Friday, October 27, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 8 Preview

After another high flying week (789 league points), we are still left with one undefeated team at the top and a bunch in the murky middle. Who will emerge into the playoff light?

Week 7 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Dumbbums - 94 points

Player MVPs:
Peyton Manning (QB/Ind) - 30 points
Hines Ward (WR/Pit) - 26 points
Alge Crumpler (TE/Atl) - 23 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 28/42 - 66.67%
League Voting: 24/42 - 57.14%
Yahoo! Projections: 24/42 - 57.14%

Week 8 Information

Sunday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Carolina Panthers
Monday Night: New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings
Bye Week: Buffalo, Detroit, Miami, Washington

The Comm-nosticator's predictions for week 8:

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Rough Riders
Riding four straight victories and competent bye week player management, Coach Drew has surged into second place in the league. The Riders have been both good and bad this year, but it looks like they won't have quite enough this week against a tough opponent.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
The upset special. Someone has to beat the Chair this year, right? It might as well be the Lightning, as they will have their best week of the season. Just watch Laurence Maroney complete the comeback on Monday Night. Or not...

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The Preds were undefeated until their bye week woes sent them to two straight losses. Their winning ways will resume, though. After this week. The haw's favorable matchups will continue the miserable mid-season for Coach Sinkerbeam.

Misfits (-1) vs. Spiked Vipers
The only reason this one might become interesting is because of all of Misfits who are on the injury report. And the stunning breakout game of David Carr against the Titans. And the tough luck of the Misfits this year.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Last week, the Renegades would have pulled the upset that I predicted if they had put any of their bench players in as staters. This week, unfortunately, will be the same. Close but no second win.

And the game of the week...

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Marauders
The 'Bums have been the highest scoring team for the past two weeks in a row. The Marauders have scored more than 400 points this season but only have two wins. Something's gotta give this week, as the loser of this one will have an uphill battle to the playoffs...

Good luck this week.

And birthday wishes to Coach Haw and Coach Jules this weekend.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 7 Preview

We're rolling through the halfway point of the year already (remember that there are only 13 games in the regular season).

Last week the league had its highest scoring week of the season (786 points), and we saw the Dumbbums surprise, the Predacons fall and the Comfy Chair remain perfect. What excitement is in store for this week?

Week 6 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Dumbbums - 98 points

Player MVPs:
LaDanian Tomlinson (RB/SD) - 30 points
Torry Holt (WR/StL) - 25 points
Matt Hasselbeck (QB/Sea) - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 24/36 - 66.67%
League Voting: 21/36 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 23/36 - 63.89%

Week 7 Information

Sunday Night: No NFL Game (World Series)
Monday Night: NY Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Bye Week: Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco,
St. Louis, Tennessee

The Comm-nosticator's predictions for week 7:

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Lightning
The Lightning have shown some spark as of late, but the Baltimorons are riding even higher after giving the Predacons their first loss of the year. Add that to some good QB and Defense matchups and you've got a winner. If he changes his starters in time.

Rough Riders (-1) vs. Spiked Vipers
The Riders are sneaky good again this year, while the Vipers have been plagued with stellar scoring only from their bench. Depending on Coach Googully's choices, this one will be close, but the Riders appear to have a slight edge in the matchups. If she changes her starters in time.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
A winning streak for the 'Bums? This one will be a nailbiter, right down to the T.O./NYG Defense pairing on Monday Night. After last week's victory, Coach Coaldog proved that his team can run up the score. But can they do it again?

Misfits (-1) vs. Marauders
Coach Hoss' team also broke out last week (scoring 96 points), but they appear poised to come back to reality against the Misfits. How is the top scoring 3FL team 2-4 after the first six weeks of the season? I don't know. But I guarantee that they won't make too many more guarantees this season.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. ray ray haw
The upset special of the week. With Ladell Betts (appropriately) back on the bench and a bunch of favorable matchups, the Renegades just might double their victory total this week. Mostly because of the haw's WR bye woes.

And the game of the week...

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs. Predacons
This one would be a much more exciting game if Rex Grossman hadn't scored -10 points and the Preds were still undefeated, too. Still, it's going to be the Manning Bowl, 3FL style. Going all the way back to week 13 last year, the Comfy ones have won nine straight games. And with Coach Sinkerbeam's best RBs on a bye, make it ten.

Good luck this week.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 6 Preview

Can you believe that we are already more than 1/3 of the way through the regular season? What will happen with the two remaining undefeated teams? And why are Defenses scoring so many points?

Just a general note - six NFL teams are on a bye this week and next, so many of our teams will have to start second and third stringers. It's going to be interesting...

Week 5 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Rough Riders - 72 points

Player MVPs:
Donovan McNabb (QB/Phi) - 23 points
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense - 23 points
San Francisco 49ers Defense - 20 points
Carolina Panthers Defense - 18 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 20/30 - 66.66%
League Voting: 18/30 - 60%
Yahoo! Projections: 18/30 - 60%

Week 6 Information

Sunday Night: Oakland A's @ Denver Broncos
Monday Night: Chicago Bears @ St. Louis Cardinals
Bye Week: Cleveland, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England

The Comm-nosticator's predictions for week 6:

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
We have somehow avoided the annual trash talking that usually leads up to this matchup. Maybe the Brew Crew is aware that bye weeks are going to make things difficult for them. Or maybe both teams are just stockpiling witty remarks for gametime.

Misfits (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
It's difficult to watch the top scoring team in the league start out with a 2-3 record. But that just shows you that anything is possible in the 3FL. Can the team with the least points in the league beat the one with the most points? Unlikely. But possible.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Predacons
It seems like the Preds lucky win streak will come to an end this week. Even though these two teams have scored exactly the same number of points to date (301), Coach Sinkerbeam has his top two WRs listed as Doubtful and Peyton Manning on a bye. Bye, bye undefeated.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Rough Riders
Even though Larry Fitz will miss this week because of injury, the Marauders have already filled his spot with his actual backup, so no real edge was lost. The Riders had the high score in the league last week, but that doesn't help them here. Coach Hoss' matchups are too soft.

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs. Renegades
A ninth straight win will be comfy for the Chair this week, as Coach Skrabby once again fields a solid lineup. It also helps that half of the Renegades don't actually get to touch the football very much during their NFL games.

And the game of the week...

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
Wow, this one is going to be close. More like (-1/4) on the prediction line. Each team has a mix of tough and easy matchups, so it may only take one breakout performance to capture the win. And it may be time for Antonio Gates to live up to his keeper expectations.

Good luck this week.

Go vote.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

3FL Notes: S6: Week 5 Preview

After just four weeks, every team already has at least one win. And we must be setting a record for waiver claims. The transactions board is lit up every Wednesday morning.

Also, the Tim-A's (managed by our own External Consultant to the Misfits) won the FMLB Championship. Congratulations! Will his winning ways carry over to the 3FL postseason?

Week 4 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Misfits - 94 points

Player MVPs:
Donovan McNabb (QB/Phi) - 25 points
Santana Moss (WR/Was) - 24 points
Atlanta Falcons Defense - 24 points
Byron Leftwich (QB/Jax) - 21 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 17/24 - 70.83%
League Voting: 15/24- 62.5%
Yahoo! Projections: 14/24 - 58.33%

Note: Both The Comfy Chair and Yahoo! were 6/6 with their week 4 predictions.

Week 5 Information

Sunday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Diego Chargers
Monday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos
Bye Week: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle

The Comm-nosticator's predictions for week 5:

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Renegades
The Renegades have to do something fast to keep the season from slipping away. The problem, however, is that the Fantasy Hockey season has just started, so any External Consultant help is going to be hard to find. And the Baltimorons are looking pretty solid this week.

Misfits (-2) vs. Rough Riders
The Riders have been scoring fewer and fewer points each week since the beginning of the season. That's not going to cut it against the team with the highest point total in the league. Even if Westbrook remains really Questionable.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Lightning
It's a shame, because this would have been a good matchup if it wasn't for Carson Palmer's bye week. But as it is, some random QB will have to pretend to fill in for the Lightning. Plus, I'm not sure Coach Hoss can handle another Monday Night heartbreaker.

Predacons (-1) vs. Spiked Vipers
The Preds are undefeated after four weeks? What is going on here? Their luck has to come to an end soon, right? Probably not this week. Peyton Manning is playing against the Titans.

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
I think that this week may bring the first loss for the Chair after seven consecutive wins. But I've learned my lesson about making Coach Skrabby an underdog. Be sure to keep tabs on MNF anyway. It could make things interesting.

And the game of the week...

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. ray ray haw
This one is too close to call, but I have to type something here. I'm giving the edge to "hoping the Steelers turn this thing around" and the fact that the appendix-less, helmet-less one has to throw a TD pass at some point.

Good luck this week.

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