Salford Bloggers start or sit?: Week 16


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)


Week 15 recap: On to the next one

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

Kardac Kids srm

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

Salford Bloggers

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

The transaction counter: Week 14


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My transactions

Wed, Dec 10

Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Jared Cook (TE, STL)

Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Jonas Gray (RB, NE)

With Jimmy Graham underperforming, I decided to turn to the free agent tight end market for the first time in a while. The most interesting name in that group was Jared Cook, who has shown flashes of being a top tight end at points this season, but much like every other player at his position hasn’t been consistent. Cook will probably sit for a week or two, but should Graham falter in that time, the St Louis Ram will be waiting to replace him.

Jonas Gray, on the other hand, seems to be a one-game wonder, having had no meaningful contribution since his four touchdown performance against the Indianapolis Colts in week 11.



Salford Bloggers (SAL) added Ravens D/ST (D/ST, BAL)

Salford Bloggers (SAL) dropped Branden Oliver (RB, SD)

With the Baltimore Ravens facing the worst offense in the league in the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, I thought that I’d cut ties with the faded rookie star Branden Oliver, and replace him with the Ravens D/ST. I intend to start them in week 15, as they shape up to be better plays than the Vikings, who face Detroit at Ford Field, and the Dolphins who are against division rivals New England in Foxborough.



Other transactions

Wed, Dec 10

Wigan Warriors (Wig) added Martavis Bryant (WR, PIT)

Wigan Warriors (Wig) dropped John Brown (WR, ARI)



Team AZ Fixitmen (FULL) dropped Roy Helu (RB, WSH)

Team AZ Fixitmen (FULL) added Adrian Peterson (RB, MIN)



Thur, Dec 11

Abergele JETS (ABJ) added Patriots D/ST (D/ST, NE)

Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Terrance Williams (WR, DAL)



Abergele JETS (ABJ) added Jordan Cameron (TE, CLE)

Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Bishop Sankey (RB, TEN)



Fri, Dec 12

Abergele JETS (ABJ) added Vincent Jackson (WR, TB)

Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Nate Washington (WR, TEN)



Abergele JETS (ABJ) added Jets D/ST (D/ST, NYJ)

Abergele JETS (ABJ) dropped Colts D/ST (D/ST, IND)



Team Zachrich (TZ) dropped Cam Newton (QB, CAR)

Team Zachrich (TZ) added Matt Ryan (QB, ATL)

Salford Bloggers start or sit?: Week 15


Week 15 matchup (Consolation ladder – Round 2)

Salford Bloggers (59) @ (57) Kardac Kids srm



Projected lineup for Kardac Kids srm

QB: Tom Brady (NE, vs. MIA)

RB: Ben Tate (MIN, @ DET)

RB: Trent Richardson (IND, vs. HOU)

WR: Calvin Johnson (DET, vs. MIN)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (ARI, @ STL)

TE: Antonio Gates (SD, vs. DEN)

FLEX: Terrance West (CLE, vs. CIN)

D/ST: Saints D/ST (NO, @ CHI)

K: Shaun Suisham (PIT, @ ATL)


Lineup for Salford Bloggers

Quarterback (QB)Tony Romo (DAL, @ PHI), Philip Rivers (SD, vs. DEN)

Running Backs (RB1, RB2) – Chris Johnson (NYJ, @ TEN), Mark Ingram (NO, @ CHI), C.J. Anderson (DEN, @ SD)

Wide Receivers (WR1, WR2)Demaryius Thomas (DEN, @ SD), Randall Cobb (GB, @ BUF), Percy Harvin (NYJ, @ TEN), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, @ IND)

Tight End (TE): Jimmy Graham (NO, @ CHI), Jared Cook (STL, vs. ARI)

FLEX (FLEX): Chris Johnson (NYJ, @ TEN), Percy Harvin (NYJ, @ TEN), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, @ IND)

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

Kicker (K): Stephen Gostkowski (NE, vs. MIA), Cody Parkey (PHI, vs. DAL)


*Italics denote starters.


Other week 15 matchups

Playoffs (Round 2)

Barnyard Gems (111) @ (101) Team AZ Fixitmen

Abergele JETS (97) @ (93) Wigan Warriors

Consolation Ladder (Round 2)

Team apachefootball (77) @ (150) La Linea Lineman

Dallas Cowboyz2014 (68) @ (94) Team Zachrich

Week 14 recap: Halfway there


For a game the Salford Bloggers were projected to win by quite some margin, it never transpired to be. Though the lead will be taken into the second round of the consolation ladder, and gladly so, it was meant to be by more than two points.

It could have been even worse if it wasn’t for Tony Romo and yet another stellar week of performance by C.J. Anderson, because it appeared that just about everyone else on the roster didn’t bother to turn up.

Jimmy Graham continued his fantasy nightmare, Demaryius Thomas laid an egg, and the decision to start Cody Parkey over Stephen Gostkowski proved to be fruitless as the New England kicker was nine points better off at week 14’s conclusion.

To make things even worse, both the Vikings D/ST and Percy Harvin combined scored 28 points, and they both sat on my bench. The Dolphins D/ST and my lowest scoring receiver, Thomas, didn’t score a single point when you add them together.

Fortunately, Kardac Kids srm were slightly worse, and even they managed to undercut their projected score for the week. Their only salvo was a good performance from Tom Brady, coupled with big days for Calvin Johnson and Shaun Suisham.

There’s still a way to go as the second leg awaits in week 15; but hopefully the Bloggers’ players will band together will guide them through to the next round. It’s better to be ahead than be behind.



Salford Bloggers – 59

Kardac Kids srm – 57


Kardac Kids srm

QB: Tom Brady (317 passing yards, 7 rushing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) – 18 points

RB: Ben Tate (15 rushing yards) – 1 point

RB: Trent Richardson (30 rushing yards) – 3 points

WR: Calvin Johnson (158 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 21 points

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (34 receiving yards) – 3 points

TE: Antonio Gates (34 receiving yards) – 3 points

FLEX: Terrance West (54 rushing yards) – 5 points

D/ST: Saints D/ST (41 points allowed) – -8 points

K: Shaun Suisham (2 field goals made, 4 extra points) – 11 points


QB: Aaron Rodgers (327 passing yards, 28 rushing yards, 3 TD) – 27 points

RB: Antone Smith – 0 points

RB: Giovani Bernard (17 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards) – 2 points

RB: Shane Vereen (1 rushing yard, 30 receiving yards) – 3 points

WR: Eric Decker (89 receiving yards) – 8 points

WR: Sammy Watkins (127 receiving yards, 1 fumble) – 10 points

TE: Mychal Rivera (109 receiving yards, 1 TD) – 16 points


Salford Bloggers

QB: Tony Romo (205 passing yards, -2 rushing yards, 3 TD) – 20 points 

Tony Romo rebounded from his Thanksgiving nightmare to guide his Cowboys to a week 14 victory over Chicago. He threw the ball more in this game than he did against the Eagles, and it resulted in him throwing three touchdown passes to cap off an impressive performance. He was only one of two starters this week to actually help the Bloggers out, and so I was delighted with the former undrafted player’s production this week.

RB: Mark Ingram (43 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards, 1 fumble) – 3 points

Oh dear. Ingram didn’t start the game off in the best of ways as he fumbled the ball away early on, and never really made up for it throughout the rest of the game. The New Orleans Saints had a Sunday to forget as they were crushed by Carolina, and Ingram’s performance mirrored that. He’ll have better days.

RB: C.J. Anderson (58 rushing yards, 3 TD) – 23 points

C.J. Anderson has been an awesome free agent addition for the Salford Bloggers over the last few weeks, and he continued to impress as scored three times in the Denver Broncos’ 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. Despite his yardage taking a hit, the fact he scored 18 points from just ploughing the ball into the end zone was a God-send this week.

WR: Demaryius Thomas (11 receiving yards) – 1 point

All three of Denver’s touchdowns on Sunday came on the ground, so fortunately I was able to claim all the points off of those having C.J. Anderson in my starting lineup. But the downside of that was Demaryius Thomas’ worst performance of the season, hauling in two catches for a mere 11 yards and a single point. It wasn’t good enough, but Thomas has been one of the Bloggers’ top performers this year, and his outing against the Bills was quite clearly a blip on the radar.

WR: Randall Cobb (58 receiving yards, -1 rushing yard) – 5 points

Another week, another game without a touchdown for Randall Cobb. Earlier in the season he was catching touchdowns for fun, but the well appears to have dried up. Hopefully he’ll pick it up in the last few games. How Cobb fares could be crucial to the Bloggers’ fantasy chances.

TE: Jimmy Graham (25 receiving yards) – 2 points

Patience has been completely lost with my first round fantasy draft pick Jimmy Graham after yet another disappointing week. But despite his many frustrating outings in 2014, he still ranks third in scoring amongst tight ends, which shows just how shallow the position is. So whilst Jimmy Graham could be better – a lot better – it could also be worse.

FLEX: DeAndre Hopkins (49 receiving yards) – 4 points

This isn’t the way I envisioned DeAndre Hopkins to follow up his 35-point performance against the Tennessee last week, especially as the Houston Texans were taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars this time around. Unfortunately it was not meant to be, and ‘Nuk’ didn’t even make 50 yards. Poor showing.

D/ST: Dolphins D/ST (28 points against, 1 INT, 1 sack) – -1 point

The Dolphins defence are slowly, but surely declining, after scoring minus points two times in the past three weeks. It made them look even worse because the Vikings D/ST were on the bench, and they scored ten points. This performance may well knock Miami out of starting fantasy contention next week.

K: Cody Parkey (2 extra points) – 2 points

In recent times, it’s proving to be a difficult task to start the right kicker. In the past two weeks, Parkey has outscored Stephen Gostkowski significantly, and earned himself the right to start again in week 14 against Kardac Kids srm. But it didn’t work out as it should, and Parkey scored just two points, while Gostkowski kicked for 11. It’s going to be another headache of a decision over who will be the starting kicker for the Bloggers ahead of next week’s games.


QB: Philip Rivers (189 passing yards, 8 rushing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) – 9 points

RB: Branden Oliver (1 rushing yard) – 0 points

RB: Chris Johnson (53 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards) – 6 points

RB: Jonas Gray (9 rushing yards) – 0 points

WR: Percy Harvin (124 receiving yards, 3 rushing yards, 1 TD) – 18 points

D/ST: Vikings D/ST (24 points against, 1 INT,  1 fumble, 3 sacks) – 10 points

K: Stephen Gostkowski (3 field goals, 2 extra points) – 11 points