explicit about what you want (Receiver A) or do you just say, looking for receivers? I think a lot of us struggle with this...

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Some leagues are not going to deal regardless of what you do. I think the best way to play fantasy football is to do it with friends who you are going to see/talk to on a regular basis anyway, so it can come up in casual conversation.

Jeremy (Venice)

Looking ahead to fantasy playoff land, who do you like to pick up off waivers today: R Bush or the Starks kid from GB?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Bush. Not even close. We know what he can give you.

Ryan (Germantown, MD)

Would you start Eli over Schaub from now on? I did this past week and it paid dividends.

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Not a hard and fast rule...I'd check the matchups, but this week I'm with Eli.

Lance (Chicago)

TB Mike Williams for Brandon Jacobs? I need a RB bad.

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Not that bad, I hope. That's way too much to give. I'd rather take a flier off the wire.

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

That's the gun, bell, whistle and fireworks. Thanks for the Q's. We'll be back on Friday for another hour of fantasy chattage. Until then, the balcony is closed.