After sleepwalking through the first six weeks of the season—ambling to mediocre records of 6-5-1, 7-5, 3-9, 7-5, 4-8, and 6-6—I now have posted back-to-back weeks of 9-3 and 8-4, one of my best two week span in four years. In addition, the 1,771.5 points tallied were nearly a hundred (93.9) more than the next highest week, when I scored 1,677.6 in Week 1.
A team-by-team breakdown of the week that was:
|Green Bay Gamblers||150.30-111.26||3-5||Won 2||Seventh||882.06|
|Sterling Sharpe||168.24-106.91||5-3||Won 4||Fourth||886.77|
|TR’s Peepers||110.12-99.16||4-4||Won 1||Sixth||881.18|
|Pangaea||151-127, 127-110||6-10||Won 1||Eighth||1,904|
|Valley Forge||118.3-109.2||3-5||Won 1||Ninth||683.9|
|Fuzzy Dunlop||238-76||6-2||Won 6||First||1,417|
|The Taco Stand||145.26-132.88||3-5||Won 1||Eleventh||962.86|
|Unironic Witty Name||213.82-142.28||7-1||Lost 1||First||1,587.34|
|Team||Points Against||Rank||Differential||What If?|
|Green Bay Gamblers||920.01||Third||-4||Two in a row is a winning streak!|
|Sterling Sharpe||803.98||Second||-2||Dominance up-and-down the lineup!|
|Brc||1,142||Third||-1||One of those weeks . . .|
|Snuffleupagus||1,061||Fifth||Even||Not my week.|
|TR’s Peepers||871.22||Second||-4||Learned my lesson and started Sammy!|
|Pangaea||1,988||Ninth||-1||A disappointing split; heavily favored to win both matchups.|
|Valley Forge||738.5||Last (10)||+1||Must. Keep. Winning.|
|GBG||733||Sixth||+2||Need Shady to start being Shady.|
|Fuzzy Dunlop||1,164||First||Even||Six straight!|
|The Taco Stand||1,055.78||Last (12)||+1||Corner (hopefully) turned.|
|Unironic Witty Name||1,434.56||Third||+2||Had to lose sometime!|
Week 8 record: 8-4. Overall: 51-44-1 (.536)
Still Unbeaten: None
As for my point total it was easily the highest of the season . . . so far:
Week 8: 1,771.5
Week 7: 1,608.5
Week 6: 1,544.1
Week 5: 1,486.2
Week 4: 1,609.1
Week 3: 1,181.3
Week 2: 1,391.1
Week 1: 1,677.6
The 17-7 two week span have made the historical comparisons much more favorable after a tough start to the season:
2014: 8-4 (51-44-1, .536)
2013: 9-3 (62-34, .646)
2012: 7-5 (55-41, .573)
2011: 9-3 (61-35, .635)
And now for this week’s awards:
Player of the Week: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Looking like the Fitz of old, he caught seven balls for 160 yards and a touchdown—22 fantasy points—to lead Valley Forge to a desperately needed 118.3-109.2 victory.
Goat of the Week: Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell. Playing against a porous Atlanta Falcons rush defense, he only managed to catch two passes and account for a measly 61 total yards. Along with Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (two points against a projected 19.5), Bell (11 not 23.5) was the biggest reason Pangaea didn’t come up with two wins in two highly favorable matchups.
Team of the Week: Mired in last place and facing a must-win, The Taco Stand had four players—Carson Palmer, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, and Ronnie Hillman—produce more than 19.80 points. All were in needed in a narrow 12.38 point victory.
Pure Genius: Picked up the Miami Dolphins defense to start against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They allowed only 13 points, scored two touchdowns, picked off a couple passes, and added four sacks. Their 28 points were over three times more than their 9.25 projected production.
What was I thinking?!: Besides the vast underachieving on behalf on many members of Pangaea, I have little to quibble with this week.
Pickup(s) of the Week: Future potential stars, Jonas Gray (four teams) and Charles Sims (two)—running backs of New England and Tampa Bay, respectively—were the most added to my squads. In terms of quality, Patriots wideout Brandon LaFell was a huge addition to Valley Forge.
Drop(s) of the Week: It was time to move on from the Denver Broncos rookie placekicker Brandon McManus. His teammates score too many touchdowns and he misses too many field goals for him to be fantasy relevant.
Lambeau Field update: With most of my best players set to enjoy a v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n in Week 9, it was imperative that my squad come through with a big win against a tough opponent in Week 8. And lo and behold they did:
And Then There Were Two
Stay alive and advance: that’s my mantra for the Survival Pool, now entering its 11th season. To pay tribute to the most drama-filled fantasy sport of them all—and by far the most popular of my gambits—I will provide a weekly update of this terrific enterprise. For those unfamiliar this is how it works: You pick one NFL team every week. If they win, you stay in. If they lose, you’re out. You cannot pick the same team twice.
We started with 66 entries—with six not paying the booty is $1,200 for a modest $20 pay-in—and 17 teams were eliminated in Week 1, 11 in Week 2, one in Week 3, 11 in Week 4, four in Week 5, 10 in Week 6, and five in Week 7. Week 8’s selections looked like this:
Most Popular (Successful) Choice: Kansas City (2)
Most Popular (Unsuccessful) Choice: Dallas (7)
Least Popular (Successful) Choice: None
Least Popular (Unsuccessful) Choice: None
With Washington defeating Dallas (how bout ‘dem Cowboys!) on Monday night, after eight weeks only two remain eligible for the booty.
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