2011 – Week 8

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Just when you think you have the NFL figured out, a weekend like this one comes along and humbles you. The Pats lost to the Steelers: okay. San Diego lost to KC: um…hmm. The Saints lost to the 0-7 Rams: WHAT?!?! Yeah, coming off a 62 point game last week, the Saints lost to a winless team. Bizarre doesn’t begin to describe it. At least the Eagles appear to be getting back on track, but we can’t say the same for their center: 
The old butt-snap. You gotta love that one. Bad snaps are always fun to watch. On Monday night, Philip Rivers had this little gem:
Which led to this:
Worst. Day. Ever.
In the Hiawatha leagues, the writing is starting to appear on the wall for a number of teams. With playoff hopes slipping away, bottom tier teams must begin making plans for a Toilet Bowl push to win a ticket to the LoC next year! But the top tier teams are showing that they aren’t invincible – in fact, both top teams had their hands full this week!

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In the LoC, it’s Fumblecopter’s world and the rest just live in it. But this week, Andy met a high scoring JAWS squad and…well…just read on. Scores:
The Phantom Limbs (Peter) – 63
The Almighty Muffins (Mike) – 91
JAWS (Dave) – 103
Fumblecopter (Andy) – 74
Marshmallow Mateys (Cory) – 112
The Cutlass Cieras (Chris W.) – 96
Pacifists (John) – 77
Suck for Luck 2012 (Aaron) – 46
Monday Night (Phil) – 112
Mr. T Fool! (Eric) – 96
Nana Nancy Unit (Tyler) – 82
KRUG Kommandant (Denny) – 109
With his Rodgers/Forte core on byes, Fumblecopter was short-handed and got his clock cleaned by JAWS and Ray Rice. This is only Andy’s 2nd loss on the year, but it drops him to 2nd in the standings because….the Mateys beat the Cieras! The Mateys Mystique lives on! Cory’s team still has the lowest points against them, but he’s proving that he can still put up big numbers and win – 112 this week! He sits at 7-1 atop the standings. In a game with an identical score, Monday Night hung an L on Mr. T. It’s 2 in a row for Phil’s team! It’s 3 in a row for KRUG, who beat up on the Unit this week thanks to the Foster/Gore backfield. The Limbs’ RB corps has been completely wiped out by injuries. With five RBs on the roster (Felix Jones, McGahee, Tolbert, Spiller and Hardesty), the entire group scores zero points. Needless to say, the Muffins got an easy win. It was also an easy win for the Pacifists against Aaron’s team, who appears to be playing for next year’s top pick.
Current LoC Standings: 
Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts For Pts Against Streak Waiver Budget Moves
1. Marshmallow Mateys 7-1-0 .875 739 612 W-4 $79 6
2. Fumblecopter 6-2-0 .750 837 781 L-1 $95 6
3. KRUG Kommandant 6-2-0 .750 763 658 W-3 $100 8
4. J.A.W.S. 5-2-1 .688 791 694 W-1 $39 15
5. Nana Nancy Unit 4-3-1 .563 824 733 L-1 $100
6. The Cutlass Cieras 4-4-0 .500 791 765 L-1 $90 7
7. Mr T Fool! 4-4-0 .500 728 748 L-2 $57 14
8. Monday Night 3-4-1 .438 713 719 W-2 $66 12
9. The Phantom Limbs 3-5-0 .375 689 734 L-3 $72 16
10. The Almighty Muffins 2-6-0 .250 673 764 W-1 $53 28
11. Pacifists 2-6-0 .250 638 778 W-1 $92 10
12. Suck for Luck 2012 0-7-1 .063 595 795 L-2 $100 6

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While the LoC seems to be spacing out for playoff spots, the PL is completely up for grabs! The Alchemist, once the toast of the league, now has some company at the top. Scores: 
Mean Regressors (Chris A.) – 74
Glass Joe (Bernt) – 105
sasquatches r real! (Darren) – 86
a couple 13 14 wins (Wayne) – 94
Waffle Housers (Nate) – 102
McChamps (Tom) – 86
Nerd Herd (Bob) – 71
The Russell (Russ) – 54
Blackhearts (Jon) – 99
diddy (Jim) – 62
Beer Boys (Hyatt) – 90
The Alchemist (Chris T.) – 68
Yes, the Alchemist also picked up loss #2 on the year, thanks to the Beer Boys. The ‘Boys have been flying somewhat under the radar, but now have a share of the top of the rankings at 6-2! Also atop the rankings, the Waffle Housers! Nate’s team took down the McChamps this week behind Big Ben and Gore. So three teams are tied at 6-2, but FIVE teams share 4-4 records! McChamps are in that group, but so is The Russell – whose high-flying offense was solved by the Nerd Herd and only managed 54 (half his weekly average!). That also puts the Herd in with the 4-4’s. Glass Joe put up 105 to add another dose of misery to the Regressors season. Chris used his smack box this week to point out that of his drafted players, the most productive has been Jason Hanson – his kicker. D’oh! Then, in the closest game of the week, Wayne’s team managed to defeat the sasquatches by 8 thanks to a huge game by the Detroit D. Still, the sasquatches had a shot to steal a win on Monday night, but Vincent Jackson couldn’t push them over the top. Elsewhere, diddy is still barely treading water. The Blackhearts handed them their 3rd straight loss and kept them in the cellar for another week. 
Feast your eyes on the Logjam! Current PL Standings:
Rank Team W-L-T Pct Pts For Pts Against Streak Waiver Budget Moves
1. The Alchemist 6-2-0 .750 809 734 L-1 $69 8
2. Waffle Housers 6-2-0 .750 782 739 W-5 $41 7
3. Beer Boys 6-2-0 .750 773 670 W-5 $83 10
4. The Russell 4-4-0 .500 795 668 L-2 $34 24
5. McChamps 4-4-0 .500 737 745 L-2 $81 13
6. Blackhearts 4-4-0 .500 677 629 W-1 $87 8
7. sasquatches r real! 4-4-0 .500 668 654 L-1 $54 9
8. Nerd Herd 4-4-0 .500 636 680 W-3 $100 11
9. Glass Joe 3-5-0 .375 774 767 W-1 $100 3
10. a couple 13 14 wins 3-5-0 .375 682 800 W-1 $100 4
11. Mean Regressors 2-6-0 .250 622 764 L-1 $84 18
12. diddy 2-6-0 .250 615 720 L-3 $100 2
As you can see, NOTHING is decided in the PL yet. That 6th spot cutoff is murkier than ever. 

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Yes, the Mateys have the best record in the Hiawatha Universe at 7-1! But did you know that teams have only managed to score 612 against them this year? That’s an average of only 76.5 points per week? All Cory has to do is score 77 points and he should win every game! Scary. I guess that’s why they say “Defense win championships.” Will the cliche work in fantasy football? We’ll see come playoff time. Or perhaps next week as the Mateys draw Fumblecopter in a HUGE regular season game!
There are more byes to be aware of this week. Here’s who will be watching film (or, in the case of Berrian, watching the ball go through his hands): Minnesota, Detroit, Carolina and Jacksonville. 
I also wanted to call your attention to the Toyota Record Book link on the right side of the league pages. Clicking it will bring up some arbitrary medal awards, but the real treats are the stats pages. It’s there that I found out that The Phantom Limbs only average 54.5 points per week from drafted players – making them the worst drafted team in the leagues. On second thought, maybe you don’t want to see those stats….
And in case anyone is interested in how the two leagues compare to each other, here’s a link to a spreadsheet of combined standings and stats. Loc teams are shown in red and PL teams in green for easy reference. It’s an interesting comparison. 

Until Next Week,

Commish Peter

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