Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

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

AJ Mass
  (10:58 AM)

Gobble, gobble y'all. We've got one hour of fantasy chattage before a Thursday full of (hopefully for everyone) family, feasting and football. Second cup of cider in hand... who is up first?

Chad (OHIO)

Will Shockey play this week? If not is Jimmy Graham a better option than Kevin Boss?

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

I'm doubtful Shockey plays, and Graham is definitely a name to keep an eye on... Saints like him and he's going to be in the mix even if Shockey plays. As for this week though, with all the NYG receiving woes, I like Boss better.

John (NY)

Is it just me, or is Hartline being overlooked? He's reeling in targets and with the whole Marshall fiasco, he could be due for an upgrade?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Hartline is definitely the *best* of the Dolphins receivers, but with the whole Henne/Thigpen mess under center and the fact they have forgotten that running the ball is a viable option, he's still a lower tier option.

Kerry (Seattle)

Brees owner - any reason to keep Garrard around, or use his roster spot for a high-upside stash like Snelling?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Depends on the owners in your league... if there will be backup QB options available in case of injury to Brees, then go for it... if not, stand pat.

Waiting to eat some Turkey (America)

Need your help desperately. Which RB do I start: Lynch, Wells, or Ivory???

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Wells for me. I think he'll get more carries than Tim this week, Lynch is awful and Ivory may ruin your appetite on Thursday.

Tyler (Fla)

Hi AJ, spiked egg nog for me. TE doldrums, please rank Keller, Dressen, Boss for week 12. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Boss, Keller, Dreessen.

Lance (Chicago)

TRADE DEALINE ENDS IN 60 MINUTES!!! Who would you rather have for the playoff push? mike wallace vs. CIN, NYJ, CAR or desean jackson vs. DAL, NYG, MIN??? Thanks!!!

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Wallace for me. Jackson is the better talent, but I do have concerns that the Giants showed teams how to contain Vick going forward.

jake (chicago)

With Collie out, crazy to start Blair White over TO this week????

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Little bit, little bit. TO is not going to get skunked and while White is perhaps worthy of flex play, I stick with Owens.

Dave (Delaware)

Commish question: We're working on modifying our keeper situation to keep only players drafted after round 7 bein eligible. My question is if that player, say Miles Austin last year, was kept at a 12 round value, can he be kept again for the same value? Does his keeper value change? Can he be kept by the same team for consecutive years? What do you prefer?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

1) Modify only in the off-season and rules take effect after the NEXT draft. 2) I prefer no limits on keepers re: rounds/length. Keep a full starting lineup and then have a 10-round draft to fill roster.

Peter (Georgia)

This week, Cleveland or San Fran?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Browns. I go with whoever faces Carolina.

Jason (Dallas)

AJ: Happy Thanksgiving! I own both Floyd and V-Jax. Would you start them both against the Colts if your other options were Fitzgerald or Sidney Rice? Which two would you go with?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I think you start Jackson this week. He's going to get star treatment from his QB out of the gate. Spread the risk and go Rice next.

Big Mac (Orlando)

Operating Procedures question. Just did a trade last night, but normal rules give 48 hrs for league veto. Is it unethical to get the commish to push it through after 36hrs since there are several thursday players involved?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Never unethical to ask. As a Commish I certainly would allow deals to go through in time for rare Thursday noonish kickoff.

Robbie (Seattle)

Survivor Pool question please: Pats, Steelers, Jets or Browns?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Browns by 15, Jets by 13.

Bruce (Rochester, NY)

Ive got a mess at receiver. I just picked up Obomanu, and I need to decide who to start between him, TO, Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Nate Washington

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Marshall sits - for both injury and attitude issues. I go TO and Obomanu this week. Already discussed fear of Miami and Rusty Smith is not one to gamble with, even against Texans.

Feliz Navidad (Dallas)

Do I go this week, or is Choice a good pick up?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Choice is not going to play much this year, bottom line. Cowboys run has been ugly, but Feliz is better than MBtrips, in my book.

Mark (nj)

Maurice Morris the next Goodson?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Nah. Hill throws it 50 times and gets 300 yards at least against 31st ranked Pats.

Chris (Alabama)

Hill, Vick or Flacco this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Vick, though I can certainly understand Hill, given my last answer.

Shento (Pittsburgh)

What kind of numbers do you expect Sid Rice to put up on the horrendous (and banged up) Redskins secondary this week? Enough to bench Tampa Mike (at Bal) for him in a PPR?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I think Favre calls his own shots this week, meaning fling city and tons of Rice. That's why I like him a lot.

Erica (New York, NY)

Schaub or Cassel this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Cassel. He's been on fire with Bowe and Seattle is dreadful.

JAKE (here)

Pick two - Wayne, T.O., Dez, Holmes

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Wayne is automatic. I go Holmes next, slightly ahead of TO. I have no interest in the Cowboys this week.

Tim (New Jersey)

Turkey leg or breast? What will be the best game tomorrow?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Legs for me... Lions-Pats.


Does Big Mike suit up this week ? Do I play him over moss or rice if so?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

I'm guessing no, but Stephania should know more this pm. Even if he does play, I don't start him.

Prince William (England)

Invite to the wedding up for grabs....Jets or Raiders D?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Oh, are you getting hitched? Hadn't heard. Raiders for me.


If Mathews plays on sunday do you still roll with Torain?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

DZ sent a follow-up where he said he meant Tolbert and not Torain, who is all but out for Week 12. I roll with Tolbert regardless, yes.

scott (chicago)

is portis going to play? what do you expect from who ever starts at rb for the redskins this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

I expect it to be Williams, and no, I don't think Clinton plays. Maybe 60 yards and a score at best?

brian (de)

Should I put Fred Jackson back on the bench this week and go with LT tomorrow night even with the split carries?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Yes you do. Fred v Pitt verdict won't be pretty.

Chris (Miami)

Do you think Collie gets back to playing full games after this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

Head injuries are enigmas. He pulled himself last week and will not go this week. Until he says he's 100 percent, he's a huge risk.

Matt (WA)

Eli or Orton the rest of the way? Or should I look to pick up someone like Fitz?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

I'd say Eli if I knew Smith was sure to return quickly... but with a ragtag gang in NY, Orton will likely put up better numbers.

Mike (NJ)

Mike Thomas or Harvin?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Thomas for me. Safer pick IMO, even against Giants D.

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Bradshaw may not be starter this week, but who cares -- it's just a message from Coughlin -- not sure it changes anything else.

Kevin (Charlotte)

Portis just placed on the IR

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

That is the report coming in... like I said, didn't think he was playing this week anyway... Keiland will be the man.

Chris (STL)

Ethics question: Are temporary trades collusion?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Yes. That's why I never allow trade-backs.

JD (Charm City)

Bradshaw or Charles? Your colleagues have them close this week - who you like more?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Charles - a lot depends on the whims of Todd Haley, of course, but Charles is a stud.

Brian (FL)

For a flex starter, Goodson over Boldin?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Close, but I just want nothing to do with Panthers. Sorry, Mike.

Britt (Austin)

Does Vinces injury hurt Chris Johnson?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Not really. He'll certainly get the touches, and if there's a team for an inexperienced QB to "debut" against, it's Houston. He'll still throw.

don (latrobe)

you seem to really favor rice this week. would you start him over holmes or manningham?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Yes. If there's going to be a week for Favre to have that "one last hurrah" this is it. Vikes should be all fun and loosey-goosey with the Chill gone.

Jon Summersfield (Boca Raton)

With Bradshaw demoted & Portis out, do I play Keiland or LT - or do I stick with Bradshaw? HELP! (Thank you!)

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

Stick with Ahmad. Don't read too much into Coughlin's presser. All it means is you'll hear "Brandon Jacobs, Coffeyville CC" in the beginning of the game. Nothing else has to change.

mmmmm (pumpkin pie)

Can't wait for tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, do I roll with Sanchez, or go with Eli against that horrid Jags secondary?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

Still like Eli -- just don't love him as much with the Hagan-esque options.

Fourth Time (Charm?)

One game outta first place, crucial wk. 2 out of Benson, Forte, Blount, Wells. Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

Forte and Mrs. LeGarrette (TOOTIE!!!)

Justin (Kansas)

Ethics QuestionA player that hasn't been active since week 2 and has no chance at the playoffs finalized a trade just before the league deadline to trade Frank Gore for Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney to a team that will be goign to the playoffs. The team trading away Gore has no good backup for RB, and Royal and Gaffney are on the other teams bench. This is an unfair trade no matter how you look at it right? The problem is we have 3 inactives in a 10 team league, so there is almost no chance of a veto.

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

You have three inactives in a 10-team league. Ergo, you have no league. I will say if a deal leaves a team with essentially an empty roster spot, then yes, it's collusive. But really, you need to do a better screening job next year.

Steve (NJ)

Thoughts on Miles Austin in general and vs NO this week? Would you start Garcon, Burleson, or Branch over him this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

All three. I don't like the Cowboys at all this week... and in general Austin is way behind Dez at this point, two TDs notwithstanding.

Landon (Boulder,CO)

Wanted to get your take on this trade. The last place team is trading Orton and Steve Johnson to the 1st place team for Forte and Blount in a ppr league. I think it should be vetoed but the guy in 1st is the commish and is lobbying the other teams to let it go through. Am I overreacting or is this trade just horrible and unfair?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Position in standings shouldn't matter in trade evaluation. Either it is fair or not. In theory, this is not unfair, if the team getting RBs needs them and has QB and WR to replace what they are giving. THAT and only that should be the consideration.

Mike (NYC)

ESPN fantasy "experts" have Sanchez and Schaub equal in their rankings...who do you roll with?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

I don't think I like the tone of your quotation marks, Mike. However, I'll answer anyway in the spirit of the season. Sanchize for me this week.

Todd (Boston)

I know you are down on the cowboys this week but Kitna or Schaub?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Kitna. I'm further down on Stumpy than Big D.

Ben (Missouri)

Need to win out to make playoffs and with Williams (Sea) likely out do I go with Mason, Tate or pick up Obomanu?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I'd roll dice with Obomanu. Golden not going to be as good this week with so much time off.

Greg (Chicago)

Need advice from the fantasy "expert" K Williams or Lawfirm?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)


HELP ME AJ (In Class before turkey day)

Pick 2 PPR : Knox, amendola, burleson?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Amendola gets the call by a nose.

Dan (Detroit)

Vick or Rivers the rest of the season?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Rivers. I do not think it will be close.

Christmas Specials (Anxiously awaiting airing)

You'll be seeing a lot of me over the next six weeks. In a 16-team league would you advice dropping Marshawn Lynch for Maurice Morris? Thanks and make sure to be looking out for us.

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

In a 6 team league I'd advise dropping Lynch for Morris.

Chris Columbus (Bean Town)

Don't like the Cowboys? Please explain.. Don't you see a shootout? Would you start S. Rice over Austin? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Run game has been a fiasco and I question Kitna's ability to rebound on such a short week. I do see a lot of passing from both teams, but not necessarily completed ones. I start Sidney.

Rudolph (Resting up for the big day)

Since you mentioned noses which of the following do you see being the most valuable for the stretch run: Tolbert, Goodson or Donald Brown

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Tolbert. I think he could win starting job with another 100 yarder this week. Also, Burleson over Knox to complete a previous query.

Joe (Richmond)

Odds of Gates playing this week? Otherwise, I start Witten or check the FA list...

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

I'd put them at 10-1, but better to ask Miss Bell this pm.

Kenny (delayed at the airport)

LAST QUESTION!! I know that your going with Hill over Flacco this week, but should it change my mind considering that I can pair Flacco with R. Rice?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

I'd rather spread it out. Hill will almost certainly best Flacco in yardage and you'll already be getting Rice's TDs. Why not get Megatron's as well?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

I was going to answer a lot more, but Kenny said "LAST QUESTION" and I always listen to Kenny. Have a great Turkey Day one and all. No chat on Friday, but we'll be back next week this same bat-time, same bat-channel. Until then, good luck and Be Seeing You!