Along with the championship game being set between Team AZ Fixitmen and the Abergele JETS this evening, the Salford Bloggers won a game with much less meaning, but did so with a conviction that had been missing for many of the regular season games this year.
The first week of the consolation ladder’s first round was too close for comfort, as the Bloggers scraped past Kardac Kids srm by two points to take a slender lead into week 15; but finally Salford found their feet and scored almost twice as many points.
Boosted by big performances from Tony Romo, Mark Ingram, Demaryius Thomas, the Ravens D/ST and an unlikely eight-point week from Jimmy Graham, the team moves forward to take on the in-form La Linea Lineman in second round of the consolation ladder.
It will take much more than an average showing across two weeks to defeat La Linea Lineman than it did to take Kardac Kids srm, as the former has averaged a fantastic 133 points per game over the last four weeks after failing to even reach the 100-point plateau through the first 11 weeks of the season.
It will be tough, and the Lineman certainly won’t be as forgiving as the Kardac Kids. But if the Bloggers can raise their game like they did in week 15, then they’ll have a chance of closing out the fantasy football season in style – with a win .
Salford Bloggers – 170
Kardac Kids srm – 124
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QB: Tom Brady (287 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT 18 rushing yards) – 18 points
RB: Ben Tate (8 rushing yards) – 0 points
RB: Trent Richardson (32 rushing yards, 9 receiving yards) – 3 points
WR: Calvin Johnson (53 receiving yards) – 5 points
WR: Larry Fitzgerald (30 receiving yards) – 3 points
TE: Antonio Gates (54 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 11 points
FLEX: Terrance West (23 rushing yards) – 2 points
D/ST: Saints D/ST (15 points allowed, 3 INT, 7 sacks) – 16 points
K: Shaun Suisham (2 field goals made, 3 extra points) – 9 points
QB: Aaron Rodgers (185 passing yards, 27 rushing yards, 2 INT) – 5 points
RB: Antone Smith – 0 points
RB: Giovani Bernard (79 rushing yards, 24 receiving yards) – 9 points
RB: Shane Vereen (5 rushing yards, 12 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 7 points
WR: Eric Decker (100 receiving yards) – 10 points
WR: Sammy Watkins (28 receiving yards) – 2 points
TE: Mychal Rivera (39 receiving yards) – 3 points
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QB: Tony Romo (265 passing yards, -1 rushing yard, 3 TD, 1 INT) – 20 points
Tony Romo is hot at the moment, and he bounced back on Sunday night against the Eagles following his appalling effort against them just two weeks before. He now has four weeks of outings in which he has scored at least 20 points in his last five games, and will be a shoe-in to start next week over Philip Rivers, when the Bloggers take on La Linea Lineman.
RB: Mark Ingram (59 rushing yards, 1 TD) – 11 points
Ingram finally broke his five-game streak of going without a touchdown, while maintaining his status as an astute bit of business for me this year. But since he returned to his starting role for the New Orleans Saints in week eight against Green Bay, he has been a reliable starting fantasy back, who had only had a couple of down weeks. Hopefully he sees the game out with a scoring streak, though I wouldn’t hold my breath.
RB: C.J. Anderson (85 rushing yards, 11 receiving yards) – 9 points
For most fantasy football running backs this year, nine points would be a good return for any outing. But I was a little disappointed that C.J. Anderson didn’t get more. That’s not a knock on him – after all he had five weeks of double-digit points since assuming the starting role for the Broncos, following the absences of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman through injury. But that’s exactly why nine points seemed disappointing. In actuality it wasn’t. He didn’t hurt the Salford Bloggers in any way, and the feeling is based on the weight on expectation. Let’s hope he can return to double-digit scoring next week when he lines up against the Cincinnati Bengals.
WR: Demaryius Thomas (123 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 18 points
Week 14’s matchup against Buffalo saw Demaryius Thomas score just a single point, which was somewhat of a head scratcher if you’ve been following the Denver Broncos wideout at all this season. But it appears to have just been a blip, and he was back amongst the high scorers with an 18 point return against San Diego. Just what I like to see.
WR: Randall Cobb (96 receiving yards, 15 rushing yards) – 10 points
What surprised me about Randall Cobb in week 15 was that despite the Buffalo Bills stifling Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ passing offense, he still managed to be only four yards shy of 100, and had ten fantasy points on the day. While he has gone five games now without a touchdown, I was extremely pleased with his performance this week, because it could have been a worse. See: Jordy Nelson.
TE: Jimmy Graham (87 receiving yards) – 8 points
HOLD. THE. PHONE. Jimmy Graham, yes THE Jimmy Graham, scored an astounding eight points as the New Orleans Saints saw off the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Eight points is a great return from Graham after averaging a single point in the two weeks prior. Don’t be surprised if he goes missing again next week, however.
FLEX: Percy Harvin (10 rushing yards) – 1 point
Percy Harvin was my week 15 hit-and-hope, as I started him over Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins following the news that he had been cleared to play on Sunday against Tennessee. However, he played his lowest snap count of the season for New York, and only recorded one play – that being a ten yard run. It didn’t work out, but at least it didn’t cost the Bloggers the game.
D/ST: Ravens D/ST (12 points allowed, 1 INT, 1 TD, 8 sacks) – 23 points
And the performance of the week award goes to… the Baltimore Ravens defense and special teams. The units were great on Sunday afternoon, as they caused Jacksonville a lot of problems, especially for their offensive line who gave up eight sacks. The Ravens were a midweek pickup for me, and they proved to be the right decision.
K: Stephen Gostkowski (2 field goals made, 5 extra points) – 11 points
There was a lot of thought pre-game that went into which kicker would be starting for the Salford Bloggers. It turned out to be Gostkowski, and it also turned out that it didn’t actually matter, because my other kicker – Cody Parkey – scored the exact same amount of points as Gostkowski. Who knew?
QB: Philip Rivers (232 passing yards, 3 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) – 9 points
RB: Chris Johnson (55 rushing yards) – 5 points
WR: DeAndre Hopkins (77 receiving yards) – 7 points
TE: Jared Cook (22 receiving yards) – 2 points
D/ST: Dolphins D/ST (41 points allowed, 1 INT) – -2 points
D/ST: Vikings D/ST (16 points against) – 3 points
K: Cody Parkey (2 field goals made, 3 extra points) – 11 points