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

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Not sure how many folks will be in this chat today, but I see some questions in the queue, so why not get to a few of them? One hour, all topics welcome... where's my second cup of coffee?

Jake (Chicago)

AJ, how would an Andruw Jones signing affect Jorge Posada? Would theey almost platoon at the DH spot, Posada v righties, Jones v lefties? How many PAs do you expect from Posada this year?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Jones almost certainly would only play versus lefties, and more often than not at DH and to provide a pinch-hit option.

Jeff (Louisville KY)

Hi AJ. Pick one for 2011: Kershaw, Hamels or Cain

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Cain for me, but all three are solid top-25 picks.

Eric (Chicago)

AJ, you still picking the Packers for the Super Bowl? Answer this question: Bears will be playing who in the Super Bowl?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Have they lost yet? I don't recall seeing that they had lost...

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

So Now who do you think will play in Super Bowl XLV since Seattle,Atlanta,New England & Baltimore are out?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Still sticking with the Pack. Switching to Pittsburgh... they were my second choice at start of AFC playoffs.

Ryan (PA)

What is the latest on who will be playing LF for the Dodgers?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Probably a platoon with Gibbons/Gwynn.

John (Boston)

Karabell has Justin Upton at 20. How about you?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

I do not. I have him significantly lower, but we'll be meeting this week to battle it out mano a mano.

Phil (Houston)

Baseball keeper question. Do you worry about CJ Wilson's high innings from last year? I can keep him for only $10 in AL only or Holland for $1

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

I'm not concerned about IP, because you're comparing apples to oranges from RP to SP. I think he's a No. 5 starter.

Ryan (PA)

How much of an upgrade would Pedroia be over Weeks in a dynasty league? The Pedroia owners wants Weeks and one of my SP's. My SP's are Lincecum, Johnson, Verlander, Kershaw and Anderson. I cant see dealing the first 4 but would Anderson and Weeks for Pedroia be a good deal? I would then keep Niemann of Lilly as my 5th SP.

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

I wouldn't make the deal. I don't think there's that much difference in value to warrant the throw-in.

Paul (SD)

So you see Derek Holland in the bullpen this year? Who do you have in the Texas rotation?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Obviously, it's early, but I'd project Holland as the Rangers fifth starter right now.

Eric (Chicago)

AJ, I'm keeping Youk ($30) in an auction keeper league along with Wainwright ($19), but need a 3rd player...which one? Brett Myers ($6), Infante ($6), Kendrick ($18), Michael Young ($18), Dempster ($16), Clayton Richard ($6) or Magglio ($6), Marlon Byrd ($6)? Thanks for your help.

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Think I'd want Young's bat and the price is reasonable.

Kenny (Chicago)

Will Aaron Rodgers ever get to the same level as Cutler?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

There are so many ways to go with this one... I'll go with: the answer is yes, once they both are retired.

Cooper (IN)

Who in your mind was the top performer in fantasy football this year?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Pretty clear that it was Arian Foster overall. Vick was better when he was in there, but that was only 11 of 16 games.

Ryan (WA)

Hey AJ, was wondering how you think Prado will be used by the Braves? If he isnt an everyday guy Im going to have a big hole at 2B in my dynasty league.... Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Expect to see Prado in LF on a regular basis, at least until Chipper gets hurt. Then he'll move to 3B.

Jay (Seattle)

Jamaal Charles or Chris Johnson in 2011?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Early, early. But if I had to pick today, I like Charles. Titans with Kerry Collins will be a tad predictable, I fear.

Kenny (Chicago)

AJ, I just asked that to get you going. I know Rodgers is good. Cutler has the better arm. Rodgers has the better head (doesn't make stupid decisions) so we'll see which one is more important to have come Sunday. I honestly think the better comparisons are the defenses. Both are ridiculous.

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Kenny, I don't have a horse in this race. Doesn't *matter* to me who wins -- I simply think the Packers offense is better than the Bears offense and the defenses are comparable.

Mike (San Diego)

My keeper league doesn't give negative points for interceptions. How much does that increase Matt Forte's value?

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

That zing would have more oomph if the Chargers had actually made the post-season.

Jordan (Peoria)

Would you rather trade for Joes Reyes and lose a 4th rd pick or Ryan Zimmerman and lose a 3rd rd pick?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

I'd rather have Zimmerman. Unless you can guarantee me 50 SB, I'm not paying that much for Jose.

Matt (Chinatown)

CarGo in 2011: More Ryan Braun or Justin Upton?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

All I can tell you is that I'm buying in and taking CarGo in my top 5.

Steve (Chicago)

Packers offense is better? Through the air maybe, not on the ground...and in Chicago weather in late January, you need to run.

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

No, when you have quarterbacks like Rex Grossman, you need to run. It is possible to throw and win in cold weather...

Matt (Chinatown)

With 3b so thin this season, is it important to get one in the first 5 rounds? Any other positions you want to have locked down that early? SP1? SS?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

I think you draft best player available with each pick and don't worry about position scarcity. Now, if that means HanRam or Halladay end up on my team, so be it... but I'm not grabbing Tulo in Round 1 just because he's a SS.

Eric (Chicago)

AJ, we don't have a QB like Rex Grossman, you do know that right? Starks isn't going anywhere in this game, but Forte and Taylor will be. Packers are one-dimensional.

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Talking about the last time you played a team with a winning record in late January and ran the ball...I do believe you just won a game with Cutler throwing with better success than Forte ran.

Steve (Chicago)

AJ, ever been to Chicago in the winter? The cold is the least of your worries...

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

But it's a dry cold, right?

Vinny (NYC)

Ryan Raburn with a $2 keep in auction? Its a deep 16 team 5x5 with 5 OF.

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

For $2, why not. Could end up earning you $20.

Mike (San Diego)

I'm not worried that the Chargers missed the playoffs. They've already said Norv will be back so that keeps my confidence high ::rolls eyes::

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Tee to the hee.

Paul (Chicago)

AJ, did you watch the game? Bears ran for 176 yards yesterday...I wouldn't say we won only on Jay's arm.

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

OK. About 70 yards while trying to run out the fourth quarter with a huge lead, and the only TD coming on a pass to Davis. I'd say Jay's arm -- and his legs -- helped.

Jeff (Chicago)

AJ, what kind of season are you predicting for Lance Berkman?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Around 15 HR - not exactly the man he used to be... worth around 17th round.

Smash (TV)

Any concerns over the poor stretch Lincecum had last year? Any effect on this year's position on the draft board?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

He fixed what was wrong and the problems went away...I have no fears of making him a top-10 pitcher.

Chuck (Durango)

No, AJ, you grab Tulo in round 1 because he could easily hit .310-40-130-20. Tell me I'm wrong

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Yes, if you believe he gets that line... that's why you take him. Not if you think he might get you .300 - 25- 100- 10 BUT he's a SS. That's all I am saying -- buy the stats you may get, not the gap in his stats and others at his position.

PackFanBJ (Indiana)

Is it just me, or can you also see the fear in the Chicagoans' messages?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

The phrase "thou doth protest too much" certainly does come to mind.

Smash (TV)

Think Prince Fielder has another great year like in '07 and '09?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

I picked Prince for NL MVP in last year's preseason predictions, so consider me in the "fool me once" camp on Fielder. That said, I can see a 35 HR season quite easily.

Ira (New Jersey)

How do you see Matt Kemp fairing this year? I'd like an uptick in average and SB out of him.

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Better than .250? Sure. More than 25-20? Not likely.

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

That's the time, gang. I'm sure you can stream ESPN Chicago to continue the fun. I'm on the Twitter for those who missed out... Off to the Mothership! See you all soon!