Wednesday, November 26, 2008

3FL Notes: S8: Week 13 Preview

The Playoff Picture

Entering the final week of the regular season, we know a few things for sure.

The Predacons have claimed the #1 seed for 2008 (and the curse that comes with it). The Vipers and Baltimorons will be in the top three for sure, and Misfits, Inc. are almost surely in after a stunning comeback from a 29 point deficit on Monday night. That leaves half of the postseason spots up for grabs, with six teams fighting for four spots.

If the Renegades, Brewers, Lightning, or Marauders win, they're in. After that it starts getting more complicated. See, the Renegades and Marauders play each other. As do the Dumbbums and haw, the other two teams with a chance to earn a playoff berth. It's going to be a wild week in the 3FL!

Week 12 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Predacons - 90 points

Player MVPs:
Drew Brees (QB/NO) - 30 points
Michael Turner (RB/Atl) - 29 points
Randy Moss (WR/NE) - 24 points
Minnesota Vikings Defense - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 42/72 - 58.33%
League Voting: 38/72 - 52.78%
Yahoo! Projections: 37/72 - 51.39%

Remember, the voting deadline is THURSDAY @ 12:30pm this week. Go vote before you eat!

Week 13 Information

Thursday Early: Tennessee Titans @ Detroit Lions
Thursday Late: Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys
Thursday Night: Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday Night: Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Monday Night: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 13:

Predacons (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
In a week of meaningful games, this one is not a part of the hype. Its outcome won't affect clinching or seeding or anything else. It could pull the Chair out of the basement or give the Preds double digits in the win column, but no one else will be paying attention...

Misfits, Inc. (-2) vs. Rough Riders
Now that FitzCorp has all but clinched a playoff spot, they have to be one of the favorites to win it all. Even with Donovan McNabb on the bench of both his NFL and 3FL teams. The Riders could break the record for least team points in a season this week, but they have a much better record than anyone could have thought after losing their top pick and team leader in the first 15 minutes of the season.

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Both of these teams have been a roller coaster this year, with lofty highs and stomach dropping lows. So which will it be this week? All I know is that it will probably all come down to the RBs from both teams. And Kurt Warner, of course.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Coach Thad needs this win to get his team into the playoffs, and the 'Morons are on cruise control. The last two weeks have shown us how Coach Drew's team performs when there is no pressure on them. But can a three game losing streak be good to take into the first week of postseason play?

And the games of the week...

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. ray ray haw
What a great matchup for the last week of the season! These two are both on the outside looking in, but the victor alone will have a shot at playing next week. It's a classic QB shootout for sure, but just wait for Monday night. Matt Jones, still not suspended from the NFL, diving to make a TD grab in the final seconds to decide which team's season is over. How can you sleep?

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Marauders
Win and you're in. It's as simple as that. The loser still has a chance at a playoff berth, but here in the 3FL you just never know what is going to happen. Almost half of the Renegades players are active on Thanksgiving while the most important ones for Coach Hoss don't take their place at the table until Sunday and Monday night. Who will feast? And who will have indigestion? It's going to be great! More gravy for everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck this week!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

3FL Notes: S8: Week 12 Preview

After matching our lowest scoring week of the season and watching another round of upsets, things aren't much clearer in the postseason picture. Six spots remain unclaimed with only two weeks to go.

Week 11 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Lightning - 76 points

Player MVPs:
Joseph Addai (RB/Ind) - 19 points
Peyton Manning (QB/Ind) - 18 points
DeAngelo Williams (RB/Car) - 18 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 37/66 - 56.06%
League Voting: 34/66 - 51.52%
Yahoo! Projections: 34/66 - 51.52%

Remember, the voting deadline is THURSDAY NIGHT this week. Go vote!

Week 12 Information

Thursday Night: Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Night: Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers
Monday Night: Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 12:

It's immediate family week in the 3FL - we have two siblings games and two parent/child games. Sounds like fun!

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
The Renegades are looking to get an opportunity to defend their title while the 'Morons are hoping to avoid the curse. But I'm sure either team would be happy with a win in this battle of the two most recent SuperBowl champs. It's a shame Mewelde is no longer the starter for the Steelers - he could've made this one close.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The Preds have already locked up a playoff berth and are holding down the top spot in the league. The Lightning still have something to play for, and that might be the difference. Along with a couple of MNF starters.

Dumbbums (-1) vs. Rough Riders
Don't look now, but the Riders could leapfrog the 'Bums with a head-to-head win this week. Sure, they may have scored 240 less points this year, but both teams have exactly the same record. Weird. We'll see if Coach Bev can continue to thrive in the underdog's role.

Spiked Vipers (-1) vs. ray ray haw
The haw won the first meeting this year, but that was before Kurt Warner departed Krypton and was picked up by the Vipers. With the way things are going it will probably end up in a tie after a strong Drew Brees performance on MNF. Now that would really make next week interesting...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
The Chair still has a ray of hope for this season. But pretty much everything would have to work out perfectly in the next two weeks, starting with a win against the freefalling FitzCorp and their five game skid. Will the best QB for each team be the one on the bench?

And the game of the week...

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Marauders
Thursday night's game factors heavily on this one, with each team having two of their big boys active for the mid-week matchup. And since the hometown Steelers are playing, Coach Hoss will actually get to see it on tv. (It's OK - Coach Brew will be asleep anyway). This one is going end up being very close. Can I change my vote on Friday morning?

Good luck this week!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

3FL Notes: S8: Week 11 Preview

Last week was our highest scoring week of the season, complete with another tie and more upsets than not. And the Baltimorons earned the league's first postseason berth. Who will join them?

Week 10 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Baltimorons - 97 points

Player MVPs:
Jay Cutler (QB/Den) - 25 points
Thomas Jones (RB/NYJ) - 25 points
Tyler Thigpen (QB/KC) - 24 points
Kurt Warner (QB/Ari) - 24 points
New York Jets Defense - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 35/60 - 58.33%
League Voting: 31/60 - 51.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 32/60 - 53.33%

Remember, the voting deadline is THURSDAY NIGHT this week. Go vote!

Week 11 Information

Thursday Night: New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Sunday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
Monday Night: Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills
Bye Weeks: Finished for the Season

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 11:

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Marauders
Coach Hoss has scored just one more point than Coach haw through the first ten weeks of the season, and these two are very evenly matched this week. Could it be another 3FL tie? Not if the haw wants to play past week 13...

Renegades (-1) vs. Yuengling Brewers
The Beermen now have a controversy at QB to go with their touch-and-go RB2 spot. The Renegades should be able to take advantage of the situation this week, but they'll most likely have to watch their players rack up points against the Steelers to do so.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Predacons
It's 1 vs. 2 in a matchup that should be exciting to watch. Too bad no one else really cares. The 'Morons have quite a streak going and Peyton always struggles against the Texans, so look for the Preds Sunday night comeback to end up just a bit short.

Spiked Vipers (-1) vs. Rough Riders
In the past six weeks, the Vipers have earned two ties and two one-point victories. I think the margin may be a little bit bigger this week, but the Riders may have another surprise in store.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
This might be the last gasp for the Chair in their quest for a playoff spot. But the 'Bums don't have the time to be empathetic, as they are also fighting to be included in the postseason. We'll know much more after tonight's game (that no one can watch on tv). Goooooo StatTracker!

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Did you know that the 'Fitz and the Lightning are tied in the standings right now? And did you know that in the past four weeks the 'Fitz have four losses while the Lightning have three wins? It will take all week (Coaches Tim & Jul have a player active in each of the five NFL time slots), but it looks like a reverse in trends is likely.

Good luck this week!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

3FL Notes: S8: Week 10 Preview

The Baltimorons climbed to the top of the standings after a weekend of upsets and close games. We also had our first trade of the season last week. Will we see any more before the deadline (Nov. 21)?

Remember - there is a Thursday NFL game every week from now until the end of the 3FL playoffs. Make sure to set your players in those games (and vote on the 3FL games) before kickoff (8:15pm).

Week 9 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Predacons - 75 points

Player MVPs:
Gus Frerotte (QB/Min) - 19 points
Peyton Manning (QB/Ind) - 19 points
Kurt Warner (QB/Ari) - 18 points
Arizona Cardinals Defense - 18 points
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense - 18 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 34/54 - 62.96%
League Voting: 30/54 - 55.56%
Yahoo! Projections: 30/54 - 55.56%

Remember, the voting deadline is THURSDAY NIGHT this week. Go vote!

Week 10 Information

Thursday Night: Denver Broncos @ Cleveland Browns
Sunday Night: New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Monday Night: San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
Bye Week: Cincinnati, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Washington

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 10:

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. The Comfy Chair
You know you're in the midst of a disappointing season when you trot out Tyler Thigpen as the starting QB to try and shake things up. At least the Chair has an active player in every time slot from Thursday to Monday. You know, so they'll be a reason to watch...

Marauders (-1) vs. Rough Riders
Coach Bev just can't catch a break this year. But this might be the week for her to pick up a sneaky win against the red hot Marauders, especially if Big Ben ends up on the big bench. But wait - Coach Hoss' backup is J.Delhomme vs. Oakland. Oh, well.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Both of these teams have the same record, but the 'Bums are averaging 15 more points per week than the Atmospheric Discharges of Electricity. All eyes will be on the four players in the Sunday night game. An Eli to Amani hookup could change everything.

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Predacons
Remember just a few weeks ago when these two teams had matching records and were holding down the top two places in the standings? Well, a combined three weeks and five losses later we are looking at a little more urgency from both sides. FitzCorp can't lose four in a row...

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Coach haw's team has hit a rough patch, but they appear to be ready for a breakout game this week. Meanwhile, newly acquired Renegade A.Boldin will try to lead a MNF comeback in his first week with the team. With the up-and-down seasons for both of these two, can we really be surprised by the outcome?

And the game of the week...

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Both of these teams are riding four game winning streaks into this week. But whose will continue? It looks to be a close one, but the RBs and a capable (albiet rookie) backup QB will make the difference. Maybe.

Good luck this week!