Fantasy NFL 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.
Send your questions now and join KC Thursday at 4 p.m. ET!
KC Joyner (4:01 PM)
Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!
I'm sitting L. Miller tonight and will start Tolbert vs ATL in PPR league. Good move??
KC Joyner (4:02 PM)
Got Tolbert rated very slightly higher than Miller this week, so can sign off on this one.
SUPER FLY SNUKA "THE ORIGINAL" (OFF THE TOP OF THE CAGE)
Sup,KC..Happy Halloween...Tricks or Treats...I got T.Williams,K.Allen at "WR" and Ridley over Antonio Brown at "Flex",who would you start?...Also got a bye week coming week 10,thinking of dropping Brady for a defense,i own the Chiefs-D cant drop them...My options are Titans D/ST@ Jac "or" Ari D/ST@ Hou or Colts D/ST @ Stl...Cutler and Locker are on waivers i own RG3....make the move or do i stay put and play without a defense??? Picked up Andre Brown your thoughts rest of year....thanks for your time!!!
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
Happy Halloween to you as well! Quick note - any Halloween themed post will get pushed to the front of the list. Hard to answer really long questions in this short form format. Would start Ridley at flex.
Cactus Jack-o-Lantern (Harcore ave.)
KC in non ppr start foster with his hammy issues or be safe with L.bell?
KC Joyner (4:04 PM)
Good way to mix Halloween and wrestling! If Foster practices on Friday, give him the start. If he doesn't practice, go with Bell.
Luna Vachon (Dressed as Kelly Kelly)
If both spiller and stacy give it a go on there hobble ankles, who you rolling with? standard league, bonus for 100 yards rushing
KC Joyner (4:05 PM)
That is a frightening thought! Would give my eldest son nightmares about Kelly Kelly (and she is by far his favorite WWE diva - or at least she was while with the WWE). Would roll out Stacy - better matchup.
Not Clever Enough to be Chosen (Dallas)
Graham, Fitz, SJax for Welker and AP. Who wins?
KC Joyner (4:06 PM)
Hey, it isn't all wrestling and Halloween questions! Would rather be on the Welker/AP side of that trade.
Black Cat (Walking under a ladder)
Bye week struggles: pick two of McCluster, R. White, Sanders, Lance Moore. 0.5 PPR. Thanks!
KC Joyner (4:07 PM)
That's the spirit! Sanders is pick No. 1. For second choice, would go Moore because of being on a high-powered offense.
BOSTON STRONG (MI)
Hey KC love your work. Pick 2 for the ROS full point PPR. Ridley, Gio Bernard and Zac Stacy. Thanks!
KC Joyner (4:09 PM)
Much obliged! Quick note - today is the 10-year anniversary of the day I quit my job to take a chance on my writing career. Still hard to believe the risk paid off - chase your dreams, everyone! Ridley and Gio. Stacy's injury limits his ROS value.
Halloween Themed (Question)
Quarless and Garret Graham...need to start one this week and drop the other. How would you play it?
KC Joyner (4:10 PM)
Too funny. Quarless - go with the TE with the better QB.
Jack-O-Lantern (Haunted House)
Which side would you rather have: Give Josh Gordon, get Chris Johnson. 0.5 PPR with big-play bonuses.
KC Joyner (4:11 PM)
Only thing that could make that scarier would be to make it a Jack Lambert O-Lantern (my youngest is a big Lambert fan). Johnson has a fantastically favorable schedule down the stretch. Would take him over Gordon but not by much.
Sweating Werewolf (Miami)
KC, Help please! Who do I start in my flex, Gio or A. Gates?
KC Joyner (4:12 PM)
Yeah, werewolves do have that problem in warmer climates. Got Gates rated just a bit higher this week.
Favorite candy to get on Halloween? Snickers over here - thoughts on starting players on the same team that opponents have - For example I have Hartley and Colston...he has Brees. Find a new kicker/WR this week?
KC Joyner (4:13 PM)
TFS vote would be for Kit Kat. Not sure the kicker needs to be changed but would strongly consider changing Colston if only because his FFB value keeps dropping.
Ron Burgendy (Channel 5 News Room)
KC, do you like scotch, I like scotch, scotch,scotch, scotch. When in Rome would you trade Ridley and Den. Moore for Ray Rice?
KC Joyner (4:14 PM)
Can't wait to see Anchorman 2. Those Dodge Durango commercials are a riot. Like Rice's upside ROS but also like Ridley's ROS value. Would not make that trade.
Linus (Great Pumpkin Field)
Bye week blues! Pick two for WR in a std league: Kendall Wright, Marvin Jones, Keenan Allen - feel like Allen has to be one but wavering on the other slot
KC Joyner (4:15 PM)
Mrs. Scientist is a big Peanuts fan, so she'll get a kick out of this post. Wright is the odd man out there - he's great in a PPR but not as valuable in a standard league.
How does a Monster score a TD? (He crosses the Ghoul Line)
KC, standard league question. DHB or Stevie Johnson? Also, how high are you on Zac Stacey if he plays? Thanks
KC Joyner (4:16 PM)
Sounds like some of the Sunday morning Halloween joke questions! Got Johnson rated higher - just keep an eye on his injury status. Got Stacy in the top 15 RBs if he plays.
I'm really a ghost (Haunted Haust)
Happy 10yr anniversary on your good decision! Mathews or Ridley this week...and ROS?
KC Joyner (4:18 PM)
Thanks! Mrs. Scientist went out and got some celebratory cupcakes (easier than getting a full cake - and besides, the kids are going to get enough sugar as it is). They rate dead even this week, so go with Mathews since he is the bell cow of his offense. ROS, Ridley has a slight advantage but they both have very challenging schedules.
Stone Cold Steve Austin (Nice Cold Bud Lite)
A guy in my league is shopping Jamaal, he's asking for CJ2K and Percy for him, too much? I like CJs schedule the rest of the way and is the knee contusion anything to worry about?
KC Joyner (4:20 PM)
If someone goes out on Halloween as SCSA, go the full nine - get your head shaved. Can't use one of those fake bald hats. Would rather be on the Jamaal side of that deal - he's the only blue-rated RB in the league right now.
FREDDY KRUEGER (ELM ST.)
Sup,KC...bye week 10,thinking of dropping Brady for a defense,i own the Chiefs-D cant drop them...Cutler and Locker are on waivers i own RG3....Make the move or play without a defense??? thanks
KC Joyner (4:22 PM)
What does Freddy do if he has to scratch his eye? Got to be really careful doing that. Really depends on the D. If you can't get a very strong D, drop Brady for Cutler. If it is just a so-so D, play without a D (as long as your league rules allow for it).
KNOCK KNOCK, little kids? NO, its Irwin R Shyster (You better ke
Spiller or Sproles?... i know, pathetic. rec tds worth double fyi
KC Joyner (4:23 PM)
One of the worst WWE characters of all time. Sproles is the pick because he's healthy.
why don't pirates need lawyers? (they prefer ARRRbritration)
Can I trust either Mike James or Andre Ellington as my #2 RB the rest of the way, or do I need to try to swing a trade for someone better? I lost Martin and waiver wire pickings are thin.
KC Joyner (4:24 PM)
ARRRRR!!!! Would trust Ellington - he had a very good GBYPA in college despite some weaknesses in his game and he's doing just as well in the pros.
Snitsky (parts unknown)
I think you have to tell us ...what job did you leave to pursue your dream??
KC Joyner (4:25 PM)
I'm tempted to take the Mel Brooks approach and say what he said when Johnny Carson asked him what his family did for a living. Brooks said "they are all chemists!"
KC Joyner (4:25 PM)
But, to be clear, I wasn't a chemist.
Bill Belichick (Pirate Ship)
Would you offer McCoy/Gordon for Charles/T Williams assuming it would be accepted?
KC Joyner (4:26 PM)
Who says Belichick doesn't have a sense of humor? If you are getting Charles/T Williams in return, that's a trade to make seven days a week.
KC, You were a Finance guy right? That's frightening to most
KC Joyner (4:27 PM)
Not quite - though someone on Twitter had the same thought.
Pregnant wife went as Pumpkin (Pumpkin Patch)
I am HURTING at RB and WR, but still 5-3. Kenbrell Thompkins, Kendall Wright, Ted Ginn, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandon LAfell...I know its bad. No trick here
KC Joyner (4:28 PM)
That's a great way to get into the Halloween spirit! Kudos to your wife. Quick glance says Hopkins and Wright are the best picks.
Time to drop TRich, no game over 60 yrds rushing?
KC Joyner (4:29 PM)
Not right this moment, since Stacy is hurt.
Vomiting Pumpkin ((Classicville))
Ray Rice and AJ Green for Jamaal Charles...enough? not close?
KC Joyner (4:30 PM)
Never saw that one - might have to Google it. The TFS choice in that trade would be to keep Charles (blue-rated RBs are worth their weight in gold) but Rice does have a highly favorable schedule and Green is a blue rated WR. Put it this way - I wouldn't nix the trade if it were in the TFS chat league.
Spooky George Clooney (Floating with a Taco)
Congrats on your life choice! I've got Doug Martin sitting on my bench but I'm thinking of picking up a second kicker (I've got Prater out with the bye but he's been too good lately to drop). Thinking that Martin is done for the fantasy season. Good move?
KC Joyner (4:31 PM)
It's hard to come up with a question that hits more bases - Clooney, the reference to Gravity, the reference to the taco floating in space and the TFS anniversary. Wouldn't give up on Martin for this year - good RBs are next to impossible to come by on the waiver wire.
W. Hartwell White (The Lab)
I bet you were an accountant. Would you trade Trent Richardson and Jordan Cameron to get Gronk?
KC Joyner (4:33 PM)
Not quite. Will say this - it isn't a job you run into every day. Tough call, would not make the trade because of T-Rich's upside potential.
RICK (Walking Dead)
KC, I'm 3-5 and REALLY need a win this week....I'm starting Forte but need 1 for RB and 1 Flex...Start 2: S-Jax, Mike James, BJGE, Lamar Miller and Kendall Wright?Thanks KC!
KC Joyner (4:35 PM)
Can't say I watch The Walking Dead but have a friend who really enjoys it (she's into scary movies and the like). Hard to look over five names in a quick format, will say that at at a first glance BJGE and Miller look like the best picks.
Igor (Unemployed Lab asst.)
Need help Mr.Scientist! Thoughts on holding D.Jackson for ROS in non ppr! Still hope with his QB's?
KC Joyner (4:36 PM)
If I had a staff, I'd inquire about your resume, Igor. Jackson's YPA has dropped pretty dramatically over the past four weeks but he's still getting a ton of targets. Wouldn't give up on him just yet.
Todd(Middle school teacher) (CA)
KC, you were a middle school teacher who couldn't handle dealing with 13 and 14 year olds all day!!! Deangelo or Lamar Miller?
KC Joyner (4:38 PM)
No way - I have a 13-year old son at home and that can be difficult enough to deal with! Might consider coaching football for kids that age but no way I could handle being a teacher. Got DeAngelo rated a bit higher because of a more favorable matchup.
Tom Brady (COWARDLY LION)
Andre Brown...worth roster spot??
KC Joyner (4:39 PM)
I've given Brady more than a bit of on-field grief this year so am glad to give him kudos for the Halloween outfit. Brown is worth a roster spot if you can afford to be patient.
Do Scientists eat?...... ((Pumpkin Pie?))
I'll make you a pumpkin pie if you can tell me whether or not Vincent Jackson makes a good play this week? over Hilton, Garcon, or D Moore? Did I mention a dollop of cool whip too?
KC Joyner (4:41 PM)
That's usually on the TFS family Thanksgiving menu. Would be a nice addition to Halloween. Not thinking VJax makes a big play this week, as he is due to line up against Sherman. Would start Moore out of that group.
Papa Shango (Dressed as Tugboat)
What was your sons best costume over last 13 years? Crosby or Gotskowski ROS? Kickers matter big time in our league
KC Joyner (4:42 PM)
Hard to remember all of their costumes. Do know the youngest is going as classic Wolverine (he makes sure to point out it is the classic version - yellow and blue) and the eldest as Captain America this year. Would take the latter in that one.
I know what you did last Summer.... ( No KC, the Movie!)
Favorite Scary Movie? What are your thoughts on Vereen, do you drop Ivory for him?
KC Joyner (4:43 PM)
Not much for scary movies per se, but did like most of the Scary Movie comedies. Would drop Ivory for Vereen, as Vereen will be heavily utilized in that offense upon his return.
Chief Niwot (Colorado)
Still confidant in Moore even after last weeks stinker?
KC Joyner (4:44 PM)
Yep - the Pittsburgh D can do that to a WR. Philly's CBs have been playing better but that group still isn't up to Pittsburgh's quality yet.
I bet you were an actuary. Does Jimmy Graham's foot injury change your rating for him ROS?
KC Joyner (4:45 PM)
Not even close. Graham still has a blue rating at the moment (insane that he can score 2 TDs on a bad foot) but I'm not at all convinced he can keep that up for ROS. Can see him dropping to a green rating in the near future.
Wayne Fontes Costume (Scott Mitchell)
Lacy/Cruz or McCoy/Shorts...what side do you like better in .5 PPR
KC Joyner (4:47 PM)
A classic Halloween reference! Lacy is the player to have out of those four, so would take his side of that deal.
Gorilla Monsoon (The squared circle)
Better start this week, Ridley or Bernard? Thanks.
KC Joyner (4:49 PM)
It was great when he wore the gorilla costume for that entire Halloween show and then before the last commercial break switched sides with someone in the staff and showed up out of costume. Heenan sold it great - one of their best segments ever! Got Ridley rated higher because of matchup and because he's more likely to get a higher volume of carries.
daniel fernandez (tampa, florida)
I have been asking my question for 3 days, yet you have not only not answered it, but answered questions on kickers, finance and hallofreakingween costumes instead. Are we still talking football here? If so harvin+ gore bottle of jameson to obtain marshawn lynch. Good deal?
KC Joyner (4:50 PM)
Three days? I haven't even been here an hour yet! And every post has a football reference, so let's not nix the fun here. Would rather be on the Harvin/Gore side of that deal.
You could answer twice as many questions without your lame humor.
KC Joyner (4:52 PM)
Rote answering of questions with no additional comments from chatters or myself. Sounds like a really fun chat. Hope you have a blast when you find one like that.
Wow, Daniel Fernandez. Way to be a complete buzzkill.
KC Joyner (4:52 PM)
Big time. Let's get back to some fun!
Zombie with Worcestershire sauce in my veins (Colorado)
Who does better ROS and more importantly in the playoffs (weeks 13-16), Gonzalez or Gates?
KC Joyner (4:55 PM)
How does one get Worcestershire sauce in zombie veins? Must work in a steak restaurant or something. Gates is more hit miss (has some red, yellow and green rated match ups) while Gonzalez is more consistent (all yellow rated match ups sans one red match up). Would say Gonzalez because a single bad game can close out a season.
No Horror References to Make (NY)
Arian Foster or Lacy ROS?
KC Joyner (4:56 PM)
See, just a bit of creativity is all it takes to get a question answered. Lacy - hard to trust Foster since he is battling an injury and now has QB issues to deal with.
Beer Can Bill (USA)
For the record KC, Serious Sam up there is just being up tight everyone enjoys the remarks (even if you miss every once in a while). Serious question: V Jackson, Z stacy, or Giovani Bernard in the Flex? I'm starting A Brown and Gordon as WRs
KC Joyner (4:58 PM)
Thanks for that. Sometimes the humor hits and sometimes it misses but the goal is always to have some fun while we talk fantasy football! If Stacy practices Friday, start him. If he doesn't, start Bernard.
KC Joyner (5:00 PM)
Hate to cut out a minute early but have a 5:05 PM radio interview and need to get set up. Couple of quick notes. Links to the TFS ESPN Insider articles are always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. Will be taking part in the in-game ESPN.com chat tonight, so stop by and say hey if you have some time. Will be hosting an ESPN FFB chat from 11 AM - 12 noon on Sunday, so please say hello there as well. Thanks again for the great questions and comedy and hope you all have a great Halloween!
Beer Can bill (USA)
FOLLOW UP..But Gio plays tonight correct? So wait and see...I also have Douglas
KC Joyner (5:00 PM)
Too true - play Douglas if Stacy is out.