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

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Windy, windy Wednesday here in town... hopefully, we can get through the next hour of fantasy chattage without any weather-related incidents. Second cup of coffee in hand, so let's get to it... who, pray tell, is up first?

Doug (LA)

Who is a safer/better fantasy option: Felix Jones or Brian Westbrook?

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

If we are talking one week, it's Westbrook. But Dixon is going to get his share of the touches going forward, and the fantasy zombie is no spring chicken.

Alex (New York)

AJ, need help, who do you like better this week as a flex: Obomanu or Donario Alexander?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Comes down to Mike West Williams' health. If he plays, I might go with Danario as Bradford clearly like throwing the ball his way. If Williams is not 100 percent, it makes sense that Ben gets the call.

Dan (NYC)

If Shaun Hill is done for the year, how worried should Calvin Johnson owners be?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

A little bit, but without a solid running game, any QB there will throw it 40+ times a game. Some will hit the target, and the most likely target is Megatron.

Danny (Chicago)

Would you roll with Eli Manning vs WAS or Cassel vs DEN this week???

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Absolutely love all Chiefs this week. I expect Cassel, Charles and Bowe to all be near the top of the Week 13 leaderboards.

desperate (Chicago)

Jaguars Defense against Tenn or NYJ monday night against Patriots? Please help AJ!!!

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Don't love either unit this week, but I'll take Jags the way Brady has been firing on all cylinders lately.

Eric (Chicago)

Who do you "trust" more this week and why: Heap or Boss? Thanks

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Boss. Eli is going to throw and he's more comfortable with Boss than say someone like Hagan.

Diego (Chicago)

Most of fantasyland has this perception of the BILLS secondary being easy pickin's but have not given up more than 180YDS in any game vs WRs -- What does that mean for the likes of Sidney Rice?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

To be fair, they've been so dreadful against the run that teams don't need to pass... I've got Rice borderline top 15, especially since both AP and Toby are a bit banged up.

Ryan (Pittsburgh)

St. Louis has a lot of free agent receivers out there. Should i go for one? and if so which one is better Brandon Gibson or Danario Alexander?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Alexander. Gibson had his chance to grab the brass ring and failed. Robinson and Amendola are the top two options and Alexander is third.

Jay (Mich)

Does RunDMC have any value this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Sure - he'll do better than the last few clunkers, but would I start him if I had other RB1-2 types? No.

stump (virginia)

Need to decide on two out of these four for a MUST win game this weekend. Boldin, Dez Bryant, Ochocinco, S. Rice. What do you think???

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Can't start Ocho. Palmer is hobbled, and Saints D is a lot better than people give them credit for. I have to go with Bryant's upside over Boldin, given the matchup with Pitt.

Tom (Juno)

Help the Alaskan out. Who is the best pickup for the rest of the season? Earl Bennet, Danario Alexander, or Legedu Naanee?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

OK. I'll help you -- it's spelled Juneau.

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

And Legedu for my tastes.

Larry (Oklahoma)

Is VJax worth holding on to if Ben Obomanu and Jacoby Ford is out there?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Talk about much ado about nothing... all reports had V-Jax performing at superstar status in practice leading up to last week and then he gets hurt? See ya!

JoLIeT JaKE!! (Joliet, IL)

Does Hart/Choice play a role for the fantasy playoffs this year?!?!

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Choice will have a chance to show what he's got this week, and I think he makes the most of it. Hart on the other hand, may not be getting touches in two weeks when Addai finally *we think* comes back.

stump (virginia)

Assuming that Collie is out, would I be crazy to start Blair White over Ray Rice in my flex position this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I'd still go with Rice, though obviously he has a tough matchup with Pitt and performed poorly against them the first time out. But a case could definitely be made for White.

Tim (MN)

Which of this year's rookies outside of Matthews, Spiller, Bradford, and Bryant do you see performing the best next season? Our league requires that one of the two keepers be a rookie.

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Strange rule. What if you don't have a rookie?

Big Benjamin (Pittsburgh)

With my foot hurting should I start Flacco over myself?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

I'd probably avoid that game entirely as it rarely produces big fantasy points, but I do like Flacco over Big Ben this week.

Danny (Chicago)

Only 28 people left in my survivor pool! Who would you choose this week: NYG over WAS, CHI over DET, SEA over CAR or PHI over HOU???

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

My projection have them all winning, but PHI by the most points, 10.

The Madvillain (Chicago)

My mind says Wes Welker this week but my gut says Sidney Rice. What do you say AJ? Thanks man.

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Listen to the mind this week. I think Welker has turned a corner and now that he's finding the end zone? Watch out.

Andrew (DC)

If it snows in Cincinnati, start Cassel over Brees? What if it doesn't snow?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Snow is irrelevant unless it is a blizzard during the game... last I checked the snow there was set for Saturday, but of course weather patterns are unpredictable. I would go with Cassel this week either way.

Flex (Flexville)

feliz navidad or welker

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

On the first night of Hanukkah -- and Happy to all who celebrate -- I go with Wes over Feliz (Jones) Navidad, who hasn't scored on ground all season.

Ethics Question (CT)

What are your thoughts on not playing a full roster? I am locked into the #2 playoff spot with a bye. I just lost Gore and decided to drop my K and Def to pick up extra RB's who could play a role for me in week 15/16. Am I crazy to think this is my best strategy? Is it unethical to the league if I do this?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

I think if a full lineup is described in a certain way and you do not field one, you are cheating -- even if the software you use to set your starters allows it.

Michael (Jacksonville)

AJ Crazy days! Did you EVER think you would write the sentence "Start Matt Cassel over Drew Brees" :)

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

No, but that's the crazy world of fantasy football. Never thought I'd type... "Sadly, Hoomanawanui is out. Why not try Moeaki?" either, but there you go.

Matthew (VA)

In keeping with the Hannukah theme -- Is it kosher to outbid your opponent this week on Westbrook if he has (re:had) Gore? Even though you know you won't use Westbrook but don't want him to have him.

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Playing "defense" in this way is perfectly ethical. If you have earned waiver priority, or have more remaining FAAB, then you can and should use it to help yourself, or to make sure others can't.

Navy Pilot (Ravens>Steelers)

La chaim AJ. I see you like all Chiefs this week. DO you like Cassel over the likes of A-Rod and Orton. Also, got Tamme and Gates(lucky huh). Safer to go with Tamme even if Gates is allegedy healthy?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Tamme is the one I'd go with... that darn foot scares me, especially if SD goes up early. Gates likely rests if that happens. Only three QBs I ;ike better than Cassel this week (Orton a close 5th) Vick, Rivers, Peyton.

Matt Schaub (Houston)

Have I become a must start again? Would you start me over Kitna?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Not in my eyes, not even close. I go with Kitna.

Mike (Springfield)

Gut feeling on AP's ankle?

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

I think he plays, especially since Gerhart's shoulder may not be ready for 20+ carries. But it will be close to a 50-50 timeshare.

Joe (St. Louis)

Who is your "sleeper" defense this week: Chargers, Rams, Seattle, Miami?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Like all of those except Seattle. Miami tops my list.

Jake (Cleveland)

Any production from Kenny Britt if he returns this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Don't think he plays, but with Collins not 100 percent and Rusty looming if anything bad goes down, he's a player to avoid.

Dan (Boston)

If Ryan Mathews returns this week, is Mike Tolbert still a safe bet as my RB2?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

Yes, as he's still going to be the goal-line back at worst, and frankly, I don't think Mathews has done enough in the past to earn back RB1 status right away.

Jacob (KC)

Fitzpatrick vs minn or Cutler vs detroit??

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Cutler for me. The bearded wonder is long overdue for a disaster week.

Franky (Shea Stadium)

Tomlinson, Thomas Jones, or Donald Brown as a flex this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Tomlinson over TJ.

Daniel (NY)

Cutler has a beard?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Read the question and answer again, Daniel. I promise to type more slowly in the future.

Plantar Facsiitis (Foot)

Wow am I popular this season!!! Need 2 at RB: 50% of AP? CedBen, Feliz, Gerhart, Dixon, Goodson? Thanks!!

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

50 percent of AP, Benson.

Ricky (Chicago)

Could you imagine Cutler with a beard? I think that would trump the Orton-Neckbeard-Saga.

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

Give him a Tebow "monk's head" cut as well and give all the kiddies nightmares.

Randy Moss (Nashville)

Hey, I almost always give 50%!

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)


Concussion (Head)

Forget you Plantar Fasciitis, your an amatuer. can you pick one of these for my flex position? Westbrook, Floyd, S. Green or Knox?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

Floyd. I think last week was a case of the gameplan being loaded with getting the ball to V-Jax and when he got hurt, the whole team looked off.

CJ (Atlanta, GA)

Why not Seattle's Def? Need 3 WR's out of B White, Garcon, R Moss, L Fitz and Crabtree

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Like them, just don't LOVE them... I do have them 9th this week... but Carolina will run run and run and I don't think they turn it over a whole lot. White, Fitz, Crabtree.

Collusion (Shady League)

two people that have clinched spots in my money league are benching their players this week to allow their opponents a win and effectively knock me out of the playoffs in a close race. What are your thoughts on this? Cheating?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

As long as they field a full legal lineup, it's not cheating. Especially since it is not a guarantee that they lose even by playing their bench players -- what would have happened last week, if they started Westbrook for example. I still think it's bush league, but it's not cheating.

Pick Me, Pick Me (Chicago)

Need to win to make playoffs and playing top team. Cutler or Orton? Witten or Dreesen?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Orton and Witten.

Mike (Minnesota)

Are Britt and V-Jax worth holding onto?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Britt yes, V-Jax no.

The Torn Pectoral (CO)

Please help me AJ....Blount or Dixon? Williams TB or Holmes?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Blount and Santonio.

Stan (Milwaukee)

Is there a trick to finding a league where the owners play the whole year, in three leagues where more than 5 owners have quit.

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Play with friends, not strangers. That's the best answer.

matty nyc (nyc)

hey stats man - what does past history say about QBs whose team is eliminated as compared to teams still fighting (i.e Flacco vs Orton for the playoffs)

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Too many variables, I would think, to make an outright claim. I think all QBs try to put up the stats when they play -- the issue is one of getting "rested" by the coaches late. I still like Orton since McDaniels will be trying to save his job, IMO.

Mark (UK)

I have Eli and Westbrook, and also Palmer and Dixon as backups. But I need to drop one. Who should it be?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Palmer and hope for no injury.

Greg (New Braunfels)

Bess or Blair White this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)


Lt. Frank D. (Thinking about Baseball, er FF Football!!)

Hey AJ, hold Romo or Fitz for playoff QB insurance?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Fitz. At least you can be more confident he's going to be on the field.

Johnny (MA)

Who scores more points tomorrow.....Vick or Foster?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)


William (Houston)

I'm burdened with having to decide each week between Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. Sucks to be me right? what do you think this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I don't hesitate here. It's Brees.

Help me AJ are my only hope! (Death Star)

Need win this week to make playoffs! Ray Rice against Steeler D or F Jax who has been on fire??

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

F Jax is about to hit a big wall -- and I'm afraid the Minny shields are quite operational...

Keyshawn (The Company)

C'Mon Man! Gotta answer at least one Mendenhall question. Over/Under 75yds and a score @ Baltimore?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)


DL (Chicago)

Olsen or Moeaki? Who will win in the "One-Catch Death-Match!"

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)


Super Mario (New York)

Should my owner start me over Boldin this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Top 5 WR, Mr. Manningham.

Aaron (Manhattan......Kansas)

Playoff spot needed....It's up to you AJ!!Start 1 - Bryant or HarvinStart 1 - Blount or RUN-DMC

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Harvin and DMC

Need a Win! (Duluth, MN)

Does anyone ever NEED a loss????

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Preaching to the choir, amigo.

Kevin (St. Louis)

If you don't like Schaub, you start Sanchez over him?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Why yes. Yes I do.

R2D2 (Dagobah)

beepboopbeep OR Beepbeep? NYG D Or STL D?

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

Oh, Artoo. Rams by a parsec. And that's the final whistle, click and beep. We shall return on Friday for another fun hour. Thanks to all who took part. Until the next time - there's always Twitter - and Be Seeing You!