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Week 13 Preview – Playoffs or bust

28 Nov

Week 13 Preview

There’s a lot at stake in week 13. The playoff picture is finally coming into focus with 5 teams realistically competing for the remaining 3 playoff spots with Lumpalicious having already secured a position. One more win will lock the Lumps into the number 1 seed. For the leaders it’s pretty simple. Continue to win and you’re in. The Peckers can lock this week with a win, no help needed. BMJ or Dutch Mafia can lock with a win and losses by both Ca$h Money and Hurricane Ditka. Ca$h can’t lock this week, but controls his own destiny if he wins out and in the process puts a 6th loss on Dutch Mafia thus forcing a points tie-breaker. This will be my most watched race (after my own). Hurricane Ditka is the longshot needing both to win out and getting some major help (outlined below) since a points tiebreaker is out of reach.

Win out AND;

BMJ or DM to lose two AND Ca$h Money to lose one

or BMJ AND DM to lose two

or DM lose AND Ca$h Money/DM tie in week 14

Game Previews

GOTW #1

Atomic Peckers vs. Hurricane Ditka

There are major playoff implications at stake for both squads in this GOTW. While securing a playoff berth seems to be more of a formality than anything for the Peckers, Hurricane Ditka is scratching and clawing to stay alive in the hunt. The Peckers trot out the name brand lineup with Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, and Adrian Peterson. At first blush this looks like a one-sided affair, but I think there is upset potential here. None of the Pecker receivers have been particularly effective lately and the lack of a backup for Shady McCoy leaves a gaping hole on the Pecker roster. If Hurricane Ditka can conjure some more Doug Martin and Colin Kaepernick magic this weekend then we might just add a little more intrigue to the playoff picture…but I don’t think so…Peckers by 15.

Dutch Mafia vs. Dead Meat 1

Dutch Mafia is steaming coming off a tough loss last week against Bad Mamma Jammas. The playoff hopes are still burning brightly, but this week’s opponent is not one to take lightly. Matt Schaub has come on lately with the Texans defense suddenly floundering and Ray Rice is always dangerous. Both sides have plus matchups this weekend especially Matty Ice taking on the Saints in a Thursday night shootout. I would like to say that this one stays close, but I actually think 90 points is a low water mark for Dutch Mafia and Dead Meat will have trouble matching that. Dutch Mafia moves one step closer to punching the playoff ticket.

Apocalyptic Apostles vs. Vote Dem

This one is for pride and a shot to get into the consolation bracket. It’s been a disappointing season for both clubs as key players struggle at crucial points of the season. Both teams have some explosive playmakers, most notably Calvin Johnson, C.J. Spiller, and Trent Richardson. The Apostles are going to be leaning heavily on Detroit this weekend and Matthew Stafford’s arm. You know you’re in a pickle if that’s the plan. Vote Dem on the other hand has some playmakers at every level (and finally got on the Marcel Reese bandwagon). I think Eli is over the “tired arm” and going against a bottom feeder pass defense. Given all the plus matchups I think Vote Dem wins this one rather easily and keeps some incredibly slim playoff hopes alive.

GOTW #2

Lumpalicious vs. OD

This one isn’t a GOTW due to the matchup or playoff implications since Lumpalicious has already locked up a spot. This GOTW is all about records – namely single season records for best record, most points, and most 100-point games. Lumpalicious is in line to make a run at all three. The current single season record for wins is 12-2 set by Cold Jerky in 2011. Most points 1588 by Operation Domination in 2007. Most 100-point games at 10 by Bad Mamma Jammas in 2007. The record for most points will be the most difficult to attain since it will require an average of 131 points scored over the last two weeks. Lumpalicious has some tough matchups this week which could derail a chance at all three. I’m picking Operation Domination in the upset of the week in a close one.

Bad Mamma Jammas vs. Cold Jerky

This game boasts the largest point spread of the week as Bad Mamma Jammas come in hot off a 146 point outing against Dutch Mafia. Cold Jerky has had a very up and down season and the DeSean Jackson isn’t going to help matters much. This week is a mismatch and I don’t expect this one to go much different than advertised. The biggest story from this matchup will be whether or not BMJ can stay on track to tie the record for most 100-point games along with Lumpalicious.

Dead Meat 2 vs. Ca$h Money

If Ca$h is going to make the playoffs this is one he will have to have. Dead Meat 2 has been reeling as of late so it’s for Ca$h to take care of business. Ca$h will once again have a questionable Percy Harvin and he draws some tougher matchups for CJ2K and Brandon Marshall. Even so Dead Meat 2 doesn’t have much to counter back with even worse matchups for Shonn Greene, Steven Jackson, and Sidney Rice. There’s always the possibility this could be a close one, but I think Ca$h stays alive for a playoff berth.

Ginger of the Week

Laura Prepon of That 70’s Show fame and also nominated as one of the top 13 sexiest female scientologists.

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Week 12 Recap – It’s go time

27 Nov

Game Recaps

Lumpalicious (10-2) vs. Atomic Peckers (8-4) – 117-62

12 weeks into the season and I’m still amazed that Lumpalicious is pulling productive players off the waiver wire. The eye for talent and willingness to take a chance panned out with Justin Blackmon’s 13 points this week. It’s definitely one of the reason’s the Lumps are coasting into the playoffs. On the other side of the ball, the Peckers have put things on full on cruise control. Things might look like a lock, but I would still put your best foot forward until that asterisk is on the board. I do like that Pierre Garcon looks like he is finally back and if Gronk can heal quickly he may still be an asset in week 15 or 16.

 Dutch Mafia (7-5) vs. Bad Mamma Jammas (7-5) – 146-93

In two meetings this year, Bad Mamma Jammas has defeated Dutch Mafia with an average margin of victory of 49 points. This is quite misleading as Dutch Mafia was without a couple of studs in the first matchup and left some much needed points on the bench in the other. Losing while scoring 93 and 91 points in each of those games emphasizes how difficult it will be to win in the playoffs this season.

Ca$h Money (6-6) vs. Vote Dem (5-7) – 108-96

This was the swing game of the week. Both teams were desperate for a win to stay in the hunt. Megatron and T-Rich continue to pay dividends for Vote Dem, but the lack of a number two running back looks like it might have cost VD a shot at the playoffs. Ca$h Money gets back to .500 for the second time this year. The move for RGIII is the key to making a late season run. As the schedule stands right now, Ca$h can make the playoffs by winning out and getting the tie-breaker over Dutch Mafia (who he plays in the pivotal rivalry week).

Apocalyptic Apostles (4-8) vs. The Good Team (5-7) – 70-76

This was a case of uninspired football by the Apostles as team while Mr. Roboto keeps a nice little win streak going.

Cold Jerky (5-7) vs. Dead Meat 2 (5-7) – 88-72

The roller coaster season continues for Cold Jerky going from a 5-game losing streak to winning 4 of the last 5. Getting to the consolation bracket would be a nice achievement as the Jerks continue to get past an unlucky streak of injuries but still finds some nice talent on the bench. If Greg Jennings can get back on the field it would be a nice boost.

Hurricane Ditka (6-6) vs. Operation Dominaion (4-8) – 93-85

Usually we’re talking about OD come this time of year, but this week’s loss drops OD to the tier of irrelevance (Sorry, but you’ve already got your 3 championships so don’t take it too hard). This year’s drama belongs to Hurricane Ditka. Left for dead weeks ago, Hurricane Ditka has now moved into 6th place overall. It could be the story of the year going from sell-off to playoff dark horse. While this would be amazing it still falls into the realm of improbable. With the current points disadvantage, Ditka will need to win out and get a lot of help. It would take a combination of at least two of the following scenarios: Bad Mamma Jammas loses two in a row, Dutch Mafia drops his remaining two, or Ca$h Money drops one game. We’ll see what happens.

The resurgence continues…

Week 12 All-NGC Team

QB – Tom Brady – 38 – Bad Mamma Jammas

WR – Andre Johnson – 25 – Lumpalicious

WR – Dez Bryant – 25 – Bad Mamma Jammas

WR – Calvin Johnson – 22 – Vote Dem

RB – Arian Foster – 25 – Bad Mamma Jammas

RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 20 – Cold Jerky

TE – Owen Daniels – 8 – The Good Team

K – Shayne Graham – 11 – Ca$h Money

DEF – New England – 25 – Lumpalicious

Week 12 Power of Light Rankings

  1. Lumpalicious (10-2) – On track for a record setting season.
  2. Bad Mamma Jammas (7-5) – Starting to finally click.
  3. Atomic Peckers (8-4) – About time to take things off cruise control.
  4. Ca$h Money (6-6) – Up off the mat for the second time this season.
  5. Dutch Mafia (7-5) – Two weeks to take care of business.
  6. Operation Domination (4-8) – A disappointing season to say the least.
  7. Vote Dem (5-7) – It’s going to take a lot to get back in it.
  8. The Good Team (5-7) – A good win nonetheless.
  9. Cold Jerky (5-7) – Injuries finally catching up.
  10. Hurricane Ditka (6-6) – Playoff hopes?
  11. Apocalyptic Apostles (4-8) – Sad, just sad.
  12. Bacon Factory (5-7) – The roster sure looks like it could perform better.

 

Week 10 Recap – Ugly all around

14 Nov

This was probably one of the sloppiest weeks of fantasy football we have had thus far. I’m not sure how much of this had to do with the Yahoo! site outage this weekend, but there were multiple lineups that either left open roster spots or kept their studs on the bench. Let’s try to clean it up a little bit going forward. Now on to the games.

Game Recaps

Lumpalicious (8-2) vs. Operation Domination (4-6) – 92-77

Earlier in the year this would have had the makings of a playoff preview, but it turned out to be a passing of the torch game. Demarco Murray’s foot injury has plagued this backfield and losing Alfred Morris to a bye was no help whatsoever. The entire week fell on Drew Brees’ shoulders to win and even with a strong performance against the Falcons it was just too much to overcome against a rolling Lumpalicous squad. Lumpalicious didn’t miss a beat with bye week sub Ryan Fitzpatrick. Lumpalicious sports one of the only “homegrown” lineups in the playoff hunt as the remaining contenders traded their draft picks and souls for a shot at fantasy glory.

Dutch Mafia (6-4) vs. Atomic Peckers (7-3) – 152-101

The Dutch have now placed themselves squarely in the championship discussion as Graham puts up numbers worthy of a first round pick and Nicks proves to be serviceable for this week. Dutch Mafia has made the right moves when it mattered and slides into 4th place in the standings. This weekend’s scoring explosion would have been enough to win even if Peck had bothered to set a full lineup. I guess when you go into the week with only 2 losses there isn’t much motivation to actually worry about filling bye weeks and I’m sure Gronk could use the extra rest. Still, the Peckers score over 100 points even with the two goose eggs. Just think what kind of team this would be at full strength.

Bad Mamma Jammas (6-4) vs. Bacon Factory (4-6) – 125-60

BMJ = Good. Bacon Factory = Bad. Move along.

Apocalyptic Apostles (4-6) vs. Ca$h Money (5-5) – 100-73

Oops. This is the type of loss that can ruin playoff aspirations. Ca$h Money came in riding a three game win streak which was halted as Matthew Stafford finally returned to form and Vick finally succumbed to injury. This is reason number one why you can’t take any week or team for granted. Leaving a resurgent Chris Johnson on the bench certainly didn’t help either. The Apostles continue to extract every ounce of talent out of this lineup. Sure some of the name guys have left, but the remaining players are the type of blue collar contributors that make this a dangerous opponent. I’ll forgive benching the Texans against the Bears since none of us really want to root against our real life interests. This team only gets better with Spiller again assuming the full-time role in Buffalo.

Vote Dem (5-5) vs. Cold Jerky (3-7) – 96-60

Eli Manning is looking like a dumpster fire right now. Luckily Vote Dem is bailed out by huge days from Tony Gonzalez and Calvin Johnson (it also hopes to be playing the Jerks). An early season favorite, Vote Dem has struggled as of late and now falls a game back in the playoff race. Bye weeks continue to be an issue with Eli and Cruz taking the week off (though both could definitely use it), but having Hurricane Ditka up next can solve that conundrum.

The Good Team (3-7) vs. Hurricane Ditka (4-6) – 51-81

I guess someone had to win this one which is very disappointing for Hurricane Ditka as they attempt to race to the bottom of the standings. If you really want the number one pick you’ll have to do better (worse?) than that. Maybe try benching Doug Martin in addition to your defense.

You know who’s worth a 1st round pick…this guy.

Week 10 All-NGC Team

QB – Matt Ryan – 38 – Dutch Mafia

WR – Calvin Johnson – 30 – Vote Dem – Finally

WR – Torrey Smith – 18 – Dutch Mafia

WR – Golden Tate – 17 – Atomic Peckers – Really, Peck?

RB – Adrian Peterson – 32 – Atomic Peckers

RB – Fred Jackson – 20 – Hurricane Ditka – Add this production onto C.J. Spiller’s ridiculous YPC average going forward and you have a top-5 back.

TE – Jimmy Graham – 28 – Dutch Mafia

K – Blair Walsh – 15 – Lumpalicious

DEF – Denver – 26 – Dutch Mafia

Week 10 Power of Light Rankings

  1. Lumpalicious (8-2) – Firmly in control. One of three teams to break 1,000 points on the season.
  2. Atomic Peckers (7-3) – I’m still amazed you can score 100 points without setting a lineup.
  3. Bad Mamma Jammas (6-4) – The points are just as important as the wins since this one could come down to a tie-breaker
  4. Dutch Mafia (6-4) – Big points and a Ca$h Money loss helps the Dutch slide up the rankings.
  5. Operation Domination (4-6) – The slide continues.
  6. Ca$h Money (5-5) – One more of these losses and we’re looking at a TKO.
  7. Vote Dem (5-5) – Maybe a little run here gets you back in the hunt.
  8. Apocalyptic Apostles (4-6) – Do you relish the spoiler role or reject it?
  9. Hurricane Ditka (4-6) – Just so you know, it’s customary to activate your defense after you pick them up.
  10. Cold Jerky (3-7) – Big letdown after last week’s upset.
  11. From Parts Unknown (3-7) – And that should about do it for this year.
  12. Bacon Factory (5-5) – Not a good effort. Not at all.

Week 9 Recap – Finally finished counting Doug Martin’s points

9 Nov

Game Recaps

Lumpalicious (7-2) vs. Vote Dem (4-5) – 102-90

Vote Dem is in trouble now having last his last two and falling below .500 for the first time this year. Early season expectations were high, but injuries and a regression of Eli Manning have cost this team dearly. There is still hope as the Bears D continues to build a nice floor for the team and Calvin Johnson is turning the corner (though he is nicked up as well). Lumpalicious on the other hand continues to roll right along. The 7-2 record should put this team in a virtual lock for the playoffs and it is time for this team to start planning for the long-term. The biggest surprise for Lumpalicious has been the continued high level of play from his WR’s. Perennial whack-a-mole Vincent Jackson has been surprisingly consistent as Freeman’s number one target and is on pace for 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. Picking up the perennially underrated Marques Colston has been another boon for the offense. RB will be a question mark as Ryan Mathews has failed to live up to expectations as a potential top-10 talent in a high volume role. Instead he’s splitting time with Jackie Battle and Ronnie Brown.

Dutch Mafia (5-4) vs. Atomic Peckers (7-2) – 85-128

Overall Dutch Mafia was very disappointing this week. The Jordy Nelson game-time decision/ankle roll hurt the Dutch, but not as much as Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, and Golden Tate!?!? going off this week. I really think Peck knows something the rest of us don’t when it comes to putting in the right WR3. I’m very interested to see if he can carry it through to the end. There is certainly enough talent at the other roster spots to offset any deficiency. Better yet I would like to see him just empty the slot for the rest of the year.

Bad Mamma Jammas (5-4) vs. Ca$h Money (5-4) – 106-110

This turned out to be the game of the week. Ca$h Money flew out to a quick lead on the backs of Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Chris “One good run” Johnson. It was truly enough to make it look like this one would be over early, but not so fast my friend. Bad Mamma Jammas chipped away at the lead 1 and 2 points at a time while Ca$h’s Minnesota Viking investment came up short. This left a 14 point deficit for Sunday night with Julio Jones and Matt Bryant against Michael Turner. The field goal fest and a couple of long passes to Jones eventually gave BMJ a one point lead until Turner ripped off a long run (as expected he was caught from behind) and eventual score (from 5 yards out which is more his style). A few more long Jones passes and a couple Bryant field goals and here we were 3 points down with 5 minutes left in the game. Falcons moved the ball into field goal range through passing and a tie seemed almost inevitable, but then a swing pass to Jacquizz Rodgers for a 1st down and a couple chances for Turner to get a few yards, reach 100, and get the 2 point yardage bonus for the lock. A crazy Sunday if there ever was one and now a crazy season with Ca$h Money moving up into the 4th playoff slot.

Operation Domination (4-5) vs. Bacon Factory (5-4) – 72-89

Plenty of single digit fantasy performances to go around in this one. If not for some strong play from the San Diego defense on one side and Randall Cobb on the other we could have been looking at some sort of 75-65 game. Things have really started to go downhill for Operation Domination. Coincidentally it was the trade for Jamaal Charles that seems to have cemented the doom for OD as Decker has gone off and Michael Turner has been at least better than J-Mail from a consistently standpoint. Another good reason not to judge a trade too soon as it really looks like that one is going Ca$h Money’s way. There is now the very strong possibility a fresh champ will be crowned.

Apocalyptic Apostles (3-6) vs. Hurricane Ditka (3-6) – 71-133

Somebody needs to tell Doug Martin that his fantasy team has mailed it in this season. The Muscle Hamster has single-handedly lifted the ‘Canes into a two-game winning streak. There may not be a better back to own for the rest of the season than Doug Martin. The 58 points that Doug Martin put up this week ranks 3rd overall in all-time fantasy scoring. You’ll definitely see this guy in the front half of fantasy drafts next season. There’s nothing to say about the Apostles other than they have been victimized by huge outputs the last two weeks from a couple of teams that were supposed to be racing to the bottom. Those two losses cost the Apostles the season and necessitated entering into rebuilding mode.

The Good Team (3-6) vs. Cold Jerky (3-6) – 91-101

The Raiders are not good this year and that usually bodes well for the passing game, but 40 points is some serious output from Carson Palmer. Carson has quietly had a very nice fantasy season in keeping pace with guys like Eli and Stafford while moving ahead of the much higher drafted Michael Vick, Cam Newton, and Tony Romo in overall fantasy points. A soft second half schedule should keep that ball rolling. Unfortunately, Palmer’s huge game put the dagger in the heart of the Good Team. The roster for the Good Team actually came together as a competitive squad albeit about a week too late.

The Raiders defense; assisting both Doug Martin and Carson Palmer have semi-useful fantasy days.

Week 9 All-NGC Team

QB – Carson Palmer – 40 – Cold Jerky

WR – Brandon Marshall – 32 – Ca$h Money

WR – Eric Decker – 21 – Ca$h Money

WR – DeSean Jackson – 18 – Cold Jerky

RB – Muscle Hamster – 58 – Hurricane Ditka

RB – Adrian Peterson – 38 – Atomic Peckers

TE – Owen Daniels – 12 – From Parts Unknown

K – Robbie Gould – 16 – Hurricane Ditka

DEF – Chicago – 27 – Vote Dem

Week 9 Power of Light Rankings

  1. Lumpalicious (7-2) – This looks like it will finally be the year for the Lumps.
  2. Atomic Peckers (7-2) – The weekly output of this team continues to amaze me, but that’s what happens with two of the top-5 RB’s.
  3. Bad Mamma Jammas (5-4) – There is no room for moral victories even with a solid output in a losing effort.
  4. Operation Domination (4-5) – That was just ugly, but still only one game out of the hunt.
  5. Ca$h Money (5-4) – Ca$h makes the biggest jump in the rankings moving up from 8th on another strong WR performance.
  6. Vote Dem (4-5) – Playoff hopes slipping. This week will be a must win with Cruz/Manning hitting the bye next week.
  7. Dutch Mafia (5-4) – Two weeks without Jordy and two weeks against the Peckers. This is not good.
  8. Cold Jerky (3-6) – It’s going to take some more Carson Palmer magic to play spoiler.
  9. From Parts Unknown (3-6) – There was actually a good team here and only two games back for a playoff spot may have been improbable, but not necessarily impossible.
  10. Apocalyptic Apostles (3-6) – The funny thing is that there is still a somewhat competitive team here even after the sell off.
  11. Hurricane Ditka (3-6) – Too bad it’s not a keeper league because that Doug Martin kid is pretty good. Maybe you can pick him up again next year (though it won’t be in the 4th round and maybe not even the 4th pick).
  12. Bacon Factory (5-4) – Last place in scoring, number 6 in the standings.

KC – You’re on the clock

2 Nov

   

Week 8 Recap – Put up or shut up

30 Oct

If that ain’t one sexy ‘stache then I don’t know what is.

When your response to the question about why Jamaal Charles only got 5 carries is “Now, that I’m not exactly sure either,” it’s time for a change. Romeo obviously doesn’t have the chops to be head coach in the NFL and we are looking at full scale overall of the Chief’s front office and coaching staff this offseason, if not sooner. The same might be said for the perennially underachieving San Diego Chargers as these two sad franchises square off this Thursday night. Both teams has struggled this year, but the fact that San Diego seems to do it with some much more talent is a real head-scratcher. Both Norv Turner and A.J. Smith have done a great job wasting the careers of the players doomed to suffer the mismanagement of that franchise. The biggest question coming out of this Thursday’s matchup is certainly going to be which coach gets fired if they lose. I’d say put your money on Romeo if you have a pool for these types of things.

 

Game Recaps

Bad Mamma Jammas (5-3) vs. Dutch Mafia (5-3) – 136-91

Dutch Mafia runs into a buzz saw this week as Bad Mamma Jammas finally breaks through with a blockbuster game. The trade for Matty Ice pays big dividends to DM with 3 TD’s, but Tom Brady isn’t one to be outplayed and passes for 300 yards and 4 TD’s in 3 ½ quarters of work. Titus Young scores the highest WR of Week 8, but Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas both break out for 120+ yards and a TD. Sometimes there just isn’t anything you can do when the game goes punch and counter-punch. Both teams are well positioned for the remainder of the season with most of their major players through bye weeks. Dutch Mafia gets back A.J. Green and Torrey Smith so the meeting of these two teams again in Week 12 should be even closer. It could also be a deciding matchup to determine who is in and who is out of the playoff race.

Operation Domination (4-4) vs. Atomic Peckers (6-2) – 69-147

Wow. Just wow. It’s time to stop waiting for the wheels to come off. The Peckers are for real and may be the best team no one is talking about. Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson are both leading candidates for comeback player of the year. Reggie Wayne has discovered the fountain of youth and Gronk just keeps on Gronkin’. Operation Domination is walking a very fine line now at 4-4. The WR’s are still somewhat shaky and Demarco Murray can’t get back fast enough for OD. I still believe things will work out in the long term with Drew Brees at the helm, but there’s no room for bad losses.

Apocalyptic Apostles (3-5) vs. Cold Jerky (2-6) – 74-86

Well, it was a good run while it lasted. The Apostles drop a must win game against the sell off Cold Jerky squad. Led by 47 points from the 49ers team, Cold Jerky pulls off a huge Monday night upset. There wasn’t much else of note in this game as seemingly everyone not wearing facing the Cardinals had a rough day. The lone bright spot for the Apostles was the Miami DEF which marks the second time this year the Apostles have made the right call in replacing Houston (who is on bye this week). We will see if the Apostles join the ranks of the sell-outs or if they embrace the spoiler role.

From Parts Unknown (3-5) vs. Lumpalicious (6-2) – 90-93

You don’t see a lot of 10th place teams trading away draft picks to try to make a run and this is why. Even with guys playing to the peak of their expectations there still isn’t enough firepower to take down Lumpalicious on a down week. I know there is still time left in the season to try to make a run, but there are just too many good teams with better records to be able to jump them all. At the other end, Lumpalicious has all but locked up a playoff spot. The team is still clicking and getting solid production from every spot on the roster. If there was a manager of the year award it would come down to Lumpalicous and Apocalyptic Apostles. To think the front-runner has been able to trade and pick up additional draft picks when others try to buy championships is just another example of one of the many nuances that separate a good owner from a great owner.

Vote Dem (4-4) vs. Bacon Factory (4-4) – 72-81

Apparently Bacon Factory did not get the message that he was supposed to be a walk-over win. It certainly doesn’t help when Vote Dem tries to get by with a timeshare running back and an underperforming WR in Calvin Johnson who apparently has a gimpy knee to go with the shaky QB play from Matthew Stafford (this week notwithstanding). VD now enters the 4-4 melee with five other owners. Only one of these teams is likely to make the playoffs so it becomes incredibly important not to drop any more games and Lumpalicious is up next so good luck with that. I’d comment further on Bacon Factory, but this team has checked out for the remainder of the year.

Hurricane Ditka (2-6) vs. Ca$h Money (4-4) – 62-74

Another case of take your wins where you can get them. Ca$h Money could be a dark horse in this race assuming Michael Vick can keep his job. The WR’s are very good and the RB’s are doing just enough to get by. We’ll see how it plays out, but again this is another team with no room for error.

Week 8 All-NGC Team

QB – Tom Brady – 38 – Bad Mamma Jammas

WR – Titus Young – 24 – Dutch Mafia

WR – Demaryius Thomas – 21 – Bad Mamma Jammas

WR – Julio Jones – 20 – Bad Mamma Jammas

RB – Muscle Hamster – 34 – Hurricane Ditka

RB – Trent Richardson – 21 – Vote Dem

TE – Rob Gronkowski – 28 – Atomic Peckers

K – Lawrence Tynes – 19 – Bacon Factory

DEF – Miami – 22 – Apocalyptic Apostles

Week 8 Power of Light Rankings

  1. Lumpalicious (6-2) – An almost certain lock for the playoffs.
  2. Atomic Peckers (6-2) – Favorable schedule for Peyton with strong supporting cast should keep this team on a hot streak.
  3. Bad Mamma Jammas (5-3) – Brady finally delivers on his draft day value.
  4. Operation Domination (4-4) – I’ll give you a pass this week.
  5. Vote Dem (4-4) – This team could go either way. Megatron is a little banged up, still thin at RB, and has crucial bye weeks coming up for T-Rich and Cruz/Manning.
  6. Dutch Mafia (5-3) – A full roster and a winning record keeps this team on the inside track.
  7. Apocalyptic Apostles (3-5) – Rumor has it that the Apostles are posting for sale signs.
  8. Ca$h Money (4-4) – Phase one: Get to .500. Phase two: ? Phase three: Profit.
  9. From Parts Unknown (3-5) – Too bad you’ve reached your limit on draft pick trades otherwise this would be a good time to sell.
  10. Cold Jerky (2-6) – Heavy investment in the 49ers pays off this week.
  11. Bacon Factory (4-4) – Even after the sell off this lineup is bad, but not quite horrible.
  12. Hurricane Ditka (2-6) – On the other hand, this lineup is horrible (Doug Martin excluded).

Week 7 Recap – In Brief

23 Oct

My apologies for the brevity of the recap. I wanted to get this up, but I’ll go back and add some more color commentary (and photos) tomorrow.

Game Recaps

Vote Dem (4-3) vs. Atomic Peckers (5-2) – 69-102

The game of the week turns out to be a total non-contest. Even with the standard 2-WR set and a couple of donuts on the scorecard the Peckers roll in this one. Adrian Peterson is looking like one of the great steals of draft day. I was afraid I’d have to watch a whole season without one of the best backs in the league, but thankfully AD looks to be back to his old self with over 150 yards rushing. Vote Dem hits some hard luck with MJD going down to a foot injury and Trent Richardson making an early exit. These are not the types of injuries you want to be looking at when your team is clustered in the 4-3/3-4 crowd with 6 other guys.

Apocalyptic Apostles (3-4) vs. Lumpalicious (5-2) 100-110

I really thought the Apostles had a good chance to pull this one out. 11 points down with a very solid kicker going on Monday Night seemed very manageable. Alas, the Bears defense turned over the Lions multiple times in the red zone and Jason Hanson never got a chance to put foot to leather. Lumpalicious is looking extremely solid now that Rodgers is clicking with his receivers again. Scoring over 100 points with the Lump’s lead RB on bye is no small feat. It will take a gargantuan effort for any team to stop the Lumpa train this year. The Apostles are the dark horse in the playoff race. Even with all the backfield gyrations this team is still 3-4 and in the hunt with the 6th most points scored. The addition of Jamaal Charles and some tasty matchups over the next few weeks could put the Apostles back on the map.

Operation Domination (4-3) vs. Bad Mamma Jammas (4-3) 113-102

BMJ told the commish on draft day that he regretted taking Brady over Brees and boy did he feel it this week. It was very kind of Mr. Brees to take his foot off the gas after throwing for 300 yards and 4 scores by halftime of Sunday’s Tampa Bay/New Orleans tilt otherwise this would have been a total blowout. BMJ still puts up a decent effort, but it’s going to take more than this to get past some of this year’s stacked squads.

The Good Team (3-4) vs. Bacon Factory (3-4) 75-68

I guess someone had to win and it was the Good Team this time around. The 3-4 records are deceiving for these teams as their point totals are about 100 points off the pace of the contending teams this year (Except for the incredibly fluky Dutch Mafia). Each of them is doing just enough to not get the number pick in next year’s draft.

Hurricane Ditka (2-5) vs. Dutch Mafia (5-2) 62-81

Dutch Mafia continues to benefit from the softest schedule in the league so far this year with only 535 points scored against (76 points per week). Regardless, Dutch Mafia continues to field a good team and the addition of Matt Ryan should help with the overall consistency of the squad. Jordy Nelson is hitting his stride and A.J. Green continues to be money. Those two guys will have to be workhorses pulling this team to the finish line. Hurricane Ditka has the season on autopilot after trading away his top talent and is likely to spend more time hawking his remaining wares that scouring the waiver wire (though $40 of FAAB money on Felix Jones certainly doesn’t fit that description). I guess if you have the money you might as well spend it.

Cold Jerky (1-6) vs. Ca$h Money (3-4)

I forgot to comment on this earlier. Cold Jerky trade away talent, Ca$h Money still has some. Mark the free space on your bingo card against the Jerks the rest of the way.

Week 7 All-NGC Team

We’ve brought back Manning, Wayne, and CJ2K…now if only we can get Moss and Gates.

QB – Drew Brees – 38 – Operation Domination – Expect Brees and Rodgers to rotate here the rest of the year.

WR – V-Jax – 34 – Lumpalicious

WR – Randall Cobb – 21 – Operation Domination

WR – Victor Cruz – 21 – Vote Dem

RB – Chris Johnson – 38 – Ca$h Money – Great Scott! We must have traveled back to 2009.

RB – Adrian Peterson – 28 – Atomic Peckers

TE – Rob Gronkowski – 19 – Atomic Peckers

K – Sebastian Janikowski – 15 – Operation Domination

DEF – Houston – 20 – Apocalyptic Apostles

Week 7 Power of Light Rankings

This is the debut of the uber-scientific, secret sauce, don’t ask how they’re made, if I told you I’d have to kill you Power of Light Rankings. Wins and losses mean a little less and how well you score means a little bit more and can give an indication on how one might expect a team to trend for the remainder of the season.

  1. Lumpalicious (5-2) – It’s going to be hard to beat this Aaron Rodger’s led squad.
  2. Operation Domination (4-3) – Drew Brees makes this squad a threat each and every week.
  3. Atomic Peckers (5-2) – A great combination of the classics (Manning/Wayne) and the new kids (Gronk/McCoy), not to mention that Adrian Peterson guy.
  4. Bad Mamma Jammas (4-3) – Consistent, but somewhat low scoring roster.
  5. Vote Dem (5-2) – With MJD out and talk of a three-week shutdown for T-Rich things could get ugly for the Vote Dem squad. Put your game face on Joique Bell.
  6. Apocalyptic Apostles (3-4) – This would be a 1-6 or 2-5 team for any other owner.
  7. Ca$h Money (3-4) – This has all the looks of another consolation bracket champion.
  8. Dutch Mafia (5-2) – The Power Rankings say it all. Dutch Mafia has been the recipient of some gift wins this year, but W’s are W’s.
  9. Cold Jerky (1-6) – Expect this ranking to fall with the dealing of the teams top two playmakers. No 145 point explosions here anymore.
  10. The Good Team (3-4) – A very scrappy team in the perfect spoiler position.
  11. Hurricane Ditka (2-5) – Let’s try to make the extra draft picks count next year.
  12. Bacon Factory (3-4) – This is where you end up when your first 2 draft picks bust over the first half of the year.

Week 6 Recap

16 Oct

Don’t sleep on a Peyton Manning team, ever. I made this mistake in 2001 when the Colts rallied from 21 points down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a furious comeback in the final four minutes to eventually pull off the overtime victory. To have a full half to do this against the Chargers must have felt like an eternity to him.

If you like the offensive fireworks that a couple of teams put up this weekend then you may as well skip this Thursday’s offering of Seahawks/49ers. The over/under is set at 37.5. Sit your fantasy starters because there’s no upside as these two defenses square off.

 

Week 6 Game Recap

Vote Dem (4-2) versus Bad Mamma Jammas (4-2) – 92-97

Monday Night Football. BMJ down by 4. Demaryius Thomas, 2nd in the NFL in receiving yardage coming into this week…2 catches, 37 yards…but one was a touchdown so all is good for BMJ at least. The win keeps BMJ out of the 3-3 pack which is huge at this point in the season. Vote Dem gave it everything he had. Outside of Joique Bell, Vote Dem sets another great lineup in choosing Mike Williams over Stevie Johnson. Every WR on the Vote Dem squad goes over 100 yards to offset the weak play from Joique Bell and Trent Richardson’s injury. This team will continue to be one of the favorites once MJD and the Bears D’ are back off the bye.

Apocalyptic Apostles (3-3) versus The Bacon Factory(3-3) – 105-79

“One more week.” That’s the mantra of the Apostles. Just hope that duct tape and baling wire holds this lineup together for one more week. I really don’t know what to make of this other than RG3 keeps coming up big for the Apostles. If not for that stat correction this team would be 3-2-1. Bacon Factory, boy I just don’t know. Wes Welker has been terrific and Willis McGahee has been better than expected, but there isn’t really a whole lot else to get excited about. Everyone else continues to disappoint and this was another week where this team fails to answer the bell. A consistent trend of underperformance is pulling this team down the like cement shoes on a mobster. It’s really the worst kind of team to have. You can see so much potential sitting there after the draft, but 6 weeks later you’re 3-3 and at the end of the season you’re staring at 6-8 and a mid-round pick in next year’s draft. Trust me, I’ve been there and it isn’t fun.

Dutch Mafia (4-2) versus Operation Domination (3-3) – 125-78

The only thing that makes me happier than seeing Operation Domination lose is seeing my own team win. I suppose you can make an excuse for Drew Brees being out this week, but that doesn’t explain the performance from the rest of the lineup. Operation Domination was spot on earlier this year when he expressed his concern over his WR’s. The DeMarco Murray injury doesn’t help things either and a mid-season slump could hold OD back from accomplishing his goal…another championship. There are some things I really like about Dutch Mafia this year including A.J. Green. This guy has been outstanding and posted another 130 yard multi-TD effort this weekend. I’d like to watch more of him if it didn’t mean I also had to sit through a Bengals game. Everyone likes to get down on Tony Romo, but the guy is really pretty good for fantasy even if he can’t win a real-life game. Sure you’ll get the occasional stinker, but you can say that for all but the most elite guys. Dutch Mafia got a little cute starting Alex Smith this week so I hope he’s learned his lesson. For better or worse, this team’s fate is ultimately married to Tony Romo.

Lumpalicious (4-2) versus Ca$h Money (2-4) – 128-77

This is the type of reality check that Lumpalicious can dish out (Look out 3-3 Apostles). After a 0-3 start, Ca$h Money comes to the startling realization that “Nope, I’m not quite as good as the actual contenders.” Michael Turner returns to “I told you so” status with 30 yards rushing against a poor Oakland defense and there’s no 1-yard bail out touchdown this week. Michael Vick keeps the Christmas Spirit with another few gifts for the Lions who at this point in the year could certainly use them. If Andy Reid’s future in Philly wasn’t so closely tied to Vick I’d say to pick up Nick Foles, but I think both Vick and Reid are likely to go down with the ship this year. I really hate to acknowledge Aaron Rodgers, but if the Packers are going to win it’s going to be on his arm. Six touchdowns are just ridiculous. I really don’t want a piece of this team right now.

Hurricane Ditka (2-4) versus Atomic Peckers (4-2) – 82-49

Dump a couple of your best players. Pick up a win. Sounds pretty easy. The whole Hurricane Ditka team rallied this week to put up another quality victory. The Peckers continue to be hobbled by Pierre Garcon’s problematic toe. These game-time decision guys really can’t be trusted, especially if you’re trying to make a championship run. I still like a lot of what the Pecker’s have to offer, but a couple of bye week losses could put this team in a tough position. Manning and McCoy going on bye this week make the team particularly vulnerable.

From Parts Unknown (2-4) versus Cold Jerky (1-5) – 102-93

A nice little win here for the Good Team. Cold Jerky had been on fire, but cooled down this week in time for the 1-4 Good Team to come to town. The win keeps the Good Team out of the basement, even if it means they are just standing on the bottom-most step of the staircase. I continue to like what Ray-Ray and Roddy doing for the Good Team and Mike Wallace finally showed up as well. The rest of the team will continue to keep the Good Team down so it’s probably best to take these wins when you can get them. For the second week in a row, The Jerks lay an egg. There’s a lot of boom and bust in this lineup so we’ll continue to see a lot of weeks like this and a lot of week’s like earlier in the season with the 140+ point outbursts. It certainly hasn’t helped to have Greg Jennings sidelined for the majority of the season and Matt Ryan hitting the bench this week on bye could mean 1-6 for the Jerks in short order.

Week 6 All-NGC Team

If Calvin Johnson is Megatron this must be Optimus Prime

QB – Aaron F-ing Rodgers – 52 – Lumpalicious

WR – Jordy Nelson – 32 – Dutch Mafia

WR – A.J. Green – 27 – Dutch Mafia – This guy needs a nickname

WR – Dez Bryant – 21 – Bad Mamma Jammas

RB – Ray Rice – 22 – From Parts Unknown

RB – Ahmad Bradshaw – 19 – Dutch Mafia – Bonus points for doing it against the 49ers.

TE – Kyle Rudolph – 13 – Operation Domination

K – Jason Hanson – 16 – Apocalyptic Apostles

DEF – Atlanta – 16 – From Parts Unknown

Week 6 Power Rankings

  1. Vote Dem (4-2) – The starting lineup can contend with anyone.
  2. Lumpalicious (4-2) – I love this team. Just love it.
  3. Atomic Peckers (4-2) – The inability to field a full WR group could stall out the Peckers early season run.
  4. Dutch Mafia (4-2) – Starting to feel that playoff vibe.
  5. Operation Domination (3-3) – Thank goodness Drew Brees comes back.
  6. Bad Mamma Jammas (4-2) – Really needs a statement win.
  7. Bacon Factory (3-3) – This lineup has been so nondescript this year that I’m not sure I can even name a player on your team other than the quarterback.
  8. Ca$h Money (2-4) – And just when you were starting to feel good. WHAM! Lumpa slams the door.
  9. Apocalyptic Apostles (3-3) – Team RG3
  10. Hurricane Ditka (2-4) – Arian Foster was just holding this team back.
  11. From Parts Unknown (2-4) – Another 7 or so upsets and you’ll be on your way.
  12. Cold Jerky (1-5) – Well, that was embarrassing.

Week 5 Recap – The QB carousel starts to turn

9 Oct

Thank goodness the Cardinals aren’t undefeated anymore. I don’t think there were many true believers, but at least we can get past talking about them as one of the only undefeated left. Like most of the NFC West, the defense is very solid, but the offense is just pitiful. It makes me happy I don’t have to watch any of those west coast games.

In other news, it’s apparently ok to cheer your own QB getting knocked out if he’s playing very poorly. I’m sure there are a few fans in Philly, New York/New Jersey, and Jacksonville hoping someone puts their guys out of their misery. In the case of Michael Vick it would be just the sort of comeuppance he deserves. It’s poor form to celebrate a person getting hurt, but there is a large contingent of people that argue Vick doesn’t qualify so go ahead and cheer it all you want when he gets smoked.

Week 5 Recap

Vote Dem (4-1) versus Operation Domination (3-2) – 116-114

Here is your early season championship preview, 116-114 Vote Dem, but the Danny Amendola injury certainly swung the pendulum for Vote Dem this time around. Based on the respective performances of the key players, this could be the floor for each team. I would expect a much higher score needed next time around to come away with a victory as more of the role-players step up.

Apocalyptic Apostles (2-3) versus Atomic Peckers (4-1) – 51-107

RGIII, Hakeem Nicks, Lance Moore, Jerome Simpson, Cedric Benson, Ryan Williams, Jimmy Graham – Yes, it’s the Apostles starting lineup, but it’s also all of the individuals dealing with various foot, leg, shoulder, and head injuries. Not to mention C.J. Spiller who was injured, but now seems to be recovered apart from having just faced the San Francisco 49ers. It’s fair to say that this team is a disappointment this far into the season as the injury imp has certainly taken its toll. I’d call for a fire sale, but I think there’s just too much damage to the goods at this point for it to be worthwhile. Meanwhile the Peckers are 4-1 and cruising right along with the all-decade team. Way to go, Peck.

From Parts Unknows (1-4) versus Bad Mamma Jammas (3-2) – 69-104

The Good Team just couldn’t get going this week with a slate full of poor matchups. There’s just enough talent here to tease one into thinking a comeback could be in the making, but going down 4 losses this early in the season is a tough hill to climb. Bad Mamma Jammas put up a complete game from top to bottom led by 49 points from the WR group. The overall output of 104 points is still somewhat disappointing, but 3-2 is a good place to be with a realistic shot to make a run at the playoffs.

Cold Jerky (1-4) versus Dutch Mafia (3-2) – 81-102

Matt Ryan has continued his strong start with another 20+ point effort justifying the 2nd round pick by Cold Jerky. Unfortunately the supporting cast fails to show up this Sunday and the Jerks 2012 is shaping up as the karmic answer to the improbable 2009 season as the Jerks accumulate a few bad beats to offset the gifts they received in the previous year. Dutch Mafia gets a big week from bye week starter Alex Smith and a triumphant return for Ahmad Bradshaw to keep pace with the top teams. It’s no small feat to get past two RB injuries and keep a 3-2 record. Tony Romo returns next week to try to screw things up so we’ll see where things go from here.

Lumpalicious (3-2) versus Hurricane Ditka (1-4) – 139-88

It baffles me that the prognosticators keep projecting 5 points a week for Stevan Ridley. This guy is a legit runner operating in a high octane offense. The only thing that’s going to keep his point totals down is putting the ball on the ground. There is great depth throughout the entire lineup and this feels like the year that Lumpalicious finally breaks the playoff drought. Nobody’s talking about it, but Lumpalicious is definitely in the championship mix. Hurricane Ditka continues to struggle. Arian Foster is the lone bright spot on the roster as the remaining players continue to struggle with consistency. I’m sure Hurricane Ditka would like to move some merchandise before the end of the season, but it will be difficult since most of the players look like marginal starters and the price tag on Arian Foster is likely to be far too high for most playoff contenders to pay given the stiff competition and uncertainty of delivering playoff glory. (Update: It looks like BMJ enters the mix with a early round draft pick bid for Foster’s services.)

Bacon Factory (3-2) versus Ca$h Money (2-3) – 66-124

These are two teams moving in opposite directions. Bacon Factory’s record has certainly outperformed relative to what’s been on the field. Positional upgrades are needed if the team wishes to remain competitive or get more consistent. “Luck”-ily there are pieces available to make it happen. Ca$h Money has quietly assembled one of the most complete receiving corps in the league with two top ten WR’s and a third WR that easily falls in the top-25. Look for the 54 points put up by this group to be a common theme if Ca$h Money continues the mini-run the team is on right now. The rest of season performance of Michael Vick and Michael Turner will key what happens to the Monies.

Week 5 All-NGC Team

QB – Drew Brees – 37 – Operation Domination

Doesn’t look like much of a football player, but what do I know.

WR – Reggie Wayne – 34 – Atomic Peckers

WR – Marques Colston – 33 – Lumpalicious

WR – Percy Harvin – 24 – Ca$h Money

RB – Ahmad Bradshaw – 32 – Dutch Mafia

RB – Arian Foster – 29 – Hurricane Ditka

TE – Tony Gonzalez – 20 – Vote Dem – The Old Man shows he’s still got it

K – Lawrence Tynes – 12 – Bacon Factory

DEF – Chicago – 28 – Vote Dem – CHI has more TD’s than The Good Team’s whole backfield

Week 5 Power Rankings

  1. Vote Dem (4-1) – I refuse to believe Vote Dem is actually running this team. Who’s the man behind the curtain?
  2. Operation Domination (3-2) – No embarrassment in this loss.
  3. Atomic Peckers (4-1) – The best way not to screw this up is to just set your lineup and leave it for the rest of the year. Bye weeks be damned.
  4. Lumpalicious (3-2) – Plus side of .500 + full roster = arrow up for the Lumps.
  5. Dutch Mafia (3-2) – Like the Lumps, team finally gets on the field together.
  6. Bad Mamma Jammas (3-2) – Sometimes it feels good just to win the one’s you’re supposed to win.
  7. Bacon Factory (3-2) – And we’re right back where we were two weeks ago. Will the real Cam Newton please stand up?
  8. Ca$h Money (2-3) – Up off the mat.
  9. Cold Jerky (1-4) – This is not a team that should be 1-4, but here we stand all the same.
  10. Hurricane Ditka (1-4) – Crazy Ditka’s closeout sale. All players must go.
  11. Apocalyptic Apostles (2-3) – From fantasy owner to triage nurse. I don’t foresee things getting much better in the short term.
  12. From Parts Unknown (1-4) – It’s a QB’s league and this team is adrift without one.

Week 4 Recap – Replay hazy, try again

2 Oct

We’re now four weeks into the season and we know one thing for sure…that we don’t know anything. Who would have thought we would be talking about the 3-1 division leading Minnesota Vikings or 4-0 Arizona Cardinals or the 3-1 Atomic Peckers. To tell the truth, some of the outliers are unlikely to play out over the course of the entire season, but it also means these teams probably aren’t quite as bad as history would have us think. At the other end some of the sexy picks: Chiefs, Bills, Saints, Hurricane Ditka just might be the ones competing for the top draft spot. It’s a long season and some things will revert to the mean, but the pace of change in the NFL also means that you need to keep an open mind as to the current reality relative to the preseason expectations. As we enter the bye week stretch of fantasy football it helps to take the same approach in managing your roster. Keep an open mind when selecting the players to pick up, cut, and trade. There is bound to be another Victor Cruz out there somewhere, it’s just a matter of being crazy enough to pick him up and start playing him.

Game Recaps

Game of the Week

Vote Dem (3-1) vs. Dutch Mafia (2-2) – 89 – 72

The game of the week also turns out to be the lowest scoring contest of the week, but the wins and losses count the same. It was a tie game going into the Monday nighter with Vote Dem and Bears defense going up against Dutch Mafia and Michael Bush and Tony Romo. I would have given the early edge to Dutch Mafia with those types of players going up against a defense, but the Chicago defense would have none of it. 5 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns) later and Vote Dem was rolling. 14 takeaways by the Bears defense over the first 4 weeks is the kind of performance that can help guide both real life and fake football teams to the playoffs.

Apocalyptic Apostles (2-1-1) vs. Bad Mamma Jammas (1-2-1) – 94-94

There are certain games that define a season and this could be one of them. Given all the what if’s (RGIII fumble, D. Thomas fumble, Cutler sack, Bennett goose egg) it’s probably only appropriate this ended in tie. The Apostles really gutted it out to overcome the bye week and injury blues to get this one to a tie and keep the team outside of the 2-2 muck.  Bad Mamma Jammas come out flat for the 2nd time this year against teams they should have rolled. Julio’s underperformance is borderline unacceptable and tom Brady did all he could to bail out team, but alas couldn’t quite put enough points on the board to avoid the comeback. Now it’s time to get back to work and try to move this team back to .500. Even staying above the 1-3 teams still leaves a host of other contenders to try to leap frog if BMJ expects to make any noise this season. The Apostles buy one more week to try to cobble together a backfield. C.J. Spiller getting back on the field will help, but a roster full of flex players isn’t likely to make a deep run.

From Parts Unknown (1-3) vs. Operation Domination (3-1) – 104-143

The 3-time champ comes out and takes care of business.

Atomic Peckers (3-1) vs. Ca$h Money (1-3) – 99-118

Either the Peckers are not as good as advertised or Ca$h Money isn’t as bad as advertised. Maybe a little bit of both. The Peckers continue to struggle in assembling a complete receiving corps while also recording the first ever asterisk I’ve seen assigned to a player’s score (Offensive fumble return TD). This could turn into a long-term problem for the Peckers and certainly isn’t a way to go about winning championships. Ca$h Money finally gets the production they were expecting. This type of lineup makes for a dangerous week-to-week opponent, but there are still questions on if this will be sustainable for an entire season. The Monies’ win move each team closer to the pack and makes for a scenario where the bye week gauntlet will determine the respective fate of both franchises.

Lumpalicious (2-2) vs. Cold Jerky (1-3) – 159-146

These are the types of games that it really sucks to lose, especially when you end up at 1-3 afterwards instead of 2-2. Both teams had big efforts come from their franchise QB’s along with both expected and unexpected  breakouts from every position of the roster. Ultimately it came down to Jason Witten on Monday night for Lumpalicious and Witten came through even though I can’t say that for the rest of the Cowboys. It will be interesting to see how these two teams progress as 2-2 gives legitimacy to the victor’s playoff hopes while the 1-3 record for the Jerks sticks them in a hole that will difficult to climb out of. At least putting up points like this will help at the end of the season if a tie-break scenario occurs.

Bacon Factory (3-1) vs. Hurricane Ditka (1-3) – 118-107

The Bacon Factory weathers the Hurricane and I think we can all say we are thankful for that. Mmmm. Delicious bacon. Bacon Factory improves to a somewhat improbable 3-1 despite being one of the lower scoring teams thus far. Getting past some struggles for Cam Newton and Darren McFadden with this type of win total should be hailed as a blessing. On the other hand, Hurricane Ditka gives back the ground they gained last week and falls back with the 3 loss pack. If only LeGarette Blount and D.J. Ware hadn’t been stealing Doug Martin’s touches then we might be reversing the story for the respective franchises.

A quick peek ahead at week 5 shows a lot of the 2-2/3-1 teams facing each other while the 1-3 teams square off. We should see the top and bottom of the league separate with a muddle of teams getting tossed back into the 2-3 scrum to fight for scraps.

Week 4 All-NGC Team

QB – Drew Brees – 42 – Operation Domination

Michael Turner takes a rest after his first ever receiving TD

WR – Roddy White – 35 – From Parts Unknown

WR – Marques Colston – 28 – Lumpalicious

WR – Brandon Marshall – 21 – Ca$h Money

RB – Steven Ridley – 24 – Lumpalicious

RB – Michael Turner – 24 – Ca$h Money

TE – Jason Witten – 19 – Lumpalicious

K – Matt Prater – 16 – Hurricane Ditka

DEF – San Francisco – 29 – Cold Jerky

Week 4 Power Rankings

  1. Operation Domination (3-1) – I don’t want to say another championship is imminent, but it’s certainly not farfetched.
  2. Vote Dem (3-1) – This team can score from any position on the roster.
  3. Atomic Peckers (3-1) – Ok, maybe the 2 WR set is the way to go.
  4. Lumpalicious (2-2) – Really needed this win. Sets up well for rest of season.
  5. Apocalyptic Apostles (2-1-1) – Squeezing every ounce of potential out of this roster.
  6. Bacon Factory (2-2 ) (3-1) – You’re still only 6th best until I see another big Cam/McFadden week.
  7. Dutch Mafia (2-2) – The good news is Bradshaw looks like the lead back in NY again (for what that’s worth) and A.J. Green has a legit shot to finish as the #1 WR in fantasy.
  8. Cold Jerky (1-3) – Those numbers are just ridiculous. Twice this year over 145 points.
  9. Hurricane Ditka (1-3) – Kenny Britt could be back in Week 5, maybe, if you’re lucky.
  10. Bad Mamma Jammas (1-2-1) – High floor but low ceiling type team just doesn’t have what it takes to win the close games.
  11. Ca$h Money (1-3) – Hanging on for dear life.
  12. From Parts Unknown (1-3) – You manage to make even a good week look bad.