Hi Gang: Thaks for stopping by. As always, all subjects answered. Here we go.
Hi Matthew. Dug the column this week, dig seeing fantasy karma in action even more. A guy in my league was gloating about beating me in week 2 when two guys on my team - Forte and Aaron Hernandez - went down with injuries. Now HE'S been bitten hard with the injury bug and Forte and Hernandez have healed quicker than expected.ANYWAY, my question is this: I know you prefer Fred Jackson over Spiller this week, but... 1) Don't you think if *anybody* was going to make a big play against SF it would be Spiller; and 2) What's the downside of playing both of them?
Thanks. Tellin you... Fantasy Karma... it's a real thing...1) Yes, I agree with you, Spiller has more "upside" - I told someone on Twitter earlier that I'd play CJ over S Johnson in a flex... But feel opporunities to break one vs SF will be tough. Until we see more, jackson the "safer" start, such as it is, vs SF, tho I have both as Flex plays in the 20's, not that far apart.2) Downside is they both get shutdown and you get 10-12 points total from both RB spots. Not great. Depends who else you have.
Hey TMR, I send questions in every week but never get answered :'( What are your thoughts on CJ and Fred? Should I trade one of them or keep both and who to start this week.. Wayne, Garcon, or Britt? And what are your thoughts on Garcon ROS?
Don't answer questions that can be answered by looking at my rankings (in other words, same position standard scoring who to start questions) but you were the very 1st question, so I'll say I would have no issue dealing Cj or Fred, but wou;d try to deal CJ before Sun and for close to full value if you can get - sell "He's back" even though I don't think he is. ROS, I like Garcon as a top 25 WR
Since both are back-ups presently, who's best bet to pick up on the waiver wire - Giants' Brown or Chargers' Battle?
Brown is the better player, Battle has a clearer path to PT and already has a role (GL back). If you need to start one this weekend or soon, go Battle. If it's just roster depth and hoping for most upside, go Brown
Do you see the Texans resting foster with a commanding lead in the division?
It's possible in week 16 or 17 that Foster might be limited. Would not rush to deal Arian if I had him but it's something to keep in mind...
Now that you are married, are you wishing you were still single??
Hahahaha. I think everyone has a grass is always greener moment or two no matter what their situation, but I am a much happier guy these days overall than when I was single.
Danny Amomnedalo is out. Do i go for one of his team mates or some one else? PPR league.
Can't imagine any Rams WR having consistent fantasy production. Part of Amendola's appeal was the volume of targets and I don't think anyone on STL gets that amount. Feel it's more spread out. See if D Bess is still out there in your league
If you were to redraft right who would be your top 5 picks in order? Thanks and love the podcast.
Rice, Foster, Rodgers, Brees, Brady. Still believe in those QB's, tho Matt Ryan and RG 3 have joined the discussion... Too worried about McCoy's TD's to make him top 5 (which is why he was out of my top 5 to begin with, too)
I know you have Stevie Johnson ranked higher than Hixon, and I know your love/hate is typically relative to where your colleagues rank them. But you Hate Johnson this week and put a nod in for Hixon. Am I getting *too* cute starting Hixon over Johnson this week? Thanks for the help!
It's not getting too cute. Obviously, I would go Johnson but I get it. Johnson normally a no brainer #2 WR - this week, I have him outside the top 20. Normally you'd never start Hixon but with Nicks and maybe Barden missing, Hixon deserves strong consideration against CLE
ROY, M Stafford or Big Ben
Do any of the NYJ wr have any fantasy appeal? Who would you take on chance on if you had to?
I have no idea if you are actually a woman or not, but for some reason, "Heidi in Idaho" made me laugh. Well done. I don't think so but if I had to pick one at gun point I'd go Kerley this week.
What you think of Ryan Williams?
I still like his talent, but the O Line is so brutal, can't seem to shake the injury bug.. hard to trust in anything but a super deep league until we see something. STL was 26th vs run coming into last night. If he can't do it against them...
As the resident expert on the Redskins, how long do we ride Alfred Morris? His schedule gets pretty ugly in the upcoming weeks, not to mention he is a Shanahan RB, sell high?
The sked concerns me more than Shanahan does. They really like him and I think they're comitted to him.... In a 3 WR league where I have Nicks (and am deep at RB) I just traded Morris for Jordy Nelson to give you an idea of trade value and what I would dela him for. So yes, if you get great value, go for it. Felt I was selling high on MOrris and buying low on Jordy there.
Hi Matt -- Dome Ranger here! Do I drop Jstew, Andre Brown or Ben Tate for Jackie Battle? (Also have Ced Benson, McFadden and Sproles, but would not drop them for sure). Thanks... DR
HAHAHAHAHA. Good reference. I'd be okay dropping J Stew for him. Given Mathews injury history and Battle's GL carries, you'd feel better about starting him over J Stew. J Stew is only usable in a normal league if something happens to Williams.
I know the general rule is to never roster more than 1 kicker, but would Young GZ be a guy you would hold on to through his bye in a 10 team league?
yes, if you could
Who do you think will win todays Wild Card games?
Did you ever reveal who that actress is?
I did not, though all the clues are there and fairly obvious to me.
Saw your cameo in The League. You watch it regularly?
Thanks. I do. Very funny show.
Alfred morris or demarco Murray rest of the year?(how crazy is this question?)
Not crazy at all. Morris, actually. Don't believe Murray plays all 16 games.
Dude, how's the Matthew Berry defender situation looking?
Lots of guys have stepped up. Some better than others so we'll see. It's been pretty funny to watch though.
Is Ryan Williams droppable? Pick up Zuerlein for Matt Bryant? Hillis worth a pick up? Thanks Matthew your the best!!!!
In standard leagues? Yes. Rather Bryant than GZ. No on Hillis unless you own JC.
Dear TMR, props for taking the heat from everyone and going the high road when picks go wrong. Will Reggie Bush stay healthy the rest of the season or should I sell high?
Have to. Impossible to predict injuries but he HAS bulked up and seems to be a different person since coming from NO. Would have no issue dealing him but wouldn't be looking to trade either.
Can you shed some light on how you do your rankings? It appears to me to similar to the NCAA football polls, where those ranked high in the preseason have to fall before someone else who has out performed them gets bumped up. McGahee has been very consistent this year, even against some tough match ups but each of you have Mathews ranked higher. Can you please talk about why?
it's a whole day process. I look at every matchup, consider what is most likley to happen and rank based on what I project, taking both safety (how likely it is that he gets SOME production) and upside into account. There are times that I've talked to a reporter or scout and I know (or strongly expect) them to try to exploit a certain matchup... Thete also has to be a reasonable expectation to it. Brian Hartline leads the NFL in rec yards right now. Under that logic, I'd have to rank him #1, right?I don't expect the season to end that way. But you do have to acknolwedge what he's done, so he gets ranked much higher than start of year but hasn't shown enough consistency to be worthy of a top 15 start or anything. At least to me. At the end of it, I just ask myself the basic question... of, if I had player A and player B, who would I start? I'd start B? Ok. I rank B over A. Make sense? It follows my basic Manifesto principles of minimizing risk and figuring out "what's most likely to happen."
Hi TMR, Thanks for your help each week. I'm 4-0 because of you. Do you think Powell is worthy of a bench spot considering it looks like Tebow might be starting soon?
Love to hear that. Yes, I think Powell is an interesting stash, mostly because he's not Shonn Greene. He'll get a shot at some point and if Tebow were QB, think that would help
You holding out hope that Meachum and Rivers start connecting on a consistent basis?
None whatsoever. Meachem stinks. Have been fairly consistent on this.
It seems that the injury issues with Hakeem Nicks are coming close to being a big red flag. Do you think he's reaching a "trade before value dips even further" point? With him and Kenny Britt burning a hole on my bench, I'm in need of a WR2 and may need to jump ship soon.
If I could get 85 cents on the dollar for Nicks, I would. He DID, however, go through light drills with team today, which is a good sign. He's got a shot at playing in week 6.
Could you please list all the clues somewhere in order, so we can figure out who she is?!!!
You have to go back - they were all there that year.
Are you saying you watch The League regularly or just your cameo in it haha?
Hahaha. Seen every episode.
16 team league who gives a point for every 20 return yards. David Wilson considering his return game or Ronnie Hillman and hope he gets some touches?
Hurry up before Nosey Lady sees my screen and blocks ESPN! Pick 2 PPR flex.. FJax, Simpson, Hankerson, James Jones, Olsen. Thanks, and happy friday to ya, Matt
F Jax and Jones. Can't wait for the weekend, you guys.
I am an proud yet dissapointed owner of Dez Bryant and Hakeem Nicks. I am pretty strong at RB (MJD, JC, Alf, Willis, Leshure, Bush) Should I look to make some trades or keep the faith?
Shore up your WR's
Why do we all listen to an old dude with no hair anyway?
Hey, I have some hair.
Worth burning waiver priority to pick up Texans DST?
compliment, personal life reference, compliment... j battle or s johnson as flex non-ppr?
I think I'd role the dice with Battle. But Johnson the "safer" pick.
Please tell me Lance Moore is going to play Sunday night? It will be a shootout
Not looking great
Who is better ROS...Greg Jennings and his groin or Nicks and his foot and knee?
Feel slightly better about Jennings. But neither strikes me as safe
Andy in DC. You've sent the same question 150 times. I see it. I am ignoring you on purpose because you are filling up the screen so much I can't see any other questions and I don't want to reward that behavior. Play nice, share with others.
Think Andre Johnson catches more than 2 or 3 passes against the now awful Jets secondary?
I do but we discussed this on the pod today. This is one of the reasons I was down on Andre in the pre-season (plus his injury history)... this team just runs so much...there will be a decent amount of games this year like that...
Pick 2... Bush Spiller S Rice Kerley A Hawkins? Standard scoring
Bush and Spiller
dude you consider that hair?
I sorta have to
good things for donnie avery this week at GB?
I actually kinda like him, yeah. See a shoot out here as Indy will need to keep up, Avery is 2nd on INDY in targets...Could easily see him getting some solid junk time production
TMR: Just wanted to remind you to VOTE for Fantasy Focus in the "best of show" category, NOT sports. Remember that! You can't win twice in a row in sports.Anyway, what do you think about this trade: giving up BJGE + Murray for AP Reggie Bush. What about giving up BJGE Stevie Johnson for Lynch Hicks? Good deals on both accounts right?
Good point. Everyone go vote at PodcastAwards.com for Fantasy Focus Football for People's Choice and FF Baseball for Best in Sports.
Would do both deals, yes
Yea that Andy guy is a real jerk!
Any chance you'll finally master the rankings touch screen this Sunday? Touch once & drag right?
None whatsoever. I actually turned down training on it this week. Funnier if I screw it up (tho I swear, it's not intentional)
A little non-fantasy; what's a week like (work-wise, I'm not going to be creepy) for TMR? You say you're looking forward to the weekend but I'd think you're working just as much, if not more during the weekend. I'm envious of your job.
It was a refernce to a popular Twitter feed, but quickly, here's my week quickly:Mon: Pod, read / research / wathc&catch up on games I missed / etc, my one day to have meetings...Tues: Pod, Rankings, 6pm SCWed: Pod, Write Love / Hate, update ranksThurs: Pod, Video, NFL Live, SportsNation, ESPN radio, update ranksFri: Pod, chat, update ranks, FF Now prod meetingSat: FF Now
And of course, try to be on Twitter / Facebook etc as much as possible, react to breaking news and avrious other things that come up, like I did ESPN Radio Sun night and SportsNation on Tues. It's a great job but it definitely keeps me busy!
PPR: Spiller or Mendy?
What is fair WR value if I were to trade Ridley?
Four hair questions, and not one question answered about Steven Jackson. Best yardage total this year against a tough D. Not a great performance, but is this a sign of better things to come ROS?
Can't hurt plus he gets more time to recover. Low end #2 going forward
Bad flex options, Tate or Hixon?
I just got offered Pitta, and I just have to give up Pierre Thomas. Great deal for me?
Of course. Not worried about Pitta's goose egg last week.
Why are you wasting time answering WDIS questions when you have your rankings up? Come on man. ROS Romo or Rivers and Austin or Nicks?
I answer flex questions - I don't flex ranks up. Romo and Austin. DAL sked gets much easier after bye
What is fair RB value for RGIII?
And #1 RB. Like McCoy.
If I can't trade for a week 6 QB, who do I drop? Amendola, Hartline, Lance Moore, Spiller or BJGE? (Note: I will likely need the two active WR, if Jennings is out. If Amendola is out, too... uh oh.)
Tough one. I'd drop Moore tho from that list...
Hi Matthew, your hair is as beautiful as a bed of fallen pine needles. Do you still think Kenny Britt is the Titans receiver to own ROS?
Hahahaha. Thinking it might be Kendall Wright. Britt can't stay healthy
Buzzer Beater....Huge Chargers fan here! My boy Malcom Floyd will be the receiver to own of any receiver in Chargers or New Orleans, fact?
Yes in SD, no in NO. Like Colston more than Floyd
Antonio Brown & Gonzo for Pitta and Nicks...who wins this one?
Dallas Sched gets easier? They could lose 4 of 5.
@BAL - 29th vs pass@CAR - 22nd vs passNYG - 19th vs passNext 3 games. Could easily lose them but Romo/Austin should put up solid #'s. That was the question
Ok gang, gotta run. FYI - Lance Moore and Laurent Robinson officially OUT