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December 17, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Happy Friday... Still under the weather a bit, but will try and plow through the next hour of questions just like those Vikings fans. Second cup of OJ in hand... Who is up first?

Jim (El Paso, TX)

With Rodgers certainly out, I can choose between Campbell or Collins or Cutler - which "C" quarterback gets the nod with you?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Not Cutler... toss up between Campbell and Collins and I think Jason gets the nod.

Man Down (NC)

Does Rodgers out = Britt > Jennings

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Why yes... yes it does.

zeke (California)

Is Rodgers out for sure?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Not official yet, but team is saying Flynn has looked good in reps. Probably the case...

Matt (Greenville)

What are your thoughts on starting Fred Jax over Mendenhall?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

I am steering clear of most Buffalo players this week. Don't love the matchup...

Jo Nathan (Johns Hopkins)

With Rex now starting, does that make Dallas a good def play?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

I'm still not 100 percent convinced this happens -- even though numerous sources are reporting that the decision has been made, it can still be "unmade" by the weekend. But yes, if Rex is in, Cowboys become low-level starter as opposed to untouchable.

JT (Ohio)

Can you justify sitting D.Bowe this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

I can justify anything, depending on my roster -- I'd start Bowe over 90 percent of the league, but there are still 20 or so guys I like better.

John (MA)

Would you start Joe Webb at flex (he is listed as QB/WR in one of my leagues) over Tomlinson and Woodhead who both have bad matchups?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Totally depends on the scoring system your league has in place. I think Webb may put up 7 points in standard... is that enough? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Mensa meeting)

I need someone smart to answer...makes sense to play Kitna over Eli, despite the rankings?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

I have Kitna as a better play, given all the NYG WR issues. Clearly you're looking for someone to tell you it's OK... so, it's OK.

Adam (MD)

Green-Ellis and his consistency or Hightower and his high upside this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

I love the Timmy this week... I'd say it comes down to how "risky" you want to play it.

Steve (Denver)

Bradshaw or McCoy this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Ahmad for me.

Trent (AL)

AJ would you roll with Blount over Charles if Cassel is out?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

See what Trent did there? Roll? Blount? Wacky humor. Charles for me -- I think Cassel plays.

Scott (Boston, MA)

Who is the worst RB you would start over ADP this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Strangely worded question -- the field issues are real, so there's reason to be concerned. I still start AP unless I have two of the top 10.

Jared (Huntington)

Orton or Pick an "available in most leagues" backup QB that might out perform him this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

Campbell and Kerry Collins... would have added Donovan, but, well...

Kevin (NY)

Lucked out with Vernon Davis' performance last night. I have to choose from Celek, Scaife, or Hernandez? Please help

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

Go Fo' Bo!

jt (the sunshine state)

Orton is out this week, play Oakland dst over Atlanta?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

IF -- not a lock yet... I still go with the ATL. Tebow provides such a different look and flow to the offense that it's not a guarantee for more fantasy points from the D.

Zack (RI)

Pulp in your OJ?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

Nay! Extra calcium, no pulp!

Lori (Portland)

Tamme or Boss this week? Need your thoughts please.

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Boss. Collie's potential return puts a bit of a collar on Tamme.

Frosty (North Pole)

Who is more likely to suffer a meltdown this Sunday: Megatron or Lance Moore?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Megatron -- especially if the Lions get cute and throw Hill back in too soon.

Cold (Minn)

I need help in picking a crappy defense. Car, Dal, StL, Clev, or AZ?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

AZ best of the week.

Zack (RI)

How do you feel about Torain this week? 100+ again or will Washington be up to their Shanahanigans again?

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Less than 100 -- stats last week way front-loaded with a few early long ones.

Keith (Barnes and Noble)

Flacco or Campbell?

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Campbell -- don't envision the Broncos putting up much resistance.

Justin Smith (showers)

When push comes to shove, turn to AJ! need 2: Forte, Blount, Benson, Hines W

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Forte and Blount.

Spencer (NY)

Meltdown good or bad?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

You're not the parent of a kindergarten-aged child, or you would not have asked that question.

CJ (Michigan)

I've looked at a dozen rankings, and I'm getting mixed answers. So who would YOU go with at RB (Pick 2): Moreno, Rice, Charles

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Not loving Moreno with Orton, and less so with Tebow.

dave (home)

how do you think choice will do?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Watch Feliz from the sidelines way more than he should.

jess (tpa)

Don't forget the chicken soup... R.Brown or Torain?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Was going to be Torain by a small margin -- now I go Shy Ronnie.

Lance (Chicago)

Can you give me any reason to start Kenny Britt against HOU over Rashard Mendenhall against NYJ???? Is this justifiable or is my Kenny Britt man crush getting the best of me?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Frankly, I can't give you a good reason not to...

Joe (Pittsburgh)

Weren't you sick last chat too? I would see Stephania Bell pretty soon if I were you!

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

You make it sound like it was weeks ago... it was just 48 hours... and we had snow in the interim!

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Aside to Dave from Balto -- very not cool!

Frostie (AK)

Who has the advantage on a frozen field? O or D - I have the Bears D this week or should I roll with the Cards D instead?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Nobody on a completely frozen field has the advantage. In slippery conditions, I give the offense the edge. On a solid sheet of ice? Could go either way.

Brian (IN)

Any word on the seriousness of Arian Foster's injury?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Haven't heard yet today on update. He had some participation yesterday, rather than none... so there's that. (Hard spot)

Flynn or Skelton? Yes, it's ugly

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Flynn. Better overall corps of receivers. NE could lose interest in defending late if they go up by enough points.

Bruce (Cleveland)

Is Westbrook approaching worthless?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Call him The Asymptote.

Help (Please)

Does the return of Obamanu and M Williams to Seattles passing game put a slight damper on ATL DEF outlook this weekend?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Obviously Seattle is better with them than without -- but neither is 100 percent and there's little behind them.

Todd (Cleveland)

The Daily Show or Rice?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Everybody loves Raymond.

Coffee (I am better than OJ)

Stevie Johnson or Derrick Mason this week? How about for the rest of the year?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Mason for me... loss of Evans means even more attention Stevie's way.

Justin (Worcester, MA)

AJ Mass is not a fan of Kerry Collins related inquiries, even from Kerry Collins himself.

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

It's true... also not fond of inquiries from Todd Collins, Joan Collins, and post-Buster Phil Collins.

Mike (Oakland)

Should heavy rain alter projections for quarterbacks and kickers?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

Not with Sea Bass' strong leg... wind perhaps, but not a little water. Generally speaking, gale force wind is the only weather I worry about.

tom collins (appropriate glassware)

do i get the start this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

Tee hee.

Russ (TX)

If Polamalu is out, do you still roll with Pitt's D?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

Better with him than without, but the way the Jets have been playing lately, I'm cool with Steelers either way.

Mr. Berger (Traverse City, MI)

Boldin, Britt, Jennings, Maclin. Need to start three, who is the odd man out? They are uber close in the ranknings!

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

I'm sitting Maclin of the quartet.

Matt (Houston)

Green-Ellis or Felix Jones?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Can I bench Felix twice?

Darren (Dome-less Minneapolis)

Santana Moss or Brandon Marshall?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Moss, but it's a very tenuous pick... still holding out hope for a 4th Quarter McNabb Miracle after Rex implodes.

Stan (NY)

QB can be used as flex: Hasselbeck, Blount or Best?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

It's always best to play your Best.

Diego (Chicago)

Can we have a little more insight on why you sit Maclin from the group above? I feel Maclin is actually the safest bet from that bunch even with last week's performance

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Rematch game with Eagles, and the Giants will likely throw a different look at Philly. I think Vick ends up beating them more with legs than passes... lots of time on the ground rather than in the air.

Mike (San Diego)

I hope your projections are right this week because if so, I'm in the championship. And if you're wrong about my team, I hope it's in the same way you were "wrong" about Vincent Jackson. Thanks for all of your help and time this year.

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

We did have V-Jax for 70 yards and a score, so it's not like we were soooooooo "wrong" -- and if we had known Mal would sit... You're welcome!

Dr. John (ER)

You need to start taking Ester-C AJ. You have my advise now I need yours... BEST, BROWN or P THOMAS in PPR?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Aunt Esther? No thanks! I'm no heathen! Sticking with Jahvid.

Ryan (Healthy in Tulsa)

If your sick again, I can fill in for you and provide these readers with starting Chicago D over Miami? Agree?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Pretty much a no-brainer there.

Chris (Boston)

Kitna or Garrard if Rodgers sits?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Kitna. Garrard will be too busy watching MJD from behind as he streaks downfield.

Steve (NC)

Oakland D or Dallas D and why?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Cowboys -- because Rex stinks.

Alan (Oakland)

10 team league where 6 make the playoffs. Do you give the final 2 spots based on record or total points ?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

A little late to be figuring this out, no? Win-loss record is the only thing that should count, otherwise, why have a schedule? And add 2 teams -- no more than 50 percent should ever make playoffs.

Dig (Dug)

Are you assuming that Rodgers is sitting when you answer questions about Jennings?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Yes - Flynn factored in.

Quick pick (for Championship game)

Almost missed getting Floyd out of my lineup last night.. now need best upside replacement from Wallace or S Rice, and would you go with Stewart and his matchup over Bradshaw

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Wallace -- at least I know he has a QB who can complete passes. Stewart for me, yes -- especially given Jacobs time-share factor. But it is close.

Michael Hughes (Colorado)

Is it fair for Joe Webb to be listed as a QB/WR? A manager has him starting as a WR, but isn't he going to be the starting QB for the Vikes?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

It is what it is... not too many teams are forced to go to a 4th-string QB, but it happens. Danny Woodhead has been a RB all season, but listed as a WR. Colston once went a whole year as a TE.

Adam (NYC)

Garrard, Collins or Campbell to replace Arod?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Any would suffice... but I go with Campbell just ahead of Kerry.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's the final whistle, or in my case, the monkey cuckoo clock... there's Twitter for those who still need some Q's answered. I'll make a run there later today... good luck to all, and until the next time -- Achoo! Be Seeing You!