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September 23, 12:00 PM ET
Fantasy Sports with Matthew Berry

Antonio Brown (Out of the doghouse)

After my performance last night, am I legit? Or will my value still be hampered by a poor O-line and running game? What status WR am I now and going forward?

Matthew Berry
  (12:06 PM)

Low end WR 2 / high end WR 3. Legit is yes... PIT needs to throw and Brown is legit. Obviously not expecting 2 TD every week. But I believe in his talent and they WILL throw, even when Bell shows up. Not for nothing, the asking a question as the person (i.e "I'm Antonio Brown. Am I legit?") is among the lamest, most common, annoying things about chats. So unfunny and un original. Last time I'm taking a question like that. Come on people. Step up your game.

Dylan (Scranton, PA)

Hey Matthew, was Sidney Rice's game an aberration or can we expect him to receive more attention from Wilson in the coming weeks? Thanks!

Matthew Berry
  (12:08 PM)

Aberration. Targets just aren't there to justify and this isn't a team that will be throwing a ton in general. He'll have some big games but this is not somehting I would want to consistently count on it a 10 or 12 team league.

Ryan (06057)

Is the KC def top 5 rest of the season?

Matthew Berry
  (12:09 PM)

Close. Make no mistake... that's a legit defense. Not a fluke. They are defintiely top 5 this week against the Giants...

Daniel Lagan (Simsbury, CT)

Are there any RB's we can trust? Leean McCoy (injury history?) A. Peterson (2.9 yard average since his first run week 1), M. Lynch (only one good week so far), I think you could go on and on for every RB on the list!

Matthew Berry
  (12:12 PM)

Ha! You could cherry pick and say that about any position, though. Aaron Rodgers got outscorted by Tavaris Jackson yesterday. And Jackson didn't start the game! But no questin - RB is UGLY. It's why we have discussed on the pod and I mentioned last week in Love / Hate that your flex needs to be from a WR. Much better odds these days of production - more WR's are scoring consistently than RB's.

PT (MD)

Jordan Cameron is unreal. What type of trade value does he have in a PPR league?

Matthew Berry
  (12:13 PM)

He's a top 5 TE and a top 30 player overall.

Dylan (Scranton, PA)

Matthew, what's with Tony Gonzalez not producing red zone targets? Is the Falcons offense not nearly as good as advertised?

Matthew Berry
  (12:17 PM)

It's a lot of things. One, some of it is expected due to regresion - he just wasn't going to keep up at his pace from last year, some of it is due to Roddy and S JAX being hurt - offense is very different than what they expected working at full strength... and some is just how those games have gone. He's a top 10 TE, not a top 5 guy currently however.

Demarco (Dallas)

I'm still healthy. When will you rank me higher?

Matthew Berry
  (12:18 PM)

Argh! I got tricked. Not answering. Clicked on it too quickly.

Bye Week Blues Already (FL)

Any good WR pickups to play in week 4?

Matthew Berry
  (12:21 PM)

Santonio Holmes looked pretty healthy yesterday... Marlon Brown is a nice option against Buffalo...Kevin Ogletree in TB if V Jax misses time... A Dobson keeps getting targets and Thompkins of course...

Michael (Chi Town)

Sounds crazy, but Sell High on Jimmy Graham?

Matthew Berry
  (12:22 PM)

Never have an issue dealing any player if it improves your team - no player is untradeable in the right deal, but "sell high" suggests that this is a fluke or his value will decreses dramatically. Barring injury, that's not happening to Graham.

Les (East Windsor, NJ)

TMR - How do you view Trent Richardson ROS?

Matthew Berry
  (12:23 PM)

Top 8 RB. They are going to be a power running team in INDY

Nate (Troy)

Is it time to give up on Stevan Ridley?

Matthew Berry
  (12:26 PM)

No, not time to give up. But it is time to re-evaluate. It's an offense that is still finding itself and will improve... getting Gronk and Amendola back will help a lot - but I obviously understand the concern. He's a low end RB 2 at the moment.

Ray (New York)

Hey Berry. I'm contemplating trading Ryan Mathews for an upgrade at the TE position. What kind of value can I expect in return and is Joique Bell going to get enough touches to be a viable RB 2 option (12 team standard scoring)? Thanks.

Matthew Berry
  (12:27 PM)

Prefer Bell as a flex rather RB2 but he'll get 10-12 touches a game with Bush healthy. Prefer Bell to Mathews, honestly...

Steve Curtiss (06238)

What's outlook on CJ Spiller? If his injury isn't an issue, was pre season all hype?

Matthew Berry
  (12:27 PM)

early - emphasis on early - reports are that he'll play week 4. No, I don't think it was all hype. I'd be trying to buy low on Spiller, actually.

Dewel (Tampa)

So, after last week's trade I now have the Colts starting RB and QB in T-Rich and Luck. Would you try and move one of them?

Matthew Berry
  (12:30 PM)

I don't that I'd feel like I'd HAVE to deal one of them - I don't have an issue having 2 guys from same NFL team but if I were dealing one, deal Luck. Like I said - they are going to be a power run team with, at best, a balanced offense. Luck will be a better NFL QB than fantasy one. Sort of like what Eli was before Eli went in the tank. Startable, solid, but rarely having huge games.

Kyle (STL)

Should I trade Jordan Cameron now? I have Gronk waiting on my bench..or keep both? Also what type of player should I target if I make a trade?

Matthew Berry
  (12:34 PM)

I'd trade whoever gets the most in return. No issue keeping both given Gronk's injury history. I'd want a low end RB/WR 1 or high end RB/WR2 for one of them

Vinny (06010)

Do I have to worry about Eddie Lacy's starting job now?

Matthew Berry
  (12:35 PM)

Not at all. Buy low on Lacy. GB on bye this week. Lacy will be back after bye

Shawn McBride (Detriot,MI)

i GAVE YOUR BOOK WITH AUTO GRAPH TO MY MOM BY THE WAY SHE WON OUR LEAGUE LAST YEAR

Matthew Berry
  (12:35 PM)

Son of the year. Well done.

Troubles in (Tampa)

With Vincent Jackson possibly out, does that make Mike Williams a potential #1 for a little while? He just got dropped in my league (along with Kenbrell Thompkins) and I'm debating on picking him up as a replacement for VJax instead of playing Givens or Shorts from my bench.

Matthew Berry
  (12:36 PM)

Williams a must own if VJax is out

Struggling Vikings Fan (Rehab)

BYE WEEK QUESTION: Who do you pickup next week for a QB, Pryor (vs. Redskins), Geno (vs. Titans), Manuel (vs. Ravens) or Culter (vs. Det)? Thanks for taking my question.

Matthew Berry
  (12:37 PM)

Let's see what Pryor does tonight, but if I am picking up tonight I'd go Cutler.

tommyboy (Des moines)

Is Cincinatti defense an every week defense?

Matthew Berry
  (12:37 PM)

Yes

Andre (Mpls)

I picked up McGahee and Bilal Powell this last week, who makes the best plug in going forward until I get my Steven Jackson back

Matthew Berry
  (12:37 PM)

Powell until we get more clarity i CLE

Shawn McBride (Detriot,MI)

BABA BOOOWEEE

Matthew Berry
  (12:37 PM)

Baba Booey to you

Charles (NY)

Josh Gordon outlook ROS. Sat him on my bench because it would have been ridiculous to start him with Hoyer/no trent. Better than guys like Nicks or torrey smith?

Matthew Berry
  (12:41 PM)

Potential and talent to be better, yes. I loved him in pre-season. Low end WR 2 for me going forward.

Brent (TX)

Reading your book right now. Love all of the stories. Anyway, With Marshall and Cobb, Cecil should always be my WR3 until Amendola comes back or look elsewhere?

Matthew Berry
  (12:43 PM)

When looking at performances, you always ask yourself...why did this happen? Is it repeatable? It happened because Shorts has real talent (repeatable) and because they were in junk time / catch-up mode (definitely repeatable).Would not bother looking elsewhere. Shorts is very nice WR3

Scott (NY)

You mentioned Santonio Holmes as a good week 4 pickup. What are your thoughts about his teammate Stephen Hill?

Matthew Berry
  (12:44 PM)

Like Holmes slightly more because of experience but Hill is legit. He was on my love list this past week, pretty sure I was the only one to rank him (ranked 34)... I'm a believer.

Josh S. (Philly)

Time to give up on Dwayne Bowe? Looks like Alex Smith's noodle arm is hurting him more than Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn did.

Matthew Berry
  (12:48 PM)

Lotta Dwayne Bowe questions. And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried. But he won't be THIS bad. You don't pay a guy 56 million to just be a decoy. He's probably a WR3 now, and the Andy Reid bump that I expected in the pre-season hasn't matrialized.

Matthew Berry
  (12:49 PM)

Materialized. Trying to type too quickly. Also, I'm hanign tough with Bowe for now, but he's no longer an automatic start, that's for sure.

Josh S. (Philly)

After a strong week 1, Jared Cook has been very underwhelming? What do you expect from him going forward?

Matthew Berry
  (12:49 PM)

This, basically. Some great weeks, some so so weeks. Like most TE's in the 7 to 12 range.

Joseph (Wichita, KS)

Send me a copy of your book. We both win, I haven't read a book in years. TMR for President!!

Matthew Berry
  (12:51 PM)

Ha! You can check it out of a library, I am sure. Or just buy one wherever books are sold. You'll enjoy, I promise. Reaction to the book has been beyond my wildest dreams.

Rick (Houston)

I dropped Kenbrell Thompkins last week...was this 2 TD performance a harbinger of things to come or was that just a one time thing? Regretting my haste...

Matthew Berry
  (12:52 PM)

You're not seeing 2 TD every week but he's more legit than not. They have to throw to someone there and they like him. Remember, he had a touchdown last week that was overturned. Inches, could have gone either way. If that call stands, this is an entirely different conversation, you know...?

Jack Franklin (Raleigh)

What'd you plan to do with David Wilson at this point?

Matthew Berry
  (12:53 PM)

Try to buy low and stash on my bench until they get it figured out. He had a TD called back by penalty this week...

PJ (FL)

Would you trade Arian Foster and for whom?

Matthew Berry
  (12:53 PM)

yes but I would want a top 5 guy back in return

Steven Royalty (Kentucky)

I am ahead of you in the MB challenge by 28 points. Will Manning score you that many tonight? Please tell me no.

Matthew Berry
  (12:54 PM)

I think he has a big game... sorry.

Nate (Johnson City, TN)

Hey Matt- What's the deal with your boy Alfred "The Butler" Morris? Averaging less than 15 carries per game. Is this a sign of a new passing offense in Wash, Shanny not trusting Morris after week 1 fumble, or a testament to their defense (constantly playing from behind)?

Matthew Berry
  (12:55 PM)

More the defense than anything. He's played well and they need to get back to running the ball. I wouldn't worry and if I could, I'd be buying low.

Rich (OvaHereNow)

Trade A.Brown for Lacy?

Matthew Berry
  (12:55 PM)

Yes I would

Justin (Boston)

You think Roddy White is a good buy low?

Matthew Berry
  (12:55 PM)

Yes, I do.

Ben (DC)

Stephen Hill & Mike Williams are both on the waiver wire. Who should I grab? Thanks!

Matthew Berry
  (12:56 PM)

Williams for this week, Hill long term.

James (Chicago)

MJD got a garbage TD but at least seemed to hold up to 19 carries. Has he regained your benefit of the doubt to be a viable flex? Do you think you'd rank Gio above him?

Matthew Berry
  (12:56 PM)

Yes and rather MJD than Gio at this point.

Chris (Philly)

Down 11 going into tonight, who is a better/safer bet to hit that number, McFadden or Moreno?

Matthew Berry
  (12:56 PM)

Moreno

Karyn (NJ)

Is it time to pick up Percy Harvin or will Seattle be the Marshawn Lynch show?

Matthew Berry
  (12:57 PM)

If I could stash Harvin, I absolutely would

Mike (The D)

MJD ROS?

Matthew Berry
  (12:57 PM)

RB 2

Heather (Red Bank, NJ)

Has Moreno established himself as the #1 RB? Also, I have a destination wedding and needed some beach reading it was a close call on Fantasy Life over the Book of Basketball, but you won. I'm banking on a good read and a better book for picking up men.

Matthew Berry
  (1:02 PM)

First, on Moreno: More like a RB 2 - not top ten, but definitely top 15. Clady injury really helps that - he's the best in pass pro.Second, thanks and you made the right call. Book of Basketball is a great book, but about 400 pages longer. You'll have more time for flirting with my book.And while I think both books will be good conversation starters with dudes, you're a single girl at a desitantion wedding. You can get a guy with this simple line:Hi! Get me a drink, please?

Matthew Berry
  (1:03 PM)

Ok gang, that's all the time we have. Good luck tonmight if you have guys playing and thanks for stopping by. This is now my regualr chat day... starting next week, every Monday at 11am ET.

Matthew Berry
  (1:03 PM)

regular chat time. Arghh.