I’ve hit a pothole. Now two things can happen: I can regroup and understand that historically it’s always been tough sledding in previous Week 12s (from 2011: 5-6-1, 5-7, 8-4, and now 5-7 again) or I can start to panic with the playoffs imminent. I choose the former.
A team-by-team breakdown of the week that was:
|Green Bay Gamblers||125.97-116.31||5-7||Lost 1||Eighth||1,297.59|
|Sterling Sharpe||123.27-86.93||9-3||Won 8||First||1,413.49|
|TR’s Peepers||129.94-118.56||6-6||Lost 1||Sixth||1,322.76|
|Pangaea||195-104, 160-104||10-14||Lost 2||Sixth||2,974|
|Valley Forge||94.8-84.3||4-8||Lost 2||Ninth||1,025|
|Fuzzy Dunlop||178-164||8-4||Lost 2||Third||2,024|
|The Taco Stand||186.28-90.74||6-6||Lost 1||Ninth||1,566.02|
|Unironic Witty Name||234.74-184.08||11-1||Won 4||First||2,415.10|
|Team||Points Against||Rank||Differential||What If?|
|Green Bay Gamblers||1,331.56||Third||-5||Absolutely no margin for error going forward . . .|
|Sterling Sharpe||1,157.36||First||Even||Eight in a row!|
|Brc||1,710||Third||-2||Big win to get back on track!|
|Snuffleupagus||1,489||Fifth||+3||Starting to roll . . .|
|TR’s Peepers||1,300.78||First||-5||A must-win Week 13!|
|Pangaea||3,167||Sixth||Even||Destiny controlled: two wins and I’m in!|
|Valley Forge||1,095.6||Last (10)||+1||Put a fork in me . . . I’m done.|
|GBG||1,111||First (Tied)||-2||Welcome back, Josh Gordon!|
|Fuzzy Dunlop||1,754||Third||Even||Dropped two in a row; need to right the ship ASAP!|
|The Taco Stand||1,636.52||Ninth||Even||Need a huge, high-scoring win to get in!|
|Unironic Witty Name||2,127.20||Second||+1||Division title and first round bye secured!|
Week 12 record: 5-7. Overall: 81-61-2 (.569)
Clinched Playoff Berth: Unironic Witty Name, Fuzzy Dunlop, GBG, Snuffleupagus, Brc, Sterling Sharpe
Eliminated from Playoff Contention: Valley Forge
Last week the average point total belied my excellent record; this time I got exactly what I deserved:
Week 12: 1,571.9
Week 11: 1,509.2
Week 10: 1,772.9
Week 9: 1,507.0
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
As noted in the lede, Week 12 historically has been one of my roughest:
2014: 5-7 (81-61-2, .569)
2013: 8-4 (85-59, .586)
2012: 5-7 (80-64, .556)
2011: 5-6-1 (87-55-2, .620)
And now for this week’s award winners:
Player of the Week: Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray. On only four carries, he rushed for a ridiculous 112 yards and two touchdowns. Acquired by five teams the week previous, he started for two, both of whom came away with huge victories.
Goat of the Week: Jay Cutler. Set to feast on a hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, he only managed to tally 8.31 points, more than 11 points under his projected total. In a must-win game for the Green Bay Gamblers, he was the difference in a crushing 125.97-116.31 defeat in Lambeau Field.
Team of the Week: Sterling Sharpe. I think it’s high time I give this team its due. With its 123.27-86.93 victory, this group has now won eight straight games. Led by Green Bay Packers signal caller Aaron Rodgers, greatly assisted by a midseason addition of a Shoelace, and now enjoying the services of PPR-dynamo Josh Gordon, Mr. Sharpe is seeking its fourth title in the 10 year history of Frozen Tundra.
Pure Genius: One word: Latavius.
What was I thinking?!: Virtually nothing has gone right in Lambeau this year. This week was unfortunately more of the same. If I start Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan over Cutler and either New England or Seattle over Green Bay’s defense I win. Heck if I just start Seattle I prevail. Those late scores in Denver (he had Jarvis Landry, C.J. Anderson, and Emmanuel Sanders in that tilt) were killers.
Trade of the Week: With the Gamblers in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in the 12 year history of Lambeau Field, it was time to do something bold:
With Cooks out for the season, my hope is that Harvin—in a PPR league that also counts return yards—and Vereen can stabilize my WR3 and Flex positions. Thankfully I didn’t have to give up any draft picks to acquire them.
Pickup(s) of the Week: Here’s hoping Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron can provide a much-needed boost for a rough position for many of my squads. I got him on four different teams, New England Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount on two and both Cincinnati (for this week against Tampa Bay) and Baltimore’s (Week 15 at home against Jacksonville) defenses on a couple squads each.
Drop(s) of the Week: I dropped Oakland’s tight end Mychal Rivera and Denver’s defense from three teams each.
Lambeau Field update: My new additions weren’t enough to overcome the Dolphins-Broncos barnburner in Denver, missing an enormous opportunity to take a huge step toward qualifying for the postseason:
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