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December 11, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Sports with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Good morning, gang! We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage ahead of us, and our second cup of coffee already in hand. Let's get this party started... call it in the air.

Matt (Spokane, WA)

Tough semifinal question-- Big Ben, Kaepernick or Andy Dalton?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Going to go with Colin this week.

Eric (Hemet)

After an 0-6 start I finished out on a 7-1 tear and now ni my leagues playoffs. I did this through saavy trades and waiver wire additions. My question is even though it is not directly prohibited in my league, are trades with team that are out ethical. Specifically value for value trades.

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

If the rules allow it, then it certainly is ethical. I would recommend, however, that there should be a trade deadline in all leagues for precisely this reason.

Alex (DC)

Am I going to be able to start Cecil Shorts this week (or ROS)?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Jags didn't update Shorts' status yesterday, so my guess is that he sits again this week. I'd hope he can go in Week 16.

kyle (cincy)

Need a waiver wire streaming D pickup this week. Help!

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Lions? Dolphins? Panthers? Hard to know who is on your wire...

nick (cleveland,ohio)

are the eagles going to shut down mccoy for the rest of the year?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Word is he can practice this week, though no contact and with the Thursday game, he's not playing. My guess is they'll suit him up in Week 17 if he is able to play... seems to me to be a reward for getting back in game shape.

Stephen (Long Island)

AJ I need a lot of help. Seems ridiculous to want to sit Aaron Rodgers but should I sit him vs Chicago and start Freeman vs N.O.?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Not ridiculous at all. Rodgers has only topped 250 yards once in the last several weeks and Freeman could throw for 400.

John (NY)

Tough RB Question! Need 3, PPR League: R. Bush, CJ2K, Brown, and DMC.

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Have to sit DMC. No guarantee with that injury.

Jason (FL)

Will Nicks be playing this week with the sore knee? I lost Dez and Bowe, so he would be the only WR left on my team besides Denario Alexander.

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

I think Nicks pays the rest of the way.

Aaron (Arkansas)

Flex considerations: Decker, Ballard or Dwyer this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I'm going to go with Dwyer this week.

Ryan (Buckhead)

Martellus or Myers? PPR league

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Got to go Martellus. People way too influenced, I think, with that one 14-catch week by Myers.

Alex (PA)

Hey AJ, how much do you watch film, and/or breakdown the NFL? How does the Cam Cameron firing affect Ray Rice's production?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

I watch all the games on Sunday, switching around, but I don't go back and watch films... I think you can get a decent sense of what teams are doing the first time around. Ravens likely move to a no-huddle style. More plays = more touches for Rice.

Max (NJ)

Is RG3 going to play this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

That's the million dollar question... my gut says he will play, but until the Skins release that inactives list, you never know for sure.

Brian (RI)

Cam Newton has been a one-man wrecking ball over the last few weeks. Can we trust him against a surprisingly hot SD defense?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Other than the duo playing in the TB-NO game, there is no QB I'd rather have this week.

Scott (Phoenix)

Do you think Reggie Bush is back?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Not "back". The Dolphins don't use him near enough. Only one game all season with 20-plus carries. If they give him 20 this week, though, he'll be a top-5 performer. The question remains... will they?

France (NM)

Your book is on my Christmas list!!! Looking forward to the read. Would you start P. Manning this week vs Baltimore or should I pick up P. Rivers, Collin Kap., or Big Ben???

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

I'm going with Manning. At the very least, I'm not going out of my way to look for a replacement. And thanks for the read! You are most wise.

Sean (Dallas)

Any worries about all the Pryor talk in Oakland limiting Palmers' stats this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

The talk was there last week and that did nothing. I think it's mostly talk.

Brett (Atlanta)

G Jennings or D Wilson at flex?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Certainly given Bradshaw's knee issues and the very good chance Wilson gets a 60-40 share of carries, you go with Big Blue.

Chris (Miami,Fla)

Turner, Montel Owens or Alex Green for #2 Back

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

I have to go with Turner.

Brian (My office)

With the news of Dez's injury, do you downgrade Romo at all? Or do you expect Dez to play? Start Romo, Kap, or Russell Wilson?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

I don't "expect" Dez to play, but it does seem that if there's even the slightest chance he can wrap it and protect it and still play, he will. Hard for me to downgrade Romo from as low as I rate him this week either way, though. I go Kaep.

ryan (nyc)

Pick 2...Chris Johnson, Alfred Morris, D Murray?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

No question to me... sit Murray.

Tom (New York)

After last night's debacle would you consider plugging in Miami or Detroit's D this week over Houston's. If so which do you prefer.

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Detroit's my pick this week... but I don't fault Texans for not stopping NE. Few teams have.

Dan (Boston)

Per your earlier comment, you'd start Cam and Freeman over Brady this week??

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

We're splitting hairs here... I have Brady ranked #6, so it's not like I'm saying you have to bench him. From a "safety" standpoint, Brady is exactly that... for upside though, Freeman is this week's No. 1, Cam is 3.

Carl (Decatur)

Assuming Dez is out, does Beasley become relevant in a PPR league?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

More relevant, to be sure. But I think maybe Harris more so.

13-0 (Despair)

Hi AJ, 13-0 regular season, first round bye, but now I'm without RG3, Dez, Cecil Shorts, Fred Jackson, and Dwayne Bowe. Please give me some good news. #lifeisnotfair

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

You are still playing. #fantasyfootballisnotlife

Child (Please)

Thoughts on Clay Harbor to replace Vernon Davis? or rather play Pitta?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Probably a lone voice in the wilderness, but I'm sticking with Davis.

Andy (Ontario)

With Bowe out, do you like Tony Moeaki this week against OAK ? Over Rudolph, Oslen, Pitta ?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

I lean Olsen, but certainly with Bowe out, Moeaki does the sloppy swish.

Fred (Chicago,Ill.)

Would you ever sit Jimmy Graham or Colston this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Not if I am trying to win.

craig (Pa)

Who would you start Dalton or stafford

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

I'm going with Andy of the two.

Rico (Miami)

What are your thoughts on Gordon this week vs. the Reskins?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Skins secondary is very vulnerable. If there's a Browns receiver to play, it's Gordon, though I do think Little might also have a decent day.

Bob (NY)

If Cousins starts, what impact does that have on where you rank Garcon?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Not a ton. I think I'd raise Hankerson a bit if that happened -- backups tend to throw to their "second-string friends" a bit more -- but Garcon's already been adjusted due to the Haden factor.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Think Givens is helped or hurt when DA is in the lineup? Would you play him over Dwyer in a PPR?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

Helped. Amendola is the No. 1 target of choice, so him being there draws focus. However, starting Dwyer either way.

Alex (DC)

D-Hey-Bey, Donnie Avery, Golden Tate, Jeremy Maclin - pick 2 please

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Maclin and Avery for me.

Ben (Minneapolis)

Would you sit the 49ers defense vs NE? Are the dolphins a better play this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Are you more scared of Tom Brady or Chad Henne?

Larry (AL)

What do you think about Dallas Clark as a high-upside sleeper this week? The options on the waiver wire are really poor.

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

I like him a lot this week... certainly could be a top 5 TE.

ryan (nyc)

Mike Williams or Denario Alexander?? MW has the better matchup but did nothing against NO in week 7??

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

I really like Williams this week... certainly we're not talking a large gap here - both top 25 - but Alexander is lower on my list.

leif (delaware)

Am I out of my mind considering benching Matt Ryan for Carson Palmer this week? Ryan has been average at home this year plus they are playing Giants

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

I've got them ranked 8-9 for me this week, so it's not crazy at all. Who do you trust more? For me, I've seen how easy it can be for the Giants to get beat for that one deep bomb. That makes starting Ryan worth it.

Sam (New Orleans)

Can I still play Bryce Brown with confidence this week? Amazing I survived given his stinker last week.

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

I don't know if you can be confident, but I also am not going to blame him for doing poorly against Tampa Bay, given the fact that the Eagles barely gave him a chance.

Sheila (Houston)

Forte wasn't that bad last week, decent points...think he ranks well this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

I think he can do a lot of damage against the Packers. They're not as fierce against the run as people think... 100 yards? Very legit possibility.

Tom (Dc)

Help...Fitzgerald or Lloyd

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

I'm not touching Fitzgerald with somebody else's 10-foot pole.

Dan (Boston)

Does Moreno thrive again this week? Would you play him over Forte or CJ2K?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

A lot of KnoMo questions... I don't like him this week. Not going to start him if I can help it. Certainly not over those two.

Tom (Bath)

Assuming that 60/40 split in carries, would you rank Wilson on a par with Forte, BBrown, and Ballard?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Brown and Ballard, yes. Forte, no.

Matt (NY)

Seems like a low rank for Ryan who throws close to 40 passes a week in a game they need to win to help secure first round bye. Start him over dalton?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

It's not like he's wasn't going to try if his team didn't "need to win." And it's not like the Giants don't need to win, too. That argument is specious at best. But yes, I have him over Dalton.

Kyle (Broken Arrow)

Pretty good problem to have, but tough decision. Witten or Hernandez in a PPR?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

I like Hernandez.

Dan (Houston)

You always say play your stud RBs. When you have acouple studs do you go by matchup? CJ1K (Jets), Spiller(Seahawks), McFadden(KC), Morris (Cle), JCharles (Oak)??? (PPR Need 2)

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Go Jamaal and CJ2K.

Stephen (Long Island)

Hey Gronk is on my waiver wire. Any chance he plays in week 16?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Always a chance, but I would not count on it.

Brian (CHI)

Another Rodgers sit question! Is Luck a better option this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I think he is, yes. Even more so if Nelson is out again for GB.

Mark (Greenville)

Is Cutler playing? Would you start Packers or Browns D/ST?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Cutler will very likely play barring a major setback this week with his neck. Either way, I do start the Packers D.

Carter (NC)

Look for a kicker, any advice? I'm thinking Dawson or Carpenter.

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Heads or tails... as long as the kicker doesn't pull up lame in pregame warmups, any one is as good as any other.

Steve (KC)

Blackmon, Britt, or Floyd in a PPR?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Blackmon by a nose.

David (Tulsa)

Would you start the Lions D/ST over the Seahawks this week given the terrible performance by the Cardinals last week?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I would start whoever plays the Cardinals without thinking twice. They just signed Hoyer and he's just as likely to start as anyone else. It's laughable.

Billy (Cincinnati)

Do you Like Cleveland D better if RGIII is out? They are so solid at home.

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

If he's slightly less mobile, I actually like them more if he plays than if he's out.

Matt (NC)

Whebn should we be expecting Brady to sit after the first half? After 49ers game?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Still a bye at stake... I don't expect him to sit at all.

Tom (San Diego)

Eli or Dalton and Gresham or M.Bennett? Standard scoring.

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Mix and match... I'll go Andy and Martellus

Steven (NY)

You think Spiller will have a good game against Seattle with Fred Jackson now out of the picture?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Not as good as he should. Chan is probably going to give Choice 10 carries.

Ponyboy (OKC)

Quick Flex question for ya AJ!! Gotta sit one out of Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, and Alshon Jeffery. Am I crazy for thinking about starting Alshon over either of these guys?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

I think so. Jeffery well down on the list for Cutler and he rarely has the time to get that far...

Mike (Minny)

If RG3 plays you play him, or do with Kapernick?

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

I'm very leery with RG3 if I have an option that is in the neighborhood... I'd go Colin.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's all the time we have for today gang. Thanks for the Q's. I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) if I didn't get to you. Until the next time, for those of you in the playoffs and even those of you who are not --- good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.