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December 5, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy NFL with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Good morning gang! One hour on the clock... let's not call time out ourselves... second cup of coffee in hand. Who is up first?

Musty (Holliston, MA)

Mcfadden's fix a flat working for week 14 or is week 15 more realistic?

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

I'm thinking one more week off for DMC. We'll see.

Phil (The Factory)

Do you think AP plays this week? If not can Gerhert keep getting a score a game?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

I'm more doubtful on AP suiting up than DMC. What do the Vikes have to play for? Toby's a decent play if that comes to pass.

Mike (Raleigh)

Better Forte fill-in, Barber of Bell?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Barber should get the most touches and more importantly, the short ones for six. Bell will get 5-8 touches, I'd guess.

TJ (Eagan, MN)

Where do you think Hanley will end up: 3B, OF or another team's SS? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

The body isn't even cold yet... I am still in mourning. Leave me be!

Roy (DC)

Shanny has to keep feeding me the rock now right??

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Don't say Rock. Shanahan is likely to dig up Cartwright.

Jake (Philly)

Which NY WR would you want ROY?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Cruz and Nicks both will have big numbers... but if you're talking Holmes v. Plax, I'm not as interested.

Eddie (OH)

Ethics Question!!! I'm the league manager and the last place team in the league is playing a team trying to make the playoffs. The last place team is down by 10 and has V. Jackson left and this morning he took him out of his line up and has a empty spot. As a league manager is it wrong for me to Jackson back in the line up if the owner does not put someone else in by kickoff? Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Why are all LM's "mute"? Don't put V-Jax in... tell the owner to do it or he's out of the league permanently. And if he doesn't, THEN you put him back in yourself.

Dezx Rivers (NYC)

Which is the Indy RB to own the ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I'd say it's the Donald.

Dezx Rivers (NYC)

manningham or wayne from here on out?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Wayne. We're not all that sure Mario finishes the season on the field.

Paul (NJ)

If i win this week i am in the payoffs, I am up buy 3 going into tonights game my opponent is done but i still have novak tonught, question is do i sit him just incase he misses a few field goals and give me negative points?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

As in all these cases, YOU do what YOU think you need to do. Personally, I'm never pulling a guy and in any league where I have a say in league rules, you aren't allowed to pull a guy and leave the spot empty.

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

As in all these cases, YOU do what YOU think you need to do. Personally, I'm never pulling a guy and in any league where I have a say in league rules, you aren't allowed to pull a guy and leave the spot empty.

Demetrius Taylor (Alabama)

Tell me this why OK ST should play for the BCS? They had the same chance as Alabama did in the BCS rankings. I just dont understand. There is not another team that will match up with LSU but Bama!!!

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

My take on this is: BCS was put into place because the NCAA wanted to take human element out of it in terms of "rigging the vote." And the computers have Bama at 3. So, the human element is the one making this matchup. Until we have playoffs, I'm simply not caring...

Dezx Rivers (NYC)

which of these RBs would you start in first round of playoff:Ogbonnaya, McKnight, Carter or Tate?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

McKnight is hurt. Carter is a fumble machine. It's Ogbo if Hillis can't play and Tate otherwise.

joe (westwood)

BCS is terrible. How many years will go by before we have a playoff system in play? At least a final 4 or 8.

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

It's still the same problem... the voters can still manipulate the final outcome. And money rules the day.

James (NJ)

Am I in the wrong chat? The headline says "Fantasy NFL with AJ Mass." Yet there has already been a baseball question and 2 college football questions.

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

And now one rhetorical one... But I can only answer what is asked... and these are what are coming in.

Alex (Cleveland)

Santana Moss a decent play against the Pats next Sunday? Over a guy like Julio?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

I get what you're saying with the poor Pats secondary. My gut says Julio, though.

Steve (IL)

Picked up Riley Cooper as a one-week fill-in, but what value do you see for him over the next week or two?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Not much once Maclin comes back, which could well be this week, though at least he has more legs than Steve Smith.

Tom (Charlotte)

Why does Tom Brady hate Aaron Hernandez?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Seems to me it's more like you hating on Tom Brady for loving Gronk more.

evan (cincy)

ahmad bradshaw's workload from here on out?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

All up to the foot holding out. I'd say around a dozen carries would be average for him.

Brandon Saine (Green Bay)

Am I worth a waiver wire pickeup this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Deep leagues, perhaps. I think it's Grant's job, but Saine should get around ten touches, assuming Starks sits.

Jeff (Chicago)

What does the workload look like for Felix Jones and Demarco Murray moving forward?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

3-1 in favor of Murray, IMO.

Ben (Boston)

Is DHB's value on the rise again with all the injured WR popping up in Oakland?

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

No, I don't think so. Raiders are hinting both Moore and Ford may be back this week, so there are a lot of mouths to feed.

Joe (work)

Two tasty match-ups. Denver D/St vs Chicago or Seattle vs St Louis? (both are at home)

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

Right now I lean Seattle.

Miles (NY)

Better week 14 plug in for Forte, Helu or Bradshaw?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

As much as you can trust a Washington back, I go Helu.

Ben (Boston)

Was Kevin Smith a flash in the pan? Do you see him doing much the rest of the season or just battling injuries?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

It's not a "flash in the pan" when it IS injuries that are the problem. It would be the same thing as being angry at Matt Forte for a bad Week 13...

JB (OK)

What to make of Decker ros?

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Hit or miss. We've seen that Denver's game-plan is not going to be pass heavy, so there's a very low ceiling to Decker each week.

Jason (St. Louis)

What happens with Laurent Robinson when Austin comes back? Seems like Tony likes him.

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

I don't think Robinson disappears. However, he'll likely be running different routes and so the whole balance of the Cowboys attack may change...

Darren (MN)

Drop Forte? Best case he comes back week 16 and doesn't get a full load right.

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Depends. I mean, are you starting whatever waiver wire fodder you're picking up or not? If not, then why not keep the "ace in the hole" just in case. Right?

Chester (Frankfurt)

Thoughts on C.J. Spiller? Think he's worth RB2 status next week?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

I'd say 80 and a score would be the projection for him. Might change my mind after seeing how SD does tonight, but that's where I am right now.

Dexter (KCMO)

You starting me in a WR slot in a .5PPR next week? I get more touches than most WR3s.

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

I'll say that McCluster is pretty much the only Chiefs player I'd consider this week.

Dan (New Haven, CT)

Do you think Vick plays this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Yes I do. Reid needs to try and save his bacon.

Jesse (NC)

Any updates on Andre Johnson playing this week or ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

MRI today. My guess is he sits, but we'll have to wait on the results.

Allen (Atlanta)

P. Thomas didn't have a great game yesterday, should I continue to play him next week or go with Bradshaw or Tate?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

I'd lean to Tate, especially if AJ is out. That could mean 35 runs between the Foster/Ben duo.

Joel (Fort Worth)

Harvin just keeps getting better. That was probably his peak for this season, but do you think he's good as WR2 the next few weeks?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I think that was the Harvin we've all been expecting. All he needs is the touches, and he's finally getting them.

Abraham (Los Angeles, CA)

You talked a little bit about Khalil Bell earlier. To me Marion can't sustain a full workload and Bell has impressed in limited action for a couple of years now. It is still a split but I think Barber keeps his change of pace role...your thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

I think Barber is fresh enough that he can do it for a few weeks. Certainly if Bell starts to produce, he may get more touches as time goes on, but I don't think that's the plan headed in.

Ralphie (Boston)

Pizza Hut? Domino's? or Papa John's?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

I avoid chains. I go with the local pizzeria.

Tim (Charlotte)

Morning, AJ. Can Marshawn Lynch keep up his torrid pace in the playoffs against STL, CHI, SF, and ARI? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

This week, yes. Then it gets tougher.

DG (Hoboken, NJ)

Is Steve Smith going to be worthless for the playoffs as Newton more likely to run and spread the few throws around? Better to gamble on less talented WRs who see more targets?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Tampa Bay is one of the worst run defenses in the league, so I'm not surprised the Panthers went all-in. He'll find Smith as the season goes on... don't panic. But generally speaking, targets are a good stat to make decisions off of - just not from an isolated game.

Seth (KS)

Not a single Blount question come in? What do we make of his 2nd matchup with Carolina? Can we trust him in that 2nd game?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

I've gotten a lot of blunt Blount statements, rather than questions. I think people are forgetting that there was a QB change this week for TB. That's going to effect a team. I don't give LeG a full pass, but it's a reason for the failure.

Greg (NYC)

I don't agree with all the fantasy experts who say TE is a deep position, don't draft one early. This year, if you don't have Gronk or Jimmy Graham, you're left with a lot of inconsistency. Would you draft early next year to ensure you get a stud?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

But you didn't know it was going to be Graham and Gronk on draft day. Hindsight is great, Greg.

Andy (Virginia)

Whats up AJ. Assuming everyone plays, can you pick 3 in a PPR league. Miles Austin, Ahmad Bradshaw, AJ Green, Santonio Holmes

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I'd sit Ahmad in that scenario.

Jesse (NC)

Can S Jax bounce back against Seattle?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Can. Won't.

jerry (huntsville, al)

i believe most of the nation would like to hear about the other 31 nfl qb s . some of us do not care about denver.

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Oh yeah, people all across the land are wishing that I'd go off on a Dan Orlovsky monologue.

Christian (NY)

What can we expect from Shonn Greene going forward?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

80 and a score on a regular basis.

Jack Byrnes (The Circle of Trust)

Would you trust Ponder in the playoffs? I had to use him in place of Freeman and he did look impressive. He gets Detroit next week.

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

Stats are stats. And with AP out, Minny is far more likely to throw the ball.

Dan (NJ)

Thoughts on Michael Turner going forward?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I fully expect triple digits this week. I'm not scared!

Randy (Tha Dimas)

I need 80 yards and 2 TD's from Gates tonight to make the Playoffs, could it be I am asking too much?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

You should have drafted Graham or Gronk!

Matt (NJ)

Can Matthew Stafford lead my team to a fantasy championship?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Sure... I mean, I once won a fantasy crown with Rick Mirer at QB. Stafford's a 300-yard threat each week, and with the RB issues, even more so.

Larry (MD)

Better Defense to have the rest of the way, NY Giants or Miami?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Miami

Hank (Indiana)

TB Mike reasserting himself as a top 20 WR?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Highly doubtful

Bill (SF)

Your thoughts on Cam Newton for next year? You can't count on rushing TDs for a QB, right? (See Michael Vick)

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

We'll have to see who ends up in that backfield with him. It would be nice if he ended up with one "guy" instead of the two "half men"

dave (home)

mike bush bounce back against GB?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Assuming DMC is out, I think so.

Kathy (PA)

better D this week - Bengals or Seahawks?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Seattle

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's the whistle, gang! Thanks for the Q's. I'm on Twitter for those who still seek knowledge. Please do check out my book - http://www.amazon.com/How-Fantasy-Sports-Explains-World/dp/161608295X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8