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Believe it or not I am still going strong in my head-to-head points league in fantasy baseball. It’s the second week of a two-week World Series, but I’ve still got one foot in the fantasy baseball door. Between baseball and my eleven football leagues I haven’t had much time to consider how I’d like to contribute to the football side of things here at Razzball this season. I thought, perhaps, I would give some of you the opportunity to suggest some topics you’d like to see me cover. What subjects could potentially provide you with a weekly post that might help you gain an edge in your league?

In the meantime I’m pretty much going rogue. Just about everyone I know in my personal life that plays fantasy football comes to me with questions. A guy from work, whom I don’t care for very much, swears by the advice of Matthew Berry. He said that his Love/Hate post is his go-to source each week. He even suggested I start reading it if I want to win my league. I responded by asking how many times he has won his league. After a long winded spout of bullsh*t, he said he hadn’t won it yet. I laughed and told him to keep up the good work.

This did give me an idea however. Let’s see what Mr. Berry has to say. What did he say about last week and how would have following his advice helped me. Spoiler alert! His advice blows.

Some quarterbacks he loved…

Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben is great at home was the basis of his argument. Who cares how much the Vikings blitzed last year or how Ben has been third most accurate passer against pressure? These just don’t seem like compelling reasons for me to stick him in my starting lineup. In week one he fell outside the top ten, scoring only 15.7 fantasy points against a mediocre Browns defense. Who cares if it was in Cleveland. Roethlisberger did finish week two in the top ten, but he was in the bottom half scoring just 17.5 points. I’d say this call was a push.

Jameis Winston – Emotional home opener blah blah blah. Against a Bears defense the allowed 17.9 points to Matt Ryan in week one at home, Winston managed only 12.5 points. Despite Chicago turning the ball over four times, Jameis threw for only 204 yards. His opponent, Mike Glennon (who?), threw for 301. Winston’s day was good enough for 20th best among quarterbacks. Glad I didn’t start him!

Some quarterbacks he hated…

Carson Wentz – Here’s a quote. “I don’t see Wentz being able to do what Tom Brady wasn’t able to do last week and throw for over 270 yards. Wentz is outside my top 15 this week.” Guess what. Wentz threw for 333 yards, two touchdowns and 24.8 points. Only Tom Brady scored more points in week two.

Matthew Stafford – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. After being in his hate column for week one Stafford went on to finish as the second best QB for that week throwing for 292 yards, 4 touchdowns, and most importantly, 27.1 fantasy points. While he did acknowledge the sh*tty call, between Stafford in week 1 and Wentz in week 2, Berry is now two for two in hating the QB the finished second best for the week.

Some running backs he loved…

Ty Montgomery – Way to break out the Captain Obvious costume on this one. Halloween must be right around the corner. Everyone and their mother knew Montgomery was in store for a big game. Tell me something I don’t know!

Marshawn Lynch – Wait is it 2014 again? Nope. Falling outside the top twenty RB for the week with only 11.9 points, Lynch wasn’t even the top running back on his own team in week 2. Both Jalen Richard and Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for more yards. Granted, they both did so thanks to breaking a huge 40+ yard carry, but that doesn’t change the end result. Lynch was not a good call.

Jacquizz Rodgers – Quiz carried the ball 19 times for 67 yards. Thankfully a touchdown bailed out his day giving him 12.7 fantasy points. Hey, he scored more points than Lynch!

Some running backs he hated…

Isaiah Crowell – If I’m being fair, he hit this nail right on the head. Crowell carried ten times for 37 yards. But let’s be honest, was anyone really starting him if they had any other options after he carried 17 times for 33 yards in week one?

Frank Gore – Captain Obvious strikes again. Hating a Colt’s player? Why would anyone do that. This game was much closer than I expected, but did anyone really think Gore was going to have a ton of chances? By the way, isn’t Gore almost 40? Wikipedia says he’s actually 30-Gore (34).

Ameer Abdullah – Why do we care how many points the Giants defense allowed to opposing running backs in 2016? Abdullah actually had a good game on the ground. He ran the ball 17 times for 86 yards, averaging 5.05 yards per carry. He came up a touchdown short of a solid fantasy day.

Some wide receivers he loved…

Brandin Cooks – What the flock is the revenge game narrative. Apparently he tried using the revenge philosophy with Adrian Peterson against the Vikings last week. It blew up in his face and I bet he’s feeling a bit of deja vu after this call. Tom Brady threw for 447 yards, one of his best games statistically of his career, and Cooks ended up with two catches for 37 yards. If you started Cooks you ended up with a whopping 6.3 fantasy points in PPR leagues. I’m not saying you should have sat Cooks, I’m just saying Matthew Berry is a dipsh*t.

Golden Tate – More like Golden Taint. The advice said that Tate should be in for a big workload. Well, he was targeted four times. He caught all four for a grand total of 25 yards. Big workload? More like big load… of sh*t. Tate and Cooks combined for 12.8 points. Sounds like the combination for a loss in any fantasy league.

Tyreek Hill – “I have Hill as a top-15 play this week.” This was all predicated on the fact that the Eagles have given up the most 25+ receptions since the start of last season. Tyreek finished the week with four catches for 43 yards and 8.9 points. He wasn’t even a top 15 wide receiver. As a matter of fact, 45 wide receivers finished with more points than Hill.

Adam Thielen – I’m going to give him a pass on this one since Bradford ended up being a game day no go. That said, Thielen had 5 receptions for 44 yards and a fumble. He totaled 7.4 points. These four receivers combined for 29.1 points. Michael Crabtree had 32 by himself.

Others receiving votes included Cooper Kupp (6.3 points), John Brown (DNP) and Tedd Ginn Jr. (5.4 points). I’m surprised Odell Beckham Jr. (7.6 points) wasn’t in the “love list”.

Some wide receivers he hated…

T.Y. Hilton – As long as Andrew Luck is out, Hilton will be on his hate list. Talk about shooting fish in a barrel. If you need someone to tell you to steer clear of Hilton, you deserve to be starting him. I don’t own him in any of the double digit leagues that I’m in.

Dez Bryant – Bryant led the league targets in week two with 16. He caught seven of them for 59 yards and a score, totaling 18.9 points. According to the blurb, the only way Dez would be useful was if he scored a touchdown. Even without the touchdown, the 12.9 points would have been more than all four of the receivers highlighted in the love column.

Some tight ends he loved…

Charles Clay – Did you know that over the past five regular season games that Clay has been the third-best tight end in fantasy? Big deal. Last week he had three catches for 23 yards. That was enough for 5.3 points and 30th amongst tight ends. I’m glad I ignored this advice.

Delanie Walker – This turned out to be a good call as Walker ended the day with 16.2 points, however a lot of that had to do with a one yard touchdown run. Not your everyday stat from a tight end. Berry’s reasoning was the Walker should see the lion’s share of targets. Delanie saw just four of Mariota’s 23 targets.

A tight end he hated…

Jack Doyle – “Doyle is merely a touchdown-dependent, low-end TE2 this week.” Oh really! Doyle finished the week with eight catches on eight targets for 79 yards. He did not score a touchdown, yet his 15.9 points were sixth most among tight ends. He outscored Eric Ebron, Evan Engram and Coby Fleener. All three of these tight ends found the end zone.

Breaking news! Matthew Berry says he hates Spencer Ware, Julian Edelman and Cameron Meredith this week. And he just tweeted reminding everyone to get Todd Gurley and Carlos Hyde in your lineups before Sundays game begin.

I’m starting to realize that maybe this Love/Hate article is for people who are just too damn lazy to do even the slightest bit of homework. Some of these were simply no-brainers, but most were flat out sh*t calls. You’re better off getting your advice from Matthew Perry.

Hit me up with post ideas in the comments section.

 

 

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  1. Jason Morgan says:
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    Hilarious. What a clown. His advice is totally useless. He just trades off his name. Funny post.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. James says:
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    What’s with the hate?

    • malamoney says:
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      @James: I prefer to call it entertainment…

      • Dan says:
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        @malamoney: Ripping someone else’s picks rather than reviewing your own isn’t “entertainment”…I’d prefer if you’d spent your time analyzing what went right/wrong with your own picks as that would actually be more helpful to us, your readers, than just kicking some other dude for his bad picks. #thankstrump

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Dan: guess ya missed this part
          “Between baseball and my eleven football leagues I haven’t had much time to consider how I’d like to contribute to the football side of things here at Razzball this season. I thought, perhaps, I would give some of you the opportunity to suggest some topics you’d like to see me cover. What subjects could potentially provide you with a weekly post that might help you gain an edge in your league?”

          he literally is asking US what his column will be about, which is about the kewlest thing you can do. and he admits he’s behind somewhat, and your idea of what went wrong with or right with his own picks is certainly a valid and possibly interesting idea, but he didn’t know about it before he wrote this.

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Beddict Disgrace/Delight the knockoff Of Love/Hate will be up shortly.

    In his defense, Abdullah had a 36 run at then end of the game. He had been totally useless . Alex Smith missed Tyreek Hill on WIDE OPEN 60 yard would be td in the end zone . I also had Cooks near the top of receivers. Tough call there. Again, I watch every game, and it’s impossibke to predict pass interence calls or missed throws. Berry isn’t that bad on there, especially since he has his stat boys handing him all the numbers to support his claims. It’s a tough business

    Winston less than stellar performance was more dude to the shears giving game away early and basically just running the clock out

    • malamoney says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Don’t make me come after you next week! LOL, just trying to entertain the crowd…

  4. Dan says:
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    So…your entire article is centered on ripping (very selective) picks from some other fantasy pundit? My question would be why this article doesn’t focus on YOUR OWN picks from last week. I would find it more constructive and certainly more helpful with regards to your own advice and results. Fantasy football should be fun. Fantasy football articles should also be fun. Razzball is NORMALLY fun. This article is not fun. I hope this type of article doesn’t become the norm at Razzball as it should be beneath any respectable fantasy writer.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dan: I’ll be the first one to highlight my own bad picks. Don’t you worry. Thanks for the constructive criticism, it is always appreciated. Good luck this week.

  5. Scott says:
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    When did we start judging fantasy sports columnists on the quality of their advice? I would bet you could write this same article about every single columnist out there. If there is one who consistently provides quality advice, I would love to know his name.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Scott: Are you saying advice columnists shouldn’t be judged on the quality of their advice?

      And yes, you are probably right. I picked the most famous one…

  6. Billy T says:
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    Haters gonna hate.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Billy T: Hater haters gonna hate…

  7. Rjkendall says:
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    Great article! Made me laugh, everyone needs to settle down a bit.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Rjkendall: Thanks. Agreed…

  8. Jamey says:
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    In malamoneys defense, Mr Love/hate Berry should not belong in any FF ‘expert’ category IMO as his weekly ramblings should best be viewed as satire or entertainment. For years now, I’ve taken his love/hate players, reversed them and win more weekly contests because of it. I’m sure there are many other ‘experts’ with less-than stellar weekly rankings/predictions but I can’t think of a more well-known FF writer who is so off on his weekly predictions. I think that was the point of the article since it’s almost comical how bad his predictions can be each and every week. I found the article to be refreshing because if you have followed Mr Berry over the years, you would find that malamoney is spot on with his commentary and assessment. First time poster and avid FF sponge who reads every article I can find each week.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jamey: Great comment. Well said. Hope you continue to post…

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Jamey: neatest thing to ever hit fantasy projectors is the FP rankings where it actually shows how well they do. this year this twit remarked on above is thus far:

      well that site must be updating i’ll be back later.

  9. Allan says:
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    Wow this may be the most vicious comment section ever. Guy was just trying something out. Give him a break. In Berrys defense his love/hate tends to be relative to where they’re ranked not just hating or loving a player that week. Though he does tend toward obvious safer calls.
    Not a 100% but I don’t recall seeing any articles on Razzball about specific matchup calls. Like which players are going against the worst corners or rbs against terrible rush d’s. Maybe a weekly article like that?
    Last a little advice? Stafford or Brady? Ingram or Cohen ppr? Drop Perkins for Bernard or Rawls?
    Thanks

    • malamoney says:
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      @Allan: The comments don’t phase me. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if it is wrong. LOL.

      Pretty much ten out of ten times I am going with Brady over Stafford. Unless, of course, Brady is injured. There are instances in DFS formats where I will opt for Stafford because of the salary difference. Brady has Houston. In their first two games they’ve been tough against QB, only allowing 9.9 points per game, 175 passing yards per game and just 1 touchdown in those two games. However, they played against Blake Bortles and Andy Dalton. Not exactly good QBs. If Dalton could throw for 224 yards, and Bortles could throw for a TD, I’m putting Brady in the area of 275-300 and 2 TDs. I think we’re looking at 18-20 points. Stafford’s got Atlanta who has given up an average of 278 yards passing per game. Aaron Rodgers scored 18.5 points against Atlanta. Will Stafford outperform Rodgers?

      I’ve got to play the hot hand with Tarik Cohen. Ingram runs into Carolina at home and they’ve only allowed 35 yards rushing per game so far. And they haven’t given up a rushing touchdown yet. Cohen has looked good. He’s had 8 receptions in each of his first two games. Howard is going to play, but Tarik is going to get his fair share of downs. The only chance Ingram has of outscoring Cohen is if he scores a touchdown. He has zero so far this year and Carolina isn’t eager to let me change that.

      I don’t like any of Perkins, Rawls or Bernard. But if I had to own one, it would be Bernard. I just can’t see myself starting any of them however.

      Hope this help. Good luck!

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      @Allan: this isn’t close to as bad as what the trolls in that one razzball sponsored dynasty league did to one of their own writers (and nice guy seemingly) ex-podcast guy JB. JB ran an older razzball sponsored dynasty league with really weird/bad rules (but everybody who joined was aware of those rules in advance, so they weren’t tricked into it). JB just happened to quit like a week after this near literal shit throwing that was done to him at the time. anybody who’s seen junior high kids gang up on somebody would recognize what went on in those last 2 posts of that league. puerile to the nth group-think sadism to near-prurient levels of trolling. the kind of event that really makes you fear humanity (in groups particularly) and not just on a theoretical level.

      all that being said, going out of your way to rip on one guy who’s not even good at ranking seems to make him as legitimate as the PR people at espn could only dream of doing. i’d love to be able to look up just how low ranked his rankings were for last year to show simply how his rankings (and most of the espn guys in total actually) should literally be considered in the same manner as somebody farting in the wind. this isn’t the days of anybody having any reason to fall into an intertia trap of “hey that guy is wearing a suit on a really big sports cable network so we’ll listen to him”; if for NO other reason you guys here. and FP allowing us to index rankings by those who are, ya know, good at it.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: not to shit on the ole making fun of buffoons, particularly famous ones. a lot of awesome writers spent large chunks of careers doing same (mencken for one)

      • malamoney says:
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        @The Harrow: “Farting in the wind”… Love it!

  10. Scott P says:
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    I’ve been a Berry fan from back in his TMR days. Yes, I actually find him entertaining. I do enjoy the podcast. I am that guy. But I also enjoy this site. I use the Razzball rankings when doing my draft. I find the writing here to be good and amusing as well.

    Last week on Sunday morning, two such Razzball writers told me to keep Dalvin Cook in my lineup, even though he was facing Pittsburgh with Sam Bradford. If I had started CJ Anderson like my gut told me to do, I would have scored 20 points higher. I still won my game, but both writers on the site gave me the wrong advice and made the wrong call. Did I go off on them because of it? No, because I am an adult and am able to make my own decisions.

    Fantasy sports advise to me is about education, by doing the research that I am unable or unwilling to do. I want it given to me in an entertaining manner. I want accuracy, but I do know that it is still a game affected by chance, bounces, flags and human error.

    Attacking the competition just looks petty. Still love the site and still enjoy the rankings and articles, but I’m hoping the future trend sticks to those things. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to look at my team of good players on useless offenses (Wilson, OBJ, AJ Green) injury waiting to happen guys (Ajayi, Gronk) and unproven rookies (Hunt, Cook) can do something today.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Scott P: I don’t see him as competition. Heck, I’m just a guy passing along a little bit of my thoughts.

  11. Ladner says:
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    Great post. An awesome thing about Razzball is the writers take responsibility for their advice. I’ve often speculated that the value Berry et al provide is basically a wash. Interesting to see its actively harmful to ones chances.

    Weird people are all offended at this sarcastic post. The article isn’t much different in tone to Grey routinely mocking the ESPN fantasy baseball writers or Yahoos rankings.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Ladner: Thanks. Glad some of you can see the value in it. To each their own…

    • Dan says:
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      @Ladner: I’ve got no beef had this article been an ESPN vs YAHOO vs RAZBALL rankings story or something similar….but calling out a person, be it Matthew Berry or any other pundit, by name and dressing said person in a clown suit at the top of your article makes it needlessly personal and quite frankly tasteless. Putting aside the fact that this article doesn’t offer a single shred of fantasy advice, what IS actually presented are slanted half-truths. Notice how each example is prefaced with the words “SOME that he loved/hated”…that means he’s cherry picking results to suit his needs. If a writer gives me a reason not to TRUST him, I must also question whether or not to trust the organization that he works for. When Berry does hit on a Love/Hate, it’s derided as “Captain Obvious” rather than as a correct assessment. So this article isn’t about offering any constructive fantasy advice, it isn’t about Razzball vs any other company’s rankings and it isn’t about the statistical % of hits/misses with the Love/Hate columns…..this is simply an article about how much Matthew Berry sucks. I’m not a Matthew Berry apologist (though I recognize that without Berry and others like him who have reached a larger audience through corporate giants like ESPN and thus have EXPANDED INTEREST AND AWARENESS in our little hobby…which in turn expanded demand for more fantasy sites and advice….writers like malamoney himself might not have the career opportunities available to him now), I’m just a grown man trying to escape the ugliness and hateful division going on in the real world by playing fantasy football and reading an article or two. I’m not offended by the juvenile article as much as I’m disappointed that, even in fantasy football, we can’t escape ugly divisive rhetoric. You have a personal problem with Berry? Keep it personal…no need to bring it to work.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Dan: Thanks for the comments. Writing is my hobby. Perhaps my style is just not for you…

      • Ladner says:
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        @Dan: Malamoney has a very sarcastic style of writing maybe the other writers here are more to your taste. Each to his own. I think I also took this as more making fun of Matt Berry the brand rather than Matt Berry the person. The famous “mr roto” who constantly hawks his premium website and makes regular TV appearances. I think that makes the column not seem mean-spirited at all.

        My opinion on Berry, which influenced my reaction to this column, is deep skepticism after he decided to leave Fantasy Baseball. I have always had the suspicion that basically fantasy baseball is far too rigorous and statistically grounded to get away with personal anecdotes and generic “stack the rockies at home” type of advice. Berry’s columns are laden with pseudo-psychology like “emotional home opener” “his mom was in attendance” and so forth. Given the increasing sophistication of baseball analysis his brand wasn’t going to work. Ala he transports it over to football where the fan base is much more casual and the game is much more luck/variance driven.

        • malamoney says:
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          @Ladner: This is pretty much right on the money. Thanks for the comment.

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