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October 3, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Sports with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Good morning, gang! We're back yet again for 60 minutes of fantasy chattage, so let's get right into the action shall we? Second cup of coffee in hand... no quitters allowed! Who is up first?

Hap (Old Bridge)

Crazy to think I want to start Andre Ellington over Spiller even if he plays in a ppr league?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

Ellington has been a solid PPR performer for a few weeks now, and the Cards aren't exactly gaining faith in Mendenhall. With Spiller's injury risk, especially with the sort week, it's far from crazy.

Kevin (Reno, Nv)

Hey A.J., Need a fill in QB. Who would you start between Hoyer and Pryor? Thanks

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Taking a shot with Pryor, given he's been symptom free.

jared (ct)

hey aj any news on mcfadden?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

There's been rumors he might sit through the team's bye and even though that might be on the extremely dire end of things... given he didn't practice yesterday, and if he doesn't practice today, assume he's not going to play Sunday night.

Joe (Massachusetts)

Vick at NYG or Brees at CHI this week??

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

I would have no problem going with Vick this week.

Mike (San Diego)

Moreno is a top 12 play to the rankers, but the projections have him as a dud. Why such a difference?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

It's about TDs, which have to be projected as either happening or not. Rankers don't have to split hairs like that. Always look at carries/receptions/yards when judging the projections and ignore TDs, and the two lists tend to look more alike.

Josh (VA)

Do you have faith in D wilson being top 20 ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

None whatsoever.

Cj Spiller (Buffalo)

Should I be traded for Fitz?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

This would only be smart if you're fearing injury and have RB in reserve.

Andrew (Short Hills, NJ)

What's your take on Kaep for the rest of the year? Still have faith that he reaches the heights he did last season?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Still? Never had it. CK was my pick for QB bust in the draft kit.

Matt (Port Huron)

I need a Flex play, Lacy or Colston?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Have them ranked back-to-back, so if PPR go Colston - otherwise, Lacy.

Hank (WI)

Gordon or Marshall ?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Marshall for me.

Ace (Portland)

Do you stick with your stud in Luck this week or take a shot on Bradford/Hoyer?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

I can see taking the flier on Bradford.

Sending out an (SOS)

Deep league bye-week desperation. Jennings (Oak) or Kerley (NYJ)?!

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Jennings with the pair of Raiders injuries.

Joe (Princeton)

What do you make of the Rams backfield?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

I can make a hat, I can make a pterodactyl... Stacy seems to be getting some buzz right now, but none worth playing until somebody emerges from the pack.

Josh (Iowa)

Hey AJ! Just wanted to get your thoughts on how you rank the following RB's for this week in a PPR league. Woodhead, D Wilson, Powell, Mathews. Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Woodhead, Powell, Wilson, Mathews

Greg (Ft Lauderdale)

Looking to trade Witten, have Cameron starting, what kind of value should I look for?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

As always, you're not going to be able to determine your player's value. Your league-mates are. Offer to highest bidder and then evaluate whether you want to pull trigger on that best offer. Might be able to get a Joique Bell/Fred Jackson RB type or a low-end WR 2.

Nate (NJ)

Is it true about Austin Collie? Worth a Waiver look?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Field Yates does report Pats have signed him, so you can certainly take him on spec... but this is not first team he's worked out for, so grain of salt it.

Tom (Tacoma)

Please predict MJD's final stats this week vs. Alshon Jeffery (PPR league)-- Thanks-

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

MJD = RB2 this week. Jeffrey not even considering for flex.

James (Columbus)

What is Le'Veon Bell's trade value? Looking to deal him for a TE, what kind of TE should I be aiming for?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Again, I think this is the wrong approach for trades. Don't put a cap on what you aim for... aim as high as you can and let your league tell you where the line is.

ryan (ms)

d rich should he be dropped?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

No issue if you do.

Matt (NY)

Better handcuff to Powell? Ivory or Goodson?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Goodson to cuff long-term. Don't think he plays much, if at all, MNF, though.

Jordan (VA)

Philip Rivers or Matty Ice this weekend?

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)

Both top 5, but hard to sit Rivers while he's on the roll.

Fonzie (Milwaukee, WI)

Should I trade you for Potsie or Richie???

AJ Mass
  (11:22 AM)


Stevan Ridley (NE)

Do you know anything more about my injury....I have been out two days now

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Pats are typically tight-lipped, but don't often dress guys who end up missing practices the way Ridley has. At this moment, I'd predict LeG to have the most carries this week.

Boba Fett (Inside the Sarlacc)

My bounty hunter days are over so now I spend all my time playing FF. I need to start 2 out of these 4: Willis McGahee, TY Hilton, Robert Woods and Chris Givens. Thanks!

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Hilton and Woods.

mendel (korf)

Am I over analyzing or being too cute by starting Pryor over Brady and Robert woods over Stevie?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

Not really. It's clear Manuel likes to look for Woods, so it comes down to TDs. Pryor over Brady is kind of "cute" but an honest assessment of 2013 so far shows Brady has not been "Brady".

Will (Limbo, WK)

Can I trust Amendola and Thompkins or should I go with Jordy Nelson and/or Gordon?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Have to go Nelson. I'd take shot with Amendola as the No. 2.

Chris (Boston)

Worried about Jamaal this week? Apparently he didn't practice yesterday.

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Never worry too much with a missed Wednesday. That's business as usual for a lot of veterans, even if they're not banged up.

Dave (Lawrence, KS)

You NAILED the Antonio Brown game in this chat two weeks ago! Who are your low ranked guys that break out this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

Blind squirrel syndrome, perhaps? Hartline and Royal are "lower end" WRs I like this week.

Ryan F. (Tulsa, OK) [via mobile]

Do you like to "steal points" from your opponent by starting WR's on his QB's team? E.g. I'm playing against Brady, and can roll out either Edelman or Thompkins.

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Only do that if you're 50-50 on the guy to start. I'm not starting either of the Pats receivers over Bowe or Steve Smith, for example...

Bryan V (Columbus, OH)

Seeing that I'm not the only one thinking of playing Pryor over Brady, I feel better about going through with it. Of course, if Brady goes off then I'll feel like a fool having benched him when he was drafted as my starter.

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

That's the danger of putting too much weight on matchups. Pryor's best outcome is around 21 points. He could also get 2. Brady's likely outcomes are 13-17 points. Safer, but not as high if all goes well.

Matt (Boise)

Do you have any faith in Eli this weekend against a bad Eagles D?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Hard to have faith, isn't it? I'm a Giants fan with both Eli and Vick on one of my teams - and I'm starting Vick.

Bob (CA)

Would it be crazy to start the Browns D/ST over the Bears D/ST this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Quite frankly, I think it's crazy not to.

Dante (Minny)

Is it time to pickup and stash Percy Harvin? He is eligible to come off the PUP week 7 but not much has been reported about his recovery.

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

I don't see there being a rush to get him back in action with his team winning so much. If you have the room, feel free to stash, but we may still be looking at Week 10.

Scott (Prussia)

AJ - Flex me: Decker or Sproles?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Find a way to play both? Decker this week.

Dave (Ohio)

You would start Bowe over Edelman or Amendola?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

Over Edelman, yes.

Gene (NYC)

Flex: Mcgahee or Blackmon, 0.5ppr?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

I'll give JB a chance.

Nic (Gilroy)

Are you selling Victor Cruz or is he solid the rest of the way?

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I think Cruz is the one NYG player who has maintained value in this offensive drought. He'll be solid the rest of the way, but hey, that doesn't mean I wouldn't sell him if the price is right either.

Justin (Philippines)

Who is a better buy-low Rice or D Martin

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Rice for me.

Cobra Commander (World Domination)

Would you play BOTH Bush and J.Bell as the FLEX over Rashad Jennings?? Morris is on BYE. Thanks AJ

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Yes. Yes I would.

Eric (Chicago)

Injured WR question...Johnson tonight or Roddy on MNF? Thanks AJ as this could help me win or lose, ok not really.

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)

I'd roll dice tonight.



AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

Smith for me.


AJ can you please explain what in the world the fantasy saying 'in a vacuum' means??

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

It's answering a question on the face value of the two players asked about. "I'd start Witten over Gonzalez" for example. Because once you start adding in conditions - "but I also own Julio and Ryan" - the answer may change.


Do you keep the same Kicker and DEF each week or go with matchups?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Only going to have one on my roster, so unless there's a bye, I don't worry about it.

nando (Boston)

Who would you start at flex: L. Blount (if Ridley is a no go), C. Clay, Justin Blackmon? Thanks AJ.

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)


Marci (NYC)

Would you start Fred Jackson over Bilal or Knowshon this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

I would.

Brian (FL)

T-Rich or David Wilson this week? Who has the floor, who has the ceiling?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

T-Rich for me, and I'm not thinking it's close.

Zach (STL)

Which DST: Browns or Ravens? They're pretty close in the rankings...

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

With good reason. I have CLE 3, BAL 4.

James (DC)

Fred Jackson, MJD, Lamar Miller or DeAngelo Williams? Standard league

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Williams gets the nod from me.

Preston (NY)

Am I wrong to think that Woodhead will be the AFC's version of Sproles?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Will be? Kind of already is, no?

Felix (Pa)

Who would you rather target in a trade for ros, Steven Jackson or Bernard? I feel that sjax is a big injury risk but very good upside as starting rb with full workload. Thanks!!

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

But that risk far outweighs the upside to me. Giovani.

Tim (MI)

Woodhead over MJD?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

I mean, a lot depends on TD or no, but yes.

Jim (Racine, OH)

Good morning, AJ. If Spiller sits tonight, would you start Choice in a full PPR? Waiver options are Bolden, Gibson and Pettis. Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I think I'd rather go with Gibson.

in a vacuum (seattle)

sitting at 0-4 with little depth. deal aj green & hilton for colston

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

So then why are you considering dealing what little depth you have? That deal makes zero sense.

Dylan (Scranton, PA)

Aj before you go! Please! McGahee or Joique Bell this week??

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

The Joique store called.

Chris (Survivor Island)

I hate when a tribe keeps losing and then keeps the weak players. Pick 3 for 2RB and a flex - Chris Johnson, R Mathews, FJax or Blackmon? And Royal or Colston?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Colston at WR. No Mathews for me. And the RI twist in play is what makes the decisions somewhat palatable.

Bob Sacamano (Upper West Side)

Hey AJ - please hit me with the last question answered today! I have Denarius Moore and Steve Smith, trying to slot one in at WR3 this week only. Who's the best play??

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Smith by a lot for me.

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

That's the final whistle, gang. Thanks for all the Q's. For those I did not get to, there's always twitter (@ajmass) where I try to get to as many as I can. Until the next time: good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.