Thursday, December 07, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 14 Preview

We had our first tie in almost two years and four more teams secured a trip to the playoffs. For our last week of the regular season there are five teams with a shot at the remaining two postseason spots (and none of them play each other). 

It should be a another great finale with two scheduled Monday night games to make things even more exciting!

Week 13 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Teams: Renegades/Yuengling Brewers - 110 points

Player MVPs:
DK Metcalf (WR/Sea/PEP) - 31 points
Deebo Samuel (WR/SF/YB) - 31 points
Tyreek Hill (WR/Mia/SV) - 27 points
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/YB) - 27 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 52/78- 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 50/78 - 64.10%

Week 14 Information

Thursday Night: New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
Monday Night: Tennessee Titans @ Miami Dolphins
Also Monday Night: Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
Bye Week: Cardinals, Commanders

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 14:

Yuengling Brewers (-1) vs. Predacons
Our second SuperBowl XXII rematch of the season appropriately has our current #1 and #2 team going head-to-head. Is this a preview of a championship game repeat? It's looking like another easy win for our defending champs, which would put the Brew Crew on the records page with a W9 heading into the playoffs. And if they score 84 points or more they'll end up in the top five season point totals of all time.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
An amazing MNF comeback saw the 'Morons jump into a tie last week on the game winning kick as time expired, and they clinched a postseason spot with that result. PEP can still make it in, but a win and/or a bunch of points here would be a big help. The projections are not in their favor, but no matter what things won't be settled until Monday night.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
The 'Bums may be 10th in the league at the moment but they still have a shot at playing next week. They're in the same spot as the Phenoms (just with seven fewer points). So really, a win would be extremely helpful. The Marauders have other ideas, though, and they still have a shot at the West Division crown. Players in every NFL time slot will extend the fun all week.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
So FitzCorp isn't going to get to the playoffs based on points (134 is a lot to make up in one game). But if they win here and the Vipers, Phenoms and Dumbbums lose, they're in. It's not impossible. The toughest part for Coach Tim-A might be rooting for the Dallas Defense against his E-A-G-L-E-S.

And the games of the week...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Despite starting two players on a bye, the Stompers halted their losing streak at seven last week. Perhaps they can continue that momentum and ruin SpiVi's chance at a playoff berth? The Vipers are in the 8th spot now but are less than 25 points ahead of each of the next two teams in the standings (and with identical records). There are many scenarios for them, but the best ones start with a win here.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. the HAW
Win and they're in. That's all the Bolts have to do from the 7th spot. Of course that's easier typed than done when the game is against the team that has already clinched the division and is headed to their 14th postseason in a row. And because of season point totals, a loss against the CAPS might allow the Lightning to be leapfrogged by two (or three) teams and pushed out of the playoffs completely. This is going to be a good one!

Good luck this week!

Thursday, November 30, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 13 Preview

We just had our highest scoring week of the year and saw our first two playoff spots finally claimed, but there are still six up for grabs. Things are still very much in flux with only two weeks to go in the regular season. And this week of divisional matchups also includes six NFL teams on a bye. It's going to be interesting!

Also last week we crossed over the quarter million points milestone. After 1,818 games in 303 weeks, the 3FL has scored a combined total of 250,790 regular season points. WOW!!

Week 12 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Yuengling Brewers - 124 points

Player MVPs:
Kyren Williams (RB/LAR/R) - 32 points
Christian McCaffrey (RB/SF/M) - 25 points
Bijan Robinson (RB/Atl/P) - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 49/72 - 68.06%
Yahoo! Projections: 48/72 - 66.67%

The Comm-nosticator was 6/6 in week 12 predictions

Week 13 Information

Thursday Night: Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys
Sunday Night: Kansas City Chiefs @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night: Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Bye Week: Bears, Bills, Giants, Raiders, Ravens, Vikings

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

Dumbums (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
Both of these teams are fighting to play in week 15 and the loser of this game is most likely going to be eliminated from contention. If the Corporation picks up some bye week fill-ins it could be close, but all those Qs on the 'Bums' side of the field don't instill confidence either way. Perhaps we'll have to wait until MNF.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
With a combined six bye week starters to replace (and many of those players not yet on either roster), I have no idea what's going to happen here. Let's go with the Stompers, who need a W to stop their 7 game losing streak and avoid adding their name to the records page.

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Predacons
It's a good thing the Preds clinched a playoff spot last week. They're currently a 15+ point underdog to the 'Morons and starting Gardner Minshew at QB isn't going to help them avoid their first loss within the division all year. This one will be over long before the prime time players take the field.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
PEP could really use a win here to stay in the thick of the postseason race. To do that they'll just need to beat the defending champs, who also happen to have the best record and highest point total and are riding a seven game winning streak. No problem, right? Actually it will be closer than you think. Upset special?

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Renegades
It seems like the Marauders fate is usually dependent on the Dolphins. I guess that's what happens when four of your starters play for one team. The top spot in the West is on the line here, as both these teams have matching records and matching divisional records. It's going to be a good one.

And the game of the week...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. the HAW
Clinging to the last playoff spot with two weeks to go in the regular season is not ideal, but SpiVi is in good shape with points and projections. A win here will likely keep them in the top eight and having some key CAPS on a bye will help. But it may still come down to Monday night.

Good luck this week!

Thursday, November 23, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 12 Preview

It was another interesting week and most of the North Division got back on the winning track, but this time the West was 0-4. No postseason spots have been claimed and there are only three weeks to go!

All teams have now played each other one time and we're back to divisional battles to wrap up the regular season and figure out our playoff seedings. There are three Thanksgiving Day games and one on Friday afternoon game this week. Make sure your team is ready!

Week 11 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Phys. Ed. Phenoms - 100 points

Player MVPs:
Saquon Barkley (RB/NYG/L) - 25 points
Justin Herbert (QB/LAC/SS) - 24 points
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/tH) - 22 points
Lamar Jackson (QB/Bal/P) - 22 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 43/66 - 65.15%
Yahoo! Projections: 43/66 - 65.15%

Week 12 Information

Thanksgiving Early: Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Thanksgiving Late: Washington Commanders @ Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving Night: San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Sunday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Los Angeles Chargers
Monday Night: Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Bye Week: None

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

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Despite being fifth in the league in scoring, SpiVi is tenth in the standings. This game might come down to the health of D'Andre Swift. And if Josh Dobbs can engineer another comeback - this time for the Vipers on Monday night.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
It has not been a fun month for the Stompers. They're last in the league, have the lowest point total and have lost six in a row. And still they're only two games out of a postseason spot with three weeks to go. They'll have to hope Justin Jefferson is back in order to have a chance against the Thursday heavy CAPS. But you're saying there's a chance?

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
If the season ended right now, all the East Division teams would be in the playoffs. It's almost a shame they have to play against each other in these last few weeks. This game will be closer than it appears because it is unlikely the Preds will pick the correct Flex player or Defense.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
Only one game separates these two divisional foes (and 159 points). But that doesn't matter this week as it could really go either way (as long as the Corporation has a chance to optimize their lineup before the games start). Here's something I never thought I would type: The Marauders need big games from their Dolphins on Friday at 3pm.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
The 'Bums can enjoy Thanksgiving without worrying about their lineup; they don't have any active players until Sunday. Coach Val will have bookends to the game, with two on Thursday and her QB on MNF. And if Kyren Williams returns (as is expected) this week it should tip the scales in her favor.

And the game of the week...

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Wow, this is going to be a good one. The Brew Crew is holding on to the top spot and they've won their last six in a row. But the 'Morons have the highest projected total for the week and are definitely in position to break that streak. It will be even more entertaining since there is a player in every single one of the eight NFL time slots.

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck this week!

Thursday, November 16, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 11 Preview

An interesting Rivalry Week shuffled the standings a bit and saw the North Division's teams all lose again. They're now sitting at a combined L-14.

There are only four games left in the regular season and no playoff spots are clinched and no team is mathematically eliminated either. It should be a fun sprint to the postseason!

Week 10 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Yuengling Brewers - 128 points

Player MVPs:
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/YB) - 37 points
Keenan Allen (WR/LAC/M) - 29 points
Justin Herbert (QB/LAC/SS) - 29 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 40/60 - 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 39/60 - 65%

Week 11 Information

Thursday Night: Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Denver Broncos
Monday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs
Bye Week: Colts, Falcons, Patriots, Saints

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

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Last week was a better showing, but the Stompers have now lost five in a row and remain in last place in the standings. They still have a shot at the postseason but they'll need a win here to make things more realistic. The Preds are hoping Lamar Jackson can start things off tonight with a push for a W-3.

Marauders (-1) vs. Spiked Vipers
It's been a tough month for SpiVi as they've lost their last four and have fallen down to 11th place. It doesn't get easier this week against Coach Hoss. The Marauders will finish up just after dinner on Sunday and the Vipers will still have four players to go in an agonizing attempt at a comeback.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Lightning
The Bolts have lost their last three in a row but are somehow still atop the North Division (by a single point). This one will be closer than it appears at the moment (after some expected lineup swaps), but we'll all have to wait until prime time to see how it turns out.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Outscoring the league and putting up the biggest blowout of the week allowed the Brew Crew to remain alone in our top spot. They're the only team that can clinch a playoff spot this early and it might not even come down to the head-to-head matchup on MNF.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Only two total points separate these two teams after ten weeks of games. This matchup should be just as tight, especially since they have six players projected to score the same exact amount as their counterparts in the same starting positions. Weird.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
FitzCorp has caught fire lately, winning their last three and jumping into playoff position. PEP is moving in the other direction. They can't seem to catch a break since November started. This will be a great game and things look even across the lineup. Pay attention to the TEs and Football Night in America.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, November 09, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 10 Preview

The lower seeds won five of our six games last week and half of the league is now 5-4 on the season. And we have a fourth different #1 team in the past four weeks. Whose turn at the top is next?

Rivalry Week will have some great matchups but won't allow anyone to lock in a playoff spot yet. And don't forget about another NFL game in Germany on Sunday morning. Warum machen sie das weiterhin?

Week 9 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Dumbbums - 112 points

Player MVPs:
C.J. Stroud (QB/Hou/D) - 42 points
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/YB) - 26 points
Jalen Hurts (QB/Phi/B) - 25 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 35/54 - 64.81%
Yahoo! Projections: 35/54 - 64.81%

Week 10 Information

Thursday Night: Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Sunday Morning: Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
Sunday Night: New York Jets @ Las Vegas Raiders
Monday Night: Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
Bye Week: Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles, Rams

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for Rivalry Week:

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
If I would have told you that these two teams would be facing off in week 10 as the #10 vs #11 matchup you wouldn't have believed me. But here we are. Bye weeks won't be a factor, but SpiVi will need to choose the right QB starter to even have a chance. Even then, the projections are not looking favorable.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Lightning
After four long weeks the Preds finally picked up another win, putting them right back in the thick of things. And they get to face the Bolts with some of their key players on a bye. It might not even come down to the dueling WRs on MNF.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. the HAW
This classic rivalry is renewed with a lot on the line. The Brew Crew took over the top seed with their fourth straight win last week and they're our lone team with six wins. The CAPS are leading the North Division but come into this game as a big underdog. Even with Travis Kelce on a bye.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
This one looks very even across the lineups, especially when the 'Morons decide to pick up a kicker. Wow, there are a lot of red injury designations between these two. Things start tonight for the 'Bums but it's looking like it will wrap up in the early evening on Sunday.

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Marauders
It was a short stint at the top for Coach Hoss, but the Marauders remain in good shape as they still lead the West and are second in league scoring. The problem here is that all those high-flying Dolphins are on a bye. Can PEP pick the correct WRs to take advantage?

And the Rivalry Week game of the week...

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Our favorite and most obvious annual rivalry game should be a good one. The Stompers scored the lowest weekly total of the year last week, but they're set to rebound here. Meanwhile the Renegades held on against a furious MNF comeback for a two point win and a leapfrog in the standings. But they'll have to hope for their own prime time comeback this time around.

Good luck this week.