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June 15, 3:00 PM ET
Fantasy Sports w/Matthew Berry

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

Hi guys... Sorry I'm late. The brand spanking new SN set-up confused my feeble mind on how to get in. We're all good now. As always, all subject answered. And a reminder... the LA Lakers are your 2009 Champs, baby! Rock on.

Mike (Boston)

Is Nick Markakis going to stop being mediocre any time soon, or is he just an overrated outfielder who will hit .280 and 20hrs?

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

I'm with you.... I don't think he's mediocre, but I've never had the same lust that some folks have had. He's young but he's never been more than a 20/10 guy. He won't get to 30 this year and I'd be shocked if he stole more than 20. Put it this way - Torii Hunter will wind up with similar or better numbers than Nick. He's good, but not as good as some think from a fantasy perspective.

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

I do expect his steals to increase a bit though. And he IS traditionally a better player in the second half...

Andy (Detroit)

Should I drop Peavy? Volstad, Millwood, Duke, E. Santana, Nolasco are all available as free agents in my 10 team mixed league.

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

Not for any of those guys, but if you need the bench space in a 10 team non-keeper, then yeah, feel free to drop Jake. Look, he's probably not coming back until Sept if at all. Your ERA and Ratio will be set by then, he's not gonna get a bunch of wins on the Padres and there's no guarantee he's really effective.

Commish (GGW)

TMR, our league uses your auction values to set the price on last year's FA pickups. Can you give us an ETA on when they will be set (possible shameless plug for Draft kit)? Thanks

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

I believe within the next ten days our football draft kit will launch, 100% free, with auction values and many many goodies.

Sparks (San Marcos)

you still "crushin" on Wandy? please rank Joba/Wandy/Baker/Porcello... oh and your thoughts on Cantu or Chris Davis?Thanks Berry

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

Yes. Wandy, Baker, Joba, Porcello. I still believe in Davis but it gets harder every day. Right now, I'd be playing Cantu

Matt (Miami)

So if you are saying Markakis won't hit 30 homeruns, about how many will he finish with?

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

24

Derrick (NY)

Hey TMR, trade Rollins and Shields for the Buzzsaw if Zobrist is the shortstop replacement?

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

No, you're selling way too low on Rollins.

Dan (San Jose)

I missed you on the podcast last week. There I said it. I actually went back and listened to old podcasts just so I could have the TMR in my life.

Eric (Ontario)

I know you're one of the biggest Ubaldo fans out there. Just got him straight up for Buehrle in a H2H League. What do you think?

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

About even... Ubaldo has more upside, Mark is safer. I do like Ubaldo quite a bit...

Phil ((Pitt))

You a Blanton believer? He's finally looking like the prospect they thought he was.

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

Yeah, he's been unreal. I actually tweeted this (follow me @TheRealTMR) that he has a 2.00 ERA and great K/BB rate over his last 4 starts. I'm starting to believe... He's a spot starter in a 10 teamer now...

Brian (Farmington,CT)

TRM,Wondering how good of a slow pitch softball pitcher you are?

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

I'm not bad, actually. Good control, decent spin.. My team likes me on the mound.

John (Orange County)

Why are you always late? No seriously, don't give a joke as an answer.

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

Scheduling. I do ESPNEWS at 2:50 PM. The idea is top use that to promote the fact I am chatting at 3pm. So by the time we sign off, I take off my mic/earpiece, walk down to my office and sign into the chat room, it's a few minutes late. Today was later because of me not knowing how to get into the back end of the new SN interface

Tim (Chicago)

I hope it really fed your ego to post the comment from the guy who missed you on the podcast. It sure didn't really help out the flow of this chat. ??

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

My ego will always take precedence over the flow of this chat. Dan in San Jose is a long running joke.

DB (Oakland)

Have two OF slots to fill in 12 team 5x5: rank Dukes, Reimold, McCutcheon, Nyler Morgan?

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

I believe you have them ranked correctly, except I'd have Morgan over McCutcheon. I know, that's a bit nutty but I'm a huge Dukes guy and his speed is what puts his over the top. I could see Reimold having a some adjustment problems the second time through the league - he's still very young.

Dave (Tampa)

TMR, welcome back from vacation. Government workers think you have a sweet gig. You should have read the new, 2.0 chat manual before you started. Activate the whiner filter.

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

Wasn't whining. Explaining.

Kevin (Fenway)

Help a AL only keeper league player. Is Porcello ($1-A) and Reimold ($1-A) too much to give up for Posada ($12-B)? League starts two catchers and I've got Laird and Napoli.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:27 PM)

Yes! Both of those guys are LEGIT! I would not deal them for a 37 year old catcher, esp since Napoli is great and Laird will get better.

Not first timers (Everywhere)

Tim, you whiner, your lack of a question, or substantial contribution, is screwing up the flow of the chat.

joe (iowa)

Soto or Wieters for the rest of the year?

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

I'm gonna say Soto because I'm seeing glimpses of life. but it's really close.

Hal (SD)

TMR, need help deciding what to do with AJ Burnett this week...help?

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

Depends on your options but I'd play him. Don't expect him to honor any potential suspension immeadiately, you know?

Ben (NY)

Is Tulo back?

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

I think so. .313 and 3 HR in June so far...

Steve (NY)

Jason Bartlett was taken off the DL today. Safe to start him this week in a h2h or wait and see how he looks?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:32 PM)

I'd get him right back in

Stewart (Colorado Springs)

Which Rockie MI has the most value the rest of the way - Barmes, Stewart, or Tulo?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:32 PM)

TT, Stewart, Barmes - in that order

Jason (Springfield)

Is it time to play Fantasy Football yet?? TMR, where does Forte rank as far as RBs are concerned? Top 3?

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

I have him at 3 in my current top 200, yes. http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=tmr090429

Shane (Edison, NJ)

First timers should be restricted to Pierre's chats. After 10 chats you can preview the Berry chat. After 10 Previews, and a general familiarity with CD3, College Station eateries, Anne, Lincoln, Mw/C and Syracuse you may ask a question. Now a ? from a vet: How do you like Morrow as a starter in the 2nd half?

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

I like him. Look, skills are skills. he needs to stary healthy but he'll be solid.

Vince (Dayton, OH)

Please rank Blackburn, Penny, Wakefield, Dice-K

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

Blackburn, Dice, Wake, Penny. Keep in mind I am a big Dice-K hater

Andrew (Toronto)

Is Vladi going to find even a glimpse of his old power. I know he is hitting well right now, but I drafted him to hit a few dingers as well.

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

I'd be shocked if he finished with more than 15

John (Orange County)

What a suprise the podcast was good today, you were absent, I like listening when the fantasy podcast actually talks about fantasy

Geoff (IA)

Best RB out of the Jets backfield by year end? Maybe a little bias, but I bet it's Shonn Greene. Your thoughts.

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

It very easily could be. I like Shonn Greene, as does Merril Hoge. Great O line and good offense... all depends on JOnes.

JD to John from Orange County (Tampa, FL)

Keep listening, I hear they do it daily

Roy Oswalt (Houston Texas)

How do I do the rest of the year? How comparable am i in a trade for Brad Hawpe?

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

I think you do okay but not amazing. And I would much rather have Hawpe.

Brian (NY)

Ianetta or Napoli for the rest of the year?

Cosmo (Farmington, CT)

I have Soto, Jose Lopez, Ian Stewart, Lance Berkman and misc. as my infield. Am I looking at a big 2nd half or am I going to enjoy the inconsistency to which I have grown accustomed?

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

Oops, hit too soon. Like Napoli over Ianetta for last question. Yes, I like all of those guys to rebound, esp. Lopez

Jason (OH)

What is up with Grady? Supposedly he got a MRI today and we are supposed to know if he is coming off the DL or going under the knife. Any info?

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

Just spoke with Stephania. No word yet on the MRI. He is feeling better but then again, he's been resting. We will know more by tomorrow.

Jimmy (DC)

Hitch or Ditch: Lackey

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

Hitch.

Matt (Charlotte)

TMR, what do you think of Jeter this year? He's really having a career renaissance (that's right, renaissance). Would you deal Stephen Drew and a throw-in for him if R/SB are needs?

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

Yes, seems like the change in batting order has helped. He looks great. But no, I wouldn't do the deal with a throw in. It's a fair deal. Remember, he's hitting .346 this month... starting to be the guy we drafted

Tim (Wisconsin)

Is Ian Kinsler really this bad or is it just a bad slump? Would you trade him for Texeira in a keeper league? Thanks

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

Slump. He does this... starts hot, slumps, finishes strong. Rather have Kinsler, esp in a keeper lg

Zak (Cincy)

Do you really have Chad OchoCinco as the 50th best wideout or is that just the way of you saying that he won't be very productive?

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

My way of saying I don't think he will be very productive... He won't end up on any of my teams this year

Charlie (Syracuse, NY)

Were you the genious that came up with the men's club "No M'am" that Al Bundy was the leader of?ps Ordonez or Burrell to bounce back?

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

No, someone else did that. I only wrote on the last season. Mags before Burrell but yes, both are better. Mags already playing better as a DH - not that helps during interleague, but still...

Pete (Coco Beach, FL)

What's going on w/ Johan? He's been terrible lately. Would you trade Johan right now for either Manny or Hamilton?

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

They think he changed the way he grips the ball based on a blister he used to have. I would not make either deal.

Inquiring Minds (Wanting to know)

Do you ever go back through the queue to poach unanswered questions for columns, or are they gone forever once they pass by?

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

Not really. I'll see what folks are asking to see if I missed discussing something a lot of people want to hear about...

Justin (The Beach)

Matt, Smoltz - you like or not? Thanks!

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

Yes on Smoltzy. Like him a lot.

Horton (Whoville)

You buying JP Howell as the Rays closer??

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

More than anyone else. Though it's wroth noting the Rays called up Winston Abreu, who was closing in AAA. 10 sv, 3 w, 1.41 ERA and 0.750 WHIP.

Michael (Portland, ME)

MacDougal: Over/under 10 saves while he kills my ratios?

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

I'll take the over on both

Mimi (East Lansing)

Young Matty, some tool has offered Lincecum and Kubel for my Ibanez and NCruz. No way I do that, but is it wise to counter with NCruz OR Ibanez for Lincecum?

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

Sure, but he won't accept that.

Paul (Chicago)

This chat seems to be filled with a lot of people you "like" - to rebound, get better, whatever. Just to balance things out, who's going to stink the rest of the year?

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

Dice-K. Big Papi. Haren

Horton (Whoville)

so you think Abreu could be closing for the Rays? you like Abreu or Howell better?

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

Like Howell more.... but anything is possible there

ryan (CA)

Jose Contreres You buying???

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

Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice...

Name (Place)

Rank the 3B eligible B-Men. Branyan, Blake and Beltre.

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

Blake, Beltre, Branyan

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

Okay guys, gotta run. Thanks for stopping by!