Thursday, September 28, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 4 Preview

The parity in the league is apparent this season, as half of our teams have the same record. Also, each week has been higher scoring than the last. Will either trend continue?

Week 3 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Teams:
ray ray haw & Yuengling Brewers - 74 points

Player MVPs:
Matt Hasselbeck (QB/Sea) - 28 points
Brian Westbrook (RB/Phi) - 25 points
Clinton Portis (RB/Was) - 19 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 12/18 - 66.67%
League Voting: 10/18 - 55.56%
Yahoo! Projections: 9/18 - 50%

Only 8 of our 12 teams voted again last week. It will only take you a few minutes.

Week 4 Information

Sunday Night: Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears
Monday Night: Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Bye Week: Denver, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay

The Comm-nosticator's predictions for week 4:

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Assuming the 'Morons have a complete roster this week, they are getting a gift. The Brewers are a mess right now, with Shaun Alexander out and TO doing whatever it was he was doing. Baltimore's Defense could still keep this one interesting, though.

Misfits (-1) vs. Lightning
How does the team with the most points in the 3FL have a 1-2 record? Two straight high-scoring losses by one point, that's how. Maybe this week the 'Fitz will be on the winning end of a late night comeback. And if Westbrook doesn't play, maybe not.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Marauders
This will be a close game, as both teams have interesting matchups to exploit. But it will come down to how the Qs end up for the weekend. On a side note, can someone please explain to me how Maurice Morris fell to the 5th team in waiver priority?

Dumbbums (-1) vs. Rough Riders
The Steelers are off this week, and the 'Bums are probably better because of it. Some key Riders are also on the bye. The big difference is that Coach Coaldog will fill his starting roster with players who actually have games.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
One of these two will reach the .500 mark this week, and it's going to be a battle. It really could go either way, as the players on each team have either been hot or cold. Michael Vick will be the difference, as he is ready to make up for last week's performance.

And the game of the week...

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
This is going to be a good early season test for both teams. Expect a tight game with three things to watch - the haw's RB running against his own Defense, the battle of Philly TEs (with the edge going to the one you've heard of), and Philip Rivers (filling in for Eli Manning) running for his life all game long.

Good luck this week.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 3 Preview

Week 2 showed us some more drama, with a Sunday night tiebreaker and a Monday night standstill. You just never know what's going to happen.

Week 2 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: The Comfy Chair - 79 points

Player MVPs:
Peyton Manning (QB/Ind) - 26 points
Baltimore Ravens Defense - 26 points
Eli Manning (QB/NYG) - 23 points
Donovan McNabb (QB/Phi) - 20 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 9/12 - 75%
League Voting: 7/12 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 6/12 - 50%

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Week 3 Information

Sunday Night: Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Monday Night: Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Bye Week: Dallas, Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego

The Comm-nosticator's predictions for week 3:

Rough Riders (-1/2) vs. Lightning
This one looks to be a good matchup, and having both starting TEs on a bye will add to the drama. Even though Coach Bev only starts 8 of 9 active players, the Riders RBs will pick up the slack, and the Lighting will be left waiting for a Sunday night comeback. And hoping that benching Carson Palmer does not lead to frustration.

Renegades (-1) vs. Marauders
Coach Hoss is hoping that week 3 doesn't bring loss 3 to the Marauders. But RB injury issues and the need to cover his Defense's bye week make that a difficult task. Plus, Michael Vick is capable of "pulling a Cooley" and securing a last minute victory during a Prime Time game for the Renegades once again.

Baltimorons (-1) vs. ray ray haw
Daunte Culpepper should break out against Tennessee this week, and he may be the difference in this one. They'll both be interested in the Steelers game, too; between these two teams I think that every important player in the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati matchup will be utilized. Except for Carson Palmer - he's on the Lightning's bench.

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Always an interesting battle, Chair vs. 'Bums will not disappoint. But the two most prolific RBs in the NFL are both on a bye this week, one for each of these two teams. Instead we'll have to follow some different storylines. First, the debut of Coach Skrabby's fourth round pick. And second, the ongoing question of whether any of the 'Bums WRs will even catch a pass.

Yuengling Brewers (-1) vs. Spiked Vipers
The Vipers pulled out a surprising victory against the haw last week, but the Brewers matchups this week make that difficult to repeat. Still, you never know what Coach Googullymoogully's two Saints will do in their emotional return to the Superdome. We'll all have to tune in to Monday Afternoon Football to see (kickoff is at 2:30pm Hawaii time).

And the game of the week...

Misfits (-1/2) vs. Predacons
Interestingly enough, Coach Sinkerbeam and the External Consultant to the Misfits are also locked in a battle for the FMLB title right now. With a team at its peak and some soft matchups in both sports, the extended Misfits organization should sweep the weekend. McNabb to Ichiro is a lethal combination. Don't the Argyle Sox know that the #1 seed never ends up the champion?

Good luck this week.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 2 Preview

The NFL's first week had a little of everything - surprising players, compelling games, and fireworks being launched from buildings in the middle of the city of Pittsburgh. And after the 3rd lowest scoring week in 3FL history, things will only get more exciting from here.

Week 1 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Misfits - 73 points

Player MVPs:
Baltimore Ravens Defense - 23 points
Donovan McNabb (QB/Phi) - 22 points
Kurt Warner (QB/Ari) - 22 points
Charlie Batch (QB/Pit) - 20 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 5/6 - 83.33%
League Voting: 4/6 - 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 3/6 - 50%

Week 2 Information

Sunday Night: Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
Monday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Bye Week: None until week 3

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 2:

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
Coach Haw has already matched his win total from last year and we're only through one week of the season. But it isn't going to be easy for him to double the W's, as the Vipers look like they'll have a decent week. Get out the antacids - the Steelers D on MNF might be needed to complete a comeback.

Misfits (-1) vs. Renegades
The Misfits are off to a great start after a high-scoring win last week, while the Renegades scored the least points in the league. Only Indy's Defense will make this one moderately interesting.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Rough Riders
This one will be a lot closer than Yahoo's prediction. Especially if the Preds once again leave as many points on the bench as they put on the field. And if the Riders actually start someone at TE.

Yuengling Brewers (-1) vs. Marauders
Both of these teams had a tough week 1. The Brewers scored enough points to beat every team in the league other than their opponent. The Marauders had their QB knocked silly and had to leave Portis on the bench because the information came in late about his MNF readiness. Things don't get any easier for Coach Hoss this week. Not with Alex Smith at the helm.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Roethlisberger might be back this week, which may be good or bad for the 'Bums. Plus, Carson Palmer can't be held to zero points again, can he? Not against the Browns.

And the game of the week...

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
This game has two evenly matched teams going head-to-head in what could really end up as a tie. Both Sunday and Monday night's games are extremely important for the final result. It's just a shame that Coach Drew probably won't have cable tv hooked up in his apartment yet. Hey, there's always StatTracker...

Good luck this week.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 1 Preview

Can Coach Skrabby defend the title? Will ray ray haw return to greatness? Are the Predacons finally going to miss the playoffs? Only the 3FL season will have the answers...

It all starts on Thursday night!
Remember to have your starting lineups set 5 minutes before the games start this week. Any players in the Dolphins vs. Steelers game will be locked in whichever lineup position you have them at 8:25pm EDT on Thursday.

Voting is Back!
You can once again vote on who YOU think will win each 3FL game. Click on "Matchup" beside the games on our main page and vote for the winner at the bottom. I'm assuming that votes need to be in before the Thursday night game, so vote soon. I'll keep a tally again this year and we can see how the predictions turn out. It won’t take you long...

Week 1 Information

Thursday Night: Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Night: Indianapolis Colts @ New York Giants
Monday Night Early: Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins
Monday Night Late: San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
Bye Week: None until week 3

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 1:
The first week is always the toughest to predict, but here goes...

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Things are getting interesting in this dim-witted matchup. The tables have turned with some off the field news and the installation of Charlie Batch as a starting fantasy QB. Roethlisberger's Appendectomy: 0. Baltimorons: 1.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Lightning
This one should be as close as they come, but the Preds get the nod because their RBs aren't sharing time. Or are they? We may have to wait until late on Monday night to see if the Lightning can come charging back.

The Comfy Chair (-1) vs. Spiked Vipers
The Vipers were unlucky in not being able to attend the live draft. It's a good thing that they just signed up for all of the high speed internet they can handle. There is going to be a bunch of add/dropping to do, especially after meeting last year's champ in week one.

Marauders (-1) vs. ray ray haw
After last year's disappointing season, Coach Haw could use an early pick-me-up. But his new HDTV will be set up just in time for to watch Clinton Portis run away with this one for the Marauders. If Portis is deactivated (shoulder) though, I'm changing my pick.

Rough Riders (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Even though Coach Bev is starting early with leaving starting spots empty, her sneaky good WRs give her an edge. Is anyone else excited to see that these two are going to play each other twice this season? A twin billing? Get it? I'll stop now.

And the game of the week...

Misfits (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
The Brew Crew had a great draft, but Coach Jules and the External Consultant have some soft matchups this week. Either way, neither of these teams will know what happened until Tuesday morning. That 10:15pm MNF game is past everyone's bedtime.

Good Luck in Week 1 and for the rest of Season 6!

Friday, September 01, 2006

3FL Notes: 2006 Draft Analysis

What a night! Ten of the league's twelve teams were on hand for our first attempt at a live draft, and it seemed like everyone had a good time. The message board was lit up through all 13 rounds and we even remembered to pick a player every now and then. I think a live draft will likely become an annual 3FL event.

With less than one week to go until the start of the NFL season, here is the first installment of the 3FL Notes - the draft analysis (in draft order).

1. Dumbbums: Coach Coaldog had the benefit of having the first pick in our first keeper draft, allowing him to select the NFL's top WR and hold on to one of the league's top RBs. A few Steelers might make or break this well-rounded team. Grade: A-

2. Renegades: Thanks to a few timely picks, Coach Val's team had a quality draft. She just has to hope that no one in the starting lineup gets hurt. Grade: B+

3. Baltimorons: How Hines Ward and Willie Parker made it on to a team from Baltimore, I'll never know. Coach Drew also picked up a triumvirate of QBs, just in case one of them gets too old during the season. Grade: A-

4. Spiked Vipers: The team from the Pacific scored some great WRs. Questions remain, however, about their backfield. And having three Dallas Cowboys on the starting roster. Grade: B

5. Rough Riders: It appears that Coach Bev did a bit of research before the draft. After finishing as the top team in the regular season last year, the Riders look really tough again. Don't say I didn't warn you. Grade: A

6. Lightning: A seven page color-coded spreadsheet of names and numbers (and more numbers) served as the backbone of Coach Thadtotti's draft strategy. The results compute to a pretty decent squad with some RBs by committee. And a surgically repaired QB's knee. Grade: B+

7. Yuengling Brewers: Coach Brew was watching (and updating the league about) an episode of COPS that was on during the draft. Maybe that's why he ended up with T.O. and the Ravens Defense on his team. Grade: A

8. Predacons: Peyton Manning will once again lead Coach Sinkerbeam's squad. But bad news is already trickling in about a few of the other starters. Maybe picking five RBs was a good idea. Grade: A-

9. Misfits: Other than choosing a solid overall team, the Misfits are most proud of including Wali Lundy on the roster this year. It might actually be better if he never needs to see any 3FL playing time. Grade: A

10. ray ray haw: After missing the playoffs for the first time last year and enduring the worst season his team had ever experienced, Coach Haw appears to be back. Rooting for the Steelers Defense on two different levels, however, will be gut wrenching. Grade: A-

11. The Comfy Chair: Our league's defending champion ended up with another quality squad. If Deion Branch would sign a contract with an NFL team it would be even more helpful. Plus, it's good to see Brian St. Pierre at least getting some reps again in the 3FL. Grade: B+

12. Marauders: Coach Hoss has a list of high-flying WRs that have the ability to take over a game. So much so that he may not even need to care about Clinton Portis' shoulder. Grade: A-

Stay tuned for the first predictions from the Comm-nosticator for 2006...