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

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Good morning gang! Back we are for another 60 minutes of fantasy chattage... Second cup of coffee? Check! So, who is up first?

JD (Over there)

Do you trust the Jets D/ST this week vs Tebow? Other option would be Patriots vs Tyler Palko?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

It's such an "X-Factor" dealing with Tebow, especially on a very short work week - but I think the Jets will be fine, so I'd go with them.

Brent (VA)

Eric Decker or Greg Little for WR3 this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Can't go with any WR in Denver. They may well run it 60 times!

Michael (Central Oregon)

How far do you drop M. Lynch in your rankings after the news that RT Carpenter is out for the season now.

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Not just Carpenter, but also lost Moffitt as well. I keep Lynch in top 20, but he's no longer looking like a top 10 play for the week.

Mike (Raleigh)

Do I start Lance Ball tonight or wait to see if Julio plays with Battle as my insurance?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

I'd start Ball. I'm not convinced McGahee gets more than 5-10 touches, if that. And even if he does, there should be enough handoffs to go around.

Elvis (Tupelo Mississippi)

Sproles or Blount ROS in standard scoring league?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Non-PPR? Pretty close call then, but I still lean to Sproles.

Ryan (Detroit)

Douglas on Atlanta, Nelson on Buff, or Baldwin on Sea. All are available and I need a WR. Who should I take for this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Baldwin coming off concussion, so I'd pass on him... With Julio hurting, though he may play, I'd take chance with Harry.


will d murray remain a top 10 back with f jones back?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Yes. I expect Felix to essentially get third down duties only.

Patrick Hart ((Florida))

Ethics question: I'm a first place team trading with a last place team in a 14 team keeper league. Our trade is significantly in my favor for this year, and in favor for him for the future, hence the reasoning for the trade. However, since I am first, the commissioner is furious with allowing me to get better, and has vetoed the trade. There's no talking him out of it. My question is, how unethical is my reaction if next year I leave the league, which has changed rules midseason dozens of times (including keeper rules) Does that make me no better than him, or would anyone with half a brain get the hint and take off?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

You're being asked to commit to a league long-term. You can't do that if you're not allowed to run your team... leave.

Mike (Indy)

Okay in a pickle, gamble on Vick or start Tebow tonight?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Start Tebow. Upside is still better than a 100 percent Vick, which he shall not be...

Ozzie (Redemption Island)

Please Rank....Ogie, Battle or McKnight?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Battle, Ogbo, McKnight.

Steve (Montana GO GRIZ!)

Would you be comfortable trading for Cam Newton right now? Any fear of a rookie wall?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Not so much a wall, as he hasn't made adjustments faster than defenses have learned the tendencies... His skill hasn't peaked, but he needs more time.

Colin (Los Angeles)

I have Hernandez at TE. Should I be worried that Brady is having such a great connection with Gronkowski (at the expense of my TE)? Please tell me this was just the matchup last week.

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Don't get too hung up on which TE does better each week... Brady and the Pats will ebb and flow from matchup to matchup, and it's not like Hernandez didn't get red zone looks.

Spencer (NJ)

Loved your book. Pick two guys: Chris Johnson, Willis McGahee, and Maurice Morris?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Thanks... I wish all would pick it up! ( - You have to sit Willis this week given the quick turnaround.

Kevin (NYC)

Hey AJ - I liked your column on trading the other day. So would you endorse trading Roethlisberger (I also have Stafford) for someone like Shonn Greene or BJGE if my RB2 is Jonathan Stewart?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

With Stafford, you need a backup in place. That said, I have no issue with trading a bench player for someone who can be a starter at a different position - but not BJGE.

Commish Corner (FL)

A trade was accepted in our league yesterday but due to collusion a few years ago (those owners have since been removed) we have a veto process that takes two days. The trade wont go through until tomorrow but involves players in tonights game, as well as players on bye this week. As commish should I push the trade thru or since it's known trades take two days do I leave it until friday (which I assume will mean the trade won't take place until next week)?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Rule was in place and all knew it. If they wanted deal to pass, they should have put it in with enough time to finish process.

Tom (My Cubicle)

In a vacuum JETS, BEARS or RAVENS for a survivor pool??

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)


Kendall Hunter (Boulder, CO)

how big of a role will i play this week %-wise?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

I'd expect a 60-40 split, with Hunter getting the bulk of second half work, assuming it's not a nail-biter.

Jay (GA)

Who plays in a vacuum anyway?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

In space, no one can hear you scream snide remarks!

Conundrum (Bronco Town)

Eggs in a single basket, I know, but what do you think about starting both Tebow + Ball? Possibly 50 rushing attempts between those two...

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

True, but there's a difference in starting a QB/RB combo where passing TDs are there to be had and this system...

Dan (Chicago)

Eli or Stafford this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

I'm in Eli's camp for this week.

me (here)

Which RB do you like most as a "lottery ticket: McKnight, J Rodgers, B. Scott? Or someone who I have failed to mention that will likely be on waivers?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Jacquizz is a decent flier, especially in PPR. Outside of Hunter (20 percent owned or some such) I'd also consider Karim as a lottery pick.

David (Dallas)

Do you like Vincent Brown or would you go with someone like Sidney Rice

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

It's about health and opportunity. I like Brown while Floyd is out, and since Rice is post-concussed I'd stay away this week.

J.B. (PA)

AJ: Look into your crystal ball and let us know a few names we might consider picking up for possible Week 17 fill-ins. You know some teams are going to be sitting guys.

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

It says, "Future cloudy... ask again later." Actually, I'm filling in for EK on "Sneaky Pickups" tomorrow, so there will be some names then...

Bernard (Philly)

Wasn't Joe McKnight in New Kids on the Block?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Stay out of it, Nick Lachey! (And sadly, I know it's Jordan Knight.)

Jason (Boston)

DEF this week: Clev, Mia, Cin or Rams?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Browns mania lives!

Mike (PA)

AJ,What is the deal with DMC? I need to set my lineup prior to kickoff tonight and I am not sure if I start FEED THE STUD (as Mike Bush said to his coach last week) or Frank the Tank????

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

Assume DMC is out this week. Week 12 a better bet. I'd go with Bush as a result.

Josh (Seattle)

Prediction for Momo this week vs Panthers? Looks like a coin toss between him and Blount

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

I like Ducky MoMo against the weak Panthers RB D.

scott (ohio)

Best TE pickup for this week? Olsen,Dickson or Gresham?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Of the trio, I like Ed the best this week.

Candice Flynn (Danville)

Leave Ducky MoMo out of this!!!!!!But, please pick 2: Grenne, Gore, CJ2k

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

I'm going to sit Greene tonight and take my chances on the weekend.

Clubber Lang ((the ring))

Could I have beaten Ivan Drago?

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Only after about two months of living on a mountain instead of breakdancing to "Living In America."

Robbie (CA)

Is there any word on Hardesty's availability?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Didn't practice yesterday, so unless he's running full speed today, I'd not expect him Sunday.

Jason (Attleboro)

F. Davis, Daniels or Ballard ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)


Joey (CT)

Earl Bennet or Brandon Lloyd this week? ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Bennett this week, Lloyd rest of way.

Bill (PA)

Is Antonio Brown the #2 receiver in Pitt? Has Hines and Emmanuel been relinquished to 3rd and 4th?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Wallace is the one. Brown and Cotchery are now 2/3. Ward the 4.

ryan (oh)

M morris, J stew, L ball. pick two

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

I'd keep Ball on the sidelines.

Ed (NYC)

I have Vick, should I start Sanchez tonight or wait for Vick?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Don't wait for Vick.

ANTRON77 (Cloud 9)

Would you drop either damian williams or brent celek(backup te to olsen) to pick up eric decker off of waivers for ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Decker has very little value. At most he catches 3 balls a game and more likely he gets 0-1.

Concerned about VJax (NEED A WIN!!)

Assuming all are healthy, pick 2: VJax, Stevie Johnson, AJ Green, Percy Harvin.

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Can't assume Stevie will be, though I do think he plays. I'd go V-Jax and AJ.

Paul (NM)

ESPN rankers have Tebow ranked a lot higher then Hasselbeck, but the Jets make me nervous, help me decide please!!!

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

I also have Tebow ranked higher.

Anthony (Cali)

if Battle is your 4th RB .... would you deal him away for Jahvid Best in a PPR for playoffs?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

While I think the odds are slim that he plays anytime soon, the upside if he does is worth the flier.

Calvin (South Beach)

I've scored the most points in my league by over 100, have three top 10 ranked rbs, as well as three top 12 wrs, yet I'm 5-5 and in danger of missing the playoffs. Talk me down AJ!

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

Welcome to fantasy sports, Calvin. But, are you having fun?

Eric (Tx)

Any ramifications for Giants receivers resulting from the nightclub incident?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

No team rules were violated, no involvement by the players, so no reason to bring incident up.

tiger chung lee (mr. fuji's dojo)

just traded for vick and need a backup for ROS and probably this week too. pick up vince young? or go with tavaris, skelton, moore...? slim pickings on my waiver wire.

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Skelton for this week, and with the hopes that he holds on to job.

Jim (Philly)

Flex Question - Celek or the Browns' RB with the O-name?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

I'll go Ogbo...

Rick (Toronto)

Bye Week Troubles: If Maclin doesn't play do I put Woodhead or or Little in as a flex?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

I'd gamble on Danny.

Veronica (Miami)

Better replacement if Stevie is out: M.Williams(West) or G.Little?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Little, by a Greg.

Mike (London)

Manningham or Bowe this week? Also, how much of his does Bowe take with Cassel going down? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Mario this week. Palko might not kill Bowe's value completely, but certainly, I'm as skeptical as anyone else...

Dave (Cleveland)

If the Packers have the #1 seed clinched by week 16, chances Rodgers sees limited playing time week 16?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

If they're not 14-0, he plays a half at most.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oakland)

Can I officially change my name to Dog House-Bound or has J Ford's injury made me relevant again by default?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I'd rather take my chances with TJ "Not in the Dog" Housh. Both Moore and Murphy to me better options.

Andy (Running Back Purgatory)

Who do I start this at RB2: James Starks, Lance Ball or Kendall Hunter?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

I'd go with Starks.

Collins (ARK)

Ballard or David Nelson at Flex this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

I'd give Nelson a chance.

JJ (Maine)

HOORAY for the Waiver Wire!! Browns or New England Defense??

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Browns. No film on the QB makes me leery for NE.

Steve (IL)

Jacoby Ford's value when he comes back? Was starting to look like he was developing something with Carson.

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I agree. It's a matter of health...

Professor (Clemson University)

Any chance of DMC playing? Otherwise I have to use McCluster or Woodhead? Any Endorsements?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Prefer Danny to Dexter.

Chris (Houston)

Fred Davis or Aaron Hernandez? I can't decide!!

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Hernandez without hesitation.

Decison Time (Denver)

Roll the dice with McGahee tonight or Play Tolbert AND Matthews on Sunday?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Breaking my own rule, I'll go with the basket of eggs.

Tony (ATL)

Cam Newton or Philip Rivers?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Cam this week, Rivers ROY.

Frank (Boston)

Any chance BGJE gets some carries with Pats up big early?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Chance? Sure, but it's a four-headed beast in NE. No guarantee.

Chris (Houston)

Is Decker going to be on Revis Island tonight?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Nobody is on Revis Island tonight... they're all going to stay docked at the pier.

Nate (JAX, FL)

Stevie Johnson or AJ Green?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)


Chris (Chicago)

Who should I start, Gore, M Bush, or Murray? First Place at stake

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

I'd go Bush, Murray, Gore.

Jacob (The Island)

Gotta say tonight's game is going to either be very interesting or extremely boring. Agree?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

That could well be said of any game, but I get the drift.

Johnny Boy (Buffalo)

Do you think CJ2K will start to pick it up a bit? Or was last week just a fluke?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Worst run defense makes it hard to get too excited, but signs of life are welcome. I start him this week, to be sure.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's the 12:00 cuckoo... we've got the Twitter for those I couldn't get to, and remember to get those lineups in! Until the next time, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.