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July 29, 1:42 PM ET
Fantasy Sports w/Matthew Berry

Dan: San Jose

As I've been saying for a few months now, let's get this thing started Matt!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:02 PM)

Well said, Dan. As always... all subjects answered.

Matthew "Not Berry" G, St. Lou

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE. Who do I need to trade for NOW. Anyone. The alpha stud for these last 2 months....please, say his name...

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:03 PM)

Santana. Cano. Big Tex will have a huge second half once he gets dealt.

Alec (Boston)

Hey Matthew. I should have taken your advice last night and started Slowey- I won't question your calls again. So help me out for tonight- Start Matt Cain? He had a great outing last time but he also likes to have one good outing followed by one bad one. The Dodgers are heating up too. Thoughts?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:04 PM)

I'd start Cain

Mark (Boston)

better bet the rest of the way...Slowey or Guthrie?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:04 PM)

Slowey but I do like Guthrie

Rebecca (St Louis)

Word is that the FBI took Anne Hathaway's private diaries.......is your name going to come up at all?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:05 PM)

How great would that be?

Bret (SF)

I haven't read one of your chats in a couple months. I come back, and you're still answering Dan questions!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:05 PM)

Never met a joke I couldn't beat into the ground. Welcome back. May I take your drink order?

Joe (Squarejaw, NY)

Who is this Rebecca from St. Louis, and does she play Madden at all?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:05 PM)

Rebecca?

Tom (CT)

This now makes 3 places where you are above the law.

BJ Upton

Am I a bust?

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

No, I just don't think you returned what folsk expected... you have a lot more steals this year than folks thought - you might very well get to 50... just not as much power as folks wanted...

Jenteal (jersey)

What numbers can you project from this moment till the end of the year or Casey Blake. Thanks so much!

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

Double digit HR, .275

Brian (Williamsburg, VA)

Name Game with Rodney and CJ Wilson, Percival, and Mike Gonzalez

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

Percy, Gonz, Wilson, Rodney

Kevin (Wash DC)

Who's got a change to get more saves: Jason Isringhausen or Fernando Rodney?

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

I say Rodney actually. I'm not convinced Izzy stays healthy or effective

Nate (College Station, TX)

Denard Span or Steven Pearce the rest of this year?

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

Span

Chris Frederick MD

I can only keep two of the three RB's Larry Johnson KC Adrian Peterson MN Lawrence Maroney NE I feel Maroney may have a better season than LJ what would you do?

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

He might but I'd probably keep LJ. Frankly, i'm not high on either. Pats had 17 rush TD last year and it was 7 different players that scored them. No NE RB got more than 6 and the addition of Jordan plus Sammy Mossi coming back... at leats you know LJ will get the ball. LJ is the safer play, Maroney has more upside. Since you already have AP, I keep LJ. Plus, it will be easier to get Maroney back than LJ

Ralph (Baltimore, MD)

What happens to Shoppach when VMart returns?

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

They may play V Mart at first. Not like Garko's doing anything

Waaahh (Wahhville)

Why do you take football questions during a fantasy chat? Why can't they be at different times? Waaahh

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

Think you may be missing the point of this chat...

FOOTBALL!!!!

Give me a midtier receiver that becomess a monster this year like Marshall from last year. You the man! Just do it!

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

Cotchery was one of only 5 WR last year w/ at least 5 100 yard games. S Holmes will be top 10 this year. Smae for Roddy White. Deeper, I really like Driver to bounce back, Engram to be big in Seattle and Calvin to have anice year post hype. Dwayne Bowe as well...

Lou (Hoboken, NJ)

Hey matt saw you are in a fantasy experts league ... you're in dead last and 65 points behind. My question is should we really listen to any advice you have to give?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:22 PM)

Yeah, that's my AL Tout Wars team. What a brutal team. Lots of bad luck injury wise and underperfomrers... Bedard, Carmona, Vlad, Cano, Jeter, Garko, Upton, Miggy... list goes on and on. As for your question... I guess that's up to you and what you look for in your fantasy analyst. I finished 2nd in that league last year. Am I that much dumber this year? Or that much smarter last year? I won a big Football Experts league last year against all the big names in the industry and I won a fantasy hoops expert league on 82games too... Does that mean I'm better than everyone in those sports? Personally, I think expert leagues are a crock. They often are done very early, so they are not a true test of value. Also, ESPN doesn't pay me to win leagues. They could care less if I win my leagues. They pay me to help YOU guys win yours. And I have tens of thousands of emails over the past decade from guys saying I helped them do just that. That's what I care about, frankly. To put it another way... Isiah Thomas was a much better pro hoops player than Phil jackson. Who would you want coaching your team? Regardless of whether you like me or not, I don't think perfomance in an experts league - by me or anyone - is a true test of the ability to look at every player in the league and help you win your league. My answer would be is for you to read everyone out there and decide who YOU like and agree with...That's all that matters for YOUR team, you know?

Eric (FL)

What is the deal with Carmona? Will he get right or did we see the best he has in his last start?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:23 PM)

He will get right. Good buy low.

Andy, Boston

Jorge Posada is officially done for the year...would you be so kind as to rank these replacements for me: Iannetta, Pudge Rod, Ramon Hernandez, Kurt Suzuki? Thanks Berry my man!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:23 PM)

Ramon, Ianetta, Pudge, Kurt

San (Dan Jose)

I don't like you

Andrew (Tampa, FL)

You really screwed me with your Alex Gordon love. Should I still own him in a 12-team mixed. I won't mention Andruw Jones, either. Oops!

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

I'll take the heat on Jones but I wasn't one of the big Gordon guys here... that's someone else.

Matt (Chicago)

Remember when you touted Garko to hit north of .300 and 30 HRs? Whoops.

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

Errr.... Maybe

tyger (bettendorf, IA)

i meant that YOU, Matthew Berry, hit the nail RIGHT ON THE HEAD. NOT LOU!. Keep up the good work...

Jon (Boston)

Would you trade a Ring Ding for a Devil dog?

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

No

Marco

Doesnt Lou from Hoboken realize that in a league full of only Fantasy Experts, A FANTASY EXPERT WILL ALWAYS FINISH LAST! BRRRRR~!

Sammy Sosa (?)

How about a 6-9th round rb sleeper in a ppr league? Just do it!!! Thank u BERRY BERRY much:)

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:28 PM)

Kevin Smith. Jonathan Stewart. Matt Forte. All of them going in that range

annoyed

I got screwed yesterday by sitting both guthrie and slowey. now I'm talking myself into starting clay and campillo tonight. got any advice?

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

Campillo yes, no on Clay... though Clay should get an ugly win. Lackey's career ERA at Fenway is over 7

Rebecca (St Louis)

Sorry for the delay. I am the most infamous poster in these chats!! And yes I play Madden.

Larry (NY)

I don't get why people like to point out on guys you liked coming into the year that didn't do well. It happens, whether it be an injury, just a bad year, decline etc. People make mistakes, it happens. I appreciate your advice and think you do an excellent job in your podcasts, chats and columns. If people think they're smarter or better, how about they step up to the plate and start writing fantasy advice on websites.

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

Aw shucks.

Joe (alexandria, va)

I want to switch a long time keeper league from another site to ESPN. A perk of keeping the league at the other site is that they offer "All Time" records that shows standings and final rosters from years past. Would it even be possible to be able to enter standings from the past few years of a league if we switched to ESPN?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:31 PM)

1-888-SAY-ESPN. They can help.

Matt (Boston)

You seem to be down on Greg Jennings. While his TD rate last year was high, isn't it possible that Donald Driver slows down and Jennings becomes the main target? How do you think Rodgers helps, hurts him this year.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:34 PM)

It's not just because of TD's...it's also targets. Feel a "rookie" like Rodgers is going to look more towards a possion vet like DD than Greg. Also it's a value thing - Driver is going 3 rounds after GJ. Like Greg from a talent standpoint, but Driver will better value. By the way, I interviewed both Jennnings and Grant at the ESPN commerical shoots and they both said, separately of each other, that James Jones was looking sick in camp and that he was going to have a breakout year.

Ralph (NJ)

How about a Ding Dong for a Ho Ho?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:34 PM)

Done

Rod(Reading Pa)

to Larry(NY)- What makes Berry different from the rest of us is he is a trained professional writers. I would bet a large portion of his audience actually knows much more about fantasy baseball but they can't articulate it as well and I have found this to be true about any so called "expert" in the media.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:38 PM)

I wouldn't say much more, but I have always said that many people could do what I (and every one else) does from a knowledge standpoint. What they don't have is yes, an ability to commincate that info in an entertaining way on mulltiple platforms,. I also have over 20 years experience playing and more titles than a lot of people have leagues played. But I just don't care about most of my leagues. Like, say I recommend a big week for Matt Schaub. And I'm playing agianst him in 3 games that weekend during the season. When watching the games, I'm rooting for Schaub to go off (so I'm right) much more than I am for him to tank (so I win those three leagues). Does that make sense? The thing that gets me all fired up these days isn't winning, it's nailing predictions and helping folks win.

rob albany n.y

berry picking my order in a 12 team redraft league tonight. what pick do i want?

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

1-5 or 10-12

Micho (Lansing, MI)

What's your take on Brandon Morrow? Over/Under 7 saves from here on out?

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

Over but barely

Jordan (NJ)

Matt, I'm not sure if you checked, but before Carmona got hurt, he had more walks than strikeouts, and the strikeouts were so low compared to innings, it was a bigger miracle than the eights nights of Hanukkah. Give me your reasons as to how you can possibly think he has talent. It seems to me he's just a sinkerballer who was incredibly lucky this year, after over-achieving last year. Thoughts?

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

Yeah, but he had changed to a snkerballer last year and that's what turned it around for him. He's not a strikeout guy anymore - disagree he got lucky. He was pitching decently before he got hurt and I expect it to continue... he's been nothing short of terrific since becoming a starter.

Matt (East Hartford via Albany)

I want you to pick next year's Fantasy All-Pro team right now, and if you're wrong, I'm gonna yell, scream, b!tch and moan.

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

Well played

James (2.5 hours from STL)

Rebecca will you marry me?!?

Josh

So Matt, when will the housing market turn around and on what exact day?

Mike (Avondale, AZ)

What is your favorite type league to play in, daily league, keeper leagues, etc...?

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

auction keeper, no question. truest test of skill.

Ben (Charlotte via Columbus)

Thoughts on Scott Baker for the rest of the way?

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

Really like him

Marc (IN)

If people know so much more than you, shouldn't they have no need to even read the chats? They should know everything already right?

Garrett (Seattle)

Damn, I have the 6th pick in picking the order in a 14 teamer, 1-5 or 13-14?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:45 PM)

Well, I just think it gets ugly after 5.... LT, Westbrook, Addai, AP, S JAx are my top 5 - other shave a diff order - but after that it gets into questin marks. I'd probably take Brady or Moss there, frankly, Or try and trade down.

Help in Los Angeles

We just had a earthquake! I'm scared.

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

Yeah, I heard. I suggest standing in a doorway. With your iPod, listening to our podcast. My soothing voice will help you during these troubled times.

Angry Person (everywhere)

Seems like insulting you is the way to get your attention, You're a waste of ESPN money and TV-WEB space, ESPN and every for of media is full of CLOWNS like YOU, now make me laugh. Better career, Volquez or Schertzer, and hurry up, i don't have all day, be useless, Thanks

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

Well, anyone can post the "You're awesome" posts and emails. The angry ones are more entertaining. Career... I'll say Scherzer.

Rebecca (St Louis)

Sorry James I'm really a guy......I thought everyone knew that??

Turk, San Diego

Greetings TMR, Your NBA advice helped me make a run in my league. What about Niner wr's with Smith at QB this year? Thanks

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

Bleah. I hate Smith. Shuan Hill should be the QB.

Rocco Mazza (Voorhees, New Jersey)

How do you think Rutgers will do this year? How about a BIG EAST Football Championship for the Scarlet Knights?

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

No idea. Could care less about college football until they get rid of the BCS

Matt's Life Coach (West Hartford, CT)

You can do a terrific chat today! And you're gonna help people! Because you're good enough, you're smart enough, and, doggonit, people like you! Now stop trying to prove yourself and just answer questions!

Angry Person

is a funny mother......shut your mouth!

Earl, Fayetteville

Who do you want Guzman or Aviles for the rest of the season?

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

Aviles. Not close.

James

I knew it was too good to be true.....do you have a sister :)

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

Dan in NJ - that's hilarious, but I can't post it.

Andy (Phoenix)

I just searched for "Nate Ravitz" on Wikipedia, and the first thing that comes up is the "Matthew Berry" page, which is quite extensive. Nate has no page. Just sayin'.

Bob, AZ

Are you going to have an experts mock auction? Why were your prices last year based on $100 cap and this year its $200?

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

Yes, gonna do an Expert Mock and this year it is based on the standard ESPN auction league - we have online auction ability now, you know!

Stupid in the Midwest

Isn't that "couldn't" care less?

steven (tulsa)

when do the fantasy focus football podcasts start up again?

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

They started up today. First one is already posted.

Guy who was with Rebecca last night

Reallly?

Josh (College Station)

What do you think of Alex Rios? Should I attempt to trade for him?

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

Yes - gonna have a monster second half. power starting to come around

Paymon, Pensacola FL

Matt, Your inside source was dead wrong on Chad Billingsley and his supposed injury issues this year. i certainly hope you don't use that person for info any more. I almost didn't draft the guy because of that info.

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

Yes. It happens. If I was to tell you my inside source you'd be amazed. And have agreed with me.

Ethan (NJ)

How many times have you hit yourself on the head for doing Crocodile Dundee?

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

None. Paid me a ton of money which allowed me to d a bunch of things, like buy my first house and start a fantasy sports website without any outside funding.

mike (philly)

which 1B do you want for the rest of the year: billy butler, chris davis, or chad tracy?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:55 PM)

Davis, Butler, Tracy

Rebecca's Sister

I'm a dude too. Sorry.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:55 PM)

This made me laugh.

Franco (Philly)

Would I be better off taking McNabb or Kolb in my fantasy league?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:56 PM)

McNabb. Though he's my fantasy kryptonite. Every year I believe...

RS (Boston)

Hey Matt... is Todd Jones worth holding on to? How about Zumaya?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:56 PM)

No. And yes.

AJ Burnett

buy?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:57 PM)

Yes

Ken (Tarzana, CA)

What's the word on Rudi Johnson? Do you see him putting up some sexy numbers this year?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:57 PM)

I don't actually. At best, think he's a time share w/ Kenny Watson, who I like as a sleeper

JB (NYC)

Who closes next in Oakland?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:57 PM)

Casilla if Devine isn't healthy yet

Brian, Vancouver, WA

Admit it, your ex got most of your money from Dundee.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:58 PM)

Nope. She did get half of the TMR sale though. Which she deserved, incidentally. Seriously.

SJC(Ma)

BEST VALUE for keeper. Wayne 3rd round, Jacobs 4th, Andre Johnson 5th, or Burner Turner 8th? 1/2 ppr. 2 Wr's, @ Rb's, and flex. Thanks

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:59 PM)

Turner

John Grabow

saves?

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

I guess so but there's rumors Grabow is on his way out in trade too, in which case it'd probably be yates. Capps will be back in a few weeks anyways

Jason Isringhausen (St. Louie)

+/- 15 saves? +/- 4 ERA from here on out?

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

Under on saves, over on ERA

Mike(Ma)

Meet me at Foxwoods?

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

This is funny only for us in the NE area. But it made me laugh. Some of these are only for me.

Curious (Leftfield)

Do you have a censor there, like the delay on a "live" radio show? Or do you self-police for fear of future retribution from the man?

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

Self police.

Brian (RI)

Seriously, ESPN or their Senior Director of Fantasy should look into a Basketball/Hockey hybrid mixed podcast 30 mins, first 15 ball last 15 hockey or vice versa. i know you and nate have

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:03 PM)

We will have weekly Hockey and Hoops podcasts this year I believe.

BJ

Trading Ichiro for Rios a good idea?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:06 PM)

i'd ask for a little more than Rios... but yes, I would sell high on Ichiro. Only 2 steals since June 23!

Matt,MPLS

Foxwoods better be a strip club, or I think Berry just got hit on by rebecca's dude sister. Creepy. Where do you draft Portis?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:07 PM)

it's a casino with a bad slogan and cheesy commercials. I have Portis as the #6 RB - over Gore

Ronan (Athlone, Ireland)

Join the "No to Bush-Zito on the board" fan profile group page here .... http://sportsnation.espn.go.com/groups/1564

Rebecca (St Louis)

Yes, but she doesn't play Madden. Maybe you'll have better luck finding a Unicorn than finding a Hot woman that plays Madden.

Name Game

Myers or Ubaldo Jimenez.

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

Ubaldo. Not close.

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

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