Chat with KC Joyner
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN Insider KC Joyner, will be here to answer your NFL questions.
Joyner, aka The Football Scientist, uses game film to track, tabulate and analyze nearly every measurable statistic in an NFL game. He is a regular Insider contributor and has his own website at thefootballscientist.com.
Send your questions now and join KC Thursday at 4 p.m. ET!
KC Joyner (4:00 PM)
Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!
David (Lincoln, NE)
Is there a team in the NFC West that isn't one of the worst 5 in the league?
KC Joyner (4:02 PM)
The Rams. Sam Bradford is the best rookie QB I've seen in nearly 8 seasons of tape breakdowns and their D is much better than generally thought.
KC Joyner (4:02 PM)
Quick note - any question with a Leslie Nielsen movie quote will be prioritized - RIP to a comic genius!
Peyton (INTville, Im mean IND)
How many more picks will I throw?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
Seven in two games is a pretty high number but he's got some easier matchups coming up. Don't expect that he'll hit 20 ints this year.
Dr. Rumack (RIP)
I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you. Do you think the Giants get a win against the Redskins this week with all the injuries they have?
KC Joyner (4:04 PM)
That's the spirit! The Redskins defense has been abysmal this year and NY, despite its passing game injuries, still has enough weapons to exploit that advantage. Giants should get the win.
Surely ((Don't call me))
Think the Packers can make the playoffs/win a playoff game with no run game? That 5wr set was something else
KC Joyner (4:05 PM)
Their passing game is terrific and their D is nearly as good when it is on its game. Had the Packers as the Super Bowl pick coming into this year, have to stick with it and say yes they will make the playoffs and win a game.
Jimmy N (Arlington, VA)
Hello Scientist! The last 2 weeks have felt like an eternity! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. (Filled with SAAAAAAGE?). I know its Thurs, but there is a game tonight! Do I start Fitzgerald or Dez Bryant this week?
KC Joyner (4:07 PM)
Jimmy, it has been a while, hasn't it! Definitely missed doing the chats last week, as they are a highlight of every week (didn't get any Sage comments last week!). Got Fitz rated higher than Bryant on the TFS start-sit charts (more info about which can be found at www.thefootballscientist.com) so go with him.
Frank Drebin (Police Squad)
"Like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes." I'm going to have to stay on my toes, too: start Bradshaw or Felix Jones over Ray Rice? I'm worried about the matchup...
KC Joyner (4:09 PM)
Only in that movie can that quote not be considered an insult - Drebin is too dumb to realize it! Really tough call, would probably stick with Rice being that the Steelers D hasn't been quite the shutdown unit it was earlier this year (and could be slowed due to Polamalu's injury).
Leslie Nielsen (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (My Birthplace))
Mike Vick Or Peyton Manning?
KC Joyner (4:10 PM)
Glad to give a shout out to Canada on that one! Manning will have an improved game but the Vick-Texans matchup is the best of the week at any position. Have to start him.
KC Joyner (4:11 PM)
Probably going to do a few more fantasy questions than usual, as they are making up a good portion of the questions coming in. Just remember to keep them Leslie Nielsen-themed!
Eddie (Hoboken, NJ)
ANSWER THIS ONE FOR THE ZIPPER!! For my flex spot, should I start, Mo Mo, Donald Brown, Beanie Wells, Felix Jones, or Lance Moore?
KC Joyner (4:12 PM)
George Zipp - he knew the captain made the right call! Moore is a great way to go in that one, as the Bengals have a slew of injuries all across their secondary.
You can tell me. I'm a doctor. (Denver)
Should I play B Jacobs over LT this week?
KC Joyner (4:14 PM)
The Patriots are currently on pace to allow more passing yards than any team in NFL history. There are reasons to think NY won't go after this weakness (see today's TFS Insider article) but if they do, LT has a ton of goal-line upside potential. I'd lean in his direction.
Frank Drebin (Cop Heaven)
"I'm sure that we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn't that right, Mr. ... Poopy Pants?" Alright, Mr. Poopy Pants...Colston, Mike Wallace, or Manningham this week? Thanks!
KC Joyner (4:15 PM)
The way Nielsen could deliver a line like that while keeping a straight face was uncanny. Those three are very close on the TFS start-sit charts but Manningham rates higher because of his matchup against Carlos Rogers (assuming Rogers plays). Go in that direction.
Blimp (Orange Bowl)
Goodyear? No, the worst. I save a spot for Vjacks all year and this is how he repays me! And I had Gore!! Chris Ivory or Westbrook this week?
KC Joyner (4:17 PM)
Many fantasy owners are in that boat on V Jax - way to show the rest of the NFL you are deserving of a big contract, Jackson! Go with Ivory, as the Saints are apt to put up 40 against the Bengals.
"It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girl dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day."Austin or Thomas this week?
KC Joyner (4:18 PM)
The precursor to the previous Goodyear quote. Austin, as Kelvin Hayden has been a vertical pass liability all year long.
The Wig (Philly)
I dont speak jive KC. Start Matt Schuab tonight or Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday?
KC Joyner (4:20 PM)
The funny thing we were just talking about Barbara Billingsley in this chat a few weeks back - her character spoke jive quite well! Start Schaub.
a??Go ahead, threaten me like you have the American people for so long! Youa??re part of a dying breed, Hapsburg, like people who can name all fifty states! The truth hurts, doesna??t it, Hapsburg? Oh sure, maybe not as much as landing on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurts!a?ýSo if this is now a FFL chat, do you get the day off tomorrow?
KC Joyner (4:21 PM)
No way! If the chatters want to do two fantasy chats this week, then who am I to disagree?!
"When I see five weirdos, dressed in togas, stabbing the man in the middle of the park in full view of a hundred people, I shoot the bastards. That's my policy"... "You moron, you killed five actors! Good ones!" KC, who do you see prevailing in the NFC Best? I mean West?
KC Joyner (4:22 PM)
The best part of that line is how she says "Good ones!" Like it would have been OK had he shot five bad actors. Rams win the West, Bradford gives them an edge no other NFC West team can equal.
"This is Frank Drebin, Police Squad. Throw down your guns, and come on out with your hands up. Or come on out, then throw down your guns, whichever way you wanna do it. Just remember the two key elements here: one, guns to be thrown down; two, come on out!" Pick 2 in a PPR league, Maclin, Welker and Holmes.
KC Joyner (4:23 PM)
Two key elements, two PPR picks - like the synergy! Maclin wins spot number one and the PPR element gives Welker win number two.
John T (Eagan, MN)
"A parachute not opening...that's a way to die. Combine accident,..." Have you ever seen a fantasy year when the top two RBs (Foster and Hillis) and top two WRs (Bowe and Lloyd) likely did not go in the first two rounds of the draft (and that's assuming someone took Foster in the third)?
KC Joyner (4:25 PM)
Can't say that one comes to mind. That's what has made this fantasy year great in some ways - it isn't a matter of whether or not a person picked CJ2K or LT or Priest Holmes-type who pretty much wins the league with that one selection.
"Jane, since I've met you, I've noticed things that I never knew were there before... birds singing, dew glistening on a newly formed leaf, stoplights."What's gotten into Jay Cutler? Just one of his usual hot streaks, or is he improving?
KC Joyner (4:26 PM)
It's just a hot streak. Cutler is still forcing passes into coverage and throwing off his back foot. Nothing in that area has changed but it is working for the Bears.
Enrico Pallazzo (California)
"Que sera sera... You do speak French, don't you?" "Unfortunately no, but I do kiss that way." Any reason to be worried about San Diego in Eliminator this week?
KC Joyner (4:27 PM)
Enrico rules! A bit of a reason to worry about SD, as Oakland has played them tough of late. Not having Asomugha will hurt, as it looks like he won't play.
"I'm a very luck woman." "Me too." ..What happens next year when Ben Tate comes back? Timeshare with Foster or has Foster shown he's the alpha?
KC Joyner (4:29 PM)
Foster is the alpha as long as he doesn't show any injury signs down the stretch.
"But there she was, just as I remembered her. That delicately beautiful face. And a body that could melt a cheese sandwich from across the room." Az is going to be drafting early but probably not early enough to get Luck, what other college QB's should we be hoping for?
KC Joyner (4:30 PM)
Mallett has some upside, but he needs to prove he can handle high pressure games. Newton has Vick-like potential. And there are more than a few other top line QBs whose names escape me at the moment.
Robert (Huntsville, Al)
Which player needs a full body condom more, Austin Collie or Malcom Floyd?
KC Joyner (4:31 PM)
I really don't have an answer to this, just thought this was the only time the words "full body condom" could be justifiably fit into this chat!
Mayor McCheese (Silver Spring, MD)
Drebin: Jane what did he looke like?Jane: Caucasian, 5'8", moustache.Drebin: Thats a big moustache.Flacco or Schaub this week...my playoff future is on the line!
KC Joyner (4:32 PM)
That is a big moustache! Schaub is the way to go - and hope that Asante Samuel doesn't play.
Whatever works ! (Roseville, Ca.)
Jane: I've heard police work is dangerous.Frank: It is. That's why I carry a big gun.Jane: Aren't you afraid it might go off accidentally?Frank: I used to have that problem.Jane: What did you do about it?Frank: I just think about baseball. Is there any way Randy Moss will be useful this season with Collins coming back soon? He's been on my keeper bench so long he smells like pinesol.
KC Joyner (4:34 PM)
That is one of the best uses of a baseball game. Moss didn't even try for that one end zone pass last week. He doesn't look happy in Tennessee, as he is finding out it isn't quite like NE. Don't hold out hope that he will get back to his old self anytime soon.
Do you have an opinion on the latest spy gate situation? Fire-able offense?
KC Joyner (4:36 PM)
In a word, maybe. The guy who did it got fired, but one would hope that in the future the head coach would report this kind of thing immediately.
Ted Striker (In Flight)
Where in the world is Dez Bryant? Now excuse me Doc, I've got a plane to land.
KC Joyner (4:37 PM)
Bryant just went through a rookie slump. Expect a turnaround performance this week.
Cuban? No, Dutch-Irish. My father was from Wales. KC- Our fantasy league is being over-run by soccer talk. How can I salvage the leage message board like Frank saved the Queen's life??
KC Joyner (4:38 PM)
That's a tough one. What do you chatters think is the solution here?
Dr. Rumack (RIP)
That joke still works because he says like 8 times in the movie.
KC Joyner (4:38 PM)
Even after the plane has landed!
Phil K. (Delaware)
It's fourth and fifteen on my season and I'm looking at a full-court press! How do you think turner does against the TB D?
KC Joyner (4:39 PM)
Drebin sure didn't know much about sports, that's for sure! Don't even consider sitting Turner - he'll do just fine against the Bucs.
TFS Subscriber - HELP!!! (NYC)
Eli or Kitna???
KC Joyner (4:40 PM)
They are nearly equal in this week's charts (that has to be the reason for the question) but Kitna is ranked higher because his receiving corps is healthier. Start him.
To answer Craig, threaten those talking about soccer with placing Derek Anderson on their teams as the starting QB.
KC Joyner (4:41 PM)
That's one way to go!
Robert (Huntsville, Al)
I randomly walk by people's cubes and stop and turn in and say, "Good luck, we're all counting on you" No question, just thought I should let everyone know how insane I am... Continue...
KC Joyner (4:42 PM)
That movie is so funny it should be standard viewing for every generation. Just got done showing my kids as much of the movie as was appropriate (skipped certain scenes with Otto) and they about fell down laughing. Well, my eldest more than my youngest, as he wasn't quite sure what to make of some scenes.
The last thing he said to me, "Doc," he said, "some time when the crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to get out there and give it all they got and win just one for the Zipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Doc," he said, "but I won't smell too good, that's for sure."N Washington (some TEN has value, right?) or Crabtree?
KC Joyner (4:44 PM)
Leslie probably doesn't smell too good now either but, just like the Zipper, we'll try to win this one for him! Really like Washington's matchup but Crabtree is the way to go.
Denver Joe (Guess)
Have you ever seen a grown man naked? Starting Johnson then...Woodhead, Blount, Westbrook or Keiland Williams in standard RB format?
KC Joyner (4:45 PM)
Can't say that I have, but I have seen a Turkish prison! All of those RBs have tough matchups - tough call, leaning towards Blount.
Captain Oveur (Airplane)
Alright, give me a Hamm on five, hold the mayoSaints or Rams D/ST - Who has the best chance to rough up the opposition this week?
KC Joyner (4:47 PM)
Had to explain that Mayo Clinic joke to my oldest - he at first didn't understand why there were the jars of mayo behind the guy! Rams D, as Arizona's offense smells like spoiled mayo.
Erik (McAllen, TX)
Q: The Patriots are still 9-2 even after trading away Randy Moss and having a historically terrible defense? Surely you can't be serious. A: I am serious. And don't call me "Shirley". If the weather in Foxboro is on the bad side on Monday, is that likely to significantly hurt Sanchez's chances to perform at a decent level?
KC Joyner (4:49 PM)
Amazing, isn't it? Losing Moss and they are still a dominant offense. Bad weather will hurt Sanchez because it would likely make Schottenheimer call a close to the vest game.
"This is my last chance. And I'm not talking about one of those Major League Baseball Steve Howe kind of last chances.?Dreesen or Celek tonight over Pettigrew!!
KC Joyner (4:49 PM)
Dreesseen - he's pulling a pseudo Jacob Tamme-like performance in filling in for Daniels.
It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans! Speakign of beans- pick one of P. Thomas, C.Ivory, J. Davis,M. Lynch,or A. Dixon?
KC Joyner (4:51 PM)
It is amazing how many funny jokes were in those movies - we've been quoting them for nearly an hour and still have yet to run out! Ivory would be the choice here, as Thomas may get PT but not enough to limit Ivory's value. Plus, as noted earlier, the Bengals D is so banged up the Saints are apt to score 40.
Al (Wausau, WI)
"You're Kareem Abdul Jabbar! You play for the Los Angeles Lakers!" KC, I loved the movie Airplane! Do you think the Vikings may respond positively to Leslie Frazier as head coach, by winning at least some of their remaining games?
KC Joyner (4:53 PM)
My youngest did sort of get that one - he loved it when Kareem said "The hell I don't!" to the kid's comment about not trying very hard except during the playoffs. The Vikings have already responded well to Frazier and the Wilfs would do well to make their permanent head coach. He's more than earned a shot at the job.
Ryan (Germantown, MD)
"Well can't you take a guess?" "Well, not for another two hours.""You can't take a guess for another two hours?"Do you think if Jacobs doesn't start fumbling the ball, will he start ahead of Bradshaw long term? Surely you believe this.
KC Joyner (4:54 PM)
Won't wait two hours to take a guess at this! Bradshaw will win that starting job back, but it will still be a platoon role regardless of who is named starter. Surely I believe this!
Damon (Butler, NJ)
"Hey Look! It's Enrico Pallazzo!" My man KC! Gore's injury gave me a tough decision...Donald Brown or Justin Forsett? Also, I found a bunch of old WWF autographs...going to send you a couple sometime next week..
KC Joyner (4:56 PM)
Good to hear from you, Damon! Would probably go Forsett in that one, as the Colts O line just isn't doing anything in the running game.
Frank says Surely you will help (AT Work)
"Nice Beaver"...hahahplease help - gotta catch the train soon - you like bowe as my WR1 despite red matchups in playoffs? and mike williams tampa and manningham as my wr2 and wr3s for playofs? thanks
KC Joyner (4:57 PM)
I wouldn't have posted this except that that comment was listed in a Matthew Berry article - again, this is the only week where a comment like that is OK to post! Still like Bowe even with the huge number of red matchups on his schedule. He's one of those every week must starts regardless of matchup.
"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover but there are only two ways out of this aircraft.""In case this flight becomes a cruise, your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device."I'm I going to crash with Bradford and wish I had Schaub as a flotation device?
KC Joyner (4:59 PM)
That's just too funny! Bradford will post 13-16 points this week, so you won't exactly crash with him. Schaub just happens to have more upside.
Thanks, I just had it stuffed! More likely to make an impact - Danario or Jacoby Ford?
KC Joyner (5:00 PM)
Ford, but it won't be until next week and the week after when the Raiders play the Jaguars and Broncos.
Dr. Rumack (RIP)
I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
KC Joyner (5:01 PM)
Well, can't think of a better way to end the chat than on this note! Thanks a ton for the terrific Leslie Nielsen-themed questions. Quick note - there is a fantasy football chat tomorrow at 4 PM ET. You can also follow TFS material on Twitter @kcjoynertfs. Hope to see you all tomorrow!