Week 12 Review

As week 12 ended, so did the regular season for The League. While The League begins the playoffs in week 13, Awesome has one more regular season matchup with playoffs beginning week 14. As we head into one of the playoffs and the last week of the other regular season, let’s look at the owner standings:

  1. Bush 7168.1
  2. Jacob 7007.7
  3. Wilrd 6714.8
  4. Corey 6692.2
  5. Colton 6133.5
  6. JJ 5761.9

As you can see, Bush still holds the lead he has held since Week 1. While Jacob has gained ground and Wilrd has done some winning recently to catch up, Bush still holds a fairly strong lead. The playoffs will be a crucial factor in the owner standings as the champ will get all his points and wins from the playoffs, second place will get half of their points and wins, and third place (the team that scores the most in the playoffs) will get all of their points. For the teams that do not place, there will be no owner ranking points in the playoffs, but considering the third place bonus it is important to continue to be active.  Based on a league okay, in the case of one of JJ’s teams reaching the playoffs (Don’t Stop), I will assume control of that team and set lineups *IF* JJ continues his leave of unexplained absence from the league. Since the playoffs are factored into owner points, I don’t want any one team to have an easy matchup just because a lineup was not set or an owner wasn’t active. On the same subject, I will consider this post a warning for said inactive owner. This is two weeks in a row without lineups set. The third will be a third strike and we will find a replacement owner for the redraft league. Obviously we don’t want it to be that way, but this is not the first time this has happened.  That’s all for the miscellaneous business portion of the review.

So with week 12 over, let’s look at final playoff seeding and the week 13/14 matchups for The League.

1. Reaper Crew vs. 4. High Noon

2. Brodown Showdown vs. 3. The Order of the Phoenix

I’ll be previewing these matchups in the weekly previews post. Remember in this league, the playoff matchups are two weeks long (Weeks 13/14 and 15/16). Once again, seeding is based on points scored in the regular season, not record.

Here are the projected matchups for Awesome after week 12. Playoff matchups will be set after week 13. These are arranged in bracket order.

1. Dirty Birds vs. 8. I Kill for Pleasure

4. I Got All Day vs. 5. They Call Me Warrior

3. I Am Man vs. 6. Don’t Stop Believing

2. Black Guy vs. 7. Wow You Suck

So since there was not a matchups preview for week 12 ( ya know, Orlando and stuff), I don’t have much to review here, but a few things around the league stuck out.

  • JJ not setting his lineups (again) and his teams combining for 311.3. With a little more activity, JJ would have some good teams and be higher in the owner rankings.
  • I’ve decided that Wilrd is the Tebow of our leagues. In the past 3 weeks his teams are 9-3, and one of those losses was to himself. This week, Lazy Frogs goes off and scores the most this season by a team in The League. That happens when your kicker scores 23.
  • Corey actually set his lineups this week and scored 293.9. His teams have been hot and cold this season, and this week was a cold one. I still think Wow is his best team, and they are scary as a 7 seed.
  • Coming into the Monday night game, Hooker had almost a 30 point lead over Dirty Birds. Birds had Brees and Moore and Hooker had Nicks. Call me biased, but I was expecting Hooker to pull that one out. But, with the way Bush’s season has gone, and continues to go, Brees and Moore combine for almost 56 points. All that to say this, Bush has to win that belt. The fates have decided.
  • Suck for Luck effing won this week. Hell yeah.

So that’s what I saw in week 12. See you here Thursday for the weekly preview (including playoff previews for the league).

 

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Week 11 Matchups

Week 10 has passed, and week 11 opens with Saint Tebow facing the Jets in a Thursday night matchup that I look forward to, and will most certainly be watching since I have NFL Network (real life humblebrag). Although I have to miss most of the games this weekend, since I will be occupied in Orlando (real life humblebrag), I  expect an interesting week as the playoff races, which I recapped in my tuesday column, come to a close. So here are the matchups for week 11.

Awesome:

They Call Me Warrior (5-5) vs. Dirty Pirate Hooker (3-7)

The shaft, indeed. With Warrior towards the top of the playoff seeding Hooker all but fully eliminated from the playoffs, this match has little to no bearing on the season aside from Warrior possibly sliding down a few seeds. Warrior will struggle with Vick and Maclin most likely out, and Arian on a bye. Hooker will be fielding the stronger lineup for this week,  so I am taking them as my upset special.

90-86 Hooker

Dirty Birds (5-5) vs. Don’t Stop Believing (6-4)

Dirty Birds’ season long reign on the top scoring spot looks to be coming to a close as Man has come within one point of Birds, and with Drew Brees out this week and some questionable WR, I expect that reign to end. Don’t Stop is once again fielding a struggling team, which I expect to end next week with Andre and maybe DMC returning. But this week, I’m taking Dirty Birds in a fairly low scoring match.

83-80 Dirty Birds

I Kill for Pleasure (4-6) vs. Wow You Suck (5-5)

Both of these teams, although coming off a loss, have been on a hot scoring streak recently. Both team’s RB have great matchups and their WR are fairly similar with Wow having the edge, so to decide this one I was looking at QB. I Kill will be starting a QB from the waiver wire, while Wow is starting Sanchez. I think the Sanchise could have a good game against the Broncos, so I’m taking Wow, fairly handily.

110-89 Wow

Team Black Guy (8-2) vs. True Grit (4-6)

Not too much stands out about this matchup. True Grit is a team that has had plenty of issues as of late and their scoring shows it. Black Guy has been a top 4 team most of the year thanks to the obvious fantasy MVP this year, Aaron Rodgers. This won’t be a pretty game, but I’ll take the team with A-Rod

85-76 Black Guy

I Got All Day (6-4) vs. Loser (4-6)

Everything went right for All Day last week as they scored over 140 points in a win and vaulted to the 3 seed. Loser has won two in a row against top 5 teams thanks to Reggie Bush coming out as a top 15 RB. While Loser has shown recently that it has some upset potential, All Day is for real and takes this one easily.

118-89 All Day

Black Crackers (4-6) vs. I Am Man (6-4)

Both teams enter this one off of a win, but I think Crackers’ win was regrettably more of a fluke, as they will continue their season-long struggle this week thanks to byes. Man has almost caught up to Birds for the one seed, and I expect them to overcome them this week. I’m taking Man here in a rout.

103-68 Man

 

The League

Multiple Scorgasms (4-6) vs. Suck for Luck (1-9)

Suck for Luck has done just that this year, and enters with a seven game losing streak, the longest this year. Scorgasms is coming off of two straight losses, and, although ESPN projections disagree, just has a stronger team than Luck. I like Luck to rebound some this week, but not enough for a win.

92-90 Scorgasms

Death Eaters (5-5) vs. Reaper Crew (7-3)

Another one gets the shaft here. Both teams are entering on a two game winning streak, and only one will leave with another win, and I think that team is…… Death Eaters. This game came down to the WR and Flex spots and I think Death Eaters is fielding the better players there. This is a bold pick, considering Reaper is the league’s top scoring team and both their RB have incredibly good matchups, but with Blount being no good win his team loses this year, and starting Jabar Gaffney, I think Reaper takes the L here. This one will be close though, and it is my game of the week.

106-103 Death Eaters

Trap Card (3-7) vs. Lazy Frogs (6-4)

Wilrd also gets the shaft this week (insert obligatory gay joke), especially with the win tear all his teams have been on lately. Neither team fields a noticeably impressive lineup here, but Trap Card does have the MVP. I’m taking Trap Card here thanks to the Mighty A-Rod at the helm.

91-84 Trap Card

Order of the Phoenix (8-2) vs. Favre Dollar Footlongs (5-5)

Footlongs is coming off a win, and Order is coming off of a close Monday night loss. The Order will likely be without it’s strongest players in Vick and Arian out. Footlong is fielding it’s full lineup and this could come down to how well McGahee plays. I’m taking Footlongs thanks to player woes for the Order.

106-90 Footlongs

Yes We Eh (4-6) vs. White Power (2-8)

Shaft. Both of these teams are coming in on losing streaks, and neither will field a great lineup here due to injuries and byes. Yes We Eh has the best thing going with a great WR trio. White Power has Tom Brady, but I’m not sure that even Tom can save them this week.

84-76 Yes We Eh

Brodown Showdown (7-3) vs. High Noon (8-2)

I am hereby declaring this week shaft week for the league. With 4/6 owners facing themselves, there could be some interesting shifts in owner points. Both of these teams have been winning teams all year and in the top 4 in scoring. Brodown has an impressive team after picking up Ray Rice prior to last week, and I’m not particularly fond of the lackluster group High Noon starts at WR so I am taking the Brodown here…. Why you disrespecting me bro?!

119-94 Brodown

That does it for week 11. I’ll be posting a late weekly review, if I post one at all, for week 11 since I will be out of town and predisposed Tuesday (real life humblebrag), so for all my loyal readers (both of you), check back next wednesday for a matchups/review combo special, if I do it… ya know, because of UNIVERSAL MF’n STUDIOS! xoxoxoxo

Week 10 Review

With week 10 in the books, the owner race has settled into a three-man race, unless one of the other owners makes a miraculous playoff run. Here’s how the standings look after Week 10:

  1. Bush 6075
  2. Jacob 5893.2
  3. Corey 5577.9
  4. Wilrd 5461
  5. Colton 5198.7
  6. JJ 4873.9
Bush holds strong at the top spot due to record, but his dominance in scoring has been compromised as Jacob surpasses him and Corey continues to gain ground on him.
With only 2-3 weeks of regular season matchups, we’re still in a race of shifting playoff seeding. Here is how the seeding and projected matchups for Awesome looks after week 10:
1. Dirty Birds vs. 8. Wow You Suck
4. Black Guy vs. 5. They Call Me Warrior
2. I Am Man vs. 7. I Kill for Pleasure
3. I Got All Day vs. 6. Don’t Stop Believing
For the League:
1. Reaper Crew vs. 4. High Noon
2. Order of the Phoenix vs. 3. Brodown Showdown
Here are some thoughts on week 10:
  1. The trade deadline is Nov. 23 at noon. So only another week and a half for any trades.
  2. Ogbonnaya proved me wrong against a horrid Rams run defense. He had a solid outing, and with Hillis ruled out for week 11, he’ll get another shot.
  3. Ryan Mathews was once again mediocre. He still seems to be hurt, and with Tolbert getting plenty of carries, Mathews’ value stays hurt for the time being.
  4. Julio Jones followed a mega game in week 9 with less than one point in week 10 due to an injury suffered in practice over the week. He should be back next week, but I’m not expecting more of the week 9 Julio.
  5. For the second straight week, Vick has his worst fantasy game of the season and reportedly broke his ribs. He may miss time, but I imagine the Eagles will want him back soon, especially since they face the Giants this week.
  6.  I went 6-6 in my picks this week thanks to some upsets. I felt good about my game of the week picks since both ended up as close games.
Check back Thursday for the week 11 preview.

Week 10 Matchups Preview

Week 10 is here and the regular season is coming to a finish. For the rest of the weekly previews, I will include a playoffs preview showing matchups, if the season were to end today. These are in order of the bracket format (1v8, 4v5, 2v7, 3v6)

For Awesome(8 teams, starting week 14):

1. The Dirty Birds vs. 8. I Kill for Pleasure

4.  Team Black Guy vs. 5. They Call Me Warrior

2. I Am Man vs. 7. Wow You Suck

3. Don’t Stop Believing vs. 6. I Got All Day

 

For the League (4 Teams, starting week 13)

1. Reaper Crew vs. 4. Team High Noon

2. Brodown Showdown vs. 3. The Order of the Phoenix

Here’s the weekly previews:

Awesome

Dirty Pirate Hooker (3-6) vs. Team Black Guy (7-2)

Black Guy is coming off a heartbreaking loss to a Julio Jones led Don’t Stop Believing in week 9. This year, Aaron Rodgers has been the most impactful fantasy player and manages to keep Black Guy close to or ahead of every team they face. Dirty Pirate Hooker looked to be on the right track, scoring 101.7 in a win against Black Crackers. Even with Tebow in full force, Black Guy will pull out the win here thanks to A-Rod, but it should be close.

101-95 Black Guy

True Grit (4-5) vs. Black Crackers (3-6)

Crackers is coming off a competitive loss, thanks to Ben Tate. They are at the bottom of the league in scoring and call me crazy, but I don’t believe this is the league’s worst team. True Grit is coming off a loss, and a game that put them out of the playoff picture for the first time this season. With a RB duo of Pierre Thomas and James Starks, and a marginally more impressive WR crew, I think True Grit continues to lose this week as Crackers gets Cam back in a nice matchup against the Titans.

94-78 Crackers

Wow You Suck (5-4) vs. I Got All Day (5-4)

Corey is one of two owners playing their own team in this league this week (which won’t happen next year). Wow enters with a two game win streak and All Day on a two game losing streak. These teams are very evenly matched and I could see them pulling an upset in the playoffs as mid to lower seeds. All Day has Chris Johnson, who looked slightly resurgent last week. If he can continue improving, a match against Carolina would make him a great start, and I like him this week. I’m taking All Day here, but in a close one. This is my game of the week.

113-104 All Day

Don’t Stop Believing (6-3) vs. They Call Me Warrior (4-5)

In a matchup of two top five teams that was my runner-up for game of the week, Warrior enters on a two game losing streak to face a Don’t Stop team that reemerged as an elite last week. While I like what Don’t Stop was able to do last week, I still think injuries and inconsistent starters will hold them back here. Warrior lost a heartbreaker last week as Vick and Forte had less than stellar weeks. In matchups against Arizona and Detroit respectively, I fully expect them to jump back this week and lead Warrior to a win.

119-104 Warrior

Team Loser (3-6) vs. Dirty Birds (5-4)

Loser is coming off a great week thanks to Rivers and Reggie Bush. Dirty Birds is coming off a loss, and their 5-4 record doesn’t match their league leading scoring. I may be wrong, but even against StL I think a 9.4 projection for Ogbonnaya is a bit much. He showed last week his ability, or lack thereof, as an NFL RB. Birds’ RB duo of Rice and Fred Jackson will continue to shine here, in a win over Loser.

112-80 Birds

 I Am Man (5-4) vs. I Kill for Pleasure (4-5)

I Kill enters this game on an impressive four game win streak. After some beneficial trades, I Kill has been excellent and is now the 8 seed for the playoffs thanks in part to Big Ben’s excellent play the past 3 weeks (leading QB scoring over that time). Man is coming off a win, and even though it lost a few games in a row, has remained a constant top 4 team this year. Thanks to some questionable RB situations for Man, I’m going with I Kill in my upset special.

104-97 I Kill

 

The League

Suck for Luck (1-8) vs. Brodown Showdown (6-3)

Suck for Luck, entering on a six game losing streak, is coming into a matchup that probably won’t help that streak. Brodown (formerly Doo Doo Legs) has remained the top team all season, until last week. Brodown doesn’t have a glaring weakness anywhere on its team, the same can’t be said for Luck. While I think Luck is rebounding, albeit slowly, they aren’t going to be able to keep up here.

114-99 Brodown Showdown

Favre Dollar Footlongs (4-5) vs. Multiple Scorgasms (4-5)

Corey is playing against himself in both leagues this week, and even Joe Pa would call the cops about the shaft Corey is getting this week. (Too soon?).Like in the other league, Corey’s teams are evenly matched and I had a hard time picking this game. This pick game down to the WR position, and I give Scorgasms the nod there. But this will be very close.

106-104 Scorgasms

Lazy Frogs (5-4) vs. Yes We Eh (4-5)

Both these teams are coming off of a week 9 loss. During the week, Frogs traded away Ray Rice so it will be interesting to see how that plays out for Frogs. Yes We Eh has an elite WR crew and Cam Newton, and thanks to that standout advantage, I will pick them here.

112-91 Yes We Eh

Reaper Crew (6-3) vs. Order of the Phoenix (8-1)

These are both excellent teams top to bottom, and their records and top 4 scoring show that. Order enters on a 6 game winning streak and they have been hard to stop. Reaper’s high scoring recently has climbed them to the top scoring spot in the league. It is hard to spot a weakness or discrimination on either team to help this pick, but I’m going with The Order here thanks to Michael Vick, whom I feel has a monster game against Arizona. (Disclaimer: Possible writer bias). This is my game of the week, and very possibly a championship matchup preview.

133-131 Order

White Power (2-7) vs. Death Eaters (4-5)

White Power enters this on a two game losing skid, and thanks to no depth at WR or RB, I expect that to continue this week. Death Eaters has been improving recently and thanks to Felix Jones’ injury, they’ll get another unchallenged start from Demarco Murray. I’m taking Death Eaters here.

104-84 Death Eaters

High Noon (8-1) vs. Trap Card (2-7)

Both teams come into this matchup off of a week 9 win. Thanks to a great $0 Antonio Brown pickup, I think Trap Card is an improving team. High Noon ‘s record is in large part thanks to Lesean McCoy’s top RB play this season. While I like the RBs for Noon, the WR duo is lackluster and inconsistent. Even with a weakness, High Noon is still an elite team, and should not have a problem this weak.

114-108 High Noon

 

That’s it for this week’s preview. Good luck to everyone in week 10, and check back Tuesday for the week 10 review.

Week 9 Review

With week 9 in the books, we are officially 9/16ths of the way through the season. As abnormal as this offseason was, the fantasy season has remained the same. There have been heartbreaks, there have been upsets, there have been crazy week, and there have been Sundays where JJ forgot to set his lineup. In the many ups and downs of a fantasy season, there has been one consistency this year, Bush’s dominance in the race for the owner belt. So far the standings are:

  1. Bush 5650.18
  2. Jacob 5191.84
  3. Corey 4967.68
  4. Colton 4771.46
  5. Wilrd 4691.82
  6. JJ 4521.6
Although the margin was decreased in week 9, Bush still holds a solid lead over the second place owner, and still is on pace for the most playoff entries with 4.
Here are my thoughts on week 9:
  1. Since this is obviously the most prevalent thought on my mind, I will address it first. Vick was halted by the Bears D last night and managed less than 10 fantasy points for the first time with the Eagles in a game that he has finished. The Bears had him contained in the pocket most of the night, and the Eagles play calling only helped that by using Vick mostly as a pocket passer with only 3 designed runs.
  2. Chris Ogbonnaya is terrible. With Hillis possibly out more time, and even suspected to go to the IR, Ogbonnaya will get his shot, but he proved last week that there was a reason he didn’t make the team in Houston. Cleveland also has Thomas Clayton, a four year NFL veteran with 17 total yards, so it will be interesting to see if they get him more involved. Either way, I’m staying away.
  3. Willis McGahee seemed to do okay with only one hand, much to Corey’s dismay as he was benched in both leagues since the Broncos listed him as questionable. There was nothing questionable about his performance against the Raiders as McGahee rushed for 163 yards and 2 td. With Tebow as the starter (however long that lasts), I see McGahee as a top 12 RB and UGA alum Knowshon Moreno as a no show.
  4. I really hope the Colts trade Peyton Manning if they go 0-16. Them takingcLuck and benching him to “learn” behind Manning for 4-5 years is my worst nightmare.
  5. Don’t Stop Believing scored 125 points, in large part due to Julio Jones’ monster game, on a week they were missing most of their starters due to bye or injuries. While I do not think that is the norm from Julio, I do think this team is a very good playoff team once McFadden, Andre, and Best return.
  6. I said to a few people early in the season that I thought Bush would win the belt, and I am sticking to that prediction, but it is nice to see that it is going to be at least some semblance of a competition so that the playoffs matter.
  7. The trade deadline for both leagues is Wednesday November 23 at noon, so if you’re unhappy with your team, you have two weeks from tomorrow to fix that.
  8. After going 6-6 in my picks in week 8, I went 8-4 this week. My worst pick of the week was taking Warrior over Loser. Silly me. Honorable mention to Don’t Stop Believing here as they overcome the once feared Black Guy defense.
Check here Thursday for the weekly matchups preview.

Week 9 Matchups Preview

Week 9, already. There are only 5 weeks left in Awesome’s regular season and 4 weeks left in The League’s, s,o I feel this is an appropriate time to remind everyone of the playoff format of each league and preview some possible matchups. In Awesome, the playoffs start week 14 and there are 8 playoff teams. Matchups are one week long, with the championship taking place on week 16. We voted at the draft about playoff seeding, and the seeding will be based on points scored, as opposed to record, so the top 8 scoring teams advance to the playoffs. In The League, only 4 teams go to the playoffs and the playoffs start in week 13. The matchups will be two weeks long, instead of one, with the championship in week 16. Just like in Awesome, points scored determine seeding so the top 4 teams advance.

Awesome current projected playoff seeding

  1. Dirty Birds
  2. They Call Me Warrior
  3. I Am Man
  4. Black Guy
  5. I Got All Day
  6. Don’t Stop Believing
  7. Wow You Suck
  8. True Grit
The League current projected playoff seeding
  1. Bush’s Brodown Showdown
  2. Reaper Crew
  3. The Order of the Phoenix
  4. High Noon
So comment with any questions/concerns. Without further ado, here are the week 9 matchup previews.

Atlanta Black Crackers (3-5) vs. Dirty Pirate Hooker (2-6)

This matchup features two teams trending in opposite directions. Crackers have won their last two, while Hooker has lost 6 straight. Much of Crackers recent success has been on Cam Newton’s shoulders, and with Cam on bye this week, Crackers will struggle at the QB position. Hooker has Michael Turner in a very nice matchup against Indy coming off the bye, so I expect a big game from Turner to carry Hooker to a win.

88-75 Hooker

I Kill for Pleasure (3-5) vs. True Grit (4-4)

With both of these teams entering on a three game win streak, someone will have to end the other’s streak. I Kill’s RB2 spot doesn’t look very sexy with MJD on a bye, his options will be fairly slim and very ugly. True Grit’s RB position doesn’t look much better right now, but Grit has Boldin. Boldin has at least 10 points in his past three games and he’s facing Pitt. He had 74 and a td in week one when they played. Thanks to some rough matchups and byes for I Kill, I like True Grit to continue their streak in a close game.

86-80 True Grit

The Dirty Birds (5-3) vs. Wow You Suck (4-4)

Two top 7 teams face off here, both coming off of a win. The Dirty Birds have been the highest scoring team since week 1, but with some very inconsistent WR play and a hit or miss TE, I expect them to struggle here. Wow is a team that has just recently hit its stride, and with Frank Gore playing at such a high level, I expect Wow to win again this week and this matchup is my game of the week.

108-101 Wow

They Call Me Warrior (4-4) vs. Team Loser (2-6)

Warrior’s record doesn’t show it, but they have been on a hot scoring streak the past 4 weeks. Alternatively, Loser has lost in 4 straight weeks. ESPN’s projection for this matchup is an impressive 142.1-78.5 in Warrior’s favor. Loser is starting Matt Ryan at QB. I expect Ryan to rebound in the second half of the season, starting with this game, but that won’t help Loser through this one.

128-72 Warrior

Team Black Guy (7-1) vs. Don’t Stop Believing (5-3)

Based solely on record, these teams are the division leader, but neither of these teams is playing at their best this week. Black Guy will be missing Megatron with a bye and probably Bradshaw with a foot injury. Don’t Stop is missing DMC and Andre Johnson with injuries and Stafford is on bye, even though Eli vs. NE will make a solid replacement. Black Guy has faced a league low 78 points per game. That is 14 points below the league average. Call it defense or luck, it happens. Don’t Stop is a team I expect to play strong in the playoffs, but they will struggle this week against the daunted Black Guy defense.

86-69 Black Guy

All Day (5-3) vs. I Am Man (4-4)

After week 5, I Am Man traded away Adrian Peterson and Willis McGahee to All Day. Since that trade, I Am Man is 0-3 and All Day is 1-2. Neither team has benefited yet. Lucky for I Am Man, they face I Got All Day on the week that they do not have All Day, thanks to a bye week. Man is putting out the stronger lineup this week, and thank to some solid play from their elite WR core, I expect them to win this one.

106-94 Man

 

The League

Activated Trap Card (1-7) vs. Suck for Luck (1-7)

In this year’s Toilet Bowl, two 1-7 teams enter to do battle, both on a five game losing streak. Suck for Luck has no player to get too excited about, but Gates does seem to be fully back so at least there are the beginnings of something consistent for this team. Trap Card has AAARRROOONNN RRROOODDDGGGEEERRRSSS, and that helped this pick.

84-76 Trap Card.

Bush’s Brodown Showdown (5-3) vs. Favre Dollar Footlongs (4-4)

Brodown has to play this matchup without it’s RB and WR1 in MJD and Megatron. Footlongs is missing Stafford, but Fitzpatrick should be a fairly suitable replacement. Sadly for Bush, Matt Forte is facing a poor Eagle’s run D this week, so I expect a huge game to push Footlongs to a win, and to the favorite for the 4th playoff seed.

109-88 Footlongs

Death Eaters (3-5) vs. Lazy Frogs (5-3)

Death Eaters is back to almost full force as Roddy and Turner return from byes, but Bradshaw is questionable with a foot injury for Sunday. Lazy Frogs will probably still be missing Andre this week and is hoping to catch lighting in a bottle with another 3 td game from Plaxico. Lazy Frogs will struggle to score enough to keep up with Death Eaters, so this is my upset special.

98-78 Death Eaters

The Order of the Phoenix (7-1) vs. White Power (2-6)

The Order has won 5 straight games, and with their full lineup back this week, that streak should be safe. White Power lost last week, and thanks to injuries and byes, will have a hard time keeping up with one of the top 3 teams in the league.

107-74 Order

Multiple Scorgasms (4-4) vs. Reaper Crew (5-3)

Reaper Crew is currently the number two scoring team in the league, thanks to a big season from F Jax and AP. They’re missing AP due to a bye, but will be getting Blount back from missing a few weeks due to injuries. Phillip Rivers, who hasn’t played well all season and thus leads the NFL in turnovers, will be facing GB in week 9 so that doesn’t bode well for Scorgasm’s starting QB. I think Reaper Crew pulls this one out, these teams will keep it close, though.

111-104 Reaper Crew

Yes We Eh (4-4) vs. High Noon (7-1)

Both teams enter this game coming off of wins. Yes We Eh will be without possible fantasy MVP Cam Newton, and his sidekick Steve Smith. High Noon doesn’t look great at the WR spot, but its QB, RB, and TE make up for that, and will lead them to a win over a weakened Yes We Eh.

108-74 High Noon

Good luck in week 9, ladies.

Week 8 Review

Week 8 is over, which means we are halfway through this magical fantasy football season. At this point, the race is shaping up for the owner belt, and with the trading deadline of November 23, the teams are almost in their final form. Here are this week’s owner standings.

  1. Bush  5128.8
  2. Corey 4581.84
  3. Jacob 4370.4
  4. Colton 4209.28
  5. Wilrd 4167.7
  6. JJ 4100.48
As you can see, thanks to a dominating lead in the records category and a solid lead in points, Bush remains at the top for the eighth week in a row. At this point, I see it as a one person race and it is Bush’s to lose. Bush is on pace to have all 4 teams in the playoffs, and is the only owner on this pace so that increases his odds in the playoff category. Bush will have a tough time not finishing strong this season with the way his rosters have been playing.
Week 8 Quick Hits
  • With a Montario Hardesty injury, Peyton Hillis will have an opportunity to come back in a big way next week after missing most of October with a hamstring injury. But thanks to the injury, Chris Ogbonnaya should be a waiver pickup this week, on the off chance he starts for Cleveland in week 9.
  • After 6 solid weeks, we may have written off last year’s injury prone Ryan Mathews. With an injury in his second straight game, I’m afraid this may just be Ryan Mathews. Tolbert should be back from injury this week after missing the game at KC, and if Mathews out Tolbert is a great play.
  • After some solid trades, I Kill for Pleasure is one of the teams on the way up. With Fred Davis coming out strong and looking like a top 5 TE, and solid performances from a strong RB duo in S Jax and MJD, this team should continue to improve.
  • After starting the season very strong, Don’t Stop Believing has seen a decline the past few weeks. With Stafford having some off weeks, Andre Johnson missing time, and recent injuries to Best, Ingram, and McFadden, I think this team still has time to improve when those players return healthy.
Weekly Matchups Preview in Review
After going 8-4 in week 7, I went 6-6 this week. What was I thinking taking Loser in the upset over Black Guy? First, we all know Wilrd’s teams play stellar defense and this week is no exception as Black Guy continues its reign as the team who has allowed the least points this year, accounting for a 7-1 record. White Power let me down, scoring a meager 41.5 against Scorgasms when I projected a 11 point victory by White Power. I blame that on Thomas and Ingram injuries that I hadn’t accounted for on Tuesday, and JJ not picking up a replacement defense or kicker. I know it’s hard to let go of that 22nd ranked Falcons D, JJ, but you’re letting me down here man. My most successful, and self-motivated pick of the week was taking The Order of the Phoenix over Lazy Frogs in a battle of solid teams. Great Success.
Check back here on Thursday for the weekly matchups preview.