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

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Good morning, gang! We've got sixty minutes to talk fantasy sports, and plenty to get to, be it looming trade deadlines, football FA movement or even that darn FBA article... Second cup of coffee in hand. Who is up first?

David (Kansas)

Is Chad Ochocinco now a top 30 wide receiver?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Not yet. Pats are still a Welker/TE driven show and there's still Branch in the mix.

Horton (Whoville)

Are you on the Vick bandwagon similar to Berry?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Not for my No. 1. Can't argue with the numbers when healthy... but will he play 16? 12? Fewer?

Nick (Dayton, OH)

What sort of drop off if any should we expect with Sidney Rice since he is moving to Seattle?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Did we ever really love Rice with Tarvaris under center? Not sure I want to revisit that without AP around.

Erik Bedard (Seattle)

I am 4th on your DN. Will I get QS or no because of pitch count?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Notes are actually not mine this week, as I'm subbing for Tris... but I'd say that 6 IP is likely as far as Bedard gets...

Pat (NJ)

Time to try and move Chris Perez? Didn't like what I saw in that article.

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Don't like what I see on the mound in general... I have little faith.

Gary (Omaha)

Thoughts on Posey for next year? Can we expect him to pick up where he left off, or should we be scared?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Not scared...but it may take some time. See what happened with Carlos Santana, for example.

Chase (Boston)

When planning your fantasy football draft, do you have several different plans according to what number pick you end up with or just a blanket strategy you adhere to regardless of pick?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

I tend to simply know where I value certain players and do enough mocks that when my turn comes - whenever it ends up - I have an idea of where I'm looking to go.

Rajai Davis (the pine)

Should I be cut now that it looks like I'm the Fourth Man Out?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

No room at the inn!

Greg (Birmingham)

What do you think about trading Victorino for R. Zimm? Will Zimm ever pick it up?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Zimm's been OK in July... I'd make the move if the Nats get another bat at the deadline.

Ryan (LA)

Thoughts on employing a 2 catcher platoon in a 1 catcher league? Worth it to use all positional games or waste of roster spot?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

If you're using the second guy on the 1st guy's off days, then I'm all for it... the more counting stats the better. If you're just trying to guess which guy will be more productive each day/week...then no.

Neftali Feliz (Tex Bullpen)

Should I be scared if Bell comes over?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

I think Feliz keeps the job at first... but by September, it's Heath if he's in town.

Saul of Taursus (Jerusalem )

This trade of mine was vetoed: King Felix and Alcides Escobar for Ian Kinsler and Kartstens...your thoughts??

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

If trading is allowed then trades should be allowed. Period.

Donald (Chicago)

I know this may sound wacky - but Swisher vs Ryan Howard ROS.. Who wins?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Not wacky at all... in fact, I say Swish.

Heath Bell (Eyeing Neftali Perez)

I will eat your soul

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Thank you, Aphex Twin.

David (Kansas)

Recently made this trade: I got: Legarrette Blount He got: BJGE, and Thomas Jones what do you think?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

I love Blount this season, but I don't know if it's enough to make a 2-for-1 at RB.

Angel Pagan (Queens)

Earlier this week, I got moved to fifth in the order, which would presumably increase my RBI...but now Beltran is gone. Buying or selling me ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Selling. I watch a lot of Mets games and I'm coming to conclusion that you're more Pagan than Angel.

Hunter Pence (Squaresville, USA)

Where will I call home in September?

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

I'm thinking Philly will eventually pay up enough to get you.

Bill (NY)

Ackley or Weeks as a fill in for Weeks for the next couple of weeks?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

I like Dustin much more than Jemile.

Tom (NYC)

If nnamdi signs with the jets... should I sit every AFC East player I would potentially own???

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Nnamdi and Revis won't stop Welker.

Mark (DC)

Completely disagree with your answer below: If a league doesn't allow trades to be up for vetoing, then what's to stop the last place team from dumping to the first place team and splitting the winnings?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

That's collusion and not a legitimate trade... but "league vote" on vetos are ridiculous.

Saves Speculator ((SF))

Jensen or Mujica for ROS and why?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Jensen. I don't see Nunez getting dealt... but obviously, if he does, then Mujica will win out.

Klepto (Jail)

Looking for steals.....who's the best option ROS....Crisp, Fowler, Bourgeois or somone not listed that could be available?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

It's Bourgeois, even if Pence doesn't go...

Mike (NJ)

AJLove your work - which minor leaguer has most fantasy impact this year:Viciedo or L Cain?Thx.

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

I don't see Ozzie and Co. bringing Dayan up at all anytime soon.


Boesch or Frenchy ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Boesch, especially if the Tigers make a deal for a SP and send one of their multiple OF away.

Mitch (Vermont)

What stops collusion or dump trades in any league is ethics, friendships, competetive spirit, and the ability to make good future decisions. Vetos are ridiculous, in fact in general they involve the unethical attempt by teams to veto a trade which will harm them even if they were not involved in the trade. Or even worse the attempt to manage another teams decisions for them.

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Preach, Mitch!

John (Toronto)

A. Cabrera and Cahill for Beckett, thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Fair. I'd rather have Beckett... but fair.

Ryan Madson (Philly)

Is this job mine or is this Bastardo gonna bother me all year?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

I think Antonio has more saves than you ROS.

Allen Craig (St. Louis)

AJ, I was really raking before I got hurt. Now that I'm almost Tony going to play me, and how am I going to do?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

Inception was easier to follow than LaRussa's thought processes. If Skip keeps raking, you sit.

Ryan (Austin)

What should happen if a player is traded to the other league in an Only? Commish puts through trades every sunday, but ours was agreed to on Wednesday and just needs to be approved. Not saying this will happen, but trade should still stand, no?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Reason No. 18373 for a constitution. If stats carry over, it obviously shouldn't matter. If the player "leaves" the pool and deal was agreed to before a swap, then it's buyer beware.

Kevin (Williamsburg, VA)

Is Daniel Thomas the safest bet among rookie RBs?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

I think so... best situation to step in and produce, even if they sign a veteran to split load.

Captain Termite (Ship-in-a-bottle)

Who do you like going forward, Jhoulys Chacin or Maximillion Scherzer?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Scherzer wins by a nose.

Pat (NJ)

Who's a power bat you'd deal Stubbs for? Or do you think he picks it up in the HR department like he did early in season.

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

Very few power bats out there I wouldn't trade Stubbs for...I don't like him at all.

Bill (Ann Arbor)

Will your book, "How Fantasy Sports Explains the World" help solve the current debt limit crisis?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

It's "Explains" not "Saves"...

the Rabbit (Chicago)

After Gates, who should be the next TE off the board and what round should you be targeting a TE?

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

I'd wait for my TE, not taking any before Round 5. Clark is my clear No. 2.

Anthony (Cali)

Espinosa or Rasmus ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

I'll give Rasmus benefit of doubt here.

Pants (or No Pants)

AJ...need your help...pick two for the weekend: Cobb vs. SEA, Dickey vs. WAS, Saunders vs. LAD, or De La Rosa vs. ARI.

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Off the top of my head, I'll go Dickey and Rubby.

Tim (PA)

Based on your low assesment on Chris Perez would you deal him for Heath Bell right now straight up?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Can I do that deal twice?

nrb (boston)

what are your views on having a QB and #1 WR from the same team? Good, Bad, or doesn't matter?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

I'd say overall there's probably more downside than upside, but I'm not refusing to draft either if they're best available at the time.

Mike (San Diego)

By now, your chats usually have some theme of corny jokes. No question, I just feel a bit lost in here right now...

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

There's probably a kernel of truth in there somewhere. (Satisfied?)

Javy Guerra (Los Angeles)

Do I keep the Dodgers' closing job ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

I don't think so. You've impressed, but I believe Mattingly would have already gone to Jansen or Kuo if health was not an issue.

tommy (boston)

jennings: a top 3 WR this year?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Yes. Yes he is.

Ted (Newington, CT)

While we're talking closers, do you think Izzy gets moved? And along those lines, who gets more saves ROS: Izzy or Parnell?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

I don't think so... and if not, he keeps Mets job, so Izzy.

Billee (Kalamazoo)

My two keepers are Andre and Fitz - we're only required to start 1 RB in a PPR league and Jennings/Roddy will be available in the 1st round...what would you do?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Draft either and you can always trade for a No. 1 RB.

Bryan (Boston)

random catcher question - Lucroy or Hernandez ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)


Ben (Boston)

D. Jennings: a top 10 OF next year?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Let's not get crazy...

Jeff (Miami)

Is giving Cruz and Grienke too much for Braun?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Depends on who takes Zack's place in your SP.

JJ (Boston)

Which New England TE do you like best?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Personally, for fantasy purposes it's Gronkowski... but the presence (and usage) of both devalues the pair.

Bill (PA)

Who lands Plexi-Glass?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I'm thinking it's the G-Men.

Captain Lou (Chicago)

If Bedard is moved to Boston, is he a must own in a standard 10 team league?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

With that offense behind him? No doubt.

Ted (Newington, CT)

I know this is a fantasy chat and not real life, but why wouldnt the Mets deal Izzy? He's got to be able to bring some return as a veteran 2 month rental who has playoff experience. Plus, the Mets then give Parnell a chance and see what he can do.

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

I don't think the Mets are opposed to trading Izzy, but I just don't they get enough for him to make it happen.

Kuroda (Packing my bags)

Where do you see me playing in a week?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

If not New York, then right where you are now.

Scott (Md)

MJD, Gore or Sjax, who you do you like most for this season?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

MJD for me.

David (MA)

J. Zimmerman, Bumgarner or Luebke?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Mad, Cory, Jordan.

RP (L.I.)

Foster or Peterson #1?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

With McNabb, it's AP.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's the whistle, gang! Thanks for the Q's... got to go finish the Forecaster... Twitter is there if I didn't get to you. As always, until the next time, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.