Chat with KC Joyner
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN Insider KC Joyner, will be here to answer your NFL questions.
Joyner, aka The Football Scientist, uses game film to track, tabulate and analyze nearly every measurable statistic in an NFL game. He is a regular Insider contributor and has his own website at thefootballscientist.com.
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KC Joyner (4:01 PM)
Good afternoon! Let's talk some fantasy football!
Ox Baker (Master of the Heart punch)
Best 3 non ppr WR's for this week---Decker,Torrey S.,Cobb,De.Jackson or a questionable Andre J.?
KC Joyner (4:02 PM)
The heart punch actually did kill a couple of wrestlers. Not a good idea to hit someone's heart, even if it is a faux shot. Torrey, Cobb and Decker rate highest out of that group this week.
Kane (Chokeslam from Hell)
KC, I'm conflicted. I can roll with Nicks or Randle tonight, but could also go Hilton as my WR3 (Cobb and Gordon my 1 & 2). In a 1-Point PPR, who do I play!!??
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
The Bears have given up a lot of long passes this year. Start Nicks.
Mae Young (WWE)
KC--best heat headshot out of any ESPN analyst. Who ya got: Garrett Graham or Heath Miller?
KC Joyner (4:04 PM)
Thank Missy Murphy for that. Believe me, my hair looked terrible before that. Have to get that shot updated, as it is now 8 years old. Graham over Miller this week.
I know both are GREEN rated guys, but if you had to choose 1: Josh Gordon or Alshon Jeffery?
KC Joyner (4:05 PM)
Jeffery. Giants secondary as a whole is in bad shape.
Kaep a buy (very) low, or avoid? PPR trade Give Stafford, Knowshon and Moreno Get McCoy and Kaep? (still have Doug Martin on my roster)
KC Joyner (4:06 PM)
Seattle-ish - creative! Not sure about the question, as it says give Knowshon and Moreno. Will say the player to have out of that group is McCoy so would rather be on that side of the deal.
Hollywood Hogan (Cmon brother)
I have a QB issue this week brother. How would you rank these QBs Rivers, R Wilson and Cutler. Watcha gonna do!?
KC Joyner (4:07 PM)
What's Hogan going to do? He a free agent now. Wonder if he makes it back to the WWE in some role? Got Cutler rated highest among that group.
Bite into a slim Jim (Oohhhh yeeeeaaahhh)
Who rates higher for this week: D. Hopkins/D. Bowe/M. Williams? (Non PPR) Thank you Scientist!
KC Joyner (4:08 PM)
A Macho Man classic. They should re-run those commercials, as they are timeless. Really like Bowe's CB matchup this week so he rates highest.
The Rock (It Doesnt Matter Where I'm From)
Got offered an interesting trade: PPR league: Brandon Marshall and Darren Sproles for Ray Rice and Victor Cruz. Who do you like ROS?
KC Joyner (4:09 PM)
As Mick Foley said - know your mouth and shut your role! Like the Rice and Cruz side of that deal now that Rice is back to bell cow status.
Ted Stryker (Cockpit)
"What's that? It's a little room at the front of the plane where the pilot sits. But thats not important right now!"Trade question: Give Ridley/Torrey Smith, get A Morris/Gronk. Make the deal?
KC Joyner (4:10 PM)
Got to watch that movie again. It's a great way to recharge the humor batteries midseason. Make the deal - not trusting Ridley to bounce back to Morris' level.
Amateur Balloonist (Albuquerque)
Picked up Rivers recently without checking the schedules. My bad. He will be on same BYE as my pick Andrew Luck, so I am thinking of trading Rivers for RG3. Or pick up (or rent) a QB from waivers: Big Ben, Schaub, Wilson, Alex Smith, or Pryor for just week 8 game? Thanks
KC Joyner (4:12 PM)
You are more careful about checking things when going ballooning, right? Rent a QB, probably Ben since he faces the Raiders that week.
Stone Cold Steve Austin (316th street)
Playing my boss this week and he's got the Gronk. Is he going to be effective in his return or do i need to hit him with a chair?
KC Joyner (4:13 PM)
I do hope the WM main event is Stone Cold and Punk. Just don't know who I'd pull for in that one. If Gronk's back, he'll be productive but he may not have a dominant game out of the gate since he'll likely have Kenny Vacarro in coverage (Vacarro is a very talented S).
Chainsaw Charlie (Remember Me?)
You taking Cecil (if he plays) or TY Hilton or DaRel Scott at flex in a non PPR?
KC Joyner (4:14 PM)
Vaguely - memory is similar to the Shockmaster. Like TY a bit more since his matchup looks to be slighly better.
The Great Muta (Green Kool Aid Stand)
Thoughts on Keenan Allen this week and ROS?
KC Joyner (4:14 PM)
That it was Kool-Aid is so ridiculous and yet so cool. Really like Allen, nearly upgraded him to a green rating this week.
Thinking of trading Eddie Lacy and C.Shorts to get Doug Martin, PPR league. I have McCoy, Pierre Thomas, Tate and Vereen at RB, Dez, Cruz, Josh Gordon and Marlon Brown at WR. Should I pull the trigger immediately?
KC Joyner (4:15 PM)
Make the trade. You've got ample WR depth and definitely need a RB upgrade.
Real person (Reality)
Sproles or Powell this week?
KC Joyner (4:17 PM)
That should be a wrestling angle - I'm for real, not fake like all of these others! They both have favorable matchups, so go with Sproles.
Sting (The Rafters)
Thoughts on Denarius Moore? Not a big name but quietly putting up big numbers with Pryor
KC Joyner (4:17 PM)
Like a lot of his metrics and tape review but am not 100 percent sold just yet. He's got Brandon Flowers this week so if he can win that matchup, he'll likely get a bump to a green rating.
Got offered Greg Jennings for Roddy White. Pull the trigger?
KC Joyner (4:18 PM)
Absolutely. Jennings isn't dominating but he's healthy and that's a big plus over an injured White.
Sting (When he was cool!)
Is Russell Wilson viable ROS or do I find a replacement?
KC Joyner (4:20 PM)
Nobody did a banshee yell like Sting. Unless it was Sammy Hagar in the song Heavy Metal. Wilson is viable as a spot starter ROS. He's still got some 18-20 point games but will be surrounding those games with some mediocre fantasy numbers. Got to like the return of Harvin to help get more of the big number games.
Hey KC! I would really appreciate some help this week. I need to fill 2 WR and 2 Flex in PPR- Nicks, Colston, Shorts, Fitzgerald and Le'Veon Bell. Thanks!
KC Joyner (4:21 PM)
Glad to help! Fitz is the sit out of that group.
Sandra (Floating in Space)
Hey KC, gonna make it a tradition to start getting tacos on Thursday nights when I get back to earth. Got a tough choice this week between Cutler and Brady, what are your thoughts?
KC Joyner (4:22 PM)
That movie is sounding more and more like a must see. Anyone see it yet? And tacos do sound great - still haven't made them with the fried oil shells. Cutler hands down. Brady was almost lowered to a yellow rating this week.
Rulon Gardner (Lost in the wilderness)
Wait, wrong kind of wrestler. Anyway, Pryor or Smith this week? Need a plan B if Stafford doesn't have Megatron.
KC Joyner (4:23 PM)
Hey, some of the best pro wrestlers were great amateur wrestlers as well. Danny Hodge, for example. Got Smith rated higher, as he is on the verge of seeing an upgrade to a green rating.
Lane (Kukuihaele, HI )
Picked up Jeff Demps and Kenjon Barner in a 16 team PPR league. Do you think anyone of will produce sometime during the season or did I just waste 2 roster spots?
KC Joyner (4:25 PM)
Good to hear from a long time regular of the chat! Lane has had a strong season in the TFS ESPN SportsNation chat league (16 teams, PPR, deep roster, OP - it's the kind of league where players who are owned in only 1 percent of leagues are actually much sought after prospects). Like Barner's chances a bit more than Demps, not sure either will produce but it's worth a shot.
Joe Detroit [via mobile]
Wait til next week to pick up Harvin?
KC Joyner (4:26 PM)
Get ahead of the curve if you can. As soon as it is announced he'll be back, it will be quite difficult to acquire him.
Mr.Wrestling II (1-4 and hiding in shame)
Best flex this week in non ppr--Gronk,Ju.Thomas,Gore,Nicks,D.Jackson or chance R.Bush if megatron doesn't play?
KC Joyner (4:27 PM)
Best II story - the woman who asked his wife if she had ever seen him without his mask. II's wife kept her composure and said, "No.". II later said he almost peed himself because he laughed so hard when hearing that. Chance Bush - too much upside potential to sit him.
Got a lot of solid options at WR. Can you rank the following 4 WR for this week... Gordon, Blackman, Nicks, Cobb
KC Joyner (4:29 PM)
Another chat regular - good to hear from you! Hate to say it, have them all rated even this week. Might go with Nicks as the top because the Bears have given up a lot of long passes.
George (Floating in Space)
(I haven't seen it yet but I hear it's a must see) Still thinking Rivers over Wilson this weekend?
KC Joyner (4:30 PM)
I've heard the science is far from accurate in the movie but that it is a visual extravaganza. Wilson's got a tough matchup and Rivers, for as bad as he looked in some ways last week, still managed to post a good fantasy total. Should be the same case vs. Indy.
Dan from Seattle-ish asked you earlier if Kaep was a buy low, but you didn't answer. Whatcha think? Rank him ROS vs Cutler, Newton, Vick, Ryan, Schaub?
KC Joyner (4:32 PM)
Well, that was one of multiple questions - I've got to keep the chat moving along quickly, right?! Kaep is a buy low in the sense that even though he likely won't be the fantasy producer he was in 2012, he's a much better talent than his fantasy numbers indicate. He rates over Schaub in that list and possibly over Vick (depending on how Foles plays). Would rank Cutler and Newton over him. Unsure on Ryan.
Matty Ice (Sad Place)
Am I gonna be ok without my friend J. Jones?
KC Joyner (4:33 PM)
Probably not. Ryan is now a yellow-rated QB and will likely be one of the lower rated of that group the rest of this year.
Blackmon top 20 ROS? What type of RB would you look to package with him to trade for Cobb?
KC Joyner (4:34 PM)
RB depth is starting to get quite thin. For proof, consider that Chris Johnson is a top 17 back right now and he's had what looks to be a so-so year. Blackmon will be top 25 ROS but Cobb is nearly his equal. Package a RB3 at most.
Space Station (Also Floating in Space)
Saw it all go down. Was pretty intense. Great movie. Titans, Panthers or Jets D/ST this week?
KC Joyner (4:36 PM)
Seems there are a lot of things floating in space in this chat. Can't imagine it would be kid-friendly if it is that intense, so we may have to find someone to watch our 8-year old. Like the Jets matchup the best but its tough because they aren't turning good play into good points. Titans rank highest this week but they are a very risky proposition at Seattle.
What's your costume this year? Is Moreno going to keep his job or too many others in that backfield to maintain value ROS? Him over Sproles in PPR?
KC Joyner (4:37 PM)
Dad. Kids are going as Captain America and Wolverine. Would take Sproles ROS because Sproles role isn't going to change. Moreno's might and that's a pretty big risk.
"MARVIN THE MARTIAN" (BORN FLOATING IN SPACE)
trade NICKS 4 RIDLEY???? I OWN CRUZ COBB BROWN n AMENDOLA .... need help at rb...is that too much for him? or try to get more...HE WAS OFERED TO ME
KC Joyner (4:38 PM)
PLEASE DON'T YELL!!!! Would much rather have Nicks than Ridley.
Gravity was great. Highly recommended. PPR, sit one of the following three: Sproles, Woodhead or Bernard?
KC Joyner (4:39 PM)
Another thumbs up vote for that movie. Sproles has to be in the lineup. For the other two, Woodhead does catch a lot of passes but Gio has a very favorable matchup against Buffalo. Start Gio as well.
Persistent (Very Persistent )
Drop Hillman, Kenbrell, or M. Bush (I own Forte) to pick up and stash Andre Brown?
KC Joyner (4:40 PM)
Probably would stay put unless you are looking to play for upside. If that's the case, drop Bush for Brown.
Creepy abbreviator (From last week)
Are you concerned about Colston? Brutal last week in Chicago, and the week before that was only good for a single NO drive. Help me off the ledge KC.
KC Joyner (4:41 PM)
Afraid I can't help. Colston just got lowered to a yellow rating this week. Not sure he'll make it back to a consistent green-rated status any time soon.
Chili's Waitress (your local Chili's)
I miss you KC, when are you coming in for dinner? Would you trade Lacy for Rivers? My current QB is Bradford and his upcoming schedule looks brutal...
KC Joyner (4:42 PM)
Hey, we were just at Chili's last week. As usual, we all ordered bottles of root beer (kids really like IBC). Would trade Lacy for Rivers as long as the team's RB situation is solid.
Texas Tornado (RIP)
Didn't know this was a wrestling chat... but I'm here to ask one questions: Keenan Allen...You on board the hype train?
KC Joyner (4:44 PM)
Hey now - we've had plenty of talk about movies, an Airplane quote and other various topics. If wrestling is the theme, it's only because the chatters are all weighing in with wrestling comments. Aboard the Allen hype train to the point he's getting to borderline of a green rating.
Bill Belichick (Foxboro Space Station)
Is my D/ST crashing down to Earth like a Wilfork sized meteor? Should teams drop it?Will my fantasy team plummet with Z. Stacy as my RB2?
KC Joyner (4:46 PM)
See? Humor and a movie tie-in - can't go wrong with these types of posts! The Pats D is built to get turnovers, not shut teams down. Since the O isn't hitting on all cylinders, teams don't have to try to play catch up and that's limiting the pick chances for the Pats. Not sure that will change much this year but don't drop NE for a less than solid D/ST. Stacy will be a solid flex this year but may not hold up as a RB2.
Hungry (I'm thinkin RBs)
KC! I'm deep at RB and shallow at WR. Do I drop any of these guys for Keenan Allen?L.Miller, L. Bell, J.Bell, Woodhead, McGahee
KC Joyner (4:47 PM)
Took a second for that pun to sink in...Would drop either Bell or Woodhead for Allen.
Marc (Malden, MA)
Chainsaw Charlie was Terry Funk's "character" when he wrestled in WWE in 1998. Do you remember Terry Funk in the movie "Road House?" Would you trade Reggie Bush for Demarious Thomas?
KC Joyner (4:48 PM)
Thanks for the heads up on that! Totally forgot that was his name in the WWF. Funk ruled in Road House. Heck, he just ruled in general. Would rather have Bush than Thomas in most cases, but could be on board with Thomas over Bush for teams that are stocked at RB.
KC (Masterpiece )
Put some sauce on this trade. Forte, Fitz, and Bowe for Foster, Gordon , and Jennings
KC Joyner (4:50 PM)
He was a KC long before I was. Good BBQ sauce. Speaking of, I have got to order some JR's BBQ sauce. Been meaning to do that for a long time. Would rather be on the Foster side but it's a close one.
Should I shop Gonzo when I have Orange Julius? And what can I expect in return. Need some RB depth and also looking for another QB (currently have Stafford but liking Rivers). Please help
KC Joyner (4:52 PM)
Interesting question. Would shop Gonzo in the sense that his value is probably never going to be higher this year. Should expect a low-end RB2 out of him or maybe a high-end RB flex pick. Depending on the waiver QB options, might not want to make the trade for Rivers (i.e. go for a RB first then consider the Rivers trade if no RBs are available).
Keenan Allen vs Indy or Terrance Williams vs Washington? Indy's pass D looks pretty salty, but TW's role may be reduced with Miles back ...
KC Joyner (4:52 PM)
Williams. He's got a much more favorable CB matchup this week.
If I had Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams I would _______.
KC Joyner (4:53 PM)
think I had two RB2s and would be hoping one of them turns into an RB1 sooner rather than later.
Most analysts, but not all, have Witten rated higher than Cameron this week. Do you agree with the majority?
KC Joyner (4:53 PM)
Yep, but it has to do as much with his matchup as it does anything else. I've been a Weeden believer for a while and think he can keep Cameron's fantasy value at a high level.
Pick me, pick me! (Needs advice)
Need a bye week replacement for Graham next week. Pickings are slim. Do I drop Ball off my bench for a Celek type? Advice appreciated!
KC Joyner (4:55 PM)
Enthusiasm pays off. Is Sean McGrath available? If so, drop Ball for him. McGrath is playing better each week and just got upgraded to a yellow rating.
Screwlio Jones (OK)
Was bitten by the julio bug. Picked up Keenan Allen. Harry Douglas worth an add too?
KC Joyner (4:56 PM)
Hey, let's not knock the guy. He's tough as nails and injuries can happen to anyone. Douglas is worth an add, as he will be a low-end flex option in most weeks.
Sean McGrath (KC)
FEAR THE BEARD!
KC Joyner (4:56 PM)
He needs one of those Daniel Bryan t-shirts.
I am confused by all of the wrestling comments....
KC Joyner (4:57 PM)
Then make a movie comment. Or tell a joke. Or ask a creative question. There are many ways to get posted...
Black Jack Mulligan (Clawing out of last place)
Best week 6 QB in standard league--Brees or Romo?
KC Joyner (4:58 PM)
I can remember watching a Mulligan match back in 1976 - great heel. Romo - better matchup and he's at home.
If by creative you mean only answer people that want you to set their lineups for them!
KC Joyner (4:59 PM)
What else do you expect them to ask about other than lineup and trade questions? After all, this is a fantasy football chat...
BSB (Philly- Late but here!)
What kind of WR should Julius Thomas Bring in trade? A. Brown, Stevie Johnson or someone better than that?
KC Joyner (5:00 PM)
Another chat regular stops by - great to hear from you again, BSB! That sounds about right for trade value, although be careful trading for Johnson - he's battling an injury and has big-time QB issues.
Movie, joke, and question (I'm trying, KC! I need you!)
I'm 0-5 in a 10 team PPR league but I have Stafford/Newton, Charles, Foster, T-Rich, Marshall, Green, G. Graham and Fitzgerald on the Bench... Should I panic and make a major trade, or do I still have hope?
KC Joyner (5:01 PM)
See, that's the creative approach paying off! How in the world is that team 0-5? You could make some apples for apples trades to aim for good match ups but beyond that, I'd stick with that roster. It has to turn around soon, as that is a talented lineup.
Sean McGrath (KC)
Why people be hating? If you are in this chat then it's probably good to know the subject matter. Do I really sit Fitz for someone like Denarius Moore?
KC Joyner (5:02 PM)
Fitz isn't playing up to par but Moore's matchup against Flowers is daunting. Would stick with Fitz this week.
Spiller buy low in PPR? Or scared of him?
KC Joyner (5:03 PM)
Depends on the price. He's got tons of talent but is also battling an injury. If you can wait his healing process out, go ahead and buy low.
KC Joyner (5:05 PM)
Wow, that hour flew by! Many thanks for all of the fun and interesting questions. Couple of quick notes. Links to the TFS ESPN Insider articles are always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. I'll be taking part in an in-game chat during tonight's Bears-Giants game, so stop by and say hello if you can. Will also be hosting an ESPN.com fantasy football chat on Sunday morning from 11AM-12 noon. Please stop by there and post more of these fun questions. Sunday morning seems to be a grumpy time of the week and it could use some of this humor. Thanks again and I hope to see you all here next week!