Three upsets! Did that just happen? I’m here to walk you through the how of this Week.
A Game of Decisions
Stompers – 167.20 [MVP: Packers WR Randall Cobb – 19.50]
Horsemen – 155.56 (L) [MVP: Eagles RB LeSean McCoy – 29.70]
Point Spread – 11.64
The Horsemen are just refusing to leave their Kicker or their Defense on a Bye, and it is not working in their favor. The Horsemen debated Defenses this week, picking the Broncos over the Giants based on Rest-of-Season potential, and the Giants could have won them this game by 2.36 points. Andrew Luck, Marshawn Lynch, and LeSean McCoy put up respectable numbers, and nobody else did. Despite leaving Tony Romo’s 43.48 points (against this same Giants D???) on the bench and Rodgers putting up less than 40 points(less than 30) for the first time since Week 3’s loss in Seattle, the Stompers did make a great waiver wire pickup, and edged this one out Sunday night when the Saints finally scored a second TD against the Broncos in garbage time, bringing the Horsemen’s 1.5 point lead to a 1.5 point deficit, and essentially sealing the game before Fitzgerald could even play. These two teams were scary close across the board though. The Horsemen took QB by 1.96 points and RB by 11.20, but the Stompers took Defense by 4, Kicker by 1, WR by 11.80 and Flex by a full 8 points to put up their third W of the season, move to 3-5, and keep those playoffs hopes alive and well. The Horsemen drop back to .500 at 4-4. MVP: Speaking of Flex, how about Randall Cobb? The Stompers must have had a tough time choosing which Green Bay WR to take from the waiver wire this week, and it would seem they chose well. Cobb is Green Bay’s #1 Punt/Kick Returner, with 57 yards on the night, 5 catches for another 28, and 1 TD for sixth place WR on the week amongst players owned in this league. That means he fared better than some key players. Sure, Steve Smith put up 20.80 points, but Randall Cobb takes MVP simply for being a great new pickup for the Stompers.
Watching Football in a New Way
Beatleteers – 210.88 [MVP: Lions QB Matthew Stafford – 57.28]
Revenants – 205.00 (L) [MVP: Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas – 28.70]
Point Spread – 5.88
Most of you are new to fantasy football, so this feeling may be new to you too, but how do you feel now that you can watch football games you previously wouldn’t have cared about, and root for the running game of one team to do exceptionally well, simultaneously hoping that the defense gets mowed down? This game looked incredibly close going into Monday Night’s game, with the Beatleteers praying that their Defense and Kicker could outscore Frank Gore by at least 3 points. They outscored him by 8 and the Beatleteers came away with a victory. Looking back, though… Guess that faith in Matthew Stafford really paid off, didn’t it? 57.28 points? The man doesn’t break 40 all year and then nearly hits 60 against a Top 5 Defense? The NFL’s a crapshoot this year, guys. High risks, high rewards. Also, we all knew Peyton Manning would crush that Saints Defense, but nobody thought that Broncos Defense would crush Drew Brees. Peyton put up 44.10 points to Brees’ 29.22, but Peyton has put up more points against better Defenses this year(46 against the Patriots). I think it’s finally safe to say that Peyton is back, and he’s giving both his Broncos and our Beatleteers a shot at the playoffs. As for trending downward, the Beatleteers CRUSHED QB at 29.38(even over Matt Ryan’s exceptional-for-anybody-else-but-average-for-him 42.78 points) and edged out RB by 3.20, Defense by 5. The Revenants took the other three categories(Kicker by 7, Flex by 6.30 and WR by 18.40(Demaryius Thomas always gets points when Peyton does))and just couldn’t muster up enough to overcome that QB deficit. The Beatleteers edged out one of the closest victories of the season to go 3-5(5-0 on the week), dropping the Revenants into a second-place tie with 4-4. It should be pointed out, however, that this two-game losing streak for the Revenants is a bit odd. The Revenants are 4-1 on each of these two weeks, and were matched up against the only team that could beat them each time. MVP: Clearly Matthew Stafford deserves MVP here. 352 yds(that alone is a 2-point bonus for clearing 300), 3 TD’s, 1 himself, and only 2 Sacks and 1 INT. The man was on fire.
Don’t Call It a Comeback!
Spectres – 204.14 [MVP: Patriots QB Tom Brady – 50.46]
Great Whites – 188.46 (L) [MVP: Bucanners RB Doug Martin – 53.90]
Point Spread – 15.68
135 Rushing Yds, 79 Receiving Yds, a Touchdown out of each, one of them 50+ yards, and Doug Martin leads the Bucs to a 36-17 win over the Vikings? The Great Whites opened this game with 80.60 points to the Spectres’ 27.70, and the game looked as if it was over before it started. But the Spectres refused to believe that. The Spectres still got Patriots over Rams, Steelers over Redskins, and Broncos over Saints, the three biggest games of the week. Out of that, they landed both QB’s in the top 6 for the week and had 4 of the top 8 RB’s(though they didn’t play the best two). In real-time, the game came down to Vernon Davis needing 21 points to make up the point deficit the Spectres had built, and he only put up 5.40 points. Trending downward, we have some huge differences here. Abysmal games by the Great Whites’ QB’s were a bit outdone by colossal games from the Spectres’ QB’s. Brady and Roethlisberger took Bradford and Rivers(what happened there?) by 51.28 POINTS, but then the Great Whites’ juggernaut Doug Martin(and some awfully unfortunate RB coaching by the Spectres) gave RB to the Great Whites by 39.80(Jamaal Charles had 6.50 points…), the Great Whites took WR by 23.30(thanks to Welker’s 10.80 point game), and the Spectres took Defense by 2, Kicker by 3, and Flex by 22.50(Matt Forte had 70 Rushing Yds and a TD). MVP: Tom Brady by a lot. 50.46 points doesn’t sound like a lot by Brady’s standards, but the only time he topped it this season was that gigantic win against the Bills. He put up 304 Passing Yds and 4 TD’s to crush the Rams in London, and easily sealed the victory for this struggling Spectres’ team. The Spectres are suddenly tied for second with 4-4(technically, they’ve scored more points than the Horsemen, so they’re in third), and give the Great Whites’ their second loss of the season, to even out the league and drop them to 6-2.
Week 8 MVP obviously needs to go to either the Beatleteers or the Spectres, and despite the RB Coaching, the Spectres take this one simply because they have made a statement. In Week 5, the Spectres were 1-4, and this three-game winning streak has just been topped off by taking down the #1 team in the League and catapulting them into third place. The Beatleteers coached -2.40, which is fantastic, and it moves them into first place Coach, but the Spectres had just a tiny bit more to prove.
So. Next week. Ohhhh next week. Standings will change. The 4-4 Horsemen come off the Ravens Bye Week(which cost them a W) and get the 4-4 Revenants in a Monday Night RB Showdown (Darren Sproles and LeSean Mccoy) to prove who’s more deserving of that number 2 spot.
This week’s MVP contenders face off without Defenses or Kickers on Patriots Bye Week, where the Spectres lose their best QB and WR and every matchup each team has could be classified as easy.
And the Stompers are full force against a three-player Bye Great Whites team that gets Arian Foster back. The Stompers look to make last week’s win into a streak, and the Great Whites seek a return to glory, and revenge for that sole loss in Week 4 to this same team.
The Byes this week are the Patriots, the Jets, the 49ers, and the Rams, and Thursday night’s game pits San Diego against Kansas City. Account for that in your decisions this week, and don’t forget that Friday of Week 11 is the Trade Deadline. So you have Weeks 9, 10, and 11 to work out trades if you want to do so(and if you can convince someone else to do so).
In case you don’t know where you stand, the Beatleteers, Revenants, and Horsemen each have one Add/Drop left, the Stompers have 2, the Spectres have 3, and the Great Whites all 4. The Beatleteers have 2 trades left, the Horsemen and Revenants each 3, and the Stompers, Spectres, and Great Whites have all 4.
PS Please make plans for December 30th, the final day of the two-week long Untitled Bowl(calling it the Super Bowl is confusing, I’m open to suggestions), so you can be in Shawnee that day to watch the afternoon games. There are no Sunday Night or Monday Night games that week, so our Bowl game will be over after the second round of afternoon games that day. Ask off work, plan accordingly, and show up! It wouldn’t be a Fantasy Bowl without every team there. After all, not sure how many of you know this, but there are consolation bowls too, so every team is still playing through the end(5th and 6th place will get a Bye on Week 15). So be there!
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