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December 23, 1:30 PM ET
Chat with Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:33 PM)

What's up party people? Congrats on being involved in fantasy in week 16 to the point you're doign a chat the day before the Christmas weekend. As always, all subject answered. Let's get to it.

DK (championshipsville)

TMR! Down 17 thanks to A. Foster and need 2 of the following worrisome 3: Kahlil Bell (unknown), SJax (Pitt), Helu (hurt)

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:34 PM)

I'd bench Helu. Limited in practice today - bad matchup.... Bell has gig all to himself (Barber not playing according to Chi Tribune) and bad matchup for S JAX, but I feel most confident in him getting work...

Chris (WV)

Hakeem Nicks or Frank Gore for my flex this weekend? thanks

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:36 PM)

Gore. They've made Revis angry. You won't like Revis when he's angry.

Timbo (Chicago)

TMR, I just wanted to be the first to tell you that I loved you on The League (chat from Thursday's podcast). You were so good! So, championship (fantasy) football help, how much concern is there about production from Antonio if no Big Ben and Jordy if the Packers destroy my Bears. I have Santana Moss, Khalil Bell, and Stevie J sitting on my bench. Long story short, I need two of those 5, and I realize you hate Stevie this week so I suppose it's 2 out of 4.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:38 PM)

Thanks. No Ben is a concern, but still think Brown would do okay with Batch. Of those 5, I'd go Jordy for sure - I expect Rodgers to play as of now. And I'd probably go Bell - he's the one guaranteed to most touches of anyone else. Brown is a close third.

Steve T (San Antonio)

Great story in this week's Love/Hate. Thanks for sharing. Ranks notwithstanding, would you start Demaryius Thomas over Hakeem Nicks on Revis Island or is that the definition of getting cute? Obviously it's a case of matchup vs. stud (although Thomas does look like Denver's clearcut WR1).

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:42 PM)

In this case, I don't think it's getting cute.I have Nicks at 14 and Thomas at 16, so obviously I think it's a legit question. Ultimately, I think Nicks is just the better player so that's why. But if you have a better feeling about Thomas, I've no issue with it. Thomas has outscored Nicks in 2 of the last 3 weeks.

Nick B/ Lakewood, Wa [via mobile]

Thank you for your wisdom, you have really made my first year of ff not only a success, but also a very enjoyable experience. With that I ask. Who would you use as your flex?: K. Bell, R. Helu or Demaryius Thomas. I am in the the big game ( beginners luck) but I am torn on these three. Thanks and happy holidays.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:42 PM)

Rank them Thomas, Bell, Helu

Miguel (Santa Barbara) [via mobile]

I think I speak for a lot of screenwriters when I say - can we get more fantasy football column a bit less prospective storylines? Write what ya know, ya know? You can always come back to socal anytime and grind it out with the rest of us anytime you wish. Oh yeah, 'The Muppets'? Really? The Muppets?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:46 PM)

I just Googled "Fantasy Football Advice" and got 8,280,000 results. If I'm not your cup of tea, there's lot of options. I'm sure you'll find one to your liking. Many folks say the openings are their favorite part and I'm not changing, so... go read someone else. Harris and Karabell are terrific. Go read them. And yeah, the Muppets. Loved that column. LOVE the Muppets.

Kenneth-Annapolis, IL [via mobile]

Matthew, I followed your manifesto as closely as I could in a 16 team league and am in the championship game this weekend. Which QB has the opportunity to get me the most points this week and why, Vick or Moore? I also lost Bolden today. Who is the better pick up? Cobb or Breaston?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:47 PM)

Congrats! Vick over Moore - just feel safer. I think I'd gamble with Cobb. Both guys are a bit of a crap shoot, so I'd rather the guy with Rodgers as a QB than orton.

Matt c salt lake [via mobile]

I am faced with a difficult disscision I have Felix jones and the marshawn lynch... The problem with lynch is he is playing the niners do I take a chance on beast mode to pull through or is it jones all the way thank you for the help

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:49 PM)

Felix may not play. Go Lynch - the way he's been running it's hard to bench him. I have him at 11. And again... all questions like these can be answered by looking at my ranks. Thanks

Fenix (Twitter follower)

Happy Holiday TMR. PPR league, who should I ride the superbow game with? R.Helu, K.Bell or M.Turner? Thanks.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:50 PM)

Turner. Bell is tempting, but I think that's getting too cute.

JT (Fairfield, CT)

Am I REALLY going to have to trust the Sanchize over Big Ben in my fantasy playoffs for the second week in a row?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:50 PM)

Yep.

Austin (PA)

Love your hair! Brees owner...struggling between L Moore and Gaffney as my WR2. Does having Brees matter? Moore has more upside? Ahhh! Break my tie please. THANKS

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:52 PM)

Only because this made me laugh. No one loves my hair. I don't love my hair. Having Brees does not matter. Start your best team. Moore has more upside, Gaffney safer bet for solid points. I have Gaffney at 31, Moore at 34. I'd personally go Gaffney

Eric (Miami)

Listen Matthew, if there was ever a time I needed your help, it's now. Antonio Brown (assuming batch) or Stevie Johnson at WR? Ahmad Bradshaw, Kahlil Bell, or whichever WR you dont pick in the first part of the question at flex?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:53 PM)

Brown, Bell, Bradshaw.

Chad (IL)

Can you please explain your thinking when ranking Spiller at WR?? I just dont understand why he is ranked lower at the WR position than at RB. My thinking in general was you would rather have a RB at flex than a WR when evaluating similar players & Spiller makes the WR kind of like a Flex. Basically debating Spiller or Colston at WR for my championship. Thanks for helping me get to this point.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:57 PM)

You'd think that but truthfully, there's so many time shares at RB, guys banged up or in uncerain situations, etc etc... at WR, there are more people that I think have a shot at 70-80 yards than there are at RB, which is about what I think Spiller does. Whether he scores or not is the crap shoot.

Aaron (Elkhart, IN)

Lineups have to be in TONIGHT (I know, awful rule) - would you bench Lynch for McGahee even with the hammy issue? Marshall is looking iffy too, bench him for DHB? You're the best, thanks for your hard work all year and have a great holiday season.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (1:58 PM)

Keep Marshall and I like Lynch over McGahee regardless.

hiljacktater (the woods)

MY LAST ATTEMPT TO BE HEARDif choosing between Vick and Tebow, would having McCoy influence your choice? Also, if choosing between Marshall and Fitz, would your personal opinion of the players as men (as far as we can know them and develop a judgment about them from afar) influence your decision, i.e., you would be less disappointed with Fitz underperforming a benched Marshall and a lost championship as a consequence than would be the case in the alternate scenario? BTW, enjoyed your analysis all season long, including the otherwise irrelevant asides with which you tend to lead . . .

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:02 PM)

Having McCoy would not in general, though, with players ranked closely I may not want to put all my egss in one basket, especially one as volatile as Philly's. I have Tebow over Vick anyways, so go that way. And no, I don't let info I have about players effect me. You're starting them in FF, not inviting them to a dinner party. Who cares what they are like (positive or negative) as players?I mean, there's no great example of that than Vick. As a dog owner, I am NOT a huge fan of Michael's as a person. As a fantasy owner, I had no problem ranking him #1 this year, you know?

Eric (Milwaukee)

Got a good site for fantasy relevant weather information? earlier in the week someone mentioned it might be really windy in Buffalo, you trust tebow (D. Thomas) in some serious wind?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:03 PM)

If it's too windy to throw, he'll run. Not worried about Tebow this weekend.

bababoey143 (Detroit)

Gore,bell, spiller? ppr please reply haven't got a response all year buddy. Howard rules!!!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:03 PM)

Baba Booey to you as well. I'm actually playing Joe Hein in the finals of the Stern show league this weekend. He has Arian so he's off to a good lead already. Would rank them Gore, Spiller, Bell.

Jon (Chicago)

I already got too cute and started Tate along with Arian last night. Now I need upside to make up for my bonehead move (with Felix questionable, I rolled the dice on a Texans blowout, and lost). So, now I have to Flex spots to fill in a PPR: SJax, Felix (assuming starting), SMoss, D Thomas, L Robinson, or pick up Bell?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:05 PM)

Jackson is the safest, despite the matchup. That's where I'd go

Michael (Milwaukee)

Is Julio Jones healthy? better than Moss or D Thomas in ppr?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:05 PM)

yes and yes

KICK ME SIGN (Chicago)

I have to wear one for a week if I lose to my boss in our Super Bowl this week. Save me sir, 1. Greene or Blount (against the not so sCARry Panthers), 2. Moss or Lo Ro (who's got a banged up sholuder)?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:08 PM)

If you do, will yopu take a picture of you wearing it in public and send it to me at MatthewBerryTMR@gmail.com ? Hilarious for the book.Greene. I say Robinson and Harris has him ranked higher as well. Karabell and Tristan have it reversed. Hard to pull LROb after his production...

daniel (Tennessee)

Who is REVIS going to be on most cruz or nicks? needa know who to start or both! thank you for your help this year!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:09 PM)

All reports are that Revis will be on Nicks.

Justin Mitchell (Westlake Village) [via mobile]

I want to become a full time fantasy analyst. Bottom tier to get my foot in the door - where do I apply?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:10 PM)

Any fantasy website. Offer to write for free. Pick one you like - try for one that has a decent readership. Easier to find an audience if the site already has one

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:11 PM)

BY THE WAY - BIG BEN OFFICIALLY OUT. No surprise. Still think Wallace and Brown are useable. Will update ranks soon as I am done here

Matthew Berry (right behind you)

are you comfortable running out felix jones tomorrow with his injury concern? i'm in the finals

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:11 PM)

Not creepy at all. I am NOT comfortable with Felix. Have him ranked as a low end flex.

Michael (Wilmywood) [via mobile]

I really like your columns, and I'm in "The Biz". Why would you ever want to go back to SoCal and "grind it out with those guys" when you have a really cool job?? Anyways please help: Game 1(pick 2) Moss, Julio, Bell, or Nicks? Game 2 (pick 2) Pierre Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Bell, or Antonio Brown. Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:13 PM)

I miss some of my friends, but I don't miss show business at all.Game 1: Nicks and JulioGame 2: D Thomas, K Bell.

Weasely Voice (Nate)

Matthew you ranked Dez over LRob however last time they played Dez only had 2 for 20 and LRob went over 100 and a TD. Please explain!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:14 PM)

I actually have L Rob higher than Dez in most current rankings, but Dez has scored in 3 straight and in 5 of the last 6. They are close.

Elliott (Berkeley)

I know you guys get tons of questions and can't answer everything. But I hope my situation is common enough where it's worthy of consideration. Rode CHI def all year long, but scared to bet on em for the championship because GB will be playing to lock up home field. Do you see DEN, WAS, or KC as the better play due to matchup? Or stick with CHI? Thx!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:16 PM)

Think CHI D will be ok given injuries to GB O Line....but I like DEN D more

bill (ny)

down by 37 already....which qb: grossman or matt moore will help me win this championship

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:16 PM)

Moore if you are swinging for fences. Remember the crazy game Henne had vs NE earlier.

Help (In Finals)

Matthew, just need some quick love - flex: K. Bell, K.Smith, A.Brown, Holmes or Daily Show.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:18 PM)

I like Bell the most, actually. A Brown a close second.

Sean (Auburn)

Matthew sir, I've added Sammy Morris out of fear about Felix. That's coming true. But I envision them both being active and Morris only getting about 12-15 carries. oh and how about santana moss instead?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:18 PM)

I agree with you - I have both ranked in low 20's. No issue with Moss over either guy.

Tim (Syracuse)

Happy Holidays! Thanks for all the advice this year. I know you said K. Bell has the job over Barber, but would you start him over Blount?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:19 PM)

I would. Bell is still in the game if CHI falls behind. Blount is not.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Ok, following your ranks and going K-Bell at RB...but you think Helu over Stewart? The best matchup isn't enough to trump timeshare and Shanahan-igans?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:22 PM)

Stewart has been on the wrong side of the time share in CAR - hasn't done much except, of course, the one game with TB. if Helu is active, I like him more than Stew, who is part of a 3 headed monster with DAW and Cam.

John (NY)

Do you celebrate Hannukha or Christmas, or some other holiday celebrated by blasphemers? Plz rank Demaryus, harvin, helu, beanie or dez in a ppr.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:23 PM)

Both. I'm Jewish, my wife is not. In a PPR: Demariyus, Beanie, Dez, Harvin, Helu.

Matt (Kalamazoo)

I need you TMR. Who is the safest play? DeAngelo, K. Smith, Tolbert or Jacobs

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:25 PM)

Safest? DeAngelo is safest. He's scored double digit fantasy points in four of the last five.

jack johnson (thomas O'leary)

happy holidays Mr. Berry. i have a great one two punch in ray rice and ryan mathews at RB. Would you start shonn greene in flex and go with reliability, or play CJ spiller for the upside. or play both and sit either fitz or steve smith?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:26 PM)

Considering your rosters, I'd go safe with Greene

Shane (NJ)

Happy Festivus!! 1 Flex, non-PPR: K.Bell, K.Smith, DJax, LoRo, PT

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:26 PM)

Like LRo or Bell... Smith COULD have a good game but still nervous about injury.

mitch (stuffed need a nap)

Is wallace worth the bench now? please help

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:27 PM)

Depends who else you have but with Batch at QB, I have Wallace as a #2.

Brian (Yonkers)

Seriously though, Im not a fan of your hair...I am not going to sugar coat it.

Dan (Parts Unknown)

Come on Berry, help a brotha out! The Championship is on the line! Who should I start at TE/WR flex in PPR? L Robinson, J Gaffney, V Davis, or B Lloyd?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:28 PM)

L Rob

Michael (Milwaukee)

Who's #1 overall next year??? time to redeem yourself!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:28 PM)

Ha! Probably Peterson or Foster.

Peyton Manning (home sick)

PPR how do you rank: B Marshall, Stevie Johson, Dez? also...Bush, CJ? Love, Peyton

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:31 PM)

Marshall, Dez, SJ... Bush over CJ

Matt (TX)

Just a quickie. Demaryius or Wallace in a PPR?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:31 PM)

Demariyus

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (2:33 PM)

Ok gang, I have to run. Thanks for stopping by. Will try to answer more on Twitter (@MatthewBerryTMR) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/matthewjberry)Fantasy Football Now is TOMORROW (Sat) at 11:30am ET. ESPN2. See ya then