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November 8, 2:00 PM ET
Fantasy Sports with Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry
  (2:02 PM)

'Sup kids? Let's get to it. As always, all subjects answered

Joey Skovgaard (Chicago )

With RG3 on a bye, i need to have a solid game from my flex, I picked up Taiwan Jones off the wire and have Donald Brown, Joique Bell and Amendola on my bench, who has the biggest upside?

Matthew Berry
  (2:03 PM)

Amendola. SF allows 2nd most rec to slot WR

Doug (FL)

Stars Wars 7. Good idea or bad?

Matthew Berry
  (2:04 PM)

I'll be there opening weekend. And so will you.

Chase (Cincinnati)

Better Flex Play: Vick Ballard, Danny Amendola, or Johnathan Stewart

Matthew Berry
  (2:04 PM)

Ballard safer to me.

May (Chicago)

Mr. Berry, need a little help. Need two here. What do you think?V Ballard (@Jac - tonight), H Nicks (@ Cin), Percy Harvin (Det)Obviously this is in large part based around Percy's injury and the fact that Ballard plays tonight.

Matthew Berry
  (2:05 PM)

Go with Vick. Think it's highly doubtful Percy plays. News out of MIN not encouraging right now

Jewel Thurman (Golden, CO)

Is Phillip Rivers back in your favor after last week or should he be left crying a river on the bench this week?

Matthew Berry
  (2:06 PM)

Still not a huge fan. Think he'll be all right vs TB - good matchup - but nothing amazing... they just don't have the horses to be an explosive offense anymore. Rivers too much dinking and dunking. Run game inconsistent, bad offensive line...

Nate VanBortel (Rochester, NY)

I'm stuck Mr. Berry... best flex; Dwayne Bowe, Vick Ballard, Brian Hartline, Dez Bryant, or Issac Redman. Thank you, I appreciate all your material!

Matthew Berry
  (2:07 PM)

Ballard is the safest guy for me there... Highest upside is Dez or Hartline, both of whom are more feast or famine.

Conrad Bloom (The Past)

What are you expecting from Amendola coming back? Too soon to start him? I need to put Bowe out to pasture.

Matthew Berry
  (2:07 PM)

This Sun

brandon (upstate)

lafell, CS3 (cecil shorts III), or daniel thomas? pick one for .5ppr flex

Matthew Berry
  (2:08 PM)

Kinda like Shorts tonight, actually

Charlie (Sidney, OH)

I have A. Rogers and was looking at Tannehill. Your rankings had Romo as the best available qb in our league. I grabbed Romo but after listening to today's podcast, I'm worried about Romo's more recent turnovers as compared to Tannehill's more past turnovers.PS Impressed with the VP debate reference. I was wondering the same thing about how many listeners would catch the correlation.Thanks,

Matthew Berry
  (2:09 PM)

It's close but I think Romo is the safer play here even with turnover issue. Better talent, PHI defense getting worked... thanks for listening.

Jake (CA)

Why so high on R. Bush this week? Last 3 games: 36 carries for Bush, 31 for Thomas. Isn't this a timeshare now?

Matthew Berry
  (2:10 PM)

Some of that work for Thomas is injury related but fair question. Bush has more big play ability and it's the Titans. Doesn't get much better than that.

Big J (Buried in snow)

I have both Brady and P Manning. Better ROS?

Matthew Berry
  (2:11 PM)

Gotta trade one. I have Brady slightly ahead.

Nick (Raleigh)

Simple question. If Harvin is out, who does Ponder throw to this week?

Matthew Berry
  (2:12 PM)

Peterson and they call it a "hand off." Honestly, it's hard to say because they don't have a back-up for what Harvin does in that offense. There's no one I would start with any degree of confidence other than AP. Ponder struggling so much recently...

Dave Z (Scranton, PA)

Hey Matthew! If Donald Brown is active tonight, should I still play Ballard?

Matthew Berry
  (2:12 PM)

Yes, I don't see Brown having a big role even if he is active

Daniel (Guatemala)

Hey Berry,Big fan of the podcast and column. I work at a NGO in Guatemala and listening to you guys at work here all week is one of my only real fantasy lifelines living abroad.My question is: Even with all the rankings clear here, would it be woah crazy crazy to consider starting Reece over Charles? considering the matchups, JC's injury and how they have been using him as of late, and with MCF and goodson probably out, could reece at least be a safer bet in PPR?

Matthew Berry
  (2:15 PM)

Thanks for listening all the way overseas. I have Charles higher based on talent, but no, not crazy at all. If JC has 12 carries for 42 yards on Monday night, is anyone gonna be shocked? Reece def a much better play in PPR scoring than in standard... go with your gut. No issue with it but I still go with talent over opportunity

Bob (Denver, CO)

Berry!!!!! I know AP is AP but with CHI D twice and a bye would you advise seeing what I can get in return since I am in the hunt for the playoffs and need every win?

Matthew Berry
  (2:16 PM)

NO issue seeing what gets offered but it'd have to be a HUGE haul for me to lose AP. Not worried about CHI

Candy (Slippery Rock)

Best lottery ticket running back in a PPR league: Jacquizz Rodgers, Bernard Pierce, Daryl Richardson, or Joquie Bell?

Matthew Berry
  (2:16 PM)


Titan Up (Knoxville)

Trade Hernandez and Bryant for Marshall?

Matthew Berry
  (2:17 PM)

In a heartbeat. Two injury prone guys for a top 3 WR?

Fantasy Focus Podcast (1200TH BEST SHOW TODAY!)

Brutal opening.....and then things got ugly. Still love you guys though. With Percy looking doubtful, Dez moves into my WR2 spot. Leaving Britt/Leshoure/Ballard to fill the flex spot. Who do you like in a 1/2 PPR?

Matthew Berry
  (2:18 PM)


Your Weekly Reminder (06010)

Hey Gang, before you ask on who's better Brian Hartline or Torrey Smith here are my weekly rankings.

Brian (PA)

I've got PT Cruiser and Dwyer on my bench. Drop one for Beanie Wells or Cedric Benson?

Matthew Berry
  (2:19 PM)

No, I'd hang tight

Daniel (Bronx NY )

If your favored in a match up going into the week, do you agree with starting the kicker of the team that your opponents QB is on, thereby minimizing the impact of the QB's td's from 4 to 3 due to extra points?

Matthew Berry
  (2:19 PM)

You're overthinking it. Play your best team. Don't sweat other team

John (NJ)

Hey TMR big fan of yours and the podcast. I have been trying to get you on twitter but you havent answered any of them. In my 14 team half point PPR league, should i start Marcel Reece or dwayne Allen in my flex? (not exactly a good problem to have but most of my team is on a bye)

Matthew Berry
  (2:20 PM)


kelly (ft. myers)

Any word on who's taking the RB1 snaps at Raiders practice ?

Matthew Berry
  (2:23 PM)

We discussed on pod this morning. Reports yesterday were Taiwan Jones did but I'd still rather have Reece. Gonna be pass heavy, he's the better pass blocker/catcher

Mike (Minny)

If you have a player rated higher, but another player is projected more points, what player should is the better play?

Matthew Berry
  (2:24 PM)

I have nothing to do with the projections so if you want MY opinion it's the ranks

Victoria (Waterlogged Brooklyn, NY)

Last week I picked up Broyles, knowing I needed a WR this week because Cobb, Jennings and Roberts are all on a bye this week, but my other WR I was planning on playing was Antonio Brown!I'm in a 16 team league and I don't know anyone that's left. Are there any really deep sleepers that you can think on I'm just going by if I like there name at this point..... or do you think it would be safe to play Brown

Matthew Berry
  (2:25 PM)

Def don't play Brown - he's not going to play. Davone Bess is always around, it seems. Emmanuel Sanders or Jerricho Cotchery. Danario Alexander has a nice matchup

John (Syracuse)

MACHEW - Need some flex help in a PPR - Nasty Nate Washington or Joique Bell?

Matthew Berry
  (2:26 PM)

Go Nate but...ugh

Amanda (Huginkiss)

With all your love for Luck...why no rank for TY Hilton?

Matthew Berry
  (2:27 PM)

Ah, just no confidence he gets a ton of work over Avery, Allen, etc... Will look at it though when my ranks are updated later today

Josh (Dallas)

Who do i sit? PPR...Titus at minn, Malcolm Floyd, or Mike Williams playing vs each other??? THNX!!

Matthew Berry
  (2:28 PM)

Sist Titus. Missed practice today. Not 100% even if he goes

Randy (AZ)

the link to this weeks Love/Hate takes me to last weeks? better flex play D. Moore or Spiller?

Matthew Berry
  (2:30 PM)

Like Moore slightly more in standard, PPR go Spiller. Here's the link to this week - just posted:

Dave(Hartford) [via mobile]

ROS who do you like better RG3 or Luck

Matthew Berry
  (2:31 PM)

Still RG3 due to the rushing, but it's much closer than it was a few weeks ago!

Josh (Texas)

Trade Question - Gore and Wallace for Peterson and CobbI"m already in the playoffs so peterson's bye doesn't concern me.

Matthew Berry
  (2:32 PM)

Rather have AP/Cobb side. Very fair

Ryan (New York)

If the season ended today and you had to keep two players, can't keep two at the same position, you don't lose the round you drafter them in and no cap on the how long you keep them, pick two from luck, mccoy, ap and aj green.

Matthew Berry
  (2:33 PM)

Keeping AP and Green

Nancy (Waco, Tx)

You really want me to start Reggie Bush and Frank Gore ahead of Matt Forte?

Matthew Berry
  (2:35 PM)

No, I really want you to make your own decision for your team. But yes, if I owned all three in a standard league, that's how I have them ranked. It's super close, hoever."

Mark (Austin)

Do you have an answer to Obi-Wan's rhetorical question: "Who's more foolish: the fool or the fool who follows him?" Also, which D should I follow ROS: Giants or Dolphins?

Matthew Berry
  (2:37 PM)

Giants D and the answer is the fool who follws him - presumably, that poerson knows better

Eric (Santa Ana )

Are you confident Owen Daniels will be good to go or do I start Dwayne Allen tonight?

Matthew Berry
  (2:40 PM)

Bears aren't a great D against TE - I'm not worried about Daniels if he plays. He missed practice tho... if you can't get anyone else you may want to be safe and play Allen. But I have Owen higher

Brendan (Boston)

Where do you stand on trade veto post injury news? Traded Sproles hours before news of broken hand, in good faith. Had backlash, but league did not overturn, would you vote to veto in that scenario?

Matthew Berry
  (2:41 PM)

Veto only when there is clear cut collusion. Injuries are part of the risk. If deal was agreed on before news then it's a tough break (no pun intended) but deal should stand

Tom (LA)

Why are you the only expert with Palmer above Vick in your rankings? Are the other three crazy?

Matthew Berry
  (2:42 PM)

You'd have to ask them. But... he's got more fantasy points this year than Vick, Cam, Romo, Eli...

Craiggers (Miami)

How about 'dem Lakers!!!

Matthew Berry
  (2:44 PM)

Brutal. I'm trying to hold it together. They look terrible. No Nash and Howard clearly not 100% but still... no effort and the bench is terible. Those things are real issues.

Matthew ( Berry ) Turner (Gulf of Mexico)

I picked up G. Jennings off waivers. Will he be ready to produce big for me in the playoffs wks. 15 & 16

Matthew Berry
  (2:44 PM)

Hard to say but I believe so, yes. Certainly worth the flier.

Stacy (Alexandria, LA)

Ok, got a flex pick. I have the great option, wow, to choose between Joel Dreesen and Dwayne Bowe. Who would you choose?

Matthew Berry
  (2:45 PM)


Dan (NYC)

I don't think you need a special occasion to use the Stephania voice, that's backwards... when you do the Stephania voice, that makes it a special occasion

Matthew Berry
  (2:46 PM)

Exactly! What can I say? I'm surrounded by comedy goalies

Jerad (Milwaukee)

Why is the love/hate link this week taking me to last weeks?

Matthew Berry
  (2:47 PM)

Getting a lot of this. Every link I try takes me to this week's. Which link specifically?

Rob (MA)

In a ppr league. Reece, Amendola, P. Thomas , Sanders or Redman?

Matthew Berry
  (2:49 PM)

Reece just barely over Amendola and Thomas for me. Pay attention, tho. Obviously if McFadden or Goodson plays somehow, go Amendola or Thomas

Bryan (Kirkland)

How are the twins?

Matthew Berry
  (2:49 PM)

Damn cute and healthy. All you can ask.

BK (215)

Do you believe in the recent Crabtree explosion? He did look great. worth a look over floyd in PPR?

Matthew Berry
  (2:49 PM)

Not really. Need to see it more. I'd still go Floyd this week.

James (Utah)

TMR...I think it is time for some Hard Justice! In my money PPR league these two owners agreed to the trade the the majority of the other owners freaked out at. The trade was Harvin, Mathews, Decker and a 3rd round pick next year for Charles, Amendola, Stevie Johnson, Hartline, M. Bennett and a 7th round pick next year. The owner trading his best players said that he was knowingly giving up a little more in order to get the higher pick next year (his team is in last place). Most of the owners freaked out and changed the rules so that draft picks couldn't be traded and the trade was then vetoed. One of the owners that was part of the already said he isn't coming back next year since rules were changed midseason. With your justice cap on what do you think? Should the rules have been changed and the trade vetoed?

Matthew Berry
  (2:51 PM)

Rules should never be changed midseason. Trade should not have been vetoed.

AH (Commonwealth)

After yesterday's 06010 podcast I know you are the right person to answer this question. I have my first child on the way and we are considering naming him after me with a jr. on the end and calling him AJ. My Mrs. is concerned that people will call him Junior. Please assure her that they would not and that AJ is in fact a great name.Also, Nate is a weasel.

Matthew Berry
  (2:52 PM)

Junior is a legit possibility. No issue with name AJ but your wife is right - just be prepared if everyone calls him JR

Clayton (Manassas VA)

Hey Matthew! I have P. Manning and RG3 and I'm thinking about trading your bff.. What do you think RG3's trade value is worth right now after his few not-so-hot games and his dinged up ribs?

Matthew Berry
  (2:53 PM)

My guess is Manning's value is higher. Most teams have a QB that they feel good enough at this point that they are not gonna give up a ton to improve to RG3

Justin (Syracuse)

I have Morris on bye. Ballard or redman better fill-in?

Matthew Berry
  (2:54 PM)


Megan Kelly (Fox News)

Do not may leagues are in?

Matthew Berry
  (2:55 PM)

8 standard leagues, 3 pick'ems, 2 survivor pools, 3 other weird fantasy football leagues that would take to long to explain the rules

Scott (Morgan Hill, CA)

Tough flex decision this week, Andrew Hawkins or Pierre Thomas? Thanks.

Matthew Berry
  (2:55 PM)



This is brutal, but I dare you to pick 2 RB's in a PPR: D. Brown, R. Brown, Taiwan Jones, Fragile Felix or D. Richardson (sad face). Please.

Matthew Berry
  (2:56 PM)

The sad face got me. Felix and Ronnie B

Logan (Denver)

Matt, can you please give me your advice and what you would do with the following. I am in a PPR keeper league and have been offered: DJAX, Daniel Thomas & Jermain Gresham for VJAX

Matthew Berry
  (2:58 PM)

If you're trying to win this year and Gresham/DT would actually help, do it. But I'd probably pass

Mike (San Diego)

Corny catch phrase for the #1 pick? Bango Bingo Barkevious Mingo!

Matthew Berry
  (2:58 PM)

now THAT would be a terrible open

Drew (Nebraska)

Vick Ballard or Steve smith?

Matthew Berry
  (2:59 PM)

Ballard. Think Champ shuts SS down

Mike (San Diego)

I can't decide what is worse, the Stephania voice or the Nate voice. Oh wait, yes I can. The Nate voice is the worst thing on the show.

Matthew Berry
  (2:59 PM)


Paul (Maryland)

One more question I promise! PPR league: Do I start ballard against a horrible d on the road or amendola on the road against sf :(

Matthew Berry
  (3:00 PM)


Kevin (Long Island)

If your current QB in a 10 teamer is Palmer right now, would trade James Jones for Luck? Other WR's are Thomas, Austin, Brown, Shorts, Titus.

Matthew Berry
  (3:01 PM)

Would stay put

Ben (Boston)

Buzzer beater!Who would you rather have for your flex during the playoff weeks 14-16? Ridley, welker or Harvin?

Matthew Berry
  (3:02 PM)

Welker - slightly worried about Harvin's health

Bill (Indy)

Pitts gonna ride the hot hand at RB...prediction on how that goes?

Matthew Berry
  (3:02 PM)

Mendy gets first shot, Dwyer next

AC (Ottawa)

How jealous are you that Simmons got Brian Austin Green on his podcast?

Matthew Berry
  (3:04 PM)

It's awesome. Remember, tho, Nate and I had Nat from the Peach Pit on a few years ago! Honestly, there is no rest until every member of the show has been on

Matt (NJ)

Is Ryan Broyles a strong WR2 start this week if Titus is out?

Matthew Berry
  (3:04 PM)

Yes, I think so.

Anthony (Warren, MI)

not to sound desperate but PLEASE HELP ME, I'M BEGGING YOU MATTHEW, THIS IS MY FOURTH TIME SUBMITTING THESE QUESTIONS. Bush for charles reasonable? and with morris on bye, for my RB2 and flex, considering Reggie is my RB1 this week, Torrey, Vereen, Mendenhall, Taiwan, or Daniel Thomas? thanks!

Matthew Berry
  (3:06 PM)

You soubnd desperate at all. Why would you think that? Assuming that's Reggie? Yes, it's fair. Rather gamble on Charles than Reggie but it's definitely fair. Would go Torrey and Thomas

Matthew Berry
  (3:07 PM)

Ok gang, that's all I have time for. Thanks for stopping by! Remember to tune in Sunday 11am-1pm ET for Fantasy Football Now on ESPN2 and follw me on Twitter - @MatthewBerryTMR.Good luck this weekend!