Mat Irby

RotoViz contributor since 2023, fantasy player since 1991, and someone who occasionally dabbles in full-time film work when no one's looking - even on a thing or two you've seen. Atlanta is for sleeping, but Dallas will always be home.

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Dynasty Spotlight: How to Value Bijan Robinson with a New Staff and Quarterback After a Slightly Underwhelming Rookie Campaign

Welcome to Dynasty Spotlight. The purpose of this series is to put one veteran dynasty commodity under the microscope to analyze how he is viewed on the market, how this compares to his abilities as a player based on predictive stats, and possibly make recommendations on whether we should be spending or selling in the current marketplace. The subject of this edition is Atlanta Falcons’ RB Bijan…...

The Giants Are Making Moves to Replace Saquon Barkley, But Can Any Offensive Additions Elevate Daniel Jones?

Running back Devin Singletary will depart Houston and join the New York Giants after agreeing to a free-agent contract last month. The deal has been announced as a three-year $16.5 million contract worth up to $19.5 million, with $9.5 million in guaranteed money and a potential out after the 2025 season. This represents one of the more significant offseason moves for the Giants, who have…...

Dynasty Spotlight: Does Joe Burrow’s Excellence in These Key Metrics Give his Dynasty Value Teeth?

Welcome to Dynasty Spotlight. The purpose of this series is to put one veteran dynasty commodity under the microscope to analyze how he is viewed on the market, how this compares to his abilities as a player based on predictive stats, and possibly make recommendations on whether we should be spending or selling in the current marketplace. The subject of this edition is Cincinnati Bengals’…...

Antonio Gibson Signs with the Patriots, Preserving Anxiety and Woe

Last week, the New England Patriots signed RB Antonio Gibson to a three-year $11.25 million contract with a max value of $17.25 million. The Patriots could get out next year to save less than a million on the cap or in 2026, which would save $3.5 million before Gibson’s age-28 season. The Patriots added Gibson to an RB room with Rhamondre Stevenson, Kevin Harris, Ja’Mycal…...

Is it Panic Time for Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, and Jordan Addison? What a Sam Darnold Signing Really Signals

Sam Darnold signed a one-year, $10 million deal last Wednesday to be the starting QB for the Minnesota Vikings. The agreement raises significant questions for the franchise, Darnold, and most importantly for Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, and Jordan Addison. Jefferson has spent the past two seasons as the No. 1 ranked WR in dynasty leagues and the No. 1 ranked overall player in single-QB formats…....

Mixon Pulls a Rope-a-Dope, Snatching a Steady Gig from the Jaws of Unemployment, So What Does That Mean for Fantasy?

Joe Mixon is a polarizing player, and for good reason. On the one hand, his advanced metrics don’t point to a particularly great player. He has also struggled with pass protection and has had some precarious character-based red flags. Yet, he has been a starter in Cincinnati for years, maintained good physical health, played on some excellent teams, and produced decent counting stats. In an…...

Kings Wear Purple: How Derrick Henry Will Carry the Scepter in Baltimore

Derrick Henry hits the market having led the 2023 free-agent RB class in PPR points, rushing attempts (ruATTS), rushing touchdowns (ruTDS), rushing expected points (ruEP), and rushing fantasy points over expectation (ruFPOE) last season. It took a while for the shock to wear off. It won’t be as strange as seeing Tom Brady switch to pewter and crimson, but picturing Henry in any other uniform…...

Can Kirk Cousins Change the Narrative for This Exciting Crop of Atlanta Skill Players?

There are a lot of hurt feelings to go around at the end of the Arthur Smith tenure in Atlanta. The Falcons bucked convention by deprioritizing QB and emphasizing the run game; they took a TE at fourth overall, the highest in NFL history, and they took an RB eighth in an era where such a thing is, according to analysts from sophisticated places like Harvard…...

It’s a Savvy Shot for Pittsburgh, but Does Russell Wilson Have What It Takes to Bring George Pickens’ Career and the Steelers’ Offense to Life?

It’s difficult to recall a player whose public perception has nosedived as precipitously as Russell Wilson’s has in the past two seasons. In November 2020, Wilson was considered the favorite for the NFL MVP award and one of the best QBs in the league. A nine-time Pro Bowler, a two-time participant and a one-time winner of the Super Bowl, at least as stated then, an…...

Always, Always, Always Do This One Simple Thing in Your Dynasty Leagues, but Also, Maybe Not Every Time

In dynasty, each player has two values: a production value — how much that player earns for your lineup this game this season for this championship — and a market value: how much a player could yield in a transaction. Those values don’t always match. Market values weigh potential heavily, and in football, potential exists in the young. Hope exists in the unseen. Excitement looms…...

Should the Bears Draft Caleb Williams and Trade Justin Fields? A Look at the Financial Advantage of a Rookie QB Contract Through a RotoViz Lens

Now that an NFL champion has been crowned all eyes turn to free agency in March, and the draft in late April before NFL media outlets corporately begin the Great Summer Filibuster. The most focused scrutiny has already been steadily affixed to the Chicago Bears and what they might do this April. Despite finishing the season with a 7-10 record, they have the NFL’s top…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 5: What I’ve Learned, and How I’ll Be Better (Until I Forget Again)

We’re here. Part five. The end of the road. I’ve now laid out all the calls I’ve made in 2023 that could be construed in any way as an affirmation or declaration. The next step in my process is to go over each one and consider what made the call go right, wrong, or somewhere in between. After passing through them all, I’m left with…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 4 – Weeks 13-16

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 3 – Weeks 9-12

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 2 – Weeks 5-8

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 1 – Preseason and Weeks 1-4

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

The NFL and Their Mild and Temperate Championship Settings – A Week 17 NFL Weather Report (with Sunday Updates)

RotoViz subscribers know that winning often hinges on meticulous analysis of various factors: player statistics, team dynamics, and even the whims of Mother Nature herself. Weather conditions, often overlooked, can play a pivotal role in any game’s outcome. A few of the most well-known and craziest examples include the Fog Bowl, the Tuck Rule Game, and the Ice Bowl. The NFL is unique in its…...

Dynasty Spotlight: How to Value Bijan Robinson with a New Staff and Quarterback After a Slightly Underwhelming Rookie Campaign

Welcome to Dynasty Spotlight. The purpose of this series is to put one veteran dynasty commodity under the microscope to analyze how he is viewed on the market, how this compares to his abilities as a player based on predictive stats, and possibly make recommendations on whether we should be spending or selling in the current marketplace. The subject of this edition is Atlanta Falcons’ RB Bijan…...

The Giants Are Making Moves to Replace Saquon Barkley, But Can Any Offensive Additions Elevate Daniel Jones?

Running back Devin Singletary will depart Houston and join the New York Giants after agreeing to a free-agent contract last month. The deal has been announced as a three-year $16.5 million contract worth up to $19.5 million, with $9.5 million in guaranteed money and a potential out after the 2025 season. This represents one of the more significant offseason moves for the Giants, who have…...

Dynasty Spotlight: Does Joe Burrow’s Excellence in These Key Metrics Give his Dynasty Value Teeth?

Welcome to Dynasty Spotlight. The purpose of this series is to put one veteran dynasty commodity under the microscope to analyze how he is viewed on the market, how this compares to his abilities as a player based on predictive stats, and possibly make recommendations on whether we should be spending or selling in the current marketplace. The subject of this edition is Cincinnati Bengals’…...

Antonio Gibson Signs with the Patriots, Preserving Anxiety and Woe

Last week, the New England Patriots signed RB Antonio Gibson to a three-year $11.25 million contract with a max value of $17.25 million. The Patriots could get out next year to save less than a million on the cap or in 2026, which would save $3.5 million before Gibson’s age-28 season. The Patriots added Gibson to an RB room with Rhamondre Stevenson, Kevin Harris, Ja’Mycal…...

Is it Panic Time for Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, and Jordan Addison? What a Sam Darnold Signing Really Signals

Sam Darnold signed a one-year, $10 million deal last Wednesday to be the starting QB for the Minnesota Vikings. The agreement raises significant questions for the franchise, Darnold, and most importantly for Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, and Jordan Addison. Jefferson has spent the past two seasons as the No. 1 ranked WR in dynasty leagues and the No. 1 ranked overall player in single-QB formats…....

Mixon Pulls a Rope-a-Dope, Snatching a Steady Gig from the Jaws of Unemployment, So What Does That Mean for Fantasy?

Joe Mixon is a polarizing player, and for good reason. On the one hand, his advanced metrics don’t point to a particularly great player. He has also struggled with pass protection and has had some precarious character-based red flags. Yet, he has been a starter in Cincinnati for years, maintained good physical health, played on some excellent teams, and produced decent counting stats. In an…...

Kings Wear Purple: How Derrick Henry Will Carry the Scepter in Baltimore

Derrick Henry hits the market having led the 2023 free-agent RB class in PPR points, rushing attempts (ruATTS), rushing touchdowns (ruTDS), rushing expected points (ruEP), and rushing fantasy points over expectation (ruFPOE) last season. It took a while for the shock to wear off. It won’t be as strange as seeing Tom Brady switch to pewter and crimson, but picturing Henry in any other uniform…...

Can Kirk Cousins Change the Narrative for This Exciting Crop of Atlanta Skill Players?

There are a lot of hurt feelings to go around at the end of the Arthur Smith tenure in Atlanta. The Falcons bucked convention by deprioritizing QB and emphasizing the run game; they took a TE at fourth overall, the highest in NFL history, and they took an RB eighth in an era where such a thing is, according to analysts from sophisticated places like Harvard…...

It’s a Savvy Shot for Pittsburgh, but Does Russell Wilson Have What It Takes to Bring George Pickens’ Career and the Steelers’ Offense to Life?

It’s difficult to recall a player whose public perception has nosedived as precipitously as Russell Wilson’s has in the past two seasons. In November 2020, Wilson was considered the favorite for the NFL MVP award and one of the best QBs in the league. A nine-time Pro Bowler, a two-time participant and a one-time winner of the Super Bowl, at least as stated then, an…...

Always, Always, Always Do This One Simple Thing in Your Dynasty Leagues, but Also, Maybe Not Every Time

In dynasty, each player has two values: a production value — how much that player earns for your lineup this game this season for this championship — and a market value: how much a player could yield in a transaction. Those values don’t always match. Market values weigh potential heavily, and in football, potential exists in the young. Hope exists in the unseen. Excitement looms…...

Should the Bears Draft Caleb Williams and Trade Justin Fields? A Look at the Financial Advantage of a Rookie QB Contract Through a RotoViz Lens

Now that an NFL champion has been crowned all eyes turn to free agency in March, and the draft in late April before NFL media outlets corporately begin the Great Summer Filibuster. The most focused scrutiny has already been steadily affixed to the Chicago Bears and what they might do this April. Despite finishing the season with a 7-10 record, they have the NFL’s top…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 5: What I’ve Learned, and How I’ll Be Better (Until I Forget Again)

We’re here. Part five. The end of the road. I’ve now laid out all the calls I’ve made in 2023 that could be construed in any way as an affirmation or declaration. The next step in my process is to go over each one and consider what made the call go right, wrong, or somewhere in between. After passing through them all, I’m left with…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 4 – Weeks 13-16

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 3 – Weeks 9-12

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 2 – Weeks 5-8

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 1 – Preseason and Weeks 1-4

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

The NFL and Their Mild and Temperate Championship Settings – A Week 17 NFL Weather Report (with Sunday Updates)

RotoViz subscribers know that winning often hinges on meticulous analysis of various factors: player statistics, team dynamics, and even the whims of Mother Nature herself. Weather conditions, often overlooked, can play a pivotal role in any game’s outcome. A few of the most well-known and craziest examples include the Fog Bowl, the Tuck Rule Game, and the Ice Bowl. The NFL is unique in its…...

Dynasty Spotlight: How to Value Bijan Robinson with a New Staff and Quarterback After a Slightly Underwhelming Rookie Campaign

Welcome to Dynasty Spotlight. The purpose of this series is to put one veteran dynasty commodity under the microscope to analyze how he is viewed on the market, how this compares to his abilities as a player based on predictive stats, and possibly make recommendations on whether we should be spending or selling in the current marketplace. The subject of this edition is Atlanta Falcons’ RB Bijan…...

The Giants Are Making Moves to Replace Saquon Barkley, But Can Any Offensive Additions Elevate Daniel Jones?

Running back Devin Singletary will depart Houston and join the New York Giants after agreeing to a free-agent contract last month. The deal has been announced as a three-year $16.5 million contract worth up to $19.5 million, with $9.5 million in guaranteed money and a potential out after the 2025 season. This represents one of the more significant offseason moves for the Giants, who have…...

Dynasty Spotlight: Does Joe Burrow’s Excellence in These Key Metrics Give his Dynasty Value Teeth?

Welcome to Dynasty Spotlight. The purpose of this series is to put one veteran dynasty commodity under the microscope to analyze how he is viewed on the market, how this compares to his abilities as a player based on predictive stats, and possibly make recommendations on whether we should be spending or selling in the current marketplace. The subject of this edition is Cincinnati Bengals’…...

Antonio Gibson Signs with the Patriots, Preserving Anxiety and Woe

Last week, the New England Patriots signed RB Antonio Gibson to a three-year $11.25 million contract with a max value of $17.25 million. The Patriots could get out next year to save less than a million on the cap or in 2026, which would save $3.5 million before Gibson’s age-28 season. The Patriots added Gibson to an RB room with Rhamondre Stevenson, Kevin Harris, Ja’Mycal…...

Is it Panic Time for Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, and Jordan Addison? What a Sam Darnold Signing Really Signals

Sam Darnold signed a one-year, $10 million deal last Wednesday to be the starting QB for the Minnesota Vikings. The agreement raises significant questions for the franchise, Darnold, and most importantly for Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson, and Jordan Addison. Jefferson has spent the past two seasons as the No. 1 ranked WR in dynasty leagues and the No. 1 ranked overall player in single-QB formats…....

Mixon Pulls a Rope-a-Dope, Snatching a Steady Gig from the Jaws of Unemployment, So What Does That Mean for Fantasy?

Joe Mixon is a polarizing player, and for good reason. On the one hand, his advanced metrics don’t point to a particularly great player. He has also struggled with pass protection and has had some precarious character-based red flags. Yet, he has been a starter in Cincinnati for years, maintained good physical health, played on some excellent teams, and produced decent counting stats. In an…...

Kings Wear Purple: How Derrick Henry Will Carry the Scepter in Baltimore

Derrick Henry hits the market having led the 2023 free-agent RB class in PPR points, rushing attempts (ruATTS), rushing touchdowns (ruTDS), rushing expected points (ruEP), and rushing fantasy points over expectation (ruFPOE) last season. It took a while for the shock to wear off. It won’t be as strange as seeing Tom Brady switch to pewter and crimson, but picturing Henry in any other uniform…...

Can Kirk Cousins Change the Narrative for This Exciting Crop of Atlanta Skill Players?

There are a lot of hurt feelings to go around at the end of the Arthur Smith tenure in Atlanta. The Falcons bucked convention by deprioritizing QB and emphasizing the run game; they took a TE at fourth overall, the highest in NFL history, and they took an RB eighth in an era where such a thing is, according to analysts from sophisticated places like Harvard…...

It’s a Savvy Shot for Pittsburgh, but Does Russell Wilson Have What It Takes to Bring George Pickens’ Career and the Steelers’ Offense to Life?

It’s difficult to recall a player whose public perception has nosedived as precipitously as Russell Wilson’s has in the past two seasons. In November 2020, Wilson was considered the favorite for the NFL MVP award and one of the best QBs in the league. A nine-time Pro Bowler, a two-time participant and a one-time winner of the Super Bowl, at least as stated then, an…...

Always, Always, Always Do This One Simple Thing in Your Dynasty Leagues, but Also, Maybe Not Every Time

In dynasty, each player has two values: a production value — how much that player earns for your lineup this game this season for this championship — and a market value: how much a player could yield in a transaction. Those values don’t always match. Market values weigh potential heavily, and in football, potential exists in the young. Hope exists in the unseen. Excitement looms…...

Should the Bears Draft Caleb Williams and Trade Justin Fields? A Look at the Financial Advantage of a Rookie QB Contract Through a RotoViz Lens

Now that an NFL champion has been crowned all eyes turn to free agency in March, and the draft in late April before NFL media outlets corporately begin the Great Summer Filibuster. The most focused scrutiny has already been steadily affixed to the Chicago Bears and what they might do this April. Despite finishing the season with a 7-10 record, they have the NFL’s top…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 5: What I’ve Learned, and How I’ll Be Better (Until I Forget Again)

We’re here. Part five. The end of the road. I’ve now laid out all the calls I’ve made in 2023 that could be construed in any way as an affirmation or declaration. The next step in my process is to go over each one and consider what made the call go right, wrong, or somewhere in between. After passing through them all, I’m left with…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 4 – Weeks 13-16

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 3 – Weeks 9-12

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 2 – Weeks 5-8

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

A 2023 Self-Appraisal: Transparency, Accountability, and the Pursuit of Betterment, Part 1 – Preseason and Weeks 1-4

“Self-examination, the observation of one’s own experience, is the very root of the intelligence.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti. Using self-examination to accept the person you are could be worthwhile for your mental health, but it can’t generally improve your performance at a craft. Using self-examination to become better requires action. And it begins with an honest evaluation of what you have been doing and what results…...

The NFL and Their Mild and Temperate Championship Settings – A Week 17 NFL Weather Report (with Sunday Updates)

RotoViz subscribers know that winning often hinges on meticulous analysis of various factors: player statistics, team dynamics, and even the whims of Mother Nature herself. Weather conditions, often overlooked, can play a pivotal role in any game’s outcome. A few of the most well-known and craziest examples include the Fog Bowl, the Tuck Rule Game, and the Ice Bowl. The NFL is unique in its…...

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