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August 31, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

How goes it, sports fans? We are back and ready for another 60 minutes of fantasy sports chattage! Second cup of coffee in hand... Who is up first?

Anthony (Cali)

in a .5 PPR ... McFadden or MJD?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

I'm on board with MJD, and in a PPR, even more so. Anyone can get hurt at any time, but right now,I have no overwhelming concerns with him.

Steven (Chicago)

What kind of season do you think Jahvid Best will have?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Same as last year, and maybe a little less productive.

David (Russellville, Arkansas)

Is it crazy to think Mike-Sims Walker will have a resurgence in St. Louis with Sam Bradford and become the #1 receiver there?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

It's not like he's trying to replace Bruce and Ellard in their heyday. At full strength, if he and SB develop a rapport, he has potential to be the STL No.1.

Tom (West Palm Beach)

You buying into the Hightower hype?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Buying into the fact he's going to be the primary, yes. Am I convinced he's going to get 100 per game? No. But certainly, he's a good mid-round pick.

Chris (Denver)

CJ falls to me at 7 and i take him....good move, right??

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

If there were no holdout, he's no worse than 4th. I really can't see a scenario where he's not in there by Week 2. So, at 7, he's an easy pick.

Max (NJ)

If I play Bernard Scott when Benson is in jail for weeks 1-2, what type of numbers can I expect?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

My understanding (limited though it is) on Benson is that though the sentence is 20 days, he only has to serve 7. That means he should be ready to go Week 1.

James (NYC)

BASEBALL! - AJ, in a shallow, limited moves rotisserie league. super tight battle for AVG and SB... who do you ride ROS? Jennings, Ichiro or Choo??? AVG being most important!

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Desmond for me.

Josh (MD)

Just dropped Reimold for de Aza, good call for a reserve OF while Choo and Quentin are out?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

He's riding a hot streak, and no guarantees that continues... but certainly de Aza is better than zeroes.

Dan (boston,MA)

In 12 team keeper league stuck with Josh Freeman and Tavares Jackson as a backup. Am I in trouble?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Freeman should give you some consistency at the QB spot. You definitely should look into a different backup, though. Whitehurst might well have that job by the time you need Tarvaris.

Tyler (Billings, MT)

My first two draft picks were Vick and McCoy. Go Eagles! Should I worry about McCoy losing touches to Ronnie Brown?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

No more so than if say, Leonard Weaver or Jerome Harrison were there... he'll get whatever carries Reid will give him.

Rick (Toronto)

Where does Arian Foster sit right now? Still top 3?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

As far as I'm concerned, yes.

Mark (NY)

Freeman, Orton, Cutler, Eli?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I go Eli, Freeman, Orton, Cutler.

Greg (NYC)

Can keep one for my PPR bench. Marion Barber or Lance Kendricks?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Take a shot with Kendricks. Should get more than his fair share of targets.

Tom (NYC)

Arian Foster says we are "sick" for worrying about our fantasy teams. I guess this means he didnt read your book :(

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

I cut him some slack on that Tweet. I took it as him calling out people who only cared about his health b/c of fantasy and not caring about him as a human being -- not an "all people who play fantasy sports are sick" call out. But he should read my book, as should you all. ; )

Marc (Malden, MA)

If I wanted to get Ben Tate cheap, in an auction league, should I throw him out early or late?

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Every group of drafters is different...but it is far more likely for Tate to fall through the cracks and land to you once the $1 "draft portion" of an auction starts, than for you to get him for $1 if you nominate him early.

Alex (Rochester NY)

Who do i start week 1? Freeman or Stafford? They play each other, I have the lions D

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Still time to change judgment here, but I like Stafford to have a big Week 1.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

So who do you nominate early? Do you go for the nominate the guy you want strategy or try to be sneaky?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

I like to nominate lesser tight ends, defenses and kickers in the early rounds. Either I get them at $1, or someone wastes extra $$ on them early giving me an budgetary edge.

Christian (NY)

Why is it bad to have the QB and RB of the same team? I have Romo and Jones. Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

It's not automatically bad. But if Dallas loses 28-0, you've dug a hole for yourself... and yes, the flip is true: if they win 28-0 you may be sitting pretty. I just prefer to spread the risk if the talent is fairly even when I decide to take Jones or another RB with Romo already on my roster.

Joe (Buffalo)

Can any of these WR's crack the top ten this year. S. Johnson, Boldin, Lloyd.

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

I'd give Stevie the best odds.

Z Miller (The Emerald City)

Why do people have me down as the 10th best TE this year? Aren't I Tavaris Jackson's safety net?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

You may be Tarvaris Jackson's SAFETY NET...but you're also TARVARIS JACKSON'S safety net. John Carlson's presence was the likely culprit in keeping your value down, but now that he's done for the season...

Drew (NY)

Do u think Daniel Thomas will have a good year? will eventually b Flex worthy?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

Hit and miss. Certainly I don't think he'll get to the point where he's a no-brainer start at flex... but you will be able to pick and choose spots.

HHHAAAAA (Pandora's Box)

What a joke Big Brother has become. As soon as the newby's get control the producers change it up. You know that wasn't coming if Jeff was in control. They are making this up as they go along. What do you think?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Of course they're making it up as they go along...that's basically the point of the show. I actually think the latest twist was inspired - but Porsche should never have opened the box.

David (Atlanta)

I unexpectedly picked up Gore as my RB2 in a 14 team draft. Do I try to pick up a handcuff (Dixon or Hunter) or take a trade for Forte?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

I'm not swapping Gore for Forte.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

With all the RBBCs..are you trying to take fliers on WRs or RBs more in the middle rounds?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

I'm always more likely to load up on RBs while there are still viable options. Once we get into strict handcuffs though, I prefer to go with WRs who will play regularly.

Tim (Austin)

Thoughts on the Starks-Grant time share?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

I think Grant will win the job. 60-40 split is likely though.

Jeff (J'ville)

AJ, two out of three at RB: Fred Jackson, James Starkes or Jonathan Stewart for my regular starters?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I'd go with Fred for sure and Daily Show for my second choice...

James (Atlanta)

AJ, my team is stacked but with my last pick in our draft last night I took Hartley who is injured, at this point all I can do is wait but if he can't go in week 1 should I not start a kicker or use a waiver pick on one? Order resets after an acquisition and I have #2 priority right now which is why I'm hesitant to use it on a kicker

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Depends on your league rules. Personally, I prefer leagues where there's a penalty for intentionally starting an injured player rather than making a move. In Week 1, there are usually so many waiver claims that I wouldn't NOT use mine for fear of losing my place in line.

Dave (Virginia)

AJ, I can start two TE out of these three: Witten (obvious choice...), Gronkowski, or Heap?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Heap for me...NE is going to be a guessing game all season at TE again.

Bean (DC)

Will Sanchez, Kolb or Henne breakout as top 12 QB this year?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Believe it or not, I'd say Henne has best chance.

JR (Louisville)

Baseball Playoffs help Guru Mass! Will Jason Werth adn Russell Martin start today? If not who should replace them?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Looking iffy on both... use your bench wisely.

Brian (PDX)

I hear Cedric will serve his 7 days over his bye week. Bud Norris, Gavin Floyd, Ricky Nolasco for the next two weeks?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

No, Cedric has already started serving. Gavin for me.

Mike (NC)

AJ's thoughts on AJ (Greene).....good wr3 pick?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Answered here: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=nfldk2k11_32qbengals

Anton (Fl)

Am I crazy to go Rice #2 in an ESPN PPR...?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Not crazy at all...

Bean (DC)

So if you're high on Henne, you must be really high on Brandon Marshall in a PPR league?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I wouldn't say I'm high on Henne - just higher on him than Kolb or Sanchez. He'll spread it out between Marshall, Bess and Hartline, not to mention Reggie.

Tom Tuttle (Tacoma)

True or false: Desmond Jennings merits a late first round pick next year.

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

False. Round 4-5 maybe.

mike (ny)

Baseball ethics question... In a yearly league, how do you feel about a last place team (or any team that is clearly out of contention for a 'money' spot) making a trade late in the year with a team that is in contention? Obviously this can affect the standings. Should that team stand pat and let the chips fall where they may or should they continue to try to improve their team in any way possible?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Your league should have a trade deadline just like the big boys do. While it would be admirable for a team to keep trying to improve, I fear the vast majority of those "last place" deals are collusive or at the very least done with a sense of apathy.

Jordan (Peoria)

AJ, who are your top 3 QBs this year?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Rodgers, Vick and Rivers.

Ramsey (Santa Barbara)

Are we to trust Edwin Jackson?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I would not.

Daniel (la)

in my fantasy football league qbs get 6 pts per passing td as opposed to 4...how should I alter my draft strategy?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Not one bit... QBs generally are already highest scoring position in 4-pt-TD leagues.

Tom (NJ)

12 Team H2H Points league - Playoff time, start Lawrie over Prado at 2B?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Yes.

Dan O (NY)

Who would you pick at #1 in a fantasy WWE league?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Not really my thing, but I hear this Miz guy is awesome.

Mike (Vail, CO)

Lightning round time. Pick two to drop Helu, D Carter, Goodson, E Sanders, J Ford.

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

I'd drop Goodson and Ford.

Chris (Atlanta)

buzzer beater! wallace and tolbert for djax and beanie, which side wins??

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Fairly even deal, but I give edge to Wallace side.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's my time for today - we've got another ESPN experts mock draft that I need to get to... should be up later in the week. I'm on Twitter, and will be back for another chat on Friday. Until then, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.