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August 8, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Sports with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

Good morning, gang! We've got another hour ahead of us, chock full of fantasy chattage. So get that second cup of coffee through waivers and let's kick things off...

Jordan (Pittsburgh)

What is the best kicker i should choose for football?

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

I did say kick things off... Throw a dart, choose a kicker. And make it your last pick. If you get bonus points for long FGs, you may want to grab Greg the Leg or Sea Bass - but never before the final round.

Joe (LA)

AJ--in a lineup full of fantasy gold, why is Napoli fantasy lead?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Alchemists have pondered this for ages. Still a top 75 hitter by osmosis, but those K's... those K's!

Trout (Roslyn)

What's your ETA for d'Arnaud? What do you think he'll do once he arrives?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

There's really no need to bring him up before September at this point. I'd not expect a whole lot from him as he adjusts to the big league handling of a game from behind the plate.

Mark (NY)

AJ... ROS - Segura or Brad Miller? 10 team 5x5 roto league.

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

I like Miller a lot, but I can't take him over Segura.

MeisterNJ (Mendham)

Was offered James Shields for Matt Moore in a keeper. If you were in contention to win this year, would you do it?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Really tough call. I might need just a bit more for Moore, but if it means I win this year? Very tempted.

Chris (NYC)

What has to happen in the next few weeks for Foster to fall below Lynch or Rice as the #2 pick? Nervous about a decline from Arian...

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

Nothing save an injury will adjust my rankings of the top tier at this point. But if you're nervous, don't take him.

Rob (Philly)

With Cruz suspended - have the Rangers taken a green light on the bases mentality to boost offense, or have Leonys and Elvis just taken advantage of bad catchers?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Chris Iannetta, as I wrote on the MLB Rumor Central blog, is the worst catcher in the league by FAR at throwing runners out. Obviously, Rangers are going to run, but this was an aberration.

Ben (Toronto)

Good morning AJ,Think Jonathan Villar has the potential to be a top 10 SS next year?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Stolen base value alone probably gets him there, yes.

Chris (NY)

Which of these TEs has the most upside - Cameron, Housler or Dickson?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Dickson, simple because we've seen what Pitta has done in the past, and the upside with him is that he comes close to matching.

Jeff (MI)

**PLEASE GIVE OPINION**...when do you have your keeper leagues declare who they are keeping for next year? end of this year? right before draft next yr? or when? **THANKS**

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

**NO NEED TO YELL** It makes zero sense to me to declare keepers until the very last minute. I always set keepers for one week prior to draft day, to give owners time to adjust rankings accordingly.

Joe (New haven)

Coco Crisp has been really bad for a long time now. Any hope for him ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Short answer - nope.

Matt (PHL)

Trying to set up my pitching staff for the playoffs, please rank the following starters ROS; Parker, Archer, Beachy, Cobb

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Cobb, Beachy, Archer, Parker.

chris (nyc)

FYI: Hank Conger was catching last night for the Angels.

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Not a big difference, they stole 6 the night before with CI in there.

John (NYC)

Any love for Danny Woodhead as a late-round flier?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

Absolutely, especially in a PPR league. The only "concern" would be if Ronnie Brown eats into his snaps.

Larry (NH)

In a 12 team H2H auction league. Do I keep Gronk for $6 or AJ Green for $28

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

I'd probably keep Gronk in most cases, but Green is my No. 2 WR and it's a good price.

Jeff (MA)

In a fantasy league with 2RBs and 3WRs.. Do you take a WR or 2 in the first 3 rounds?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

No hard and fast rule, but I am more likely to grab 2 RB than 2 WR. If Megatron falls to me in Round 1 late, that makes a big difference, though.

Tom (NYC)

Salazaar looked good...until Miggy hit one to space. Decent pick up??

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Who doesn't look silly facing Miggy? Look at the Cleveland schedule the rest of the way: NYM, CHW, MIN, HOU... especially if you had been counting on Kluber, Danny makes sense.

James (San Diego)

If I am 10 points behind in a dynasty roto league do I still have a shot at the win or do I start to look to next year?

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Can't answer that. Look at each category and see how realistic it is to gain points. If you're "3 HRs away" from gaining five points, for example, that's vastly different than if you're "23 HRs" away from gaining one point.

Chris (NY)

There is room on the Lamar Miller Bandwagon. Would you like to come aboard?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Pass. Or rather FUMBLE!


Robbie Grossman - just a blip on the radar or can he actually hit?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

I'm leaning to blip.

Steph (Reno)

Hey AJ, are you concerned about Gronks injury (and re-injury) risk? Would you keep Cruz (round 11) over Gronk (13)? Thanks

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Everyone is an injury risk in football. I'm only concerned insofar as how long he misses, but even if it's 6 games, I'm keeping Gronk at Round 13 value.

Mark (Chicago)

Cutler as a top 10 starting QB this year?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

Certainly he has the ability to put up those kind of stats, but that said, in terms of upside and likelihood? Can't rank him in my top 15.

Mark (Chicago)

The news of Spiller getting to run "until he vomits"... a top 5 or 6 RB now simply on opportunity?

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Not buying it. I still say Fred Jackson gets series at a time and enough goal line vultures to keep CJ in bottom-half of top 10.

John (St. Louis)

AJ, Teheran or Ryu, ROS? Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

JT for me.

Ben (PA)

Can you rank ROS-LoMo, M Saunders, Venable? Any usable in 12tm mixed?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Maybe LoMo. Venable -2.

Lance (Omaha)

Are the Den WR all overrated right now? In PPR drafts Thomas is the 6WR, Welker the 15WR and Decker the 24WR. There can't be enough targets to support those ranks, can there?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

In a Peyton-led hurry-up offense? Yes there are.

Justin (WI)

Hey AJ, trying to decide on who to keep between Rodgers and Spiller, 10 team standard but get 6 pts. for passing td's. Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

I don't see how you give up the No. 1 QB.

Scott (Chicago)

Any news about when Lynch's DUI suspension could come down? Should I drop him a round with it looming ?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

Still no trial date set, last I checked. Which means no suspension in 2013.

Joey Jo-Jo (Shelbyville)

Do you think Jepsen is next in line for the Angels' saves?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Call him, maybe? Yes, I think so...

Will (Boston)

You taking Beckham or Drew rest of season?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Really close, but if I had to pick one, I'd go Drew.

Martin (New York, NY)

In a $200 auction draft, approximately what percentage of your budget would you devote to RB?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

It really depends on the league. If AP goes for $80, it kind of dictates the rest of the picks. I try not to pre-plan in terms of percentages... it's all about what makes up value at the time picks are made.

Paul (Vegas)

Hosmer or Chris Johnson ROS

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Chris Johnson

Stephen (Los Angeles)

Jose Fernandez will strike out ___ Pirates this afternoon.

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

some, in fact, probably many

Shaun (Charlotte)

Ruf,Lake,Ludwick or Eaton! 2 best OF's for ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Ruf and Lake.

Matt (Rochester)

Who's closing for my Mets at the present time?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

Committee of many, "led" by LaTroy.

Who Ya Got? (WRs)

Keep 2 - Torrey Smith, Steve Smith (Carolina), Pierre Garcon

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

I'd leave Torrey behind.

Dan (Grand Rapids)

Any chance Xander is up in the next few days???

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I'm beginning to think it would have happened already if it were going to happen. Middlebrooks is now back in the conversation, and as such, might as well put him in the lead.

Mel B (Is Hot)

Morneau, Smoak, or Alonso ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Where there's Smoak...

Matt (Houston)

If Lynch falls to you with the 6th pick in a 10 team draft and Charles and Spiller are still there, are you even thinking about one of the others or is it Beast Mode all day everyday at the 6th pick?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

I'm personally taking JC there, but I have no quibbles if you're going to go with the Beast. Comes down to personal preference with the 3-6 tier.

Chris (NY)

OK with Finley as your starting TE?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

After top five names, there's no clear cut favorite from 6-around 14, so yes.

Josh (MN)

Jimmy G keeper in 6th for 1 year or Cobb in 13th for 2 years?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Graham for me, as he's far and away tops at his position for 2013.

Stephen (Los Angeles)

Better source of steals ROS: Rajai Davis or Jonathan Villar?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Assuming Villar's hand injury isn't serious, which I don't believe it to be, it's him.

Brad (South Jersey)

Say you draft Gronk somewhere around round 5-6... are you grabbing Ballard late as a sort of TE handcuff?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Not a chance. If anything, you grab Sudfeld.

Bobby (NYY)

Crazy to take Calvin Johnson with the second pick of my draft?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

I think that's way too soon, but at the same time, he's not coming back to you in Round 2. It's your team - so if you want him, take him. (I mean, I'm not going to tell you NOT to desire the No. 1 WR.) You never know, doing so may well throw the other owners in the league off and let someone slip through the cracks.

Matt (Houston)

What do you do when in a draft your first 4 or 5 picks wind up being RB's? I was recently in a 10 teamer where I was picking 7th and the best player available at every choice was a rb. I wound up with Steve Smith and Mike Wallace as my starting wr's. Do you get a little nervous or stick with BPA strategy? In this case I got Beast Mode, Shady, Ridley and Forte. Do you think about trading one?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

You just proved why you DO take RBs early. With bye weeks you are always going to be in need of them, and you can wait and still get two potential top-10 WR. I would not trade before Week 1, unless you completely missed out at QB.

Carlos Martinez (Busch Stadium)

I'm getting called up on short notice to face the hot swinging Dodgers. How well do I pitch today?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

I'd treat him like any other pitcher facing the Dodgers... temper expectations and only start if the potential reward outweighs the risk.

Todd (Nashville)

Mock Draft Question: Doesn't it defeat the purpose when everyone in the draft (except you) is autodrafting? I found many ESPN drafts like that.

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Ha! Yes. Yes it does.

Jake (Texas)

Pick 2 Keepers: Ridley 3rd round, Mendy 9th round, Cook 12th?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

I'd let Cook go and try to redraft him even though I don't love Mendy in the 9th.

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Folks, that's all the time we've got for today. Sorry if I couldn't get to your questions, but I do check into Twitter from time to time (@ajmass). Until the next time, remember that you are not a number! Be seeing you!