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December 29, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Good morning all. Still digging out from the weekend but we've got an hour to devote to fantasy chattage. Second cup of coffee in hand... who is up first?

Forrest (Indianapolis)

Are there any indications as to which big-name players might be rested during the season finale? For instance, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Forte, Deion Branch, Santonio Holmes, Ray Rice, etc? I am one game away from two FF championships and need some inside information! Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

I don't think there's any team that's a "lock" to rest players. NE rarely does, and Chicago might pull starters in the second half. Injured players won't go -- tons of Chargers to sit, for example, but other than the Eagles, I don't see too many "healthy" sits.

Randy (DC)

I hate having a single elimination championship game in week 17, you never know who will play. Okay I need you help (choose two): Joe Webb (WR play), Dwayne Bowe, Kenny Britt, Roddy white, Vincent Jackson, Mike Thomas, or Manningham. THANKS THANKS THANKS!

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

That's why YOU shouldn't play in a league a Week 17 title game. I go with Jackson and Manningham.

Steve (Michigan)

Just wanted to say Thank you AJ for all your Help this year. I won Two league Championships! Going to have withdrawals now. Ha!

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

You're welcome, but of course I only give my opinion -- in the end, you guys make the calls.

Steve (NYC)

Greetings AJ! Unfortunately, my league continues thru week 17, and I've got Vick and Brady as my QBs. Any chance either of them plays meaningful minutes this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

If Vick suits up, Andy Reid should be fired on the spot. I can't imagine Brady not playing into the 4th quarter.

Garrett (Chicago)

Will the Texans end up holding Andre Johnson out on sunday with nothing to play for?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

I expect him to sit. He's already talking about missing the Pro Bowl.

Steve (Rochester)

So even though Webb showed some stuff the old man will still get the go in his final game eh?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

You have to believe they'll let him have the chance to go out with "dignity."

J.B. (PA)

Don't all ESPN leagues run through Week 17? You may want to have a chat with your employers there, AJ.

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

I said if he didn't like it, HE shouldn't play in those leagues. The custom option allows you to make that call... so no, not all ESPN leagues run through.

Steve (Rochester)

PT, Benson, R Brown. Rank em this week..

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Thomas a clear No. 1 in that group.

Danny (DC)

AJ - Each league I'm in seems to handle the waiver process a little different. What is your ideal way to conduct waivers?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

I think it should go reverse order of record, with points scored breaking those ties. Two pickups max per week, done on Wednesdays only.

Brett (Minnesota)

My head hurts. I picked up my little buddy Joe as a wide receiver. Would you play him or do you think its "cheating". I don't want people thinking I'm unethical. Couldn't handle that.

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Is it cheating to start a player listed as a WR as a WR? No. No more so than starting a 3B as a C after he plays one inning there -- if those are the rules, those are the rules.

Issac (Lodi CA)

Not thrilled with my choice of Bears or Chargers D?s this week. Any sneaky D?s for week 17? Niners and Lions both available.

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Obviously love the Falcons this week -- like the 49ers slightly over SD.

Forrest (Indy)

Would you start Grossman or Colt McCoy this week? (Injuries hit me hard.) Grossman plays the Giants and McCoy plays the Steelers...

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Have you seen the Giants secondary the past 5 quarters? Start Rex and hope the Packers score is big early, further demoralizing the G-Men.

DeAndre Cole (Live From New York)

I just won my league championship because of Joe Webb! It was vivacious! It was excitacious! Oooo-weeeee, what up with that, say what up with that...

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Somewhere, Lindsay Buckingham weeps...

David (Sacramento CA)

Would you prefer Boldin or M. Williams (Seattle) if A. Johnson sits?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Can't go near Anquan. It's BMW for me.

Jacob (GA)

Do you expect Mike Thomas to have a big game against Houston's horrible secondary?? Maybe even another hail mary???

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Top 25 definitely, but I think Jags need to play this one a bit more balanced to win.

Bryan (Houston)

Have to replace Vick .... Freeman or Kolb?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Been a big Freeman fan all season, but can't go with him this week. Kolb.

dave (home)

kevin walter or jacoby jones if johnson is out again?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Jacoby - Walter toasted the Jags last time they met, so they'll be covering him big time.

Forrest (Indy)

If the Eagles are resting players, who will Kolb be throwing to? Is he a worthy FA pick-up?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

I think DeSean sits, but Maclin and Avant play. Worth a shot? Sure.

Brian (Orlando)

Wow AJ Please help, my number 1 team has been decimated - Need 3 WRs from Nicks (out broken toe), Maclin (likely resting), Megatron(game time decision), Holmes and S. Rice (out concussion). So WW options are Simpson, J. Nelson, Hester, D. Alexander, Robiske, Gaffney and K. Washington.

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Nicks isn't ruled out yet, but should be benched given the news... Rice won't play... I cut them both and see what Sunday brings -- right now I go with Megatron and Maclin and Simpson off waiver wire. Gaffney second choice.

Justin (Nashville)

Can I feel good about K. Moreno this week? No healthy RB's on my roster behind him.

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

I wouldn't feel good. Personally, I don't think he plays.

dave (home)

does rashad jennings get another shot this week or will MJD return?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

MJD will dress, IMO. But Jennings gets most carries.

J.B. (PA)

AJ: General question here. Do you find that a good portion of people that win their FFL Championships benefit from having good players on mediocre to bad teams on their rosters? My reasoning is that come Week 17, these players are most likely still playing complete games while the better players from teams with playoff positions already wrapped up are resting.

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

You have to get to the championship... so you need the stars. But you have to "coach" your team -- if you know Week 17 is your title game and you have starters who "might sit" it's on you to have depth there.

Billy (Chicago)

In the championship ... pleaseeee help ... vick, flacco, tebow or kolb ?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Tebow against a potentially disinterested Chargers D.

Mr. Commisioner (NYC)

Hey AJ, I'm the commish in a league where we try to keep improving from year to year. Do you or your readers have any good suggestions on how to keep things fun and interesting? Any fun rules or anything?

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

For one, I have title game in Week 16... for Week 17, I used to have a "tournament" where all teams except league champion started a full lineup and the team that finished 6th out of 11 won a prize. Plenty of strategy and a reason to watch.

Mike (KY)

Changing our redraft league to a keeper league next year, in your opinion what's the best format? And I would have won the title had I started Webb at WR but couldn't bring myself to do it.

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Shame on you, then. Best format IMO is to have a full draft this coming year, then each team protects all but 6-8 players the following year(s).

evan (houston) [via mobile]

Is lesean mccoy a top 5 play this week with kolb as QB

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

I'd say just outside the top 5, but definitely top 10.

It's Pat (Phx, az )

Pt hold off Ivory this week? or you see a Timeshare in the works?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Can't see a reason to dress Ivory since they clinched the berth.

Troy (Denver)

Do I trust Todd Haley saying the starters will play a full game against the radiers? Have vick but was thinking about playing cassel or kolb.

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Haley put Brodie Croyle in for a series last week just to "have a chat" with Cassel. I have no idea what he'll do, to be frank.

Troy (Portland)

Brees is projected for 14 points, Tebow is projected for 22. Would I be crazy to roll with Tebow???

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Did you just not answer your own question?

Connor (San Diego)

Any stat corrections you have heard about like the Mendy one from last week? I won my league by less than a point and want to make sure its safe to celebrate!

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Never safe to celebrate until Elias signs off on the stats.

Frank (MN)

Hey AJ! which D do you like best - Chiefs, Cowboys, Vikes, or Cards?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Chiefs... I'd go with AZ if I had the slightest idea who was starting at QB -- since Cards don't know either, they'll have problems prepping.

Marc (Charlotte)

AJ, thinking of moving league away from head to head format and going to total points a la baseball... any thoughts (pros/cons)?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

I can think of no pros... think about Team A that scores 150 in one week, then 30 in each of the next 9. That's 420 points. Now think of Team B who scores 40 points in all ten weeks. He would win heads up 9 of 10 times, but loses 420-400 in your system. That's just not cool to me...

Wayne (MD)

Think the Bears will pack it up now that the Eagles have lost? Or will they play their starters all the way through and hope to prevent having to see GB again in the post season?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

I don't think they will pack it up... now if the score is lopsided in the second half, then sure... but they have next week to rest. Why not keep the team in a flow?

Shane (Queen Creek, AZ)

Whatever. Later, hippie.

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

I wish I had the slightest clue as to what this means...

Kantad (NYC)

AJ, Our league is contemplating giving 1st pick to whoever wins the consolation bracket. I'm against this, I think it stay random or go to the league champion. Any thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

In a redraft, it hardly matters -- but why not give it to the consolation bracket if it keeps teams interested longer?

Troy (Portland)

AP, Blount, Green-Ellis, and Mathews. Which one would you sit?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Lawfirm.

Jason (New York)

Do you see the same numbers from Granderson this year?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Slightly better, but still significantly less than Tiger days.

Todd (Birmingham)

Sproles, Rashad Jennings, Mathews, and Torain... League rewards KR yards same as Rushing yards.... Start 2?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Mathews and Jennings.

Steve (MI)

Taking baseball questions?Need to choose 5 for a keeper league. Already keeping D Wright, Miggy, HanRam, and Braun. For the 5th spot do I stick with offense and keep Mike Stanton or do I go with one of my pitchers: Lester, Greinke, or Gallardo?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

I'd keep Greinke. League change should work wonders for value.

Bob (Philly)

Why did you say that Maclin would play and Jackson would sit for the Eagles? Isn't Maclin just as valuable?

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

It's not about value so much as it is Jackson appears gimpy and Maclin does not.

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

One sec-- checking on breaking story...

Andy (WI)

Gerrard vs. Kolb or Tebow this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Tebow for me... reports coming on Garrard's status... not good.

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Looking like Garrard may be out with a broken finger... verifying rumor now.

Kenny Britt (Cmon Man! )

Where would you rank me?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Barely top 30 - I expect tons of CJ2K.

dannyb (south carolina)

schaub or eli?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Schaub, even without AJ. Eli will be shorthanded as well.

James (Tampa)

Tamme or O. Daniels

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Can't really go wrong either way, but I like Daniels a tad more.

Scott (MD)

General League question for next year! Do you think it's a good idea to limit the number of moves a person makes per week? Let's say 3? Just to prevent people from adding and dropping players so others can't pick them up.

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Indeed. I have a two pick limit in my leagues...

Peter (Merced, CA)

What happened to Nicks? Cant find the news anywhere.

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Broken toe... may miss finale...http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5966183&campaign=rss

nick (la jolla)

who's garrard's backup and worth picking up?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Trent Edwards, and, well -- no, it's Trent Edwards.

Mike (San Diego)

What are your thoughts on eliminating the kicker spot? It seems like if you want to minimize the luck, replacing the kicker spot with another flex would make sense.

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Luck is luck... still "some" skill in choosing a SeaBass over a Stister.

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

David Garrard is out for Sunday. Trent Edwards will start.

Cam (Seattle)

Which Jets RB do you like the most this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Greene... if one will be rested, have to believe it's LDT.

jt (fl)

More pts T. Jones or J. Charles this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Charles, though TJ gets more playing time.

dave (home)

are jax rbs a good play now that garrard is out?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

I thought Jennings was already - had him in top 10... this news only helps other experts to hop on the bandwagon. MJD missed practice today, FWIW, but he's game-time call regardless.

Tom (Anaheim)

Atl or NE D? Ben or Schaub?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Atl and Schaub.

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Folks, we're going to go... have some "changes" to make... we'll be back on Friday for more chat, and there's always the Twitter... until then, Be Seeing You!