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June 24, 3:00 PM ET
Fantasy Sports w/Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:00 PM)

Hi kids: Let's dive in. As always, all subjects answered....

BeJesus (Hoboken)

Help me TMR, you're my only hope: Keeper Question, 1/2pt ppr, lose pick in the round your keeper was picked: Ray Rice (3rd round) or Jamal Charles (11th). Rice will go #1 if I let him go, but isn't JC + 3rd round pick better than Rice??

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

Really tough one. And yes, JC + a 4th rounder (which is what it really is since you guys keep a round of talent) is pretty good.But because we're still not sure how T Jones plays out, you gotta keep Rice. He's just too good, especially in a PPR. Is there no way to trade?

Dave (NY)

Do you think Adam LaRoche will go on his usual 2nd half tear this year?

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

I do, yes. He's quietly had a very good year - AZ agrees with him.

Jack (San Jose)

Where does Kobe rank on your own list of best players of all time? I've got him 4th behind MJ, Russell, and Magic. Just ahead of Bird.

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

I wouldn't put him ahead of Bird just yet... Not enough titles as the top dog - but he's clearly top ten, probably top 7....

Matt (Marietta, PA)

I'm looking to switch my Fantasy football league over to ESPN this year but your flex option won't allow for 2 TE's to be started. Is there a way around this hiccup?

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

If you create a custom league, you can have multiple TE's as your flex if you wish. But you should definitely switch. Free live scoring, free everything.

Bryan (NY)

So I'm watching Silly Little Game with my girlfriend, and your mug pops on the screen, and I say "hey, it's TMR" and she says "he's cute, I hope the TMR stands for throw me 'round." I wish I was making this up, but I'm not

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

Well, I guess we should both be thankful she has questionable taste.

Gilbert N. (Asheville, NC)

Pick a rookie catcher for this year: Buster "Poindexter" Posey or Carlos "Guitar God" Santana?

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

Like both, but I like Santana slightly more. Better park, division and slightly more power.

Matt (Houston)

Besides an innate drive to make sure you get at least one prediction right, what is wrong with John Lackey? He was just dropped in my league, and I cannot see any promise of improvement worth picking him up

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

I don't either. Sharp decrease in k/9 (under 6 for 1st time since 2002)... There's a reason I didn't like him in pre-season - lotta miles, bad park, bad division and he's just not fooling anyone. Has a .298 BAA

Markoz (Durham)

You believing in Hammel? Would you prefer him over Garza, who has been kinda, um, crappy lately?

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

Yes in Hammel - I've talked about him a lot in pre-season and on the podcast. Jason Grey and I actually discussed him this morning. So yes... but no, still rather have Garza, who I believe gets it together

Damon (MO)

Bryan (NY) was totally making that up.

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

Why would ANYONE make that up about their own girlfriend?

P (Boston)

A lot of people are discounting Boesch, saying he's not this good. The guy has legit power, and I've read about him in the past being compared to Vlad. Pretty good rookie.

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

I've been on BB since the beginning. I'm a believer. He just has good at bats. Period.

Cliff Lee 19.0 (Seattle)

Have I reached the point of being a "must-start" next week in a weekly league? Probably @ Yankees, @ Tigers. Ouch. Thanks for the help.

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

Of course. He's been "must start" for a while.

Gray (Chicago)

Andy Oliver, you taking a chance in a deep league? Is this just a one-and-done thing?

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

Well, Porcello's not coming back anytime soon, so yes, in a deep league, he is worth a flier.

Miles austin (dallas) [via mobile]

Why would Roddy white get drafted before me?

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

I have no idea. Starting in week 5, when you became a starter, you were tops in the NFL in yards and #3 in TD. You're a big play WR on a throw first team. Roddy is very steady and I like him a lot but I have you at

Mike (chi) [via mobile]

Will any bears wr be worth owning in a 10 team league?

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

Yes, many of them. Like Cutler a lot this year in a Martz offense. Same for Forte as a sleeper - the hate on him has gone too far. Devin A, Devin H and Knox all will have value as well.

Paul (KC)

My wife wants me to do Jenny Craig with her for moral support...do I do it even though I would be ridiculed at work daily for heating up my lunches?

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

You "do it" but you throw your lunch away before you go to work and buy a burger like a real man.

Seth (Bowdoin College, Maine)

When's your football manifesto gonna go up on the site? I love the manifestos, they give me goosebumps.

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

Hopefully next week sometime. Still working on it - it's at 8500 words and counting...

Sanjay (NYC, but currently in Germany)

Quentin getting his act together or is he just fooling us again? I'm reminded of your theory that once a player demonstrates a skill, he owns it. Your thoughts?

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

First, it's Ron Shandler's theory, not mine, though I quote it often because I agree with it. And yes, we discussed Quentin this morning as well. He's a streaky player and available in about half the leagues, so I'd jump on board. Healthy and heating up.

Will (The OC)

You went pretty easy on Pod about the Lakers beating the Celtics. Was that respect or just because it could have easily gone the other way?

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

Both. I will save my crazy crowing for the next time I am on BS Report

Josh (West Palm Beach, Fl)

Thoughts on Max Scherzer going forward?

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

Like him a lot. He fixed his mechanics in the minors.

Darrin (Seattle)

TMR, got futbol fever yet? Go US of A!

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

Damn right. Eff you, Ghana!

BK (NY)

Great column today about splits...I picked up Gio Gonzalez this week for his 2 home starts. Does Adam Lind turn it around from here on out? Unrelated, but who wins in this trade BJ Upton for Roy Oswalt...

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

Thanks. I think he does somewhat... but fear he winds up the year in the .250 range. Power starting to come around a little... but no question, he is and will continue to be a disappointment. Just not as bad as he's been so far.Rather have Roy...

Keith (New York)

Rajai Davis or Juan Pierre?

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

Pierre.

Lou (Ann Arbor, MI)

Matthew, A manager has threatened to quit our 14-team keeper league because of the following trade: Zimmerman & Ellsbury for Butler, Span, and Papplebon. Is this trade that ugly?

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

No. Obviously depends on Jacoby's injury and it's not a deal I would do, but it's no so lopsided that I would revoke it

Dave (CT)

Wheres the love for kris medlen...seems legit.. not walking a lot of guys

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

Like Medlen a lot.

Ryan (Milwaukee)

Did Simmons quit writing columns? You guys are combining for about every 3 weeks.

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

I can't speak for Bill (though I'm sure he'll have his annual post draft diary tomorrow at some point) but I write 1 baseball column a week. On Thursdays. I was on vacation two weeks ago, but otherwise, I've kept that schedule up. And you'll start seeing some FB content from me soon as well.

Kyle (NM)

This guy Steve won our FF league in '08 and bought a championship ring to wear to the draft last year. But I won the league in '05, '06, '07 and last year. Should I get four rings to wear to this year's draft, or just play it cool like I have been?

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

Actually, I would buy 4 rings that note where that dude finished the 4 years you won. So at the draft, when he pull sout his champ ring, you can say "Hey Steve, I also got you one from '06, you know, when I won and you finished 8th" and hand them all to him.

Joe (Austin)

All sports today, no random questions?

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

that was random. So this next one.

Mike (Nashville (with hot girlfriend))

At a Jewish wedding, do you ever see a groom so large that you can't pick them up in the chair?

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

No, but I have seen it with a bride. Came time for the chair and there was a pause - like all the guys were "Uh, can we lift this" and then everyone realized how awkward that was and dove in. Took a lot of people but we got it up.

Kerry (Purchase, NY)

Wakamatsu seems to believe Bedard could be back before the All-Star Game. Worth an add in a 14 team league?

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

Yes. But again, I can not speak objectively about Erik Bedard.

Drey (SC)

2014 World Cup. ESPN starts a fantasy league where refs are drafted and earn points for how many times they screw the US. You on board?

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

Done.

Curious (Florida)

Are there really hot girls in Nashville? Zing.

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

I'll answer and say yes.

Jim (Denver)

I saw Matt's post about switching over to ESPN Fantasy Football, and I was wondering two things...when will ESPN allow us to have a minor league baseball team and when they give commissioners the option to implement the keeper rule where we lose the round we drafted a guy instead of just our top picks?!?

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

You can do the second thing easily - just "draft" the player in the round you're keeping him in. So... you have Ray Rice as a 3rd rounder like the guy before. Just no one drafts him until it's your turn in the 3rd round. And they are constantly adding and tweaking the game so I'm sure they will be added soon

Andy (Omaha)

would u trade Strasburg for Heyward in a keeper?

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

No

FAA (DC)

After listening to the podcast, I'm wondering what was said that had to be censored...any way to get my hands on an uncensored version?

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

ESPN is owned by Disney and, rightfully so, they are very protective of their brand and what is appropriate for audiences of all ages. So, anything that they feel would compromise that gets cut. And no, there is no way to get an uncensored version.

John (TX)

I thought you'd prefer hitters over pitchers in keeper leagues. What gives with Stras and Heyward?

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

I do. He's REALLY special.

Pat [via mobile]

Are you a fan of "mortgaging the farm" by trading away young cheap keepers in order to land 1 big stud like M. Cabrera (who can't be kept)?

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

If you've got a shot at winning it - yes. Those chances don't come along very often and young players don't always pan out

Jake Peavy (IWishIStillPitchedInPetco)

When is your Love/Hate for football going to be posted? I am always disappointed when the draft kit comes out and it is not there yet. That along with your "Ya Heard Me" columns are your best work.

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

Thanks. haven't figured out publication date yet on any specific pieces but suffice to say I'll be doing my usual pre-season stuff.

Dan (NY)

Why can't you tell us the date of the Jonas brothers softball game? I'd love to come watch you humiliate them.

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

We're confirming stadium and a few other things. It will be in the middle of August. Looking forward to it

Dez Bryant (Valley Ranch, TX)

I'm a top__ WR outta the gate?

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

35

Dan (NY)

Drop Butler for Huff in a shallow keeper league that is adding a 4th OF, MI and CI next year?

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

Not in a keeper league, no

Frank (PA)

Is it finally time to drop Matt Weiters..? Could get Carlos Santana, Suzuki, or Napoli. Like any or all of those guys better?

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

Yes. Santana and Napoli

Jake Peavy (IWishIStillPitchedInPetco)

Gun to your head: Where does Lebron sign?

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

CHI

Shawn (NH)

Lightning round?

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

Yee Haw

Eric (Boston)

Start Morrow tonight?

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

Yes

Jackie (TX)

Trying to figure some keepers out TMR. Carlos Santana or Mike Stanton?

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

Stanton

Scott (SC)

Mauer or Pedroia?

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

Mauer

Pick one (summerfest)

Boesch or Gomes?

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

Boesch but I love Gomes

AJ (Buffalo)

Next closer to lose their job is.......

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

Heilman. Go get Sam Demel

Jon (Seattle)

Price or Hanson?

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

Price

Dan Kennedy (Ann Arbor, MI)

Brandon Jabobs or Jahvid Best?

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

Jacobs

Joe (Austin)

You a fan of Eminems new CD?

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

Haven't heard yet - getting soon. Heard it's awesome

Nick (DC)

The Redskins will win ___ games this year

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

9

AJ (Chicago)

Burnett or Gavin Floyd?

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

Floyd

Frank (Dallas)

Now and next 5 years: Braun or Heyward

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

Braun

justin (dsm)

carlos lee or adam jones

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

Jones

Jim (SF)

The Steelers will win _______ games this year

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

10

Jeff (Cyberspace)

S. Rodriguez or O. Hudson?

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

S. Rod

Charles (NJ)

Kubel or Quentin?

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

CQ

Wes (SD)

Slowey or a pile of garbage?

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

Slowey, but it's close.

Katherine (Seattle)

Love the baseball chats, TMR, but when do you start spending more of your time on football? And what do you think about the Seattle RB situation this year for fantasy?

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

Forsett will have the most fantasy value of any SEA RB by end of the season

Chuck (KC)

J Charles or VJax?

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

Charles

Sam (Cleveland)

Madonna or Lady Gaga?

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

Madonna, who was once nude on the 405 with 2 nude male models for a book. Wearing a bikini to a ball game is amateur hour

Lenny (nyc)

The 2010-2011 LA Lakers head coach will be....

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

Phil comes back for one more 3 peat

Jake Peavy (IWishIStillPitchedInPetco)

True or False: Devin Aromashado is this years Miles Austin/Sidney Rice?

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

Closer to true than false. Really like him

Pat [via mobile]

Latos or Romero?

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

Latos.

Mike (Los Angeles)

Hoffman or Demel?

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

Demel

TMR Squared (NY)

B. Cecil or I Kennedy?

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

Cecil

Doug (Hell)

coke or pepsi

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

Drinking a Diet Coke as I write this

Ryan (Tampa)

Love the league configuration topic, I want more customizability!!!!! Who listens to the user suggestions at ESPN?

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

We all do and you can customer service and talk to an actual human being too - the number is at the bottom of all fantasy pages. The game is very extensive in it's customization - chances are, if it doesn't do what you want, you just have found the way to do it yet. That's where our customer care folks can help

Quinn (Lima, OH)

when will Fantasy Football website be up and running?

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

Already is

dok (l.a.)

How far does Team USA go this world cup?

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

One more round

Lenny (nyc)

will chapman have any value this year? In keeper leagues, he is a top ___ SP next year

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

No - going to bullpen

Mike (Denver, CO)

AJ BURNett = droppable yes or no ?

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

in a 10 team non keeper? Yes

Jason (NYC)

Brandon Webb - 120.0 IP, 135k, 3.8ERA, 1.25 WHIP for this season. Over or Under?

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

He won't pitch that many innings

Garth (my horse)

Biggest bust in the first round of fantasy football this year? I say S-Jax, what say you?

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

Larry Fitz.

Ron Ron (LA)

Say Queensbridge!!

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

And with that.... I'm out! Thanks for stopping by!