Reception Perception: 2016 media appearances
By: Matt Harmon
Just as I did last offseason, here I'll post all radio shows, videos or podcasts that I go on to primarily talk about Reception Perception, and the wide receiver position in order to promote the series and future publications. The appearances will go in descending order from newest to oldest. If you wish to have me on your show to talk Reception Perception, please contact me via email: MHarmon2570@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support of the project.
WFNZ Radio: The Call Up - April 13th
I still hold plenty of good relationships with the fine folks at WFNZ Charlotte from my days doing film write-ups for Black and Blue Review covering the Carolina Panthers. I'm always happy to get the chance to join them for a spot, and this time I spoke with Nathan Conley on his show The Call Up. On this appearance, we went through some of my favorite prospects, like Sterling Shepard, and some guys that others are higher on than me, like Will Fuller. Conley is a big Shepard fan too, and completely allowed me to wax poetic on the fantastic Oklahoma product. At the end, I shared which players I think would fit the Panthers best in the upcoming draft and whether they should even make a move at receiver.
NFL Fantasy LIVE Podcast - April 12th
The prodigal son returned. After a long time away from my employer's podcast, I jumped on to the NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast to spin with the guys on the rookie wide receiver crop. James, Alex, Marcas and I covered the Josh Gordon news up top, and decided whether we would hold him in a dynasty league or cut bait entirely. As for the rookies, we covered every angle imaginable, including whether we believe some players that don't turn out so well in Reception Perception, like Pharoh Cooper and Tyler Boyd, can be fantasy factors. As a bonus, you certainly don't want to miss some of the catching up that needed to happen before and after the show.
Gridiron Experts "The Fantasy Factor" Podcast - April 11th
Gridiron Experts was one of the first paid gigs I had in the fantasy industry, and I am extremely grateful for that being a launching spot for me. Naturally, I was more than pleased to join the site's owner, Mike Rigz, to talk about the incoming group of wide receivers and their Reception Perception results. Of course plenty of draft talk ensued, including why Michael Thomas might be very reliant on his future landing spot to produce in fantasy. However, I also revealed two of my favorite early sleepers in MFL10 leagues among the wide receivers.
The Audible: "On the Couch" - April 7th
If you know my backstory, you know that Sigmund Bloom's "On the Couch" is a big part of my journey. As such, I'm more than pleased to now be one of the regulars in the couch's rotation. Of course, we got into the wide receivers hot and heavy in this edition. We discussed why Laquon Treadwell is still my No. 1 in the class, and the quality of his challenges. Sig and I waxed poetic on why Sterling Shepard will be a great player in the NFL, but why we are not so positive on Tyler Boyd. There was a strong debate on the difference between the types of deep threats that exist and on which side of the archetype Will Fuller fits in. The real key here is the analysis of people being ridiculous in their hat for the Crying Jordan meme and my current foray into #PlantTwitter.
Blogging the Boys Podcast - April 6th
I enjoy the team-centric podcasts as you get to narrow down on what the specific offense really wants in their assets and the formulaic way they approach the wide receiver positions. The hosts asked me specifically about Dallas' height/weight thresholds for weeding out prospects, and what I thought about that process. We also looked at what players in this draft would fit that criteria, and which players don't but might just prove too valuable for the Cowboys to pass up.
The Fantasy Footballers Podcast - April 5th
Another break from college prospect talk here with my spot on The Fantasy Footballers podcast. The fellas asked me about my stance on the Lions wide receiver corps, including whether I think Golden Tate or Marvin Jones can be the team's No. 1. Should neither step up, who would they target at the fifteenth overall pick. In other spots, we discussed what the Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett split might look like in Seattle. We went back and forth on a few other veterans and what the status of their Reception Perception holds for their 2016 outlook.
The College Draft Podcast - April 4th
This was my second spot on a Ross Tucker podcast this offseason, but my first go-around on the College Draft with his co-host Fran Duffy, whose work I really enjoy but know we have some difference on how we view some of the receiver prospects in this class. The guys gave me a chance to dispense my thoughts on my top-five receiver prospects this year, and why they slot that way. I let you know why I have Sterling Shepard ranked just ahead of Corey Coleman, despite liking both players' future projection. I also went into why I'm a fan of Ohio State's Michael Thomas, but that he also comes with questions and names two players closely jockeying with him for the No. 5 spot on my rankings.
RotoViz Radio - April 4th
I've been on plenty of podcasts lately, if you couldn't tell, and while I have no complaints about that, it can feel like I'm saying the same thing over and over again. God bless you all for continuing to listen and be interested in it. However, the good news for the both of us is that for this appearance both Jon Moore and Ben Gretch gave me a list of question that I've never been asked before and were challenging. We talked on why just because a player frequently make contested catches does not necessarily mean he has troubles separating in his routes, and I provided two NFL examples from Reception Perception. They also asked how much scheme impacts my charting, if at all, and whether I agreed with Jon's theory on college usage being a positive indicator for preparation in NFL route running.
Overtime Ireland Podcast - April 3rd
With my second appearance on the Overtime Ireland Podcast this offseason, we had a far different discussion than last time. In this episode, Colm and I went over our list of the top-10 receivers in the NFL right now. We had several similarities, but a fair few differences, including at the top where I had Antonio Brown and he placed Julio Jones. I also shared why I like Mike Evans to reach the top-10 in the next few seasons after charting him recently. We had a strong discussion on whether players like Keenan Allen or Sammy Watkins can ascend out of our Honorable Mention lists, and how long Brandon Marshall can hold onto a top spot on mine. There was so much more in this episode and you don't want to miss out on finding out who I think the 10 best wide receivers are in the NFL today.
The Faked Good Podcast - March 31st
It's all been building up to this. Chad (mostly), Rich and I often wax poetic about what a fire filled show my first appearance on the Faked Goods produced when we discussed the 2015 wide receiver class just one year ago. Hopefully an annual tradition now, the encore is just as good. You'll want to stick around for the entire over hour-and-a-half long show, as we dug through so many of the wide receivers in this class. Seriously, I go on a lot of podcasts, but even I haven't been a part of a discussion on these prospects that can match the depth that we took in this episode. Rich and I examined how much market share should matter in player evaluation, and whether it can be deceiving with prospects like Leonte Carroo and Tyler Boyd--two players on opposite ends of the Reception Perception preferred list. We talked through the recent Laquon Treadwell roller coasters and debated just how close he and Josh Doctson really are. The three of us really did cover it all, and I have no doubts you'll enjoy the show. It is one of my favorites to do every single time, and I am already eager for the same thing with the 2017 wide receiver class on the Faked Goods podcast next year.
The Fantasy Authority Podcast - March 29th
I've gotten to know several of the fine writers over at The Fantasy Authority website since I appeared on this podcast during the season, and it was a treat to get back on to talk about the wide receiver prospects. The guys were kind enough to let me share a few pieces of the story of how I got established in the industry, and why I started my own podcast, to get rolling. However, we soon got rolling into the wideout talk. We hit on the consensus top prospects, including a good debate about Corey Coleman. They were also very intrigued to hear why I was higher on Sterling Shepard than most, and less enthused with the idea of Braxton Miller. This was a fun show talking with several of the analysts from one of the better up and coming sites out there.
Waxing Lyrical with Mainz and Dutts - March 23rd
Mainz and Dutton are longtime friends of Reception Perception and myself. This was either my third or fourth time on with the fellas from across the pond, and the chat was enjoyable as always. After the guys let me espouse my opinions on disgustingly unhealthy food offered up at American stadiums, we got into some wide receiver talk. Most notably, we talked about the state of the Steelers receiving corps with Martavis Bryant out of commission. Find out what Reception Perception says about Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates here. We also went in-depth on Mohammed Sanu and whether the Falcons should consider adding any more receivers.
Norse Code Podcast - March 22nd
This was a lengthy podcast appearance, but what else could you expect from a meeting between Arif Hasan and I? We covered every angle of the wide receiver draft class this year. We talked about Corey Coleman and the big names, but perhaps more interestingly, we examined potential late-round athletic gems like Keyarris Garrett and Marquez North. Arif and I had a fascinating discussion about whether an NFL team, the Vikings especially, should place a higher priority on diversifying their receiving corps over just adding more quality. With all that being said, my favorite part of the podcast was early on when we got to revisit the biggest Reception Perception miss the world seems to have forgotten about. It was the first time I publicly explained what went wrong (no one had ever asked before since that was about 20,500 followers ago) and why the process is much better now. You won't want to miss that.
Dynasty Trade Calculator Podcast - March 22nd
I wasn't too familiar with the fellas from the Dynasty Trade Calculator prior to my spot on their podcast, but I truly enjoyed my chat with co-hosts Izzy and John. We talked some general happenings in the dynasty fantasy football landscape, including how to value some of the free agents who changed teams. We got down to business talking some of the incoming prospects. I dished on two of my favorite sleepers rookie receivers, took some mailbag questions on Sterling Shepard and even looked at some running backs. We looked over some dynasty trades, where I gave my thoughts on DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson, A.J. Green and Kevin White.
Rotoworld Podcast - March 10th
It was great to find out that Rotoworld assigned Josh Norris his own podcast. It was even better to find out I would be the show's second guest. This show is a bit more brief than the other ones listed here, so if quick-hitting information is your jam, then this might be the Reception Perception appearance to check out. Norris and I looked at how Reception Perception fits into the evaluation process, and helps to find a role for players. We also broke down specific prospects and some themes surrounding their games. We discussed why I think the critiques about Laquon Treadwell's separation ability are a bit unfounded, why slot receiver should bot be a pejorative term and what that means for Sterling Shepard, and whether or not I am on board with Josh's infatuation with Baylor's Corey Coleman. Norris is one of my favorite draft analysts out there, and anytime we get to chat on the receiver position is something that you want to look in on.
The Draft Breakdown Podcast - March 9th
I believe this was either my third or fourth sit-down with the Seth Cox and Justin Higdon on their podcast, now featured at Draft Breakdown. The guys had me on to talk a little bit about my own podcast and what I hope to accomplish with that series. Of course, we got down to business in short order and discussed the incoming rookie wide receivers' Reception Perception results. Justin and I went back and forth on our mixed feelings regarding Will Fuller, and why we're a bit cautious there despite having a clear trump card. This was also the first show where I delved into my thoughts on Pharoh Cooper of South Carolina. We spent a good hour rapping on these prospects, and you'll enjoy hearing Justin and Seth chime in, as they are two of my favorites to discuss talent evaluation with.
Saturday2Sunday "The End Zone" Podcast - March 6th
Few people have been more encouraging or supportive to me during my career than Inside the Pylon writer Matt Caraccio, and I think you'll hear that in this episode. He and his co-host, Paul Perdichizzi, welcomed me for an in-depth run through of the origins of Reception Perception and the results for the 2016 rookie class. We talked a little bit on just about every rookie I charted for this class, and went through nearly all the data points that Reception Perception accounts for. Seriously, this is a long episode but one with just about any piece of information you want to know about this crop of rookies. I encourage you to listen to it in its entirety, as you'll find out the difference between playing outside versus the slot, what makes Malcolm Mitchell such a good prospect, and why Keyarris Garrett is a unique beast in this group.
Dynasty Blueprint - March 5th
While it's too bad he's no longer at ESPN, I am really enjoying former NFL scout Matt Williamson's newest venture, forming the Dynasty Blueprint podcast with the great Ryan McDowell of DLF. I was more than happy to jump on as a guest to the new show and talk about the 2016 rookie wide receiver class and their Reception Perception results. I gave detailed look at how I collect the Reception Perception data, and the process, purpose and significance behind the methodology. Williamson threw plenty of questions at me, and we shared our thoughts on the most important aspects to scout when watching a wideout prospect. The three of us also took a grand-view of this year's class compared to others. Don't worry, we spent plenty of time on player analysis. I explained why Reception Perception doesn't paint the same concerns others have with Laquon Treadwell, what makes Sterling Shepard such an easy prospect to translate to the NFL level, and so much more. At the conclusion of the episode, we took a look at some of Matt's most recent dynasty trades, which included takeaways on Donte Moncrief and Breshad Perriman, two favorites of both Williamson and myself.
The Bull Rush Podcast - March 3rd
I just started listening to The Bull Rush a few weeks ago, and was pleased to get an invite to come on the show not long after. Three of my favorite people on Twitter, Ty Miller, Scott Fish and the unmistakeable DynastyFrank the show has a fun vibe, but also one that provides a ton of information to listeners. Expect plenty of hardcore Reception Perception talk in this episode. We dug into why the combine only served to validate how good Josh Doctson has always been, and why we need to take Malcolm Mitchell's stellar Reception Perception results seriously. This was also the first time I really went in-depth on my Will Fuller thoughts, which is important given the current buzz around him. However, plenty of fun was had during the taping of this episode. I gave a behind-the-scenes look on some of the fun and frustrating happenings from from the NFL Media office, and the guys asked me to name some things I can do faster than De'Runnya Wilson's 40 time. Trust me, you don't want to miss that embarrassing answer.
Overtime Ireland Podcast - March 2nd
Reception Perception continues its international tour with a stop in Ireland to chat with Colm Kelly about the most recent news in the NFL. We juxtaposed some of the major performances from the NFL Scouting Combine with the results of their 2015 Reception Perception samples. We also discussed the upcoming free agency period, and why I might prefer chasing after Travis Benjamin than overpaying Marvin Jones. As a bonus, Colm asked for some of my thoughts on the recent quarterback contract extensions.
The Woot and Wye Show - February 26th
After accidentally missing their show invitation last offseason during my move across country (still feel bad about that) I've been looking forward to getting on The Woot and Wye Show to make amends. All things considered, I hope my appearance on a show that many of my colleagues enjoyed being a guest on made up for my slip up this time last year. Both of the hosts run a fantastic operation as one of Australia's most popular NFL podcasts. The guys had me on this episode to discuss the origins of Reception Perception, the Golden Tate article from earlier this month and the incoming wide receiver draft class. Specifically, I shared why I don't have the same worries about Laquon Treadwell, or the same optimism on Tyler Boyd as some of my peers.
Huddle Up DK Podcast - February 19th
It's been an international themed offseason for Reception Perception so far, with trips to Australia and an appearance on a Danish podcast before that. Toke Jensen was kind enough to invite me on his program where we went through a litany of topics on the wide receiver position. Toke grilled me on my wide receiver drops theory, and the successes and failures of Reception Perception thus far. We also talked abut several big-named NFL players and incoming draft prospects. With such a detailed show on a number of topics, make sure to get some time in for this show.
Fantasy Feast: Eatin' Podcast - February 16th
It was my pleasure to join one of the preeminent podcasts in the fantasy football industry for the first time. Ross Tucker's fantasy extension of his podcast empire, with co-host Evan Silva of Rotoworld, is one of the best in the business. Silva was eager to talk about a number of wide receivers, including both current NFL players and incoming rookies. We talked about why I'm higher on Rashard Higgins and Sterling Shepard than other analysts in the community. Also, we went in-depth on the good and bad with Corey Coleman, and whether we expect him to hit his potential peak. Ross was more focused on being jealous of my youth and where I was heading right after this appearance, but that made for some good listening, as well.
RSP Film Room: Sterling Shepard - February 4th
If you've been following me closely the last few months you know just how fond I am of Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard's game. He blew away his Reception Perception sample, and is quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects in this year's draft. Matt Waldman was gracious enough to give me the opportunity to watch a game with him and we both got the chance to share the nuanced aspects of his game that makes him one of our top players in this year's draft.
RSP Film Room: Kenny Lawler - February 3rd
After going through a number of receivers, rather late in the process I found one that caught my eye during his Reception Perception sample in Cal's Kenny Lawler. I was surprised I had heard so little buzz about him going in, considering how good his scores were. In part one of a two part appearance, Matt Waldman and I took in a game of Lawler's in the RSP Film Room to see if we saw the same things in this player. As a bonus, Waldman let me go on a massive rant against overrating drops and per target stats in evaluating wide receivers. You don't want to miss that.