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August 12, 8:36 AM ET
Fantasy Sports w/Matthew Berry

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

'Sup gang? Happy to be back where, of course, you can play Fantasy Football for Free with Free Live Scoring this year. As always... all subjects answered. By the way, I have my iPod rocking right now, so I'm just going to periodically slap song titles up here as my ipod changes. I have VERY random taste in music. Right now, it's playing "Prophet" by Jude

Brian (Chicago, IL)

Based on your top 200, would you take Steven Jackson with the 4th pick in a draft, or would you bite the bullet and take AP?

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

He won't be there at 4, but yes, I would take AD

Marc (Philly)

How long do you think McGahee is out for?

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

I think he misses the first game of the season... I'm releasing updated rankings later today (though I bet they don't get posted until tomorrow) and I have McGahee at 19 overall, 12th among RB. And I moved Ray Rice up a decent amount as well.

Lloyd Dobler (Ioni Skye's Bedroom)

Matty my boy. I think you're about 5 years away from a wicked comb over. Can't wait!

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

Nice reference. Can't comb over what you don't have, my friend. By the way, I'll probably be doing fantasy kick boxing, sport of the future.

ray (LA)

i know you guys are thinking about a fantasy hockey podcast and that it might not be you and nate, but can you at least make sure they do a man's league?

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

Done and done.

The Last Remaining Mariner Fan- Seattle

Thanks for taking my question- I've got two, once solid, dinged up, cranium crushed, one legged, duct taped duds in Carl Crawford and Ryan Church and two fill in the blank, waiver wire, might be's in Patterson and Justin Upton. Could you please rank these guys for the rest of the season and give me a calculated guess as to who (among this rag tag bunch) has the most stolen bases from here on out. Thanks again- Matt (in Sea Town)

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:10 PM)

Upton over Patterson unless you need speed.

Joel ( Roscommon MI)

How much will Felix Jones cut in to Barber's value ?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:10 PM)

Not that much... Barber was top 10 last year with Julius and I don;t see Felix having more of a role than Barber

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:10 PM)

Neil Dimaond, Shilo

Jeremy (DC)

Start Burnett tonight at Detroit? Thanks!

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

Yes

Jordan (Slinger, WI)

Safest, sure-fire top 7 pick w/o LT?

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

Westbrook. He always produces... but there aren't any 100%. He's the least risky.

Bela Karolyi (Beijing)

Does my mustache intimidate you?

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

Of course. intimdate, frighten and yes, maybe, inspire.

Kwame (Detroit)

Hey Matt! Will your updated rankings take into effect the Favre trade? What can I hope to see for Coles' rank in the update?

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

Yep. Have Favre at #10 and Coles in the top 30 of WR

Boomer (STL)

Start Volstad against the Cards tonight?

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

Yes

scott (Philly)

TMR, saw you on TV and didn't notice the makeup on your collar. Nice job. go spartans

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

Thanks. Nate doesn't know what he's talking about

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

Prince, "7"

Dave (King of Prussia, PA)

Who would you take first, Misty May or Kerri Walsh? Also, would you be starting Oswalt tonight vs. San Fran?

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

Misty and yes on Big Roy

Eddie Balducci (Kirk's Neighbor)

How hot was Chelsea Noble?

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

Ok, now THAT's a great reference. She is very attractive

Aaron (Texas)

Should I trade Ricky Williams for Ahman Green?

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

Yeah, I think I would. Look, both guys are upside plays. And Green will be the starter on a good team, Williams a time share at best on a bad team. Green has more upside, so I do the deal.

Bob (philly)

Please answer my question I need a Closer do you think Brad Ziegler will get the job?

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

yes

Megan Fox (LA)

Does MY mustache intimidate you?

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

Maybe

President of Espn.com

Do you realize your chats are 50% nonsense? You have good info but behave like a stooge.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:17 PM)

Just 50%? I need to get that number up.

Rich (San Jose)

I'm doing a mock draft on ESPN.com. What do you say to the guy who drafts Marshall Faulk in the 2nd round...?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:17 PM)

Go play on another site.

Ben (Charlotte via Columbus)

Start Ubaldo tonight?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:17 PM)

Always

JJ (AZ)

Yo BERRY! You all having another mock draft anytime soon?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:17 PM)

Yeah, soon I am told...

Erik (Sacramento, Ca)

Recently finished Fantasyland. Interesting book. Your take on it and how the tout war came across?

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

I get that question a lot. It was a fair portrait but a shallow one. In fairness to Sam, he had a lot of characters to intorduce so he needed to give one line descriptions... There is definitely a part of "Hollywood Matt Berry" to me, but there's a lot more obviously - to both me as a person and analyst. I thought I came off fairly well tho it's hard to read about yourself. Many folks were NOT happy.

CLINK (Atlanta, GA)

What are your thoughts on Clinton Portis. Do you think that he succeeds in Washingtons new offense? Or do you think he gets hurt, given the amount of carries he had last year...

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

. Ihave Portis at 6 among RB - the next guy after the big 5. Really like him. Hank Williams Jr "Now I know how George feels"

Brian (STL)

C. Perez has been killing it!! Is Wainwright still the closer when he gets back?

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

Yes I think so. Wainwright still getting hit a bit in minors tho so we'll see how the next week goes. But yes, that is my guess.

Bob(Ma)

Been swapping my UTILIYT spot between J. BRUCE and C. DAVIS. Do you like MILLEDGE better then either one going foward? OBS league. Ty

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

I like Milledge more than Davis, yes

Bobby, NY

What is this year's worst first round draft slot? I think 6.

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

Of course. Not even close.

Tovi (Santa Barbara)

Fantasy Basketball podcast this year? OUTRAGEOUS that there hasn't been one.

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

There will be hopefully.

tyler (cincinnati, oh)

free fantasy basketball this year? and what are the chances you and nate can do a pop culture podcast between the end of football and beginning of baseball?

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

Yes on Free Fantasy Hoops. And Free Fantasy Hockey. And very good chance.

Clyde (Clifton, NJ)

AJ seems to have a mancrush on Melvin Mora. Do you share in his lust, or would Kouz, Zim, Gordon, or Blake be more attractive options going forward?

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

Yeah I am high on Mora and like him more than any of those

Larry (SD)

How much pressure is point on the ESPN fantasy experts to focus more on football than baseball now? Seems like once training camps opens football is king.

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

Not pressure but certainly, interest is much higher in football at this time of year than baseball. More people play football and of those that play baseball, some have bailed because they are out of it... n But we're covering everything as always. There's a new Out of the Box every morning for baseball (among the best things we do!), podcast and video show every morning, new columns...

Steve(Ma)

BIG UNIT TONIGHT? TY

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

NO

Sans a Witty Nickname (KC)

I just want to know if you'd rather have Ankiel or Vernon for the rest of the year?

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

Ankiel

Alex (NYC)

Is it insane to grab MJD before the Fitz/Ocho Cinco/Colston's of the world?

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

Not insane at all.

Don (Miami)

Berry - the correct answer was May AND Walsh.

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

Adam Raised a Cain, The Boss

Joey (Queens)

NO TO BIG UNIT? Dude has like a 0.88 ERA since the break!

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

He's at Coors.

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

Ham in NJ, you can call 1-888-549-ESPN

Frank (Medford, MA)

You have very random taste in music? That is the kind of crap you talk on a date but not in the chat room sir. No one here wants to know that you like to prance around your bedroom singing Neil Diamond songs but your dates might find it endearing. Know your audience TMR.

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

Could not disagree more. "Something Better Comes Along" Kermit and Rowlf

Joey (Queens)

Your point? Coors isn't what it used to be- and even so, he had a good outing there. You'll be eating your words Berry! http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/splits?playerId=2131&type=pitching3&three=1

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

Wouldn't be the first time.

jimmy (L.A.)

better bet this year: Santonio or Jennings

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

Santonio and it's not close.

Bill(Boston)

FOOTBALL KEEPER? Wayne 3rd round, Brees 3rd, A. Johnson 5th, Burner Turner 8th or Selvin 8th. 2 Rb's, 2 Wr's and Flex league. Ty

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:35 PM)

Wayne

J.C. (NY)

ESPN has had massive technical issues in the past with fantasy football leagues - yeah its nice that you are free and all but what kind of assurances can you give that those problems have been rectified?

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

The fact that there have been no issues at all with our Fantasy Football Game the last two years - which is something NONE of our competitors can say

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

Alanis, You Oughta Know

Joey (Queens)

You're entertaining but with this advice I wish I was in a league with you to take your money...

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

Gosh, me too.

Nathan (Duffield, VA)

Over/Under....Tom Brady 40 TD's

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

Probably just under. I've lowered expectations just slightly

Mark (Raleigh)

What's your ordering of Jimenez, Meche or Greinke?

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

Zack ahead of Mechem Ublado #1

John (Chicago)

Yes, I'm choosing you over Easterbrook right now. In a 2 QB, 3 RB, 3 WR league where all TDs are 6 how early would you want to have your second QB as we have to start 2? Is pick # 4 too early for Tom Brady?

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

I'm honored. No, pick #4 is not too early for Brady. I'd probably rank him 3 in that format

Frank (Medford, MA)

I am glad you disagree. You have Alanis on your iPod. Now please substitute awful for random.

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

well done

Mike (Nashville)

Wow, so you're really high on Wayne huh? No concerns about Manning's knee, Marvin's return, or Gonzalez and Clark stealing catches?

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

Correct. He had all those issues last year except the knee on PM and had over 1500 yards and 10 scores, Manning will be fine

Steve (Youngstown, Ohio)

Who do you think will have a better year? Fitzgerald or Braylon Edwards?

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

You guys do know I post my own personal rankings on the site, right?

Matt (Chicago)

Remember when you called for Swisher to hit 35 HRs and a .300 avg this season? Whoops. BTW, have you tallied up your Bold Predictions sheet yet? 75% right is looking like it's got a 25% shot at panning out.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:42 PM)

Yeah, that one was ugly. I got a shot at a decent amount of them... Did better on love hate but that's the point - they were bbold predictions. I'll do a "look back" article on that one after the season

Alanis (Canada)

Is it 1995? How the hell am I on your iPod? Wanna play some Madden? Wanna watch Full House?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:42 PM)

Lyle Lovett, Skinny Legs

Dave (Full House)

Wow, I love that Alanis song for some reason. Thoughts on Billy Butler's future?

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

Very clever. I like Butler quite a bit...

Jeff (Cleveland)

Carmona is awful. Am I crazy to drop him in an AL only format?

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

AL Only? Yes

Rob - State College

It's great to have Matt in Chicago watching your back, huh? One of those guys who loves to say "I told you so" but never goes out on a limb himself...

Tovi (Santa Barbara)

If you already have LenDale, then Chris Johnson over Jonathan Stewart?

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

No, because Stewart has a chance to start... but I do really like Johnson as a sleeper quite a bit. he looks great, the Titans can run, LenDale is injury prone and had single digit fantasy points in 5 of his last 8 or something

Caveman (Geico)

Just saw the ad, you guys look like brothers, if only you had longer hair...need a OF for Crawford out of Bruce, Hermida, Lewis, Ibanez, Winn, or Lastings?

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

If only I had hair. Yeah, thakn - the geico ads were a lot of fun. We adlibbed most of that. Ibanez unless you need to replace Crawford's speed. Then I say Winn

Alf

"One Hand in My Pocket" is actually about me.

Pete (Spokane)

Would you be comfortable with Heap, Miller, or Scheffler as your starting tight end?

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

Yes, very much so for Scheffler or Miller. Not sure on Heap all the way back but yeah, TE is very deep this year

Cheddar (Philly)

Whatever happened to the Fantasy shows on ESPN? I really liked the one with Jaws and the hot chick from Survivor. ESPN needs to bring back some kind of Fantasy show when football starts again.

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

We have a Fantasy Show. It's called Fantasy Football Now and will air Sunday Mornings at Noon ET on ESPN.com... it won the EMMY last year. We will have the first preview episode of it up this Thursday

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

Another Prince. DMSR

rosario (NYC)

You really pushed hard at the beginning of the season to avoid Billingsley because of an injury that you would not disclose. What happened: bad info, bad source???

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

yes and yes

Fantasy Football Loser (Your League)

MJD! Does your ranking of him assume increased carries or a Taylor injury?

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

Neither. Just think JAX is in for a big offensive year

Bob - Mpls

Do you know any place where they have fantasy football with free live updates, mock drafts, seamless integration with a major sports network, and bullet headed advice givers?

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

Gimme a minute...

Jonboy (Fort Worth, TX)

Berry - in a league where all TDs are worth 6 points, which side would you rather have Manning or Favre + Maroney?

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

Favre and Maroney

Fernando (Pembroke Pines)

Do you know what Chris Carpenters fate is?

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

Not yet... Guessing they will be cautious but he'll make a start at end of this week

Dave Coulier (1986)

What's up with Josh Willingham - is he going to produce any worthwhile stats anytime soon? Would Adam Lind be a better option?

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

I like Lind more than Josh, yes

Matt (Fredericksburg, TX)

What did you think of the swimming relay Sunday night?

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

pretty awesome. Go USA!

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

Pet Shop Boys. West End Girls.

Tony Romo (Dallas, TX)

Carrie Underwood or Jessica Simpson?

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

Carrie

Marc (Toronto, Canada)

Start Gio tonight?

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

NO

Matt,MPLS

How often do you update the top 200? will it get updated before the 22nd?

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

Updating it today

Brian (MI)

Is it just me, or is it crazy that all these people take an hour to sit through a chat just to criticize you? Not that you don't deserve it (sometimes), but if you're REALLY that bad, shouldn't everyone just go somewhere else?

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

Sometimes I think they just want to get something printed and will write something negative just because they think I am more likely to print a negative one than a nice one. And sometimes they are right....

mike(chi)

is Brandon Marshall still worth an 8th round keeper? Thanks

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

yes

Rich (San Jose)

I have GOT to agree w/Cheddar. Loved that show w/Jaws & Survivor chick. Watched it with my wife... probably reason why she won our league...

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

Thanks. Yeah, terrible time slot... very frustrating...

John (WI)

Every day that S. Jackson holds out I get more worried about taking him top 5. What date should we start thinking about dropping him down?

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

Another week - 10 days

Rod(Reading Pa)

Breaking News: Red Sox acquire Paul Byrd. Good play in standard mixed roto league?

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

yeah, definitely... I was talking about him last week. 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA since the break and now with Red Sox behind him he'll get wins. No K's but yes, I believe

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

AC/DC, Shoot to Thrill

John (NY)

Weird question, but now that Cutler has his Diabetes Type I under control can we expect a big leap? That disease should have made him very weak last year and he still had good numbers.

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

He still doesn't have a lot of weapons and a run first coach... I'm not buying it. Like him froma real life sense just not a fantasy sense

Steve

Should I trust Brett Myers now?

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

Yes, I think so.

Josh (Lincoln, NE)

Whoa whoa. You went through a whole rant last year about how "unsexy" Carrie was and now you're picking her over Jessica Simpson?

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

That's a fair question. I think it's because Carrie would just sit there quietly while Jessica would drive you crazy. Both are very hot but Carrie doesn't have a crazy Dad or all the paparazzi.

Scott (Albany NY)

IPOD Classic, Touch or Nano?

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

New iPhone, actually.

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

Zanzibar, by an obscure ska band called Suburban Legends

Joe (NC)

You did have some dud predictions but some good ones which I followed your advice on were Brian McCann and Josh Hamilton, well done.

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

aw shucks.

Chuck (Hershey, PA)

Buzzer beater, Blake or Stewart rest of the way?

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

Blake actually. Okay guys. I gotta run. Thanks for stopping by!