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October 14, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Sports with Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry
  (11:00 AM)

Hi gang... Thanks for stopping by. Let's get to it.

Iamsu! (Norwalk,ca)

What's up with marques colston? Does brees hate him or what?

Matthew Berry
  (11:06 AM)

This much is clear... something isn't right. If ever there was a game for him to bust out a bit, it was yesterday, with Graham blanketed and then out of the game. I haven't had a chance to go back and watch that game yet - we just finished the pod and it's 11am Mon morning - but that's one thing I want to look at. The disturbing thing is the lack of targets. Brees seems to be checking down a lot to Sproles and Thomas... One thing I will say, however, is that this is sorta of what he is - he'll have big games and then disappear. Seems to be slightly worse this year but I don't think he's a top 20 WR any more...

Rick (FL)

Justin. Blackmon. That is all.

Matthew Berry
  (11:08 AM)

Yeah, legit. We've been talking about him on the podcast forevere it seems. Still available in about 47% of leagues...

joshua (NEW ORLEANS, LA)

RIVERS OR LUCK????? DOWN 28 LAST PLAYER LEFT

Matthew Berry
  (11:10 AM)

Rivers. You need to swing for fences. Luck is the better player and has the better matchup (SD is 27 vs pass, Indy is 5th) BUT Indy wants to run ball and there's a better chance of Indy being able to run effectively than SD. I KNOW Rivers will have to throw, Indy might not have to.

BA (CA)

Is it time for me to lower my expectations of spiller?

Matthew Berry
  (11:12 AM)

Sadly, yes. He's just not getting touches and isn't playing tons of snaps yet. Might still be a bit banged up. Tons of talent and upside but they are not using him correctly and obviously, they have issues on offense at other positions. More a RB 2 these days than a RB1

molly (houston)

Should I drop my texans d/st in a 10 team league?

Matthew Berry
  (11:15 AM)

No issues with it at all. 3 points or less in 3 of their last 4, they play KC next (doesn't turn ball over) then a bye, then Indy.

Ashley (Ohio)

Do you like Cutler against Wash this coming week?

Matthew Berry
  (11:15 AM)

I like everyone against Washington

Ashley (Ohio)

Stevan Ridley finally looked like Stevan Ridley yesterday. Was it just a good matchup week or do you like him going forward, too, in the next couple weeks against NYJ and Mia?

Matthew Berry
  (11:18 AM)

Like him going forward. Legit. Looked great and more importantly, Blount and Bolden didn't. Ridley ran with purpose, was quick to the hole...looked great. Despite the heroic win, NE's passing game continues to struggle - they need a strong run game. Solid RB2

Steve (Dallas, TX)

I was a Julio Jones owner and hurt by the loss. I traded Doug Martin for Knowshon Moreno and Torrey Smith. Am I crazy? Do these two players have the upside moving forward to make up for the Jones/Martin loss. Knowshon was awesome yesterday, but Smith was a no-show with Jacoby Jones' return.

Matthew Berry
  (11:19 AM)

Like the deal - given Martin's continued struggles, you could make an argument for Moreno over Martin straight up. Love the trade - don't worry about Torrey

Aaron (KY)

Is Randle the running back to target in Dallas? Would you use your waiver on him or Brandon Jacobs?

Matthew Berry
  (11:23 AM)

Wait and see with Dallas. Possibly Randle though they do like Dunbar, who would have been the guy if Dunbar had been healthy (also inactive). Also want to see results of David Wilson seeing the neck specialist today. His health status has a big impact on Jacobs fantasy value. I will say I love Jacobs scjedule going forward, that I think Dunbar and Randle are both in the mix and as of Monday morning it seems like Wilson will be out longer than Murray....so Jacobs now but stay tuned.

Elmer (Falls Church, VA)

Is Ray Rice cooked? He seems to lack explosiveness and his YPC is less than 3. Should I bench him until he hits his stride again?

Matthew Berry
  (11:26 AM)

Not looking good, I'll give you that and he doesn't have a great upcoming schedule. Doesn't have a bad one, but doesn't have a great one either. He's still a low end RB1 based on volume of expected touches and frankly, the lack of good RB's but as a Rice owner myself...not good. Hopefully things get better this week at PIT (25th vs run conming into week 6). As for benching - depends what else you have...

Sean (Atlanta)

Love the podcasts, TMR (although not looking forward to the weasel's return)! Are your trying to sell somewhat high on MJD after yesterday's respectable performance against the might Denver D?

Matthew Berry
  (11:27 AM)

Thanks and yes, we discussed on today's show. I'm selling MJD fast. Also looks slow, don't believe he'll get many scoring opportunities...

James (Atlanta)

Would you rather own Jacobs or Zac Stacy at this point?

Matthew Berry
  (11:28 AM)

Prefer Stacy. Thought he ran really well yesterday, ran hard, and he's got job to himself, in essence.

jason (franklin)

Help! Considering Cobb's injury, is Harry Douglas able to fill the void?

Matthew Berry
  (11:29 AM)

No. Douglas is fine and based on volume of expected work needs to be owned, but he's not a special player. He's a top 30 guy, solid, but not anywhere near waht Cobb gives you.

Fabian (Milwaukee WI)

What do you think about where Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree will fit into your rankings when they return from injury? Is either a top 20 WR?

Matthew Berry
  (11:29 AM)

Harvin yes, Crabtree maybe. Depends when he comes back and what he looks like.

Malek (Chi)

I'm up by 8. I have Adam Vinetari and he has Phillip Rivers. What are my odds of winning

Matthew Berry
  (11:30 AM)

35-40 % chance of winning. I'd favor him but not by a ton. Figure 10 points from Vinatieri

Tank (Nashville)

Down 28 headed into tonight. Opponent has no one left and I've got T-Rich, Woodhead and Fleener. Who wins?

Matthew Berry
  (11:31 AM)

you do. Think one of those guys scores, so you're probably getting at least half the points from one of them

Michael (New York, NY)

Jordan Reed, what is your opinion of him going forward? I have him and Garrett Graham on my roster. PPR 12 team league.

Matthew Berry
  (11:32 AM)

Prefer Graham but I do like Reed, especially for dynasty leagues. Athlecti pass catcher, Reed is a mismatch for defenses.

Big J (Chicago)

Think there's a QB controversy in Philly? They have some great matchups coming. As a Vick owner, do i need to add Foles from Waivers?

Matthew Berry
  (11:33 AM)

Yes. Think there is a better than average chance that Nick Foles is the new starter

Eric (Columbus, OH)

I was to understand there would be pie and punch?

Matthew Berry
  (11:33 AM)

Well played.There's no punch and pie.

Josh (Houston)

Not fantasy related, but as a Redskins fan, if they were to change the name, what would be your suggestion for a new one?

Matthew Berry
  (11:38 AM)

I have a few.Reds, ala Cincy. Some have suggested Warriors. I'm okay with that. Like the idea of something from the area... Federals or Senators (like Caps / Nats), or how about the Washington Griffins? Or just change the logo to a potato.

Taylor (South Dakota)

With the emergence of Terrence Williams, what is Miles Austin's value ROS?

Matthew Berry
  (11:39 AM)

WR4.

Ace (NY)

Dunbar's the backup to own in Dallas, right? He was just out because of a hammy and Randle's a rookie. Agree?

Matthew Berry
  (11:41 AM)

I like Dunbar the most talent wise, yes. But - and this is a still developing story - for whatever it is worth, Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com says Randle would be the guy.

Matthew Berry
  (11:42 AM)

With Dunbar a s change of pace guy

DL (Chicago)

Oh... you like EVERYONE against washington? Like Tony Romo or Dez Bryant? Or maybe how you're so SURE that the Broncos would score 28 IN THE FIRST QUARTER? Or maybe that this will be a MONSTER YEAR for David Wilson and Lamar Miller? Or - OR! OR MAYBE...... I'm sorry..... I need a Bitter Berry to squeeze......

Matthew Berry
  (11:45 AM)

You caught me. Jig is up. Time to come clean.I can't tell the future.

dc (dc)

Does Elington take over as the lead back this year? If not, whyyyyyyyyy?

Matthew Berry
  (11:45 AM)

Yes, he will - sooner than later. If Ellington still available in your league, prefer him to Mendenhall.

tom (pitt)

MB THE WAR ROOM LEGEND,your thoughts on picking up m.crabtree for the play-offs in a ppr?

Matthew Berry
  (11:46 AM)

Do it.

Chris (SLC)

Any chance the NFL moves Eagles/Cowboys to Monday night? Giants/Vikings...yuck...just sayin'

Matthew Berry
  (11:47 AM)

No chance. Yeah, I don't think the NFL is particualrly happy with that one either. At start of season, idea was probably Peterson vs Eli...looked better than it looks now. But luckily, that's why we have fantasy! Every game matters to us...

Jake (FL)

Morris comes out for every third down is he that bad a pass catcher? Could limited snaps reduce his value even more than the regression has? And would you rather have him or Richardson? Thanks

Matthew Berry
  (11:49 AM)

It's more that they like Helu in that role more. Still prefer Morris based on what we've seen so far this year but it's very close. The fact RG3 ran as well as he did last night gives me hope. The more RG3 runs, the better for Morris.

JJ (ATL)

Name game?Fleener, G. Graham, Reed

Matthew Berry
  (11:49 AM)

Graham, Fleener, Reed

Egman (Mass)

Matthew down 22 w/Rivers & Kleener? good chance to catch up?

Matthew Berry
  (11:50 AM)

Anytime you have a QB going you always have a chance to catch up.

Michael (NC)

Gronk for Megatron?

Matthew Berry
  (11:50 AM)

Prefer Calvin

Jason (NC)

Hey Matt, crazy idea but give it a thought - Obviously Weeden isn't the answer and Cleveland has enough talent to compete to win that division, what about Favre?? Would he come back? Would Browns consider it?

Matthew Berry
  (11:50 AM)

No. Maybe. NO.

Jake (FL)

REALLY QUICK! Ridley and fitz for t rich. Which side do you want?

Matthew Berry
  (11:51 AM)

Ridley/Fitz

Frank (Milford)

Rather have Morris or Forte?

Matthew Berry
  (11:51 AM)

Forte

John (Baltimore)

Just received my copy of your New York Times bestselling book A Fantasy Life and I'm looking forward to enjoying on my way to work while using mass transit.I'm in a league with some screwy scoring, suffice to say that TDs are the most important thing. Would you trade Reggie Bush, Jordy Nelson, and Martellus Bennett, for Willis McGahee, Colston, and Julius Thomas? TE is really my only weakness, and I still have Giovanni Bernard, Alfred Morris, Knowshon, Welker, Reggie Wayne, and Kembrell Thompkins. Have to start at least one WR and RB, no flex position. Thanks in advance...

Matthew Berry
  (11:54 AM)

Thanks. Would not do the deal. Agree you have a TE weakness but you are giving up too much just to get Thomas. Would prefer just dealing Bush or Nelson straight up for a TE. Or maybe a 2 for 2 if you have to included Bennett.

Doug (NC)

Where do you rank Pierre Garcon ROS? So many targets last night, yet not so many catches.

Matthew Berry
  (11:54 AM)

Still a top 15 guy. As you said, targets were there. RG3 won't be as off as he was last night. He's getting better.

Scott (NY)

Worried about Jordan Cameron's role?

Matthew Berry
  (11:55 AM)

No. He's too talented and too big a weapon. He'll still get his. Still a top 6 TE or so ROS

Mike (NJ)

Matthew...Against my undefeated first place cousins team, I am up by 22.35 in a ppr league. Im done and he has N Novak and TY Hilton. Do I have a chance or am I done??

Matthew Berry
  (11:57 AM)

you absolutely have a chance. Novak could easily just have 3 or 4 points. Plus Hilton isn't targeted a lot - could defintiely see thi being a big Wayne game.

Matthew Berry
  (11:58 AM)

By the way, in case you want something else to root for (or against tonight)... Stephania is up by 2 against me in the PPR War Room league. She has Wayne left, I have Woodhead and Novak. Gonna be close - I fear a big game from Wayne.

Wayne (Md)

What is that guy talking about? Washington did nothing to stop Dallas - Dallas' special teams stopped Romo/Bryant. Anyone that gets mad at a fantasy analyst is someone that doesn't know football. If they did they wouldn't be looking at you to run their team for them instead of just offering a potentially useful different perspective

Matthew Berry
  (12:00 PM)

Plus it's just a fluke that they ran in close and got 2 rushing scores vs a pass from Romo to Dez/Witten. What are you gonna do? Of course I had Romo against Stephania. If Washington wasn't gonna win, couldn'thave Romo go off? Last night was my worst case scenario. I was rooting for Washington but when that wasn't happening, I wanted points from Romo. Sigh.

danny (bohemia, ny)

stop telling people whether they have a chance to win in mnf who cares thats like "can you rate my team?" after drafts - so pointless berry be better thant hat

Matthew Berry
  (12:00 PM)

Well, I get a TON of them and I think people enjoy them as sort of a way to preview tonight's game.

Nic (San Jose)

Your thoughts on Vincent Jackson ROS?

Matthew Berry
  (12:00 PM)

Still a low end WR1

Mike (Boston)

Trade McGahee, M.Bennett and S.Johnson for Gronk??

Matthew Berry
  (12:01 PM)

YES. All those guys are just guys. Gronk can win you a league

Robert (FL)

I am 'BERRY-MUCH-IN-NEED' of your advice!! RBs are Forte and Martin. Also have Brees and Graham. I want to trade for Foster. Should I trade my Brees/Forte for Stafford/Foster ? Am I giving too much? Should I keep my Brees-Graham duo? (PPR)

Matthew Berry
  (12:02 PM)

Stafford is so Calvin dependent, I'd prefer to stay as is if I were you. I'm also a huge Forte believer.

Matthew Berry
  (12:03 PM)

Ok gang I gotta run. Thaks for stopping by! Good luck tonight. I'll try to answer more questions on Twitter (@MatthewBerryTMR) and on Facebook (facebook.com/matthewjberry)