'Sup kids? Thanks for dropping by. Let's get some nonsense going along with the normal football questions... fire away
Is the Cincy D for real, in terms of fantasy of course?
Yes. Have them top 5 this week - double digit for 3 straight weeks. Still avail in over 30% of leagues.
OMG how can you take a week off for kids?! Fantasy football is far more important!! eh just kidding. Real life > Fantasy. Do you think McGahee will be productive this week? I respect the guy for not pulling a Jay Cutler (referring to his last playoff appearance)
I like McGahee as a low end #2 / flex play this week. Despite first week of the season, OAK not great vs the run. Keep in mind, tho, the best RB on DEN is Tebow, limiting McGahee's upside.
Twin girls! Man, you're gonna have your hands full. Congrats!...Am I getting too cute playing Tebow over Romo?
Thanks. And yes, I think so. SEA actually had a solid run defense - feel DAL will have to pass. They've been very conservative with Romo since his injury but feel they'll have to open it up against Seattle..
i just scooped taiwan jones in my 16 team league and i am thinking about starting him over torain this week...the 49ers def scares me and jones scored more last week than torain has in a month, thoughts?
I didn't rank Jones and I did rank Torain because we just don't know of Jones' role yet... but I don't have an issue with it. I like the grab in a deep league and certainly, it's hard to have confidence in Torain given the Redskins offense and the SF run d. But DEN has a better run D than you think... I'd pick up Jones in a deep league, but this week, I'd probably still roll with Torain (and not feel good about it)
Hey man I love your column, I hate when you miss a week.
Hey man, thanks.
Congrats on the twins! Was surprised to read that The League is largely unscripted which amazes me. Must have been hard to keep a straight face. Was there a certain character that was the "funniest?"
My fave character on the show is Ruxin, played by Nick Kroll. In person, Paul Scheer (Andre) is funniest. The guy playing Taco isn't acting. That's him. All funny guys, though, very much so.
Blount or Murray ROS? I'm looking to trade a RB away, so which one is the keeper?
I actually think Blount. Feel he is most assured of a full time job - feel Felix cuts into's Murray's carries when he is back and DAL has trouble running ball to begin with. It's close, but I'd probably stick with Blount at this point.
Congrats new dad! ROS Daniel Thomas or Jackie Battle?
Thomas. Wrote about Battle's upcoming sked in Love / Hate this week.
Hey Matthew. I know you get a million CJ0K questions, but would you deal Jahvid Best to get him, or is CJ not worth it?
I'd do that deal, yeah. Look, Detroit can't run the ball either and Best is a serious injury risk. The upside of CJ returning to something like his old self is worth Best, who has only really been effective in the pass game and inconsistently at that
You hated Eli preseason and even into the first few weeks of the regular season. Now through about half the season he is playing well. What do you see from Eli going forward?
I don't feel he keeps up at this level because that's not how the Giants WANT to play. As it gets colder, they want to run the ball. We've seen Eli second half swoons before. That said, depending on Bradshaw, they may HAVE to throw. So while I don't think he keeps it up at this level, I do think he continues being a very solid, top 10 fantasy QB. And that there's enough there for all 3 NYG WR to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Who is your favorite non-jewish actor and comedian?
What a random question. Big Will Ferrell fan. Think Seth Meyers is hilarious, of course. Love Jack Black as part of Tenacious D. Whitney Cummings is terrific. Not sure I have a "favorite."
A friend just told me that Hillis reinjured his hammy today. Can't find anything about that. Have you heard anything?
Yep. Your question just sent me to twitter, where I found this tweet from @MaryKayCabot who is a terrific Browns beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Here's the tweet:#browns rb Peyton hillis looked distraught after re-injuring his hamstring today. It looked bad, folks.
Which means... Ogboyanna. I'd have him as a mid tier flex play this week - HOU very good against the run.
TMR, was "the actress" Jennie Garth?
No. Not close. But how great would it have been if it was?
Do you believe in Miles Austin? I can get him for CJ0k in PPR.
Would rather Austin than CJ in a PPR, yes. Do it.
Hey Matthew! Thanks for all your hard work and comedy relief. Really makes going through a rough season more enjoyable! Saw you had Nicks still ranked #4 which I take to mean if he plays start him. If he doesn't would Ballard be a better flex play than Decker?
Just took him off my ranks in the update. If it winds up he is active, you start him. Still rather have Decker than Ballard, though it's close. Here's the thing on Decker - Raiders allow the 5th most yards after the catch in the NFL. They play a lot of man and sometimes they get beat. DEN does NOT want Tebow to hold the ball too long - Tebow is the reason he's been sacked so much, not the DEN O Line. So I expect a lot of 3 step drops, quick slants, etc to force Tebow to throw quick and to try and get yards after catch... That's the thought, anyways.
Flex help: Manningham or Battle?
I Promise not to date either of your twin girls if you answer this...AP, DMC, and Andre out for me... Start Ogbannoya or D.J. Ware? How about Heyward-Bey or Little?
First, I'm home schooling these girls and hiring two guards to be with them every waking moment until I die, so you don't have a chance anyways.Ogbannoya. He'll get majority of carries (I am assuming Hillis is out for Sun). Even if Bradshaw is out for Sun, I expect Ware to only get 10 tocuhes or so & Jacobs to get majority of carries. DHB over Little.
Sorry for delay - just updated my ranks. Pulled Hillis. Ogbonnoya now at 31.
Hey Sweetie,I was just wanting to say hi and thanks for the 2 precious grandbabies! And while im here, do you think Brinkley from San Deigo is worth a pick up in deeper leagues?P.S. Landon, the guy from the A&M vs. Nebraska game says hi too.
Hey mom! Yes, in deeper leagues (14 or more), I do. Look, both Mathews & Tolbert have dealt with injuries this year and have over their career. Can certainly see a scenario where Brinkley, who looked good, starts a game or two for SD or at least has a big role.
NAME ideas for your two newly born daughters. (congrats by the way) Michelle Vick Berry and Antonia Gates Berry, boom.
Waaaaayyyyyy ahead of you. If they were boys, we were naking them Harold and Kumar.
Mr. Berry, please try to refrain from projecting all of my flex plug in receivers the same number. Plax, heyward-bey, or GRABtree.
via Mobile! Love it. I don't do the projections, by the way. Since my updated ranks aren't published yet, I'll allow it. I have Crabtree at 26 and DHB at 28. Plax at 36
How do I compare to Ringer now, ROS?
Depends what you need. If you have to start this player, I say Ogbonnaya. Cleare path to consistent work. But if you're stashing hoping for paydirt, would rather have Ringer... He's the more talented RB with higher upside.
Why am I so bad? Will I turn it around?
You'll be better but not what you drafted. He DOES get better starting in November traditionally but something is off. Not sure if it's an injury, a head thing, teams are playing him better.. but he doesn't seem like the same QB.
I like Jonathan Baldwin he has a lot of fight in him, how do you think he will do this week against miami?
I like him too. Have him at 37 - low end flex but higher than Breaston. Mentioned this on the podcast - Miami is top 6 in terms of 20+ yard pass plays allowed. And where you attack Miami is in the middle of the field. Haley confirmed Baldwin will continue to line up in the slot... feel he's a big play guy and it's a nice matchup.
hey tmr. i respect your ability to laugh at your detractors. had i gotten all that s*** about FANTASY sports while witnessing the birth of my daughters, i'd freak out. anyway, longterm RB stash project: dj ware, ringer, ogbannaya, helu? no idea who to play my lotto ticket on
Thanks Zach. That was a fun column to write. I just found it hilarious because every week, I get hate mail / tweets / FB posts / etc when one or more of my calls inevitably goes wrong. So I really thought, well, this will be one week where I'll get no hate mail. Can't complain if I don't make any picks... and I got more hate mail then ever. Anyways, glad you liked the column. Sometimes I worry I go to the hate mail too often but every time I do it, I always get great feedback on it. Anyways, nothing could ruin my daughters' birth. As for lottery ticket, I'll say Helu. Best talent and opportunity combo.Don't love Og's talent, Ware will never get full workload, Ringer has the guy they paid crazy money to in front of him... Shanny is Shanny but at some point he could easily go full time to Helu. Especially after they lose a few more, which they will. My Redskins are terrible.
was the actress heather graham?
No. But you're getting closer.
Matthew Berry > Tebow. would you start A. Brown or M. Williams TB if Nicks sits? (non PPR)
Hahahahaha. Still gotta go with Williams... love Brown but have Williams at 24 and Brown at 30. Feel Williams a safer bet for 5-7 points. Brown could explose but vs BALT, he could also disappear. plus, Ward should be back.
Sneaky TE Play this week? Have Olsen out in a 12 tm league, thanks Berry and Congrats, twin myself :-)
Celek. He's avail in over 90 % of ESPN 10 team leagues. CHI gives up most fantasy pts to op TE.
HELLO! MY NAME IS GIVEN ABOVE! YOU KILLED MY FATHER! PREPARE TO DIE!
Oh past Matthew, Enjoy the hair you have left now because it will all be gone soon now that you have twin girls! But the future holds some good news! The girls end up looking like there Mother (Thank God!). And Redskins are Super Bowl Champions in 2035!
Hey congrats! Youll appreciate this, on the eve of hosting our live fantasy draft, my pregnant wife is told we need to go to the hospital. Long story short, I draft one of my best teams ever on Skype from the delivery room! Then I became a dad hours later. Gotta love babys and fantasy football. Anyways, my lineup is stacked and in worried about riding Romo to the title. Should I look to get better or cross my fingers. Thanks
Jason, that is awesome. Great story. Will you do me a favor? Email me more details about that story to firstname.lastname@example.org? May want to use that sometime (with credit, of course).(And everyone else, I won't give fantasy advice from that email address, so don't bother - please use the ESPN one, the twitter or facebook)Depends what it costs to acquire someone better. If you have decent depth, maybe try to get someone better but I'd only do it if you could do it without hurting your team. Like Romo + one of your back-ups for a stud QB? Great. otherwise, roll with Romo and hope for best. There's not a lot of great options out there better than Romo, even in a more conservative offense.
DEEP league...byes and injuries hurting...pick one in PPR: Taiwan Jones, Stephens-Howling or Hester...ugly, I know...anyone else off the top of your head? Thanks much!
My friend approved FAAB bids as commissioner in the hallway while his wife was in labor last Friday. Step it up (totally kidding!!!)
Send that one to email@example.com as well. Might have to do a whole thing on the craziest places people have dafted and/or made fantasy moves.
I'm the actress!!
Could the new father help a guy out? Which would you rather have for the rest of the year- mendenhall or blount?? & would you trade either one straight up for roddy white or vincent jackson??
Blount. Would trade Mendy for Roddy or V Jax.
Buzzer-beater! AP out means I have to roll with Helu or D.J. Ware in a PPR. What do you think?
Ok, we'll do lighting round for a few. Ware if Bradshaw sits. Helu otherwise.
Do I start D Murray and M Bush over Sproles in NON PPR?
Yes assuming DMC is out.
Flex spot Battle,Garcon or Juilo Jones
who's going to have a better game in PPR, Jermichael Finley or Fred Davis?
The only possible conclusion after those hints is Betty White. What did I just win?
Dream date with her.
Is this a fair trade?Megatron/Fred Davis for Forte/AJ Green
Fair? Yes. Would not do it if I had Megatron.
Add/drop: Lynch for Oby1... sitting on the bench?
No. Stay with ML
Long day at the embassy here. Is Ray Rice+ Anquan Bolding too much to get AP? Or should I try and swap Q out for Antonio Brown? Congrats to you and your wife!
Wow. International. Yes, too much.
Flex: McGahee, Murray, or Battle?
manningham or tolbert this week?
Mario assuming Nicks is out
Non PPR. Would you trade Beanie Wells straight up for Dwayne Bowe OR Andre Johnson?
Yes on AJ, no on Bowe.
Quick the Sabbath is coming! Trade Welker for FJAx?
Tolbert or CJ0K
Bowe or V Jax ROS?
But very close.
What is your take on Palmer vs the weak Broncos "D" @ home?
Drop Decker for Mario?
DHB or silent g?
Moreno or Ogbonnaya? PPR
Lynch or Crabtree at flex?
Ok gang... gotta run. Thanks for coming by. Good luck this Sunday! I'll try to answer more questions on Twitter (www.twitter.com/matthewberrytmr) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/matthewjberry)...And I'll be live in Philly tomorrow at Noon - check my FB page for details.