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.
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KC Joyner (4:00 PM)
Good afternoon! One quick note before talking some fantasy football. Today's TFS ESPN Insider article is on why the Cleveland Browns can (and probably will) make the playoffs. It can be found here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9972730/nfl-why-cleveland-browns-make-playoffs. Now let's talk some fantasy football!
Percy Harvin (Seattle)
So how am I going to do on Sunday? Is there any word on how often/how I will be used? Should I be started over either Jeffery or Decker, or L. Bell in a Flex spot?
KC Joyner (4:01 PM)
Am thinking Harvin's PT level will be enough to showcase him against his former team but not enough to make him a great FFB pick this week. Got Jeffery rated much higher.
Kurt Angle (The Impact Zone!?)
Who are your biggest sell high players right now?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
Still can't believe Angle beat Lesnar in a shoot wrestling match a few years back. The New Orleans backs are all sell high players because of their tough upcoming schedule. List of RB playoff schedule strengths can be found here: http://insider.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/story/_/id/9963496/fantasy-football-best-playoff-matchups-running-backs
Vincent Kennedy Mcmahon (The Higher Power)
Cam or Brady this week? Who brings it on Monday Night?
KC Joyner (4:04 PM)
That brings back memories of when VKM tried to use holy water to mimic HHH's introduction. Yuck. Brady and Cam are rated very close this week but Brady rates just a bit higher.
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KC Joyner (4:04 PM)
Same thing happened last week. I'll turn it off and turn it back on again.
John "Johnny" Walker (Charleston, SC)
MILLION DOLLAR KNEE LIFT! Hey KC! R. Wilson OR N. Foles this week? Rish. Matthews OR M. Jones (nonPPR)? Thanks!
KC Joyner (4:07 PM)
Now that is old school! My brother still thinks the idea of having a Mr. Wrestling II was silly but it made sense and got over big time with President Carter and his family. Wilson and Foles rate almost dead even but Foles has a very slightly better matchup. Jones and Matthews are dead even, would go Matthews because the SD secondary as a whole is much worse than the Cleveland secondary.
Dory Funk Jr. (Texas)
KC in standard 10 can you rank these ROS: Ridley,Spiller and A.Brown?
KC Joyner (4:08 PM)
Fight like a feather or fight like a Funk - this chat fights like a Funk. Would rate them Brown, Ridley (tough matchup) and Spiller (he still might be battling an injury).
The Bizarro KC Joyner (NPSE)
Josh Gordon, Keenan Allen, Spiller or Harry Douglas at flex this week?
KC Joyner (4:09 PM)
The bizzarro logo would have to be the backwards version of the helmet with the beaker on it that shows up during the in-game chats. Gordon is the pick.
YOU PICKED MY QUESTION FIRST (the Percy Harvin one)!!! I've never had one of my questions answered. You just made my day.
KC Joyner (4:09 PM)
Glad to help!
Does having Harvin in a PPR change you mind?
KC Joyner (4:10 PM)
Not too much. Just don't think that the Seahawks are going to make Harvin a WR bell cow of sorts right out of the gate.
Gobbledy Gooker (sitting in the big egg)
Thanksgiving is coming. Almost time to hatch. are you worried about the panthers d playing the saints 2 of 3 playoff weeks? Are the rams a solid sub those weeks @ cards week 13 and home vs bucs week 16?
KC Joyner (4:12 PM)
A strong candidate for worse WWE gimmick ever. And that's saying something. Rams were on the TFS sleeper D/ST list before the season. They had a terrible start but have since been one of the best D/STs in fantasy football. They are a very good sub in those contests.
Superfly (Top Rope)
Best streaming DEF/ST of the week...Jets, Bills, Giants, or ______?
KC Joyner (4:12 PM)
How many times do I have to say - Snuka comments have to come off the top of the cage!!!! Like the Giants out of that group.
TRADE HELP! Demarco Murry and Vereen for Lacy, 0.5ppr. Thanks KC!
KC Joyner (4:14 PM)
Last chat where trade talk will be a go (trade deadline is November 20 in ESPN standard leagues). I'm assuming you have another RB who could start alongside Lacy. If so, that's a good move since Lacy has a very favorable fantasy playoff schedule (ranks tied for highest in that TFS RB playoff match ups article).
Evan (Cubicle City)
Team is one move away from greatness but also one move away from disaster. In a 1-pt PPR league, would you trade Zac Stacy to get Desean Jackson? My other RB's are Charles, Andre Brown and Sproles and other WR's are Dobson, Marshall, and Andre Johnson.
KC Joyner (4:16 PM)
Cubicle City - spent many a year there. Schedule strength says Jackson is the better of the two but don't forget he has a bye in Week 12. Only make the move if the team has an option to fill in for Jackson during that week.
Papa Shango (The character that made me realize wrestling was a
How do you feel about romo ROS? Try to upgrade if possible?
KC Joyner (4:18 PM)
Assuming that last word in the name is "work". Time I realized it was a work was when Dusty Rhodes attacked Jim Crockett with a baseball bat and then appeared on the show as the Midnight Rider a couple of weeks later. Mark that I was, I knew there was no way a boss would let an employee back after something like that. No reason to give up on Romo - his schedule strength is very good ROS.
Fellow Scientist (Miami)
Would you sit Chris Johnson tonight in favor of Woodhead, Gio bernard and Andre brown in a .5 ppr? Cant afford a dud from Johnson as 1st place and 10th are seperated by just 1 game in this league....
KC Joyner (4:20 PM)
Hello, Scientist! To use something of a pun, IFLS (love that Facebook page, although the name makes it NSFW in some places). Got Gio and Brown rated much higher than CJ in a PPR. He rates about even with Woodhead but Woodhead is used so much in the passing game that it's probably a safer pick to play him.
Ryan Matthews (San Diego)
Thoughts about me ROS?
KC Joyner (4:21 PM)
Brutal, brutal schedule. Red-rated defenses (the toughest matchup) in every week from here on out sans Week 11 and Week 16. Sell high if he has a very good game against the Fins green-rated run D this week.
Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun)
I used to have that problem, now I just think about baseball...need a RB and a flex in a PPR - Sproles, Andre Brown, TY, Shorts...
KC Joyner (4:22 PM)
I miss those Leslie Nielsen quotes - we need to get more of those. Brown for RB. TY for flex.
Megatron>>>>>Wallace!PPR league who gets the flex start from Housler, Mccluster, and Mendenhall?
KC Joyner (4:24 PM)
That meme (is that the right word for this?) made it into the Monday Night Football chat last Monday. Good to see this group of chatters weighing in on that chat! Housler gets the nod of the group (rather surprisingly).
Shirley (You Jest)
KC...trade Graham and Rice for Chales and J. Reed, or do I need to aim higher on the TE side?
KC Joyner (4:25 PM)
If you can get Charles and Reed for Graham and Rice, go for it. Reed may not be in Graham's league but he's really good and Charles is a gargantuan advance over Rice.
Andre the Giant (You know where)
Why is no one using "Andre the Giant" as a nickname for Andre Brown who plays for the... GIANTS! Boom! Why so much fear on Harvin when we heard the exact same talk from everyone just a week ago about Andre the Giant?
KC Joyner (4:27 PM)
See, this is where the wrestling themes can come in handy. Because Harvin is coming off an injury and Seattle has long-term plans.
You try dragging Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48
need 1 WR and 1 flex from Harry Douglas, Pierre Thomas, Harvin, Holmes, Rainey.
KC Joyner (4:28 PM)
Roger, Roger. Tough call, would say Harvin and Douglas.
Fingers crossed for 16-0 (KC)
who do you sit out of Gordon, VJax, and Hilton? Ranks are very close
KC Joyner (4:29 PM)
VJax because he's a big banged up.
Tommy "wildfire" Rich (Boston)
Ash him ref! Please pick 2 WR's out of Decker, Marshall and Gordon!Thanks
KC Joyner (4:30 PM)
Just saw an old match of his last night. He was Grandma Joyner's favorite wrestler. Marshall and Gordon are the picks.
Need 3 from group.... Andre Brown, Chris Johnson, Keenan Allen, Riley Cooper, Alshon jeffry
KC Joyner (4:30 PM)
Things that make you go...Brown, Jeffery and Allen are the picks.
KC! Looking for some IDP advice... I need a defensive back to fill in this week for Barry Church. I can't decide between T.J. Ward, Eric Weddle, or Mark Barron. Any thoughts???
KC Joyner (4:32 PM)
Very rare to get IDP questions in this chat. Would say Barron because even though he is playing much better, the Falcons could throw a lot of passes to Gonzalez. If Gonzalez doesn't play, Ward would be the pick.
NO more! (wresting talk!)
I have Reed and Gates who are both ranked similiar. Thoughts on Reed this week over Gates? ROS?
KC Joyner (4:34 PM)
You know, I did ask for more Leslie Nielsen quotes. And the only reason I posted that question was it made me think of my late Grandma Joyner, so that was more of a family thing than wrestling. Got Reed rated much higher than Gates both today and ROS.
Dave (The Moon)
Who would be a good QB to pickup for next week?
KC Joyner (4:36 PM)
See, I stop posting wrestling comments and the question flow slows down. To heck with it - I'll keep posting wrestling related questions. Fitz versus Oakland might be a good Week 12 QB pickup.
David Bruce Banner (Green my favorite color)
Standard 10 best flex: Gore,Lacy or T.Smith?
KC Joyner (4:36 PM)
HULK SMASH! Gore and Smith rate even so use the RB over WR rule and pick Gore.
Not Nielson but... (You ever been in a Turkish Prison?)
Would you trade Brees, MJD and K Wright for Brady, Morris and Decker Standard league? Don't like Brees finishing schedule, Bradys weapons back and upgrade at RB and WR...?
KC Joyner (4:39 PM)
The back story of the actor who played that role (his name escapes me) and why he got that role is quite humorous. He figured it was a good way to break out of his serious role background but was a bit worried about it at the same time. It's hard to like Brady's finishing schedule but MJD has a tough schedule and Wright is really only a good play in a PPR league. Make the deal.
Adrian Adonis (RIP Adorable One..)
One of the most under-rated wrestlers ever .. WM3 vs Piper in Piper's "retirement" match ..classic.Pick 1; Lamar Miller, TRich, Chirs johnson
KC Joyner (4:41 PM)
True story - they put him in the tag team with Jesse Ventura because they needed a good worker (Jesse being a good draw but not so great in the ring). Wouldn't think of the fat Adonis being a great worker but he was. Side note: Mrs. Scientist and I were at WM3. Best live show ever. Got CJ rated highest (best matchup).
Uhhhh... ((I don't watch wrestling))
Keeper Question: Who has the best long-term prospects...Jordan Reed, Keenan Allen or Torrey Smith?
KC Joyner (4:43 PM)
Today it seems to be either wrestling, Leslie Nielsen or random humor. All work. Smith has the most favorable schedule of that group ROS.
Billy "Superstar" Dundee (Hangin with Lawler)
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I want to make sure this trade wont make me look like a turkey!! I need to upgrade from Kaepernick. Is Fitzgerald and Wright too much to offer for R. Wilson?
KC Joyner (4:44 PM)
Maybe the best small wrestler of all time. And good job working in the Thanksgiving reference! Wilson is on a roll and is worth that price but do remember he has a bye in Week 12 - only make the deal if you can afford to have him out of the lineup for that week.
Big Show (Former WSU Shocker hoopster)
I was offered AJ Green for Moreno. Concerned about AJ's matchups with Haden and Ike Taylor...as well as a bye. Your opinion of the deal?
KC Joyner (4:46 PM)
See - the chatters can make wrestling references fit with college basketball. Denver's got its share of tough match ups (they rated at the caution level in the aforementioned TFS RB playoff strength article) so that could be a wash. Am thinking it's a push, so make the deal if you can afford the bye and need RB help.
Peter Graves was the pilot. He was in some pretty terrible, old sci fi movies, great move to Airplane. Would you give Reggie Bush & Victor Cruz to get Calvin Johnson
KC Joyner (4:48 PM)
Thank you! I could not think of his name. Megatron is pretty much matchup proof but he does have three red-rated CBs on his remaining schedule. Would make the move if you think you need a WR upgrade that badly but only do so if you have enough RB depth to absorb the loss of Reggie Bush. Quality RBs are really hard to come by.
MJ (Vienna )
Hey KC, please help me out buddy. Do I trade Aaron Rodgers for Luck? The offer has been made, I'm struggling at QB and only have a 50/50 shot at he playoffs. Thanks a million
KC Joyner (4:50 PM)
If you have a 50/50 shot at the playoffs, short term thinking must take the day. Rodgers won't play this week and isn't likely to play next week. Luck has tough match ups but is guaranteed to post more points this week and very likely to do so next week. Make the trade.
Red Rated vs. Green Rated Defenses? ( )
The white zone is for the loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no parking in a white zone. Don't give me that white zone crap!. You're just mad i didn't get the abortion. . . .
KC Joyner (4:53 PM)
Good thing that wasn't red-rated versus white-rated. Assuming this ? means what are red-rated and green-rated defenses. Nutshell is red-rated defenses are really tough match ups that are to be avoided if at all possible. Green-rated defenses are match ups to be targeted as often as possible.
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Best chat of the week, even as a non wrestling fan still fun to read.Need 2 in a ppr: andre Brown, Rainy, Ogbanaya, Harvin, Reed
KC Joyner (4:54 PM)
The sentiment of many chatters. Brown is the hands down winner of that group. Reed would be second.
Alberto Del Rio (Best Small Wrestler EVER)
With Alberto reference, maybe tacos are in store? Anyhow, I need some help with WRs this week. I need 2 of these: Hopkins, Harvin, JJones.
KC Joyner (4:55 PM)
Those sound good. May have to make a quick run to Tijuana Flats. Great local restaurant chain with awesome tacos. Hopkins and Harvin.
WWE Timekeeper (5 minutes to go)
non ppr starting DeSean,Garcon and Andre J. week 11! Like T.Smith over these?
KC Joyner (4:57 PM)
That's old school. They should get back to that kind of thing - it was a good way of building up storyline tension if used properly. Smith rates even with Garcon (the other two rate ahead) but Garcon was almost given a blue rating this week. Stick with the three you already have in the lineup.
Tacos? How about burritos! (Chipotle!)
Ethics Question: Traded V-Jax and Donald Brown for Douglas and Ellington. However, the trade does not go through til Monday because of the game tonight. Can I veto the trade as league commish and send V-Jax for Ellington and Douglas and then Brown for nothing? I didn't plan to start Brown this weekend anyway.
KC Joyner (4:59 PM)
Sure sign that the chatters are hungry. That would be something to run past the league owners. Odds are they might not go for it but it's the kind of move they have to approve in advance. If that's not possible, then stick with the initial trade.
One word answer... Go with the Titans D/ST tonight, Carolina, or Jets/Giants??
KC Joyner (5:00 PM)
Posting a question 20 times is a surefire way to not get it answered. I'll make this one exception because of the call for brevity. Giants.
Enrico Palazzo (Angel stadium)
I'm struggling with Le'Veon Bell vs Chris Johnson (.5PPR)...your thoughts?
KC Joyner (5:02 PM)
Great reference to end the chat with. Bell over CJ this week, but be sure to consider trading Bell if he plays well, as he has a really tough schedule ROS.
KC Joyner (5:04 PM)
That hour passed quickly! Thanks for the fun questions. Couple of quick notes before heading out. Links to the TFS ESPN Insider articles are always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. I'll be taking part in an in-game chat on ESPN.com during tonight's game, so stop by and say hey (try an Airplane reference and see if it gets through). On Sunday, I'll be hosting a fantasy football chat from 11AM-12 noon, so please stop by there as well. Thanks again for the fun questions and I hope to see you all here next week!