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November 18, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Sports with Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry
  (11:06 AM)

Hi gang:Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I'm a few minutes late - I'll stay a little late to make up for it. As always, all subjects answered. Let's do it.

DSO (Columbus)

Hello, THERE was a Rice sighting?!?! too bad he was benched by my competitor.

Matthew Berry
  (11:10 AM)

I have no issue with this. We discussed this on pod. I own him in 2 leagues and benched him in one. He'd been TERRIBLE. All year. He was 5 for 17 against Buffalo. He plays the Jets next and then Pitt on Thanksgiving (last time vs PIT - 15 for 45). I'm spenign this week trying to sell high (for, say a top 20 player) on him in both leagues.

Matthew Berry
  (11:11 AM)

spending. Argh. Trying to type quick, believe it or not.

Ben (AZ)

I have Moreno, should I pick up Ball just as insurance seeing how he has been getting goal line work lately. Would require dropping TRICH or SJAX (which are bench spots)

Matthew Berry
  (11:11 AM)

Would prefer to have Ball than either of those running backs. Probably drop Jackson.

LuAnne (New York, NY)

Matthew, I am beginning to fear that I am The Cone. Let's review: The week I started Brian Hoyer... yup. The week I started Mike James... yup. This week, (although admittedly not injury related) I replaced my bye-week Romo with Keenum, and what??? Yup - benched(although he was doing better than Romo did for me the week before). Oh, and I picked up Nick Folk to replace bye-week Dan Bailey. Guess whose record-approaching kicking streak ended on Sunday? I'm The Cone. If Stephania needs a day off, you know where to find me.

Matthew Berry
  (11:13 AM)

I'm gonna need you to submit your line-ups and any roster moves in advance for approval from now on. I'm sorry, but we can't just have you roaming around unchecked anymore. This is bigger than either of us.

James Bloom (Alexandria VA)

I really enjoy the podcast and Love/Hate, great job. Question, is Bobby Rainey a product of a better TB run scheme or is Atlanta really that bad? It seems like every back-up to Doug Martin does well but Rainey would have been something by now if he was going to be something long term. Thanks!

Matthew Berry
  (11:18 AM)

Since TB's bye week, they're averaging 130 rushing yards a game... Not sure what changed there. Certainly, getting Glennon under center has helped open up the offense more. BUt I think this is more legit than not. You'll notice I was the only one to rank Rainey over Leonard and I have talked him up a decent amount. That said... DET and CAR are next two games for TB, so Rainey more of a flex than RB2 for near future.


Is marques colston performance worthy of redemptio ? how about the saints D limiting sf to 196 yds ?

Matthew Berry
  (11:18 AM)

Saints D is legit. Have been all season. Colston closer to WR3 than WR2, but yes, I buy him being back more than I did last week.

GM (Miami)

Hi MB, is there any hope left for Jordan Cameron. What would you do with him if you owned him?

Matthew Berry
  (11:21 AM)

I actually DO own him. And I'm looking around to possibly trade some of my RB or WR depth to upgrade. I'm a little worried. That said, there's not a lot on waiver wire. Rather Cameorn than a weekly guesing game if this is the week Garrett Graham shows up, etc. He's a low end TE1.

Jay Dunn (Syracuse)

Did Peyton fumble last night? I thought Montee Ball had the only Den fumble, yet they have Peyton down for a lost fumble, -2 for my fantasy squad, and I'm losing by 1 pt at the moment! Did I miss something or do you think ESPN will catch and correct that stat?Thanks!

Matthew Berry
  (11:23 AM)

It was ruled a fumble by Peyton - I agree with you, thought it was more on Ball. ESPN has nothing to do with it - we get our feed from Elias, the official statistician of the NFL. Every week, stat corrections come out on Wed or Thursday... you can always see them here, though they also will update in your game automatically.

Mike (Hartford, CT)

Hi! Should I go with Ridley or Dobson tonight in a PPR league?

Matthew Berry
  (11:26 AM)

I'd probably go with Ridley. Dobson isn't a volume guy - you're really hoping for a big play from him and I expect a lot of Amendola and Gronk tonight. Don't love matchup for Ridley, but he has the better shot at a touchdown.

Kevin (Minnesota)

Do you need to have thicker skin to work in Hollywood or be a fantasy analyst? keep ignoring all the blame people shoulder on you when THEY play the wrong player.

Matthew Berry
  (11:30 AM)

Fantasy analyst, not close. Because in Hollywood, it's all just to you. Except for maybe your agent, the majority of people have no idea when you get fired, don't get a job, fail on some level. Plus, there's a lot of failure in that town. It's definitely a tough town BUT... between my column, podcast and Fantasy Football Now... millions of people are aware that I didn't like Carson Palmer or Ray Rice this week, to give two of my bad calls from this week. You're also much more accessible - twitter, Facebook, my ESPN mailbag - and you're discussing something millions are invested in - fantasy - as opposed to the fact no one in Hollywood cares about your career except you.

Ryan (Vermont)

What do I do about guys like Matt Ryan or Dwayne Bowe? Even though Bowe had a decent game last night, he's been a bust all season.

Matthew Berry
  (11:31 AM)

I'd sell Bowe for whatever I could get and have no issue dropping Ryan. He looks terrible.

Kenner (Oregon)

Do you see my team ever starting Bobby Rainey over Frank Gore, or Matt Forte (barring injury)?

Matthew Berry
  (11:31 AM)

No. But you never know injury wise.

Nik (Philly)

Down 21, have Panthers D and a decision between starting Brady or Newton. Who has the better chance to get me there tonight?

Matthew Berry
  (11:32 AM)

I have Cam ranked higher. Always start your best team, regardless of what your defense is.

Mark T (Aurora Illinois)

What happened to Ellington?

Matthew Berry
  (11:33 AM)

I honestly have no idea. Didn't get a chance to watch a lot of that game yet, will be one of the first I re-watch today, but sense I get is that JAX sold out to stop run and decidded to take chance on Carson beating them... which he did.

Mike (Ne)

Ethics Question. Our trade deadline just passed. I currently have the 2nd waiver priority, and the owner with the 1st waiver priority has contacted me about making a trade through waivers. We both drop a player so the other can just pick him up off waivers thus making a trade. Is this unethical and will BAD fantasy karma follow or just s smart way of finding a loop hole?

Matthew Berry
  (11:35 AM)

I'm okay with it since it's within the rules AND there's an element of risk involved. You could drop your guy, he doesn't have to drop his and there's nothing you can do about it. If that happened and I was commish, I'd be like... "Tough luck." So yeah, since there's no rule forbidding it, I have no issue with it.

Aaron (Maryland)

Matthew, this is really important. Like, life and death. I'm in a dynasty-style league and have a chance to acquire Gio Bernard. It's early, but where do you think you'll rank him preseason next year?

Matthew Berry
  (11:36 AM)

Depends on if BJGE is still ther, but think he's a Top 20 RB

Brendan (OKC)

Safe to drop Keenum?

Matthew Berry
  (11:37 AM)

Yes. Even if he starts next week you can't trust him.

Tom (Minnesota)

What do you make of the Lamar Miller / Daniel Thomas situation? It seems like MIA wants to lean on Thomas now?

Matthew Berry
  (11:38 AM)

Think they are going with whoever has hot hand in any given game. That, combined with issues on the offensive line make it hard to trust Miller.

Brendan (NJ)

Concerned about AJ Green's schedule moving forward? Two for seven is rough any way you look at it.

Matthew Berry
  (11:39 AM)

Nope. Perfect buy low. Coming off the bad game and the BYE this week, he has SD, INDY, PIT, MIN weeks 13-16. Great schedule. Would trade Ray Rice for him in a heartbeat right now if I could, for example.

Ryan (Seattle)

Would you drop Mat Ryan to pick up Alex Smith this week? I have Foles on bye.. please and thank you!

Matthew Berry
  (11:41 AM)

Yes, I would. Atlanta playing New Orleans on a short week - Saints playing really good defense.

Ryan Kennedy (Boston)

When will Percy Harvin be a sure start?

Matthew Berry
  (11:41 AM)

After his bye. Week 13.

Keith (Philly)

Is it even worth playing Trent Richardson anymore, I keep waiting for him to break out but it's just not happening and he's killing my fantasy team

Matthew Berry
  (11:42 AM)

No and it hasn't been for a while. I've bene ranking Donald Brown over Richardson the last few weeks...

Jeff (STL)

Ravaged by bye weeks this weekend. Have the last playoff spot as of now. Do I blow it up trading off players to be competitive this week or take the likely lose and hope everything goes right and I sneak in still?

Matthew Berry
  (11:44 AM)

Really hard to answer without knowing what your team looks like, how much the trades would improve you this week over what you would have, what other teams look like, etc...In general, it does you no good to wait for the playoffs if you're not gonna make it. Getting in is the most important thing, then you can figure it out. Ideally, though, you are not trading with guys you will face in the playoffs.

Michael (Phoenix)

Going forward, who would you rather have? DeAngelo Williams or Shane Vareen?

Matthew Berry
  (11:44 AM)

Verren. Think he has a more defined role. Williams had less carries than Stewart last week.

Keith (Alberta, Canada)

I have some hesitation about Lynch and the Seahawk's tough schedule during the fantasy playoffs. I could probably trade Lynch for McCoy or Forte (their owner is a huge Seahawks fan). Any chance you consider making a trade like that?

Matthew Berry
  (11:50 AM)

Think Lynch is matchup proof and addition of Harvin only makes them more potent - will help stretch field and teams less likely to load box. Also, Sea O Line getting healthier. That said, I also love PHI's sked, so no issue dealing Lynch for either...think they are all studs, of course. Personal preference.

Jason (South Carolina)

Better flex option tonight: Olsen or Dobson?

Matthew Berry
  (11:53 AM)

Prefer Dobson

Paul (Hogan)

Was it your own choice to tone down your sense of humor for TV appearances, or weer you told to by someone?

Matthew Berry
  (11:57 AM)

Little of both. When you are a guest on TV, it's important you fit into the tone of that show. But more than anything, it's really a matter of time. When I do a hit on SportsCenter, NFL Live or something, I often have 45 seconds to do my thing. Literally, that's it. So if you want to maximize 45 seconds, you can't be cracking jokes.On longerform programs it's definitely a little more playful - I'm looser on FF Now, or on Olbermann or SportsNation or Colin's show, which are all more casual than SportsCenter, for example.

Matt (Mountain View, CA)

Brian Leonard droppable?

Matthew Berry
  (11:58 AM)


Bob (DC)

Do you agree with EK's assessment that one should look to trade Seattle's offensive players due to their upcoming schedule?

Matthew Berry
  (12:02 PM)

I do not. Any player can be traded if value is right but the studs on that team - Lynch, Wilson, the Defense and Harvin - are matchup proof.

Jake (Cleveland)

Please tell your terrible professional football team to not get down by 100 so Alf can score some TDs. That is all.

Matthew Berry
  (12:02 PM)

I cannnot. It looks like a full blown mutiny is going on there.

Tall Tom (Brooklyn)

Matthew- Big fan and looking forward to amazon delivering my copy of your book soon. So Roddy White caught a touchdown yesterday- think this is a sign of things to come or just a sad coincidence?

Matthew Berry
  (12:04 PM)

Thanks. Both? It was the junk timey-est of junk time scores and he barely got it - initally ruled a fumble - but his schedule DOES get easier and he is gettign healthier. You see it with Harry Douglas - that offense can make a good fantasy WR - eventually it will be Roddy. It's just gotta be.

Tony (Rochester)

No question for me today. Just wanted to thank you for the great Love/Hate column. I have no doubt that it will positively impact many people, in a better way than just winning a fantasy football game.

Matthew Berry
  (12:04 PM)

Thanks, Tony.

Chad (Denver)

Hi Matthew. How do you deal with routing for your "real" football team vs your fantasy roster? I am a Patriots fan living in Denver and will be routing for them to crush the Panthers tonight on MNF on ESPN and the WatchESPN app. However my fantasy opponent has one player left and it's Gostkowski. I am done and up 12 points. However, ESPN projects Gostkowski to score 15 points. How can I watch this game and not be split a little bit? Rout for all Patriots scoring to be TDs so the kicker only gets extra points?

Matthew Berry
  (12:05 PM)

That's exactly right. You just gotta make your rooting very specific.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

I just wanted to give props (I don't think it's cool to say that anymore, but I was as big of a nerd as you were) to you for last week's Love/Hate...nice to see the Incognito stroy from someone who isn't a meathead, alpha-male type that has never been the smallest or weakest person ever in their life...

Jeffrey (Renton, WA)

Hey, Matthew. Just wanted to chime in and say I love your writing and your columns. I'm studying journalism right now with the goal of being a sports writer. I take a lot of inspiration from you, your writing has such a defined voice. Take care.

Sharon Briandi (Rochester NY)

Hi Matthew, although you haven't answered any of my questions this year i still think you are terrific. You were courages writing that Love/Hate article and have touched a lot of people who have struggled with being bullied. I also am reading your book and I have truly enjoyed it so far. So this is just a huge thanks to you for everything you have written and said, you are my inspiration.Sharon

Matthew Berry
  (12:08 PM)

Just posted those because I tend to re-post a lot of the negative ones for comedic effect, but just wanted to say thanks to you and to everyone who tweeted at me, left a comment on the column or on my Facebook page, sent an email or whatever. Obviously, last week's column was very personal, you never know how things like that are going to be received and the reaction was beyond amazing. Know that I read every one and it meant more than you'll know.

Matthew Berry
  (12:10 PM)

That's it for today, gang. Thanks for stopping by. As always, I'll continue to answer questions on Twitter ( and on Facebook. ( - good luck tonight!