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April 26, 3:00 PM ET
Fantasy Sports with Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:04 PM)

Hiya gang: I'll stay a little later... let's get to it. As always, all subject answered

Stephen Strasburg (Washington DC)

Should fantasy owners be worried about my innings limit and try to sell high in the summer?

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

No and no. My guess is he gets shut down in Sept. Or, if the Nats are in the race, the skip a start here or there. Anyone is tradeable but don't think he is a SELL HIGH - he's legit. The shut down thing is real but not enough that I am discounting him in any significant way

Angelo (Huntington New York)

Hey TMR.... Pujols is on the block in my 12 team deep inter league. What would you be willing to offer to get him on the cheap? Guys I am willing to trade are Teixeira, Austin Jackson, Alex Gordon,

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

I'd deal any of those. I'd even deal 2 of those for him in a 12 team.

Frank (NYC)

Can Gio finish the season a top 10 sp?

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

Unlikely. Like him a lot - but I need to see him do it against some better competition before I'm ready to declare he's solved the WHIP issues (nothin major but it's what keeps him from being elite)

Pokey (ny)

Cespedes on pace for 40 HR and 30 steals. What do you see his final line around? Also rank Cespedes, Alex Gordon and Jason Heyword for rest of year please

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

25/20... Heyward, Gordon, Cespedes. Worry about Cespedes average.

Giancarlo (Hades)

I liked myself better when I was Mike. What say you?

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

I liked you better when hit home runs. And when you weren't using this hacky device. Last question I post that uses someone else's name

Prince Iaukea (WCW)

I hate giving up on players this early, but I have Neil Walker and Altuve/Daniel Murphy/Infante are available. Pull the trigger on any of those three?

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

I'd drop Walker for Altuve in a 10 tm mix.

Bryce (Mississippi)

Jake Peavy: Legit or Sell High?

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

Legit. Look at K/BB

James (Boston)

Is Wandy Rodriguez back above the Wandy line?

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

No

Chuck (Durango, CO)

Rickie Weeks is killing me. Do I drop him for an Altuve type? Jose's feeling the podcast love.

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

now THAT's giving up too early. No.

Mitch (Pittsburgh)

Who do you value higher, for the rest of the year, in a 12 team H2H league - Trout or Bauer?

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

Trout. I'll always take the hitter over the pitcher.

Tony Montana (Columbia)

RGIII or Luck, who you like better and who will have more success?

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

From a fantasy perspective, I expect RG3 to have more success early on, due to team, offense and running ability

Tony (Sacramento, CA)

Two questions about pitchers: Is Lance Lynn for real? Is there a closer I can count on who is currently under the radar?

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

Yes on Lynn, though his FIP is 3.24, which I think is closer to reality. He's good, he's not THIS good. And no, there is no such thing as under the radar closer you can count on. I do think Balfour is underrated. And if you need saves, Pedro Strop is gonna be the guy for a while. They don't even KNOW what's wrong with Jim Johnson

Bill (THE W)

you need a name for podcast?how bout "The Big Show"worked well for olbermann and patrick's futures!plus by picking a used name you'd never be accused of hustling!

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

That's actually kind of funny. Not sure I love The Big Show, but the premise of stealing another famous name because we won't hustle to come up with an original name is pretty funny. Maybe we'll call the podcast... "Seinfeld."

Adam (NYC)

It's my 21st birthday so please answer my question!! I have daniel murphy as my starting 2b, would you drop for Aviles? Mike is on fire right now but feel like he will regress back to old form with a poor batting avg. Thanks!

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

Yes - drop for Aviles. Pretend I just bought you a shot.

Paulie (NY)

Draft tonight! If Richardson goes to Cleveland, what are the chances he ends up a top 10 back next year? Years to come?

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

So so. I actually think CLE has a decent O Line and certainly, if Richardson is drafted he'll be the guy... but my guess is he's more likely to be a top 20 guy, solid #2 fantasy RB, not a top 10 guy

Marcus (Minnesota)

Why is Pod such a comedy goalie?

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

Assume you are referring to the podcast this morning.... In all honesty, Pod is usually just taking orders from a higher up on what is allowed and not. I think Nate actually comedy golaied the one this morning

Jon (Bmore)

Put these guys in order for me (please): Nelson Cruz, Yoenis Cespdes, BJ Upton.

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

Cruz, Upton, Cespedes

Jonny (Big Time)

Is it appropriate to go on a dinner date in the same clothes you wore to work?

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

Depends what you wear to work. Zebra Foot Locker shirt? No. Khaki's and a nice shirt? Sure. Not ideal, but appropriate

Ramsey (Los Angeles)

Hey "Adam from NYC", we all liked your question a lot better the first time around when you asked Karabell that same question yesterday as "Eric from Philly".

Jordan (Boulder)

I call tomfoolery! Someone named Eric from Philly claiming it was their 21st birthday asked Karabell the exact same question yesterday as Adam from NYC just did.

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

Outrageous! Is there no honor among chatters? Bad fantasy karma to whoever that dude is... his team is about to tank...

Chris (Richmond)

Would you stream Burnett, Westbrook, Arrieta, Estrada, Leake (anyone against the Astros) or none of the above, tomorrow? I'm hurting for pitching stats.

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

Yes on Arrieta vs OAK and Leake vs HOU. Westbrook is 3rd...

Eric (Indiana)

Is Neftali Feliz worth hanging on to? I have Tim Hudson coming off the DL. Do I keep Feliz or drop Peavy or Colon who seem to be having a bit of a renaissance?

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

Would drop Feliz given they are going to limit starts. Him or if you need more help in wins, Colon

Sean Marshall (Pitching the 9th right now)

I just blew a save and served up a 3-R blast to Pagan, am I a trade target or is Chapman looming over?

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

Threat of Chapman is legit though I think Marshall is fine for now.

Jhon (Tampa Bay)

J.Arrieta and J.Hammel for real?

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

Yes

Erik (Boston, MA)

Is Karabell Insider becuase your chats stink?

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

Probably

Zak (Poughkeepsie, NY)

How do you feel about Jarrod Parker, this year and next year? Got him for his first start, already hoping to keep him in 12 team mixed next year for $1

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

Like him. AL only, deep mix league or match-up play in 10 tm mix

Jake (Dallas)

What if you work at a fish market?

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

Chnage the clothes. And shower first

Jon (Bmore)

Will you please be that rare analyst that gives the Orioles credit when they deserve it- instead of making fun of them when they play good ): How about that Wieters guy?

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

Like the O's. Always been a fan of Adam Jones and Reimold.. Think Arrieta is legit

Chad G (Denver )

I know the Johan numbers look good and he's getting batters on his off speed stuff. But is he for reals, for reals?

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

for reals

Charles (Atlanta)

Sean Marshall: In his defense I was watching online and he had Pagan struck out. 2 seam fastball right down the pipe for strike three that was called a ball. Next pitch, launch job. Still have to finish but let's be real here, it's not like he walked 7 batters in a row.

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

Was doing this chat so didn't see & can't verifym but FYI gang.

Steve (Portland)

"Last question I post that uses someone else's name" LIAR!

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

Damn! You're right. Figured a lot of people were thinking abotu Marshall but couldn't find a querstion about him. My bad.

JF (Ma)

Danks or McCarthy h2h wkly?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:38 PM)

McCarthy

Bob (DC)

WAAAYYY too early football question. Auction draft with 200 budget--keep Vick for 31 or Antonio Brown for 12 or neither?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:38 PM)

Keep brown

Matthew (the Little Apple)

The next time you are on the fantasy focus video (I agree, bad name) could you please SMILE at the pretty lady that's with you? I understand "that" is just your normal face, but would trying to get the corners of the mouth to crease upwards be so hard?

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

hahaha. I'll work on it. I always over think the smile and then I look at it and think it looks all weird...

Kyle (MI)

Time to start shopping Crawford for scraps, or hope and pray knowing as each day passes it's more likely a 5th round pick got wasted?

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

At this point, I think you wait.

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

And hope for the best

Randy (Buffalo, NY)

Thoughts on Jason Hammel. He made the Jays look bad last night!

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

We discussed on pod this morning... More legit than not. Has increased his swinging strike percentage significantly

Mike (Chicago)

Your always a front runner! Are you serious about saying Hamilton is a top 5 player ??Also, 5x5 Roto : Kipnis or Kelly J? Thanks

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:44 PM)

Yes on Josh. Kelly Johnson

Dominick (MA)

by the end of the year, who would you have rather had...Rios or Kendrys Morales?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:44 PM)

Morales

Chris (Chicago)

Who is the writer/column that you read on a consistent basis and would say is one of the best around?

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

Honestly, I don't read ANYONE super consistently. I get so busy I don't have the luxury - I mostly read box scores, news updates, Twitter...I DO think our fantasy staff here is great - I read Tristan, Karabell, AJ, Stephania, Chris Harris during football all when I can...Buster Olney's blog is great, I read Simmons a decent amount, I like Peter King as well....

Skins Fan (Baltimore)

Pumped for MR RGIII! Anyway who would you rather have for the year Delmon Young or Torii Hunter.... and later in the year would you drop either for Trout

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

Delmon Young. And in non keeper? No.

Chris (Richmond)

Keep Pineda on my DL in a 12-team keep-12, or will I not want him next season anyway?

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

If he doesn't cost a roster space right now, then why not? But if your penalty is you have to keep a guy the round he's drafted in or some such, I'd drop him. Pineda will cost much less THIS draft day than last one

Sean (Iowa)

Arrieta or Duffy or Neise -- pick one?

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

Niese. Like all 3 but NL over AL

Rick (Boston)

Your Beachy love is well documented (nice article today btw). You rather him over Bumgarner?

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

Thanks. And no, still rather have Bumgarner.

Mike (Boston)

Time for some Matty's Dating Advice Corner. Recently went on a first date with a girl to a restaurant. She knew we were going out to eat beforehand, but, AFTER we got a table, she insisted that she was not hungry, so she just watched me eat and talk to her with my mouth full of lo mein noodles. She's a nice girl but that gave me a weird vibe. Although she didn't act like it, maybe she was just nervous? What say you Matty?

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

That IS a bit weird. But if everything else was good, have a second date and see.

Judd (DSM)

HOw close is Big Fat Bartolo to the Wandy Line? What about Worley?

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

Both getting closer.... Think both are definitely legit.

Daniel (NY)

What was the deal with your column being posted in the morning today? Typically it doesn't post until closer to 5.... Sounds like someone HUSTLED

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

Yeah, my bad. Don't get used to it. I normally write on Wed, turn it in on Thursday, they edit it on Thurs and it gets posted at some point. This week, I had to do some stuff out of office on Wed, so had to write it Tuesday... they edited it Wed. I'm sure everyone else will hate the column. Nothing good comes from hustling!

Steve (Boston)

By the way, Heath Bell just walked 4 guys, with a flyout interspersed. It was UGLY.

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

Yeah... He's not the same guy... He's got a Loooong leash tho because of contract and they don't have any other amazing options.

Jay (Dallas)

In 2 keeper ppr league I Foster, Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson and Matthew Stafford. QBs go quick in this league. Would you keep the 2 RBs?

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

PPR? I keep Foster and Andre. Go Texans. Love Stafford but he's not in those 2 class and CJ2K has to make you a LITTLE nervous with those other options.

Eric (Huntsville)

Would love to hear how the twins (not the baseball team either, cause they're terrible) are doing.

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

They're great. One of them never sleeps so it's been an exhausting 6 months. But it's awesome, actually. Cliche is true: Lots of work but totally worth it

Nick (NJ)

Expect Casailla for SF to hold the job all year?

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

I expect him to lead SF in saves

Tom (CT)

I thought I was all set with closer after drafting Heath Bell, Drew Storen, and Jason Motte. What gives?

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

you paid for saves, that's what gives

Luke (NYC)

Detwiler's numbers thus far are better than most of the league's SP. I'm aware of the small sample size, which is why I ask you what his stats will look like realisticly going forward. Thank you!

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

Nate likes him more than I but yes, feel he's a good macthup play in 10 team mix. Problem is he may lose his rotation spot when Wang comes back...

Matt (ATL)

I didnt pay for saves and now I have H rod, Balfour, Nathan, and Betancort, strategy works!!

Steve Perry (Trabour)

I've won my FF league 3 years in a row. Luck or skill?

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

little of both

Manny (Georgetown)

Advice for someone who dislikes their job, but if I quit, it would seriously hurt the family financial situation?

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

Find something you like better - start doing it on the side, weekends, whereever... build up some cushion and resume in your new career ... family obligations are very important, but so is happiness. Depends on amount of money we are talkign about and what those obligations are... but for me, happiness over money. Why I quit show biz to do fantasy (and then ended up making more doing fantasy).... get happy and often, everything else will take care of itself.

Tim (Det)

Any pitchers surprising you as of right now?

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

Peavy. Didn't expect this. Liriano the other way. Bought into the spring.

Stephanie (Baltimore)

I feel bad my team is better than my boyfriends -- do I accept his crappy trade offers to make him feel better or continue to embarrass him?

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

Embarrass. You can get a new boyfriend. A shot at the title only comes around so often...

Roger (New f'in Hampshire)

Oof, big day for blown saves. Marshall, Bell and Walden in the course of 10 mins. Drop Santiago for Casilla, Jansen or Cordero?

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

Would hold tight to Santiago. Especially if you are in a league where guys like that are readily available.

Gordon (stay @ home dadda)

Hmm, I had identical daughters 7 mos. ago, and similarly 1 of them rarely naps. do you have the same problem of 1 of them inexplicably pooing twice as much as the other?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:05 PM)

Actually.... yes. Didn't expect THAT question today

Steve (Portland)

Matty Ice, do you read submitted questions and laugh but know they can't be posted? I ask because half my submissions are just cause I like to make fun of other questions.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:05 PM)

yes.... If I worked for a website with different standards, it would be a different chat

Jared (Springfield)

Name 2 AL non-closers who will be closing by year end.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:08 PM)

Fuentes.. Blafour is gonna get dealt & the just sent DeLosSantos down. And assuming you're not counting guys like Bailey, Farnsworth, Santos - guys not currently closing but will be when they come ... I'll say Mike Adams. I don't trust Joe Nathan

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:09 PM)

Ok gang... my time is up. I'll try to answer more on Twitter (www.twitter.com/matthewberrytmr) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/matthewjberry)Thanks for stopping by. Happy Draft Day!