We're in the middle of the season already! Tension is high with players shifting in and out of their bye weeks while most of us struggle to get in or stay inside that playoff bubble. Injuries and fatigue are taking their toll on the players. It's time to buckle down and make your push to win a ride on the Ship. Paraphrasing Cersei Lannister, "When you play the game of fantasy football you win, or you die."
Here are the current leaders: In the Bubble:
AFC East: Excederin Migraines GRONK OF THRONES
AFC West: ThoughtIHadAByeWeek big blue
NFC North: Tyrodasaurus Rex The NY HITMAN
NFC South: My Pet Monsters Get Off My Ditka
BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK: Star Chasers 82.36 vs big blue 123.78
Star Chasers suffered their 5th loss in a row by getting blown out by 41.42 points. Of the losses Star Chasers has had, three were against opponents who topped their season scoring average that week. With 4 players on a bye week Star Chasers grabbed QB Josh McCown off the waivers and his output was nearly 10 points higher than projected but it was just no match for the might of big blues upset squad this week. big blue played the NY Giants defense against Denver, for some reason, and I'm not sure who he paid off but the Giants DEF gave him 22 points which is 5 points higher than ALL THEIR GAMES COMBINED! o_0 Hold up, I'm not done yet. The New Orleans Saints traded away unproductive Adrian Peterson with a 5 week combined score of 8.5 points. He goes to the Arizona Cardinals and proceeds to RUN ALL OVER the Bucs with 134 yards and 2 TD's giving big blue 25.40 fantasy points. big blue also had Antonio Brown and with 21.50 points, had the highest WR score of the week. Rookie big blue (5-1, 520.76 points) remains in the AFCE 2nd place spot while Rookie Star Chasers (1-5, 429.04 points) is still looking up at everyone from the cellar.
PHOTO FINISH OF THE WEEK: BERGER KINGS 83.72 vs GRONK OF THRONES 84.74
Rookie team BERGER KINGS came into the MMFFL to replace the now defunct Not Too Shabby and almost pulled out a win against the now 5 and 1 GRONK OF THRONES. At 1.02 points, the GRONK OF THRONES margin of victory was the tightest of the week. The opportunity was there for BERGER KINGS when QB Jameis Winston hurt his throwing shoulder and left the game with only 2.44 points for GRONK OF THRONES. RB Dion Lewis did his part for the team scoring double his projections but WR Martavis Bryant spent too much time arguing with his girlfriend over trade rumors instead of getting open and catching some passes from Old Ben. With only 2.7 points after 3 targets and 2 receptions it would have taken just 1 decent catch to win the game. GRONK OF THRONES got GRONKS biggest output of the season yet with 20.30 points and Defenses have enough film on rookie sensation RB Kareem Hunt now to hold him to a decent 11.00 fantasy points and 0 TD's the past few weeks. GRONK OF THRONES (5-1, 633.40 points) remains in 2nd place of the NFCN and BERGER KINGS (2-4, 440.08 points) stays in 3rd place in the NFCS.
DUMPSTER FIRE OF THE WEEK: Legion of Boom 54.54 vs Da Boyz 72.62
Usually this category is reserved for the team with the lowest output of the week but this week both teams under performed. The outcome of this game was sealed on September 1, 2017 at 6:30pm when Da Boyz selected RB Le'Veon Bell with the Number 1 overall draft pick. He was the only player between these two teams that showed up at gametime in a big way where he scored 25.10 points with 179 rushing yards, 1 TD, and 12 reception yards. The only other player for Da Boyz that simply met his projections was WR DeSean Jackson who caught for 38 yards and a touchdown. Legion of Boom had 8 of their 9 starters score less than their projected points. It was RB Tevin Coleman who ran for 32 yards and a touchdown just to try to keep Legion of Boom alive but in the end it was her lowest score of the season. Da Boyz (3-3, 498.24 points) remains in 2nd place in the NFCS while Legion of Boom (2-4, 475.36 points) stays in 4th place in the North.
Get Off of My Ditka! 103.16 vs BUFFBULLY 64.22
2.48 points was all that stood between this non-categorized game versus winning the spot in the Blowout of the week category. It had no chance to make the Photo Finish category. 41.42 points is what stood between Rookie BUFFBULLY and victory but what's worse is that she lost more than just the game this week! Her star player QB Aaron Rodgers done broke his right collar bone and will require surgery. After seeking the wisdom of our local expert, Google, it appears his probability of returning this season is between "Hell no" and "LOL". Three of the five losses for BUFFBULLY this season have come when their opponent had their highest-scoring week of the season. Rookie Get Off of My Ditka! has overachieved for three straight weeks and this weeks 103.16 is his highest score of the season. BUFFBULLY (1-5, 437.50 points) is 3rd of the AFCW and Get Off of My Ditka! (4-2, 521.92 points) maintains 3rd in the AFCE.
Gashouse Gorilla's 83.38 vs ThoughtIHadAByeWeek 95.14
Eh.... Who cares? Moving on.....
D-TOWN BEATDOWN 88.48 vs Excedrin Migraines 110.82
If I were to describe Excedrin Migraines in two words it would have to be "5 wins, 1 loss". Unfortunately for D-TOWN BEATDOWN the loss isn't from them. LA Chargers RB Melvin Gordon abused the Raiders when he rushed for 83 yards and caught 67 passing yards that included a TD totaling 27 Fantasy points for Excedrin Migraines. The other LA team, the Rams' Defense totaled 22 points with a Kick and a punt return TD along with 5 sacks. I'll let you guess who had them on their roster. To be fair, D-TOWN BEATDOWN got a strong performance from his hometown crew the Lions when they also had a Kick and punt return for a TD along with 2 picks giving him 17 points. Three of the five losses for D-TOWN BEATDOWN this season have come when their opponent had their highest-scoring week of the season whereas Excedrin Migraines has won three times this year when their opponent scored higher than their season average. Excedrin Migraines (5-1, 530.52 points) remains in 1st place in the AFCE while D-TOWN BEATDOWN (1-5, 472.62 points) stays way down in 2nd place of the AFCW.
League Champion Hard Knocks 61.14 vs The NY HITMAN 80.40
It's the 3rd straight win for The NY HITMAN and the 5th straight loss for our League Champ Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks has been unable to meet their projected points for the fifth week in a row and is tied for the longest losing streak in the league. It was poor timing for Hard Knocks this week as QB Derek Carr threw 2 INTS and had a final score of 8.84 points compared to The NY HITMANS QB Deshaun Watson who's been killing it while averaging 29 points a game since week 3. The NY HITMAN (4-2, 524.20 points) remains in 3rd in the NFCN and League Champion Hard Knocks (1-5, 437.90) continues to rest in 4th place in the NFC South.
Gashouse Gorilla's 83.38 vs ThoughtIHadAByeWeek 95.14
I was just playing, here you go guys: Gashouse Gorilla's ThoughtHeMightHaveAWinWeek when he went into Monday Nights game with a 9.78 point advantage and RB Demarco Murray left to play against QB Marcus Mariota who was listed as Questionable all week and Kicker Ryan Succop. BUT WE ALL KNOW HOW FICKLE FANTASY FOOTBALL IS! If there was ever a leg to be coveted this week as highly as the leg lamp that Ralphie's Old Man Murphy worshipped in A Christmas Story it would have to be Succup's leg this week. With 21 Kicking points that leg could be called "indescribably beautiful". The next highest Kicker score was 14 points. He outscored both teams QB's! ThoughtIHadAByeWeek came into the Monday night game facing a 9.78-point deficit, but ended up scoring 36.24 for the comeback. With a combined 36.10 points from their WRs, ThoughtIHadAByeWeek got their highest combined scoring output from the WR position this season. Gashouse Gorilla's (2-4, 410.72 points) is 4th in the East and ThoughtIHadAByeWeek (4-2, 552.56 points) is number 1 of the West.
KING OF THE HILL: My Pet Monsters 94.00 vs Tyrodasaurus Rex 71.16
Previously undefeated but still reigning King of the Hill in the number 1 spot Tyrodasaurus Rex has suffered their first defeat at the hands of My Pet Monsters. It was the highest score of the season for My Pet Monsters and the lowest for Tyrodasaurus Rex. Week 6 Top scoring QB Kirk Cousins helped pave the way to victory with 330 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown giving My Pet Monsters 28.80 points. Leading scorer for Tyrodasaurus Rex RB Jerick McKinnon led the way with 69 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, and a receiving TD. Jerick McKinnon has 245 total yards and three touchdowns in the two games since Dalvin Cook suffered a knee injury and seems to be a productive pickup for the Rex since he snagged him off the waivers on Oct 4th. My Pet Monsters (3-3, 499.80 points) remains in 1st place of the South while Tyrodasaurus Rex (5-1, 560.78 points) stays in first place in the North and the league.
WEEK 6 SPECIAL AWARD: Dirty 30 (Team with the starting player closest to 30pts [under or over])
My Pet Monsters - QB Kirk Cousins 28.80 points