Thursday, December 12, 2019

3FL Notes: S19: Week 15 (Semifinals) Preview

For the first time since 2013 our top four seeds advanced to the semis, but it took some Monday night drama to get there. It ended up as our 3rd highest scoring playoff week ever and two teams put up playoff point totals in the top five of all time.

All individual team pages (see links on the sidebar) and the 3FL Records have been updated and show statistics through the end of the 2019 regular season. This year's additions to the records page are in bold. Through 1,500 regular season games we have scored a combined 196,919 points and each of our original 11 teams have played exactly 250 games.

Don't forget, the four teams still in the championship bracket will have only one player add available this week.

Week 14 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 128 points (T-1st, playoffs all-time)

Player MVPs:
Jameis Winston (QB/TB/MI) - 33 points
Austin Ekeler (RB/LAC/tH) - 27 points
Aaron Jones (RB/GB/MI) - 24 points
Ryan Tannehill (QB/Ten/SV) - 24 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 3/4 - 75%

Week 15 Information

Thursday Night: New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday Night: Buffalo Bills @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday Night: Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints

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

#1 Lightning vs. #4 Spiked Vipers
SpiVi flexed their muscles last week and tied the highest point total for a playoff week in our history. Add this to the fact that they scored the second most points ever in a regular season and that they're projected to score almost 100 points (again), and they're clearly not going to be an easy out. But if there's a team that can beat them it just might be the Bolts. They survived a down week in the quarterfinals (and the curse so far), but have only lost twice in their last twenty games. Twice! We won't have to wait for the result. This one will be over at around 7:30pm on Sunday.

#2 Misfits, Inc. vs. #3 Predacons
These teams have a combined seven players with a Q designation, including both starting QBs. Which of their skill players will take the field? That could tell the story. FitzCorp has the edge based on the matchups but both teams have players that can take over a game. All eyes will be on tonight's game as the Preds try to get things started but the SuperBowl spot won't be decided until prime time.

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

#5 the HAW vs. #8 Stiletto Stompers
I told you it was going to come down to MNF for the CAPS last week, but whoa. They actually made an incredible comeback but lost a heartbreaker in the waning minutes of the last game of the week. But don't be too sad for them - Coach HAW has as many SuperBowl victories as the four teams left in the championship bracket combined. They shouldn't have much trouble with the Stompers this week but that's why they play the game, right?

#6 Marauders vs. #7 Yuengling Brewers
This might have been our best game of the week if the Cowboys didn't cut the Marauders' kicker on Tuesday. Injuries are also scattered around these two rosters, but the players that do get to play will be evenly matched. Last week Coach Hoss had more points on the bench than in the starting lineup. They'll have a shot at the 5th place game if they can make the right choices this week.

Good luck this week. The SuperBowl awaits!

Thursday, December 05, 2019

3FL Notes: S19: Week 14 (Quarterfinals) Preview

Our five remaining playoff spots weren't officially decided until the MNF game in week 13. It's already shaping up to be an exciting run to SuperBowl XIX!

Remember that ROSTERS WILL LOCK AT 1pm THIS SUNDAY, December 8th. 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: Misfits, Inc. - 113 points

Player MVPs:
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB/R) - 30 points
Deshaun Watson (QB/Hou/tH) - 28 points
James White (RB/NE/D) - 28 points

Regular Season Final Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 47/78 - 60.26%
Yahoo! Projections: 43/78 - 55.13%

Week 14 Information

Thursday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears
Sunday Night: Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams
Monday Night: New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles

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

#1 Lightning vs. #8 Stiletto Stompers
Can you believe the Bolts lost again this season? I wonder if they've lost a little momentum going into the playoffs. They'll have to deal with the curse (which they knew long ago) but this game might be our best matchup of the week. It's going to come down to personnel decisions and which coach does better at managing the 3+ Qs on each side.

#2 Misfits, Inc. vs. #7 Yuengling Brewers
FitzCorp rolls into the playoffs after beating our defending champ in week 13 but they'll have their hands full with the Brew Crew this week. In fact our two seed is an underdog according to the projections. The players are even across the board but the prime time matchups will provide the drama. The Corporation may need to root for Saquon Barkley vs. the Eagles for the MNF comeback.

#3 Predacons vs. #6 Marauders
The scoring title ended up in the hands of the Preds this year, as they posted the most regular season points in our history. Lamar Jackson can continue his dominance and lead them through the postseason but we've all read this story before (18 different times). The Marauders have won their last three in a row and match up well across the board. All eyes will be on Monday Night Football to see who ends up in the semis.

#4 Spiked Vipers vs. #5 the HAW
SpiVi ended up second in scoring with the second highest total ever (by two points) after leading the league for most of the season. They may be 7-6 but they can break out in any week. Meanwhile the CAPS clawed their way up from last place just a few weeks ago and won in our regular season finale to keep their playoff spot. This battle stretches through every game time this weekend. It should be a good one!

Good luck in the playoffs! The trophy awaits!!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

3FL Notes: S19: Week 13 Preview

We're on track to break some season-long records this week, and with more than half of the playoff spots still available it should be quite a finale!

Here's to an exciting week full of football and drama and turkey!!

Week 12 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 143 points (5th all-time)

Player MVPs:
Lamar Jackson (QB/Bal/P) - 42 points
Ryan Tannehill (QB/Ten/SV) - 31 points
Chris Godwin (WR/TB/SV) - 30 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 42/72 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 38/72 - 52.78%

Week 13 Information

Thanksgiving Early: Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
Thanksgiving Late: Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving Night: New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
Sunday Night: New England Patriots @ Houston Texans
Monday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks

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

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
SpiVi must have noticed that they dropped to second place in the scoring race, so they went out and posted 143 last week to retain the title for now. They can break the record for most points in a season with a good showing against the 'Morons, but Coach Drew is desperate for a victory (and some help) to vault his team into the postseason. Those two ties will obviously be the difference.

Renegades (-1) vs. Dumbbums
It is technically possible for the 'Bums to still earn a playoff spot, but it's not realistic. Even if they earn a win this week they'd probably need to score double our highest total ever to even have a shot at playing next week. Plus the backup to their backup's backup has already been ruled out of today's game. Ouch.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The CAPS took a step back last week after their ridiculous jump from last to fifth over the previous three weeks. They still look like (just about) a lock for the playoffs thanks to their point total but a win here would make it a sure thing. The Preds have been on the good side of the Biggest Blowout™ the last three weeks in a row (and four of the last five). That's not going to happen again with these even matchups.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
This could be a preview of SuperBowl XIX and will probably be our best game of the week. The Bolts cannot stop winning but they'll be facing a FitzCorp team that has already qualified for the playoffs and can keep up with our top seed across the roster. But with nothing to really lose or gain there is nothing to see here.

And the games of the week...

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
The Stompers currently sit in ninth place (and the first spot out) while the Phenoms are in sixth. But Mahomes seems to be back to full strength and Coach Bev is a big favorite to win there, which could flip flop these teams in the standings. Either way it's likely for the loser to miss qualifying for the playoffs. And it's all going to come down to a Stompers comeback on MNF.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
This is a great matchup that also has serious postseason implications. Either of these teams is in with a win but might be knocked out with a loss and some unlucky outcomes across the league. Both have to hope to score above projections starting today, when Coach Hoss has two players going and Coach Brew has a starter in each of the early, late and night games. Do you think that was on purpose?

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck this week!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

3FL Notes: S19: Week 12 Preview

Two more teams qualified for the playoffs after our lowest scoring week since the beginning of 2017. There are still five postseason spots remaining with only two weeks to go, and every team is still in contention.

It's the last week of NFL byes. Finally!

Week 11 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Predacons - 103 points

Player MVPs:
Lamar Jackson (QB/Bal/P) - 36 points
Sam Darnold (QB/NYJ/PEP) - 27 points
John Brown (WR/Buf/P) - 25 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 39/66 - 59.09%
Yahoo! Projections: 34/66 - 51.52%

Week 12 Information

Thursday Night: Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
Sunday Night: Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers
Monday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Los Angeles Rams
Bye Week: Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Vikings

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

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
This one is going to be close, with the matchups looking just about even across the board. The RBs tilt the scales slightly to FitzCorp but don't count out Russell Wilson. It's looking like we'll have to wait until MNF to crown a victor.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
In just three weeks the CAPS have gone from twelfth place to fifth. That's pretty impressive. A win here might bump them up even more, but it might also keep PEP out of the top eight. Even with that tie.

Predacons (-1) vs. Dumbbums
The Preds have been on the winning side of the Biggest Blowout™ for three out of the last four weeks, and they just took sole possession of the scoring lead. The 'Bums are in last place and are our lowest scoring team. These two played back in week two and the Predacons won (in the Biggest Blowout™of that week). All of this just means it will probably end up Dumbbums by 25.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Marauders
Another tie for the Baltimorons this season makes the playoff picture more complicated. The winning team here puts themselves in the mix for a meaningful game next week. The loser might have to start thinking about next year.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Renegades
So the 'Bolts have locked in the top seed and the opportunity to break the curse. Is that a good thing? Their roster this week looks like one that's waiting for the playoffs to start, but they might win anyway. That will only tinker with the postseason hopes of the Renegades.

And the game of the week...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
There might be a different feeling going into this week had the Stompers taken a quick look at their lineup last week. It looks like they're starting a full lineup this week, but it doesn't help that Pat Mahomes in on a bye and that five other players have a Q next to them. Still, it will be fun matchup that will finish up on Sunday night.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

3FL Notes: S19: Week 11 Preview

It was an exciting Rivalry Week but we still have seven playoff spots available. Maybe a couple more will be claimed this week?

We're back to divisional games with only three weeks remaining. Here we go!

Week 10 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Predacons - 116 points

Player MVPs:
Lamar Jackson (QB/Bal/P) - 34 points
Daniel Jones (QB/NYG/PEP) - 32 points
Derrick Henry (RB/Ten/L) - 30 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 35/60 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 32/60 - 53.33%

Week 11 Information

Thursday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
Sunday Night: Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams
Monday Night: Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
Bye Week: Giants, Packers, Seahawks, Titans

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

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
In an entire year of fantasy football the Bolts have lost one game. One. So even if the projections are in favor of the Brew Crew you'll forgive me for still picking the Lightning. You too?

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Two weeks ago I mentioned how the CAPS were in 12th place but that they had a great chance to make the playoffs anyway. Well they've already jumped up to the 8th spot and they can leapfrog the Stompers in the standings with a win against them here.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Renegades
The West Division swept their Rivalry Week games and now two of them get to play each other. The Preds just climbed into a tie for the scoring lead but they'll probably need to figure out a WR3. And the Renegades have some Q issues of their own.

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
The 'Morons might be in 11th place at the moment but their week one tie might end up being important in our final regular season standings. They've also had SO MANY points scored against them, but it's not looking like PEP will continue that trend.

Spiked Vipers (-1) vs. Marauders
After four straight losses the Marauders are in last place with only three weeks to go. But that's only one game out of a postseason spot. They'll probably need a win this week to start in that direction, but SpiVi is averaging more than 99 points per game.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Fitzcorp is in second place after winning their last four in a row and they have a shot at earning a playoff spot this week (even though their best players are on a bye). The 'Bums still have a lot of Steelers on their roster. And it's not the year for that.

Good luck this week.