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December 22, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Welcome to the Wednesday fantasy chat. We've only got 60 minutes to save the world... so let's get cracking. Second cup of coffee in hand - who is up first?

Fighting for the Championship!!! (Superbowl Alley)

Cowboys or Ravens DST this week? This could make the difference!

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Go with Ravens over the young Colt.

Anthony (NJ)

Will Floyd's return to the lineup this week decrease VJax's value?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

It shouldn't factor in. I think Rivers has determined V-Jax is No. 1 and that won't change.

Jim (ohio)

Should I take a chance on Knowshon being OK and playing well or go with Blount? What are your thoughts on Tebow's affect on Moreno?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

I go with Blount, as I don't think Moreno will be OK this week. I don't think Tebow affects a healthy Moreno much - if anything the "distraction" of having to chase him around may help.

Matt (G-Vegas)

Should AP owners still roll with him this week? I have Tolbert on the bench.

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

He says he'll play, and if so, he gets the nod for me. It's not like the Vikes will rest him for the playoffs...

J.B. (PA)

AJ: Sort of an ethics question here. Is it OK to grab guys off of the WW if you are playing in the consolation bracket of your playoffs? I've done it because I would like to at least finish in 3rd place but it means someone in the Championship bracket may be out a player that can help them.

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

If you are doing it to improve your own team and are allowed, then you do it. If you are doing it simply because you want Player X to beat Player Y in the title game and think this will help, you're a jerk.

Lord Cornelius (Atop my Mountain Kingdom)

I usually don't really care what the projections are; but I'm just curious as to the logic of predicting 90 yards for Miles Austin? He's only gone over 50 yards receiving twice in the 9 weeks Kitna has started. Is there something I'm missing by loving Britt over him???

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Someone needs to be given yards -- who will it be? Hurd? Manuel Johnson? There's only one NFL-quality receiver on the roster and that's Austin.

Alex (Boston)

Do you still trust Tamme, or would you look to alternatives like Graham or the Gronk?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Tamme is more than OK without Collie around to work the middle.

Jackson (St. Louis)

You said it isn't like the Vikes will rest Peterson for playoffs. There is some talk that they might not jeaporadize him in meaningless game for them and let Gerhardt get tons of work.....I'm worried.

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

But that goes to them starting or not starting him -- if they let him play, they'll let him play.

Max (NYC)

AJ, I have two QBs with prime matchups. Flacco or Freeman? SEA D not great, but I don't recall Freeman throwing for multiple TDs like Flacco has. Thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I'm going with Freeman and not looking back.

Greg (MA)

How do the carries breakdown in SD this sunday between Mathews and Tolbert?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

70-30 Tolbert until they take a two score lead in the second half. Then it's 90-10 Mathews.

Scott (Boulder)

Is Tashard the Choice over Woodhead this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

He's my choice.

AJ Conn (CT)

Who do you trust most for TE - Gates, Tamme or Boss? Any word on Gates?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Don't expect Gates until Week 18 -- if there is one for SD. I like Boss over Tamme by a little bit.

Jeff Lebowski (Los Angeles)

I gotta question, man. I need two of these for FLEX positions: Ochocinco, J. Ford, T. Choice, and D. Brown.

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Sit 85 and Brown.

John (Atlanta)

Greg Jennings or Kenny Britt this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Assuming Rodgers plays, it's Jennings.

Diggy (Duggy)

Jimmy Graham... late-season fantasy TE darling or fool's gold?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

He's legit. Shockey's still going to be there and snake a few of his potential catches... but Graham is going to be very involved.

Matt (NC)

You don't think 85 will get alot of looks playing from behind without TO around?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

I don't think 85 is healthy enough to free himself from the double-coverages headed his way.

Eric (Indy)

Will teams that already have clinched a playoff spot like NE and Pitt possibly rest their players this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

No. Pitt is still playing for the bye and NE doesn't rest players.

Joe Webb (Waiver Wire Wonder)

You don't like me at all in your "rankings". Shouldn't I do better than 6 pts against the patchwork Eagles' defense?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

No. You really shouldn't. And if there's a team out there that is used to watching a "multi-dimensional" QB and knows how to contain him, it's Philly.

Jb (Sa, tx)

Pick 1, hillis, benson, Freddy, or wallace

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Still like Hillis, even with the tough matchup.

James (DC)

Struggling at #3WR. Roll with Knox, Jacoby Jones, Blair White, or Josh Morgan this week. Normally would go with Knox but that Jets match-up scares me...

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

I like Knox too much to go elsewhere... probably like Morgan best of the remainder.

Beth (SD)

OAK backfield was 3-headed monster last wk, choose Mendy or BGE over McFadden this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Nope. I still go with McFadden. Going to get 100 and while Bush may vulture a score... DMC may well get one of his own.

Jason (Missouri)

Need a DST. CHI, BAL, or NYJ?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Jets for me... Brad as likely to get return TD as Hester, so that part is a wash...

sammy p (chi)

garcon or forte in the flex this week? non ppr. thanks always appreciated

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Forte. Generally, I do not like Garcon, though he certainly has some flex value with no Collie.

Berislav (Bewilderment)

Never thought it would come to this choice can you pick two: SJax, BJGE & Blount.

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Sitting "Tootie" LeGarrette.

Andre Rison (Atlanta)

Rumors are floating around that my Dirty Birds might be resting players this week for the playoffs.. Any truth to this? or will they play to win?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

They'll play to win, but would I be stunned to see a bit more Snelling than Turner in the second half? No.

Eric (Vegas)

Would you drop Gates? I have Tamme & Daniels and was hoping Gates may get me one game in the next 2 weeks.

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

I don't think you'll be seeing Antonio again in 2010.

Andy (Rochester)

Being a Bills fan and because I'm going to the Bills-Pats game sunday I want to pick FJax over Lawfirm at RB2, but I have to go with Lawfirm right? Even though he only got 6 carries Monday night...

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

I don't think the spread between them is huge, but this week I expect a lot more BJGE, yes.

Ryan (Titletown)

Used your advice and on my way to back to back champs.....need some help on Britt or BMW and need an RB from Daily Show, Bradshaw and Donald Brown?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

You're welcome... we accept Paypal... : )I like Britt a tad more than BMW. Don't like the QB situation there one bit. Ahmad gets the call for me. G-Men will focus on establishing run more than usual.

Diego (Chicago)

Hey.. WHO IS BMW???? I haven't been able to divine it....

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Big Mike in Seattle. Not that we'd call Tampa's version the Mini-Cooper or anything.

Follow Up (To Andy's Question)

Players from your favorite team in reality on you fantasy team--good idea, something to avoid, or not something you think about at all?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Don't think about it one bit... though let's face it -- if you are drafting and it's between two guys of even talent and one plays for "your team" and one plays for "your rival" why wouldn't you take "your guy"?

Bob (Philly)

Merry Christmas to me..Im i nthe championship and someone just dropped Aaron Rogers IN A KEEPER LEAGUE. If he plays how safe do you think he worried about a repeat concussion ala Austin collie

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

He's certainly a high-risk play... especially against angry G-Men. Only about 9 guys I'd start over him though...

Memphis Raines (Gone in 60 Seconds)

Finals baby, this is my second time to the 'ship in as many years, need to get my unicorn. Boldin, Britt, Jennings, Maclin. Who are you neglecting and why?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Sorry, Mr. B, but you are Anquan in 60 Seconds.

Alex (Boston)

How would you look at Collie going into next year's draft? When he's played, he's been a borderline top-10 reciever, but he's been hurt so much.

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Concussions aren't like broken bones -- he's really still suffering from the original blow, only repeated. After an off-season, I wouldn't worry about him any more than any other receiver who goes over the middle.

Danny (Chicago)

Schaub or Eli?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Very fond of Schaub this week, especially with Foster concerns.

Matt (Pitt)

Thoughts on Gonzo? Which TEs would you start over him this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Too many to list -- he's way down on my TE totem pole.

Justin (Worcester, MA)

Kerry Collins got me to the championship! Thoughts on Tebow this week? Would you play him over Big Ben or Garrard?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

These things happen. I once won a title with Rick Mirer. Why are we not going with Kerry if he got you there? I do like Tebow to outscore the other two guys by a tad.

Brett (Sarasota)

I'm majorly stressing over this decision! Championship on the line! Marshawn Lynch, Brian Westbrook, or Choice (if barber doesn't play)? HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

I don;t think Barber impacts Choice this week one way or the other... but having said that... I would go with Marsh... can't type the name... aw... hand rebelling...

Jimmy Dude (TX)

Aaaaaaaaaaaah! I need professional help! Peterson is on waivers and he wasn?t dumped unfairly. This is crazy right? Should the two finalists make a honorable pact to leave him there?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

Dude -- this is why rosters need to be frozen when playoffs start. No controversies... I'd leave him there simply b/c the chances he doesn't play are too high.

Seth (Edmond, OK)

Mr Met! The rankings tell me to play Blount over Bradshaw, what's your take?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

Rankings, schmankings... go with Ahmad.

scrooge (not so sunny san diego)

Ethics question... I have 2 new guys in my league that dumped their rosters to waivers once they missed the playoffs. I made the players unavailable and locked the rosters of non playoff teams to prevent anymore occurances. One of them is bashing me on the league board now... do I deserve a lump of coal in my stocking?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Let me get this straight... one of the guys who decided that your league was so unimportant to him that he bleeped all over it by doing what he did is upset with YOU?

Kevin (Scranton)

Who do I play from these three: Wallace, Felix, Mathews

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Wallace for me.

Tim Tebow (GatorNation)

My second start and I'm feeling good. I should play over Sexy Rexy and Flacco in the finals right?!

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

I'd feel safer with Flacco, but I wouldn't hate you for taking the shot.

Bad Defenses (Help!)

Miami, New Orleans, St. Louis, TB, or Detroit for this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Lions in my top 10.

Zack (RI)

Is Ryan Torain going to continue to put up 10 points for at least one more week?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

I'd say much more than that...

Suzy (AZ)

Hoping not to get Vick'ed in both my leagues, Nicks, Manningham or Knox?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Better than getting Jeff'd I suppose. Mario for me.

Joe (Decatur, GA)

You mentioned earlier that Rodgers may be a risky start. Is Eli one of the 9 you would start over him?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

No, Eli has a very quiet day as the Giants go into "survival mode" which focuses a lot more on clock control.

KC (Cbus)

AJ - In my 6th title game and no rings yet. The Bills think this is getting ridiculous. Toss me some Karma please!

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

I would, but you'd probably just fumble it...

Josh (Nashua, NH)

Joe Webb worth a "WR" start over Welker/Fitzy? 6 pts for all TDs.

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Short answer is no. Looking to roll the dice big and absolutely want to start him, then I'd sit Welker of the two real WR.

Bill (Miami)

You mentioned you like Detroit over Miami as a D? Do you think Detroit is going to beat Miami?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Not on the road... but it will be a field-goal game.

Travis (Omaha)

Do you think Michael Bush can vulture another TD or two this week? Trying to chose from Bush, Stewart or Tolbert for my flex spot - no ppr.

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Very well could -- and could get a lot more touches than usual to boot. I like Tolbert better, but Bush over Daily.

Tommy Boy (Flooded in San Diego)

Survivor help please: S.D., RAMS, S.F., DEN or HOUS?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Chargers. Double-digits.

Danny (DC)

Is there anything worse than hearing your co-workers talk about their fantasy teams when you aren't even in their league? I'm listening to a couple of guys discuss their teams now and it's brutal...who cares??

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

No, I can't imagine at all what it is like to hear other people discussing their rosters when I am not in their leagues. Not at all. Danny, you are aware this isn't the CNN chat room, right?

Kaila (NY)

You say Miami/Detroit is going to be a field goal game - does that mean Carpenter might not suck this weekend?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Can't blame a guy for missing a pair of 50+ tries...

Shawn (Begging You)

Please AJ, finally answer one of my questions! Sit one: Torain, Vinny Jax, Maclin, Roddy

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Roddy of those four.

Little Lebowski (Urban Achiever)

If you are playing Freeman and not looking back, would you be okay with M. Williams (TB) as your WR2?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Certainly it depends on who else I own, but Cuse Mike is a top-15 choice for me.

Adam (NYC)

What do you think of the Rams DST vs a mailed-in Niners O?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Mailed-in? What you taking about? Troy Smith leads the Niners to the playoffs!

steve (seattle)

even with collie out, would you play garcon and tamme or roll with cooley at te?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

BECAUSE Collie is out...I go with Garcon and Tamme.

John (FL)

LT, Hightower or Branch for Flex

AJ Mass
  (12:02 PM)

Still gotta believe in Timmy. But ask me again on Friday and I might feel different... speaking of which, that's the final gun for today. Good luck to one and all... I'll be on Twitter... and if I don't see you before then, Happy Merry to those who tinsel. Be Seeing You!