Welcome to the new recap blog, league! I call it: The Lazarus Pit. If all goes according to plan, you should be able to discuss league goings-on here, especially if you create a WP account, and there should be a picture of the player of the week at the top of each post!
Rematch Week 1, (aka Week 6) was just a bit crazy, so I’m sure you all want to hear what went down from me! Right? Sure you do. Let’s do this.
Falling from Grace
Spectres – 211.12 MVP: Patriots WR Wes Welker [38.60]
Horsemen – 183.18 (L) MVP: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III [55.08]
Point Spread – 27.94
The Horsemen are officially no longer a titan in this league. Starting off the season with a strong three-win streak, including a 31.9-point win over this Spectres team, they are now on a three-loss streak, despite their second place 18-12 H2H record. Can’t feel good. But the story here is a huge comeback from the Spectres, finally seeing a 4-1 on the week for their first time this season! Both teams were nearly forced into their lineups this week, with benches full of byes, injuries, and Joe Flacco, so you can chalk this one up to a strong draft by the Spectres and a weak week by the Horsemen. Let’s go next level here, and compare each player trending downward(my favorite way to look at matchups now). The two teams were even at Defense and a point apart at weakest RB. The Horsemen had an 11-point lead each at strongest QB and second RB, while Roethlisberger and Wes Welker had a 20-point lead each over their counterparts Andrew Luck and Mike Wallace, so that gives you a better idea of where this game was won. It was won on a terrible performance by Andrew Luck, and a phenomenal performance by Wes Welker. The Spectres, at 1-4 before this game, desperately needed this win for their shot at the playoffs come Week 15, and they pulled it out barely trying. The Spectres knock the Horsemen down to 3-3, and tie the bottom 3 in the league now with 2-4. MVP: Patriots WR Wes Welker had 138 Yds and a TD this week, second only to Jordy Nelson, first among players owned in this league. A huge week for Welker, and keeping him in his comfortable spot as 4th best receiver in the league, third among players owned.
Back for More
Great Whites – 198.70 MVP: Jets RB Shonn Greene [52.10]
Beatleteers – 177.50 (L) MVP: Broncos QB Peyton Manning [43.66]
Point Spread – 21.2
I debated giving the Beatleteers’ MVP to Ahmad Bradshaw for his spectacular 34.50 points, but I didn’t want to throw salt in the Beatleteers fresh left-him-on-the-bench wounds, and Peyton’s 35-point second half comeback was pretty awesome. That said, remember sitting at the draft in mid-August? Would you have said to yourself “Shonn Greene, that’s a good pick. He’ll single-handedly win a couple games for them.”? Yeah, me neither. He’s broken ten points in only 3 of his games this year. But you have to take into account RB’s whose QB can’t throw the ball into the endzone sometimes, and sometimes they come out of a big game with 3 TD’s and 161 yds.Percy Harvin had a decent game too, but every other player on the team performed well below what they’re capable of, so I do feel comfortable laying this win squarely on Shonn Greene. That said, a few different bench moves by either team could’ve swung this matchup in an entirely different direction, so both teams should be proud knowing that they are fully capable of beating the other, come rematch #2. MVP: Shonn Greene. Three rushing TD’s. THREE!
Out for Blood
Stompers – 242.00 MVP: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers [65.22]
Revenants – 153.20 (L) MVP: Bengals QB Andy Dalton [44.24]
Point Spread – 88.8
So, in Week 1, The Revenants took it to the Stompers 216.12 to 171.40, a 44.72-point win, and the Stompers went 1-4, the Revenants 5-0. Let’s think. How could the Stompers prove they’re a contender in this league come Week 6? Reversing it? Yeah, I think reversing it would work quite well. Couple things to talk about on this one. First, let’s look at the lineup decisions. Saturday night, everyone in the NFL would’ve agreed with these QB decisions. And yet, Ryan Tannehill, Michael Vick, Tony Romo, and Carson Palmer were each able to outperform Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub, the only two remaining undefeated QB’s(well, they were). As for the rest of the Stompers’ lineup, there were no decisions. That’s right, the Stompers had absolutely zero options elsewhere, so they must be very happy with their draft decisions today. The Revenants, in retrospect, maybe should have played Darren McFadden, but against ATL? I’d have taken Michael Turner too, and he wouldn’t have won the matchup. Wanna do the trending downward thing? Yeah, let’s do the trending downward thing. Ok, so the QB thing looks squarely in the Stompers favor, but added together with Matt Schaub, Stompers QB’s only outscored Revenants’ QB’s by 10.8 points. The RB situation was a 15-point win for the Stompers(thanks, Frank Gore!), WR corps was a 25.9 point win for the Stompers(that would be A.J. Green, mostly), and Flex was dominated at 25.1 points to the Stompers(Dez Bryant, maybe you’ve heard of him). The Stompers then took Kicker by 2 and Defense by 10(on account of a Bye). So while breaking it down shows a clear win for the Stompers on the receiving side of things, they really just won across the board here, with only Matt Schaub choking. The Revenants’ deplorable receiving corps takes a loss for the team this week, moving them to 4-2, below the Great Whites’ 5-1, but above the Horsemen’s 3-3, and the Stompers move into tied at the bottom 3(fighting for the fourth playoff position) at 2-4. MVP: Aaron Rodgers threw for 338 yds, SIX TOUCHDOWNS, and ZERO interceptions. Surely, that’s a record… Somewhere… isn’t it?
Week 6 MVP has to go to the Stompers for HUGE games by three players and great games by another 3 with THREE byes and an IR on the bench, and taking their rematchup to the house with no questions asked, moving in for the kill at that coveted 4th place.
So, while the standings didn’t move this week, they did get a lot more likely to do so soon, and the league goes through huge changes yet again. Next week will see the Beatleteers try to tie the Horsemen’s record, the Stompers and Spectres fight it out for that number 4, and the Great Whites and Revenants duke it out for the top spot, so Week 7 is a huge week, starting with Seahawks-49ers Thursday, and the biggest bye week of the season with SIX TEAMS taking a reprieve. Everybody pay attention to your lineups this week, they’ll be vital in determining your success.
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PPS – The Revenants, after a devastating loss, are shopping around some of their best players, so be sure to both check and acknowledge your trades soon, so they can make the necessary adjustments.
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