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February 6, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with KC Joyner

KC Joyner
  (4:00 PM)

Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!

Josh (Las Vegas)

KC, What the heck happened on Sunday?!

KC Joyner
  (4:01 PM)

A lot. The biggest surprise was how jittery Denver was from the opening snap. Seattle likes to brag about how they intimidated the Broncos but it really looked like Denver did quite a good job of psyching themselves out before the game even started.

Keanu (Honolulu)

Hey KC, what did your metrics say about Mike Wallace this year and how do you think he will do next year?

KC Joyner
  (4:02 PM)

Wallace's metrics are mixed but when he is on his game, he can still be one of the top vertical threats in the league. Am thinking the offensive changes will help him.

Dave (Idaho)

The super bowl didn't really surprise me because of their preseason game with Denver. But I hear a lot of people say that preseason games mean absolutely nothing. But When Seattle played Denver in the preseason they beat them 40-10, which was virtually the same kind of smack down that they gave them in the super bowl. Do you think that people should pay more attention to preseason games, or are you in the crowd that says they are pointless?

KC Joyner
  (4:03 PM)

Preseason games generally aren't good barometers if only because the starters don't play very much in most of the games. The Denver-Seattle preseason game is also tough to go on because the game was in Seattle and that crowd is intimidating even before the season starts.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What did you think of Super Bowl XLVIII?

KC Joyner
  (4:04 PM)

In one word, disappointing. It looked to have a ton of potential to be a great game and then it turned into one of the most boring contests of the season.

BSB (Philly)

When I watch the LSU Wr's , Jarvis Landry is the one who jumps off the film. WHy is he rated so much lower than Odell Beckham?

KC Joyner
  (4:05 PM)

Reputation. Once a player gets a reputation for being a great player, it's hard for someone whose reputation isn't at that level to overcome the perception.

Mel (Colorado Springs)

KC, do you think Lamar Miller has what it takes to be a reliable number one running back for the Dolphins?

KC Joyner
  (4:06 PM)

His GBYPA numbers have been solid, so the lean would be yes. Caveat is he might be stuck as a lead in a lead/alternate backfield as opposed to a true bell cow back.

Matthew

i have no clue if the #s would work, but how would Eric Decker look in Lombardi's O next to Megatron?

KC Joyner
  (4:07 PM)

Very good. Issue for them is Decker and Johnson are both flankers but they both get moved around so much that that should not be an insurmountable issue.

Frank Drebin (Police Squad)

"Do you want to take a dingy?".."No thanks, I took care of that at the press conference." What is your (very) early thoughts on the 2014 Eagles? Will they improve, regress, about the same? I kinda hope the schedule makers schedule Philly vs Dallas in week 17 again, if you catch my drift....

KC Joyner
  (4:09 PM)

I need to break out some of those Police Squad movies. My kids would laugh like crazy at them. Early thoughts on Philly are they won't have to go through the system adjustments this year they had to go through in 2013. Got them heading deep into the NFC playoffs.

Bill (CT)

KC, Heard that over the last few games of the season, RGIII was misreading defenses and was throwing to covered receivers while missing those who were wide open. This was pointed out during film review of those games. Have you heard anything about the 'Skins brass being concerned about this?

KC Joyner
  (4:10 PM)

Haven't heard anything about Washington's front office people saying this but RGIII was taking more risks than usual late last year. Wouldn't be the least bit worried about it, as his history strongly indicates he knows how to protect the ball (low BDR rates the two years prior to 2013).

Dr. Acula (certified physician)

KC, how would you go about preparing for a draft in a newly formed dynasty league in comparison to preparing for a redraft?

KC Joyner
  (4:11 PM)

One way could be to go over last year's draft and see how owners went about building their teams. This could offer some insight into whether or not an owner highly values certain types of players. If that was the case in a redraft, it might be the case for dynasty picks as well.

Suburban Rhythm (Pittsburgh)

What position (assuming they draft a day 1 starter in the 1st round) would have the greatest impact on the 2014 Steelers - OT, DE/LB (pass rusher), CB, or WR?

KC Joyner
  (4:12 PM)

Would say pass rusher. That defense is built around being able to get after the passer. OT would be second, as they have to block better (although they should get better in this area with the return of Pouncey from injury).

Frank Drebin (Police Squad)

2 1/2, the Smell of Fear is great...who doesn't want to see Robert Goulet as a bad guy? I've been swimming in raw sewage...I love it! But anyway, in a 10 team PPR keeper league, would you risk keeping Gronk for the 9th round pick, even with all his injuries and injury risk? No one else really with a lot of value on the roster. Could probably keep Lacy for a 2nd rounder also. 1 keeper

KC Joyner
  (4:15 PM)

Why can't they make more movies like this today? I'd pay $50 to see a great comedy. Re: Gronk, a 9th round pick is generally going to be a backup player of some sort, so keeping him for that price would be a go. Having said that, keep Lacy - quality RBs are next to impossible to find and he could be a top 5 fantasy RB in 2014.

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

Donald Penn and Davin Joseph both had pretty bad seasons in my eyes. Should the Bucs release one or both of them if so, who could the target as replacements?

KC Joyner
  (4:16 PM)

They've both played better and a lot of TB's issues last year had more to do with the general direction of the team than anything else. TB has other areas to address so the suggestion here would be to try to coach those two back up to their former performance levels.

do you wear a lab coat (during these chats?)

Please rank these RBs assuming no changes in roles for them- Martin, Foster, LBell, Lacy. Thanks!

KC Joyner
  (4:18 PM)

Can't say I wear a lab coat during the chats but I do have three lab coats that I've used during personal appearances (it's a memorable look). Gut instinct on those four would be Lacy, Martin, Foster, Bell. But it's a close ranking.

BSB (Philly)

What college players are you excited about breaking down for the draft lab series.... Um will there be a draft lab series this year?

KC Joyner
  (4:19 PM)

No draft lab per se but there will be more than a couple of TFS ESPN Insider draft articles. Don't have the schedule finalized yet, will aim to pass on more info when the schedule is firmed up. Excited to break down the WRs, CBs (want to see if Gilbert was fully back to his 2011 form) and RBs (will any of them be able to make an impact in 2014?).

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

This was my first season in a keeper league and I am having a terrible time figuring out who to keep out of Graham and Forte knowing that whichever one I don't keep will most likely be the #1 pick in the draft. Which one gets your vote?

KC Joyner
  (4:20 PM)

In a tiebreaker format, RB ranks over TE. Would pick Forte.

Lane (Kukuihaele, HI)

111 million people laughed when Joe Namath tossed the coin before heads or tails was called.

KC Joyner
  (4:21 PM)

I was one of those. Joe Willie was my mom's favorite ballplayer and even she would have laughed at that.

Josh (Las Vegas)

KC, we hear talk sometimes about players and their loathing of all things fantasy football. I certainly understand there may be some frustrations for these players, especially in regard to how accessible they now are to fans via social media, but do you think that's a bit of 'biting the hand that feeds?' I know I don't write their checks but fantasy football has gone a long way for me in my interest in football, and has had a positive impact on the NFL in terms of popularity.

KC Joyner
  (4:22 PM)

I don't think it's so much that players hate fantasy football as they hate taking grief from fantasy football owners. Take that part of the equation out and there would be very few players who would rail against FFB.

mic (tn)

which rookie rb would be best for tn assume no cj

KC Joyner
  (4:23 PM)

Hyde can be a great power back, so he would be the best fit. Not saying they'll draft him, just that he would be the best fit.

Bryan (CT)

What are your thoughts on Spiller going forward? Worried about him not getting enough touches (still) and being too fragile....

KC Joyner
  (4:24 PM)

Going into this past year, his ceiling looked to be of an upper-tier bell cow back. After last year's injury woes and his former durability question marks, his ceiling this year will have to be perceived as an upper-tier lead back. He'll still be a top 10 FFB prospect (the pickings at RB are incredibly slim) but will be a better round two pick than round one pick.

Peyton (Denver, CO)

What do you say about our chances in 2014?

KC Joyner
  (4:25 PM)

They will be a lot better if the Broncos can find a way to take some of the workload off of Peyton's arm. His arm strength took a nosedive towards the end of the year and one has to think it might be because of how many passes he threw.

BSB (Philly)

Will Jimmy Graham break into the top 10 overall players this year?

KC Joyner
  (4:27 PM)

If he stays with NO, a case can be made that he should be a first-round FFB pick. If he goes to another team, that could and likely will change (in a way that lowers his FFB value).

KC Joyner
  (4:28 PM)

Will put it this way - if Graham stays with NO, he's embarking on a HOF career. If he goes to another team that won't use him in quite the same way, he might or might not be Canton bound eventually.

Matthew

is their a slot guy out there you think the Lions should pursue? maybe we can trade Suh straight up for Welker??

KC Joyner
  (4:29 PM)

Suh straight up for Welker - now that would be a trade that would get some attention! Can't see Denver doing that, as they already have a middle of the line disruptor in Knighton.

Josh (Las Vegas)

If we had an all time fantasy draft, which players would be in the mix for the #1 pick?

KC Joyner
  (4:29 PM)

Tomlinson, Holmes. Heck, if one wants to go back to the earliest days of fantasy football, Jim Brown would make the list.

Scott (Westminster, CO)

Where's Doug aka Calvin's brother? Does Decker have the metrics to make it as a #1 WR somewhere? Cause I think he'll get paid like one...

KC Joyner
  (4:31 PM)

Doug didn't post his usual Megatron > Wallace post today. Guess he took the week off. Decker's metrics have been near double digit in many areas, so he can be a No. 1 WR in that sense. Having noted this, one has to wonder how much of his success can be attributed to being in an offense the caliber of Denver's.

Harold (CA)

Piggybacking the Jimmy Graham question, how much value does he lose if he's labeled "Wide Receiver"???

KC Joyner
  (4:32 PM)

He's still a No. 1 caliber even if labeled as a WR. But he wouldn't be a potential first-round FFB candidate in that realm.

Andrew (Indianapolis)

Now that I'm getting Reggie Wayne back, coupled with Hilton and the emerging Grif Whalen- Can I be a top 5 fantasy qb next year?

KC Joyner
  (4:34 PM)

Luck was a top-five fantasy QB this year even though he had to deal with a litany of issues that could have negatively impacted his FFB value. Can't see any reason (outside of injury) that he would not be a top-five FFB QB next year.

KC Joyner
  (4:34 PM)

Luck was a top-five fantasy QB this year even though he had to deal with a litany of issues that could have negatively impacted his FFB value. Can't see any reason (outside of injury) that he would not be a top-five FFB QB next year.

Scott (Westminster, CO)

Who would you rather have - Talib or DRC? Getting either at 6-8 mil a year about right?

KC Joyner
  (4:35 PM)

If the role is ballhawking, Talib would be the choice. If the role is coverage, DRC would be the choice.

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

Another keeper question. Should Josh Gordon being one strike away from a long suspension deter me from keeping him over a safe pick like Stacy?

KC Joyner
  (4:36 PM)

Not a full deterrent but it should be a strongly considered factor. And Stacy being an RB (very hard to find in FFB) could be an even bigger factor.

Bill (Memphis)

KC, will Alterraun Verner receive the franchise tag?

KC Joyner
  (4:37 PM)

Gut instinct would be no. But there are a lot of factors and things that could play out between now and February 17 (the first day teams can place the franchise tag).

Josh (Las Vegas)

Piggybacking the piggybacked Jimmy Graham question- What goes into position eligibility for fantasy football? There are always a few guys who get the dual label and it seems to make sense to me that Graham could be listed as WR/TE for fantasy purposes.

KC Joyner
  (4:39 PM)

The full answer is probably too long form for this format. But the nutshell as I understand it is the player has to be used at the alternate position on a fairly regular basis. Question for Graham and any TE is does flexing out as a WR count as listing that player as a WR? If so, many TEs would be considered WRs.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan (Thumbs up)

KC! The season is over! Any big vacation plans?

KC Joyner
  (4:40 PM)

The big plans between now and the summer are breaking down tape, breaking down tape and breaking down tape. The season may be over but the tape watching is a 365-day a year business.

Jimmy (Miami Beach)

Better keeper in a PPR auction league: ( In a Vacuum of course) Gio $23, Gronk $10, Woodhead $8, Patterson $2

KC Joyner
  (4:40 PM)

Gio. Cost is higher but the instinct here is Cincinnati will be using him as a lead back rather than as a platoon back. Lead backs are worth that price.

Frank Drebbin (In a Tux)

Is this some kind of bust? Yes, it's very impressive...rank em for next season...Alshon, Keenan, Gordon...

KC Joyner
  (4:41 PM)

Double entendres - can't beat 'em. Alshon, Gordon, Keenan.

Woody Harrelson (Louisiana)

have you been watching my new show? what do you think so far?

KC Joyner
  (4:42 PM)

Can't say I have. As noted earlier, Mrs. Scientist and I are looking for good comedies. Need some brevity.

BSB (Philly)

Which veteran do you feel is due for a big drop in production?

KC Joyner
  (4:43 PM)

Might put Reggie Wayne on that list.

KC Joyner
  (4:44 PM)

It's been a fun chat - got to cut out just a bit early today. Quick note before heading out - links to the TFS ESPN Insider material are always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. Thanks very much for the great questions and I hope to see you all here next week!