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April 29, 2:18 PM ET
Fantasy Sports w/Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:06 PM)

Hi Gang.... let's get to it. As always, all subjects answered

Bob N.E

Matt - I can get Ryan Howard for Corey Hart - should I do it I hate giving up 5 Cat players

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:07 PM)

Yes, in a heartbeat. As much as I love Hart, Howard's power is too much to turn down - he is tradionally a slow starter

Erik (ATL)

TMR, this isn't fair! How did we get so lucky? Simmons and YOU on chat at the same time? Please tell me I'm dreaming? In a vacuum, Heather or Daisy in a mud wrestling match?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:08 PM)

Heather - she;d fight dirtier

Willy (ATL)

No pod-vader today, life is good. Name game: Edison Volquez or AJ Burnett. I would have never have even considered that at the beginning of the season.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:08 PM)

I say Volquez,,, Burnett still an injury risk

Ken (SF, CA)

Who would you drop to pick up Scherzer: Eveland, Danks, or Floyd?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:09 PM)

Probably Floyd, much as I like him

joe memphis

name game: Danks vs Scherzer? Who u got?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:09 PM)

Max and it is not close

Manny (Las Vegas)

CONGRATS ON THE EMMY, BOSS! GREAT JOB! I have a CATCHER question. With Posada's injury, I'm looking at Laird/Navarro starting as my catchers (Ugh!)... How "imminent" is the recall of JEFF CLEMENT, and is it worth dropping one of these jokers for him?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:11 PM)

Thanks. We're all very excited about the win. For those that do not know... Fantasy Football Now, the online Sunday show we did on ESPN.com this past season for football, just won a sprts Emmy last night. Big deal for Fantasy - first ever Fantasy Sports program to win an Emmy. Clement comes up very soon and I'd drop Navarro for him

Fred (Ohio)

Brad Hawpe, buy low? 30hr?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:12 PM)

yes and yes

Brad (Philly)

Name game: Jeff Clement or Ramon Hernandez?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:13 PM)

Hernandez - he'll turn it around

Matt (Lewes, DE)

Classic buying low, or am I giving up too much? Getting Verlander for Casey Blake, very deep AL only league.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:14 PM)

Fantastic

Mike (Lansing)

Berry figured the Anne v. Megan debate was getting old, so can you please settle an age old debate between myself and a good friend of mine? Pick one: Kate Beckinsale or Alyssa Milano. Thanks!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:15 PM)

It's Kate and I say that having met Alyssa in person, who is lovely.

Aaron (Houston, Tx)

Matt, What are your thoughts on Brandon Wood. Does he have a Braun, Gordon, or something in between type of rookie fantasy impact? Projections?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:16 PM)

I really like Wood, but he'll be a high power, low average guy initially

Anna Benson

What about me? I want to be back in the spotlight.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:18 PM)

Divorce Kris and re-marry / date somoene more famous. See Simpson, Jessica and Romo, Tony

Dan - San Jose

I miss your musk

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:19 PM)

I am sure

Jim (NYC)

Where is Pete Becker? Is he still with ESPN?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:20 PM)

Yes, he is. He is a Sr. Editor with us and does the majority of his work "behind the scenes' but we want him to write more. He was on the podcast w/ Nate last Friday.

Joe (West Hempstead, NY)

I got bored at work last week and sent you an email asking you for consideration for a job. Did you get it?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:20 PM)

Probably. I get ten or so of those emails a week. My apologies for not getting back to you.

Carlos (Cartagena)

Title match - Edger Renteria vs. Orlando Cabrera?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:21 PM)

OC for steals and runs, Edgard for everything else.

Moe

Are you buying Quentin?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:21 PM)

Yeah, I am

Jason (Atlanta)

My God....does anyone actually watch these games? Verlander is killing me, and I'd never, ever, trade him for Casey Blake. He's basically had 3 starts where one bad inning has done him in (which has been aided by bad defense, bad managerial decisions, and relief pitchers failing to hold it together), and in one start he was legitimately bad. People have no perspective.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:21 PM)

Exactly.

Steve(Boston)

HOLDS!!!Matt no one else will answer this question. Maybe because they aren't as saavy as you. I need "HOLDS". Perez, Mota, Wheeler, Duaner Sanchez, Delcarmen, or Joe Smith. Need 2. Thanks

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:24 PM)

Wheeler and Delcarmem

Rich (Richmond)

Drop Acosta to get Scherzer?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:25 PM)

Assume if the question is drop Blank to gran Max the answer is yes

Dan, NY

Does no one care about Salty anymore? is he not worth a flier?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:26 PM)

people care. Just talked about him for tonight's Baseball Tonight. He's in a platoon but he was hitting .291 w/13 RBI in 15 games.

Ryan (Toledo, OH)

What if the "blank" to get Scherzer is Cueto? Still go for it?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:29 PM)

no. I'm assuming the "blank" is a player you would consider dropping.

Random Dude Andrew

Anne or Max?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:29 PM)

Depends what my team needs are

Dan (San Jose)

Matthew, you are late. Late for a very important date. With the Sports Guy distracting Sports Nation readers, how about you and I slip into something more comfortable for fantasy time?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:30 PM)

I will never get tired of this joke

Tom (Boston)

Who sits tonight? Glavine, Hughes or Snell (facing Yohan)

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:30 PM)

I don't like Galvine OR hughes actually.

Jim (Tulsa)

So if we missed on Scherzer who is the next big callup we must grab?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:33 PM)

Well you never know when guys get called up, but certainly I would be aware of when Jeff Clement, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Fields and Brandon Wood get recalled.

Joe (Chicago)

What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear the name "Sammy Sosa?"

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:33 PM)

Cubs. That was the first image that popped into my mind when I read this.

MIke(NC)

Didnt wood play last night?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:36 PM)

Yeah, he did. You know, I totally missed that. He was called up last night. I was busy celebrating the Emmy win and went to bed about 5 am this morning. My bad. Well, I like him. 8 HR in 21 games so far this season

Len Berry (Texas A&M)

Fantasy baseball, son? Really??

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:37 PM)

He was actually very supportive. Just wanted me to be happy and knew I was miserable in hollywood.

Marky (Wyendanch)

Prouder moment - winning the sports emmy or getting your name in the credits of Crocodile Dundee 3?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:39 PM)

Follow up to the last post. Emmy and it's not close. Croc 3 was a money gig and not a fun experience in any way shape or form. We made a lot of money writing it, but alsmot everything about the project was unpleaseant. Not just creatively, but our interactions with Paul Hogan, the way Paramount treated us, everything.

Alex (Charleston, SC)

Pick two: Wellemeyer, Gr.Smith, Sonnanstine, Lannan, and J.Sanchez

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:40 PM)

Sanchez and Wellemeyer, slightly ahead of Lannan

Mike(NC)

SERIOUSLY!! WILL MAX START OR WILL HE CLOSE?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:41 PM)

He will start eventually. Calm down.

Joe (University of Maine)

As a graduating Senior, I will be partaking in a pub crawl? What should I be ordering? If there was a drink called the TMR, what would be in it. You know I will be ordering it and sending you photos.

Will (Atlanta)

So what was your LIBATION OF CHOICE to celebrate the Emmy win?! (On the BIZ front -- Utley or Holliday?!)

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:43 PM)

Thank you Joe. I look forward to seeing your photos. The answer to you and Will's question is a margarita. I am a huge Jimmy Buffett fan. Always Margaritas.

Paul Hogan

Now that's a knife!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:43 PM)

That's hilarious. Well played, sir. Well played.

Rick (Brooklyn)

to follow up on mike's insanity. Does eventually mean "this year"?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:44 PM)

Yes

Humor Police

Do you consider yourself to be funny? I find most of your material to be rather mundane and obvious.

Everyone (Everycity, Everystate)

PLEASE, stop trying to be funny. You have never succeeded.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:46 PM)

Well, since you said please....

Frank (Boston)

Pls revise ranking now that we are a month in for: Sizemore, Granderson, Hamilton, Rios, Markakis, Hart

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:47 PM)

Rios, Hart, Sizemore, Markakis, Hamilton, grandereson. That takes into account what I think they will do.

wes (santa barbara)

Why arent you making fun of Simmons now with his MVP pick? He jinxed that thing so bad that now his beloved Celtics are going to lose to the HAWKS!!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:48 PM)

They will still beat the Hawks. But after Saturday, I sent Bill an email that read "Dear Bill: MVP's don't lose to Atlanta in the post season. Love, Matthew" He hasn't returned it yet. But suffice to say it will be brought up next podcast we do.

Peter (San Francisco)

Do I continue my Chase Headley watch - or do I drop him for Brandon Wood? I'm in a deeeeep keeper league...

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:49 PM)

Headley's another good name. I like Headley slightly more than Wood but depends on how long you can wait and what your needs are now

Joe (University of Maine)

Since you have no specific requirements for the TMR, I will spend my night perfecting the prefect margarita, worthy of the TMR name. I know that the world requires more of some men, and my liver and I wholeheartedly accept this responsibility.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:50 PM)

Excellent work, my apprentice

Mike (Boston)

Berry, did you also produce that show Reba?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:51 PM)

No. There is another sitcom writer named Matt Berry. he's a former comedian who worked on Roseanne as well. Very nice guy, very funny, he's the one who wrote on Reba.

Mitch (NY)

Ranking: Snell, Eveland, Gaudin or Marcum? Thanks!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:52 PM)

Snell, Marcum, Eveland, Gaudin

wondering

boxers or briefs

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:52 PM)

boxers.

Pete (Columbus)

What's the reasoning behind Rios first on that list?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:53 PM)

Power, speed and I think he's not only on his way up, he's got the highest ceiling

Jason (Atlanta)

So he's the Matt Berry with all the talent, huh?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:53 PM)

Also well played

Matthew Berry (speaking to hot girl at party)

You don't know who I am? I'm a pretty big deal....I've won an emmy.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:53 PM)

I am planning on getting a gold chain and wearing it around my neck at all times, Flavor Flav style.

William (NC)

True or False, Fuentes will keep the closers job for the rest of the year...

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:54 PM)

True

Scott Slifka ( West Hartford)

Can't thank you enough for not having Pod Vader on the show.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:54 PM)

Yes, this week will be a good week

Drew (FL)

TMR, do you guys actively pursue talent from other sites? Do you have one of your minions scouring some of the smaller sites for talent or do you guys just let it come to you?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:00 PM)

Not really. I've been in the industry for a decade and I know pretty much everyone in it very well. I had a very talented team of writers that I assembled at TalentedMrRoto.com beforew we got bought. And, in fact, we discovered and launched a number of guys that are now at opther places, including some of the bigger names at Yahoo, AOL, SI, NBA.com and MLB.com.... plus all the folks that came over with me to ESPN.... so I know what it's like to be a small site that gets pouched by a big boy and, while I encouraged my guys to take those jobs, my situation was different than others. I will never poach a writer from a smaller site without approval from the owner.... I've gotten off on a bit of a tanget here ... basically, I'm aware of the industry andknow who I like. So when Jason Grey, who I've been a fan of for a while, became available, we grabbed him. There's still more TMR folks I want to bring over... Never say never and I'm always open but generally, no, we're not actively scouting. We feel we have a pretty thorough team. I suggest starting at a smaller site to get some experience and clips .. breaking in at this level is very very tough

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:01 PM)

By the way, I will say I am somewhat disappointed that some (not all) of the folks that I helped launch have been a bit back stabby... definitely soured me a bit....

Erik (ATL)

TMR, why are you always so hard on Glavine? He's not as bad as you say he is. I've almost always had him on my team and he's always been productive. I don't start him every outting, but he can keep your ERA low and contribute to W about half the time. Let me put it this way: he's a good spot starter.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:02 PM)

because his K rate is so low, because he is a silent WHIP killer and because he can't go long into games, limiting his win potential. That said, I met him and he's a helluva a nice guy and he's a fantasy football fanatic... plays in two leagues.

Samantha (Va)

How many teams do you: A) Have, B) Actively play

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:04 PM)

I have 12. I actively play about 3 or 4. Just don't have time to really focus on all of them. I missed the FA deadline in two leagues last night, for example, because of the Emmys... good excuse, but still.... I just don't have the time to play all the leagues I get sucked into

Brad Evans

I hate you Berry!!!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:04 PM)

See what I mean?

Roger Clemens

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear my name?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:05 PM)

Scumbag

Jim Peoria

TMR, should I sell Mark Reynolds or hold?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:05 PM)

Hold

Bill (Kansas)

tell us more about the interaction with Paul Hogan...was it something specific?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:10 PM)

It was a lot of stuff, but from a creative side, we weren't on the same page - we wanted to be a bit edgier and make fun of sequels with the crappy movie studio - sort of a wink to what we were doing - and then he tried to take our names of the movie. And getting written by credit means A LOT of money when it comes to residuals. So we had to fight him in the WGA for credit and then he appealed twice and lost every time and then he went to the Hollywood Reporter and trasehd us and we were like... we didn;t even WANT to write the damn thing, it's not a good movie, we just did it for money and now we're getting trashed and having to go fight for credit on something we didn't really want credit for.... it just... the guy was in every frame, the star, the producer, based on characters he created... how many credits did he need? Just an insane egomaniac from my POV and an unpleasant one to boot. We made tons of money off that film but I'm not sure I would do it again if I had to do it all over.

Is this thing on?

I've tried a million time to get through... is this like that "Q & A: with yourself bit? Are you even taking REAL Q's from REAL people?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:10 PM)

Yes

Doug

Dont say anything...it'll end up on TMZ

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:11 PM)

I am done with Hollywood and I am merely speaking the truth so i don't care. The truth will set you free

MJ, Ohio

I echo Manny's comments on the Emmy. You guys have stepped it up ten-fold the last couple of years. Quick question: How do you handle keepers in fantasy football who are plucked off the waiver wire? For example, if I wanted to keep Ryan Grant for next year, what do I give up?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:12 PM)

Thanks. Either a small penalty - like a 10th round pick - or none at all.

Johnny (NJ)

You look much balder on TV than in your profile picture above. How old is that pic? Or are you a Photoshop expert?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:13 PM)

I took that pick when I got here - so less than a year old. My hair looks fuller straight on than it does when i am moving and I was wearing it a long longer than I normally do now, so maybe that's it.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:13 PM)

I took that pick when I got here - so less than a year old. My hair looks fuller straight on than it does when i am moving and I was wearing it a long longer than I normally do now, so maybe that's it.

Don, NY

Talk about Manny Parra for a sec. Please.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:14 PM)

I still like him. I now he's stuggled - that's to be expected with young pitchers - but the skill set is still there. Patience.,

Frank (Chicago)

I'm not going to ask how much you made for Croc 3, that's rude, but how much did your partner make?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:14 PM)

High six figures

dude, seriously

i just want to beat you up and take your lunch money.

Jorge, Annapolis

Seriously Berry, Love ya, but not too many actual fantasy questions today, please help me here bro. 2 keepers who do you want; Longoria, J. Upton, Conor Jackson, Quiten, Mclouth. Thanks bro and congrats on the Emmy. Any chance that helps you with Anne?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:15 PM)

First two, with CJ a very close third

Jeff (Chicago)

Wearing it longer? I'm as bald as you, there is NO "long." Period.

Brad Evans

what did i do?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:15 PM)

Another time.

Josh Fields, (Charlotte, SC)

Who's better for 2008, me or Andy LaRoche?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:15 PM)

Fields

Dana (Boston)

Rank please. T.Pena, Accardo, Acosta, C.Cordero.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:16 PM)

Codero, Pena, Acosta, Accardo.

Dan (DC)

Why do ALL ESPN analysts FEAR CHAD QUALLS?!! He is the next closer in waiting in AZ. Not Pena, Not Scherzer.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:17 PM)

Maybe because we've seen what happens when Qualls closes. They like him in that middle spot

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:17 PM)

Ok, gang... I gotta run. Thanks for everything.