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.
Send your questions now and join KC Thursday at 4 p.m. ET!
KC Joyner (4:00 PM)
Good afternoon! Let's talk some fantasy football!
Squall (Balamb Garden)
KC! I swapped Le'Veon Bell for Josh Gordon (I was deeper at RB than WR). Good move?
KC Joyner (4:01 PM)
Squall! Where exactly is Balamb Garden? Like the trade. Bell has upside limitations (both due to that offense and his lack of upper end speed) and Gordon's future is looking brighter with Campbell under center.
Klingon (Kronos Qo'noS system)
Hab SoSlI' Quch (Your mother has a smooth forehead)Did you know Klingon is the most popular fictional language measured by number of speakers? Do you participate in No Shave November? I can see you with a beard like mine. Who would you start between P.Garcon and K.Allen?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
I'm guessing in the Klingon world, having a smooth forehead is a bad thing, right? Can't say I participate in No Shave November - Mrs. Scientist won't kiss me when I have a mustache and having a beard without a mustache would look a bit 1860s. Would start Allen.
Martin (New York, NY)
What's your quick advice for a Rodgers owner?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
Have faith that the Packers fantasy season playoff run looks very favorable. Find a way to gut it out through the next few weeks and all will be well.
That one wrestler... (top of the cage)
1 pt. PPR FLEX: Witten or Mike James?
KC Joyner (4:05 PM)
Snuka. His name is Jimmy Snuka. He dove off the cage onto The Magnificent Muraco after the end of their match. He also one time took a coconut to the head (care of Roddy Piper). Witten for now but if it becomes clear Martin won't play, start James.
Brutus Beefcake (barbershop)
Free haircut for answering this question. Would you put Andre Brown at flex, or wait to see how he's used? It's either Brown, E. Sanders or D. Moore.
KC Joyner (4:06 PM)
The man cuts hair with a set of hedge clippers. I'll stick with my long-time stylist, Missy Murphy. Wait to see how Brown is used - they look like they might ease him back into the lineup. Start Moore.
AUTO UPDATE IS OFF
KC Joyner (4:07 PM)
Just turned it off and back on - hope that fixes it.
Sensational Sherrie (Valet of Champions)
Standard 10 which WR sits this week: Garcon,Andre J.,DeSean or Decker?
KC Joyner (4:08 PM)
Sherri was a heckuva wrestler as well. Garcon sits out of that group - and what kind of league do you play in that allows for a collection of WRs of that caliber on one team?
Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Danville)
From one Scientist to another - In a PPR who would you start this week given the promising Roddy news, Roddy or Douglas? I play parry and really want to win one!
KC Joyner (4:09 PM)
Kids are getting a bit older and starting to watch other shows. Kind of miss P&F, so may end up watching it on my own (always need something to listen to as background noise during the tape reviews). Would still start Douglas - hard to trust Roddy at this time.
British Bulldogs (UK)
So in a PPR should I start Spiller and F. Jackson or should I replace one of them with Ellington?
KC Joyner (4:11 PM)
In their prime, there may not have been a more exciting tag team. Go ahead and start both Spiller and Jackson - they have a better matchup than Ellington and will both get a good amount of PT.
Klingon (Kronos Qo'noS system)
It is the most vile insult we can use.
KC Joyner (4:12 PM)
Thought so. Next time, I'll know this and know not to answer your question. (Kidding).
The Big Show (Choke-slam City)
Pick 2 Ellington, S-jax and Decker.
KC Joyner (4:13 PM)
Ellington and Decker. Related wrestling note - the new book by David Shoemaker (a.k.a. The Masked Man) is fantastic. If you like wrestling, do yourself a favor and either get it or put it on your Christmas want list.
Ever sell someone for cents on the dollar simply because no one would trade for him (but have said they would pick him up for free)? I have Mike James as my RB5 and no one believes in him... Aim low (Cooper, Baldwin)?
KC Joyner (4:14 PM)
Keep James. He was quite productive last week and Martin may not be a full go for a bit.
Steve Austin (The Ring)
That's the bottom line cause I said so! What are your thoughts on Jordy? Can he still be a WR1 with Wallace having full week to prepare?
KC Joyner (4:16 PM)
Wish my kids had been watching wrestling when SCSA was around. They've seen video of him but seeing him on live TV made wrestling a lot more fun that it is today. Can still see Jordy being in a fantasy lineup but more as a WR2 than WR1 (and maybe even only as a flex, depending on how this week turns out).
Scott (UK fan living in the ville)
Start Jordan reed or j. Thomas? Also do I drop t-will and add roddy white? Have Thomas, Kennan and harvin
KC Joyner (4:17 PM)
What is the ville? Got Reed rated higher because of a more favorable matchup. Not sure the Roddy add is necessary.
Hey Joyner! Play RGIII tonight or Foles on Sunday? Thanks!
KC Joyner (4:18 PM)
Hey Joe! I ask people on Twitter to stop by and say hey and Joe did just that. RGIII over Foles due to a much better matchup and because Foles performance had a lot more to do with lousy defense by Oakland than it did a great performance on his part.
Bob Backlund (Chicken Wings Anyone)
Standard 10 best flex this week: Garcon,L.Bell or Gore vs. Carolina D?
KC Joyner (4:19 PM)
Jack Brisco once said that locking up with Backlund was like locking up with a parking meter. Backlund was the real deal. Still would start Gore (SF's O line can hold its own in that matchup).
Ville (It's Louisville)
He is a Kentucky fan. Ridley for Kaepernick. Fair?
KC Joyner (4:20 PM)
Ah. Should have known that - had a friend who used to live there. She was very sensitive that Louisville be pronounced properly. Would say Ridley for Kaepernick is fair.
Rick Flair (Woooooooooo!!!!)
Who would you start at FLEX this week? Ellington, S-Jax, Douglas or Shorts?
KC Joyner (4:22 PM)
See, this only works when you spell it properly - Ric Flair. Ought not to answer the question but will be nice - Shorts wins that one.
Princess Leia (R2D2)
Help me Football Scientist, you're my only hope!! Another owner just put Moreno on the block, he's in need of WR help. Is he worth trying to trade for? What would be a fair offer? I'm thinking of offering Lamar Miller and Torrey Smith. Thanks!
KC Joyner (4:24 PM)
It's awesome how they make the Leia hologram in the Hollywood Studios Star Wars ride make it look like she is saying words that weren't in the Star Wars movie. He's worth trading for, Miller and Smith sounds like a fair offer, just not sure the other owner will take it.
BSB (Philly- GM of the Red Wedding Crashers)
Do you have music you listen to during these chats? Perhaps a during chat snack you frequently have?
KC Joyner (4:25 PM)
Broad Street Brian! Great to hear from you again. And kudos on your season - the Red Wedding Crashers are 7-2 and tied for first place in the TFS Fezzik chat league "Sage!" division. No music, wish I had a chat snack right now - am starving like Marvin.
Mr. Brownstone (AL)
How are you feeling about Cutler this week? Better option than Kaep or Dalton?
KC Joyner (4:26 PM)
Is that the GNR Mr. Brownstone? Got Cutler as an upper-tier QB2 this week. Better than Dalton, have Kaepernick rated higher.
Thoughts on Cam this week?
KC Joyner (4:27 PM)
Still got him rated high. Am trusting his rushing ability and his improved decision making.
Mrs. Joyner, will not allow him to snack before dinner and they usually go to the early bird special since they live in Florida. haha
KC Joyner (4:28 PM)
Travis, how old do you think I am? I'm not as up in there in age as you think.
EDDIE VEDDER (Seattle)
Touring with the band and need a little help...Foles or Big Ben this week and next. Rock ON!
KC Joyner (4:29 PM)
Can definitely go for some old school Pearl Jam. Got Foles rated just a bit higher.
SCSA (The G.O.A.T.)
Who you got this week KC? Tenn D vs the Jags or Sea D vs the Falcs matty ice has been throwing a lot of picks lately
KC Joyner (4:31 PM)
The Rock might have something to say about that. And don't forget Jim Londos from back in the day - he drew 10K on a regular basis...during the Depression. Amazing. Got both D/STs rated very high this week, with Seattle rated just a bit higher (though their run D is looking quite suspect).
The Rockers (Before the Split)
Single handedly my favorite group! MJD or Rice in PPR?
KC Joyner (4:32 PM)
They rocked. MJD - matchup is much more favorable.
Hi KC. Informative and entertaining chat as always. How much of a distraction is the Martin/Incognito saga in Miami and should owners of Dolphins players be wary of starting any of them on Monday night?
KC Joyner (4:34 PM)
That is a really tough call. Miami had already adjusted to the loss of Martin and TB's secondary isn't exactly dominant. It makes the MNF game one of the toughest calls this week and every Miami player a risky FFB start, but the upside of facing a weak secondary makes them viable starts under the right circumstances.
Has there been a college player who is not getting a lot of hype that you feel is a superior player with good metrics? What do your scout eyes see?
KC Joyner (4:35 PM)
Don't normally get a chance to discuss CFB in these chats but will say this - look out for Mike Evans when he turns pro. Did a five-game analysis of his SEC games this year and he had maybe the most phenomenal set of route-depth metrics I've ever seen. Will make for a very good NFL WR at some point.
Smooth Forehead (Mom)
Would a Klingon use wrinkle cream?? Better flex choice ... Ellington, K. Allen, or A. Jeffery?
KC Joyner (4:36 PM)
Good one! In their case, wrinkle cream would add wrinkles. Jeffery - he might be getting Cutler back under center and has a very favorable matchup.
Midnight Rider (Diablo Canyon)
While the others are joking, Im cooking and smoking! How do you think this fiasco in Miami affects L.Millers value, amigo?
KC Joyner (4:38 PM)
That may have been the best of the "wrestlers who have been banned but come back under a mask". Either that or Stagger Lee (great chapter about that in The Masked Man's book). Miller was a yellow-rated player before this (yellow rating meaning a flex or high-end bench candidate) and that hasn't changed.
George (Floating with a taco... while refusing to Christmas sho
Hey KC (yeah my name is kinda dumb), got a series of questions for you this week. Standard leage: 1) Jordan Reed or Jason Witten and 2) Lamar Miller or Harry Douglas?
KC Joyner (4:40 PM)
Still need to see that movie - it's all but impossible to keep on popular culture during the season. Reed over Witten. Miller over Douglas.
Is Knowshon Moreno a sell high? Who would you aim to get in trade: E. Decker, V. Cruz or R. White?
KC Joyner (4:41 PM)
No RB can be considered a sell-high at this point - there aren't enough starting caliber RBs out there to fill a 10-team league, even if every flex player was a WR. If you happen to have great RB depth, Decker is the one of that trio to trade for.
I am just curious...what lends your confidence with Cam given the Panthers haven't beaten a winning team this season? Is it a gut call or are you basing it on mathematical calculation? I feel while he is talented, he needs to prove his talents against more superior competition before I buy in...please explain your position?
KC Joyner (4:43 PM)
Newton is on the precipice of the top 10 this week, so it's not as if he has a high-end rating. It's as much his rushing ability as anything.
Mr. America (USA)
Best forgotten masked wrestler ever? Answer this BROTHER! Need to Bench 1, but cant decide: Le'Veon Bell, Mike James, Lamar Miller?
KC Joyner (4:44 PM)
Good question. Not sure any other wrestler would rank higher than Mr. America (Hulk Hogan). Bench Miller.
Brooklyn Brawler (chewing on old stogie)
You buyin' Riley Cooper as a WR2 as long as Foles is under center, or is he just not that talented, and there is enough film on him now that defenses will easily be able to shut him down?
KC Joyner (4:44 PM)
Not buying Cooper as WR2. He's not going to have defenders fall down in coverage every week.
Sylvester Ritter (aka Junk Yard Dog)
As an engineer, I love the mathematical aspect you bring to your approach. So you are high on Cam so would you even stick with him or RG3 against the weak Vikings D?
KC Joyner (4:46 PM)
Ritter makes for another good chapter of that book. Thanks for the kudos. Funny thing is these grades are a mix of metrics, tape study and gut feel - they all bring something to the table (just wish they would bring some food right now). Got RG3 rated higher than Cam - the Vikings D is abysmal and they will be down two starters in their secondary.
Mitch ((Clueless on wrestling))
Hi KC Kaepernik or Pryor this week? James or Bernard? Standard league. Thanks.
KC Joyner (4:48 PM)
Hey, we've had a bunch of non-wrestling comments in this chat. As always, comedy and/or interesting questions will always get put to the front of the line. Kaep over Pryor. James over Bernard.
Diamond Dallas Page (Classic )
Do I risk starting Matt Ryan? Or should I get Cutler or Roethlisberger off the wire?
KC Joyner (4:48 PM)
DDP could pop a crowd like very few others ever could. Would get Cutler, as he rates higher than Ryan.
I want Lane's roster checked for PED's since he is actually winning this season.
KC Joyner (4:49 PM)
You want a 5-3-1 team checked out for PEDs?
Brett Favre (Mississippi)
When is the PACK going to call me....? Anyway, Fleener or Olson and at FLEX tough call between L Miller, V Jax, or Giovani. Thanks KC!
KC Joyner (4:51 PM)
Don't even start that rumor. Olsen over Fleener. Got VJax rated higher than Miller or Giovani.
Its Time! Its Time! (Its Vader Time!)
Drop Washington and/or Heyward-Bey for R.Cooper, M. Jones, Mike Brown, and/or S. Green? ROS?
KC Joyner (4:51 PM)
My kids got a huge kick out of seeing Vader return to Raw a couple of years ago. Drop Washington, keep DHB. Pick up Jones for Washington.
Dino Bravo (Canada)
In NonPPR-- Who is the better FLEX play in Wk 10 = Le'Veon Bell vs. Bills OR VJAX vs The 'Fins? Thx KC!
KC Joyner (4:53 PM)
Learned the airplane spin by watching his matches. My kids get a kick out of it when I put that move on them, although my eldest is far too big to put that move on now (he's apt to be 6-foot tall or higher by the time he's grown up).
Paul E. Dangerously (Philly)
Just got offered Lamar Miller for my Trent Richardson... I'm so fed up with T-Rich, I am really thinking about taking it. What do ya think?
KC Joyner (4:55 PM)
Heyman is one of the most creative minds in wrestling history. Hearing his insights on the history of ECW DVD is like getting a lesson in booking 101. Miller and Richardson both have more than a few unfavorable match ups coming up but the Dolphins do have green-rated run defense match ups in Weeks 14 & 15. If your team could be playoff bound, you'll want Miller over Richardson.
Greg Schiano (On the hot seat...)
I might be fired if you don't answer this question for me! How would you rate Colston/L. Moore/Sproles/S. Greene this week as FLEX considerations?
KC Joyner (4:56 PM)
Not sure any answer I give could save Schiano's job. Not really sold on any of those four but would consider Greene an upside option given his matchup.
Tom Brady (Boston)
Do you feel more comfortable starting me moving forwards or was last week just a bad game by Pitt? Can I finish 6-8th at QB this year?
KC Joyner (4:58 PM)
I've been knocking Brady as a fantasy QB since before the preseason. He'll be a much better QB now but that game said as much about Pittsburgh as it did Brady. Brady also has some tough match ups down the stretch, so got a feeling he'll be a hit/miss candidate from here on out.
JYD ('nuff said)
Looking at dealing for Luck in a dynasty, but am competing this year and I'm a bit scared off by his matchups - some tough sledding there. Is he capable of overcoming the tough schedule?
KC Joyner (4:59 PM)
Luck does have some daunting late season and playoff match ups, but he's still good enough to post quality numbers against nearly any level of competition. Would deal for him if the price is right.
King Kong Bundy (Live Via Closed Circuit Television)
It's my birthday today! All I want is some flex help! Standard League. T-Rich, Kendall Wright, Pierre Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders (already have Antonio Brown & LeVeon Bell starting this week)?
KC Joyner (5:01 PM)
Not sure if you mean it's your birthday or King Kong Bundy's birthday, but in either case, Happy Birthday! Related note - Bundy is now a stand up comedian (check out his Twitter account). The five count here says Thomas and Richardson rate even, would start Thomas given how well NO's offense has been playing.
You and Mrs. Scientist are renewing vows and you can have any band play the reception. Who do you choose? Also, any chance you would play R Randle over J Jones this week? I really feel that his somewhat narrow skill set is exposed W/ Rodgers out.
KC Joyner (5:03 PM)
Would have to choose an individual performer - Rick Springfield. Hands down her favorite musician of all time. Got Randle rated a couple of slots over Jones this week, so definitely would consider making that start change.
Jimmy Mac (Baltimore)
Crazy to start RGIII, Garcon and Reed tonight?
KC Joyner (5:04 PM)
Nope. Minnesota's secondary is down two starters and they weren't that good to begin with. Only concern is if Washington has the TNF blues (lots of teams play below their talent level on Thursday night) but unless you have a very viable alternative, don't hesitate to start those three.
KC Joyner (5:06 PM)
Wow, didn't even notice it's four minutes past the hour! Before hitting the road, few quick notes. Links to the TFS ESPN Insider articles are always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. I'll be taking part in an in-game ESPN.com chat tonight, so please stop by and say hello if you have some free time. I'll also be hosting an ESPN.com FFB chat from 11AM -12 noon on Sunday morning, so please stop by there as well. Thanks again for all of the great questions and hope to see you all here next week!