The League: Final playoff results

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And so there you have it, another fantasy football season is done, dusted and in the books. It’s been a great year. Thanks to all who participated and followed, and a big congratulations to the Abergele JETS for winning the playoffs and The League Championship. Enjoy!

 

Week 17 results (Playoffs round 2)

Championship Matchup

Abergele JETS* 196-177 Team AZ Fixitmen

*Abergele JETS win The League Championship! Congratulations to JETS owner Mark Roberts!

 

Third-Place Playoff

Barnyard Gems 150-167 Wigan Warriors

 

Consolation Ladder

La Linea Lineman 192-214 Salford Bloggers

Team Zachrich 161-109 Kardac Kids srm

Dallas Cowboyz2014 73-158 Team apachefootball

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Salford Bloggers start or sit?: Week 17

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Well here it is. After 16 weeks of doing this, it’s the final time many fantasy players across the land will be making decisions on who will start and who will sit for their respective fantasy teams this year.

A portion of those will be in the championship game, and will be playing to win leagues. For the Salford Bloggers, however, the story is a little different. A consolation game awaits, but in the spirit of the game, I’ll fight to the end and try to put out a team capable of winning. Here’s the starting nine who I hope will help the Bloggers close out the fantasy football season with a win.

 

Week 16 matchup (Consolation Ladder – Round 2, Leg 1)

La Linea Lineman (104) @ (102) Salford Bloggers

 

Projected lineup for La Linea Lineman

QB: Ryan Tannehill (MIA, vs. NYJ)

RB: Eddie Lacy (GB, vs. DET)

RB: Joique Bell (DET, @ GB)

WR: Alshon Jeffery (CHI, @ MIN)

WR: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG, vs. PHI)

TE: Coby Fleener (IND, @ TEN)

FLEX: T.Y. Hilton (IND, @ TEN)

D/ST: Rams D/ST (STL, @ SEA)

K: Steven Hauschka (SEA, vs. STL)

 

Starting lineup for the Salford Bloggers

Quarterback (QB): Tony Romo (DAL, @ WSH), Philip Rivers (SD, @ KC)

This was a close call. Although the Cowboys have playoff seeding to play for, it’s hard to assess just how hard they’re going to play against Washington, whereas Philip Rivers will almost certainly see a lot of action on Sunday as the San Diego Chargers have it all to play for as they look to lock up the final playoff spot up for grabs in the AFC. Rivers has the highest floor, but Romo has the highest ceiling in week 17. So being behind and needing points, I’ve decided to risk it and play the Dallas signal caller. Let’s hope this one pays off!

Running Backs (RB1, RB2): Chris Johnson (NYJ, @ MIA), Mark Ingram (NO, @ TB), C.J. Anderson (DEN, vs. OAK)

This wasn’t a hard decision. I only have three running backs on my roster, two of which could potentially have big weeks. The other one is Chris Johnson, so Mark Ingram and C.J. Anderson are in.

Wide Receivers (WR1, WR2): Demaryius Thomas (DEN, vs. OAK), Randall Cobb (GB, vs. DET), Percy Harvin (NYJ, @ MIA), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, @ JAC)

Percy Harvin is carrying two injuries and DeAndre Hopkins has been quite inconsistent this season. On the other hand, Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb have been two of the best fantasy wideouts this year, and will retain their starting places for the Salford Bloggers.

Tight End (TE): Jimmy Graham (NO, @ TB), Jared Cook (STL, @ SEA)

The fact I’m going to start Jimmy Graham despite a faltering season shows just how shallow the tight end position has been in fantasy football this year. But for as bad as Graham has been, it could be worse; he could be Jared Cook.

FLEX (FLEX): Chris Johnson (NYJ, @ MIA), Percy Harvin (NYJ, @ MIA), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, @ JAC), Jared Cook (STL, @ SEA)

Who’s the best of a bad bunch? Well, that has to be DeAndre Hopkins who isn’t too far off having as many points (146) as Percy Harvin, Chris Johnson and Jared Cook combined (221).

Defense/Special Teams (D/ST):  Dolphins D/ST (MIA, vs. NYJ), Ravens D/ST (BAL, vs. CLE), Colts D/ST (IND, @ TEN)

I brought in the Colts defense this week because they’re playing the Tennessee Titans. The only offenses worse than Tennessee’s are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. Although the Colts don’t have the best defense in the world, they should be good enough to stop the Titans’ offense and record more points than both the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.

Kicker (K): Stephen Gostkowski (NE, vs. BUF), Cody Parkey (PHI, @ NYG)

Last week both kickers had quiet outings, so this week’s decision is much of a muchness. I do think Gostkowski is a slightly safer pick though, as he has scored more points than Parkey this season.

 

*Italics denote starters.

 

Other week 16 games

Championship Matchup

Abergele JETS (83) @ (90) Team AZ Fixitmen

 

Third-Place Playoff

Barnyard Gems (87) @ Wigan Warriors (88)

 

Consolation Ladder

Team Zachrich (94) @ (48) Kardac Kids srm

Dallas Cowboyz2014 (28) @ (93) Team apachefootball

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My transactions

Wed, Dec 24

Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Colts D/ST

Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Vikings D/ST

 

Other transactions

Wed, Dec 24

Abergele JETS added 49ers D/ST (D/ST, SF)

Abergele JETS dropped Jets D/ST (D/ST, NYJ)

 

Abergele JETS added Connor Barth (K, DEN)

Abergele JETS dropped Matt Prater (K, DET)

 

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Dan Bailey (K, DAL)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Randy Bullock (K, HOU)

 

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Pierre Thomas (RB, NO)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Rueben Randle (WR, NYG)

 

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Mark Sanchez (QB, PHI)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Zach Ertz (TE, PHI)

 

Fri, Dec 26

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Jonas Gray (RB, NE)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Devonta Freeman (RB, ATL)

Week 16 recap: Mind the two-point gap

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Ahead of the Salford Bloggers’ week 16 consolation ladder matchup, I was a little worried.

Sure, it’s a consolation ladder matchup where seemingly the only real objective is to dodge the proverbial wooden spoon, but victory is still on the agenda.

And so entering week 16, I couldn’t help but be a little apprehensive. On paper, the Bloggers were set to win the matchup against La Linea Lineman. Though that was something they should’ve done in week 12 of the regular season when I needed the win to avoid being eliminated from playoff contention.

If we rewind to before that matchup, the Lineman – then carrying a 4-7 record – had yet to score 100 points in their previous 11 attempts. But if they had to break their duck against anyone, it had to be the Bloggers, who were on the end of some unfortunate resurgence throughout the season.

Though to be fair to La Linea Lineman, they haven’t looked back since, hitting three digits in each week since that week 12 meeting – and therein lays the root of my concern.

So it wasn’t a surprise when they went for over 100 points against the Bloggers, giving my team a big hill to climb early on.

The Bloggers haven’t been doing too badly themselves recently, but the first leg of the second round consolation matchup got off to a poor start, no thanks in small part to the likes of Jimmy Graham, DeAndre Hopkins and Stephen Gostkowski failing to make double digits, and generally underperforming. But at least Hopkins and Gostkowski don’t have the distinction of being first-round fantasy draft picks, so any animosity felt towards their performances in week 16 is already less than that of Graham’s.

But fortunately I had a couple of white knights that pulled me back towards my opponent. They were Tony Romo, who led the Dallas Cowboys to an impressive 42-7 win at home against the Indianapolis Colts, winning the NFC East title and scoring 26 fantasy points in the process, and C.J. Anderson, whose impressive season continued en route to 138 total yards, a touchdown and 19 points.

If it wasn’t for those two, as well as solid weeks from Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb, then the second leg may not look as winnable.

Two points is the bridge to gap, and hopefully the Salford Bloggers can finally exact some overdue revenge against La Linea Lineman.

 

La Linea Lineman

QB: Ryan Tannehill (396 passing yards, -5 rushing yards, 4 TD, 1 INT) – 29 points

RB: Eddie Lacy (99 rushing yards, 5 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 15 points

RB: Joique Bell (74 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 14 points

WR: Alshon Jeffery (72 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 13 points

WR: Odell Beckham Jr (148 receiving yards, 2 TD) – 26 points

TE: Dwayne Allen – 0 points

FLEX: Andre Williams (110 rushing yards) – 11 points

D/ST: Rams D/ST (37 points allowed, 1 sack) – -6 points

K: Steven Hauschka (3 field goals missed, 5 extra points made) – 2 points

Bench

RB: LeGarrette Blount – 0 points

RB: James Starks (3 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards) – 2 points

WR: Andre Johnson (65 receiving yards) – 6 points

WR: Michael Crabtree (5 receiving yards) – 0 points

WR: Michael Floyd (41 receiving yards) – 4 points

WR: T.Y. Hilton – 0 points

TE: Coby Fleener (36 receiving yards) – 3 points

 

Salford Bloggers

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QB: Tony Romo (218 passing yards, 28 rushing yards, 4 TD) – 26 points

This year may just belong to Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys… or so their fanbase hope. But Romo led his team to a crushing victory against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, which is an extremely impressive feat to achieve. Fortunately for the Salford Bloggers, Romo threw four of the team’s six touchdowns, which boosted the quarterback’s fantasy mark for the week to 26. And I was worried that I had made the wrong decision when Philip Rivers scored 24 points on Saturday evening. Thanks for sparing my blushes, Tony.

RB: Mark Ingram (38 rushing yards, 17 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 10 points

If it wasn’t for his touchdown, Mark Ingram would have had a terrible week. Fortunately he got that score and just crept into double digits along the way. It’s a shame, because Ingram had a few weeks where he looked like a bonafide RB1, but his recent performances seem to have gone by the wayside – much like his team who crashed out of the playoffs after losing at home to the Atlanta Falcons.

RB: C.J. Anderson (83 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 19 points

Prior to Monday Night Football, I was 32 points adrift of La Linea Lineman and really needed big performances from C.J. Anderson and Demaryius Thomas. Big performances from Anderson and Thomas I wanted, big performances I got! C.J. Anderson has been fantastic over the past several weeks, and he’s the ball that just keeps on rolling. His 19 points helped drag the Bloggers to within two of La Linea Lineman. Great stuff.

WR: Demaryius Thomas (115 receiving yards) – 11 points

While Demaryius Thomas didn’t have the highest scoring of weeks, his points combined with C.J. Anderson’s were enough to pull the Salford Bloggers close enough to La Linea Lineman to be able to move into the lead in the season’s final week.

WR: Randall Cobb (131 receiving yards) – 13 points

Randall Cobb’s run without scoring a touchdown stretched to six weeks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he more than made up for it with 131 yards as the Packers won on the road in Florida. This was one of Cobb’s good weeks.

TE: Jimmy Graham (53 receiving yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble) – 9 points

Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. When one of your number one fantasy pick’s best games is a nine-point outing, you know it was a pick that you didn’t spend wisely. Though I will take the points – it is better than half his other performance this year.

D/ST: Dolphins D/ST (35 points allowed, 1 INT, 4 sacks, safety) – 6 points

The Dolphins weren’t looking too sharp as their defense quickly allowed the Miami Dolphins to jump out to a 17-7 lead in the first half, and it didn’t get much better as they allowed 35 points through four quarters. Fortunately, Miami walked off on a safety, which gave their D/ST a nice little boost at the end of the game, meaning they finished on a respectable six points. It was a pleasing total, considering things could have been a lot worse. It was made even better because I decided to start the Dolphins over the Baltimore Ravens and the Vikings, neither of whom managed to score as many points as the Dolphins D/ST did.

K: Stephen Gostkowski (1 field goal made, 2 extra points) – 5 points

The decision on whether to start Stephen Gostkowski or Cody Parkey has become part and parcel of the run-up to fantasy games this season, and this week I finally picked the right kicker. Though really, it didn’t matter too much. Both players had bad weeks, and Gostkowski only bettered Parkey by a single point. Slim pickings, it would seem.

Bench

QB: Philip Rivers (356 passing yards, 4 TD, 3 INT) – 24 points

RB: Chris Johnson (30 rushing yards, 3 receiving yards) – 3 points

WR: Percy Harvin (44 receiving yards, 1 rushing yard) – 4 points

TE: Jared Cook (41 receiving yards) – 4 points

D/ST: Ravens D/ST (25 points allowed, 1 INT) – 2 points

D/ST: Vikings D/ST (37 points against, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack) – -3 points

K: Cody Parkey (1 field goal made, 2 field goals missed, 3 extra points) – 4 points

The League: Week 16 playoff results

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Week 16 playoff results

 

Championship Game (Round 1)

Abergele JETS (#3) 83-90 Team AZ Fixitmen (#1)

 

Third-Place Playoff (Round 1)

Barnyard Gems (#4) 87-88 Wigan Warriors (#2)

 

Consolation Ladder (Round 1)

La Linea Lineman (#7) 104-102 Salford Bloggers (#6)

Team Zachrich (#9) 94-48 Kardac Kids srm (#5)

Dallas Cowboyz2014 (#10) 28-93 Team apachefootball (#8)

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Other transactions

Wed, Dec 17

Wigan Warriors (Wig) added Cam Newton (QB, CAR)

Wigan Warriors (Wig) dropped Ryan Mathews (RB, SD)

 

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Stedman Bailey (WR, STL)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Pierre Thomas (RB, NO)

 

Thur, Dec 18

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Billy Cundiff (K, CLE)

Team Zachrich (TZ) added Matt Bryant (K, ATL)

 

Team Zachrich (TZ) added Browns D/ST (D/ST, CLE)

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped 49ers D/ST (D/ST, SF)

 

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Denard Robinson (RB, JAC)

Team Zachrich (TZ) added Doug Martin (RB, TB)

 

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Brian Hoyer (QB, CLE)

 

Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Andre Ellington (RB, ARI)

 

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Jordan Reed (TE, WSH)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Scott Chandler (TE, BUF)

 

Sat, Dec 20

Barnyard Gems (HD) dropped Adam Vinatieri (K, IND)

Barnyard Gems (HD) added Jonas Gray (RB, NE)

Salford Bloggers start or sit?: Week 16

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Week 15 matchup (Consolation Ladder – Round 2)

La Linea Lineman (#7) @ Salford Bloggers (#6)

 

Projected lineup for La Linea Lineman

QB: Ryan Tannehill (MIA, vs. MIN)

RB: Eddie Lacy (GB, @ TB)

RB: Joique Bell (DET, @ CHI)

WR: Alshon Jeffery (CHI, vs. DET)

WR: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG, @ STL)

TE: Dwayne Allen (IND, @ DAL)

FLEX: Andre Williams (NYG, @ STL)

D/ST: Rams D/ST (STL, vs. NYG)

K: Steven Hauschka (SEA, @ ARI)

 

Starting lineup for the Salford Bloggers

Quarterback (QB): Tony Romo (DAL, vs. IND), Philip Rivers (SD, @ SF)

Running Backs (RB1, RB2): Chris Johnson (NYJ, vs. NE), Mark Ingram (NO, vs. ATL), C.J. Anderson (DEN, @ CIN)

Wide Receivers (WR1, WR2): Demaryius Thomas (DEN, @ CIN), Randall Cobb (GB, @ TB), Percy Harvin (NYJ, vs. NE), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, vs. BAL)

Tight End (TE): Jimmy Graham (NO, vs. ATL), Jared Cook (STL, vs. NYG)

FLEX (FLEX): Chris Johnson (NYJ, vs. NE), Percy Harvin (NYJ, vs. NE), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, vs. BAL), Jared Cook (STL, vs. NYG)

Defense/Special Teams (D/ST): Dolphins D/ST (MIA, vs. MIN), Vikings D/ST (MIN, vs. MIA), Ravens D/ST (BAL, @ HOU)

Kicker (K): Stephen Gostkowski (NE, @ NYJ), Cody Parkey (PHI, @ WSH)

 

*Italics denote starters.

 

Other week 15 games

Championship Matchup

Abergele JETS (#3) @ Team AZ Fixitmen (#1)

Third-Place Playoff

Barnyard Gems (#4) @ Wigan Warriors (#2)

Consolation Ladder

Team Zachrich (#9) @ Kardac Kids srm (#5)

Dallas Cowboyz2014 (#10) @ Team apachefootball (#8)