Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap & Week 4 Preview
I am gonna do a quick recap and then elaborate on the upcoming weekly matchups at the end.
Well, well, well. Week 3 was a week to forget for at least half the league, myself included. (Wah-wah-waaaaaaaaah)
Team 1st Place – 154 Team Last Place – 112
In the highest scoring matchup (winner w/ highest score), Team 1st place has resurrected his season by scoring 154 POINTS!!! Yikes. Well, everything is relative and DeSean & Dustin Keller & the Steelers D most likely will not duplicate those simultaneous scorgasms again. Brady & Turner look to be solid producers each week and 1st place is 2-1 and looking dangerous. Team last place needs a self-confidence boost and relatively quickly not that 112 points is anything to shake a stick at. Where is an EMT when you need one? 0-3 is a dark place and although there is hypothetical light at the end of that tunnel it could just be the hypothetical train coming. Time to make or break the season in Week 4. Your team is the epitomy of multiple personalities. Mojo & Lloyd & Marques Colston and everyone’s favorite drunk teammate, Braylon (aka – Mr. Inconsistency).
Playing with a stacked deck – 136 Team Carlos (aka Team Tyler) – 61
(61 points is not a misprint)
Paulie’s team is looking fine tuned. 4 studs again this week. Peyton & Romo are consistent again, although together they sound like a bad tv show on the CW. The league enjoyed the 3 point performance from $55 free agent pickup, Brandon Jackson, although the Yin to that Yang is the emergence of Ahmad Bradshaw as the starter and the progressive disappearance of Brandon Jacobs. Brandon Marshall also broke off a little sumtin, sumtin… we’ll see if that can continue, but other then the NYJ, we see no other reason why it cannot, and if Indy can’t run the ball, then Peyton should continue to mass produce ridiculous weekly fantasy points throwing to guys named Blair & Pierre. 3-0.
Team Carlos is the epitomy of sadness. He is the squirrel that darts out in traffic and looks like he is gonna make it only to make a quick second guess juke and end up under an SUV. Halfway through Sunday, we texted the baby kissers and lamented how Jahvid Best (3 points and potential toe injury) was starting over Rashard Mendenhall (22 points) the exact opposite of last week. P.S. – Austin Collie was also watching the action from the bench, fortunately, he dropped the one pass or he would have scored 3 TD’s and caught 200 yards…alas he was only 170 & 2 scores… OY VEY! Sometimes Fantasy Football can be maddening. 0-3.
Kiss Da Baby – 125 Pimpin’ Ain’t Brees-y – 112“You’re suspect! Yeah, you! I don’t know what your reputation is in this town, but after the shit you tried to pull today you can bet I’ll be looking into you. Now the business we have, heretofore, you can speak with my aforementioned attorney. Good day, gentlemen; and until that day comes, keep your ear to the grindstone.” Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting. Holy let down. Kiss Da Baby had some letdowns, by propensity of letdown impact; Addai – 3pts, Downtown Ronnie Brown – 5pts & Lfitz – 8pts and the rest of his team picked up the slack. Orton threw for over 400 yards and looked mean, Gonzo went off for 21 pts & the Eagles D held possibly the worst team in the NFL to 3 points. Thanks Jacksonville for picking up Trent Edwards on the waiver wire, that should really help! FAIL. 1-2.
As for Pimpin, the biggest Debbie Downer was FORTE acres and a Mule on MNF. 3 points, are you effin kidding me? The good news is he wasn’t the poorest performer, that belonged to the Bucs D. 38 points allowed at home to 3rd string QB Charlie Batch… And of course, Favre’d again with 8 points against Detroit Lionesses. The usual suspects delivered, with Brees (32 pts), Gore (18 pts) and Roddy White (14 pts) but in the end (that’s what she said!) it was WAY too little, a little to late. I really hate those Wrangler Jeans commercials now. 1-2.
Team Submission – 124 Crystal Meth TwEEkers – 79
79 points – our other league “Cleveland Steamer”
Submission just has this roster of players who’s teams are just bad enough that this one player must hoist their sorry ass team on their back each week and grab all the delicious fantasy points the defense allows. Rivers throws for almost 500 yards and 3tds and Adrian runs for 180 and some scores.. He is a beast. I feel like I mentioned something eerily similar to this last week about these 2 players scoring at least 50% of the teams points and yet, here we are again…. 3-0.
TwEEkers – LeSean McCoy is your Homeboy! The LeSean curse is true. He is the guy who asks you if you want to spend a night with him in a haunted house and if you do make it through, you and him get to split a million dollars… only you are the hot blond or the goofy black guy in this scenario and the entire audience knows your fate is doomed. So far LeSean is 1 for 3 in delivering the goods. For the TwEEkers playoff hopes, he better improve his numbers – delving a bit deeper, we see that other the Aaron Rodgers (28 pts) and the Bengals D (14 pts), not another starter scored in double digits, which equates to a fantasy wasteland. The one shining thing we can all look back on and laugh about is how you had a bench player that scored 30 points! Your backup Qb Marc ‘the franchize” Sanchez. Ouch. 1-2.
Team RC – 118 Team Rooster – 111
In what can only be described as a, “cornucopia of hypothetical decisions” this became a very close matchup. Whether RC started Henne (26 pts) instead of Garrard (-2 pts) (Barf) or Mike Wallace (24 pts) (not from 60 minutes) or even Santana Moss (20 pts) instead of Reg Wayne (6 pts) (not lil wayne) her team seem destined to win, no matter how hard she tried to give this game away… 2-1.
Rooster may have finally run out of luck. 7 points short of a fantastic start and playoff certainty now becomes a test of scheduled endurance or schedule endurance, with some great teams headed down the pipe, the best thing to do, is hope for bad bye weeks for your opponents. Your unlucky moment came in the form of Jeremy Shockey (15 pts) sitting instead of Visanthe Shiancoe (0 pts) whose name actually sounds like some noise I would make if I stubbed my toe on a door or hit my thumb with a hammer. Good showing by the free agent pickup of the year, so far, Mike Vick (37 pts). 2-1.
For the downtrodden to lift hopes and spirits and the overachievers to keep the egos in check… Some interesting stats from a Matthew Berry & Mike Polikoff, ESPN article this week. These statistics are from 2009 10-team prize eligible teams in ESPN leagues.
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RECORD after WEEK 3 and success percentage of making the playoffs
3-0: 75 percent
2-1: 51 percent
1-2: 27 percent
0-3: 9 percent
RECORD after WEEK 4 and success percentage of making the playoffs
4-0: 85 percent
3-1: 65 percent
2-2: 38 percent
1-3: 16 percent
0-4: 3 percent
In other words, it doesn’t look great, but its not impossible. Incidentally, 25 % of teams that started 3-0, DIDN’T make the playoffs, so don’t get too cocky. And if you are 0-3, you keep playing. The point of course is that every week matters, that you are assured of nothing right now and no matter how bleak it seems, you have a shot. Most importantly, you have to keep working on your team, filling holes (that’s what she said!), improving your team through the waiver or trades and gearing your roster to win this week and beyond. Let’s get going!
Onto the week 4 matchups
Playing with a stacked deck 3-0 vs. FORTE OUNCE 1-2.
Matchup of the week. In what can only be described as a miscarriage of justice, the disappointing 1-2 40oz’ers head into town to face the cocky PWASD parolees. With Romo & Miles Austin on a bye, we think the timing is right for the ACE to fall on the river and deliver a winning hand to 40oz. We’ll guesstimate 129 – 116.
Team Rooster 2-1 vs. Team Carlos 0-3
While we thoroughly enjoyed the new name and picture of Team Carlos/Tyler. Looking at the rosters and the preview, we think the shamrock Roosters continue the lucky assault on the early schedule and take this matchup, taking advantage of lingering injuries to Ray Rice, Jahvid Best & Brent Celek. Just saying! Rooster 99 – Carlos 88.
Team 1st place 2-1 vs. Team Baby Kissers 1-2
The other important matchup as this is a big deal for both teams futures. See percentage chart above! This should be a close matchup and because there are too many moving parts here, I cant really zero in on key players… Either perform or go home.
We hypothesize Baby Lip Lock – 113 1st place – 111
Team RC 2-1 vs. Mister Rodgers 1-2
The 3 headed QB has replaced Kolb for Shaun Hill which means Garrard, Henne or Notting Hill better bring the lumber to the showdown, because that’s where this battle is going to be won or lost. it’s a QB fight to the death! As much as we despise LeSean and think he is a huge curse on any fantasy squad that owns him, we are concerned with the delicious matchups that Rodgers players face this week.
We are not going against our gut though. RC – 105 Rodgers – 96
Team Submission 3-0 vs. Team Last Place 0-3
Will Steve beat his boo? Will Boo beat her Steve? Does anyone else care? This seems like such an easy pick. But Bye weeks are here and they are mean! Adrian will be watching this one from his lazy boy at home!
Screw it, were going, Last Place – 98 Submission -93