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October 31, 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 on the way, so let's get to it. Second cup of coffee... in hand. Who will throw the first red challenge flag?

John (CA)

Yo AJ! Do I risk Foster's GTD on SNF, or play it safe with Bell?

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

Since you don't have to decide today, I'd see how practice pans out over next two days... In the end, if there's any question looming and you have no other alternatives, you have to go with the guy with an earlier start.

Jason (Denver)

with Nick Foles at QB any chance you would play Marvin Jones and Allen over DJax?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Short answer is no. If it were Barkley, I'd be concerned, but not with Foles.

Blake (NY)

Because of all the teams on BYE, I have 3 Bengals in my starting line up (Green, Jones and Bernard) I hurting myself here?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

It's a bye week. No need to turn over your roster for one contest. If that's who you've got, you go with it and hope for the best.

Mark (Nashville)

Think Stacy plays? And how much of a downgrade is Richardson?

AJ Mass
  (11:05 AM)

Doubtful for me. Don't think Richardson is too much of a downgrade, but that might be because I'm not that high on Zac to begin with.

Devin Brooks (Detroit)

flex play... Mike Wallace or Sproles... Please help.. need one

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

Not an easy decision, but I would go with Sproles in this week.

Ryan (Philly)

With the report he practiced fully yesterday, demarco murray a upgrade over fred jackson?

AJ Mass
  (11:07 AM)

While I'm not 100 percent confident, I do think Murray is at least as good an option this week as Fred. Wouldn't say an upgrade, but if you own him, and there are no setbacks, I think you start him.

Mayur (College Park)

What do you think of Golden Tate... If Harvin doesn't play, isn't he a must start. For example, Tate over Torrey Smith?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

I would start him over Torrey Smith, yes. Don't necessarily think he's a must start in all cases, though.

GM (Miami)

Another tough call: Who do I start in my flex, Gio or A. Gates?

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I'd go with Gates.

Kevin (NJ)

Who wins in a trade Decker for Ellington?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Whichever guy scores the most points... can't compare apples to oranges, but if we're talking a flex play only, I think Ellington wins most weeks.

Werewolf (London)

Ughh... Need to pick one Tannehill, McCown, Geno Smirth or Ponder/Freeman. i know, i know...

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

A-woooooooooooooo! McCown.


Standard scoring and TD's only worth 3 points -- stick with Tony G or go with Fleener this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:12 AM)

Sticking with Tony G.

Mike (Cleveland)

Last week I started Dalton because of Luck's bye. Should I not even think about putting Luck back in over Dalton even though he has a tough matchup at Houston?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

I would ride the hot hand.

Nick (CO)

Russell Wilson at home against TB or Philip Rivers at Washington....both good matchups, who has the higher upside?

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

I'm going to go with Rivers, though both should end up in Top 5.

Ben (NY)

Injuries and byes have left me scrambling, so I need to pick up and start one of Daniel Thomas or Shonn Greene... Any advice here? Thanks!!

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Given Miami's line problems, I'll go with Greene.

How Fantasy Sports Explains the World (Love the book!)

PPR League.. who would you start this week, V Jax or Gates

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

I love the book, too! Thanks! San Diego all the way this week.

Dan (Boston)

Did you hear the Red Sox won the World Series? Pretty cray...

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

Or, as Tim McCarver might say, "Sometimes you have to lose in order to win."

John (CT)

Better rest of the season: Spiller or S. Jackson?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Spiller gets my vote.

JJ (Boston Strong)

Start a banged up Jimmy Graham this week or go with J.Reed?

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Given that even if he only gets two catches they're likely to both be TDs, I'll stick with Jimmy.

Monster (Under The Bed)

Too cute to play Ryan Matthews in a favorable matchup (WAS) over E.Lacy vs. (CHI)? Bears defense hasn't been that great...

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

It's a little too cute, yes.

Jarret Boykin (Green Bay)

You still like me even when Jones comes back? Who would you start this week and how do you feel about both of us ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:20 AM)

Like you? Yes. But I don't like you like you. I only like, like you. ROS, it's an active Jones.

Josh (MTL)

Jake Locker over Matt Ryan this week? Matty Ice has a terrible matchup

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Agreed. I would give Jake a shot.

Mark (Montana)

When is a league too deep? Must start one of the following in a PPR: Rishard Matthews, V.Brown, Ivory. I'll really owe you on this one.

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

It's too deep when the waiver wire is populated only by punters and long-snappers. I'll take Ivory.

TJ (Chicago)

I named my team The Blair Walsh Project (Blair Witch Project) so I'm obviously hilarious...7-1 too so if i drop him i have to change the name and endure bad mojo...but I have no clue who to start at kicker. Blair Walsh isn't getting it done, but have no clue how to pick a kicker. Any suggestions? Novak? Succop? Carpenter?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

Endure the bad mojo. Put names in a hat. You can't predict kicker weekly performance, outside of judging strong/weak legs.

Chris (Duluth, MN)

Dropping Hartline for Andre Brown in a PPR for possible future flex play. Good or bad idea?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

If you're stocked at WR with no need to use Hartline after byes, you can shoot for a lottery ticket - after making sure you won't net more from a desperate owner starting the likes of Rishard Matthews.

Duane (Dallas)

Thoughts on Drew Davis? One week wonder or a decent play this week on another heavy bye week.

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

You do what you have to do in bye weeks... that said, I'm not sold on Falcons in general this week.

Eric (Work)

Come on man! Taking questions about kickers?!?!?!?!?!

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

OMG! And now I'm taking questions about taking questions about kickers. It's like I'm looking into an infinity mirror. Where will the insanity end?

KLM (Miami)

Foles or Roethlisberger?

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

Foles, but it's not at easy call.

Will (Portland)

What's going on here! Taking questions about questions about kickers?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

And they'll tell two friends... and so on... and so on...

Chris (SLC)

Yo AJ, Case Keenum did pretty good in KC, do you think he can do even better against the Colts? Just a gut feeling he is going to make some noise this week and be the talk of all the podcasts next week...just sayin'

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

You could make the Case that he did well against a good D, so he could do better against lesser D's, but my hopes, they are not all that high.

Jordan (NJ)

Panthers D or Titans D. Or does it not matter.

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

I choose Tennessee.

Mason (RI)

Using Helu as "insurance" when starting Morris a good or bad strategy? This week I'm thin due to byes

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Again, this comes down to doing what you need to do with no other options. If Helu would be your best bet if you weren't starting Morris, then it doesn't matter that you are.

Landshark (the front door)

Would you drop Colston for Marvin Jones' upside? I have Gordon, Fitz and Cruz. Also, trade away CJ?K (nice sched coming up) for Gore, or is trading away Pierre Thomas of Woodhead for MJD a better deal?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

I'd make any and all of those moves, save for losing Woodhead.

Ben D (NY)

Do any analysts do PPR projections? Gio or Sproles in a PPR league? Kinda the same player so who has the better matchup?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

I factor them into my own rankings, since I pretty much only play in PPR leagues. I like Gio better this week.

Alex (Chicago)

Thinking about dealing Bowe for a long snapper/punter/kicker combo. Or do you think other owners will reject my offer?

AJ Mass
  (11:36 AM)

Although this Q was a joke, I'm going on record as thinking Bowe can be a top 10 WR this week. And then I trade him ASAP.

Brad (Iowa)

PPR- do you like Dexter McCluster this week?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

In the Ginn, Nelson neck of the woods, yes.

Shaun (AZ)

ETHICS QUESTION: What are your thoughts on trades in keeper leagues where stud players are exchanged for lesser players who might have more keeper value next year? In my league, we can keep up to 2 keepers per year. Our last place owner recently gave me Foster in exchange for Blackmon and Douglas. There was no objection to the trade, but the owner made no bones about the fact that he was primarily motivated by Blackmon's keeper value next year (13th round) and that has prompted some healthy discussion about possible abuses of keeper trades. Any thoughts or guidelines you recommend?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

That's the whole point of keeper leagues. To make deals for next year when you're out of contention this year.

Chris (KY)

THURSDAY NIGHT Q: L Miller tonight or wait for Foster/Tate?

AJ Mass
  (11:39 AM)

If you've got both, I wait.

Adam (South Florida)

Calvin and Blackmon on bye, Need to Pick 2: BJGE, Lamar Miller or Mike James? Pick 3: Marvin Jones, Keenan Allen or Kendall Wright?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

I'd go with James and BJGE for your RB question. As for the WR question, why don't you give that a re-read for me.

D/ST get pts too (IL)

KC or Cincy this week? Flip a coin?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

I'll go with KC until I hear otherwise.

Candy Man (Your front door)

Pick 2: Goth kids or Emo kids

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I'll pick one Garth kid and one Elmo kid.

Rick (NJ)

I am considering sitting Sproles for Mike Tolbert? Am I in a bad dream?

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Crazy week. It is a bad dream, but sometimes dreams do prove to be prophetic.

Jan Stenerud (KC)

Pick 3: Candy corn or Skittles?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

I can't answer this, since people would just yell at me for taking a kicker's question.

Sam (NC)

fjax or ridley ros?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Ridley for me.

Nick (chi)

Flex play...Alshon Jeffrey or Martellus Bennett?

AJ Mass
  (11:45 AM)


Ted Flint (Kansas)

With this talk of Greene getting 15 touches a game, would it be crazy to play him over Steven Jackson....

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

I do not think it would be.

First Year PPR Commish (Help me Understand!)

Referencing the earlier post about Ethics and trading Foster for Blackmon and Douglas. Help me get how the "13th round" pick works with Blackmon. I am considering our keeper options and I have NO CLUE how this works. Help a responsible commissioner out! :)

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

For one, you need to have keeper options in place BEFORE the league starts. You can't put those rules out there after the season. Teams need to have those rules -- how many keepers and at what "cost" -- before you "become" a keeper league.

Eric (Michigan)

Please rank in order of who you'd start: S-Jax, Lamar Miller BJGE or Mike James?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

BJGE, James, Miller, S-Jax

JJ (Jonesboro)

Flex: LeVeon or Antonio Brown?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)


Eric (NJ)

Best flex option, ppr: Lamar Miller, Jeremy Kerley, or Kenny Stills?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Stills best "all or nothing" play. Miller safest option.

Karl (Michigan)

What was Matthew Berry like in college?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Same as he is today, only far younger.

Jack-O-Lantern (Your Porch)

Better scary movie villain: Jason, Freddy, or Michael Myers

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

I'd like to go off the board for Pinhead.

Ray Guy (Oakland)

DMC, Rice or Morris in PPR? Need 2

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

Sitting DMC. Darn punter questions!

Josh (CA)

1PPR in a vacuum. AJ Green or Reggie Bush ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)


Dan (Seattle-ish)

Alex Smith reliable QB in a 16 team league?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Certainly. Especially this week.

Help (TX)

Djax or Hilton?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)


Brian (VA)

Alex, Pryor, or Locker this week? Flip 3 coins?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

I'd go with Locker.

MCW (Philly)

How did you like my game last night? Oh and who do I start in at flex in my PPR. Wallace,F Jackson or Amendola?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Fred for the flex. And I don't watch the NBA.

Erick (NYC)

Dressing up for Halloween?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Have in the past, but not this year.

Is this T-Rich's week??? (Doubtful)

Lamar Miller, Trent Richardson, Donald Brown, Brandon Bolden? Full PPR. Pick one please

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Yes. This is Trent's week, or else it won't arrive at all.

Gray Hairs (Atlanta)

If you had Peyton, Moreno, Decker, Welker and Thomas....would you trying to diversify

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Probably would have started that process weeks ago...

Eric (tx)

Ok that is your 4th Eric today. You have to answer me now. Clay or Sproles ROS flex?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

Honestly, don't keep track of that at all... but I will answer you -- Clay.

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

That's all the time we have today, guys. Thanks for the questions. I'll be back next week at this same time... Until then, there's twitter (@ajmass). Good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor! BOO!