Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

December 18, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Sports with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Good morning gang! Title week for many leagues, so let's get right to the questions... Second cup of coffee is in hand. Who is up first?

Jamal (KC)

Do you trust me this week vs Indy, say over Forte at Arizona? PPR

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

I trust YOU. Do I trust Romeo to give you the ball? That's the question. With 20 carries, JC has to top 100. But if Crennel decides "8 is enough..." He can't possibly, can he? Nicholas!

Shelby (NC)

Hey A.J. with Matthews down which S.D. running back should i pick up off the wavier wire? Thank you

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

I think Brinkley over Battle, though I doubt either does much.

Rusell Wilson (SEA)

Should you start me over Josh Freeman?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Very disappointed in Freeman's outing against the Saints. That said, I still like him more this week.

Mike (MA)

Used Wilson to fill in for RGIII last week. If RGIII is back this week do I plug him back in? Got to right?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

Assuming RG III is ready to go, you use him.

Mike (MN)

Better flex play, Moreno or Dez?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Very close, but I lean to Moreno. I think Dez's owners got lucky last week he was able to do as well as he did.

kc (oakland )

Stupid to bench Brady vs Jax this wknd in championship?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Assuming you want to win...

Zed Zed (Philadelphia, MS)

PPR- A. Brown or Jennings? Do you see enough progress with Jennings so far?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

It comes down to who gets a TD and who doesn't... and that's unpredictable. I do think Jennings is "back" but I lean a bit towards Brown.

Mike (DC)

CJ2K had one big run last night and a bunch of nothing - roll with him next week?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

It all counts the same, doesn't it? I've got CJ ranked 12 this week.

Reid (Houston)

Which D/ST should I use, Denver or Seattle or pick up Washington or San Diego? Please answer this is big for me, its my first time in the Championship game for my Family league

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

I go with Denver.

Kenton (FL)

Could you elaborate on how you "think Dez's owners got lucky last week"?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

A serious finger injury for a wide receiver? One bad enough his coach didn't think he would play? He's one hard Romo pass away from the sidelines.

Luke (Chicago)

Any players that owners should worry about sitting down early this week? (Teams that have clinched playoff spots)

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Fortunately, no. Overall home field advantage and first round byes still all pretty much up in the air.

Mike (Cleveland)

Does Ridley lose any PT this week after more fumbling issues?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

My guess is no. Obviously, attempting to guess what Bill will do is pointless, but the weather conditions probably give him a pass.

Shane (Green Bay)

Stafford rebound this week? or should I stick with kaepernick

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Not mutually exclusive questions... I'd go with Stafford this week, though.

Commish Corner (Everywhere)

I lost my semi-final by 0.5 this week. Waiver claims go through tonight and we forbid teams from making waiver claims who are out of the playoffs. If a stat correction were to come later in the week how would we handle that situation since I have the highest priority.

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Good question. I would suggest that you be allowed to submit an "unofficial pick" to the LM, and in the event that a correction is made before the games are played, then he/she can manually adjust.

Brad (Philly)

I know AP has been out of this world lately, but we have to temper our expectations against the Houston D right? What are your expectations for him?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

120 and a score.

Tom (Bath)

Do you have faith in an Eli rebound this week? Or would you start Bradford instead?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Don't have a TON of confidence in Eli this week, but have him ranked at 12, two spots ahead of Sammy.

Mike (CA)

Allen gone in Oakland? If so, Reid in in Oakland?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

At some point, the Raiders have to decide to keep a coach there for more than a one-and-done. Otherwise, they're just spinning the wheels.

Josh (NJ)

Made it to the championship while not playing Bryant, Bradshaw, and Nelson. Do one of them do enough this week do regain a spot on my roster, that is if they are all able to play this week? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Obviously, a question like this depends on the alternatives, but in a broad sense, if a player is questionable heading into Sunday, I'd rather not play them... a 51 percent healthy guy who suits still has a great chance at getting an early hook.

Ryan (Montreal)

AJ, What did you think of this season of survivor, the finale, and the winner?

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Great season. Three tribe dynamic works very well. Enjoyed the fact any of the finalists *could* have won, but think the *right* one did.

Ivan Drago (Russia)

Pitta back in the circle of trust? Myers and DX out of it?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

I don't think Myers was ever in it. Pitta over DX, more because of the Rivers/Mathews factor.

Chris (Cleveland)

Haven't started Blackmon all season, but considering it this week over Nicks. Your thoughts?

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Blackmon and Cecil III both top 5 this week.

Glenn (Austin)

Hi, AJ. Texans, Seahawks or Cardinals d-fense? Thank you!

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

AZ > Hou > Sea

Chad (DC)

I am worried about teams benching players already so which one out of the 4 would you bench in a .3 ppr,, Roddy White, Wayne, Welker, or Decker.

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

I wouldn't worry about it, but in that group, Decker's the one I sit.

Thomas (MT)

I thought I was being smart and started Alexander over Nicks and Wayne last week. I was right on Nicks and Wayne performance but dead wrong on Alexander. Lost confidence has me with not a clue this week. .5ppr and yard heavy scoring. Which would you start?

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

It's like betting red after six straight blacks in roulette... there is really no such thing as a "hot player" in fantasy and chasing DX's "hot week" last week is just as foolish as benching him solely because he got "cold" --- You start the best players with the best matchups. That's Nicks, then Wayne.

art (milwaukee)

Championship gane decision - R. Bush vs bills or Sproles vs cowboys (.5 PPR)

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Going with Reggie.

Lance (Boston)

Chicago D going to feast on Arizona this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Yes. Yes they are.

Steve (CA)

Two Jacksonville WR top 5? Garbage time game??

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Once Pats go up 5 scores in the third, what else is there but garbage time?

Bugeater (phoenix, az)

I've been activating this 3 headed RB monster wrong all year. Which of 2 of these will lead me to the promised land? Martin, Richardson, Lynch (no flex option). Gracias.

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

I'd sit Trent.


Why should anyone trust your opinion when you say things like this? "Blackmon and Cecil III both top 5 this week." Terrible fantasy analysis.

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Last week Danny Woodhead was Top 5 RB. Hankerson top 10 WR. The "usual suspects" are not always the best each week. And wonderful, well-thought out criticism, So (if that is your real name.)

Chad (dc)

Better flex, D. Williams or B. Wells?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Beanie for me.

Scrooge (Foggy Londontown)

Can you trust Jones Drew at all if he goes this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

No. No you can't. Especially not with all the marbles up for grabs.

Paul (Denver)

Please answer questions from nice people! Who sits in std- Shorts, SJax and Decker? Car or Atl?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Since you said "Please." LOL. I sit Decker, and I go with the Panthers of the 2.

Martin (IL)

WR2 has been trouble all year. Options: Gordon, Tate, Moore, or Hankerson (FA)

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Yipe! Gordon for me.

Bill (Tacoma)

I've managed to make it to the finals, despite what we'll call "spotty" QB contributions. Who would start for you out of Eli, R. Wilson, Palmer, Bradford or Tannehill?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

Eli of the five.

Chris (NYC)

Don't get cute right? Have Kap and Stafford but is Bradford the best play?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I think Bradford is the best play, and we're not dealing with a case where you're benching Brady or Rodgers or Brees to go with a hunch on Foles or Henne.

AC Slater (Bayside High)

Why don't you like Sea D this week? They have been putting up numbers like cray!!

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Don't dislike them at all... just like them less than Az and Hou, especially since they may lose Sherman.

Mike (Minny)

Any worry with D. Thomas, I see you are not in favor of Decker this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

It's all relative. Decker is my No. 22, so when we start saying to pick 2 of 3 from a top 25 list of names, he's near the bottom of the barrel. Decker over Crabtree, S. Rice, Avery? Sure. DT is my No.1 this week.

Nick Nolte (The Thin Red Line)

The Fantasy Super Bowl is making me crazy and it's only Tuesday! Can you rank those 3 D. Williams, Bryce Brown, J. Dwyer

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Brown, Dwyer, D. Will

Dan (Albany, NY)

If Gronk plays, do you start him?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Not over a Witten or Daniels level. Over a Clark or Chandler? Absolutely.

Dave ((Irishman trapped in London))

Would you really start Blackmon over Roddy White this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Probably not, as White is my No. 6 guy and a much more healthy track record. You have to balance what projects to be a great matchup with the big picture. It's never JUST "he's projected higher, so I start him."

Justin (Queens)

You say start AZ defense, yet you believe CHI will have its way with them? Confusing AJ

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I think Chicago's defense will stop Arizona cold. I also think Arizona's defense will be strong against the Bears. Games can end with both teams scoring in the single digits.

Justin (Queens)

Your recommending a guy with 0 targets last week (shorts) in the finals? WOW

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Justin, you need to re-read that boxscore my friend.

AK (Milwaukee)

David Wilson, Vick Ballard, or Dez Bryant for my flex spot?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

I really like Ballard this week.

Ryan (Hanover, PA)

"He's one hard Romo pass away from the sidelines" Welp, I guess he's fine then..haha

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)


Paul (Chicago)

what do you think of starting the Colts D against KC?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Only if Romeo promises to sit JC after nine carries.

Please (Florida)

Please tell me that Bryce Brown will get creditied with the fumble and not Foles. We need a stat correction - I lost by less than 2 points and my opponent had Brown. Arhh

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Honestly, I don't remember the play at the moment. But, a player can't fumble a ball if he never had possession of it... on a botched exchange, it's the QB's fault.

david (boston)

You in the past have said, playoffs are mostly luck. I am now 1-10 in playoff games, how do you explain that?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

You have been unlucky.

Todd (CA)

Does Frank Gore get credited with the TD even though it was ruled a fumble recovery? Confused

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

On plays where the offensive team fumbles and another player picks it up and scores, it is considered a fumble recovery TD, not a rushing/rec TD. Your league must give credit for such points in order to get the TD.

david (Boston)

So if I get to say 1-50 still bad luck?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Well, then it's YOU.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's all the time we have for today. Good fun! I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) for those I couldn't get to... for those still playing, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.