It may seem odd but it’s actually more important to win your first fantasy football playoff matchup than the second. Part of that logic is irrefutable: one can’t happen without the other. But the same could be said about the third and the second; the difference lies in if you win your quarterfinal you usually have three chances at money: finishing first, second, and third place (which would be decided the following week). So with four playoff matches this past week—I earned one first round bye—I’m very happy to report that I went 3-1, with the sole loss the easiest to stomach: it was the most modest entry fee ($22) and championship amount ($264) with no other prizes outside of the top two finishers.
Up next: four semifinal tilts (Unironic Witty Name returns rested and ready) and three additional quarterfinal matchups. This is where of all the hard work bears fruit. Cue the Don Cheadle promo: It’s playoff time!
A team-by-team breakdown of the week that was (note: playoff participants in bold; eliminated teams in red):
|Green Bay Gamblers||139.28-84.64||5-9||Lost 3||Ninth||1,484.23|
|Sterling Sharpe||94.92-81.62||11-3||Won 10||First||1,610.33|
|TR’s Peepers||106.88-90.62||6-7||Lost 2||Seventh||1,413.38|
|Valley Forge||126.1-114.5||5-8||Won 1||Ninth||1,151.1|
|Fuzzy Dunlop||205-176||10-4||Won 2||Third||205|
|The Taco Stand||175.44-162.78||8-6||Won 2||Fourth||175.44|
|Unironic Witty Name||First Round Bye||12-1||Won 5||First||N/A|
|Team||Points Against||Rank||Differential/Playoff Update||What If?|
|Green Bay Gamblers||1,590.81||Sixth||-3||Out with a whimper.|
|Sterling Sharpe||1,327.24||Second||-1||Ten in a row!|
|Brc||1,975||Third||-2||Torrey Smith’s goose egg too much to overcome.|
|TR’s Peepers||1,407.66||Second||-5||Second most points and I miss the playoffs. Major bummer.|
|Pangaea||139||Fourth||Semifinalist||Studs came through big time!|
|Valley Forge||1,210.1||Ninth||Even||Highest point total of the season!|
|GBG||159||Seventh||Eliminated||Absolute beat down. Wow.|
|Fuzzy Dunlop||176||First||Semifinalist||T.Y. stands for Thank You!|
|The Taco Stand||162.78||First||Semifinalist||Stafford-Megatron-Joique do it again!|
|Unironic Witty Name||N/A||N/A||Semifinalist||Rested and Ready!|
Week 14 regular season record: 2-2. Overall: 90-68-2 (.569)
Week 14 playoff record: 3-1 (.750)
Still Alive: Unironic Witty Name, The Taco Stand, Fuzzy Dunlop, Pangaea, Snuffleupagus, Brc, Sterling Sharpe
Season Over: Valley Forge, TR’s Peepers, Green Bay Gamblers, GBG
The point average of 134.5 for my eight participating squads projects to a solid 1,614 showing (fifth highest of the season):
Week 14: 1,076.0
Week 13: 1,706.6
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
Ranked third in regular season winning percentage but had the most Week 14 playoff wins in the last four years:
2014: 2-2 (90-68-2, .569); 3-1 (.750)
2013: 2-2 (92-67-1, .575); 1-0 (1.000)
2012: 1-3 (86-74, .538); 2-1 (.667)
2011: 4-2 (100-60-2, .623); 1-2 (.333)
And now for this week’s awards:
Player of the Week: T.Y. Hilton. While my triumvirate of Detroit Lions—Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Joique Bell—all came up huge yet again I have to bestow this prestigious honor on the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver. When all looked bleak for Fuzzy Dunlop, Hilton (playing against the Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden, one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks) absolutely took over. After only catching one pass for nine yards in the first half, he exploded for nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the second, accounting for a phenomenal 45 fantasy points. In a 205-176 victory, it is T.Y. who deserves the biggest thank you!
Goat of the Week: Peyton Manning (ibid). Oh and no one showed up in GBG’s 159-57 shellacking at the hands of religious blog-reader Lacy’s and Edelman. Well played, sir. Well played.
Team(s) of the Week: Everyone who wins a postseason contest is worthy of this accolade. So kudos to Fuzzy Dunlop and the down-but-never-out The Taco Stand. But if I have to single any team out it has to be my beloved supercontinent, Pangaea. In an über-difficult keeper league, the Green Bay Packers team quarterback led squad upset the three seed, 146-139, with Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, and the Packers defense holding off Julio Jones’ historic night to clinch a nail-biter. Big kudos, too, to Bell (38 fantasy points), the always stunning Jamaal Charles (34), and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (23) who made huge contributions to the huge victory.
Pure Genius: Fuzzy Dunlop starting the Denver Broncos defense over the suddenly hapless Bengals unit from Cincinnati. To wit:
What was I thinking?!: Again I sit the St. Louis Rams defense and again they pitch a shutout. Fortuitously this time it didn’t cost me a win. The Rams tallied 31 points while the Lions’ 13 were enough to secure a 154-118 victory for Snuffleupagus.
Pickup(s) of the Week: Though the amount of active teams are dwindling, crucial additions still need to be made. I was fortunate enough to grab new number two Chicago Bears wideout Marquess Wilson on two teams and also added the Tennessee Titans defense—in anticipation of their upcoming games against the J-E-T-S and Jaguars—on a couple of squads.
Drop of the Week: Brandon Marshall.
Lambeau Field update: Speechless.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Follow my quest for fantasy football championships on Twitter: @nicholasjonwood.