Thursday, December 13, 2018

3FL Notes: S18: Week 15 (Semifinals) Preview

The curse strikes again!! The Preds were beaten by the #8 seed 'Morons and our top regular season team now has only a single title in 18 seasons. And the 2nd and 3rd seed are also in the consolation bracket after the quarterfinals. Yikes.

All individual team pages (see links on the sidebar) and the 3FL Records have been updated and show statistics through the end of the 2018 regular season. This year's additions to the records page are in bold - and there are a lot of them! Through 1,422 regular season games we have scored a combined 183,766 points.

Don't forget about the two Saturday games this week (in addition to Thursday night). Make sure your lineup is set.

Week 14 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Dumbbums - 102 points

Player MVPs:
Amari Cooper (WR/Dal/D) - 39 points (T-3rd playoffs all-time)
Saquon Barkley (RB/NYG/B) - 25 points
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR/Pit/M) - 25 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 2/4 - 50%

Week 15 Information

Thursday Night: Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday Late: Houston Texans @ New York Jets
Saturday Night: Cleveland Browns @ Denver Broncos
Sunday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ Los Angeles Rams
Monday Night: New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers

Semifinal Games
(Winners play in 3FL SuperBowl XVIII, losers play for 3rd Place)

#4 Lightning vs. #8 Baltimorons
It was no surprise that the defending champs knocked off the #1 seed to make it to the second round of the playoffs. But it is a bit of a surprise that the Bolts are now the highest seeded team that's still in the championship bracket. Coach Thad will be the underdog here, too, and he'll have to make all of the right decisions to beat the favorable matchups of the 'Morons this week. It would be a shame to be just a TE away from a SuperBowl birth.

#6 Dumbbums vs. #7 Spiked Vipers
Our two top scoring teams from last week meet each other for a chance at the championship. They've been an even matchup all year, earning the same record and having only 11 points separate them after 14 weeks. The story here is that both of their starting QBs are questionable and SpiVi's Wentz might be out for the year. Will they spend their one add/drop trying to pick from the waiver wire for a replacement? Or will McCaffrey and Kelce help them advance by exceeding their already high projections?

Consolation Games
(Winners play for 5th Place, losers play for 7th)

#1 Predacons vs. #5 the HAW
All of the curses were just too much for the Preds to break. Despite their 10 win season and tying (with the HAW) for the scoring lead this season, the result ended up the same as the past 17 seasons. Meanwhile the CAPS had a down week in the quarterfinals, scoring more than 35 points less than their (league high) point estimate. All that said, this will be a good matchup that extends late into the prime time games.

#2 Yuengling Brewers vs. #3 Marauders
This wasn't supposed to happen. These two were supposed to be battling for a shot at the SuperBowl. But instead they meet here to try for 5th place at best. The Brew Crew had a strong year, but they waited until the playoffs to score their lowest total since...well since the week before. But the Marauders were in good shape even going into MNF last week. It took a silly performance by the Bears D for them to end up here. It might be our best matchup of the week (especially if both star RBs actually play), but the thrill is gone.

Good luck this week. The SuperBowl awaits!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

3FL Notes: S18: Week 14 (Quarterfinals) Preview

The last four playoff spots were taken by teams that won their matchups in order to get in. It's already shaping up to be an exciting run to SuperBowl XVIII!

Remember that ROSTERS WILL LOCK AT 1pm THIS SUNDAY, December 9th. Under our playoff rules you will be allowed to make 1 add/drop per week once the postseason starts, but only teams still in the winners bracket will be eligible to make a move (with waivers set in reverse order of seeding).

Three wins in a row wins it all!!

Week 13 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 119 points

Player MVPs:
Patrick Mahomes II (QB/KC/MI) - 34 points
Todd Gurley II (RB/LAR/tH) - 28 points
Russell Wilson (QB/Sea/tH) - 28 points

Regular Season Final Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 48/78 - 61.54%
Yahoo! Projections: 43/78 - 55.13%

Week 14 Information

Thursday Night: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
Sunday Night: Los Angeles Rams @ Chicago Bears
Monday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks

The Comm-nosticator is finished for the year, but game previews are not...

#1 Predacons vs. #8 Baltimorons
The Preds won ten games, tied as our top scoring team and earned our top spot, so now they have to deal with the curse of the #1 seed too. We all know what's going to happen to them this postseason. It's just a matter of when. Their loss might come as soon as this week, as the defending champion 'Morons are our hottest team despite their seeding. They've won their last three and have the highest projected point total of the week.

#2 Yuengling Brewers vs. #7 Spiked Vipers
It all came down to last week's game for SpiVi and they left no doubt, outscoring the rest of the league and punching the final ticket to the postseason. Now they get to play the team that had the lowest score last week. The Brew Crew saw a resurgence this season but all those Qs from our regular season finale remain. Who is going to actually make it onto the field?

#3 Marauders vs. #6 Dumbbums
The 'Bums won't have their top RB for the playoffs so they'll have to come up with another solution. Replacing 200+ points won't be easy though. Still, this one looks to be our best game of the quarterfinals. These teams are evenly matched and Sunday Night Football will give us an exciting ending. Just one thing - I know it's only Thursday, but are these two serious about their Defensive starters?

#4 Lightning vs. #5 the HAW
Our battle in the middle of the standings is going to stretch from tonight all the way through MNF. The Bolts have won their last three in a row but this one is going to be tougher, with the matchups heavily favoring the CAPS. Coach Thad will need a good showing tonight and he'll need to make all the right lineup decisions because prime time belongs to the HAW.

Good luck in the playoffs! The trophy awaits!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

3FL Notes: S18: Week 13 Preview

Last week we saw two MNF comebacks that punched two more postseason tickets. Plus the 'Morons outscored the league again to be our fourth qualifier (even though they're our 9th best team). All of the divisions are decided, but we're on track to break some season-long records this week, and with half of the playoff spots still available it should be quite a finale!

Week 12 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Baltimorons - 114 points

Player MVPs:
Christian McCaffrey (RB/Car/SV) - 35 points
Amari Cooper (WR/Dal/D) - 30 points
Deshaun Watson (QB/Hou/L) - 29 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 44/72 - 61.11%
Yahoo! Projections: 40/72 - 55.56%

Week 13 Information

Thursday Night: New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys
Sunday Night: Los Angeles Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday Night: Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 13:

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
This might be the year that a division winner squeezes out a team that's higher in the standings. Our defending champion has already clinched the South (and the postseason spot that comes with it), and the Stompers are stuck in last place. So there's really nothing to see here.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The Preds have been at the top of the league for the past three weeks. But is that a good thing? We all know about the curse of the #1 seed, and it's looking like the Renegades can help in dropping them out of that spot. So then all they'll have to worry about is the 0-18 championships thing.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Our two top scoring teams get to battle it out this week. Only four points separate them, and they're both on track to break the all time record for points scored in a season. You'd think it should be a high-flying game but they have ten Qs between them. Ten.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
PEP really needed a win last week but they ended up with only 61 points and at the wrong side of the Biggest Blowout™. There is still a sliver of a chance that they could make the postseason, but they'll need a win against the Bolts and A LOT of help. Coach Thad is in fourth place but it's still possible that even he could miss the playoffs with a loss here.

the HAW (-1/2) vs Marauders
The Marauders have won the West but the perennial powerhouse CAPS are right in the thick of the .500 group still clawing for a postseason spot. They're projected to score the highest point total in the league this week, but we all know how that goes. Coach HAW will need to make all of the right starting lineup decisions and then kind of root against the Steelers on Sunday night.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
It all comes down to this. These teams have the same record and are within three points of each other coming into this matchup. The 'Morons are putting a wrench into the system, though, so the winner here is in and the loser will have to have a lot of things work in their favor. It's going to be interesting to have FitzCorp root against a couple of Eagles on MNF.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

3FL Notes: S18: Week 12 Preview

The highest scoring MNF in history gave us a thrilling end to the week and ton of fantasy points.

Only one playoff spot is claimed with just two weeks to go. Here's to an exciting week full of drama and turkey!

Week 11 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Baltimorons - 126 points

Player MVPs:
Patrick Mahomes II (QB/KC/MI) - 37 points
Tyreek Hill (WR/KC/tH) - 33 points
Saquon Barkley (RB/NYG/B) - 33 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 40/66 - 60.61%
Yahoo! Projections: 36/66 - 54.55%

Week 12 Information

Thursday Early: Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
Thanksgiving Late: Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving Night: Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Sunday Night: Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Monday Night: Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Bye Week: Chiefs, Rams

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 12:

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Renegades
When your team is struggling the last thing you need is to have your starting QB benched in the middle of his game. Of course we can trace the Renegades difficulty this year all the way back to the drafting of Le'Veon Bell. Who is still on their bench for some reason. Are they advocating a keeper league for next year?

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
These two teams are headed in opposite directions and this game is actually for the division lead in the East. That would have been crazy talk just two weeks ago. The Corporation has been leaning heavily on Pat Mahomes, but he's on a bye this week. That makes things more difficult but all those Brew Crew Qs will help.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The Preds are still in first place and are now two games up with two games to go. The Bolts would put themselves in a great spot with a win here. It will be an even matchup but Coach Sinkerbeam has so many players today that it will be stressful watching as the Lightning finish the comeback 4 1/2 days from now on MNF.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
It has to be hard watching one of the most amazing MNF performances happen as a comeback for your week 11 opponent. That leaves the 'Bums hanging on to 7th place but with their best RB on a bye. They should still win, but wouldn't it be fun for the Stompers to make things difficult?

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. the HAW
Things look a little different for our highest scoring team when their best players are all on a bye at the same time. The CAPS will look to replace Gurley, Cooks and Tyreek Hill against SpiVi this week. And Coach Nick is happy with that scheduling, as they need some wins and some help to claw their way into the postseason (even though they have the same record as the three teams above them in the standings).

And the game of the week...

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Whoa. It's not overstating things to say that the whole season may come down to this game for each of these two teams. The winner takes control of the South (and the automatic playoff spot that comes with that) with only one week remaining. PEP is all in, with four waiver claims already on Wednesday morning. We'll all be watching a K on MNF to decide it!

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck this week!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

3FL Notes: S18: Week 11 Preview

We continue to rewrite the record book his season. Coach HAW almost matched his best ever weekly team total and it was another top five league total for the week.

Remember that there are six teams on a bye again. We're back to divisional games and all eight postseason berths are still up for grabs with only three weeks remaining. Here we go!

Week 10 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: the HAW - 147 points (2nd all-time)

Player MVPs:
Ben Roethlisberger (QB/Pit/D) - 38 points
Nick Chubb (RB/Cle/MI) - 32 points
Christian McCaffrey (RB/Car/SV) - 31 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 36/60 - 60%
Yahoo! Projections: 33/60 - 55%

Week 11 Information

Thursday Night: Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks
Sunday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Monday Night: Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams
Bye Week: 49ers, Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots,

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 11:

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The CAPS now own the top two highest weekly team point totals in our history. And both of those records were set in the past five weeks. The Preds may hold the #1 seed for now, but 140+ point totals aren't concerned with the standings.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
So the Marauders are technically at the top of the West at the moment (thanks to their division record), and they can stay there with a win this week. The matchups are just about even. It will come down to personnel decisions.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
The Brew Crew managed to fill in all of those bye week slots and are projected to score in the double digits. They just have to hope that all of those Qs actually play. The 'Morons need this more, but they've got their own Qs to deal with.

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Coach Bev doubled her win total last week, but this matchup is a taller task. Even though the Phenoms have a bench full of byes they are still leading in the projections by around 30 points. Yikes.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Renegades
The Bolts wouldn't qualify for the playoffs if the postseason started today. They have a better record than the 'Morons but because the division leaders automatically advance, Coach Thad would be on the outside looking in. They can boost their chances with a win this week against a team that scored our lowest weekly total since before the rules change.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Same division. Same record. This battle should be great, and nothing will be settled until MNF. It will all come down to whether the Chiefs score more through the air or on the ground. Or will their kicker decide the victor?

Good luck this week.