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July 19, 3:00 PM ET
Fantasy Sports with Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:01 PM)

What's up, Idaville? Thanks for stopping by. As always, all subjects answered.

Mike (Boston)

I read your blog titled "The case of Dr. Alex and Mr. Rio" -- how come Rios does not get much love (i.e. in the Top 250 re-rank). He's been a fantasy stud to date. Can he sustain this?

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

If you read my blog, you know I think he can sustain it. As for why he didn't get love - my guess is it's track record. Also, he's really turned it up since those ranks. But I agree with what you're hinting at. As a group, we were too low on him

Dave (WI)

If Zack Greinke does get dealt, should i pick up Fiers or Thornburg?

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

This year? Fiers

Josh (Georgia)

Is Kenny britt worth a 4th round pick in a 12 person league

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

Don't think so. It's close, but I'm nervous and WR is super deep this year. He's probably more 5th-6th round for me, which means I won't get him in a 12 teamer.

jay (st louis)

do you ever want to the 'number' of the girl you're dating? For the first time in my life, I'm dating a girl whose number I suspect is higher than mine. have you ever done this?

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

I have and it depends on your own self confidence. Women will always have more oppotunities to, er, date, than men. It's not a competition so ask yourself why it bothers you if she does have a higher number? My guess is, if you're being honest, it's ego based. Ego is a dumb emotion in relationships. I wouldn't worry about it.

Bryan (Tampa)

I have McCutchen, is he really this good?

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

Uh.. yes.

Zack Greinke (MIL)

What is the matter with me?

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

Think the whole 2 days ina row / AllStar Break thing screwed up his timing. He'll be fine.

Tim (Philly)

Should we take Carl Crawford's last three games as what he really is or will he drop off?

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

I'm a believer.

Dan (LA)

Hey Matty Ice, I've got some guys I think are being underdrafted and I want to do some research, but I can't seem to find average draft position numbers on the website. Little help?

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

Those are coming next week. Drafts just started.

Alex (Anaheim)

Do you play more straight draft or auction leagues?

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

Auction in baseball, straight draft in football

Miki (RWC, CA)

what up dude,just read that you suggest dropping lester in 10 team league. would you rather have j. santana, j. shields, or ian kennedy going forward??? or keep lester & spot start him only??thanks,miki

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

Shields, Santana, Lester, Kennedy is how I rank those four.

Blue Wahoo Fan (Pensacola, FL)

What is a realistic MLB ETA for Billy Hamilton? I can lock him up cheap for a couple of years or send him back into next year's draft and try to ring him in for five years...

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

Think it is highly unlikely we see him this year, unless they feel they need a pinch runner in September. Maybe second half of next year but I'd guess 2014 is his first full season in bigs.

Nick (MN)

How do the arrests/possible jail time affect the fantasy draft stock of Marshawn Lynch, Dez Bryant and Adrian Peterson?

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

In order, I am worried about Lynch, Dez and AP. Obviously, have to wait and see if they get suspended, but certainly, Lynch is dropping in my next update.

Ryan (ny)

If I miss out on the top 4 or 5 qbs is it worth gettin Romo in the 4th or 5th or is there better value in drafting Big Ben or Freeman type in a much later roung

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

I'd rather Romo...

Not a Weasel (48009)

Great column today. Glad someone else had a childhood. I know JUpton's supposed to get hot (and his BA has been improving), so will I regret if I trade him for Bourn or Ellsbury if I need runs and steals? Thanks TMR

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

Thanks. I don't think you'll regret that if those are the categories you need.

Clay (Kansas)

I'm in a Fantasy Football league and get to keep two of my players from last year. I've narrow it down to Calvin Johnson, Ray Rice, and Jimmy Graham. Who would you keep?

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

Wow. Nice draft. I'd throw back Graham. I have all 3 as the # at their position... But I have Ray and Calvin as #1 picks.

Willie (Pittsburgh)

Congrats of the FSTA HOF! Do you view Forte as a top 10 RB in PPR format?

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

Thanks. Yes.

Quincy (New Jersey)

What do you think Lance Berkman ROS?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:18 PM)

So so. Needs to stay healthy, could see him playing only 4 or 5 out of every 7 games...

Erich (CT)

I have a pretty deep outfield with Kemp, Trout, Heyward, Rasmus and Victorino all rostered. I'm looking to deal one, who would you suggest I trade? Im looking for a big upgrade at third, but am having a really hard time mustering the testicular fortitude to deal Trout.

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

Would trade whoever will get you the most from Rasmus / Heyward or Victorino.

Nate (My Computer)

Any advice to a follower of yours who has a draft extremely early this year?? (July 28)

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

Give yourself as much flexibility as possible

Chris (Hartford)

How would you rank the following ROS: Hosmer, Freeman, Morse?

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

Freeman, Morse, Hosmer

Dellis (DC)

Is this Youkilis the real Youkilis?

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

I believe so, yes

Max (Iowa)

Should Robert Turbin be drafted now with Marshawn facing suspension?

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

Possible suspension. And yes, he should be

Jacob (NH)

How much do you weigh the following when preparing for a fantasy football draft: Strength of Schedule, 3rd year Receivers, Contract Year players and Guys who just received a big contract?

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

Pay little attention to any of that stuff. Studies over the years have shown that they are all arbitrary...

Erich (CT)

As good as Trouts been, is it time for me to sell high on him? Hes gotta come back down to earth at some point, right? I have the chance of dealing him and Tiexiera for Miguel Cabrera and Cruz....do I do it? Even if I have a ton of OF depth?

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

I would not do that deal.

Josh (Chicago)

Are you buying or selling Carl Crawford right now?

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

Buying

Bill (Kalamazoo)

Nobody has been talking about Jose Reyes this year, but he's been a massive disappointment in just about every category. What's your outlook on him for the rest of the year? Is he even worth more than Rollins, who hasn't seemed to be in the same class as Reyes for at least a few years?

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

He has tended to play better down the stretch, so I am holding out hope. Defintely would rather him than Rollins, who has improved (and will have more power than Reyes) but still. Believe Reyes will be better than he has been

Adam (St. Louis)

Is it crazy to draft RG3 as your QB1 for the upcoming season? What round do you expect him to go in drafts?

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

It's not crazy but it IS risky. If you do DO that, I'd make sure I got a solid second QB. My guess is he goes in the 8th / 9th.

Garrett (Brooklyn)

Hey TMR great stuff. What are your thoughts on Brandon Marshall now that he's back with Cutler?

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

LOVE him. Lead NFL in targets for two years with Cutler in DEN, never less than a 1,000 yard season and yet has had to play with many different QB's, many of them subpar. Think he's due for a big year

Jimmy (NYC)

You talked about Trumbo in your post today. If you have him in a keeper league at a good draft spot for the next couple of years and you're in contention this year, would you flip him for a Miguel Cabrera-quality rental or is he too valuable?

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

Too valuable. Would stay put.

mike (boston)

Just downloaded the fantasy football podcast! pick # 5 in a 12 team ppr: assuming rice mccoy foster and CJ1.2K are gone, is mathews the pick, or calvin/A-rod? thanks!!

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

I'd go MJD or Forte, actually.

Nicholas (Palm Springs)

Not a question. Just wanted to tell you I've missed your musky smell all spring and summer long. Viva NFL!

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

Expect an angry visit from Dan in San Jose.

Dave (Sarasota)

My girl has 6x the number I do... I just constantly make fun of her for being easy, and she eats it up. We have problems.

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

Or the best relationship ever

Jon (Bozeman, MT)

TMR, loved the column today dedicated to Donald Sobol. I remember loving the books when I was a kid and very sad to hear that another person that contributed to a great childhood has passed.

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

Thanks. Agreed.

Dan (The OC via NJ)

Thoughts on Brandon Morrow, worth holding on to?

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

Depends on league size, keeper, etc. In a 10 team mix non keeper? No.

Ryan (Atlanta)

When will I see Wil Myers, and if he comes up this year is he immediately productive?

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

Hopefully soon and yes, I think so.

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

Problem with Myers is... where will he play? Right now, he doesn't have a place to play

Matt (Boise)

Aquaman, Your boy Trout just hit another bomb. He's got to be a first round pick next year, correct?

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

If we were drafting for next year today? Yes, easily.

nick (new jersey)

When are you going to be a guest on the podcast How Did This Get Made to discuss Crocodile Dundee in LA?

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

I don't know yet. Paul and I have emailing trying to find dates that work for both of us. I'm looking forward to it.

Bob (Chino Hills, CA)

Not questioning your judgment, but Shields has had half a season to straighten out his issues, and to date result is..... What is it that you see that how would straighten out?

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

It wasn't a particularly great list... Santana has fallen off since the no hitter. (5.67 ERA over his last 7 starts). Lester - read my column, Kennedy has also been very inconsistent... so it was more of a pick your poison. Fair question - but Shields has an xFIP of 3.47, seems to be getting unlcuky with strand rate and HR/FB rate... He's still striking guys out. I don't expecty big things from him, but I do like him best of the group I was offered

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Everyone has a man-crush on Ryan Mathews, and I do too...are you Mike Vick-all in on him, or kind of wary? Guy isn't exactly known to be AP tough just yet...top 5 pick way too high?

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

More wary than not. I have him 7th among RB (Rice, Foster, McCoy, MJD, CJ2K, Forte, Mathews). He has the potential to go nuts, but it's just really high to draft someone who hasn't played a full season and has never proven he can be an elite fantasy RB for a full year

John (Los Angeles)

Perhaps he was no Leroy Brown, but did the adventures of Alvin Fernald ever make it into your childhood book rotation? I was partial to "Superweasel."

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

Never got into that one for whatever reason

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:46 PM)

Pedroia off the DL, by the way

Blips McGee (Pittsburgh)

Does the TMR golf? If so, how well?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:46 PM)

Yes, occasionally. Very poorly.

Marcus (LA)

Should I be worried about Frank Gore having a down year with LaMichael James AND Kendall Hunter possibly eating into his carries?

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

And Brandon Jacobs too. I'm down on Gore. Wait till you read 100 Facts next week...

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Who are the most likely TEs to be on your FF teams this year? Are you going early for Gronk/Graham, next tier like F.Davis/Finley/VD, or snag a couple sleepers like Fleener/Tamme/Gresham?

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

I've been going early on Gronk / Graham / Gates or late, with guys like your trio or Jared Cook

Dave (WI)

who has the best chance of being ranked #1 overall for next year's fantasy baseball draft?

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

Miguel Cabrera or Ryan Braun. Safest.

Steve (Boston)

Great article today! Could you give me your thoughts on how the Bills backfield will play out? Would you rather keep CJ Spiller at $13 or FJax at $22?? $300 budget - Thanks alot!

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

Rather have Spiller. Think it's 65/35 F Jax or Spiller but Spiller will still be involved in passing game

Keleka (Boise)

Will Doug Martin see the most touches for the Bucs?

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

Hard to say until we see some pre-season games but my guess is yes, though i Still think LGB gets more touches than folks think and will be a decent sleeper this year

Murph (Prospect, CT)

Still in playoff position in my h2h keeper league, but after getting Kemp back, lost Stanton, Joey Bats, and Big Papi. Should I still try to make a run, or build for next year?

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

I'd hang tough- still got a shot...

Ryan (Atlanta)

Do you see production out of Peyton Hillis this year?

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

I do. There's a case of the hate has gone too far. JC is not an every down back. Hillis will get work plus the GL carries. Will be a decent flex this year.

Dan (NYC)

would you take Hamels & Wainwright for trout if ellsbury is back from DL?

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

No, I wouldn't. But again, I'm not rational when it comes to Mike Trout.

MeisterNJ (Mendham)

RGIII a top 15 QB this year?

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

Yes

Brad (Cincy)

My keepers are AP, Murray and Vick. In first round I should have a good shot at either Mathews or Fitz. With those RB do I go for Mathews and just get one of top wrs left in next round or go for it with Fitz?

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

Go Mathews. You can always trade a RB. WR is so deep this year and AP/Murray are both not sure things....

Joe (Council Bluffs)

Really hurting at catcher with Thole and McHenry. Would Sale for Mauer be a good trade, if I still have Cain, FHernandez, Zimmerman, Sanchez, Bauer, and Norris as starting pitchers? Would REALLY appreciate a response!

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

Don't think your pitching is as good as you do. I get wanting to imporve at C but would NOT do that deal.

Benjamin (Portland, OR)

Been dating a girl for a little more than a year, and she is starting to get on me to see how "committed" to the relationship I am. Any advice for this type of situation?

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

Just be honest with her and talk it out, letting her know you hate games and tests are for children. if she keeps it up, walk away.

Franklin (NY)

If Trout can somehow keep up this pace, any chance he's the #1 pick next year?

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

There's a definite chance but I'd probably still go a little safer. He'd be top 5 easy tho

Kyle (Minneapolis, MN)

Spiller/FJax question REMIX! i can keep either one for a 6th rounder. i keep FJax, right?

Blips McGee (Pittsburgh)

Is it okay to punch really annoying co-workers in the face today?

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

Hang on. Let me check.... No. Bad idea.

Jonny Boy (West TX)

TMR, was hoping to get my 2QB league question answered. Would you consider going QB QB w first two picks in a super deep 12 team league?

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

Yes, I definitely would strongly consider that depending on who they were.

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

Ok gang. That's all we have time for this week. Thanks for stopping by!