Fantasy Football Week 9: Tearing Apart TMR's Start Em Sit Em Advice

Scott McDowell@ManCaveSports12Contributor IINovember 7, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Matt Schaub #8 of Houston Texans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I've been waiting for Matthew Berry to post his start/sit advice all week.

On Monday, I called The Talented Mr. Roto out for his terrible picks with this article, leading him to block us on Twitter. He told the Wall Street Journal in 2008 he enjoys the criticism because it makes him better at fantasy sports. Berry also went on to say he deals with the negative reactions well. I guess I have the rare skill of getting under even the most thick-skinned person's skin.

TMR had this little bit in his column this week regarding his rankings (I'm convinced we inspired it):

"A 'love' does not mean an automatic start; a 'hate' does not mean an automatic bench. Use your brain. If you have one. Go ahead and check to see whether you do. I'll wait."

Results to Date: Man Cave Sports: 16 props,  TMR: three props,  Break Evens: nine.

So now for Week 2 of ripping the TMR's advice (at the bottom I listed my additional Love/Hate):

The players listed in love/hate are his, the comments are mine, and the "agree" or "disagree" comment determines whether or not I agree with his sit/start assessment.

Love (start) 

Joe Flacco: No problem with this pick. Flacco is a solid start at quarterback and the Ravens shouldn't have any trouble with the Dolphins in Baltimore. (Agree)

Josh Freeman: I agree with Berry that the Buccaneers QB should be owned in every league, but I don't like starting him on the road in Atlanta. I would suggest waiting to start him the following two weeks against Carolina and San Francisco. (Disagree)

Jason Campbell: How did picking against the KC secondary work last week Berry? Not good. But TMR is going to the well once again with Campbell.

Sure, Campbell had two solid games in a row, but they were against Seattle and Denver. Plus, I'd expect Darren McFadden and Michael Bush to be the focal point of the offense against the Chiefs. Sit him, unless your quarterback situation is crappier than the Carolina Panthers. (Disagree)

Matt Forte: Nothing wrong with starting Forte at running back or flex against Buffalo. (Agree)

LaGarrette Blount: Well, he seems to like Tampa Bay's offense this week. I'd much rather start Blount than Josh Freeman. He is a solid flex option against the Falcons. (Agree)

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: BJGE has scored six touchdowns in the last five games. His overall rushing yards per game are hit-and-miss (routinely goes for either 20 yards or 75-plus yards), but he will get opportunities to put up touchdowns, regardless. (Agree)

Darren Sproles: TMR is putting him here for his catching ability, but it's a gamble starting a running back on the premise he will break a long reception for a touchdown. (Disagree)

Kevin Smith: Berry's reasoning on this one..."I thought he didn't look terrible last week." I wouldn't trust the Lions No. 2 running back. (Disagree)

Pierre Garcon: It sounds as if Austin Collie is going to play this week, so Garcon's value is diminished a bit. He isn't a bad flex option, but his ceiling is probably 10 fantasy points. (Agree)

Jeremy Maclin: Is a favorite target of Michael Vick. (Agree)

Hines Ward: Ward should be a good start against Cincinnati. (Agree)

Jacoby Jones: He has 10 fantasy points in the last six weeks. (Disagree)

Jacob Tamme: With Dallas Clark out for the year, Tamme is a solid tight end starting option in the Colts offense. He isn't as fast as Clark, but he's shifty enough to put up some yards after the catch. Sixty yards and a possible touchdown are reasonable expectations. (Agree)

Visanthe Shiancoe: With the departure of Randy Moss, Shiancoe is a solid tight end option this week against Arizona. (Agree)

Greg Olsen: You can count on Olsen for zero or six fantasy points on any given week. There have been more zeroes than sixes this year. (Disagree)

Minnesota Vikings:I don't like the Vikings defense at all this year, but they are going against Derek Anderson. (Coin Flip)

Dan Carpenter: Solid start at kicker. Miami is good enough on offense to get in field-goal range, but aren't explosive enough to finish off drives. Example A: 10 field goal makes the last two weeks. (Agree)

Here Are the Players TMR Lists as His Hate or Sit.

Hate: Not a bad hate list this week by Berry.

Matt Schaub: Schaub bounces back this week against an overrated Chargers secondary. (Disagree)

Carson Palmer (Agree)

Mark Sanchez: Overrated. Hey, at least this USC QB got a comment, unlike Palmer! (Agree)

Beanie Wells: Not a big Beanie Wells fan. (Agree)

Fred Jackson: Jackson has a breakout game this week. (Disagree)

Ronnie Brown: Hasn't been the same running back since the league figured out the Wildcat gimmick. (Agree)

Reggie Wayne: It's Reggie Wayne. (Disagree)

My Additions


Peyton Manning: I just thought I'd throw that out there.

Philip Rivers: It's amazing that he leads the league in passing yards considering he throws to guys who were bagging groceries the week before.

Jason Witten: Kitna seems to feel most comfortable with his tight end.

Steve Johnson: He has six touchdowns in the last five weeks for the Bills.

Willis McGahee: If you are in a bind this week due to injury or bye week, McGahee is a solid free-agent option if Blount isn't available.

Tony Moeaki: Taking the Chiefs tight end as a deep sleeper this week.

Lance Moore: Looking more and more like his 2008 season.


Any Saints running back: The lack of a running game in New Orleans this year has put too much pressure on Drew Brees.

Marmaduke: If I see that stupid movie preview with Owen Wilson as a dog and George Lopez as a cat when I try to watch HBO On Demand one more time, I'm going to go Mel Gibson on the DVR.

Raiders receivers

Ryan Mathews: Mike Tolbert steals the goal-line touchdowns and Mathews is a little banged up.


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