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October 24, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Good morning gang. Plenty to get to, so let's get to it. Second cup of coffee in hand. Who's up first?

Steve (SF)

DeMarco Murray - Real deal or just a fluke game?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

The 200+ is a fluke, but Murray certainly is for real given the team he is on. I'd expect close to 100 this time around.

Dustin (Kansas)

How has Ryan Torain's stock changed?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

You can't trust Shanny, but if Hightower is out for a long time, then Torain starts with a Helu change-up. Unless Shanahan wears the warm socks and drinks OJ for breakfast.

Doug Baldwin (Seattle)

What happened to me? Am I droppable?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Charlie Whitehurst and a late Lynch sit happened to you. Maybe not droppable yet, but hard to start once byes are done.

Kevin (Dallas)

What the status on J.Best ? should I pick him up on the waiver..

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

He's likely to return at some point this season, but concussions are hard to gauge. Let's face it - he couldn't go to meetings last week because of bright lights... it's not a lock he plays Week 8.

Not J.B. (PA)

Does Hardesty even keep the backup job once Hillis returns or is it time to take a flyer on Chris Ogbayanna?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

I think Hardesty and Hillis split time for Peyton's first game back... he keeps No. 2.

kyle (TX)

How can I comfortably play Tebow?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

How can you sit him? He may not pass the ball efficiently, but with an expected 60 yards on the ground and maybe a rushing score... as long as he doesn't throw three picks, he's a top 10 QB.

Nick (San Antonio)

With McGahee's broken hand do you see Moreno having a good week next week?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Good by Moreno standards perhaps. Maybe about 60 yards.

James (Hartford)

What's the latest on Beanie Wells?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Nothing as of yet... but expect him to miss Week 8 at the very least.

Nick (CT)

What do you think of Delone Carter from this point forward?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Has a lot of potential... but it all comes down to Addai and if he can play or not. Check during the week to see how hurt he is...


Good morning AJ...the NFL was like an infirmary A. Smith a good pickup to replace Beanie since I've got him as a starter in BOTH my leagues??

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Alfonso seems to be the only real option there. Perhaps Sherman gets a few extra catches in a PPR, but nothing worth a pickup.

Tim (Indy)

Any hope for Crabtree going forward?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Most promising to me of the SF WR, but it's a Gore first, second and sometimes third offense to be sure.

Alex (Boston)

Who would you rather have for the ROS: Plax or Manningham?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Mario. Not even close. Plaxico had a great game, but it's not going to happen again.

Mitch (Philly)

When does Andre Johnson comeback and do you like him more than Roddy ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I expect him back this week, and yes, I like him better than Roddy rest of the way.

Michael (Seattle, WA)

What's the news about McFadden?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Not that I believe the Raiders 100 percent, but they say he "could" have comeback in the game yesterday. Either way, with a bye week to rest up, expect him to be fine Week 9.

Mr Penquin (NY Times)

Has your book sold 10,000 copies yet?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Don't know... the author is usually the last to know the sales totals. But let's sell some today, huh?

Sides (SC)

Trade Gates or Fred Davis? Is Maclin reasonable for a return?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

Reasonable doesn't really enter into it. It's all supply and demand, and what the Maclin owner says. Shop around and take best offer.

Jimmy (i just bought a copy)

Any hope Blount returns after the bye week or will Lumpkin be the next man up in Tampa

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

That's 1 down, 9,999 to go? I certainly hope that with the bye week, Blount will be back. I think Week 9 was always the plan, and if it's even close, given Graham's injury, he'll be in there.

Rhoades (AL)

Moss out w/ a fractured hand? Is Armstrong or Gaffney worth a pickup?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Gaffney to me is better than AA, but those are your starters with it looking likely Santana misses a month or so.

Al (Jacksonville)

What happened to Marshawn Lynch yesterday? He was good to go from what everyone @ the worldwide leader in sports said, then doesnt play a down. You guys drop the ball?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

He wasn't on the injury report, and wasn't on the inactives list. Obviously, Seattle was hoping he would be able to work out the kinks in his back... but it's not like the signs were all there... nobody outside that locker room had a clue.

Brian (Raleigh)

is Christian Ponder worth a Pick Up in a keeper league?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Keeper league, absolutely. He looked very good out there, especially given the opponent.

Eric Decker (Denver)

Did I somehow lose the #1 job here in Denver? What happened? Is Demaryius Thomas that much better than me?

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Royal and Thomas returned to the mix and you're part of the gang there... but Tebow needs to deliver the ball to you, and there's the issue.

I'll Buy a Book If You Answer My Question (Washington, DC White

Thoughts on Pierre Thomas with Ingram hurt?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Not yet sure how badly his heel is bruised, but there's bound to be a Cerberus backfield there even if he is healthy. I'd move Thomas to just outside top 20 RB if Ingram is unable to go.

Dave (TX)

Pick one for this week. Lions def vs Broncos or 49ers def vs Browns

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Very early... but I'm going Detroit right now.

Vincent "The Invisible Man" Jackson (SD)

Can I keep up this pace for the rest of the season?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

If Gilligan and Sawyer can get rescued from their islands, so too can Vincent find his way back from Revis Island.

Jon (Atlanta)

Where would you put Sproles then? The man is explosive.

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

This week, with another 6-team bye, Sproles has to be considered top-10. I don't expect 62 points again, but the Rams defense isn't exactly a force.

To young to care (SS Minnow)

Did Gilligan get rescued?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

They did, but returned to play with the Harlem Globetrotters against robots...

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Time to be concerned about Phillip Rivers? Rather have him or Romo ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

I'd rather have Romo, but Rivers has been unlucky more than bad, IMO. Gates was out, now Floyd's hip is hurt... hard to succeed at the highest levels without all your weapons.

André (São Paulo)

What do you make of Antonio Brown's breakout game? Can he produce the rest of the season?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

The bump was nice to see, but did come with Hines out... and then there's Sanders to try and muscle in as well. I expect he'll be up and down, but worth a flier if Ward can't play.

Dave (charlotte, nc)

Are Defenses starting to figure out the Detroit Lions?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Not much to figure out with Best out. Huge drop in skills to Keiland and Ducky MoMo.

I read your book (it rocks)

Can we stop the Greg Little hype now?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

I don't think the hype was all that great -- but let's give Little a bit of a pass here. Browns lost MoMa and Watson to concussions, and that's going to change the results.

Greg (North Carolina)

Is Percy Harvin ever going to come back to life in MN?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

Harvin's new nickname for me is "Walker" because he's always getting a headache or a rib injury and never finishes games... just shambles on like an undead zombie.

Frank (MPLS)

I thought Sawyer and everyone else died in the plane crash and the island was purgatory?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

No, no, no! They lives out their lives as normal... the flash sideways was purgatory.

Drew (Hudson Valley, NY)

With A-Rod on the bye this week, who do like the best of this fill-in crew: Ponder, McCoy, or Dalton?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I liked what I saw in Ponder enough to put him ahead of that trio. Dalton may struggle with Benson serving the suspension.

Andy (Boston)

I thought Gilligan and everyone else died in a boat crash and the island was just purgatory?

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Yeah, that sounds about right.

The Smoke Monster (Clearly Normal)

What do you make of Demaryius Thomas?

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

I can make a hat... I can make a pterodactyl...

Chance (OKC)

Is Santana Moss droppable now??

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Like I said, he probably doesn't play again until Week 11 at the earliest... it's up to you if you have the roster space...

Drew (Harrisburg)

Does the fact that Tebow looked so awful for 55 minutes hurt his trade value?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

Not to a fan who is thrilled with the good 4 minutes.

Chet (LA)

If you have to play one tonight in the flex spot, would it be Torrey Smith or Ed Dickson??

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Dickson if you just need points. Smith if you need a home run.

Jamie (NYC)

Sell high on Murray before Jones comes back for the inevitable time share? Or do you think Murray takes the job?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

I think Murray *can* win the job outright with a couple of 100-yard games in the next two... but my fear would be Garrett not wanting to pull that trigger completely and going 50-50. So, if you can get the right price...


what happen to M.Austin? he did'nt do much.

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Murray ran the ball *TOO* well. They didn't exactly need to pass. Don't worry.

Chris Johnson (AWOL)

The Colts next? I've just gotta be startable... right?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Let's just say if he doesn't get 80 and a TD this week -- world of hurt.

Doug (Denver)

What do you think of Steven Jackson moving forward (especially with such a dysfunctional offense)?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

He's kind of like MJD... he may get 80-100 yards per game, but without those TDs, it's got to depress both his value as well as his fantasy owners.

Jim (Portland)

Would you trade Tebow and Murray for Forte?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Yes I would.

DS (Tenn)

AJ, your thoughts on J. Battle ROS? Good sell high time?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

He should get higher... at some point you'd think they'd stop giving TJ the ball.

Daniel Thomas (Miami)

Am I gonna get better?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

In time... but maybe not in time for 2011.

Dan (chicago)

concerned stafford owner. Is eli good enough to start?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

I think Stafford will be able to play this week, but if not, then Eli is not going to cost you much, if at all.

dallas clark (ind)

whats wrong with me?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Nothing is wrong with you in particular... the whole Indy team is out of order.

Mike (Fl)

Start Tebow over Stafford this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Not if Stafford is given a clean bill.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Burleson, Gaffney, Torrey Smith the best pickup for bye week replacement?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

I'd say Gaffney.

AD (Work)

This whole chat is out of order!!

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Who strikes you as a top pickup this week if I drop Timmy and his torn knee, as I suspect I'll have to...

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Obviously, it depends on league waiver wire... but looks like Alfonso Smith might be the winner.

Injury Bug (NFL)

I am striking players and growing at an amazing rate..... I am just like Skynet!!!

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

In Week 7 of 2011, Injury Bug becomes self-aware...

Paul (Minneapolis)

Order a code red on Reggie Wayne?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Only if you are absolutely sure you can handle the truth...

scott (chicago)

Mr Mass, Do i need to worry about greg jennings hand injury?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Not as much as others... X-rays to be done today, but my understanding is it happened early and he played most of game with it - and then there's the bye...

Reggie Wayne (Indy)

You want me on that field. You need me on that field!

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

Alright, Jessup, that's the whistle. Enjoyed the chat... there's the Twitter for those I missed. Until the next time... good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.