Thursday, September 24, 2009

3FL Notes: S9: Week 3 Preview

Injuries are already starting to take a toll on some of our teams as we enter into the final week of the first round of divisional matchups. How is McNabb's rib? Tomlinson's ankle? Peterson's back? Who will fill in and lead your team to victory?

In league news, the Lightning and Predacons have signed up for twitter accounts and have been added to the sidebar. Sign up now and follow @the3FL to join in the conversation!

Week 2 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: ray ray haw - 90 points

Player MVPs:
Chris Johnson (RB/Ten) - 31 points
Frank Gore (RB/SF) - 23 points
Drew Brees (QB/NO) - 22 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 11/12 - 91.67%
League Voting: 8/12 - 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 5/12 - 41.67%

*The Comm-nosticator and the Predacons were both 6/6 in week 2 voting.

We had 8 teams vote on all the games last week. 12 would be better. You have until Sunday @ 12:55pm to vote this week.

Week 3 Information

Sunday Night: Indianapolis Colts @ Arizona Cardinals
Monday Night: Carolina Panthers @ Dallas Cowboys
Bye Week: None until next week

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 3:

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs ray ray haw
The 'Morons are going to be in a tough spot if they get another loss and go 0-3 (0-2 in the division) this week. That shouldn't happen, as Chris Johnson can't have another 30+ point game. Can he?

Lightning (-1) vs. The Comfy Chair
The Lightning are predicted (by Yahoo!) to win big. We know how that goes. But unless Tony Romo gets his act together for a MNF comeback, the big purple Y might be right.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Marauders
If I told you at the beginning of the year that when these two teams meet in week 3 the Stompers would be undefeated and leading the division and the Marauders would be winless, you would have laughed at me. That is, however, where we stand. And we may have more of the same...

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
Coach Coaldog is riding a winning streak that stretches all the way back to the end of last season. His 7 victories in a row puts him in the 3FL record books. The Vipers appear ready to end that streak, but who can pick against it (and the trophy holder) right now?

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Close game? Check. Four combined players on Monday night? Check. Tom Brady finally living up to expectations? We'll see. This is going to be a fun one to watch.

And the game of the week...

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The Renegades are better than their 0-2 record, and the Preds have been a bit lucky so far. Plus, the 3FL West could use a little evening up. The matchups are so close that either team could win, but you'll have to stay up late on Sunday to find out who does...

Good luck this week.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

3FL Notes: S9: Week 2 Preview

Our opening week saw a few injuries and a few surprises. I'm sure a more of both are on the way...

Week 1 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Stiletto Stompers - 90 points

Player MVPs:
Drew Brees (QB/NO) - 41 points
Philadelphia Eagles Defense - 29 points
Adrian Peterson (RB/Min) - 27 points

Predictions Tally

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

You have until Sunday @ 12:55pm to vote this week.

Week 2 Information

Sunday Night: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Monday Night: Indianapolis Colts @ Miami Dolphins
Bye Week: None until week 4

The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 2:

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Who was that team? After being renamed for '09 the Stompers are off to a quick start - winning the week even with Santonio on the bench. And with Peyton's Colts playing on MNF we just might see a comeback and 2-0 start for Coach Bev.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Marauders
Sure, the Bolts still have some RB injury issues, but the matchups work out in their favor this week. This one will likely come down to the starting QBs. Is it too soon to demote Cutler? We'll see.

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Which QB will live up to the projections? Which WR corps will drop more passes? But most importantly, will Coach Val be able to stay up on Sunday night to see which team's final player brings home the win?

Predacons (-1) vs. The Comfy Chair
So that's why the Preds picked Adrian Peterson with the first overall draft selection - and this week he gets to play the Lions. But the Chair raised a few eyebrows with their upset victory in week one and can't be counted out when Tony Romo and the Steelers D are on the field.

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
First the trade, then the injury - and now the Corps and the Eagles may have to look elsewhere for some week two help. But Eli isn't a bad backup to have. Still, the Vipers may steal this one if Drew Brees continues tying 3FL records.

And the game of the week...

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
These two teams are family rivals, division rivals and former SuperBowl opponents. The slight edge goes to the 'Bums and their six game winning streak. What a great matchup so early in the season - just wait until we see it again in week 12...

Good luck this week.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

3FL Notes: S9: Week 1 Preview

Can the Dumbbums defend the title? Will a new team name lead to success for Coach Bev? Will anyone else sign up for a twitter account? Only the ninth season of the 3FL 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 Titans vs. Steelers game will be locked in whichever lineup position you have them at 8:25pm EDT on Thursday.

Special thanks to Coach Thadtotti, the sultan of the spreadsheet, for running the numbers and crafting our customized schedule. Each team plays its division rivals twice and everyone else once, and we have special rivalry matchups during week 10. Division winners will receive top playoff seeds so inter-division play is very important.

Week 1 Information

Thursday Night: Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Night: Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night Early: Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
Monday Night Late: San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
Bye Week: None until week 4

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

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. ray ray haw
A good matchup with a twist - no Sunday night or Monday night games. We'll know the result on Sunday at around 7:30pm. The 'Bums have the slightest edge, maybe just because they hold the coveted 3FL trophy.

Spiked Vipers (-1) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Even the return of Tom Brady won't help the Brewers beat SpiVi this week. Well, actually it might, but the WRs and RBs should be the difference.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
This game in intriguing because of the matchups, but both teams will have to stay up late on Monday night to find out who wins. Maybe the Yahoo! predicted tie isn't far from reality.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Only the indecision about Pierre Thomas is stopping the Lightning from a good chance at a win this week. It will be fun to watch these two put on a WR show on Monday night, though. Don't assume anything until the Bills and Pats are finished.

Renegades (-1) vs. The Comfy Chair
A 15 point favorite in week one? Unheard of. But the Renegades are hyped to get back into the playoffs after last year's underachievement.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Marauders
This one was iffy until the 'Fitz got their franchise QB back. Actually, it's still iffy, but Monday night should put McNabb's new team ahead for good.

Good Luck in Week 1 and for the rest of Season 9!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

3FL Notes: 2009 Draft Analysis

A majority of owners were in attendance and I think everyone had a good time during our online draft. I wish we could keep a transcript of the chat room in the draft application. Anyway, here is an analysis of the results (in draft order):

1. Predacons: Adrian Peterson was the obvious first pick. The rest of the team is filled in nicely and they made Brian St. Pierre the final choice in the draft, so here's to tradition. Grade: B+

2. Marauders: Coach Hoss has to watch Big Ben as a fan and a fantasy coach, so it's a good thing he has some good RBs and WRs. His bench has a lot of upside but not a lot of experience. Whatever that means. Grade: B

3. Misfits, Inc.: OMG. No McNabb. No Eagles at all, actually. The Misfits went a little haywire this year, but I heard a rumor that a trade is already in the works. Relax, people. Grade: B+

4. The Comfy Chair: At least one top quality player at each position will keep the Chair competitive this year. The Steelers Defense doesn't hurt either. But let's hope no one gets injured... Grade: B+

5. Yuengling Brewers: The Brewers stopped in but logged off just before the draft started. It's probably better that way. This team is pretty good, especially if Crabtree actually signs a contract.
Grade: A-

6. Stiletto Stompers: The former Rough Riders are looking to change their momentum and this name change is a start. I wasn't sure during the draft who exactly was picking the players at any given time, but Peyton Manning and MoJo Drew could make the Stompers a contender. Grade: A-

7. Dumbbums: Working third shift doesn't always allow for attendance at a fantasy football draft. Still, the 'Bums are stacked at RB and will be stacked at WR depending on Brandon Marshall's status. Grade: B+

8. Baltimorons: Coach Drew came in with a sound strategy and it paid off. This team flew a little under the radar and are sneaky good. Grade: A-

9. Spiked Vipers: SpiVi didn't pick a defense until round seven this year, so that allowed for a lot more offensive talent to be stockpiled in the early rounds. Brees will win a few games by himself.
Grade: B+

10. Lightning: No spreadsheets this year, but the Lightning managed a decent draft anyway. They're relying heavily on the Packers' special teams and defense to have a good year, but having T.O. and Randy Moss on the same team can't be bad. Grade: B+

11. ray ray haw: A great duo of RBs and a top tier defense will make the haw a force to be reckoned with this year. Steve Breaston caught over 1,000 yards of passes last season and he's on the bench. Grade: A-

12. Renegades: The Renegades actually turned in a quality squad for 2009 being that they had the last pick. And they used every available second on on the draft clock to do it. Grade: B+

The Comm-nosticator makes his first predictions early in the week. Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Draft Day

Don't forget - our live online draft starts tonight at 9:00pm EDT.

Make sure you run a test on your computer to make sure you have the necessary plug-ins installed. Just go to our league homepage and click "test your system" at any point before the draft.

Also, try to arrive and sign in a little early - the draft will start right on time.

If you are unable to be online tonight, make sure you set up your pre-rankings prior to 8:00pm. The draft will be just like the old autopick style for you. In fact, even if you will be online it might be a good idea to set your pre-rankings anyway. You know, just in case there is a thunderstorm or something happens to your internet connection right when your turn comes up.

And don't forget to sign your team (or you) up on Twitter and follow @the3FL. A feed is coming to the sidebar of this blog soon.

Good luck!

The Votes Are In

The coaches have all cast their ballots and the results have been tallied. It seem that we'll have two changes to the 3FL for the 2009 season.

The league has voted to form four divisions of three teams each, with the division winners being awarded the top seeds in the playoffs. Each team will play the other teams in their division twice and all other teams once this season. It should make for some fun rivalries!

The other two ballot questions have upheld the status quo - eight teams will make the playoffs and waivers will be awarded on a weekly rolling basis (in reverse order of the standings).

After some discussions with the steering committee, it has been determined that the divisions will be calculated by the overall records for all teams since the 2003 season (our first season with Coach Skrabby). Teams will be ranked based on win percentage and then counted off, with teams 1, 5, and 9 making up the first divison, and so on. I'll post these later tonight - as soon as the numbers are crunched.

Any and all suggestions for division names are now being accepted. We could just go with North, South, East, and West, or if someone has another idea please post a comment on this entry. We can discuss during tonight's draft.